Loading...
Locals Only

Five Local Bands Who Will Be Huge in 2012

Comments (0)

By

Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 3:30 AM
click to enlarge The Allah-Las - JENNIE WARREN
  • Jennie Warren
  • The Allah-Las

Remember new love, that burbling feeling of excitement you feel upon playing a new group and realizing you can't live without them? "Who is this?" your friends exclaim. "Make me a copy!"

Here are our five favorite upstart local bands who released EPs in 2011 that made us feel all warm and jittery inside. (We might ask them to prom.)

5. The Allah-Las

Surf's up, my long haired hippie friends. The first few bars of "Catamaran" is unmistakable. We're going to the beach. The Allah-Las have managed to capture with only two songs a long hot lazy summer day slinking along the PCH with no particular place to go. It's an EP to ramble to, to amble to, but never to go anywhere with purpose to. It's apt that this band was founded in the back of Amoeba Records, because their sound feels like a long lost 1960s B-side gem that you find under racks and racks full of dusty records. For more see: The Allah-Las Put Their Retro Where Their Mouths Are

click to enlarge Caught A Ghost - SHELBY DUNCAN
  • Shelby Duncan
  • Caught A Ghost

4. Caught A Ghost

Very few are foolish enough to try fusing blues and soul with dubstep, and nearly no one will make it sound as good as this. Caught A Ghost is made up of two former Red Arrow Messenger band mates. Producer Jesse Nolan and vocalist/drummer Stephen Edelstein released the free EP CAG Mixtape last year. It made us sit up and listen. Like peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwiches, it shouldn't work, but for some reason it does.

click to enlarge Nick Waterhouse - NICK WALKER
  • Nick Walker
  • Nick Waterhouse

3. Nick Waterhouse

Old school is the new school. R&B purist Nick Waterhouse wants to make records the old fashioned way. He wants the same equipment, the right band, and the right format. Boy oh boy has it been paying off. Copies of his latest LP "Is That Clear" sold on Ebay for over $200. Why? Because that hearty little disk will make even the most jaded and tired want to jump up and shake that rump. Unlike many other retro-revival outfits that are out there, Waterhouse is building a brand that is distinctly his own. For more see: Nick Waterhouse: The Young Man Who Makes Old R&B

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • Air Guitar Championship Semifinals @ The Troubadour
    The Southwest Semifinals of the US Air Guitar Championship were held last Saturday at the historic Troubadour Club in West Hollywood. The event determined who would compete as regional representatives at the 2014 National Finals in Kansas City on August 9th. The colorful contestants (many of whom opted for elaborate codpieces) were judged by comedians Kristen Schaal and the Sklar Brothers. The top score was awarded to crowd-surfing guitarist Kingslayer, the mother of a teenage son who also competed wearing little more than an American flag bathing suit. All photos by Gustavo Turner.
  • Lucha VaVOOM @ The Mayan Theatre
    Lucha VaVOOM to The Mayan Theatre on Thursday night with a dose of their Sexy, Hot, Summer FUN! show to a packed house. With all the girls, guns and muscles what could go wrong? All photos by Timothy Norris.
  • The Best L.A. Concert Scenes of 2014 (So Far)
    With more secret shows, more once-in-a-lifetime performances, and more venues than any place else, there is no doubt that L.A. is one of the top places on the planet to see live music. Here are the best concert scenes of 2014 (so far).