Recently, I was talking to an old friend who grumbled that there was no good new rock music on the airwaves. Oh, how wrong he was. There’s plenty – you just need to know where to look. Hint: Sirius XM is a good start: XM Radios Starting at $29.99
In reality, there’s lots of damn good new music out there. Here are 10 new tunes that are clearly worth a listen, probably even worth digging $1.29 out of your piggy bank (follow the links to visit iTunes). Download these to your iPhone or iPod and begin to impress your friends. I’ve added in a few older tunes, too, for your consideration, giving you a nice Farmer’s Dozen.
Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well – A Silent Film – This song is addictive. The first single from the band’s forthcoming second album reminds me a bit of the Killers. Great stuff from these lads out of Oxford, England. I have a feeling this one is destined to be one of those classic songs that ends up being a defining song of that summer.
Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings – Great Indie Rock out of Cleveland. This is pure, rough alternative with a punk flare. It’s a ton of fun, and unique in today’s marketplace. Want to sound cool to your friends, play them this song.
Away Frm U – Oberhofer – The Beach Boys meet Oingo Boingo. It’s a unique, cool sound from 21 year old Brad Oberhofer and his band. The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite, that’s impressive! Based on this first single, the band has a ton of potential.
Girls Like You – Naked and Famous – Another hip cool band out of New Zealand. This one has been out for a few months, but is just now starting to get airplay. Thom Powers’ vocals are fantastic and the synth-laden song is a perfect alt-rock dance track.
That Old Black Hole – Dr. Dog Fun, fun stuff from the suburbs of Philly. It’s got a reggae, ska, funky feel and is just a blast to listen to. Surprised this band has seen more success over the past decade. They are playing at the Hangout Festival in Alabama next month, with the next band…
Apartment – Young the Giant – The album is a year and a half old, but the third single is just now getting airplay. It’s as good as the two predecessors “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” I’m truly bummed I missed the chance to catch these guys touring with Grouplove earlier this year. Highly recommend this one.
Simple Song – The Shins – They’re a guilty pleasure, this quintet out of New Mexico. They play kid rock (that’s, kiddie rock, not Kid Rock), alt rock and bubble gum pop, but it’s all pretty damn good. This one is a nice simple love song. I love it…
Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) -Silversun Pickups – I was a huge fan of these guys three or four years ago. They’re prolific, and continually release new stuff. Think it might be time for a break. I find this track to be absolutely mediocre. Check it out for yourself and see if you agree…
Rocky Mountain Way – Godsmack – It’s a nice cover. You’ll find a few of the staples from Joe Walsh’s original masterpiece as well as a few unique Godsmack-like touches.
Sirius XM’s Octane is featuring Egypt Central’s “Enemy Inside” as featured new music. It’s a great tune, that we featured last year. Check out Kerri’s review: White Rabbit
Life’s a Song – Jets Overhead – This one is about five years old now, but new to me. Love the sound of this Canadian Quintet. The lyrics are cool, too.
I Don’t Want to Grow Up – Ramones – It’s a timeless classic off of their Adios Amigos album. Probably the best guitar work on any Ramones tune.
Your Love – Outfield – This song crosses a few genres of Rock, and it’s really an under appreciated classic. Tony Lewis’s vocals on this 80’s hit are timeless.
There you go; thirteen tunes worth checking out, adding to your playlist and dazzling your friends, family, co-workers, and that dude at Starbucks. Guaranteed you’ll like at least seven of them. OK, there’s no guarantee, but you’ll like most of them. Trust me…
Rock On – Cretin