The Black Angels are a quartet based in Austin, Texas and have been active since 2004. The band takes their name from a song on Velvet Underground's off debut album called, "The Black Angels Death Song." Things got going for the band when their music was featured on a compilation called Psychedeliica Vol. 1. The band's debut LP, Passover, was lauded by critics and fans alike, and has been compared to the likes of both The Velvet Underground and 13th Floor Elevators. The band has backed artists such as Roky Erickson and collaborated with UNKLE. The band has had their music featured on soundtracks such as "With You In My Head" on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. They have performed twice on the Austin Psych Fest-once in 2010, and again in 2012. They have played alongside bands such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Keys, The Horrors, The Warlocks, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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Hands made it on Time's list of 11 bands you don't know (but shouldn't), and if you don't know about them by now, you should. Hands was receiving notable media attention before they had even put out a full length; there first single debuted on Nylon Magazine in 2012, and within a year, they were signed to Kill Rock Stars, and making waves. They've performed at SXSW, CMJ, and Echo Park Rising. The band was featured on ABC's 7 Emerging Artists on the Rise, and on March 25, the band was named as Guardian's New Band of the Day. The band will release their debut album, Synesthesia in April.
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The Hush Sound started off in 2004, and after a year of lineup and name changes, they released their debut album, So Sudden. Within a year after that, they put out their second album, Like Vines, and quickly followed up with their third album, Goodbye Blues. This momentum kept them fresh and creative, leading to fast paced maturation and growth in their sound. They went on a brief hiatus after the release of their third album, but came back together in 2013 to tour and create new music. Their new song, "Not a Stranger," was chosen for The Onion's AV club, and landed a stop at Austin, Texas' prestigious SXSW festival.
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Since 2009, Orange County's The Lovely Bad Things embrace an approach to music that incorporates a sterling sense of humor, as well as multi-talented and stylistic musicianship. The band, which consists of four members, each with ADD, find time to consult with spirit guides, travel to Roswell, and still make great music. They work hard, they do it themselves, and The Late Great Whatever is evidence of their abilities to put their talents on display. The record shows a culmination of the group's maturation as a group and as an artistic collective, without sacrificing anything that made them who they are.
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Localeur is a curated community of local insiders who want to help you experience local in their city. While review sites lack authenticity and local credibility, and travel guide books go out of date the moment they're published, Localeur gives you a curated look into what it's like to be a local. If it's not local, it's not on Localeur.
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Black Moth Super Rainbow is an American band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but not much else is known about the members of the group. Their music and sound comes from the utilization of analog instruments and vocoders, and various psychedelic influences. It is difficult to categorize the band, in terms of sound or approach to music, which makes them even more unique and mysterious. The group has been active since 2003. The members of the group use pseudonyms, such as Tobacco, The Seven Fields of Aphelion, or Bullsmear. They have opened for bands like The Flaming Lips, and played alongside The Octopus Project.
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Flobots landed on earth in 2000, in Denver. In 2007, the group made their major label debut with their album Fight with Tools, and became a smash hit by April 2008. The group has been signed to Universal Republic and Island Def Jam. They have released three full-length albums, as well as two EPs, and their singles have climbed into the top 10 on the Billboard charts. They even have their own webcomic, Rise of the Flobots. The group is known for their unique live approach, as well as virtuosic flowing abilities of the MCs.
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The Features' exhilarating new Wilderness (Serpents and Snakes/BMG Rights) quickly establishes the Nashville-based combo as one of the most exciting and imaginative bands working today. Songs like "Another One" and "Fats Domino" are marvels of pop ingenuity, animated by vivid lyrics, unshakable hooks, and experimental soul. Wilderness is an amalgamation of influences and inspirations – spanning elements of Krautrock, indie, psychedelia, and classic AOR – to conjure up The Features' own inimitable, indescribable sound.
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Formerly White Dress, Arum Rae is as inspired by the genius of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith as she is the gritty garage rock of Jack White. Her music is a blend of the two, and the results are something all their own. She sings and plays guitar with a knack for showmanship, and her band is solid as a rock. She has worked with The Black Keys, The Civil Wars, and even had a song she co-wrote with John Paul White appear on the ABC hit TV show "Nashville". She's opened for Willie Nelson, and her act has won her the support of many avid fans. The music itself has a tendency towards the minimalistic nature of the blues, but her voice has soul and power that she wields effortlessly. She's the kind of performer who doesn't need much more than her guitar and her voice to level a room, so the fact that she has a band with her only adds to the magic.
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Make Do and Mend is a north eastern American band, started in 2006. The band is currently signed with Rise Records, and have released an album with them, in 2012, titled Everything You Ever Loved, which received widespread critical acclaim. They have toured with bands like the Comeback Kid, Title Fight, The Wonder Years, and Touché Amore. They are currently working on new music and touring the US.
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The Blank Tapes have been getting a lot of good press, and it's not hard to see why. Matt Adams started recording on his 8-track back in 2003, with a style that would fit right in 1967. Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Spin, and more have all praised his work, and in 2010 The Blank Tapes had not one, but two smash hit in Brazil, which lead to an international tour. The songs pulse with a style that the world almost lost over time, and bring to mind such greats as Ray Davies or Robyn Hitchcock. The band has a new line up, a new energy, a new perspective, and is ready to make new fans worldwide.
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By the release of their third album, "The Body, The Blood, The Machine," Portland's own The Thermals had made a big name for themselves. The album, produced by Fugazi's Brendan Canty, was politically charged, and won the band widespread critical recognition. The band, which started in 2002, was the brainchild of Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster, with Harris playing all the instruments on the band's first album. The Thermals have six albums, and have been on several recognized labels including Sub Pop and Kill Rock Stars.
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Night Beds came together in 2008 when Winston Yellen and friends joined forces to write their first song as a band called "You Were Afraid." Between each member a powerful and cohesive chemistry formed and soon they were riding the same shared vibrations that led them to three EPs, a collection of songs, and whatever felt right. After settling down in Nashville, the band is preparing to release Country Sleep, their first full-length album.
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This California-based band was founded late in the summer of 2011 when Jesse Rutherford got together with Jeremy Freedman, Zach Abels, Mikey Margott, and Bryan Sammis. By 2012, the group had released "Female Robbery" and "Sweater Weather." By May of that same year, the group had an EP of original material and was promoting that release with artwork and videos. In 2013, the band announced that a full LP was in the works and would be released in the spring. That album, "I Love You," was released on April 23, 2013. The band has been touring to promote the album ever since.
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Say Anything formed in California in early 2000, by bandleader, singer, and frontman, Max Bemis and his friends. The band got their first big break when they released …Is a Real Boy. After Bernis' successful rehabilitation, the band climbed back into the popularity with the re-release of …Is a Real Boy, co-headlining tours with Saves the Day and Hellogoodbye. By the time they got to their third and fourth albums, the band was already headlining in both the US and the UK, and soon after that, they released Anarchy, My Dear.