Playlist Challenge, Day 527

The Heavy — “Short Change Hero”

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Album of the Week: Bruno Mars’s Unorthodox Jukebox

I love Bruno Mars! I’ve actually almost convinced my mom to go see him with me. She likes the funk element to his music.

I chose Unorthodox Jukebox as my album of the week because I used to be obsessed with “Gorilla” and “Locked Out of Heaven.”

Playlist Challenge, Day 473

Portugal. The Man — “Feel It Still”

5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#20)

1. Greyhaven (UK)

Alternative/modern rock from London. For fans of Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, Walk the Moon, etc. Back in May, Greyhaven was featured on a Metal Hammer tribute to Avenged Sevenfold. They covered “Hail to the King.” Here are two originals from the band: “Breathe” and “Truth”.

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2. Playing Savage

Funk/soul/rock with a hint of hip-hop, based in Vienna. For fans of Res, Michael Jackson, Alabama Shakes, etc. Playing Savage is busy writing and recording new music! In the meantime, check out the Spotify page, as well as these two songs from the YouTube page, “This Is Love” and “Get Off of My Back.”

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3. Moonfall

Alternative/pop/rock band from New York. For fans of Fall Out Boy, twenty one pilots, Panic! At The Disco, etc. According to their Instagram, Moonfall has “so much in the works” but “so little we can say.” You can, however, check out the lyric video for “Windswept,” and the video for the first song I heard, “Lost.”

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4. Dare Defy

Hard rock/metal music from Florida. For fans of Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, Finch, etc. (with a touch of Slipknot). Dare Defy’s first EP is available via Spotify. They are currently booking shows and Labor Day weekend, they will be playing the Blue Ridge Rock Fest alongside such acts as Puddle of Mudd, Orgy, Lamb of God, and Jonathan Davis. Listen to the songs “Love Sick” and “Burn.”

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5. Indogen

Melodic progressive rock from Arizona. For fans of Tool, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, etc. Indogen is working on new music and playing live in and around the Phoenix area, so if you’re anywhere nearby, check out their Facebook page and get to a show! Crank up the volume and jam “Autopilot” and “Implosion.”

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5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following (#14)

1. Crashdïet

A glam rock/sleaze metal band from Sweden. For fans of Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Poison, etc. Crashdïet announced their new singer, Gabriel Keyes, in December of 2017 and have been touring ever since.

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2. Villa*Nova

An eclectic blend of funky pop, rock, and hip-hop from South Carolina. For fans of Mindless Self Indulgence, Beastie Boys, Rehab, etc. Villa*Nova is currently touring and working on a new single. In the meantime, check out “Hard to be Around” and “Str8 to the Bottom.”

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3. Days to Come

Rock band from Georgia. For fans of Shinedown, Alter Bridge, TesseracT, etc. Days to Come is working on their next album, tentatively scheduled to be released fall 2018.

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4. Valklix

Punk rock from Kentucky. For fans of Therapy?, The Murderdolls, Bad Religion, etc. Valklix is busy recording tracks for their upcoming album, the demos of which you can listen to on Soundcloud.

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5. At Most Fear

Hard rock/metal music from New York. For fans of All That Remains, Crown the Empire, As I Lay Dying, etc. At Most Fear is touring and have released their debut album, Wicked, available on all major streaming services (such as Spotify). Here are “Solitary” and the title track “Wicked,” featuring Fronz of Attila.

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New Music (6/4 — 6/10)

Halcyon Way: “Blame”

Threefold Maze: “Hope”

Real Friends: “From the Outside”

WSTR: “Bad to the Bone”

Bullet For My Valentine: “Letting You Go”

Unborn Generation: “Ritual”

Cane Hill: “It Follows”

Thrice: “The Grey”

Vein: “Doomtech”

PIG: “The Chosen Few”

Framing Hanley: “Puzzle Pieces”

Daughtry: “Deep End”

Auditory Armory ft. Eric Mann: “The Light That Was Lost”

Dance Gavin Dance: “Count Bassy”

Against the Waves: “As Above So Below”

Seether: “Against the Wall” (Acoustic Version)

The Bridge City Sinners: “Ashes”

Christina Aguilera ft. GoldLink: “Like I Do”

Sleeping Giant: “Preachcore Lives!”

Crossfaith: “The Perfect Nightmare”

Cast the Stone: “As the Dead Lie”

Kataklysm: “The Resurrected” (Live Video)

Badflower: “Ghost”

Sleep Token: “Jaws”

Letters From the Fire: “Naked in the Rain”

Mike Shinoda: “Ghosts”

Johnathan East: “Too Much ‘Bama in Me”

The Veer Union: “City of the Sun”

Threefold Maze: “Lost My Way”

Chino Moreno: “Brief Exchange”

Monster Truck ft. Dee Snider: “True Rocker”

The Smashing Pumpkins: “Solara”

The Night Flight Orchestra: “Lovers in the Rain”

Evanescence ft. Lindsey Stirling: “Hi-Lo”

Madball: “Rev Up”

Aversions Crown: “The Breeding Process”

Beyond the Fade: “Welcome to the Pain”

Trope: “Lambs”

Betrayer: “Embodiment”

Playlist Challenge, Day 383

Maroon 5 ft. Rihanna — “If I Never See Your Face Again”