It’s been less than two years since the 5-person rock band dale was formed, and they’ve already begun to make a splash in the Los Angeles area. Formed on the campus of the University of Southern California, dale combines some hard rock roots with superb hooks and a conservatory education; a formula that churns out good tune after good tune. Your chance to say “I knew them when” may be running out quickly, so take the time to listen through these young guys’ electric stuff. Fans of Neon Trees and Jack White can find where the two meet when they take a shot at dale.
Formed in Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot features an upbeat dance-pop feel with several unexpected ingredients. Lead singer Wes Miles has elements reminiscent of Phoenix‘s Thomas Mars, while the band demonstrates surprising musicality for their fairly mainstream sound, and bouncy electronic tracks are matched with live strings in an interesting compliment. And while they’ve been at it awhile, fans of Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and Broken Bells will find a fresh face in Ra Ra Riot’s mixture of youth and musical maturity.
British-born Dry the River matched folk-roots with rock influences and masterful vocals in their debut album: Shallow Bed. The album garnered success when the single, “No Rest” surpassed 1 million hits on YouTube. Now the group is releasing a new collection of their unique sound in August with their second album: Alarms in the Heart. For fans of groups like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Mumford and Sons, Dry the River is quickly making its name as the newest folk-inspired cult classic ready to burst onto the scene in a big way.