Five for Friday | 09.09.16

“You & Me” is so musically delicious, it must be fattening.


Welcome, new music adventurers! Check out these five fantastic songs to make your week sound much better.

Banks & Steelz: “Giant” | Picking up where Prophets of Rage left off last week, Banks & Steels is a sort of supergroup: RZA from Wu-Tang Clan kicks out the mad rhymes while Interpol’s Paul Banks croons some sweet vocals. The mixture of hard and soft works magically, while the driving beats of the song drive me crazy. Banks & Steelz needs to open for the Prophets of Rage tour.

Big Gigantic: “The Little Things” | Big Gigantic is a livetronica, hip-hop, and jazz music group. Livetronica—what will the kids come up with next? And get this: They hail from Boulder, Colorado—who knew Boulder has all this coolness? [Ed. Note: Of course, everyone knows Colorado is the epitome of cool, and Boulder the epicenter.] Nanu nanu! This is a sexy track full of bombastic beats, groovy jazz horns, and Angela McCluskey’s fabulous Eartha Kitt–esque vocals. I would totally recommend this to any burlesque performer, such as St. Louis’s Sofie de Sade or Lola van Ella; those sexy ladies would make this song even sexier!

Goodbye June: “Danger in the Morning” | When I say Nashville, you probably think of country music. Goodbye June is here to remind you that rock is alive and well in Music City U.S.A. Their sound is a conglomeration of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Aerosmith. They take all the best bits from those classic rock icons and mix in some fresh energy and ass-kicking vocals. I got a contact high just from listening to this jam.

The Hunna: “You & Me” | It was challenging to find out any information about the Hunna. They are an indie rock band hailing from England…that was about all I found. What I can tell you firsthand is that their album, 100, is brilliant. It was a struggle to pick my favorite out of the bunch, but “You & Me” is so musically delicious, it must be fattening.

Ingrid Michaelson: “Drink You Gone” | From her seventh album, It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, Ingrid Michaelson cuts emotionally deep with this stellar ballad. The music and vocals are delightful, but it is the gorgeous prose—and how Michaelson allows it to dance delicately from her lips—that impressed me the most. In a word, this song is breathtaking.

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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