5 Up and Coming Bands You Need in Your Life Are Playing Shows Around L.A. in August

Get a taste of heavy metal Mariachi, acoustic Southern rock, and more

Spain at Love Song (August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30)

The project of singer/songwriter Josh Haden returns to the DTLA bar for its second residency of 2016, having played there back in May. The final show of that earlier run acted as the album release party for Carolina, Spain’s latest album.
Think: Slowcore goes Americana
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: Free

The Station Breaks at the Hotel Café (August 6, 20, and September 3)

The band made its Los Angeles debut at the Café in March and now returns for a three-pack of shows. Even with only a single album to its name, the quintet already has a cadre of fans thanks to the other exploits of its members–singer Rob Benedict, for instance, has played God on the television show Supernatural, and both he and guitarist Billy Moran are in indie rock quartet Louden Swain. The video above is a little Blair Witch-y, but close your eyes and hear them out.
Think: Acoustic southern rock, like a road trip through Tennessee
Listen: N/A
Cost: $10

Kat Myers and the Buzzards at Hotel Café (August 9, 16, 23, and 30)

The trio has kept busy this year, playing throughout Los Angeles with gigs at Grand Ole Echo, Harvard & Stone, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s and the Escondite, among others.
Think: Old-fashioned country rock and/or roll, tailor-made for early ’70s AM radio
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $10

Metalachi at the Viper Room (August 12, 19, and 26)

Billing itself as “The World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band,” the cover act is decades into a career performing the songs of Black Sabbath, Journey, and Guns N’ Roses (among others), all with traditional mariachi instruments.
Think: A Lemmy (Jack Daniels and Coke) chased with a shot of mezcal
Listen: via Spotify
Cost: $12

Mondo Drag at the Echo (August 16, 23, and 29)

The Oakland-based band will take over the Echo months after releasing The Occultation of Light and embarking on a month-long, 21-show tour of Europe. They’ll bring their psych-rock to Las Vegas in August as well, with a show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino during the Psycho Las Vegas festival.
Think: The sweet spot between psychedelic and hard rock
Listen: via Soundcloud
Cost: $5 before 10 p.m., $8 after