Foals

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Foals is an English Indie rock band influenced by math-rock, post-rock, and new wave. Their dancey, heartfelt sound is characteristic to that of the Pixies and Arthur Russel. The band formed in the late 2000s with Frontman and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, accompanied by rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith, and drummer Jack Bevan. They are currently signed by Warner Brothers Records, releasing 6 albums to date. Foals have been touring for over a decade playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, and Roskilde. Their most recent 2019 release, “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost-Part 2,” became the band’s first album to top the UK Album Chart. 

Watch: “Wake Me Up” Official music video.

Sounds Like: Bloc Party, Alt-J, Kasabian

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

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Gear: Ernie Ball Power Slinky and Regular Slinky electric guitar strings, Hybrid Slinky bass strings, and Everlast Phosphor Bronze Extra Light acoustic strings.

Vended

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Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa with more to give than just honorary Slipknot metal lineage that can’t be ignored, Vended are shaping their path blending speed, power, and vicious guitar riffs on their own merit. Forming in 2018 the band consists of Cole Espeland (Lead Guitar), Griffin Taylor (Vocals) Simon Crahan (Drums) Jeremiah Pugh Bass, and Connor Grodzicki (Rhythm Guitar). Their debut EP What Is It//Kill It was immediately received with open arms and the follow-up singles ‘Asylum’ and ‘Burn My Misery’ prove to be only the start of an exciting road for the brutal driving 5 member assault that is Vended.

Watch: “Asylum” official music video.

Sounds Like: shame, Slaves UK, Viagra Boys

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

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Gear: Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky and Not Even Slinky electric guitar strings, and Regular 5-string Slinky bass strings.

BIG K.O.

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Kareem Denis, aka BIG K.O., has been carving out his own space in the guitar scene since 1986 after being inspired to pick up a guitar thanks to Run DMC’s genre-bending songs like “Walk the Way” and “Tougher Than Leather.” Blending together that inspiration, and players like Leslie West, Eddie Martinez, Freddie Stone (Sly and The Family Stone), and Randy Rhoads, and you get BIG K.O.
Since then, BIG K.O. has become not only an in-demand player but producer for acts like 50 Cent, D12, Jim Jones, and even performing and producing Darryl D.M.C. McDaniels.
BIG K.O. is now the stage guitarist for DMC as well as has a project titled King DMC which released their first single this past November titled “Ghetto Metal,” blending hardcore hip-hop and heavy metal with a twist of funk.

Watch: The official music video for “Ghetto Metal

Sounds Like: Run D.M.C., Def Leppard, Public Enemy

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

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Gear: Mighty Slinky, Extra Slinky, and Regular Slinky electric guitar strings.

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