5 Songs You May Have Missed This Past Year, But Need to Hear Right Now

Due to modern technology and the vast resources that are available for us to hear new music, now, more than ever, we are likely to miss out on some songs that deserve our attention. Because of your local radio stations, you may be unaware that artists besides Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Adele have released music this year. Here are 5 songs you missed, and need to be a part of your playlist. Better late than never.

5. “The Money”, Charlie Mars (released September 2014)

Everyone has dreamed about winning the Powerball and never having to worry about financial woes ever again. And we have all heard the phrase “money doesn’t make you happy” or variations of it. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly the happiest on pay days (well, pay day nights, after about 2pm.)

Charlie Mars, a singer-songwriter from Mississippi, is here to tell us once and for all, that money can not buy happiness in this folk-rock, laid-back jam.

“I thought when we got the money we could buy the pain away. But then we got it, and when we got it, the money, it wanted to stay…”

Mars crushes the vocals with his smooth, flawless voice that makes you want to lounge by the pool, sip on a cocktail and never get up.

Who will like this track? Fans of Dispatch, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams etc.

4. “Kiss This”The Struts (released April of 2014)

The Struts are a rock band from Derby, England, and have had a massive year expanding their fandom to the States with their hit “Could’ve Been Me” which was released way back in 2013 in the UK, and not until the summer of 2015 in the States.

The band has dubbed their style as “glamorous indie rock and roll” in reference to The Killers song by the same name (which is itself a must hear track.)

“Kiss This” is the definition of a rock track. It is so full on rock that it almost comes across as scary, which is what rock and roll is meant to be. If Freddie Mercury was still alive, he would be lead singer, Luke Spiller, which is meant as a massive compliment to both men. “Kiss This” will get your fists pumping and ready to take on the world.

Who will love this track? Fans of The Darkness, Stone Temple Pilots, Against Me! and classic rock lovers.

 

3. “I Was Me”, Imagine Dragons (Released October 12, 2015)

I know what you’re thinking. The last modern rock band in the world that needs promoting is Imagine Dragons. The last three years their hits have littered the airwaves and were being sung by both old and young.

But “I Am Me” is no ordinary Imagine Dragons mega-hit. It is a charity single that the band wrote for the One4 Project with all proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency to support fleeing refugees in the Middle East.

The guys in Imagine Dragons continue to use their fame to make positive changes in the world. First they created the Tyler Robinson Foundation to raise money for young people battling cancer, then they release this beautiful track to help fleeing refugees, and just a few weeks ago they helped Miss Piggy by appearing on her talk show on ABC’s “The Muppets.” These guys are full-on, modern day Mother Teresa’s.

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You can hear a solid thirty second clip in the attached video, which also shares more details on the exact cause the charity single is supporting. Go buy it on iTunes. It will be the best $1.29 you spend all day, and it goes to a great cause. Don’t be a cheap bastard.

Who will like this track? Fans of Imagine Dragons and modern rock in general.

 

2. “Cool Kids”, The Eeries (released as an EP on December 9, 2014)

Not only do The Eeries look like they are straight out of the early 90’s Seattle grunge scene, they have the sound to fit right in. Tell me Kurt Cobain would not write these lyrics….

“Here comes the weekend/hanging out with my best friend/wish I was a cool kid/wish I was a cool kid…… aspartame/I like the buzzing in my brain.”

The Eeries have yet to release a full length album, but from the sound of their 5 track EP, they have potential to make some big waves on the rock charts in the coming years. There are not many better songs to play when you get out of work on a Friday. In fact, I am sure I get some strange looks from co-workers (and students) when I am screaming along with HERE COMES THE WEEKENDDDDDDD, YEAH!, and still in the parking lot.

This acoustic version of “Cool Kid” is fantastic (the music starts at :40), but the studio version is where it is at.

Who will love this track? 90’s rock fans, anyone that loves the weekend, cool kids, not cool kids, and Kurt Cobain

1. “Sing It All Away”, Walk Off the Earth (released June 12, 2015)

I don’t just listen to “Sing It All Away”, I actually feel “Sing It All Away.” The repeat button is always on when this track gets played. Walk Off the Earth have got to be the coolest, laid back band in music today. Who knew that Canadian’s could be so cool?

“Sing It All Away” seems to be about going to a bar with your buddies to forget about all your troubles. Is it even humanly possible to sing it all away at karaoke while throwing back some beers with your friends and still be weighed down by daily burdens? I certainly don’t think so.

“Oh oh oh
Sing it all away, sing it all away my darlings

I know a place that will take you away
Your troubles no longer remain from the day
I found a love there it’s hard to escape
It cures me at night, but it hurts when I wake

There’s no judge and the jury’s at bay
‘Cause this is our house where melodies play
If worries still linger my friends and I say
Top up your cup and let’s sing

it all away”

Walk Off the Earth, if you are ever in New England and feel the need to sing it all away, I know a guy that will close the bar down with you.

Who will love this track? Everyone.

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Who is in Danger of Being Voted Out In Episode 5 of Survivor: Second Chance

After yet another Abi-Maria, Varner, Woo tribal council, Angkor is in do-or-die mode this week. From the looks of this week’s preview, however, it seems like the honeymoon is over at Bayon, and the ladies will be gunning for each other. Kimmi’s “she’s a snake in the grass” comment is leading the audience to believe that she is referring to one of her fellow female tribemates, Monica or Kelly.

What reason would Kimmi have to call one of them a “snake in the grass?”
Can Angkor get their act together and finally win an immunity challenge?
And will Ta-Keo build shrine to Joe?

Let’s discuss.

(Ranked in order from most likely, to least likely to be voted out tonight.)

16. Abi-Maria

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Even Abi-Maria could not talk her way out of another Angkor tribal council. If they lose, Savage and Tasha will finally cut the cord on the Brazilian nightmare. Abi’s only hope is to search high and low for the idol, and pray to the Cambodian gods that Savage can single-handedly pull off an immunity win.

15. Monica

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As stated earlier, things are not looking good for the ladies of Bayon, and Monica will likely be public enemy #1. The previews clearly show Kimmi throwing an Australian Outback Kimmi Kappenberg fit and yelling “she’s a snake in the grass.”

By process of elimination*, she is referring to either Kelly Wiglesworth, or Monica. It is improbable that Kimmi would call Kelly a “snake in the grass” seeing as they are not in an alliance, and has no reason to get angry at Kelly for trying to stay in the game.

What is likely, is that Bayon loses immunity, and Monica is caught trying to throw Kimmi under the bus by claiming that Kimmi is a challenge liability. Kimmi gets wind of this, and due to her long-island heritage, is unable to keep her cool.

Monica’s massive spike in face time last week (15 words) is also an indication that she could be sent packing soon.

*Of course this could all be misdirection, and Kimmi could be yelling about a female from another tribe, potentially Tasha, her former tribemate, but that is unlikely.

14. Kelly

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Even though it is unlikely that Kimmi is calling fellow old schooler, Kelly a “snake in the grass”, Kelly is still not in a great spot in Bayon. This potential Monica/Kimmi blowup could be exactly what Kelly needs to squeeze her way into a Bayon alliance and replace Monica/Kimmi.
The only way that Kelly should be voted out tonight is if Kimmi’s blowup is about a female on another tribe, and has nothing to do with the Bayon tribe dynamics. If that is the case, Kelly is in hot water, as she is the odd woman out.

* Jeff Probst boner alert: Kimmi reiterates that Monica is a snake at tribal council, and Monica is voted out with the help of Kelly. The Second Chance gods have struck once again, as the snake has finally been “eaten” by the rat.

13. Kimmi

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Whatever the hell happens at camp Bayon tonight, Kimmi is probably blowing things way out of proportion. If she is not careful, she could be targeted as being dramatic, and a loose cannon.
Have your outburst at Monica, calmly secure the votes to get her out (it should not be too difficult as she

does not seem to be super close with anyone) and fade back into the darkness.

12. Terry

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Terry needs to be sure to suck up to Golden Boy Joe and his four non-Joe tribe members so that they do not get any funny ideas about throwing immunity just to vote him out.
If they get the feeling that Terry will jump ship post-merge, they will gladly throw the challenge to get him out before he can do that. But, if Ta-Keo loses, which is next to impossible with King Joe, Terry is more screwed than Jenna Jameson in the late 90’s.

11. Woo

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Woo has a new lease on life, thanks to Savage and Tasha. If Angkor loses another immunity, Woo’s only hope will be Savage and Tasha turning on Abi-Maria. Luckily for Woo, they will gladly vote the lose cannon out, and Woo will make it yet another week.

However, we all know how much the producers love it when a major character finds an immunity idol. I would not be surprised if Abi “stumbled upon” and idol clue, finds the idol, feels vulnerable at tribal, and uses it to vote out Woo.

10-7 Kass, Ciera, Joe, Keith

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There is a better chance of Vytas swimming back to the island, Probst letting him back in the game, and him getting voted out again, than there is of any of these four being voted out this week.

 

6-5, Stephen, Spencer

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The Bayon boys are going to have a front row seat to the girl fight, and nobody will be happier than these two. In fact, I can already see the Spencer confessional in which the cat fight causes him to thank God that his second experience on Survivor has made him into an awesome, fun, cool, person that makes make friends.

And who would have thought that Stephen would be this safe, five weeks into the game. Just a few short weeks ago he was basically exiled to another beach as if he had the plague.

4-3. Tasha, Andrew

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If Tasha or Savage go home this week, something supernatural happened on the Angkor beach. My guess? Abi-Maria used some sort of Brazilian witchcraft on Woo, forcing him to vote her way, and repeating aloud “you better not write Abi, you better not write Abi, you better not write Abi” as the rain comes down on the most terrifying tribal council of all time.

2. Kelley

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Kelley is as safe as you can get on Survivor. But, it has little to do with her. It is because Joe is so handsome, educated, cleaver, witty, generous and manly that Ta-Keo will never lose.

But just in case Joe is not perfect (highly unlikely) and they lose immunity, Kelley will be whipping that idol out of her bag faster than Joe will be getting laid upon his arrival in loser’s lodge.

1. Jeremy

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Jeremy will use this week’s lady drama to solidify at least one of the ladies into his alliance. When girls argue, they want validity from the men around them that they are right, and the other bitch is wrong. Jeremy will show just how great of a player he is tonight, when he is there to cheer up one of the ladies (likely Kimmi) and tell her how awful, mean, fat, ugly, etc. the “snake in the grass is.” And Kimmi will be forever indebted to the man, who is already running the show.

 

Coastal Wine Trail Through Southern New England

Connecticut is not the only New England state with vineyards to brag about. The Coastal Wine Trail includes the best vineyards of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

In all, 14 vineyards over the tri state area are the foundation for the trail. Passports are available for visitors to take with them to each of the vineyards to get stamped. It only takes six stamps for a visitor to win entry for a prize, but if you can manage to get 12 stamps, you are eligible to win the grand prize of a seven day Bermuda cruise.

Linda Cafferty, tasting room manager at Trevessia, one of the vineyards along the trail, says that “business has boomed” since the passports have been released in May.”

“The passports are a way to welcome visitors that may not have visited our unique urban winery otherwise”, says Cafferty.

Visitors have until December 31st to turn in their stamped passports, which can be picked up (and returned) at any of the participating vineyards. For more information on the Coastal Wine Trail, visit their website.