Recommendations from the Reverbnation world, part 1

Once a year, artists on Reverbnation–which means they’re from all over the world–pitch to have their material featured on this website. This year, 1,555 submissions came in. The quality of submissions was so good that I’ve had to expand the number of featured material from 10 to 15. Here’s part one of the songs I liked the best.

1. Best Not Broken (Indie rock from Boston)

Three guys who draw on everyone from The Killers to Ed Sheeran for their sound. They’re local heroes in the US Northeast. Learn more about them here.

2. Dark Avenue (Metal/Alternative Metal from Texas)

Coming out of the DFW area, the five-piece Dark Avenue offers some tight riffs and heavy rhythms mixed with melodic vocals. If you’re into a groups like Three Days Grace and Godsmack, Powerman 5000, you’ll find a lot to like here. Check their website for more.

3. Stēvi M (Pop from East Meadow, New York)

I hear bits of Duffy, Elle King, and even a little Amy Winehouse in what she does. Find out more about Stēvi here.

4. DD Allen (Anthemic rock from Bournemouth, England)

I like the smooth keyboards that underpin a song that could have come from somewhere in the Killers back catalogue. Someone should put this guy on tour with Future Islands, too. More at his website.

5. The Moon City Masters (Funky rock from Brooklyn)

According to their bio, “the planet of Moon City sent their best band to bring harmonious, soulful rock and roll to the people of earth.” Definitely feel-good stuff here.

That’s part one. Part two tomorrow.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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