Armed for Apocalypse www.facebook.com/armedforapocalypse/ Armed for Apocalypse came from nowhere and nothing. The sludgy four-piece from the small Northern California college town of Chico have worked relentlessly to leave their imprint on metal. Through tours across Europe, around the states and up and down the West Coast, they've continued to spread their name in the best way possible: word of mouth. They don't play dress-up and they don't turn down. They just play crushing songs that go from slow to slower, from muck to mire, from mosh to circle-pit. And sometimes they'll make a left turn and end up at epic. Simply put, it's rock 'n' roll music tuned way down and pissed way off.
God Van Damme www.facebook.com/GVDband/ Forged from of the aftermath of several extremely different metal bands, he have come together to indulge our fans with the most raw, heavy, and terrifying metal we have ever created.... See MoreSee Less
Hailing from Southern California's Coachella Valley, an area known for its signature "Desert Rock" sound, The Flusters nostalgically bring a sound to the Indie Genre which they've self-titled as "Dreamsurf." Blending vintage tones with washy effects and driving tempos, they have been called to create something important together, and they are answering that call with everything they've got. Within their first two years as an act, The Flusters were invited to play major music festivals such as Coachella Music Festival and Echo Park Rising. Influenced by Roy Orbison, Dick Dale, The Beach Boys, The Pixies, The Smiths, The Ventures, Broadcast & Mazzy Star, they have a unique "Retro Pop" sound that sets them apart.
Laura Stevenson is finally learning not to worry. After more than a year of national and worldwide touring following the release of her critically acclaimed album Wheel, both headlining, and alongside such varied acts as Against Me!, The Go-Go’s, Kevin Devine, Tim Kasher of Cursive, and The Gaslight Anthem, the songwriter made the move from her between-tour home base of Brooklyn, to upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley. There, she rented a nineteenth- century Victorian, a former brothel in a cement-mining town-turned hippie-enclave, and converted the attic into a makeshift studio. It was in this space that she and her band went to work arranging and demoing the eleven songs she had written that would make up Cocksure, Stevenson’s fourth album. The record features musicians Mike Campbell, Alex Billig and Peter Naddeo, who in various incarnations have performed with her for over seven years, as well as newcomer Samantha Niss, a long-time Hudson Valley resident and the veritable go-to drummer of the region.
Where 2013’s Wheel was full of lingering uncertainty, harkening to Stevenson’s folk and country leanings, Cocksure is a straightforward, to the point, emboldened rock and roll album. Although some existential dread still peaks through the cracks, Stevenson treats themes as heavy-hearted as sudden and tragic death, self-imposed exile in small windowless rooms, and that back-of-your- mind anxiety that the road you’re on may not be the right one, as their own signs of life; a life that is brightly colored by those realities.
Sama Dams - Avant-Indie, Experimental, Post-Rock - Portland