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The Friday Five - 9/28/18

It seems like for every week there is a song or a group of songs that catches your attention all week long. For this week, my top five are songs that stood out to me the most. Some are have been out since the summer and some may be entirely new to some people. Below are my top five songs for this week. Enjoy!

"Lemon to a Knife Fight"- The Wombats

The Wombats is a British band that has been around since the early 2000’s and “Lemon to a Knife Fight” comes off of their 5th studio album. The song itself really rings true for those who have ever felt like they are fighting a losing battle. The song is also super catchy and very relatable. This threesome has been putting out good albums for a while and for someone wanting to know what this band is all about or if they want a new band to get into, they should start with this song.

The whole album itself is super catchy. It is filled with songs that are similar to the one I mentioned, while also dealing with other tough topics. But, the Wombats do an especially good job of paring tough topics with catchy beats. Also, for those thinking about wanting to check this band out live, they will be performing at Austin City Limits in just a few weeks!

"Sit Next To Me"- Foster the People

Speaking of bands that pair tough lyrics with catchy music, Foster the People have been doing very well with their single, “Sit next to Me”. It has been sitting somewhere in the top of the Alternative charts since its release. This song comes off of their LP, Sacred Hearts Club, and has been one of their most successful so far. They band first gained recognition back in 2011 with the song “Pumped up Kicks” from their album, Torches.

The song itself is fun to listen to--catchy without trying too hard. Compared to other alternative singles, it feels laid back and easy going. Though it never feels like it is trying too hard, after one listen you can see why is has been sitting close to the top of some charts. Foster the People continues to make alternative music cool and nice to listen to.

"Hunger"- Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine do a really good job at making songs with a meaning. All of their songs will make you want to dance and feel like you are not alone with all of your problems. The band took some time off after their album 2015 album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. During that time, lead singer Florence Welch really tapped into herself and her struggles, including drinking problems, which she expresses in this album.

"Hunger" is filled with passion and pure emotion. With an opening line like, “At seventeen I started to starve myself, I thought that love was a kind of emptiness" you can tell this will not be just any ordinary song. The song builds and builds until it reaches its big chorus after each verse. This song shows us why this album and band has had a much anticipated return and why we are all happy they are back now!

"Blood in the Water"- grandson

Grandson is an artist many people should be on the lookout for. I first heard this new artist when his song, “Blood in the Water,” played on an alternative radio station and I fell in love with it on the first listen. He has only released singles and EPs so far, but all of them do a good job a showcasing his great artistic abilities and emerging skills.

“Blood in the Water” comes off of his EP Modern Tragedy Vol. 1. The whole LP is politically charged and has something to say. It focuses on the state of politics and how it effects the young people at the center of it all. “Blood in the Water” has political undertones that can be understood throughout the whole song. It is worth a listen along with the music video as well.

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