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Posted: April 11, 2017

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The infectiously quirky indie rock band hailing from Los Angeles, actually came to fruition on a chance summer spent in a Greece art residency in the late 2000s. New Yorkers, Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi, forged an early friendship that summer before meeting the rest of the band in Sean Gadd, Ryan Rabin, and Andrew Wessen. Before going their separate ways, the band made plans to meet up again and start recording music. Shortly thereafter, in early 2010, and after several trips to Rabin’s home studio in LA, Grouplove released their debut EP. An opening stint with Florence + the Machine ensued, before the band went back into the studio to finish up their debut full length album, Never Trust A Happy Song, including the smash hit singles “Tongue Tied” and “Colours” that put the band on the map. Hooper’s and Zucconi’s relationship blossomed into more than a friendship, ultimately getting married and most recently having their first child, Willa. The band’s sophomore album, Spreading Rumors, picked up where they left off of the debut more than anything, but their recently released third studio album, Big Mess, found inspiration in the struggles and excitement of growing up and having a child while in a band. This May, we will get to experience a little bit from all three albums as Grouplove gets ready to headline their first 97X BBQ.

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The German duo comprised of Clemens Rehbein and Phillip Dausch exploded onto the scene in 2013 following the viral success their hit single “Stolen Dance” garnered via YouTube. After only playing two live shows together, that success prompted the duo to record their debut album, Sadnecessary, which was released in late 2013. “Stolen Dance” soon began to flood airwaves around the world, and it continues to be the duo’s most popular song with over 300 million streams on Spotify and over 300 million views on YouTube. They spent much of 2014 touring America, making their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and appearing at several festivals such as Coachella. Rehbein, a member of the jazz ensemble, met Dausch in a music course in high school. Much of their infectious sound can be traced to the numerous musical influences each cite, including folk, raggae, jazz, and electronica based pop. Their appearance at the 97X BBQ this May will be their first at a 97X show and only their second appearance ever in Tampa Bay, their first being Big Guava Festival in 2015.

 

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Katherine Flaherty, otherwise known as K. Flay, began her musical career nearly 10 years ago while a student at Stanford University. Her empowering ability to blend genres like hip hop, indie rock, and electronic dance music garnered a wide ranging fan base early on. She has opened for the likes of Snoop Dog and Passion Pit and even made appearances on the Vans Warped Tour. Her hard to define sound is most heavily influenced by famed San Francisco Bay area rappers. Her first two records, Suburban Rap Queen in 2004 and Mashed Potatoes in 2009, were self-released mix tapes in which she began to develop her style. It wasn’t until 2012 that she signed with RCA records, ultimately leaving the label because the label didn’t know how to market her unique sound. In the interim, she independently released a crowdsource album titled Life As A Dog, which charted on the Billboard Top 200 albums in 2014. That lead to opening gigs with artist ranging from AWOLNATION to Third Eye Blind before finding a home on Night Street Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records run by Imagine Dragons front man Dan Reynolds.

 

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Kyle Morris and Cole Male forged a childhood friendship in the most unlikely of places, juvenile detention. Both were presumably booked on charges of grand theft auto. That friendship centered around a love for music and now over 10 years later they are still to reach their peak as members of the Fort Worth based five piece band, The Unlikely Candidates. The band combines indie sensibilities with the raw energies of rock music. Their big break came at South By Southwest in 2013, in which nearly a dozen record labels came calling. Later that year, the band played the 97X BBQ, following their debut EP release of the same name as their hit single “Follow My Feet”. The song peaked at #35 on the US Alt Rock charts, and it looked as though The Unlikely Candidates were not so “unlikely” anymore. However, after a falling out with their initial record label, they were stranded in limbo. It’s not often that bands like them get a second chance at a major record deal. After another successful week at South By Southwest in 2015, they were fortunate enough to find that second chance. With this newfound hope, came the band’s first full length LP released earlier in 2017 titled Bed of Liars.

 

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An indie folk rock group out of Los Angeles with exuberant dance numbers draws comparisons to the likes of Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Comprised of Austin Bisnow, Zambricki Li, and Brian Zaghi, the band formed in 2014 and released their debut EP in 2015. NPR dubbed their lead single “Let It Burn” the summer festival anthem in 2015. They toured heavily throughout much of 2015 and into 2016, later finding success on another single “Set On Fire”. The song peaked at #4 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 and #1 on KROQ’s Local Only show. Front man Austin Bisnow has an accomplished resume, having produced, written songs for, and collaborated with the likes of David Guetta, Steve Aoki, John Legend, Diplo, Adam Levine, Gym Class Heroes, will.i.am, and Mike Posner to name a few. Magic Giant most recently made an appearance at the 2017 Safety Harbor Songfest and the 97X Corona Extra Green Room. We are proud to welcome them back to St. Pete and the 97X BBQ.

 

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The New York based alt rock outfit, basically formed out of an Ivy League classroom. College friends Jesse Fink, Andrew Spleman, Alexander Glantz, and Tyler Matte attended either Brown University or University of Pennsylvania but ultimately couldn’t stray away from their aspirations as musicians. The purveyors of “windows down, stereo up” music joined forces in 2013 immediately after graduation (Jesse actually dropped out of college a semester early) to form The Heydaze. The first singles “Little Bandit”, “Arnold Palmer”, and “City Girl” found success on YouTube and Soundcloud, before forging a loyal following in their home city and around the country. The band released more singles in 2014 and 2015, while opening for Jesse McCartney and Timeflies, before signing to the iconic Island Records. Their latest and sure to be smash hit single, “Hurt Like Hell”, has propelled the band to stereos around the country. Their appearance at the 97X BBQ will be the band’s first show in Tampa Bay and the state of Florida.

 

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