Shellac is a blistering rock trio, featuring Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer. More likely to play Reykjavik than Detroit, and more likely to release songs on flexi-discs in Dutch comic books than provide mp3s on their website, Shellac (or Shellac of North America) will always be known for doing it their own way.
Aurora is a singer-songwriter from Norway who performs lithe, fairytale-reminiescent songs, but with tunes such as "Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1), you know all is not light and fluff. She's set to release her first album, "All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend."
AJJ (formerly called Andrew Jackson Jihad) features members of The Substandards and Sound of Birds. The band has displayed "an uncanny ability to produce experimental folk-punk while keeping the music accessible enough to satisfy a wide range of listeners. Fans of Ghost Mice, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb and good songwriting in general should not overlook this band."
Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group's blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance.
The Toronto punk band drew notice in the Lower 48 almost from its beginning. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote that their 2013 debut album made Pup "one of the most exciting punk bands of recent years." In 2016 Caramanica praised their second release, "The Dream is Over," just as highly, reporting that it maintained the quintessential "raucous energy" of punk "while cutting it through with vivid storytelling and palpable feeling." He singled out lead singer Stefan Babcock's lyrics, which are wry and self-deprecating - even self-defeating. The band's musicianship in live performance is notably sloppy, which contributes to the explosiveness of their sound. Babcock howls so much and so loudly that he early on already developed a cyst on his vocal chords, damage that may put an early end to his singing career.
Seu Jorge is a Brazilian musician and actor who appeared in 'City of God' and 'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,' for which he provided much of the soundtrack. His music has been likened to Brazilian Samba-style pop.
One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last two decades, Drive-By Truckers have given a whole meaning to the term "Southern rock." Formed in Alabama by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley in 1996, the band, which now calls Athens, GA, home, is at home exploring the depths -- and often the heart of darkness -- of Southern life and mythology, using elements of rock, alt-country and Muscle Shoals R&B to get their stories across. (Hood's father, David Hood, played in the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and Muscle Shoals legend Spooner Oldham played with them for a year and change in the late 2000s.) They reached their first national acclaim with their third album, the double-disc "Southern Rock Opera," released the day after 9/11, and built upon that with successive efforts such as "Decoration Day," "The Dirty South" and "A Blessing and a Curse." Along the way, they've had numerous lineup changes (most notably Jason Isbell, who played guitar from 2002-2007 and is now a star in his own right). They've also backed some legendary R&B stars -- they played behind Bettye Lavette on her 2007 comeback, "The Scene of the Crime," and Booker T. Jones on his 2009 album "Potato Hole." In September 2016, they released their 13th studio album, "American Band."
Hiss Golden Messenger is songwriter M.C. Taylor, who is based in Durham, N.C., and often works with the multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch of Brooklyn. He has recently recorded with Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun.
The New Zealand indie-electronic ensemble, The Naked and Famous, creates driving, melodic pop with an '80s post-punk influence. Centered around the talents of vocalist Alisa Xayalith and guitarist/vocalist Thom Powers, the band formed in 2008 and released two EPs prior to releasing their debut album, 'Passive Me, Aggressive You' featuring the number one electronica-fuelled pop single, 'Young Blood' that has propelled them onto the international music scene.
Balance & Composure is a five-piece rock band out of Doylestown, PA, whose love for early 90's underground alt rock is apparent in their sound. After forming in 2007 and releasing a number of EPs, the band is now touring to support their debut, full-length album, 'Separation,' which seeks to establish them as more than just a "throwback" band.
Formed in 1984, Dinosaur Jr. is an alternative rock band from Amherst, Massachusetts. After a lengthy hiatus during the late ‘90s and early 2000's, the guitarist J Mascis reformed the band in 2005. Their distinct sound is characterized by high gain and extensive use of feedback and distortion. Their newest album is "Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not," released in 2016.
Andra Day hooks listeners with her retro influenced pop sound and powerful voice. Andra demonstrates her ability to make past music styles current by combining elements of jazz, blues, rock and doo wop, with modern bass lines.
Philadelphia's premiere night of 1950's entertainment is back for its 6th year and is bigger than ever. Enjoy live music by Dibbs & the Detonators, retro cocktails, and burlesque from a talented roundup of performers.
MØ is the stage name of the Copenhagen-born electropop superstar born Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen. England's NME described her fierce sound an a cross between Siouxsie Sioux and Janet Jackson. She released her first single, "Glass," in 2013, followed quickly by her follow-up, "Pilgrim"/"Maiden." From there, her rise has been quick and steep. Her debut album, "No Mythologies to Follow," was released in 2014; and she has since appeared on a slew of singles, either her own or as a featured act on others' songs. MØ was featured on Iggy Azalea's 2014 single "Beg for It." Following that, she wrote and sang with Major Lazer on his smash 2015 single with DJ Snake, "Lean On"; it went No. 1 in four countries, No. 2 in three more, and No. 4 in the States. She recorded the single "Kamikaze," with Diplo producing; a track from her to-be-finihed second album, it came out in November 2015. In the summer of 2016, "Cold Water," another collaboration with Major Lazer, sung with Justin Bieber, went No. 1 in five countries and No. 2 in three others, including the U.S.
The Bouncing Souls started out in the late '80s with the intention of playing loud, fast, three-chord party music around their native New Jersey. Eventually, their style of sing-a-long, hard-hitting, pop-punk caught the eyes of critics and fans and now, more than 20 years later, these legends from the Garden State -- vocalist Greg Attonito, guitarist Pete Steinkopf, bassist Bryan Kienlen and drummer Michael McDermott -- still rock on with their idealistic, party-loving punk ways.
Singer/songwriter, Kevin Devine, is the frontman for Miracle of '86. His emotionally charged, beautifully crafted songs have yielded three solo efforts, including his most recent, 'Make the Clocks Move.'
The Starting Line comes from Churchville, PA, and as young as some of its members are, the group has managed to pave its way, starting an EP, 'With Hopes of Starting Over,' in 2001 for Drive-Thru and a spot on the 2002 Vans Warped Tour. With influences such as Jimmy Eat World and The Get Up Kids, The Starting Line has a genuine love, talent and dedication for music with endless possibilities.