5 songs you must hear this week: 21 October 2019

I went through over five hundred music submissions from the last week to come up with these five recommendations, Thoughts?

1. Taylor Hawkins and the Coat Tail Riders, Crossed the Line
Get the Money (RCA)
RIYL: The idea of the Foo Fighters where Dave isn’t in charge

You can tell when the Foo Fighters are on a bit of a break when Taylor Hawkins’ band—the most honestly-named group in the history of rock—takes advantage of the gap in the work schedule to release a new album. In this case, though, Taylor brings in his boss to appear on a few songs. Other guests include Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Perry Farrell, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Taylor’s drumming hero, Roger Taylor of Queen, and, er, LeAnn Rimes.

2. Theo and the Thugs, Doesn’t Really Matter
Single (Frontside)
RIYL: Canadians covering Canadians

The Theo in this equation is Theo Goutzinakis from Gob. The band is on a bit of a break wile drummer Tom Thacker goes on tour with Sum 41. Gabe Mantel and Steven Fairwater are also along for this cover of the classic Platinum Blonde cover. A full album will be out in 2020

3. Texas King, Chandelier
Circles (Independent)
RIYL: Anyone else hear Counting Crows here?

I first heard about this band from an American listeners who caught Texas Kings opening for Big Wreck on a US tour. What we have are four guys from London, Ontario, who make melodic Canadian rock. This is radio-ready stuff that should soon spread everywhere.

4. Saint PHNX, Sorry
Single (DDMN/AWAL)
RIYL: Walk Off the Earth, Strumbellas, AJR

Yes, it’s pronounced “Saint Phoenix.” It features two brothers from Glasgow, Scotland who made some waves with a single called King a couple of years ago. Their other claim to fame? Being chosen for Taco Bell’s Spring 2019 Feed the Beat Lineup. Crunchy gorditas for everyone!

5. Silversun Pickups, Don’t Know Yet
Widows Weeds (Warner)
RYIL: Post-grunge grunginess

Officially the third single from the band’s fifth album, which was released back in June. This comes just as the band sets out on a series of Christmas-themed headliner gigs through the eastern US,

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