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RBN Highlights 17

The Rock Band Network Community recommends songs from Jonathan Coulton, The Motion Sick, and more. Get the inside scoop on why you should pick up these songs!

Askari Nari - "Generic Techno Song"

The first thing that comes up is a chain of 16ths on bass that don't end for almost a minute, so you know this'll be fun on bass. It gets even more fun when the HOPO chords come in. From there, drums come in with some kick/snare beats while keys and guitar alternate electronic tones. About a minute in, guitar starts getting so jealous of bass's awesomeness that it decides to copy it, and drums begin playing 16th hat rolls. Guitar gets tired of imitating, cue unique disco beats on drums. Repeat once, and that's what you'll get from this song. For only 80 points, that's quite a lot, so get it! - Arcanon, RBN Community

Jonathan Coulton - "Good Morning Tucson"
This is a Jonathan Coulton song. I don't have to recommend this, it's gonna get bought no matter what I say. But I will anyway. The vocals are extremely fun to sing, and are what drew me to the track, so I'm recommending it for that alone. But for you non-vocals people, it's got a decently active bassline, some fun drums, easy-but-gets-a-little-challenging-later keys and a very well-done acoustic guitar chart that's a blast to play. Go for it. - Arcanon, RBN Community

The Motion Sick - "Grace Kelly"
You may know The Motion Sick from the infectuously catchy "30 Lives" and while their second RBN offering might share the indie pop-rock styling it actually presents a much different sound. "Grace Kelly" is dark and moody, with delicate guitar playing holding the song together and a really fun accordion part charted to keys. The keys and drums in particular get very intense and challenging towards the climax of the song but the vocals are my personal highlight here. The eerie melodies really accentuate the stark lyrics. - Oscarvarium, RBN Community

Winter Crescent - "Battle of Egos Intro"
As a big prog metal fan, I love when unknown bands like Winter Crescent pop up. "Battle of Egos Intro" is quite different from the already released "Battle of Egos", showing a much more melodic and atmospheric side to the band's sound. There's still great instrumentation and challenging charts to be found though, with the guitar in particular featuring a lot of interesting riffs. - Oscarvarium, RBN Community

Dance for the Dying - "Thug Love"
This is the third track on RBN from this band, and with more on the way, Dance for the Dying have been one of my favourite recent discoveries and are really showing why the platform is such a great promotional tool. Just like "Echo" and "El Monstro" before it, "Thug Love" mixes catchy vocal hooks and an earworm chorus with energetic instrumentation that all adds up to a great Rock Band experience. This particular track has a highly active bassline which includes a solo and is perhaps the driving core of the song. - Oscarvarium, RBN Community