Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: January 2015 (#3)

Welcome to the 31st version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Sandrider, Mad Seed, Stun, and Winter of None. Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installemnts of the feature, please email to be considered. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Cobalt Cranes

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Based in Los Angeles, Cobalt Cranes aptly label themselves as psych grunge, which accurately describes their catalog of a 60’s spacey vibe mixed with a polished punk rock-driven soundscape. They recently released Days In The Sun via Lolipop records featuring eight tracks of indie-pop and shoegaze with a garage rock edge. You can catch Cobalt Cranes live during their 40+ date tour including performances at this year’s SXSW. Watch the video for “Flowers on your Grave” below:

Soul Inclination

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Do you miss the vocal harmonies, strong guitar leads, complimentary rhythm section, and overall memorable songwriting that was so present in the early 90’s? While some modern bands seem to replicate these sounds, few succeed in both coming off as original and conventional. Emerging from New Delhi, Soul Inclination takes the gold for their recent musical output, which achieves prowess, accessibility, and nostalgia. Check out recently released single “I Am Alone” below:

The Division Men

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The Division Men is a husband/wife acoustic duo originally from Germany but more recently located in Austin, TX. Vocalist/guitarist J. Spencer Portillo and vocalist/bassist Caroline Rippy Portillo’s musical output resemble the melancholic dynamics of Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell. Their most recent album, Under the Gun, was released last year. Watch the video for “Criminal” below:


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Sludgy rock never sounded so good and fresh. Plantation is a four-piece band from Philadelphia that has delivered a modern take on the likes of Black Sabbath and Kyuss. Last year, the group released their debut EP, Out of the Dark, delivering six down-tuned grooves with genius hooks. Check out tracks “Painted Desert” and “Slow Down” below: