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Songs for the Week

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AWOPBAMBOOM 45: Music 4 Music People

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From Walter Trout to Cold War Kids here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week.

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Chainsmokers ft. ROZES, “Roses”

“Sounds nice, but a little loud,” were the exact words used to describe the Chainsmokers’ music by the mothers of Alex Taggart and Alex Pall, the tandem behind the act.

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Victor Manuelle, “No Quería Engañarte”

Looking for a back-and-forth ballad? This one’s a sweet surprise and features the vocal talents of Raquel Sofia.

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Jess Glynne, “Hold My Hand”

She may not have been good enough for Simon Cowell while auditioning for the X Factor at age 15, but she’s dominating the top of the charts with hits like “Hold My Hand.”

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Walter Trout, Battle Scars

Step outside your comfort zone and enter Trout territory, where you’ll find one of the hottest blues albums of today.

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Various Artists, Reggae Gold 2015

Usually “best of the best” albums are a last ditch, Hail Mary attempt to generate revenue for music on its deathbed. Not this one… Reggae Gold 2015 is a refreshing, sun-splashed album that you want to hear after a long work-week.

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Shakira, “Waka Waka”

Here’s one from a few years back. If you’re a soccer fan, you’ve got to love this song. If not, you’re cringing with every soccer highlight shown.

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Cold War Kids, Hold My Home

We’ll conclude this AWOPBAMBOOM with some unadulterated indie rock.

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Lead-In Image of Walter Trout Courtesy of Girish Menon / Shutterstock.com

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Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at joey@newswhistle.com or send him a Tweet (@SenorJoseRafael).