She is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, she attracted attention from the North American and UK music press in October 2013 with the release of her debut full-length recording and well-received performances at the CMJ Music Marathon. At the latter event, Barnett was mentioned by both Rolling Stone and The New York Times as a standout performer.
The band is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly.
After finishing his musical studies at Yale, Ludwig-Leone wrote the album in six weeks while holed up in a studio on the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia. He focused on lifeʼs top-shelf issues – youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love – and tied these vast themes to different characters through vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.
His music is pop with roots in indie and alternative country rock. Inspired by names such as Paul Simon, The Shins, Edward Sharpe, the Mamas and the Papas and the Everly brothers. Paskalevs set is dynamic and varies from songs accompanied only by his nylon-strung guitar, to a six-piece band with the occasional trumpet and a circus of energy. The songs are mainly recognized by the instrumentation and the strong melodies, at times shamelessly catchy, but never leaves a lovely and raw soundscape.
From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer, keyboards, vocals). Tribal Seeds now boasts six members, including: Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N Young (keyboards, vocals) & Ryan Gonzo (guitar, vocals).
A rock band with punk energy and pop reggae grooves, Baltimore’s BALLYHOO! are a fun, fan-loving powerhouse. These road dogs have tirelessly toured coast-to-coast taking their music to the people. Between the road and the studio, BALLYHOO! have crafted a sound distinctly their own; fresh, fun, and embodied by the soul of the party lifestyle. Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, has a reputation for mixing slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice. Drummer Donald Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats. Scott Vandrey layers in the finishing touches to the band’s signature sound on keys. The band recently welcomed Nick Lucera as their new bass player.
Beyond I Sight featuring Gonzo
Composed of seven of Southern California’s most talented reggae musicians hailing from various parts of Orange County and Los Angeles, Beyond I Sight has quickly risen to the top of the roots reggae scene. Deep bass lines and strict drums layered with tight skanks, rich keyboard layers and dub heavy horn lines are the foundation of this groups uniquely innovative sound. Combined with the smooth vocal styling of front man Ryan Gonzo (former guitarist/singer of Fortunate Youth, current guitarist/singer of Tribal Seeds), Beyond I Sight has emerged as a roots force to be reckoned with.
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Airborne Toxic Event is an American indie rock band from Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. It consists of Mikel Jollett (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steven Chen (guitar, keyboards), Adrián Rodríguez (electric bass, backing vocals), Daren Taylor (drums) and Anna Bulbrook (violin, keyboard, tambourine, backing vocals). The band released its debut self-titled album in 2008 and released its follow-up album, All at Once, on April 26, 2011.
Named after a section in Don DeLillo‘s novel White Noise, the group is known for its blend of rock music and orchestral arrangements, having performed frequently with the Calder Quartet, a string quartet based in Los Angeles. The group has also played concerts with the Louisville Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
In the Valley Below
Vocalist Angela Gail puts it frankly: In The Valley Below make “mostly music that we would want to listen to,” an honest and unapologetic statement from the Los Angeles duo, rounded out by vocalist/guitarist Jeffrey Jacob. In The Valley Below is hushed swirls of male and female vocals forged with dark stories of brooding riddles and romance. Jeffrey grew up in the storied musical town of Memphis, given a guitar at the age of 13 and creating music from that point forward. Angela left the binding depths of a “mostly cold and cloudy town in Michigan,”. In The Valley Below was created when these two found each other, having crossed paths in artistic circles after they separately made their way to Los Angeles. The duo honed their craft together, using faithful archetypes as their inspiration, “Our biggest inspiration is powerful subjects like sex, crime and religion. And how that fits into the lives we’ve chosen, our dreams and struggles, mistakes and heartbreaks.”
Australian-born pop singer Betty Who makes vivacious yet bittersweet music that calls to mind divas such as Whitney Houston, Robyn, and Katy Perry. Born Jessica Anne Newham in Sydney, she began playing cello, piano, and guitar as a child, and moved to America with her parents when she was a teenager to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts performing arts school. She then went to the Berklee College of Music for more training as a cellist, but really wanted to focus on being a singer/songwriter (she began performing her own songs at age 16). While at Berklee, she met producer Peter Thomas, and the pair began writing and recording material together. Drawing inspiration from the songwriting skills of Joni Mitchell and Carole King and the epic synth pop of M83 and MGMT, they came up with a sound that was equally nostalgic and contemporary on songs like “Somebody Loves You,” which Who wrote shortly after Houston’s death. The song became the first single from Who’s self-released debut EP, The Movement, which arrived in April 2013. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
Joywave is an American indie rock band from Rochester, New York, consisting of members Daniel Armbruster (vocals), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), Sean Donnelly (bass), Benjamin Bailey (keyboards), and Paul Brenner (drums). The band is best known for its collaboration with electronic music project Big Data, “Dangerous“, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Also achieving considerable popularity is Joywave’s “Tongues”, featuring KOPPS; as of July 2014, the official music video had surpassed 150,000 views on YouTube. The song has also reached over 850,000 plays on SoundCloud and has been featured on FIFA 15.
Great Good Fine Ok
Just two days ago we posted about Blood Cultures, a mysterious new act with little if none biography available. And today comes yet another; “You’re The One For Me” is the debut of the faceless Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok, a band name that undeniably carries a positive vibe. And so does their music. Their sound is a pinwheel of glistering synthesizers and beautiful falsetto vocals that come ready-made with earwormy hooks satiated on happy pills. But fascinatingly, this joyous mix of maximalist synth-pop and R&B is juxtaposed by a weird but thought-provoking video of a woman making a bizarre sandwich of every ingredient imaginable. The video, directed by The Wild Honey Pie, do raise some important questions, but I leave does up to you. -http://ifoundmusic.com/2013/10/10/great-good-fine-ok-youre-the-one-for-me/
Nonpronto is a piano driven power trio from Chicago. “Pop jazz akin to something like Bublé hit by Fun, co-written by Cullum and Levine.” —AllAboutJazz Free MP3 of the Day
With revelatory lyrics, whimsical melodies, and the authenticity of Motown, Ness breathes Soul like fire into every Mic he wields like magic. Sharing his journey on the uphill battle of Life, Ness spreads a message of hope, logic, optimism, kingship, loss & love.