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One of the most revered acts in the music world today, the Foo Fighters are back with their first album in three years, the highly anticipated “Sonic Highways.” Each track on the album was inspired by and recorded in a different U.S. city, though not once on the record does the band stray from their own sound. It’s been a big year for the Foo Fighters in addition to “Sonic Highways.” With the release of the album also came an eight-episode HBO series of the same name, directed by Dave Grohl himself. The band also recently announced a 2015 North American tour that kicks off in July, and are selling out huge stadiums nationwide.
Zac Brown Band
The three-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling Zac Brown Band is ready to release a fourth studio album this spring. The band has earned astounding critical and commercial success, which has led them to work with many big-name artists like Dave Grohl, Jimmy Buffett, and Alan Jackson. Over the years, the band has released 16 singles, ten of which made it to number one on the Billboard country charts, solidifying their status as country superstars.
Since his 1994 breakthrough hit, the alternative-rock-turned-mainstream anthem “Loser,” Beck has established himself as one of the most prominent musicians and producers of the last 20 years. He has released an impressive 12 studio albums with songs that encompass multiple genres, and has produced music for artists like The White Stripes, Thurston Moore, and Stephen Malkmus. In 2014, Beck released his most recent album, “Morning Phase,” which was met with high praise from critics and fans alike, as well as a nomination for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Skrillex is the stage name of six-time Grammy winner, DJ and producer Sonny Moore. Formerly the lead singer of the post-hardcore band From First to Last, Moore left the band in 2007 to focus on his solo career, leaving the rock genre behind in favor of electronic dance music. It’s safe to say that it was a good career move, as Skrillex has without a doubt become one of the biggest names in EDM music. He won three Grammy Awards in 2012, and another three the subsequent year in the same categories, proving himself as a groundbreaking force in the electronic music sphere.
My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket formed in the late ’90s in Louisville, KY. Led by frontman Jim James, whose ethereal voice and incredible range are impressive to say the least, the band is known for amazing live performances. Though rooted in alt-country and rock, My Morning Jacket often delves into different genres and experiments with their sound.
Foster the People
Before forming Foster the People, frontman Mark Foster used to write jingles to pay the rent, so it’s no wonder the band has so many catchy hits. Foster and fellow band members Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius came together in 2009 in Los Angeles. Their debut album “Torches” sold nearly two million copies and earned them several Grammy nominations. The album had several hit songs including “Pumped Up Kicks,” which SPIN declared the anthem of 2011. The band released their equally catchy sophomore album, “Supermodel,” in 2014.
Paramore formed in 2004 in Franklin, Tennesee, and has become more and more successful with the release of each of the band’s four studio albums. The band’s pop-punk sound and catchy rock songs have earned them a huge fan base as well as several awards and honors over the years, including four Grammy nominations. They’re also known for excellent live shows, and have toured with bands like Jimmy Eat World, No Doubt, and Fall Out Boy. Lead singer Hayley Williams has boundless energy and incredible stage presence that make for a thrilling live performance.
Formed in 1993 in Austin, Texas by singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, Spoon really made a name for themselves with a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums in the early and mid-2000s. With catchy rock hits like “The Way We Get By” and “The Underdog” that were used in many movies and television shows, the band became a huge commercial success, and that exposure increased their fan base even more. In August, they released their eighth studio album titled “They Want My Soul,” which like all of their other works was received very favorably by critics, proving that even after a decade, they still have not lost their edge.
Umphrey’s McGee is regarded as one of the most prominent progressive rock and jam bands out there today. The members of Umphrey’s McGee formed in 1997 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and quickly built up a large following there. Over the years the band has released several albums, including several live albums and concert DVDs. As a well-known jam band, they are renowned for their live performances and improvisational style, and have been known to perform over 100 concerts annually.
Major Lazer is an electronic music project created by famed producer Diplo. Major Lazer’s music is influenced by reggae and dancehall styles, and the project has spawned two studio albums. The most recent album, “Free the Universe,” featured collaborations with artists like Bruno Mars, Ezra Koenig, 2 Chainz, Shaggy, Wyclef Jean, Santigold, and more.
TV On the Radio
TV On the Radio emerged onto the New York City indie rock scene in 2001, at a time and place which saw the formation of several successful bands. They have shared their post-punk sound on four critically acclaimed albums, which have had contributions from artists like David Bowie, Trent Reznor, and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The band has carried on through the unfortunate passing of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011, and released their most recent album, “Seeds” in 2014.
Phantogram is an electronic rock duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Josh Carter and vocalist/keyboardist Sarah Barthel. The duo formed in 2007 in Greenwich, New York and began releasing music two years later. They have collaborated with Outkast’s Big Boi on three songs from his second studio album, and are featured in the Flaming Lips’ song “You Lust” from their 2013 album “The Terror.” Phantogram has achieved success with their own music as well, and their 2014 album “Voices” was met with much critical acclaim.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and has been performing since the young age of 13. Though he was just two years old when his father passed away, he still possesses as much talent and passion for reggae music. He has set himself apart from the rest of his family with dancehall-influenced music, and has received many honors for his single “Welcome to Jamrock,” including a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and a mention as one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Songs of the Decade.
Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis is known as the lead singer of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, as well as for her career as a solo artist. Lewis is a former child actress, and she acted until 1998 when Rilo Kiley formed. In 2014 she released her latest album, “The Voyager,” her first solo record in six years. The album came as a product of a very difficult time in Lewis’ life, and its creation was very personal and intensely cathartic for the singer, but the end result was met favorably.
Dirty Heads is a band from Huntington Beach, California that mixes hip hop, ska, and rock styles. The group formed in 2003 as a collaboration between Dustin Bushnell and Jared Watson. In 2010, they released their most successful single to date, the #1 alternative hit “Lay Me Down,” which featured Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. The band released their latest album, “Sound of Change,” in 2014.
Krewella is a Chicago-based EDM duo consisting of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf. Originally formed as a trio in 2007, the group’s third member, producer Kris “Rain Man” Trindl, left in 2014. After releasing a few singles and EPs, Krewella became a fixture in the EDM festival circuit, gaining a following from performances at festivals like Ultra, Electric Daisy, and Electric Zoo. They released their debut full length album titled “Get Wet” in 2013.
Adventure Club is the EDM duo of Canadian producers Christian Srigley and Leighton James. They began putting remixes on the internet until they earned enough attention to be invited to perform at several electronic music festivals. Their debut EP reached #1 on the iTunes Dance Album chart and they had several hits on Hype Machine, which earned them spots at bigger festivals like Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco rose to fame after the release of his successful debut album, “Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor” which received three Grammy nominations and featured his breakout single “Kick, Push.” He is praised for his lyrical style and known for his outspoken political views. He just released his new album, “Tetsuo & Youth,” in January.
Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids formed in 2004 in Southern California. Two years later, they released their major label debut, “Robbers & Cowards,” which included their hit single “Hang Me Up to Dry.” Now almost ten years later, the band is still making great music and selling out tours, and just released their fifth studio album titled “Hold My Home” in October.
Future Islands is a Baltimore-based band comprised of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, guitarist and bassist William Cashion, and keyboardist Gerrit Welmers. In 2014, they signed with indie label 4AD and released their new album “Singles.” The album contains their hit single “Seasons (Waiting on You),” which both Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound deemed the #1 song of 2014. The band’s performance of the song on David Letterman unexpectedly went viral and earned them even more attention.
Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy used to play at open mic nights in Melbourne while working on completing a law degree. He ultimately decided to abandon the legal profession and wholeheartedly pursue a music career. His debut single “Riptide” was an immediate hit in Australia and led him to sign a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records. “Riptide” eventually became an international smash hit, pushing him further into the limelight. He released his debut studio album, “Dream Your Life Away,” in 2014.
Galactic with Macy Gray
Galactic is a jam band from New Orleans, Louisiana. The band is known to invite special guests to play onstage with them, and their upcoming Hangout Music Festival performance is no exception, as they’ll be performing with well-known R&B singer Macy Gray.
ODEZSA is an electronic music duo from Seattle consisting of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. Mills and Knight formed the group in 2012 while they were still in college and released their music via the internet, when their songs eventually rose to the top of Hype Machine’s popular chart. Their success earned them a spot touring with Pretty Lights, and a year later they released their most recent album, “The Return.”
Father John Misty
Singer/songwriter Joshua Tillman, also known as J. Tillman, currently performs under the name Father John Misty. Formerly a member of indie band Fleet Foxes, he left the band in 2011 but continues to make soft, folk-inspired music. In 2012 he released the album “Fear Fun” through Sub Pop Records.
Beats Antique is an electronic and world music trio consisting of David Satori, Zoe Jakes, and Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel. Their sound is very unique, incorporating a variety of world music genres like Middle Eastern, Balkan wedding music, flamenco, French gypsy jazz, hip hop, reggae, and many other styles, all fused together with electronic techniques. Their music obviously appeals to world music fans, but because of their electronic spin on things, their sound attracts a lot of electronic and dance music fans as well, making for a widespread and diverse audience.
Trampled By Turtles
Trampled By Turtles formed in 2003 in Duluth, Minnesota. The folk and bluegrass band, consisting of Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug, Dave Carroll, Erik Berry, and Ryan Young, has performed at a multitude of national festivals, and has seen more and more success with the release of each of their albums. They released their latest album, “Wild Animals,” on July 15, 2014.
GRiZ is the stage name of DJ and producer Grant Kwiecinski. He began playing music at a young age, learning piano and alto saxophone in elementary school, and he incorporates his saxophone playing into his funk-inspired dance music. GRiZ has toured with artists like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and Big Gigantic, eventually earning himself his own headlining tour as well as appearances at huge festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands.
Drive-By Truckers is a southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia. The band was co-founded in 1996 by members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley and over the years has featured a rotating lineup of southern musicians. They have developed a dedicated following through extensive touring. Most recently, they released their tenth studio album, “English Oceans,” in 2014.
St. Lucia is the solo project of South African-born, Brooklyn-based musician Jean-Philip Grobler. Grobler started making music when he was just 12 years old, influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Sting, and Phil Collins. He still incorporates the ’80s influence of those musicians who inspired him as a child into his music today, using a lot of synthesizers and pop beats. In addition to his own music, he has remixed tracks for artists like Passion Pit, Foster the People, and Charli XCX.
Los Angeles-based electronic musician Robert Delong mixes electronic dance music with singer/songwriter and indie rock influence. His live performances are always interesting, during which he plays drums and keyboards and often uses game controllers like Wii remotes to create his music. Delong released his latest EP, “Long Way Down,” in November.
Toro y Moi
Chaz Bundick began making recordings under the name Toro y Moi in 2001 in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. Eight years later, he signed with Carpark Records and released his first few albums within a couple of years, earning praise from media publications like The New York Times, Pitchfork, and Filter Magazine. Toro y Moi recently announced a new album entitled “What For?” to be released later this year, as well as an upcoming tour to support it.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from the legendary jazz venue Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The band keeps with tradition to this day and performs New Orleans-style jazz music. The band’s lineup has varied since the opening of Preservation Hall in 1961, but performs both at the New Orleans venue and on tour in venues around the world.
Slovenian-born DJ/producer Gramatik mixes hip hop, electro, and dubstep styles in his music. He moved to New York and dropped his first hip hop album in 2008, and eventually signed to electronic artist Pretty Lights’ label Pretty Lights Music. He has since released several other works, including his most recent effort “The Age of Reason.”
The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow is a band that brings country style to Brooklyn. The band was formed in 2010 by southern transplants Zach Williams, Kanene Doheney Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist. Originally Williams began working as a solo act, but found once he began jamming with Elmquist and Pipkin that his music worked well with a band. The Lone Bellow just released their latest album, “Then Came the Morning,” in January.
Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive is a Boston-based band comprised of singer Rachael Price, drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, and guitarist/trumpeter Mike “McDuck” Olson. Formed at Boston’s New England Conservatory, the band’s initial concept was that of “free country” style, but eventually they decided to write more pop-influenced and hook-based songs. They quickly gained a substantial following and self-released their first two albums, after which they signed with Signature Records, who released their self-titled album in 2011 and two more albums after that.
Rubblebucket was formed in Brooklyn in 2007 by musical couple Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver. In 2008, the band issued its self-released debut album under the name Rubblebucket Orchestra and began touring. The band has since expanded its lineup and shortened its name to just Rubblebucket and has received a lot of attention from media tastemakers like Paste and Rolling Stone. Their most recent album is called “Survival Sounds,” and was released in 2014.
Although all of the band’s members originally hail from Hawaii, Iration formed in Santa Barbara, California. As one would expect from a California-based band of Hawaiians, their music is laid-back reggae rock that’s perfect for the beach. In 2007, Iration recorded and released their debut album, “No Time For Rest,” which topped Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart, and their two subsequent albums went on to do the same.
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
English singer/songwriter Frank Turner started his career as the lead singer of the punk rock band Million Dead, but has since turned to a mainly acoustic solo career following the band’s split in 2005. Turner is accompanied both live and in the studio by his backing band The Sleeping Souls, which includes guitarist Ben Lloyd, bassist Tarrant Anderson, pianist Matt Nasir, and drummer Nigel Powell.
Vintage Trouble is a blues rock and soul quartet based in Los Angeles. The band formed in 2010 and is made up of vocalist Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and drummer Richard Danielson. They first built up their following in the U.K., where they gained attention after performing on Later…with Jools Holland. After that, they toured as an opener for Queen’s Brian May on his joint tour with musical theater star Kerry Ellis, and later opened for Bon Jovi on the U.K. leg of their The Circle Tour in 2010.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries
Charles Bradley dreamt of being a musician ever since his sister took him to see James Brown perform at the Apollo theater in 1962. He overcame a multitude of obstacles before he made it, including homelessness, stage fright, and his band members getting drafted during the Vietnam War. Despite all the hardships and setbacks, Bradley was determined to accomplish his dream of being a musician, and performed in local clubs as a James Brown impersonator under the name Black Velvet. His hard work paid off as he eventually caught the attention of a record label. Throughout his career he has released several singles with a number of different bands, and he has released two studio albums.
Alternative country band Houndmouth formed in 2011 in New Albany, Indiana. The band is made up of Matt Myers, Katie Toupin, Zak Appleby, and Shane Cody. In 2012, they performed at the SXSW music festival to promote their self-produced, self-titled EP, where they met Geoff Travis, the head of Rough Trade, who signed them shortly afterward. In 2013, they released their debut full-length “From the Hills Below the City” via Rough Trade.
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Australian singer and songwriter Xavier Rudd performs as a one-man band and plays surrounded by a setup of multiple instruments. His performances usually include him playing guitars, drums, traditional Australian didgeridoos, and several other instruments. He has made himself a known presence at music festivals, and his rising popularity has led to him sharing the stage with artists like Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Ben Harper.
Mary Lambert rose to fame as the co-writer and featured vocalist on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Grammy-nominated single “Same Love.” Last year, she released her debut major label EP “Welcome to the Age of My Body,” which included an alternate version of her collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis titled “She Keeps Me Warm.” The singer-songwriter released her first full length album titled “Heart on My Sleeve” in October 2014.
Kopecky is six-piece band from Nashville comprised of Kelsey Kopecky, Gabe Simon, Steven Holmes, David Krohn, Markus Midkiff, and Corey Oxendine. Their debut album “Kids Raising Kids” received attention from publications like The New York Times and Paste, and they have since gone on to perform at many big music festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits. Lately, through positive media attention and the use of their songs on several hit television shows, the band has been seeing a lot of commercial success.
J. Roddy Walston and The Business
Formed in 2002, J. Roddy Walston and The Business plays southern roots rock and Americana music. Besides J. Roddy Walston on vocals, piano, and guitar, the band also consists of Billy Gordon on lead guitar and vocals, Logan Davis on bass, and Steve Colmus on drums. They have gained a considerable following through touring, and have made several festival appearances and toured in support of artists like Deer Tick and Drive-By Truckers.
Young Fathers are an alternative hip hop and R&B group from Edinburgh, Scotland. The group formed in 2008 and is comprised of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and G. Hastings. When the band’s members were just teenagers, they began performing together in nightclubs, and eventually found themselves with a record deal. In 2014, they won the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize for their album “Dead,” beating out more famous competition like Damon Albarn and Bombay Bicycle Club.
The Mowgli’s are an alternative rock collective from southern California. In 2013, they released their major label debut, “Waiting for the Dawn,” which yielded their hit song “San Francisco.” The album’s success brought the band opportunities like television appearances and touring in support of bands like Walk the Moon and Manchester Orchestra. The band’s cheerful attitude and messages of love and positivity resonate with audiences everywhere, leaving concertgoers happy and feeling good. The band’s next album, “Kids in Love,” is slated for release this spring.
Strand of Oaks
Strand of Oaks is the rock project of producer and songwriter Timothy Showalter. He has released several albums as Strand of Oaks since 2009, his most recent work being 2014’s “HEAL.”
Grizfolk is a five piece alternative rock ensemble consisting of Adam Roth, Sebastian Fritze, Fredrik Eriksson, Brendan James, and Bill Delia. The band was brought into the spotlight after being featured by KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Electric” and appearing on Spotify’s list of Artists to Watch for 2014. They were also handpicked by the chart-topping band Bastille to support them on their fall 2014 arena tour. Grizfolk signed with Virgin Records last year, after which they released their debut EP titled “From the Spark.”
San Fermin is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. After graduating from Yale, where he studied music composition, Ludwig-Leone decided to focus his efforts on this project and wrote what became the band’s eponymous debut album released in 2013. San Fermin’s music is filled with Baroque pop flair and avant-garde arrangements that showcase Ludwing-Leone’s skill as a composer.
Pennsylvania natives The Districts formed in 2009, when the band’s four members were still only in high school. In the last year, they have played several major festivals, and NME even dubbed them “the band who owned SXSW” in 2014. They signed to Fat Possum Records back in 2013, and are set to release a new record in February of this year.
The indie rock trio Colony House is comprised of brothers Caleb and Will Chapman on vocals and drums respectively, and guitarist Scott Mills. They self-released three EPs before issuing their debut album, “When I Was Younger,” in 2014. The album’s lead single, “Silhouettes,” received a great deal of radio airplay on alternative rock stations, and grew increasingly popular with heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation.
Joywave entered the spotlight after they were featured in Big Data’s #1 alternative hit “Dangerous.” The band, based in Rochester, New York, consists of vocalist Daniel Armbruster, guitarist Joseph Morinelli, bassist Sean Donnelly, keyboardist Benjamin Bailey, and drummer Paul Brenner. In addition to their successful collaboration with Big Data, their own song “Tongues” was a big hit in 2014 as well, and received a lot of airplay from alternative radio stations.
Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi)
Skylar Spence is the new stage name of electronic music producer Ryan DeRobertis, formerly known as Saint Pepsi. DeRobertis was forced to ditch the Saint Pepsi name as a result of legal troubles, and so he began going by Skylar Spence as of 2015. He earned attention when he received acclaim from music blogs like Stereogum, Pitchfork, and The Fader. His most recent release is the infectiously catchy single “Fiona Coyne.”
Singer and songwriter Elle King’s musical style encompasses several genres, including country, soul, folk, rock, and blues. She was inspired to become a musician early on, influenced by female-fronted bands like Blondie, The Runaways, and The Donnas. After releasing her self-titled EP, King garnered favorable attention from a multitude of publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. She is set to release a full-length debut album early this year.
MisterWives is an indie pop band based in New York City. They have garnered a lot of buzz lately, and have opened for acts like Twenty One Pilots, Bleachers, and American Authors. They released their debut EP, “Reflections,” in 2014 through the New York indie label Photo Finish Records.
Halsey is the stage name of New York’s Ashley Frangipane. In true hipster fashion, the New Jersey native took the name of a stop on the L train to use as her musical alias. She self-released her first single, “Ghost,” and based on the strength and popularity of that song she signed a deal with Capitol Records-owned electronic/dance label Astralwerks in 2014. She released her debut EP later that year.
Knox Hamilton is an indie pop band from Little Rock, Arkansas. The band was formed in 2010 by longtime friends Bradley Pierce, Drew Buffington, Boots Copeland, and Cobo Copeland. The band began a meteoric rise to fame with the release of their catchy single “Work It Out,” which climbed its way to the top of the Alt 18 chart on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation.
Arizona native Zella Day was raised in a small mountain town outside of Phoenix where her parents ran a local coffee shop. It was there that she nurtured her love for music by spending time near local musicians and artists, who inspired her to begin playing guitar when she was just nine years old. She began writing songs and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career, where she first garnered attention with an acoustic cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Her own sound has been described as that of a happier Lana Del Rey.
Los Angeles-based musician Josh Legg, aka Goldroom, makes electronic and synth-based dance music. His single “Fifteen” became an internet hit with over 300,000 plays on Soundcloud, garnering the attention of media outlets like Pitchfork, MTV, and BBC Radio 1. Goldroom has also seen success as a remix artist, working with acts such as Niki & The Dove, Atlas Genius, and Gigamesh. He is currently working on a debut full length album.
Nashville’s Five Knives blends an electronic style with punk rock. The band is comprised of vocalist Anna Worstell, keyboardists/programmers Nathan Barlowe and Zach Hall, and drummer Shane Wise. Five Knives’ unique mix of old school rock and modern electronica has gained a lot of buzz and attention lately, and the band is currently working on their debut album.
Steelism is guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum. The duo met while touring as members of singer Caitlin Rose’s band, and eventually decided to start their own project together. Their debut EP, “The Intoxicating Sounds of Pedal Steel and Guitar,” received quick critical acclaim, and Steelism followed that with the release of their debut full-length in 2014.
The Suffers is a ten-piece soul band from Houston, Texas consisting of lead vocalist Kam Franklin, guitarist Alex Zamora, guitarist Kevin Bernier, bassist Adam Castaneda, saxophonist Cory Wilson, trumpeter Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, percussionist Jose Luna, keyboardist Patrick Kelly, and drummer Nick Zamora. Since the band formed in 2011, they have received eleven Houston Press Music Awards.
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