Bands On The Rise: Danko Jones, Gaslight Anthem, My Darkest Days, Stick Figure


gaslight anthemThe Gaslight Anthem have an unmistakeable love for the Springsteen sound.  The New Jersey band has been building up a fan base for the past five years and appearances on Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show have bolstered their live reputation.  ’59 Sound and American Slang were the songs that first grabbed my attention.  From their 2012 CD, Handwritten, here’s a recent addicting video guest starring actress, Elisha Cuthbert.   BTW, It’s not a cover of The Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”.


Danko-Jones-danko-jones-32937900-2272-1497Hard Rock Hideout just listed their top 10 hard rock albums of 2012. Both of the site’s reviewers put Danko Jones’ CD, “Rock and Roll Is Black And Blue” on their best-of lists. It’s a no-frills return to true rock n’ roll and gets better with each listen. The band is from Canada and an underground fan favorite who deserve some attention. This video features a gun toting Elijah Wood, Lemmy from Motorhead, Selma Blair, and a Tarantino like introduction.


stick-figure-so-goodReggae music hasn’t crossed over into the mainstream unless your last name is Marley or you’re promoting a one-off single with a reggae sound.   When you’re a white roots reggae band from Hawaii, you’re definitely a longshot to make it big in the music industry.   But if you’re in the mood for some chilled out music, a beach-like vibe, and some feel good tunes to free your mind, Stick Figure is an up and coming band to check out.   Here’s “Vibes Alive”, the lead song from their 2009 EP.


MydarkestdaysImitation is the sincerest form of flattery.   My Darkest Days has a familiar sound.   Mix in a little Daughtry, a little 3 Doors Down, some Seether, and throw in some Nickelback.   Despite their less than creative sound, songs like “Perfect”, “The World Belongs To Me”, and “Porn Star Dancing” (with Ludacris) are those guilty pleasure rockers than you can’t help but crank up while you’re driving down the interstate.    After a couple of years of opening for these arena bands, My Darkest Days are on the verge of headlining in the upcoming years.