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2015'S HOT 100 LIVE UNSIGNED ARTISTS & BANDS

January 1, 2016

Eagerly awaited every December, the Music Connection Hot 100 puts the spotlight on superior live performers who caught our eyes and ears over the past 12 months. Contributors to this list are not only MC staffers and freelance writers, but club bookers and other industry pro’s nationwide. Music Connection currently has reviewers in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Nashville, Chicago, Boston and Detroit. If you’d like to put yourself in the running for a live review, go to musicconnection.com/reviews/get-reviewed. It’s always free and always easy.

Photo by Jody Domingue

 

Adventure Band
Folk Rock
Los Angeles, CA
adventurebandmusic.com

 

Alexa Melo
Alternative Rock
Dartmouth, MA
alexamelo.com

 

Alexz Johnson
Soulful Folk Pop
Vancouver, BC
alexzjohnson.com

 

Amanda Lamb
Country Pop
Orange County, CA
amandalambmusic.com

 

Amber Rubarth
Folk
Nashville, TN
amberrubarth.com

 

Anthony De La Torre
Rock
Nashville, TN
delatorreband.com

 

Aradia
Electro-Pop/Synth Rock
Los Angeles, CA
aradiamusic.com

 

Art Decade
Symph Pop
Boston, MA
artdecade.com

 

Average Mammals
Indie/Alternative
Minneapolis, MN
averagemammals.com

 

Bad Bad Meow
Americana-Punk
Chicago, IL
badbadmeow.com

 

Bandit
Indie Rock
Nashville, TN
fb.com/thebandbandit

 

Band Practice
Post-Teen Angst
Brooklyn, NY
fb.com/bandpracticebandpractice

 

Battling Giants
Rock/Stoner/Blues
Omaha, NE
fb.com/battlinggiants

 

Bearwulf
Rock
Long Beach, CA
bearwulf.LA

 

Ben Mauro
Singer/Songwriter
Los Angeles, CA
benmauro.com

 

Benny and The Jets
Classic Rock
Inkster, MI
fb.com/bennyandthejets

 

Boat Race Weekend
Pop-Punk/Emo
Spokane, WA
boatraceweekend.com

 

Bondurant
Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Nashville, TN
bondurantmusic.com

 

Chris Price
Singer/Songwriter
Los Angeles, CA
chrispricemusic.bandcamp.com

 

Cuñao
Latin Folk
Los Angeles, CA
cunaomusic.com

 

Dana Williams
Folk/Jazz/Soul
Los Angeles, CA
danawilliamsofficial.com

 

Danger Escape
Loud Alternative Rock
Los Angeles, CA
dangerescape.com

 

Dankrupt
Cali Rock
Los Angeles, CA
dankruptmusic.com

 

Dark Waves
Dark Indie Pop
Los Angeles, CA
darkwavesmusic.com

 

Diet Cig
Slop Pop
New Paltz, NY
fb.com/dietcigmusic

 

Double Naught Spy Car
Instrumental Punk/Jazz/Surf
Los Angeles, CA
doublenaughtspycar.com

 

Eric Slater & Co.
Alternative Rock
Los Angeles, CA
ericslater.com

 

Evan Roth
Alternative, Film Music
Dove Canyon, CA
evanrothmusic.com

 

Four Eyed Four
Stoner Pop
Los Angeles, CA
4eyed4.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Ghost Lit Kingdom
Indie Rock
Los Angeles, CA
ghostlitkingdom.com

 

GOH
Acoustic Rock Jazz
Los Angeles, CA
composelife.com

 

Hipnotics
Psychedelic Rock
Los Angeles, CA
thehipnotics.com

 

Honey and Jude
Pop
Los Angeles, CA
honeyandjudemusic.com

 

Howling Diablos
Rock/R&B
Royal Oak, MI
howlingdiablos.com

 

HUDSON
Rock & Roll
Los Angeles, CA
hudsontheband.com

 

I am Blox
Indie Rock/Hip-Hop
Dallas, TX
iamblox.com

 

Incendio
Latin Guitar World Fusion
Los Angeles, CA
incendioband.com

 

Insect Surfers
Instrumental Rock/Soundtracks
Los Angeles, CA
insectsurfers.com

 

Isaac Rother & The Phantoms
Ghoulish Rock
Los Angeles, CA
isaacrother.com

 

J'Chelle
Pop
Lakewood, CA
jchelle.com

 

Jeremiah Daly
Indie Folk
Jacksonville, FL
jeremiahdalymusic.com

 

Kerchief
Indie Alternative Rock
Chattanooga, TN
kerchiefmusic.com

 

Kings of Carnage
Heavy Metal
Los Angeles, CA
kingsofcarnage.com

 

Last Bison
Indie Rock/Alternative Folk
Chesapeake, VA
thelastbison.com

 

Loren Smith
Soul Pop
Los Angeles, CA
sanglorensmith.com

 

Mackin Carroll
Alternative Folk
Los Angeles, CA
mackincarroll.com

 

Mad Revival
Alternative Rock/Blues
Los Angeles, CA
madrevival.com

 

Magnastic
Rock, Hip-Hop, Funk, Ukulele Comedy
West Hills, CA
magnastic.bandcamp.com

 

Mark Mackay
Country Rock
Hollywood, CA
markmackayofficial.com

 

Migrant Kids
Synth Pop Rock
Austin, TX
migrantkids.com

 

MILCK
Cinematic Soul Pop
Los Angeles, CA
milckmusic.com

 

Myra Washington
Pop
Los Angeles, CA
reverbnation.com/myrawashingtonsinger

 

My Terrible Friend
Folk
San Francisco, CA
fb.com/MyTerribleFriend

 

Native June
Indie Rock/Grit Pop
Los Angeles, CA
nativejune.com

 

Nick Hawk
Rap/Metal Rap
Las Vegas, NV
nickhawkexplicit.com

 

Oldchild
Garage Blues-Rock
Los Angeles, CA
fb.com/oldchildband

 

Only On Tuesdays
Indie Pop
Los Angeles, CA
onlyontuesdaysmusic.com

 

Ovi Rey
Urban/Latin/Dance
Los Angeles, CA
fb.com/ovireyalooso

 

Post Paradise
Alternative Rock
Ft. Collins, CO
postparadiserock.com

 

Red Pill
Hip-Hop
Detroit, MI
fb.com/redpillrap

 

reKnHaunchu
EDM
Los Angeles, CA
reknhaunchu.com

 

Rick Elliot
Country
San Diego, CA
rickelliotmusic.com

 

Riders Against The Storm
Hip-Hop/Soul
Austin, TX
rashiphop.com

 

Sad Robot
Indie Electronica/Cine-Pop
Los Angeles, CA
mysadrobot.com

 

Sail
Classic and Alt-Rock, Pop Rock
Clarkston, MI
sailbandofficial.com

 

Sam Sims
Folk Rock
Rumson, NJ
samsimsmusic.com

 

Sarah Petrella
Country Rock
Los Angeles, CA
sarahpetrella.com

 

Silent War
Pop Rock
Los Angeles, CA
thesilentwarmusic.com

 

Silver Blueberry
Psychedelic Post-Punk
Houston, TX
fb.com/silverblueberryhouston

 

Slapbak
Funk Rock
Orange County, CA
slapbak.com

 

Space Lemon
Alternative Rock
Hollywood, CA
spacelemonmusic.com

 

Stash
Electro Pop
Los Angeles, CA
dancestash.com

 

State Line Syndicate
Pop Punk
Los Angeles, CA
statelinesyndicate.com

 

Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst
Americana Roots Rock
Los Angeles, CA
caspermusic.com

 

Stitches
Rap
Miami, FL
fb.com/StitchesTMI

 

Strangers You Know
Indie Folk Pop
Los Angeles, CA
strangersyouknow.com

 

Street Corner Renaissance
A Cappella Doo Wop/Classic Soul
Los Angeles, CA
streetcornerrenaissance.com

 

Sugar Fly
Rock/Soul
Los Angeles, CA
sugarflyband.com

 

Summer Wars
Pop-Punk
Raleigh, NC
fb.com/summerwarsnc

 

Sylvia Juncosa
Guitar Shredder
Los Angeles, CA
sylviajuncosa.com

 

Tacoma Narrows
Indie Folk Rock
New York, NY
tacomanarrowsband.com

 

Terraplane Sun
Indie Rock
Venice, CA
terraplanesun.com

 

The Clouds Are Ghosts
Ambient Electronic Pop
Austin, TX
cloudsareghosts.com

 

The Cover Letter
Americana Folk Pop
Austin, TX
thecoverlettermusic.com

 

The Fontaines
New-Wop
Los Angeles, CA
thatfontainesound.com

 

The Podunk Poets
Country Western
Los Angeles, CA
thepodunkpoets.com

 

The Royal Blackbirds
Garage Rock/Blues
East Detroit, MI
fb.com/royalblackbirds

 

The Scorch Sisters
Blues-Rock/R&B Revue
Los Angeles, CA
thescorchsisters.com

 

The Stereophones
Nonsense Pop
Los Angeles, CA
fb.com/thestereophones

 

The Towels
Eccentric Rock
Los Angeles, CA
thetowelsband.com

 

Travis Garland
Alternative R&B Pop
Los Angeles, CA
travisgarland.com

 

Tyler Lyle
Folk-Pop/Blues
Santa Monica, CA
tylerlyle.com

 

Valley Shine
Indie Folk
Los Angeles, CA
valleyshineband.com

 

VerseCity
Alternative Pop Rock
Houston, TX
versecity.com

 

Versus Me
Metalcore
Janesville, WI
fb.com/vsmeband

 

Via Victoria
Alternative Rock
Los Angeles, CA
viavictoriaband.com

 

Vinyl Soul
Latin Soul/Hip-Hop
Hollywood, CA
vinylsoulmusic.com

 

Wavy Maze
Indie Rock
Minneapolis, MN
fb.com/wavymaze

 

Whiskey Sour
Acoustic Folk-Rock
Garland, TX
fb.com/thewhiskeysour

 

Young Scum
Jangle Rock/Fuzz-Pop
Richmond, VA
fb.com/youngscumva

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