Monroe: BeatCrave Fav

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Los Angeles-based band Monroe, formerly known as Wreckonomics, have been carving a name for themselves in music scenes across the nation. The four-man band first got together in the summer of 2009 after studying music at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Now, they spend their days playing live shows in Los Angeles and are currently working on their debut album. Their first EP...

Castle Lights: BeatCrave Fav

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Like most any band worthy of a spin, Castle Lights evolved plenty before becoming what it is today. It initially started as a solo project for  Jeremiah Woods back in 2007, then it underwent a name change - from LightParade to its current moniker. Now, the Houston, Texas-based rock trio is a solid entity that seems to know its abilities and strengths. We say...

Grey Valley Ghosts: BeatCrav Fav

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The best way to describe the Boston-based trio Grey Valley Ghosts is as "evil pop." Frontman and guitarist Madison Taylor doesn't rock out to soft melodic pop, his band is more hardcore, like Nirvana or Tool. Their self-titled debut album will have you thinking you're back in 1994 playing Sonic Adventure on your Sega. This...

The Kickback: BeatCrave Fav

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The Kickback joins the ranks of Great Bands We Admire (as well as today's BeatCrave Fav) mainly for their live quality. We're sure you've experienced the band that sounds great in studio, but not so much on stage - well, rest assured that that's something not to be concerned with when it comes to the Chicago-based band. Originally from Vermillion, South Dakota, this five-piece...

Wolves: BeatCrave Fav

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Wolves Are A BeatCrave Fav
Don't confuse Wolves with Wolfmother. The two bands may hail from the land of Oz and share a somewhat similar name, but their musical sound couldn't be more different. This indie band got their start in Western Australia, where they have opened for internationally renown bands like Metric, Gyroscope and The Mess...

The Good Rebels: BeatCrave Fav

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If The Good Rebels seem at all familiar to you, it's probably because you know them under the name Pan Am. The eclectic Los Angeles-based band credits their sound and inspiration from many a reputable source. With self-proclaimed melodic beacons include The Beatles, Oasis and The Kinks - as well as varied sixties themes and rifts - theirs is a sound that most anyone can...

10 Bands To Look Out For In 2012

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Top Bands in 2012
2011 has been a good year for music, but as we look ahead we can't help but feel excited about the new talent that lies ahead. Week to week we've been sharing new artists with you through our BeatCrave Fav series, and now is our chance to predict their future. We've compiled a list of Top Bands To Look Out For in 2012. Some of them, we've been lucky enough to feature in our...

BeatCrave FAV OF THE YEAR Poll: Who Will You Vote As Our 2011 Fav?

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BeatCrave Fav of the Year Poll 2011
As 2011 wraps up, all the blogs are posting their end of the year lists. We'll also be presenting a ton of lists including Top Bands of 2011, Top Albums of 2011, and plenty more! However--we are kicking off the best of the best with some of the artists YOU - the reader - have chosen as some of our favorite BeatCrave Favs. We not only began highlighting some of the best...

Rival Sons: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Rival Sons your BeatCrave Fav of the month of November! These four rockers from Long Beach, California just finished a Euopean Tour, and already have some more tour dates readied for early 2012. Their latest album Pressure and Time has a mixture of sounds that verge upon rock, funk, and a great feeling of freedom that exudes the album. They have...

Albums of the Week: The Bad, The Good--Dia Frampton Vs. The Black Keys

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The Black Keys
Hopefully you've been eagerly awaiting the release of these albums as much as we have, as it's a promising week for new releases. The new full-lengths from The Black Keys, Chevelle, and even Dia Frampton have been pretty intriguing, so regardless of the "bad" or "good" review, check out what we've collected in new releases this week:

Cassiopeia: BeatCrave Fav

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Cassiopeia started off as the side project of Missing Bricks, having since branched off from a primarily alternative rock sensibility to old-school rock n' roll with pop and folk influences. They bring forth a sound that American Bandstand would have loved - but that's not all. It is worth mentioning that reflective view back towards 1988 coupled with an overall essence of...

If Birds Could Fly: BeatCrave Fav

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If Birds Could Fly – Andrew Carter, Brittany Ashley, Casey Cockrum
Hailing from Big Stone Gap, Virginia is the folk trio If Birds Could Fly. Here is a group that loves to write their own music and perform acoustically, along with a guitar, a bass and a harmonica. Leading woman Brittany Ashley is the band's soulful and dramatic voice, and she's backed by Andrew Carter's guitar and Casey Cockrum's bass. If Birds Could Fly started up as a duo...

Neverever: BeatCrave Fav

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Jihae and Wallace Meek of Neverever
If Andy Warhol was alive today, Jihae and Wallace Meek of Neverever would surely be part of his entourage. That's because this duo has formed a band that looks like and sounds like 60s pop. Based in L.A., Neverever is lead by Jihae's dramatic voice, and backed by classic pop melodies. In 2010, they put out their debut album "Angelic Swells," a brilliant first effort. Now,...

Beijing: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Beijing your BeatCrave Fav of the month of October! The four rockers from New Haven, Connecticut whose sound is unique: a 90s grunge runs throughout their debut release, It's Not So Simple, blending that same hardcore noise with a lighter, more fluid sound.  The instrumental section can hold its own; indeed, there’s a certain beauty to the angsty fast...

Rival Sons: BeatCrave Fav

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Rival Sons
Four rockers hailiing from Long Beach, California who call themselves Rival Sons are four crazy musicians with a great sense of style and some serious talent.  Heavy guitar shredding, funky beats, and catchy vocals are their trademark, so it's no wonder they've garnered some international attention recently. They're latest album Pressure and Time has a mixture of...

Albums of the Week: The Good, The Bad, The Great

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Album Releases November 1st
Justin Bieber, U2, and Slipknot aren't the only bands releasing new albums this week. In fact, there was a slew of new music released for the first of the month. So put aside your copy of Ceremonials (by Florence and the Machine), Low Roar (self-titled), and Without You (by King Midas Sound)--all full-lengths we applaud--and give one of the albums we've picked out...

A House For Lions: BeatCrave Fav

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In our opinion, A House For Lion's debut EP, I Want Us To Be Remembered, has set the bar pretty high as far as debuts are concerned. On the one hand, an EP is a great way to precede a full-length, giving listeners a taste and letting things go from there as far a second helpings are considered. In their case, however, instrumentally and vocally they are so...