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Local Musicians You Can’t Miss

With the ability to stream virtually any music from anywhere directly to your phone, it is easy to miss great acts that are exploding on the music scene in your own backyard. Because music plays such a pivotal role in the creative process of many artists, it is important that you explore the impact that new genres and artists can have on your work. If you typically listen to pop, then you may find new inspiration from listening to a hard rock or rap band that is getting a lot of local press. Likewise, if alternative rock is your must-listen soundtrack during your creative process, imagine the direction in which a country music soundtrack could take your art. Take a break from your usual bands, and give these local bands from around the country a listen.


  • The National Parks. Named Utah’s 2016 Band of the Year, The National Parks are a folk-rock band of five members, all students or former students at BYU. They have released two albums that have achieved success even on the national charts, and they are touring across the country at smaller venues throughout the next year. Their first music video will also be released in the near future and providing listeners with this visual component to convey the band’s style often catapults bands on the rise to the next level. Expect to see their popularity continue to climb.
  • Stink Bamboo. A fledgling band from Aiken, South Carolina, this three-member band is known for its trippy, alternative/fusion sound. Three members with decades of music and audio engineering experience and backgrounds as varied as their appearances come together to create an unforgettable sound. With their second full-length album still in the works, and local and regional shows on their docket, the band is still focused on creating new and organic sound instead of promoting the same old songs over and over again. Jump on board, and watch what this band accomplishes.
  • Migrant Kids. You can’t hit a club in Austin, Texas, without hearing mention of the Migrant Kids. This three-person band, originally from Detroit, Michigan, has been named 2016 Band of the Year in multiple local publications in the Austin area and is currently grant funded to continue making music. They have self-described their sound as “psychedelic jungle rock.” Catch their music on YouTube and Spotify, and if you happen to be visiting the state of Texas, there is bound to be a live show around somewhere.
  • Milltown Road. Southern rock is alive and well, and half a century after its peak in popularity, it still remains a driving force in music. Milltown Road, a band that calls the SE Georgia Coast home, is a hard-playing, down-home band with a country-rock sound. With four core members and a frequent rotation of guest musicians, the band maintains a distinctly inviting sound. They tour locally, record tracks in makeshift studios, and stay long after their set is done to party with their fans. Their soulful sound and charismatic lead singer make this band unforgettable, and their following is growing at an astounding rate. Check out Soundcloud and YouTube for a sampling of their original songs.