Los Angeles, CA
Foster the People, MGMT, The Strokes
Why you should check them out: These boys from Los Angeles are making charismatic cult music with equal parts electronics, rock and roll, and thrills. Perfect music for the fun-loving inner child that we all possess – especially if that inner child likes to take the occasional drug or two and sit down with nothing more than a record player and headphones.
White Arrows singer Mickey Church was born legally blind, and lived that way until surgery as a pre-teen. Church must have looked inward to create his visions and stayed in his own world, because White Arrows could only spring from the mind of a creator. The adult Church returned from an educational sojourn at NYU with the germ of the band in his mind (and some recordings). From there, he joined his younger brother Henry their half-brother JP, and friends Steven Vernet and Andrew Naeve. The five-some strive to connect music with visual experience, perfect for open-minded indie rockers with the soul of ravers. They have released two EP’s and one album, this year’s Dry Land Is A Myth, and have a good array of live covers – something you should never underestimate the value of – such as a moving rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Save Me A Place.”