The Bottleneck, February 8
Suggested Songs: “Retroactive,” “Low Tide,” “One Thing”
Whatever “dancefloor heat” is, we want to be a part of it. John Burcham is “Psymbionic.” This psychedelic, down-tempo electronic music is a unique experience. It’s a journey, unbeknownst to the concert-goer. Each and every live show is different, almost improvisational. Burcham’s goal is to move the crowd, surprise them, and to give them something truly unexpected to groove to.
The Replay Lounge, February 10
Suggested Songs: “Bend,” “Don’t Call,” “Gold Snake”
Futuristic electric sounds vibe out of this Los Angeles-native band. Their odd qualities make them different enough to grab your attention and keep it. The all-male trio will give you all the excuses to dance, catch the feels, and maybe even shed a few happy tears.
The Bottleneck, February 10
Songwriters Featured: “The Ordinary Things,” “Bad Attitude,” “Magnolia Tree”
Truckstop Honeymoon has toured on three different continents to write, share, and sing about life’s everyday happenings. -This unusual honesty has been drawing crowds for over eleven years as they travel with their four kids in tow.
The Granada, February 13
Suggested Songs: “Slingshot,” “Far,” “Betrayed”
The name “Lil’ Xan” comes from the addiction Diego Leanos had to Xanax. Even his album “Total Xanarchy” speaks to the anti-drug advocate that he is. Although he had a truly tough young adulthood, Lil’ Xan has managed to create something beautiful out of the ashes. Let him tell you the stories through his rap. You’ll be glad you went!
The Granada, February 17
Suggested Songs: “Oh, Tonight,” “She’s Like Texas,” “Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey”
Uhhhhh…there are like 20 people in this Lubbock, Texas country band. Actually, there’s just 7, but the list of band members they share is like 13 people long so…. Obviously, you should show up to witness how they fit that many people on stage, but also because how could it NOT be amazing since it’s basically a small folk-orchestra. New genre, because all the instruments combined (including harmonica) are enough to transport a person to cool summer night around the campfire where everyone plays what they know in harmony. Every person in this country band is an outstanding musician as a stand-alone, but together, they are the award-winning Josh Abbott Band.
The Bottleneck, February 22
Suggested Songs: “Seven Chakras,” “When Worlds Collide,” “Klick Clack Bang”
Ces Cru comes up with a new acronym for every album they release. Here are some examples: “Constant Energy Struggles,” “Codename: Ego Stripper.” Even more interesting are the names of the two dudes who make up this band: “Ubiquitous” and “Godemis.” This hip hop duo provides their audience with truly unheard-of sounds.
The Bottleneck, February 23
Suggested Songs: “Redline,” “Caroline,” “For What It’s Worth”
If you’re tired of turning on the radio and hearing the same old country artists, then check out Mountain Deer Revival. They’re a Kansas-native country-rock group that gives fresh sound to the Americana and Bluegrass genre. Expect to hear familiar country instruments that seem lost from mainstream country these days. Banjo is definitely included, but don’t worry, there’s no washboard or spoons.
The Granada, February 28
Suggested Songs: “Winter,” “Anyone Else,” “What’s Wrong”
Lead singer Lynn Gunn formed Massachusetts band “PVRIS” in 2012, and it didn’t take long for her to make it to the big time. Just a year after this three-person band began, they were playing on Vans Warped Tour and Rise Up Tour. Gunn’s voice is addictingly sweet even though her style straddles more edgy genres of punk rock and electronica. Imagine Avril Lavigne’s early music videos combined with a little bit of Paramore and you’re pretty close to PVRIS. Oh, and just in case you weren’t one of the nearly 10 million fans who follow PVRIS, it’s pronounced “Paris,” not “pev-ris.”
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