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Artists Kublai Khan
event::about Energetic, aggressive, in your face music with no regret. a four piece metalcore band based in the Texoma area. We say whats on our hearts to express how we feel, who we are, what we stand for, and wont stand for, as well as the problems of our generation. In hopes of tapping into the underground and revealing the unseen lives and feelings of the youth in modern American society. We are fighting to make an impact in a music scape bogged down with meaningless lyrics and recycled with mindless music. Trying to push our own messages of anti-racsim, building up the young American heart, struggles with depression and addiction as well as the familiar feeling of losing people you hold close. We our here to use out music to relate with everyone on a personal level.
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Artists Eagle Claw
event::about Weighing in at 700 pounds, two guitars, a bass and drums, Austin, Tx’s instruMetal outfit EAGLE CLAW is; Matt Rade, Michael Gonzalez, Luther Smalls and Bart Butler. Formed in the fall of 2007, the band started gaining momentum quickly when their Demo “Bastard Usurper” first infiltrated Austin’s music scene. This was followed up by their first official release entitled “Poacher”, which features 9 tracks that propels the listener through a dualistic soundscape of the void and the light. As it stands, the band predominantly shreds the Texas area, but is currently scheduling their next tour for April of 2011.
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event::about Muffalo was started in 2010 by Derek Myers (Mondo Generator, River City Rapists) and includes , drummer Gene Trautmann (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal). Brett Netson (Caustic Resin, Built to Spill) signed on for the recording. Their debut record is currently under construction and will be in stores by mid March 2011. Pe-production on the record is directed by Hunt Sales (Iggy Pop, Tin Machine) and was mixed Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime).
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Gay For Johnny Depp
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Artists Gay For Johnny Depp
event::about Birthed in Brooklyn, "with no regard for potential audiences" and the intent of "doing everything on its own terms," GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP (or GFJD) has met to every response but indifference since the release of its debut EP Erotically Charged Dance Songs for the Desperate (2004). The debut showcased the band's machine gun rat-a-tat fire of short, sharp songs delivered in a frantic, relentless style featuring "a very well hidden yet deeply intellectual core" and lead singer Marty Leopard's vocals that "straddled the line between Johnny Rotten and a hyena." In 2005, GFJD released Blood: The Natural Lubricant (An Apocalyptic Adventure Beyond Sodom and Gomorrah) and supported the EP with a tour of Britain, which initiated such a rousing response that the band headlined a stage at the 2006 Download Festival. GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP's debut album The Politics of Cruelty (2007) became the rare example of a hardcore band receiving positive reviews in publications such as New Music Express, Q, The Guardian and Uncut and hard rock / metal mags (such as Rock Sound, Terrorizer and Kerrang!) while also receiving airplay on every major UK rock radio station (!!). Advances of the debut sent to the media contained a highly explicit fan letter to actor Johnny Depp, written by someone simply known as 'Brad'. The album appeared in the NME Chart's Top 10 for a full month and GFJD front man Marty Leopard was invited to take part in the NME's annual Christmas Pub Golf. However, the singer subsequently referred to NME and other British music journals as "the enemy," and when asked to comment for a press blurb, he screamed, "We don't want to be in fucking NME!" GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP's sophomore album What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You will be released on February 15 (or just in time for Valentine's Day).
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Artists Lacuna Incorporated
event::about Lacuna Incorporated Formed in the fall of 2009 in Austin Texas, Lacuna Incorporated is the latest and best incarnation of the critically acclaimed and influential psychedelic - rock quintet 7% Solution. While never achieving huge hometown success, 7% was highly regarded throughout the US and European press as one of the best bands out of Austin; charting at #20 on the CMJ charts, conducting several successful and popular national tours and SXSW showcases, selling over 5000 albums, and garnering lavish praise from major music publications and critics - all from a home-recorded and self-produced product that never had label support! Don't believe it? Google the name and see what you find sucka! Through constantly changing and diverse influences, 7%'s sound began evolving into a more and more song-oriented format that directed the member's eyes and minds upward from the tops of their shoes through the haze of singer-songwriter mediocrity and finally into the ether beyond. As the sound grew and matured, the band felt that it needed further songwriting diversity and added female singer-composer Lisa Lipkin to the existing lineup and renamed itself Lacuna Incorporated. Lacuna Incorporated has since been recording and engineering a catalog of 25+ fantastic new songs while waiting for the world to work out how we're all going to listen to and buy music in this bold new millennium.
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event::about ARTIST BIO Forged in the sweat-laden depths of darkest Brooklyn, with the sun at its zenith, HULL materializes as a massive entity storming New York stages. A musical colossus of epic proportions, HULL commands their listeners through each riff, with incredible precision, a seafarer guiding vessels through ominous waters. MORE ABOUT HULL "...More than two years later, [Hull has] signed to local imprint The End and reemerged with a startlingly assertive full-length that warrants the same amount of hype that Tombs have been on the receiving end of over the past six months. "Unlike Tombs' more direct, black metal-infused approach, Hull concentrate more on graceful ebbs and flows while slyly avoiding slipping into more expansive, spacious, Isis-style jamming that many bands fall into. The pace on Sole Lord might be slow, but there's no idling whatsoever, the arrangements deliberate enough to hold us captivated throughout, whether it's on mellower fare like "Wanderer," the blues-drenched swagger of "Healer" or on the downright wistful, Led Zeppelin-esque "Vessel." Drummer Jeff Stieber anchors the arrangements, alternating between fluid and pulverizing, while the interplay between guitarists Nick Palmirotto, Drew Mack, and Carmine Laietta is at times extraordinary, as on the multifaceted epic "Architect," which occupies the sludgy space that Mastodon have since abandoned. However, their ace in the hole just might be their shared lead vocalists, making for a diversity in the vocal department that most bands could never hope to pull off." -Adrien Begrand decibel
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Artists Goes Cube
event::about Goes Cube has gained notoriety for two things: their fierce independence, and for being fierce, period. Indeed, the trio is most often described as brutal, heavy, and loud. Their live shows are renowned for not only the volume they are able to produce, but the pure energy with which they perform. Perhaps Stereogum put it best when they cited the band’s “sledgehammer assault.” It would be easy to call them a metal band. After all, their music is heavy, loud, and often fast. But Goes Cube continually demonstrates that it exists in a universe all its own: outside the trends and styles of New York (where the band formed), and outside of the standard metal tropes. In 2009, Goes Cube astounded critics in the US and Europe with their debut full-length Another Day Has Passed. Publications cheered the abundance of riffs and aggression pummeling through thick atmosphere, dynamic shifts, and nostalgic nods to punk, noise-rock, and hardcore. It was enough to earn the record a spot on Decibel Magazine’s list of the 40 best albums in 2009. After touring (with the likes of Helmet, Intronaut, and East of the Wall) and an acclaimed EP on Coextinction Recordings in 2010, Goes Cube is poised to make 2011 their biggest year yet with their second full length album entitled In Tides And Drifts. While most bands become more polished, and more produced, Goes Cube did away with the sheen, and opted, instead, for pure rawness. Going against the grain of the current metal scene, the band took a stripped-down approach, and a very simple philosophy: make the heavy heavier, fast faster, hooky hookier, and pretty prettier. The result is a savage album consisting of 13 lean, extremely mean songs that total just over 40 minutes. How unlikely then that within those ruthless 40-plus minutes of music, listeners will find the gorgeous voice of acclaimed folk singer, Jaymay on two of the album’s songs. Her haunting melodies break hearts as the band behind her batters eardrums. Goes Cube have never been your typical musicians. All of them are self-taught, and as such they have a sound and style all their own. They reject the notion of what it means to be in a metal band in both how they play, and how they look (you’d mistake them for being anyone but the guys in a band). But their mark is undeniable. After years of touring and recording some of the most eye-opening music, Goes Cube has proven themselves to be one of the most exciting and exhilarating bands in America. Goes Cube is: Matt Tyson: Bass Guitar Kenny Appell: Drums David Obuchowski: Guitar, Vocals. Find them online: www.myspace.com/goescube www.facebook.com/goescube www.goescube.com www.twitter.com/goescube
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Artists Daniel Lioneye
event::about Daniel Lioneye is a side project band from the popular Finnish group HIM. Musically, the band produces Hard rock/Sleaze rock with blues based guitar solos throughout. The band was formed in 2001 and the members consist of Daniel Lioneye, also known as HIM's Mikko "Linde" Lindstrom, on vocals and guitar, Mikko "Mige" Paananen on bass, Ville Valo on drums. The band released one album in September 2001, The King of Rock'n Roll. The title track to their album later became the theme music for MTV's Viva La Bam. On April 27th, 2010, Daniel Lioneye released their second studio album Vol. II an extreme metal album with a revised line-up of Linde on guitars, vocals and bass, Burton on keyboards and Bolton of Enochian Crescent on drums. Vol. II takes a drastically different turn that The King of Rock'n Roll, incorporating various other genres in, most notably black metal. In 2011, Daniel Lioneye introduced Manu as their lead singer/screamer and Seppo on drums, not only resulting in an edgier line-up, but also becoming the embodiment of the Scandinavian sound. Discography ALBUMS "Vol:II", April 2010 on The End Records 1. Euroshaman (3:14) 2. Flatlined (3:43) 3. Saturnalia (1:01) 4. Neolithic Way (4:46) 5. I Saw Myself (4:45) 6. The Mentat (4:22) 7. I Have Never Wanted To Be Number One (3:50) 8. Who Turned The Lights Out (3:30) 9. Kiss Of the Cannibal (5:00) "King of Rock'n Roll", September 2001 on RCA 1. king of rock'n roll (2:57) 2. Roller (3:55) 3. Dope Danny (4:57) 4. Never Been in Love Till the Day I Die (2:38) 5. Eldorado Baby (3:09) 6. Lonely Road (3:38) 7. International P-Lover (3:21) 8. We Gonna Rockin Tonight (8:27) 9. Knockin on Heaven's Door (4:32) Viva La Bands (Compilation), June 2005, on Universal Music 1. Daniel Lioneye "The King of Rock'n Roll RADIO CMJ Loud Rock Chart, June-July 2010 June 2 - CMJ #42 June 22 - CMJ #36 July 20 - CMJ #28 July 27 - CMJ #24
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event::about February 16, 2011 (New York, NY) Nettwerk is excited to announce that PETER MURPHY has signed to its label roster to release his upcoming ninth studio album, aptly titled NINTH, out JUNE 7, 2011. The former Bauhaus iconic frontman has also just announced spring tour dates, including a stop in Austin, TX during SXSW. *Notes about Nettwerk's current roster of artists and label* Ninth marks Murphy's first solo album since the successful Bauhaus reunion tour in 2005, which included an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where Peter famously descended to the stage upside down on a chain from the rafters. Currently living between Istanbul and New York City, ignited a new generation of fans in 2009 while appearing with Trent Reznor during his final Nine Inch Nails tour at New York's Terminal 5, Peter joined Reznor and his band to perform The Downward Spiral favorite "Reptile,' along with Murphy's "Strange Kind Of Love' and Bauhaus' "Kick in the Eye.' Always one to capture the zeitgeist of the moment, 2010 saw Murphy also in a central cameo appearance as 'The Cold One' in Eclipse, the most recent installment of the Twilight series. When approached about the role, flattered and amused by the offer Murphy comments, 'Who else could have and should have done it?' he laughs. 'It was really lovely and smart of David Slade to ask me I was honored, actually.' More details regarding Ninth will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Artists Jesse Thomas
event::about Jesse Thomas is an L.A. based artist originally from Covington, Kentucky. In late 2008, with little money in her pocket she packed up her bags and moved out to Los Angeles by herself not knowing a soul when she arrived. After a few open mics around the valley and some very rough home-recorded demos, she caught the attention of producer Jim Roach. Besides her poignant yet hilarious live persona, what makes Jesse so unique is her raw smokey voice that is truly all her own. It’s something most don’t expect from a girl under 5’ in her 20s. In Spring 2010 Jesse finished up her debut album “Hazel EP” which hit iTunes and stores nationally in September 2010. The album debuted in the top ten of the singer/songwriter charts and was featured on ITunes "New and Noteworthy," as well as the "Indie Spotlight." In early 2011 her song "You I Want" will be featured at Starbucks as their "pick of the week," nationally and through Canada. Her song "Stay" was featured on teen nicks "Degrassi" and her youtube video of the same song has generated over 80,000 views. She has opened for John Mayer, Owl City, Lights, and Angel Taylor. Jesse will be back in the studio recording her next album in April after she returns from her showcase at this years SXSW. She is represented by Red Parade Music group.
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Maxim Ludwig & The Santa Fe Seven
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event::about In California, Maxim Ludwig lives surrounded by the ghosts of the “Gone West” migration. Though barely broken into his 20s, Ludwig embraces folk music of eras past, and his songs seem drunk-honest in their depiction of an uncertain life in a temporary town. Whether he is crooning over lap steel, piano, or violin, the young musician’s lyrics channel the feelings of rambling desperation that inspired such greats as Hank Williams. Confessing, “I became heavily obsessed with words,” Ludwig’s songs unveil themselves like good literature, and string the listener along with equal parts suspense and intrigue. Maxim eventually released an album, and later picked up a full band to become Maxim Ludwig and the Santa Fe Seven. The band would have you believe they are touring to earn another sip of warm whiskey and another story to tell; they may not be far off the mark. With their cool confidence and coiled-snake energy, it is hard to believe otherwise.
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event::about “May We Rock You Gently?” Originally from Portland, OR, Buddy performed his first solo show at the Hotel Café in 2004. Since then, the now Los Angeles-based Buddy has had his self-proclaimed “Wimpycore” heard across the world. His songs have been featured on Perez Hiltons’ celebrity blog and in a host of television shows (Grey’s Anatomy, The Big C, One Tree Hill, Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, Meet the Kardashians, and others), and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic has featured several Buddy tunes on their Top Tune podcast as well as their morning radio show hosted by both Nic Harcourt and Jason Bentley. Buddy releases Include: self-titled EP (2005), full-length "Alterations and Repairs" (Stove Punchin' 2007 & Mooreworks JP 2009), both of which were met with glowing reviews and featured in iTunes' New and Noteworthy section. Buddy also contributed his version of Sugar Girl to “Perfect as Cats” a double-CD CURE tribute compilation (Manimal 2009). Two new releases are set for 2011. Live, Buddy will be touring solo in early 2011 with Ben Ottewell of Gomez in the UK and US, and at SxSW and The Vail Film Festival. Buddy and band have toured with, Gomez, Tilly & The Wall, AM, A Fine Frenzy Sara Bareilles and Ben Ottewell (Gomez). Festivals include NoisePop, CMJ, and SxSW. Also, Buddy joined the likes of Aimee Mann on stage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin. As a producer, Buddy has recently co-produced Ben Ottewell’s upcoming solo release Shapes and Shadows due out in Feb 2011. www.iamyourbuddy.com
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AM & Shawn Lee
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event::about Critically acclaimed indie pop artist AM and groove master Shawn Lee have created a new album of electro soul that will be showcased through live performances on March 17 & 18 at the SxSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. The as-yet-unnamed album - the first-ever collaboration between AM and Lee -- is currently being shopped to record labels. They are releasing a limited edition gold colored 12-inch single to celebrate Record Store Day on April 16th. The new album promises to push the boundaries of soul, pop, electronica and Latin grooves. Strategic Revolution Media Group client AM combines several musical styles including pop, soul and R&B, tropicalia, British Invasion and '60s psychedelia. His music has been compared to the likes of Beck and Jeff Tweedy. His album Future Sons & Daughters was named in the Top 100 albums of 2010 by Rough Trade, given a four-star rating by Q and a five out of five-star rating by U.K. Sunday Express as "one of the great pop albums of the year." Lee, who also records as Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, is well known as an innovative instrumentalist whose music spans funk, soul, acid jazz, and electronica. Lee's landmark recording Strings and Things: Ubiquity Studio Sessions, Volume 3 was described by music critic site Allmusic.com as is a hotbed of mischievous imagination, intense focus, and crazy mad technique, as well as loads of fun. Lee has also collaborated with artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to producer Clutchy Hopkins (the latter as Clutch of the Tiger). According to Strategic Revolution Media Group, the collaboration between AM and Lee started after AM heard Lee's Music and Rhythm album on the radio in Los Angeles. After AM reached out to Lee, the two became quick friends, sharing a similar love for vintage grooves and '60s and '70s soundtrack music. The two decided to record together after AM played guitar on a few of Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra shows (including KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic) in summer 2010. Lee, armed with a four-track and other vintage tape machines in his London studio, started sending AM drum and percussion beats over the Christmas holiday in December. AM took the beats into the studio in Los Angeles and wrote songs and lyrics over the grooves, adding guitars, Casio synths, vocals and occasional bass. Lee added more instrumentation such as bass, keys, guitars, glockenspiel and other assorted instruments. Lee then mixed the tracks in his groove lab, co-producing the tracks with AM, resulting in a special brand of electro soul that will rock SxSW 2011. The new music occurs amid busy period of touring and recording for both AM and Lee. AM spent 2010 on the road opening for AIR, Caetano Veloso and Charlotte Gainsbourg while Lee played Bonnaroo and toured the west coast of the United States. Their recording will build off a music portfolio that has appeared in more than 200 movies and television shows, with AM's music appearing in shows like Big Love and Friday Night Lights and Lee's in Desperate Housewives and Lost. AM's music and more about this album collaboration can be explored on his website www.amsounds.com, Facebook www.facebook.com/am, MySpace www.myspace.com/amsounds, Twitter www.twitter.com/amsounds and YouTube www.youtube.com/amsounds.
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Ladies Gun Club
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Artists Ladies Gun Club
event::about When Sarah Met Sally It makes sense that two of the South's finest grassroots singers -- SALLY JAYE and SARAH ROBERTS -- had to hoof it all the way to Hollywood to find each other. In a sea of indie rock bands, their unabashedly Appalachian roots shimmer like moonlit 'shine bubblin' over a pot still. If firewater had a voice, it might easily sound like LADIES GUN CLUB. Formidable soloists in their own right, there's an exponential factor that kicks in when these richly nuanced, lilting voices pair up. Backed by an amazing array of Los Angeles musicians, LGC recorded their self-titled debut EP in Laurel Canyon. Banjos, fiddles, slide guitars, mandolins, horns, glass percussion, accordions and the like take shifts weaving elegant, sometimes dark, textures around the Ladies' standout duets and solos. The result is an eclectic mix of 6 original songs, each casting its own brand of eerie. "Two outstanding vocalists with a deep understanding and appreciation for music that's as equally dark and haunting as it is hook setting." Peter Grumbine, NO DEPRESSION
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Artists Sahara Smith
event::about SAHARA SMITH – MYTH OF THE HEART Sahara Smith is a natural. Or as the Austin Chronicle observes, “She's the real deal all right.” Don’t take our word for it. Listen to her debut album on Playing in Traffic Records, Myth of the Heart, and you’re bound to agree with the Dallas Morning News that “Smith is a revelation.” The disc is hailed as “a gorgeous album for all lovers of carefully chosen words, rich imagery and ethereal vocals” by Texas Music magazine and “a richly impressive, intensely soulful debut album,” by the Los Angeles Times. All that and more is to be savored on Myth of the Heart. It bows with the alluring “Thousand Secrets,” which opens a window on the vulnerable places we all have, as Smith writes, “For every broken branch there is a mile of fallen leaves/But no one knows the river flows a thousand miles deep.” Propulsive churning tracks like “Are You Lonely,” “The Real Thing” and “All I Need” make feelings of longing and desire palpable, while the up-tempo title song sings about resisting the urge to love. Meditative yet kinetic auras grace Smith’s reflections on being lost within love (“Tin Man Town”), empathy (“Angel”), mortality (“The World’s On Fire”) and life’s travails (the closing cut “Twilight Red,” which Smith wrote at age 13). And such songs as “Train Man,” “Midnight Plane” and “Mermaid” embody the notion of poetry in motion with their evocative images of travel and places near and far. The album was cut in primarily live sessions in Los Angeles, produced by Emile Kelman, known for his longtime work with T-Bone Burnett, who shepherded the recordings. The players include such regular Burnett associates as drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch and guitarist Marc Ribot, whose musicality bring both a deeply-rooted feel and contemporary imagination to the album. As the Los Angeles Times describes the disc, it’s lush with “Cinemascope-like wide-screen portraits of romantic passion, loneliness and unrequited love.” “Sahara is the best young artist I have heard in many years,” notes Burnett. And what seems at first blush like preternatural musical and lyrical maturity is as much the organic result of being all but weaned on fine artistry. Add to that the ineffable quality of magic. “To ascribe [an] old-soul narrative would do a bit of a disservice to Smith, whose ethereal voice and sound comes less from a place of experience beyond her years and more, seemingly, from some other universe entirely,” posits the Austin American-Statesman. Born in Austin, Texas and raised in the nearby Hill Country town of Wimberley, Smith is the daughter of a playwright mother and a father who’s a jeweler by profession as well as a sculptor and painter. In her infancy the music of classical composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Rachmaninoff played in the home, and “my dad was singing me really strange lullabies like ‘Long Black Veil’ and ‘Lily of the West’ and ‘El Paso,’” Smith recalls. Celtic music and fellow Texas born and raised singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith were also among the musical fare she heard in her formative years. An avid reader from an early age, Smith wrote her first poem at age three. While in second grade one of her works was published in the Anthology of Poetry for Young Americans. On her eighth birthday her father got her a guitar and showed her some chords, and she was soon composing songs. At 10 years old her uncle gave Sahara a collection of Shakespeare comedies “and we would act out the parts together,” she recalls. Not long after her mother played her Simon & Garfunkel’s The Concert in Central Park while they were riding in the car, and Smith experienced an epiphany that centered the music she was creating in a realm that felt right. “I wrote pop songs before that, but that triggered me writing sort of folk songs,” Smith explains. “I’m more rooted in the folk tradition than anything else.” Then a greatest hits collection of Leonard Cohen’s early recordings “just changed everything I thought about songwriting,” recalls Smith. “It was pure poetry but it was also accessible, relatable and structured. It made me realize that you don’t have to simplify the way you express your emotions as long as it’s recognizable that there are universal elements of truth to them. I try to utilize that in my songwriting and think about what emotion a certain image will conjure and create the feeling of the song through imagery.” Her music also became informed by Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, classic country artists like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, and seminal Texas singer- songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Plus contemporary acts such as Radiohead, Wilco, The Shins and Tegan and Sara. “I think what I do takes all those influences into consideration,” notes Smith. In her early teens Smith started playing open mike nights at local coffeehouses and a restaurant, and quickly landed two regular weekly gigs. When she was 14, her father urged her to send a tape of her songs to “A Prairie Home Companion” for a “Talent from Twelve to Twenty” contest spotlighting young musicians. Smith was chosen to compete on the nationally aired radio show, which she confesses was “terrifying.” One thing that did still her nerves was the presence of its host. “I'd been listening to Garrison Keillor since I was really tiny,” she explains. “My parents would put on his monologues as a way to make me go to sleep. That's how soothing his voice and personality were. “I was really positive after the first round I wasn’t going to be called out again, so I put my guitar away,” recalls Smith. “When they called me back out for the second round I had to retune my guitar as I walked out onstage.” She came in second in the competition. The “Prairie Home Companion” contest also won Smith her Austin-based managers: Rosalyn Rosen and Kevin Wommack. Rosen, a close friend of Smith’s mother, heard it and then played her appearance for Wommack. Duly impressed, they caught one of Smith’s hometown gigs and eventually signed on to manage her. By her late teens Smith was meeting with and being considered by a number of record labels. “We thought about who we would want to get to produce the album and just sort of unanimously agreed that T Bone Burnett would be the best,” says Smith. “So my manager just kind of on a whim sent him my MySpace page and he asked us if we could fly up to Los Angeles so he could meet us. So we went to L.A. and recorded a couple of demos at his studio. One of his engineers, Emile Kelman, was just beginning to branch out and do some production of his own, so Emile produced the project and T-Bone oversaw the project and we used a lot of the same people from the Robert Plant [and] Alison Krauss Raising Sand album. I think it just wound up being really magical.” Music critics obviously agree. “A hybrid of folk, Americana, country and bluegrass, Myth of the Heart makes good on Smith's promise,” says the Austin American-Statesman. “Melodic and often heartbreaking, it's an assured debut, an elaborately painted canvas anchored by Smith's poetic songwriting and otherworldly voice.” The Los Angeles Times notes how from the very first song, Myth of the Heart “quickly places this 21-year-old in the Emmylou Harris-Alison Krauss camp of country-rock singers of exquisite tastefulness.” In addition to the complimentary musical comparisons, Smith’s lyrics have been likened as well by the media to such iconic poets as T.S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson. Blessed with a becoming modesty, Smith says of her songs, “What I’m trying to do is create music that anybody can listen to. And even if they don’t interpret it that same way that I do, they still interpret it in a way that’s meaningful to them.” As the Dallas Morning News insists of Myth of the Heart, “Pay attention to this one.” For it’s the first winning and assured step in what is sure to be a long and satisfying musical journey to come.
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Artists Bobby Long
event::about Bobby Long believes in making up for lost time. The young British singer-songwriter didn’t even start to play guitar until he was 17, but from then on he’s been creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. With model good looks and an engaging smile, he is a formidable presence even before he begins to sing. And when he does sing, it's with a heart-wrenching soulfulness that crushes any chance for apathy. It's a voice that simply demands attention. Now armed with an enviable repertoire of material and a legion of loyal fans cultivated through non-stop touring, this force of nature will be impossible to ignore. But recognition has actually been hard-won. Born in Wigan near Manchester in Northern England, Bobby Long grew up from age four in a small town in Wessex—Thomas Hardy country. At 18, he moved to London to attend university, graduating with a degree in sound and media for film. He quickly established himself on the local open mic circuit, finding his voice and beginning to develop songs characterized by catchy melodies paired with elusive, imaginative lyrics. In London he met a circle of fellow musicians, among them Marcus Foster, with whom he wrote a song called “Let Me Sign,” and soon-to-be megastar Robert Pattinson, who would sing it in the 2008 blockbuster film Twilight. The next step is his studio debut album, A WINTER TALE (on independent record label ATO Records), on which he wanted to capture the immediacy of those live performances, “to have flaws in it, some signs of human nature.” Grammy®-winner Liam Watson (The White Stripes’ Elephant) and his analog Toe Rag Studios in London—where they put down five initial tracks in just three days—proved an ideal match for the artist's old-school recording approach. Backed by a coterie of studio musicians on many of the tracks, he would end up recording 18, finally making a taut selection of 11 original songs. Impressing a widening circle of admirers, including many critics, Bobby has packed venues across the United States, Canada and Europe. In 2009, he played 160 shows in seven months in seven countries. The Boston Herald praised his "likeable, rough-hewn voice" and "catchy way with a chorus," while Pollstar reported that he "continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan." Radio, too, has done its part, beginning when WXPN in Philadelphia added “Who Have You Been Loving” from Dirty Pond Songs to its playlist and invited him to perform live in their studios. His 2010 tour schedule kicked off in March with a live WXPN Free at Noon session, which was broadcast nationally on NPR's World Café Live while he was still unsigned. He cites Dylan's career, as well as his songwriting, as a major influence. He also lists Richie Havens, Neil Young, Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen as influences, along with more modern troubadours like Elliott Smith and Conor Oberst. A love of American roots music shines through his songs, evident on the album in the intense minor-key folk of "Penance Fire Blues," the two-step groove of "Two Years Old" and the old-timey waltz "Being a Mockingbird" with its banjo and pedal steel accents. And Bobby is no dilettante when it comes to traditional sounds—his university thesis was on the social impact of American folk music. Above all, it's the honesty and aching vulnerability in his intricate songs (not to mention his shy demeanor on stage) that endears Long to burgeoning audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. “He breathes a labyrinth of imagery that is so fragile and heartrending—it’s impossible to let go” declared one writer, and as another one put it, "If music is truly a form of self-expression, then British singer-songwriter Bobby Long apparently cannot tell a lie." It's been a fast rise, but he's not looking for a cheap route to success. "I'm in it for the long haul. This first [ATO] record is just the first step on a ladder. I want every day to be a learning experience and to have the same kind of career as some of my heroes," he says. And he's determined to work hard to do just that. At 24, Long is an accomplished guitarist, having mastered an uncommon finger-picking guitar style through non-stop performing. That impeccable approach lifts gentler numbers like "The Bounty of Mary Jane" and "Sick Man Blues" just as assuredly as a full-on strum drives the folk-rocker title track of the album, "A Winter Tale," and the acoustic epic about loss and longing, "A Stranger Song" (“Where the wings that sting the borderline, words fall softly to the floor, A woman’s love can cause a man to spill his every flaw”). Finally, after countless solo shows, Long is fleshing out his acoustic sound with a band behind him, though he still steps out during the set to play alone. "I'm writing more with a band in mind now. I love how good that feels, when your playing is matched by the snare, the bass." Inspired by everything from old Jack Teagarden recordings to Dylan going electric, he also says he "learned a lot from touring about how a show can be like theater." A WINTER TALE merges band power with acoustic rawness, featuring Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) on backing vocals on "Penance Fire Blues," B. J. Cole (Elton John, Sting) on pedal steel, Icelandic singer Lay Low on several tracks, and other top-drawer musicians. And by way of continued extensive touring in North America, he will be bringing A WINTER TALE and what has been called his "tapestry of tales" to the ever-growing audiences seduced by his compelling voice, musicianship and charm.
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Artists Frazey Ford
event::about Best known throughout the last 10 years as a member of the critically acclaimed Vancouver trio The Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford is now ready to tell her own story with a solo album she describes as being “moved by motherhood, earth and land.” Obadiah is a collection of songs hand-carved by the hardships and exaltations of life, and stained with the rich colors of soul and folk music that fueled artists like Joni Mitchell, Ann Peebles, Neil Young, and Donny Hathaway. After a period of stillness, it’s the sound of Ford finding herself once again. “I began to write just for the joy of it,” says Ford, reflecting on the past few years. “I realized that I was just me, and for the first time I understood that was enough. A lot of this album is coming out of healing that I’ve done. The knowledge that in all grief there is joy, and in all joy there is grief.” Recorded during a blissful Vancouver summer at the studio of co-producer and multi-instrumentalist John Raham, Obadiah came to life with the help of an intimate assembly of guests. Trish Klein of The Be Good Tanyas lay down yards of velvety smooth electric guitar, while next-door neighbor Caroline Ballhorn, contributed vocals to “Gospel Song” and “Hey Little Mama.” Ford’s landlord even dropped in to play keyboards, as Cuban style chords go back and forth with warm Wurlitzer licks on the playful “Like You Better.” By putting her faith in an assortment of capable companions, Ford let the songs unfold naturally, embracing the little experiments and happy accidents that give the album so much character.
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event::about The LA-based band, SATELLITE, released their soulfully original debut EP "Ring the Bells" in August 2010 and has become a rising star among the bloggers and indie crowds. Gaining momentum in Southern California, the band has quickly built a fan base through the tv/film placements it's received, as well as it's infamous live show. SATELLITE features lead singer and bassist Steven McMorran. On electric guitars are Mitch Allan and Josh Dunahoo, while Justin Glasco holds down drums and keys. Together the four musicians write, arrange and produce the music that makes up SATELLITE's distinct sound that has been called a mash-up between "Kings of Leon + Snow Patrol" and, "Springsteen meets the UK". Whatever the comparison, their debut EP, "Ring The Bells", proves the point that compelling music can make it's own way through the clutter. Steven has been a leader in the pop songwriting world for a few years, and teaming up with fellow producer/songwriter Mitch Allan was the first step in making a "needed break from the machine". SATELLITE took shape when McMorran was asked to perform an acoustic song at a local singer-songwriter night in Los Angeles. Mitch recounts, "I truly understood what Steven brought to the music community when I sat and watched him unleash this emotional roar of a voice. He took a small back room full of idle chatter to the point of awe-struck silence as he belted 'Saving Us Tonight.'" Songwriter/guitarist Josh Dunahoo and fellow producer Justin Glasco were added to the band once Steven and Mitch saw that their input began to undeniably shape the sound beyond what we had hoped for. Steven's unique and surprisingly powerful voice is complemented by his genuine lyrical talent. Combined with the expert musicianship of Mitch, Josh, and Justin, SATELLITE is becoming something both contemporary & timeless; a uniquely powerful band rising up in the world of music. Following SXSW, the band will return to LA and continue with it's string of shows throughout southern California including San Diego, OC, West LA, and Santa Barbara. "Ring the Bells" EP is available on iTunes and http://www.SATELLITE-music.com. The music video for "Say The Words", directed by Walter May, as well as early performance can be seen on the Satellite YouTube channel. http://youtube.com/satelliteLA General info, streaming EP "Ring The Bells" and digital booklet, up-coming shows, music video for first single, "Say The Words", as well as free downloadable first single. http://www.SATELLITE-music.com Full EP up-loaded to embed, as well as free downloadable first single. http://soundcloud.com/SATELITE_music
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event::about To call Jeremy Messersmith a musician is half-truth: He’s also a storyteller, who has carefully crafted a trilogy of songs that narrate life. His first full-length release The Alcatraz Kid is a moving collection of acoustic-driven lullabies with titles like “Novocain” and “Beautiful Children” that innocently question the purpose of things to come. The integrity of these delicate songs immediately struck a cord with critics and fans alike, and captured the attention of Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, who offered to produce Messersmith’s follow-up album, The Silver City. The Silver City was a natural progression in sound and reflection: the compositions grew fuller and more dynamic with a classic-pop feel inspired by the Beach Boys and Beatles: While the topics focused on midlife struggles with tracks like “Dead End Job” and “Miracles.” Local and national attention soon followed with NPR and college stations around the country, followed by U.S. tours and sold-out shows in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis. The Reluctant Graveyard (out May 4) bookends this trilogy of lifelong (ahem, literary) observations with songs like “Lazy Bones” and “Organ Donor,” and sonically continues on the’60 chamber pop path Messersmith set out with his sophomore release. He continues to share stages with notables such as Sondre Lechre and The Watson Twins, and has been featured on MTV and Ugly Betty. And while this collection of songs comes to an end, it’s no doubt that the stories will live on.
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The Seedy Seeds
35 schedule::attendeesLocation The Ale House
Artists The Seedy Seeds
event::about The Seedy Seeds don’t know you, but they already like you. With a completely original sound and presentation, including banjo, accordion and toy keyboard beats, The Seedy Seeds create melodic, danceable music that is equally at home alongside pop-punk, alt-country, and lo-fi. Since forming in late 2005, the band has maintained constant momentum and won over audiences with their infectious harmonies, outstanding live shows and unforgettable pop hooks.
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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
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Artists Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
event::about A lot can happen in five years, and for the husband-and-wife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, the time between Exploration, their first album together in 2005, and Bright Examples (Ninth Street Opus, Feb. 22, 2011), their new, full-length collaborative project, has been one nonstop whirlwind of activity. Not only has the couple toured extensively both as a duo and as part of the “Guthrie Family Rides Again” tour (with Sarah Lee’s dad, Arlo Guthrie), they’ve also released the children’s album Go Waggaloo (Smithsonian Folkways), a live DVD entitled Folk Song, a solo album by Johnny (Ex Tempore), parented their two young daughters and moved from South Carolina to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, near where Sarah Lee was raised. “We’ve been working really hard,” confirms Guthrie. “We even built a house. We felt very creative in South Carolina but we’re in a totally different space now. We had started another album together before we moved but it just wasn’t right. This one is.” Bright Examples finds Guthrie and Irion taking their patented country-rock sound and tilting it in a direction Guthrie describes as “more atmospheric or psychedelic, sort of dreamy but colorful.” Recorded at Dreamland Studios near Woodstock, N.Y., the album features a dozen original compositions, chosen from more than 50 they’d accumulated over the past five years. “It was really great to have that many songs,” says Guthrie, “but at the same time, what do you do with the rest? They weren’t any less good. We just picked the songs that we thought went together well.” Bright Examples was co-produced by Andy Cabic, the prime mover behind the San Francisco pastoral psych-rock band Vetiver, and Thom Monahan, who has also worked with Vetiver as well as Devendra Banhart, the Pernice Brothers and Jayhawks vocalist Gary Louris, who just happened to have produced Exploration for Sarah Lee and Johnny. Members of Vetiver provide the instrumental accompaniment on Bright Examples as well as special guest artists including Louris (vocals), Mark Olson (The Jayhawks, vocals), Otto Houser (Vetiver, drums), Neal Casal (guitar), Kevin Barker and Charlie Rose (pedal steel, flat picking guitars), and Rad Lorkovic (piano). “I met Vetiver through Gary Louris,” explains Irion. “They were backing Gary at Town Hall in New York City. I took the train down for the show and Andy and I ended up backstage just talking about music.” They subsequently spent more time together when Vetiver passed through the Berkshires, and a bond was formed. “I fell in love with all their records,” says Irion, “and I just thought Andy was the man for the job. Andy had not done a lot of producing. When I asked him to do it, he said, ‘Me?’ What I really wanted was Andy and his band, and Gary Louris, and I wanted all of our new friends to make some music together. So we all met up in Woodstock.” Monahan was recruited to co-produce after Irion heard Vetiver’s Thing of the Past album. “The acoustic guitars were amazing, the electrics were amazing,” says Irion. “I thought, if we could make a record that sounds that good, I’ll be happy. And that got me fired up about making a new studio album.” The songwriting on Bright Examples reflects many of the experiences and emotions that Sarah Lee and Johnny have encountered over the past half-decade, and the production is crisp, consistently imaginative and captures the spontaneity of the tracks being recorded live with a full ensemble. Vibrant instrumental accents arrive via pedal steel guitar, accordion, piano, Hammond organ and a wall of guitars, and rich vocal harmonies abound, influenced by great duo acts like the Louvin Brothers and the Everly Brothers. One track, “Seven Sisters,” features a reunion of sorts between original Jayhawks Louris and Mark Olson. The grooves range from funky New Orleans soul to ’60s-esque power pop to honky-tonk country, a feel-good vibe coursing throughout the tracks. “That’s our job,” says Guthrie. “There are definitely some dark moments but we still have to be positive. It’s hard for us not to be. We’ve tried.” From the first notes of “Ahead of Myself,” which launches Bright Examples, it becomes apparent that Sarah Lee and Johnny are exploring new musical territory. Its dreamy, airy texture and easygoing pace provide an appropriate setting for Irion’s simply expressed sentiments: “That must be 5 AM light or we slept right through or it’s tomorrow night/Doesn’t really matter ’cause I’m with you.” Not surprisingly, it was his wife who provided the inspiration: “That was a time in my head when Sarah Lee and I were falling in love, living in California, and I just kind of went back,” Johnny explains. “Never Too Far From My Heart,” which follows, is a shining example of the close harmony and emerging pop sensibilities Guthrie and Irion embrace. A sunny, mutual love letter, it was written when they were saying goodbye to South Carolina and preparing for their move north. Johnny’s words acknowledge that, like any lovers, he and Sarah Lee have had their moments but in the end, even when they are apart, “You’re never too far from my heart.” Thom Monahan notes, "Prior to making Bright Examples I was away travelling for quite some time, and I listened to the demo of 'Never Too Far From My Heart' over and over again. I was horribly homesick, and that song was no small amount of comfort to me. I'd listen to those lyrics and realize how hard it is sometimes to recognize a love that's right in front of you. That song and those voices were my whole world. I'd feel a little better, a little less alone, every time I heard it." He also adds, "Johnny and Sarah Lee are pretty inspiring people (and parents) who live those melodies to their marrow. You can hear it when they sing. They're singing to each other as much as they're singing right to you. A moment of calm in a frenzied world, Bright Examples is like home to me. May it carry you through all the nights you're away from the ones you love." “Speed of Light” turns up the beat considerably. A stomping, steady 4/4 rhythm frames an addictively melodic pop tune and chiming guitars meet up with soul touches. In an earlier era, back when AM radio was all about the perfect three-minute record, “Speed of Light” would have gone straight to the top. “I started that song on piano and it went through several different approaches,” says Irion. “Andy heard that syncopated piano part and the track took a turn for all the right reasons. There were no overdubs. That was just people on the floor playing together. I’m real happy with that track. I think the drums are amazing.” Next up is Guthrie’s “Seven Sisters.” Another one cut live in the studio, it features a reunion between original Jayhawks Louris and Mark Olson. Taking her cue from its bluesy, gospel-tinted opening piano part, Sarah Lee delivers an impassioned lead vocal. Johnny’s harmony lines take the tune into Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris territory and the band’s dynamic shifts give it a tension as it builds. The inspiration behind the finger-pointing “Target On Your Heart” may be known to author Irion but neither he nor Guthrie are letting on. Says Sarah Lee, “There’s some good drama going on up here in Massachusetts to write about. That one took a while to grow on me. I didn’t like that song at first but Johnny kept wanting to play it. Finally we ended up doing it, and it ended up my favorite song on the record.” The song’s sweet melody and Everlys-like harmonies make for a stark juxtaposition with the sometimes dark lyrics. “First Snow,” a true trio effort credited to Johnny, Sarah Lee and Gary Louris, eases in via a torrent of pristine harmonies worthy of late-period Beatles or the Mamas and the Papas. From the first lines—“First snow brings old love back into the picture again/Like when he calls you out of the blue and the ice you’ve been walking on falls through”—to the song’s end, it’s one of the album’s most affecting songs, its words emboldened by the classy interpl…
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event::about Stamps is a Los Angeles indie pop band consisting of former Hush Sound singer/guitarist Bob Morris as well as vocalist/organist Ren Patrick and drummer Adam James. The members of Stamps are no strangers to the rigorous routine of rock 'n roll, with Morris having toured the country, playing thousands of shows on four continents with acts such as OneRepublic, OK Go, Fall Out Boy, The All American Rejects, Jack's Mannequin, Augustana and Phantom Planet in his previous band. However, with Stamps, the band sought to get away from the typical churn and burn cycle of the music industry. "Before, having a major label deal seemed like your meal ticket. But the truth is, you play hundreds of shows a year, watching people connect with your music, and yet you have nothing to show for it. Bands can sell out 1500 seaters and barely pay their rent. We didn't want to be caught in that cycle anymore. We just wanted to create a band with the freedom to have fun and make timeless music, and I was lucky enough to find Ren and Adam along the way." Stamps proudly wears their 60's influences without taking anyone else or themselves too seriously. They know that music is supposed to be entertainment, and they'd cite Steve Martin as an influence as much as they would The Kinks, The Band or Fleetwood Mac. The first EP, Tramps by Stamps, was released in December. The band is currently recording their second effort. Stamps are notorious fun hoarders, but -- they would love to share some of that fun with you at any and all of their upcoming shows.
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Artists The Jefferson
event::about Sydney's The Jefferson deal in upbeat commercial pop/rock which, if they were American, would probably have seem them playing stadiums by now.- Heather Fuhrer, DRUM Media Magazine. The Jefferson are a four piece melodic pop/rock band based in Sydney, Australia and while Jared King (bass), Andy Horvarth (drums) and Andrew Turner (guitar) are the grit and guts that drive the resonance and unison, it's the unique calibre and honesty of singer/songwriter Geoff Rana's voice that makes them truly stand out. The band recorded their debut album, Safe Return to Earth, with Award-winning producer Craig Porteils, who has numerous international credits and awards working with artists such as Guns n' Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and Billy Idol. "'Many up and comers do the local live rounds but it is a rarity to get picked up by a successful producer who helps them on their way like Sydney 4 piece The Jefferson have.- Tara Clifford, DRUM Media Magazine. The dynamic between Craig and The Jefferson produced a stand out first album from an independent band. A collection of pleasing mid tempo songs carried by the impressive calibre of Geoff Ranas vocals. ' Tara Clifford, DRUM Media Magazine Songs from their debut album Safe Return To Earth, including Running, Superstar, Days Are Falling and Tell Me Your Name, receiving regular airplay nationally in New Zealand and on Australian Internet radio station RADAR Radio. Notably, Days Are Falling, reached the Top 10 in the category of Pop for the Music Oz Awards 2010, Australia's premier music awards for Independent Artists. Several television song placements for The Jefferson over the past year includes the song Mayday appearing on The Young and The Restless - CBS - 5 million average viewers per day in the U.S.A alone, and MTV's The Real World. The single Running will feature on the hit Canadian television series Degrassi High ' The Next Generation, airing March 2011 broadcasting to 140 countries. Success in the internet world too, generating compelling interest from music websites, in particular OurStage.com where ' Running' came in 8th in the Best of POP charts 2010. Late 2010, The Jefferson took their rock-solid live show to the other side of the world, playing a 5-week tour in the U.S.A which included performances at The Next Big Nashville festival, The Key Club in LA and The House of Blues in Vegas. It's been said before that The Jefferson are slicker than the average local outfit. - Scott Fitzsimons, DRUM Media Magazine. After returning to Australia, the band compiled all their tour footage into a short but insightful movie, THE JEFFERSON U.S.A Tour Video http://www.youtube.com/thejeffersonmusic There is nothing but contagious excitement amongst the band at this point in time as they are going back to the U.S.A this March after having been invited to showcase at the 2011 South By Southwest festival. Before they leave however, the band will be releasing a brand new single, No Surprise. The song marks a new era and level of achievement for The Jefferson, revealing an even bigger and anthemic sound which may potentially lead them to the theatres and stadiums that songs like theirs crave.
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Artists Analog Rebellion
event::about Analog Rebellion is the continuation of recently renamed music project PlayRadioPlay! (Island/Def Jam), from artist Daniel Hunter. Analog Rebellion’s debut album is entitled “Ancient Electrons” and was released on January 26th, 2010. Hunter's most recent music has been compared to The Paper Chase, the Pixies, and The Secret Machines. In April, 2010, The Dallas Observer called Hunter "the most promising 20-year-old musician from DFW since Palomo".