Five Local Bands Who Should Be Huge in 2012


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Orange's Kiev set the local music scene a-twitter with their stereoscopic 3D performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Menomena in May. Three-demensional projections of stoney illustrations and lava lamp-like goo floated onstage as they played. Beyond a cool light show, it's their tight and technical brand of indie rock that keeps Kiev on top of the local music consciousness. Their song "3rnd" was featured on as a free download in December. "Found! The Real Found!" was featured on Paul Frank's Accademy of Awesome CD. 
Kiev is nominated for Best Indie and Best Song (for "Loot Recovered") in the 2012 OC Music Awards. They won Best Indie and were finalists in the Best Live Band competition in 2011. The Weekly gave them the award for Best Use of 3D by a Band in our Best Of 2011 issue.

Railroad to Alaska

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If you look at Orange County's history of super successful musical imports of the last decade, you'll see several hard rock acts at the top of the list; Avenged Sevenfold, Throwdown, Atreyu. And while surf punk, Americana and indie rock dominate OC's music scene, one band really comes to the foreground when talking metal: Railroad to Alaska. Their precise-yet-carnal sound transcends into a larger local audience because of their lyrics and wild live concerts.

Railroad to Alaska is nominated for Best Metal, Best Alternative and Best Live Band in the 2012 OC Music Awards. In 2011, they won Best New Artist. The Weekly named them Best Rock Band in our 2011 Best Of Issue.

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