1. Thee Oh Sees - A Foul Form (San Francisco, California)
Genre: Indie/ Garage/ Punk
Oh Sees (formerly ‘Thee Oh Sees’) are a band from San Francisco, California, USA. The group began as an outlet for John Dwyer to release his instrumental, experimental home recordings, and over the course of several albums evolved into a full band. The band is noted for both its prolific album releases, energetic live shows, and their whimsical visual aesthetic that juxtaposes cartoon imagery and horror. The band has changed its name several times, being known as Orinoka Crash Suite, OCS, Orange County Sound, and The Ohsees. Some say John Dwyer (of Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, OCS, Landed, Yikes, Burmese, The Hospitals, Sword & Sandals, Superpit, The Drums, The Trawgs, Zeigenbock Kopf and Dig That Body Up It’s Alive!) is in Thee Oh Sees and he seems to be making this band the most serious project. He’s done everything from noise to death metal to punk and now Thee Oh Sees. Thee Oh Sees are no doubt the lightest of his excursions, but in contrast to the rest of his resume one could surmise that there are significant reasons for the change.Thee Oh Sees have a lo-fi electric-acoustic sound that’s usually soaked in reverb, making it as if you can hear and see the exact room they recorded in. It creates a very distinct mood that seems to fit their style, lyrics, and melodies.
What most people focus on is that Mr. Dwyer is in the band. While it’s certainly a notable quality, the recent band members bring so much more to the table. The earliest recordings are Dwyer’s solo recordings, mostly single instrument/vocal ditties that you can hear him working out. They’re an intimate portrait of John, but without the recent material, the portrait would simply be incomplete.Thee Oh Sees don’t subscribe to any one style. With the addition of Brigid Dawson, Petey Dammit, and a rotating cast of drummers, the sound has grown into the landscape that one man couldn’t create alone. Brigid’s soprano voice brings an almost hauntingly sensitive aspect to the lyrics and melodies, while Petey and Mike’s pounding and insistent backline (and additional drums from Lars Finberg of The Intelligence on recent recordings) complete the frame in its entirety. Their energetic, sweat-laden shows coupled with their prolific recording schedule has garnered them a growing, dedicated fan base.
The catalog that this band has put together is growing and growing, albeit under several different monikers, and several different labels
2. Tobe Nwigwe - moMINTs (Houston, Texas)
Tobe Nwigwe is an enigma. The lyrics and tone of his music tell the story of a difficult upbringing in Alief, TX. Like other rappers who grew up in the proverbial hood, Tobe’s autobiographical tracks conjure images of gang violence, drug deals, pimps and prostitution. The authenticity in his work is palpable. Still, the man is a beacon of positivity and graciousness. The same songs that describe shootouts and the loss of childhood friends also speak on the power of faith and the importance of purpose. Tobe has a singular goal in life: “to make purpose popular.” The first-generation-Nigerian kid from Alief (Houston, TX) who had a scholarship to play college ball and dreams of playing in the NFL, saw those dreams dashed by a career-ending foot injury his senior year. In his despair, he turned to his faith and found a new calling; he would teach others to “move through purpose.” Long before he ever put pen to paper and called himself a rapper, Tobe was speaking to rooms full of students through his self-started nonprofit foundation, TEAM GINI, educating them on the merits of a purpose-driven existence. Through tremendous consistency and execution, Tobe has attracted fans across the globe, including culture heavy-weights: Erykah Badu, Sway Calloway and Dave Chappelle.
3. Shuriken Cadaveric Entwinement - Constructing the Cataclysm (Gastonia, North Carolina)
Genre: Death metal
SCE is a brutal death metal band from North Carolina,US.The band is side project of Jay Barnes and Jordan Varela from 'Lust of Decay'.
4. Pale Waves - Unwanted (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Pale Waves are a four-piece band from Manchester made up of Heather Baron-Gracie, Ciara Doran, Hugo Silvani & Charlie Wood.
Their third studio album is a bold statement of reclamation – from the lyrics to the title itself. Unwanted reaches out into the community of misfits and LGBTQI fans, tapping into darker emotions than ever before while striking a fresh tone of defiance. Since their 2018 debut My Mind Makes Noises, the band has grown to embrace their queerness, with lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie writing more directly about her relationships with women. Meanwhile, drummer Ciára Doran has been posting updates about their transition over the last year, from starting testosterone to recovering from top surgery. These experiences have shaped Pale Waves’ music over the last few years, but they jump to the fore on Unwanted. Unwanted is 13 tracks of classic pop punk with an edge. Think Sum-41 by way of Veruca Salt; all the crunchy guitars and rhythmic drive of a 2000s pop punk classic with the rage of a 90s rock band. At the time of writing, Baron-Gracie was listening to a lot of Garbage, Paramore, Metric, Sky Ferreira and Blondie – artists that fed into her desire to pull Pale Waves out of the indie and synth-pop world they started out in, and towards a harder, more alternative sound. “Unwanted is in your face, and that's exactly what I wanted,” Baron-Gracie says resolutely. “I want Pale Waves to keep growing in this direction. Bigger, bolder, and more unapologetic.”
5. Norma Jean - Deathrattle Sing For Me (Douglasville, Georgia)
Genre: Metalcore/ Post-Hardcore
Norma Jean is an American progressive heavy rock band, originally from Atlanta, Georgia and currently based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After nearly 20 years, the band identifies more as an artistic collective than a traditional band. To date, Norma Jean has released nine studio albums and received a Grammy Award nomination in 2006.
6. Of Virtue - Sinner EP (Lansing, Michigan)
Progression, or more generally, change, is a constant in music; in order to adapt and survive, you must grow and develop - and no band knows that more than Lansing, MI metal act Of Virtue. What began as a humble, promising metalcore act born from the blisteringly chill and barren fields of the Midwest has erupted into an internationally recognized and critically acclaimed alternative powerhouse. From reaching #28 on Billboard’s Current Hard Music charts to performing in over 30 countries across three continents, to accruing over a staggering 6.5 million plus streams on Spotify alone for their previous record “What Defines You” - Of Virtue’s growth is nothing short of jaw dropping. The band combines an eclectic taste of the melodic, catchy and ethereal with a foundation in heavy music and a penchant for punishing breakdowns and immolating riffs. All of this mixed in one helps define Of Virtue as a multifaceted, diverse, and engaging act that create something for just about any fan to fall in love with.Their brand new EP "Sinner" is out now via Arising Empire! Of Virtue is: Tyler Ennis - Vocals Damon Tate - Guitar / Vocals Michael Valadez - Guitar Ryan Trinh - Drums
7. Heart Of Gold - Beautiful Dangerous (United Kingdom)
Singer / songwriter michael mcgough is known for his work in rock-band being as an ocean as vocalist and guitarist, and now his latest project heart of gold. drawing influence more from ‘situations involving specific people and places’ he has captured a distinct sound not unlike that of mid-late 1980’s / early 90s pop. ‘i grew up between two households’ says michael. 'my mother brought in this incredible range of pop/rnb to my life. i’ve always been so drawn to dominant vocals in a song, accompanied by just the right chord progression that really makes you feel something. michael jackson, whitney houston and lisa stansfield in particular were the leaders of that. thats what i wanted to do. however, my fathers house was always filled with rock and roll music. the smiths, queen, thin lizzy and led zeppelin just to name a few. that brought in a wider range of inspiration of vocal ranges, and how the voice can really work when accompanying the right music
8. Been Stellar - S/T (Manhattan, New York)
Genre: Indie/ Rock
Been Stellar is what you get when you leave the youth alone in a metropolis; they grow up. They make noise. Their songs are formed and lived somewhere on Broadway, on Hester, on 34th, in Union Square, on the bridge, in the gutter, and under your shoe. The trivial street scenes lipsticked by well-loved decades are fully recognized in Been Stellar’s hail of guitar tones and insistent lyrical earnesty. Crackly, bright and distorted - stories of violence, love, and a new, un-glamorous, New York City. Hailing from metro-Detroit, the beaches of Los Angeles, and Brazil by way of Sydney, Nando Dale (guitar), Laila Wayans (drums), Sam Slocum (vocals), Nico Brunstein (bass) and Skyler St. Marx (guitar) have positioned themselves at the glimmering rotten center of tonight’s rock and roll. Each member so distinctly themselves, it must be assumed that such a diverse and unlikely gang were drawn tight together in their first year of university by nothing short of serendipitous fortune and a shared, waggish sense of humor. They are a band of friends - sharing, crying, fighting, and kissing- wreaking havoc together and laughing like how only the jaunty youth can afford to. Been Stellar’s arrangements come textured, swooping - pushing past you at a downtown pace and off to find a better night. The songs are of their own time and space, offering a New York City - Been Stellar’s New York City - the sounds of growing up young.
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