It’s that time of year once again, so assemble your team and ready your list. Neon Reverb is back with four days of music from some of the nation’s growing indie, garage, punk and hip-hop acts. Get acquainted with the lineup by searching our list of 11 must-see touring acts, and do not sleep on the locals, either. This year’s costs is packed with homegrown skill, from the shadowy post-punk of Dark Black to the psychedelic sounds of Trevor and the Joneses, Ted Rader & & The Magic Family and many more. Happy Reverbing!
Neon Reverb 2018
Who: Formed in 1979 by brothers Phil and Dave Alvin, these blues/rockabilly stewards rose in the LA punk scene along with regular co-headliners X.
When & & where: Saturday, March 10, Backstage Bar & & Billiards.
Advised if you like: Wanda Jackson, Reverend Horton Heat.
Very first spin: “American Music” (1980 ).
Who: Green Valley High School alum Nick Rattigan has been lauded by NPR and Stereogum as the singer/drummer of LA band Surf Curse, but he just recently turned his focus to this heavenly solo job.
When & & where: Sunday, March 11, Bunkhouse
Saloon. Advised if you like: Frankie Universe, Blouse.
Very first spin: “Alabama” (2018 ).
Who: A lo-fi, jangle-pop trio from London that has actually recently grabbed Wanderer and Guardian headings for its soft, indie-washed retro-rock.
When & & where: Saturday, March 10, Bunkhouse Saloon.
Advised if you like: Cate Le Bon, Whitney.
Very first spin: “Difficulty” (2017 )
Who: A Seattle four-piece making strong, doo-wop-inspired browse and garage-rock.
When & & where: Friday, March 9, Charm Bar. Suggested if you like: L.A. Witch, Tacocat.
Very first spin: “Big Big Blood” (2013 ).
Who: Former Philadelphia unique ed teacher Raheem Jarbowho left the class to bring his favorable nerdcore rap– which includes rhymes about education and video games– to a larger audience.
When & & where: Friday March 9, Beauty Bar.
Advised if you like: Richie Branson, K-Murdock.
Very first spin: “O.P.” (2015 ).
Who: A Seattle garage rock/post-punk three-piece brashly playing loud songs about not wanting to go to work.
When & & where: Thursday, March 8, Charm Bar. Advised if you like: Metz, Protomartyr.
First spin: 999 cover “Inside Out” (2017 ).
Who: A Utah-bred duo specializing in breezy, disenchanted indie rock with swirling guitar licks and synthy peculiarities to keep you thinking.
When & & where: Friday, March 9, Bunkhouse. Recommended if you like: Tokyo Cops Club, The Wombats.
Very first spin: “Sucker/Saint” (2017 ).
Who: Long time American psych-sters playing Western soundscapes feel retrofitted for ’90s shoegazing gunslingers.
When & & where: Friday, March 9, Artifice.
Advised if you like: Dead Meadow, The Warlocks.
Very first spin: “Talk to the Wind” (2009 ).
Who: Experimental Brooklyn New Yorkers merging metal and hardcore punk for Captain Beefheart-eats-Melvins awesomeness.
When & & where: Thursday, March 8, Charm Bar.
Advised if you like: Cows, Pissed Jeans.
First spin: “I Cannot Stop Being Hungry Today” (2017 ).
Who: Speculative artist and singer Meghan Remy deals out funky-chic, Euro-pop vibes.
When & & where: Friday, March 9, Bunkhouse.
Recommended if you like:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Metric.
Hear: “M.A.H.” (2018 ).
Who: San Diego’s Nathan Williams has been defining his generation’s take on burnt-out garage-punk since his task’s debut 10 years back.
When & & where: Sunday, March 11, Bunkhouse.
Advise if you like: Together Pangea, Fidlar.
Very first spin: “Hippies Is Punks” (2012 ).