In case you hadn’t noticed, the issue you’re holding on to right now (or perhaps you’re reading us online?) is a major milestone for us here at Submerge, as it is our 200th release! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are throwing a free party at LowBrau on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, with some of our favorite Sacramento-based bands and DJs. We would love to have you there, dear reader, so please consider joining us for a night of great live music, dancing, craft beer, cocktails, fine food and good times. Now, get to know the artists playing at our li’l shindig.
For Fans Of: Danceable reverb-drenched indie dream-pop with tasty layers of synth and clean guitar licks.
You Dig? You’ll Dig!: Tame Impala, The Radio Dept., Kisses.
Bragging Rights: Contra will play our 200th Issue Party as a six-piece band featuring members of other prominent, well-known groups such as Doom Bird, Dusty Brown and Tycho! Contra has played many noteworthy gigs around Sacramento, including Lipstick’s New Year’s Eve bash in 2013, Davis Music Fest in 2014 and TBD Fest in 2014!
Listen/Learn More: Facebook.com/contraaband, Contratheband.tumblr.com
For Fans Of: Percussive-heavy tribal-pop with luscious male/female vocal harmonies and superb horn arrangements.
You Dig? You’ll Dig!: Talking Heads, Local Natives, Sea of Bees.
Bragging Rights: Sunmonks’ 2014 EP In a Desert of Plenty, released by Crossbill Records, was named the No. 1 album of the year by us here at Submerge! Sunmonks have an impressive amount of “cred gigs” under their belt including THIS Midtown, California World Fest and many others. Their upcoming full-length is done (we’ve heard it and it sounds amazing!) and is currently being shopped around to labels. Big things to come in 2016 for the Monks, guaranteed!
Listen/Learn More: Sunmonks.com, Facebook.com/sunmonks
For Fans Of: Golden era hip-hop lyricism and storytelling transfused with dark, translucent synth lines. DLRN is “electro/hip-hop” at its best.
You Dig? You’ll Dig!: Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Asher Roth.
Bragging Rights: DLRN are beloved by hip-hop heads, indie rockers and hipsters alike. Their genre-bending sound allows them to work in almost any environment. For the Submerge 200th Issue Party, they’ll play with one of Sac’s best drummers Omar Gonzalez-Barajas and will also be joined onstage by such guests as Stevie Nader, Druskee and Soosh*e! Not to be missed set! Be sure to cop their new full-length Neon Noir (Deluxe)!
Listen/Learn More: Dlrn.co, Facebook.com/DLRNmusic
For Fans Of: String driven indie pop, live looping and layering.
You Dig? You’ll Dig!: Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Jake Shimabukuro.
Bragging Rights: Classically trained from childhood, Joe Kye (stage name Joseph in the Well) is a violinist-looper making waves regionally and beyond with an original sound. 2015 SAMMIES “Outstanding New Artist” and “Artist of the Year.” Epic even when Joe’s performing solo, but at our party, the trio is in, baby! Casey Lipka (of the band Cave Women) will be on stand-up bass, and local jazz performer Tim Stephenson will be on drums.
Listen/Learn More: Josephinthewell.com, Facebook.com/joekyemusic
For Fans Of: Infectious energy, eclectic styles and well-rounded, dance-oriented, choice selections.
Bragging Rights: Young Aundee (born Andrew Southard) is a true original, a real artist’s artist. His list of past projects and collaborations is vast and varied (click here to read our feature story on Young Aundee). Recently his DJ sets are widely regarded as some of the best in town, as evidenced by gigs at THIS Midtown, Crocker, and now, to our delight, our 200th Issue Party!
Listen/Learn More: Soundcloud.com/youngaundee, Facebook.com/youngaundee