Five for Friday | 07.22.16

I adore bands like this who are totally original and 100% fun.


Let’s get right to it, fellow music adventurers! I have discovered five more jams for you to enjoy this week.

Thousand Foot Crutch: “A Different Kind of Dynamite” | Here I go again, loving rock bands from Canada: There must be something in the maple syrup. “A Different Kind of Dynamite,” hard rock with groovy vocals, is from the band’s eighth album, Exhale. This is a sit-in-your-car-before-a-job-interview-and-psyche-yourself-up kind of track. I may need to look into immigrating to Canada again.

Hey Geronimo: “Lazer Gun Show” | Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Hey Geronimo is a quirky band kicking out some wicked fun tracks. “Lazer Gun Show” is a perfect example of how different and unusual the band’s music is from the status quo. I adore bands like this who are totally original and 100% fun. And yes, I pogo danced all over my office while listening to this amazing song.

Ramin Djawadi: “Light of the Seven” | Game of Thrones fans will instantly recognize this instrumental track as the focal point of one of the most explosive montages of the entire series. While this may not be popular music, try and listen to this song as you are stuck in traffic. It will soothe your inner road rage beast and allow you to give wicked side eye to your fellow drivers as you channel your inner Cersei.

Heart: “Two” | Oh, Ann and Nancy, how I have missed you. When I heard Heart was releasing a new album, Beautiful Broken, I double-gulped. As a lifelong fan of the legendary rock act, I had high expectations—and I was not disappointed. Nancy Wilson completely slays with her emotionally real vocals as the band creates lush, soulful music. Heart is timeless, and this track is a shining example of how true talent never fades.

Caitlyn Smith: “Tacoma” | Much like the Wilson sisters of Heart, Caitlyn Smith is a true talent. The singer’s vocals are so genuine, so heartfelt, that each track on her album, Starfire, cuts deep. This ballad in particular is so full of pain and anguish, you can’t help but feel every nuance in Smith’s emotionally raw vocals, which are often reminiscent of Janis Joplin. I’m excited to see what the future brings for Ms. Caitlyn Smith. Keep an eye on her, folks: Her star is for sure on the rise.

If you want to hear these songs along with other top jams, check out my Five for Friday playlist on Spotify: 40 songs from artists you need to know—updated weekly! | Jim Ryan

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