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Fires, floods, volcanoes, vision quests in the wilderness. Ya know, the typical musician stuff. Throw in science, technology and a stunning array of musical skills, and you’ve got a standard issue day for ambient electronic folk rocker Max Carmichael, whose first commercial release was praised by the Village Voice, resulting in a headline gig at New York’s Knitting Factory. With a style placing him in such varied and storied company as Paul Simon, Calexico, Moby, and U2, it’s no surprise that Carmichael’s work is continually surprising, yet comfortably familiar. It’s a truly unique blend of the Bohemian, the idealist, the nerd, and the adventurer. It’s the sound of a complex sophisticated nature boy with just enough dogma to keep him tense and just enough liberation to keep him potent.
The Kobolds are a New York City alternative rock band with a home-base in Astoria, Queens. Influenced by The White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, and Led Zeppelin, Alex Grau and Nicholas DiMichele first started playing music together as teenagers in College Station, Texas. After moving to New York to pursue degrees from NYU, Alex and Nick enlisted Pennsylvanian drummer Andrew Benson from a local Guitar Center. Using intense intimidation tactics, Alex, Nick and Andrew coerced their long-time friend from Texas, Spencer Synwolt, to start a new life in New York and round out the rock quartet. The Kobolds were born in 2009, and released their first album, The Kobolds EP, in July 2010. Following a year of playing New York, their second album, The Kobolds EP II, is being released in May 2011.
After many years apart Los Angeles based band Boho Chapeau has reunited to bring a fresh indie folk sound to fans and critics alike. Lead by singer/songwriter Kevin Quinn the band boasts some of the best players in the country.
Guitarist George Keller’s musical muse is influenced by an eclectic variety of music including classic rock, jazz, classical and blues. His first professional experience was long-time accompanist for guitarist George Cromarty, co-writer of the classic “Plastic Jesus” folk song.
Bassist Fred Hammon is a jazz influenced musician who also designs and manufactures his own line of Dark Star bass pickups. He’s also bassist for the popular blues band “The Priests of Love”.
Percussionist Lee Ann Harris is both a seasoned performer and an in-demand session player. Her work has appeared on numerous film scores, albums and television programs.
All Van Muller ever wanted was the music. At the age of sixteen, Van Muller gave up her comfortable country life and moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil to try her hand at modeling and start a band. Her first stage experience as a vocalist was performing cover versions of 1980’s rock hits. Muller took the process seriously, engaging a professional voice teacher and traveling to New York City every chance she got. Eventually Muller made the leap of faith and moved herself to New York, hoping the bright lights of The Big Apple would light the way to her dreams.
Brian Eno once said “It’s not the destination that matters. It’s the change of scene.” Toronto transplants The Movement Fam never had to hear the message; they live it every day. The Melbourne natives sold practically everything they owned last year and moved themselves to Toronto in search of the dream of sharing their “Soul Hop” music with the world.
Almost two years on from releasing his debut album Every Thought I’ve Had Since I Was 10, Broni is gearing up for a big 2011 with the upcoming release of his follow up LP; To Get Her, Together. Returning with more personal tales of life and love with his unique view of the world, Broni’s sophomore album is a sincere ode to the simple things in life and the quirks that arise from youth and love.
Brett Ryan Stewart is a Nashville singer/songwriter whose lyrics lend a deep look into the artist’s life experience of loss, purpose and hope. The Delaware transplant and self-taught guitarist has a distinct indie/pop sound peppered with a southern influence which named him “…a talent worth watching!” by Performing Songwriter Magazine.
Chicago’s The Band Split has just released its debut album, Unimpressive. But this assertive, hands-on, four-piece band is anything but unimpressive when it comes to making great music. “It’s the indiest of indie labels,” Gatenby enthuses, “we couldn’t be more underground.”
You’ve never truly understood the phrase larger than life until you’ve met Michael Lee. The San Antonio-born, Houston-based actor, Emmy-nominated television producer, singer, songwriter, director, ghost hunter and alleged vampire walks the walk in a whirl of outrageous clothes, chutzpah and a mischievous mirth not seen since the heyday of hair metal.
Diggs’ straight forward, crystal clear delivery is a throwback to when hip-hop was more authentic but is still relevant to today’s landscape. When you listen to a Traum Diggs song you get humor, pain, social commentary and real raw lyricism all wrapped up in one package. “I’m an autobiographical emcee,” says Diggs. “My raps are my life.”
Rökkurró’s melancholic serenades are evocative of the cold and desolate landscapes of their distant homeland. Mesmerising tones and swooping strings projected against a bleak and solitary Nordic backdrop. And yet, unique warmth pervades Rökkurró’s music owed to the fragile and soothing voice of Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.
As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Canadian born Todd Koal expresses personal enlightenment and faith in the human spirit through his music. Whether it be from his fluid vocal style or his honesty reflected in compositions, Koal conjures up a great blend of acoustic pop and light rock.
How could you be so blind? You haven’t heard of JP Corwyn? You haven’t seen him live? You haven’t heard his music? How embarrassing for you. Really, though. It’s ok. You’re in the right place. For JP, the rationale for the blind jokes is reasonable. He is legally blind.
Goodnight Company, Jane’s third album set for digital release October 5, 2010 and on CD, January, 2011 builds on her previous successes with debut Teargirl and 2008 San Diego Awards Best Recording Nominated follow-up, Barkentine.