Rock On Philly’s Hot List: 5 Up and Coming Bands You Need To Know

Philadelphia has a thriving local music scene, with scores of rock, punk, rap, hip-hop, folk groups; artists of every genre you can name. Whether they’re playing in someone’s basement, or gracing the stage of venues ranging from The Fire to The Trocadero, you can always find a local show to go see. Some of these artists are on the rise to do great things. These are the 5 bands Rock On Philly thinks you need to know:

5.  Former Belle

The full-band project of singer-songwriter Bruno Catranbone, Former Belle is an infectious indie folk rock group. They’ve taken their live show throughout the US and Europe, and are constantly playing in Philadelphia. You can listen to a few tracks on the group’s bandcamp and see where they’re playing next on Facebook.

4. Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone is a student from Drexel University, who sings with the ability of one twice her age. Her vocal style can be likened to that of Amy Winehouse mixed with Ingrid Michaelson. She performs her indie folk pop tunes with a full band, and they have shared the stage with many nationally recognized acts. You can keep up to date on everything Lucy Stone on her website.

3. The Districts

Combine rock’n’roll and soul music influences, and you will end up with The Districts. They may be based out of Lancaster, but Philly adores this group. Catchy vocal melodies over textured guitar riffs will grab hold of the listener, try it out for yourself! The Districts can be heard on their Facebook page.

2. Cheers Elephant

Cheers Elephant is a high-energy psychedelic pop rock group who’s been around the Philly music scene for a few years. They have released three albums, toured the country, and played multiple festivals including SXSW. If you like to dance to catchy songs sung with three-part harmonies, you want to see this band live. Check them out at the band’s website.

1. Modern Baseball

A group of students from Drexel University, Modern Baseball has quickly stormed the indie music scene. They don’t clearly fit into any particular genre, but draw heavy influence from Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything. The band was recently signed to Run For Cover Records, and is a group to watch out for; they’re going to be big. Take a gander at their Bandcamp and Facebook.

1 Comment

  1. thepaintedman

    June 28, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Lest not forget Blayer Pointdujour and the Rockers Galore…

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