Howler: The greenest of the list, the indie rock band was so impressive live that a freelance writer sent their EP to their future record label without them even knowing, getting signed when frontman Jordan Gatesmith was just 19. Claiming influence from the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, their garage-y, surf-y album America Give Up (barely making our cut with its January release date) is full of energetic rock ‘n’ roll with a smirk with song titles like “Beach Sluts” and “Too Much Blood”. The band can’t seem to get away from comparisons to the Strokes, but I for one don’t think that’s a bad thing.
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