Five for Friday | 08.19.16

J Mascis is a rock god and deserves every accolade he and his bandmates receive.


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

Skillet: “Feel Invincible” | Skillet is one of those Christian bands that witness to you without you even knowing. They hook you with their high energy and unique male/female vocals, and if you really listen to the lyrics, you feel the presence of their God. All I had when I was growing up was Stryper and Petra; this band might have convinced me to go to church.

Dinosaur Jr.: “Goin Down” | J Mascis is a rock god and deserves every accolade he and his bandmates receive. “Goin Down” is classic Dinosaur Jr., full of effortless but genuine vocals and that signature rhythm section groove. This track should produce several polite mosh pits.

Moose Blood: “Pastel” | Moose Blood may be categorized as emo, but I would put them on the happy end of emo. Hailing from England, these Brits fill me with joy as their peppy-rock rhythms and clean vocals are reminiscent of the best ’90s alt-pop bands: Think blink-182 meets Material Issue. We need more bands like Moose Blood in the world.

Post Monroe: “Red Hot American Summer” | The ladies of Post Monroe are so gorgeous it almost hurts to look at them. Fortunately for us, their vocal harmonies are as gag-worthy as their looks. Their single, “Red Hot American Summer,” is playful, bouncy, and sure to burn up the country music charts.

Levi Hummon: “Love You Hate You Miss You” | I think this up-and-coming group of singers is making my disdain for Millennials start to fade. Levi Hummon’s country vocals are sweet and endearing. His sound is country enough to warrant him throngs of teenage girls, but pop enough to allow him to go mainstream. He could be the David Cassidy of country music: good looks and a sweet voice, to boot.

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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