2016 Forecast: 10 Los Angeles Acts to Watch —- they’re on the rise!


6. HARRIET

My roommate actually introduced me to these guys and we quickly saw them at a launch party for some magazine and I fell into a quick obsession. They’ve got a St. Lucia meets STRFKR vibe with a bunch of punchy and upbeat songs to their credit. Singer Alex Casnoff is a former member of both Dawes and PAPA but this outfit has a much different sound than either of those acts. They begin 2016 with the release of American Appetite, a must-get album. They just toured with Zella Day and had a good crowd at their December show at the Fonda.

Zella Day rocks LA, Fleetwood Mac cover among highlights at high-energy Fonda Theatre set


7. VERONICA BIANQUI

We’re huge fans of the bubbly LA songbird, Veronica Biaqui. She’s been highly involved in the East Hollywood music scene for a few years now singing back up vocals for mystic rock and rollers Isaac Rother & The Phantoms or playing guitar on the road for indie psych outfit The Blank Tapes. In 2015 she took center-stage with her solo effort. Her music pops with bright guitar riffs and playful keys, coupled with a vibrant surf-inspired beat that will keep you shake, rattle and rolling. Bianqui just got back from playing shows in the UK. Her forthcoming debut EP is due out later this year. Keep an eye out for this lovely firecracker!

Hot Artist Alert: Veronica Bianqui Premieres New Song “If Love’s A Gun, I’m Better Off Dead”


8. PHASES

Phases is sort of an LA super-group. Comprised of members of Rilo Kiley, Phantom Planet and The Like, this pop group released a killer album For Life late last year and can be found on the bills to major festivals like Coachella and Hangout Fest in 2016. In an interview with us last year, we found out that they all have been musicians for so long that there’s no ego involved this time. “I’m In Love With My Life” has radio hit written all over it and the rest of the album is well worth a listen as well.

Hot Band Alert: With Phases, ‘there’s just no ego anymore’


9. SAD ROBOT

Captivating your full attention with a sound that is both haunting and vibrant, Sad Robot will pull at your heartstrings while still having the ability to make you bust a groove on the dance floor. Leading lady Katherine Pawlak’s enchanting vocals are a force to be reckoned with. Not to mention she brings it 100% on stage, truly a sight to be seen. Towards the end of 2015, Sad Robot was set to tour with Sick of Sarah, but due to a death in the family, the duo put their music on hold. The band recently had their music featured in the promo for FOX’s “Second Chance.” With Sad Robot, get lost in the moment, or lose your inhibitions to their gorgeous tunes.

Video Premiere: Watch Sad Robot’s New Video “Battered” Off New Album Apres Moi, Le Deluge



10. THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES

When I lived in the Bay Area, one of my favorite bands from the area was this killer rock ‘n’ roll band. They just recently moved to Los Angeles and are working on the follow up to their debut full-length Get Right. They are able to reproduce the magic they’ve captured on their recordings in their live shows, high energy included. Singer Octavio Genera has a killer voice and their stuff sounds like early Black Keys at its best with their killer funky-bluesy brand of rock.


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HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Two Tens — The dynamic Los Angeles rock duo composed of Adam Bones (guitar/vocals) and Rikki Styxx (drums) fleshed out four EPs at the end of 2014 and all the way through 2015. This February 26th will see the release of their debut full-length. With some more touring chops, The Two Tens have the potential to go big places.

Hot Band Alert: Dynamic Los Angeles rock duo The Two Tens set to release Volume 3 EP

The Dead Ships — This fierce Echo Park trio has been a longtime favorite here at Grimy Goods. The band made our 2014 forecast, but with their recent Coachella booking, it looks like 2016 is gonna have these local shredders shining brighter than ever.

The Dead Ships give riveting performance at packed Bootleg show

Kera & The Lesbians — The rivetting alt folk group was featured in our 2015 forecast, but with the release of their debut full-length record landing end of February, 2016 just might be their year.

Grimy T.V. Interview with Kera and the Lesbians

Regrettes — What started as fierce duo, composed of young teens Lydia Nigh (guitarist) and Marlhy Murphy (drummer) has now downsized to one founding member (Lydia) and three new band mates. Let’s see what this new lineup has to offer in 2016!

Hot Band Alert: No gimmick — Teenaged rockers Regrettes are completely for real

 

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