The new year is here, and it’s about time for some new music. While Kanye West is constantly changing the title of his upcoming album, we’re still waiting new Frank Ocean, and Drake is recording Views from the 6, there’s tons of new and fantastic music being pumped out by lesser-known indie artists. Here are three great indie bands to watch in 2016.
After changing its name from Deer, Hinds got started on completing its New Year’s Resolution early. In 2015, Hinds toured with Glass Animals and The Black Lips, but 2016 is all about them. The four-piece girl group from Madrid released its first record, Leave Me Alone, on January 8 through Mom+Pop & Leave Me Alone. Known for an honest, messy lyrics and an exciting garage-pop sound, Hinds has upcoming tour dates in Europe, America, and Australia…and that’s just for the first few months of 2016.
With two albums under its belt, Twin Peaks has come a long way since its debut in 2009. But Twin Peaks the television show isn’t the only thing coming back for a third time around in 2016. The Chicago stoner-rockers are releasing a third album, Down in Heaven on May 13; it’s said to be the band’s most mature and professional album to date.
Ok, so there’s nothing official yet. It has been three years since the acclaimed indie rockers released Hummingbird, and even though the band announced it was working on a third studio album in 2014, not much else has been said. Judging by the lovely combination of Local Natives’ dreamy qualities, hard-hitting drums, and ethereal vocals in its first two albums, however, good things take time. 2016 seems to be a good year for Local Natives; it will be worth it to keep the band on your radar this year.