Benjamin Booker: Right On You

Benjamin Booker recently released his second studio album Witness which is proving to be one of the best albums of the year. The album mixes gospel, garage rock, and blues as Booker expands upon his sound. “Right On You” is one of the best tracks on the record with its raucous guitars and Booker’s growly voice.


The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldier

I have been revisiting Jack White’s discography over the course of the few days. I remember how much I was into The White Stripes and The Raconteurs with their distinct styles. I thought that Jack White could not do wrong and he still has lived up to that notion. “Broken Boy Soldier” is one of The Raconteurs best songs with its interesting sound and Jack White’s vocals.

Trevor Menear: Plates

Trevor Menear is a blues/garage rock musician that does his own take on these genres. His music can be both quiet and aggressive especially on track “Plates”. The song is instrumental but produces a melancholy atmosphere that hits its breaking point towards the end. Check it out above.

The Hives: 1000 Answers

During the early 2000s when garage rock and post-punk revival became very popular The Hives were one of the bands that burst onto the scene with their energetic mix of these two genres. Their loud sound and fast guitars made the band an act to see live.

One of their best songs is “1000 Answers” from their record ‘Lex Hives”. The punk rock sound and catchy lyrics sung by lead vocalist Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist is quite exhilarating. Check it out above.

Benjamin Booker: Violent Shiver

I just discovered Benjamin Booker and I must say that his self-titled album is quite possibly the best record I have heard in ages. I have been looking for new guitar centered music and I stumbled across him while listening to Shakey Graves on youtube.  His music is both explosive and moving with its blues/soul/garage centric vibe.

One of the best songs on his incredible album is “Violent Shiver” which has one of the most catchiest and amazing riffs ever with its fast paced tempo.  Check out his stunning live performance on David Letterman above.

The Orwells: Who Needs You (live)

The Orwells was recommended to me and I decided to check them out. I must say I am really impressed with this band. Their music is a mix of punk rock and garage rock in the vein of Cage the Elephant and The Ramones.

I watched the above video where the band perform on Late Night with David Letterman and I was both amused and stunned by their raucous performance. Check it out.

Wavves: Sail to the Sun

California surf/garage rock band  Wavves has had a really standout year with the release of their new album “Afraid of Heights”. The album is a mixture of that familiar surf pop sound from the band and post-grunge. The album opens with one of the best tracks on the album, ‘Sail to the Sun’. The video for this track is so captivating with its dark subject matter of an unholy priest who leads a secret life. The priest dabbles in drugs and even engages in solicitation of prostitutes. This video is definitely one of my top favorite music videos of the year.

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