LA Bands to Watch in 2017

It’s easy to be excited for the year ahead with a glance at this list of locals with new music in the works.

It was hard not to put Mondo Cozmo on the list of “Best LA Music of 2016” BUT since he hasn’t formally released an album, I’ve decided 2017 is going to be his big year. His soul-stirring song “Shine” was exactly what we all needed after an emotionally exhausting election cycle and every song we’ve heard so far is just as good! (Check out his exceptional MBE live session)

Indie pop group Electric Guest finished 2016 strong with an incredibly catchy first single from their forthcoming release. “Dear to Me” features the Haim sisters on background vocals. Those ladies are also expected to release a new album shortly. Look out for Electric Guest live on MBE on February 10.

Ty Segall by Larry Hirshowitz

Ty Segall moved to LA from the Bay a few years ago and has been releasing music non-stop. The prolific artist sounds like no other so we are always excited about what he has cooking up. If the first single is any indication, we are in for a real treat. Catch him live on MBE on January 24.

Quartet Chicano Batman have long been local live favorites and with their March release on ATO Records, they are bringing the funk. The first single, “Friendship (Is a Small Boat In A Storm),” is an organ-driven soul jam with psychedelic guitar.

Lo Moon’s track “Loveless” is a big statement for a young band. Clocking in at 7 minutes, it’s a sweeping, atmospheric track. Fans of Beach House should dig this band, who will have an album out on Columbia.

Rockers Cherry Glazerr have been together since high school, releasing music on local label Burger Records. Now they’re signed to Secretly Canadian and we’re expecting they’ll have a bigger audience for their forthcoming full length. They’ll be live on MBE February 15. Mark your calendars.

Thundercat by Dustin Downing

Bass player extraordinaire Thundercat teased that new music was on the way with the release of the very 70’s sounding song “Bus In These Streets” over the summer. No word on a release date for a new album, but I have a feeling it’s in the works. (Watch Thundercat make an appearance during George Clinton’s MBE debut)

Mac Demarco made the move to LA last year. After he gave out the address of his Rockaway, NYC abode to his fans at the end of his last album, he probably needed to seek solace on the opposite coast to record new work. The loveable and quirky indie rock singer posted a teaser on Instagram last week.

Local electronic producer Tokimonsta, Viceroy and others featured Gavin Turek’s vocals on some stellar tracks in 2016 and new she is preparing to release her solo EP early this year. Look out for her performing live on MBE in February.

When you watch Kamasi Washington play jazz, you know this was what he was born to do. He’s an incredible saxophonist and the LA native is leading a new path for the genre. He played a bunch of new material at a sold out show in late 2016 Walt Disney Concert Hall so we are eagerly anticipating it’s release. (Watch his 2015 MBE live set)

Elohim released a super fun gem at the end of 2016 with “Hallucinating” and we are definitely looking forward to hearing what’s next from the electro pop singer.