State Champs - Hard to Please

I had the pleasure of seeing State Champs back in May when they were touring with one of my favorite bands, Cartel. Thankfully, the young crew from Albany, NY, did not disappoint. Semi-reminiscent of a time when bands like New Found Glory were tearing up the charts, their set was exciting and energetic, an awesome opening act. Definitely worth taking some time to explore their new full-length album, The Finer Things.

Paper Route - Better Life

You may not think you’re familiar with Paper Route, but if you happened to catch Imagine Dragons on tour this past spring, then chances are you’ve seen them live. Yet even if you weren’t one of the lucky ones to attend, now’s you’re chance to check out this awesome indie rock band from the heart of Tennessee. “Better Life” comes off of their phenomenal sophomore album The Peace of Wild Things, and, if you like Imagine Dragons, I can guarantee you’ll like these guys too.

Motion City Soundtrack - Everything Is Alright

The quality of the video alone should inform you that Motion City Soundtrack is anything but new. But even if they’re new to you, it’s never too late to fall in love with old tunes. That being said, here’s a song about being crazy from their 2005 release, Commit This to Memory.

High Highs - Open Season

If you’re thinking that this sounds familiar, you’re probably right. I discovered “Open Season” while watching, of all movies, Pitch Perfect. Lovely, is it not? It’s also the title track off of their first full length, which is definitely worth a listen.

Twenty One Pilots - Guns for Hands

Yeah, it’s a little odd. But, if you know anything about Twenty One Pilots, odd is to be expected. The duo has created something that’s unique and exciting, and it’s worth a listen. And before you ask, don’t worry: they’re not ripping off Matt & Kim.

We Came As Romans - Glad You Came [originally by The Wanted]

The last few Punk Goes… albums have received a bit of criticism for, well, some rather boring covers. This is not one of them. While Punk Goes Pop 5 may not have been everyone’s cup of tea (I, for one, enjoyed it), We Came As Romans’ version of The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” is easily one of the best covers the series has produced to date. It’s so popular that they’ve been playing it live for most of this year because, let’s face it, it’s freaking catchy. Crank this one.