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RPW Can’t Miss This List 2014 – Music

Ready for 2014 Rock Paper Watchers? To celebrate the new year, we are releasing our “Can’t Miss This List” so you know our picks for upcoming shows, movies, albums, and books.  Check out our lists for the 2014 movies, books, and television.

“Out Among the Stars” by Johnny Cash

March 25, 2014

I can admit that I’m not a huge country fan, but boy do I love me some Johnny Cash. I was thrilled when it was announced last year that John Carter Cash, son of the late Johnny and June, discovered 12 songs recorded by Johnny Cash in 1981 and 1984. The tracks, which include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings, have been sitting in a vault forgotten for the past thirty years and have never been released to the public.

Pharrell Williams



In 2013, Pharrell simultaneously held the #1 and #2 song on Billboard’s Top 100, was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and released the first-ever 24 hour music video. All of that was done without releasing a new album. But America heard plenty of the Man Who Never Ages in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Can you imagine what will happen in 2014 when Pharrell releases his own album from Columbia Records? The new album will drop later this year and will include “Happy,” the single from Despicable Me 2.

Betty Who


When her single ‘Somebody Loves You’ was featured in the viral Home Depot Proposal, her song took off at a rapid pace. Once released, it debuted at #44 on iTunes and at #4 on Spotify. She was quickly signed to RCA records in September and has been tour and in the studio ever since. In the meantime, her EP ‘The Movement’ is available on Spotify and for download on iTunes.




It was recently confirmed by Adele’s publicist that she has been working on her third album, a follow up to 2011’s 21, which is officially the first album to sell over 3 million digital copies. Naturally, expectations are high for this next album. Adele is reportedly working with Kid Harpoon, James Ford, William Orbit, and Ryan Tedder.

Honorable Mentions

The Fray

Foo Fighters

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Weekly Rock! – June 6


Ever find a song you absolutely, cannot stop listening to?  The Weekly Rock is a list of tunes we can’t get out of our head.  Check out the playlist on Spotify and be sure to subscribe!

Ashley’s Picks

  1. 6am – Fitz and the Tantrums
  2. I Could’ve Been Your Girl – She & Him
  3. Out of My League – Fitz and the Tantrums
  4. On the Attack – Langhorne Slim, The Law
  5. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  6. Against the Grain – City and Colour
  7. Futures – Jimmy Eat World
  8. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend
  9. Fools Gold – Fitz and the Tantrums
  10. The Way We Move – Langhorne Slim, The Law
  11. Need Your Live (Acoustic) – The Temper Trap
  12. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell

Elizabeth’s Picks

  1. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
  2. Sky High Honey – Matt Nathanson
    New Matt Nathanson!
  3. Distance – Christina Perri ft. Jason Mraz
    This is my favorite Jason Mraz duet since Details in the Fabric with James Morrison.  The lyrics are beautiful, the harmonies are perfect, and um, it’s Jason.
  4. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – Glee Cast (Chord Overstreet and Blake Jenner)
    Yes, I still watch Glee.  Why haven’t Sam and Ryder had more duets?
  5. Ho Hey – Nashville Cast (Lennon & Maisy)
    Excellent cover.
  6. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – The Maine ft. Adam Lazzara
    Again, excellent cover (this was not intentional)
  7. Love Letter – Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
  8. No Sugar in My Coffee – Caught a Ghost
  9. Ball and Biscuit – The White Stripes
  10. Sex – The 1975
  11. Shake It – Metro Station
    When I was moving in, my family and I had a 30-second dance break to this song.  It’s so good!
  12. Alone Together – Fall Out Boy

Jenn’s Picks

  1. You Are The Only One I Love by Jaymay
  2. Santeria by Sublime
    Something about this song just makes me feel summer.
  3. Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
    I noticed that some of my music choices are heavily influenced by my grief over the Red Wedding..
  4. Coffee by Copeland
  5. Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt
    Tragic Westerosi Kingdom…
  6. How Low by Ludacris
  7. Moment 4 Life by Nicki Minaj with Drake*
  8. She Will by Lil Wayne with Drake*
  9. Make Me Proud by Drake with Nicki Minaj*
  10. Swimming Pools (Drank) by Kendrick Lamar
  11. I’m on One by DJ Khaled with Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne*
  12. Wasting All These Tears by Cassadee Pope
    This is Cassadee’s much-anticipated brand new single and I have to admit, I’m in love. Can’t wait for the album.

My song choices for #6-11 were all produced by our most recent Monday Man Candy , T-Minus. Four of those songs topped the U.S. Hip-Hop/R&B Charts. They are marked with an asterisk.