Hot Flash Heat Wave
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With the release of “Sportswear” on March 11th, the San Francisco-based indie trio, Hot Flash Heat Wave has shifted from their original garage rock roots into a more new-wave sound, full of catchy synths. The once sharp indie-rock hooks are now fused with disparate sources such as electronic, and R&B from the 80s and 90s. HFHW synthesizes a wide range of influences from My Bloody Valentine, Frank Ocean, New Order, and Toro y Moi into something that sounds new and refreshing. They will be continuing the second leg of their 2022 “Sportswear” European tour beginning this August.
Watch: The official music video for “Grudge“
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Quickly turning heads with virality is the band known as Wet Leg, made up of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers. The band was not only catapulted to sold-out venues from the confines of the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. The band released two of the hottest singles of the year, which even Harry Styles decided he needed to cover. Wet Leg debuted their self-titled full length to much excitement and have been hitting the road hard ever since making stops off in the US at SXSW, playing the Academy Awards Pre Party for YSL, and some TV performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The band already has sold-out back-to-back shows at London’s O2 Forum in November 2022 which is already sold out on top of their UK/Ireland Run. Full of quirky tongue and cheek alt post-punk/french disco check out the single “Wet Dream” above and check out Wet Leg.
Watch: The official music video for “Wet Dream“
Sounds Like: Fontaines D.C., Yard Act, Parquet Courts
Lexii Lynn Frazier
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Lexii Lynn Frazier may not be a household name in the guitar world just yet, but she is well on her way and making the rounds in the session world with reckless abandon. After being inspired to play guitar by Eddie Van Halen when she was 12-years-old, Lexii has been working in the studio and on the stage for the last few years with artists like Kehlani, Chloe x Halle, Pink Sweat$, and more. Blending her rock and metal influences, with pop and hip hop sensibilities. Most recently, Lexii lent her skills to the new Top Gun: Maverick movie soundtrack, originally performed in the 80s by fellow Ernie Baller, Steve Stevens. The appearance gained a lot of attention including an article in Guitar World. While Lexii is mainly known as a session and backing band player, she is currently also working on her own music to debut soon.
Watch: The official video for “Main Titles (You’ve Been Called Back to Top Gun)“
Sounds Like: Orianthi, Neal Schon, HER