San Francisco’s Outside Lands just released their day-by-day lineup, and we’ve got the details on every artist who’s performing. Keep reading to see who’s playing what day, and drop us a comment below letting us know which acts you’re most excited to see at Outside Lands 2015.
Friday, August 7
Mumford & Sons
British folk rock group Mumford & Sons rose to fame shortly after the release of their hit debut album “Sigh No More.” The band formed in 2007, and is made up of members Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. Mumford & Sons has been very influential in recent years, inspiring a movement of bands with a similar style to their own. Their mainstream success has paved the way for the rising popularity of other artists with folk and bluegrass influence.
Wilco formed from the remaining members of alt country band Uncle Tupelo after the group’s disbandment in 1994. Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Jeff Tweedy, Wilco released their debut album “A.M.,” a collection of country-rock songs remniscent of the music of Uncle Tupelo. From then on, the band’s sound took on more of an experimental alternative country style. Their new, more eclectic sound earned them plenty of critical acclaim, particularly for their 2002 effort “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” which topped several year-end lists and was designated one of the best albums of the 2000s by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and many more.
D’Angelo and The Vanguard
R&B singer D’Angelo came onto the scene in 1995 with his hit debut album “Brown Sugar.” After a several-year hiatus, he came back with the 2000 album “Voodoo,” for which he won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. After that, he spent the remainder of the decade making scarce recorded appearances and did not release any new material of his own until 2014, when he came out with the album, “Black Messiah.” The new album is credited to D’Angelo and his backing band, The Vanguard.
St. Vincent is the stage name of indie darling Annie Clark, formerly of The Polyphonic Spree. Clark went solo in 2007 and soon became one of the biggest recent success stories in indie rock. Her impressive songwriting and art rock style eventually attracted the attention of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, and the two released a collaborative album in 2012. Throughout her solo career, St. Vincent has been the subject of critical praise, with her albums topping year-end lists from publications like NME, Entertainment Weekly, and The Guardian. Having most recently been nominated for a Grammy Award, it’s safe to say that her trajectory is still headed upward.
Porter Robinson is an electronic music artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He began producing music at the young age of 13, influenced by sounds from video games like Dance Dance Revolution. The self-taught producer earned the recognition of Skrillex’s OWSLA label, which signed him for a one-EP deal which turned out to be extremely successful. In the following years, he continued to ascend to fame with more hit singles and remixes. He released his debut album in 2014 and through recent extensive touring has achieved headliner status.
Australian electronic artist Nick Murphy opted to take on an alias in order to avoid confusion between himself and another Australian artist of the same name. He decided to make music under the name Chet Faker, an obvious homage to the late Chet Baker, whose music he listened to growing up. He launched his career with a downtempo cover of the ’90s hit “No Diggity,” which was used in a 2013 Super Bowl commercial for Beck’s Sapphire. In 2014 he released his debut album, “Built on Glass,” which debuted at #1 on Australia’s ARIA charts.
First Aid Kit
Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg make folk-inspired music together as First Aid Kit. They first gained recognition in their home country of Sweden when their single “Tangerine” received a lot of airplay on Swedish radio, which opened doors for them to further their career. They released their debut EP, “Drunken Trees,” in 2008, followed by a proper full-length in 2010 called “The Big Black and the Blue.” First Aid Kit has released two more albums since then, both of which were certified platinum in Sweden and gold in the U.K.
DJ/producer Henry Steinway, aka RL Grime, makes music in the “trap” genre, combining electronic and hip hop to make bass-heavy beats. RL Grime first emerged in 2011 with a series of tracks uploaded to the internet that were released a year later on the WeDidIt label. He kept building up his following with more original music as well as several bootleg remixes. His most recent album, “Void,” came out in 2014 and features appearances from Big Sean, Boys Noize, and How To Dress Well.
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.
English singer-songwriter George Ezra recently came into the spotlight with his single “Budapest,” which became a worldwide hit when he was only 19. He cites influences like Bob Dylan and Hank Williams, as evidenced by his soulful folk sound. He has a deep, mature and resonant voice that’s surprising coming out of a babyfaced young guy like him. George Ezra’s recent popularity has led to support spots for Tom Odell and Robert Plant, and he continues to bask in the success of his debut album, “Wanted on Voyage.”
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.
Violinist and performance artist Lindsey Stirling got her start as a YouTube star, with a series of popular choreographed performance videos that garnered millions of views. In addition to her YouTube fame, she also became known as a finalist on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent in 2010. Her unique music style combines classical violin with genres such as hip hop and EDM. Stirling released her self-titled debut album in 2012, followed by her sophomore record, “Shatter Me,” in 2014.
Glass Animals is an English indie rock band from Oxford consisting of childhood friends Dave Bayley, Drew Macfarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward. They released their debut album “Zaba” in 2014, which includes their hit song “Gooey,” which reached #19 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
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.
Broods is a duo from New Zealand consisting of siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott, who started the project in 2013 in Auckland. Shortly after their formation, the Nott siblings released their single “Bridges,” which was an instant hit in New Zealand, climbing its way to the top ten on the charts. They released their eponymous debut EP in January 2014, followed by their first full-length album, “Evergreen,” in August of that year.
Texas native Leon Bridges is a singer/songwriter who blends Southern soul and gospel. His sound has been compared to that of ’60s-era crooners like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Bridges built up a local following in his hometown of Fort Worth before signing with Columbia Records in December of last year. Having just played at Sundance and SXSW, Leon Bridges has made himself known as an up-and-coming artist. His debut album is slated for release this summer.
Toronto-based indie pop outfit Alvvays have been garnering a lot of buzz lately with their popular single “Archie, Marry Me.” Vocalist Molly Rankin, keyboardist Kerri MacLellan, guitarist Alec O’Hanley, bassist Brian Murphy, and drummer Phil MacIsaac make music with catchy hooks and sweet melodies. After touring in support of bands like Peter, Bjorn and John and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Alvvays released their self-titled debut album in 2014.
The Family Crest
The Family Crest is an orchestral indie rock band from San Francisco. The group first came together as the brainchild of frontman Liam McCormick. McCormick, along with the band’s co-founder John Seeterlin, recorded with hundreds of musicians, eventually coming up with their debut EP “Songs From the Valley Below” in 2010. The Family Crest, now featuring a core lineup of seven members, released their debut LP, “The Village,” in 2012, followed by their sophomore album, “Beneath the Brine,” in 2014.
New Orleans-based roots rock outfit The Revivalists formed in 2007. The band is a seven-piece, consisting of vocalist David Shaw, guitarist Zack Feinberg, pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams, bassists George Gekas, drumer Andrew Campanelli, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, and keyboardist/trumpeter Michael Girardot.
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 album came out in 2014 and is called “HEAL.”
Indie rock band Speedy Ortiz formed in 2012 in Northampton, Massachusetts. The group was formed by singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, guitarist Matt Robidoux, bassist Darl Ferm, and drummer Mike Falcone. They released their debut full-length, “Major Arcana,” on Carpark Records in 2013. The album was named Best New Music by Pitchfork, earning the band much-deserved attention. Speedy Ortiz is expected to release their sophomore album, titled “Foil Deer,” later this month.
Virginia native Natalie Prass began her career in Nashville, working as a songwriter and playing in backup bands before going solo in 2009. In between writing and recording her own album with high school friend and noted artist Matthew E. White, she joined Jenny Lewis on the road as her touring keyboardist. After three years in the making, Prass’ self-titled debut album finally saw release in early 2015.
The Sam Chase
The Sam Chase is the eponymous project of San Francisco folk musician Sam Chase. In 2013, the group was voted Best Band by SF Weekly’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll, and later that year also earned the distinction of Best Singer/Songwriter in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay issue.
Saturday, August 8
The Black Keys
Blues rock aficionados The Black Keys, led by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, have established themselves as one of the biggest rock bands of this generation. The band has won seven Grammy Awards since 2011 and racked up three more nominations this year, so they are without a doubt living up to their rockstar status. Their latest album, “Turn Blue,” came out in 2014 and is their fourth consecutive record produced by Danger Mouse. After extensive touring in support of the album over the last year, The Black Keys will surely be ready to rock the main stage as the Saturday headliner at Outside Lands.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, better known as Kendrick Lamar, is a rapper and songwriter from Compton, California. He rose to popularity in 2010 with the release of his mixtape “Overly Dedicated,” and the following year his album “Section 80,” which he released exclusively through iTunes, ranked as one of the best digital hip hop releases of the year. His major-label debut “good kid, m.A.A.d city” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. He received seven Grammy nominations in 2014, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best Rap Song.
Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala began as a bedroom recording project in 1999 when vocalist/guitarist Kevin Parker and bassist Dominic Simper were only 13. The duo was joined in 2007 by drummer Jay Watson, after which the band signed with Modular Records. The ’60s-inspired, fuzzy, psychedelic sound of their 2010 debut album “Innerspeaker” attracted international critical praise, and their follow-up effort, 2012’s “Lonerism,” was even more successful. Tame Impala is expected to release a highly anticipated third album later this year.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and three-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper is known for his eclectic style, mixing genres like folk, blues, soul, and rock. Throughout his career, Harper has played several instruments, spanned multiple genres, and been associated with a number of live acts. He is currently touring with his band The Innocent Criminals, which consists of percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates, and guitarist Michael Ward, with Harper on vocals and guitar.
British rocker Billy Idol was one of the first stars to achieve fame through the American television network MTV in the early 1980s. Having launched his career as a member of punk rock outfit Generation X in the late ’70s, Idol made a move to go solo in 1981, relocating to New York City and releasing his self-titled debut album a year later. He soon became an MTV fixture as part of the Second British Invasion, along with artists like Duran Duran and Culture Club. Idol’s second album, “Rebel Yell,” came out in 1983 and was even more successful than his first. Since then, he has released a number of successful records, with his most recent, “Kings & Queens of the Underground,” appearing in 2014. Along with the new album, Billy Idol also recently released his autobiography, titled “Dancing With Myself,” in October.
Gerald Gillum, better known as G-Eazy, is a rapper and producer from California. He has made a name for himself as “the James Dean of rap,” often sporting a leather jacket and a pompadour. His mixtapes have produced viral singles, including “Runaround Sue”, an R&B remake of the rock & roll classic. After hitting the road with Hoodie Allen, G-Eazy came out with his first full length album, “These Things Happen,” in 2014.
German duo Milky Chance is made up of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch. The pair first met in high school and played together in a local band, and later decided to carry on as just a duo and formed Milky Chance. Their catchy debut single “Stolen Dance” became a huge international hit after the band uploaded it to their YouTube page. The song gained millions of views and topped the charts in several countries, opening the door for sold-out tour dates and live television appearances. Milky Chance followed up the success of their single with their debut full-length, “Sadnecessary,” in 2013.
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.
Mac Demarco emerged from obscurity a few years ago as an indie sensation when in 2012 he released his EP “Rock and Roll Night Club,” shortly followed by his album “2.” The Canadian singer/guitarist, with his quirky, lilting voice and jangly guitar chords, gained the attention and respect of many music critics, and his work received the “Best New Music” designation by the indie music bible Pitchfork. In 2014, Demarco released his second album “Salad Days,” which was met with just as much critical favor as his earlier work.
Angus & Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister duo who play folk/blues-oriented music. Growing up in Sydney, Angus and Julia Stone were educated in music by their musician parents. The siblings have released three albums together, each one earning them more and more popularity and success, particularly in their native Australia. In 2014, after taking a break for a bit to work on solo projects, the Stone siblings reunited for their third studio album, an eponymous effort produced by Rick Rubin. The album reached #1 in Australia, and charted in a number of other countries as well.
Folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling began her music career at the young age of 16, emerging on the British indie scene and recording with bands like Mystery Jets, The Rakes, and Noah and the Whale. She released her debut album, “Alas, I Cannot Swim,” in 2008, earning her a nomination for Britain’s esteemed Mercury Prize. Marling’s latest album, “Short Movie,” came out at the end of March, and has already received rave reviews from a number of publications.
British quartet Django Django formed in London in 2008. The group consists of vocalist/guitarist Vincent Neff, drummer Dave Maclean, bassist Jimmy Dixon, and keyboardist Tommy Grace. They released their eponymous debut album in 2012, which earned them much critical praise and a Mercury Prize nomination. Now, Django Django is ready to release their second record, called “Born Under Saturn,” in early May.
Classixx is the production duo of childhood friends Michael David and Tyler Blake. Formed in Los Angeles in the mid-2000s, the duo began DJing together at house parties, blending genres like house, disco, and funk. They gained recognition early on for their remixes of popular indie rock artists like Phoenix and Passion Pit, and eventually began releasing their own music in 2009. Classixx released their first full-length album, titled “Hanging Gardens,” in 2013.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a rock band comprised of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Ruban Nelson, bassist Jake Portrait, and drummer Riley Gleare. After signing with Fat Possum Records, the band released their self-titled debut album in 2011. They released their second and most recent album, “II” in 2013.
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.
Langhorne Slim & The Law
Langhorne Slim is the stage name of singer-songwriter Sean Scolnick, who takes his alias from his hometown of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He released his debut EP, “Electric Love Letter,” in 2004, followed by his first full-length album, “When the Sun’s Gone Down,” two years later. Langhorne Slim currently records and tours with his backing band, The Law, with Langhorne himself on vocals and guitar, Jeff Ratner on bass, Malachi DeLorenzo on drums, and David moore on banjo and keys.
Hurray For the Riff Raff
Hurray for the Riff Raff is a New Orleans-based folk and Americana band. The group was founded by singer, songwriter, and banjoist Alynda Lee Segarra. They self-released their first two full length albums, after which they moved between record labels. They released their most recent album, “Small Town Heroes,” in 2014.
San Francisco-based electronic music producer Charlie Yin performs under the name Giraffage. He released his debut album, “Comfort,” in 2011, and followed that with the 2013 release of his second long-player, “Needs.” 2014 saw the release of his latest EP, “No Reason,” as well as a support slot touring with Porter Robinson.
Twin Peaks is an indie garage rock band that formed in Chicago in 2009. The group consists of vocalist/guitarist Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, and drummer Connor Brodner, who started the band when they were all still in high school. Twin Peaks released their debut album, “Sunken,” in 2013, followed by their sophomore record “Wild Onion” the next year.
Pop-rock outfit WATERS was formed in 2011 in the Norwegian capital of Oslo by guitarist/vocalist Van Pierszalowski, who later moved to San Francisco to recruit what is now the group’s current lineup. The five-piece band is comprised of frontman Pierszalowski, guitarist Brian DaMert, bassist Greg Sellin, drummer Andrew Wales, and keyboardist Sara DaMert. They garnered some buzz early on with their 2011 debut album, particularly for the catchy single “Got to My Head.” WATERS’ sophomore record, “What’s Real,” is out this spring on Vagrant Records.
Bay Area native Xavier Dphrepaulezz is the force behind the roots/blues persona Fantastic Negrito. Earlier this year, he was chosen out of over 7,000 entrants as the winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest, proving that this unsigned talent is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. He recently impressed the crowds at SXSW and had people raving about his live performance, so one can assume that big things are coming for this artist.
Devon Baldwin emerged in 2011 when she appeared on G-Eazy’s track “Acting Up.” She has since collaborated further with the rapper, and recently appeared on up-and-coming rapper Skizzy Mars’ single “Knock You Down,” but Baldwin is ready to make a name for herself as a solo artist. She recently released a number of radio-ready singles, and will soon release her debut EP, titled “Lungs.”
Indie pop group The Tropics formed in San Francisco in 2013. The band is made up of vocalist Claire George, guitarist/keyboardist Eric Silverman, drummer Kern Sigala, guitarist Rowan Peter, and bassist Nate Skelton. They released their debut EP, “Wind House,” in 2014. The band is currently at work on a follow-up EP, to be released later this year.
Sunday, August 9
Headlining Outside Lands this year is none other than music superstar Elton John, who is set to close out the festival on the main stage on Sunday. His career spans five decades, over which he has sold millions of records and had over fifty top 40 hits, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Throughout his career, he has received a multitude of awards and honors – everything from numerous Grammy Awards to a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II – and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Naturally, he is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of all time, and to this day is still making new music and touring, continuing to leave a lasting impact on the industry.
Sam Smith is undoubtedly one of the greatest music success stories of the last few years. The soulful English singer initially gained attention when he lent his vocals to Disclosure’s 2012 hit single “Latch.” The next year, he was featured on Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” earning his first number one and international recognition. In 2014, Smith released his debut full-length, “In the Lonely Hour,” which got him nominated for six Grammy Awards, of which he won four.
Axwell & Ingrosso
Axwell ^ Ingrosso is the electronic music duo consisting of former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso. Since Swedish House Mafia came to an end in 2013, Axwell and Ingrosso began working on music together. The duo officially formed in 2014, playing their first performance at the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City that June. They are working on a debut album, which they say will be released soon.
Southern California’s Slightly Stoopid was first discovered by Sublime’s Bradley Nowell, who signed them to his Skunk Records label back in the mid-’90s. The band began as a duo and to this day is still fronted by high school friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald. In the nearly 20 years that they’ve been active, Slightly Stoopid has released seven studio albums, the most recent of which was released back in 2012.
London-based electronic music outfit Hot Chip formed in 2000. Since 2004, the band has released five studio albums which have produced several successful singles. They were nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize in 2006 and in 2009 received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for their song “Ready for the Floor.” Now, Hot Chip is back and ready to release their sixth studio album, “Why Make Sense?”
Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, is a Canadian composer, musician, and recording artist. Formerly known as Manitoba, Snaith changed his moniker to Caribou due to the threat of a trademark violation lawsuit from Dictators frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba, and rereleased his two already existing works under his new name. Caribou released his most recent studio album titled “Our Love” in 2014.
The Devil Makes Three
The Devil Makes Three is an acoustic alt-country trio based in Santa Cruz, California. The band is made up of guitarist/singer Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino, and guitarist/banjoist Cooper McBean. Since their formation in 2002, The Devil Makes Three has released several albums that showcase their unique musical style, which has elements of blues, country, bluegrass, ragtime, and even punk rock.
Nate Ruess initially rose to fame as the frontman of the early 2000s indie pop band The Format, but nowadays is better known as the lead singer of the Grammy-winning group Fun. As of this year, Ruess is embarking on a solo career for the first time, and in February he released his debut single “Nothing Without Love.” He is currently at work on a solo record, which is expected out sometime this summer.
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 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.”
DJ and producer Dijon McFarlane performs as DJ Mustard, a hilarious play on his given name. The Los Angeles-based producer first came to attention as the official DJ for rapper YG, as well as for producing a number of hit singles for other artists like Tyga, 2 Chainz, and Young Jeezy. DJ Mustard has released two of his own mixtapes, and just released his debut solo album, “10 Summers,” in August 2014.
St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones formed in 2011. They quickly built up a following with their dynamic live shows and impressive stage presence. The band consists of vocalist Paul Janeway, guitarist Browan Lollar, percussionist Andrew Lee, bassist Jesse Phillips, trumpeter Allen Branstetter, and trombone/tuba player Ben Griner. They released their debut album, “Half the City,” in 2014.
James Bay is an up-and-coming soulful folk pop singer/songwriter who hails from England. The 24-year-old musician toured with Hozier last year and recently received the Critics’ Choice award at the 2015 BRIT Awards. He has released three EPs so far, and his debut full-length, “Chaos and the Calm,” came out on March 23.
Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke: Get Real
Famed producers Green Velvet (also known as Cajmere) and Claude VonStroke are coming together to form the latest DJ superduo for a collaboration that they’re calling Get Real. Having only debuted as a duo a few months ago, they have only played a few shows together so far. While the pairing is new and people are still in the speculation phase, VonStroke has in fact confirmed that he and Green Velvet will be releasing music together in the future.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Karl Denson got his start as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band, after which he co-founded and led the San Diego band The Greyboy Allstars. Since then, he has led his own band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.
Sky Ferreira got her big break when her Myspace page attracted the attention of producers Bloodshy and Avant (the duo behind Britney Spears’ hit song “Toxic”) when she was just 15 years old. Working with them eventually led to a deal with Parlophone Records in 2009. She released two EPs before dropping her debut album, “Night Time, My Time,” in 2013.
SZA is the stage name of alternative R&B artist Solana Rowe. In 2012, she self-released an EP titled “See.SZA.Run,” which she followed with the release of her second EP “S.” Since then, she has signed with the indie label Top Dawg Entertainment and released her third EP “Z” in 2014. Her most recent album includes collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad, and Kendrick Lamar.
LA rock band Allah-Las formed in 2008 when three of its four members were working in the legendary Los Angeles record store Amoeba. Their sound combines modern garage rock with the psychedelic sounds of the ’60s. They released their debut album in 2012, and followed that up two years later with their sophomore effort, “Worship the Sun.”
Actor-turned-musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia performs under the alias Shakey Graves as a one-man alt-folk/Americana band. The Texas native released his debut album “Roll the Bones” in 2011, which was a critical success with its ragged blend of country, folk and blues. He followed that up with the release of 2014’s “And The War Came,” which was generally received as favorably as his first album.
Dan Deacon is an electronic musician based in Baltimore, Maryland. He released his first recordings in 2003, and since then has released several successful and critically acclaimed albums. Deacon’s latest effort, “Glass Riffer,” came out this February.
New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker is a blues rock musician. His sound draws on blues influence as well as garage rock and punk. He released his self-titled debut album in 2014 and has since gone on to tour with Jack White and play several major music festivals including Lollapalooza, where he earned more recognition when Rolling Stone praised him for his amazing live performance.
Ryn Weaver is the stage name of American singer and songwriter Erin Wuthrich. She released her debut single “OctaHate” in June 2014, which boasted collaborators like Charli XCX and Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos. With these big-name connections, the song quickly rose to popularity and released her debut EP “Promises” in August of 2014.
Indie pop band Givers formed in the late 2000s in Lafayette, Louisiana. The group is currently comprised of vocalist/percussionist Tiffany Lamson, vocalist/guitarist Taylor Guarisco, drummer/vocalist Kirby Campbell, bassist Josh LeBlanc, and keyboardist Nick Stephan. Givers released their debut album, “In Light,” in the summer of 2011, and enjoyed both commercial and critical success, particularly for their hit single “Up Up Up.”
METZ is a Toronto-based punk trio formed in 2008. The band consists of Alex Edkins on guitar and vocals, Chris Slorach on bass, and Hayden Menzies on drums. Influenced by bands like the Jesus Lizard, Public Image Ltd. and the Pixies, their sound is remniscent of ’90s grunge mixed with noise rock. METZ signed with Sub Pop to release their self-titled debut in 2012, and are set to follow that up this year with a sophomore album expected to drop in May.
Sydney, Australia’s DMA’s is a band on the rise, both in their home country and overseas. The trio formed in 2012 and developed a sound that evokes the early-90s style of iconic Britpop bands like Oasis, Blur, and The Stone Roses. They gained a lot of recognition with the release of their successful debut single “Delete,” which earned them critical praise and an ever-growing fan base.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks
Alex Bleeker, known as the bassist for mellow beach rockers Real Estate, began recording as Alex Bleeker & The Freaks and released an eponymous album back in 2009. The Freaks unsurprisingly sound similar to Real Estate, as Bleeker recruited fellow members Martin Courtney and Matt Mondanile to join his backing band. With Real Estate becoming increasingly successful, Bleeker put his band on the back burner for a little while, but came back to the project and released the album “How Far Away,” in 2013.
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