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Gritty, raw, and authentically blunt, Surfbort is a fuzzy punk band that preaches acceptance in a charmingly addictive way. Using a sonic wall of guitars, fast beats, and jumping into the crowd. Their live show is highly acclaimed and a memorable experience that will guarantee to turn your head. Hailing from Brooklyn, but not taking themselves too seriously, Surfbort was handpicked as one of the bands originally signed to Cult Records, the indie label created by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes/The Voidz. Later chosen by famous producer Linda Perry to be part of her project collaborating with streaming powerhouse Soundcloud, check out the band’s single featuring Tony Hawk titled “Open Your Eyes” and be sure to catch the band at a festival near you.
Watch: The official music video for “Open Your Eyes“.
Sounds Like: The Paranoyds, Stiff Richards, Thick
Thomas Rhett Atkins
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Ten years after signing his first record deal with Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co., arena-packing superstar Thomas Rhett — dubbed “the most reliable maker of No. 1 singles in country music” (Variety) — has five studio albums, 18 MULTI-PLATINUM, and GOLD-certified No. 1 hits, 12 BILLION streams and the longest current active streak of consecutive No. 1s in the format. All of that is to say, Thomas Rhett knows how to write a hit and has the chops to prove it. Being friendly with fellow future stars like Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn, Rhett was in the music scene while in college, ultimately dropping out to focus on his music. It wasn’t long before he got his first hit with a co-writing credit on Jason Aldean’s “I Ain’t Ready to Quit” in 2010 and he has been off on a roll ever since. His pop sensibilities, accessible guitar writing, and smooth vocals have made Rhett a mainstay in the pop-Country scene.
Watch: The official music video for “Boomerang“.
Sounds Like: Florida Georgia Line, Dan & Shay, Luke Combs
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Catbite is an up-and-coming neo-two-tone ska band from Philadelphia. Influenced by the jolting energy of the Specials, the Selector’s edged lyrics, and Elvis Costello‘s love of melody, the group cranks out short, catchy tunes with deep meanings. The band’s debut self-titled LP was released in 2019 on Bad Time Records and has sold out of several pressings. The highly anticipated Sophomore album, “Nice One”, also on Bad Time Records, was released on August 6, 2021, and was accompanied by a sold-out hometown show. Nice One includes hits like “Call Your Bluff”, “Excuse Me Miss”, and the soulful rocksteady tune, “Bad Influence”. You can catch them now on tour across North America.
Watch: The official music video for “Everybody Talks“
Sounds Like: The Interrupters, The Specials, Anti-Flag