In identifying Janky Smooth’s Artists to Watch in 2016, there were a number of factors to take into consideration. There are different levels and plateaus musicians can ascend to in their careers. There is the release of their first EP/7”. There is the release of their debut album and of course, the all-important sophomore LP. Any predicted success after those milestones is hardly a prediction unless it involves a comeback. When we define our artists to watch in 2016, it is using any and all of these criteria to identify buzz worthy bands. We want to help our readers get the jump on artists before corporate money corrupts their artistic process too much. While there are bands in this list based in cities other than Los Angeles, LA is our home base and seeing these bands live is a part of the process of selection. If you can’t do it live, you can’t do it!
This is Janky Smooth’s List of Artists to Watch in 2016
20. Cavanaugh- Collaboration between Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti
19. So Pitted- Punk/Post Punk Seattle Group on Sub Pop Records
18. French Vanilla- Los Angeles Saxophone Punks that released their first demo in 2015
17. The Birth Defects- Los Angeles Based Hardcore Punk Band