Americana rock singer/songwriter Deborah Crooks’ dynamic new full length album Little Bird is very much a product of the unique Bay Area independent music community that she has been part of since releasing her debut EP 5 Acres in 2003. The eclectic, 11-track set — which ventures into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues — reflect her expansive and eclectic tastes, and features musicians the singer has performed or recorded with over the past five years. A follow-up to her 2010 EPs It’s All Up To You and Other Halves (which Crooks later packaged together and released as the full length 2010), Little Bird was produced Art Khu, a well-known composer/producer in San Francisco jazz circles who has played on several of Crooks’ past recordings. The two recorded the basics of the project with drummer Mike Stevens at his Lost Monkey Studio, and Ben Bernstein (who produced her first two albums) on bass. “We all know one another well and have a lot of musical respect and love of creating going on,” she says. Crooks’ diverse, ever-evolving musical career has included playing countless Bay Area venues (including foundational Bay Area songwriter and band venues such as the Bazaar Café in the Richmond District, Berkeley’s Starry Plough and High Street Station in her current East Bay hometown) as well as periodic tours in Southern California, Oregon, Washington and to Austin. In addition to her solo career, she has enjoyed collaborating on a wide variety of tours and recordings. She toured the Northwest as part of “Indie Abundance Music, Money & Mindfulness” with two other artists; played throughout the Southwest with fellow songwriter and yogini Jean Mazzei on The Great Idea Tour; hosts one a monthly open mic at High Street Station; and has participated in an ongoing Bay Area Song Collective. She has also worked on projects by indie artists like B.Z. Lewis (Pop Tuna) and Alex Walsh and made prose and poetry contributions to the Deborah Slater Dance Theatre in San Francisco. The Watsonville, California-born, Bay Area-raised performer earned a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Colorado where she covered sports, studied writing in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and “got turned on” to the power and possibility of songwriting via seeing many great female songwriters including Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin. Despite a vast array of influences from genres across the board, she has long gravitated towards literate, roots-based songwriters who can rock ala Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo and Buddy & Julie Miller. Living in the Bay Area, she has enjoyed the continued inspiration from “talented spot-on songwriters who are too numerous to list and who routinely take me to school.” Lyrically, the overriding themes on Little Bird (faith and spirituality, liberating the self from societal and personal limitations, going for love) reflect a perspective that has been shaped extensively by Crooks’ studies of creative writing and yoga, which she has practiced regularly for 15 years, including taking four extended trips to India deepen her studies. “Plus love and all its hope and vagaries are ever on my mind,” she adds. The simmering, blues-influenced title track “Little Bird” offers a powerful metaphor for the freeing of one’s unconscious, which Crooks describes as “a bird in a cage in the darkest corner of the house.” She brings a lilting, country music vibe to “Little League,” which recounts a time when she was allowed to play on an otherwise all-boys team, but was not supported or encouraged to play her best; she draws on the experience to address the still-relevant issue of glass ceilings for women. On the more romantic side, she cleverly balances the exuberant hopefulness of “Looking Down the Road” (a spirited rocker) with “Bittersweet Valentine,” a whimsical look at a love that for whatever reason must remain unfulfilled.
A band focusing on the core of rock and metalballads
St. Aria is a musical project formed by Alexander Platon during the late 2000’s. It was influenced by a desire to create emotionally resounding rock ballads, inspired by artists such as Evanescence, Within Temptation and Nightwish.
The first few years were marked by fluctuating members which eventually left the band on hiatus while Platon went on to join The Borderline Saints. In 2012, Platon, together with fellow The Borderline Saints vocalist, Jimmy Ferhm, and producer, Emanuel Svensson, decided to revive the band. The revival intended to only remake two of the original songs, “Another Symphony” and “Until life parts us”, but the interest from both the artists and the audience convinced them to instead expand on the project.
The music and lyrics are largely autobiographical and poetic in nature, written by Platon with assistance from Ferhm. The band has added the hard rock sound of Sixx:A.M., Apocalyptica and The Rasmus to their own, including a cover of Sixx:A.M.’s Skin. Having released an EP, “We claim this aria”, they are currently working on their debut studio album. The studio album aims to invert the normal rock distribution by having mostly ballads, interjected by a few heavy songs.
In addition to the composing and producing, the band is also handling their own marketing and promotion; choosing to stay unsigned.
The band has taken in a number of session musicians, both for studio sessions and live performances, and are at the moment consisting of the two original members Alexander Platon (composer, lyrics, piano), Jimmy Ferhm (composer, vocals, guitar) and the new members Oliver Sandberg (drums), Frans Af Malmborg (guitar, vocals), and Jacqueline Hansson (vocals).
After years of playing in alternative bands, California native Tyler Gelrud took a break from the band scene to travel and focus on songwriting. After months away from home, Tyler was inspired to create a new music project under the name Lyonn. Influenced by his travels and personal experiences, Lyonn uses cinematic themes and thoughtful lyrics to pave a new way in the realm of the singer/songwriter genre.
Nisha’s passion for singing comes naturally and is one she has had as long as she can remember. The radio and her were close friends during childhood but as time went on, my realities changed. Real life hit and she grew up… After multiple failed relationships, four children, homelessness, a brutal attack on her life, and several issues with her health, She knew something in my life had to change!
She thought about how to give back to the world and when 9/11 happened, she knew… She would pursue my passion for music and give back to the world by enlisting in the Army Band! Six months after training was completed, She deployed to Baghdad, Iraq! It was in Iraq that she became the lead female vocalist in the rock band. Her time with the band ended and she became a commissioned officer and shortly thereafter, retired from the Army.
At the start of her singing/songwriting career, she chose to combine the music she loves; an eclectic hybrid of pop, rock, jazz and alternative that created an Indie Pop/Rock feel. She has worked with a few different producers in the past year: Jason Richard in Austin, TX, George Seals in Nashville, TN, Eddie Galan in Burbank, CA! I’ve also had vocal training with Lis Lewis and Sheri Pedigo in Los Angeles, CA!
The new music is more defined in the Pop/R&B genre yet remains soulful and sincere. She is grateful to my family, friends, and fans for all their support as she continues to share the emotions of life with the world through her music!
With the release of its sophomore album, Leaves, Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era but never so musically diverse. The group’s unique arrangement allows them to incorporate numerous styles seamlessly: an MC and female vocalist; a trio of keys, bass, and drums; a horn section with trombone and trumpet; and a tap-dancer.
In contrast to the 2012 debut release, Corner Store, this new album finds the group venturing into a grittier space and capitalizing on a subtle approach that is at times hauntingly beautiful. Leaves represents change, both the loss of something dear and the excitement of exploring something new. “The album is about growth, growing pains, and letting go of the past if need be,” states MC Rico Sisney. Vocalist Maggie Vagle adds, “It’s also about unfolding into a new color. Shedding to shine brighter.”
Sidewalk Chalk has created a live show that captivates a variety of audiences. The group has already shared stages with ?uestlove, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Jean Grae, Hiatus Kaiyote and other notables. Individually, band members have acted as musical director(s) for Brother Ali, toured with Jazzanova and played behind Buddy Guy and Talib Kweli. Sidewalk Chalk was named “Most Outstanding Group” at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards, and its MC represented Chicago at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.
Sidewalk Chalk is: Rico Sisney (MC), Maggie Vagle (Vocals), Charlie Coffeen (Keys), Garrett McGinn (Bass), Tyler Berg (Drums), Jumaane Taylor (Taps), Sam Trump (Trumpet), and David Ben-Porat (Trombone).
“X” resembles the unexpected and the anomalous. It is the unknown. It is the variable that seems as if it has no vitality but when the true meaning is discovered it is, in fact, extremely powerful, leaving a person oblivious of what to expect. “Phaze” signifies the phases encountered throughout life that fuse together with the inability to be fazed.
X-Phaze was 15 when we were first introduced to him in 2012. He is literally the first artist to continuously send us new material. He recorded an interview with us just a day or two after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast a couple years ago from his grandparents house. I wish we would of featured him on The IMLH Beer & Bullshit Series before episode 29. Such a humble individual for the talent he possesses, he’s gonna be everywhere in the very near future and we can’t wait to tell people we were one of the first to take a listen.
Singer Songwriter Kate Lynne Logan has released 29 original songs. Her fourth album titled ‘Animal Dreams,’ (May 2014) produced by Dylan Fant of 1 Shot Studio, is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and most every digital-music outlet.
Logan has music-licensing contracts with Lyric House Publishing (Colorado) and ABC Family. She has performed throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado and New Mexico. She has performed at iconic Seattle venues such as The Tractor Tavern, Neumos, and The Triple Door.
Logan has shared stages with talented and award winning artists such as Brandi Carlile, Elizabeth Cook, Peter Bradley Adams, Sera Cahoone, and Claire Lynch. The smooth, ethereal tone of her voice draws comparisons to Allison Kruass and The Wailin’ Jennys’ Ruth Moody – gentle, but evocative. Paired with that steady-like-a-train guitar-playing, her sound further blurs the lines between Pop, Americana, and Alt-Country. www.katelynnelogan.com
Straight out the streets and basement parties of Wiscompton comes a liquor scented breath of fresh air by the name of Mikey Fa$t Life. Fueled by 40′s and his passion for entertaining Mikey tells tales of late nights, run ins with the law, dead end jobs, the everday grind, and the struggle to escape the negative stereotype that plagues Hip-Hop in his city! With his clever words and ability to step outside of traditional rap music Mikey delivers a new sound unlike any heard from his city!
Indie Musicians, Speaker Minds high energy and charismatic performances make for a memorable time for both themselves and spectators. With an emcee who enthusiastically expresses his love for the Hip Hop community, an experienced and soulful singer, and a Band that has blended their diverse backgrounds to form a unique sound, there is never a dull moment!
This band’s youthful career has consisted of appearances at such festivals as Festival of Positivity, Alberta Street Fair, Wild Goose West (Corvallis), Umoja Festival (Seattle), EcoPalooza, Fire in the Canyon, PO-HOP 12 and many more. They toured through several states including California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and the Pacific Northwest. And even had the privilege of playing shows with such Hip Hop legends as KRS-One, The Pharcyde, Del the Funky Homosapien, Gift of Gab, Dead Prez, Freeway, Jake One and local stars such as Cool Nutz, The Chicharones, Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, Luck One, and many others.
The emceeing is handled by artist Randal Wyatt, a Portland native who has been seen amongst the Northwest’s underground hip hop culture respectively as one of their more charitable and socially aware emcees. Adrian Adel provides the soulful vocals and has been heating up stages in the Northwest for many years. The rhythm section is a medley of talented musicians, starting with Donnell Kennedy (Guitar) a self taught musician with many tricks up his sleeve, DLUX: the Light (Keyboard) a highly trained Pianist who can rock a microphone as well, Fingerpretzel (Drummer) was an established Heavy Metal drummer in Utah who is now successfully blending the sounds, and Jon McGuire (Bass) who is young, hungry and talented has brought the newness within Speaker Minds!
Indie Music Artist, Buddy Paprock Bio:
Indie Music Band, Afterglow is Canadian pop rock band from Vancouver Island BC. Consisting of brothers Adam Ryan and Aron Shane. The group formed in 2005 when Aron was asked by brother Adam to drum and co-‐produce the EP “Yellow Brick Drive” with Juno Nominated producer/engineer Rick Salt. With Rick Salt as the performing Bassist for the E.P. the group released Yellow Brick Drive in 2007, leading to an array of achievement such as,
Indie alt-pop music that reaches your soul. Carmen Toth on vocals, guitar, keyboard & songwriting and Aaron Jones on drums, keyboard & guitar.
Take some pleasantly catchy melodies, add heartfelt lyrics and innovative drum beats and the result is Social Potion – a Toronto indie alt-pop duo with a very full sound. Social Potion are married couple Carmen Toth on vocals, guitar and keyboard and Aaron Jones on drums, keys/controller and occasionally guitar.
Often compared to Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Jane Sibbery, Fiest and Cyndi Lauper, Social Potion are huge music fans themselves with a huge CD and vinyl collection. They are heavily influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, classic rock, retro 70s/80s/90s and indie rock. They believe in supporting their fellow musicians, both indie and established, and they go to a lot of concerts.
Before Social Potion began performing live together in 2005, singer-songwriter Carmen Toth made her debut at Toronto’s Renaissance Café in 2002, and released her first EP album “Potional” in 2004. “Potional” would later become the name inspiration for “Social Potion”. After years of working on new songs and performing live, Social Potion released their self-titled 5-song EP album in 2011. It’s since been well received by both listeners and critics alike. Perhaps WORDKRAPHT Magazine said it best: “Most listeners will wish their album is longer. You will not be able to get enough of Toth’s voice and her relatable lyrics.” All of the EP’s singles, especially “Drive Myself Home” and “Cordelia,” are currently getting airplay on numerous online radio stations and podcasts. Social Potion is also now ranked within the national and local top 10 on ReverbNation, and the Indie Top 10 on Women of Substance Radio. They’ve also recently been the “Artist Of The Week” on HR’s InDspotlight Radio Show, which airs on several different stations, including Butterflies Radio.
Venues Social Potion has played include: Graffiti’s Bar & Grill, The Rose And Crown, NXNE Music + Film Festival 2013 (Free Times Café), Avant Garde Bar (in Ottawa, ON), The Old Nick, The Winchester, Toronto Main Street Event, The Rouge Valley Conservation Centre (various events since 2009), Dave’s on St. Clair, El Macambo, Lou Dawg’s Bar and Café and The Moore Gallery (private show). Venues Carmen Toth has played solo include: The Central, Dora Keogh, The Winchester, Grossman’s Tavern, The Black Swan, Hirut Restaurant, The Rockpile, Free Times Café, The Smiling Buddha, Rancho Relaxo, and The Guvernment (NABS Gala Fundraiser).
You can’t fake passion. That’s what makes these guys so special. With an extensive catalogue of both original and cover songs, they easily connect with audiences of all ages. Their music really IS a Social Potion. Currently, Social Potion are writing material for their next album and are playing live shows.
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FEATURED 4 TIMES ON CH 8 NEWS CT, MULTIPLE RADIO STATIONS, AND MAGAZINES, ALONG WITH WORKING SOME OF THE TOP ARTIST IN THE INDUSTRY. SINGER/ SONG WRITER WOLF CRITTON IS AN ARTIST OF THE TIMES WE CURRENTLY LIVE IN. FROM HIS LIFE ON THE STREETS OF NY, TO HIS ENLISTMENT IN THE US ARMY. THIS WAR VET HAS A STORY TO TELL. HIS SOULFUL SOUND AND MEANINGFUL LYRICS WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART AND LET EVERYONE THAT’S BEEN THREW A HARDSHIP IN LIFE KNOW THERE NOT ALONE!
As a little girl growing up in Saint Louis, Missouri, Melody has always been her muse. Eclectic combinations, paired with touches of harmonic brilliance, she brings the divinity of sound back to popular culture rock. This is her canvas……
Pop Rock/ Acoustic
In October 2012, debut EP ‘A Year From Now’ was released for free download:http://macatier.bandcamp.com/
Hevypetal: “Clear dedication and raw talent”…Instant Filter: “A very promising upcoming talent…enjoy the freshness, intensity and sheer rawness of his work”
Headphones & Downloads: “Comparisons can be drawn between his music and some of Frank Turner’s early stuff…there’s the same kind of combination of raw lyrics and emotion in the voice, together with great guitar playing and catchy chord sequences.”
Having supported acts such as Marika Hackman, The Xcerts, Ryan Keen, Tellison, Beans on Toast, The Bots and All The Young, Macatier has played over 100 shows, including festivals and venues such as:
- Bristol Harbour Festival
- The Fleece
- The Croft
- Moles Club
- Mr Wolf’s
- The Louisiana
- Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Singer, songwriter & musician Ian Alistair Gosbee may be an indie act, but he is proof in the pudding that formidable artistry doesn’t require major label backing to earn due notice. The title track from his third full-length collection “Life Gets In the Way” earned top 10 props on several Canadian charts, airplay on regional radio and amped up an already fervent North American and U.K. fan following. Ian was chosen to represent Mainstreet Nova Scotia in CBC Radio’s Searchlight competition and was featured on the popular website ReverbNation.com.
In this age of digital downloads, today’s independent artists have to work harder then ever, continually reinventing themselves to stand out from the crowd. Ian Gosbee is an ever evolving musician. From his early training in classical violin, to playing packed clubs in cover, and well known tribute bands, Ian has not been one to shy away from any opportunity to do what he loves.
With his powerful, sincere vocals and uncanny ability to play almost any instrument, Ian is in a class all his own. In the summer of 2011, he released his first full length solo project, aptly named ‘Music’. Inspired by folk rock and country, this album is meaningful, memorable, and light hearted, everything music should be.
Gosbee’s second album entitled ‘Invisible’ (which was release just 5 months later), shows his true diversity as an artist. With influences ranging from indie rock, to reggae, ‘Invisible’ is a culmination of classic song writing, and modern sound engineering.
Back in the studio once again, Ian’s third installment called ‘Life Gets In The Way’, was released 12/12/12. Releasing 3 albums in the span of 1 year!
Ian will continue to expand his repertoire; entertaining, and amazing audiences for years to come.
Pop Music, Indie Music, Available for Bookings at UncleDoughboy@UncleDoughboy.com
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