Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears is a seven-piece outfit of devotees of hard blues-funk from Austin and Round Rock, Texas. Established by frontman Joe Lewis and guitarist Zach Ernst, the band channels their love of legendary blues artists like Junior Kimbrough, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins and Elmore James, and filters it through the modern prism of their louder, harder-edged musical approach. They're touring to support their newest release, 'Scandalous,' which boasts an "all killer, no filler" take to their aggressive, punk-tinged rock.
Japandroids (JPNDRDS) is a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC that started in 2006 as a creative outlet for Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a "lead singer" and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids consists of one guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers. Their most recent album, 'Celebration Rock,' landed on many critics' and fans' lists as one of the top albums of 2012, and also scored a place on 'Rolling Stone's' list of the "10 Coolest Summer Albums of All Time."
When St. Paul & The Broken Bones plays, no one can look away. Through their room-shaking choruses and infectious deep-pocket grooves, this band brings a universal experience of joy with a sweat-soaked passion. Their second album, Sea of Noise, has added a layer of maturity and social-consciousness to their energetic rock & soul explosion, creating a diverse live show that takes their audience through a full arc of emotions with ease. St. Paul & The Broken Bones has applied a youthful fervor to a classic sound and crafted themselves into one of the nation's best live bands.
With influences that range from Roy Orbison to Debussy and Ravel, classical/folk artist Agnes Obel took her native Denmark by storm when she released her debut album, "Philharmonics," in 2010. The following year, she won five prizes at the Danish Music Awards: Best Album, Best Pop Release, Best Debut Artist, Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter. She followed up with "Aventine" (2013) and Citizen of Glass" (2016).
The Magnetic Fields are the music of songwriter-producer-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, who lives and records in New York City. Adept at computer music programming and production, Merritt records his own albums and plays almost everything on them with help from cellist Sam Davol and banjo player/second guitarist John Woo, and percussionist/pianist Claudia Gonson.
Sunn O))) (pronounced simply sun) is an American drone metal band in its broadest sense. However, it incorporates elements of the dark ambient, black metal and noise genres as well. Their sound is extremely slow and heavy, using droning guitars accompanied by feedback and other sound effects to create their soundscapes. There is very little drumming and a lack of any discernible beat. When performing live the band emmbers wear long hooded cloaks, fill the air with fog, and play at an extremely loud volume. The band consists of Stephen O'Malley (Khanate, Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (Goatsnake).
Allah-Las is a garage and psychedelic band formed in L.A. in 2008 by three co-workers at the famous Sunset Boulevard music store Amoeba. Their early recordings were produced by the singer-songwriter Nick Waterhouse, who used vintage microphones among other techniques to get that imprecise vintage-garagey sound. The band first toured the California Coast, in 2011. The following year, they played the East Coast and in London. They released their third album, "Calico Review," in September 2016.
Coral Springs, FL, pop punk band New Found Glory formed in the summer of 1997 and is marking its 20th anniversary with a U.S. tour on which they'll perform several of their albums in their entirety. The current lineup is Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (lead guitar, backing vocals), Ian Grushka (guitar) and Cyrus Bolooki (drums)
Minus the Bear, an indie rock group which formed in Seattle in 2001, is made up of Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass), Alex Rose (synths, vocals) and Erin Tate (drums). They opened for fellow Seattle natives Soundgarden in their pre-Lollapalooza warm up show in Chicago at the Vic Theatre in 2010. Their fifth full-length studio album, 'Infinity Overhead' was released in August 2012.
This Bay Area native got her start as a dancer - both ballet and modern - and attended Oakland School for the Arts. After an unfortunate knee injury leaving her unable to dance, she transferred into vocal training and the rest is history.
The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air is a 7-piece band based in NYC who have come together to put on the dopest live '90s show in the country. Every Friday night at (Le) Poisson Rouge the Fresh Kids take the stage and perform the biggest '90s hits you loved when you were still rocking butterfly clips and feeding your Furby. But the band doesn't stop at Fridays on Bleecker Street - now they're taking their show live to top venues across the country.
WHY? is a trio of Cincinnati-born men who fiddle with skins, strings, bells and microphones and present their findings to the listening public. Later they relocated to Oakland to make pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop. Originally consisting solely of Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf, WHY? became a full band before their 2005 release.
Tinariwen is a band of Touareg musicians, members of the nomadic culture of northern Mali's Sahara region and their instantly identifiable sound is a spellbinding, trance-like desert blues. Influenced for decades by western rock and formed in a rebel military camp, this group traded in the traditional stringed instruments for electric guitars to accompany their ornate vocal style. Their participation in the Touareg struggle for independence has informed their lyrics and their gutsy sound.