The Growlers is California-bred band whose initial musical style was rooted in 1960s rock and roll and skiffle, but the group, over the course of the years has grown to work with different musical genres, ranging from hip hop to psychedelic rock, to come up with their "Beach Goth" sound.
Oliver Wood, of the blues-roots band King Johnson, and Chris Wood, of the instrumental jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood, grew up in Boulder, CO but never really found their own musical chemistry until after they'd forged their own, individual paths for 15 years. After years of musical and geographical separation, they decided to unite and create rootsy music that blends blues, folk and rock music in a way that melds their sibling harmonies and the music they loved as kids together into one package. They are currently on tour to support their latest release, 'Live, Volume 2: Nail and Tooth,' a live set collection to be released on August 28 from Southern Ground.
Tobias Jesso Jr. is a Canadian singer/songwriter who got his start as a bassist in a Los Angeles-based backup band. When that gig soured, he returned to Vancouver, where on a whim he took up piano. The result is his forthcoming debut, "Goon," one of the most-anticipated releases of the year. The buzz surrounding the album has already landed him a "Tonight Show" spot and an interview with "Rolling Stone."
Battles came together in New York in 2002, "drawing together disparate strands of hardcore, avant garde tonal minimalism, neo-classical, techno and post rock," featuring drummer John Stanier (Helmet), guitarists Ian Williams (Don Caballero) and Dave Konopka (Lynx) and Tyondai Braxton
Hailing from Dallas, the Old 97's have turned their alt-country and rock roots into rockin' power-pop over the years. Formed in 1993 by frontman Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond, the group, which also includes drummer Philip Peeples and lead guitarist Ken Bethea, is currently on their "Too Far to Care" tour, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of that album, which first put them on the map, so to speak, and had them joining the Lollapalooza tour that summer. They are also supporting their latest studio album, 'The Grand Theatre Volume 2.'
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.