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Gypsy Jazz Vocalist Mary Alouette Strikes Gold With Debut EP “Midas”
Strathmore Artist in Residence Mary Alouette will celebrate the release of her debut EP, Midas, at a salon-style CD release show at the Mansion at Strathmore on April 25th. Pioneering a renaissance in the gypsy jazz tradition, Alouette fuses old and new musical worlds into one experimental offering. Alouette describes her sound as “Gypsy jazz, postdubstep, beautiful music and dangerous rhythms”. Her core inspiration is the gypsy legend virtuoso guitarist Django Reinhardt, but her musical influences also range from the great Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Edith Piaf through to progressive contemporaries like Grimes, St. Vincent, and Modeselektor.
To listen to the full EP Midas visit – http://maryalouette.bandcamp.com
“Manic” Folk/Americana Rocker Adrian Krygowski Evolves With New Full Band EP “Hope For Us”
Adrian Krygowski accompanies his audience on a journey, both musically and figuratively, with his new EP ‘Hope for Us”. The record, at turns buoyant in love and resolute in the face of hardship, epitomizes how the singer-songwriter’s life on the road has informed his passionate brand of storytelling. His songs conjure the punk-inflected folk of The Avett Brothers and the “Americana Soul” of Delta Spirit, while his inimitable vocal cadence draws comparisons to Bob Dylan and The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. The EP was produced by Split Rock Records’ Ed Petterson and features the vocal talents of acclaimed singer-songwriter Garrison Starr, and the keyboard/piano sounds of Bettye Lavette and Al Hill. To showcase his latest musical offering, the crown-prince of the local folk scene has taken to the road for a 30 date nationwide tour, including three CD release cities (DC, Nashville, Chicago) and three showcases at SXSW. He will return to his adopted hometown of Washington, DC for a CD release show at The Dunes on April 20th.
To find out more about Adrian Krygowski, visit adriankrygowski.com. To listen to the full EP visit HERE.
10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit 2010 – October 3-5, 2010
Music industry heavy-weights and international recording artists converged in Washington, DC this October for one of the most significant conferences in the music industry calendar. The Future of Music Coalition 10th Anniversary Policy Summit featured a host of outstanding speakers, music showcases, parties and film screenings. Highlights included talks by Grammy award-winning producer T Bone Burnett, Damian Kulash, frontman of OK Go, Chuck D (Public Enemy), independent label legend Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records, plus representatives from Pandora, Facebook, Google, and YouTube Music. The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summits puts artists front-and-center in discussions about music in our increasingly networked, digitized world.
Pop-Rock Trio Bravenoise Presents “Everything Was And Everything Will Be”
With their debut album “Everything Was And Everything Will Be”, the Baltimore/DC-based trio Bravenoise redefine the meaning of a modern pop-rock band via both their recordings and their commanding live shows. The Bravenoise sound is based on a roux of prominent and soulful grooves, flavored by infectious melodies, catchy pop hooks, and clever arrangements, with a hint of Caribbean and Latin influences in their rock and roll mix. The band draws upon the reggae-inflected pop of The Police, the visionary artfulness of Radiohead, combined with the driving groove of the Motown sound, and the cool sultriness of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Brazilian jazz.
To find out more about Bravenoise visit www.bravenoise.com. To listen to their music click HERE.
Dear New Orleans – A Benefit Concert, October 4th, 2010
Featuring Bonerama, Damian Kulash (OK Go), Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy), Mike Mills (REM), Erin McKeown, Jill Sobule, Jenny Toomey & Franklin Bruno, Jonny 5 of Flobots, Tim Quirk of Wonderlick (and half of Too Much Joy!), Rebecca Gates, Crossover Clarinetist Mariam Adam, plus special guests!
“Dear New Orleans – A Benefit Concert.” took place at the Black Cat, Washington, DC on Monday, October 4, and showcased several of the artists who contributed to the critically-acclaimed compilation, Dear New Orleans. The benefit album was produced by Air Traffic Control (ATC) to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina and the floods. This D.C. show payed tribute to the city of music with one-of-a-kind collaborations between album artists and celebrated New Orleans musicians.
Since Hurricane Katrina, a diverse group of musicians have headed to the cradle of American music to participate in a series of artist-activist retreats produced by the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and ATC to learn firsthand about efforts to rebuild and sustain this vital city and its music communities. Proceeds from the album and concert benefit nonprofits working to support the region’s unique musical and cultural traditions, and to restore and protect crucial environment and community resources.
“It’s a sound The Killers almost achieved before they veered wildly to the left” Atlantic Music Guide
“Gills and Wings brings an ambient style of rock that shatters the senses and leaves you wanting
more”. Richmond.com’s MashUp Sessions
“Not ones to disappoint, Gills and Wings’ music lives up to the expectations of its name. They sound just like
[their recordings] live, with more energy. They’re that tight musically.” Magazine33
Originating from Richmond, Virginia, via Miami Beach, Gills and Wings are ready to hit the road in support of their eponymous debut EP. Combining the shimmery indie sound of Radiohead with the muscular and operatic rock of Queen, the band have already established a strong following in the short time they’ve been together. They have also headlined The National Theatre in their hometown, and have had their music played on MTV’s The Real World. Now they’re preparing to bring their arena-filling sound to the nation.
Evan Bliss Explodes On To The Music Scene With ‘ShhhPOW’
“Evan Bliss…sound blends powerful vocals and skilled instrumental music. Mixing reggae, punk, rock and soul, the band has created a unique sound.” - On Tap Magazine
Evan Bliss is one singer-songwriter to watch. His voice, combining the effortless soul of Maroon 5′s Adam Levine with the smoky blues undertones of Ray LaMontagne, makes his alt/rock/pop sound unmistakable. Ubiquitous despite not yet being a household name, Evan’s music has been featured in commercials for surf-inspired footwear maker Reef, and he has performed in support of artists as diverse as O.A.R., Wyclef Jean, and the Flaming Lips. Evan is building on the groundswell of popularity he enjoyed with his former band, well-respected East Coast reggae rockers ‘The Low Life’. Needless to say, you will be hearing much more from him with the forthcoming release ‘ShhhPOW’, out this Spring on the philanthropic indie label Holster Records.
“In the vein of Bruce Springsteen, Garber delivers his music to folk of every walk of life. The lyrics tell a story in the greatest folk aspects while the music tickles the senses from want to nostalgia”. The Ripple Effect
“Ted Garber is a true musician, you can hear the honesty in the performance” Pat McGee
DC native Ted Garber fills the spaces between musical genres with his own unique brand of “BluesAmericanaRock.” A self-proclaimed student of culture, the all-American singer-songwriter has taken his howling harmonica riffs and potent guitar licks to more than thirty countries on four continents. His music is a combination of three major inspirations – his late folk musician father, the New Orleans rhythm and blues scene, and his love of travel, culture and language. The result is his new album “American Rail’’ – a deeply personal collection of songs steeped in American tradition with an international twist.
“The Dreamscapes Project is one of the most innovative bands to come out of the East Coast in the last decade.” CWG magazine
The ‘Twelve Days Project’ is an innovative new music initiative created by the DC folk-rock group The Dreamscapes Project and their independent record label Figmental Records. On January 18th, 2010 the band will launch a collaborative project which unites DC’s music, art and film worlds with local charities and media to create a unique multi-dimensional, virtual-installation piece. Each month for twelve months, the Dreamscapes Project will release one exclusive new music track for free, via a DC media source. They will also showcase “re-imaginations” of the track created by emerging DC area film-makers, creative writers, visual artists and DJs. The project will be supported by a series of monthly concerts in the DC area, with proceeds donated to a different charity each month.
“For fans of alternative rock in the mid-90s, Healthy Children is a welcome return of sun-soaked SoCal punk.” TGRIonline.com
GroundScore is the new kid on Washington, DC’s esteemed punk-rock block. The band fuse powerful reggae rhythms and distortion-laden guitars, laid over driving dynamic drum styles which draw you into an infectious dance vibe. Come for the party, and stay for the thoughtful lyrics that meditate on life, friendship, the price of excess, and the state of today’s youth. Heavily influenced by the Godfathers of their genre, particularly the Bad Brains and Sublime, the band are building up an impressive fan following through touring and supporting well-known acts such as cult-rockers Clutch. The party-hard players are now set to headline their own shows, showcasing tracks from their debut album “Healthy Children”.
Justin Trawick Marks New Beginnings with Latest EP “Starting Over”
“Finally, someone with real talent.”
Bob Boilen, Host of All Songs Considered, NPR
“Name(s)…to keep your eyes (and ears) on.”
“Trawick is quality emerging from the shadows of…chart topping giants.”
Delusions of Adequacy
The saying “every cloud has a silver lining” certainly rings true for Justin Trawick, whose recent job loss became the catalyst in turning his lifelong passion for music into a full-time career. This life changing moment inspired his latest EP, ‘Starting Over’, which combines pop, bluegrass, and roots rock with a raw acoustic singer/songwriter sound. Trawick describes his brand of music as “Urban Folk Rock”, akin to Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, and Bob Schneider. With numerous shows now under his belt, including DC’s legendary 9.30 Club, The Kennedy Center, Birchmere, and the State Theatre, the hands of fate are quickly ensuring the singer-songwriter’s talent takes center stage.
“The Jetskis have truly developed their own brand of indie-pop rock. Their harmonies and vocal creativity definitely reflect the Jetskis’ independent talent.”
“All five of the songs on the disc are solid in their musical construction—the tracks are all cohesive but each has something unique about it.”
“At first glance, you would think these cats were seasoned musicians. Hard to believe they are under 25! Their sound is very radio-friendly and you can almost hear their music being played on prime time TV shows. A polished, upbeat style. You can tell these guys are absolutely enjoying themselves.” -Tuned-Out.com
Colin Healy & The Jetskis are a refreshing cocktail of youth pop, mixed with indie edge, and a subtle shot of punk rock. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, this flavorsome group are a bundle of creative energy, whose boyish good looks, cheeky teen antics and musical talent have inspired comic strip concepts, and branded toothbrushes for fans. The group recently won the Skittles ʻDown To The Coreʼ video contest on Buzznet.
Introducing Tim Be Told….New EP “From The Inside”
“They’re keyboard-driven power pop in the vein of Maroon 5 or the Fray. There’s some terrific songwriting going on there, and if they keep playing more gigs, they’ll gain a following really quickly.” - Brad Savage, DJ/Programming Director for 106.1
“I’m going to say hands down ["From the Inside"] is one of the strongest releases I’ve heard all year”
- MTV Iggy
“The material on the band’s latest EP, From The Inside, is as fetching as anything the Fray or Maroon 5 could whip up. But whereas each of those bands tend to stick to their respective strengths of balladeering and swaggering neo-soul, Tim Be Told covers both styles and more with an impressive amount of finesse.”
Delusions of Adequacy
Tim Be Told is a 5 piece songwriting power house, whose catchy soulful pop-rock sound elicits unavoidable comparisons with Maroon 5 and the Fray. Since their dorm room days of musical mayhem, the Charlottesville quintet has won UVA’s Battle of the Bands, created a booking frenzy on the college music circuit, played at some major music festivals, and garnered serious music industry interest.
PINK JAMS! – New Live Music Series Benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness
PINK JAMS! is a unique new Washington DC area music project, designed to promote breast cancer awareness through spectacular live music shows across the East coast. The inaugural event called “PINK JAMS! at the Ballroom” takes place on November 18, 2009 at the Clarendon Ball Room in Arlington, VA, and will feature acclaimed DC bands The Justin Trawick Group and Memphis 59.