By Amanda Dittmar - For Weekender

QUICK CHORD: Hybrid Sessions, Soul Low, and Sunstained

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Hybrid Sessions

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Sounds like: Progressive rock, ska, and pop rock thrown into a blender and poured to perfection.

Fun fact: Three of the members of Hybrid Sessions are brothers and the rest of them were in marching band together in high school.

Find them:,, Twitter: @sybridhessions

Soul Low

Milwaukee, Wis.

Sounds like: The Violent Femmes’ first record mixed with Jay Reatard vs Born Ruffians x surf music.

Fun fact: Low Spirit is the solo project of Sam Checkoway from the band Sleeping Patterns.

Find them:, Twitter: @soullowband,,


Worcester, Mass.

Sounds like: Emo/punk/post-rock. For those that like Title fight and Painos Become The Teeth.

Fun fact: The band formed as a side project from a hardcore band they were doing before. They’ve been through 2 Line up changes, both for the better.

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By Amanda Dittmar

For Weekender

Mike Answini photo, courtesy of Hybrid Sessions

Photo courtesy of Soul Low

Photo courtesy of Sunstained

Photo courtesy of Sunstained