A Case of the Fridays

It’s a holiday weekend, so I hope you’re not joining the hoards of people on 95. But if you are, he’s some music to get you started. First off is “Don’t Let Them Take You Down (Beautiful Day),” by Jesse Malin. Once he gets rolling, he’s got a triumphant mid-tempo rocker on his hands, with some nice chimy guitars. And it builds up to a hooky chorus that he can dig his ragged voice into. If you’re liking what you’re hearing, he’ll be in town Monday, April 9th at Jammin Java.

MP3: Don’t Let Them Take You Down (Beautiful Day)Jessie Malin

And we close out this traffic and weather-filled week with Shwa’s “So Cry. Essentially a beefed-up version of an acoustic emo-ballad, it maintains its heartfelt core and melodic hook while incorporating some cool layered electric guitars and background vocals (among other elements). As a result, he and the band are able to rock out a bit more heartily. If you like what you hear, he’ll be at IOTA tonight, Friday, April 6th.

MP3: So Cry - Shwa