Because I’ve just been featuring the same bands over and over again, here’s a list of five songs by bands that I haven’t yet featured.

1. “#41” by Dave Matthews Band
This is a jazzy piece of jam rock, backed by stellar drum and bass work. It ends with an extended instrumental outro, featuring violin, flute, and saxophone solos. The band’s saxophonist and flautist at the time, Leroi Moore, passed away in 2008. He was a great musician, and this song is a testament to his immense talent.

2. “Garden” by Pearl Jam
While most of Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten, is bursting with energy, this song is more laid back. It features some understated but excellent guitar work, especially when the hook kicks in for the final time.

3. “The Hollow” by A Perfect Circle
Admittedly, I’m not a fan of Maynard James Keenan’s other band, Tool. I prefer A Perfect Circle’s lighter, more varied approach. “The Hollow” is opening track from the band’s debut album, Mer de Noms. It’s a catchy slice of alternative metal, but it’s complex enough to please those who prefer more technical fare. The vocal harmonies in the hook are particularly notable.

4. “Dorchester Hotel” by The Sounds
Crossing the Rubicon, The Sounds’ third album, was a radical departure from the band’s first two albums. Though it didn’t abandon their new wave sound, it featured songs that were lengthier and more technical than their previous works, and dealt with more mature subject matter (e.g. life, love, and nostalgia instead of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll). “Dorchester Hotel”  paints a vague tale of affair and scandal, but it is backed by surprisingly uplifting music, culminating in a wall of sound in the final chorus.

5. “Moving Clocks Run Slow” by We Were Promised Jetpacks
Scottish indie rock: what’s not to love? We Were Promised Jetpacks is known for its energy, and this song features furious guitar riffing and some insane bass work.

Go forth and listen, my minions! As always, if you can’t find a song, Grooveshark is a good place to start.

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