We kick off this week with Mercy Mercedes’ “Shiver Me Timbers.” It’s shimmery power pop at its best, with some extremely catchy sing-along choruses. I'm really digging these guys right now - and their whole album is top-notch. If you like what you hear, Mercy Mercedes (pictured above) will be at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA Tuesday, August 12th.
MP3: Shiver Me Timbers – Mercy Mercedes
And we close out the week with “Sequestered in Memphis,” by The Hold Steady. From the triumphant Bruce-like piano strains on the intro, it’s a good one. Lead singer Craig Finn digs his distinctive vocal stylings into the rollicking bar-rocker – and love the shout-along “subpoenaed in Texas, sequestered in Memphis” chorus. Yeah, they’ve sold out their show at the 9:30 Club this Thursday August 14th, but that’s what Craigslist and Stubhub are for.
MP3: Sequestered In Memphis – The Hold Steady