12 Rock Bands You Should Be Listening

12 Rock Bands You Should Be Listening

Rock is NOT dead! Horns Up!!

We all like the big name artists within our favorite genres, whether it's Keith Urban, Metallica, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, or Twenty One Pilots. However, they all started as that band or artist that no one had heard of. Since I am a hard rock, metal, and alternative punk kind of guy that is the extent of my music knowledge. Here are some bands that I think plenty of people should be listening to.


The band from Pennsylvania is led by a brother/sister duo of Lzzy Hale, lead guitar, keyboards and lead vocals along with younger brother Arejay Hale, drums and backing vocals. They won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance beating out Marilyn Manson, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Iron Maiden, and Megadeth. They are constantly on the road and writing constantly. They will even sometimes slow things down and write ballads that anyone can enjoy.

Adelitas Way

Having opened for bands like Staind, Godsmack, and Shinedown, this group lays down some smooth tracks. Their sound can be described as a combination of Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Halestorm. It's an interesting mix. The only way to really make a judgment is to listen for yourself.

Black Stone Cherry

They sound exactly like they look... Southern Rock! The way I describe their sound is if Lynyrd Skynyrd and Motorhead had a baby. They have that hard rock sound with a nice southern twang that is just enough for us northerners to handle. They don't get much attention because they're too southern sounding for mainstream rock stations and they're too rock sounding for country stations. Give them a listen and let's get them some more exposure.

Rival Sons

The way I would describe Rival Sons is a modern Led Zeppelin with Deep Purple thrown in there. The reason why I put in a live performance as the video is because they sound so similar live compared to their albums. Take a listen for yourself. The vocalist, Jay Buchanan, has a phenomenal voice and has everyone in awe when they hear him. A phenomenal band in concert who puts on a great show every time.

Through Fire

Justin McCain, the founder of the band Emphatic, has formed another band. After having a ton of issues with Emphatic, it was time for McCain to move on. With a little help from electronics, Through Fire still has a nice hard rock sound.


After releasing their first album in the year 2000, Thrice has finally made a splash with their song, Black Honey. A nice hard rock sound mixed with raspy vocals from their lead singer, Thrice is making a huge push towards fame and stardom.

Saint Asonia

After leaving Three Dyas Grace, singer Adam Gontier decided to form the band Saint Asonia. After opening for Alter Bridge, Breaking Benjamin, and Disturbed this past summer, the band has had massive success. With name familiarity with singer Adam Gontier, the band was already off to a great start. Saint Asonia has such a different feel from Three Days Grace that you need to listen to them in order to really understand.

Devour the Day

Originally members from the band Egypt Central, Joey Walser and Blake Allison formed Devour the Day. With the help of touring members, the band is considered a duo and a dynamic one at that. With raw guitar and powerful vocals, Devour the Day has opened for bands like Korn and Sevendust.

Red Sun Rising

Mixing just the right amount of hard and mellow rock, Red Sun Rising has the sweet sound hard rockers need when they need to relax. Not too heavy, not too soft, just right. Anyone can just turn on Red Sun Rising. The band has been known for saying that their sound is like threads in a fabric and cannot be described in a genre.


Absolutely one of the best bands to see live in concert. A rigid hard rock sound with nice melodies has everyone in awe. I've actually had the pleasure of meeting some of the guys from this band. I was at a show in Connecticut back in 2012 and the lead singer was out at the merch booth in the lobby and he yells, "FREE HUGS!!!" I run over to him and say, "Free hugs? I love free hugs!" They also waltz around the arena after they're done performing and just tap you on the shoulder and say nice things. Such a great group of guys and I would love to see them over and over.

Cold Roses

I saw Cold Roses as an opening band on a big one-day festival where Slash headlined. The way I would describe Cold Roses is that they are a modern version of the band Chicago. Combining wind instruments with percussion and guitars, this band is going places and deserves some recognition!

Goodbye June

Goodbye June is a newer rock band that has actually made a splash in the industry. If you play Madden 17 you'll hear this song above in the game. Clearly, EA Sports saw something in Goodbye June and I agree 100 percent. They know when to slow it down and take a more melodic route of writing music.

Personally, as a rock and metal guy, these are my bands. This is my life. Whatever your genre of music is finding the new artists and give them a shoutout on social media and tell your friends about them. I don't need to hear from my friends about the new song from Korn, I'll find that on my own. The bottom line is, support your newer artists and give them some love

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10 Reasons Your Big Sister Is The Best Person In Your Life

"There is no better friend than a sister, and there is no better sister than you."

As much as I hate to admit it, my big sister might be sort-of, slightly, cooler than I am.

Sometimes. She's the one I call when I can't call mom and the only one in the family who can properly handle my attitude. Big sisters are the people you'd choose if they weren't already family, and here's why.

1. She is your first and truest friend.

Big sisters are (literally) there from day one. They see every dirty diaper, every bad haircut, and every melodramatic breakup. They deal with every bad day and drama queen attitude and still love you in the most unconditional way.

2. Her closet is your closet.

For some reason, her clothes always look better on you. Funny how that works, huh? With a big sister comes a big closet, and who doesn't love having a double wardrobe? I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the clothes I will never give back (but I'm not really that sorry).

3. She knows what it's like to deal with your parents.

Anything you could possibly be going through, they went through it first. It's kind of like having an instruction manual or a key to the future. Either way, it's always nice to have someone who will always understand the struggle.

4. There are no boundaries.

Wanna dance around in your underwear all day? Cool. Life talks while she's on the toilet? Also cool. There's no awkward moments or changing in the bathroom with the door locked. There's just the kind of freedom that only comes with siblings.

5. Thanks to her, you know about all of the cool movies/music/fashion trends from years back.

Thanks to my sister, I have every Too $hort and Ludacris song you could ever think of downloaded on my phone. I've seen every cheesy '90s movie, and when a fad from 10 years ago comes back in, I already have the hookup.

6. She tells you like it is.

We all have those friends who tend to sugarcoat everything. Yeah, sisters don't do that. She's the first person to tell me when I'm making a terrible decision and that I really shouldn't triple text that boy again. She keeps it real with me and deals with my attitude, and that's why she's the best.

7. Her home is always open.

Sometimes you just need to get away from life and binge watch Netflix, and sometimes you need all of that plus your sister. She always has her door open when you're two seconds away from losing your mind, and she also has good takeout and a dog.

8. She knows what you're capable of.

My sister knows exactly who I am and what I can do. She knows when I'm not doing my best, and when I need to be set straight. She's always there to remind me who I am and what I'm capable of accomplishing. She's always been my biggest fan.

9. She's a lot cheaper than therapy.

For some reason, my sister always knows just what to say. Even if I don't see it at the time, she's usually right (don't tell her I said that). Big sisters are like wizards, somehow they always magically make you feel like life's gonna turn out alright in the end. If she wasn't already awesome at everything else, I'd suggest she be a therapist.

10. She will always be your go-to gal.

No matter the situation, she will always be by your side. There is nothing you could say or do to make a big sister leave, and that's why they're the best. Whether it's a speeding ticket, a mean girl or you just need to laugh, big sisters are always going to be there to lift your spirits and set you straight.

I couldn't make it without ya sis, I'm sorry for ratting you out on Thanksgiving that one time, and for running away at the zoo. Thanks for taking me to see Aaron Carter even though he's way too old to still be singing "I want Candy," and thank you always for being the best role model, sister and friend I could ask for.

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