Hearts Like Lions caught our attention last year with their single “Once Dead, Now Alive,” and earlier this year, the band successfully crowdfunded their first EP, These Hands. Mixing influences from indie rock bands like Indian Lakes, Circa Survive, As Cities Burn or Manchester Orchestra, these Long Beach natives are sure to be turning heads this year. This is one of the most beautiful handfuls of songs I have heard this year.

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Drones

Droning On

The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."

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Brian "Head" Welch

Love and Death and Resurrection

After an eight year hiatus, Love and Death return with 'Perfectly Preserved,' an eclectic and personal release for nu-metal icon and frontman Brian 'Head' Welch. Still at the heart of it all, the man with the dreads details his life in the spotlight after returning to Korn, the launch of a holistic recovery center, and his spearheading of an autobiographical documentary. As fresh as he's ever been at 50 years old, he's still got more to give.

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