Since the release of their debut album, Gallery, A R I Z O N A has been growing in popularity, accumulated more than half a billion streams worldwide and continue to evolve in their music. 2018 was a busy year for the trio from the East Coast, as they played numerous festivals including Lollapalooza, Bunbury, Bonnaroo and most recently Austin City Limits, as well as serving as the special guest support slot on Panic! At The Disco’s nationwide arena tour, which saw sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden in New York City and Staples Center in Los Angeles. The alt/electronic trio
UK artist Yungblud has been steadily making an positive impression on music fans with his unique take on alt-pop equally inspired by punk, hip-hop, and UK garage. The 20-year-old Northern England native is up-front on the topics that he writes about that provides his perspective on everything from gentrification to disenfranchisement to addiction, which has produced catchy protest songs that reveal the personal toll of political tensions. Having released his first full-length, 21st Century Liability, the artist born Dominic Harrison stated, “I want my music to always have a message, but I don’t want to preach to anybody.
Hailey Knox continues to evolve and mature as an artist as demonstrated on her forthcoming collection of songs on Hardwired Mixtape. The forthcoming material to be released on November 16 via S-Curve Records will contain new music, studio versions of live show fan favorites, and short B-side brainstorming snippets and is described as the chronicles of her journey as a "certified social media crossover". A native of upstate New York, Knox first picked up guitar at age seven and learned to play from her dad (an amateur guitarist who also sparked her interest in singer/songwriters like Ingrid Michaelson).
As with its American counterpart, MTV Australia started production on all-new episodes of the Grammy and Emmy award-winning series MTV Unplugged, with the first feature artist, Gang Of Youths. Filmed in front of a live audience at Melbourne's Cobblestone Pavilion at Meat Market, the band performed stripped-back versions of songs from their latest album, Go Farther in Lightness that was released in 2017. The performance made quite an impression and the recording, MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne, will be released on October 26, 2018. The longevity of the material speaks volumes to the band's artistry, as they've
UK band Jungle kicked off early 2018 performing at Coachella and a short run of tour dates to play some of their new material and have been on a roll since. The band released their sophomore album, For Ever on September 14th via XL Recordings, which features lead tracks, "Heavy California" and "Cherry", both of which have already garnered millions of online streams. The band's founders Josh “J” Lloyd-Watson and Tom “T” McFarland describe the mix of sounds on the album as "a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs.” J and T spent much time in
Over the past few years, Elle King experienced numerous highs and lows after the release of her debut album, Love Stuff in 2015. The album was a breakthrough for King, as the track "Exes and Oh's" hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart, and topped the AAA, Hot AC, and Alternative Radio charts and earned her two Grammy nominations, achieving double platinum sales. Though King’s hard work was paying off professionally, personally, she was falling apart. “I was struggling with mental health issues and exhaustion and literally felt like I was losing my mind,” she
The 2018 edition of Austin City Limits was highly anticipated ever since the lineup was announced earlier in the year with much of the buzz on iconic headliners in Paul McCartney and Metallica. The festival also boasted many high quality names including Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Travis Scott and Justice. An unforeseen injury to Childish Gambino caused him to cancel not only his appearance at ACL but also his remaining tour dates. Festival organizers recovered well by adding French quartet Phoenix and Lil Wayne to the first and second weekends respectively. The first weekend went off without
Paul McCarney, Metallica, Childish Gambino and Arctic Monkeys are among some of the biggest names headlining Austin City Limits this year. While we’re sure you’ll be in the crowd dancing along to those massive acts, here are some other artists that you definitely shouldn’t miss: Ravyn Lenae (Friday) Bishop Briggs (Friday) Natalie Prass (Friday) Japanese Breakfast (Saturday) Verite (Saturday) Sharon Van Etten (Saturday) Mt. Joy (Sunday) Amber Mark (Sunday) A R I Z
Alison Wonderland is the stage name of Alex Sholler, a DJ and producer from Sydney, Australia, who was classically trained as a cellist growing up. She always knew she wanted to work in music at some level, but wasn’t sure how to make that happen. After studying in Europe for the cello, Sholler returned to Sydney and began playing bass in various punk bands. It was after attending a show featuring Swedish group, The Knife that gave Sholler a clear sense of direction to perform and slowly started to write her own electronic music as well as
While some bands burn fast and quickly fade away, Cut Copy have employed the opposite approach over their now 16-year history. Formed in 2001 by Dan Whitford, the electronic music band now includes Tim Hoey, Ben Browning, and Mitchell Scott. The Australian band just released their first proper studio album in nearly four years, Haiku From Zero, in September via Astralwerks, which was produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian). “When we first started in Australia, there wasn’t really a scene for live electronic music,” recalls Whitford, “You were either someone that would go to
A dream-pop duo from Austin, Texas, The Wild Now consists of singer Taylor Baker and producer Drew Walker. The two met each other at a Local Natives show during SXSW 2013, where they bonded over their mutual love of the band. Baker had been performing as a solo artist, but after meeting, Taylor and Drew began to perform songs that Taylor had written, under the name Taylor & the Wild Now. As a soulful folk band, Taylor & the Wild Now became a popular local fixture in the Austin music scene, having released their self-titled EP in
ROMES are an up-and-coming band that describes their sound as “2 cups of raw energy with 1 cup Pop; a pinch of electronics, infused with 2oz of soul; garnished with some RnB.” The Toronto-based band consists childhood friends- Jacob Alexander, Nicolas Amadeus, James Tebbitt, and Andrew Keyes, who met while attending St Gerard’s School, Bray, in Ireland. Originally from Canada, brothers Jacob and Nick moved to Ireland when their parents decided to move "across the pond". The brothers eventually made friends with indigenous Irish students, bassist Andrew Keyes and guitarist James Tebbitt. The friends would experiment with
R.LUM.R. is the stage name for Reggie Lamar Williams Jr., an R&B-crooning guitar player quickly rising in the music scene. Williams Jr. grew up in Florida, listening to old school R&B in his mother’s house, but exploring anything he could find on his own time. He remembers when "I got into Linkin Park, and everyone else was into rap and basketball. I was fat and couldn't play basketball and I wanted to listen to Linkin Park and only the white kids at my school wanted to do that stuff and it's kind of like that Earl Sweatshirt line:
The first weekend of Austin City Limits 2017 was welcomed with the stereotypical weather as remnants of the recent storms left behind a streak of humidity and mosquitoes. Regardless, the sun was shining and numerous Austinites were prepared for the weather and amazing music ahead of the 2017 edition of Austin City Limits. Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and Jay-Z were stacked with the hits that brought back the nostalgia from multiple generations, meanwhile on the flip side, there were many up-and-coming artists that impressed many that included The Aces, Zhu, Royal Blood, Grace Vanderwaal and