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Artist of the Week: Awolnation

January 16, 2012 (6:08 am) GMT
Already busting the charts, the Aaron Bruno-fronted band will continue their journey to the stardom by rocking Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Artist of the Week: Awolnation

is one of the bands to watch this year as they make their way to the top. Fronted by Aaron Bruno, this alternative rock band defined their moniker as a way "to escape a situation you can't handle. A way for all of us to get our aggression out, cry a little bit, or even laugh."

They ruled Billboard Top Heatseekers album chart in 2011 with their debut album "". They also invaded the small screen as their songs were featured on such popular TV shows as "" and "".

With their infectious single "Sail", the five-piece band climbed up to No. 5 on Billboard Alternative Songs chart. They additionally sailed to a peak position at No. 10 on the U.S. Rock Songs chart. It became their most commercially successful song to date.

Talking about their inspiration, Awol said it's "very much like a kid in terms of fantasy and magic." They explained further, "I get rhythms, beats, colors and patterns from the transcendence of the ocean. I'm influenced by both its beauty and its absolute terror."

They kicked off the New Year of 2012 with a big announcement. They were recruited as one of the musical guests at the upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. They would perform on the second days of the the two-weekend desert party, on April 14 and 21.

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