Ritual Talk is a psychedelic indie rock band. The Brooklyn outfit's lush instrumentation and exploratory vocal arrangements tinge each song with an unmistakable color, on and off the stage. Expect their debut EP this year, and be sure to catch them on tour.
Since 2007, the New York six-piece The Big Takeover has been fulfilling the mission implied in their name: packing clubs in the city and upstate and building their brand and reputation on the road and in the studio. A far cry from the pop-punk of American ska, The Big Takeover take their cues from Desmond Dekker and the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the soulful energy and sophistication of Motown. At the center of this tight, grooving ensemble is the live-wire singing and deceptively subtle songwriting of the Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, a powerhouse performer who makes the audience feel like accomplices more than spectators. Traditional and experimental, The Big Takeover’s global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, hints of soul, and a pop classicism that is their own thing entirely. In New York’s musically hopping Mid-Hudson Valley, they are only the band around that is welcomed and honored at all the major national-circuit rooms: the indie/experimental haven of BSP in Kingston, the jazz and blues gem that is the Falcon in Marlboro, the classic rock mecca of the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. The Big Takeover packs them all. On the road, the band has played nearly 700 shows, sharing stages with The Original Wailers, Jefferson Starship, Eek-a- Mouse, English Beat, the Slackers and more. The band was selected to participate in a Converse Rubber Tracks Session in Brooklyn NY. Most recently, the band toured around the US on their 4th studio record “Silly Girl”, in August of 2017. They are currently gearing up to start writing, for what may materialize into their next record.
DR King, born Donald Ray King, Jr., is an American recording artist and songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. He and his six siblings grew up in humble beginnings in a poor and highly drug infested neighborhood. King’s father, a city employee & keyboardist, and mother, a homemaker who did anything to support her family, worked hard to shelter the family from the streets by immersing them in after school programs and the church. King didn't fully realize their immense struggle until he came of age.
Since relocating to New York nearly 4 years ago, American Brazilian singer Alexia Bomtempo has fully embraced, challenged, and redefined the Northern half of her American artistic roots. Equally comfortable wandering amidst hazy memory-inducing soundscapes as she is in delivering flowing melodies influenced by her beachside upbringing in Rio de Janeiro, Alexia is an artist of multiple worlds. Her sound is individual and confidently feminine, her songs embrace the raw emotion and sensitivity of great film score, the grit and honesty of American and British rock and blues, and the exploratory spirit of Tropicalia. In 2008, she began touring throughout Brazil, Japan and the U.S in support of her debut release Astrolábio (EMI Brazil), and her 2012 English language tribute to the legendary Caetano Veloso, I Just Happen to Be Here(Biscoito Fino). Alexia’s new record Chasing Storms and Stars is available September 22, 2017, and was co-produced by the Grammy-nominated David Boyle (Patty Griffin, Trixie Whitley) and industry veteran Jake Owen (Augustana, Forró in the Dark, DO Sounds).
Tuomo & Markus is a new musical project from acclaimed Finnish soul artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of The Latebirds.
The two gentlemen gathered spontaneously at Wavelab Studio in Tucson AZ to record new music with their friends who included John Stirratt (Wilco, Autumn Defense), John Convertino, Joey Burns and Jakob Valenzuela from Calexico, Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense), and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) who also contributed one song for the album.
The duo’s debut album 'Dead Circles' – which also features Finnish musicians Juho Viljanen, Miikka ‘McGyver’ Paatelainen and Jere Ijäs– will be available in North America and Europe in 2017/18.
While their craftsmanship and timeless songs are rooted in the great American songbook and some of the harmonies may be reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tuomo & Markus are no retro act. Unusual arrangements and fearless use of both vintage and modern technology brings their sound to the 21st Century.
Tuomo & Markus new live lineup includes Finnish jazz trumpet sensation Verneri Pohjola. With Pohjola onboard the group’s jazz and psychedelic influences have become more evident.
The Liberté Big Band was founded in 2013 by composer and pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou. This modern 17-piece orchestra plays compositions by Lymberiou and her contemporaries. Through Liberté-Anne's compositions and the phenomenal musicians making up the band, the Liberté Big Band captures the spontaneity and unpredictability of jazz through extended compositions. The moods of the music swing as much as the rhythms do, and inevitably move audiences, both inside and out.
Due to an absurd string of events and less than friendly immigration services, the band has been forced since February to perform without their leader. Loyal to the cause, the band continues to perform in Liberté-Anne's absence, and await her unforeseeable return from her native land of Montreal, Canada.
Alexz Johnson is an independent Canadian singer/songwriter and Gemini-Award winning actress based in NYC. Her brand-new album "A Stranger Time" produced by Grammy-award winning Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Emmylou Harris) just had it's international release on September 1st, followed by her single release "Right Now", released July 4th. Her soulful sound, passionate songwriting style, and acting success in TV and film (Instant Star, Final Destination, Blue on HULU) has helped Alexz garner a massive and loyal international fan following. After declining several major label offers that didn’t well suit her authentic music path, in 2012 Alexz took to the streets and raised over $67k through Kickstarter to fund the release of her Skipping Stone EP, as well as her sold out North American tour. In 2014, Alexz’s fan base once again showed overwhelming support and raised over $56k on PledgeMusic to produce her previously released album Let ‘Em Eat Cake produced by David Kahne (Lana Del Rey, Regina Spector, Sublime) and become a winner in the International Songwriting Competition for best music video, “Ruthless Love”. Alexz continues to work independently in both music and film, holding true to her sound and vision as an artist. She is currently on an east cost tour supporting her new album release and will be doing a residency at Hotel Cafe this October.
Odell Fox is a three-man singing and songwriting operation based out of Austin, TX, comprised of Raph Odell Shapiro (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jenner Snow Fox (vocals, guitar, mandolin), and Hans Theodore Bilger (vocals, upright bass, resonator ukulele). First friends and now brothers, the members of Odell Fox met as students at Yale University, sharing new songs and old secrets late into many a New England night. Now making their home in the Live Music Capital of the World, they have refined their unique style of folk Americana, a sound predicated upon three distinct songwriting styles, three distinct voices, coming together in harmony. They have drawn comparisons to the Wood Brothers, the Avett Brothers, and the Dave Rawlings Machine, with a live show that is diverse, honest, and always joyful.
Born and raised on the beaches of Santa Monica, lived for many years in Berkeley/Oakland, Bay Uno is now a New Yorker. His first records were The Pretenders, B52s, The Go Gos, then became a classic rocker, Hendrix, Zep, etc.. then came Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath. Then came indie rock, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Janes Addiction.
What began as a casual night at home with the TV on…became so much more.
America’s Got Talent moved from simply being background noise when a female singer caused Whitney’s wife Bethany to pause the show and bring her husband in to watch. Cami’s audition. “That’s who you need to write with.” A simple statement proposed by Bethany. A long shot? Maybe. But a few FB messages and a few tweets…quickly evolved into a flight to Washington state to explore the possible creative collaboration between Cami and Whitney.
3 days…8 songs later…the creative connection was evident. Next, a trip to Alabama. 2nd time together as a duo. 3 more songs added to their catalog and a sold out concert finishing out the trip. With only 6 days actually spent in the same room… all the songs, videos and photos viewed are a result. A duo strengthened by the production and marketing efforts of Bethany (Whitney’s wife) and Eric (Cami’s husband). Living on opposite ends of the country certainly has it’s challenges, but they continue to trade work back and forth between emails and Skype conversations. Somehow…it works.
Two artists on opposite ends of the US morphed into this amazing musical duo. Who would have guessed?
Wylder combines the best elements of indie-rock and chamber-folk. Informed by alternative rock giants such as Arcade Fire and Weezer, as well as the folkier sounds of Fleet Foxes and Radical Face, Wylder's dynamic melodies and heavily textured instrumentals have distinguished them as a significant voice in the independent music scene.
Formed by singer/guitarist Will McCarry in 2012, the group eventually grew to its current lineup in 2016, featuring Lonnie Southall (guitar/mandolin), Mike Pingley (drums), and Jackson Wright (bass). Wylder’s debut album, Rain and Laura, was released in April of 2016, and was met with enthusiastic reviews from fans and critics alike. They are currently hard at work on their next full length album.
Cyberattack is a brand-new NYC-based band that combines holographic pop music and intense synth-jazz meltdowns. Its members are Ivan Anderson (guitar + voice), Jeff Manian (keyboards + voice), Jay Goodman (bass), and Rodney Flood (drums + voice). Influences include Mario Kart 64, airplane mode, and jump rope. For more information, visit www.cyberattack.world
ON THE SUN is a live band based in Brooklyn, NY creating original music influenced by soul, rock, funk, americana and psychedelia. Their self-titled debut LP is going into it's second pressing and their new single "She Gets Around" is now available online. The associated tours have taken the band to festivals such as Ann Arbor Summer Festival, SXSW, Red Gorilla Music Festival and many clubs in between. As a memorial tribute to Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell, they also released a version of "Bird On A Wire" late last year, proceeds of which will go directly to Planned Parenthood. They are currently doing a summer residency at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC every other Wednesday at 10pm and will be announcing new music releases and tour dates soon.
You’ve heard him with Solange, Adele, Rihanna, DNCE, FIFTH HARMONY, Dionne Warwick, Bastille, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, and Andy Grammar, and more! You’ve watched him on America’s Got Talent. You’ve seen him in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Cadillac.
The logical next step for you, the fans, is to support this solo endeavor.
Baltimore raised and Brooklyn based, Darius Christian is a high-energy force of nature. A powerful trombonist/vocalist and song- writer with an upsettingly good band of NYC thoroughbreds, his music is something you need, and you need it now. One could place him on the list of “Renaissance Men” due to his exploits in modeling, film, composition, and media, but the real renaissance can be found in his music.
You will find, when you go, a sold out crowd of obsessed music-goers that wouldn’t dare be anywhere else. Tight, intricately manicured, jazz-meets-everything sounds are equal parts mind-bending and soul enlivening. What you’re going to find is a raw, emotion-filled aesthetic that is there to remind you that we’re all the luckiest people to be alive.
Youth in a Roman Field wants to help you break the rules. The bastardized string quartet-meets folk band-meets jazz combo from singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Claire Wellin incorporates sounds of "Appalachia, cayenne pepper, & ghosts." The band includes collaborators Tiffany Topol, Scott Stangland, Cassidy Stirtz, Katrina Lenk, and Jamie Mohamdein. Their debut album, 'Of Grit and Grace,' was released in May of 2012, and the EP 'Suits for Children' was released in October 2014. Originally out of Chicago, they are currently making a home in New York City and recently recorded their second full-length album with legendary producer Stewart Lerman, set to be released in 2017.
"Listening to Youth in a Roman Field, it's not hard to imagine the band in a shady glade singing its timeless, melancholy folk — the accordion makes the fantasy list toward the french countryside. The songs are clear, simple, a little sad and swept with romance. Frontwoman and bandleader Claire Wellin has a clarion voice that goes from naive to soulful, on songs that touch on belle epoque cabaret music and early American folk music." -Jessica Hopper, Chicago Tribune
A transplant from the Wesleyan University music scene, The Rooks have spent the last five years making noise across New York City and North America, gaining substantial recognition for their debut EP, Something You Can Take (2013), follow-up single, Twister (2014) and their second EP, Wires, which debuted on Afropunk in June 2015.
Hard-hitting performances at Irving Plaza, Mercury Lounge and Brooklyn Bowl, as well as highly successful residencies at Arlene's Grocery and Pianos NYC (second highest-grossing in venue history) have earned them further acclaim, including Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month award (2014), and winners of the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards in the R&B/Soul category.
Thanks to their generous, family, friend and fans, The Rooks are currently in the studio working on their first, full length album and preparing for their summer tour-- they would love for you to join the party!
One of the first questions Ritual Talk gets is usually one of the hardest questions to answer: what do you sound like? In a world that favors boxes and binaries, they are dubbed “psychedelic indie rock”. And there are certainly moments in the music that fit that bill to a tee, capturing both the headiness and the fervor of the genre. However, like a cold ice cream cone on a warm day, those moments don’t last forever. People walk away hearing influences from Grizzly Bear to Marvin Gaye to CSN&Y to Dirty Projectors, but ultimately, the Brooklyn outfit's lush instrumentation and exploratory vocal arrangements tinge each song with an unmistakable color, on and off the stage.
A fixture in the NYC Singer Songwriter scene for the last 10 years Keith Ward has had the privilege to collaborate and share the stage with a variety of New York musicians including: Jared Schonig (Drums), Doron Lev (Drums), Ian Stewart (Bass), Geoff Burke (Sax) and Alex Nackman (Guitar).
On The Sun is a live band based in Brooklyn, NY creating original music influenced by soul, rock, funk, americana and psychedelia. With all members contributing as writers, arrangers, and/or producers, the group's collaborative process yields frequent new material and they are currently recording a follow up record to their self-titled LP debut.
The Gold Magnolias: Magnolium Aurum: A very rare species of gilded flora native to the U.S. South, but found lately amongst the evergreens and seldom-greens of New York City. Born in a hot house in Brooklyn by the name of Soul II Soul, one particular specimen has blossomed and spread it's funky aroma throughout the entire United States.
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The Visions are brothers Ben and Michael Shugarman and longtime friend Ryan Brooks. They write, produce, record, and perform all of their music. Their sound lives at the intersection of pop and funk, in the possibility of a new destination, a different approach to songwriting. To hear them live is to feel their musical heritage in the raw. In between then and now, The Visions are on the road.
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For 28-‐year-‐old singer-‐songwriter Sarah Jaffe, Don’t Disconnect is both a mission statement and a call to arms -‐-‐ an album about getting to know yourself in a hyper-‐ connected world that makes it nearly impossible to do just that. The leadoff track from the Texas-‐born musician’s third LP sets the tone: “Middle of the line/ Middle of the road,” Jaffe sings over mid-‐tempo beats on “Ride It Out,” “Nowhere to hide on this logical plateau/ Gunna have to ride it out.” “Riding it out” -‐-‐ that is, facing your reality and learning how to cope with it, is a powerful opening credo for an album titled Don’t Disconnect, which emphasizes the power of staying truly “connected” without unplugging from the world around you.
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