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Coming from a farming community in Far North Queensland, 8 Ball Aitken is the oldest son of an impoverished family of twelve children. 8 Ball spent his adolescence on a banana plantation, living in a rough tobacco shed with resident rats, bats, snakes, and spiders as his sleeping companions. He started work as a farm labourer aged fifteen, doing back-breakingly hard work on the mango and banana plantations of the Atherton Tablelands, a man’s work for a boy’s pay. He had to help support his family with these wages.
Marfa, Texas, is a pretty weird place. The modest-sized city—its population of 2,400 equals roughly half its altitude—was named for a character in a Russian novel, served as the set of James Dean’s last movie, and has since the late 1800s been known for the mysterious Marfa ghost lights, the unexplained glowing spheres that appear randomly in the night air east of the town. But Marfa is also home to another astonishing and out-of-the-ordinary phenomenon. One that’s simmering. Rumbling. Steadily building in intensity—and about to explode onto on unsuspecting music world like a blinding, white-hot, bird-flipping supernova. Its name? Satanic Punk International Conspiracy—or S.P.I.C. for short.
Inspired by tight reggae rhythm sections & thrashing punk bands, Three Hofstra University graduates birthed The Roast Beef Curtains. Taking a DIY approach, Andrew, John, & Mike evolved The RBC into the best live reggae, dub, & punk experience on Long Island.
Nadia is a Canadian born singer/songwriter with a penchant for metaphoric lyrics and eclectic musical influences. Her influences of rock, soul and folk are evident on her debut album Arrival from the Beatles-esque Julian to the soulful pop of Arrival and the bluesy depth of the Blues Always Bleed Red. Her live show is a ruckus energetic version of the album.
MoPo (aka Robbie Kowal) is one of America’s most versatile, experienced and flat-out joyous party rockers. His decade long mission is to ‘put the party back into the party’, and to connect the casual music fan with the hard core dance music mavens; proving that music is more than just beats. San Francisco’s bootleg indie remix partypusher, is known for a rare ability to play exactly the right music for the moment and an expertise with a wide variety of genres that he seamlessly melds into a coherent blend. Since breaking out as a rare groove Dj in the 90’s he has spent the 21st Century defining a sound he calls “Electric Nostalgia” using eclectic club styles, break beat, trip hop and tech funk as a backdrop for his genre-bending experiments.
From a near religious love of funk and hip hop, to a lifetime study of rock and roll to a massive aptitude for latin, reggae and other outernational formats, MoPo incorporates bits and pieces of music culture into electronic edits that slam the dancefloor. As a backdrop, he creates, edits or chooses only the biggest baddest breaks, hooks and drops to create a sound that truly slams. To the dancer, MoPo is a breath of fresh air, often transforming a room into collective song or crowd chant that connect the audience to the DJ.
Dig “Ooh Baby” … flute (Eric Daniel) & guitar (Alex Britti) drive this very mellow track…
“We play Sexy Sax/Flute driven Nu Soul Urban grooves you can trip, chill or drive on but first tell me, are you experienced?”
ulian Bachlow, An independent artist thriving into the music industry one day at a time. With a fresh new indie rock sound, it sets him apart from everything else.
Julian Bachlow (Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass and Drums) is an independent artist who started his band in January 2007 in Schomberg, Ontario while attending York University. Julian Bachlow performs his own material in which he has written, produced and recorded. His musical style and influences include The Cure, Stars, Modest Mouse, Radiohead and the Postal Service. Currently Julian has finished his new CD entitled “Paradigm”. “Paradigm” is the first release from this Artist and he is currently promoting, marketing, and distributing his album independently as well as with his street team.
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1) a poetic, intricate, textured, time shifting, art rock band based in New York consisting of four members; Tommy Krebs (drums), Hunter Sagehorn (guitar), August Sagehorn (bass), and Joe D. Michon-Huneau (vocals). 2) a dinosaur of unlikely proportions.
Teresa Carpio is one of the most sought after artists in Asia today. Well known for her powerful voice and range, live shows and commanding stage presence, she has been a household name for many years.
If you’re standing in a forest, tilting your head way back to glimpse the tops of all those majestic, thickly trunked trees, it’s just impossible not to be moved by their centuries-old resilience; the stoic strength that sees them through even the harshest storms that Mother Nature can unleash. Yet locked deep within the core of each of those mighty oaks and towering sequoias is something even stronger than their outwardly impressive surface layers: the heartwood. A tree’s densest, most durable—and often most beautiful—element, the heartwood is the robust, knotty marrow that keeps it standing proud and tall for all to marvel at. And not only is Heartwood also the name of Canadian singer-songwriter Sora’s astonishing third release, it’s as well the perfect metaphor for her music: gorgeous, rich, endlessly enduring.
Flamenco meets Santana via Brubeck — soaring electric guitars (Steve Kimock), driving acoustics (Tim Reynolds), and Dave Matthews vocal improv wrapped in a tightly grooving package. This radio edit omits Mike Sokolowski & Nir Z’s blistering piano/drums duet. Hear the full version on Sokoband (released 3/9/2010).
So I started to think about the people that came in and out of my life and decided to write honest musical statements about what had transpired. If I hurt you, I’m sorry. If you hurt me, it’s hurts. If I’ve wronged you, I’m sorry, please, I beg your pardon. Once I took music from this point of view the songs started to flow almost effortlessly.
A storyteller through song, Maria Dunn combines North American folk and country music with the influences of her Celtic heritage. She writes songs inspired by historical and contemporary characters, capturing their struggles and triumphs in her lyrics. A 2009 nominee for the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her newest CD, The Peddler, Maria also received a Juno nomination in the Roots/Traditional Solo category for her second recording, For a Song.
GTaa originally harks from Manchester’s urban outskirts, but colours his music with alternative experience from around the World. GTaa produced the ‘Live It All’ album in 2002/2003, from recordings made over the previous few years, with Alan Gregson at West Orange Studio, Preston.
CONNIE LANSBERG is a singer/songwriter who performs original Pop-Jazz and Smooth Jazz. She is a vocal interpreter of the wonderful stories told by the American Song Book and beyond. She uses her voice in such a way as to reveal and tease out even the most subtle of nuances that define these beautiful songs. Reminiscent of Blossom Dearie and June Christy, but with the modern edge of Sade and Sting, Connie Lansberg creates light and shade and sings with an unselfconscious joy that is truly infectious and enfolds the listener within the melody so that each performance is a shared experience that leaves no one out.
Connie was recently asked by an eminent Melbourne Kiniseologist to supply both her music and her voice for a series of uniquely modern meditations designed for both the Nokia and iPhone app stores. They can also be download from up coming website mobile-meditations.com