Named one of Esquire’s 15 Bands To Watch In 2014 - along with the likes of Cashmere Cat, Warpaint, Earl Sweatshirt and Blood Orange - These Wild Plains are a band you’re not going to want to miss this week. Five boys from across the nation started making music in Cambridge a couple of years ago, now they’re generating real buzz. Making the same kind of twangy rock and roll they grew up on, These Wild Plains are vintage rock stars.
Similar Artists: Lord Huron, Fleet Foxes, Local Natives
Week after week Brownout would show for their residency at a local club in Austin. How’d they keep it interesting? They played Black Sabbath songs. Well, not exactly. They reworked their classic tunes, and had an overwhelmingly positive response from their audience. More than that, they had a great time themselves. Now, presenting a full-length release of their work and a national tour. Don’t let the Austin club goers have all the fun, come check it out for yourselves!
Similar Artists: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Quantic
Local “dramatic cabaret” in the Entry this Wednesday. According to Thee Duke himself, you can expect a mix of theatrical overture and soul stirring melancholy; grandiose meets aggression. Committed to the performance, Thee Duke of Dark believes in the experience of rock n roll – providing an experience to remember. Initially from Minnesota, Thee Duke of Dark gone to great lengths to find his persona. Will he deliver on his promise of an experience you’ll never forget? Lets see.
Similar Artists: The Horrors, Purson, Scott Walker
A male version of Adele? That’s what some people are saying. You might know him for his collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, which got him nominated for two Grammys. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Santos played his mom’s old piano as a kid, but was drawn more to the visual arts. At 17, while attending art school, Santos picked up a guitar and never put it down. In 2009, Santos met an up and coming hip hop artists, Wasalu Jaco (aka Lupe Fiasco) through a mutual friend. Their song “Superstar” blew up and since then Santos has appeared on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, Craig Ferguson, TRL, and performances at Lollapalooza, Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, and the Video Music Awards as well as on a 56-date tour with Kanye West, Rihanna, and NERD. Having returned to his indie roots, Santos is also returning to Minneapolis.
Similar Artists: Gotye, Cat Power, Feist
Former engineer for Prince. Must I say more? Okay, okay. Black Asteroid, or Bryan Black, makes crazy multidimensional techno tracks. After working for Prince and perfecting his production skills, he moved to London and launched MOTOR, a techno supergroup, performing with Daft Punk and Kraftwerk at major festivals after just two singles. In 2011, Black started Black Asteroid to recapture techno, to redefine his sound, and has released several popular EPs under that moniker. Maybe Prince will stop by to see his old engineer perform - you never know.
Similar Artists: Woo York, NX1, Tim Wolff
Orny Ozzborn of Grayskul (Rhymesayers) met producer Zavala in 2009 while working on a mutual friends’ record (Sleep, Hesitation Wounds). Since then, they have continued collaborating and perfecting the sound of Dark Time Sunshine. In 2010, the boys released their first full-length - and one of the most well received hip hop albums of 2010 - Vessel, and began touring extensively, including Soundset and SXSW. They just put out a new single, which you can check out here. And of course, come check em out in the Entry!
Similar Artists: Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, El-P
Having emerged from Ohio’s famous punk scene, Obnox is the solo project of Lamont “Bim” Thomas, known for drumming with V-3, Bassholes, Unholy Two, This Moment in Black History, and Puffy Aerolas. When Thomas became a stay at home dad, he took to his music and put out his Obnox debut, I’m Bleeding Now. In March of this year, Obnox released Louder Space, a punk rock record infused with soulful horns, grungy riffs, some metal chords, and even sugary vocals. Seriously, don’t miss it.
Similar Artists: Whatever Brains, We Are Hex, Verma