Tango Alpha Tango isn't the band it once was. The tried-and-true riffage and raw psychedelia, once the cornerstones of singer-guitarist Nathan Trueb's particular brand of blues, have recently given way to a more pop-friendly kind of rock, as evident on the band's latest release, White Sugar. Songs like "I Gotta Girl" and the title track showcase familiar distortion and chugging electric guitar, though the rest are more polished and subdued. "People," for instance, has a carnivalesque design that banks on a lofty chorus and drummer Joey Harmon's fills, while "Lonely" takes a more soulful approach to heartbreak before turning to chiming guitars and an accepting mentality that echos Tom Petty's comeback album, Wildflowers. Trueb's bright guitar work is tighter than ever throughout, lined with fluttering bits of jazz and improvisation that build upon his subtle interplay with his wife, Mirabai, and Harmon. "I'll take you anyway I please/You might be the last thing that I need," he sings over the spare backdrop and gently plucked guitar of "Gasoline." He might be getting softer, but his music is better for it.
The Stone Foxes are San Francisco's rock band. They bear the torch of their predecessors with the knowledge that rock 'n roll can move a new generation. They've played in front of thousands at festivals like Outside Lands and Voodoo Fest, they've headlined the legendary Fillmore Theater in their hometown and they have supported acts like The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top. Now, with the release of their fourth album, Twelve Spells, they have solidified a place in their City's rich rock 'n roll history.
Founded by brothers Shannon(vocals/drums/harp) and Spence Koehler(guitar/vocals), who came from the Sierra Nevada foothills near Tollhouse CA, The Stone Foxes started back in the Koehler's SF State days in the Sunset District of San Francisco. Two weeks before they went on tour in 2011, they decided they needed a keyboard player and they added Elliott Peltzman from Fairfax CA to play for a couple months...but he never left. They needed another drummer who could also play bass and guitar for tour in 2013, so Shannon called his high school friend Brian "The Buffalo" Bakalian...he never left either. Their old friend Vince Dewald came in to jam one day later on that year, and after the Indiana kid started singing, playing his lefty guitar, and his brother's right handed bass upside down, it was a done deal. Finally in 2014, after convincing(basically begging) Vince's old bandmate to move back from his home town of Boston, Ben Andrews came out to play guitar and violin. After their first practice with Ben, the circle was finally complete and they had beers at the Lone Star tavern on Harrison Street to celebrate their new found brotherhood.
BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow.
The band have very strict guidelines governing the recording and writing process of their work. The music was recorded live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements. All tracks were written over a twelve-day session in SOA Studio's, Bristol. The album is released on Invada Records in the UK and Europe & on Ipecac in the United States.
Sometimes a band can be no more than the sum of it's parts, but BEAK> are an equation in which it's impossible to define equivalents or totals. Instead the meeting of three talent's form a foundation from which idea's assimilate and propagate. Those talents are:
Billy Fuller. Reared in Bristol, on an aural diet of anything and everything, facilitated later by his time working in the cities top independent record shop Replay Records, and also playing with handfuls of bands - including Invada's first signing: Fuzz Against Junk, as well as Massive Attack, Robert Plant, and Malakai. Billy is BEAK>'S thoughtful pulse; his bass a forceful origin for their superlative narrative arcs.
Matt Williams. Picked up a Yamaha keyboard aged three and never looked back, as Team Brick creates dissonance that immediately elucidates free forming thought, and impacts heavily on BEAK>'S rolling landscape. He enjoys playing air drums whilst cycling, singing lines from a favourite Latin prayer and doesn't understand the music he makes himself.
Geoff Barrow. Musician and producer born near Bristol. Best known for forming and producing popular music group Portishead and part owner of the independent record label Invada Records . Commenting on working in BEAK> "its really good to create music under different conditions than your used too.""
Cloud Six from Portland, OR is a high-energy groove jazz and funk instrumental group powered by a three piece horn section. This collective of young songwriters and soloists plays compositions submitted by every band member resulting in a diverse set of influences from Bebop and Cool Jazz to Hip-Hop, Funk and EDM. Our goal is to adapt the classic horn sextet to the digital era, telling our stories through improvisation and carefully painting sonic moods and landscapes.
Formed in Art School and hailing from Toronto, Canada, The Birthday Massacre have combined their individual interests in various musical and artistic styles resulting in a band that has defied categorization. They are a captivating hybrid of alternative rock, new wave, industrial, and synthpop; often layered with dark cinematic sounds and undertones. This unique sound and whimsical imagery has continually captivated audiences around the world, earned millions of social media hits, and placed them on the covers of numerous magazines.
Throughout the past several years, the band has performed internationally becoming renowned for their energetic and passionate live performances, drawing thousands and appealing to fans of a wide range of genres. They have sold out shows in Moscow, Berlin, London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and in their hometown, Toronto. This last April they headlined a Festival in Leipzig drawing over 8,000 people to their performance. With their sixth studio album, Superstition slated for a November release, this unique Billboard-charting band is looking ahead to 2014 to continue their very unique artistic journey.
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Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album 'Eye To The Telescope' in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albums followed; 'Drastic Fantastic', 'Tiger Suit' and 'Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon' in 2007, 2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter's reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising live artist.
Tunstall has toured the world many times over. She has become a festival favourite, from Glastonbury to Belladrum (and back again). She outsold every other female artist in the UK in 2005, won the 2006 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, won the Ivor Novello Best Song award for her huge, self-penned hit 'Suddenly I See', and a Q award for Track of the Year. She also landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and lent her tunes to a host of movies and TV shows ('Suddenly I See', used in the iconic opening scene of Meryl Streep flick 'The Devil Wears Prada').
2012 and the years that followed saw a seismic shift in outlook - the loss of her father, a divorce, and a relocation to Venice Beach, California.
After a period of healing, soul-searching, and a change of scenery, 2016 hailed the arrival of the first of a trilogy of albums, the critically acclaimed UK top 10 album - 'KIN'. The trilogy evokes, separately and in sequence, spirit, body and mind. With 'KIN' being her phoenix-from-the-ashes 'spirit' album, 2018 will mark the second offering of that trilogy - her 6th studio album, her 'body' album - full details of which are to be revealed later this summer.
The last few years have seen something of a creative rebirth for Tunstall. Upon relocating to the west coast of the USA, she was accepted as one of six annual fellows for the Sundance Film Institute's Composers Lab (hosted by George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Northern California) and has since scored music for short and feature films. As well as putting the finishing touches to her forthcoming album, 2018 has already seen KT being awarded the Inspirational Artist gong at Music Week's Women In Music Awards as well as having been invited to take on the role as the first ever female Grand Marshal (following the likes of Sir Sean Connery) to lead April's annual New York Tartan Week Parade along Sixth Avenue. She will spend the summer touring with The Pretenders, Simple Minds, and Barenaked Ladies on the lead up to the much- anticipated release of her 6th studio album this Autumn.
Simone", was premiered by none less than the New York Times.
Following Idle No More Khan had a vision to create a deck of tarot cards that celebrates black power. He recruited Belfast artist Michael Eaton (Game of Thrones) and together they created the Black Power Tarot deck, under the supervision of surrealistic film maker Alejandro Jodorowsky thus fulfilling Khan's long time dream of becoming one of Jodo's "spiritual warriors".
The stories and legends that surround the band and its charismatic leader are wild and often hilarious. If true or not, one thing is for sure:
"King Khan is that fiery arrow shot into the night sky which no one knows how high or far it will travel, however we do know that as that fiery arrow streaks across the heavens, along the way its flames will light up dark places." - John B. Smith founder of Memphis activist group The Invaders.
FALLING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN ROCK, JAZZ AND ELECTRONIC MAYHEM WE FIND SPACE ROCK. PAPADOSIO STRIVES TO CREATE MUSIC THAT IS STRANGELY FAMILIAR, AND CALLS ALL WALKS OF HUMANITY TO BASK IN A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE CELEBRATING THE ONE CONSTANT IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD: MUSIC.
The Mexican Erk Aicrag (lyrics & vocals) and Racso Agroyam (programming) two angry survivors of the physical and mental violence rising daily on the streets of Mexico City, founded the electro band "Hocico"in 1993.
A spider with six legs, which has a H on its back, is the symbol of the both cousins who share their musical experiences and interests fromtheir childhood. With a Yamaha keyboard Racso began at the age of 15 to experiment.
The correct pronunciation of the name is: "Osziko". That means mouth or jaws. "Hocico" is a pretty aggressive word.
In Mexico it has an offending affect, it's a swearword, like a kind of attack.
"We won't change something or someone. The people should find out alone. We only want to show our personal point of view. If they agree, good, if not, it's good too. It's better if people think about that themselves." HOCICO
Youngblood Brass Band flouts convention in an ecstatic, raucous, incendiary fashion, taking the form of a New Orleans brass band and morphing it into a punked-out hip-hop behemoth of groove and purpose. The ten-member ensemble, born in Madison, Wisconsin, now hails from all over the US (Madison, Brooklyn, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and has been unleashing their crash course in genre-bending on stages worldwide since 2000. What other band can claim the honor of having their music spun by DJs like Questlove (of The Roots), working with hip-hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place at a punk festival? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpack b-boy?
Youngblood has headlined countless tours in the States and abroad, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival résumé reads like a list of the heaviest music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, WOMAD...ad infinitum. White-hot live shows secured the band's status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage. YBB's debut album Unlearn was released independently in 2000, featuring collaborations with Talib Kweli (the underground smash "Ya'll Stay Up"), Mike Ladd, DJ Skooly, and Frank Zappa vocalist Ike Willis. The attention garnered led to a signing with Ozone Music NYC, the revolutionary avant-hip-hop label that introduced the poetic talents of Saul Williams, Company Flow (El-P), Antipop Consortium, Mr. Lif, etc. Their acclaimed follow-up (and Ozone debut), 2003's center:level:roar (which also spawned their now-standard brass band anthem 'Brooklyn') saw the band globetrotting to sold out audiences.
Youngblood released two more albums on their own Layered Music imprint: Live. Places. (2005) and Is That a Riot? (2007), both of which accelerated their notoriety as the world's preeminent live brass band. YBB also continued engaging in frequent educational work, stopping at high schools and universities to offer workshops on New Orleans music history, jazz improvisation, hip-hop culture and the creative impulse. It is through this work that Youngblood acquired cult status among young musicians. Perhaps the world secretly desires a music that is intense, danceable, intelligent, and devoid of the self-consciously vain irony that prevails in most current entertainment. Perhaps there is also something to be said for just quality musicianship, over-delivering on stage, and sticking to one's guns regardless of what's currently fashionable.