The D.A.

The D.A.

Born in the remote city of El Paso, Texas, The D.A. is a secret too good to be kept. The buzz surrounding this singular dance-rock quintet has been spreading since its formation in 2007. Over two releases, five tours and countless festival appearances and high-profile opening spots, this earworm juggernaut has been barreling forward, winning converts to a sound that tweaks the indie-rock formula with a flourish of synthesizer and trumpet. The music of The D.A. encompasses many contradictions: they're electronic and organic, brainy and bawdy, smooth and knotty, instantly accessible and sonically complex. To the ankle-swivelers on the dance floor who stop to notice, this is fun that's been fretted over. It's a mindful sort of mania, fusing the rhythmic explosiveness of The Rapture, the quirky joie de vivre of The Talking Heads, the lyrical wryness of Modest Mouse and an instrumental blend like no other. The band, currently working on a hotly anticipated EP, will bring the noise to New York at CMJ Music Festival in October.

The D.A.'s ascent truly picked up in 2011, with two tours of the western U.S., sets during SXSW and a self-released debut album, "You Kids!" The 10-song release, produced by Justin Leeah (sound engineer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "It's Bliz!"), more fully captured their beloved live sound than their 2009 EP, "Thank God for Aluminum." Album split single "Pastels/Big Woman" is a sort of yin and yang of mood. The first side exudes wistful charm via Tyler Dudley's idiosyncratic lyrics and bouncy bassline, Stephen Escarzaga's hooky rhythm guitar and Mike Frisbey's emotive trumpet. (The video received 3,600 views on YouTube without any marketing effort – just fans, blogs and old-fashioned word of mouth.) "Big Woman," meanwhile, is a banger kicked off by Cesar Muñiz's sinister keyboard melody and driven by Evan Tremper's hard-charging drums. The album was well received by fans and kicked off the momentum of 2012, which saw a West Coast tour with fellow El Paso darlings Bulletproof Tiger.

Also, shows — lots of them. In the past two years The D.A. has shared stages with the likes of Twin Shadow, Toro y Moi, Yelle, Foster the People, Crystal Castles, Holy Fuck, Miniature Tigers, Prefuse 73 and Nite Jewel. Le Tigre's JD Samson took to Twitter when she saw them open for her newest project, MEN. "If I was a manager or label, I would snatch these little twinks up and make them rich twinks," she wrote to her 14,000+ followers in April 2011. The band cut through the din of SXSW 2012 with five shows, including one at the Trophy Room in the heart of Sixth Street. The house was so packed at the El Paso-flavored showcase that passersby, seduced by the sounds, resorted to peeking through windows to catch The D.A.'s triumphant set. In another festival coup, the band has graced Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso not once but twice. The annual destination for indie and underground music is in its nascent stages, but already it draws huge crowds (11,000 in 2011, and 15,000 in 2012) and big names like Moby, MSTRKRFT, CSS, Beach Fossils, YACHT and Classixx. The D.A. was rubbing elbows and sharing stages with the best of them. Don't be surprised if you see their name at the top of the bill someday.

The Manimals

The Manimals are a high energy band from Raleigh, NC. Although they have only been together for a few short months, they have already created an extensive set list consisting of all original songs. Their style covers a wide range of sounds that will either get you on your feet or send you into a deep trance. Many believe that The Manimals were sent here to bring music to the ears of those less fortunate. The rest is up for you to decide......

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