A guide to New England’s best bands

By The Howl Street Team

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Nemes
Always fun. Aways inventive. This indie band with a rockin’ violin are a nonstop thrill ride of genre-bending songs that reinvent the game.
nemesband.com

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Bad Rabbits
Electrifying and fun pop-funk guaranteed to move you to the dance floor.
badrabbits.com

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Dwight & Nicole
This duo’s infectious and soulful blues can take a room from simmer to boil in less than 60 seconds.
dwightandnicole.com 

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Sarah Borrello
Sometimes you’ve just got the pipes. Borrello’s powerhouse vocals have surprising depth and range, and she’s a firecracker on stage.
sarahborrellomusic.com

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Waylon Speed
These Yankees couldn’t be more drenched in southern rock influences and we love it. Blues-fueled rock guitar, sweet harmonies and a supercharged stomp out of Burlington, VT.
waylondspeed.blogspot.com

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Love in Stockholm
Snazzy horn lines, satisfyingly twitchy rhythms and perfectly in-tune harmonies lend to a great big sound that makes rock seem like gospel.
loveinstockholm.com

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Reks
Indie hip-hop at its best. Reks’ 2013 Revolution Cocktail is on fire with ill beats and socially conscious lyrics that make us think.
rekshiphop.com

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Tall Heights
These kinds of instantly compelling voices don’t come around often. Haunting harmonies and ambient soundscapes layered over strings alternate between bouncy and melancholic.
tallheights.com

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Black Eskimo
Dark and danceable synth pop with sumptuous melodies.
blackeskimo.bandcamp.com

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Tan Vampires
Neither tan nor vampires, this indie folk rock band will suck you in with soaring melodies and clever song writing.
tanvampires.com

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Deer Tick
Thoughtful alt rock with an intimate intensity that can break your heart and give you goose bumps.
deertickmusic.com

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President Soup
Hypnotic jazz that drums up psychedelic soundscapes and assembles to full-fledge 70‘s style groovy house jams.
nicebassproductions.com/artists/president-soup/

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The Mallett Brothers Band
High octane alt-country rock that will make you want to drink moonshine and dance with strangers.
mallettbrothersband.com

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Ula Ruth
Good, strong guitar-laden pop blending humor, hooks and heart.
ularuth.com

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Spose
Fly beats and a flow as smooth as buttah from this rapper with highly quotable and sometimes hilarious confessions.
pdank.com

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Coke Weed
Slow and dreamy psych rock with purring vocals by Nina Donghia lulls us to laid-back places.
cokeweed.com   

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Della Mae
Bluegrass from a powerhouse female quintet out of Boston.
dellamae.com

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Gentlemen Hall
A six-piece band named after a speakeasy, blending interesting synth-pop and electro alt rock.
gentlemenhall.com

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Kingsley Flood
Hard-rocking folk punk with an outlaw spirit and a hint of The Kinks.
kingsleyflood.com

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Erika Van Pelt
This Season 11 American Idol finalist delivers dance pop in the vein of Christina Aguilera
erikavanpelt.com

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Gang of Thieves
This is how Vermont gets it done. Funky, punchy, catchy and absolutely dance-worthy.
thegangofthieves.com

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The Low Anthem
Moody, ethereal and swelling epics laser pointed at the heart.
lowanthem.com

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You Won’t
Dreamy harmonies, mellow, measured, but oh so beautiful. Check out their videos on
youwontmusic.com.

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Violent Mae
Spacey low-key pop sets the mood for quiet nights and a bottle of red courtesy of singer Becky Kessler’s deep and breathy vocals.
violentmae.bandcamp.com

About The Author

Rita Savard
Founder & Executive Editor

Founder and Executive Editor Rita Savard grew up in Lowell and is a forever-proud Acre girl. An Emerson College alum, she was also an award-winning journalist at The Sun newspaper before exiting to start Howl in 2012 — the answer to managing her addiction for local pop culture. She falls in love with music, movies, books, stray dogs and telling people’s stories.