Category Archives: On the Rise

Listen To: Girl Friend

UK act Girl Friend has released a new song that will come off their new EP followed by a tour. The track ‘STOP’ and the video picked up early responses from blogs like The 405 and Ear Milk. Described as ‘honing in on the particulars of passion and desire’ by DIY Magazine, Girl Friends’s unique take on classic and refined pop has seen them pick up plays on XFM, heavy rotation across Amazing Radio, and touring on European dates with the Kooks. The Guardian says “We are moved to controversially suggest that, in the pantheon of Manchester debut singles, it is in the ballpark of The Stone Roses’ So Young and Happy Mondays’ Delightful and within kissing distance of Hurts’ Better Than Love.”

Listen To: Anna Haas

Nashville/New York indie pop artist Anna Haas will release her sophomore EP “Passion/Poison” on March 31st. The EP was recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana at Blade Studios with world renowned producer and drummer, Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Buddy Miller) and Grammy nominated engineer Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Destiny’s Child , U2, The Eagles). Haas was winner of the Deli Magazine’s 2012 Best Emerging Artist of Nashville Year End Reader’s Poll; she sizzled with the release of her debut album, Crazy Is, which critics called “remarkable,” and “timeless and fascinating;”. Anna will perform 3rd and Lindsley on March 31st.

Listen To: Starling Glow

Starling Glow, a Los Angeles-based band fronted by Liz Hill, has released their brand new single “Caution Tape,” which comes off their debut EP out on March 24th. Starling Glow landed a feature spot in the “March Spotlight Artist” on American Airlines this month. The group is highlighted in American Way Magazine, along with additional exclusive interviews, acoustic performances, and more via the AA in-flight entertainment. The last single “We Are Infinite” landed on the Billboard charts. Her Campus says this about the new single “Whether you’re trying to get through the rest of midterms, need something to help you survive a long flight to your spring break destination or are looking for a song that finally says something real about relationships, you’re going to want to give “Caution Tape” a listen.

Listen To: Kalyde

Kalyde infuses pop, reggae and rock and is fronted by Naia Kete. She was on Season 2 of “The Voice” Team Blake. Since the show, she toured and performed festivals including Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. Her last EP “Fire Breather,” was produced by Mikal Blue. She co-wrote songs with Colbie Caillat, Linda Perry, among others. Her new band Kalyde has released two singles and are working on their debut acoustic EP which has a May 7th release. Kalyde is a band to watch.

Listen To: Van Damsel

British Columbia-based indie-pop band, Van Damsel, just released their first single “Best of Everything” which comes off their debut album that has a summer release. The LP combines elements of rock, hip-hop, pop and EDM. Van Damsel received praise from Indie Is Not A Genre, A Music Blog, Yea?, Exclaim!, and ASAP Music Blog praised the band for being “a force to be reckoned with.” The band earned a top 20 spot in the 2013 Peak Performance Project and won The Shore 104’s $10,000 ‘Best of BC’ prize. This band is quickly gaining accolades making them an artist to watch.

Listen To: Freedom Fry

Freedom Fry is the the alter-ego of French songstress, Marie Seyrat, and Michigan-born musical chameleon, Bruce Driscoll (Blondfire / Avicii). The duo reside in Los Angeles, CA and make desert warm, bittersweet, retro-inspired, indie-pop music. They’ve played alongside Phantogram, Mothxr, Grizfolk, We Are Scientists, Echosmith, Superhumanoids, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Juliana Hatfield & Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and were the Artist in Residence at ALT 98.7. Where you’ve seen them: iTunes “New and Noteworthy,” Nylon, Filter, Glamour, Earmilk, Hilly Dilly, Indie Shuffle, Ryan’s Smashing Life, “How The Sun Sees You” (viral Youtube video with over 13,000,000 views), Wild Honey Pie, Kick Kick Snare, The 405, Mr Suicide Sheep, Blah Blah Blah Science, Daytrotter, MTV Artist To Watch, Les Inrockuptibles and more.

Listen To: Waxhead

A favorite, Waxhead, are gearing up to release the new EP, ‘Home’ which will be available in April. So far they have released the singles Home and Walking On Air. They have toured Australia, Japan and Indonesia, as well as playing festivals such as Falls Festival and Byron Bay Blues Festival. Happy says “Waxhead are most definitely a band to keep an ear out for. Already featured on triple J’s Unearthed, and with the release of their debut EP, there will undoubtedly be big things to come for the guys in 2015″. The new tracks are raw & catchy and will surely capture the fans of the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, & The Kooks. Make no mistake though, Waxhead are forging their own path and could soon rise to the top of the indie pack.

Listen To: Midnight Boy

Midnight Boy’s Don’t Say No” was sitting on #5 on the iTunes Singles Chart in Sweden. Midnight Boy is aesthetically and sonically time warped from the 80’s. In 2013, Midnight Boy released his debut single “Roll With It” by 100SONGS and the Sequel, “When You’re Strange”. This took him on a mini-tour in Los Angeles. During 2014 Midnight Boy worked with popular producers/writers such as Tony Kanal (From No Doubt), Jimmy Harry (Pink,Britney Spears), Jean-Baptiste (Madonna, Rihana, Nicki Minaj). BitCandy says this “I still can’t quite tell if new artist Midnight Boy is serious or not, and I’m not really sure if it matters. This group is unlike anything to have graced music in decades – I can’t decide if Midnight Boy is parodying the 80s or just straight up living in them. If this is an homage, it is the most sincere and thoughtfully crafted homage I’ve seen in a long time. The simple fact of the matter is that the music is good, and I normally can’t stand a note of highly synthesized, skin-deep 80s pop. Midnight Boy sells it, and they sell it hard.” Midnight Boy is an artist to watch.

Listen To: The Score

The Score’s newest single, “Oh My Love” has premiered recently over at Diffuser.fm, and the new track will be played in Starbucks across North America beginning in March. Other song placements include Hollister & Abercrombie stores worldwide. With over 2 million combined plays on SoundCloud & YouTube, this is an artist to watch.

Listen To: Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna is a 16 year old singer-songwriter from the UK. He cites Jeff Buckley, The Black Keys, Django Django, The Leisure Society, The Beatles, and Jack White as influences. Declan is being pursued by a number of labels & publishers according to A&R Daily in the UK. His latest track Brazil will become a favorite among indie rock fans. Declan is an artist to watch.