Mark Lanegan is a Pacific Northwest icon known for his work with Screaming Trees, Gutter Twins, Mad Season, Queens of the Stone Age, Isobel Campbell and more. As a solo artist, Lanegan built a devoted following, releasing records that highlighted his love for singer/songwriters and American folk and blues.
An all-girl quartet from Los Angeles, Warpaint weaves intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals, and driving post-punk rhythms into "gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between the soundscapes of psychedelia and intimacy." Band members are Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa.
Brand Nubian has often been targeted by critics who take issue with its defiant stances on politics and religion, but the members' virtuosic rhymes and infectious beats proved them more than just a shock act.
Legendary rock 'n' roll pioneer Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson hails from Austin, Texas. Best known for fronting the 13th Floor Elevators, Erickson is perhaps as well-known for his erratic personal behavior as for his musical talents.
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X -- singer Exene Cervenka, singer/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake -- came together in Los Angeles in early 1977, Doe and Zoom (who had once played with rockabilly giant Gene Vincent) bonding over the three-chord, no-nonsense punk of the Ramones, developing their own three-chord frenzy, topped by the odd, flat, high-end harmonies of Exene and Doe. And within two years, they had conquered the burgeoning L.A. punk scene and they had Ray Manzarek of The Doors producing their first album, "Los Angeles." And from there, it was on to national fame, then worldwide acclaim, and here they are, 40 years later, much older, much wiser and much better-rounded (and Doe also pushing his very successful solo career, and Zoom now with his own model Gretsch). And in 2016-17, they're marking the milestone with a tour.
Belfast's Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 and mentioned in the same breaths as The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69 and The Stranglers in the first wave of British punk. Legendary DJ John Peel broke their debut single, "Suspect Device"/"Wasted Life," nationwide, and in 1979, their debut album, "Inflammable Material," was the first indie album to break the UK top 20. They broke up in early 1983, but frontman Jake Burns and bassist Ali McMordie came together for some reunion shows in 1987. Burns continued with SLF after that, this time with Bruce Foxton from The Jam on bass. McMordie returned to the band in 2006; he and Burns are joined by guitarist Ian McCallum and drummer Steve Grantley.
DYC is a no-frills dance party that started in Seattle and has now expanded to Los Angeles and Portland. In 2016 it's touring the whole country. Neither a typical bottle service club nor underground warehouse rave, DYC plays danceable music that is is unpretentious without being predictable or monotonous. As a founder describes it: "Fill a room full of fog, turn on some lasers, play some LCD Soundsystem and forget about everything else."
This is a high-end tribute band with much more cred than most. Black Sabbath might be no more, but Ozzy Osbourne's longtime guitarist, Zakk Wylde, formed this homage group with bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and drummer Joey Castillo.
Formed in Germany back in 1984, KMFDM is one of the pioneers of industrial alternative metal that inspired groups like Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. They relocated to Chicago in the mid 1980s then to Seattle in 1999. In addition to their own recordings over the years, the group has been noted for either playing, producing, or remixing tracks or albums by Die Krupps, Front 242, kidneythieves, M People, Peter Murphy, Pig, Schwein, Sister Machine Gun, and Swamp Terrorists, among others.
Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski started Blind Pilot in 2007. Friends since college, Israel and Ryan have traveled many a mile to get where they are today-literally. in 2008 Israel and Ryan embarked on a West Coast bike tour. This wasn't a tour where they rode bikes, and had a van hauling the equipment. They hauled everything on their bikes. No gas. 100% leg powered. Playing little towns that don't often get shows by "touring bands" - they were able to share their brand of music with people who weren't particularly familiar with indie-pop, or indie anything. But they found that heartfelt lyrics and beautiful music appeal to just about everyone. In fact, they completely sold out of their EPs. They returned to Portland anxious to complete their first full-length album. The group, now a six piece ensemble, features multi-instrumentalists Kati Claborn and Dave Jorgensen, bassist Luke Ydstie and vibraphonist Ian Krist.