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With a stage performance containing more sensory indulgences than the most lavish genie’s lair, Beats Antique will indulge their fans to a raw, animalistic musical event that blurs the lines between the provocative, the spiritual, and the artistic while still maintaining allegiance to the muses of class and beauty.
Having already enchanted audiences at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks and beyond, Beats Antique’s live performances blend electro-coustic breakbeats set to a Bollywood bass-circus stage show, with the sophistication of top hats receding to a sea of animal masks and wild feather headdresses. Their ability to blur the line between artist and audience even before the curtain rises creates a total escape both through live performance and the album experience that leaves critics and fans reeling alike.
Listening to any of the four past albums and several EP’s over the last five years, a deeper earthen anthropology begins to reveal itself. The journey that led to Beats Antique was a winding and twisted path from the West Coast and eclectic underground of San Francisco’s performance art scene, to the ancient trade routes of the silk road. In this modern incarnation, the musical alliance of producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel is inspired and emphasized by their collaborative partnership with world-renowned belly dance performer and music producer Zoe Jakes.
David Satori studied at California Institute of the Arts and Tommy Cappel studied at Berkeley School of Music before they ventured to locations such as Bali, West Africa, and Serbia. With extensive backgrounds in multicultural music production, and the passports to prove it, Satori and Cappel command the spectrum of live and digital instrumentation with skills born from Traditional Folk to Hip Hop and old school Jazz.
Zoe Jakes adds a third dimension as the diverse and disciplinary dance counterpart to Beats Antique’s sound. Jakes has worked with two major dance troupes, including Miles Copeland’s Bellydance Superstars and Rachel Brice’s Indigo Belly Dance Company, and is a student of ballet and contemporary techniques.
Beats Antique is best imagined as an innovative creature built from the cumulative heritage of the world’s music chasing its tail. However vivid that image, when a marching band groove crashes into bluesy folk chords only to be accompanied by electronic beats and Middle Eastern melodies, you’ll still be surprised and taken to a place you hadn’t previously known existed.
If opposites really do attract, it makes perfect sense that Holy Fuck would chose a barn in rural Ontario to record a series of dynamic electro-noise pop that compose their latest full-length release, titled Latin. Where Holy Fuck in the past were a rotating cast of musicians, Latin showcases for the first time their consistent touring line up. Drummer Matt Schulz and bass player Matt McQuaid provide a complex rhythm foundation that at times feels like an invisible hand leading you through a dark hedge maze. Perhaps an excessive feat for most, but this provides the ideal underpinning as Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh merge a twin effects/feedback tangle that is equal parts entrancing and inspiring. The band had an absurdly busy touring schedule in 2008/2009 and Latin undoubtedly benefited from the near nightly shows. There is an added dimension of song craft on the album – Latin brings noise and melody together with an uncanny sense of optimism – but at the same time Holy Fuck have not lost the chaotic and euphoric energy that they are known for. When it came time for Holy Fuck to record, songs were cut live off the floor during their brief downtime at home. Delivered in trimesters, Latin was engineered by Graham Walsh and mixed by Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), D. Sardy (Johnny Cash, NIN), Eli Janney (GvsB, Wilco,), Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Primal Scream) and Holy Fuck themselves. It’s the follow up to 2007’s simply titled LP which Filter described as “nine perversely noisy, mind-bogglingly ferocious freakouts” and Spin said of it “Holy Fuck play the sort of id-gripping dance rock that’s best experienced in person. Luckily (LP) retains the raw energy of the live show, even without the visual barrage.” With high praise from peers, critics, big name endorsements and ascension on festival bills, Holy Fuck have the divine right to be profane. And with respected music luminaries Thom Yorke and Lou Reed passing on kind words about studio recordings and live performances, it’s no wonder Holy Fuck have become sought after.
Brendan Angelides is a Los Angeles based electronic music producer who records and performs live as Eskmo. His multi-genre compositions have been featured on influential labels like Ninja Tune, Warp Records and Planet Mu. While Angelides’ tracks encompass a wide range of electronic styles, he avoids classifications. His 2010 full length, released on Ninja, was described by Future Sequence as “Create(ing) his own sound.” and BBC Music noted the album as “Electrifyingly enveloping…Mind-melting invention.”
A global favorite in the electronica and dub music scenes, UK based producer GAUDI keeps his ever-growing fan base returning to the dance floor with his infectious bass- driven tunes and innovative live performances. Honoring the traditions of old school dub by performing on stage without a computer, GAUDI’s incredible sonic manipulations are interwoven with live Theremin, Moog, Vocoder, Tape Echoes, Percussion and Vocals – all of which makes for a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed. For his 2013 tour GAUDI and his partner in rhyme, Danny Ladwa, will be performing tracks from his new album, “In Between Times” (released May 14th on Six Degrees Records), which features an amazing crew of collaborators including Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Jahmai, Raja Ram (Shpongle), the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Orb, Dennis ‘Dubmaster’ Bovell, Hedflux, Twilight Circus and the Moroccan artist Tahar.
ESCORT is big. Literally. Enjoying accolades ranging from the New York Times to Pitchfork, the “disco orchestra” features an incredible cast of musicians including founders/producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and fronted by lead singer Adeline Michle. The band performs in a variety of powerful party line-ups, ranging from a core 5-piece (with Adeline on bass) to a 17-member extravaganza.
Escort burst on to the scene in 2006 with a string of critically acclaimed 12″s that included future classics “Starlight” and “All Through The Night”, both DJ staples that get still get plenty of play on dancefloors. As DJs nursed their electro-clash hangover with a seemingly never ending stream of disco edits, Escort stood out, in part, by creating dance music the old fashioned way: with impeccable production, musicianship, and songwriting.
The following several years saw them bring the same uncompromising approach to their live show. In an era where dance music is dominated by samples and computers, Escort took a sprawling ensemble to the stage and developed a reputation as one of New York’s most compelling live acts, capable of performing their elaborate recordings note for note. Late last year, Escort released their first taste of the new record: “Cocaine Blues”, a loose reinterpretation of the 1976 Dillinger classic that received rave reviews and quickly became an underground sensation, building even more anticipation for what’s to come.
Escort’s long awaited self-titled debut LP was released January 31, 2012. The entire album is steeped in the venerable tradition of clubland’s holy trinity – New York, Chicago, and Detroit – but it seems particularly reminiscent of mutant-pop luminaries such as Kid Creole and the Coconuts and Ian Dury, who somehow managed to translate their sardonic sensibilities to the dance-floor. And by embracing the legacy of these forward-thinking but classic acts, they have yet managed to create something strikingly new.
The LP’s opener “Chameleon” is a perfect example: a three-act play about the French serial impostor Frederic Bourdin, set to a beat that’s equal parts Thriller and the Tom Tom Club. The tracks, “Make Me Over” and “Why oh Why” seem to explore the lost possibilities of another era, rather than simply trying to re-create it. The 1937 standard “A Sailboat in the Moonlight” is twisted into a lost August Darnell classic. The album also includes the definitive versions of their 12″ DJ releases – which have been remixed, remastered, rearranged, and re-recorded specially for the LP – to complete an album with absolutely no filler.
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears recently described Escort as the “best disco you’ve ever heard.” He just might be right.
An-Ten-Nae is one of San Francisco’s most sought after DJs and live performers. He has taken the art of live remixing to new heights with his own customized setup that bends genres in ways seldom heard. This sound is called Acid Crunk, and there are no rules, no restraints in its quest for pure sound that is not homogenized.
An-Ten-Nae is an entity possessing the human mind of one Adam Ohana, giving him the ability to transcend above the constraints of music rigidity and transmit bass heavy, crunked out beats of the highest order. His bar raising Live mix mash up compilations, “Punk Rock Country Hop” and “Acid Crunk Vol. 1” have set the standard and has defined an era with over 500,000 downloads to date. Picking up steam in 2009 Acid Crunk Vol. 2 & 3 maintained the # 1 seller in Dubstep, Breakbeat, Electronica and Chill out genres simultaneously while also having all 14 tracks in their respective genre top 10, as well as rocking the charts on iTunes, Juno Digital and a host of other sites. With an album in the works and the ever growing Acid Crunk series running at full steam, we see no end in site for the ever changing chameleon known as An*Ten*Nae.
Besides DJ’ing and producing electronic music for over 10 years on a wide collection of esteemed labels, Adam Ohana has also been an instrumental part of the underground music culture in SF. From being the Music director at of San Francisco’s largest Club venue 1015 Folsom, to his production company called An-Ten-Nae Presents. An-Ten-Nae presents events helped break a lot of artists in Electronic music on the west coast. His events have helped catalyze what is now a thriving music scene that spans the west coast and increasingly proliferating dance music culture as a whole. He also produces and performs with DJ Laura as The LowRIDERz, this dynamic duo are leaving a path of destruction wherever they go.
Gigamesh is the stage name of Matt Masurka, an American multi-platinum selling music producer and DJ. His numerous remixes and two EPs have earned him a swiftly building reputation as one of the most versatile and consistent names in indie-dance music.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, it’s no surprise Gigamesh has developed a keen taste for funk, disco and pop. The sound is immediately recognizable in much of his music, however he maintains a flexible aesthetic. Gigamesh is an ardent fan of minimalist concert music, film scores, classic rock, italo disco, French house, Miami bass, and genre-bending electronic music. These elements have all combined to forge his all-inclusive approach to music appreciation and creation.
Gigamesh first gained exposure on music blogs for bootleg reworks of pop hits from Michael Jackson, New Order, The Clash, Stardust and dozens more. He went on to produce a #6 Billboard Single (also iTunes 2010 Pop Single Of The Year) and very well-received remixes for Foster The People, Two Door Cinema Club, Katy B, Theophilus London, Citizens, Grouplove and more. Now a multi-platinum selling producer and frequent member of The Hype Machine’s popular chart #1 spot, Gigamesh has firmly established himself as a respected trendsetter in modern dance music.
In October 2011, Gigamesh released his debut self-titled EP on Our Label International, which received wide acclaim in the disco and indie-dance community. Following his debut, Gigamesh began to develop a close relationship with French record label Kitsuné resulting in an invitation to perform on their highly-anticipated U.S. Club Night tour and the release of the “All My Life” EP by Kitsuné in May of 2012. In support of this EP Gigamesh has been touring the globe, including Asia, Australia, North America, and UK/Europe.
Gigamesh continues to gain recognition as one of the top producers of modern dance music going in to 2013. With no time to waste, Gigamesh is starting off the year by releasing a new single, ‘Enjoy.’ ‘Enjoy’ features a remix by Oliver and will be out on NYC’s fresh house label – Nurvous Records (Feb. 12th).
The Egg are EDM dance technicians – playing live massive electronic, rock, funk and house inspired dance music, with video triggers, samples and live and vocoder vocals. Their music is influenced by everything around them and inspired by artists such as Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, DFA Records, Hot Chip, Morgan Geist and the nu-gaze scene. Touring the USA this Spring to support their new album ‘Something To Do’
The band are well known in the UK, and fit comfortably into the global EDM club scene enjoying a worldwide hit with the massive Electro House anthem ‘Walking Away’ remix by Tocadisco and the even bigger David Guetta bootleg ‘Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)’ that followed. The track went to No 3 in the UK and No 1 in France, Spain and Australia.
They have played throughout the world in Europe, USA, Australia and Brazil. They were welcomed into the US Jam Band Scene populated by bands such as Phish, Disco Biscuits and !!! playing comfortably alongside the scene’s largest acts and impressing audiences wherever they go.
Their new studio album ‘Something to Do’ is now released on their label Squarepeg Records. The 1st single is called ‘Catch’ and features remixes from Psychemagik, The C-90’s and Tom Laroye (Paris). They have worked with or been remixed by: Tocadisco, Mylo, David Guetta, Rollo (Faithless), Fila Brazillia, Grand National, Dusty Kid, Ulrich Schnauss, Atomic Hooligan, Greg Hunter (The Orb) and then some….
The new album has been produced by Robin Twelftree (Tosca, Reverso 68), Benji Vaughan (producer of Forwards) & Bruno Ellingham (producer of New Order, Goldfrapp, Mertz.). The album has been mixed by James Reynolds (Tinie Tempah).
Members: Ned Scott (vocals, keyboards), Maff Scott (drums), Ben Cullum (Bass), Drew Thane (Guitar), Matt White (Guitar), Paul Marshall (Bass)
Jojo Mayer is a highly acclaimed Swiss drummer born in Zürich and currently residing in New York City. Mayer is the son of a touring musician and began his career as a drummer at an early age, receiving his first drum set at the age of two. Having taught himself throughout his childhood, he broke out into the professional music scene at the age of 18, joining the Monty Alexander group. Touring with the group launched him into the major jazz music scene, and he has played at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux, Nice, and Athens etc., which culminated with his gigging with jazz-greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone. Eventually, after playing with a great variety of artists, Mayer moved away from jazz and into Drum ‘n’ Bass Jojo Mayer is known for bringing together jazz, drum and bass, jungle, and other influences. He is also famous for his ability to play the rhythms of programmed jungle drum ‘n’ bass music on acoustic drums, terming this technique “reverse engineering”, a phrase borrowed from computing. He executes this approach using various methods such as the heel-toe bass drum technique, the Moeller stroke, and the ”pull-out” or “push-pull” accent which takes the beat on the rebound. Using these techniques, he can play beats at astonishing speeds. A few of his main influences are Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette and Buddy Rich. He is the leader of live electronica trio Nerve, which he founded in 1997.
OL is the DJ collective of Spencer Lokken, Bethany Briscoe Lokken, and Ben Silver. Since they met in Chicago in 2000, this versatile trio has enlightened dance floors from Mexico to Maine with their highly unpredictable and eclectic sets. From headnodic downtempo & boogie to ominous and ultramodern house & tech, theirs is a democratic mission: to expose as many people as possible to the artists whom they admire and respect, create unique dance floor memories, and to cross traditional boundaries of turntablism/improv/electronic fusion.
What sets Orchard Lounge apart from other selectors, however, is that you won’t always find them in the club. They’ve built a reputation over the last decade as a hard-touring festival act and set-break crowd favorite, frequently supporting live bands. All three members have a deep-rooted passion for live music, which has allowed them to experiment with a variety of different types of DJ sets when performing on stage.
Consistently labeled as risk takers, the members of OL aren’t afraid to clear a room if they genuinely believe in and appreciate the record. That said, they take their title as tastemakers very seriously and are constantly looking for new ways to engage even the most discerning of crowds. They have an interminable work ethic and while they cherish their underground roots, from day one they’ve been determined to bring the art of deejaying to the forefront of popular culture. Their goals are slowly being realized as they’ve had the rare opportunity of performing at world famous venues such as Red Rocks, the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park, and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
Despite their affinity for live music settings, Orchard Lounge will always feel right at home in the DJ booth. They’ve set dance floors ablaze alongside a bevy of heavyweights like The Meters, The Disco Biscuits, The New Deal, Lotus, DJ Krush, Jamie Jones, Benoit & Sergio, The Magician, Maya Jane Coles, Tiger & Woods, Bonobo, Lindstrom, Booka Shade, Nicolas Jaar, and Metro Area. They’ve also played countless headlining gigs around the country. While many high profile jet setters only get behind the decks for a short time, Orchard Lounge prefers to take the reigns for extended sets. You’ll often see them billed for six or seven hour sessions. And with digital DJing all the rage these days, don’t be surprised when they show off their record collections at one of their many vinyl only parties.
HiGHER ORGANiX is a power trio hailing from The Shire (Berkshire County, MA). Formed in late 2005, the three boys were a product of the musical community that thrives in the Berkshires, but is hard pressed to find a local outlet. Due to the lack of legitimate venues in their area, Higher Organix began to throw their own shows, never over-looking key elements of production. These shows included Shirefest 2007, OTT in the Shire (St. Patties ’09), Lost Night in Shangri-La, Let it Roll, and The Big Up festival.
Higher Organix does not plan their sets. They completely improvise, sometimes retouching on old themes, or quoting some of their favorite songs in a Dj esque manner. There are no songs, there is no set-list. It will be different every time. The interaction with the crowd and setting, and how that steers the sound of the set is the key ingredient of a Higher Organix show that maintains the mystique that surrounds the band. They play an undefinable style that mixes dance rhythms, and electronic experimentation with a psychedelic jam-rock sensibility, and a willingness to take it to new places every time.
Higher Organix’ repertoire includes anything from house, dub, funk, rock, breaks, DnB, ambient, and everywhere in between, No matter what, you have to see it to believe it. Having already shared the stage with OTT, Big Gigantic, Sub Swara, Brothers Past, Emancipator, ESKMO, Bluetech, Pnuma Trio, Psylab and more…. They might be twisting your mind in the near future.
Dopapod exists at the crossroads of full throttle intensity, deep pocket groove, intricate technicality, and limitless experimentation. With no regard towards towards stylistic boundaries, the sound that emerges from the quartet both live and in the studio is as varied and diverse as the many influences that they adapt from. Their approach and commitment to complementing a distinct genre bendin
g sound to top-notch musicianship has set them apart from many of their contemporaries and keeps music lovers eagerly returning to shows.
In the past three years, Dopapod has firmly planted seeds in music fan’s ears all up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest with their incessant touring schedule. Covering all this ground has seen the young, yet seasoned group make appearances at numerous festivals including Gathering Of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Bear Creek, The Big Up, AURA, Rootwire, Catskill Chill, and more. Their electric live showcase has been cultivating a fast growing, loyal fan base, and seen them share bills with artists such as Lotus, EOTO, Papadosio, Zach Deputy, Brothers Past, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Spam Allstars, Sam Kininger (Lettuce, Soulive), and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer).
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70′s funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!
Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling “nu-sion” project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals, all within the past 18 months.
Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri (guitar), Robert Somerville (tenor sax), Todd Stoops (keyboards), Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar), and Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion). The powerhouse quintet’s live show has been described by critics and fans alike as “lethal funk”, “explosive”, “jaw dropping”, and “musically mesmerizing”. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple:
Some bands are recognized for their outstanding live show, others for their prowess in the studio. Philadelphia’s Brothers Past garners accolades on both fronts, emerging at the forefront of electro-rock with a willingness to blend various styles seamlessly into an original sound. Yet, whether live or in the studio, the art of songcraft is the prevailing element in their music.
Morgan Wells of Urb Magazine describes the band’s latest work as “…a glimpse into the future of pop music… Brothers Past offers a smooth and believable blend of electronica, rock and pop just original enough to place [This Feeling's Called Goodbye] at the top of a growing pile of genre-bending releases.” Steven Rosen in HARP echoed the praise: “There’s a future in this kind of music.” Hailed by critics and fans alike for it’s catchy rock anthems, captivating arrangements and inspired lyrics, the album received numerous “Top Ten” mentions and was nominated by the Jammy Awards for “Album of the Year.” The release has established Brothers Past as innovative songwriters with a progressive vision towards future.
Brothers Past will showcase their latest ideas, along with their best material, with occasional shows in 2009. As a seasoned national act, the band has received attention for delivering a thunderous live show, with a wide repertoire of songs and sounds. Tapped to perform the main stage at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2006, Brothers Past emerged as one of the surprise favorite acts. “The square-jawed, bastard child of Pink Floyd with a gigantic stage show,” dubbed The New York Press.
Past studio work includes the September 2004 EP, statEPolice, which Chicago’s Innerview called “Delicious.” A Wonderful Day, the band’s December 2002 full-length CD, was deemed “Excellent, eccentric, engrossing” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Philadelphia Daily News wrote, “The buzz has been very good on rock originals Brothers Past, and yes, it’s deserving. This group jumps out as something special on its futuristic concept album.” In 2001 the band conceived Elements, a daring and experimental recording weaving live, computer, and studio tracks to create an altogether new sonic tapestry. Richard Gehr of the Village Voice exclaimed, “Elements has style. It’s one of the first great post-Phish trance-fusion albums and sounds like Pink Floyd jamming with Sasha and Digweed in Brian Eno’s bedroom.”
Brothers Past is Tom Hamilton (vocals, guitar, laptop), Tom McKee (keyboards, vocals), Clay Parnell (bass, vocals) and Rick Lowenberg (drums).
The Heavy Pets (THP) are an American rock band whose contagious vibe blends rhythm and blues, jazz-funk, nu-disco and reggae fusion with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix Magazine, THP are known for their soulful song-craft and powerhouse live performances of their infectious dance songs.
The group became an instant Sirius radio sensation in 2007 with the release of their double-disc debut album, Whale, driven by hit tracks “Operation of Flight” and “Sleep.” First embraced by the jam scene for their raw talent, their cross-over sound that is showcased on their self-titled album, also dubbed a “Top 10 Album of 2010” by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. Returning to their acoustic roots on Swim Out Past the Sun (2011), THP’s guitar duo set aside their electric axes for a more organic approach.
In November 2012, The Heavy Pets released the Everywhere Sessions: Volume 1 EP for FREE download. Recorded at the AURA Music Events studio in Boca Raton, FL, the three-song EP features “Chew,” “Help Me Help You” and “The Day the Sun Forgot to Rise.” It is available for free at http://bit.ly/THP_ES_Vol1.
Major festival darlings, THP have taken the stage at Bonnaroo, Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Gathering of the Vibes, moe.down, Summer Camp, All Good, Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Mountain Jam and their namesake PetZoo.
DrFameus is an electronic music project created by the versatile drummer, Allen Aucoin of the Disco Biscuits. Allen explores many realms with DrFameus ranging from breakbeats to drum ‘n’ bass to dubstep to techno/house. It is his ability to survey the crowd and then improvise that has allowed Aucoin to play in such diverse projects over the years.
Normal Instruments is the brainchild of Mike Carter, guitarist and singer from the Boston-based band, The Indobox, featuring a cast of excellent musicians and friends from other bands around New England; Jules Jenssen on drums from Higher Organix, Matt Beckett on bass from Cosmic Dust Bunnies… and the one and only, Jeff Bujak on keys.
Party Supplies is the American Dream. It is the sound of Justin Nealis, producer behind critically-acclaimed rap collabs with Action Bronson (Blue Chips) and Danny Brown (“Grown Up”) setting up a mic stand behind his MPC and strapping on a Stratocaster. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Sean Mann, the two write classic rock from the future. Half Chromeo, half Easy Rider, the Brooklyn duo drop blue collar funk, school gym foot-stompers, and yearning city boy ballads over drum machine beats on their forthcoming Fool’s Gold debut LP, Real Men Don’t Need Instructions. Inhale and salute.
Hailing from Boston, MA The Indobox is captivating listeners, and starting dance-parties everywhere they go. Guitarists Mike Carter and Joe Zarick honed their song-craft together for years before the band took shape in Boston in ’06. Joined by Steve Learson on synths, bass and vocals, and later by Jules Jenssen on the drums, in a short period of time The Indobox has established their presence almost nation-wide through over 600 gigs across much of the country, burning down the dance-floors night after night.
CONSIDER THE SOURCE
NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick thunder-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.
Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Burning Man, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Mid-Summer Meltdown, Rootwire, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band’s latest album, “F**k It! We’ll Do It Live” is available at considerthesourcemusic.bandcamp.com.
Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston,lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. The aggressive death-funk dance trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lense of contemporary technology. Coming off the release of their second EP,Ceremony, preceded by Playonbrother Sessions (2011), Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar/keys/trumpet), Luke Bemand (bass guitar) and Rory Dolan (drums) ignore convention, instead amalgamating the familiar styles of Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, Hip Hop, Funk and Metal into a singular sound that dexterously transforms during their live sets and over the course of their studio albums. As Ben Weiss of Relix Magazine puts it, “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.”
Greenhouse Lounge combines the precision and production of a DJ with the raw energy and instruments of a three piece rock band. The band encompasses a multitude of unique styles and genre’s which always keeps the dance floor hungry and wanting more. Bassist/founder Dave McSweeney captains the powerful ship with a veteran’s vision, toting murky, sinister basslines and holding down a focused low-end anchor for guitarist/producer Zach Weinert. The multi-talented Weinert brings an expertise in modern production execution, burning guitar chops, and emotive synth-work that exemplify how GHL has one leg in each lane; mind-blowing explosions of programmed electronic dance music, raging alongside funky groove-rock .
GHL’s newer forays into 70’s blaxploitation funk and 80’s electro-fueled house-quake burners are a deeper understanding of the styles and approaches that have long defined them. The newer music samples a myriad of classic takes and incorporates vicious breaks to undeniably dusty dancefloor anthems. A darker vibe permeates their Trap styles, injecting Dirty South hip-hop anthems into the mainline of their dance music foundations. Dirty bass-bombs give way to tremendous tension/release eruptions, while subtle and sexy vibes permeate their atmospheric excursions. Rock and rollers from their inception, a live Greenhouse Lounge rager always incorporates tight, hard-hitting live drums and burst-at-the-seam sounds of fury. Often-improvised sonic waves make their way into pulsating gumbos of new spices and irresistible flavor in your ear. At any given GHL party, the dance floor is alive and vibrant to a mix of hip-hop, house, drum & bass, funk, rock, trap and tech-step styles, all constantly rotated in and out of a set, an effortless mix flowing with excitement and energy.
Coup [koo]: a sudden successful, unexpected stroke, act or move; a hostile takeover.
Formed in 2007, Timbre Coup is a young, progressive rock band hailing from Upstate New York. The band is comprised of Dan Gerken (guitar/bass/vocals), Andrew Chamberlaine (guitar), Ben (guitar/bass) and brother Matt Pickering (percussion).
In their time together as a band, they have been fortunate enough to perform at many major festivals, including Mountain Jam, Camp Bisco, and Moe.Down, as well as play shows all over the East Coast.
The members of Timbre Coup have become a cohesive force to be reckoned with, having been compared to the likes of King Crimson, Tool, Umphrey’s McGee, Dream Theatre and Liquid Tension Experiment, however compared, their artistry and song craft is simply their own. Timbre Coup’s unique style is even more apparent with their newest release Knuckles & Valleys.
In Knuckles & Valleys, a cycle of the year literally reveals itself track by track. Twelve tracks named for each month of the year express the peaks and lows that we all experience some way or another in the passing of time.
As a band that is known for both heavy, progressive riffs and spacey grooves, and for being able to both shred hard and create intricate upbeat melodies, Knuckles & Valleys proves to be a mature whirlwind of genres, wonderfully blended into compositions that show a band at a new height of progress and song craft.
Sounduo is a post-dub, audio/visual live performance project. Their sound features poly-rhythmic hip-hop grooves, vintage samples, soulful vocals, ambient soundscapes, live instruments, and heavy synth bass passed through a scuzzed-out dub filter and mangled using the latest in glitch technology. Sounduo’s performances have an emphasis on live remix’s and dub versions of their studio tracks, live drums, plenty of improvisation, and a synced lighting and visuals show. With the addition of their “unofficial” third member, Andrew Byrd, Sounduo’s live presence is a force not to be reckoned with. Andrew seamlessly syncs a plethora of glowing LED lights, projections, and 3d mapped structures, with Sounduo’s music to create an intoxicating audio/visual experience and environment that regularly leaves attendees with their minds blown.
BUSINESS CASUAL DISCO
From a primordial mixture of funky grooves and thumping beats came the DJ collective known as Business Casual Disco. The New Haven based trio shares a love of all things disco with a generous serving of house and deep. Driven by swirling synths and thick bass lines, each set is served with a unique touch that will get you bobbing your head then stomping your feet. Each member brings their own taste to the collective sound and rest assured; BCD is always business, but couldn’t keep things more casual. Think of it as the more tasteful side of dance music, like Playboy for your ears.
COSMIC DUST BUNNIES
Cosmic Dust Bunnies are a very unique electronic/jam style band that layer in influences from Reggae, Dub, Funk, Rock, Pop, and everything in between. Members include Matt Beckett on bass, Matt Dempsey on guitar, Chris Sellas on keys, and Eric Hyland on drums. All musicians of the New Haven area for many years, these 4 musicians met up in 2006 for the main purpose of improvisational jams. The band quickly took to songwriting and the band evolved into what it is today. Now with a self titled EP under their belt (recorded, produced and mixed by Sellas and Dempsey), CDB hits the stage with a fury and an ultimate goal of getting everybody up and moving. With a desire to never let a show drag, the songs often flow from one to another, sometimes encompassing entire sets. With a hefty mix of originals, improvisation and a few covers, Cosmic Dust Bunnies have been playing stronger than ever since their hiatus in 2009
Former Champions are an electro rock band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Their music showcases vocal led compositions intermixed with an array of instrumentally driven electronic pieces. A sonic blend of synthesized keys mixed with sub-bass, distorted guitar, harmonized vocals, samples, and a multitude of drums, cymbals and percussion combine to create what the band describes as “street music.”
2013 looks to be an exciting year for Former Champions as they release their second studio album, Special FX Machine, and continue hitting the road with a heavy tour schedule including appearances at several festivals across the country. FC have shared the stage with artists including Lotus, The New Deal, Conspirator, EOTO, Perpetual Groove, Papadosio, Dopapod, and many others. Keep your eyes out for Former Champions, as they keep the pedal to the metal in 2013.
Massachusetts based performance duo ‘Bujak’ is Jeff Bujak (on the keys) and Jen Dulong (on the LED hula-hoop). Jeff Bujak is a solo experimental/progressive music producer from Massachusetts who creates instrumental songs centered around classical composition, progressive rock and dance music that dives deep in the waters of complex live electronica. Jen Dulong performs on stage alongside Jeff with an LED hula-hoop providing beautiful lighting and movement with a visual depth to solo musician. Bujak is carving a new path in the live-music scene one show at a time. It’s something different. More info at bujaklive.com.
Baam Bada is a band known for their experimental fusion of Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music. Although they originate in New York, Baam Bada has global appeal and features seasoned lyricists Decora and Freeflowin. The diverse imagination of their producer Nico Marchese, gives Baam Bada an eclectic meld of energized music. Nico Marchese’s French Electro influence combined with the Caribbean and Latin sounds of Baam Bada, delivers a refreshingly unorthodox listening experience.
Formula 5: A band that truly represents Upstate New York! With members ranging from Albany to Troy to Lake George, this up-and-coming 4-piece brings together its diverse influences to create a unique yet familiar sound that will make you want to move your feet. With thought-provoking and soulful lyrics, soaring melodies, and an emphasis on tight instrumentation and improvisation, this band brings a familiar freshness to the term “jam band”. In their very short 1-year tenure, they have shared the stage with regional/national acts such as The Heavy Pets, The Brew, The McLovins, Thunder Body, Dopapod, Twiddle, Capital Zen, Turbine, Goosepimp Orchestra, and MK Groove Orchestra while playing most of the regional stops in Upstate NY for original music. With their roots in jam, jazz, funk, electronica, blues, bluegrass and many others, this group is sure to satisfy whatever your taste in music while making it truly their own.
Ian Stewart is a Connecticut based producer and performer of alternative electronic dance music. Although having a background in traditional house DJing, Ian has been performing a live PA style set as well, allowing him to mix and manipulate his all-original music with much greater flexibility than a two-turntable setup would allow.
The catalyst for this transformation was Ian’s debut full-length album, Dubonomics, released independently on August 5th, 2011. The music comprising the album was first performed at The Big Up music festival to a wildly enthusiastic reception. Fans lauded the set as “awesome… one of my favorite acts”, “stellar”, and “absolutely perfect”.
Since the album’s release, Ian has played at several other festivals throughout the north-east, as well as club dates in New York City, Boston, and New Haven. He has also performed with Eitch throughout the north-east, and as far away as Arkansas and St. Barth, and has shared the stage with and supported artists including Tipper, Orchard Lounge, Ott, Pnuma Trio, Eskmo, Sub Swara, Big Gigantic, Elliot Lipp, Telepath, and more.
With momentum for Dubonomics still building, Ian has already begun work on his next project. While the future-dub sounds of Dubonomics are perfectly suited to warm up party-goers for a night of full-on electronic bliss, exclusive live performances of the new material already have fans clamoring over the energetic new sound Ian is pursuing and had Tipper saying, “Wicked music, it’s brilliant… I love this track!”. Stay tuned!
The Edd is a group of four musicians based out of Burlington, VT. Over the past four years they been bringing some of the most unique “electronic space rock” to the Northeast, sharing the stage with acts such as Papadosio, Dopapod, and Consider the Source. Their music is a combination of highly improvised sections, exploration of sound and extremely tight, often complexly structured, original songs.
In crafting their music, they demonstrate mastery of unusual sounds, scales and time signatures giving them a distinct sound in the “jamband” scene. The result is nothing short of spectacular weird music that captures and moves audiences of all preferences. Live Shows are always high energy, a guaranteed good time and the best way to truly experience The Edd!
Greg Domina – Bass Guitar, Vocals Dominic Metcalfe – Drums John Nummy – Keyboards, Synthesizers, and Samples Win Haas – Guitar, Keys, Vocals
MUN is a quartet of talented musicians from Brooklyn, NYC. Starting out as an all improv outfit, MUN is well known throughout the North East for bringing a psychedelic pallet of sound to the stage. From playing endless sets at late night warehouse parties in Brooklyn to playing notable summer festivals such as the BIG UP; there is no situation in which MUN does not bring their otherworldly vibe. 2012 has begun a new creative maturation for the group as MUN’s music has evolved toward tight songwriting highlighted with samples and layered electronic soundscapes. With this new sound there is an improved version of MUN’s all improv roots that serves as a explosive contrast within the form. MUN’s music dips into to many different genres including hardcore techno, ambient house, frenetic drum and bass, bouncy funk, and headbanging rock and roll. Having shared the stage with such notable musicians as Jason Haan and Michael Travis of EOTO, John Gutwillig and Allen Aucoin of the Disco Biscuits, Marco Benevento, Billy Martin, and such notable acts as The Egg, OTT, Bluetech, Phutureprimitive, Beats Antique, The Join, Future Rock, and The Polish Ambassador, MUN has only been progressing since their inception and will only continue to gain steam as they give 110% of heart, soul, and dedication to their music & fans.
FiKus is a synthesis of analog and digital sounds that combines progressive melodies with infectious grooves, electronic beats, and edgy vocals to form their own signature style of music…something they refer to as ‘Electro Funk-Rock’
It is the fusion of each of the members’ influences along with the collaborative song-writing process that creates such an interesting sound, but it is the sheer passion and enjoyment from the music itself that creates the unforgettable experience of the live show. Within the past three years, FiKus has used the momentum of the live performances to turn themselves into one of the most exciting up and coming bands on the scene, taking their show all along the east coast and growing exponentially.
With two self released EP’s under their belt (Mover Shaker, Plus+), FiKus is currently planning the release of their debut full length album, to be released in 2013.
King Holiday is a psychedelic soul band based out of Bedstuy,Brooklyn,NYC. Socially charged and rhythmically driven, King Holiday’s cosmic 10 piece arrangements create sonic layers of raw,unfiltered and thought evoking sounds and melodies. King Holiday’s music is a luscious soundtrack to the human experience while remaining nostalgic in the fast moving modern world
A morphing 4-piece from Southern NH, these boys like to mix things up, taking influences across the entire music spectrum and blending them into a coherent, melodic and often outrageous sound. Add a gratuitous amount of black lights, a dazzling light show and you have that which is the “BlackLight Ruckus”
Hailing from Scranton, PA, this hyper-dynamic musical duo combines an endless stream of musical genres to create a fresh take on electronic dance music. The keystone to their colorful art is their versatility, as both creators Mike Nasser and Jeff Felkowski emerge from very different musical backgrounds. This difference in influence comes together seamlessly in their composition to create an ever evolving sound that is unique unto them. Nasser, playing the bass, guitar, keys, and samples, provides a strong foundation in funk music. This element is the most common denominator among their repertoire. Felkowski, also playing guitar, keys, and samples, provides an incomparable feel to the composition that helps Laser Sex achieve their innovative sound. On stage every instrument gets routed into their main computer where Nasser and Felkowski can take live samples of themselves and each other. The use of live sampling creates an almost orchestral feel to their performance. At times it will sound like there are six or more people performing rather than two. The use of live sampling in tandem with the use of samples from other artists leaves the audience unable to predict the direction of each performance. Ultimately, audiences will come to expect the unexpected when seeing Laser Sex perform live. Laser Sex entertainment is unprecedented and full of groundbreaking, superb musicianship. They are progressively uniting electronic music with fundamental genres while incorporating imaginative character. All of their music can be downloaded for free (or optional donation) at lasersex.bandcamp.com.
RICHARD JAMES & THE NAME CHANGERS
Richard James and The Name Changers RJNC is, Richard James on Keys & Lead Vocals, Tyler Brooks on Drums and vocals, Ben Hoadley on Bass & Vocals, Ben Fairbank on Guitar, and Matt Wayne on Sax.
Richard James and The Name Changers are the cornerstone of Boston’s thriving music scene, with the resume to match. In the fall of 2012 the band released their sophomore album Cuba St., which is now in it’s second pressing. Much of the continued success of the band can be attributed to their appearances at several music showcases during the 2012 SXSW Music Festival in Austin TX and Jam Scene Music Festivals throughout the North East and Eastern Canada.
With a rock solid, dedicated fanbase endlessly following the band, RJNC has had he luxury of being the band that Promoters and Agents call on to support National acts all over New England. From Burlington VT, to Portland ME and back to Boston, the band has rocked audiences along side Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros, Max Creek, Soule Monde, Kung Fu, Chris Robinsons Brotherhood and many more.
Check out www.RichardJamesBand.com for more information regarding the band, and while you’re there, have a listen to a few tracks off the new record and let us know what you think! See ya soon in a town near you…
The five members of Stokeswood woke up one day in a black van with a trailer full of equipment and not one one of them knew how they got there.
Atlanta-based, Low-Endie Rock band, Stokeswood, was formed by lead vocalist Adam Patterson and electric guitarist, Mark Godwin. The five-piece also comprises drummer Jon Joiner, keyboardist Michael Roman and bass player/producer Justin Mullinix. Stokeswood’s independently released debut album, “Carassia” (2009), is like a sonic excursion between the lines of a poet’s story-telling prowess. Stokeswood’s sophomore album, “In the Field of the Vibrations” (2011), showcases a vocal-centric aesthetic and an array of synthesizers and guitars that are illuminated by infectious dance beats. The evolution from acoustic to electronic was a natural progression during the recording process. Stokeswood is currently and constantly touring the East Coast
IMANGELES (ALICIA ANGELES)
A rare breed of female producer/artist/dj who lives for music and is endlessly creating her vision. She is on a life long journey to inspire and is pioneering the way with a unique style. Alicia grew up in Southern California with big dreams and ideas. She started throwing events in Los Angeles and became saturated in the underground music scene. With a love in production she always gravitated towards studios; she eventually came across artists like Blaqstarr, Fat Lip, Steve Aoki, and 12th Planet. Alicia has always gone between both worlds of underground and industry, just happy to create in any way she can. Last year she opened for Benny Benassi and with a recent move to New York City she is filming a music video this Summer and has a few Festivals on board. She is constantly evolving, and is a force to watch!!
Elephant Wrecking Ball
Famine! Asteroids! Disease! None of these are really responsible for any massive demolition such as the extinction of the dinosaurs. No, only the most ancient and destructive of forces is capable of such a leveling, and that force is Elephant Wrecking Ball.
Scientific experiments gone wrong and chemical reactions run amok, the chaos has come to order in this fine trio of bass, drums, and trombone. Since 2009 A.D., Elephant Wrecking Ball has been spreading hard hats of the mind to people and venues across the North Eastern U.S. Founded in Boston, and relocated to Brooklyn a few years later, the trio has gained a cult following in the underground demolition scene. Each member is quite accomplished at their instruments and in composition. Jazz, Dub, and Funk elements make up the EWB toolbelt. The elephant, Scott Flynn on Trombone, sits at the controls of the dub elements. The Drums, Neal Evans, and Bass, Dan Africano, have a solid foundation of rhythm and mass, called the wrecking ball. The sound matches the name of the band, and if all that is too complicated, we just call it “SCIENCE!” So prepare your ears, eyes, and minds, for the chaos and order ballet known as Elephant Wrecking Ball.
Performing a spectral mix of dance, rock and psychedelic pop, Color Channel’s short season as a band has displayed their increasing ability to produce music dripping with love, zeal, and a less-is-more attitude. While their live sound is stylistically uninhibited, they remain dedicated to spawning in their fans the irresistible urge to dance. Color Channel continually challenges itself to pair madness and spontaneity with sonic maturity and restraint.
An evening with ConnetICON acts as an intense journey that can be characterized by deep grooves and scintillating bass lines. Each set patiently and flawlessly weaves in and out of melodies, producing an ethereal, euphoric feel, either on the dance floor or in your headphones. Since the onset of his DJing career in late 2010, ConnetICON has quickly established himself, supporting major act’s such as Tiger and Woods, Break Science, Cinnamon Chasers, Orchard Lounge, Edit Murphy, Abakus, Goldroom, Emancipator, and Little People.
In the summer of 2012, ConnetICON further established himself as an integral member of the contemporary music scene, with his name featured on bills including, but not limited to, Camp Bisco XI, Gathering of the Vibes, Tipper Sound Experience, and Heads in Harmony II Festival, as well as various venue and club bookings.
Arpetrio is a breath of fresh air for the live electronic scene. Their sound is one of a kind and draws from a broad range of influence while always staying true to themselves and their music. This dynamic three piece has been extensively touring the east coast from Boston to Miami and everything in between. Described by fans as “pushing the boundaries of electronica, jazz and jam music,” The band strives on a diverse sound that encapsulates the most popular and modern trends of electronic music. Arpetrio consists of guitarist/keyboardist Alex Mindermann, Bassist Trent Little, and drummer Wes Taylor. The combination of raw creativity with years of classical training has allowed this band to push the envelope more and more. Arpetrio combines the precision of a DJ with the vivid expression of a live band creating an unparalleled fusion experience. The pulsing bass beats combined with the technology of laptops and sophisticated production tools, result in the finest elements of jam, electronica, jazz-fusion, trip-hop, and psychedelic music.
This three piece powerhouse is no stranger to the finest in electronic music, sharing the stage with acts such as Shpongle, Conspirator, Victor Wooten, Zach Deputy, Nappy Roots, Eliot Lipp, EOTO, RJD2, Eskmo, Future Rock, Toubab Krewe, Nosaj Thing, Signal Path, Papadosio, and Zoogma. They have been seen across the east coast playing festivals like Trinumeral, Rootwire, Werkout, Dexfest, and Gnarnia Festival. Audiences can feel the energy from each successive beat and are forced to move their feet. With each show, Arpetrio continues to experiment with new combinations of technology and musicianship resulting in a wildly unique experience every time.
The most recent EP draws from sounds of trip/hip hop, trance, trap, dubstep, and electro while never sounding like one genre.
Since blasting onto the scene in 2010, Galaxy Dynamite has been enthralling audiences at music venues and festivals across the east coast with their signature larger-than-life blend of fast and furious modern rock with booty shaking trance; mixed with dripping psychedelic broad guitar laid on top of sneakily catchy bass grooves, reminiscent of acts like Sonic Youth, The New Deal and Daft Punk.
“Moment of Impact”, the trio’s debut studio album, is the culmination of more than 200 shows of blood, sweat, and tears in the relentless pursuit of showcasing their unique sound to growing numbers across the nation while providing direct support for acts such as Conspirator, Paper Diamond, Ozric Tentacles, Papadosio, EOTO, Ballyhoo!, Dr. Fameus, Boombox, Future Rock, The Heavy Pets and many others.
Is Galaxy Dynamite a unique and exciting outfit, seamlessly improvising heavy bass rock with dance-oriented psychedelic sounds? Or is it something more…, a living breathing organism with each piece perfectly forming the sonic environment that can only be described as ‘GD action’? Or, are they just three friends jamming the hell out and doing what they love? The correct answer is all of the above, but come find out and put yourself in their path at a raging party near you soon!
Spreading curiosity and a sense of wonder through music, Hannah Smith, better known as Eitch (pronounced “H”) is anything but ordinary. Obsessed with the notion that not everything is as it seems, Eitch uses her lyrics as a means to tell a story that is both of human nature and otherworldly origin. In 2010, Eitch released her debut album ‘Everything, Nothing’, a collection of work she began writing and recording starting in 2006. Often compared to the likes of The Knife, Bjork, and CocoRosie, Eitch has carved a lane all for herself by producing and programming 100% of her music, and mapping out intricate vocal arrangements to complement the free form of her instrumentals.
Hot Jambalaya is the brainchild of NJ based electronic producers Mikey Likes iT and Bartlomein. The pair incorporates an ever-expanding cornucopia of musical influences from around the globe and through the cosmos to take the listener on an auditory adventure through time and space. Their unique blend of funky, slippery, glitched out bass music has earned them slots at such notable northeast festivals as Uphoria 2012 and The Magnetic Gathering. Over the past few years, they’ve shared the stage with Michal Menert, Conspirator, Bluetech, Heyoka, Govinda, Phutureprimitive, Freddy Todd, Knight Riderz, Kaminanda, Skytree, Higher Organix and Space Jesus. Their debut “Freemix EP” is a collection of remixes showcasing their ability to create lush, immersive soundscapes that are constantly evolving and undeniably danceable. Their sonic versatility is evident through the diverse spectrum of artists they chose to remix including Aaliyah, Peter Gabriel, The Doobie Brothers and The Soweto Gospel Choir. In early 2013, Hot Jambalaya garnered significant national exposure with the release of their single “Doctor Who” as an exclusive download on TrapMusic.net. The track received over 10,000 plays in its first week and represents the uninhibited psychedelic progression of the ‘trap’ genre. With a host of new releases slated in the next few months and the summer festival season quickly approaching, the duo is poised for a breakout year.
Hailing from the rolling green hills of Berkshire County Massachusetts, The Interlopers formed at Monument Mountain Regional High School, comprised of long time friends Curtis Kelle, Nick Veinoglou, Ariel Shrum, Max Weiner and Dylan Renner. What began as just a couple friends playing community events, talent shows and parties slowly began to take a marvelous shape; the shape of a creative and expressive entity, a musical brotherhood worth sharing with the world. The band performed during their high school careers and in 2011, Nick Veinoglou and Ariel Shrum were accepted and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Upon their return for the summer of 2012, the band experienced their most successful season yet. Michael Gilbert was added on Organ and keys to complete their summer sound and they proceeded to play over 30 shows in the Berkshire area and beyond in just the 3 short months they all had together. August of 2012 also marked the release of their debut, self-produced Album “Don’t Forget to Breathe”. Recorded and engineered by Curtis Kelley at Muddy Angel Studios in Richmond, MA, the project was a culmination of everything they had accomplished as a band and represented all the generosity and support they had received through the years. The Fall of 2012 marked the return to college, Kelley joining Veinoglou and Shrum at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. A time of great change had come, with the heartbeat of the band no longer in the Berkshires, it was time to expand; leaving Weiner, Renner and Gilbert was no easy feat. In October of 2012, The Interlopers welcomed in 3 new members, taking the place of their dear friends that could not make the busy rehearsal schedule. Jakob Rabitsch joined on Keyboards, Kama Bell on saxophone, and Nick Frenay joined on bass. The band’s music combines the enlightening and sultry sounds of rhythm and blues and soul music and the fluid harmonic language of jazz, all executed with the boundless mind set of a jam band. ”Their music is like a sound bath, welcoming and inviting you in slowly, then once you are completely submerged, takes you on a cleansing journey”. – Fan. 2013 marked their debut performance in their new home city of Boston, MA and the launch of their “Get on the Road Campaign” to travel the east coast and beyond to share their music with eager listeners. The remainder of the year looks promising as they continue to expand their sound.
Rizzo’s Dilemma is a hard-hitting improvisational rock band from Southern CT. After forming in 2005, the trio quickly developed a reputation for their diverse and eclectic style and tight mucisianship, and began packing clubs, bars, and small venues along the Connecticut shoreline with dedicated fans from the area and beyond.
With a sound as versatile and inventive as its members, Rizzo’s Dilemma blends the technique and guidelines of roots rock with the experimentation and creativity of spontaneous improvisation. With music ranging from deep funk and delta blues to dub reggae and down-home bluegrass, the capabilities of the trio are seemingly endless.
The band has recorded several songs over the past seven years and is currently promoting their first album. In addition, the band plans to begin developing a more extensive touring schedule in the coming months and years. As their musical capabilities as a group progress and evolve, Rizzo’s Dilemma continues to challenge, complicate and refine their sound and style.
Self Descirbed as “Neat & Clean, Hard & Dangerous” This brand new group features members of Timbre Coup and Capital Zen
THE BLUE GODDESS
The Blue Goddess aka DJ Blue Goddess has been a fan and follower of the underground rave trance music scene since its 90′s hey day. She has hosted over 5 different radio shows, all ahead of their time, including the current Trance & Club Heaven on WXLV & Tranceology on Planet Freeze Radio, featuring underground sounds only. When world music, fusion electronica, & vocal, goa, psychedelic and club trance was barely broadcast in the US, she was hosting these genres on a regular basis. She DJ’s locally and plays with uplifting the vibrations of environments through consciousness-expanding mixes.
She owns Blue Galaxy Recordings and is herself an underground producer, trance vocalist, live electronica artist & DJ. She studied audio production in college and has continued for over a decade now. She has a passion and a mission to bring the noncommercial, psychedelic trance sounds that open the heart and mind in profound and mystical ways. As an artist, she has studied techniques using sound to awaken the kundalini for over a decade. As a trained vocalist, certified Sound Healer and member of the Vocalist Songwriter Alliance, she uses her own voice to create special frequencies carrying the intention of enlightenment and awakening for the souls of humanity through psychedelic trance means.
She produces, arranges, mixes, performs and masters all of her own music so that all of her music holds a signature vibration of her own, regularly releasing them at her website www.bluegalaxyrecording.com. She is obsessed with bridging digital and analog into a marriage of pure sound vibration evolution.
Aqueous is a genre melting, funk-tastic groove/rock band known for bringing high energy shows night after night. Catchy songwriting, shredding guitars, tight infectious grooves, and spot on improvisation keep crowds dancing right from the first beat. The songs themselves are adventurous, smartly composed, inventive, exuberant; the jams and improv sections add immensely to the experience, as Aqueous heads off in directions heretofore unknown and previously unexplored. Like all great bands before them, Aqueous breathes as one organism when it is in full flight. Their latest studio effort “Willy Is 40” has joined the ranks of their influences-turned-peers showcasing the band’s explosive musical prowess. The album captures Aqueous’ signature live intensity, while expertly displaying the band’s creative and concise song writing. Their live series releases “Live Nugs” have kept fans waiting for the newest installment of highlights from recent shows. The quartet has been touring heavily throughout the Northeast and Midwest, riding high on the momentum gained from playing multiple sets at moe.’s annual end of summer festival moe.down. “While the members of Aqueous are all very young, these guys are definitely the real deal. My advice is to take the opportunity to see these guys now. You’ll want to be able to say, ‘I saw Aqueous way back when…’” – Ryan Bartosek, Jambands.com Jambands.com on moedown XIII: “Aqueous, a prog-rock Buffalo, NY outfit, took the Second Stage by storm as they delivered their particular brand of jamming to the moe.down crowd, which included a hysterical take on Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise.’ As people woke up to the catchy melodies and destructive musicianship of Aqueous, it was evident that Saturday was going to be different, and in a great way.” – Rob Slater, jambands.com
Horizon Wireless blends psychedelic break-beat music with a variety of other styles including trip-hop, minimal tech-funk, and psy-breaks to create high energy and soulful dance sets. Seamlessly using elements from all across the sound spectrum, unique mixes are woven together through each show, creating a storm of soul smashing beats, titillating harmonies, and wet melodies. This sonic tsunami can easily induce multiple crowdgasms, so bringing a towel to shows is not only recommended, but encouraged as well.
Spundose is an EDM artist whose ancient future sound ranges from aboriginal downtempo beats, funky glitch hop, house&trance, dubstep, drumstep, and beyond; he delivers a big dose of unique spun out beats.
Growing up listening to the likes of Moby, Fatboy Slim, The Crystal Method and other forefathers of EDM, he acquired a cheap pair of turntables and went to town for a few months, but eventually fell entirely out of the scene due to an interest in guitar playing, early Incubus/311, Parliament/funk, and avant-garde composers such as John Zorn, David Torn, and Buckethead.
After life-changing experiences such as Rothbury 2009, in early 2010 he got Ableton Live and entered the world of digital production. Initially the intent was for Ableton to supplement his solo guitar pieces, but in the process of using the program he discovered his passion for producing EDM.
These are all original productions, organizing the noosphere with love and awareness. Creations inspired by the ancients of the past and future, perceptive perspectives, crystalline vibrations, interdimensional extraterrestrials, 100th monkey effect, Philip K Dick, HP Lovecraft…Dance and have fun with your emotions and thoughts.
DJ ADAM AMROD
Adam Amrod is an Upstate New York native who got into Dj’ing 10 years ago when he made a four year commitment to serve our country in the US Navy. At the time, he had no idea where that journey would take him, or that it would lead him into a career of Dj’ing!
Adam Amrod has held club residences in Germany and Japan. His knowledge of Electronic Dance Music spans worldwide and his aggressive yet flawless mixing style has earned him weekly gigs across the Capital District and Hudson Valley of Upstate New York…
In the beginning of 2013 he teamed up with cousin Peter Amrod to launch their own production company ,called Below The Influence…
People consistently travel over 2 hours to attend their EDM Events…Previous guests of their shows include Higher Organix, Space Jesus, lespecial, Jeff Bujak, ELECTRONICAnonymous and Blue Boy Productions…
Even in the most rural areas of upstate New York where EDM didn’t exist before, his underground rave parties have gained a large following!
ShwizZ is a unique cast of extraordinary characters grooving hard out of the Northeast. This large original sound is best described as a melting pot of progressive rock and funkadelic jazz. If Frank Zappa, Umphreys McGee, Lotus, and James Brown had a love, it would be ShwizZ. With an extensive taste for the epic, ShwizZ puts on a memorable show, and never the same one twice.
The group has been fortunate to perform with acts such as Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Particle, Dopapod, Jimkata, FiKus, Kung Fu, Consider The Source, Turkuaz, DrFameus, Sam Kininger Band, MazMyth, Mr. Breakdown and many more . 2012 was another leap forward. The groups following has gotten stronger, and new grounds have been toured. The summer brought the band to MazFest Music Festival and epic returns to Catskill Chill Music Festival, The Boogie, and Hulavom. The Bitter End Residency in NYC is still going strong. Too many notable shows to even mention, but a lot of great friends have been made.
Narkatta, [Good Looks NY] raised by wolves, picked up the guitar after obsessing over a video of Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire at Monterey Pop Fest in ’67. Idolizing Jimi, he began emulating him by experimenting with amplification and distortion of sounds with an array of guitar pedals. Combining that analog sound with the digital sounds created by his computer, he began to be known for spinning high energy sets that were not limited to any genre, combining Swing & Electro House, Dub, Glitch Hop, Ghetto Funk and Trip Hop. He started playing local NYC parties and has been known for spinning 6+ hour sets. Now performing on both east and west coasts, sharing decks with such artists as GRiZ, Gramtik, Knife Party, Jon “Barber” Gutwillig of Disco Biscuits, Andreilien (Heyoka) , as well as spinning for Burning Man Decom parties thrown by Disorient, Harvest Fest NY, and Alex Grey’s COSM parties. Some venues he has performed at include Webster Hall, Pacha NYC, Public Assembly, The Delancey, The Electric Warehouse, and Highline Ballroom. Top 5 Nominee for BEST COLLEGE DJ for 2012′s Global Spin Awards in NYC. There never is a party where Narkatta doesn’t whip the crowd into a rabid bass fueled frenzy, spinning for the love of what he does. Modern influences include Diplo, Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twin, Angger Dimas, Daft Punk, An-ten-nae, Pretty Lights, Flying Lotus, and GRiZ, and classic interest include Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Miles Davis, and the Doors.
Speakerbot is the robot-DJ alias of New Jerseys Aashish Bansal. Aash has been producing his own blend of deep house, disco, and funk for the last 6 years and can be found playing his eclectic mix for crowds in house parties, venues, and festivals all over the Northeast. Backed by an incredible stage presence and almost encyclopedic knowledge of all things electronic, his shows are an engaging dance party that is sure to get any crowd moving.
Are you ready to get robotic?
Sojourner is the solo project of EDM producer Nur Habib Tiven. Nur’s quest for truth-through-dance-music led him first to the stage as a live drum-n-bass and house drummer with numerous acts in New England, until finally deciding to go solo in 2010 and produce his own music as Sojourner. From his studio in a renovated factory building in the small city of Northampton, Ma., Sojourner is sending his original dance tracks blasting out into the musical cosmos. Playing live sets of 100% original material, Sojourner is turning up at lots of clubs, festivals, and other events in the Northeast, having already shared the stage with groups like Lotus, Beats Antique, Minnesota, Keys-n-Krates, Zion I, Arclite, ElectronicAnonymous, and Supersylius. Sojourner has appeared at The Calvin Theatre, The Basement, Bishop’s Lounge, The Magic Room, The Eleven’s, Ecstatic Dance Boston, DNE Festival, The Green Room, The Dreamaway Lodge, The DownCounty Social Club, SubSonic Circus, Pollinate, Karma, Ecstatic Dance Providence, Shruti, Eleven, Wave Cave, The Electronic Pow-wow, and a slew of other venues and events.
Formed in 2010, SOLARiS is a 3 piece all-instrumental band that hails from upstate New York. In the short time they’ve been together as a band, the members of SOLARiS have created over 20+ original compositions that range from electronica to dubstep, jazz fusion to funk, breakbeatss to drum’n'bass. Each of these compositions vary in speed, length, genre and style, but all of them are used as blank slates to showcase the trio’s explosive improv, electronic experimentation, and constantly evolving new sounds. While from show to show many of the songs remain the same, no two SOLARiS shows will ever be alike. The band strives to create new and interesting twists on their material for their constantly evolving live shows; whether it’s monster transitions, new improv jams or the occasional recognizable cover or remix, it’s safe to say that SOLARiS is an entity that never stops growing and changing.
SOLARiS has had the honor of sharing the stage with many talented acts such as Brothers Past, Boombox, Dopapod,Timbre Coup, Laser Sex, Horizon Wireless, and Jeff Bujak to name a few.
Jahman Brahman is a five-member collaboration originating from Columbus, Ohio in 2003, and currently residing in the mountains of Asheville, NC. The musical intuition of each member overcomes the restrictions of any particular genre as they pioneer the musical trail with a sound completely their own. The name Jahman Brahman emerged from each member’s goal to achieve the ultimate state of musical cohesion; each instrument connected to one another to create a piece of music from the heart of one.
They’ve described their particular style as “Shred N’ Flow.” A dynamic sound with a wide breath of influence, but a focus on rich, fluid, progressions of energy. Providing the low end, Nate “Brother” Brown brings his own style of funked out and super fresh bass grooves. Layered on top are the full and conscious lyrics of rhythm guitar player Justin Brown. The strength of his voice carries the band’s visual perspective. Drummer Rowdy Keelor gives the sound its steady concrete pulse, providing the heartbeat for Casey Chanatry’s riveting guitar-work. Combined, Jahman Brahman leaves the listener with a message of life, love, and the wonders experienced with being part of an extraordinary musical family. Each member holds a unique passion toward many different audio paths, with influences ranging from classic rock to electronica; from punk to jazz. Instead of conforming, they ascend music through the coalescence of their diverse styles, taking risks that unfold into powerful jams and creative compositions.
Dynamo & Badnutbeats
“Taking shape from beyond the shadows, Dynamo & BadNutBeats appear faceless, glowing white atop the black-lit stage. These beings are not quite like us, but rest assured they have our delight solely in mind. As the music begins to build, this ominous introduction will give way to a sonic journey through refined soundscapes and inspired showmanship. Strengthened by a vast performance history and an eclectic collision of influences, the duo offers an experience like no other.
As curiosity draws you into the dimension Dynamo & BadNutBeats create, you will absorb the harmony and wonder of these faceless personalities. Don’t get too comfortable, however, as you can always count on the conjurors to challenge as they entertain. Sight and sound will converge into a gloriously unique spectacle, making you hungry for more.
Buy a copy of their debut album, Gonzo, and stay tuned as Dynamo & BadNutBeats prepare to infiltrate live music venues everywhere…” – Dan Warry-Smith, Etcetera Live
People’s Blues of Richmond
PBR was born in a bright green room full of beer cans and cigarette butts that you could piss on from the edge of the James River. Tim Beavers and Matt Volkes, though raised in the same Richmond suburb, were infrequent acquaintances until they found one another in the same confusing struggle of city-life, college, and drugs. It took the suicide of a common best-friend to get the two into that shitty green room in the home they shared; but when they did, the feeling was instant. They were beaten, disoriented, unhappy, addicted, and dying to do something creative. They started practicing old blues songs and recycling old riffs and poems to create original material, jamming with whoever was interested.
While looking for a scene to fall into, they stumbled upon the open-mic at local Richmond landmark Emilio’s. They asked the house drummer, Raphael Katchinoff, to play a few tunes with them. He was a hired gun who would play his ass off with anyone who needed a drummer for the night. Tim and Matt fell in love and continued to come to Emilio’s every week with new covers and originals. It wasn’t long before Katchinoff was frequenting the shitty green house and adding his opinion to the ruckus. They started busking around the city, working on a demo, and playing whatever bars would take them based on nothing but a band member’s promise of an entertaining night. What really took off, though, were the house parties. The drunken and the disorderly all over Richmond started hearing about the energetic three piece that would play tirelessly all night for a bottle of cheap whiskey.
I Yahn I Arkestra
“Songs are Flowing and ” Jammy” and combined with the spiritual lyrics and layered drums, create the feel of an old fashioned Rastafarian Groundation.” — Reggae Reviews
“I Yahn I Arkestra does indeed sound more like an orchestra than a band on Love Mission (inity). Every space is filled with percussion,horns,tinkling piano,synth strings, freeform sax, soaring vocals” — Chuck Foster, The Beat Magazine
Jammin’ Toast is a collaboration of musical passion spanning across multiple genres including funk, jazz, blues, carnie bluegrass, rock and jam. Backed by the soaring leads and enthusiasm of lead vocalist Tom “Wookfoot” Kinsman, the interweaving harmonies of guitarist Scott Pendleton and Rob Liani combine with a solid rhythm section comprised of crunchy grooves from bassist Joe Liani and liquid fills from drummer Frank Lehman to create jams that bring improvisation to another level. Having played at venues such as The Middle East Downstairs, Stone Church, The Spot Undergroud and The Precinct while sharing bills with JGB, Twiddle, Timbre Coup, Viral Sound, Reel Big Fish and festivals with Kung Fu, The Breakfast, Dopapod, Papadosio, Rubble Bucket and more, Jammin’ Toast is becoming a must see act on the scene today!
After springing forth from the belly of Vesuvius, Operation Dankstar was taken in by a pack of Grizzly Bears. From them he was taught the importance of wisdom, spiritual power, and intense facial hair. He experienced his first sub bass when he was wrestling a kraken and accidently bodyslammed it through the Earth’s crust, creating a rip in the techtonic plates. Upon this discovery he knew that he wanted to make the Earth shake so he rode a Dragon to South Africa. There he stared down two great white sharks into submission, riding them across the ocean, into the Chesapeake Bay, and right into the Baltimore harbor. And there the quest began to rattle bones, shake teeth, beat hearts, and bring out the primal desire in everyone to rage.