Who: Olympia, Washington isn't all about grunge and K Records; there's also the green paradise that's bred the scuzzy Naomi Punk. The punk-laced trio doesn't strum guitars but rather mauls them, creating bruised anthems that effortlessly growl and sneer. Together, the band – whose members have also performed in local standout groups including Masters & Johnson, U and Seahouse – stunned audiences as openers for Mac DeMarco while touring for their gritty first record The Feeling. With the band's forthcoming Television Man release, due out on Captured Tracks in August, the band's sound has shifted towards focusing on sharper instrumentals and taut songwriting. But, thankfully, the guys don't skimp on any of masterful thrashes they've perfected along the way. PAULA MEJIA
Sounds Like: Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, Ex-Cult
Where to Start: "Burned Body," a seether with salty surf riffs at the edges.
From a thrashing group of Washington punks to angsty British rockers to dancing, pop-loving L.A. crooners, these are five artists to know right now.