I'm always asking people what I should be listening to - mainly because I have a short attention span... but also due to the fact that I enjoy experiencing all types of new music. I never shut suggestions down and I feel like I annoy others with how often I ask for new options. I thought I'd share a few artists with you all today that you may not have heard of and should totally be listening to! These are just a handful of bands that I found in my iTunes, which I haven't updated in a very long time. So here you go, I'm crossing my fingers that too many music buffs don't bash my taste.
It's funny that this band originated in Philadelphia and I never heard of them until moving to California. To make matters worse, their song "Weekend Irish" was even in an episode of The Office (one of my forever favorite shows) and I still didn't know who they were until the past year! I feel ashamed. Barleyjuice is an Irish rock band that simply kills it. The group performs traditional Irish/Scottish songs but also creates their own powerhouse hits. My personal favorites that I think you'll enjoy (even if you're not an Irish folk / rock fan) are:
Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
The name is a little confusing, right? I thought they were going to be a band about sports or something when I first heard of them back in my high school days. My best friend at the time was so obsessed with them, and I trusted her taste in music so I gave them a listen. Don't let the name throw you off! Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers is an Americana, folk-rock legend in the making. This group is so talented. I can officially say this because I went to a few of their shows back when I lived in Philadelphia. Their albums are filled with the pain they have experienced, the fun times, love, and really everything life throws at you. The top three songs you should check out if you're looking for a new, angelic & beautiful sound in your ears are:
(one of my absolute favorite songs, btw)
^Joey Cape though? <3
With the group of friends I have & most of them being gigantic Lagwagon fans, I didn't realize how low key this band actually is - so I thought I'd shove them in your faces. Lagwagon is a core part of punk rock, in my opinion, and you should be listening to them RIGHT NOW. Their songs are intense, intricate and never fail to stay stuck in your head. I enjoy the sarcasm in their songs and the journey each album takes you through. I can relate to all of the music and we all have been through some portion of their discography at one point in our lives. I happily can say I've seen them perform and they live up to their CDs as well. They are pure talent and I hope to see them in the future again. Some tracks to fill your head with by them are:
Andrew Jackson Jihad
I can listen to Andrew Jackson at any time on any day. You know how some music you have to be in the mood for? Well, I'm always in the mood for Andrew Jackson Jihad. This band is a blend of folk-punk and acoustic punk that just eats at your soul. Their songs are so deep and soulful that they get any person thinking about crap they never have before and are actually kind of a therapy session each time you listen to them. They cover so many different topics which is why I feel like almost anyone can give them a listen and not regret it. Politics, religion, social anxiety, drugs, alcohol, literally anything you can think of they have probably written a song about - and man are they entertaining. If I don't cut myself off I will write ten pages about Andrew Jackson so...here are four (I couldn't settle on three) songs you should check out if you wanna do your entire being a favor:
(No alliteration intended)
That's it for today! I picked these four bands because if you download any album by any artist listed, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Hopefully I expanded your music minds and if not, comment below with what people SHOULD start listening to! Remember to #staynerdy and thanks for reading.