Monolith Festival: bands to look for.


If you like 80’s inspired dance rock than Tigercity is the band for you. The band from Brooklyn evokes an 80’s sensibility in everything that they do, from their music to their image and even their MySpace page is filled with random icons from the era like Jose Canseco. Their EP Pretend Not To Love is RCA recommended for when you want to put on something to move to. Check out their official MySpace page below.

The Answering Machine

The Answering Machine are quickly starting to build buzz with their debut album Another City, Another Sorry, which is filled with pop rock tunes that are made to sing along to. If you like bands like The Strokes and Razorlight, than you will love The Answering Machine. I believe that this band is one song away from making it big, so I am eagerly waiting seeing them at Monolith while they are still in the land of obscurity. To hear more from The Answering Machine check out their official MySpace page below.


The electro trio from Boulder is living proof that our generation loves to dance. They offer up rave heavy beats with the backing vocals of bands such as the Beastie Boys and Clipse. Some people may write them off as MSTRKRFT rip off, but I think that Savoy is about to hit it big in the dance world. I look forward to seeing them live when they play day two of Monolith and I expect my feet to be pulsing when their set is done. If you don’t have any of their tracks, then head over to their official MySpace page where you will find a link to download a copy of their EP for free.

The Antlers

The Antlers are riding a big wave of critical acclaim since the release of their album Hospice, which got rave reviews from NPR, Pitchfork and Time Out New York. Hospice is filled with ambient rock that beckons listeners to visualize the music in their own way. I have been a fan of theirs since their second album In The Attic of the Universe was released back in 2007, and I am excited to finally see them live at this years Monolith festival. Watch The Antlers video for the song “Two” below as well as a link to the bands official MySpace page.

Bad Veins

If you’re into bands like Interpol and She Likes Revenge, than you may want to seek out Bad Veins at Monolith because their music is right up your alley. The band from Cincinnati was unfamiliar to me before looking over the Monolith lineup, but after listening to a handful of their songs, I find them to be an exciting new act that I hope to see succeed. Take a look at their video for my favorite song of theirs “Falling Tide” as well as a link to their official MySpace page.


Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars is best described as an experimental rock band that remind me a little bit of The Shins, but the band from Staten Island definitely stands on their own. They are currently on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who are also playing Monolith this year), and I predict that they’ll soon become one of the next big indie bands. Head on over to the bands official MySpace page to hear more from them as well as receive a free download of their song “Tunguska”.

The Features

The Features have a bright future ahead of them as they were recently signed to the music label owned by Kings of Leon. They make great dance rock that is meant to sing a long to, so I think everyone attending Monolith this year should learn their songs now so as not to be left out. I’m shocked that they have flown under my radar for such a long time, but I am very happy to have found out about them. Check out their recently released video for their song “Lions” below as well as a link to the bands official MySpace page.

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