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Recommendations from the Reverbnation world, part 2

The people at unsigned/emerging artist site Reverbnation is always doing what they can to promote up and coming talent. I asked for submissions from their world and received more than 1,500 songs. This is part two of what I believe to be best 15. (Go here for part 1.)

1. Tree Lined Streets (LA Alternative)

Two guys from LA who might be inspired by 60s and 70s rock but offer up some very contemporary alt-rock. Love the chiming guitars and the layers of production in this one. Brilliant, really. Get these guys a contract! Learn more here.

2. The Wilderness (Rock from Kingston, Ontario)

We’ve known for some time that there’s something in the water in Kingston that results in some excellent rock bands. The Wilderness could (should!) be the next big band to break out of the city. This track will remind you of both Mumford & Sons and Strumbellas. Here’s their website.

3. The Effiels (Alternative from LA)

A synth-pop band? An alt-pop group? Forbes says “neon grooves.” Whatever you want to call them, they display some excellent songwriting chops and production in this song. More info here.

4. DiNORAH (More LA Alternative)

It’s hard to describe what Mexican-born, China-raised DiNORAH does. This song is somewhere between alternative, R&B, jazz, and something else. I love the slinky feel of this track. It sounds great in the dark. Learn more here.

5. Sarah May (Alt-pop from Vancouver)

If you’ve got a trip-hop thing, give a listen to this track inspired by BC rain, walks at night, and a certain dark vibe. She’s currently working on a debut album with a label based in Glasgow. Keep up to date here.

Part one can be found here. The third and final post from Reverbnation tomorrow.

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