The Menzingers, I Am The Avalanche, Kevin Devine,
Vinnie Caruana, The Front Bottoms, Now, Now, Koji, Diamond Youth,
Coasta, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Markets & Dwellers,
The Soviet, Brick + Mortar
Josh Madden + The Gunz Show
Circa Survive are one of those rare groups who have been able to please both critics and fans alike with every release they put out. Combining alternative and progressive rock seamlessly, the power and range of Anthony Green’s voice combined with their interesting and smooth instrumentals makes them stand apart from bands in the scene today. Their most recent effort Violent Waves was released independently but reached #15 on the charts, marking a victory for independent artists everywhere.
Official Site: http://circasurvive.com
Minus The Bear are a five-piece indie rock band from Seattle who have a decade of tours and festivals and a hearty handful of releases to their name. After an extended spell in the studio during 2012, the band released their most vivid album to date, Infinity Overhead on Dangerbird Records, and have an active 2013 planned including an extensive co-headlining tour with Circa Survive.
Official Site: http://minusthebear.com
The Menzingersare an indie punk band that formed from several local bands in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With heartfelt, honest lyrics and melodic, driven guitars, their Epitaph Records debut On the Impossible Past has been hailed by the current punk scene as one of the best albums of 2012.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/themenzingers
I Am The Avalanche are a punk inspired post-hardcore band from Brooklyn, New York. Their self-titled debut release on Drive-Thru Records in 2005 sparked a cult following for the band. After building a dedicated fan base, IATA decided to stick to their DIY roots and self-manage. Six years after their debut record, they released AVALANCHE UNITED, gaining them exponential respect from the punk rock community.
Official Site: http://avalancheunited.com
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Kevin Devine has more than made a name for himself in the alternative scene. His lyrics are introspective and political, reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Elliott Smith; you can feel the emotion in his voice on each of his songs. He has grown a large, dedicated fanbase by touring with the likes of Brand New, Thrice, Say Anything, and Manchester Orchestra, and just released a second record with Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra for their side project Bad Books.
Official Site: http://www.kevindevine.net
Vinnie Caruana has seen a lot. Frontman for I Am The Avalanche and seminal post hardcore band The Movielife, Caruana has been able to tour the world and release music in various outlets for the past sixteen years. After years of playing solo shows on the side for a while, he just released his debut solo EP City By The Sea, featuring six songs full of personal lyrics and lush layers sure to please old fans and newcomers alike.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/vinniecaruanamusic
The Front Bottoms consists of two band childhood cohorts who wrap up some of the most ensnaring aspects of indie, acoustic, and punk music into their infectious tracks. The duo specializes in witty lyrics and just-dissonant-enough instrumentals, as their latest self-titled album perfectly demonstrates.
Official Site: http://www.thefrontbottoms.com
Now, Now are an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota supporting their second full length Threads on Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie’s Trans- Records. The mid-western trio mingles modern indie and ambient rock in a unique, spacey sound that has gained them a loyal fanbase over the years.
Official Site: http://nownowband.com
Koji is an American independent singer/songwriter and activist from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Using art, media, and music, he strives to promote positive change and peace in order to build community. His latest release is Never Come Undone, a split with La Dispute. He is expected is release a new record in 2013.
Official Site: http://kojisaysaloha.com
Diamond Youth are an alternative rock quartet hailing from Baltimore, Chicago, and Richmond, relying on programs like iChat and GarageBand to record from across the country. Now signed to Topshelf Records, this hard-working D.I.Y. band continues to bring their unique, dreamy take on the nostalgic sound of 90’s alternative rock on their latest EP, Orange.
Official Site: http://www.dmndyouth.com
Coasta is an alternative-rock trio from Long Island, New York formed by Jamey Lacey (does that last name sound familiar?), Chris Lorenz, and Steve Kupillas. The band released their debut EP Sunzal in May of 2012, capturing the attention of many. The EP is indie music at its finest infused with danceable grooves and melodic vocals and has fans eager for the band to release more music.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/coastaband
Laura Stevenson And The Cans are a perfect mix of indie-rock and pop music. The peaceful, smooth voice of the quintet is lead by Stevenson, a Long Island native. The multitalented singer and guitarist will release her third full-length album titled, Wheel, on April 23rd via Don Giovanni Records.
Official Site: http://www.laurastevenson.net
Markets and Dwellers are a diverse quartet representing the indie rock scenes in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The band has shared the stage with bands like Seahaven, Major League, With The Punches, and Tigers Jaw, and are bringing their must-see live performance to Meltdown 2013, showing off their unique style and undying energy.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/MarketsandDwellers
Hailing from rural New Jersey, The Soviet are taking the music scene by storm with their one-of-a-kind alternative rock sound developed by a range of influences. After playing shows with the likes of Anberlin, twenty | one | pilots, and Andrew McMahon, the band are heading back to the studio this winter to record new material to be released this spring.
Facebook Page: http://www.vhentu.com/theSoviet
Brick + Mortar are an electronic indie rock duo hailing from New Jersey. With only a bass and a drum kit, their distinctive brand of earthy melodic rock is dominating audiences at first listen.
Official Site: http://brmr.net