The first band featured is a name we've been telling you to look out for: Houndmouth. Blazing a similar trail as the Alabama Shakes, they define their music as "recession rock" and it's filled to the brim with powerful melodies and emotional vocals. My hometown of Louisville has been going crazy for Houndmouth and it's only a matter of time before they become a household name. Jump on the train early and check them out.
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