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    1. Ed Monk

    With only one song released so far, most of Ed Monk's music remains a mystery; but this band formed at Bellarmine University has a lot of potential from their lead single “I Was Young,” a fast-paced, guitar-led rocker that brings names like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes to mind. The four-piece has been playing around town at The New Vintage, and the Rudyard Kipling. Stay tuned for more down for pipeline from Ed Monk. Listen to “I Was Young."

    2. In Lightning

    Some people are scared off by an instrumental band because they fear boredom, but I assure you, In Lightning, a band that consists of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, violin, and cello, will never put you to sleep. In Lightening's music moves like like a story, it's almost a score. You can check out In Lightning’s music on soundcloud.

    3. White Reaper

    Fresh off winning two awards at the second annual Louisville Music Awards, White Reaper is on fire. They are also a blogger’s dream—punk enough for the rocker crowd with melodies good enough to be catchy. They can played Cropped Out Festival and be played on WFPK. Later this month, they will take off to New York to play the College Music Journal Festival and continue touring in along the East Coast and Midwest into mid-November. Oh yeah and they guys can’t even get into the bars they are playing at. You are going to watch to listen to “Cool” over and over again.

    4. JaLin Roze

    It’s been very hard to miss this hip-hop musician over the past few months because the buzz about him has never been bigger. He debuted his band, The Grand Nationals. He had a great crowd at Forecastle. He took home his second Louisville Music Award and performed on its stage. He is releasing his next EP called “FIGURE$” around Halloween. Check out some footage from Roze’s Forecastle set shot by FunkItBlog.

    Wilder Stallions

    Yeah, I’m going to put two instrumental bands on this list. Wilder Stallions, led by guitarists Will Wilder, doesn’t have the sound spectrum of In Lighting because they consist of guitar, bass, drums, and keys. That’s not a bad thing. But it’s not the sound that really separates them. It’s the stories they are telling. In Lighting is more orchestral and their multitude of instruments allows the song to be a narrative. Wilder Stallions is a bit more like a jam band where in the song and live in concert, the guitar and keys will go on longer solos. They play a combination of funk, jazz, and rock. Wilder Stallions’s first album is likely set for a January 2015 release but check out “Funk 48” on their website now.

    Photo courtsy of JaLin Roze Facebook page.

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    About Will Ford

    Covering Louisville music like it's the 6 o' clock news. I've covered Forecastle, Louder Than Life, Moontower, Starry Nights, and Louisville music news for 3 years. Follow me @parasiticnoise

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