WESTERN EDUCATION :: LOWELL
CLASS OF 2013 TRACK: "ALL I AM"
Check the history books: the first-ever song to be spun on the relaunched Boston Accents on WFNX.com this past fall came straight outta the depths of Lowell, Massachusetts. West-Ed's "All I Am" is a soaring modern indie dance jam, following up on the promise cast back in March with the glitzy "Young Love." The quartet's Weekend Sessions EP, released in December, is alt-rock for the generation raised on electronics, a multi-faceted approach to songwriting that relies on a pop core. With each release the band sheds its post-emo skin and inches closer to arena-sized rock-and-roll decadence. westerneducation.bandcamp.com
WESTLAND :: BOSTON
CLASS OF 2013 TRACK: "STEADY NOW"
Already veterans of the Vans Warped Tour and with more than 400 live shows under their collective white belt since 2009, Westland are taking their tireless work ethic and applying it to national domination in 2013. This month's Intimacy Without Intricacy is an ambitious pop-rock firecracker of a record, led by the anthemic stadium synth-rock of "Steady Now" and the epic balladry of "Jack & Coke." Frontman Aaron Bonus is an engaging personality, sharing personal tales of love and loss in Westland's lyrics, all while hell-bent on rocking the fuck out. WFNX presents Westland's record-release party February 7 at the Middle East in Cambridge. facebook.com/westlandmusic
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