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RIYL: Florence + the Machine, The Decemberists

Didn't think you'd ever see Metallica appear on one of our RIYL lists, did you? Well good, because that's still the case. This week, we've got recommendations for Florence + the Machine, Lou Reed (sans Metallica), and The Decemberists

First up is Florence + the Machine, and their sophomore album, Ceremonials. I loved their first album. I couldn't tell you how many times I listened to that thing. The whole album was lead by Welch's commanding vocals, and surrounded by well-crafted songs. So, when kayln rock started with our roster, I was excited to hear some of her songs.  Check out "Alex the Great", and be sure to pay attention as her campaign gets underway.





Lastly, The Decemberists have an EP being released on Tuesday. The thing I've always loved about them is that each song, and each album, tells a story. There's an element of history or folklore to each song. That, and the fact that the band incorporates every instrument they can get their hands on into the record. It keeps things fresh and interesting. Though the EP, Long Live the King, is mostly acoustic tracks written around the time of The King Is Dead (or so I'm told), that's not necessarily a bad thing. The bad thing is that the band intends to take a multi-year hiatus once their touring ends. Though it's hard to compare anyone to The Decemberists, I think a fan of well-written indie rock would like Grand & Noble. They're another fairly new band, so be sure to check back with us on them!

As a very special bonus, our very own Golden Bloom is contributing a cover song to If A Lot of Bands Play in the Woods..., a Philistines Jr. cover album, featuring artists like The National, Tokyo Police Club, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and more. You can pick it up on November 1st!






Be sure to check out my playlist below on Spotify, and let me know what you think!

  1. Florence + the Machine - "Shake it Out"
  2. kayln rock - "Alex the Great"
  3. Florence + the Machine - "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)"
  4. Lou Reed - "Perfect Day"
  5. Ed Hale and the Transcendence - "Blind Eye"
  6. Ed Hale - "New Orleans Dreams"
  7. The Decemberists - "Calamity Song"
  8. Grand & Noble - "This Light"
  9. The Decemberists - "Down By the Water"
  10. The Philistines Jr. - "The Bus Stop Song"
  11. Golden Bloom - "Rhyme the Reason"
  12. The National - "Terrible Love"
  13. We Were Promised Jetpacks - "It's Thunder and It's Lightning"

Every week, we'll tell you about a few of our favorite records coming out for the week and a few of our bands that we recommend if you like. Not as a, "Hey, this band sounds exactly like that band," but as more of a, "As a music fan, you might enjoy something similar."

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Janelle is the owner of Green Light Go. When she's not spreading the word on her favorite bands she can usually be found riding her road bike through Michigan, designing super hip clothes or analyzing people much to their dismay.
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