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Indie Music Mondays: July 14th, 2014 - Do The Air Guitar Playlist

You know how they say, "When life gives you lemons, grab some tequila and salt?" Well, I say, "When life gives you rocks, grab a guitar and rock out." Between you and me, I don't know how to play the guitar. Well, not a real guitar, anyway. But that's perfectly fine. An air guitar works even better.

So grab your imaginary Fender and let's thrash around to these five indie rockers!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Hate The Taste

Last year I had the good fortune of seeing BRMC at the TLA. Hands down, one of the top three shows of the year. These guys (and chic!) totally know how to rock out. BRMC showed us that, despite what critics might say, rock-and-roll is NOT dead. Whenever I feel like raging, this is a song I turn to.

Muse - Time Is Running Out

I've only seen Muse once. It was almost ten years ago. The show was freakin' awesome. Or at least I'm told. I fell asleep. Seriously, who falls asleep at a Muse concert? I do, because, as I found out a couple days later, I had mono. I've felt horrible about that all this time. Normally, Muse's crescendoing electro-rock soundscapes get my blood pumping. This one pumps it extra hard.

White Denim - At Night In Dreams

Who's the best current rock band? I'm a little biased towards Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. But as I've said, I've seen them live. I haven't been to a White Denim show yet, so who knows. I've only heard good things about White Denim's live performances and maybe that would change my mind. Maybe not. Either way, White Denim definitely gives BRMC a run for their money.

The Black Angels - Bad Vibrations

The name of this song is very misleading. There are no bad vibrations here. Only ones that are groovy, enticing, and explosive. This is a full-out rock anthem in the vein of Queens of the Stone Age and Jefferson Airplane. Definitely another top rock band of our time.

UNKLE - Restless (feat. Josh Homme)

UNKLE is an eclectic group that's been around since the late 90s. They run the gamut from trip hop, to big beat, to neo-psychedlia. Through the years, they've put out a number of quality albums, but my absolute fave is 2007's War Stories. It contains the majority of their catchiest songs, including this one, which has been featured on a handful of popular TV shows. "Restless" was also on a Need for Speed soundtrack, ultimately becoming an "EA Track," so you know it must be brimming with high-octane energy. (Check out Fake Blood's electrifying house remix, which can be downloaded for free on Soundowl.)

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