Dreambeaches – “Trademark”
This Buffalo rock act has their grasp around the indie DIY rock culture of the day. The guitar sound touches on known acts like Bombay Bicycle Club and Grizzly Bear, while their backing vocals remind us of a classic beach rock vibe. It is both a contemplative and a danceable track and is beautifully mastered. “Trademark” bursts with band chemistry and will continue to draw notice from critics and casual fans alike.
Paper Pilots – “Playing Games”
“I think I love you but I love her too” might just be the perfect summary and our favorite line of the stylings of Paper Pilots. They appear to have clever lyrics by the dozen, but their songwriting is not the only thing that will grab your attention. This is a band that is capable of rocking with the best of them and is sure to get your hips loose. They have got the attention of OKGO, earning support dates, and have also had music featured on popular outlets like HBO. This is an act who are sure to connect with many.
La Bête Blooms – “Saw You on the TV”
If you dig The Clash, and of course you do, then this young UK act will connect to you with pure delight. Their sound can be off-putting to some, we get it, but if you listen carefully you will hear a refreshing lo fi take on grunge, alternative, and indie pop. Lyrically it treads on current events like many of the scowling punk acts that have come before, while connecting with fans of Pixies and Slowdive. Regardless of your tastes, this is a must listen.
Billy Lockett – “Who I Am”
This soulful 25-year-old UK artist is building an impressive resume. His ’16 debut ‘Burn It Down’ streamed over 2 million times, garnering him the number one spot on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart and supporting slots for Lana Del Ray. Now he is back with a vengeance with Steph Marziano (FKA Twigs, Mumford & Sons) produced “Who I Am”. Words like relatable, raw, and vulnerable are used to describe his highly emotive sound. His vocal range hits shades of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, while showcasing a more pop sensibility. Billy says of the new single: “I went through a phase of constantly comparing myself to others. This song is about how destructive that way of thinking is and how you should only focus on yourself, who are you and what you do”. As he continues to release new music, be sure to be on high alert.