Song of the Week – October 17, 2008
October 17, 2008, 3:18 pm
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Nickelback, better known for swaggering rock anthems, earns a Song of the Week for the simple, vulnerable “Gotta Be Somebody”. It’s hard to imagine that the band’s last album was released 3 years ago because the single ‘Rockstar’ got incessant play in the Fall of 2007 and Spring of 2008 after releasing late in the cycle, but the new album ‘Dark Horse’ is due out November 18th. If this single is any indication, Dark Horse will surpass the band’s prior successes.

You can check out the single ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ on the band’s website.

Song of the Week – July 18, 2008
July 18, 2008, 7:51 am
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This week’s Song of the Week is ‘Shattered (Turn the Car Around)’ by O.A.R., a band that developed a loyal following with early songs circulated on file sharing sites and freely distributed by the band.

O.A.R. (stands for ‘of a revolution’) formed in Rockville, Maryland, got it’s start at Ohio State University with a roots and reggae style and lot’s of live performance. The band’s new album, All Sides, shows the maturity and polish of a veteran band, which disappoints many of their original fans, but the alt/light rock style is well executed.

Check out the band’s website or grab the album which is up on iTunes.

Song of the Week – June 20th, 2008

This week’s Song of the Week is ‘Propane Nightmares’ from Australian electronica masters Pendulum. The single is off their new album ‘In Silico’ released on Warner UK. Pendulum has been around for a half dozen years, forming in Perth before moving to the UK. Modifying the drum’n’bass style of some of their early single, ‘Propane Nightmares’ is pumped up with synth horns and a ton of energy. This is not music to relax by, but the fusion of styles produces a really slick, driving and melodic sound.

You won’t catch Pendulum live outside of the UK this Summer unless they book some additional shows, but In Silico has been released in the US (their US debut) and you can see/hear more at their website or MySpace Page

Song of the Week – May 29, 2008
May 29, 2008, 8:30 am
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This week’s Song of the Week is Supergirl by ‘Saving Jane’ from the band’s upcoming album ‘One Girl Revolution’, due out at the end of July. Carrying over the success of ‘Girl Next Door’ from their last album, Supergirl has already been picked up by Danica Patrick as the theme song for Patrick Racing, and is getting airplay on alt rock and top 40 stations alike. Fronted by Marti Dodson, this three sometimes four piece band is producing solid rock tunes, and appears to be poised to take the body of work and start to get some recognition.

Their website offers little, but you can learn more and listen to a few tracks at the Myspace page.

Song of the Week – May 16th, 2008
May 15, 2008, 11:51 pm
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This week’s Song of the Week is Coldplay’s title track from their upcoming album ‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends’. The lead single for the album is Violet Hill, which is also a fine track, but ‘Viva la Vida’ is available via iTunes as a teaser track, and the title track has legs….you will be hearing it all summer on A/C radio (along with Duffy). It’s got the signature Coldplay ethereal-yet-rich sound, a a good hook, and the kind of lyrics that leave you more curious than content. This will become one of the Coldplay singles that gets airplay for years, if the rest of the album is as strong as Viva la Vida and Violet Hill, the band is in for another smash with their fourth album.

Check out Violet Hill at the band’s MySpace page. The album won’t be released until June 17th, but the single ‘Viva La Vida’ is available on iTunes. Coldplay will be touring almost all year with dates in Europe, North America and Japan starting in June and running through November.

Coldplay – Viva la Vida

Because there isn’t a video released yet for Viva la Vida, I am embedding the ‘Violet Hill’ performed live video, and I’ll put up the Viva la Vida video as soon as it is available.

Song of the Week – May 9th, 2008
May 9, 2008, 10:37 am
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This week’s Song of the Week is Katy Perry’s new single, ‘I Kissed a Girl’, from her upcoming album ‘One of the Boys’. This non-PC single will get no airplay in parts of the country, the even more non-PC track ‘UR So Gay (And You Don’t Even Like Boys)’ is apparently Madonna’s favorite song right now. ‘UR So Gay’ was released as the title track of Perry’s first EP last November. While many of the lyrics are adult, in a sarcastic/humorous, Alanis Morissette kind of way, the music is catchy and engaging.

Perry, born Katy Hudson, started out as a gospel singer, but has adopted a pop rock sound that is reminiscent of ’80’s bands like Heart. [Her cover of The Outfield’s ‘Use Your Love’ is an improvement on the original.] ‘I Kissed a Girl’ is available on iTunes. You can check out the single and several more at her MySpace Page or her website. Not youngster appropriate though….

Song of the Week – March 28th, 2008

Say what you like about John Mayer’s music, but the man can perform a ballad. This week’s Song of the Week is Mayer’s ‘Say (What You Need to Say)’ a new single that appears courtesy of the soundtrack to “Bucket List” the new Nicholson/Freeman movie.Audio, tour dates, etc. available at John’s site or his MySpace page.