Pod Picks for May 2, 2013

May 1, 2013 

This week we recommend some new singer-songwriter material, some head-banging, and some prog rock which you can download (legally, of course) or stream to your personal media device of choice.

"Two Fingers" by Jake Bugg

This 19-year-old, English singer/songwriter, claims he’s not a big fan of Bob Dylan. And maybe he’s not, maybe he’s just a big fan of everyone else Dylan influenced. Either way, the kid can take terse teenagerisms and make them catchy as hell. He really sounds like he has something new to say when he half-talks/half-sings “I drink to remember, I smoke to forget, some things to be proud of some stuff to regret.” By the time the drums kick in and he’s strumming along with a lah-de-dah chorus it just feels right. Yes, it’s been said and done before but who cares, this kid makes it sound good.

"In Due Time" by Killswitch Engage

This melodic metal band from Massachusetts welcomes back original singer Jesse Leach for its sixth studio album. The music harkens back to the golden age of metal, the rapid fire of double-bass drums, the

machine gun report of guitars, the vocal growls rising to stratospheric screams – it’s all so early ‘90s. The band’s new album, "Disarm the Descent” is a renovation of the old sound. But as usual with this band, through all the blasting in-your-face metalcore, there’s a positive message to be heard from some pretty uplifting lyrics. But don’t let that deter you doom-and-gloomers, the music is more crushing than ever.

"Different People" by Biffy Clyro

Perhaps this Scot-rock band has eluded you up until now, but the power trio is kind of a big deal in Britain. On their sixth album, they decided to go epic – releasing the 20-song double album, “Opposites.” Their music is a confluence of experimental literary cybertexts and progressive rock. This sounds like the highly-technical prog-rock of the band Yes. The album is separated into 10 songs about the past and 10 songs that hope for the future. This song kicks off the past portion and sets a mood-swinging tone by changing time signatures and mixing emotion with precision.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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