Reignwolf and The Holy Wars will perform at closing night party at On The Rox in West Hollywood.
Billboard is announcing the inaugural independent artists participating in this year's Billboard Live Music Summit, taking place Nov. 5-6 in Beverly Hills.
Leading the first slate of artists is Jordan Cook from Reignwolf, a fast-rising L.A. rock band that opened for The Who's 2019 Moving On Tour and released one of the year's best rock albums in Hear Me Out. His first album since launching in 2012, the debut LP packs nearly a decade of creative power in 10 tracks, each endowed with hard-driving guitar riffs, frenzied vocal hooks and a stripped down, lo-fi rock sound that has been largely absent from guitar-driven rock for much of the decade. Tracks like “Black and Red” have drawn comparisons to Gary Clark Jr. and the The Black Keys, while the band’s live shows have the raw, anything-can-happen energy of early Nirvana or Queens of the Stone Age.
Reignwolf will headline the Summit's afterparty at On the Rox on Nov. 6 and will be joined by opener The Holy Wars and their magnetic frontwoman Kat Leon. Today (Oct. 15), the Holy Wars released their most powerful track to date in "Welcome to my Hell." They've been percolating on the L.A. rock scene for a few years, with a live show that's part avant-garde performance art, part unrelenting rock gig. The band's recent video for "Legend" was shot and directed by by Erin Naifeh in collaboration with Leon, and captures with the band's dark-noir ambient aesthetic. It also introduced fans to the Identities: faceless, genderless characters who represent humans stripped down to their simplest form.