VIDEO VIEWS BY JC: AWOLNATION - THE BEST

Once in awhile, a song comes along that is so unique it becomes entrenched in the collective zeitgeist and transcends the age that spawned it.

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VIDEO VIEWS BY JC: RARE AMERICANS - MILK MAN

The punk storytellers known as Rare Americans aren’t American at all. Vancouver bro duo Jared and James Priester with friend guitarist Lubo Ivan have dubbed themselves “crooked and catchy.” They claim to see the world on a tilt, cheering on characters that choose to live life far off the straight and narrow. Taking inspiration from the alt bands of yesteryear, they sound like an energetic lovechild between 90’s ska and street punk, landing somewhere next to genre defying contemporaries Twenty One Pilots.

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VIDEO VIEWS BY JC: RUEL - REAL THING

Ruel doesn’t shy away from the big questions.   Ruel Vincent van Dijk makes it easy on us and goes by Ruel. A popstar from the other side of the planet, he started his music career at 13 years old, making it easy to draw a parallel to America’s wunderkind counterpart Justin Bieber. Unlike Bieber’s youthful vocals, Ruel has a voice that is often remarked as possessing a gravelly tone that exceeds the bounds of adolescence. With the palatable blond appeal of a teen heartthrob, it’s easy to see why he just sold out his entire Australian Tour.

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