Monday, November 21, 2011

La Resistance

About: La Resistance
La Resistance is the brainchild of Greg Summerlin, who, after releasing several solo albums on Superphonic Records, formed the band with three friends who have played with him over the past few years. These indie-rockers on the rise prove to be turning the heads of music fans across the nation as the band's debut album, "Philosophy,” barely a year old, has already been covered in such major blogs and magazines as AOL Spinner, Magnet, Blurt, My Old Kentucky Blog, Popmatters, Under the Radar,, The Big Takeover, Allgigs (UK) and many others. It also spent several weeks in the CMJ charts and achieved #1 status at stations like KONC in Chicago.

La Resistance is the past and the future. The old and the new. The classic and the experimental. Their unique sound and perspective is hard to categorize, but their influences range from New Order, Radiohead, The Cure, and Echo and the Bunnymen, to Interpol and Arcade Fire. Without departing from the timeless foundation of catchy melodies and poetic, poignant lyrics, La Resistance has an eye for the future, pushing the words and music to a place that is altogether inspiring but never ostentatious.

La Resistance is Greg Summerlin on lead vocals and guitar, Randle Scruggs on bass, Mischa Jordy on keys and vocals, and Wil Drake on drums.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011


About: Makana
Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy” movement, Makana’s song We Are the Many went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House.

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was seven years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands.

A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form. Slack key or Ki Ho’alu, nearly 200 years old and indigenous to Hawai’i, was created by ‘ohana (families) on the different islands as a very personal folk music expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound whilst self-accompanying with a triad of alternating bass patterns, faux rhythms and sweet melodies evocative of island atmospheres. Think “three guitars in one!” From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Pepe Romero (Spanish Flamenco Master). A contributor to the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol. I” and 2009 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol II”, Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News).

The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music he often honors his forebears, the vintage Hawaiian music legends as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna (elders) who carry within their Beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations.

Makana is also very active in building and nurturing community and awareness in the fields of food and nutrition, land, social engineering strategies, health and spiritual growth. His hobbies include growing food and sowing clarity through philosophy on his blog, Mind Mints.

2014 marks Makana’s 25th Anniversary of playing guitar. To celebrate, Makana performed at summer festivals in Holland and France, toured to New Zealand and Australia twice, performed in concert with Grammy-winning artist Gotye and opened for Leon Russell, sold out shows from LA (Vibrato) to Seattle (Benaroya Hall), completed a year of sold-out concerts at the prestigious Kahala Hotel, released “RIPE” (fully funded by fans via Kickstarter and produced by legends Ron Nevison [Led Zeppelin • The Who] and Mitchell Froom [Crowded House • Elvis Costello]) AND “25” (a double album of 25 songs, captured fully in analog and only available at live performances), headlined concerts with two different symphonies, gave lectures and workshops on being an indie artist + the art of slack key, sang at countless environmental rallies in Hawai’i, funded and launched the brand “GOT KULEANA!” with accompanying PSAs to encourage higher voter turnouts, raised money for numerous non-profits including Surfrider, the ACLU, and The Thin Green Line Foundation (who support park rangers), started a new side project Hawaiian band honoring Gabby “Pops” Pahinui & The Sons of Hawai’i (named on the spot: “Palaka Pops”), and most memorably, got heckled by the Princess of Thailand, who brought her entire court to see him perform.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Works Progress Administration (WPA)

About: Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Works Progress Administration takes its name from FDR’s 1939 New Deal initiative, which put millions to work making buildings, bridges, theater, art and music. The original WPA was rooted in the values of community and creativity, and helped to keep the fire of human dignity burning through the darkest years of the Great Imposters.

WPA was born out of the musical community surrounding the legendary LA club, Largo. The members of the band had known and admired each other for years, and found themselves with a strong batch of unrecorded songs, a little down time, and a collective feeling that it might be a good idea to put something on tape.

After a chance meeting between Sean and Grammy winning recording engineer Jim Scott, the group found themselves in Scott’s studio, Plyrz, recording 17 songs live in five days. With an album mixed and mastered, the band hadn’t even chosen a name or secured management. In an era where the expectation is that a group of this experience and caliber would be something conceived by business executives, WPA came out of an authentic and vibrant musical community, and the album is a beautiful reflection of its origins.

The instant classic “Always Have My Love”, penned and sung by Glen Phillips, starts the album with a powerful dose of dual fiddles, pedal steel and piano, revealing the band’s palette from the first bar. The album continues with five more Phillips songs, plaintive and introspective tunes from Sean Watkins (“Not Sure”, “Paralyzed” and “You’re Already Gone”), commanding vocals performed by Luke Bulla on “Who’s Gonna Cry For You” and “Remember Well”, and the haunting voice of Sara Watkins on Benmont Tench’s “The Price” and the Ray Davies classic “I Go To Sleep”. Despite having four lead singers and a high level of instrumental prowess the band keeps its focus in service to the song, and creates a sound that is both timeless and unique.

Now, with a wonderful record reminiscent of “more than the sum of its parts” groups such as Fleetwood Mac, The Band, and CSNY, the founding members of WPA (Glen, Luke, and Sean) are rallying the troops for a cross-country excursion. Given that the heart of this band is found in its collective spirit, if one of the Executive Board is required at his “day job”, it’s looked at as an opportunity, not a problem. The network of talent surrounding these eight players is deep and varied, and changes in the tour lineup will provide new opportunities for collaboration and exploration, insuring that each show is a unique and inspiring event.

In this time when the collective spirit is once again in need, WPA looks forward to serving you in your community.

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The Dirt Daubers

About: The Dirt Daubers

The Dirt Daubers have come down from the mountains and landed squarely in the middle of the Mississippi Delta. Yes, you heard right... J.D. Wilkes (of the Legendary Shack Shakers) and his former Old-Time band have decided to plug in (!) to both his blues roots and a regulation, A.C. power socket.

Having recently added electric guitar and drums, the Dirt Daubers are now poised to expand the appeal of their roots-based tunes with a whole new Swamp-Blues/Rock n Roll kick!

But for those missing the old, acoustic sound, an unplugged version of the new band is available for booking too.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Surya Devi

About: Surya Devi

Born on the International Day of Peace, which also falls on the Fall Equinox, Surya was destined from birth to be the World’s first Benevolent Gangster Dakini Fairy. She has always had a passion for music, magic, and the mysterious things of life. Her studies of spirituality and curiosity about life have sent her on adventures around the world seeking to know what it is that unites us all as a human race. Surya is a certified Angel Therapy Practitioner & Medium by Doreen Virtue PhD, as well as a Blessing Giver from the Oneness University in India, Divine Healing Hands Practitioner and Past Life Regression Therapist certified by Deborah Skye King.

Since childhood she could always be found singing, writing stories and dancing around the house making up songs and routines with her brothers. In high school she took a vow never to engage in anything creative again, which lasted for 7 years. During this time she refused to sing, act or engage in any creative pursuits, instead learning bodywork and studying herbs, energy healing and natural medicine. When it became apparent she could not live without music, she was introduced to Sheinagh Saraswati Anderson ( and began to study the Yoga of Voice with her for many years. She traveled to India to study Indian Music with Aparna Gurav and realizing that Indian Classical music would take her a lifetime to master, decided instead to fuse her many worlds together to create a unique style reflective of her love of different cultures, religions and music.

Surya plays piano, guitar, a host of random instruments and laptop to create her own music in a variety of styles. She creates both original music for herself as well as commissioned pieces for film, TV, radio, fellow healers and corporate. She has shared her music and healing gifts with people from all walks of life and is passionate about how unconditional love and music can unite and heal the world. 2013 will be a busy and creative year for Surya. She has several album releases planned for this year including the revolutionary “Vimanas Project” ~ a hip hop kirtan project produced by Anahata Sacred Sound Current featuring Atma, Son of Saturn, Riishi G7, Jahn Naga Baba & Kalki. ( Her next full-length feature album “Rise” will be released in June which is a collection of sacred chants and prayers from India, co-produced by Vago from Technicians Music/Vanguards. She also has several projects underway with Senegalese musician Boujou Cissoko in both North America & Senegal.

Surya is available for private healing/reading sessions and custom musical compositions.

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Tory Taylor Tompkins

About: Tory Taylor Tompkins

Soaring passionate vocals and catchy melodies are signatures of Houston based singer/songwriter Tory Tompkins. The singer, guitarist, and pianist is known for her surprisingly mature musicianship and seamless merging of Americana, Country, and Southern Rock genres. She performed her debut album “Somewhere Good” to a sold out crowd at Austin’s legendary music venue Momo’s. Following the album release the young singer focused on acoustic music, playing a series of solo shows across the nation. Some of her favorite venues to date are Austin’s Saxon Pub, Houston’s Cellar Door, Nashville’s The Commodore, and Room 5 in Los Angeles. Tory has garnered international attention from the online community with hundreds of thousands of views on her Youtube videos.

The captivating 5’9’’ entertainer is also highly sought after for corporate and private performances. In April 2012 The Houston Chronicle wrote about her dynamic showcase at the Offshore Technology Conference, where she played in front of over eighty-five thousand attendees. Tory’s latest album, recorded at Austin’s 501 Studios, is an acoustic album recorded to showcase her soulful vocals and developed guitar style. This intimate record will be available Fall 2012.

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Kristen Faulconer

About: Kristen Faulconer

Hello my name is Kristen and I am a singer songwriter from Colorado. My music is about empowering and uplifting people. I am an abuse survivor, and I wrote many of my songs about the abuse I endured and also my struggles with being adopted while trying to maintain a mainstream appeal. Now that I am rehabilitated my mission is to use my music to inspire and help people in the same situation and all people through their struggles in life. My focus is to write music that has a message. I am a survivor and throughout the toughest times in my life all I had was my music, it spoke to me. Now I am creating music to do the same, it is an outlet for expression. I write with passion, from experience and from my heart. My hope is to reach out to my listeners and inspire them to make healthy decisions in their life and to choose to be in healthy relationships. My music is an emotional release of how I feel and I can be brutally honest. Too often we are unable to speak our truth and so I try to create an outlet that we can all relate to, my hope is to unite my listeners by creating something that is universal. Please also visit my Open Group on Facebook "Revolution Against Abuse" or RAA where you can learn about abuse, ask questions, find answers educate yourself on what it looks like, what it feels like, what you can do if your are victim to abuse and how you can help others and stand with me in my campaign against abuse:

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Thank You and Enjoy : ) XoXo Kristen

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BiPolar Rats

About: The BiPolar Rats

Our genre varies! We like to paint ourselves with the Alternative brush as our common influences stem from the punk/indie/rock genres. We have a combination of hard hitting punk tracks mixed in with the more introspective acoustic and melodic tracks.

'The biPoLar Rats' was formed in Cape Town in Dec 2009. Andrew and Allan got together to play, write and record their brand of music. Candice was hauled in (kicking, biting and scratching) to perform bass duties.

9 months later, what seemed like a million hours of practicing scales and chords, and lots of heated discussions about song choice, we recorded 'fateful coincidence'. Produced on a very tight budget and 5 sunday afternoons in a back room, 'fateful coincidence' is the culmination of the union.

It's April 2012, the recording for our second album 'ten seconds of paranoia' is done and dusted and to be released in June/July 2012 when the mastering is complete.

We're amp'd to get our music to you, live and in your face..especially now that drummer Brian Aylwin has joined The biPoLar Rats! 

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Night Beds

About: Night Beds

It’s difficult to say where Night Beds begins, but it could be here: August 2006, a young Winston Yellen is invited to a longtime friend’s apartment. They talk, they record a little aimlessly, and something exciting emerges. Maybe it’s a little later, when one is studying engineering in Nashville, and the other remains behind, an unhappy captive of secondary education. It could be any number of moments, really, along a series of migrations, but probably here: the summer of 2008, back in Colorado Springs, when they write the first Night Beds song, “You Were Afraid.”

God knows that we try to do the best we can

After that there is a lot of time spent in basements, a lot of alcohol, a lot of irreverent tuning, but not all that much need for talk. Most things are shared, understood: in thin mountain air, or in a waterlogged summer atmosphere, there can be a sense that breathing is effortful, that sleep is easy but not restful. The songs that come out of those first few years, collected on three EPs (night beds, every fire; every joy, and hide from it), are an exercise in catharsis. They’re deeply ringing things, washed in whiskey. The sound is like something emergent from a tunnel. It may be the red eye of a cigarette in the dark, or it may be the dawn peeking out.

Somewhere we might find softer light

“It was never thought. It just was always what felt good.” So the songs come together over acoustic guitars, over the first skeletal melodies, and then they grow. Yellen’s voice takes on a pure kind of thirst when wrapped in the sonic landscapes he devises. It’s searching. It’s taken several years to map everything out, but after a hiatus spent driving the deserts and prairies and coastal roads of the United States, sleeping in a hatchback or on friendly couches – after a long time spent alone – Night Beds has found a home in Nashville. Soon it will see the release of Country Sleep, a full-length album in the spirit of the vagabond, in the winding path to a place of good rest.

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About: The Young International

Familiar but foreign. The Young INTL is like nothing you’ve ever heard, like you’ve never heard it before.

Six years ago 4 college students began playing music together in a 2 bedroom apartment. They knew there was nothing new under the sun but decide to spend their days chasing it together.

Constantly honing their craft, members Kaleb Jones, Chase Gregory, Thomas Doeve and David Deaton have forged their names in the Nashville music scene and beyond with their lush soundscapes, soaring and hauntingly emotional vocals and intoxicating rhythms.

After years of writing and releasing songs, producing records, touring the United States and even appearing on a national television show, The Young INTL are primed and ready to take their music to the next level and beyond.

The Band is now called "INTL" and are on Hiatus.




About: Clemency

We are a band of brothers. The songs that we write are a reflection of the hope, love and joy that we seek. We aim to please ears, but more importantly, we aim to encourage friends to seek hope, love and joy with us. Christ represents all of these to us and is the reason we make music


Jesus, Family and Friends, Nada Surf, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Petty & the Heart Breakers, The Beatles, Genesis, Coldplay, The Wallflowers, The Beach Boys, The Police, Switchfoot, Simon and Garfunkel, M83, Sigur Ros, Guster, Embrace, The Killers, Audio Adrenaline, Third Eye Blind, The Steve Miller Band, The Format, The Waterboys, Jimmy Eat World, Johnny Cash, U2, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and so on

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Black Angel Down

About: Black Angel Down

Nokio the N-TITY is a producer, songwriter, singer, and rapper. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Nokio is best known as one of the influential members of the multi-platinum R&B group Dru Hill where he served as in-house producer and songwriter for the quartet. Bringing a dark side to the amazing harmony and vocal styles of Dru Hill and mixing the Baltimore underground Alternative Rock Scene, Nokio emerges as a unstoppable force, to front the heavy groove rock sound of ..Black Angel Down... Brought up from a life of clubs, arenas and down and out rock and roll style, The band consists of members from some of Baltimore’s most established bands that have defined the cites underground rock sound for decades; ..The Mayan Factor.., ..Live Alien Broadcast, Imbue and Rosabella.

Nokio brings fellow Dru Hill vocalist Tao into the mix to lay a multi-layered harmony and singing style brilliantly over the dark churning guitar attack and groove rhythm of the Black Angel Down band. Frank "The Punisher" Marchand, recorded and produced the first, self titled Black Angel Down album due out on Kedar Entertainment - Fontana/Universal, this Summer.


Nokio - Vocals
Tao - Vocals
Kevin - Bass
Dan - Drums
Rod - Guitar
Ralph – Lead Guitar
Sounds Like: Alice in Chains, Guns and Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Fishbone, Avenged Sevenfold

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