Top 10 Bay Area And Central Coast Bands To Look Out For In 2016

Top 10 Bay Area And Central Coast Bands To Look Out For In 2016

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Are you constantly looking for new music to add to your growing repertoire? Have you exhausted all of your Kanye and T-Swift? Are you looking to support more of your local bands and artists? Well, you've come to the right place. Here are the top 10 Bay Area and Central Coast bands and artists to look out for 2016, in no particular order. You won't be disappointed.

1. Kizmet - Alternative/Rock

Performing out of Gilroy, CA, Kizmet is an alternative rock band made up of Zachary Freitas (vocals and guitar), Maxim Crist (piano), Matt Virak (drums), and Kelvin Shamy (electric guitar). Kizmet's unique sound, mixed with the band's years of friendship and incredible song writing skills, makes for an album worth listening to. Kizmet's music is a nice blend of Folk, Blues, Punk, and Rock. You can find them playing in venues across the bay area, and most recently at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA. Go ahead, give their Facebook page a "like," or even check them out on their Instagram: @kizmetband. You might even want some of their awesome merch!

2. Hill Man - Folk/Indie

Are you looking for a new and unique indie artist? Look no further. Hill Man, otherwise known as Dewey Rogge, captivates his listeners with his folk-inspired songs. Hill Man music is unique for its, “lush, anthemic guitar and complex rhythms,” that will to draw you in and have you listening all night. Located in San Jose, CA, Hill Man can be found performing at the hottest spots around town. Be sure to check out #hillmanmusic to hear all of the latest songs and collaborations. There is new music coming your way, and you can don't want to miss it. Stay updated through Hill Man's Facebook page.

3. Couches - Indie/Rock/Grunge

Based out of San Francisco, CA, Couches has a chill Bay Area vibe that leaves you excited to see what they come up with next. With a bio that describes them as "real lazy," Couches has a great grunge feel that'll take you back in time. Their latest EP, Slackin' Since The 80s, is sure to have you on your feet. You'll find this musical trio traveling up and down the west coast performing their latest releases. With recent shows in Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR, you're sure to find Couches performing near you. Follow them on Facebook to see where they'll be next. Head on over to their website and grab some of their awesome merch like a limited edition 12" vinyls, or cassette tape.

4. Jillian Shaw - Country

Coming from Hollister, CA, Jillian Shaw has performed all across the Bay Area, as well as in Nashville, TN. Her raw talent will draw you in leave you wanting more. Jillian Shaw writes her own music, and her clever lyrics will have you singing along. You can find out more about Jillian Shaw on her Facebook page, and check out some of her new music on her SoundCloud. Be sure to find out where she is performing next. You don't want to miss out.


5. Eager Seas - Rock

From San Luis Obispo, CA, Eager Seas have created amazing songs that will have you rocking out and singing along. Their eclectic mix of sounds and instruments makes for an incredible collection of music. You'll find yourself sharing their music with everyone you know. With new songs coming out, Eager Seas are a must have on your 2016 Rock playlist. Be sure to stay updated on their upcoming shows and releases through their Facebook page, and be sure to check them out on Twitter.

6. Xochitl (So-chee) - Indie


Xochitl (So-chee) is a wonderfully talented artist who tours all across the Bay Area singing and songwriting. Not only does she write her own music, but Xochitl does some great covers of other popular artists. Over the years, Xochitl has toured throughout San Diego, CA, Austin, TX, Portland, OR, and up and down I-5 in California. Though her music takes her all across the country, her heart will always remain in Sacramento, CA. With an indie feel, you'll find yourself singing along to her new album Lion Heart. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @xochitlofficial.

7. Among the Torrent - Metal

Among the Torrent is a well known metal band based out of San Francisco, CA. They have electronic and symphonic influences that are "blended with intense black/death" metal elements. Among the Torrent's music will keep you on the edge of your seat. You'll find Michael Coney on guitar and vocaols, Kiera Pietrangelo on guitar, Dave Perga on bass, and Jake Klimchuk on drums. Check them out on their website, or their Facebook page for more information on upcoming shows and music. Be sure to grab some awesome merch to rep this local band.

8. The Bitter Buffaloes - Blues/Rock/Psych

Known for their performances across Santa Cruz and San Jose, CA, The Bitter Buffaloes are making a name for themselves with their creative song lyrics, their rock vibe, and their clever name. You can find Josh Hewett on drums and vocals, Chris Halasz on guitar and vocals, Henry Fabian on bass, and Curtis Murphy on the keys and synth. The Bitter Buffaloes will be performing at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA on November 28th. If you're in the area, you be sure to see them perform live. They will put on a show that you will never forget. You can find out more about The Bitter Buffaloes through their Facebook page and their Instagram account: @thebitterbuffaloes. You can also stay updated on their music through their SoundCloud and their Twitter.

9. Starover Blue - Experimental Indie

Starover Blue is a "five piece experimental indie-rock/folk ensemble" from San Jose, CA. With an entrancing sound, amazing lyrics, and beautiful cover art, Starover Blue will win you over with their aesthetically pleasing albums. In January of 2016, Starover Blue will be releasing their brand new album called Spacegeist, that is a "must have" on your 2016 playlists. Be sure to check out their website to hear their title track and get a sneak peak of the album. You'll hear Kendall Sallay on guitar and vocals, Joel Zelaya on lead guitar and ambient effects, Dirk Milotz on synth, guitar and piano, Maxwell Rogers on bass, and Jerald Bittle on drums. Be sure to check out their website! Also, head on over to their Facebook page and Twitter for more information about the band. While you're there, go ahead and grab some awesome merch like the Limited Edition Starover Blue Galaxy Pendant!

10. Minor - Christian/Church Music

Based out of Gilroy, CA, Minor aims to worship and praise God with their "church music." You will be moved by their soothing sound and meaningful lyrics, especially in their new single, "Love That Conquered Me." This single is on their new album, Sovereign God, that will be released in mid-December. You will find Max Monte on acoustic guitar and vocals, Zac Monte on electric guitar, Evan Rickel on bass, and Matt Kastle on drums. Stay updated with the band on Twitter, as well as on Facebook. Together, #weareminor.

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You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

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You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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