Playlist Challenge, Day 388

Pinkly Smooth — “Mezmer”

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June 2018 Album Releases

6/1

-Ben Howard: Noonday Dream

-Owl City: Cinematic

-Roger Daltrey: As Long As I Have You

-American Aquarium: Things Change

-Beach Skulls: Las Dunas

-Def Leppard: Volume One

-The Flaming Lips: Greatest Hits, Vol. One

-Ghost: Prequelle

-MANIAC: Dead Dance Club

-Neko Case: Hell-On

-Phil Cook: People Are My Drug

-ZZ Top: Cinco No. 2, The Second Five LPs

-Jason Birmingham: No Fux Given

-Michael Ray: AMOS

-Monowhales: Control Freak

-Black Lotus: Wilted

6/2

-Killakoi: Pangea

6/8

-Tremonti: A Dying Machine

-Jorja Smith: Lost & Found

-Kanye West and Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghost

-Lily Allen: No Shame

-Lykke Li: So Sad, So Sexy

-Sheppard: Watching the Sky

-Sugarland: Bigger

-Snail Mail: Lush

-Black Sabbath: Supersonic Years (The Seventies Singles Box Set)

-Dance Gavin Dance: Artificial Selection

-Dave Matthews Band: Come Tomorrow

-Dierks Bentley: The Mountain

-Erin Rae: Putting on Airs

-Fire Down Below: Hymn of the Cosmic Man

-Mick Ronson: Beside Bowie, The Mick Ronson Story

-NeYo: Good Man

-serpentwithfeet: soil

6/15

-Christina Aguilera: Liberation

-Mike Shinoda: Post Traumatic

-Johnny Marr: Call the Comet

-Chromeo: Head Over Heels

-Melody’s Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage

-Andy Jenkins: Sweet Bunch

-Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

-Culture Abuse: Bay Dream

-The Darkness: Live at Hammersmith

-Dead Girls Academy: Alchemy

-Lizzy Borden: My Midnight Things

-Mayday Parade: Sunnyland

-Orange Goblin: The Wolf Bites Back

-Petal: Magic Gone

-Rebelution: Free Rein

-Sepultura: Arise (Deluxe Edition)

-Tangents: New Bodies

-Welles: Red Trees and White Trashes

-Like a Storm: Catacombs

-Letters From the Fire: Letters From the Fire

6/22

-5 Seconds of Summer: Youngblood

-Bebe Rexha: Expectations

-Panic! at the Disco: Pray for the Wicked

-The Blood Choir: Houses of the Sun

-CRAFT: White Noise and Black Metal

-Garbage: Version 2.0 (20th anniversary reissue)

-Hatchet: Dying to Exist

-Paul Rodgers: Paul Rodgers — Free Spirit — Celebrating the Music of Free

-Soulwax: Essential

-White Ring: Gate of Grief

-BrokeNCYDE: 0 to BrokeNCYDE

-City of the Weak: Pulling Teeth

-Impending Doom: The Sin and Doom, Vol. II

6/29

-Bullet For My Valentine: Gravity

-Let’s Eat Grandma: I’m All Ears

-A Delicate Motor: Fellover My Own

-Elle Belle: No Signal

-Florence and the Machine: High as Hope

-Guns ‘N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction — Locked ‘N’ Loaded (deluxe edition)

-Graham Nash: Over the Years…

-Red Baraat: Sound the People

-Social Distortion: Live at the Roxy (Vinyl Reissue)

-Yes: Yes — The Steven Wilson Remixes

-Night Verses: From the Gallery of Sleep

-Glass Lungs: Impermanence

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#6)

1. Midnight Blackout

A post hardcore/math rock band from France. For fans of Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, etc. You can listen to their debut EP, Hangover, on Spotify or YouTube. For a taste of what you can expect, check out “Lorenzo.”

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2. Amerakin Overdose

AOD is a mix of industrial, hard rock, metal, and even a bit of pop. They hail from Oregon. For fans of Nine Inch Nails, Mushroomhead, Static-X, etc. Amerakin Overdose will be hitting the road for a summer tour, kicking off June 29th. Here is my favorite song from them, “Letting Go.”

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3. Advocates

A hard rock/metal/post hardcore band from Australia. For fans of early Atreyu, Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall, etc. Check out “Destructive Tendencies” from 2016’s The Complex Truth.

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4. Values

A melodic metal/hardcore band from the UK. For fans of early Asking Alexandria, Mastodon, Beartooth, etc. Listen to the latest single, “Hopeless,” below!

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5. Marquis of Vaudeville

A truly unique band from Dallas. Best described as alternative/carnivalesque rock/psychedelic punk cabaret. I don’t know how to do a “for fans of,” but perhaps I can say if you liked the music from The Devil’s Carnival, or just Emilie Autumn, you’ll like Marquis of Vaudeville. I’m sharing the first song I listened to, and I highly encourage you to check out more.

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Let’s Talk Covers (Asking Alexandria Edition)

I know I’ve been posting about Asking Alexandria a lot lately — and here’s another one!

But seriously. I stumbled across the video of them covering Ed Sheeran and it made me wonder what other covers they had done. So here we are.

1. “Perfect” (Ed Sheeran cover)

2. “What I’ve Done” (Linkin Park cover)

3. “Right Now” (Akon cover)

4. “Closer” (Nine Inch Nails cover)

5. “Duality” (Slipknot cover)

There are several more. Hop on over to YouTube and check them out. You won’t regret it.

Asking Alexandria Release Video of “Someone, Somewhere” (Acoustic) in Honor of Memorial Day

I saw Asking Alexandria perform “Someone, Somewhere” acoustically in Birmingham last month, and it was a beautiful and moving tribute. To release a new video, featuring footage of the band performing for the troops, is a wonderful way to honor those in the military on this day of remembrance.

Via Facebook:

“In remembrance on Memorial Day, we’re excited to release a new acoustic version of ‘Someone, Somewhere.’ We hope our friends, families and fans around the globe will join us in thanking the incredible servicemen and women around the world that dedicate their lives to keeping us all safe and free from harm. This is for you. We thank you!”

Album of the Week: Asking Alexandria’s Stand Up and Scream

“Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” and “Not the American Average” are enough reason for me to choose Stand Up and Scream as my album of the week… And that’s before adding in “A Candlelit Dinner with Inamorta” and “A Single Moment of Sincerity.” ❤

Artist to Watch: Liam B. Smith

Liam B. Smith is an indie rock artist from Virginia. His latest single, entitled “Keep Your Head Up,” is a wonderfully refreshing reminder of a time when rock wasn’t afraid to showcase the fun elements of pop.

The instant the track starts, you can’t help bobbing your head. The combination of Liam’s clean vocals, a catchy chorus that begs for listeners to sing along, and lyrics that are so relatable creates a song that rivals most of what is currently being played on mainstream radio.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out “Keep Your Head Up.”

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