Five for Friday | 07.29.16

The music gets my head shaking from side to side, as the vocals transport me to the ’90s when melodic guitars and funky bass lines ruled the airwaves.

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

From Oslo: “Nobody’s Original” | Normally, screamo rock repels me, but the song quickly segues from screamo to melodic and I am hooked. Seeing how the band is from Australia, I doubt they would get the reference of St. Louis legends Pale Divine, but they do remind me of the group. This band is a perfect marriage of hard and soft, Aussie style.

The Temper Trap: “Burn” | Another Australian band; what can I say? I love music from other countries! The Temper Trap has sexy vocals, lyrics that are easy on the ears, and very danceable rhythms. They may be a throwback to the ’80’s, but that isn’t a bad thing. “Burn” has been burning up my playlist for weeks.

DMA’s: “Lay Down” | Rounding out my trifecta of Aussie bands, here’s another nod to a softer side of rock with DMA’s “Lay Down.” The music gets my head shaking from side to side, as the vocals transport me to the ’90s when melodic guitars and funky bass lines ruled the airwaves. This is a feel-good song, so if you are having a crappy day, put this on and you will instantly feel better: This song is like a musical hug.

blink-182: “She’s Out of Her Mind” | Making my way back to the States, I give you blink-182 and their track, “She’s Out of Her Mind.” From their seventh album, California, the boys make their triumphant return with a peppy, pogo-worthy track. This is what blink-182 does best: melodic vocals, killer drums, and blazing guitars. While this was my favorite song on the album, “Built This Pool” came in a very close second.

Benny Bennasi w/Moguai: “Gangster” | Get ready to dance your ass off to this infectious track. Instant rave – just add glow sticks and lots of people clapping their hands over their heads.

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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