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Keeping the Los Angeles rock n roll scene in check is the always entertaining band of misfits known as Starcrawler. From moments of classic rock show energy to a shifting live modern art piece performance, the band is led by the lead singer Arrow de Wilde’s cathartic, often shocking stage performances that involve, jumping into a crowd covered in blood, stealing phones, and climbing the rafters, all while Henri Cash rips on the guitar creating a massive sound of blended octave driven riffs and treble boosting in your face tone. Recently the band has been listed among the featured artists in the Foo Fighters newest documentary titled “What Drives Us” amongst many familiar names and has collaborated with Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Mike Cambell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Starcrawler’s last record was produced by Nick Launey (Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ Arctic Monkeys) and is titled Devour You. 

Watch: Official music video for “Bet My Brains

Sounds Like: Sunflower Bean, Skating Polly, Bully

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music

Follow: Instagram, YouTube

Gear: Ernie Ball Paradigm Power Slinkys and Regular Slinky electric guitar strings.

The Nude Party

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For a group of fairly young lads who met in college, The Nude Party finds a comfortable home cranking out tunes reminiscent of Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and a dab of Arctic Monkeys. With a mix of 60s and 70s era guitar rock, the sextet has referenced multiple influences ranging from the Black Lips and Jack White to the Doors and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Lyrically, singer-guitarist Patton Magee weaves between classic rock and roll lifestyle woes, touring experiences, and emotional fears that come up while living through global issues. Throughout the lyrical rollercoaster, the band cranks out classic rock tunes with jangling guitars, piano runs, and backing vocals ripe for crowd-fueled singalongs. The band’s latest effort, Midnight Manor, arrived in October 2020 with plans of tour support as soon as possible. 

Watch: “Lonley Heather” official music video.

Sounds Like: Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Black Lips

Listen: Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp

Follow: Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Gear: Paradigm Regular Slinky and Power Slinky electric guitar strings, Super Slinky Flatwound bass strings, and Paradigm 80/20 Medium Light acoustic strings.

Lou Terry

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Introducing Chicago’s own, Lou (Bass In Yo Face) Terry. Lou has stood out as a talented bassist in the windy city, and began playing bass guitar at the age of 7. Inspired by the talents of artists such as James Brown, Bootsie Collins, and Louis Johnson to name a few. Lou Terry has lived by the motto of “no stage too small or large” as he has had his phone ring for gigs with various legendary artists and for local gigs, bringing his unique style of funk and groove to the forefront. Slave, one of the funkiest bands to emerge out of the ’70s and ’80s is reimagined with Lou at the bass in Sounds Of Slave Band performing hit songs like “Slide” and “Just A Touch” and “Watching You”.

Watch: Performance of “Wait for Me” with Sounds of Slave

Sounds Like: Earth, Wind, and Fire, George Clinton, Parliament

Follow: Facebook

Gear: Ernie Ball 5-string bass Super Slinkys and an Ernie Ball Music ManStingRay 5 bass.

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