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Music That Rocks: (Rock)toberfest

With autumn in full swing, everyone needs a little excitement to get through the midterms doldrums. What better way to de-stress and spice up your routine than with some new music? We here at The Rock have put our heads together again and come up with some great songs to jam out to, whether you’re pulling an all-nighter before an exam, enjoying a relaxing study break, or heading out on the town after a tough week.


Something In the Water” – Carrie Underwood

This song is definitely worth a listen! It is the lead single off Carrie Underwood’s first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. What makes “Something In The Water” is something in Carrie Underwood’s voice. Her vocals in the song are bold, loud and crisp, with her vocal range soaring high as she tries to uplift the spirits of her listeners. It is a particularly spiritual song, and it samples “Amazing Grace” and incorporates it well into the latter half of the song. I admire Carrie so much for not being afraid to sing and release such a spiritual single. Finally, the backing instruments in the song create the perfect simulation of a storm, not an ominous one, but a storm that combined with Carrie’s powerful, resounding voice will blow you away (while you’re at it, give “Blown Away” a listen). I smell a Grammy next year. – Kyle Donohue ‘17

“Rather Be” – Clean Bandit

I’ve listened to this song from the beginning of summer, and the violin intro never fails to get me into the mood for an epic sing-along dance anthem. The violin is beautifully incorporated with the electronic beat and the vocals are infectious. It doesn’t take long to sing along to the catchy chorus, and when this song comes on there’s no place I’d rather be than singing along with my friends. – Danielle Dybbro ‘15

“I’ll Have to Dance With Cassie” from God Help the Girl 

Last week, I went to see the Boston-area premiere of God Help the Girl, an independent film set in Glasgow, Scotland, the city where I studied abroad last fall. The movie itself was okay (I’ll admit I went to see it just for the nostalgia), but it was the music that really stuck with me. Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer/songwriter of Belle and Sebastian, served as writer and director for God Help the Girl, and the indie feel of the film is a perfect match for its soundtrack. This song in particular has a really fun, old-fashioned-pop groove to it that could transform any party into a 1950s-style dance. – Kate Lewis ‘15

“Born Good” – IAN

It’s been fall for a few weeks, and mid-terms have taken a toll on pretty much everyone I know (ok, maybe just me). So it’s totally acceptable to wall yourself off from the world and indulge in some seasonal lofi indie despair. “Born Good” is perfect for that; Boston natives IAN balance quiet emotional distress with just the right amount of fuzzy warmth. – Ciaran Dillon-Davidson ‘18

“Ex-Boyfriend” – Lil Dicky

Outrageous.  That’s probably the best way that I can describe anything that David Burd “Lil Dicky” ever produces.  He is a rapper, in the sense that he has great rhythm to his songs, has great flow, and seems to be all about the grandiose.  I chose Ex-Boyfriend because this is what got him started, his rise to internet prominence as well as a new favorite of mine.  Sure he is a little vulgar, probably could work on his portrayal of women, amongst other things.  But if you’re willing to give him a chance, go download his album for free.  It’s perfect for just hanging out, studying (depending on how much you want to focus), or getting ready to go out.  Comes with my seal of approval. – Joseph Dorion ‘17

“Life During Wartime” – Talking Heads

I’m one of those kids that was truly, truly blessed to have parents with really bad-ass taste in music. As a kid, my sister and I watched the “Stop Making Sense” concert DVD on repeat with my dad, so this song screams childhood for me. In the simplest terms, David Byrne is a genius when it comes to live performances, and the rest of the ragtag band members provide soulful backup vocals and a melody that sure to get you through the last half-mile on your run. “Life” is also awesome to listen to when you just want to veg out in your bed and not study for your next midterm. Check it out. – Edward Byrne ‘18

“I Love You So” – The Walters

This is the first release for The Walters. A band out of Chicago, they are have potential to be great, but it won’t be clear until they release more than a single. I, for one, am very excited to see what they create. They sound like a mixture between Band of Horses and The Generationals, but I urge you to listen and decide for yourself! Great band, great song, and above all, it’s FREE. Get it here! – Jack Donovan ‘17

“Thunder Clatter” – Wild Cub 

I’ve had this on repeat for about five days now, and it’s one of those songs that I just want to share. It’s been my sole recommendation, my study song, my going-out jam, my workout track, everything. It’s techno but not too much, indie but not too weird, angsty but not too angry, happy but not too in-your-face. And the line ‘I hear the call in the center of it all, you’re the love of my life’ just gets me. – Melissa Warten ‘16  

“West Coast Slide” – Work Drugs

Originally I thought I only constantly listened to this song because I was severely homesick for the beach and summer weather, but it still manages to bring a smile to my face everytime I hear it. It’s upbeat while still maintaining Work Drugs’ usual chill indie vibes. They do a great job of keeping their dream pop aesthetic without producing energy-draining, drawn-out content. Look them up on Spotify and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. – Michelle Castro ‘18

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