5 New Bands to See at Riot Fest 2016

Riot Fest by Sarah Hess

Chicago – Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again – time to experience all four seasons while attending one of Chicago’s best music festivals: Riot Fest. For some, the chances of getting rained on, spending the weekend slowly walking through mud, and on the daily experiencing an Autumn morning, humid afternoon, and then a

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Riot Fest Featured Artist: Black Foxxes

Black Foxxes - Best New Bands

Chicago – Once again, in preparation for Riot Fest 2016, we’re featuring an up-and-coming band performing at the festival: U.K. punk rock band Black Foxxes. Last month, this phenomenal trio, comprised of Mark Holley (guitar, vocals), Tristan Jane (bass), and Ant Thornton (drums), released its powerful debut LP I’m Not Well. The emotional album often focuses on frontman Mark Holley’s brave journey,

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Dylan Gardner Gears Up for Album No. 2

Dylan Gardner By Jeri Heiden

Chicago – Not too long ago, Best New Bands discovered the immensely talented Dylan Gardner. The Arizona teenager had become a bit of an internet sensation, sharing his songs and videos on sites like YouTube and Spotify, where his self-recorded album Adventures in Real Time racked up 2.7 million Spotify plays with its lead single “Let’s

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10 New Bands to See at Outside Lands 2016

Ooutside Lands by Andrew Jorgensen - BEST NEW BANDS

San Francisco – This weekend marks the ninth Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, held annually in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The first edition was held back in 2008, boasting acts like Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty, and Jack Johnson. This year marks the triumphant return of Radiohead to OSL—as well as headlining sets from LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie,

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15 New Bands to See at Lollapalooza 2016

Lollapalooza by Shea Flynn - BEST NEW BANDS

Chicago – It’s late July, you’re standing in the middle of an open field in downtown Chicago, and there are multiple bass tones and distant drumbeats battling for your attention. Chances are you’re at Lollapalooza, and festival season is in full swing. The festival – one of the famed “Big 4” (the other three being Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Austin

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Featured Artist: Kaleo


Chicago – Earlier this month Americana inspired four-piece Kaleo released debut album A/B. The band’s first major label album arrived on June 10th, via Elektra/Atlantic.  The indie-folk band – comprised of JJ Julius Son (vocals, guitar), David Antonsson (drums, vocals), Daniel Kristjansson (bass), Rubin Pollock (lead guitar) – formed in Iceland, back in 2012. A few years later, Kaleo

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