Welcome to 2019! There’s another year of stellar music coming that’s sure to blow us away, and bands that released some great albums in 2018 are sure to put their noses to the grindstone as well. While not all of the bands and musicians on our list are releasing new records this year, some are supporting recent records or newer material in the form of a handful of singles. Regardless, these 30 bands and musicians are all ones to keep on your radar. After all, we only recommend the best music in the world, right? Carry on, brethren.
New Music Friday is a weekly post that highlights the best new music of the week. This week’s edition features both well-known and under the radar bands we think deserve a spin (or three), so give them all a listen. Whether you like pop-punk, progressive metal, indie rock, or anything in between, we think there’s plenty to sink your teeth into here. Especially that new Boston Manor record – a real stunner. Oh, and we’re including some exceptional new singles, too.
While their 2016 debut full-length Be Nothing. was a great start to UK rock band Boston Manor’s career, it’s clear that, upon listening to Welcome To The Neighbourhood, the best was yet to come. Take the title track, for instance. It’s quite a shock for those who were introduced to the band’s initial pop-punk sound on their EP’s, especially. It’s a track that seriously flirts with hip-hop in a way that doesn’t seem forced, only natural – setting the tone for the rest of the album. And what a triumph it is.
Fresh off of headlining the final Warped Tour, Illinois rock band Real Friends have announced a headlining North American tour in support of their widely praised third studio LP Composure. Boston Manor, Grayscale, and Australia’s Eat Your Heart out will be providing support for the tour, which will take place from October 17 to November 25.