Wednesday, June 12
Cherry Glazerr released their explosive full-length album Apocalipstick on Inauguration Day in 2017. You might think the two tumultuous years since would have driven the band toward even more explicitly topical commentary. But as singer/guitarist/founder Clementine Creevy began writing the first of some thirty songs that would make up the new Stuffed & Ready, she found unexpected inspiration by turning inward. That meant leading her band somewhere new and writing songs that would reveal aspects of herself she realized she’d once concealed.
With their raw passion and restless intensity, DREAMERS deliver a dynamic breed of alt-rock that channels the glory of the past while pushing toward the future. But on their new EP FLY, the L.A.-via-Brooklyn trio reflect on all the wonder and chaos of living fully in the present.
If you’ve been listless and laid low by apathy, there’s only one prescription – more Starcrawler!
The dynamic young L.A.-bred quartet has been wiping the jaded looks off audiences across their hometown since making their live debut back in 2016, dragging the unsuspecting into their universe with hooks that sink into the synapses and refuse to let go – and enough electricity to light up the entire Sunset Strip.
Wednesday, June 12
Late Night Lounge
Liily are four Los Angeles teenagers hailing from deep in the San Fernando Valley to the edges of the Inland Empire. Emerging from a new and burgeoning culture of youths in the city, their wildly frenetic shows point to a new vision for alternative and hard rock music in 2019 where such things aren’t supposed to exist anymore: one that is actually a hell of a lot of fun.
FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
Forget everything you know about Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Cast aside the savage brilliance of 2015 debut Blossom and Top Ten follow up Modern Ruin. Erase from your mind a live show which remains the most thrillingly visceral experience in contemporary rock. Because everything they’ve done up until now has been leading to their jaw-dropping third album, End Of Suffering.“It was always about album three, from when we first started out,” says Frank, sitting alongside the band’s guitarist and co-songwriter Dean Richardson in their Mile End creative space.
Thursday, June 13
Mohammad Ali Center
A refreshing take on indie rock with influences ranging from Foster the People and Tame Impala to MGMT, ufo ufo manage to create their own unique sound and vibe as heard on their debut single, “Fools” (Produced by Dylan Bauld – Flor, Halsey, Lights). The song organically began catching fire on Spotify, then made its way onto SiriusXM’s AltNation Advanced Placement and Spotify’s The New Alt, It's ALT Good! & Pop Rock Shot playlists where it continues to build a buzz.
Indie-Pop sensation UPSAHL has every right to celebrate. Last year, she released her first proper single, “Can You Hear Me Now,” a bouncy, rhythmic, and poignant track that set the internet positively abuzz.
Warner Brothers Records
Comprised of Lydia Night (age 18, vocals/guitar), Genessa Gariano (age 21, guitar), Brooke Dickson (age 24, bass), and Drew Thomsen (age 21, drums), The Regrettes had a standout summer as must-see’s last festival season – playing Coachella, Governors Ball, Reading & Leeds, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and more – with Rolling Stone naming the band among the “Best Things We Saw At Governors Ball,” and USA Today proclaiming The Regrettes as the “Most Promising Newcomer” at Lollapalooza. The group also released its Attention Seeker EP in 2018, continuing on the massive success of their debut album, Feel Your Feelings, Fool!, which garnered widespread critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, and more.
Thursday, June 13
As the frontman of The Strumbellas, Simon Ward can attest that balancing work and family life ain’t easy. Over the past few years, the musician spent a great deal of time touring with the indie rock sextet, traversing the globe and delivering standout performances at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The other side of the coin, for Ward, is a bustling home in small town Canada with his wife and three young children. His constantly juxtaposed life is the thread that weaves its way through the fourth studio album, with Rattlesnake, a collection of sleek, bright songs that elevate their sound to frenzied new heights.
No money to their names (minus what they earned from medical studies), the members of Los Angeles alternative rock band The Wrecks—Nick Anderson [vocals, guitar], Aaron Kelley [bass], Nick Schmidt [guitar, vocals], Westen Weiss [guitar, keys], and Billy Nally [drums]—received the invitation of a lifetime.
THE FEDERAL EMPIRE
Music necessitates unity. It hinges on the harmony of notes, rhythms, and beats as well as the confluence of its creators. The Federal Empire chart a new frontier for alternative folk pop by welcoming listeners everywhere to participate in the union shared by the duo of Chad Wolf and McKay Stevens. In fact, an ambition to bring others together underlines the pair’s poetic, passionate, and powerful growing body of work thus far.
Bad Suns' new album Mystic Truth, their first ever album for Epitaph Records, is available now. As a marker of a new era for Bad Suns, it’s a remarkable step forward that’s at once melodically sharper and more emotionally complex than anything they’ve done before.
THE GLORIOUS SUNS
More specifically, it's about exploring the adventures (and frequent misadventures) of main songwriter Brett Emmons in the truest way. It's also an album where The Glorious Sons — rounded out by Brett’s older brother Jay Emmons (guitar), Chris Koster (guitar), Adam Paquette (drums) and Chris Huot (bass) — capture all the listlessness and confusion of young adulthood in 10 doses of modern rock.
Thursday, June 13
Late Night Lounge
Friday, June 14
Mary Miller River Boat
THE ORPHAN THE POET
THE ORPHAN THE POET want you to know they’re here and not going anywhere. Based out of Columbus, OH, the threesome come bearing their own brand of take-it-or-leave-it alt rock and have been rabidly gaining fans thanks to their captivating live show, most recently seen supporting The Score on the band’s first full North American tour. After garnering the attention of SiriusXM's Alt Nation and BBC’s Radio1, the band will hit this year hard with the new track, Queen Cobra.
As if conceived in an anachronistic vacuum beyond all the binary and arbitrary metrics, social media noise, and expectations, the music of Evan Konrad invites a primal connection. Locked away in the studio, the singer, songwriter, and producer devoted himself wholeheartedly to making a sonic statement architected and personally produced by hand. The songs remain steeped in true alternative tradition rife with traffic-stopping vocals, an orchestra of synths, guttural guitar, and powerful percussion. For the uninitiated, the best way to describe the music would be Thom Yorke translating Christopher Nolan’s Memento into songs, and even that only scratches the surface.
Friday, June 14
Hot Brown Dinner
POESY is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new Canadian voices. Influenced by innovative enigmatic artists like Kate Bush and Freddie Mercury, as well as 90s alternative rock queens PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, and Alanis Morissette, the Toronto-based artist has formed a gritty and unmistakable sound that demands to be heard. Pairing inspiration from her favourite novels with vulnerable confessions from her own life, POESY’s dark and powerful alt-rock rhythms makes it possible to dance and cry and wonder and hope all at once.
Friday, June 14
Tatiana DeMaria crashed onto the music scene in London as a teenager and a trendsetter and never stopped delivering her cutting-edge perspective to a global audience. A musician, songwriter, singer and producer, the London-based artist spent the early part of her career fronting the power punk trio TAT and producing U.K. underground hip-hop. She’s been making searing songs, delving into the human experience, and riveting performances ever since.
Amy Guess was born and spent her early childhood in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The family moved to Las Vegas when she was 12 where she played lounges in cover bands that eventually landed her a job as a singing gondolier at the Venetian Hotel while she was still in high school.
Her single “Moonlight,” put Guess on the map that garnered over 500,000 streams. She began working on her EP Ten Times Out of Ten soon thereafter which was released in early 2017. Of the single "Comatose", Impose Magazine says, "Guess has crafted a robust pop song in “Comatose” with lyrics that are easy to sing along and a tune that you find yourself humming once the song has ended.”
FOXTROT & THE GET DOWN
Foxtrot & the Get Down began at West Chester University through mutual musical interests between singer/songwriter Colin Budny and bassist Ken Bianco. Bonding over acts like G. Love & Special Sauce and A Tribe Called Quest, Budny and Bianco began creating music and playing sets around Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. After adding vocalist Erica Ruiz, the band released their debut EP "Sold the Soul" in 2014.
The Los Angeles-based sextet – vocalist James Mason, keyboardist Emily Dickinson, guitarist Jonny Vesely, bassist Miles Franco, backing vocalist Aimee Proal and drummer David Allen play a sleek, souped-up style of synth-pop that equally takes its cues from the current crop of genre peers like Walk The Moon, Smallpools, CHVRCHES and Cherry Pools, but also legendary acts like The Ronettes and The Beach Boys. The band’s EP, DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD, recently re-released by Selma Records with a few re-imagined tracks, swirl these decades-spanning influences and an overall indie aesthetic to create a blend of pop and rock that’s all at once topical and timeless.
Born in London to Scottish parents, Bishop Briggs grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. Days after graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles where, after years of performing at any venue that would have her, she was discovered in a small hole-in-the-wall by a former-A&R rep and the rest was history. The music of Bishop Briggs transcends the limitations of singular genres, blending folk, pop and electronic music into a wholly unique sound. Her debut track “Wild Horses” reached #1 on Spotify's US Viral Chart and #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 charts, with airplay on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Show and a prized spot in Acura’s 2016 TLX and ESPN’s NFL Playoffs ads. She followed up with the RIAA-certified platinum single, “River,” a searing and cathartic track that captured the attention of tastemakers and gatekeepers and rose to #3 on the Alternative chart with over 680 million global streams. After her critically acclaimed debut album “Church of Scars”, multiple sold out tours, live performance slots opening for Coldplay, Kaleo, alt-J, and Bleachers, and with more music on the way, Bishop Briggs is set to have her most incredible year yet.