1. Casey Reid's "Hold On" is an impassioned plea supported by shimmering acoustic guitars.
2. "Coal Fired Train" by Hayride Casualties unleashes some well-earned Southern rock. It's a song that's full of swagger and barely-contained blues guitars.
3. The 23rd Hour graced the last playlist. In "So Good," the duet celebrates love with some 50s-style rock reminiscent of Buddy Holly.
4. Mr. Denton on Doomsday's "Golden" (which I was hoping was a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference but I think that was my mistake) is a little harder than what I usually post, but I was taken by the vocals and the band's urgency.
5. "Last Train" by Michael Askin brings the classic train song to the subway. It has a lonely feeling in spite of its being a love song, but I enjoy that tension.
6. Georgia Dulcie's "Journey" is a little off the beaten path for me but her voice is gorgeous and it's only fair that I help you experience it.
7. Loyal Lobos' "The Fall" powerfully indicts the Madonna/whore dichotomy that women are often trapped in.
8. Eldoradio's "China House," on the other hand, is all about bringing the party back home.
9. The Karpinka Brothers give us a gentle reminder of love and strength on "You're Worth It."
10. Last but not least is Charlie Steel, who definitely has a DIY sound but also the DIY work ethic. "Zombified Nation" has urgent lyrics that will grab your attention.
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