ASTRAY, a new Shady Music Publishing/ Universal Music Group signee is one of the highest-selling hip-hop artists from his hometown, and his career includes work with the likes of Eminem, Paradime, and more Michigan rap royalty. But now, the multitalented rapper/producer/singer-songwriter is creating hits for some of the countries top selling artists.
Growing up in Saginaw, MI with parents who adopted him two months after his birth, Astray grew an affinity to rap after studying cousins’ cassette tapes of Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Run-DMC. After a brief stint at a growing local record label, he founded Self Made Recordings with a childhood friend.
With the one-two punch of his clever, multisyllabic rhymes Astray built a reputation as one of the city’s strongest rap acts. He built a foundation with two solo records, and his third disc, “Who’s Coming With Me,” earned national attention by landing in the Billboard’s Top 200 and Heatseekers charts.
A deal with TVT Records was all but complete when the label folded due to the shrinking music industry and ASTRAY was forced to go back to the strategy that had been successful all along.
“I started looking at hand to hand sales as a job. I got kicked out of every Michigan mall you can think of,” he says. “I still believe it’s a good way of selling music, despite the Internet and all.”
With the success of “Who’s Coming With Me,” Astray began to accumulate studio equipment and ventured into production while sharpening his choruses. After showcasing his talents on his mixtape “Entourage,” he became an in-demand producer around and chorus writer the region, arming area artists with a mixture of club bangers and album cuts.
Detroit indie rap heavyweight King Gordy enlisted him to produce the bulk of his underground classics “King of Horrorcore” and “Van Dyke and Harper Music,” helping Astray land an internship at Eminem’s studio 54 Sound. While there, he continued to build relationships with Detroit music scene heavyweights.
Since then, Astray’s body of work includes music for Maybach Music Group, Jon Connor, MTV, and Atlantic Records. With a growing resume including music, film, television and digital media production, ASTRAY is creating music to further the careers of some of today’s hottest artists and brands.
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Soccer Mommy is the project of twenty-year-old Sophie Allison, a Nashville native. She cut her teeth in her local DIY scene, going to shows and hanging out with other musicians, though she kept her own songwriting secret. “I’ve played music since I was six,” says Allison, “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”
All that changed the summer before Allison left for college. She bought a Tascam digital recorder and began to experiment with production, pushing the quality and craft of her songs to new heights. A buzz began to grow around her Bandcamp recordings, leading to live shows and eventually a record deal, with 2017’s critically acclaimed bedroom-recorded compilation Collection. “I realized that I could do this full-time,” says Allison. “It was either quit school now and do it, or stop growing as an artist. It was now or never.”
So Allison took the plunge. She quit school, moved back home to Nashville, shifting all her focus to music. She toured with Mitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, and others, and was featured in the New York Times article “Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women.” The bedroom project of Sophie Allison is now a full-time band with a new studio-album debut, Clean. Produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey), Clean is Allison’s journey out of the bedroom and into the studio.
“I wanted it to be a lot more cohesive than the rest of the stuff that came before,” says Allison, on her decision to record in a studio. “I’d never made a full album before, just EPs and random tracks thrown together. I wanted to make something that was a full piece of my life, that addressed similar themes and held together as a whole.”
The higher production values play to Allison’s strengths, highlighting the maturity and growth of her songwriting. The music gains clarity and power, losing none of the trademark intimacy of her Bandcamp work, something Allison credits to days spent recording in Wax’s home studio. “It still felt do-it-yourself,” she says. “It didn’t feel like making a pop album. It was like being in a nicer bedroom, with better quality stuff. It was a natural progression. I’d always wanted my music to sound this way, I just didn’t have the means before.”
“Still Clean” is a stunner of an opening track, with the signature warmth of Allison’s voice coupled with one of her best hooks. It’s mostly Allison alone with her electric guitar, playing chords and singing about an ephemeral, passing love. The song is full of heartache and defiance, equal measures vulnerability and strength, and it’s Allison at her best. It’s also a bridge of sorts, with synth flourishes rising in a crescendo behind her, ushering the listener into Soccer Mommy’s new, high-definition world.
Allison’s growth as a lyricist is most evident on “Cool”, a sharply observed character study describing an aloof stoner girl, so cool and untouchable, and the agony she inflicts on her boyfriend. “She’ll break your heart and steal your joy/like a criminal,” sings Allison, full of venom and bitterness. But what starts as a lyrical evisceration of the girl in question transforms into awe, even admiration, on the chorus: “I wanna know her like you/I wanna be that cool.” Suddenly the cold-hearted girl becomes the hero, and the song becomes a meditation on identity, on wishing to be someone else for a while.
“Flaw” is the comedown from a song like “Cool.” A melancholy ode to lovesick self-loathing, Allison sings, “I choose to blame it all on you/ ‘Cause I don’t like the truth.” There’s an ecstasy in being sad, and the chorus of “Flaw” nails that feeling perfectly. “Scorpio Rising” crystalizes these themes of identity, jealousy, and the desire to be someone else. What starts as an acoustic ballad, harkening back to the Soccer Mommy bedroom days, quickly transforms into a full-band doomed love song. “’Cause you’re made from the stars/That we watched from your car,” sings Allison, “And I’m just a victim of changing planets/My Scorpio Rising and my parents.”
Clean presents Sophie Allison as a singular artist, wise beyond her years, with an emotional authenticity all her own. “It feels like my first real record,” says Allison. “It’s my first real statement.” It’s an emotional album, heavy on themes of growth, isolation, and change, but balanced by a lightness of touch, and with hooks to spare. Clean is a true step forward, a mature, powerful album from an artist just coming into her power.
Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish is a 2015 Jammie award winning Rock-N-Roll band from sunny Grand Rapids, MI. Founded in the fall of 2013, Singer and guitar player Jesse Ray started a rockabilly-influenced duo that played numerous gigs in West Michigan. They have also toured as far as New Orleans in the winter of shortly after releasing their debut album “Gravedigger”, winner of the “Best Roots/Revival Album” award by WYCE. “Dead Man Walking”, Released in September of 2015 is the band’s sophomore release. The band hopes to take it’s high energy shows to new places, and faces around the United States and beyond. Influenced by blues, punk, and rock-n-roll with a small dash country; hard hitting guitar, splitting harmonica, rambunctious drums, and crooning vocals will lay in the wake of this band’s performance. If you’re a fan of back to basics or “old school” rock-n-roll, this is a band you won’t want to miss.
The Tosspints style of music has been influenced by 3 lifetimes of living through the school of hard knocks, brought to bear from war, loss, degradation, and hard drinking. A band created entirely by a family who has had to make it through life the hard way and use their experience to create songs about the more distressed side of being human. Their fast paced no nonsense stage show drives songs straight into the audience one after the other, pushing their own style of up tempo minor chord melodies out with the highest possible energy level.
Made up of brothers Don Zuzula (guitar, vocals), a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and younger brother and Zak Zuzula (bass, vocals), a history teacher, along with drummer John Johnson, they draw from their world experience and working class upbringing in the rust belt city of Saginaw Michigan for their poetically dark yet uptempo songs.
Their powerful stage presence and unending barrage of music from the beginning of their set to the end of the dark, yet high energy show has earned them spots on stage with iconic underground rock heroes such as The Dropkick Murphys, The Tossers, Murder by death, The Young Dubliners, The Goddamn Gallows, Skinny Lister and Flatfoot 56, as well as earned festival showcases from The Michigan Irish Music Festival, 2013 CBGB’s Festival in New York City, and the George Killians Irish Red Ruckus in Boston, MA. Their songwriting skills have been recognized in the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest where they earned a finalist position and their powerful fan support has earned them a spot on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour Ernie Ball Stage and Alternative Press Magazine Detroit’s Band of the Month for December 2012.
PHANGS is the dream pop notion of Nashville's Jake Germany.
Blanketed in layers of synthesizers, steady pulsing percussion, and the memories of growing up in the early 90's, PHANGS stirs up familiarity and innovation under the umbrella of honesty.
Sammy Pharaoh is an Egyptian-American independent recording artist, songwriter, producer and engineer.
His first musical recognition came with the release of the viral single “In The Running” which he wrote, recorded and engineered in his bedroom himself. "In The Running" has garnered over 2 million plus streams on Spotify and millions of organic YouTube views.
Since the release of “In The Running”, Sammy has released 35 self-produced singles resulting in over 5 million streams on Spotify alone.
Furnsss is the garage-tinged fuzz pop project led by Brendan Dyer. With compositions that call to mind what could be the raw b-sides of early Built To Spill, the band is the product of suburbia induced boredom born out of Connecticut. They split their time between Connecticut, Ohio, and Philadelphia rotating members when some are in school.
Their taste in music defies their age, citing influences that range from Pavement to Velvet Underground. Furnsss' take on life as a suburban youth is as ambitious as it is refreshingly raw. VICE called their music "druggy dream pop that feels tailor-made for being played in a basement at high volume while you burn through a six-pack and a box of whippets—but don't let the band's parents catch you." Though they may seem chaotic or ramshackle on the surface, there's definitely something to be said for their slight of hand. Look closer and you'll find a sense of restraint, an truly impressive ability to nod to their musical heroes rather than mimic them, and a quiet, mature confidence.
Born in a tsunami off the coast of Kahoolawe, Beach Bunny was raised as a sea critter till the time her paws were strong enough to swim. By 1961 she had learned how to speak the language of every ocean and trekked from Rainbow Falls to Eastern California where she was exposed to the reverb-drenched surf culture of Orange County. Bunny became hypnotized by the exotic noise and by 1968 found herself singing the Sunset Strip alongside psychedelic west coasters and teen dropouts. Bunny released her first EP ANIMALISM the following year, and is currently swimming the Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of positive vibes and new music.
JE Sunde’s sophomore LP is an exercise in careful subtraction. The first LP “Shapes that Kiss the Lips of God”, (which itself followed complex LPs with his former band The Daredevil Christopher Wright), was an exercise in layers of sound…built up and presented like a spinning fan seen through a kaleidoscope. This number two LP “Now I Feel Adored” strips away the slowed blades and peers through a clearer, but darker lens.
The detailed weavings of melody found on previous recordings by the Minneapolis based songwriter are present, as always in the light strums of nylon string guitar, piano (electric and acoustic), occasional strings, synths and percussion, but the real feature here is in the bass guitar and vocal. Referred to as a “bass forward” effort by Sunde himself and played by Andrew Thoreen of Har-Di-Har fame and at times Pat Keen…it shows. This bass presence is best heard on the track “Wedding Ring”, a kind of ode to commitment to belief. Juxtapose that with the shadowy tune “Prism”, a sad observance of the faults of man and perception (or lack of). The hint of darkness shows itself again on the reckoning tune “Capsize and Sink”…beware censors, there is a word or two that the FCC would not approve of there. All the tracks on this LP flow from the beginning number, a duet with Monica Martin of Phox on the Irish folk-type tune “I Will Smile When I Think of You”. The essence of a kind of full minimalism starts there…it takes some time to notice how little is going on with the richness of what is heard.
As opposed to his first LP which was recorded over a long-ish time and mostly by Sunde himself, this second offering was done in just a few sessions, with his core band of , Shane Leonard (Kalispell, Field Report), Andrew Thoreen and Pat Keen. Augment that with Marty Breuggemann on keys and a smattering of real strings and flute and the sound becomes its realized self. The production quality of Hi Fi and vintage meets 70s am radio softness permeates the entire effort. The Victorian mansion in Neenah, Wisconsin that houses the studio sports a wood paneled dining room with a large table in the center where the band would share meals and breaks. The connections made at that table wove their way into the tightness and timbre of every track. This record will connect with anyone who sits at that metaphorical table to listen.
Preface from 'Now I Feel Adored'
The songs that constitute this album found their beginnings somewhere between 2007 and 2016. My Attempts to Grow A Beard being the oldest. I wrote this in Eau Claire, WI and for years it had a bridge section that was ok, but ultimately unnecessary. If you want to hear that version, you can check out The Daredevil Christopher Wright Daytrotter session from July 30th, 2008. Called By Our Names is the youngest tune. It came together within the two months leading up to our time in the studio. Without fail, all the songs were completed within the twelve month leading up to the start of our recording in April 2016.
Considering the span of time represented by the origins of these tunes, I can’t say that there was a unifying poetic concept that wove these songs into a collection. That is, beyond the generally unifying fact that, with the exception of Jacket, I wrote them all and it’s become clear to me that my thematic interests are rather narrow (Love, uncertainty, existential and metaphysical questions. Rinse and repeat). However, at the risk of retrofitting a through-line into the album where there isn’t one, I will say that three words did stick out to me as I considered the possibility of just such a thing, “Why, hope, trust.” Perhaps that is general enough to mean nothing at all or maybe there is something there. Regardless I hope that these songs prove to be helpful. They were a help to me to write.
October 2, 2016
Valley Girl's swells of comforting synth tones make way for dreamy guitar lines, thick bass tones, and melodic vocals in this emerging indie band. With influences rooted in the past and present, their ambition lies towards making the connection between music and the individual. Tales of heartbreak, fantasies, and cathartic drives populate the depths of their debut LP. Mixed and mastered by Matt Geroux.
RADATTACK is the answer to your problems. Whatever you need; work up a sweat, cool off, or cool out, rock and roll muscle pop is here to get you keyed up and ready to win. Frontman Henry Faux Velour (guitar) is joined by his brother Leonard Velour (guitar), Duke Warner (bass), and Izzi Von Salvador (drums).
Michigan up-and-comers Drift Lifted bring a psychedelic blues back to rock that has rarely been heard outside of such hallways in the past 40 years. Theirs is a raw, untamed rock music that pulls you in - mind, body and soul.
Rock and roll has always served as a sanctuary for the outcasts and sinners - those that choose to march against the grain of the upright society, filled with its moral corruptions. The tri-city based boys of Drift Lifted are right there marching, instruments in hand - their weapons of the “upcoming musical revolution.”
Raw emotion pulsates through their songs forming a rhythmic heartbeat in their chaotic melodies. The music bounces and swells - breathing - laying the foundation for their electro-psychedelic guitar riffs, jazz-inspired blues bass and impure vocals of lead singer, Austin Woods.
For the guys - Woods, vocals; Dave Garno, bass guitar; Joe Beni, guitar; Spencer Koppi, guitar and Cody Waterman, drums - their music is their release. It is what is left when they strip away everything that is fake and corruptible - their bare bones on display for their fans to connect with.
In fact, says Woods, most of the songs on their upcoming debut album, due out August 2015, focus on corruption of some sort.
“Blind Pig” is the album’s straight-up, down to the core blues song. A classic “bar fly” song, it describes worn out people in a worn out bar who are searching for hope. “Blind Pig” plays with levels throughout, getting quiet at times and chaotic at others. As blues-y as the lyrical concept, is Woods’ gruff voice over Garno’s hard-hitting riffs, forming a stable backbone for the song.
“You Just Want” is a compilation of all the members’ styles. Heavy bass lines, groove guitar and steady drum beats keep the rhythm, while Koppi’s guitar riffs go from psychedelic to southern blues. Woods’ lyrics focus on frustration. The message- being sick and tired of bullshit.
“Music is a way for me to express my true thoughts,” Woods said. “When I write down lyrics I mend them in such a way that everyone can build there own ideas about what the song is about. That's what art is, being able to take away your own thoughts from someone else's creation.”
It is difficult to picture such a keen sense of music and life coming from such young musicians - all under age 27. Yet, it simply shows how entrenched their lives are in the music of yesteryear - some of their biggest inspirations being MC5, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors.
Drift Lifted has toured through much of Michigan and Ohio in their Dodge van, lovingly dubbed Roy Vogular, complete with an old couch and traveling basketball hoop. Life on the road can be interesting to say the least. As Garno describes it, “Pee bottles, sleep and cigarettes.”
On their road adventures, the boys think about what’s in store for their future. They hope to spark their own musical revolution, getting the fans back into the essence of the music and away from their phone screens.
“I hate how much people rely on technology,” Koppi said. “Nothing can ever be left in the moment. People have to take pics or videos instead of truly focusing. Everything has to be quick, simple, easy to grasp. No thinking involved.”
Drift Lifted also hopes to keep the music right where it was always meant to be - with the rock-hungry fans, happily caught in that forever quest for the next great song.
Gouster has a heart of gold and diamond bones.
BRANDO is an up and coming Artist and Producer from Bay City, Michigan. Gaining some attention with his Debut Single "Space" - fans, artists and producers reached out to him instantly. he is currently working with Record Producer DSlate In Detroit - who has worked with Big Sean, Mike Posner, Tyga and more.
In 2013, longtime friends and bandmates Brad Rude, Jared Bentley, and Dylan Walsh hit up their high school buddy Jesse Medawar to see if he wanted to start a rock band. Having played together for years in a female fronted "Paramore-esque" band through high school, the guys needed a change of pace. Jesse showed up to "the warehouse" (a large, abandoned looking space connected to a Salvation Army) and the guys went on to jam some blues tunes such as Crossroads by Eric Clapton and Something Like Olivia by John Mayer. The guys hit it off, and the the jam session was a revelation for Brad, Jared, and Dylan. The guys quickly got a setlist of covers together (mostly classic rock and blues tunes) and booked their first show in a matter of weeks. It was a "Battle of the Bands" at a local bar. The jam was electric, and the band won the contest under the name Los Dientes Del Perro (a reference to The Killers music video for When You Were Young). At that very show Brad, Jared, and Dylan received a message from their lead singer in their other band informing them that she quit. The guys quickly asked Jesse if he was interested in taking this new band seriously and would join them in writing their own music. He was down.
After the well needed name change, the band has went on to write, record, and release a four song EP and a full length album titled In Retrospect. With their shared love of classic rock, jazz, blues, funk, and reggae, the band has created a unique sonic blend that compliments their dynamic songwriting and knack for on-stage improvisation. Between the lead singers of Jesse and Brad, the band covers a lot of ground. With the addition of jazz extraordinaire, Evan Mercer, the band's musicality and showmanship is a cornerstone of their live performance. The band has easily played over one hundred shows including college house parties, four hour bar gigs, Detroit dives, esteemed clubs and halls throughout Michigan, and has opened for acts such and Passafire and Lil Dicky. With new music on the way, the guys hope to take this show on the road in the coming year and beyond.
Jenny Besetzt does not shy away from a cathartic release. Just listen to the title tracks from their two full-length records—Only and Tender Madness—and it’s clear that the lean economy of their post-punk underpinnings is bursting with a poignant vulnerability. Maybe it’s the history of Romanticism encoded in vocalist John Wollaber’s DNA—he was born in Germany to an opera singer—that explains the band’s affinity to soften the sharper edges of their sound with cavernous vocals and dreamy synth arrangements. Live the band has honed their ability to shatter an audience with a devastating turn of phrase or instrumental climax, creating space for vocalist John Wollaber’s thundering voice to resonate. The rhythm section of bassist Nathan Price and drummer Thomas McNeely pushes and pulls with serpentine momentum through the delicate currents of Sara Bell's synthesizers. And their ability to convey the frustrations of trying to understand ourselves and the world around us has never hit harder. As the world continues to search for answers to the confusing and uncertain times in which we live, Jenny Besetzt takes us on a much-needed trip inwards—a path they walk with both vigor and grace.
Conceived in Toledo, OH with a home base in sister city Detroit, ROVR is the sinister twosome of heavy-soul. Combining the best elements of trip-hop, punk, metal, rap and future soul, ROVR have spent years cultivating a sound truly all their own, with an unparalleled live show to communicate it. Dean Tartaglia simultaneously plays effected octave bass, sampled synths, and chaotically manipulated vocals, all while drummer Matt Klein grooves and thrashes beside him.
Formerly known as Silent Lions, ROVR is a continuation of the ideas that project spawned, and the success earned (including music placements with MTV, Showtime, GoPro and Marc Jacobs among others).
ROVR's debut project "FUTUREMETAL", is a deep exploration into genre manipulation. From hip-hop to sludge metal, ROVR creates moments of lo-fi chaos out of hi-fi clarity. With their unofficial third member Zach Shipps (Electric Six) producing, FUTUREMETAL takes enough risks to turn your head, but never strays from ROVR's visceral, trademark, super sub bass and drum sound.
Dean started making his mark nationally with Detroit local legends The Sights, touring the U.S. and Europe supporting Tenacious D. In recent years he has fronted Secret Space (Equal Vision Records) who have toured with indie veterans Turnover and Anthony Green of Circa Survive. ROVR is proud to continually share the stage with great established acts (Reignwolf, Foxy Shazam, Electric Six)**
Hedge Row- Indie Rock from Bay City, MI
Meg Golz and Eve Wilczewski started as co-workers, slowly courted each other into best friendship, and then magically into music-making conspirators - all along, guiding the ship that is their indie-pop duo Seasaw. Based in Madison, WI, Seasaw combines lush soundscapes and intricate harmonies to create their unique and powerful sound.
Seasaw has performed alongside Lucius, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Shakey Graves and many others. Their upcoming album will be released on September 7, 2018.
Punk fuzz out of Cincinnati, OH
Alex Kostka is a consummate songwriter of the Midwestern indie scene. Honing his craft since the precociousness of his preteen years, his style is steeped in the richness and vacillating seasonal character of his surroundings. From autumnal balladry to a summer vivacity, his songs encapsulate plaintive yearning and indelible optimism. An aura of wanderlust and determination define his aesthetic. The vicissitudes of youth, bridled but urging to break free, inform his narratives, conveyed via his emotive voice and delicate melodies.
“Life experiences, travel, the ups and downs of everyday life, the struggle of staying afloat but the satisfaction of finding your path through it all,” Alex says of what influences his tunes.
With an acoustic guitar in hand, Alex began playing shows at age 11, performing in basements, garages, and Knights of Columbus halls. In this troubadour capacity, he took his songs on the road and toured the country. More recently, he’s fleshed out his sound by forming a full band. In March 2017, the newly christened KOSTKA four-piece released the debut “Far From Near” EP, recorded in Bay City by the band’s current guitarist and Vince Dynamic honcho Chris Tanner.
Though he sought to step beyond his comfort zone by donning a bandleader’s hat, Alex is still up for performing solo gigs when an intimate setting calls for it. On the horizon, KOSTKA is to record their full-length debut in the winter of 2018, followed by a national tour upon the album’s release.
- Cole Waterman
Luxury Flux is a band of three musicians from Lansing, Michigan that is exploring the grounds of rock n' roll. They find their home primarily in the indie/art rock/post punk realm. To sum it all up in a simple phrase: "Punk is whatever we make it to be" - Mike Wattless
Outside. It's where we go to refresh. It's where we go to experience the world untouched and uninfluenced by our own devices and doings. Going outside is leaving our small creation to be a part of something bigger. Outside is where life really happens. It's an uncontrolled and free place that invokes inspiration. Going outside is a journey away from what we expect and know. Outside is where we run to. Outside is where we want to stay.
In the cold early months of 2016, Aaron Becker, Garrett Johnston, and Sean West began a mysterious project that would become Stay Outside. After a perplexing countdown on Stay Outside’s website unveiled the project, the band began to generate buzz through radio interviews, hilarious YouTube Sketches, and of course its explosive live performances.
While giving nods to alt-rock greats like Thrice and Manchester Orchestra, Stay Outside developed a unique brand of emotionally drenched indie-rock. With lyrical themes of wandering and searching for hope, Aaron Becker has penned songs that will resonate with listeners in any phase of life.
Stay Outside’s debut EP, “Okay, For Now.” released in June of 2016 and can be purchased or streamed wherever digital music is available.
With an intense cocktail of psychedelic guitar rock and R&B sensibility, In the Pines has been serving energetic grooves throughout Cincinnati and the greater midwest area since the band's inception in 2015.
The band's unique style of dynamic rock is influenced by acts like Spoon, Dr. Dog, and Tame Impala, but continues to evolve and incorporate other genres. The inclusion of saxophone on songs like "Driftin" is an indication of the band's concurrent love for jazz, fusion, and contemporary hip hop.
In the Pines has played with national acts like:
+ The Jag
+ The Minks
+ Fire is Motion
The group is built upon the musical partnership of Charlie Horn (drums) and Michael Shular (guitar/vocals), who were previously playing together in the band Inglorious Neighbors. They reformed as In the Pines in April 2016 with Max Moser (guitar), and played a series of shows and parties thoughout the Cincinnati region before releasing their eponymous EP the following September. After the release of their full LP "Mirror of Evolution" in August of 2017, In the Pines enlisted the talent of Patrick Zopff (bass/vocals), and Graham Holthaus (alto saxophone), who both lend their own musical perspective to the band's diverse mixture of styles.
Post-hardcore hailing from Grand Rapids & Muskegon!
Indie Rock from Bay City, MI
Born and bred in the deep woods of northern Michigan, Melodic Canvas was originated. An artistic undertaking created and performed by musician and visual artist Evan Alderton. His style of music contains a fusion of alternative rock, indie, and shades of folk. A signature sound containing the use of high reverb and eerie, atmospheric soundscapes makes his music very distinct and haunting. Evan thrives on creating music and visual art derived from idiosyncratic, eccentric, and deranged ideas - taking all aspects of music and art and discovering the unseen and unheard.
ADABOY! is a five year vision to bring an experience to the stage, it will leave you with thoughts of what genre was that?... but I had fun!!! The ultimate goal is to leave you wanting more and we think the diversity of our music quenches that thirst. The band is made up of musicians from very different backgrounds, but with a commonality of creating something new and exciting. ADABOY! is very excited to share our experience with you, so we'll see you soon!
2016 RMA BEST NEW BAND
2016 RMA BEST ALBUM RELEASE
Chameleon Treat is an experimental pop/neo-psych inspired band from Michigan.
Their new album has been steadily gaining traction. The song “Actress” was recently featured on a radio program called The Set List on WCMU. The band also did an exclusive premiere via It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine. The accompanying write-up said:
“…the group brings in numerous 60s influences and samples, and attempts to create something that simultaneously feels new, yet filled with nostalgia. Much like Spacemen 3, Primal Scream, Boredoms, or the Flaming Lips in previous years, the band attempts to take the psychedelic/experimental textures that they love and adapt them for the modern soundscape.”
Here’s a link to their Bandcamp: http://chameleontreat.bandcamp.com/album/soundtrack-for-silent-comedies