We’ll begin our Bands to Watch 2016 where we left off at this time last year: Six artists on 2015’s hot list still haven’t released full-length albums, because, we suppose, good things take time. But they are en route, so they deserved to name-checked again:
Now, on to Buzz Bands LA’s Bands to Watch 2016 — our annual attempt at clairvoyance. To qualify for this list, a band must not have released a full-length album. So here’s looking forward to more music from these artists:
Her six-song “Strange Darling” EP is a transfixing, part folk, part psych, part alt-rock, all emotions and smarts. Previously
The art-pop provocateur has the likes of Kim Gordon, Charli XCX, Ariel Pink and Angel Olsen guesting on his forthcoming LP. Previously
The trio of Evan Ambrose, Nate Lotz and Omar Ahmed have yet to make any music public (soon, we hear), but their muscular punk-cum-grunge was on full display when we caught them in September. Rockists will rally.
* Updated: At time of publication, the trio was going by Blacktop; they have now changed their name to Blacktop Queen.
The electro-pop siren seems to have everything — a name that translates to God, scintillating production and the good ol’ marketing gimmick of the secret identity. She delivered the goods during the Big Pink’s Echo residency.
Way back when, we knew him as Django James and Midnight Squires. Then he joined up with brother Samuel Stewart in the band Nightmare & the Cat. Now the young Stewart is doing his own thing. Here’s a demo:
An EP and three singles later, sharp purveyor of alt-R&B Chris Gallant is putting the finishing touches of his full-length. Oh so smooth. Previously
Come for the vocal harmonies, stay for the euphoric moments Emily Green and Madi Diaz rock out. Previously
Not reinventing guitar rock, just whipping it into shape for these times: The quartet’s EP was just a sample of where they can go. Previously
A stream of alternately chill and bangin’ singles, and his “Photosynthesis” EP, lead up to the release of his full-length, “Late Bloomer.” Previously
16 more to watch