Five for Friday | 11.25.16

The Griswolds are solid rock ’n’ roll with catchy lyrics and delicious vocals.


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” in 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.

Sundara Karma: “A Young Understanding” | What is it about U.K. bands that melts my heart? In this instance, it’s Oscar Lulu’s unique, quirky vocals. It is also the reckless abandon in the music, the attitude, and the sweet harmonies. Damn, this band is bloody good and their music has me gobsmacked. I think the U.S. is ready for another British Invasion.

The Griswolds: “Out of My Head” | From the U.K. we head down under to Sydney, Australia, to meet The Griswolds, solid rock ’n’ roll with catchy lyrics and delicious vocals. Unpretentious to its core, “Out of My Head” is one of those great, upbeat songs that came into my life the moment I needed some positivity. I would love to see this band tour with Parachute.

Joe: “Lean into It” | Twelve studio albums in and Joe is still serving R&B realness with a passion. Light some candles, caress your lover’s neck, and get lost in their eyes for hours as Joe’s sexy vocals make you want to “Lean into It.”

Emeli Sandé: “Highs & Lows” | Back to the U.K.—Scotland, to be precise—to check out Emeli Sandé’s latest album, Long Live the Angels. It was such a delight to listen to this album as it is chock full of breathtaking songs. “Highs & Lows” put a smile on my face and made me channel my inner drag queen with its upbeat rhythms and fierce vocals.

Sixx:AM: “Without You” | OK, children, you will have to indulge me on this one. Nikki Sixx & Co. take on Harry Nilsson’s classic track and give it the metal treatment. Celine Dion’s version used to be my favorite, but James Michael’s kickass vocals take the crown. | Jim Ryan

If you would like to hear these songs along with other top jams, check out my Spotify playlist, “Five for Friday.” Updated weekly, 40 songs from artists that you need to know: “

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