Los Angeles is bounding with unique sounds and interesting artists. There are rising stars everywhere in L.A. and here are the best up and coming bands and solo artists to keep an ear out for. Pop, indie Americana, soul folk and teen spirit is where the music seems to be streaming. Check the bands’ websites for new downloads and show dates.
Originally from Massachusetts, The Gallery, combines hook-laden rock songs with a mix of mainstream appeal and hints of indie greatness. The foursome, now residing in Hollywood, is made up of Brendan Cooney (lead vocals / guitar), Ryan Cooney (drums), Dave Mozdzanowski (bass / vocals) and Ben Lozano (lead guitar). A recent release of their first full-length record, Restless, boasts anthemic and towering hits which are nothing short of extraordinary. The Gallery’s songs are instantly relatable, exploring themes of love, and days gone by. Catchy hooks like “Fast Friends”, “White Noise Town”, “Ballroom of Broken Hearts” and “Catalyst” reveal a band with road-worn lyricism and a consistently sharp brand of musicianship. Influenced by bands such as Tom Petty, Oasis, The Fray and others, the band continues to create their unique blend of music with songs that tug at the heart. From Brendan Cooney’s relatable lyrics and impassioned harmonious voice to Ben Lozano’s catchy biting guitar strumming, Dave Mozdzanowski’s melodious bass riffs and Ryan Cooney’s rhythmic drumming, their brand of guitar-driven, southern-infused pop rock is immediately impactful to every listener. With a touring schedule that is constantly expanding, the quartet has played some of the most infamous venues around the country gaining popularity and fans in every city they tour. In addition, you’ll find The Gallery playing some of L.A.’s top concert venues including The Troubadour, Hotel Cafe, The House Of Blues, among other iconic settings.
Popular upstart rock act Dorothy has had a pretty good year 2014. The quartet, led by Dorothy Martin and featuring Mark Jackson on guitar, Greg Cash on bass and Zac Morris on drums, has been on fire as of recent. And, for good reason. Traversing the globe in support of their self-titled E.P., Dorothy brings the cool back to rock and roll with their signature sound which shakes things up in a welcomed way. With bold guitar riffs, and heavy hitting drums, lead singer Dorothy’s soulful voice is a refreshing change from the predictable indie acts out there in the rock scene.
New Beat Fund
Based on the Red Bull Records label, New Beat Fund is an L.A. based band that has gained some serious attention this year from their debut album, “Sponge Fingerz,” which will be released early next year. Fans who want an early taste of the album can groove to the band’s single “It’s Cool” which is available. With an honest presence and artistry in their music and lyrics, the foursome includes Burnie Baker, Fat Snapz Lalib, Buttonwill McKill and Silky Johnson with a self-described “G-Punk” sound. What can best be described as a kind of surf rock mixed with aspects of hip hop, rap and punk, New Beat Fund has a fun vibe all around. Sponge Fingerz is co-produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More and Maroon 5) and LA’s Sound City Studios, and mixed by Tony Hoffer known for his work with Foster the People and Beck.
The Lonely Wild
An American indie band from Los Angeles, The Lonely Wild is back from touring with their freshman album, “The Sun As It Comes,” and the five-person group will be in L.A. performing on December 13. Wild fans kick back to the band’s canyon-style folk music and are getting ready to check out “Chasing White Light” in 2015. The Lonely Wild works with producer John Vanderslice in his SanFran studio Tiny Telephone.
With a soulful voice pumping out smooth tones, Angeleno Moses Sumney boasts being a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Moses has a range of vocal skills and is known as a “one-man soul-folk orchestra,” according to SPIN magazine. His latest solo endeavor can be found on SoundCloud or his website www.mosessumney.com. Pour a glass of red wine, light a few candles and get your Moses on. Get your groove with “Plastic,” hum along to “Mumblin'” and this writer’s favorite is “Man on the Moon.”
Breaking 27 is not your usual rock band. This particular group is made up of five middle school/high school students who are garnering national attention all while touring in L.A., rocking out and doing homework. Pop rock with messages for anti-bullying and conscious content drives Breaking 27’s “mayhem” and messaging on stage.
With a fun indie pop vibe, the duo consisting of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller creates playful music together to make the great sound of Holy Child. Blending upbeat glee with experimental sounds, Holy Child’s sound has interesting notes inspiring listeners to get up and dance. Liz’s vocals shine in “Happy With Me,” which is a joyful staccato featuring danceable artistry. “Best Friends” is also another one to download.
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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.