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Top Tunes – Songs by William Ryan Key, Shaggy, and more!

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AWOPBAMBOOM, Volume 97 – Select Songs for Fellow Travelers

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From “Virtue” to “A Light,” here are some of the songs we’ve been listening to this week.

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William Ryan Key – “Virtue”

On November 30, William Ryan Key, the former frontman for pop-punk outfit Yellowcard, drops six sweet songs of alternative joy. Here’s “Virtue” off the EP of the same name.

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Shaggy – “Use Me”

Shaggy’s latest reggae tune is slow and steady – and made for repeated listening.

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Okey Dokey ft. Rayland Baxter – “When They Get Older”

Okey Dokey’s album Tell All Your Friend [sic] drops March 29. Until then, here’s a nice sonic serenade featuring the Nashville duo and fellow musician Rayland Baxter.

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Rayland Baxter – “Strange American Dream,” “Casanova,” & “79 Shiny Revolvers”

Who’s Rayland Baxter? Well, he’s a singer-songwriter who found himself some acclaim this summer. Here’s a July performance he recorded for Paste Magazine.

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The Lovely Sparrows – “A Light”

Seeking a different rock sound? Take a listen to this cross-beat gem while enjoying the band’s video, which was illustrated by artist Derek Van Gieson.

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Sis – “Nightie”

If you appreciated the Lovely Sparrows, we think you may enjoy this experimental, synth-backed effort by Sis, a group from San Francisco.

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Jäh Division – “Dub Will Tear Us Apart Again”

As we find ourselves spiraling down the experimental rabbit hole this week, we leave you with dub version of a Joy Division classic, performed by Jäh Division, who will be reissuing their 2004 debut album, Dub Will Tear Us Apart… Again, on January 25. Be on the lookout.

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