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17 Bands To Watch Out For This Summer

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infectious magazineIt’s May. The rain is starting to die down and the flowers outside are in full bloom. Bands are releasing albums left and right. A handful more are announcing tours during the next few months.

And what better way to transition into summer than with a list of cool upcoming bands to check out?

Below is a list of 17 groups you absolutely shouldn’t sleep on. Listen to them and let us know if you’ve discovered any new favorites.

1.  Hopes On Hold

Image may contain: 4 people, people standing, sky, bridge, outdoor and waterAlabama pop punk power group Hopes On Hold are making waves all over the south. Their self-titled debut album will be out on June 23 through Wilhelm Records. They’re a young, but they their latest singles “Rap Game Tom Hanks” and “We’re Just Like Kevin Bacon” will give you a taste of what they sound like.
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2. First Ghost

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Toronto emo rock outfit, First Ghost, are influenced by bands like Jimmy Eat World and Bloc Party. Their most recent EP, Secret Talk, was released in April of 2016. More recently, the band released a cover of Drake‘s “Hotline Bling.” And this May, they’re heading out on the road with Stuck On Planet Earth. In June, they’re touring the Midwest with City Mouth.
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3. Glass Mansions

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Female-fronted electro rock band, Glass Mansions, have their own unique blend of rock’n’roll music, as evidenced by their latest single “Nightswimming.” With heavy synths and catchy melodies, their songs are guaranteed to get you up and dancing, even if dancing isn’t your thing.
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4. Sine Cura

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Sine Cura are a sad pop punk band from the southernmost tip of Texas. They removed their discography from the internet after parting ways with a previous member. Don’t fear, though. The band are working on re-releasing their music with their current lineup. Their latest single “Pressing Flowers” is a good starting point, for now. Later this summer, the band are hitting the road on their very own Southwestern US tour.
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5. Unamused Dave

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Unamused Dave are an emo math-punk band from Illinois. They released their self-titled album in 2016 and since then, have released a two-part single that goes by the name “Chuck’s Single.” The band are playing a few shows in the Chicago area this month, so don’t miss out on them if you’re in the area.
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6. Fossil Youth

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If you haven’t heard of Fossil Youth yet, now’s the time. The Oklahoma emo band’s latest album, A Glimpse of Self Joy, was released in November of 2016 through Take This To Heart Records. The band are currently on the “in case you missed it tour” with Daisyhead and Sundressed.
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7. Beneath The Waves

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Indie rock solo project Beneath The Waves is a solo project made up of singer and guitarist Alex Owens. Beneath the Waves released a three-track EP titled Count to Three! through We Are Triumphant on May 12.
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8. Layden & the Lion

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Layden & The Lion are not all what people would expect. The solo project started by Seth Richard is reminiscent of bands like Northbound, and features gritty vocals, cynical lyricism and relatable storylines. His six-song EP Lost And Lonely With Everything was released in May of 2016.
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9. Chin Up, Kid

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Indianapolis-based pop punk quintet Chin Up, Kid formed in 2013 and have since released their debut EP Home Advantage and, more recently, their full-length Swing With Your Eyes Closed in April through Standby Records.
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10. Something More

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In 2016, pop punk band Something More, released an album titled Dogs. On the cover was a grinning Chihuaha. In 2017, they releasd another album titled Dogs, Pt. II with an edited photo of the original dog photo. The band just kicked off their US tour with Your Future and Light Up.
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11. American Pastime

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Birmingham, Alabama pop punk band American Pastime are gearing up to release their debut full-length album this summer. They’re no strangers to recording, though. In 2016, they released two EPs Chasing Ghosts and In The Meantime.
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12. Keep Flying

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Split between New Jersey, Long Island, and Pennsylvania, Keep Flying are a punk rock band inspired by the likes of Four Year Strong, Light Years and Motion City Soundtrack.  Their debut album, Follow Your Nightmares, was released in 2016 and it’s only a matter of time before these guys blow up.
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13. Belmont

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing and childInspired by bands like Such Gold, The Story So Far and Citizen, Chicago pop punk band Belmont just released a new EP Between You & Me via Mutant League Records. This May, they’re hitting the road for their US tour with Hot Mulligan.
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14. Home Sweet Home

Image may contain: 4 peopleHome Sweet Home are an Indiana-based band whose sound is a mixture of post-hardcore, alternative, and rock- think of old-school I Set My Friends On Fire. The band released their debut single “Desire” in March. The song is off their upcoming album Where The Heart Was that is scheduled to release on on May 19 through CI Records.
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15. SWMRS

Image may contain: 4 peopleSWMRS, previously called Emily’s Army, perfected beach pop as we know it. The Oakland, California band’s latest release Drive North came out in late 2016 through Fueled By Ramen. But, if their previous habits are any indication, they’ll keep releasing music throughout the summer.
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16. Mallory Run

Image may contain: 3 people, people standing and outdoorMallory Run, who describe their music as ‘Slow Mosh’ are based out of Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Influenced by bands like Balance & Composure and Brand New, the band have opened for bands like Defeater, Hawthorn Heights, and We Came As Romans among others.
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17. Nominee

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoorStraight out of Austin, Texas, Nominee‘s second full-length album Drag Me Out was released in January of 2017 and they haven’t slowed down much. Since then, they’ve played a handful of shows in Texas and Oklahoma.
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Angie is a Boston-based music photographer, journalist and marketer. Catch her out and about at local shows and drinking more coffee than is humanly feasible.

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