We asked members of our staff and some of our favorite local acts which bands they thought that people should keep an eye out for in the new year.
Let's start with choices from RFSL's own Kathryn Pinto, Jackie Lam, Octavius, Jed, and Brad Roberts, then cover picks from folks from Seasons, Walking Sleep, Xu Xu Fang, The Lonely Wild, Manhattan Murder Mystery, The Hectors, Everest, The Western States Motel, The Deadly Syndrome, The Spires, Marvelous Toy, Signal Hill, The Californian, Shadow Shadow Shade, The Sweet Hurt, The French Semester, Big Whup, and Pizza!.
I have a confession here, I couldn’t stop at five best shows of the year, so my bands to look out for are the five best shows of the year by young bands in a small room.
The Lonely Wild - The Lonely Wild played at the first night of the Marvelous Toy residency at Labrie’s. They were fantastic, so good I went to see them two days later at the Redwood Bar and they were equally good. The cover of “Personal Jesus” is take no prisoners. You look at these fresh-faced kids and ask yourself, “where does all this country soul come from?”
Judson & Mary - If you’ve been around Echo Park or Silver Lake at all in the last year you’ve probably seen Judson & Mary, either playing a regular gig or busking outside a show. For their energy and ubiquity alone they’re one to watch, but they also have well-crafted songs and sweetness that will keep you rooting for them.