LA label Burger Records launched its Burger A Go Go festival in 2014 as a way to highlight women on the indie rock and punk scenes, and it grew so successful, the crew decided to take it on the road. “At the time, there weren’t any big, female rock ’n’ roll concerts,” Burger Records co-founder Sean Bohrman says. “Me and [co-founder] Lee [Rickard] grew up in the ’90s, when there was Lilith Fair. We had a ton of awesome bands on our label, and we were like, ‘We should do something.’”
The two-day fest features headlining acts like Atlanta-based punk band The Coathangers (Night 1) and LA’s Cambodian psych-rock outfit Dengue Fever (Night 2), but both days are packed with must-see bands. Read on for a primer on the lesser-known artists.
Death Valley Girls: This self-described “gutter-rock” outfit has crushing, psychedelic-rock riffs down to a science. Hear: “Disco.”
The Flytraps: ’70s glam and punk is still alive in the hands of this howling, explosive four-piece. Hear: “Sunset Strip RIP.”
Feels: Fuzzy, slinky garage-rock with a West Coast swagger. Hear: “Close My Eyes.”
Winter: Dreamy and soft bedroom-rock that pairs well with your morning coffee. Hear: “All the Things You Do.”
Summer Twins: Jangly indie-pop that closely mirrors ’90s favorites like Tiger Trap. Hear: “Stop & Go.”
Patsy’s Rats: Patsy Gelb (of Scavenger C*nt) and Christian Blunda (Mean Jeans) pair retro riffs with effortless garage-pop melodies. Hear: “Givin’ Up.”
BURGER A GO GO March 1-2, 8 p.m., $20/day, $30/two-day. Beauty Bar, 702-598-3757.