New York singer/songwriter Kim Viera emerges with a dynamic, diverse, and definitive creative and cultural vision (which she appropriately dubs "American Latina"). A vocal powerhouse, she has been featured on viral hits alongside YouTube mega-star Kurt Schneider and has written for superstars like Lil Wayne. Viera landed a deal with Republic Records in 2016 and released the hit single “Como” with Daddy Yankee in 2018. Her most recent single, “Ay Ay Ay,” a collaboration with Pitbull, was released in July.
Born in the professional hedonism of Los Angeles, Palm Springsteen mixes post-punk, new wave, and modern pop sounds to make something new, weird, and totally unique. With their sharp guitars, pulsing synths, and driving rhythms, P.S. caught the ear of Mark Foster, who invited them to open for Foster the People before they had even released music. The band is now in the studio with Tony Hoffer to begin work on their debut record, Trouble in Paradise.
Natalie Mering, otherwise known as Weyes Blood, is using music to soulfully navigates life’s mysteries. On her most recent album, Titanic Rising, she plays the role of melodic, melancholic anthropologist navigating life after releasing three albums and going on tour. Describing her music as the Kinks meets WWII meets Bob Seger meets Enya, she uses conversational, contemplative songwriting to process her life experiences through a nostalgic lens. Having grown up singing in gospel and madrigal choirs, Blood takes inspiration from all chapters of her life and is using those influences to create her own Rubik’s Cube of sound.
PAPER Magazine described Ingrid Andress as a “country pop rookie who can write a chorus like Sia,” and so far, she’s proving them right. Working since youth to chip away expectations and fine-tune her sound, she landed a deal with Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville to release her first major-label track, “Lady Like.” Its sentimental follow-up, “More Hearts Than Mine,” is gaining traction at radio and uses honest and specific songwriting that gives a nod to her large, caring family. Andress has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and has logged studio time and co-writing sessions with artists like Sam Hunt, Alicia Keys, and Charli XCX. Having been declared by CMT as “one of the most creative tunesmiths to call Nashville home in recent memory,” she will continue to release music and play shows through the end of 2019.
Superet is an American rock band that formed in Los Angeles, CA on Valentine's Day 2016. That date marks both the project's genesis and the manifestation of the musical partnership between five close friends. Having collaborated in various iterations over the preceding years, the five-piece band (Matt Blitzer, Alex Fischel, Sam KS, Patrick Kelly, and Isaac Tamburino) present Superet as the culmination of their longstanding creative kinship. The Latin word "superet" translates to "may it overflow" and is an apt description of the reclusive band's M.O. After quietly stockpiling eccentric, hook-laden rock gems behind closed doors, the group unveiled its blistering debut single, "Pay It Later," in May 2017. They have continued releasing singles and EPs ever since, and their most recent album, How to Work a Room, came out earlier this year.
New Jersey native Patrick Droney spent his formative years playing guitar on the road with the likes of BB King and James Brown. After attending the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, Droney moved to Los Angeles to focus on songwriting, subsequently placing songs in a number of major network television shows (including Grey’s Anatomy) and attracting the attention of leading musical instrument manufacturer, Fender, as one of their go-to artist ambassadors. In fall 2016, he made his way to Nashville to immerse himself in Music City’s songwriting community, and eventually signed management (G Major) and publishing (Kobalt) deals. His self-titled EP dropped in April 2019 and is approaching 9 nine million Spotify streams. Droney made his late-night television debut in December 2018, performing the single, “Stand and Deliver,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers. He continues performing while working on his next project.
London-bred band, Bones UK, use every song to speak their minds with total freedom. With a desire to shed light on the disconnect between the status quo and the world inside their heads, they mix electronic sounds with rock and roll flare to confront everything from perceptions of beauty, to toxic masculinity, to sexism within the music industry, and everything in between. Each track on their self-titled debut album comes complete with anthemic choruses that are both provocative and exhilarating, even in their most outraged moments. Now based in Los Angeles, BONES UK use their live set to convey their anti-conformist messages of catharsis, transformation, and authentic living.
cleopatrick are a heavy alt-rock duo from the tiny town of Cobourg, Ontario, and yep, the lower-case ‘c’ is intentional. Comprised of lifelong best friends Luke Gruntz (guitar/vox) and Ian Fraser (drums), cleopatrick are working to revive rock music via raw, abrasive honesty. Since releasing their sophomore EP, the boys, in 2018, cleopatrick have independently amassed over 30 million Spotify streams, appeared on the front cover of Spotify’s “Rock This” playlist, played their very first festival stage at Lollapalooza, and recorded a live session at BBC’s Maida Vale Studio 4. Their first international headlining tour in late 2018 consisted of 38 dates across the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and France, and was followed by a sold out 10-date return to Europe in March 2019. This summer, cleopatrick performed at Shaky Knees, Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, and Sonic Temple. They are currently in the studio recording their debut LP, which they say is going to change everything we think about rock music.
21-year-old songwriter Faye Webster’s forthright, exposed lyricism pays homage to Americana songwriting while incorporating what she absorbed from Atlanta's hip-hop scene. Her carefully cultivated sound organically mingles country and folk with her time immersed in the rap collective Awful Records. Her biggest hit thus far, “Kingston,” is quintessentially Webster. Awash in the haze of a humid Georgia summer, “Kingston” glimmers with mellow brass, pedal-steel, and feather-light vocals. The song has amassed more than 5 million streams on Spotify and appears on her most recent full-length record, Atlanta Millionaires Club. Beyond music, Webster is a decorated photographer and used her skillful eye to self-direct the video for “Kingston.” Her performance at ACL is one of many shows that she will be playing on tour this fall.
Poised to take bluegrass in bold new directions, singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Strings is quickly gaining attention for his incendiary, psychedelic live performances of Americana-flavored virtuosity. While deeply reverent to the roots of traditional bluegrass music—which his father shared with him as a boy—Strings learned his high-energy performing skills by playing fleet-fingered guitar solos in a Michigan heavy metal band. Despite maturing as a player, singer, and songwriter, Strings continues to embrace his lifelong love of Americana music, applying heavy metal intensity to his bluegrass-laden performances. He released the album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, in 2017, and his latest single, “Everything’s the Same,” was released in September.
Singer/songwriter Savannah Conley was born and raised just outside Nashville. Influenced by a musical mother and father (a background singer and guitarist, respectively), she has been performing since the age of seven. Now 21, she recently released her EP, Twenty-Twenty, which features the standout track, “All I Wanted.” Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Dave Cobb, Twenty-Twenty is her first release on Cobb’s LowCountry Sound imprint with Elektra Records. The three-track EP received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, who named her one of their Artists You Need to Know in March 2019. She continues working on new music while touring with Ben Folds and Caamp.
Recently signed to Big Machine Label Group, Friday Pilots Club is Chicago’s pop-affected, hard-hitting rock band. Consisting of Caleb Hiltunen (vocals) and Drew Polovick (guitar), FPC employs applies a blend of explosive, memorable hooks and eclectic musical sensibilities to their fresh rock sound. Formed in 2017, the duo take inspiration from bands like Nothing but Thieves, Bring Me the Horizon, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, and Slipknot. They found comfort in heavier, darker music, with the result being their newest single, “Glory.” The track, produced by John Fields, Nothing but Thieves guitarist, Dom Craik, and the band's own guitarist, Drew Polovick, is a gospel-tinged rock anthem about the fear of one’s own mortality and the fight for change in the current political climate. The guys are in the process of recording their debut record for Big Machine while playing shows throughout the fall.
Rock duo The Score channel ferocious guitar riffs, adrenaline-pumping beats, and powerful pop hooks into their own fearless sound. In October 2017, the duo released their self-written, self-produced, and self-mixed debut album, ATLAS, on Republic Records. The set debuted at #7 on the iTunes U.S. Alternative Albums chart, and its lead single, “Legend,” became the theme song of the NBA playoffs. Since then, the LA-based transplants from NYC have become a mainstay on the Billboard Rock Songs and iTunes Alternative charts, allowing them to rub shoulders and share space with bands like Fall Out Boy and Imagine Dragons. Their EP, Pressure, is out now, as is its follow-up, Stay. They are currently on tour and will be playing shows across the U.S. throughout the fall.
LAUNDRY DAY, a New York band made up of five high school juniors, formed in the summer of 2017. Starting purely as a production group until getting knee-deep into the creation of what became their first LP, Trumpet Boy, they proceeded to finish as a band what they had started as producers. They booked a show at Rockwood Music Hall in February 2018, released Trumpet Boy one month later, and jumped straight into two EPs, Light Up Shoes and Keep It Bright. Attracted to their catchy choruses and frank observations of life, LD’s fan base is growing organically, with fan support allowing them to headline gigs in NYC and beyond. Their most recent full-length album, HOMESICK, dropped earlier this year and features standout tracks like “CHA,” “Harvard,” and “Roses.” They continue performing in support of HOMESICK and will also open for Clairo’s December shows in Europe.
Sloan Struble, better known by his stage name, Dayglow, is a Texas-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. His one-man band is behind streaming hits like “Hot Rod” and “Can I Call You Tonight?”, the latter of which has over 12 million streams on Spotify. Dubbed by one publication as a “bedroom-pop prince,” his debut album, Fuzzybrain, was released in 2018. He recently announced a tour and will perform shows across the U.S. and Canada through November 15.
Raised in Santa Barbara, Chris Shiflett kicked off his career in seminal pop-punk groups like No Use for a Name and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. As the ’90s gave way to the new millennium, he joined the Foo Fighters and has since become one of the band’s longest-running members. Along the way, he became the host of a bi-weekly Americana podcast, Walking the Floor, and has been the driving force behind solo projects like Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants. Shiflett’s latest album, June’s Hard Lessons, is a raw blast of Telecaster twang driven home by autobiographical songwriting and muscular guitar work. Much like his 2017 album, West Coast Town, Shiflett’s music has been shaped by the old-school stylings of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens while planting itself firmly in the world of live-in-the-studio rock. Recorded between Foo Fighters tours, Hard Lessons reunites Shiflett with GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Dave Cobb, who also oversaw the West Coast Town sessions. Shiflett’s sound is loud, immediate, and natural, blurring the lines between country and rock while showcasing his abilities as a songwriter, instrumentalist, and frontman.
Going off the grid to record an album in a rural Canadian church may seem uncommon in today’s musical landscape, but that’s exactly what Sego did for their album, Sego Sucks. Shying away “laptop singles” in favor of live instruments, they have created a choose-your-own-adventure story for adrenaline junkies and socio-philosophical types alike. Hailing from Utah and now living in Los Angeles, they have an unconventional outlook on life and music—one of them still has a flip phone, and they sometimes record interludes on a tape player. Sonically, the quartet’s 10-track LP is woven with the changes of becoming a four-piece band, and the extensive touring they've done throughout North America, Europe, and the UK has also shown to be a strong influence on their modern punk sound. They just released a cover of Paula Cole’s hit song, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and will continue work on their next project through the rest of the year.
Known for her razor-sharp lyrics and distinct flow, Kat Dahlia has created her own lane that continues to identify with her global fanbase. Already in possession of over half a billion streams and countless chart-topping songs, her latest single, the bilingual “Mojada,” dropped in early August and is picking up steam on streaming services. She continues to perform while recording new music, which is set to drop soon.
Wrabel is best known for his hit song “11 Blocks” and his EDM collaborations with Kygo and Marshmello. He has written songs for artists like Kesha (“Woman,” “Here Comes the Change”), Backstreet Boys (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”), Kygo (“With You”), Marshmello (“Ritual”), Galantis (“True Feeling,” “Written in the Scars”), Bishop Briggs (“Water,” “Baby”), Afrojack (“Ten Feet Tall”), Ben Platt (“Bad Habit”), and LÉON (“Surround Me”). Wrabel started 2019 by releasing his first live album, one nite only, which includes “The Village,” written in support of two of his transgender fans. In April, Wrabel was a featured vocalist, co-writer, and producer on P!nk’s song, “90 Days,” an album track on her Billboard 200 #1 LP, Hurts 2B Human. His solo single, “flickers,” was released in September and is the first taste of the debut solo album he’s recording with Shatkin, John Hill, Stint, and Matt Hales.
BMI is proud to present its 17th curated lineup for the 2019 Austin City Limits Music Festival taking place Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, in Austin’s iconic Zilker Park. This year’s acts are more musically diverse than ever, with offerings for fans of pop, Latin, hip-hop, country and more throughout the two weekends of music discovery.
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