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Nekokat – Communication II

Nekokat’s 2015 EP is an upbeat indie rock record complete with a delicate mix of high energy and more subdued moments. Nekokat is one of today’s largely overlooked super groups consisting of The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzigreuter, The Summer Set’s Jess Bowen, and Weatherstar’s Cameron Walker. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out on Communication II include the songs, “Best Year Ever,” “What I Said,” and “Cut My Teeth.” You can purchase Nekokat’s Communication II on iTunes, as well as listen to the record on their Soundcloud and Spotify accounts. Nekokat has also just released two new singles “Bella Goodbye” and “Haunted” this year, which are available to check out on all the platforms just mentioned as well. Nekokat – Communication II Track List Best Year

Panic! At the Disco – Death of a Bachelor

Panic! At the Disco’s full-length record from 2016 is an alternative-centered album that manages to fantastically blend various different genres, such as pop, rock, and even jazz into its eleven track runtime in order to hold interest the entire way through the record. Although a bit of a departure from the band’s widely recognized sound, the most impressive aspect of the record is the fact that not only is lead singer Brendan Urie the single remaining member here, but that Urie also played most of the instruments, wrote all of the songs, and co-produced the record, in addition to providing the vocals. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out on Death of a Bachelor include the songs, “Golden Days,” “Death of a Bachelor,”

Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down

Relient K’s 2009 record provides a dose of high energy throughout, as well as reflective and catchy vocals that are sure to appeal to a variety of different listener types. Despite getting close to being 10 years old, this record manages to still sound current and fresh in the context of today’s music scene. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out on Forget and Not Slow Down include the songs, “Candlelight,” “I Don’t Need a Soul,” and “Forget and Not Slow Down.” You can purchase Relient K’s Forget and Not Slow Down on iTunes and Amazon, as well as listen to the record on their Spotify account. Relient K – Forget and Not Slow Down Track List Forget and Not Slow DownI Don’t Need a SoulCandlelightFlarePart of

*Repeat Repeat – Floral Canyon

*Repeat Repeat’s most recent record from 2017 blends a vintage 60’s rock sound with modern alternative elements in a unique and wonderful way. Beyond this, the band has fantastic vocal tradeoffs between its two singers to provide continued interest throughout the entire record. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, *Repeat Repeat continues to differentiate itself as a group amongst a highly competitive music scene from the asterisk in the band’s name to the group’s distinctive style. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out on Floral Canyon include the songs, “Everybody’s Falling in Love,” “Girlfriend,” and “Hooks.” You can purchase *Repeat Repeat’s Floral Canyon on iTunes and Amazon, as well as listen to the record on their Spotify and Soundcloud accounts. I would also highly recommend getting a

Steven Fiore – Youth and Magic

Steven Fiore’s full-length record from 2013 is an acoustic-driven and folk-inspired journey that never feels stale or boring. The North Carolina based Steven Fiore utilizes various layers that provide a contemporary vibe to already pleasing acoustic guitar hooks. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out include the songs, “Spend a Little Time,” “Flicker and Fade,” and “Hourglass.” You can purchase Steven Fiore’s Youth and Magic on iTunes and CD Baby, as well as listen to the record on his Bandcamp and Spotify accounts. I would also highly recommend checking out some of Fiore’s live acoustic renditions of his songs on YouTube due to the fact that they provide a different, yet still gratifying listening experience. Steven Fiore – Youth and Magic Track List White

Sum 41 – Underclass Hero

Sum 41’s full-length record from 2007 is an alternative album that marks a slight departure in the band’s more punk-oriented sound, and instead into a sound that is quite diverse within various aspects of the musical spectrum. Perhaps most recognized for their hits “Fat Lip” and “In too Deep,” the band continues to be successful today in both touring and recording endeavors. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out on Underclass Hero include the songs, “March of the Dogs,” “Dear Father,” and “Walking Disaster.” You can purchase Sum 41’s Underclass Hero on iTunes and Amazon, as well as listen to the record on their Spotify account. I would highly recommend this album due to the fact that it continues to hold up, and is,

Sun Culture

Sun Culture’s self-titled debut record is an older and more obscure release from 2014, but worth checking out for those that enjoy indie rock music. Headed by former Greenwood, Indiana native, Chase Coy, Coy has had some success as a solo artist by collaborating with talents such as Colbie Caillat, while at his current location in Nashville, Tennessee. Sun Culture’s debut album is full of fantastic summer indie vibes that still manages to sound current in today’s music scene. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out include the songs, “Sea Salt,” “Boundaries,” and “God Only Knows.” You can purchase Sun Culture’s record on iTunes, as well as listen to the record on their Noisetrade and Soundcloud accounts. As of late, Chase

The 1975 — I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

The 1975’s sophomore record from 2016 is an alternative masterpiece that captivates the same qualities that made the 1975’s debut record flourish with fresh sounds, but also manages put its own spin on the record in a variety of ways. I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it not only has one of the longest album titles and track lists of a successful record in recent history, but also provides an assortment of songs for various listening moods that are sure to stick with a person for a long time as well. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out include, “She’s American,” “This Must Be My Dream,” and “UGH!” You can purchase The 1975’s I

The Beach Boys – Shut Down Volume 2

The Beach Boys’ fifth full-length record from 1964 is an album full of summer vibes, romantic lyrics, as well as wonderful harmonies that are sure to get stuck in a person’s head no matter what time of year it is. Titled as the second volume due to the band’s label at the time, Capitol Records, previously releasing a compilation entitled Shut Down, Shut Down Volume 2 reached all the way to number 13 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out on Shut Down Volume 2 include the songs, “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” as well as “Cassius Love vs. Sonny Wilson,” which is a highly entertaining skit where both Brian Wilson and Mike Love lovingly trash each other’s

The Ready Set – I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love

The Ready Set’s full-length record from 2016 is an 80’s inspired album that manages to infuse a contemporary pop sound in a fantastic and unique way. The Ready Set is probably most recognized for their 2010 hit “Love Like Woe,” and is solely led by Jordan Witzigreuter. Some of my favorite tracks worth checking out on I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love include the songs, “Run with Me,” “Disappearing Act,” and “Should We Go Downtown.” You can purchase The Ready Set’s I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love on iTunes and Amazon, as well as listen to the record on their Spotify account. I would highly recommend this album due to the fact that Jordan Witzigreuter self-produced the album himself, as well as wrote

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