Something happens when Badflower singer and guitarist Josh Katz steps up to the microphone. His primal, powerful, and passionate transformation is the most unmitigated kind of catharsis fueled by emotion and unfiltered intensity…
“The superhero version of myself comes out in the songs,” he affirms. “When I’m writing or performing, I go to this place that reflects the most emotional point I’ve hit at the moment. A lot of what’s being written is anger, lust, heartbreak, and all of that. Becoming an artist, I flip into this character I can’t shake or get rid of. I embrace it and keep writing in that direction.”

This approach stands out as Badflower’s calling card. It’s also a big reason why the group quietly became one of L.A.’s most buzzed-about rock ‘n’ roll bands. Since their emergence in 2014, the band—Josh, Joe Morrow [lead guitar, backing vocals], Alex Espiritu [bass], and Anthony Sonetti [drums]—has shared stages with the likes of KONGOS and The Veronicas, earned acclaim from OC Weekly, Loudwire, and more, and achieved a two-week run at #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only Show with “Heroin.” During 2016, fashion icon John Varvatos personally signed the band to John Varvatos Records. Little did he know, they had a big surprise up their sleeves.

“We actually had already started making a record without telling anybody,” smiles Josh. “After the deal was done, we were like, ‘How about this?’”

The boys cut the 2016 Temper EP [John Varvatos Records/Republic Records] in the garage of the Thousand Oaks, CA home which they share. Recorded during a blazing hot California summer, the sessions got so intense that their MacBook Pro often needed to cool down in the freezer. Wielding that energy, the music taps into a gritty and grunge-y gutter rock spirit complemented by jarring theatrical delivery and unshakable riffing, equally informed by Led Zeppelin and nineties Seattle as it is by film composers such as James Horner.

In 2017 the band signed a new deal with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records as a joint venture with Varvatos Records. Their debut album will be released later this year.

The Milestones are an indie pop-rock outfit led by high school friends Alex Wandres and Christopher Metz, who share duties on vocals, guitar, and songwriting. Baltimore-based with roots in D.C., the band proper formed in 2014 and through 2 EPs and 3 years of gigging they have developed an electric charisma and high energy dynamic on stage that compliment their unique flavor of hook centric, no frills rock laid over ambient guitar soundscapes that hit you like a punch to the gut (with a kiss after ;). They are gearing up to release their third EP, Deja Blu and will begin recording their first full length at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios later this summer.

Washington DC's Bound "fuses the grand qualities of post rock, the heavy heart of shoegaze and dreampop, and the weightiness of doom" into something "epic, intense and profoundly melancholic, balancing between gloom and hope with elegance" (destroy//exist). PopMatters hailed Bound's 2018 debut LP No Beyond as "an emotional and musical journey that places the listener face-to-face with their best and worst tendencies, their hopes and fears." It's the sound of everything rushing back at once, receding as fast as it came, and leaving more to linger - the story of how we're bound, for better or worse.

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