The Ten Best Songs by Broward and Palm Beach Artists in 2016
"The Same," by Wallace
Rylan Talerico isn't even out of high school, so how is a kid who's too young to remember 9/11 able to tap into the post-punk mindset of London in 1979 in this rocking number? It walks the fine line of sloppy and confident that all good rock and roll flirts with.
"Satyros Ironykos," by Georgio "The Dove" Valentino
This West Palm native — who has exiled himself from sunshine, first to Detroit and then to Europe — seems to be auditioning to do the soundtrack of a True Detective season three with this song. The crooning, moody atmospherics of "Satyros Ironykos" are reminiscent of some lost Nick Cave song.
"Like Skepta," by Don Cotti featuring MC Jumanji
This transatlantic partnership features the South London reggae dancehall of Don Cotti mixed in with the American grime of Coral Springs' own MC Jumanji. The sinister and the eerie combine to satiate you like a hot-and-sour soup.
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"Leave Me Lonely," by Ariana Grande
It never hurts a song to include Macy Gray, but Boca Raton's local girl done good — Ariana Grande more than holds her own. She shows off her vocal range, which helps her stand out from all the other pop teeny-boppers, in a sultry song that doesn't allow itself to be dumbed down.
"Six Flags in F or G," by Surfer Blood
It takes a while for the song to warm up — starting off sounding like a cover of the Rawhide theme — but it zigs and zags into winning, weird, and memorable sonic territory. By the time the five-minute track finishes, you have delved into surf guitar and harmonies that whet your appetite for the band's 2017 album.
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