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Music That Rocks: Summer Jams, Vol. 3

Now that summer is here, it’s time to upgrade the old summer playlist with some new hits. All summer long, we here at The Rock will be presenting some of our favorite songs for your listening pleasure. Roll down those windows, soak up the sun and turn up the awesome summer jams!


“Daredevil” – Fiona Apple

I recently started listening to Fiona Apple a lot, and this being one of the first songs on her album “The Idler Wheel…” it’s made a big impression on me. It’s odd, sometimes it sounds like she is crying, but there’s something very relatable about the line “Don’t let me… ruin me.” It’s a quirky song that has I’ve come to love! – Saidhbhe Berry ‘17

“Holy Grail” – Jay-Z ft. Beyonce

Last week, I saw our generation’s greatest power couple–Jay-Z and Beyonce–absolutely crush it in the Boston iteration of their On the Run tour. There was a ton of hype around this show, but with a 42-song setlist featuring throwbacks and new hits, Jay and Bey delivered an incredible performance to a crowd of thousands. “Holy Grail” was definitely the best part of the concert–on the original track, Justin Timberlake sings the hook, but Beyonce delivered an emotional and vocally powerful rendition which coupled beautifully with her husband’s hip-hop verses. I could go on forever about the show (I think I shed a tear when Bey sang “Halo” with footage of baby Blue Ivy playing in the background) but this cover of “Holy Grail” was without a doubt the highlight of the night. – Kate Lewis ‘15

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

My favorite ginger Brit has made his comeback–and no, J.K. Rowling hasn’t written Ron into his own book series. Adorably accented singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran just released his second studio album, x, as a follow-up to his 2010 smash hit +. Though the album consists of a little more Sheeran-style rap than I might have preferred, there are a couple tracks that keep me hitting repeat; this one is a sweet midtempo ballad just as suitable for a first dance at a wedding as it is for singing in the shower. Sheeran’s voice is sincere and as talented as ever. Well done, Ed, good to have you back. – Melissa Warten ‘16

“Welcome Home” – Radical Face

Radical Face is an indie artist out of Jacksonville, FL. And while he’s very unknown at the moment, you will recognize one of his songs in the new Zach Braff movie, Wish I Was Here, a movie for which I am a backer ;). “Welcome Home” is a great song, but other greats include “Asleep on a Train” and “Homesick,” all of which are off his album Ghost.  Listen to Radical Face. You won’t regret it. – Jack Donovan ‘17

“Into the Mystic” – Greg Laswell

Alright, alright, posting a cover to Van Morrison’s beautiful, iconic original “Into the Mystic” may be sacrilegious, but you’ve got to try Greg Laswell out, and this is a great place to start. My mom and I used to dance around to the original version,enjoying its airy flow. But this version does something different. Its tempo is a bit faster, somewhat bouncy, and Greg Laswell’s voice has this ability to be both happy and sad at the same time. Try it for a Bon Iver-esque twist on an old favorite. – Erin Sutton ‘16

“Lost Stars” – Adam Levine

Adam Levine, in his attempt to break into the acting world, recently appeared in the new movie “Begin Again.”  But, combining a famous singer with the movie-making minds behind the “Once,” the popular Oscar-winning movie-musical and Tony-winning stage adaptation, meant Levine would inevitably demonstrate his vocal chops in the film, most notably with “Lost Stars.”  A song that gradually adds on a dozen instrumental layers, and features Levine’s strong & carefully measured voice, as well as displaying his obscenely talented falsetto, “Lost Stars” has the makings of a well-deserved hit. – Chris Pinto ‘16

“December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 

So Jersey Boys came out last month and I had a gift card to the theatre so I went ahead and saw it, because why not.  This may very well be the catchiest song that was in the movie, and by far the catchiest song of the month for week.  It has been constantly in my head, and I can’t help myself from joining in every time i play it.  It has all of the hallmarks of every great song of the 70’s: An amazing group, a simple and easy to follow rhythm and beat, and lyrics that tell a story that you just have to sing.  When no one is home and you want to just belt out a song on your speakers full volume, this should be it.  It would make for quite the night.  – Joseph Dorion ‘17

“Fiona Coyne” – SAINT PEPSI

I’m proud to say I remember SAINT PEPSI before got famous–when he was still Ryan DeRobertis, Boston College student and aspiring musician, though he no longer attends BC and he’s no longer aspiring now that he’s landed a deal with Carpark Records. Ryan’s been through plenty of pseudonyms in his day, from Cap’n Crunch and the Crunchy Bunch to the Cold Napoleons, but he’s attained his greatest success as SAINT PEPSI. His latest single, inspired by Degrassi rich girl Fiona, has all the makings of a fantastic summer song: a fun, danceable beat and earworm lyrics. I can’t wait to see what SAINT PEPSI has in store next! – Kate Lewis ’15

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