Category: Music


A huge congratulations to the guys in White Like Fire on their win!  We’re super psyched to have these guys perform down in Austin in March at our SXSW day party!

From the guys:

“We’re proud of our fans for being ever-stalwart in their resolution, and grateful to Sonicbids and JanSport for quarterbacking this big break. To us, y’all are bigger than Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl,” says guitarist/vocalist Blake Clawson

Stay tuned this week and we’ll be sharing more from White Like Fire including a [...] Read More >



Learn more about our top ten artists

February 21, 2014   |   Music, News   |   0 Comments

The votes are in and our top 100 has been whittled down to the top 10. See who made the cut, listen to some tunes, and sit tight; we’ll be announcing our winner Monday!

Check out the top 10 here. 

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Thanks For Voting!

February 20, 2014   |   Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

Voting for the 6th Annual JanSport Battle of the Bands has come to a close. Stay tuned and we’ll announce our winner on Monday.

In the meantime, you can still check out the top 100 artists and discover tons of new music!

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Live Outside SF w/Painted Palms

February 15, 2014   |   Art, Events, Music, News   |   0 Comments

We’re throwing a big old party in San Francisco tomorrow to unveil the first of 2014′s Live Outside murals, this one created by SF street art duo Alynn-Mags.

The party will feature a performance from one of our favorite new SF bands, Painted Palms. The duo (comprised of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme), just released their debut LP, Forever and it’s been in regular rotation here at JanSport HQ. We think you should listen to it too!

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Last week to vote

February 13, 2014   |   Music, News   |   1 Comment

The 6th annual JanSport Battle of the Bands is coming to a close on February 19th. That means that you have just under a week to visit jansport.sonicbids.com to check out 100 awesome up-and-coming artists and vote for your favorite. PLUS, you can vote once each day.

There are some great bands currently in the top 10 and the count is close. Make sure to check out some of these artists and cast your vote! The winner will travel to SXSW to play [...] Read More >



#jansportjams: Gardens & Villa

January 27, 2014   |   Music, News, Uncategorized   |   0 Comments
Gardens & Villa Sounds Like:  A synth-powered new wave soundtrack to your late night 80′s themed hang.

Our favorite Santa Barbara, CA five piece is back with Dunes, their sophomore follow up to 2011′s near perfect self titled debut. Rather than hanging in the Southern California, the band traveled to frosty Michigan to work with producer Tim Goldsworthy on a collection of songs that pushes the band further into 80′s new wave territory. Pulsing synths, falsetto vocals, and gated snare back beats create a sound stylistically [...] Read More >



Voting Begins today!

January 21, 2014   |   Music, News   |   0 Comments

Today’s the day! Head over and check out our top 100 artists in the JanSport Battle of the Bands. We had close to 700 artists apply, and culling it down to our 100 favorite was no easy task. Now we want YOU to go discover new music and tell us who we should send to this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX.

We’ll select a winner from the top 10 bands with the most votes and send them to Austin to play the Official [...] Read More >



#jansportjams: Doncat

January 20, 2014   |   Music, News   |   0 Comments
Doncat Sounds Like: Rock and Roll in the finest sense. Think George Harrison with a healthy dose of Crazy Horse bombast. The ideal listening environment for Doncat would be in a car, preferably a convertible, cruising along cliff side curves on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Every now and them we’re going to bring you some hyper-local up-and-comers; the un-signed, sometimes unnoticed artists that are the heart and soul of “indie” music. This week we’re bringing you SF’s Doncat (AKA Duncan “Doncat” Neilsen.) Neilsen took the [...] Read More >



With the 6th annual JanSport Battle of the Bands kicking off this coming Tuesday, January 21st, we thought we should take a moment to catch up with last year’s winner: Philadelphia’s Cold Fronts.

The guys have definitely had an incredible year, and front man Craig Almquist filled us in on some of the details, along with some SXSW tips for bands making the trip for the first time:

JS: We’ve seen lots of big news from Cold Fronts this year. What have you guys been up to [...] Read More >



#Jansportjams: Solids

January 13, 2014   |   Music, News   |   0 Comments
Solids Sounds like: Japandroids, but louder and dirtier. A bit of Dinosaur Jr. with a dose of Fugazi. A more rough and tumble Foo Fighters.

This week’s #jansportjams was love at first listen. We came across the first single from this Montreal duo’s upcoming LP, “Traces” a few months ago and couldn’t help turning the volume up. Like, way up.

Like other material from the band, their latest single, “Haze Away”, draws heavily from undeniably 90′s alt/indie rock influences like Sonic Youth, Superchunk, and Dinosaur Jr. The [...] Read More >