Let's say Ram Jam's 'Black Betty' and Foghat's 'Slow Ride' had an illegitimate child in late '70s, and that this hellspawn grew up a rock 'n' roller itself. With a chip on his shoulder and a burrito in his pocket, the young boy might turn into a swan called Rainbow Jackson.
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OK, you're really going to like the Black Watch. In fact, we are overflowing with fanboy delight to show you this band. Oh, don't worry if you've never heard of them before. They are Los Angeles' best kept secret.
San Diego duo Little Hurricane have been tearing up the U.S. touring circuit for the past three years, honing their dirty ditties on the road. Back in 2011, they released their debut album, 'Homewrecker,' entering the indie market as masters of the two-piece blues format.
Multi-instrumentalist Nick Kostylew is branching out from his native Zelenograd, Russia, in order to share his whimsical digitalism with the West.
In 2010, after moving from Austin to NYC, What Made Milwaukee Famous founder Drew Patrizi reemerged with Trumpeter Swan, an acclaimed indie rock band with a whole new sound. Now, he and the gang are back with their sophomore effort, 'The Magnitude of Now,' and the music is just as urgent as the title.
Rock bands have tried to sound like other bands for ages. Back in the '90s and early '00s, everyone was writing Radiohead and Nirvana in the RIYL sections of their press releases. Now, to sound like another group is almost an instant curse -- unless you're just doing it for fun during rehearsal.
Drummer Chris Moran and singer Ryan Houser make up the electric blues two-piece Slim Wray, and their propensity for bombastic fuzz blasts are sure to rock your Labor Day barbeque soundtrack.
Bow down to Black Wing Halo, winners of our latest Crucial Cut of the Month contest. Nearly 38 percent of respondents deemed the NYC foursome's 'Let Sleeping Dogs Lie' the best free mp3 we gave away in July 2013, and that suggests a few things about our readers. One, they have good taste. Two, they like dark, walloping, electro-tinged punk. Three, they're into some pretty messed-up movies.
Every morning, right after we find our pants and knock back a few cups of joe, Diffuser.fm gives away a free MP3. Today, it might be snotty pop-punk, while tomorrow might bring brutish hardcore, pulsing acid house or boisterous boom-bap rap. You never know what you're gonna get, and now, we’re asking you to tell us what you like best and vote in our Crucial Cut of the Month contest. It’s a chance to select your favorite free MP3 of the last month and help your favorite emerging acts get a little digital love.