A guide to New England’s best bands
By The Howl Street Team
Always fun. Aways inventive. This indie band with a rockin’ violin are a nonstop thrill ride of genre-bending songs that reinvent the game.
Electrifying and fun pop-funk guaranteed to move you to the dance floor.
Dwight & Nicole
This duo’s infectious and soulful blues can take a room from simmer to boil in less than 60 seconds.
Sometimes you’ve just got the pipes. Borrello’s powerhouse vocals have surprising depth and range, and she’s a firecracker on stage.
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.
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.
Indie hip-hop at its best. Reks’ 2013 Revolution Cocktail is on fire with ill beats and socially conscious lyrics that make us think.
These kinds of instantly compelling voices don’t come around often. Haunting harmonies and ambient soundscapes layered over strings alternate between bouncy and melancholic.
Dark and danceable synth pop with sumptuous melodies.
Neither tan nor vampires, this indie folk rock band will suck you in with soaring melodies and clever song writing.
Thoughtful alt rock with an intimate intensity that can break your heart and give you goose bumps.
Hypnotic jazz that drums up psychedelic soundscapes and assembles to full-fledge 70‘s style groovy house jams.
The Mallett Brothers Band
High octane alt-country rock that will make you want to drink moonshine and dance with strangers.
Good, strong guitar-laden pop blending humor, hooks and heart.
Fly beats and a flow as smooth as buttah from this rapper with highly quotable and sometimes hilarious confessions.
Slow and dreamy psych rock with purring vocals by Nina Donghia lulls us to laid-back places.
Bluegrass from a powerhouse female quintet out of Boston.
A six-piece band named after a speakeasy, blending interesting synth-pop and electro alt rock.
Hard-rocking folk punk with an outlaw spirit and a hint of The Kinks.
Erika Van Pelt
This Season 11 American Idol finalist delivers dance pop in the vein of Christina Aguilera
Gang of Thieves
This is how Vermont gets it done. Funky, punchy, catchy and absolutely dance-worthy.
The Low Anthem
Moody, ethereal and swelling epics laser pointed at the heart.
Dreamy harmonies, mellow, measured, but oh so beautiful. Check out their videos on
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.