Luke Buck is a multi-instrumental singer/songwriter from the 'sticks' in northeastern Pennsylvania. His music is heavily influenced by 90s Alternative rock, primarily Counting Crows, Radiohead, and Weezer, with deep Blues and Classic Rock roots. Armed with catchy hooks and earworm melodies, his first EP DARK MATTERwas a raw emotional journey of coping with a long-term break-up in today’s age of social media and instant gratification. Following that release, his band, Luke Buck and the Stops Here, recorded a live EP/video series called Live to Tape at Degraw Sound: the DARK MATTER Session. Luke's second studio EP All These Things, is available pre-sale on October 13th, 2017 and released worldwide on October 20th, 2017.
Manhattan-based Denny Love is a pop, R&B/soul singer and songwriter originally from Central New York. His style is often compared to the likes of his main influence, Prince as well as James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Janet Jackson. Denny has studied the piano since age 3, and voice since the age of 7. Coming from a hard-working Italian-American family, his drive and essence are evident in his sweat-filled, dance-filled, heart-pounding non-stop high energy showmanship in his performances with a 10-piece funk-infused band.
Upon graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in music, he embarked on his songwriting journey. Writing for his own projects as well as other artists in the industry, he has written songs pitched to many pop artists, R&B artists, and collaborated with hip hop artists as well. Recently Denny co-wrote the song “What If” by artist Adam Friedman, with Friedman, Robopop and Emily Katter. The song was featured and performed on The Bachelor in 2017 and was also performed on the Today Show. He has received many accolades for his performances nationally and continues to work in both NYC and Los Angeles. Denny is working on an upcoming EP Called “At The End of the Day” with production by DJ Mode. He is also working on a mixtape featuring songwriting and production by himself, Lil Bird and Miles Felix.
Cinematic is the word most often used to describe Minneapolis based Marah in the Mainsail's sound. Precise yet primitive jungle drums set the stage for the eclectic and powerful ensemble to sweep you away into their haunting world. Like oil and water, Durry's gravel voice alongside Mercedes's crystal clarity form a stirring, yet beautiful contrast. All being thrust forward by aggressive percussion, growling bass, and soaring brass. Their lyrics paint a thrilling picture of monsters and ghosts, murderers and thieves, love and guilt, and everything in between.
On the heels of NPR’s tiny desk contest, Bob Boilen (NPR) and Rita Houston (WFUV) invited Phil Pickens and his band the Astronauts to play the legendary Hit Factory in the heart of NYC. NPR Music recalls his sound as “big-hearted” and “rootsy”.
There’s a push-pull in everything Phil Pickens says and doesn’t say, in what he sings and doesn’t sing. “The words I do not say speak louder than I want them to,” he sings in “Fool’s Gold.” Born and raised in Georgia, his crooked smile and royal blue eyes perfectly embody the double edge of kindness and menace in southern hospitality. Pickens has a bracing, expressive voice and a style that blends folk sensibilities and contemporary indie rock
ADDED COLOR is a Brazilian/American rock band formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2014, and is comprised of brothers Daniel and Kiko Freiberg (São Paulo), Tim Haggerty (Boston), and Danny Dahan (Washington DC). The group has played over 200 shows in over 20 states in the USA, and toured internationally playing a mini-tour in Canada and major festivals in Brazil such as Porão do Rock, which has featured Muse, Eagles of Death Metal, amongst others. The Monsters of Rock Festival officially nominated them as one of five of Brazil’s upcoming rock bands. Added Color has received critical praise from significant press outlets such as PureVolume, Red Bull Music, The Huffington Post, AOL Noisecreep, and The Village Voice.
Added Color first met in Brooklyn, after brothers Dan and Kiko Freiberg moved back from São Paulo, Brazil with only one goal in mind: start a hard hitting and unique sounding band that had the attitude and realness they hadn’t seen in rock music in a while. Through Craiglist ads and jam sessions, they found Tim and Danny. Their musical compatibility quickly developed into a strong friendship, where musical influences ranging from funk to rock blended into what the band states “is simply original sounding music that sums up who we are.” Dan Freiberg elaborates, “Don’t try to put a bunch of names in front of it to categorize it and put it in a box. That’s exactly what we are sick of.”
Added Color made their debut release on May 9, 2017. The 5-song EP is entitled “Psycho”, and was backed by an international tour, which began in Morocco and was followed by a 6-week tour in the USA. “We wrote about 20 songs and played them live in many different cities. The songs that made it to the EP were the ones that translated the best into a live scenario and that we felt represented us the most”, says Kiko Freiberg on the EP.
Added Color brings a high energy and exciting show, whether they’re playing big stages in Brazilian festivals or more intimate venues. Their message: be yourself no matter what, and don’t play into people’s expectations of who you should be.
Based in Brooklyn, Daniel Foose and Hudson Mueller (Austin, TX) with Evan Felts (New Orleans) bring a Southern pace of life to New York’s live music scene, adding vibrant sound to bluesy riffs. Enter jazz saxophonist Ryan Anselmi (Kansas City) and Jeff Barton (Raleigh, NC) to finish the funky jam-band sound. Reminiscent of the Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel
Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Gold Magnolias’ sound gives respect to their musical heroes like Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, George Clinton, Little Feat, and Stevie Wonder.
Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf, is a new band on the American Indie Rock/funk scene. Their ‘in your face, badass’ sound has been described as ‘if the 70’s band Chicago and Led Zeppelin had a baby with Janis Joplin, you would get Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf.’ Wowing audiences in NYC, Austin TX, Tallin Music Week and several festivals in Europe, this 8piece powerhouse of a band chose Detroit Michigan’s iconic United Sound Studio, home to Earth, Wind and Fire, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic to record their debut album, BAD GET SOME with a street date release of Oct 27 th 2017 on Isotopia Records.
TUELO is led by South African born Tuelo Minah who brings her traditional influences to the bold, soulful, punk-rock sound from New York City that can simply be dubbed revival music. There is heartbreaking storytelling and rebellious passion in Tuelo's music, with an unraveling mind and captivating voice which inspired a recent Huffington Post article to dub her "New York's Best Singer (and the world’s)!”
TUELO sounds like the wild child of Nina Simone and David Bowie, who grew up with Sex Pistols and Blondie posters on her wall, and was taught music by Miriam Makeba. Fate was on her side…from a shy, non-singingchild to being a vocalist on Grammy winning albums, it is destined that TUELO will carve out a permanent and memorable place in popular music worldwide. After an homage album to her homeland with her cousins in 2014, we are now seeing the emergence of a new, courageous and raw TUELO that will make waves in the music world from Cape Town to LA. They are crafting powerful, raw live show experiences and bringing soul revival in their recently released multi-genre EP album Saint Margaret.
Susannah Annell (Suzy) Jones (born December 21st 1995) is a Soul artist based in Nashville, TN. Throughout grade school she was heavily involved in music; finding that unexpected voice, and landing spots in elite choirs and roles in local theater productions. At just 11 years old, she began singing at school events- basketball games, Black History assemblies, pep rallies, and that continued through high school. She participated in music events all over town and created a buzz among metro Atlanta through the years. Upon graduating, she found her place to be in singing and songwriting. Around the same time, she obtained a significant following on social media. She then made her way to Nashville, TN where she studied audio engineering and music production for a short period of time. During that time, she recorded a stunning 3-song EP with her classmates which was funded by her friends, family, and fans on a GoFundMe campaign. Part of that EP was her debut single At All. The unsigned, unmanaged artist's debut made waves on British charts when it hit the shops, and has now taken off on Spotify with over 40,000 streams. Suzy continues to grow as an artist by playing shows, promoting her music, and working on new material. Tailored to elements of blue-eyed soul music and the classic roots of Motown, Suzy Jones is an artist well beyond her years.
Rench has been creatively breaking the boundaries between America’s top two genres since the turn of the millennium. His twangy, funky, irresistible mix is proven to raise eyebrows and open minds in a big way, most notably with his project Gangstagrass and the Emmy nominated theme song to the hit FX Network show “Justified.” Now that he’s toured the world with the groundbreaking bluegrass-hip- hop group he founded, Rench thinks its time to push the envelope again with a solo album that completely reimagines Americana from the ground up.
Drama is a dark and passionate musical collaboration between Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa. Their moody sound has been described as soulful electroniccombining influences of house music, R&B, neo-soul and pop. Their melancholy lyrics are a reflection of their own personal experiences dealing with life, death, love and heartbreak.
Both Na’el and Via are re accomplished artists in their own right. She as a vocalist and member of the THEMpeople collective, he as a producer and engineer having collaborated with artists such as Chance the Rapper on his breakout mixtape “Acid Rap” and Kanye West’s GOOD Music.
"From a very young age, I just knew that I was gonna spend my life making music," Sean McConnell states. "I never really questioned it, so I just forged ahead and didn't let anything stop me."
Although his self-titled new Rounder album will serve as his introduction to many listeners, the personable young artist is actually a seasoned, distinctive songwriter and an experienced performer with a quartet of D.I.Y. indie releases to his credit. Having built a substantial grass-roots fan base through tireless touring and old-fashioned hard work, McConnell is primed for a mainstream breakthrough.
Sean McConnell demonstrates exactly why McConnell has already won such a devoted audience. He writes vivid, forthright, effortlessly catchy songs whose incisive melodic craft is matched by their resonant emotional insight. Such instantly memorable tunes as "Holy Days," "Beautiful Rose," "Bottom of the Sea" and "Best We've Ever Been" are both catchy and personally charged, conveying an unmistakable sense of personal experience while exploring universal truths.
"This record's a bit of a step for me," McConnell asserts. "It's a real storyteller record, and it's pretty autobiographical. I'm learning how to be more honest and understated in my writing, and I wanted to match that sonically and vocally. When I look at this collection of songs, I see a lot of nostalgia, and looking back on sacred moments. I'm kind of nostalgic and reflective by nature."
When The Rad Trads formed in the Spring of 2012, they were meeting each other in New York City's East Village for the first time… transplants from Chicago, Portland, and Washington D.C. looking to play with the best musicians they could find. Their horns, guitars, drums and love for the classics like The Band, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John brought them together. And of course, beer.
Making rent playing 4 hour gigs in every bar and beer hall that would have them, the guys dominated New York City and Brooklyn with their punk-rock energy and showmanship, so they decided to take their show on the road.
Almost 5 years later, the Rad Trads have played on 4 Continents, headlining tours and opening for acts such as Tom Jones, Lake Street Dive, Charles Bradley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Margaret Glaspy, The Lone Bellow, and Con Brio. They have toured Europe seven times, and played in 15 countries and 32 U.S. States.
Following the release of their first full length album (Must We Call Them Rad Trads - Dala Records) in May 2016, the band is slated to release their second LP of original music soon.
Members of The Rad Trads have performed or recorded with St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Deer Tick, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Sarah Jarosz, Christopher Paul Stelling, David Duchovny, Lenny Pickett, Red Baraat & even Paul McCartney as well as leading their own bands.
Since the release of their 2013 independent debut album, Battle of the Heart, The Brevet has landed high-profile placements throughout film and television, including Apple, The Good Lie, Ashby, 90210, Growing Up Fisher, American Idol, The MLB Network and more. They’ve also earned ink in Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, and OC Weekly. The Brevet's sophomore album, American Novel, elevated the group’s rock-tinged cinematic Americana sound to new heights. American Novel consists of three chapters, stitched together by themes of adventure, love, and the pursuance of dreams in the face of uncertainty.
The Brevet's momentum continues to grow in 2017, breaking 6 million streams on Spotify, touring nationally and internationally, while crafting new material for their third release, a full-length album expected in 2018.
The Tin Man's heart is not only worn on his sleeve, but also strapped to his back telling emotional stories through a hollow-bodied guitar. Paired with a seasoned voice unashamed of its raw vulnerability, you quickly find your own heart beating in sync with these anthemic songs. It’s the sound of relationships past and inner struggles present, balanced with the hope of a brighter future. It’s a southern sound bread out of a youthful love for The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and Tom Petty.
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.
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.
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