Sears, Scott, Swann & Stanley push all the barriers of Big Band music as they bring their unique sound and musicality to bear on the long-standing tradition of Big Band Jazz. As 4S’d’s first release Man or Muffin unfolds, it becomes apparent the rich and dense compositions are a synthesis of the bandmembers diverse background
Formed in 2012 in Kingsville, MD, At Face Value managed to create their own unique and edgy pop punk / alternative rock sound with influences from bands like The Story So Far, Blink 182, and Yellowcard. Having faced the all-too-familiar trials and tribulations of growing up (loss of loved ones, break-ups, etc.), their writing style and catchy yet refreshing chord progressions, melodies and lyrics help put a positive spin on things.
Her is the new ambitious release from Alan Leatherman. While still drawing upon the Jazz roots that propelled him on his critically acclaimed and charting release Detour Ahead, Alan has masterfully strung together an eclectic collection of songs across varying genres that have influenced him. Alan takes a refreshing approach to soul, blues, and funk, all through a jazz lens, held together singularly by the reality that “Good Music Is Good Music” no matter the genre. Leatherman’s new album features seven originals (co-written with Brian Usifer & Rick Germanson), and three covers completely re-imagined. And while Alan has a number of musical influences, Her draws specific comparisons to Jose James, Jamie Cullum, and Gregory Porter.
Brooklyn, NY – Benyaro — the indie roots project of seclusive Jackson Hole, WY musician
who’s worked with Gary Clarke Jr., Brett Dennen and Shovels & Rope — announces the
release of his third original full-length album, One Step Ahead of Your Past. The LP was coproduced with Danny Kadar (Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses) and
recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Ben Musser’s home studio in Wyoming. Notable guest musician includes Jacob Rodriguez (Michael Bublé) on tenor and baritone saxophone.
It’s been a big year for Roots of Creation and their front-man Brett Wilson. Earlier this year RoC dropped their chart-topping triple-album Livin Free, and now the lead singer and guitarist has released his own live acoustic album, Get Ready! Live In Columbus. Get Ready! Live In Columbus was recorded during Brett Wilson’s opening performance for Slightly Stoopid in front of a sold out crowd at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The set includes a number of original tracks, as well as an eclectic mix of covers and medleys. Brett Wilson handles everything from “Sugaree” by the Grateful Dead to R. Kelly’s “Ignition (remix).” The live album was recorded and mastered by Slightly Stoopid’s monitor engineer Joshua Driscoll, with additional mastering completed by Grammy Award Winner – Jay Frigoletto.
Bonsai Universe is the creation and brainchild of Woody Aplanalp. Woody has made his mark primarily as a guitarist, recording and touring with a diverse and notable array of artists, such as Lauryn Hill, Bobby Womack, Aloe Blacc, Trilok Gurtu, and Thomas Mapfumo. Aplanalp’s guitar playing combines disparate elements of rock, psychedelia, and world music, and has led to collaborations with Nels Cline, Stephen Perkins, and Old Californio. All of this has served as a stepping-stone for the creation of BONSAI UNIVERSE and their new album, Moonstream.
ClueBagger is a guitarist and songwriter from Fort Collins, Colorado; an amalgam of tight words and electric 12-string into an alternative poprock feel. His work is lively yet refined, highlighting diverse technique, feminine harmonies, and a bit of fresh spice. He makes a signature sound, lush and clean, unique among the onslaught of synth-driven chart-toppers. It’s full of counterpoint, like a guitar-driven orchestra — but always a beat.
The Complaints are a modern rock band led by guitarist/front man Dean Petrella, with bassist Chris Cruz and drummer Anthony Marotti. Their music is like audio comfort food – it’s new, but familiar. You may hear hints of Tom Petty, Radiohead, Cold Play and Matchbox Twenty, while still appreciating their unique sound.
Dan Russell has been an artist manager and advocate, concert promoter, producer, creative
collaborator, video and film music supervisor, helping to launch hundreds of ships throughout his lengthy resumé. As a critical aide-de-camp to dozens of aspiring artists, it seems he’s always been in demand through his voluminous 35-year career. Russell’s reputation in music circles is one of a man willing to stand unwavering in the gap. That commitment led to decades of work in various capacities with The Call, Michael Been, Mark Heard, U2, Sam Phillips, Robin Lane, Switchfoot, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Violet Burning, Rachel Taylor, Cheryl Kelley, Ramona Silver, Bruce Cockburn, Robin Lane, The Vigilantes of Love, Big Kettle Drum and more.
Demir Demirkan launches his first US solo CD release with his explosive War 3 Trilogy – Part 1 “The Awakening” In “The Awakening” each song speaks powerfully on its own. Yet the tunes flow into a single statement about the hopes and dangers of our time. “Freedom,” lays out the central theme and defies the rising tide of oppression throughout the world. Over a sizzling funk strut, “Let It Burn” intensifies this message with a righteous anger. “Money Is” bitterly decries the ravages inflicted by materialism and greed. Demirkan acknowledges the temptation to seek peace through a surrender to injustice on “I Conform.” And “Hold On To the Innocence” tenderly measures the toll these furies take on our ability to love
Rob Duquette – founder and leader of the band duquette – has made his career since the mid-1990s as a well respected and in-demand sideman, most notably as a member of Jonathan Edwards’ touring band. He has also regularly played with other notables like Jack Sonni (Dire Straits) and the legendary composer David Amram over the last 15 years. He gained national attention as part of the jazz-folk-pop group Cactus Highway in the early 2000s, whom the Boston Herald called “a duo of true sophistication,” and the Village Voice called, “amazing.” With duquette’s new 2017 album Trust the Night, Rob comes further into his own as both a writer and bandleader, forging an indie-folk, singer-songwriter sound while mixing in touches of his extensive jazz and world music background. Stylistically, duquette is comparable to Dawes, Elvis Costello and David Gray.
Erin Coburn is a songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist bringing a style all her own across a wide range of musical genres. Her prowess on guitar and electric ukulele are a striking compliment to her original lyrics and honey hued vocals. Erin’s second album, Queen of Nothing, is the expression of a woman coming of age in a confusing, mixed up, and often cruel world. The songs are easy to relate to, often hitting close to home. The album was recorded at Clarksdale Soundstage in Mississippi by Grammy-nominated producer Gary Vincent (Leon Redbone, Chris LeDoux, Mickey Gilley).
Erin Harpe has been called “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene” by Living Blues Magazine. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, her Boston Music Award-winning band, are releasing their second album, BIG ROAD on their own Juicy Juju label, through the VizzTone Label Group,going for adds October 16 . Following up their acclaimed 2014 debut, LOVE WHIP BLUES (produced by Dave Gross), the new self-produced album highlights Erin’s diverse influences, from her roots in acoustic blues, to her electric side – slide guitar, boogie blues, funk and soul. For fans of Memphis Minnie, The Record Company, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Davina & the Vagabonds, and Samantha Fish.
Fordham Road is not your average band. They seamlessly blend many different genres, from indie to reggae, while remaining rooted in progressive rock. The band formed in January of 2016 and has since released the EP The Gates of Heaven, and now, their self-titled debut album. Fordham Road is Kristian Veech (lead vox/guitar/keys), Mark McCarthy (guitar/trombone), Joe Everett (bass), and Tom Shubsda (drums). You can often find them touring and performing throughout New England and the Northeast.
Hailing from Vancouver BC, Canada, Geoff Gibbons is a prolific singer/songwriter, producer-engineer, and full time musician. Captivated in his teen years by the acoustic guitar and classic artists like Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Eagles, Geoff has forged a life immersed in music and song. He released his first album with acoustic duo, Silverlode, who received a West Coast Music Award, 3 solo album releases (whose singles were in high rotation on CMT and plays on Much More Music as a roots artist), a full soundtrack and album for the Lions Gate Films feature, Wolf Moon.
“Easy flowing reggae escapades that ascend into effervescent jams and rootsy rock anthems. Fundamentally joyful, High Ceiling lyrically takes time to delve into socio/political topics of relevance.” says Andrew Frey (Maximum Ink Music Magazine). All of this infused with improvisation, defines the band’s unique presence in the Northwest music and eclectic arts scenes
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Individually, the five members have pedigree to burn, turning heads and tearing up stages in seminal bands from Nashville Pussy to Bad Wizard. But when Dana ‘Danger’ Athens (vocals), Hail Mary Z (bass), Melissa ‘Cool Whip’ Houston (drums), Tracy ‘High Top’ (guitar) and Tina ‘T Bone’ Gorin (guitar) hooked up in 2012, they swore a blood pact to take Jane Lee Hooker all the way. “We’re a gang,” say the lineup. “We’re a family.”
Fusing modern smarts with vintage swagger, Jane Lee Hooker exploded off the NYC club scene with last year’s No B! – a debut album whose rocket-fueled blues covers won acclaim from Classic Rock and The Blues, and led them onto major stages like Rockpalast. “That was definitely a bucket-list
moment,” they reflect, “and a really big deal for us.”
Music fans in Texas and beyond might recognize Jeff Bryant as the versatile keyboardist, pedal steel player and vocalist they’ve seen performing with Alpha Rev, Cory Morrow and Hudson Moore, playing rock & country with equal ease. In fact, the Austin-based artist has been so busy performing with others, he’s just now getting around to taking center stage himself with the release of Sleeping with the Lights On, his solo debut.
On Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ latest album GUILTY OF INNOCENCE, some songs are snapshots of the violinist/vocalist’s personal life, while others address themes like politics, social media echo chambers, inequality, injustice, celebrity. Joe writes “in the abstract and tries to strike balance where you know what the lyrics are referring to, with room for interpretation.” Joe has been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin” because his innovative style on the 7- string electric violin pushes sonic boundaries in the tradition of Hendrix, Tom Morello, Steve Vai, and Jean-Luc Ponty. Stratospheerius fuses influences from Frank Zappa, muse, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jack Bruce, and Yes to create a frenzied melange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly sound.
Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles is a Denver based jazz band bringing swing to a new
generation. Formed in 2013, the band has been touring the country since their inception. With an ear to the past, and eyes to the future, the Pickles bring an authentic sound reminiscent of the big band era to audiences young and old. Their original music has been placed in commercials, awards shows, and feature films around the globe. This latest album Gin & Moonlight offers a fresh voice to vintage jazz and its uniquely American ‘spirit of swing’. This album takes listeners on an alluring journey, exploring the enchanting and ominous tones of the moon at night. Seasoned jazz vocalist, Jessy Carolina, offers a timeless sound full of subtly and distinct originality. This is – no doubt – the future of American Swing.
How many fingers does it take to rock ‘n’ roll? For Johnny 2 Fingers, two is more than enough. Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities are what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be all about. Their music is loud, raw, visceral, messy, and it might make you walk funny the next day. Based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities have been whipping crowds into a frenzy across the prairies, earning a reputation for kicking ass, taking names, and leaving every audience in a sweaty, gooey mess.
Seattle’s Swing 3PO delivers fun and exciting Swing and Traditional Jazz with their debut release Doinʼ the New Lowdown. Lead by Kevin Connor (archtop guitar, banjo, vocals) the group offers fresh takes on vintage numbers as well as playful originals rooted in the Swing tradition. Connor is joined in the rhythm section by Mike Daugherty (drums and vocals) and Lamar Lofton (Acoustic Bass) with additional contributions from Joseph Mascorella and Taylor Kent. The wonderful playing of Seattle veteran David Loomis is featured on trombone. The recording includes 6 of Connor’s original compositions all written at dance tempo and appealing to all ages. Topics covered include: shapes, weather, reuben sandwiches and ice cream headaches. There are playful vocals, swingin’ solos and fun arrangements throughout Doinʼ the New Lowdown with influences from Django Reinhardt, Slim and Slam, Oscar Aleman and Barney Kessell.
SCI’s own Kyle Hollingsworth will release a brand new studio album on 3/2/18 via SCI Fidelity Records! The new album, 50, was recorded at the SCI Sound Lab in Boulder, and features special guests including Jason Hann, Jennifer Hartswick, Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters), DJ Logic, The Motet horns and much more!
lespecial carves their own path in contemporary rock music with the Halloween release of their second album, cheen. Pole vaulting over traditional genres, cheen is a snapshot of a band finding a remarkable creative stride, fearless in their pursuit of a synthesis of the diverse musical idioms that have inspired them as listeners and artists.
Laila Biali has won awards (SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at
Canada’s National Jazz Awards) and played the world’s most prestigious venues (North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Carnegie Hall). She’s toured with GRAMMY award winners (Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega) and recorded with an international icon (Sting). In short: She’s established herself as one of Canadian jazz’s brightest young stars. And now, almost two decades into a successful career, she’s ready for a change.
The self-titled debut from Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas is a diverse and propulsive affair,
combining psych rock with acid blues and Afrobeat. The album feels cinematic, like a retro
soundtrack to an underground film but with modern production influences a la Beck and Tom
Marius Holth is a Norwegian singer/songwriter with a dynamic voice and unique musical sensibilities. His new release, Fortuneteller, is chock full of songs with strong lyrics and melodies that go straight to the heart. The inspiration for Fortuneteller comes from legendary ‘70s songwriters like Billy Joel, The Carpenters, and Elton John. This is a record with a personal touch. The title track, “Fortuneteller,” is written around the theme of “the one that got away.” Listeners will also recognize many iconic locales, such as Siena in Tuscany, Italy, and California’s Highway 1, elegantly depicted in Holth’s songs. In that sense, Fortuneteller contains musical storytelling that combines a personal approach with a timeless touch.
Phish bassist Mike Gordon has announced the release of his new album OGOGO, arriving September 15, 2017 via Megaplum / ATO Records. Produced by GRAMMY© Award-winning engineer Shawn Everett, OGOGO was recorded earlier this year in Boston and Los Angeles, and features Mike‘s regular touring band: Scott Murawski (guitar/vocals), Robert Walter (keyboards), John Morgan Kimock (drums), and Craig Myers(percussion). Gordon will celebrate the release of OGOGO with a North American headline tour that will kick off at the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA on September 22.
Mike Montrey Band is releasing their fourth album JOHN STREET on Water Production Records on January 26th. The album was recorded at the PLYRZ studio and produced by Grammy-winner Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Santana, Tedeschi Trucks). Montrey’s music itself floats between, folk, country, acoustic singer-songwriter, as well as rootsy americana. It’s a unique blend of styles that seems equally fresh and familiar. John Street is a cohesive 11 tracks with each song complementing the next. At points in the album, Montrey’s voice gets raspy as he soars over the top of the music. The drums drive most of the songs as they sound like a train moving along the tracks. The lead track, “Blanket Full of Dust,” was released earlier this year and the B-3 grabs you immediately.
It’s a whimsically apt metaphor for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, a band whose very existence is rooted in the unyielding quest to spread joy and positive energy. Glide Magazine called them “a band that melts faces and pulls no punches,” while C-Ville Weekly praised their growing “cult around high-energy music, goofy stage antics, and all around good vibes.” The visceral sense of excitement in their music binds the band’s wildly versatile sounds into a cohesive and distinctive whole on their new album, Pizazz. Blending infectious funk grooves, psychedelic jams, and experimental electronics, the Baltimore quartet’s fourth studio album, Pizazz, is a buoyant, blissful reminder of just how much fun music can be.
Rich Krueger is an interesting and generous guy who has something to tell you if you are willing to listen—something that you might or might not enjoy, something that might even trouble you, but it will never be ordinary. Krueger lives in Chicago, but was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC. He has been writing and performing with his band The Dysfunctionells since 1985. The Dysfunctionells backed up the Holy Modal Rounders at their reunion at the Bottom Line in NYC, and Krueger has recorded with Peter Stampfel on his own and with the band.
The Nickel & Dime Band’s 4th (and Berlin’s 18th) album: THE COURAGE OF THE LONELY is a rock and roll album in the tradition and spirit of J. Geil’s, David Bowie, Dr. Dog, Frank Zappa, and even The Rolling Stones. Also, none of the above. When you’re a local legend, it’s tempting to coast along on past glory. Thankfully, Rick Berlin doesn’t yield to that temptation. The Courage Of The Lonely is a record that is equally familiar and new, a classic sound in an authentically modern wrapper.
ROCKET have garnered much notoriety, industry attention, and COMMERCIAL ALTERNATIVE RADIO play including spins on KROQ 106.7 (Los Angeles); Indie 103.1 (Los Angeles); East Atlanta Village Radio 105.7 (Atlanta, GA); FM 90 KACV (Amarillo, TX); KRZQ 104.1 (Reno, NV); WRIF2 101.1 (Detroit, MI); WLKK 107.7 (Buffalo, NY), and many others stations across the US. ROCKET has played with notable bands ALIEN ANT FARM, TRAPT, CRAZYTOWN, PUDDLE OF MUDD, TANTRIC, VAST, SMITHEREENS, MISSING PERSONS, BOW WOW WOW, and GENE LOVES JEZEBEL. ROCKET was also added to the MAKE AMERICA ROCK AGAIN TOUR (Los Angeles) at The Yost Theater, finalist in the WARPED TOUR Battle of the Bands, live guests on iHEART RADIO; charted to #1 ROCK BAND on ReverbNation Los Angeles, featured in MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE, and named one of the “BEST BANDS TO CATCH” by CBS LOS ANGELES.
Scott Gray takes listeners on a journey of well-told stories through a collection of 6 songs on his jazz-influenced pop/rock project, Raincoats & Other Short Stories. A Nashville-based singersongwriter, Gray’s sophisticated sound belies his Southern Illinois small-town roots with the depth and honesty of songs like “Captured” and “Someday” that connect with people in a personal way. Just as “Raincoats” is about the simplicity of believing in a dream, songs like “Someday” talk about yearning for something more and looking forward to the next season in life.
“I want to speak for people who don’t have microphones,” Jacob Hemphill says. “Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.”
This is the philosophy behind SOJA’s music, a simple statement that has driven the Grammy Nominated D.C. area band, who blend reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and hip-hop. Originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fanbase around the world since. In the years following, SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums,headlined shows in nearly 30 countries around the world, generated over 4 million Facebook fans, and over 120 million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city. After the release of their 2012 album Strength To Survive, the musicians started writing material for what would become their fifth full-length album, “Amid the Noise and Haste.”
Bandleader Ethan Sellers’ compositions augment Tautologic’s potent 6-piece line-up with
strings, horns, and woodwinds. Special guests include members of Grammy award-winning
chamber group Eighth Blackbird and Grammy-nominated acid jazz band Liquid Soul.
Re:Psychle was mixed and mastered by Grammy nominees – Rick Barnes at Rax Trax and
Randy LeRoy at Airshow Mastering. Sellers’ songs for Re:Psychle document eccentrics in his Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. Addiction and mental illness color many of their stories, and the lyrics open up windows on a host of topics – veterans’ issues, religious belief in secular society, addiction, conspiracy theories, materialism, mental health, celebrity culture, and the need for re-connection with nature.
Turkuaz blends soulful sounds with potent funk grooves and has become one of Brooklyn’s freshest exports – nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice. Today they release “On The Run”, a scalding dance track produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, ahead of the next leg of the band’s national tour.
In celebration of the impending release of their 11th album, Umphrey’s will bring their
ballyhooed live show across the U.S. on the it’s not us headlining tour. Their run includes a three night stand at New York City’s famed Beacon Theatre Jan. 19-21, with the final show marking the band’s 20th birthday. The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. Its six participants—Brendan Bayliss [guitar, vocals], Jake Cinninger [guitar, vocals], Joel Cummins [keyboards, piano, vocals], Andy Farag[percussion], Kris Myers [drums, vocals], and Ryan Stasik [bass]—know just how to communicate with each other on stage and in the studio. A call of progressive guitar wizardry might elicit a response of soft acoustic balladry, or a funk groove could be answered by explosive percussion