Otis Heat, a bluesy three-piece from Portland, has one of the more wild origin stories we've heard in a minute. While traveling in separate cars, two of the three (soon-to-be) bandmates suffered a near-fatal crash with one another and were helped out by a mysterious drifter that they think was named, yes, Otis Heat. Basically, we have a band as dedication to a mysterious Pacific Northwest character that no one is sure exists in the first place....Part Black Keys and part woozy funk that could care less about scoring underground points.
Dan Wilcox (KCRW): It was evident at an early age that Dan Wilcox had a passion for music – he learned how to use his parents' turntable before he could tie his shoes. Growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, interesting music was in short supply and Dan would frequent the college record store, comb garage sales, scan fanzines and make out-of-town trips just to satisfy his craving for intriguing and exotic tunes, both new and old. This experience serves him well to this day as both a DJ and a music supervisor.
For years, Dan was Music Director at Ten Music, a company that found commercial licensing opportunities for indie artists. He now works freelance as a music supervisor for various film, TV and ad projects.
Since 2007, Dan has hosted a Saturday night music program on KCRW. He hosts a musical piñata of sounds perfect for a night of partying, including new discoveries, remixes and rarities, b-sides and lost classics. In addition, he has deejayed at many of the top nightspots in Los Angeles, including The Standard Hotel, Bardot, Zanzibar, The Crocker Club and a residency at The Doheny, as well as various events at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.
The Good Rebels: The Good Rebels are a band that is all about songwriting. Inspired by the melodic sensibility of the 60s, The Good Rebels continue a small tradition of bands that write songs you can sing along to, not just rock out to. Above all else, The Good Rebels aim to be catchy, and their songs are best described as that. Although their songs are reminiscent of the 60s, The Good Rebels sound unmistakably modern. Vintage yet fresh, traditional yet new, The Good Rebels’s sound is entirely their own.
The Muddy Reds: "From head to toe the Muddy Reds embody the gritty fuzz of their riffs and vocals. They are an undiscovered gem in the City of Los Angeles. A town full of hopefuls and wannabe rockers, these guys don’t wanna be, they are..." - jaminthevan.com "Channeling the bluesy ghouls that used to haunt the front stoops of the south, The Muddy Reds 'conjure images of dusty bones set against black sunrises, of sex and lost souls; their music evokes the primal urges to sweat and shake and move and breathe.' These aren't coattail riders of The White Stripes or The Black Keys, this is a quartet with a sound all their own-- a refined, soulful swamp revival with hints of Americana, classic 60s songwriting, and whiskey washed grooves." ~Bandsoup