Coming in strong for the second week of September…we’ve loaded this week’s playlist with poppy-beats, fresh hip hop, and even sprinkled in a few repeat-offenders…
Check ‘em out!
The Summer Pledge – “Wonder”
They hold a surprisingly refreshing sound to come out of the Detroit rock scene – The Summer Pledge lives true to their name as a summertime band with airy, ambient whirls of dancing guitar over bright, quick-tempo drums. Add in their warming yet intense vocals, and they’re a sure-fire hit for any playlist. Check out their Bandcamp for more tunes!
Our Mighty Heart – “Iron Gates”
You may have heard this little gem at the 2011 Dally in the Alley in downtown Detroit - if not, you’d be missing out to not give them a listen. Our Mighty Heart is a traditional Americana-blues band with a hint of folk-rock spliced in. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan, they’ve got heart and it is beating loud…Check them out here!
Trick Trick – “Let It Fly”
Trick Trick is a nationally-known rapper from the D; he’s performed alongside rappers Eminem, Lil Jon, and Ice Cube. He’s also credited as the man responsible for starting the Detroit “No Fly Zone,” which means rappers not from Detroit or who don’t support other rappers from Detroit are not welcome to perform in the city. Check out “Let It Fly” here!
Rogue Satellites – “Blue Skies Don’t Care”
Rogue Satellites are the flawless blend of electronic and pop-rock. They piece together the best of the electronic-spacey vibe and throw in a heavier rocky guitar smitten with a poppy beat. They’re quickly addictive – give them a listen here!
Eminem – “The Real Slim Shady”
Rolling Stone magazine ranks The Marshall Mathers LP as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time AND they placed it at number seven on their list of the best albums of the 2000s. The album sold over 1.76 million copies in the first week alone! Hear the song “The Real Slim Shady” here!
The Sights – “Guilty”
Bringing back that gritty Detroit rock and roll sound – similar to Bob Seger – is The Sights. They’re that perfect combination of rock, spliced with a bluesy-soul vibe and a touch of The Black Keys. The Sights even rock out with a saxophonist in the band! Find tour dates and more information on their website here!
Flint Eastwood – “Can You Feel Me Now”
Flint Eastwood – part pop, part rock, a splash of groovy melodies and danceable beats – they certainly know how to captivate and excite a crowd. The song “Can You Feel Me Now” starts off slow with an interesting, jangly beat and quickly sets off into a pop-infused dance party. Check them out here!
The Hounds Below – “You Light Me Up In The Dark”
What can be said about The Hounds Below that has not already been said? Echoing-winding guitar intertwined with lead singer Jason Stollsteimer’s soulfully-powerful vocals. “You Light Me Up In The Dark” is the title track off of their debut record. Hear it in all of its glory here!
The Sixth Generation – “This Is The Time”
The Sixth Generation plays a mix of original and beloved 1960s remakes – all in the style of the groovy-1960s that is. They were honored in 2011 when they were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends hall of fame and recently, they’ve just completed a tour in England – where they were invited to play at the world famous Cavern Club! Check out their website here!
The Kickstand Band – “Summer Means Fun”
From first listen, The Kickstand Band is a fun-filled, poppy band with a bit of spunk – but when you listen more, you’ll find softer and slower wispy-guitar tracks with more soul. They are loaded with sticky-hooks and melodic guitar riffs. Hear more here!
Your fave band not listed? Tell us about ‘em in the comments!