Monday Playlist: Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Lorde & More Kick It Off

Capital Cities, Panic! at the Disco, The 1975, Imagine Dragons, and Gavin DeGraw.
Gavin DeGraw, The 1975, The Neighbourhood, and more are included in our first Monday Playlist post

Hello! Welcome to our new blog segment, #MondayPlaylist! It's where we make a mini-playlist of songs by artists and groups similar to Maroon 5 or under a familiar pop-rock format to help you discover new artists and bands.

This week on our first Monday Playlist post, we have 8 new songs from today's hottest independent artists and/or bands and groups such as the 16 year old sweetheart Lorde and the U.K. representatives The 1975 and The Neighbourhood.

1. Our first artist this week is one of the hottest blue-eyed soul New Yorkers in the industry, Gavin Degraw. The singer has been in the game for a little over a decade developing new music that is categorized anywhere from independent rock to some blues rock and pop, slaying with his singles "I Don't Want to Be" released in 2003 and "In Love with a Girl" which was dropped in 2008, which both were successful top 40 hit singles. This year, the singer is making a comeback to music with his upcoming fifth studio album titled Make a Move, which is set to be released on October 15th. DeGraw, who has toured with bands such as Maroon 5 in 2010 in support of their album Hands All Over, released the single "Best I Ever Had" in June of 2013, which channels a Mumford and Sons vibe with it's irresistible folks rock sound. It peaked at No. 28 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart over the summer. You can watch the music for the single below!

2. Our second song this week is from alternative rock group Imagine Dragons. No it's not radio climactic dubstep hit "Radioactive" or their slender deep rock single "Demon." It's their newest single "Monster", which was released last week. The song sounds familiar to that of the band's independent rock sound, however the lead singer's vocal are a lot stronger on this particular tune. In 2012, the band gained recognition after the release of their debut album Night Visions in September of 2012, peaking in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. The band dominated this year with their dubstep-rock-esque "Radioactive" single which managed to peak at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Check out the band's "Monster" hit now!

3. Our third song is by these indie poptonic musicians from Las Angeles called Capital Cities. The song? "Kangaroo Court." Yes, as in the famous court nickname from the late 1960's. You may know this band from their sudden breakthrough hit "Safe and Sound", which dominated the radio airwaves over the summer becoming a top 10 hit in over 20 countries. However, this week, the band's newest single from their debut album A Tidal Wave of Mystery titled "Kangaroo Court" is our main target. The song's music video dropped just a couple of weeks ago and has already scored over 2 million views on YouTube and VEVO. The video has a very interesting plot as the song has a very similar sound (if you compare it the trumpeted "Safe and Sound" single). Watch the new music video below!

4. Moving along to our fourth song pick of the week, we chose to share the Englishmen of the pop world, The 1975's new single "The City." The band is fresh off their European tour with The Neighbourhood (which you'll learn about in a bit) and just released their debut album also titled The 1975. However, not very famous in the United States, the band is no stranger to the music world overseas. These guys have secretly been around for over a decade, but haven't released much until 2012 when they dropped numerous EP's and singles such as Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars, and IV. Check out their disco-rock inspired "City" video below!

5. Fifth times' the charm. Our fifth song on this week's Monday playlist are by these L.A. locals The Neighborhood. The band, like The 1975, has been around for nearly a decade however finally broke through with their most recent music. The song we're sharing with you this week is "Sweater Weather." This song has been out for nearly a year, however only gaining recognition in Canada and the United Kingdom. The band dropped their debut studio album simply titled I Love You. in April of 2013. Supported by their lead single "Female Robbery", the band were recognized when they released the indie rock tune "Sweater Weather", a Justin Pilbrow produced track. You can watch the video for the single below!

6. One of the hottest artists on the radio right now with an irresistible voice, Ella O'Connor, better known as Lorde, has our sixth pick this week. Her single "Royals" is currently dominating the radio airwaves right now and peaking in the top 3 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Originally from New Zealand, she is fresh off her September 27th release of her debut album Pure Heroin, which features the song "Team." The song has a grave mix of pop, rock, and electronic dance music with an intense hip hop vibe. You can check it out below!

7. Our next pick is no stranger to rockin' the radio with their alternative wony-rock and baroque pop styles. Panic! at the Disco is our seventh pick this week with their latest single "This is Gospel." After a 2 year break from touring and recording music, the Las Vegas punk rockers returned recently with their Butch Walker induced "Miss Jackson" single and a new album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! which drops in October. Walker's indie rock touch makes this band's return more glorifying then ever, specially with their latest "Gospel" hit. Check out the music video for the single below!

8. Our eighth and final pick of the week on our Monday playlist is Plain White T's' newest single "Should've Gone to Bed" from their latest EP album of the same title. Departing from their usual punk rock and hard rock sound, the Chicago rock band channels a more acoustic rock and adult contemporary sound with this song. The song can easily be compared to their "Hey There, Delilah" hit from 2006. Watch the video below!


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