Varsity (Chicago, Illinois)
The band that would come to be called VARSITY started out as a good idea at a party in Chicago, IL in 2013. Stef Smith (vocals/keyboards) invited long time friends and guitarists Pat Stanton and Dylan Weschler to play a salon night, they had fun, and unlike many good ideas sparked at parties in Chicago, this one actually had legs.
VARSITY released their first full-length, "VARSITY," in March 2015. The Chicago Tribune lauded what fans of the live show already knew -- that the band's "sharp attention to detail, winning guitar riffs, and sweet melodies" provided a sound that is "refined and sophisticated, with a level of charisma that would typically be found in a group years older." (#ageism) VARSITY's meticulous approach to recording stands out: thirty minutes of streamlined, try-anything-once, catchy rock.
Starting in August 2015, VARSITY started putting out digital-only singles. TIME Magazine said of "Eye To Eye," "This Chicago outfit arrives at its hooks in a roundabout way, but the path toward them is a delight..." This singles approach forced the band to push itself and explore new sounds. VARSITY has also released music videos for "Still Apart" and "Settle Down."
Bleach Day (Burlington, Vermont)
Bleach Day is the Burlington, VT based project of Vinny Marksohn and Louie Kiley, making warped lo-fi tape recordings in their frequently flooded home. BYO pajamas ; ~ )
The Onlys (Burlington, Vermont)
The Onlys is a Burlington-based dream pop band. Their melodic layers of reverb-soaked guitars and warm synthesizers are held down by a classic post-punk rhythm section.
Father Figuer (Burlington, Vermont)
Freshly brewed float tank full of x chromosomes here to suspend you in midair and walk you to that place between sleeping and waking.