LA music blogger and tastemaker, Rollo & Grady, is definitely one of the better music discovery sites out there on the Internets. Prolific too as he lives and breathes indie music. When he’s not sharing his music discoveries on his blog, he’s placing it in films and television through his production company as a music supervisor. It’s the real deal. So check out his picks for bands to watch in 2011.
The 405 is a UK based online Music/Art/Film magazine and one of the many UK-based sites that I frequently troll to satisfy my Brit Rock fetish. Recently they published an album of their picks for Bands to Watch in 2011. To download the album , click here!
1. ‘Colours’ – Grouplove
2. ‘What Became of You and I’ – Treefight For Sunlight
3. ‘Fighting Smiles’ – Jonquil
4. ‘Vocal Chords’ – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
5. ‘Ringerz’ – Islet
6. ‘Young’ – Dog Is Dead
7. ‘Endless Summer’ – Still Corners
8. ‘Coast’ – Dry the River
9. ‘Facelove’ – PS I Love You
10. ‘Microlite (Acoustic)’ – Trophy Wife
11. ‘Christmas Tree’ – Fair Ohs
12. ‘Chiaroscuro’ – Einar Stray
13. ‘Mighty’ – Lord Huron
14. ‘Hung Markets’ – Seams
15. ‘Treetops (Val-d’Isère Remix)’ – Gold Fields
16. ‘Chemistry’ – Tall Ships
17. ‘7th Date’ – Spectrals
18. ‘Oh My God’ – Cults
Videos not on the download record
19. ‘Weathervanes And Chemicals’ – Team Me
20. ‘Limit To Your Love (Video)’ – James Blake
Promoter, Another Planet Entertainment (APE)
If you live in the Bay Area, you know APE. For those that don’t, Another Planet is a Bay Area concert production company that organizes the best festivals in San Francisco, like Treasure Island Music Fest and Outside Lands. They also book the most coveted venues in town like The Fox Theater in Oakland and The Independent. Bryan is one of the brains behind the music we all enjoy here. Here are his picks for 2011.
Zach condon hasn’t released a full length since 2007’s “The Flying Cub Cup”. He will grace us again with his orchestral beauty and french horn in 2011 with a brand new record. The world needs more Beirut.
Will Sheff may be disheveled, but he’s a lyrical genius and writes a superb pop song. He’s backed Roky Erikson recently and will lead Okkervil River to the forefront this year. Folk music is the new black.
Aloe Blacc is an old soul. He released “Good Things” in late 2010, but isn’t a household name yet. One listen to his single “I Need A Dollar” and you know what’s next for Aloe.
The Fleet Foxes may be the critic’s darlings, but The Head and The Heart are knocking on that door. The scene is strong in Seattle and these acts are paving the way. Both groups dig on harmonies and flannel and will have new material in 2011.
This label is putting out the records of the best artists you have never heard of…Real Estate, Tamaryn, Kurt Vile, Best Coast, Weekend, Washed Out, Young Prisms and Tallest Man on Earth to name a few. Check out anything they put out in 2011.
Their complex and layered music is more accessible than you think. If you haven’t heard them yet, you will. Look for their sophomore album in 2011.