Band of the Month

Each month The Hub profiles a new band that’s making waves on the contemporary music scene. We ask crucial questions about what makes them tick, how they got started, where they’re headed, and what gear they use. From punk to funk to hard rock and beyond, we seek out bands that are building their audience by creating a unique sound and presence. You’ll get the straight scoop on what inspires each Band of the Month, their creative process, gig-getting strategies, performance tricks and tips, tales from the road, and much more. Bookmark this page and come back every month to check out the latest Band of the Month.

Got a band to be considered for Band of the Month? Send us an email at botm@musiciansfriend.com.

April Band of the Month - SHEL

Band of the Month - SHEL

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Homegrown Folk Revival

By Bradley Weinholtz

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains foothills and surrounded by forest lies the town of Fort Collins, Colorado. Rich with history and infused with a vibrant cultural scene, it’s home to Colorado State University and somewhat ironically was one of the towns that inspired the design of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. It’s also home to SHEL—the four Holbrook sisters—whose songs offer a bewitching brew of Celtic, folk, and rock elements. The precision of classical training coupled with unerring instincts for weaving together rootsy folk and more forceful rock threads into haunting songs positions this quartet for big things.

Band of the Month - Caught A Ghost

Band of the Month - Caught A Ghost

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Haunting Undertones of the Present with Reflective Overtones from the Past

The essence of old school sultry soul blended perfectly with a warm mix of edgy, definitive ‘90s hip-hop. Caught A Ghost has fashioned a distinctive musical genre with a performance presence that’s both haunting and charming.

Band of the Month -- The Active Set

Band of the Month -- The Active Set

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The Active Set was born out of the excitement of late '70s/early '80s post punk and new wave, unified with '90s alternative and viewed through the referential lens of the '00s. Drawing from this wide range of influences, lead vocalist/bassist Matthew Stolarz and guitarists Johnty Thompson and Francis Ramsden crafted a sound that is both energetic and intelligent. They love love quirky, driven melodies with smart hooks. Then they like to change their minds, and change it up. Welcome to Los Angeles, a place for movers and shakers. It's a place to really get things started. If you don't live here yet, you will.

Band of the Month - Breaking Southwest

Band of the Month - Breaking Southwest

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The Lone Star State produces an independent contemporary country sensation

By Bradley Weinholtz

Merging alternative and mainstream rock elements, classical training, and country storytelling, Breaking Southwest has quickly galloped onto the scene. The band's combined talents and diverse musical backgrounds have gelled into a flavorful contemporary country outfit that's going like a house on fire. Just a little over three years ago, the band was two guys jamming in their apartment; by New Year's Eve 2013 Breaking Southwest was performing in front of an audience of more than 35,000.

January Band of the Month - On Being Human

Band of the Month -- On Being Human

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A Journey into Adventure Rock

On Being Human – January 2014 Band of the Month

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