As you all know, Planet Stereo loves Kiven. They’re an awesome group, and they’re inspiring more than just listeners.
The band reached out to Val Fleury, an LA-based DJ/producer, to do an official remix of their track, “Living For The Alarm.”
As you all know, Planet Stereo loves Kiven. They’re an awesome group, and they’re inspiring more than just listeners.
The band reached out to Val Fleury, an LA-based DJ/producer, to do an official remix of their track, “Living For The Alarm.”
Another year, another group of incredible artists who have found their way onto our playlists. All throughout 2014, Planet Stereo has brought upcoming, new, and popular artists your way. Now, as we prepare to enter 2015, here is your roadmap to the artists that we expect big things from this year. Some familiar faces may grace this list, but also some new ones. Below, you can see Planet Stereo’s 100 Artists You Must Hear in 2015.
1. Lake Malawi – The UK-based band, led by a two-time MTV Award Winner and two-time Nominee, Albert Cerny, seems to be on the path to success, having already opened for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, performing at the Great Escape Festival, and much more. Facebook Website
2. The Actions – London-based alt-rock duo have an undeniable raw energy, seamlessly blending alternative rock with psychedelic electronic sounds. Their high intensity will charge you and your playlist, setting you on the right track in the new year. Facebook Website
4. Close Talker – Canada’s Close Talker is one of the many rising stars from the indie rock explosion of last year, garnering attention left and right for their single, “For The Sun,” calling attention to their upcoming LP, Flux. Facebook Website
5. Thieves & Lovers – A new alternative rock band that is already entrancing listeners, despite their very new beginnings. With two EPs under their belt, they’re ready to tackle 2015…and your playlist. Facebook Website
6. Young Statues – The indie-rock band from Philadelphia have a unique flare for penning introspective lyrics, and matching them to a melodic tune. With their new album, The Flatlands Are Your Friends, out now, the band is looking forward to a busy year of touring. Be sure to catch a show! Facebook Website
7. 7East – Pop duo comprised of Pia Toscano and Jared Lee. Together, the pair make wonderful music that will have you singing along with every word. The pop-duo’s first single dropped a few months back, but 2015 is full of promise for amazing new music. Facebook
8. GO WOLF – Belfast-based pop four-piece that create indie-pop with a flare reminiscent of the 80’s. If you love bands like Rooney, this is the group for you. The earworms the band comes up with, much like their popular single, “Talk To You,” will have you singing along unknowingly and coming back for more. Facebook Website
9. Nikos – Recommended for fans of feel-good pop-rock, with a style reminiscent of 30 Seconds To Mars meddled with the arena-quality of MUSE. The more you listen, the more you’ll find yourself dancing around to every note. NIKOS’s self-titled debut EP is out now. Facebook Website
10. Summer Heart – The Swedish dream-pop act has a unique way of presenting indie-quality vocals with upbeat pop music. Reminiscent of HelloGoodbye, Summer Heart’s melodic, upbeat music is more entrancing with every listen. Facebook
11. Wise Girl – The NYC-based pop trio released their sophomore acoustic EP, Sing Me To Sleep, earlier in 2014, later releasing their single, “Don’t Go,” to positive reviews. With an attention grabbing power-pop attitude, further emphasized by the stellar vocals and the energetic structure of the songs, Wise Girl is impossible to ignore. They’re poised for excellence in 2015. Be sure to get on board NOW. Facebook Website
12. Jocelyn Arndt – Effortlessly blending indie-rock with soul and blues through skillful songwriting that evokes emotion, Jocelyn seems to have cracked the code to connect with listeners. Co-writing with her brother Chris, the pair are a brilliant team that bring about amazing sounds that are sure to dominate in 2015. Facebook Website
13. Seiichi Daimo – A musical prodigy now working on a solo career, Daimo is awe-inspiring. His debut EP, In The Inbetween showcases a modern approach to a classic sound that will leave you breathless. Facebook Website
14. Sinclair – With just her debut EP, Sweet Talk, Sinclair has proven herself to be phenomenally talented. As previously said, the debut was not an introduction, it was an “explosion.” It is inevitable that Sinclair will shoot to stardom, and Planet Stereo thinks 2015 is the year. Facebook Website
15. Redlands – The Colorado-based alternative rock/indie band has only been around since the summer of 2013, but already making headway in an ever-growing scene. After recording their debut EP, The Lonewolf, with renowned producer Matt Grabe, and playing Warped Tour, Redlands has gone back into the studio with members of This Century. Lots of exciting things are coming for Redlands, and we can’t wait to hear them! Facebook Website
16. Veronika Jokel – The NYC-based indie pop/blues act shocked listeners in 2014 with her soulful vocals and catchy music. With a rich, smoky sound, Jokel is reminiscent of the greats, providing an original, strong voice to her generation. Facebook
17. Jesse Davidson – The Adelaide-based musician with a lot to say. With tracks like “Big Bois Gotta Eat” and “Ocean,” Davidson has spectacular vocals that help shape the character behind each track, perfectly blending with the carefree instrumentals. Put him on your playlist for your next beach visit! Facebook
18. Heidi Merrill – A shockingly talented pop artist. With catchy tracks and stunning vocals, Heidi Merrill is one to watch this year! Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Merrill is poised for stardom in 2015, and Planet Stereo just has one thing to say: “Called it!” Facebook Website
19. The Cinema – The indie-pop side project of an amazingly talented duo, comprised of Matt Malpass and Lydia’s Leighton Antelman, who, despite being on opposite sides of the country, make fantastic music together. Their sophomore album, Talking In Your Sleep, is out NOW. Facebook Website
20. The National Parks – Indie/folk band that makes the simplest of tunes sound magnificent. The more you listen, the more you’ll love them. With each track and well-made video, The National Parks offer an original sound, and beautiful melodies. Facebook Website
21. Light You Up – The alternative rock band from Birmingham has been generating some major attention as of late. Their debut album, All We’ve Ever Known, comes out on January 26th, and it’s already got critics throwing praise left and right. With features in Kerrang! and more, Light You Up are on their way to a successful 2015. Facebook Website
22. Contra – The bright, electrifying bass-pop band Contra have already been playing off our love of nostalgia, and 2015 will be no different. After recently releasing their latest single, “1992,” from the forthcoming album The 90’s Are All That, the band will be releasing their later singles, “1996” and “1998” by spring of 2015. Get ready to want to binge watch classic 90’s Nickelodeon shows! Facebook Website
23. Kelsea Ballerini – The sweet country pop artist may be young, but with smooth vocals, Kelsey Ballerini is an up and coming star. With her single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” from her debut EP is catchy as hell, and a wonderful introduction to your new favorite artist. Facebook Website
24. PVRIS – You’ve probably heard their name get passed around a few times, but the Massachusetts -based trio is one group we can’t wait to see more of in 2015. With their debut album, White Noise, out via Rise/Velocity Records, the band has left listeners desperate for more…and hopefully, more is what we’ll get! Facebook Website
25. Commonweather – Another addition to the amazing music scene of Chicago. The alternative rock band produce their sound with a confidence and sophistication that is stunning for a band who only formed in 2014. With quality work and talented members, big things are coming from this band. Facebook Website
26. Hannah Schneider – The alternative/electronica/folk-pop songstress from Copenhagen had listeners buzzing in 2014, and there’s no doubt the buzz will continue. With her latest album, Me vs. I, Schneider boldly showcases her storytelling and vocal abilities, wowing anyone who hears the album. Facebook Website
27. Lime Cordiale – We’re still buzzing about this band from Sydney, and you should be to! With a catchy jazz-rock-‘n’-roll sound, you’ll be singing and dancing to their EP, Falling Up The Stairs, for weeks at a time. Facebook Website
28. BoyMeetsWorld – If you love pop-punk at all, you will love these guys. The Cincinnati-based five-piece are recording their debut full length, and after listening to their EPs, you’ll be just as pumped for it as we are! Facebook Website
30. Alex & Sierra – Yes, you’ve probably heard their names thrown around a few times, but this amazing duo from Florida is going on tour with Andy Grammer and you’ll definitely want to know their names before the tour kicks off! Facebook Website
31. Geppetto & The Whales – With their debut full-length dropped in early 2014, showcasing the Belgian indie band’s musical sophistication and their youthful style. Each note carries a pure, confidant sound that may act as a breakout for the band. Facebook Website
32. Ruby My Dear – The alternative five-piece with members from Australia, New Jersey, LA, Vegas, and Seattle is one of the most talented unsigned bands that have graced Planet Stereo in the last year. The band’s jazzy roots, upbeat-po attitude, and stunning melodies make them one to watch. Facebook Website
33. Plaid Brixx – On their EP, Chemistry, Plaid Brixx demonstrated a consistency and 80’s-esque quality to their music, surprising critics and listeners alike with their sophisticated new wave/rock fusion. 2015 holds the recording of a new album and a lot of touring. We recommend you jump on board with this NOW. Facebook Website
34. Rob Lynch – The Warped Tour alum from the UK is amazing everyone with both his music and his incredible sense of humor. His debut album, All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul, is out now, as well as his hilarious #StandingInTheWayOfLove calendar. Pick up a copy of both today! Facebook Website
35. Sigrid Zeiner – Effortlessly fusing electronic-pop and folk together, the Norwegian singer-songwriter pushes boundaries, utilizing her background as a classical singer, her ongoing degree in pop music, and sleepless nights of self-taught production skills. In September of 2014, she released her EP, Uncomfortable, hooking in listeners to her dramatic, quirky sound. Facebook Website
36. The Millenium – A non-traditional blend of indie, acoustic, electronic-pop sounds to create a genuine, original, and melodic work of art. Between their ability to tap into the raw emotions behind love, loss, and life itself, and their dedication, this unsigned band is forging a name for themselves without sticking to the mold. Facebook Website
37. Revisionist – Toronto’s own acoustic punk group who tackle songwriting in a refreshingly poetic and honest way; no pretenses required. There is a gut, unpolished sound that makes their style stand out, bringing the stories presented with a very human power to them. Facebook
38. Aaron Parker – The country singer who deserves every bit of praise he receives. After a successful tour opening for Cassadee Pope (NBC’s The Voice winner and ex-Hey Monday front woman), Aaron Parker has electrified fans across the country. With an entrancing sound, sincere attitude, and undeniable work-ethic, Planet Stereo declares 2015 the Year of Aaron Parker. Facebook Website
39. Michael Malarkey – The talented actor/musician is known for playing Enzo on The Vampire Diaries, but has also showcased a talent for Bob Dylan-like storytelling. After playing various punk and hardcore bands in his youth, Malarkey has developed his storytelling abilities and his alternative folk rock style. Facebook
40. The Way Away – Garnering fans with catchy vocals, high-paced tempos, and a traditionally pop-punk style, the Minnesota band has steadily been building a name for themselves, spending the majority of 2014 working on their sophomore EP, Carry On, and their first music video. With their determination and evident passion, big things are on their way for The Way Away. Facebook
41. Taylor Barrett – A fresh face in music, singer-songwriter Taylor Barrett has been compared to the likes of John Mayer and Jason Mraz. At just 22 years old, the Virginia Native will release his debut album, Great Falls, on March 10th, and from there, who knows where this incredibly talented artist will end up? Website
42. Foxing – If you’re looking for a unique band to amp your playlist up in 2015, Foxing may be it for you. With singles like, “Rory,” from their album Albatross, the Saint Louis band will fascinate you…and maybe bring out your love of Gilmore Girls. Facebook
43. East of Eli – As a talented actor/musician, Nathan Wrest has highlighted his strengths, captivating audiences in major films to independent projects, and now, as a singer-songwriter. With a classic rock and roll storytelling style, East of Eli’s Nothing Ordinary showcases the artist’s growth. Facebook Website
44. The Weekend Riot – The Philadelphia duo believes it was fate that brought them together…as well as their incredible determination to persevere. Thankfully, Ace Enders recognized their charismatic energy and talent, co-penning their first track. Their debut single, “25 Minutes,” is out now, and if you’ve ever wanted to travel, you should probably hear it. Facebook
45. Nick Santino – The former A Rocket To The Moon frontman has forged a trail many solo artists can only dream of. With a unique, dynamic sound, the singer-songwriter delivers a cinematic sound with releases like Savannah, his latest EP. Facebook
46. Stellar Young – Fusing multiple genres together, Stellar Young creates a signature, melodic sound that draws from folk, rock, jazz, hip-hop, and more. Having shared the stage with acts like We The Kings, Civil Twilight, and more, Stellar Young is poised for mainstream success. Their new album, Vessels, was just released (December of 2014), and is sure to be a breakout for the group. Facebook
47. Anais Aida – The progressive R&B songstress from France has a soulful, yet powerful beauty behind her music, exploring love and loss through self-reflection. With the pairing of rich vocals paired and dramatic instrumentation, Aida is enchanting. Facebook
48. The Attic Ends – The Brooklyn-based four piece indie-rock/dream-pop group that draw from the classic rock of the 60’s and the mainstream 90’s. With lush melodies, powerful vocals, and a fearless approach, The Attic Ends are captivating. Facebook Website
49. Travis Hayes – Honesty goes a long way in songwriting, and so far, Travis Hayes’s honest musical sensibilities have charmed listeners. With a brilliant lyrical perspective, Hayes documents heartbreak, growing up, and every milestone in between with all the charm and charisma of a James Joyce character. Facebook Website
50. Shawn Mendes – The up and coming singer songwriter will be touring all throughout 2015, having generated buzz left and right in 2014. With spectacular tracks like “Life of The Party,” the young artist shows a lot of promise. Facebook Website
51. Elena Ovalle – The Bay Area singer-songwriter delivers her soulful pop tunes, pulling from her personal experiences. Throughout high school and college, Ovalle has performed in choirs and talent shows, although, nowadays, her audiences are a little bit bigger… Her new single, “Shoot Me Down,” was released on December 9th, and it won’t be long before she’s blowing up the mainstream with her refreshing style. Facebook
52. My Drunken Haze – The psychedelic pop five-piece from Athens, influenced by the 60’s cinematic sounds. Following the release of their self-titled debut via Inner Ear Records, the band has released their first music video, “Carol Wait,” which premiered on Exclaim! Facebook
53. Taylor Locke – Ex-Rooney guitarist debut single and video generated enough buzz about his forthcoming album, Time Stands Still, which is expected in the new year. As his first solo album, Locke has assured listeners it’s a far cry from the typical singer/songwriter affair. Facebook Website
54. With Beating Hearts – The side project of The Material front woman, Colleen D’Agostino. Venturing into the electro genre, Colleen released her EP, The Wolves, at the beginning of 2014, revealing a new layer to her musical personality. Facebook Website
55. Alexa Ferr – At just 19 years old, the Canadian R&B/pop artist has been dubbed the “Rugged Popstar.” A triple threat, Ferr was an extra on the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato Disney film, Camp Rock 2. Her EP, No Good, was released in 2014, and even more incredible things are in the works for the young artist; expect new music, videos, and much more! Facebook Website
56. Twin Forks – The Americana folk rock band needs no introduction. Founded by Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, the Nashville based seven-piece band released their debut full-length album in February of 2014, and since then, seem to be growing rapidly. 2015 will hopefully bring more for this amazing group. Facebook Website
57. Jennie Abrahamson – A pop artist who takes a unique approach to the creation of her sound. Her fourth album, Gemini Gemini, was written in the spring, recorded in the summer, and completed in the winter, expecting a spring 2015 release. With wonderfully noisy rhythms and melodic undertones, Abrahamsson will be releasing her new single, “The War,” on January 19th. Facebook Website
58. Little Envy – The San Francisco based duo, comprised of Joseph De Los Reves and Koosh Sazena, proved they were one to watch with their latest release, Little Envy, released in early December. With the lead single, “Boy,” the band has been featured in Alternative Press, on Absolute Punk, and more. Facebook Website
59. Wyland – Ah, smoothie music; a perfect blend of rich, emotive content, and excitable pop music. Who can beat soaring vocals, songs that perfectly capture the struggles of growing up, and ambient beats? No one, really. Facebook Website
60. Billy The Kid – The Canadian folk singer garnered popularity with her edgy, honey-sweet music, enchanting audiences on the Vans’ Warped Tour in 2013. She stands apart with her impressive guitar skills and “can-do”/DIY attitude. She recently worked on an album with Frank Turner, which is available for pre-order NOW. Facebook Website
61. Eric Dash – Singer/songwriter Eric Dash has quickly become a Youtube/Vevo sensation with his first single, “One More Love Song.” Dash’s smooth vocals convey an authenticity that, alongside beautiful lyrics and catchy melodies, will launch this pop artist to the next level. Facebook Website
62. Vinnie Hines – Working hard to pay his dues in the music world, the singer/songwriter from Illinois is a full-time soloist for Carnival Cruise Lines, but so much more than that. The talented artist released two of his singles, “My Kind of Crazy” and “The Riddle” in early 2014. The simplicity in his music is probably what makes it so stunning, as well as the plethora of influences that have collided to give him an original sound. Facebook Website
63. Shayna Steele – Jazz/R&B vocalist Shayna Steele showcases how incredible she is not just with her powerful vocals, but her years of experience, including many years working with a plethora of artists like Bette Midler, Rihanna, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. Her sophomore full-length, Rise, is set to release later this month and we cannot wait! Facebook Website
64. Throw The Fight – With a DIY, classic approach to rock and roll, Throw The Fight produce music with a pulse. There is a pure energy in each track, and it’s pulling attention from all angles, as the band tours with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Sevendust, and more. Facebook Website
65. Get Involved! – Featuring members of Thursday, Glassjaw, and From Autumn To Ashes, the pedigree post-hardcore band aids in the craft of strikingly original music. Their highly anticipated EP, Silk Cuts, produced by Ross Robinson, debuted to rave reviews, and hopefully acts as a preview for a busy and impressive year for the band. Facebook Website
66. Emergency Tiara – The New York City-based pop artist and fashion blogger is smart, stylish, and determined to craft upbeat, catchy music to entertain the masses…and running a stellar fashion/lifestyle blog, of course. Her debut EP, Until The Stroke Of Midnight, was released in 2014, featuring the single, “Around.” Facebook Website
67. Rayvon Owen – The Buzzed featured R&B/pop artist started off singing in choirs and touring with gospel artists, and it seems all that practice paid off! His dedication to his craft and his genuine personality extend into ever aspect of his work, spurring an undeniable future filled with success. Facebook Website
68. The Plastics – The indie rock band from Cape Town has been stunning critics and listeners alike since the 2010 release of their debut album, Shark, which was produced by Gordon Raphael, the award-winning producer best known for his work with The Strokes. Their sophomore album, Pyramid, dropped in 2014, featuring a new material, a new guitarist, and the band’s first set of UK tour dates. Facebook Website
69. Eric Zayne – Soul-infused pop-rock music that is reminiscent of pop music from the late 80’s, early 90’s. With a sophisticated quality to his songwriting and performing skills, Eric Zayne is an artis on the rise, with his 2014 EP, AutobiograMe featuring performances from Amber Riley, Matisyahu, Rozzi Crane, and King Blaise. Facebook
70. NÖME – With beat-orientated, synth-driven tunes, the UK-based quartet has captured the attention of digital media outlets across the world. The powerhouse group has the makings of a larger-than-life band, with songs that capture love, loss, and the perpetual struggle of a youth missing out on childhood. Facebook Website
71. Justin Stein – Generating buzz from critics, the pop/R&B singer with a classic style is mesmerizing. With a 60’s flare, Justin Stein provides the perfect “rock out with a hairbrush” music. He also showcased his talents during his Tribute Tuesdays Youtube series, which is worth giving a listen. If you love Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and the like, you will fall in love with Justin Stein. Facebook Website
72. Myke Terry – The ex-Bury Your Dead frontman returned to his roots of funk and soul, with his solo EP, Red Handed. The EP captured his soulful vocals, and the depth of his storytelling abilities with honest tracks with a realism provided by a lifetime of experience. Facebook
73. Misterwives – The NYC band that blew up 2014 with hit singles like “Reflections” and “Vagabonds.” With infectious tunes, MisterWives seemed to come completely out of nowhere, suddenly bursting onto the scene and landing a spot on a nationwide tour with Bleachers and Twenty One Pilots. Facebook Website
74. Brian Marquis – Former guitarist for Therefore I Am who debuted as a solo artist on Equal Vision Records. The Americana/folk artist showcases his musical prowess with his album, Blood & Spirits, launching his success and notoriety for introspective lyrics, dynamic tracks filled with brilliant melodies, and crowd-interaction. Facebook Website
75. Driver Friendly – Their name isn’t a lie; their music really is driver friendly. Starting off as a high school garage band, Driver Friendly quickly found themselves with a developing, loyal fancies, sparking the determination of the group even more. With melodic, electrifying songs, this band is on their way to something incredible; here’s hoping 2015 is the year! Facebook Website
76. From Indian Lakes – American indie rock band From Indian Lakes stunned listeners with their independently released sophomore album, Able Bodies, mesmerizing fans with their ability to create a seamless fusion of genres. The band’s their album, Absent Sounds, was released on October 7th of 2014, and the band will continue to tour in support in 2015. Facebook Website
77. Wild Party – The Texas based pop four-pieceare filled with a vivacious, undeniable energy that puts them on the map for ‘must hear/see’ acts of 2015. Following a successful run touring with Andrew McMahon and Hellogoodbye in support of their debut album, Phantom Pop, Wild Party have generated an ever-growing fan base and a reputation for putting on an amazing live show. Facebook Website
78. Sleepwave – The brainchild of former Underoath singer, Spencer Chamberlain, Sleepwave is a rock band based in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the short time they’ve been a band (2013), the duo announced their debut album, Broken Compass, which was released in 2014 via Epitaph Records. The band will be touring in support of the critically acclaimed album throughout 2015, which is sure to sell tickets quick, considering how brilliantly they did touring with Tonight Alive in support of Taking Back Sunday and The Used. Facebook Website
79. Taylor & The Wild Now – With an articulate, soulfully-driven sound, Taylor & The Wild Now, comprised of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker, have a truly inspired quality to their music. Like the perfect cup of coffee, it’s blended just right, mixing indie, soul, and folk, with rich, melodic undertones, and clever lyrics. Facebook Website
80. The Starless – Electronic rock is steadily growing, etching out its place. As the genre works on doing that, artists like The Starless are working just as hard to stake their claim on a place in the music industry, with passionate, experimental tunes that convey the adventurous, bright spirit behind the band itself. Facebook
81. Friends w/0 Benefits – Meet the band who are unafraid of laughing at their own expense. The San Francisco-based band are pursuing the goal of opening the world’s eyes to “the current state of boredom and misinformation caused by technolgy” through their punk-disco sound. Facebook Website
82. John & Brittany – The rock and roll duo of John & Brittany have ignited the scene in 2014 with their new EP, Stories To Be Told. With powerful lyrics and dynamic songwriting, the duo are on their way to becoming a smash hit. Facebook Website
83. Smashing Satellites – The more you listen, the more you realize this is what the musical lovechild of Prince and Neon Trees would sound like…and it’s awesome! If you’re looking for an interesting pop artist to start the new year off right with an electrifying playlist, look no further! Facebook Website
84. Gerard Way – The former MCR frontman went solo and stunned the world with his psychedelic tunes and his solo debut, Hesitant Alien. If you were a fan of My Chemical Romance, this is…entirely different, but a necessary listen. Facebook Website
85. 3PM – After forming in the summer of 2012, the Baltimore band took their love for pop-punk bands like blink182, Green Day, New Found Glory, and Yellowcard, creating their own version of the sound. Their sophomore album (produced by Paul Leavitt) came out last summer, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon! Facebook Website
86. Tamar Haviv – The unique stylings of this singer-songwriter have left artists like Paul McCartney and Amy Ray, and critics alike in a sense of awe at her limitless talent. With the summer release of her debut album, You and Me In Pajamas, Tamar Haviv continues to charm listeners. Facebook Website
87. KIVEN – The modern rock band from LA released their debut self-titled album back in February, with the single, “In The Fire,” which went Number 1 on KROQ Locals Only and more. Along with wowing crowds with amazing performances, KIVEN has a skill for fusing together melodic alternative rock/jazz styles with prog-metal. Facebook Website
88. Mark Weber – After playing in alternative and pop-pink bands all across the Chicago suburbs, this solo artist has been doing it all, releasing Crashing: In Color, on July 15th of 2014. With just one listen, Weber will captivate your attention with his endless talent. Facebook
89. Lakes – The California rock band will have you stomping your feet and enjoying each note of their crisp, raw sound. Not only did they release a Christmas EP, but they also tend to tour a lot. Check out their socials to see when they perform in your town! Facebook Website
90. NoNoNo – Swedish trio NONONO have a remarkable sensibility about them. With their self-described “beat-oriented” debut, We Are Only What We Feel, NONONO is a powerhouse of talent; a fact made evident with each listen. Facebook Website
91. Wasi – Energetic is the best way to describe Wasi’s sound. A tie between dance-pop and punk music, they’re the Energizer Bunnies of music, guaranteed to electrify crowds. The trio have been working hard, and 2015 has some exciting things in store for the group. Facebook Website
92. Homemade Crazy – After the release of their album, Synergy, Homemade Crazy had a very busy 2014. With such a dynamic sound, Planet Stereo expects nothing but greatness from the Nebraska four-piece. Keep your ears out! Facebook Website
93. Weatherbox – The alternative indie-rock group from San Diego are all that and a bag ‘o chips. Having toured with the likes of Say Anything, Cartel, and more, the band has already etched out quite a name for themselves. Their EP, Flies In All Directions, is out NOW. Facebook Website
94. David Rosales – After dropping his sophomore solo EP, Along The Way, back in June of 2014 to critical acclaim. Consisting of an Americana style and an affinity for writing profound lyrics, we’re looking forward to an exciting year for Rosales. Facebook Website
95. Arc & Stones – Taking it back to a classic sound, the Nashville band released their sophomore EP, As You Were, in 2014. With soulful vocals and a bluesy musicality, Arc & Stones are a great reminder of what it really means to be rock ‘n’ roll. Facebook Website
96. Royal Tailor – Their Essential Records debut, Black & White, was GRAMMY-nominated, and Royal Tailor just continues to get better. The band combines multiple genres to create a sound all their own that will appeal to many different listeners. Facebook Website
97. Lost In Los Angeles – The alternative-pop group from, where else, Los Angeles fuse brilliant, swelling melodies with cinematic flare that will leave you both breathless and entranced. With each track, LiLA showcases incredible talent, originality, and an irresistible musicality. Facebook Website
98. Alexz Johnson – The incredibly talented singer-songwriter/actress is still wowing fans with her music. Each release adds a new layer to this brilliant artist. Her latest album, Let ‘Em Eat Cake, is out now, and she’ll be on tour in 2015! Facebook Website
99. Typefighter – The self-described “garage pop” group from D.C. released their first full-length, The End of Everything, in 2014, garnering praise from critics left and right. With a larger-than-life sound, we predict that 2015 holds big things for the group this year. Facebook Website
100. Eilidh McKellar – The indie-rock/blues songstress from Scotland will knock your socks off. With her old-school style and progressive attitude, McKellar brings soul with her spectacular vocals and a knack for making her guitar sing. Facebook Website
So there you have it! Be sure to go and check out these awesome artists, and keep your eyes peeled for their music throughout the new year. Planet Stereo will still be on the look-out for new/up and coming artists in 2015, so if you know someone whose music we have to hear, be sure to send them our way!
Happy New Year…
After releasing their self-titled album in February and completing a US tour in May, KIVEN is one busy band. Thankfully, the band’s lead vocalist, Tyler Demorest, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions for Planet Stereo.
Planet Stereo: I have to ask, what does KIVEN mean/stand for and how did the name come about?
Tyler Demorest: It’s cool we get this question a lot [laughs]. The name Kiven came about through an inside joke with our good friend and old drummer Ted. Long story short: he had a jerk neighbor named Kevin so we named the band in spite of him. The thing is, I’m of the opinion almost every band name sucks until you make something of it. We liked the name Kiven because there weren’t any attached meanings, so the definition of Kiven was our blank canvas to paint as a project.
PS: How did you all get together?
TD: We were lucky enough to meet while attending college although I had previously met Dan through a summer camp for guitar geeks haha. We jammed together a ton throughout that summer so it was pretty natural to start collaborating again once we got to the same college. Next Matt joined the band in 2010 follow by Jake in 2012. The band really caught focus after graduating and is now our full time effort.
PS: How would you describe your sound to someone who had never heard your music before?
TD: That’s always a difficult question… sonically, we like to say it’s rock music but I think it’s a bit different than just straight ahead rock. We get heavy, but throughout the album there are more intimate spacious songs that explore those kinds of interests we have as well. Our influences come from all over the place but we come together and focus really on the musicality of our compositions. There’s a lot of dynamics and different arrangements throughout the record so we’d like to think you can stay entertained while listening to the entire album.
PS: You released your self-titled album at the end of February. Can you walk me through the creative process
TD: We’re a very collaborative band and find it’s extremely important to write songs that focus on the composition and how each instrument can interact with each other. When writing this album, we’d all get in a room and just press go; slowly shaping and chipping away at each song until we felt they were at a place worthy of recording. At the time of writing the album, we were all lucky enough to be working day jobs in the industry – but the balance of working while still dedicating 100% of yourself to your craft was quite challenging. When we started, we really sat down and committed ourselves to dedicating our time to this project. It was our first full length so we really wanted to make sure it was as perfect as it could be in our eyes. We’d write songs, re-write them twice, record them, the re-write em again… but it was all worth it. Pulling long days and longer nights eventually felt normal particularly when recording as we’d go in and track instruments after working all day and were pretty comfortable with getting home during that blurred time when night becomes morning. A lot of people don’t realize the time and effort it takes to put together a full length record haha. It was nice to really paint a complete picture of what Kiven represents and sounds like with 13 tracks. In the past it’s just been EPs and we felt we were never able to truly put out the whole picture. So this full length to me and many others is our first real effort and it’s been amazing listening to the feedback and playing these songs on the road.
PS: Did you go into recording with a specific theme/concept in mind?
TD: Not really, just that we wanted to create a full album that supported the diversity in our writing style. We weren’t looking to create 13 songs trying to be the radio single but rather paint the first completed picture of what Kiven represented to each of us at the time which is why we decided to keep the album self titled.
PS: Do you have a favorite track from the album?
TD: This answer changes all the time [laughs] but I find myself coming back to One By One fairly often. It takes you on a bit of a journey of everything Kiven going from spacious soundscapes to heavy sections in odd meter to groove ridden verses with a melodic chorus colored by thick harmonies.
PS: How have crowds been responding to the new material?
TD: It’s been awesome. We’ve gotten to really tour for the first time off this record and we’ve really enjoyed the experience. These songs are difficult but extremely fun to be live.
PS: “I Can Take It” has been circulating on the airwaves right now. What is it like to hear yourselves on the radio?
TD: It’s exciting for sure. Hearing our songs on stations I listened to growing up everyday is an incredibly rewarding experience.
PS: What is so special to you about “I Can Take It”?
TD: “I Can Take It” is actually the only song we did on the album with a producer. We were lucky enough to work with Tony Hajjar of At The Drive-In / Sparta on this track and I’ll never forget that experience. They were some of my favorite bands growing up so being able to collaborate with Tony and create something under the guise of my own project was a memory I’ll never forget.
PS: Do you have any advice for young musicians who want to pursue a career in music full-time?
TD: Only two things…. First, to play together with your bandmates. Really listen to the parts you’re writing, the tempos you’re feeling, risks you’re all taking and ideas coming out of thin air. Really embrace the human element of creation and you’ll be happy with the music you’re able to create together. My second piece of advice would be that no one is going to do it for you. Work hard on your craft and be smart with how you handle your business engagements while you’re developing.
PS: You did a US tour in May. How did that go?
TD: It was awesome! We had all just left our full-time jobs and were lucky enough to be on tour with a bunch of great people in the band My Body Sings Electric. It doesn’t really get better than traveling and performing music you love.
PS: Were there any touring antics/pranks along the way?
TD: [laughs] Nothing too crazy. Our schedule was about 10 hours of driving a day, so there wasn’t a whole lot of time for pranks.
PS: What is a memory that immediately stands out to you from the tour?
TD: It was really the whole experience, but along the tour we did a date with Grouplove in Idaho at the Kibbie Dome… and that was pretty great. Playing a stadium was addicting and I’m looking forward to doing it again hopefully sooner than later.
PS: Seeing as there was a diverse lineup throughout the dates, what was the most fun thing about performing with all these other acts?
TD: Really just meeting other musicians in different parts of the country working towards similar goals. It’s interesting to listen to the sounds being created in each city and to become a part of that cities musical landscape if even for a moment.
PS: What is the craziest thing you’ve seen on tour?
TD: A moose [laughs]. In Utah we woke up and were all enjoying a bowl of chex when we were joined by a moose right outside our door. I think there’s probably some pictures up on our website, but that was pretty great.
PS: Are there any plans for new music?
TD: Most definitely. I can’t reveal anything too prematurely but we never stopped writing once we finished our album and hope to have another record available in the near future.
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You can purchase their self-titled album HERE.
KIVEN, the Los Angeles based rock quartet, will be hitting the road on a western U.S. tour with My Body Sings Electric! The tour kicks off on April 30th in Los Angeles as their second single “I Can Take It” begins radio rotation, following their latest single “In the Fire” which spent nine weeks on the KROQ charts. The tour will span from Southern to Northern California as well as the Mid-North West, hitting Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Utah, featuring dates with GROUPLOVE, Ben & LP (formerly of Yellowcard), Beware of Darkness, and more. Full list of dates below! For more on the band and ticket information, please visit: www.kivenmusic.com
KIVEN, comprised of Tyler Demorest, Matt Cohen, Danny Schnair and Jake Reed, recently released their self-titled album on February 25th. Merging thick guitars and entrancing harmonies, the record properly captures the group’s heavy and hypnotic sound, preserving its enigmatic intensity and ethereal spirit in the process. The album was recorded at EastWest Studios and Pie Town at MixLA and is available on iTunes, here: bit.ly/1ppWED2.
US Tour Dates:
April 30 Los Angeles, CA Hemingway’s
May 1 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
May 2 San Diego, CA Winston’s Beach Club
May 3 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live
May 4 Albuquerque, NM Blackwater Music
May 6 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
May 7 Billings, MT The Railyard
May 8 Moscow, ID University of Idaho
May 9 Gig Harbor, WA The Gig Spot
May 11 Seattle, WA The Vera Project
May 13 Boise, ID Neurolux Lounge
May 14 San Francisco, CA Milk Bar
May 15 Sparks, NV Sidelines Bar
May 16 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
May 17 Salt Lake City, UT The Shred Shed
May 18 Fullerton, CA The Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen
**Supporting acts include Beware of Darkness, Ben & LP Formerly of Yellowcard, Treetop Flyer, Feelgood, Stevie and the Hi-Staxx, The Royals, Archbald, The Feeling of Falling, Knights in Color, HARPS, Garrett Lee Robinson, Immigre, and Beat Club.
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