Los Angeles – Despite spending years as the bassist of Woods and the co-leader of “super group” The Babies, singer-songwriter Kevin Morby still seems to be flying under the radar. His debut album, Harlem River, was a collection of songs he had written over the course of his early 20s and was released in 2013.
Seattle – Singer Mandy Lee couldn’t have known that her desire to have an 80’s cover band play for her birthday party back in 2012 would lead to national tours with established bands, sold-out shows, and hit singles featured on television shows and commercials. If she had, she, Etienne Bowler, William Hehir, Marc Campbell, and
New York – Best New Bands is a big fan of Milky Chance, the electro folk act from Germany, whose debut record, Sadnecessary, left contributor Liz Rowley writing an enthusiastic review and also saw them named as one of the bands we’d most like to see this spring touring season. The new dates contribute to the first portion of Milky Chance’s tour; 39 dates of
Chicago – There’s no thieving to be had here. The Ballroom Thieves aren’t taking, just giving. The Boston trio is set to deliver a heavy dose of fabulous folk rock with their debut album, A Wolf In The Doorway… which may, in fact, steal your heart, so there may actually be a bit of thievery.
Chicago – While patiently waiting to see the baby-faced PA boys of The Districts, a group of college kids talked conspiracy theories, asserting Courtney Love killed Kurt Cobain and Biggie and Tupac faked their deaths. The band they were “so psyched” to see has been bringing the blues to countless millennials… and Gen-Xers, too. Even
San Francisco – Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers hail from the peaceful middle of Michigan. Beginning in their college years, they toured through Michigan playing at their alma maters, local bars, festivals, and eventually making it all the way out to California. The band has always had a calm, folk feel to their music,
Nashville – There’s so much to love about PHOX and their refreshing take on folksy indie rock, and there’s so much love that goes into their striking, addictive music. From lead vocalist Monica Martin’s subversive charm, to the band’s flawless self-titled debut LP—which Best New Bands called “Phenomenal”—that dropped last June, PHOX has a good
Chicago – The line outside The Riviera Theatre slowly snaked its way inside the double doors, or at least the women’s line did. The men in attendance quickly walked through security, while the largely female congregation put a kink in the chain. The ladies sure do love U.K. folk artist Ben Howard. They were out
London – With a band name inspired by writer Daphne du Maurier’s affair with actress Gertrude Lawrence, British female duo Eyes For Gertrude bring with it the promise that all might not be quite what it seems. Band mates Hannah Dean and Chantelle Pike appear respectively as ambivalent bride and groom on the cover of
Los Angeles – On Friday night at The Forum bluesy folk-rock musician George Ezra opened for pop sensation Sam Smith. While both artists are from England (Ezra from Hertford, Smith from London), their musical styles are enormously different. Smith gave an expected larger than life performance to a massive crowd. However, at just the age