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The 50 States Project: 500+ Bands on the Rise

May 1, 2012  |  10:21am
The 50 States Project: 500+ Bands on the Rise

Sufjan Stevens might have given up before he left the Midwest, but we’re not stopping until we cover all of America, from Florida to Alaska, Maine to Hawaii. Paste is scouring the country for great new bands. If you have a suggestion for your home state, send a link to 50states@pastemagazine.com. And check back here to see when your state gets added.

We’re 40 states in so far, and we’ll be adding a new one every couple weeks. Click on a state name to read more about each band and listen to a track.

Alabama
Banditos
Dead Fingers
Dillon Hodges
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil
Duquette Johnston
El Cantador
Fire Mountain
The Great Book of John
Lee Baines & The Glory Fires
Nell Robinson
The Pollies
St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Alaska
Animal Eyes
Feeding Frenzy
Historian
Marian Call
Matt Hopper
Meg Mackey
The Sweeteners
The We Shared Milk
Young Fangs

Arizona
Black Carl
Dry River Yacht Club
Future Loves Past
Gospel Claws
Roar
Run Boy Run
Snake! Snake! Snakes!
Stephen Steinbrink & French Quarter
What Laura Says
Yellow Minute

Arkansas
Adam Faucett
Amasa Hines
Bonnie Montgomery
Booyah! Dad
Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth
The Coasts
Damn Arkansan
Don’t Stop Please
The Holy Shakes
Messy Sparkles
Pagiins
Teenagers

California
Bleached
Branches
California
Cayukas
FIDLAR
Haim
Hit-Boy
Jessica Pratt
PAPA
Superhumanoids
The Lovely Bad Things
The Milk Carton Kids
Weekend

Colorado
Candy Claws
Elephant Revival
Head for the Hills
Joseph Childress
Lynx
Paper Bird
Princess Music
The Centennial
The Woodsman
West Water Outlaws

Connecticut
Bronze Radio Return
Echo and Drake
Mercies
Poor Old Shine
Steve Gregory Band
The Mclovins
Violent Mae
Wess Meets West
1000 Watt Suns
1974

Delaware
Bright Forest
Caseracer
Coffin Fly
Disaster Committee
The Headies
The Keefs
Mean Lady
New Sweden
The Spinto Band
Tone

Florida
Aircraft
Day Joy
Ex-Breathers
Half Undressed
Hundred Waters
Levek
Mystery Date
Set and Setting
Wavefunctions
Willie Evans Jr.

Georgia
Coming Soon!

Hawaii
Coming Soon!

Idaho
Aaron Mark Brown
The Blaqks
Calico
The Dirty Moogs
Edmond Dantés
Hillfolk Noir
LadyTramp
Shades
Storie Grubb & The Holy Wars
Toy Zoo

Illinois
Big Science
Common Loon
The Congregation
Elephant Gun
Elsinore
Exit Ghost
Grandkids
Hollows
Mazes
Shy Technology

Indiana
Apache Dropout
Bonesetters
Faux Paw
husband&wife
Laura K Balke
Rodeo Ruby Love
The Kemps
The Leonard Washingtons
Thee Open Sex
Urbanites

Iowa
Coming Soon!

Kansas
Coming Soon!

Kentucky
Houndmouth
Jalin Roze
Matt Duncan
Natives
Nerves Junior
Oh My Me
Silver Tongues
The Fanged Robot
The Pass
Whistle Peak

Louisiana
Au Ras Au Ras
Brass Bed
Caddywhompus
Coyotes
England in 1819
Gashcat
Gold and the Rush
Rareluth
Royal Teeth
Sun Hotel
The Breton Sound
Vagabond Swing

Maine
Coming Soon!

Maryland
Ed Schraders Music Beat
Ghost Hotel
Holy Ghost Party
Julia Brown
Raindeer
Secret Mountains
Soft Cat
Sun Club
The Sterling Sisters
Us and Us Only

Massachusetts
The Blackbaord Nails
Camden
Cuffs
Magic Magic
Mean Creek
Movers & Shakers
The New Highway Hymnal
Quilt
The Red Heroine
Viva Viva

Michigan
Absofacto
Bars of Gold
Chris Bathgate
The Crane Wives
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Danny Brown
De La Montaña
The Dirtbombs
Frontier Ruckus
Lightning Love
Little Island Lake
The Soil and the Sun

Minnesota
Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps
Chastity Brown
Communist Daughter
El Guante
Haley Bonar
Joey Ryan & The Inks
Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles
Night Moves
Prissy Clerks
Rogue Valley
Sleep Study
We Are the Willows

Mississippi
Bass Drum of Death
Cedric Burnside
The Como Mamas
Dead Gaze
The Jag
The Jarheads
John Murray
Rosco Bandana
Sanders Bohlke
Spacewolf
The Weeks
Young Buffalo

Missouri
Bo and the Locomotive
Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost
Capybara
Dots Not Feathers
The Grisly Hand
O Giant Man
The Hooten Hallers
Old Lights
Sleepy Kitty
Water Liars

Montana
Coming Soon!

Nebraska
The Decatures
Eli Mardock
Icky Blossoms
Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers
Kill County
Kris Lager Band
The Midland Band
Rock Paper Dynamite
Snake Island!
Stonebelly
Universe Contest

Nevada
The All-Togethers
The Bonfire Set
Casino Hearts
DJ Spore
Elephant Rifle
ghostofthegardencity
Mokhov
Narrowed
Rainglow
Surf Curse

New Hampshire
Coming Soon!

New Jersey
Apparus
Cakes Da Killer
The Everymen
The Front Bottoms
Full of Fancy
Honeydrum
Howth
Julian Lynch
Memory Tapes
Spook Houses
The Ugly Club
Waking Lights

New Mexico
Alonerly
Arroyo Deathmatch
Bill Palmer’s TV Killers
Gusher
Lady Uranium
Leeches of Lore
Lindy Vision
Manuka Piglet
Nose Blonde
Nuclear Spaceship
Predatory Light
Thieves & Gypsys

New York
Alexandra Stewart
Brothers
Diiv
Glass Ghost
Hunters
Lady Lamb the Bee Keeper
The Last Royals
Lucius
Rush Midnight
Skaters

North Carolina
Andy the Door Bum
Deniro Farrar
Diali Cissokho & Kairaba
Floating action
Hiss Golden Messenger
Mount Moriah
Naked Gods
Paint Fumes
Red Collar
Some Army
Wood Ear
Zack Mexico

North Dakota
Coming Soon!

Ohio
Bad Veins
The Black Swans
Cloud Nothings
The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Nick Tolford and Company
Old Hundred
Phantods
Pomegranates
Southeast Engine
Walk the Moon

Oklahoma
Broncho
Deerpeople
Horse Thief
John Moreland
Josh Sallee
Parker Milsap
Prettyboy
Tallows
Wink Burcham
Zach Winters

Oregon
Adventure Galley
Ages and Ages
And And And
Lost Lander
Onuinu
Pure Bathing Culture
Radiation City
Sean Flinn and the Royal We
The River Empires
Wild Ones

Pennsylvania
Chill Moody
City Rain
Dana Alexandra
Donora
DRGN KING
New Shouts
Nicos Gun
Purling Hiss
Strand of Oaks
Toy Soldiers
Work Drugs

Rhode Island
Bloodpheasant
Allysen Callery
Chachi Carvalho
Euro
Haunt the House
Howl
Math the Band
Roz and the Rice Cakes
The Suicide Magnets
A Troop of Echoes

South Carolina
Company
Gremlins
Milton Hall
Modern Man
Pan
Pussy Wizard
Ramphastos
The Restoration
Run Dan Run
Shovels & Rope
Sunshone Still
Troth

South Dakota
Amos Slade
Avian Sunrise
The Kickback
Mystery Pills
Paradise Fears
Roman Ships
Soul Crate
The Tinder Box
Typical Hunks
Wumpus

Tennessee
The Apache Relay
The Black Cadillacs
Cherub
Cities Aviv
Dirty Guv’nahs
Glossary
The Kingston Springs
The Memphis Dawls
Moon Taxi
Plainclothes Tracy
Star & Micey
Vinyl Thief

Texas
Bonnie Whitmore
Dirty River Boys
Fat Tony
Fox and the Bird
Hacienda
Max Frost
Mystery Skulls
Quaker City Night Hawks
The Tontons
Wild Child
Wild Moccasins

Utah
The Blue Aces
Concise Kilgore
Desert Noises
Grass
Jay William Henderson
Joshua James
Koala Temple
Lake Island
L’anarchiste
The Moth and the Flame
Salazar

Vermont
Coming Soon!

Virginia
Brunswick
Butcher Brown
DJ Harrison
Gull
Marcus Tenney Trio
Matthew E White
Ohbliv
Photosynthesizers
Reggie Pace
Scott Burton
Snowpanda
The Hotseats
The Trillions
Tim Barry

Washington
Cathedral Pearls
The Lonleyly Forest
Macklemore
My Goodness
Night Beats
OC Notes
Pickwick
Shelby Earl
THEESatisfaction
Unnatural Helpers
The Young Elvis
Yuni in Taxco

West Virginia
AC30
Aristotle Jones & The Like Minds
The Boatmen
The Demon Beat
Fox Japan
Goodwolf
Qiet
Sasha Colette and the Magnolias
Sleepwalker
Sly Roosevelt

Wisconsin
Blessed Feathers
Cory Chisel
Field Report
Jaill
Juniper Tar
Phox
The Daredevil Christopher Wright
Trapper Schlepp and the Shades
Vic and Gab
Volcano Choir

Wyoming
Coming Soon!

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