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Janky Smooth’s Top 20 Artists to Watch in 2016

Ho99o9 at Sound Select by Jesse Fox

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

New Album Review: The Birth Defects- First 8 Mistakes

16. La Lenguas- LA Based Garage Pop Band that released their first EP in 2015 on Burger Records

15. Deap Vally- Garage Rock Duo that are standing on the precipice of their eagerly awaited sophomore album

A Backyard Interview with Deap Vally- Janky Smooth Sessions Part 2

14. Bobby T. and the Slackers- LA Based Garage Pop Band

Way Strange Fest: Teenage Promoters in Way Over Their Head

Rudy De Anda- Long Beach’s Own Psychedelic Rocker

Bass Drum of Death Kill in Long Beach

12. Death Hymn Number 9- A raucous band of fiendish zombie punks

Runaway Festival Rewind with Death Hymn Number 9

11. Fat Tony- Houston Based MC

Ho99o9, Cerebral Ballzy and Fat Tony In Venice for Redbull Sound Select

10. Kim and the Created- Los Angeles Based Art Punk

Kim and the Created Kick off October Residency at The Echo

9. Nevermen- Supergroup made of elements of Faith No More, TV on the Radio and Anticon

8. Mild High Club- Psychedelic Masters Based in LA by way of Chicago

7. Slow Hollows- LA Based Rockers Riding the wave off the release of Atelophobia

The Garden “Haha” Record Release Party at The Teragram Ballroom

6. Sunshine Mind- LA Based Psych Rockers Coming off the release of their first Lolipop Records Cassette

Friday Night Shows in Los Angeles with Sunshine Mind

5.Drab Majesty- This Los Angeles based outfit are as Gothic as it gets

Entering the Void at L.A. Psych Fest

4. Feels- LA Based Psych/Punk Masters Getting set to release their first full length this year

Ty Segall and Feels Unplugged at The Smell

3. No Parents- Hardcore Pop Punk Mastersbaters

No Parents and Plague Vendor Drop in to The Echo for Joint Mini Tour

2. Savages- Post Punk Goddesses Dropping Their Second Album in January 2016

Savages Ravage The Roxy

1. Ho99o9- Hardcore Punk Rappers getting ready to drop their first full length in 2016

Ho99o9 Recruit Your Children to Their Death Kult at the Church of Fun

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