Of Interest to Me: OneRepublic

OneRepublic is a band that I haven’t listened to for a while, but whilst scrolling through my artists I realized that it was necessary to post about them.  Their songs have this certain edge to them that make them automatically stand out as a song you want to put on repeat for hours.  Their first album, Dreaming Out Loud, has most of their well known songs such as Stop and Stare and Apologize, but I feel like the album’s essence is captured with Tyrant because of its furiously powerful piano and vocals.  Their second album, Waking Up, I feel is much better because each song is so perfectly positive, empowering, and different from the next. Secrets will forever be my favorite because of the INSANE cello (as well as Ryan  Tedder’s vocals), but you should also check out Marching On  because it is so unique! The song forces you to envision people who have suffered but keep on going, searching for a better tomorrow.

Of Interest to Me: The Strokes

Do you like something (not a person) that means so much to you that it’s almost unexplainable?  I only discovered The Strokes about three weeks ago, but already they have become my prime example of how music means so much to me.  The Strokes, formed in ’98 in NYC, are Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr., Fab Moretti, and Nikolai Fraiture.  Their music is classified as “indie garage post punk revival” but to me, their music is 1) inspirational 2) pure 3) simple 4) great-sounding 5) an automatic mood-booster.  My favorite Strokes album is Is This It,released in 2001, and it exemplifies everything that I love about them: the vocals are completely pure and unedited and are simply accompanied by two guitars, a bass, and a drum set.There are no extra sounds and no back up vocals.  Although it’s simple, it sounds amazing and immediately cheers me up and inspires me to make a difference in the world.  If I could, I would force you to listen to: Someday, Reptilia, You Only Live Once, and Under Cover of Darkness.

Of Interest to Me: Paramore

Paramore, an alternative rock band that is well known for songs such as crushcrushcrush and The Only Exception, consists of Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York.  I love Paramore for the peace and energy that their music brings me, their meaningful and relatable lyrics, and the great diversity between their second album, Riot!, and their third album, Brand New Eyes.  I first fell in love with Paramore when I heard Riot!‘s simplistic guitar/bass/drum combinations; if you listen to Let the Flames Begin, you will probably suddenly feel like jumping on top of a table and accomplishing anything you feel like.  Brand New Eyes, their most recent album that contains more acoustic guitar parts, reminds me of sitting outside on a swing on a beautiful spring day, contemplating life.  Both albums are amazing and if you’ve only heard Paramore’s hit singles, check out some of their other songs such as Let the Flames Begin or Where the Lines Overlap because you will understand what I am trying to convey in this post.

Of Interest to Me: The White Stripes

The White Stripes, a blues/alternative rock band, consisted of Jack and Meg White, who released six studio albums before they officially announced the band’s break-up last month.  It is really hard for me to talk about this band in the past tense because I really love (loved?) them…but I suppose that everything ends eventually.  Anyways, The White Stripes are sort of an acquired taste; their music focuses on simplicity in a way that really opens your eyes.  When I first listened to them, I noticed the simple drum and guitar parts, but then I quickly realized that it helps you discover the roots of alternative rock.  Jack and Meg try to show their fans that for something to be great it doesn’t have to be super complicated.  Simplifying music can make you appreciate it even more!  I suggest checking out Seven Nation Army, Icky Thump, or Ball and Biscuit by The White Stripes and discover how great a  simple song can be!

Of Interest to Me: Florence + The Machine

Last June when I picked up Lungs, Florence + The Machine’s first album, I immediately fell in love with it.  Florence + The Machine is an indie pop band that consists of Florence Welch and the musicians that acompany her, which vary for different live shows.  Most of you know Florence’s hit single, The Dog Days Are Over, but if this post does anything I hope it persuades you to listen to the rest of the album.  Every song on this album is so catchy and lighthearted; that I find they are the perfect songs to listen to if you are aiming to ease some stress, kick back, and pretend that it’s summer vacation.  My favorite songs on Lungs are Blinding because it’s a song that really makes you think if you listen to the lyrics, and Hurricane Drunk because the beat makes me want to dance around as if it was summer and I had no homework.  So, if you like The Dog Days Are Over, check out the rest of the album!

Of Interest to Me: Panic! at the Disco

After a three year hiatus, Panic! at the Disco (Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith) have returned with their first single, The Ballad of Mona Lisa, off their upcoming third studio album entitled Vices and Virtues, due out on March 29th!  I am exceedingly excited about their new album because their single showcases that it will be a combination of their first two albums.  Panic! is known mostly for I Write Sins Not Tragedies and Nine in the Afternoon, and if you have ever heard these songs, you will realize that their first album is very punk and dark while their second album is very Beatle-esque and easy to listen to.  Their albums display their versatility, entertaining lyrics, and their ability to cheer people up with their music, which are great qualities in a band.  If you guys enjoy the two songs previously mentioned, make sure to check out The Ballad of Mona Lisa because it is extremely catchy and will not disappoint you!

Of Interest to Me: U2

No offense, but if ‘U2’ is a new term for you, then you must live under a rock.  U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr) is a Dublin-native band that has released 12 studio albums and received over 20 Grammy awards since 1976.  They were named the 19th greatest band of all time by VH1 (I watched it on TV) and I concur because U2 is the definition of classic punk rock for me.  Since the ’70s, their clear and pure rock sound inspires people and their lyrics speak the truth and can appeal to everyone.  My favorite U2 song, Sunday Bloody Sunday, motivates and inspires me no matter how many times I listen to it.  U2 has been inspiring and influencing to millions of fans since before I was born.  U2 is too awesome for me to explain in one “Of Interest to Me” post, therefore I recommend checking if your parents already own a U2 album that you can listen to.  They probably have some.

Of Interest to Me: METRIC

The week in which I write about my absolute favorite band has come.  Metric is an indie-rock band formed in Toronto, made up of lead singer Emily Haines, guitarist Jimmy Shaw, bassist Josh Winstead, and drummer Joules Scott-Key.  They have released four studio albums and recently started recording number five!  Metric is the first band I started listening to when I got into alternative music, and for this reason they are the only band I can ever truly call “my favorite band”.  I worship Metric and hope you check them out (they released an exclusive iTunes session last week) because:

1. Their music is so powerful; each song is bold, different, and conveys a unique message.

2. Every album tells a story that really appeals to me.  Each story is different (because Metric is never afraid to try new things) yet every song is clearly made by them.

3. Each band member is so talented (they sound amazing in concert) and true to themselves, and they treat each other respectfully.

4. When I listen to a Metric song, I always want to dance and sing along, which I think is one of the greatest qualities a song can have.

Of Interest to Me: Evanescence

Evanescence (Bring Me To Life or Call Me When You’re Sober ring any bells?) is my favorite COME-OUT-WITH-A-NEW-ALBUM-ALREADY band and they deserve appreciation.  Evanescence (currently Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, Tim McCord, and Will Hunt) has not come out with a new album since The Open Door, in 2006, but I still listen to their music all the time.  I obsess over Evanescence’s music because every song makes me want to either scream or cry, due to the lyrics and the amazing use of distorted guitars or soft piano. My favorite song is Hello, in which Amy Lee sings about the day her sister died.  The  way she sings this song gives me chills yet inspires me to appreciate all the people in my life.  Evanescence’s music is emotional but it should not scare anyone away because their songs have so much meaning and feeling behind them.  If you listen to Hello I swear that you will want to hear much more from Evanescence!

Of Interest to Me: My Chemical Romance

First of all I want to say that I am not copying Hannah; we just listen to the same bands at the same time, ok? 🙂 Anyways, My Chemical Romance (Gerard Way, Frank Iero, Ray Toro and Mike Way) released their latest album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, about two weeks ago, and I have not listened to much else since.  I bet you have already heard of My Chemical Romance and are thinking, “EWW, she listens to that emo band?” But I assure you that this album is a lot different, because the songs are more melodic and the theme of the album is not as dark as their last album, The Black Parade.  The songs on Danger Days are about breaking free, doing what you want with your life and not letting anyone hold you back (and they are all really catchy!).  So if you feel like listening to music that will empower you and make you think, check them out!