NIGHT RIOTS is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics. The Southern California based band has a unique melodic sensibility -- delivering transcendent pop music that is both modern and timeless; as well as both sinister and romantic, with the downbeat flare of new wave, '80s movie soundtracks.

Frontman Travis Hawley spent five years in England before moving to a small coastal town with only one traffic light, where he met guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez. Now heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the "Top 16 Unsigned Bands in North America," Night Riots are currently on tour with Young Rising Sons and have shared the stage with a diverse group of bands including Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, Meg Myers, OK Go, The Mowgli's, Wild Cub, Driver Friendly, Youngblood Hawke, The Front Bottoms, Angels & Airwaves and many more.

After the tremendous success of their debut EP, 'Young Lore,' and praise from the likes of Billboard, Earmilk, KCRW, MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, NYLON, AV Club and Filter, Night Riots show no signs of slowing down. Signed to Sumerian Records, Night Riots recently released 'Howl,' produced by Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Trash Talk, Waaves, Mars Volta). "Contagious," the EP's lead single, climbed the radio charts -- skyrocketing to #1 on SiriusXM's Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown, and breaking into the Top 50 at Alt Radio.


Courtship is Eli Hirsch, 21 and Micah Gordon, 23. The boys met when they found themselves both playing in the backing band of another LA artist, and within 3 weeks of knowing each other, they had already started a project.

On paper, they don't make much sense. Eli grew up in Portland OR, playing in indie rock bands since he was 13, while Micah grew up near the beach in LA and is a trained jazz pianist. But somehow, it just worked. Inspired both by artists like MGMT, Passion Pit, Starfucker and Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper

Eli and Micah write and produce everything in Micah's bedroom by the ocean.

Los Angeles based Silent Rival—Sara Coda [vocals], Joz Ramirez [guitar], and Yutaka Sao [bass]—claim three different countries and exponentially more musical sensibilities. Born and raised in Orange County, Coda channels the soul of Gladys Knight through Steven Tyler-style swagger and bravado. Hailing from Mexico, Joz draws heavily on nineties British garage-rock punctuated by just the right amount of glam, while Yutaka crossed the Pacific from Japan in order to follow his musical dream.

Each one brings something distinct, dynamic, and definitive to the fold (Think Gwen Stefani fronting Imagine Dragons produced by Mark Ronson).

plus DJ Aaron Axelsen (popscene/ALT105.3)



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