A couple of these are songs I shared on Caitlin Pierce's Wore Out blog for a Five Song Friday a few weeks ago: http://woreoutblog.com/2013/05/31/five-song-friday-with-guest-dj-mike-luoma/ - thanks again for letting me opine on your soapbox, Caitlin!
Frank Turner - Tapedeck Heart
Really Love this new album from Frank Turner! "Recovery" is all over the airwaves - but these two - "The Way I Tend To Be" and "Plain Sailing Weather" - are my favorites. At least, for now!
Wake Owl - Wild Country EP
Wake Owl was one of my first favorites this year. A minor confession: "Wild Country" - the EP's title cut - actually crossed my desk in promo form in late 2012... but, it makes this list as the official release didn't come until this year. When I first heard "Wild Country" it gave me chills...
The Lone Bellow - "You Never Need Nobody"
This Brooklyn-based trio came to my attention with this song. Heard it for the first time just after Christmas. There's a power here...
Phosphorescent - Muchacho
Speaking of chills... "Song For Zula" has to be on this list. Wish I could find the version he did on Jimmy Fallon's show... instead, here's a cavewoman, I think:
Shout Out Louds "Walking In Your Footsteps"
A bit of pure power pop rock from Sweden. Yeah, it's got flute.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "No Need For A Leader"
Holy Psychedelia, Batman! Do I know much about Unknown Mortal Orchestra? No. Do I know a great riff and rhythm when I hear it? Oh yes.
Arctic Monkey "Do I Want To Know"
Cruised through my watch history on You Tube as I was putting this list together. Had almost forgotten this new tune from Arctic Monkeys! It's probably sacrilege to say it reminds me of Muse, but I've always been kind of a heretic...
The Lonely Wild "Everything You Need"
This up-and-coming band has an interesting mix of influences, kind of Tex-Mex, sort of a high lonesome sound... or maybe that's the influence of the band's name... No official video for the song, but this one is fun!
That's all for now... if I think of others, I'll post 'em!