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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
New for 2014: every week we’ll bring you #jansportjams and give you a look into what we’re listening to here at JanSport HQ. Some stuff you’ll know, some you won’t. Many of these artists will be new artists on the underground, some will be classics that we love. Either way, we hope that we’ll help you discover something new!
For our first artist, we’re bringing you SF’s:Painted Palms Sounds like: 60′s mod pop, if drum machines, digital production, and an additional 40+ years of musical history [...] Read More >
Our friends at Dine Alone Records have brought back their annual Holiday Sampler, and this year’s comp features 23 tracks of pure bliss. Click here to download an awesomely eclectic collection of tracks from The Dodos, Hannah Georgas, Monster Truck, Shovels & Rope, The Lumineers, City and Colour, Fidlar, and more.
By downloading, you’ll also be automatically entered to win some awesome prize packs, including some sweet Yamaha guitars, Sector-9 Longboards, audiophile goodies from Denon, and Read More >
We’re kicking off the 6th annual JanSport Battle of the Bands on January 20th, 2014. Through February 12th, you’ll be able to check out 100 hand selected artists on our artist hub, pick your favorite, and place your vote. The winning artist will be invited perform at the annual Sonicbids Official Day Party, presented by JanSport, at this year’s SXSW in Austin Texas. To top it off, JanSport will cover travel and accommodations for the winning artist in Austin!
Stay tuned for updates, and in [...] Read More >
South By Southwest 2014 is just around the corner and we’re already getting excited for what is hands down our favorite week of the year. JanSport will be back in Austin with some great events (which we’ll be announcing in the coming months), but in the meantime make sure to get your SX fix by checking out the first two waves of artists announcements here.
There’s already a few names we’re excited about, including a few of our favorite SXSW discoveries [...] Read More >
Tim Kasher is a pretty prolific guy. No doubt about it. With 12 full length LP’s under his belt in the last 15 years, Kasher is already at hard worker status. Add to that fact that 10 of those 12 LP’s come from Kasher’s bands Cursive and The Good Life, both of which kept heavy touring schedules for the better part of the oughts, and you’ve got a full blown workaholic.
Kasher’s latest release, Adult Film, is his second [...] Read More >