Indianapolis, Indiana’s prog-funk ensemble, The Twin Cats, have been on the path to creating their own distinctive approach to fusion music since their line up was finalized in 2004 by blending influences from funk to prog rock, jazz and electronica.
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Vitamin-D offers fetching soundscapes and musical nuances based around vibraphonettes, tremolo guitars, and looping trumpets. Dennis Cronin, the trumpet-wielding composer at the center of Brooklyn’s Vitamin-D, prefers musical nuances to oversized statements. Among others, Cronin and his trumpet have collaborated with alternative darlings Lambchop and Vic Chesnutt and performed with Yo La Tengo and Camera Obscura.
“Ones to watch for 2010” Northern Ireland’s Strait Laces have been making noise since 2008. “Chunky, ballsy and a little bit sinister” their music nods to Biffy Clyro and At The Drive In whilst still maintaining a fresh sound.
When we wake up to a beautiful day with the sun shining, it’s easier to focus on the positive things in our lives. “You have the option to look at your life and see the good,” says Sara Haze, explaining the title to her new album My Personal Sky. The line comes from her song “Beautiful Day” in which she states she’s “already been through the rain” and now there’s “not a cloud” in her “personal sky.” While that’s where she may have ended up, this sun-bleached blonde Southern California girl explores the whole journey through her music.
“When I started to write my own songs, I tried to just take in everything I heard and learn from it,” says Shawn Fisher. “It wasn’t until a few years later that I really began to figure out my own way of saying things.” And these days, judging by the rabid reactions of the crowds that buy Shawn’s music and pack the shows by him and his back-up band the Jukebox Gypsies, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter’s way of saying things is one that a lot of people are crazy about.
Former English teacher Mark Radcliffe grew up in Maine & Vermont and spent years as a writer before turning his wordsmithing to music. Having now played venues all over the country, Mark is steadily winning over new fans with his just-released album “The Sea Before Us, produced in Hollywood by Rob Giles of The Rescues and mastered by Grammy-winner Gavin Lurssen.
“If you have not had a chance to check out the correctness known as Farrad, then take a peek…he is definitely one to watch and if you don’t find yourself busting a move while listening to this you must have a giant stick shoved sideways up you’re a**. TRUST.” (Walt Cessna, contributor to BlackBook & A Shaded View On Fashion)
Debbie Cunningham, vocalist, is known as a powerful and engaging entertainer. Her musical styling of jazz is soulful and sultry, yet elegant and sophisticated. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Pennsylvania’s Temple University. Most recently, Cunningham was featured in the independent film- SWAY, due to be released in 2010. She lives in Franklin, TN with her husband and 2 children.
CHAMBER OF ECHOES – NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF ONE
With a name like “Chamber of Echoes,” one might expect a large band with room filling sound. Well, in this case, the room filling sound is obtained through the music of a one person phenom named Klaryssa Korol, who virtually single-handedly provides the vocals, programming, drum machines, synthesizer, samples and loops that make up her sound.
Chad Hollister has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty, and in the fall of 2009 he released Chad Hollister, his fourth CD. The self-titled disc was produced by Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Collective Soul, Shawn Mullins). Hollister’s musical style shines original with his percussive background. His personal lyrics are appreciative of a life on Mother Earth and his music is “pure sonic alchemy,” according to Resta.
Klezma Villanova have just released their new EP/ Demo, Rushing the Borders. The title track from the EP shows off their unique Gypsy inspired, indie folk. You can listen to all four tracks from the EP at http://klezmavillanova.bandcamp.com and view their detailed profile at Sonicbids.
Blending elements of folk, jazz, indie pop and cabaret, Shayna Zaid’s melodically inclined lyrical work leaves traces of solace, reflection and affection. The combination of Zaid’s dynamic stage presence, her powerful smoky voice and her playful jazzy swagger lends an enchanting display.
“i think this is an example of making something original and experimental that still has mass appeal.
it has a wierd kind of REM meets johnny cash kinda vibe to it”- Sole