Music time, ladies and gents! Here is this month’s DTC Listens playlist for your jamming pleasure.

 

 

Andrea Francois

 “Songs I Can’t Listen To” – Neon Trees

 Neon Trees has this really neat ability to make me feel feelings, while also wanting to boogie my ass off. “Songs I Can’t Listen To” is exactly what you think it’s about; having a song attached to an old, broken romance and it being ruined forever.

 “Good Name” – William Onyeabor

This is just like, the weirdest, most impressive thing I have listened to in a long time. I love it.

Kali Sluyter


“Lonely Town” – Brandon Flowers

 This song is like the more upbeat, groovy cousin of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”, in the sense that it has really creepy lyrics but a really danceable background.  Sting wishes he could be this soulful and charming with B.Flow’s slight Springsteen edge.

 “Powerful Man” – Hop Along

 I read an article recently about how Hop Along have one of the best singers in rock music right now, and I think this song is an excellent representation of that.  Frances Quinlan’s vocals go from sweet to anguished in .5 seconds, and I really love it.

 

 Rene Rodriguez

“Life @ 11” – A Day To Remember

 This is one of my all time favorite songs by ADTR. It’s got strong lyrics, catchy rhythms, and a strong energy that drives the vocals. It also has a great breakdown and it’s bridge is one of the most creative things I’ve ever heard (utilizing whispers to emphasize voices in our heads.) It’s a great song and is one of my all time favorites.

 “We Like It Loud” – Sleeping With Sirens

 This album really is growing on me, but I really love this song. It’s short and to the point really; it’s fast, loud, and fun. This definitely a crank your stereo song meant for all the rock fans inside and out.

 

Matt Brier

“Spring(Among the Living)” – My Morning Jacket

 The Waterfall is a fantastic album overall, but for whatever reason this song is the one that stuck with me the most. The slow build of energy through the song to the explosion of energy via distorted vocals and guitars just got into my head.

 “Quarterback” – Kopecky

 I never really got into the band formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band. It wasn’t a conscious decision or anything, just too much music and not enough hours available. This song just kind of pinged my radar and it has been stuck in my head since. Very upbeat, earworm type pop from the new album Drug For The Modern Age.

 

Paul Jaissle

 “Box Batteries” – Mac McCaughan

Non-Believers, Superchunk and Portastatic frontman Mac McCaughan’s first album under his own name, manages to channel both the sounds and themes of John Hughes’ 1980s “coming of age” films. This track is the standout one for me due to its punchy power pop sound. A perfect summer song.

 “Made My Mind Up” – Mikal Cronin

Speaking of perfect summer songs, Mikal Cronin’s new album MCIII –with its polished production, lush harmonies, and blissed-out vibe– seems destined to be blared from the windows of beach-bound cars all season long.

 

 Jonathan Francois

“Void Ripper” – Infinity Shred

This has to be one of my favorite bands. I dig the complete lack of any vocal element to their music. It’s perfect music for me to get things done with as I get very distracted if I feel like someone’s talking to/at me.

 “Purple” – Cold Electric

I’ve been listening to the “I Read Comic Books” podcast. And at the end of every episode, they always tell me where they got their music from. I finally checked these guys out and I’m super glad I did. Awesome concentration music (which is apparently the theme for this week).

 

Attention! That’s it for this month! Let us know in the comments what you’ve been listening to!

About The Author

Andrea is currently the Site Administrator and Music Editor at DestroyTheCyborg!, and in real life works as a corporate drone for a mid-west retailer. Like most people, she did not go to school for any of those things. In her spare time, she plays her musical things, video games, and occasionally goes outdoors. She loves beer and wine, and avoids dirtying dishes at all costs.
Andrea is the wife of video game and comic reviewer, Jon Francois, and together with their cats, have a life goal of ruling the world (or just sort of hanging out, whichever proves to be easier).

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