8 Local Bands To Keep Your Eye On Ahead of Governors Ball This Weekend

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am by

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Photo: Governors Ball 2013

With Governors Ball right around the corner, there are plenty of bands born and bred by this great metropolis besides The Strokes to sink your ears into. Even if you didn’t score tickets to the 3-day music festival on Randall’s Island, you can always add some of these bands to your indie arsenal, if you haven’t already. Herewith, some highlights from the lesser-known local acts on the lineup to keep on your radar.

Little Daylight
This electropop trio is full of edgy sweetness, which provides a great reason (as if you really need one) to get your dance on.

Haerts’ “Wings” was a favored track last year, and their EP Hemiplegia is a solid continuation in their single’s musical goodness.

With the swoon of The Smiths, and tenacity of The Vaccines, Drowners offer up punchy ballads and upbeat, roadtrippable tunes.

SKATERS are the shit live (as evidenced here). They’ve also recently dropped their debut album that is as infectious as it is frenzied.

Bleachers indie pop is anthemic and raw, and their single “I Wanna Get Better” is a legitimate earworm. Makes sense that it’s a side project of the guitarist from the band Fun.

The Tanlines duo are super poppy, residing in the vein of an electronic Vampire Weekend.

Lucius have a unique vibe, sometimes sounding of wispy folk, sometimes gritty girl pop. A little something for everyone.

Sleigh Bells
You probably love to hate Sleigh Bells, but their overly distorted, rally crying chick rock is incredibly catchy. Also, their latest album Bitter Rivals is surprisingly crisp and has loads of good hooks and big beats.


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