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Salute Spotlight: 7 Independent Artists You Must Hear (10/06/2017)

It’s not easy picking only seven acts to feature every week on Salute Spotlight. With a crazy amount of talent out there in the independent scene, we really could be here all day. Still, we feel like it’s our responsibility to provide you music lovers out there a list of epic artists that won’t take hours to scroll through. So here we are yet again, with seven artists and bands whose sounds go above and beyond. Go on and check them out, you won’t regret it!

Covering every genre, from rap to rock and everything in between, Salute Spotlight will feature new indie artists every week for everyone’s listening pleasure.

12983917_1195243147154418_4290896934559670088_oVersion 5

Version 5 (also known as v5) is the brainchild of Andy and Spencer Olson, two brothers from Minneapolis with a vision and a passion for what they do. Their sound combines elements of EDM and rock, resulting in a sound that is totally theirs. Their songs are catchy, edgy, and easy to dance to.

They came onto the scene when their debut EP dropped in 2015, and have been knocking out killer tune after killer tune ever since. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the mood for something high-energy and different.

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els-cd-labelEvery Living Soul

Every Living Soul was founded back in 2009 by Michael Rosenfield. Their newest album, No Answers really showcases their growth as a band, featuring a more polished sound without sacrificing their rock edge.

The vocals are full of passion, and the shredding guitar will work its way into your soul.

Check out No Answers which dropped on September 1. If you like what you hear, you can catch Every Living Soul at venues all across California.

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Haling from Perth, Washington, BATS is a studio unit gone full-fledge rock band!

Their debut EP (fittingly titled Debut EP) was released back in 2016, bringing the world their own captivating brand of rock n’ roll. Rhythmic, introspective and haunting, their sound will have listeners coming back for more every time.

Intense guitar work and captivating vocals are just a few of the selling points for this band’s music, and with new material on the way fans should be excited. It’s well worth keeping an eye on these guys.

Find Them:        (Bandcamp)

pebble-beach-dsc08056-jack-jamo-beach-wide-q92Jamieson Hill & JACK FORD

Jamieson Hill and JACK FORD bring the hype to the dance floor with their electronic pop tunes.

Hill starred on Smirnoff’s MASTER OF THE MIX back in 2011-2012, being the youngest DJ on the show. Of the contestants, he was one of only twelve DJ’s to be casted on Season 2.

Combined that with JACK FORD’s cali vibes, and you have something truly addictive. The duo’s newest single, “Only Time” is a seriously catchy tune with soothing vocals and drops that’ll give you goosebumps.

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500x500-krikl-aoo-standing-3Adrianna Krikl

Adrianna Krikl is a California based composer, artist, and producer who combines analogue synths, digital software, beats and loops for a cinematic sound. Having scored songs for TV and film, as well as releasing a few solo albums of her own, it’s easy to see that she wears many hats when it comes to her art.

Her newest single, “Army Of One” has a fun, rhythmic beat and uplifting, empowering tone. The lyrics are poetic with meaning, it’s hard to listen to this song without having your mood lifted.

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Rapper Boome is certainly bringing the heat with his new album, Space Jamz 4.

As the title suggests, Space Jamz 4 keeps with Boome’s astronaut themed aesthetic. His powerful verses and a wicked flow make this new project a must hear.

Boome has toured with rap icon Juicy J in the past, and is set to hit the road with Slim Thug and Z-ro on the upcoming “We Run The South Tour”

Space Jamz 4 is dropped on October 3, and is well worth the listen.

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everything-causes-cancer-in-california-album-coverPhil Stanley

Phil Stanley is a guitarist and songwriter from Nashville with some serious skill backing his sound.

After leaving his band, Naughty Water, early last year, Stanley has now made the first stride in his budding solo career with the release of his newest project, “Everything Causes Cancer in California” which dropped September 29.

Combining elements of rock, folk, and pop, Stanley’s tunes have an old school vibe that just works.

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