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Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has found leaps of success creating a signature deadpan, conversational vocal delivery infused with garage rock and indie folk-pop. Throughout Courtney’s career she’s been given high praises for her songwriting from influential outlets like Pitchfork. After a few EP’s which would eventually be combined into a double EP titled A Sea of Split Peas released on the UK label Marathon which featured APRA nominated Song of the Year track “History Eraser”, later partnering with Mom+Pop for the US release. Courtney’s debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit had cult and critical success leading to a Best New Artist Grammy nomination. What followed was a duet album with Kurt Vile titled Lotta Sea Lice, a follow-up record titled Tell Me How You Really Feel, and an MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne. Courtney’s unique style and observational storytelling make her songs not only extraordinary but confidently authentic.
Sounds Like: Big Thief, Kurt Vile, Snail Mail
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What began as a sort of solo project by 15-year-old vocalist/guitarist Clementine Creevy in 2012, ultimately formed into a full-on band under the name Cherry Glazerr by 2013. The Los Angeles indie pop/rock band hit the road right from the start playing festivals like SXSW, Beach Goth, and Bugerama, along with sharing the stage with bands like FIDLAR. With the hook-ridden choruses, female empowerment lyrics fuzzed out guitars, and melodic vocal lines, Glazerr pulls influences from artists like Sleater-Kinney, CHVRCHES, and Blondie. The sophomore album, Apocalipstick, saw an even bigger uptick of the band in 2017, earning praise by Pitchfork, The Guardian, and more. They also hit the road alongside Foster the People and Slowdive. followed by more performances at FYF, Pitchfork Fest, and Coachella in 2018. Now with three studio records and two EPs behind them, Cherry Glazerr released new music (as of February 10th, 2021) with hopefully more to come this year.
Sounds Like: Sleater-Kinney, Japanese Breakfast, Diet Cig
Gear: Ernie Ball Power Slinky electric guitar strings.
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The bay area’s own Destroy Boys was founded by Vi Mayugba and Alexia Roditis, after attending show after show and becoming a part of a vibrant Sacramento scene. From small starts to making big waves, the Destroy Boys sound is rooted in old school punk rock with its unrelenting attack of loud guitar and fast drums. The band lyrically leaned in on personal tales of scene bullies. elitist cliques, and betrayal but even deeper the music touches on topics of fighting to reclaim power, respecting boundaries like in their latest single “Muzzle”. The band was recently featured on the iconic video game soundtrack, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, the combined reboot by Activision. Destroy Boys’ visceral sound will continue to permeate the airwaves so keep them on your radar and check out the links below.
Sounds Like: Beach Goons, Bikini Kill, Doll Skin