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event::about After releasing two successful indie hiphop albums, LA-based brothers Gideon & Nick Black added a band, created a new genre, and made Paris a home for their new sound. So far, très bien. The bar is packed to capacity. Everyone has a drink in their hand. A beautiful mix of hip-hop, new wave, indie rock and electro blares from the speakers. Brothers Gideon and Nick Black, along with guitarist “The Real” Erich Schneider, bassist Alex “Mokajin” Pauley, DJ/producer C-Minus and producer/engineer Ed Monsef have captured that euphoric late-night vibe that rewards those who toil through the week, longing for the youthful exuberance that this setting provides. But this perfect scenario, like anything in life, didn’t come easy. After releasing two successful indie hiphop records and becoming one of the bigger names in the LA underground hiphop scene, Lexicon became frustrated. At first they were content in simply being a part of the scene they grew up admiring and idolizing — they were more concerned with impressing the discerning underground heads than blowing up. But as the scene grew stale Lexicon knew that something needed to change. So instead of building on the props they’d achieved in the underground scene, they tore it all down, in order to build something different. Calling upon for inspiration all of the rock and new wave music that blared from their parents speakers while they were growing up, Lexicon realized that by combining these elements with their deep knowledge of hiphop they could finally express themselves the way they wanted to, while helping make music exciting again for all of those kids out there who have all sorts of genres and styles thrown together on their iPods. Mixing their broad range of influences from the A Tribe Called Quest to The Strokes to The Police to N.E.R.D. to Roxy Music…these seasoned vets flawlessly flow their way through this new sound with an appealing confidence and an ever-present sense of humor. Their inherent knack for wordplay and songwriting results in vivid imagery and entertaining slice-of-life stories that are relatable to anyone. Signed to Paris-based record label Laitdbac since late 2008, the brothers Black released two acclaimed singles, and played numerous shows and festivals around Europe to pave the way for the release of the long awaited album “Rapstars“ due to be available worldwide by fall 2010. ” IT’S THE L!!!”
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The Inspector Cluzo
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Artists The Inspector Cluzo
event::about What’s up? After 434 shows in 23 countries, and 45.000 records sold all over the world in 3 years, The Inspector Cluzo decides to play extra time with a new "French Bastards" tour before recording their 3rd album ! After their sold out show at Maroquinerie in Paris, and after being the revelation of the last Transmusicales de Rennes festival, they will tour in France until september 2011, playing at most famous french festivals this summer. Thet will also have of course a lot of foreign shows all around the world, including the famous SxSw Festival in Austin, Texas. All the shows are on the official website of the band, www.fuckthebassplayer.com ! Biography Three years ago, the former guitarist and drummer of the deadly funk band Wolfunkind decide to start a new project together. Their fucking bass player never shows up at the practice, so they said “fuck the bass player” and start the band as an original funk’n’roll duo, playing rock and groovy music... without a bass. Their old mate Angelo Moore from Fishbone found the first name of the band, “Pink Panther”, but they were affraid of legal issues and prefer to be called The Inspector Cluzo, one of the most well-know french caracter in the world. Then came a first LP, “The Inspector Cluzo”, recorded and mixed by Stephan Kraemer (Yann Tiersen...) in Belgium. They don’t know yet that they will sell 20.000 copies of this album all around the world, touring everywhere in 2009 and playing at the most prestigious festivals (Fuji Rock in Japan, Pentaport in South Korea, Springscream in Taïwan, The Falls and Southbound in Australia, Azkena Festival in Spain, Eurockéeenes in France, Pohoda in Slovakia, Rock For People in Czech Rep...). For a lot of promoters , they’re simply one of the best international live act of the year, doing crazy shows, smashing drums randomly and having some “tumades” (1) with some frustrated technicians. Back in France, they record their second album in Malcom’s kitchen (renamed Studio Kitchen), nothing has changed… and everything has changed. Recorded between a good bottle of wine and delicious duck breast by the band himself (and mixed again by Stephan Kraemer), this record is richer than everything they did before (like if they learned a lot of their travels all around the planet), including a beautiful handmade package which reminds us that The Inspector Cluzo is a really indie band. Actually, they do everything by themselves, management, label, booking... trough their own compagny Ter a Terre. Helped by their old mate Angelo Moore (who make a very special spoken word at the end of this album) and the horns of french band Ceux Qui Marchen Debout , the funkiest rock duo of the world (or is it the opposite?) has just delivered a great record, more successful than ever and more sticking to what they used to do on stage, powerful and exciting. This is rock. “Heart and Soul rock. “ (1)- Tumade : In Gascon, a word to describe when the guy is hardly fighted by the cow during their typical “course landaise” in Rugby Arena. “Course Landaises” and “Corridas” are the most representative sports in Landes country, where they come from.
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The Bewitched Hands
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Artists The Bewitched Hands
event::about A presentation by François Ducray (rock critic – used to work for Actuel and Rock & Folk /author of biographies on Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Serge Gainsbourg..) Have you heard of Casanova? He seduced over a thousand women but fell in love less than ten times! One wonders if it’s a cold ratio or just plain boasting. But we rock critics are undeniably pop music’s Casanovas: after writing a thousand articles, how many lasting ecstasies are we left with, how many real discoveries? Not a lot... As far as I’m concerned, I thought I’d had my share. Last time, it was Cat Power’s “You Are Free”. But here it is again, this vertiginous feeling, this rare tingling that takes over my whole body when music fills me with wonder, twists my insides and stupefies my senses to the point where I just KNOW: the music is so fresh and filled with color, rich and full of adrenalin, that it just makes so much sense all of a sudden. And I’m wondering how I’ve lived without it this whole time... Without, for instance, the Velvet Underground, almost my whole life! Now I’m asking myself how I lived without The Bewitched Hands!... It happened to me before with bands of totally different styles, like Roxy Music and the Sparks on one side, Talking Heads and French band the Rita Mitsouko on the other. Four debut albums (except for the Sparks, that was their third album) full of passion, boldness and innate elegance. Four debut albums with flamboyant personalities, full to the brim with songs made of pop flesh and rock muscle, of songs so amazing they acquired the level of success of the Beatles, the Kinks or Gainsbourg during his Golden Age. Four debut albums announcing four unprecedented careers. And I saw it happen, as true as I went into trances listening to Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks”, Lou Reed’s “Berlin” and Robert Wyatt’s “Rock Bottom”, and wrote about it, that’s my legacy!... The Bewitched Hands On Top Of Our Heads, episode 1, debut album by this Reims-based sextet. The striking thing about this band when you first listen to it is the deluge of guitars (three guitars with different tones) and a torrent of voices (solo, as a pair, as a trio, all together, they all sing) and through all this they manage to pull together an inventive and breathtaking melody. Now this is very hard to achieve, we are flirting here with the level of Nirvana’s “Lithium”! But they don’t stop at that: it’s often more than one melody rising, two, sometimes three melodies come out of a cascade of short verses that all come together in one lethal chorus. You get lost in the former and hooked on the latter. It’s the Beach Boys effect, recently reactivated by Blur and the Strokes: mini-symphonies, so supple and fluid that they hit you as hard as they enfold you. It’s a beachcomber of splendid magical sound... Their live act is also mesmerizing! But with the Bewitched Hands’s album, it’s like having SEVERAL albums all in one, bless these guys (and girl, there’s five guys and one girl, and they all compose)! And each time that I get startled by the end of the album, like I’m emerging from a dream, I think of Lennon’s innocent question about Motown, which he so loved: “It’s so beautiful, how do they do it?...”. One answer comes to me from Charles Trenet: “Y a d’la joie!” (There’s so much joy!). Not only, but it’s true, there’s a lot of joy everywhere in their music from the open-sea. And it’s pretty rare, these days... So ok, there’s that weird name of theirs, that comes from lands far away from their home, where their music will be taking them. And their career will be mighty long, I promise you. But don’t listen to me, listen to their music and see for yourselves. It’s all there.
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Artists Yeti Lane
event::about After the acclaim that was heaped on their debut album earlier this year, Parisian psych-poppers Yeti Lane return with the ‘Twice’ EP. It features a re-recording of the title-track (a remix of which was recently premiered on Pitchfork) alongside three new songs. In many ways the EP represents a new beginning for the band, because they are now recording and playing live as a duo. But rather than lose their focus following the amicable departure of LoAc Carron, remaining members Ben Pleng (vocals, guitar, synths) and Charlie Boyer (drums, percussion, synths) immediately returned to the studio. It was the perfect thing to do, because here they sound reinvigorated. The polite and polished indie-pop of the album is roughed up and stretched out with bubbling analogue synths and crunching guitars. In fact Ben’s guitar playing on the EP is positively mercurial, ranging from plaintive Michael Rother-esque drones to wild wah-wah reminiscent of the late, great Eddie Hazel. Sometimes, as is the case on ‘Floating’, in the space of one song. That’s not to say they’ve forgotten the melancholy melodies which made them so adorable in the first place: ‘Speed Me Up’ is a slightly out-of-focus indie-pop gem. But it’s the closer ‘Wave’ which might just prove to be the key track; it starts like something from ‘Neu! ’75’, touches on Kraftwerk’s ‘Neon Lights’ and then builds to a tsunami of a climax unlike anything you’ve ever heard. It’s stunning and hints that Yeti Lane’s second album will be a masterpiece.
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Artists Tahiti 80
event::about Tahiti 80 Solitary Bizness EP Out October 25th It is always a pleasure to enter the world of Tahiti 80. If they were a place, we’d never want to leave. The Solitary Bizness Ep, is a prelude to their upcoming full length The Past, The Present & The Possible. It is a journey into the sixth dimension, a cash-in of no limitation or compromise. Ceilings have been removed, bringing forth the strongest experimentation of their career without rewriting a signature. The technisound at Tahitilab is still in-check ! Xavier Boyer heralds his finest breezy to heartfelt analytics while infectious beats, rhythms and boops uncontrollably propel the mind and body. T80 nods heads, slow or fast; gas pedal to the floor, dancing while no one or everyone is watching. Here are six tracks celebrating the addition of two new members of the official line-up Julien Barbagallo and Raphael Leger, in addition to their first release on their own self-run label, Human Sounds. If you thought 2010 was coming to a musical close, October says “Who knows, you might just find some treasure.”
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Artists DJ Cam
event::about Parisian abstract maestro DJ Cam is well known for his radical reinventions, a life-long musician who’s groundbreaking work established him as a pioneer in the worlds of underground hip-hop, trip-hop, and the dance scenes stretching from New York to Paris to Tokyo and beyond. Drawing inspiration from the hypnotic trance of voodoo culture, Public Enemy, dub and easy-listening jazz, Cam's style assumes a new identity with each and every project since he first hit the scene in 1994 with his debut Underground Vibes and continues to redefine many of the sounds he had a hand in creating throughout his career. 2011 promises big things for DJ Cam as he returns this August with Seven, a new album linking the musical styles of Radiohead and Massive Attack and his first album since 2002’s Soulshine. Cam will also be hitting the road as a DJ early on in the year and then featuring his new live project come spring. Redefinition once again.
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Artists Light Pollution
event::about Apparitions, the first full length album by Chicago’s Light Pollution has blown the roof off the building. This moody masterpiece of a record combines catchy melodic flights with an edgy sensibility that manifests itself in the subtle flourishes of pop-psychedelia, sophisticated harmonies and the evocative lyrics of front man Jim Cicero. The band’s dazzlingly inventive soundscapes and choral arrangements push the current boundaries of pop music far beyond the breaking point to create a perfect hybrid of moody indie pop and psychedelia. Apparitions is incredibly formed and informed for a debut full length.
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Artists Prince Rama
event::about Spawned from the vernal heat of the Florida swamps amidst swirling patterns of pine orchards and pre-Columbian artifacts, Prince Rama was whispered into the ears of Taraka Larson, Nimai Larson, and Michael Collins in the summer of 2007 by the clanging of prayer bells and goat-skin drums. They left the Hare Krishna farm where they were staying to go to art school and form a creative nucleus in Boston. There, their engaging and often unpredictable ritualistic live shows attracted a rapid cult following, replete with collective chants, werewolf summonings, Sanskrit invocations, and the distribution of various handmade percussion to members of the audience. In spring 2009 the group departed from Boston and went on a series of extensive tours across the US and Europe, culminating in a tragic car robbery in which all their equipment got stolen. Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring from friends, family, and fans, the group was catapulted to rebuild and reinvent themselves from the ground up to make a unique new sound surcharged with a renewed sense of awe, gratitude, and urgency. The trio moved to Brooklyn, and with their new instruments wrote and recorded Shadow Temple, produced with the help of Rusty Santos and Dave (Avey Tare) and Josh (Deakin) of Animal Collective for release on Paw Tracks in September 2010.
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Toro y Moi
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Artists Toro Y Moi
event::about Toro Y Moi is 23 year old Columbia, South Carolina native and resident Chaz Bundick. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design at The University of South Carolina, Chaz decided to push his music further now that he has more time on his hands. His mom came from the Phillipines to the United States, where she met her future husband (who's African American) in college. They lived in New York City taking in all the wonderful cultural influences the city's rising underground scene had to offer at the time (late 70s/early 80s). Deciding to slow down and be closer to family, they moved to Columbia, South Carolina where they had their first child... Chaz Bundick's methods are constantly changing and evolving. Heavily influenced by his parent's vinyl and tape collection, he also possesses great admiration for contemporary influences like Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, J Dilla, and Daft Punk. Like most prepubescent teens, he had his punk band and once that died out, the "side project" soon became the main focus. Toro y Moi started in 2001 as a bedroom project but quickly grew into the live performance realm. The songs are born from a plethora of different genres, from freak-folk to R&B to French House. Before any full length album has been released, Toro Y Moi has already received praise from music websites like Pitchfork and Gorilla Vs. Bear as well as print features in the NME and Dazed and Confused.
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event::about Tripping on a summer ray of good vibration moonshine, Babe Shadow are an Arcadian beat-combo for our time. They make a buoyant and lovelorn guitar-twanging kind of pop music, for hot nights and romancers and dancers. Their intentions are pure. Tom and Dave Shadow co-write all the songs, an acoustic guitar each, in the time-honoured and good-old-fashioned way. Their influences are “fifties and sixties music with clean guitars.” They say they particularly like “Marc Bolan” and some old band called “The Beatles.” In a scene clogged up with shoegazers and twittering electronics, Babeshadow are happy pagan luddites. “When we started this band we vowed never to use synthesizers,” declares Dave, “or guitar pedals or anything like that.” There are no special effects at work here beyond cigarette smoke and mirrors. Tom and Dave have been best friends and consistent collaborators in music since they were twelve. “Making all the music we’ve made together over the years,” Dave says, “we’ve learned that we just want to keep it acoustic and natural. Music loses its soul when it’s just like; you push a button and a machine plays it all for you.” Tom and Dave came dangerously close to being called just ‘Tom and Dave,’ until they decided in a hurry, backstage a Pete Doherty support slot, to go with the kooky new moniker, plucked from the long title of the T-Rex tune that was playing at the time. It suited and it stuck. “We went through weeks and weeks after that, and sheets and sheets of paper, trying to come up with a proper band name. But in the end we came back to the one we started with” says Tom. “It’s kind of dumb but we like it.” The duo play and record and produce everything themselves, and they want to keep it that way. When they play live shows, they get a band together. They have an aversion to strumming chords, and so the songs are often over picked-out, tropical-sounding guitar lines. These two aren’t Afrobeat connoisseurs though, in the mode of a lot of jazzy new worldy-sounding bands out now. “I’ve never really listened to any African music” says Dave Shadow; “But I think I might try to this week. I’m told that I’m really going to like it.” The boys’ lyrics trade in the timeless and touching chestnuts of all the great romantic popular music: love, love, love, (it’s only love). It IS only love! Babeshadow encourage us to dance away our grasp of all this, by way of their dreamy, loved-up, good-old-fashioned make-the-club-dance sound. “The songs all come from dreams, or ideas of little stories, or paintings or photographs” says Tom. His distinctive warble sings words they write together. Tom is so tall and skinny and pretty that it’s actually kind of alarming. “I’ve written loads of songs about girls,” says Dave Shadow (shorter but still also tall and skinny and pretty); “but there’s basically been, like, no girl.” Babe Shadow say their heartfelt message is simply “Enjoy yourself.” They say they “didn’t start a band in any protest against anything, or to promote anything in particular, other than people enjoying themselves.” They say they’re not purists, but they rail against “plastic sounds” and “synthesised noises that were like, made in factories” and stuff. Tom always seems to be wearing a vest; this guy’s shoulders, at least, are closer to nature than most of us ours. In the ramshackle front-room studio in the flat on Shacklewell ‘creative hub’ Lane that they share (where their pals Jack Penate and Milo ‘Big Pink’ Cordell live a couple of doors down) Tom and Dave Shadow have honed their stripped-down, out-of-time, primitive jangly love-clatter into something a bit like Marc Bolan fronting The Modern Lovers while they play Anglophone folk songs in the style of a load of world music they’re only vaguely aware of. They make love songs that are pop songs that are pure of heart and intention. What’s not to like, you cynical cunts? Luv Luv Luv Records is proud to release Babe Shadow’s debut E.P into the burgeoning atmosphere of the summer. Keep your chin up, is all we’re saying; have a knees-up, cut loose, cut a rug. Remember what all this pop music’s all about. Play this record loud and dance about with the people you love. It’s only love. But love is hard to stop.
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We Are Animal
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Artists We Are Animal
event::about When We Are Animal put their album together earlier this year little did they know that it would be picked up by Japanese label Art Union. Add to this a distribution deal with Cargo and we now have an official UK,US, Germany and Japan release date for their exhilarating debut. Idolise hits the shops on the 8th November and is a mixture of rousing hooks, weird sounds, ear-grabbing riffs and a nice bit of cowbell. We Are Animal are natives of North Wales and can be found in their natural habitat at the foot of Mount Snowdon. It is here that they trek off into the wilds to walk, contemplate and put together the music and melodies that make up the band’s sound. They record all their songs the day they are written, (bar one or two vocal parts) on basic equipment. They use whatever space is available in various households, slate quarries, fields, woods and old folks homes (“we don’t have the monies to record our music in a studio”) around their local area. This unpretentious, DIY approach to making and producing music means that the sum total of their output is something rather exciting and original. Their music is characterised by buzzing guitars, pummeled drums, great hooks and impressively accomplished song writing. There is no way this band can be less than a year old, but they are. Since forming in December 2009 We Are Animal have been prolific both in their output and their live presence ever since. Armed with their home demos they have already been playlisted on BBC Radio 1 + 6, XFM, NME Radio, Kerrang and Juice FM and a bagful of regional programmes. NME highlighted We Are Animal as their breakthrough artist of the week in late August, and a brief search of the blogging world reveals a growing and enthusiastic following. They were also asked to play Radio One’s Big Weekend in Bangor by Huw Stephens who is a big fan. Their debut single ’1268′ was released on ‘Too Pure/Beggars Banquet’ in June followed by their self released September single ‘Black Magic’. Both appear on this special 12 track Japanese edition of their debut album. TRACK LIST : 1. 1268 2. Unfold//Fold 3. Black Magic 4. Hunting 5. No Vacancy 6. Empire 7. Benin 8. Feeding Off The Energy 9. No Machine 10. Clean Up And Run 11. Super Overdrive 12. Animals FIN
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event::about Two Guys, Five years, Thousands Of Fly Miles. Four Countries. Two Continents. Eight International Awards. Five Barbados Music Awards Nominations. Three Honorary Mentions Billboard World Songwriting Contest. Two Studio Albums.Twenty five Songs. "Kite demonstrates the talent and dedication to write a 'Hit Song'." - Jim Halsey, President, Billboard World Song Contest. Kite are from the small Caribbean island of Barbados and have been strutting their stuff since 2004, receiving wide radio airplay and developing a large, loyal following through their live performances. iLandRock Kite got together in Barbados in 2003 and after their honorable mention at the Billboard World Songwriting Contest they released of their debut album, 'Up In The Air', and got consistent regional radio airplay from then on. 'Up In The Air' saw them working with top Caribbean producer Jeremy Harding (Sean Paul producer/manager). The spot-on combination of big, radio-ready songs and use of steel drum and 'vintage' Reggae guitar in their 'iLandRock' sound made a big impression on the booming music scene in the Caribbean. They just didn't sound like anybody else. They just sounded right (or 'tight', as they say in the Caribbean!). Kite Festival Kite headlined Culture Shock, the Caribbean's premier international pop/rock festival on the beach in Bridgetown, Barbados featuring bands from the U.S.A., Canada, The U.K., Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados. They also returned in from the Florida Music Festival where they were the only band from outside North America selected to showcase and after their performance were signed to a deal by RipTide Music from LA. Altitude Kite songs have been featured on several Prime Time North American Television shows and 'The Stone Angel' Movie Trailer. - Ghost Whisperer (CBS) - Degrassi (2 songs) (CBC [Canada], MTV Overdrive) - Lincoln Heights (ABC Family) - Jericho (CBS) - 90210 - (The CW Network) - "The Stone Angel" (Alliance Films) Kite's music continues to grow, with their song 'Fading Fast' featuring Barbadian rapper Billy Kincaid receiving airplay on BBC's 1Extra radio show, and 'Firefly' charting on the Garageband Pop/Rock charts for many months on the top 20. Kite played support for James Blunt on January 14, 2009. Kite Wire Kite are currently recording their new EP, 'Drive-In of Dreams', and 'Spinning' is the first single off their new EP for 2011. Kite have been officially selected to perform at South By South West 2011 in Austin, Texas, USA.
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event::about Royal Treatment Plant (RTP) is the classically trained London-based five-piece led by Australian-born, Papua New Guinea missionary kid Paula Steel. The pumped up punky avant-rock has grown up to huge layered melodic rock. RTP’s debut album ‘Hope Is Not Enough’ (2008) - produced by Teo Miller (Blur, Placebo) and mixed by Mike Chapman (Blondie, Suzi Quatro) - was heavily supported: 8/10 NME; Album of the Week on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show; Nomination for Debut Album of the Year on XFM; BBC 6 Music Single of the Week (Steve Lamacq), MTV2 playlist. Having performed at influential UK showcases including In The City and Camden Crawl and support slots for the likes of Marina & The Diamonds, Micachu, Young Knives, and Los Camposinos! the band signed to Universal Music Group for Australasia in 2009 before signing to Tip Top Recordings in the summer of 2010 to record their sophomore record, due in May 2011 with lead single Battle Scars released in March.
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Artists Goldheart Assembly
event::about Recorded in their drummer's dad's Norfolk steam train museum, Goldheart Assembly's debut album is winning fans everywhere with its unique blend of whimsical English psychedelia, pitch-perfect harmonies, found sounds and surprising twists and turns. Continuing a noble trend of DIY experiementalism, the six piece are spending early 2011 touring with Band of Horses. "Goldheart Assembly: this year's Fleet Foxes. But better. And really not like that at all." NME "This London six-piece's life-affirming melodies will remind you why you fell in love with pop." The Guardian "Such is the inherent sweetness of Goldheart Assembly’s debut that the listener can’t fail to be touched by its charms." BBC
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The Answering Machine
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Artists The Answering Machine
event::about The Answering Machine burst onto the scene in late 2006 as a 3-piece to a wave of giddy adulation and excitement. The band, who had all met at University in Manchester, were smart, well dressed and had a setlist full with potential dance floor fillers. Acclaim arrived hard and fast. Arguably too fast - the band took their time to shape new ideas, and headed leftfield to make good on all that early promise, and without compromise. In 2007, the band replaced their drum machine for a real drummer, Ben Perry. Having spent most of 2008 prolifically writing several dozen new songs, the young citygazers locked themselves up in a remote North Yorkshire studio with Manic Street Preachers' producer Dave Eringa, and returned with their eagerly awaited debut album 'Another City, Another Sorry' released in June 2009. The album shows a band who had taken their time to polish their craft. Rather than settle for a second rate rushed album, The Answering Machine wrote bigger, better and more exciting songs yet still retained their youthful indie pop outlook. It's an astute, confident debut with forty minutes of perfectly crafted pop songs. The album was instantly appreciated by many of the major UK publications and radio stations. The NME declared it a 'perfect debut' whilst BBC said 'these songs are utterly remarkable'. After all this praise the Answering Machine hit the road for the rest of the year. The Manic Street Preachers requested the band as main support on their full UK tour playing to over two thousand people a night. The band have also played extensively in the UK alongside other bands such as The Charlatans, Doves, Twisted Wheel, Ra Ra Riot and The Casio Kids. Having toured the length and breadth of the UK constantly for a year, which included a month's residency of shows in New York in October/December 2009, the Answering Machine turned to writing their second album in January 2010. Tracking on the album was completed in June 2010 and the band engaged Dave Eringa again to mix the album. The band plans to tour extensively in Europe, USA and Japan in the second half of 2010 and onwards into 2011. The band release the title track of their 2nd album Lifeline on 14th Feb and the album itself was released on 21st Feb.
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Artists Voxhaul Broadcast
event::about We are often told to make the most of each day, but VOXHAUL BROADCAST took this mantra to the extreme. Originally from Orange County, CA, the quartet recorded and mixed their 2008 debut EP "ROTTEN APPLES" live. In one day. The result harnessed a sound that reflects a range of influences from James Brown and Al Green to The Beatles and Donovan. VB followed up Rotten Apples with a promo-only EP, "Fact Fiction and Turquoise" in 2009 and after a move to Silver Lake, VOXHAUL BROADCAST are now the fastest rising band in LA. They currently have 9 songs in rotation on US & UK radio and toured all summer to build steam for the release of their appropriately titled upcoming debut full-length, "TIMING IS EVERYTHING." Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Tom Biller (Silver Sun Pickups, Seawolf, Liars) with additional production from Chris Thorne (Blind Melon), "TIMING IS EVERYTHING" captures the power of the quartet’s live performances while still holding true to their trademark blend of r&b, rock and soul. LA Times Magazine’s June 2010 “Music Issue” recently picked Voxhaul Broadcast as one of LA’s ‘Best New Indie Bands’ by ultimate tastemaker Nic Harcourt. Nic was the first to put VB on air on his Sunday KCRW show, and over the past six months has kept ten different tracks in rotation. He even anointed the band as one of the inaugural session artists for his new blog THE LIVE BUZZ. This summer VOXHAUL BROADCAST was featured on KCRW’s influential radio program "Morning Becomes Eclectic,” a program recognized nationally as a primary outlet for promoting a wide range of music ahead of the curve. Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director and host of “Morning Becomes Eclectic” said of the appearance, “The audience response to their performance on ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ has been outstanding. It’s a rare and special pleasure to be part of a formative moment in a band’s career. We’ve been playing their various EPs and we’re confident that whatever sound and style they pursue on their debut full length will bring them success.” VOXHAUL BROADCAST tunes are also making their way across the pond, spending 7 weeks on the UK’s NME Radio playlist with the track “Fact or Fiction” at the end of 2009. Chris Martin from NME Radio declared, "I f***ing love this track by Voxhaul Broadcast. Someone sign them!" Their new single "Leaving On The 5th" has been receiving spins on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC6 Music. “Leaving on The Fifth” premiered online through FILTER MAGAZINE, was covered by UNDER THE RADAR and is featured in the MARC ON CLARK video for the Dirty Durty Diary magazine. Shot by Kayt Jones, filmmaker Jay Rodan captures on film the collaborative effort between Marc Jacobs, Larry Clark, and Tiffany Limos for the Dirty Durty Diary magazine editorial spread. Kat Corbett also aired “Leaving On The 5th” at KROQ, who named Voxhaul Broadcast the #1 “LOCALS ONLY” Band. Recently signed to THE AGENCY GROUP, keep an eye out for VOXHAUL BROACAST to cross the U.S. again in 2011. Bruce Solar will head up the booking team for Voxhaul Broadcast at The Agency Group and commends, “I don’t sign many new bands, but when I first heard Voxhaul, I immediately knew that this was very special. Their eclectic mix of sounds and lyrics put them heads and tails above the norm.” VOXHAUL BROADCAST has showcased at SXSW, CMJ, Sundance, Noisepop Pop Fest in San Francisco, been featured on DAYTROTTER (w/ a second session taped this summer) and won the title of ‘Best Indie Band’ at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. They’ve headlined KCRW’s “ALSO I LIKE TO ROCK” showcase at the Hammer Museum in LA, ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL in Venice and are featured performers for FILTER Magazine's CULTURE COLLIDE FESTIVAL and NEW NOISE FESTIVAL in Santa Barbara. Look out for the release of TIMING IS EVERYTHING in early 2011 from VOXHAUL BROADCAST.
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1 schedule::attendeesLocation 512 Rooftop
Artists Language Room
event::about It started out as a typical 6th Street night in Austin, TX when Todd Sapio literally bumped into old friend Scott Graham. The two, both sick of the Los Angeles music scene, had relocated to Austin in search of a new direction. Soon after reuniting, the West Coast refugees began writing music together. In need of a bassist, Scott introduced his brother Matt into the band after only a few rehearsals. Two nights before an important gig, the band's drummer vanished and was never heard from again. Instead of canceling the show, the band frantically searched for someone to cover for the lost appendage. As fate would have it, Caleb Kelly, also a newcomer to Austin, felt it was his calling to create music and moved from Colorado to do just that. Caleb did more than just cover that night - he filled the final void in the quartet's lineup. In September 2007, the newly formed Language Room began playing small shows in the Austin area. After winning a local Battle of the Bands competition, Language Room decided to use the cash to record their first EP with Los Angeles friend Derek Jones. From this EP, the song Make Me Choose soon became the introduction song for Livestrong.com and Don't Cover Your Eyes was featured in the movie The Beacon. Following their success, another opportunity presented itself in a local music store when Sapio met bassist Matt Noveskey of Blue October. After liking what he heard, Noveskey decided to hit the studio with Language Room to produce their debut album, One by One (2008). In 2010, In Lines, the first single off the band's new self-titled album, Language Room (produced by Noveskey and mixed by Chuck Alkazian), caught fire followed by the album's release on iTunes August 10th, 2010.
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5 schedule::attendeesLocation 512 Rooftop
event::about It's useless to fight LaFaro if you are attacked. If they have you between their jaws they will not let go. If you do decide to put up a fight, LaFaro are likely to do a death roll. Polar opposite to the delicate poise of the influential jazz bassist Scott LaFaro from which this Belfast quartet take their name, LaFaro are a wrecking ball of a band. Their rhythmic post-hardcore is designed to pulverize dance floors and leave no bottle of beer undrunk - this is music as it should be 'We hark back to time when rock music was still fun' states lead rabble-rouser Johnny Black. Recalling Jesus Lizard, Shellac and Helmet and NI melodic rockers Therapy? LaFaro have character, chops and emotion oozing through every seedy riff 'I love to write about life's dark little secrets - the things we all know happen but never get discussed'. Set to release their sophomore effort on Smalltown America in March 2011 - many more will be snapped in LaFaro's jaws. If you can't get close enough to gouge their eyes out try whacking LaFaro on the snout. We fear however, that resistance is futile.
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21 schedule::attendeesLocation 512 Rooftop
Artists Automatic Loveletter
event::about Automatic Loveletter Juliet Simms - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals Tommy Simms - Guitar Clint Fowler - Bass Ryan Metcalf - Drums Take a cosmos full of confidence, a fist full of defiance, a potent set of lungs alongside a rollicking band and Juliet Simms, better known to the world over as Automatic Loveletter, is unflinchingly kicking down music industry doors and commanding instant attention. Equal parts Pink and Foo Fighters, crossed with Heart or Joan Jett for the Now generation, the singer/songwriter’s vehicle to stardom is absolutely unstoppable as her sassy and seductive new CD Truth or Dare so boldly articulates. “The title comes from the fact that I’m completely honest when I’m writing my lyrics and I don’t hold back saying what I want to say,” shares the unquestionably authentic Simms. “My stories are inspired by actual events, and when it’s set to music, you can see my daring side that’s always taking risks and pushing it to the edge. The way I live my life is very spontaneous. I say and do what I want and I don’t really have any boundaries. This record really came because of the way I lived life for the past eight years of trying to get signed, getting signed, writing a record, leaving a label, writing another and releasing it under a new deal. I’ve toured throughout it all and it’s been one big game of Truth or Dare.” After moving back to Los Angeles from Tampa at age 16 and making the demo and performance rounds, the California native signed with Sony by age 19, releasing the Recover EP exclusively to Hot Topic in 2008, followed by 2009’s self-titled iTunes EP. Along the way, Automatic Loveletter logged in countless miles on the road, sharing the stage with Secondhand Serenade, Cute Is What We Aim For, From First To Last, Say Anything, Between the Trees and Craig Owens, plus prominent performances at Bamboozle and Bamboozle Left and the Vans Warped Tour. “We started touring in two separate cars with all the instruments packed in and we were literally sleeping on keyboards,” the ferocious front woman recalls. “From there, we moved up to a Ford Excursion, then to a van pulling a trailer and eventually got some tour support. We started making actual fans and getting on major tours, which allowed us to earn our stripes and see our dreams come true.” Not only is Truth or Dare the ultimate testament to that perseverance, but it finds Simms entering her 20s with more experience under her belt than many seasoned veterans. Prior to the record, Automatic Loveletter embarked on a club tour alongside Matthew Good Band and will reprise a slot on Warped throughout the summer of 2010. All the while, audiences have swelled beyond measure, bridging generations and scenes thanks to an unrelenting onslaught of no holds barred rock n’ roll rebellion. “It’s seriously all over the map, to young girls and young guys, to everybody in their 20s,” Simms observes. “But then my most recent tour with Matthew found us playing at a lot of 21 and over venues, which meant the crowds were older, sometimes even in their 40s and 50s, but we were able to win them over and sell tons of merch. We can play for everybody because the goal behind the songs was to be timeless from the start.” Such is the case throughout the dozen tracks packed therein, including the jarring and candidly autobiographical “Story of My Life,” the growling “Let It Ride” and the pleading alt-pop powerhouse “Don’t Let Me Down.” “Fade Away” is one of Simms’ personal favorites, if only because she vulnerably vents her fears and insecurities, in turn, encouraging fans of all ages to do some soul searching and come out with increased assertiveness. Add in the pummeling lead single “Heart Song,” complete with its militant guitars and call and response chorus, and Truth or Dare doesn’t just expose Simms’ diary to the most revealing extent, but will surely cause fans to reflect on their own existence. “I want the reaction to be automatic whenever you hear the songs come through the stereo speakers,” Simms sums up of the group’s moniker, which was originally inspired by the lyrical love letters she wrote to ex-boyfriends. “I just love writing songs and I look forward to it like a fat kid looks forward to the chocolate cake in the fridge! I can’t stop thinking about it to the point where I wake up in the middle of the night with a melody in my head and I can’t fall back asleep until I get it down. I’m exactly who I am on stage as I am off stage and I basically eat, breathe and sleep music to the point where I want to create it for the rest of my life.” # # # For more information, please contact Another Reybee Productions email@example.com
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The Soldier Thread
8 schedule::attendeesLocation 512 Rooftop
Artists The Soldier Thread
event::about The Soldier Thread is an indie-pop quintet hailing from Austin, Texas. Having been only patched together in late 2007, the ensemble has already undergone quite an alteration in style. Todd Abels (guitar, keyboard, backup vocals) and Justin McHugh (keyboard, guitar, backup vocals) set out from ambient origins to weave in the missing pieces. Close ties to Patricia Lynn (lead vocals, viola, keyboard) and Drew Vandiver (drums) allowed for an easy joining of loose ends. With Chance Gilmore (bass guitar) eventually completing the chain, the group began to play shows in and around Austin, as well as throughout Texas. The integration of producer Dwight Baker served as the anchor stitch to complete the composite the group currently finds themselves in. The release of In Spades in 2010 marked a shift from true indie sound to a more polished, pop-driven tune. Rumors of this particular trend unwinding further are validated by TST's present live set.
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104 schedule::attendeesLocation 512 Rooftop
Artists Marcy Playground
event::about Though you may know them best for their 15-week stay as Billboard chart-topper though irresistible single “Sex and Candy,” modern rock band Marcy Playground made sure that this was just the beginning of their musical career. Starting in 1997 with a self-titled album that went on to sell 1.7 million, the band continued its original sound with follow-up records “Shapeshifter” (1999) and “Marcy Playground 3” (“MP3”) (2004). While garnering obscure commercial recognition in likening to their debut, the albums demonstrated a tremendous period of creative growth for MP and are considered as “cult classics” among the most loyal of the band’s fans. 2009 marked the arrival of their critically acclaimed fourth album “Leaving Wonderland…In a Fit of Rage,” what frontman John Wozniak notes as “the most personal record [he’s] ever made.” The record not only can be strongly recognized for its level of involvement from the band, but as what led to a chance to get the band’s fans involved with follow-up crowd sourced album “Indaba Remixes from Wonderland.” The album, released in part by Woz Records (formed in 2009 by the band’s very own John Wozniak) as well as Capitol/EMI gave fans the opportunity to add their own personal touch to MP tracks by remixing them. Out of 100’s of entries, the band hand-selected 13 of their favorites to appear on the special release. Their sound attracts the big screen as well. MP has been featured on many soundtracks, such as Cruel Intention, Antitrust, Simply Irresistible, as well as many films by writer/director Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Zack and Miri Make a Porno.) Today, you can find Marcy Playground back on the road, touring internationally. In 2011, MP plans to release the first volume of a rarities album from their early years on Capitol Records.