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  • Festival Watch: Our Picks From Culture Collide 10/10-10/12

    October 14, 2013   Here at Ones To Watch, nothing sets us off on happy life tangents more than discovering new music that rocks. Naturally, we jump at any opportunity to do so - which is how we found ourselves in L.A.'s Echo Park for this weekend's Culture Collide Fest. The fourth annual arts festival thrown by FILTER Magazine featured a lineup of musicians from all around the globe and surprises along the way, including a creative panel kickoff featuring keynote speaker Moby (awesome) and tacos from Iceland (yum). Basically, we were blown away by the amount of talent the world brought. Below are a list of the acts that stood out to us the most. The Men (US)  [Photo: Kate Griffin] From Brooklyn, NY, the men of The Men won us over with their fuzzy, post-punk rock sounds they brought to the festival. Their new EP, Campfire Songs, is out today via Sacred Bones Records. The collection of five tracks was literally recorded around a burning fire during the band’s sessions for their 2013 album, New Moon.   The Raveonettes (Denmark)  [Photo: William Le] The Raveonettes proved they were just as good live as we hoped they'd be. That their latest album, Observator, was recorded in the same studio on Sunset where The Doors recorded many records came as no surprise - this bicoastal duo from Denmark are well on their way to making an even bigger name for themselves in American rock.   Bagheera (US) The beginning  of Friday night brought one of our earliest finds with Houston DJ, Aidan Kennedy. As Bagheera, his funky, upbeat mix of urban and primitive dance music had the crowd in high spirits for the rest of the evening.  Birth of Joy (The Netherlands) One of the buzzbands of Friday night was psychedelic rock trio, Birth of Joy. Their live set had the entire festival talking about the Dutch group, who self-classify as “Sixties on Steroids.”  Rhye (US, Denmark, Canada) [Photo: Live on Jimmy Kimmel] Rhye (pronounced like "rye") has been quite the talk of town lately, and with every good reason. The sublime synthesis of Mike Milosh's ethereal vocals and Robin Hannibal's soulful blend of jazz and electronic instrumentals made for a positively cerebral live experience. Their new album, Woman, debuted in May via Republic Records. Kid Karate (Ireland) "Two Boys. Make Noise" reads Kid Karate's Facebook About section. That is both a truth and an understatement for this rock duo from Dublin, who had the entire floor at The Echo floored from the first few notes of "Heart."  Duologue (UK) Of course we had to make it out and support our favorite guys from the UK, Duologue. Finally having recouped from jetlag, they played a solid live set in the back of a cozy French restaurant which, by the looks of it, garnered a whole new room of fans just in time for the release of their new album, Song & Dance.