Top Singles This Week: Rock Out With Us

This week, I cannot stop listening to rock. I think I’m starting to channel my inner “early-2000s edgy main character from a rom-com” personality as we inch closer to school ending. If you’re anything like me and want to pretend that you’re edgier than you actually are, our picks for the top singles this week are perfect for you!

“Burn Baby Burn” by The Aquadolls

The Aquadolls have perfected the early 2000s teen movie vibe in their new release “Burn Baby Burn”, the next single to be released off their upcoming album. The new record, Charmed, is set to be released on June 2 and is the third studio album from the Los Angeles-based band. The angsty new single was produced by Chris Szczech who previously produced for Goo Goo Dolls and Jenny Lewis, putting the song alongside some pretty iconic records. The new song sounds like it’s straight out of a teen movie like 10 Things I Hate About You. The Aquadolls are about to set out on their North American “Spring Fling” tour with dates all across the United States. Get tickets to see The Aquadolls here (maybe I’ll see you at the Chicago show…) and pre-save the new album, Charmed.

“Beg For The Torture” by Destroy Boys

The shortest song of our picks this week, Destroy Boys’ new single “Beg For The Torture” is the perfect song to scream in the car and let out all of the rage you have inside. The lyrics tell a story of an uncertain relationship, not knowing where you are with the other person and where you’ll be going from there. This punk rock song reminds me of every “situationship” I’ve heard my friends talk about, and seems like a great catharsis for those who’ve had that experience of uncertainty in a new relationship. Destroy Boys will be heading to the iconic Coachella music festival in Indio, California, performing both weekends on April 15 and 22. They’re also about to be touring in Europe and the UK, which you can get tickets to here.

“It Was Always You / Aurora – Live from SNL” by Daisy Jones and The Six

If grunge rock isn’t really your vibe and you’d prefer to maybe go back in time a few decades, Daisy Jones and The Six just released a double single titled “Special Gift For Our Fans” including two songs featured in Episode 9 of the Prime Video original series. The double single is comprised of two songs that weren’t originally released with their Aurora album, “It Was Always You” sung by Riley Keough who plays Daisy Jones and “Aurora – Live from SNL” which is a live performance of the titular song from their debut album. Both songs were co-written and produced with Grammy-winning songwriter Blake Mills, putting the song in the same graces as Bob Dylan, John Legend, and Fiona Apple. Daisy Jones and The Six has now released all ten episodes of the series, and their album, Aurora, is available everywhere now.

“JUMP!” by Only The Poets

Heading into a more indie-rock moment, Only The Poets has released an exciting love song with “JUMP!”. The lyrics reference the classic “if they jumped off a cliff, would you do it too” question that parents often use to reprimand their children, but lead singer Tommy Longhurst changes it to be willing to jump into a relationship with this person and take the leap with them. This single is following the release of “Even Hell” released earlier this year and their EP Our Time which was released late last year. The band has only released one full-length album consisting of demos of songs, but there’s no full studio release yet from Only The Poets. The band will be touring Europe this spring following a supporting run with Lewis Capaldi earlier in 2023. Make sure to watch their Instagram and Facebook for new releases, and check out the music video for “JUMP!” here.

“Too Many Things” by The Linda Lindas

The Linda Lindas have finally released some new music following the release of their last album, Growing Up, in April of 2022. After almost a year, the band has returned with “Too Many Things”, a coming-of-age rock song that perfectly encapsulates what it’s like to be growing up. The band consists of 4 young girls, spanning the ages of 12 years old to 18. The young quartet will be hitting the festival circuit in 2023, performing at Coachella, Boston Calling, and Lollapalooza along with tour dates across the United States in between. The band has received immense critical praise since the release of their debut album, even performing on late-night television shows and releasing an acoustic set with NPR’s Tiny Desk. This single was the first I’d heard of the band, but listening to the new track, I never would’ve guessed that they were only teenagers. The Linda Lindas is absolutely a band to keep your eye on and their debut album, Growing Up, is a must-listen.

These rock songs have all been on repeat for me the past week, and I’m looking forward to hearing what these artists release next. If you’re looking for more new music, keep an eye out for our picks for next week’s top singles!

Theatre, communication, and film student based in Chicago, IL!
Theatre, communication, and film student based in Chicago, IL!

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