It started with a want ad, plastered across the board of a post-industrial space near the Gowanus Canal. The request? Quite simple: “Robert Smith/Emily Haines, where are you?” The kind of thing you’d expect from a New Mexico native who studied the Cure’s bleak but beautiful hooks at a time when riff-raking guitar heroes were all the rage. “People would always say, ‘Why would you want to play like Robert Smith?’” explains Lightouts founder Gavin Rhodes, last heard in the one-man band Honeypower. “‘Wouldn’t you rather learn how to shred instead?”
When Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) first heard Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) in 2009, she was playing a cover of the Jackson 5\'s “I Want You Back” in their college co-op, where Adam volunteered. \"I thought she sounded amazing, but she was selling her CD for ten dollars, and that was just too much for my wallet.\"
As a band, Six60 originally formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2008. Inspired by the vibrant culture of soul, rock and bass heavy electronica that defined late 2000s student life down south, they began jamming out at their infamous flat, 660 Castle Street. Bedroom practices quickly became small living room concerts for friends and family, which lead them to playing flat-warming\'s, parties and eventually local bars.
Oakland, California’s Tumbleweed Wanderers combine soul, folk, and rock and roll to create a hugely dynamic musical experience. They weave through their shows with smooth transitions, bringing the listener from dark chaotic banjo-rock, through intimate acoustic harmonies, to energetic explosions of soul.
If you could bottle the spirit of THE ENEMY and flog it Coventry, UK might just have an export to rival their proud motor industry heritage. Frontman Tom Clarke, bassist Andy Hopkins and drummer Liam Watts are back with a ferocious, guitar-heavy and typically anthemic third album. The band, with Joby J Ford from The Bronx on producing duties, have been in LA rediscovering the DNA that helped a young three-piece from the West Midlands explode into the charts in 2006.
"The Best Bar Band in America”
The three friends known as Little Daylight, who peppered 2012 with some of the year’s most infectious remixes, have finally stepped to the fore. Today Little Daylight has debuted their first original song, “Overdose”, alongside its music video. Little Daylight took some of 2012’s best pop songs and infused them with pulsing beats and a tribal flair. The trio has created official remixes for Passion Pit, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Mowgli’s, Temper Trap, St. Lucia, and The Freelance Whales, with more to come. WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING:
Naming their sophomore album Developer is a bold move for the still-young band Social Studies. But it is as apt a descriptor as you're likely to find for how the sound of this San Francisco-based five-piece has flourished, matured, and, yes, developed over the past two years.
Women, death, beards, skulls & whiskey, the dark matters ground through stomach-churning guitars and ugly drumming to produce the trademark lo-fi blues-stoner-punk sound that has made the Sheffield/Leeds duo make a name for themselves as one of the loudest two-piece bands ever.
4 piece indie/rock band from Istanbul After being formed in 2011 their success didn’t go unnoticed and they performed at dozens of live shows including The Newcomers Festival, where they were pointed out as a promising young act. Their big break was the night of making their television network performance at Okan Bayülgen’s Disco Kralı, Turkey’s most popular late night show. Also a huge number of national and international media mentioned The Away Days as a band to be noticed.