Every month I look forward to writing this blog post. I love exploring new music, sharing it, and talking about. Talking about what it is about the songs that resonate with me and seeing if other listeners feel the same way. And as like usual, if you have any suggestions please send them my way.

HERE is my top 3 from January. 

I have a lot to get to today. A pop-punk album, an indie album, and a post-hardcore album. I will share my favorite songs off each of the 3 albums and then share another single off the album at the end. 

Let's begin with the new Panic! At The Disco album called "Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!" I've mostly grown out of the pop-punk scene, but once in a while something grabs attention. I was actually going to pass on this album entirely, until I saw Panic!'s performance on Conan, which you can watch HERE. I was so impressed I needed to explore more. Panic! isn't a secret band and a lot of people know about them, so if you're already a fan, you already know what to expect. Here is my favorite song off their new album. It's a slow one and doesn't reflect the album as a whole. It's just the one that stuck out too me which is kind of strange because I tend not to like it when the vocals have many effects on them. It's a love song that just works. 

This next band isn't exactly a needle in the haystack either nor is this album super new. It came out in September of 2013 so it's not old either. It took me a while to get around to Haim's "Days Are Gone". The album apparently reached number 1 in the UK and number 2 in Australia as well. I was going to share the studio recording of my favorite song, "Let Me Go", but I found this live version that carries a different emotion. It's "raw", but you gotta love it. 

Lastly, A Day To Remember's latest effort "Common Courtesy". A Day To Remember is well known in the punk and post-hardcore sphere, but might be new to a lot of people. After a long and dramatic dispute with their former record label, A Day To Remember released "Common Courtesy" with great excitement and relief. There is a bit of a local twist to this band too. Although the origins of the band are from Florida, guitarist Kevin Skaff is from Minnesota. The "softest" tune off their new record is probably my favorite. 

Here are some popular singles off each of the albums. 

Panic! At The Disco. 

Haim. 

A Day To Remember.