ISM Friday Five: Aug. 26 – Sept. 2

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1. “Timeless” – James Blake, Vince Staples

Why it rocks: James Blake first released “Timeless” back in May but rapper Vince Staples brings a new, compulsive tension to the moody song.

2. “Radio” – Sylvan Esso

Why it rocks: Amelia Meath’s cool vocals make “Radio” is an electrifying synth pop song.

3. “Friend” – FRND


Why it rocks: “Friend” is a surprisingly relatable song whose bubbly electronics provide balance to FRND’s melancholy lyrics about a breakup between friends.

4. “Tomorrow” – Shakey Graves


Why it rocks: “Tomorrow” reveals Shakey Graves’ raw style that we’ve come to know and love. Raw, plucked electric guitar and Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s bluesy voice are all this song needs.

5. “Rhythm & Blues” – The Head and The Heart

Why it rocks: The Head and the Heart continue to tease us with releases from their upcoming album “Signs of Light” (out Sept. 9). “Rhythm & Blues” is perhaps the most emotional song we’ve heard from Signs of Light so far and it’s quickly becoming our favorite.