The Plot In You

Follow Friday is getting a kickstart this week with The Plot In You. Their supercharged alternative metal is just what you need to get your blood pumping for the weekend. Formed in central Ohio, The Plot In You have been honing and mutating their metalcore chops since 2010 and now this four-piece has cultivated a sound all of their own. Blending heavy riffs and demanding vocals, with lighter vocal and guitar lines and sometimes electronica style blends.

With their 2018 ‘Dispose’ album, the band really expanded their sound beyond their metalcore roots. On picking new songs for the latest record, singer and principal writer, Landon Tewers told Billboard,

Rather than throwing songs in just to appease certain audiences, we decided to take that risk and create something we were proud of through and through. Out of 20 songs there were around five or six standard, heavy Plot songs. A few were done very well, too, in my opinion. They just didn’t flow or make sense with the best tracks. So they got cut. I think this is the first record where the entire band was 100% satisfied with the finished product.

Billboard Magazine

The Plot in You runs with Cobalt 7 String Skinny Top Heavy Bottom electric guitar strings and Regular Slinky 5 String bass strings.

The band is currently working on a new album via Fearless Records and you can check out their tunes below.


When stuck inside due to a snowstorm, most people might binge some movies, read books, or just generally loaf around. But if you’re Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee (named after her hometown of Waxahatchee, AL), you’ll write the starts of your 2012 debut album, “American Weekend.”

Since the delivery of her infectiously honest debut, Waxahatchee has developed a bigger sound with full band production, mixing her past love of indie/punk rock energy with her continued story-telling approach to lyrics. Now on her 5th album, Crutchfield has continuously grown as not only a musician, but a lyricist as well. 

I feel like I keep chipping away at this authentic thing that’s down there somewhere, slowly but surely, I’m getting closer to it, and as I do that, lyrics become hard for me – the rhyme scheme becomes more important, the amount of syllables I use.

Crutchfield to The Guardian

Her latest album, ‘Saint Cloud‘, is out now via Merge Records. 

Waxahatchee rocks Super Slinky electric guitar strings and Earthwood Extra Light Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings.

Hear the best of Waxahatchee down below.

Iya Terra

Up next is Los Angeles based Reggae band, Iya Terra who says their goal is to “bring positive music to the masses.”

Through their vehicle of Roots-Reggae music, Iya Terra began in 2013 when guitarist/vocalist Nathan Feinstein and bassist Nick Loporchio began singing songs on the sidewalks of the UCLA campus. Since then, the band has developed into a full band, mixing the traditional roots-reggae messages with today’s modern pop-radio reggae styling, all while pushing their message of anti-establishment, simple living, and a healthy lifestyle.

It would be taxing to silo them off as solely a roots reggae band. Go ahead and add some nice distorted guitar and reverb action to the mix as well as exploratory instrumentals spanning across multiple genres, and defining Iya Terra to one specific sound becomes much more difficult.

The Pier

Iya Terra spread their message with the help of Super Slinky and Regular Slinky electric and Slinky Flatwound 5 String bass strings. Check out their tunes below.

Rotting Out

Hailing from Los Angeles, hardcore punk band Rotting Out are not shy about their influences, their upbringing, or life experiences in their delivery both musically and vocally.

Pulling their name from a song by California punk royalty, Descendents, Rotting Out has been playing with ferocious speed and intensity since 2007 with their first round of EPs via 6131 Records. Rotting Out’s sound is reminiscent of Suicidal Tendencies‘ guitar riffs, Cro-Mags‘ heaviness, and Black Flag’s vocal delivery. Things really picked up and their sound became more defined on 2011’s ‘Street Prowl’ record, seeing bassist Walter Delgado move to vocals, and the band hit the road with other acts like The Ghost Inside, Stick To Your Guns and more.

Rotting Out loves hardcore for exactly what it is: the kids, the band, the stage, a garage, I don’t care, it’s just about that energy, those 30 minutes.

Singer/Songwriter, Delgado with

After a brief breakup from 2015-2018, Rotting Out have a new record coming out next week titled, ‘Ronin‘ courtesy of Pure Noise Records arriving April 10th, 2020.

Rotting Out uses Paradigm Skinny Top Heavy Bottom electric guitar strings and Regular Slinky bass strings. Get a taste of their tracks below.

Sadler Vaden

Singer-songwriter Sadler Vaden may be best known as the lead guitarist of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, but his solo work is nothing to ignore. Vaden’s music is somewhere between classic 70’s rock riffs, radio-friendly hood-filled choruses, and refreshing but familiar sounding vocal delivery covering topics close to his heart. It’s an easy record to turn up and remember what built rock music, loud ass guitars.

I really wanted to make a concise, strong-sounding rock ‘n’ roll album that wasn’t like a garage-y type of thing but wasn’t too polished — somewhere between those things, like, say, a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers type of record where things are thought out but there’s still some life to the parts. I think it went pretty well, and I’m pretty proud of the outcome.

Vaden to Billboard Magazine

On his latest album, ‘Anybody Out There?‘, Sadler digs deeper into an autobiographical theme, talking about his life on the road as a working musician in two active projects. 

Sadler Vaden plays Regular Slinky electric guitar strings.

Take a listen to Sadler Vaden‘s music below, as well as some of his work with Jason Isbell.

**Sadler Vaden Header Image credit: Bridgette Aikens

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