This track took me to musical church, where I knelt and thanked the rock gods for delivering such a beautiful voice to the world.
I write this weekly column to free you from the shackles of mainstream radio. Please check out the link below to my own curated Spotify station called “Five for Friday” on which I put all of these jams and several more. Updated every Friday, you can be on the cutting edge of the new music world. Get into it!
Macy Gray: “Nothing Else Matters” | Cultures collide as R&B temptress Macy Gray takes on Metallica’s iconic “Nothing Else Matters.” Plenty of dulcet tones and that signature voice make this jam appropriate for any millennial dinner party.
The Temperance Movement: “Three Bullets” | I was introduced to a new genre with the Temperance Movement: British blues rock. Phil Campbell’s textured vocals mixed with the jangly guitars made my soul soar. This sultry rocking track is just one of many great songs off their album White Bear. Be sure to catch these chaps when they play Fubar on October 8 in STL; it’s sure to be a bloody, buggery good time.
Rev Theory: “Killing Kind” | Rev Theory serves up post-grunge realness with this rocking track. They remind me of early Stone Temple Pilots mixed with the driving rhythms of Filter. Rich Luzzi’s vocals melt my cold, dead heart while the band serves up full, rich, heavy metal rhythms. God, I miss the ’90s.
Tamela Mann: “One Way” | Singer/actress Tamela Mann tricked me into rocking out for the Lord with her take-no-prisoners track “One Way.” She hooked me with her vocal runs in the beginning, kept me interested with the big horns and her bigger voice, and cemented me a fan with her wailing at the end. Even a heathen Atheist such as myself can fully appreciate the joy in this talented singer’s voice.
LOLO: “Shine” | Tennessee-born LOLO caught my ear with her energizing vocals, which reek with emotional realness. While her sound is slightly derivative of Pink, she has a tone to her voice that resonates with my soul. This track took me to musical church, where I knelt and thanked the rock gods for delivering such a beautiful voice to the world. Plus, her new album title, In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Shit, is brilliant.
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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