His sound has been described as having a rich vintage vibe while having a firm appreciation of craft and big hooks.
Ed Balloon is not yet a pop star, but he might be soon. If anything, he’s well on his way to becoming an indie star in the weird, breakout lane of glam-pop that has been dominating 2017.
Stacey Kelleher is a indie dark pop singer-songwriter who is unafraid to say what she wants in her music. Blending electronic elements reminiscent of Dua Lipa and Halsey with acoustic guitars similar to that of Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell.
the stooges, the cramps, MC5, the modern lovers, iggy pop, rory gallagher, the strokes, the sonics, the black keys, 13th floor elevators, the kinks, neil young, muddy waters
Over the past few years the Bois have been firing up electronic-pop bangers on unsuspecting masses, loosening up this stick-in-ass rock and roll town with boisterous jams and musical quarters that only fit inside the slots of fun.
"That rumbling heard off in the distance is Salem Wolves. The north-of-Boston rock trio, based exactly where their name suggests, dropped their debut EP, Black Books, back in January, and it’s a garage-pop and surf-rock mixer that puts a fresh spin on tested sounds... a gritty, hip-shaking number that tumbles along to the imagined sights of a bonfire beach party" - Vanyaland
Their first single, melodic major-scale pop in the tradition of “Island in the Sun” Weezer, couldn’t get much more single-y. The song’s big lyrical surprise is that singer/guitarist Jack Holland wants a Cadillac not to blaze down the fast lane, or to “drive slow” in the “might be some hoes homey” sense, but rather to “sit in the back” and “feel safe and OK.” The song has the surefootedness of a group of musicians playing far from the limits of their technical ability. Some sunshine out of season–play it loud. - Spark & Fizz
Mild and pining, featuring soothing female lead vocals, synth drums and keyboards that create a longing, yearning mood.
Sam Gelston is a singer-songwriter in the Boston area. Experimentation and non-perfectionism are key to Sam, as can be heard through his unique voice and rough edge, which create dissonance.
“Animal Talk’s energetic, danceable sound and their irresistibly cool vibe will have you wishing you could have them at your next house party. They’re the kind of band you want to listen to, but also want to hang out with.” - Crushable
I first put on the Cutouts track as background music while I went about my day. Hours later I found myself humming “you got a hold on me” the chorus of the melancholy backlit tune “Phone Sex.” Returning to it with actual attentiveness I floated through a dark haze of self imposed sterile darkness in bedroom that I’d shut all of the light out of. The track is a stellar debut from The Cutouts, a very new and very promising Brooklyn based band. - ALT CITIZEN
Indie noise junk band from Boston MA and Portland ME
To create her Beach House-meets-Beach Boys surfy dream-pop, Sutherland experimented with layers in GarageBand, a method she still employs to this day, alone in her room.
- WGBH -Bands You Should Know
Cosgrove’ s music can be described best as ethereal and thought provoking;
allowing the listener to lose themselves in the lyrics,catchy hooks and driving beats.
Sinnet Spooky-pants, indie-pop with bits of soul, fuzz and rhythm & blues. Featuring folks from: Fatal Flaw, Soft Pyramids, Mount Peru, Bellwire, and Karate.
Every track stands on its own and is different from the next one. Borelli is making moves with his music and is really experimenting with whatever more he can do to keep the fans and new-listeners engaged.
Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, The Elationists, Iron & Wine, Tom Waits, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Sweet Crude Bill, Camera Obscura, Alt-J, Beethoven, Prokofiev
Fresh beach vibes. Like a modern day Bow Wow Wow
A band called Dirty Bangs has been born in Massachusetts, created while being stretched across area codes and run rabid purely out of the soul-burning necessity for creativity. Five gentlemen who create loud, soft, loud melodies of far-out pop sprinkled with do-wop, rock n’ roll, and dark days ingredients, bled from the pulses of old and new friends making a noise.
. . . the pair is well aware of their peers and is just Will Smithing the other MP3s you could be listening to instead." - THE FADER
"Lush and sadly beautiful." - USA Today
"This band to watch will have you dreamily dancing and swooning." - NYLON
THESE WILD PLAINS
American Rock & Roll, Folk Rock
Fresh and warm with folk rock elements, featuring breezy acoustic guitar and electric guitar that create a reflective mood.
Latrell James is a hip-hop artist and producer from Boston, MA. James has become nationally recognized and built a loyal following thanks to his relatable songwriting, engaging live performances and versatile production skills. v
usLights music runs impassioned with dreamy, often cinematic overtones lighting the way. Acrobatic vocals sail their way through droves of washed out pads and piano, while cavernous guitars dive in and out of the playful, yet systematic rhythm section. Despite the short amount of time that the band has been together, usLights have built a sound all their own, with endless room to expand.
Infectious hooks and dreamy, sparkling guitars collide with gritty, lo-fi, garage rock.
WESS MEETS WEST
Atmosphere in droves, moving through several passages of a layered, guitar-wailing, cymbal-crashing, space-rocking drama.
FLORIO drives home a deep sense of nostalgia and emotion through a fluttering of poignant hooks, neon synths, and raw honesty.
Lady Pills combines elements of loud, fuzz-filled rock and a raw, stripped-down sound with intimate and relatable lyrics. Taking inspiration from bands such as Pixies and the Raincoats.
Exuberant and awe-inspiring, featuring bouncy synthesizer, electric guitar and beats that create a powerful, contemplative mood.
You need a touchstone? Maybe Spoon or Wilco. No, forget the touchstone -- I like how they expanded their songs into territory those bands can’t or won't. Wait, wait, maybe the touchstone is Steely Dan on uppers then downers then more uppers." - Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald
Dutch ReBelle is known for “mixing introspective, punch-lined filled lyrics with heart pounding production”.
Anchored by a heavy EDM/Pop backbone and steeped in R&B/Hip-Hop
- I Am Hip Hop Magazine
"Tucson is the sort of intelligent pop that we need more of . . . It's a shadowy, warm record that feels like a place we've all been before, and having that feeling is peaceful. In this way, Tucson achieves something real and beautiful." — City Pages Minneapolis
Broken Blues Riff Rock from Portland ME.
MUCK AND THE MIRES
Boston's International ambassadors of garage rock 'n' roll. MUCK & THE MIRES are a blend of the 1964 Beatles and the Ramones. Named #1 Garage Rock Band by LITTLE STEVEN Van Zandt, they have albums produced by RUNAWAYS legend KIM FOWLEY and JIM DIAMOND (White Stripes).