Yuno (Jacksonville, FL)

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First featured: SEP 3, 2018

Season 1, Episode 3

Jacksonville, Florida's eclectic singer/songwriter Yuno blends surf pop, synth-pop, and R&B into smooth yet distinctive songs. Born to parents from the U.K. and of Jamaican descent, Yuno's childhood love of skateboarding led to him falling in love with music as well; albums by HIM, AFI, and Rancid were among his favorites. As a teen, he taught himself how to play guitar and learned how to make beats from his cousin. Along with recording his music on his own, Yuno also designs his album artwork, directs his music videos, and shoots his own press photos. He released a few singles -- including 2011's Frequency 7" on Old Flame -- as Unouomedude before switching to Yuno for 2012's beachy "Sunlight." He followed it with 2013's dreamy R&B-tinged track "Grapefruit" and didn't resurface until 2018, when his debut single for Sub Pop, "No Going Back," arrived that February. The label released his first full-length, Moodie, that May.

Paul Oakenfold (UK)

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First featured: SEP 12, 2018

Season 1, Episode 4

Paul Oakenfold is the DJ, remixer, and producer who did more than anyone else to break house music in Britain during the late '80s. During 1987-1988, Oakenfold hosted a series of crucial club nights that introduced thousands of Brits to house music. Just a few years later, he helped push the new dance crossover into the charts by masterminding hit productions by Happy Mondays (among others) and forming one of the most successful dance labels of the 1990s, Perfecto Records. Even well over a decade after his emergence, Oakenfold remained, quite simply, dance music's most popular DJ.

Born in London in 1963, Oakenfold began mixing at the age of 16, and hooked up with friend Trevor Fung to play soul and rare groove at a basement bar in Covent Garden. He also spent some time in New York during the late '70s, working for Arista Records and soaking up the disco scene through Larry Levan's genre-spanning sets at the Paradise Garage. Back in England by the early '80s, Oakenfoldworked as a club promoter and British agent for the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. He continued DJing as well, and eventually ended up at the Project, one of the first venues for house music in England, in 1985-1986. With Fung and another friend named Ian St. Paul, Oakenfold was introduced to the exploding club scene on the vacation island of Ibiza (near the coast of Spain) during 1987 and imported the crucial mix of house, soul, Italian disco, and alternative music later dubbed the Balearic style.

During 1988-1989, house music and the Balearic style gestated at several Oakenfold-run club nights (Future at the Sound Shaft, then Spectrum and Land of Oz at Heaven) before emerging above terra firma as a distinctly British entity. Oakenfold and Steve Osborne had been working with new dance convertsHappy Mondays, and their production for the 1989 Happy Mondays single "(W.F.L.) Wrote for Luck" was voted Dance Record of the Year by NME. The duo's production for the Happy Mondays' breakout full-length,Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, placed them squarely in the vaunted territory of other new dance producers likeAndrew Weatherall (who achieved similar success withPrimal Scream's Screamadelica from the same year). Soon, major labels were lining up to have Oakenfold and Osborne remix their biggest pop stars, includingU2,Simply Red,New Order, the Cure,Massive Attack,M People,Arrested Development, the Shamen, the Stone Roses, and evenSnoop Doggy Dogg(some asPerfecto, the combination remix service and RCA-connected record label founded by the pair in 1990). TheOakenfold/Osborne team were nominated by BPI as Best Producers from 1990 to 1993.

By the mid-'90s, dance music had reached the mainstream of British radio and culture, with Oakenfold at the front of a new wave of globetrotting DJs; he toured with U2 and supported live gigs by INXS, the Orb, Simply Red, Boy George, and Primal Scream. On Britain's ever-growing club circuit, he inaugurated the London superclub Ministry of Sound early in the 1990s and became a resident at Britain's other superclub, Liverpool's Cream, instead of taking big money for independent gigs. He also cut down his remix schedule to less than five per year, concentrating instead on the release of a half-dozen mix albums, including several volumes in the Journeys by DJ series. Oakenfold left Cream in 1999, after which Virgin commemorated the occasion with the release of Resident: Two Years of Oakenfold at Cream. Perfecto Presents Another World arrived the following year.

A monumental U.S. tour and the fresh Voyage into Trance appeared in early 2000, as did Swordfish: The Album, a soundtrack Oakenfold constructed for the sci-fi film of the same name. In 2002, Bunkka became his first album of new productions. Mix albums like Creamfields(2004) and Perfecto Presents...The Club (2005) appeared before his second production effort, A Lively Mind, landed in 2006. Perfecto: Vegas would arrive in 2009, the same year Oakenfold produced the new title cut to Madonna's hit collection Celebration. In 2011, he announced a new project titled Pop Killer, which was set to feature guest artists like Cee Lo Green and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, years passed and he continued to churn out compilation mixes like the We Are Planet Perfecto series and his third LP, 2014's Trance Mission. Talk of Pop Killer resurfaced in 2016 with the release of the single "U Are," which featured Amba Shepherd and BRKLYN, but the album still did not surface. In 2017, Oakenfold released the mix Dreamstate, Vol 1.

Pheonix (France)

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First featured: SEP 5, 2018

Season 1, Episode 3

Mixing pop, disco, and rock into a stylish blend, Phoenix grew out of the garage band vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d'Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai played in while growing up in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai's older brother Branco joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin' disbanded in 1995.

The group got its start playing on the French bar circuit, doing Hank Williams and Prince covers to drunken audiences. Two years later, the band took on the name Phoenix and pressed 500 copies of a single on its own label, Ghettoblaster. The A-side was a punk rock song and the other a chugging Krautrocker, hinting at their eclectic tastes. Shortly afterward, they were signed to the Paris-based Source Records. Phoenix became well acquainted with labelmates Air when they performed as their backing band on several U.K. TV appearances. The result of the electronic exposure was a single called "Heatwave," which was very similar in approach to '70s disco.

United, the group's debut album, appeared in 2000 on Astralwerks and was recorded over two months. The album featured guest appearances from friends and family, including Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk), Philippe Zdar (Cassius), and d'Arcy's mother's choral society on the track "Funky Squaredance." From that point, they issued Alphabetical (2004), It's Never Been Like That (2006), and their mainstream breakthrough, the critically acclaimed Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009). Part of the extended break between the third and fourth albums was due to Mars becoming a father (with his partner, director Sofia Coppola). Soon after finishing the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix tour, the band reconvened in Adam Yauch's studio Oscilloscope Laboratories in late 2010 and embarked on some experimental recording sessions. They continued in Paris the following year and completed recording in 2012 with the help of co-producer Phillipe Zdar, then mixed the songs on the console used to mix Michael Jackson's Thriller. The results, Bankrupt!, appeared in April 2013. The band began work on its sixth album in 2014, taking a break to appear in A Very Murray Christmas, a Netflix holiday special directed by Coppola. Largely recorded in an old opera house refurbished into a museum, concert hall, and tech incubator, 2017's Ti Amo channeled the joyousness of Italian discos and summertime into a defiant response to the political and social struggles of the late 2010s.

Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco, CA)

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First featured: SEP 5, 2018

Season 1, Episode 3

Psych-punk psychic warrior, ear worm-farmer, and possessor of many stamped passport pages John Dwyer does not let up. His group Oh Sees (aka Thee Oh Sees, OCS, The Oh Sees, etc) have transmogrified to fit many a moment - from hushed druggy folk to groovy demonic pop chants to science fictional krautrock expanse and beyond - to suit his omnivorous whims. It’s common knowledge however, that at their shows, you’re there asking for a beating. 20 years going and the shows keep getting more and more intense, as many a soupy swarm can attest. The locked-in Rincon/Quattrone drum cops propel masses of strangers to froth and lean into each other as the insistent and repetitive underpinning tumbles nimbly from Tim Hellman’s bass. Meanwhile John ricochets breathy yips and snippets of synth and all manner of guitar heroics around your brain canyons while your reptile instincts yell “move”. Brain-stem body rock meets cerebral expanses, and their now du jour prolifically feeds a labyrinthine garden of well-hewn tunes. 

Last year’s Orc was a muscular and darkly inventive turn for the group, stretching out further into space while simultaneously sharpening their heaviest inclinations to a rusty point. After a re-visitation of the softer side of the genesis of the group with “Memory of a Cut Off Head”, all signs point to another banger on the horizon as the group decamps this March back to the dusty pecan farm where Orc was spawned for another go-round.

The Tough Alliance (Sweden)

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First featured: SEP 12, 2018

Season 1, Episode 4

Swedish electro-pop duo the Tough Alliance broke up in 2009, making 2007's A New Chance their final album. But even though they're gone — with Eric Berglund since going on to perform as CEO — the band will be celebrating their past by reissuing a couple of records on their own Sincerely Yours label (with distribution through Luxury Records). 

There will be two records, marking the first time this music has been available on vinyl. One of them will combine two 2004 EPs: Holiday and Make It Happen. The other is the 2005 debut album The New School.

Amyl And The Sniffers (Melbourne, AU)

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First featured: OCT 17, 2018

Season 1, Episode 9

Amyl and the Sniffers are a punk band possessed by the spirit of seventies Australian rock. Amy Taylor (vocals), Bryce Wilson (drums), Dec Martens (guitar) are former housemates who formed the band, wrote a handful of tunes and released their debut EP, Giddy Up, all in a span of twelve hours. Amyl-And-The-Sniffers Completing their line up with Gus Romer on bass, the band take their cues from a diverse bunch of legends including AC/DC, Cosmic Psychos, Dolly Parton and Die Antwoord, setting out to have as much fun as possible. GiddyUp Their 2nd EP, Big Attraction, was released in February 2017, kicking off a stellar year for these young punks. Growing buzz around their blistering live show made the band a hot tip at Bigsound in Brisbane, while the band was added to festival lineups including Meredith and CherryRock17. The band and were invited to join the Cosmic Psychos on their forthcoming November/December tour and capped off the year with a sellout NYE show at the legendary Tote in their home town of Melbourne. BigAttraction 2018 sees Amyl And The Sniffers ratchet up another couple of gears with their first national headline tour in April followed by UK shows in May, and their first North American tour in June with fellow Melbournians King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.

Khalid (El Paso, TX)

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First featured: AUG 29, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

Combining a voice that sounds made for classic soul with cutting-edge music, Khalid is a singer/songwriter from El Paso, Texas. Raised by a military family, Khalid lived in Germany and upstate New York before settling in Texas. He was first inspired to make music by his mother, who was a singer and loved '90s R&B artists such as Brandy and TLC. While still a teenager, he began making music in 2015, incorporating influences as wide-ranging as Frank Ocean, India.Arie, Alt-J, and Father John Misty in the songs he posted online. He eventually connected with producer SykSense, who, along with Tunji Ige and Smash David, worked on Khalid's bittersweet breakout single, "Location." Released in mid-2016, the song hit the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart the following January. Another single, "Hopeless," preceded Khalid's debut album, American Teen, which arrived in March 2017. Later that year, Khalid won a VMA from MTV for Best Artist and collaborated with Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei on a track for the film Love, Simon. That single, "Love Lies," was released in early 2018.

White Mystery (Los Angeles, CA)

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First featured: AUG 29, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

Miss Alex White & Francis Scott Key White are sibling rock’n’roll duo White Mystery from Chicago. Since April 20, 2008, White Mystery self-released eight records, played 1000 shows on three continents with the likes of Iggy Pop, Garbage, Thee Ohsees, and Patti Smith; modeled for Levi’s Jeans; performed in the Sundance film Station to Station; earned rave reviews from MTVVICENPR Sound Opinionsand High Times; jammed on a parade float with Sir Richard Branson; and rocked six live songs on the NBC late night TV show, Last Call with Carson Daly. Witness for yourself what Pitchfork calls, “jovial rock’n’roll delivery and DIY sensibility.”

Marina And The Diamonds (Wales, UK)

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First featured: AUG 29, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

Marina and the Diamonds, really just Marina Diamandis, was born in 1986 to Welsh and Greek parents, although she has often claimed to be from Ancient Greece. After dropping out of four different music courses at four different universities, she decided to make her own way in music, and began writing left-field pop songs. Early on, she claimed that her inspirations were Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani -- who she often covered at live gigs -- but her songs have a soulful edge pointing to a deeper source of influence. Diamandis' piano/keyboard-driven songs vary from melancholic ballads to out-and-out glam pop, but her voice and melodic style are what make her unique.

Essentially a solo artist, Marina wrote the bulk of her early material alone, arranging it for a band to ensure her live shows carried the full energy of her studio recordings. Quick to distance herself from comparisons to the rest of the female solo artists who broke through in 2009, Marina was also open about voicing her opinions on more established musical peers including Lily Allen and Kate Nash. In interviews she often showed a dislike of being grouped together with other emerging artists, especially when she had nothing in common with them except gender. The variety in her music made it hard to classify or pigeonhole, and comparisons were made with artists as diverse as Regina Spektor and Elvis Costello.

Her first single, "Obsessions/Mowgli's Road," was issued by indie label Neon Gold in the U.S., also home to electro-indie Americans Passion Pit. It was followed later in 2009 by The Crown Jewels EP, which contained three new songs, including an electronic remix of fan favorite "I Am Not a Robot." After playing the British festival circuit during the summer of 2009, Marina briefly retired to the studio to polish her debut album, 2010's The Family Jewels, before quickly hitting the road again. The album hit number five in the U.K., but made only a small splash throughout the world. Her second full-length studio outing, Electra Heart, was preceded by the singles "Primadonna" and "Radioactive." It topped the charts in the U.K., led by a strong showing for the "Primadonna" single, and also cracked the Top 40 in America.

Diamandis' third album, 2015's Froot, was a radical departure in working style; instead of a large cast of producers, she co-produced the album with David Kosten (Brooke Fraser, Bat for Lashes) and wrote all the songs herself. While still packed with memorable, new wave-inflected pop hooks, Froot was a more personal and evocative production that showcased Diamandis' maturation as a performer.

Grouplove (Los Angeles, CA)

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First featured: AUG 29, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

Standing firmly on the middle ground between the quirky staccato attack of Modest Mouse and the spirited arena-ready roar of Arcade Fire, Los Angeles-based indie rock outfit Grouplove came to fruition in the late 2000s around the talents of Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd, Ryan Rabin, and Andrew Wessen.

New Yorkers Hooper and Zucconi, through sheer kismet, forged a friendship with the latter three members while attending an art residency in Greece on the island of Crete. Before returning to their myriad homelands, the future quintet members began hashing out plans to meet up again and put some of the music they had been working on to tape, resulting in whirlwind trips to Rabin's Los Angeles studio, where the five friends decided to make their relationship official.

Grouplove's eponymous debut EP was released by Canvasback in 2010. While touring alongside Florence + the Machine early the following year, Grouplove managed to finalize plans for their debut full-length album, Never Trust a Happy Song, which appeared later that fall. They returned with their second full-length album, Spreading Rumours, in 2013. The following year, Gadd left the band and was replaced by bassist Dan Gleason.

Grouplove's song "No Drama Queen" was included on the soundtrack to the 2015 film Paper Towns. In 2016, they released their third studio album, Big Mess, featuring the single "Welcome to Your Life." Following their own world tour, Grouplove hit the road in support of Imagine Dragons in early 2017, releasing an EP, Little Mess, in May of that year.

Speed Babes (Chicago, IL)

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First featured: AUG 29, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

Speed Babes are lo fi garage punk recorded on iPhone in GarageBand featuring songs about numbers and colors and wanting stuff.

The band was started by Jesse Ewan when he foolishly said he could write and record an entire record by himself in under 24 hours that was just as good as a record being played at that moment by a coworker. (Debut record "Let's Go Explode" was written and recorded in 18 hours - entirely in iOS GarageBand.)

Throughout 2015 and 2016, Speed Babes released a few more EPs - "I Know You Wanna Look Cool," "Forty Degree Beats," and "8 O'Clock." They are no longer available but have been replaced by a compilation called "Obvioushits."

In March of 2017, Speed Babes released "Yellow," the follow up record to "Let's Go Explode."

In March of 2018, Speed Babes released "Orangetape."

The Staches (Germany)

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First featured: AUG 29, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

The Staches, two girls, two guys from Geneva (CH), almost brothers and sisters, tightly welded, are bent on mixing garage, lo-fi pop, female punk and post-punk. Driven by the fire of their youth, they criss-cross Europe and they did more than a hundred of gigs.

Their first LP « MACHINE » (Burning Sound Records, CH) was released in May 2014 and their first single « There’s Something in Between » (La Suisse Primitive Records, CH) came out in October 2014. A second single « Como Se Dice » (Frantic City (F) / Azbin Records (B)) went out in February 2015 and the maxi 45 « EP III » (Six Tonnes de Chair (F) / Burger Records (USA) / Gnar Tapes (USA)) in September 2015.

Gal Gun (Chicago, IL)

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First featured: AUG 29, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

Shooting for understated complexity topped off by instantly accessible melodies, Gal Gun stands out from the crowded Chicago garage-rock scene. Drawing heavy influences from 90's behemoths like Weezer and Blur while balancing a softer sound influenced by Belle & Sebastian and The Shins, their sound is equal parts familiar and refreshing.

Songs like "Heartbleed" obscure their more depressing nature with a slick power pop sheen. Gal Gun hopes to emulate Mancunian bands of the 80's in their ability to hide a world-weary pessimism amidst a full pop stride and have fun doing it.

Gal Gun's first offering, "Special Music of Emotion," was written and recorded across basements and bedrooms throughout Chicago and its suburbs. The personal nature of the recordings is evident in their mid-fi DIY imperfections. The album was released on January 6th, 2018 via local cassette label Dumpster Tapes.

Adrian Teacher & The Subs (Vancouver, BC)

First featured: AUG 22, 2018

Season 1, Episode 1

Adrian Teacher is a Vancouver based songwriter and performer best known for his work with Apollo GhostsCOOL TV and as a back-up musician for several independent bands. He has been self-releasing music for over ten years. His album Mount Benson was nominated for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize and he was the Sappyfest songwriter in residence in 2011. 

The SUBS feature Amanda P. on the kit, Robbie N. on the bass and a variety of other talented musical contributors. 

Adrian has been fortunate enough to collaborate with many musicians, including: Dirty Beaches, Karl Blau, Shawn Mrazek Lives,Julie Doiron OK Vancouver OK, Rose Melberg, Chris-a-Riffic, Jay Arner, Gal Gracen, Lisa Marr (Cub), Steve Lambke, Shotgun Jimmie and the ravaged production minds at JC/DC studios.  

Adrian’s first solo EP, Sorta Hafta, was recorded at Dub Narcotic studios in Olympia, WA by Calvin Johnson (K Records). 

Alvvays (Toronto, ON)

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First featured: AUG 22, 2018

Season 1, Episode 1

Alvvays (pronounced "Always") is a Canadian indie pop band formed in 2011, originating from Toronto. It consists of Molly Rankin (vocals), Kerri MacLellan (keyboards), Alec O'Hanley (guitars), Brian Murphy (bass) and Sheridan Riley (drums). Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014, leading to it topping the US college charts. Their second studio album, Antisocialites, was released on September 8, 2017. Both albums have been short listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

Alvvays was formed in Toronto. Molly Rankin, the group's singer-songwriter, is the daughter of John Morris Rankin, a fiddler with the Celtic folk family collective the Rankin Family, who enjoyed international success in the 1990s. Rankin grew up writing music with her neighbour, keyboardist Kerri MacLellan. She later met guitarist and partner Alec O'Hanley at a concert in her teen years. With the help of O'Hanley, Rankin quietly released a solo extended play titled She in 2010. Alvvays was formed the following year, with Rankin assembling MacLellan, O'Hanley, drummer Phil MacIsaac and bassist Brian Murphy to join the group. As the band grew up on neighbouring islands—Rankin and MacLellan on Cape Breton and O'Hanley, MacIsaac, and Murphy hailing from Prince Edward Island—Rankin was led to dub the band "merging of obscure islands in the east coast." She picked the name Alvvays because she liked that it had a "shred of sentiment and nostalgia." The spelling of the band name was due to the fact that there was already a band named Always signed to Sony.

They often made the long drives from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island to Toronto, where they all eventually moved and secured jobs that allowed them to tour occasionally. The group toured extensively as supporting acts for bands such as Peter Bjorn and John and The Decemberists. Their debut album was recorded in Calgary with Chad VanGaalen in March 2013; Graham Walsh helped track the album while John Agnello helped mix it. After the album was complete, the group made cassette copies for festival bookers and fans at concerts to pass around. The group were signed to Polyvinyl Records on the strength of their SXSW performances and online fervor over the demo of their single "Adult Diversion". Alvvays was released by Royal Mountain Records (Canada), Polyvinyl Records (US), and Transgressive Records (Europe) in July 2014. Simon Vozick-Levinson, writing in Rolling Stone, called the eponymous album an "indie-pop wonder". Alvvays went to #1 on US college charts on August 5, 2014. "Archie, Marry Me" became a minor hit. The single for "Archie, Marry Me" featured the b-side "Underneath Us" which was recorded sometime after the eponymous album.

The group toured heavily in support of their debut, including slots at Glastonbury 2015 and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2016. In addition to album material, Alvvays often performs cover songs of artists such as Kirsty MacColl ("He's On The Beach"), Camera Obscura ("Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken"), The Hummingbirds ("Alimony"), and Deerhunter ("Nosebleed") among others.

The debut album was nominated to the shortlist of the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. They performed at that year's gala with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Alvvays has been sporadically recording and writing their second studio album, since 2015. Several new original songs had been performed throughout 2014 and 2015, titled "Your Type" (often the opening song of the show), "New Haircut" (later re-titled "Saved By A Waif"), "Hey" and 2016 saw the addition of "Not My Baby", and "Dreams" to the new material often performed.

Following the addition of other songs such as "Plimsoll Punks" as part of live shows in spring 2017, Alvvays released a teaser clip of a song called "In Undertow" from their second album Antisocialites. As well as songs already played at previous shows, new song titles from this record include "Already Gone", "Forget About Life", "In Undertow", "Lollipop (Ode to Jim)" and "Saved by a Waif". The album was released on September 8, 2017. A North American and European tour in support of the album has been announced for autumn 2017 and drummer Sheridan Riley joined the band for this tour. A second UK tour in Spring 2018 was announced in September 2017.

Alvvays' music has been described as jangle pop by the music press and its members. According to Rankin, the band's emphasis is primarily on strong melodies, rather than for a specific genre: "If old people ask, I say it sounds like the Cranberries. If young people ask, I call it jangle pop. If a punk asks, I say it's pop." The band sounds similar to Best Coast and has often been compared to Camera Obscura; Rankin noted she shared vocalist Tracyanne Campbell's "fondness for the pathetic perspective." Rankin sought inspiration from Stephen Merritt, frontman of the Magnetic Fields, appreciating the honest but lighthearted nature of his lyrics. Rankin's personal influences include the Magnetic Fields, Teenage Fanclub, Dolly Mixture, the Smiths, Celine Dion, Pavement, the Primitives, and Oasis. While the band does not have an overt Celtic music sound, Rankin acknowledges she was immersed in the genre from childhood and it has a discernible influence on the way she sings and writes melodies.

Junior Senior (Denmark)

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First featured: AUG 22, 2018

Season 1, Episode 1

Junior Senior were a Danish pop duo. The duo consisted of Jesper "Junior" Mortensen (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion) (born 17 February 1977) and Jeppe "Senior" Laursen (vocals, programming) (born 25 December 1977). They were well known for their 2002 single "Move Your Feet", which gained worldwide success in 2003, notably in the UK.
Junior Senior formed in 1998 when Jesper Mortensen and Jeppe Laursen got back together after their previous band Ludo-X broke up in 1995. The band signed a deal with Danish label Crunchy Frog Records.

The band released their debut album D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat in 2002. The first single, "Move Your Feet", was one of the most played songs on Danish radio and eventually climbed the charts in over thirteen countries, including the United States, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom. The single is available on the soundtrack of the popular American television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. "Move Your Feet" is featured on the Northern American music video game Dance Dance Revolution Extreme for the PlayStation 2. Ubisoft included the song in the Wiigame, Just Dance 2. It was a featured dance. It is associated with its pixelated music video, as seen in the VH1 commercial for I Love the 90's: Part Deux and in the background of its Dance Dance Revolution: DDR Extreme dance. It was featured on the soundtrack of the movie, White Chicks. "Move Your Feet" appears as background music in the 2003 film Looney Tunes: Back in Action and is featured in the movie How to Eat Fried Worms (2006) as the "finishing" song before and during the end credits. In 2013, "Move Your Feet" was used in a television commercial for Google Chromebook. Kohl's Active also used this song in their 'bust a brand new move' advert (2015).

The follow-up single, "Rhythm Bandits", made the singles charts in the UK and Australia, and was included in the soundtrack of the game FIFA Football 2004.
D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat was included in several publications' "Best Albums of 2003" lists, including Rolling Stone, NME, Entertainment Weekly and Blender. The Sunday Chronicle in San Francisco rated "Move Your Feet" as the single of the year, calling it "the best song ever".
The CD features the video to "Move Your Feet" (made by designer group Shynola) and a "Making Of" as enhanced content.

The single "Shake Your Coconuts" is available on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action soundtrack, and is used as the menu music in the game Worms 3D by Team17. It was also featured in the 2004 movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Malcolm in the Middle's season 5 episode "Experiment". In addition, on 21 July 2017, the band Phish used the song as the kickoff for a 13-night run at Madison Square Garden dubbed The Baker's Dozen. The song coincided with free coconut donuts given to the audience.

The song "White Trash" from this album was used in the advertisement for music magazine TV show Popworld in the United Kingdom. The advert featured the two presenters of the show doing a synchronized dance routine to the song whilst wearing identical outfits.

Junior Senior released their second album, Hey Hey My My Yo Yo on 24 August 2005 in Japan, where it went to #2 on the charts. It was released in the US in 2007. The first single from the album was "Itch U Can't Skratch". The track "Take My Time" features Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson of new wave band The B-52's. "Take My Time" has also been featured in the PSP video game Lumines II.

In February 2006 and March 2006 the band held a contest for fans to appear in a music video for their song "Can I Get Get Get". The song "Can I Get Get Get" has been used on the T.V shows Ugly Betty, Cavemen, Castle, Eastbound & Down and was featured in the film What Happens in Vegas. This song was also featured on the Nordic edition of Lips as an on-disc song as well as downloadable content worldwide. The music video for this song was released on 25 July 2006.

"Hip Hop a Lula" was featured in a Sears back-to-school commercial in August 2007. It was also used extensively in Network Ten Australia's advertising in 2008.

Mortensen and Laursen announced on their blog that they would split and pursue solo projects on 26 September 2008. Both Junior and Senior have launched new projects. In 2008, Mortensen released a 12" single called "Trust Tissue" under the moniker I Scream Ice Cream on Kitsune Records. In 2010, Mortensen formed the group MAKE OUT. Laursen began working on a debut album, but only released the Big Lucky EP in May 2009.

SWMRS (Los Angeles, CA)

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First featured: AUG 22, 2018

Season 1, Episode 1

SWMRS (formerly Emily's Army) pronounced 'swimmers' is an American punk rock band formed in Oakland, California in 2004 by Cole Becker and Joey Armstrong, with Cole's brother Max joining only a few weeks afterwards. They drew on a mix of influences ranging from the Beach Boys to the Ramones to create their own brand of rock. The band added Travis Neumann in 2009, who later left in 2014 due to creative differences. The band released a demo and a string of EPs from 2008 to 2010. The band released their first album, Don't Be a Dick, on June 14, 2011. The band's second album, Lost at Seventeen, was released on June 11, 2013. They added Sebastian Mueller as the bassist 2014. The band's third studio album, and their first under the name SWMRS after dropping their former name, Drive North, was released February 12, 2016, via Uncool Records. Drive North was later re-released and remastered after the band was signed to record label Fueled By Ramen on October 13, 2016.

The band was formed by Cole Becker and Joey Armstrong after watching the movie School of Rock together in school. Cole's brother, Max Becker, later joined the band to play bass. The band was originally named The Raining Souls, but they briefly changed to The Clocks. After realizing there were already many bands with the same name, they changed it to Emily's Army in honor to Max's and Cole's cousin Emily, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and was diagnosed in 1998. Their goal was to raise money and create more awareness for cystic fibrosis. In 2008, they released a set of songs on their MySpace page under the album name This Kid. Although This Kidis not an official studio album, a few of these songs appeared throughout their career, including "Burn Apollo" that was re-recorded on their debut album, Queens being played live in 2012, and "I Need to Be Fixed" played live during Warped Tour 2012.

The band played many small shows and festivals in California during this time. In 2009 the band added guitarist Travis Neumann whose first appearance was on the band's 2009 EP, Goody Two Shoes. that was followed by the release of two more EPs, Broadcast This and Regan MacNeil. The band spent all of 2010 working and recording their first studio album with Green Day frontman and Joey's father, Billie Joe Armstrong. In 2011, the band released their first full-length album, Don't Be a Dick, on June 14 through Adeline Records. The album featured six re-recorded songs from their earlier releases. The album was Billie Joe Armstrong's first ever professionally produced album. The album was compared to Green Day's early work and had major punk influences. In support of the album the band went on an East and West Coast tour in 2011. In late 2011 and early 2012, the band resided in Tulsa OK, playing underground punk shows. In 2012 the band returned to touring, most notably on Warped Tour and a brief West Coast tour in late 2012.

In 2013, the band once again worked with producer Billie Joe Armstrong, on their second record. Lost at Seventeen, was released on June 11, 2013 via Adeline Records and Rise Records. The band went on tour with Vans Warped Tour to support the album for the second time in their career. They also toured for the very first time in Great Britain. They played their final shows as Emily's Army during the Soundwave Festival in 2015 in Australia. Since soundwave 2015 the band has stopped playing material released before Swim in favor of playing new music.

In early 2014 the band started writing and recording new material. Travis Neumann officially left the band shortly after the release of their EP Swim, on July 18, 2014, consequently, bassist Sebastian Mueller joined the band while Max switched to lead guitar. In September 2014 the band officially changed their name to "Swimmers". Before this change was made, however, Swimmers was the name that the band used as a low key name for a small UK tour with Matt Grocott & The Shrives and Wasters. The band released their first song as Swimmers, a cover of "Dancing on My Own", by Robyn in October 2014. The band announced that they would be releasing an EP, Silver Bullets/Palm Trees on March 30, 2015. In March 2015, the band announced that Silver Bullets/Palm Trees' release would be delayed and that Jakob Armstrong, brother of drummer Joey, would be filling in for bassist Seb Mueller, who had to take college exams. Mueller was subsequently replaced by drummer Joey Armstrong's brother, Jakob Armstrong. On March 28, 2015 at Burgerama, bassist Seb Mueller returned to the band. The release of Silver Bullets/Palm Trees was eventually shelved.

The band entered the studio to record their third studio album in 2015.The album will be produced by Fidlar lead vocalist Zac Carper. On June 22, the band announced a September Tour along with Wavves and Twin Peaks. The band revealed that an album was coming March 2016, if not earlier. The band released four songs via Soundcloud in July 2015, two of which were uploaded by themselves, the other two, "Stink Eye", by Frankenshark—an early side-project that the band uses in live sets—and a leaked song, "Like Harry Dean Stanton".

The band announced that they will be releasing two songs Miley/Uncool, on September 8, 2015 on their own indie label Uncool Records. The EP's first single, "Miley", was released as a single on September 7, 2015. The band would also start stylizing their name as "SWMRS" (instead of "Swimmers") in August 2015. Physical copies of the EP where made available on the band's tour with Wavves. After the release of the EP, SWMRS received mainstream media coverage due to the song "Miley". The band announced their upcoming Drive North on November 6, 2015 and released single "Figuring It Out". The album released on February 12, 2016 via Uncool Records.

As of October 13, 2016, SWMRS signed with pop punk label Fueled by Ramen. This announcement was made by Annie Mac on BBC1 Radio, along with the release of SWMRS' song, Palm Trees. The following day, a remastered version of Drive North was released under Fueled by Ramen with two additional songs: "Palm Trees" and "Lose It".

Two songs, "TV Dinner" and "Stink Eye", were tweeted by the band as a Soundcloud link under the name of Frankenshark. To date, "Stink Eye", (later renamed "Tito, Don't Give Me Stink Eye") has been played live several times as SWMRS.

In 2014 two UK bands called Matt Grocott & The Shrives toured with Emily's Army. They booked these dates under the name "Swimmers" , conceiving the name for Emily's Army. It was later announced Joey Armstrong would feature on drums for Matt Grocott & The Shrives' first EP; "Turn Me On" after the band had visited him in California.

DDG is a band formed at school by Joey and Seb and a few friends. They released two EPs for free on Bandcamp Fact Check and A DDG Christmas. The Christmas record featured Max and Travis from Emily's Army on bass and rhythm guitar. It also featured a lead singer, which the first EP didn't have, Talya Swensen. Both EPs were released in 2013.

SWMRS merchandise seller Taifa, known by his stage name "Black Demarco" released his first song through Uncool Records and Burger Records on Soundcloud on November 26, 2015.Drums were performed by Joey Armstrong while Guitar and Bass was done by Jakob Armstrong.

Drummer Joey Armstrong is the son of Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer and lead guitarist of punk rock band Green Day. Drummer Joey and his family released a limited EP as "The Boo" for a one time Christmas special. Joey played one gig with his father and Green Day guitarist Jason White called "Two and a Half Men" consisting mostly of Green Day covers. Seb and Joey played bass and drums on Jakob Armstrong's first demos released online in June 2015. Jakob later released the songs on cassette through Burger Records. Jakob currently performs with Enzo Malaspina, Chris Malaspina, and Kevin Judd in a full band under the name "Mt. Eddy"(formerly under the name, "Danger!").