There are a plethora of bands out there. Many of them are lesser-known, unfortunately. There’s just not enough time in the world for any one person to know them all… Unless that person is Dan Bergstein. Or the Easter Bunny.
Anyhow! I spotted an article here on Sparklife listing five bands the world must know, and of course little me thought, “Aha! I could do that!” And here I am, telling y’all about my lovely taste in pretty music! So, without further ado…
1. The Dresden Dolls: This Boston-based duo, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, is epically awesome. They made up their own brand-new genre. That should be an indication of their awesomeness. Their lyrics are sarcastic and darkly funny, though sometimes creepy—but that’s their charm. (PS: If you like the Dolls, check out Amanda’s solo work—it’s just as awesome.)
Songs to hear: “Backstabber”—the perfect angsty, angry song, and it’s fantastic for dancing to.
Also, listen to “Sing”—fabulously wonderful lyrics, great message, and it makes you want to… SING!
2. Motion City Soundtrack: Slightly emo, more than slightly fantastic. The music has that teenage, melodramatic feel that you just need sometimes, but it doesn’t go overboard. The lyrics are often adorable, plus the cover of their latest album has a dinosaur on it.
Songs to hear: “Skin and Bones”—it's wonderfully naïve and light while still asking some pretty deep questions (“What if there’s nothing more to us? We’re just carbon-based, we’re just pixie dust…”) and “Make Out Kids”—cute, meaningful, fun to listen to.
3. HaDag Nachash: No, I didn’t spell that band name wrong. It’s Hebrew! HaDag Nachash (which translates to “The Snake Fish”) is an Israeli hip-hop group. Now, don’t think “ugh, hip-hop,” and walk away—I'm not a big hip-hop fan either, but this band is just so great; their songs are about the big issues in Israel today (terrorism, cultural differences, etc.), but they manage to be catchy and awesome at the same time. You may not be able to understand a word they’re saying (unless you speak Hebrew, in which case I bow down to your superior knowledge) but you’ll love them. Trust me.
Songs to hear: “Bella Belisima”—a song about a woman who saves the life of a terrorist. It’s surprisingly happy. A snippet of it was on an episode of NCIS a while back, for all you fellow NCIS fans. Also listen to “Rak Po”—the singer lists all the horrible things about Israel, then remembers that only there does he feel at home.
4. Harry and the Potters: Okay, guys, let’s talk. It’s time to stop pretending we’re too mature for Harry and his buddies. Let’s say it loud and proud: WE NERDS LOVE POTTER MUSIC! You know you do. It’s amusing to fans of the books and catchy enough that even some non-fans (they exist?! Blasphemy!) might be drawn in.
Songs to hear: “The Foil (Draco Malfoy)”—even Draco fangirls like me can appreciate this song. Also, “Follow the Spiders.” Any song with the words “Don’t be scared / That spider is only the size of a small elephant” is worth listening to.
5. Passion Pit: This band is similar to the rather more popular MGMT, but, in my humble opinion, Passion Pit is better. They employ electronic sound, catchy dance beats, and beautiful lyrics to make music that is delicious perfection. The only warning I would give is do NOT listen to them all day. The electronic-ness will melt your brain if exposed for too long.
Songs to hear: “Let Your Love Grow Tall”—best lyrics ever. That’s all I can say. “Smile Upon Me”—it’s just so dang cute! And dance-to-able! I just made up that word