I Saw Them First!

Just like the cast of the  Sopranos or a Christopher Guest flick, great support makes the star shine even brighter. Some of my favorite  concert memories are of great bills, from top to bottom, and often bands I hadn’t heard of at the time.

For example, the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Californication” tour back in 1999 featured the Foo Fighters who were riding high on their latest release There’s Nothing Left to Lose and their enormous smash hit “Learn to Fly.” Those two bands sold the tickets. However, the opening act for this show was this tiny little band from the UK called Muse, who had just put out their debut album Showbiz. Guess what? That little three piece band that barely had any stage space to perform on in 1999 is HUGE  in 2013. Fourteen years, a handful of radio hits and millions of albums sold later, they will headline the Verizon Center in DC next month.

My favorite thing about working for a music venue is the additional avenue to discover great, new artists. Coming up, Rams Head venues have a variety of great bands supporting upcoming shows. Check out these four bands. You never know, someday you could be saying “I saw them FIRST!”

Royal Teeth – Playing at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on 9/11

The members of Royal Teeth quit their jobs in May 2012 to fully pursue full time touring after the release of their debut E.P. Act Naturally. The Louisiana natives supported several diverse national headliners, including Fitz and The Tantrums, while forming the songs that would eventually become Glow, Royal Teeth’s debut full length album, released August 13.

You may recognize their soaring Sirius XM Alt Nation hit “Wild,” as it has also been featured on a few commericals.

See them in Annapolis, Md. at Rams Head On Stage on September 11 opening for Rusted Root.

American Authors – Playing at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on 9/12

A band with buzz from Brooklyn? There’s a shocker! American Authors released the super catchy “Believer” and “Best Day of My Life” over the past year or so, gaining considerably airplay on in the top spots on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation Top 18 countdown, adding them to a list of bands that includes Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Silversun Pickups, Alt-J, Muse, Grouplove and more! “Best Day of My Life” is also prominently featured in the latest Lowe’s TV ad.  Expect big things from these guys when they release their first full album later this year (or possibly in 2014) For now, the guys put out a fantastic self titled E.P. Check it out.

You can see American Authors on September 12 opening for The Airborne Toxic Event at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.

Wild Nothing – Playing at Rams Head Live on September 23
Jack Tatum has written and recorded two full length albums and two E.P.s almost entirely by himself, but when playing live Wild Nothing also consists of three other members. Blacksburg, Virginia native Tatum admits that the studio and live versions of the band do not necessarily run parallel, with the interpretations of 3 other musicians having an influence.

Wild Nothing’s second album Nocturne was very well received critically and commercially, toping the Billboard New Artist and Alternative New Artist charts and receiving the “Best New Music” tag from Pitchfork — hardly an easy accomplishment.

Check them out with Local Natives at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on September 23.

Deap Vally – Playing Rams Head Live in Baltimore on October 2

Deap Vally is bad ass female rock duo, in the same vein as The White Stripes or The Black Keys with a bit more of an edge. Judging from the Get Deap! EP and the new single “Bad for My Body,” you aren’t going to want to miss out on the ladies’ debut full lenght Sistronix, due out October 8. Naming Deap Vally “The New Troublemakers,” Rolling Stone magazine says: When she was a teenager, Deap Vally singer-guitarist Lindsey Troy worshipped one rock star above all others: “This may sound bad, but it was Courtney Love,” she says. “She was so raw and badass.” Now, with drummer Julie Edwards, Troy is making some major noise of her own. The L.A. duo’s fuzzed-out riffs have landed them choice spots from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza – and gotten Troy a lot more attention from dudes. “I take it with a grain of salt,” she says. “That’s part of the magic of rock & roll: It casts spells on people.”

Check them out on October 2 with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.



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