1. 1. Halestorm
Think Halestorm is named because their music pelts you like small balls of ice? Nope! Lead singer Lzzy Hale brings it … and I have quite the thing for girls who forget vowels. In any case, gobble this band up before cheap, weight-conscious alcoholics across the country become “fans” - a Halestorm song was recently featured in a Bud Light commerical.
2. 2. The Downtown Fiction
MAYBE you’ve heard there most popular song “I Just Wanna Run.” Well if it didn’t make you want to run (pun very much intended) to more of their songs, then I can’t help you. I would suggest checking out their Pineapple-EP because … well … why wouldn’t you give a band who names their album after fruit a chance?
3. 3. The Front Bottoms
Need a little levity in your day? Then try out this band whose lead song on their new album is all about the pretentiousness of a heartbroken boy and his use of the French language.
4. 4. Marianas Trench
With lyrics as deep as what they have named themselves after (ok, maybe not THAT deep) Marianas Trench is a definite must-listen. “Cross My Heart” may remind you of another Fall Out Boy wannabe, but give some of their other songs a listen (like the one above!)
5. 5. MS MR
Maybe I’m a sucker for bands with female lead singers … ok, I’m a sucker for bands with female lead singers. ITunes says that “a seductively erotic charge courses through” their album. I don’t know what that means, but Lizzy Plapinger definitely sounds hot … too bad she stuck that unnecessary “i” in her first name. And as a bonus for you music-loving fantasy nerds, “Bones” was a featured song on the Season 3 trailer for Game of Thrones (which I totally knew before I YouTubed the song … )
6. 6. New Politics
A pop-punk band with a little bit of alternative thrown in for a good hipster mix, New Politics is fun band that’s definitely worth checking out.
7. 7. The Punchline
These guys are no joke (I seriously crack myself up). After a little 6-year vay-kay, The Punchline came back with their 2012 EP “So Nice to Meet You.” It rose to number 8 on the iTunes top sellers but that wasn’t good enough for bassist Chris Fafalios, who swore he would leave the band if the EP didn’t hit #1. Geez, I hope they can find someone else who can play bass.
8. 8. The Story So Far
If you like things a little harder (insert joke here), then The Story So Far might be your cup of tea … or rather cup of Monster energy drink. I’m not a huge fan of anything heavy so excuuuuuuse me if you’re a metal head who takes it personally that I call this “a little harder” but hey, you’re probably too busy trying to fit into your 2-size-too-small Affliction shirt to do anything about it anyway.
9. 9. The Wonder Years
Their newest album can be seen as an hommage to their lead singer’s war to beat depression. So, ya, try to talk bad about them now.
10. 10. Youngblood Hawke
A bit calmer and much more of at least what I think of when I think “alternative,” Youngblood Hawke is good ol’ home cookin’ … and music I guess.
11. 11. Arctic Monkeys
1. They are British
2. They are called the frickin’ Arctic Monkeys