Dec 31, 2012

RUDIMENTAL

London, United Kingdom Rudimental are an east London (UK) music quartet, comprising the songwriters and producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden and Amir Amor, together with DJ Locksmith. They have stated that they are on a mission to bring back soul into electronic music, and are quoted as saying: “We aren’t just electronic bedroom producers, and we’re not just guitarists and pianists who don’t know much about making a beat”.



They grew up on everything from grime to jazz and blues, from hip-hop to house, and state: “You can’t really box us into a category, we’re more about musicality, songwriting and broader influences. We are Sly and the Family Stone, Todd Edwards and Dr. Dre in a cheeseburger!” The original Rudimental trio go back a long way. Piers and Locksmith grew up on the same road in Hackney, with Kesi living just around the corner in Stoke Newington, where he went to the same school as Labrinth and Professor Green. Amir joined the collective in mid-2011 after working with them on some remixes.

Dec 25, 2012

JUNIP

Gothenburg, Sweden (1999 – present) Junip is a Folk Rock band (Healing and Easy listening according to their myspace) that have existed since 1999, maybe even 1998, in Gothenburg, Sweden, formed by José González (guitar, vocals), Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, moog). Their first 7-inch came out in 2000, followed in 2006 by the self-released “BLACK REFUGE” EP. Junip has periodically gathered together to record when schedules permitted, including 2009’s single “Chickens/Azaleadalen”. Their first full album, “Fields”, was released in 2010.



 Junip’s sound can be familiar to those who have listened to José González’s critically acclaimed solo records, with organs, synths, and drums featured alongside his nylon-stringed guitar and distinctive voice. The songs are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy, with a remarkable sonic approach that is simultaneously intimate and atmospheric.
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Dec 20, 2012

ROR - SHAK

Ror-Shak is an electronic act, fronted by artist’s DB ( www.djdb.com ) & Shaun Morris AKA Stakka ( www.cargoindustries.co.uk ).

The forthcoming album “Deep” features guest vocals by Julee Cruise, Lisa Shaw, Chantal Claret, Wendy Starland and Mark Holmes. Ror-Shak started out as a bit of an experiment. Stakka asked DB if he would like to collaborate on a track for a single? after a little resistance because of an extreme aversion to studio’s due to frustrating experiences in the past, he agreed to give it a go.

 Their first effort was a dancefloor tune called ‘Groupies’, signed & released by Breakbeat Science, its now long out of print & quite sought after. The real success for DB was not the fact that the single sold out, but that the studio process was relatively painless & the results were wicked. He was so impressed with Stakka’s studio ability, they quickly started making a follow up, but something was happening this time, the sound they kept being drawn to was not dancefloor drum & bass.

It was a much more musical form of the genre. Going with their gut feeling, they decided to make something more for listening & not just dancing. Both had been really inspired by Zero 7 & felt that should be the basic pallet to work from, but they also took inspiration & sounds from a whole host of diverse artists that had rocked the duo’s mind’s, body’s & soul’s over the years. Things took on even more of a ‘real’ record feel, when they nervously approached signer Julee Cruise, who they had sampled, asking her to listen & hopefully give her permission for the use.



Not only did she give her enthusiastic blessing, but offered to write some original material and to sing them on the album. Ror-Shak’s album ‘Deep’ is an exercise in taking an extreme musical form and turing it into something that regular music lovers find enjoyable and exciting, without even knowing its rooted in d&b, while not making it boring for the true heads. With live musicians and singers guesting, such as Chantal Claret and Pedro Yanowitz from Moriningwood, Lisa Shaw and Mark Holmes, the album did end up taking over 12 months to make. Mostly due to Stakka’s obsessive attention to detail, his efforts are really evident when listened to on headphones. The name Ror-Shak is a play on the swiss psychiatrist Dr Rorschach, who devolved the ink blot test in which everybody sees something different. In Ror-Shak’s case, everyone hears something unique, it’s also a tip of the hat to Alan Moore for His Watchman character by the same name.

Dec 15, 2012

SHINY TOY GUNS

Los Angeles, California, United States (2002 – present) Shiny Toy Guns is an alternative/electronic band which formed in 2002 in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band consists of Carah Faye Charnow (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Dawson (synth, bass) and Mikey Martin (drums). Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson grew up in Oklahoma and were involved in previous music projects together, including the soundtrack for the videogame Grand Theft Auto III in 2000 and Cloud2ground. After relocating to Los Angeles, California in 2004, the two recruited vocalist Carah Faye Charnow and drummer Mikey Martin.



 Their debut album, We Are Pilots was originally released in January 2005, though versions of the album featuring different cover art and tracklisting would be released later the following year. Three singles were issued: “Le Disko”, “You Are the One” and “Rainy Monday”. We Are Pilots received a Grammy Award nomination on 6 December 2007 in the category of Best Electronic/Dance Album, but lost to The Chemical Brothers. The band’s second studio album, Season of Poison, was released on 4th November 2008, with Sisely Treasure as vocalist. They have released two singles from their second album: “Ghost Town” and “Ricochet!”. In 2009, Shiny Toy Guns released “Major Tom”, a Peter Schilling cover. In 2011, Carah Faye Charnow returned to Shiny Toy Guns. In addition, Daniel Johansson also joined the band on guitar, synth and bass. In March 2011, the band released a new single “The Sun”, available to download for free. In May 2012 the band announced that Daniel Johansson left the band.

Dec 10, 2012

EMELI SANDÉ




Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Adele Emeli Sandé (born 10 March 1988: Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) known by her stage name Emeli Sandé, is a soul and R&B recording artist and songwriter signed to Virgin Records. A former medical student, Sandé appeared as a guest vocalist on Professor Green’s 2011 UK #1 single Read All About It and soon went on to achieve her own chart success with her first solo release Heaven, which debuted in the UK Singles Chart at #2. Her debut album Our Version of Events was released on 12th February 2012. The album includes the singles Next to Me, Daddy and My Kind of Love.

Dec 4, 2012

IMAGINE DRAGONS

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (2008 – present) Imagine Dragons are an alternative rock band which formed in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The band consists of Dan Reynolds (vocals), Wayne Sermon (guitar), Ben McKee (bass) and Daniel Platzman (drums). The band released four EPs - “Imagine Dragons” (2009), “Hell and Silence” (2010), “It’s Time” (2011) and “Continued Silence” (2012) - before releasing their debut full length album “Night Visions” on 4 September 2012. 



The band’s single “It’s Time”, which previously appeared on the “It’s Time” and “Continued Silence” EPs in addition to appearing on “Night Visions”, is the group’s biggest hit, reaching #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. In a dark kitchen in the middle of a sweaty night in Las Vegas, all 6’4” of Dan Reynolds is hunched over a laptop, slapping beats on the table and crooning lyrics into a tiny microphone. Before long, he and the other three members of indie rock band Imagine Dragons would be playing “It’s Time,” that same laptop-demo-turned-supersized-anthem, from the roof of a parking garage to a wave of thousands of screaming fans. This song title to the single from their 2012 debut KidInaKorner/Interscope release “Continued Silence EP” is an all too apt descriptor of the band’s hard-earned success—but it’s also emblematic of the deep-seated anxiety Reynolds and the rest of the band experienced leaving behind any realistic expectation of a normal job to do the thing they love most.

Nov 15, 2012

CFCF

Montreal, Canada 

     CFCF is the stage name of Canadian electronic musician Michael Silver. Based in Montreal, Silver took the name CFCF from the call sign of the city’s CFCF-TV. CFCF’s debut LP, Continent, was an impressive collage of vintage electronic textures evoking grandiose landscapes worthy of a Michael Mann film. The River, an EP based partly on Werner Herzog’s classic film Fitzcarraldo, deepened a growing obsession with conjuring far-away landscapes and voyages through a style which is at times melancholy, propulsive and ecstatic. 




   Working in genres ranging from house and disco to ambient and new age to rap and R&B, and pulling influences from Peter Gabriel and Popol Vuh to Mr. Fingers and DJ Screw, CFCF’s music is at once versatile and far-reaching yet eminently listenable and recognizably pop, and always vivid. Since these two releases Silver has stayed busy with a series of evolving mixtapes. Do U Like Nightbus? explores the titular “genre” through his remixes of Aaliyah, Ciara, and Twin Peaks, while Reincarnation presents a dark mindmeld of exotic chants, pounding drums, R&B crooners, and menacing dancefloors. As with his own music, you get the feeling you are embarking on a fantastic journey to an unknown destination.

Nov 9, 2012

COMPUPHONIC

Music has always been inherent throughout Maxime Firket’s life under several atypical forms : Before producing high quality electronic music (Compuphonic), and being a DJ (Soultronik), he learned the rudiments of classical music since his early childhood. Educated as a violoncellist, and played in several pop-rock bands. He grew up listening to the sounds of Kraftwerk, Front 242, Depeche mode, and eventually got facinated by the essence of Detroit’s music (Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig …) which made him start Dj’ing. 




The same year, he joined the groovy-club.be collective and started mixing for a Belgian radio (Radio Hellena). In 2002, the duo Soultronik (with Fabian Staquet) was introduced to the world of electronic in Belgium where they appeared in a lot of clubs and parties. In 2003, Maxime took the next step by establishing his own music studio and began performing his own productions. In 2005, by establishing contact with Cosy Mozzy from the Dirty Dancing Record label, Maxime signed for a few EP. 

The tracks have already been remixed by Thugfucker (aka Mr. Negative – mood music label, NY), Spirit Catcher, Sasse, Muskatt Nuss & Bangkok Impact. Now Compuphonic is performing live all over Belgium and in Spain (Rachedingue) and soon in France. 

Compuphonic has also been invited for a live on the well known national radio (Pure Fm) which often broadcasts his tracks. Live act, combined with DJ-set combining electro-house, 80’s, techno and minimal music could be the secret of Maxime’s success

Nov 2, 2012

KIDS OF 88

Auckland, New Zealand (2008 – present) Kids of 88 are a Psychedelic New Wave duo from Auckland, New Zealand signed to independent label Dryden Street. Formed in 2008 by friends of ten years Jordan Arts and Sam McCarthy, Kids of 88 are best known for their single My House which reached number one on the RIANZ charts. Their new single, Just A Little Bit, debuted at #13 on the chart. They released their first album entitled “Sugarpills” on August 16, 2010. 



They describe their music as a cross between a late 80s police drama intro theme and a sophisticated super hussy. Arts and McCarthy are both somewhat elusive and do not give many interviews, but it is known that the two have been best friends for ten years. They attended St Peter’s College in Auckland where they first formed the band Incursa and they ended up winning the 2004 Smokefree Rockquest. Sharing a passion for music, they then decided to become professional musicians. Both McCarthy and Arts were in a band named Cap Gun Hero before KO88, and McCarthy was also a member of Goodnight Nurse.

Oct 30, 2012

STAY+

This anonymous Manchester outfit were formerly known as Christian Aids. They are quoted as saying, in an interview with Drowned in Sound, “Our original name Christian AIDS was a cynical attempt to get people talking about us.It worked. 


Our new name Stay+ is much more representative of our sound and ideas”. They have been tagged as Chill-rave.

Oct 20, 2012

MIDNIGHT MAGIC

Midnight Magic: A nine person ensemble bonded by the unwavering desire to make you, the listener, and the rhythm become one; the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton serving up an orgasmic feast of funk, disco, electro and soul. Anchored by former “H&LA” alumni Carter Yatusake, Morgan Wiley, and W. Andrew Raposo and powered by the enormous vocals of chanteuse Tiffany Roth, Midnight Magic teleported the masses to the dance floor this summer with their interstellar 12″ “Beam Me Up” on Permanent Vacation. Rounding out the Brooklyn based unit is Caito Sanchez, Nick Roseboro, Max Goldman, Jason Disu and Andrew Frawley. Spring 2011 will see their long awaited follow up single “Drop Me A Line” on Permanent Vacation. 





Mixed by former DFA house engineer and Sticky Disc founder Eric Broucek and featuring remixes by the likes of Juan Maclean (among others), this fiery banger is sure to become the anthem of the love-slave evolution on Alpha Centauri if not dance music lovers all over the galaxy. - Paze Infinite

GIRLSCHOOL

Girlschool started in 1975 when Enid Williams (Bass, Vocals) and Kim McAuliffe (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) formed an all girl rock covers band called ´Painted Lady´ in South London. Kelly Johnson and Denise Dufort later joined and in April 1978 they changed their name to ´Girlschool´ Their first single ´Take it all away´ was released on the ´City Records´ label which led to them gaining a Motörhead support slot on the Overkill tour in 1979. After signing with Lemmy´s record company Bronze later that year, the band released their first album ´Demolition´ in 1980. After playing Japan in 1982, Enid left and was replaced by Gil Weston of The Killjoys and Girlschool recorded their third album ´Screaming Blue Murder´. 



 After Kelly left to live in L.A. she was replaced by Cris Bonacci on lead guitar and singer Jackie Bodimead on lead vocals for the 1985 album ´Running Wild´. After many more line-up changes and releases on various labels, the original bassist/vocalist Enid rejoined the band in 2000 and in ´02 they released the ´21st Anniversary – Not that Innocent´ album. They are arguably the longest running female rock band in the world!

Oct 15, 2012

BIFFY CLYRO

Kilmarnock, United Kingdom (1995 – present) Biffy Clyro is a three-piece alternative rock band which formed in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1995. The band consists of Simon Neil (vocals, guitar), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and his twin brother Ben (drums, vocals). 

The band has released five albums since their formation: “Blackened Sky” (2002), “The Vertigo of Bliss” (2003), “Infinity Land” (2004), “Puzzle” (2007) and “Only Revolutions” (2010). 




Their sixth album, “Opposites”, is due for release on 28 January 2013. Biffy, as they are often referred to, utilise a quiet/loud dynamic, constructing songs that can range from a whisper-quiet pick on the guitar, to huge walls of noise with massive distortion and crashing drums. Their sound has simplified somewhat in recent times yet still occasionally contains complex time signatures and heavy riffs. While Simon Neil sings lead, all three members provide vocals. “’mon the biffy!” is a well known chant amongst Biffy fans; it is usually shouted in between songs at gigs, or before the band come on stage. Some fans have reacted poorly to the band’s recent output. The first incarnation of what would eventually become Biffy Clyro was formed in 1995 by fifteen-year-old Irvine-born, Ayr-raised guitarist Simon Neil, who recruited Kilmarnock-born Ben Johnston and someone known only as Barry on drums and bass respectively, calling themselves Screwfish.

Sep 25, 2012

ATHLETE



Deptford, London, England (1999 – present)


Athlete are an indie rock band which formed in 1999 in Deptford, London, England. The band consists of Joel Pott (vocals, guitar), Carey Willets (bass, vocals), Tim Wanstall (keyboards), and Steve Roberts (drums). Johnny Pilcher of the English indietronica band Weevil has joined them as second guitarist for their live shows.


Their sound is a mix of indie rock and electronic music, most recently integrating organic sounds into their music. Friends since the age of fourteen, Athlete have wide-ranging influences that include Grandaddy and Flaming Lips.

Sep 10, 2012

STEREOLAB

(1990 – present)

Stereolab are a UK-based band whose style, mixing 1950s-1960s pop and lounge music with the “motorik” beat of krautrock, was one of the first to which the term “post-rock” was applied. They are noted for the use of vintage keyboard instruments like Moog synthesizers and Vox and Farfisa organs. Stereolab is also notable for founding their own record label, Duophonic Records, with a grant from UK charity The Prince’s Trust. The band is often referred to as “The Groop” by their fans (and in the title of their song “The Groop Play Chord X” on the album Space Age Batchelor Pad Music).



They were founded in 1990 by songwriters Tim Gane (guitar, keyboards), formerly of the band McCarthy, and Laetitia Sadier (sometimes credited as Seaya Sadier; vocals, keyboards, trombone, guitar), who is from france and sings in both English and French.

Over the years, Gane and Sadier have enlisted a large number of other musicians to accompany them on stage and on record. The initial line-up featured Martin Kean, formerly of The Chills, on bass, and Joe Dilworth (from their Too Pure label-mates Th’ Faith Healers) on drums, with Russell Yates (of Moose) and Mick Conroy (ex-Modern English) also appearing at early live shows. In 1993 they recruited Andy Ramsay (drums), who has remained in the group line-up ever since, and Mary Hansen (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion). Hansen’s distinctive backing vocals became an important aspect of the Stereolab sound, and she remained a regular feature of the line-up until her death in a cycling accident on December 9, 2002.





Sep 8, 2012

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD

JEFF the Brotherhood is Jake Orrall and Jamin Orrall , two brothers that play drums and guitar. They grew up in Tennessee making music and trying to have a good time. Since their inception they have been playing anywhere from house parties to rooftops, backyards, bars and art galleries and releasing their own records, tapes, comic books and home made videos.

The Brotherhood has been called “kraut punk”, “psychedelic grunge” and “noise pop” drawing comparisons to bands like Hawkwind, Wipers, and early Sonic Youth.




They have been carrying their heavy damage all over the country since 2006 and have shared bills with Oneida, Battles, Sonic Youth, Ex-Models, Jay Reatard, Black Pus and Dave Cloud. Their “we’ll play anywhere” attitude and frenetic live shows have earned them near legendary status in the clubs and basements of Nashville and beyond. With three guitar strings and a minimal drum kit, they manage to distill rock to its primal essence.

They released two split seven inches in 2009, one with Sisters from Brooklyn and the other with Screaming Females from New Jersey. Their first full length “Heavy Days” came out in October 2009 on their family run record label Infinity Cat Recordings.

JEFF the Brotherhood’s big-label debut, Hypnotic Nights, was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.








Aug 30, 2012

ORANGE GOBLIN

Orange Goblin, previously Our Haunted Kingdom, are a stoner metal band from the United Kingdom that formed in 1995. The band’s lineup currently consists of singer Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner.


The band was originally formed in 1995 under the name Our Haunted Kingdom. They released a split 7” with Electric Wizard in 1996 on Rise Above Records before adopting the moniker Orange Goblin. The band’s first three albums were stoner/doom metal. On 2002’s Coup de Grace they began to add punk, doom metal, and other influences to their sound.

Their first five releases were issued by Rise Above Records. Rhythm guitarist Pete O’Malley left the band in 2004 to pursue a career as an artist. On December 16, 2005 the band celebrated its tenth anniversary with a concert at the Underworld club in Camden also featuring Scissorfight and Blood Island Raiders. Their 2007 album, Healing Through Fire was released on Mayan/Sanctuary Records. On September 3, 2008 the band announced that they had signed with Candlelight Records and were working on material for a new album with a September 2009 release date in mind. It was then announced in May 2009 that “Songwriting for the new album is ongoing but looks very promising with the skeleton of four or five new songs already in place. Two rough working titles for the new songs include Red Tide Rising and The Bishop’s Wolf”. The band had earlier announced that it had postponed the recording sessions for the new album due to “unforeseen circumstances” and apologized to the fans assuring them that “it will be worth the wait”. Twelve months later, in March 2010, a statement was issued by the band stating that while they were not necessarily never going to release a new album ever again, the prospective forthcoming album was to be postponed for the foreseeable future. The band announced they will be recording new material in August 2011. Once mentioned on Ricky Gervais’ XFM radio show. This recording was indeed completed in September 2011 and is set to be released early in February 2012 under the name of ‘A Eulogy for the Damned’ by Candlelight Records.

In mid 2010 the band’s back catalog was reissued on Rise Above Records in digipack form. In mid-December 2010 they celebrated their fifteenth anniversary with support coming from British blues-rock band Firebird - featuring previous members of Carcass and Spiritual Beggars - and American doom-rock band Solace culminating in their annual Christmas show in London.

They have also played as one of the acts playing the 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest music festival in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.






Aug 28, 2012

VALIENT THORR

Greenville, North Carolina, USA (2001 – present)

Valient Thorr is a band whose Venusian spacecraft landed in Greenville, North Carolina, USA, forming in 2001. Soon after they relocated to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA so they could fix their spaceship quicker.



On July 1, 2003 Valient Thorr self-released their first album (only pressing 1000 copies which were sold at shows), Stranded on Earth, which had the same musical setup as present, but one of their guitarists (Djinn Thorr) used a keyboard, which helped to bring dance elements into their music. This aspect of their music not only further influenced their legendary live shows, but helped to cement their local status as the ultimate live band, with packed hometown shows at local favorite venue Kings Barcade (located in downtown Raleigh, NC). They toured the United States and Canada shortly afterward, doing 47 shows in 52 days.

After replacing original drummer (Donn Thorr) with current drummer Lucian Thorr and ditching the keyboard entirely live and on release, they were soon signed to Volcom Entertainment, where their full-length album Total Universe Man was released on June 7, 2005. At that point, the group members gave up their regular jobs, which ranged from 6th grade teachers to pornshop workers, and set out on the road. They performed on the Volcom stage on the Warped Tour 2005, for the entire tour, except for a few shows where they played the main stage. They continued touring, taking six days off for Thanksgiving and ten for Christmas. Along the way, they lost their original rhythm guitarist (Djinn Thorr) and replaced him with Bjorn Thorr before going on tour with Hot Rod Circuit and Piebald.







Aug 15, 2012

AYREON

Hilversum, Netherlands (1995 – present)
Ayreon is a progressive metal project started by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen in 1995. Based in Hilversum, Netherlands, Ayreon’s musical style derives mostly from heavy metal and progressive rock, but combines them with genres like folk, classical and electronica. The majority of Ayreon’s albums are dubbed a “rock opera” with an ongoing science fiction storyline featuring a host of characters, usually with each one being represented by a unique vocalist.






Ayreon’s music is characterized by the use of traditional instruments in rock music (guitars, bass guitar, drums, analogue synthesizers, electric organs) mixed with instruments more native to folk and classical music (e.g. mandolins, violins, violas, celli, flutes, sitars and didgeridoo). Lucassen writes the music and the lyrics, sings and plays instruments on all of the Ayreon albums, alongside many guest musicians. His most regular collaborator is drummer Ed Warby.



Aug 10, 2012

DEADSOUL TRIBE

Deadsoul Tribe was founded in 2000 by Devon Graves (Buddy Lackey), former vocalist of Psychotic Waltz. A year later the debut album Deadsoul Tribe was released and proved to be a success with former Psychotic Waltz fans and beyond.






Graves is the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music is both philosophical and challenging. “Everything I write has a message, an approach to poetry,” he says. “It’s the major function of poetry not to provide answers, but to raise questions - to be thought provoking and to create space for individual interpretations.”


Together with drummer Adel Moustafa, who also plays the drums on the records, the guitarist Roland `Rollz` Kerschbaumer and bass player Roland Ivenz, Deadsoul Tribe is known for their stirring stage performance.



Aug 5, 2012

PIGEON DETECTIVES

Leeds, United Kingdom (2002 – present)
The Pigeon Detectives are a five piece indie rock band from Rothwell, Leeds with influences such as The Beatles, The Kinks and The Velvet Underground. Pigeon Detectives, who formed in 2002, found acclaim among DJs and the musical press when they performed at 2006 Reading and Leeds festivals, being tagged as the “band most likely to leap to the main stage in 2007”.


They supported Dirty Pretty Things whilst they toured in spring 2006. In early November 2006 they supported fellow West Yorkshire band Kaiser Chiefs, who are known to be fans of the band, on a number of occasions around Europe. On 8 July 2007, they played on the Radio 1 NME Stage in front of thousands at T in the Park. The performance was televised and shown later that day on BBC3.






They performed a secret gig at leeds festival 08 on the Thursday night following in the kaisers foot steps


Line-up is as follows:
Vocals: Matt Bowman
Guitar: Oliver Main
Guitar: Ryan Wilson
Bass: David Best
Drums: Jimmi Naylor





Jul 30, 2012

OSI

OSI is an American progressive rock band, originally formed by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2002. Chroma Key keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore is the only other full-time member of the band. The collaboration may be considered a studio project, as its members and contributors write and track most of their material independently, sharing and developing tracks long-distance, only coming together at the end of the process for mixing and additional tracking. The band’s name is a reference to the Office of Strategic Influence, a short-lived American government agency formed in 2001 to support the War on Terror through propaganda. The band has featured a number of guest musicians on its albums, including Steven Wilson, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Sean Malone, Joey Vera and Gavin Harrison.


Matheos recruited Moore and Dream Theater’s then-drummer Mike Portnoy to perform on what was originally planned to be a Matheos solo album. Matheos and Portnoy originally planned to produce a progressive metal album similar in style to Matheos’ work in Fates Warning. Moore changed the music’s direction, incorporating electronica into the original progressive metal sound. The band’s debut album was released by InsideOut Music in 2003.






OSI was originally intended to be a one-off project, but Matheos and Moore found they both had gaps in their schedules so produced a follow-up. Free was released in 2006, with Portnoy returning to play drums as a session musician rather than a full band member, due to personal and musical differences between him and Moore. Blood was released in 2009, with Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison replacing Portnoy. The fourth album Fire Make Thunder was released in 2012 by Metal Blade Records, with Harrison once again on drums.



Jul 25, 2012

DEMIANS

Demians is a French alternative rock band started by Nicolas Chapel in 2007.


Chapel’s inspiration for the name Demians came from the novel Demian by author Hermann Hesse, and his musical inspiration came from a variety of artists and sources, ranging from Radiohead to Tori Amos to ambient music.
Chapel plays all instruments and performs all vocals on the first two Demians studio albums, though he performs live with a full band. All Demians releases have been self-produced and recorded in Chapel’s home studios, the locations of which have changed from album to album.






Demians’ first studio album Building an Empire was released on May 19, 2008 to positive reviews. The success of Building an Empire led Chapel to assemble a live band with Gaël Hallier (drums) and Antoine Pohu (bass), and they subsequently were granted opening slots for several well-known rock and metal bands, including Oceansize, Anathema, Aviv Geffen, and Jonathan Davis of Korn. They toured throughout Europe, playing more than 40 shows in more than 12 countries.


The follow-up entitled “Mute” came out on June 28th, 2010. Chapel once again performed all instruments and vocals on the album, with two guests, Gaël Hallier playing drums on “Swing Of The Airwaves” and “Hesitation Waltz”, and Lepolair playing electronics on the song “Porcelain”.
Very different from its predecessor, the album once again gathered excellent reviews worldwide, and brought the band’s music to a wider audience.

Jul 20, 2012

10 YEARS

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States (1999 – present)
10 Years is a rock band which formed in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States in 1999. The band consists of Jesse Hasek (vocals), Ryan Johnson (guitar), Lewis Cosby (bass) and Brian Vodinh (drums, guitar). The band is currently augmented live by Matt Brown (drums).






The band has released five albums in their career: “Into the Half Moon” (2001), “Killing All that Holds You” (2004), “The Autumn Effect” (2005), “Division” (2008), “Feeding the Wolves” (2010) and “Minus the Machine” (2012). Their biggest hit is their 2005 single “Wasteland”, which reached #1 on Billboard Alternative Songs, #2 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and #94 on the Billboard Hot 100.





Jul 15, 2012

TAME IMPALA




PerthAustralia (2008 – present)
Tame Impala are a four piece psychedelic rock band from Perth, Australia. The band consists of Kevin Parker (lead guitar and vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar) and Jay Watson (drums and backing vocals, synths), and touring member Nick Albrook becoming full time on bass in 2010 (he played guitar in most shows from late 2008 through 2009, swapping guitar for bass with Dom in 2010). 

Their name refers to the impala, a medium sized antelope. Their musical sound draws from a wide range of influences (most notably Cream and Germany’sColour Haze) and they like to see themselves as “a steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody.”
The band signed a worldwide deal with boutique label Modular Recordings in mid 2008, releasing the self titled EP in late 2008, the single Sundown Syndrome/Remember Me in 2009. Their debut album, “Innerspeaker” was released in 2010, with lead single Solitude is Bliss and second single Lucidity. Their second album has also been reported to be in production with rumors of a release late in 2011.









Jul 9, 2012

SEETHER

Seether is a post-grunge/alternative metal band which formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999. The band currently consists of Shaun Morgan (vocals, guitar), Dale Stewart (bass, vocals) and John Humphrey (drums). The band has released six albums and is currently signed to Wind-Up Records in the United States.





Current Members

* Shaun Morgan – lead vocals, rhythm & lead guitars (1999–present)
* Troy McLaughlin – lead guitars, backing vocals (2008–present)
* Dale Stewart – bass, acoustic guitars, backing vocals (2000–present)
* John Humphrey – drums, percussion (2004–present)










Jul 1, 2012

PRINCESS CHELSEA





Chelsea Nikkel from Auckland, New Zealand is the lady behind Princess Chelsea. Her debut album Lil’ Golden Book, released in May 2011, tells the tale of life growing up as a teenager and young adult in New Zealand. 

Deeply entrenched in the fantastical yet grounded with a somewhat sardonic wit, her musical fairy tale draws as much influence from Dr Dre as it does from Edvard Grieg.

Her song Cigarette Duet became a viral hit on Youtube.






Jun 30, 2012

GROUPLOVE

Grouplove is an indie pop band which formed in 2009 in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band consists of Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Hannah Hooper (vocals, keyboards), Andrew Wessen (vocals, guitar), Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), and Ryan Rabin (drums). The band released their debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, in September 2011. The album was produced by the band’s drummer Ryan Rabin, who is the son of former Yesguitarist and film composer Trevor Rabin.


Hannah Hooper met Christian Zucconi late one evening on the lower east side of Manhattan. They had both been living in New York for years and had never crossed paths before. But from that night forward the two could hardly be pulled apart. Soon after their connection, Hooper was invited to an art residency in Greece on the island of Crete and Hooper insists “without any hesitation” she invited Zucconi to join her on this journey. “Seriously, we had only known one another for a few days but are both so inspired and alive when we are together that going to Greece seemed like a magical and natural thing to do,” recalls Zucconi.

On Crete, in a small remote mountain village, Hooper and Zucconi met the members of their future band “GROUPLOVE” a year before it was officially formed. Sean Gadd, a natural songwriter and guitar player, born and bred in London instantly bonded with the two eccentric New Yorkers. Their relationship became apparent through the music they were making day in and day out. Andrew Wessen, a pro surfer and musician from Los Angeles and his childhood friend Ryan Rabin, an accomplished drummer and producer, were also at the residency and quickly joined in with the musical trio. These five musicians make up the members of what we now know as GROUPLOVE .




Like all good things, the summer and the residency came to an end and the five friends scattered back to their homes all over the globe. With Sean in London, Christian and Hannah in Brooklyn and Ryan and Andrew in Los Angeles GROUPLOVE was faced with the challenge of what to do now. “We all understood how rare it is for five strangers to feel as close as family and create passionate music together. We couldn’t just return to Brooklyn and let the music we all made fade into a memory of that summer we had in Greece,” explains Zucconi. Everyone pulled their funds together and Sean, Christian and Hannah made their way to Ryan Rabin’s studio in LA to record their album. “We seriously had the best time of our lives doing that record,” says Gadd. And the result is an incredibly special album where soaring harmonies coupled with sweeping anthems lead you through their powerful journey. Like the members of GROUPLOVE, their music is diverse in influence and style but bonded together by an undeniably creative kinship.

Their experience back together and recording together was so potent that Hooper and Zucconi packed up their lives in Brooklyn and Gadd packed up his life in London and they all moved to LA to live and play their music.

“We never could have dreamt this up,” says Zucconi, “but at the same time we’re not at all surprised - GROUPLOVE is meant to be. Our story a testament to fate, and our music is something we are ready to share.”








Jun 25, 2012

OF MONSTERS AND MEN

Reykjavík, Iceland (2010 – present)






Of Monsters and Men are an indie folk band which formed in 2010 in Reykjavík, Iceland. The band consists of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (vocals, guitar), Ragnar Þórhallsson (vocals, guitar), Brynjar Leifsson (guitar), Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bass), Árni Guðjónsson (keyboards, accordion) and Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drums). The band released their debut album “My Head Is an Animal” in September 2011. The album’s single “Little Talks” peaked at #1 in Iceland, and became successful in the United States after extensive airplay on Philadelphia rock station WRFF and subsequent word of mouth. In April 2012 the tune became their first entry on the US singles chart, when it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #92.





Jun 24, 2012

SHERIFF NA LEGEND - 29/06/2012

Line-up original:


DJ Fabrício Mosquito | DJ Marco Kothe | DJ Rafa Barletta


Warm up com a participação especial do DJ D.A.V.I (Factory/Rítual Ritmico)



Jun 20, 2012

GOTYE

Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980 in Bruges, Belgium), better known by the stage name Gotye, is an indie pop/experimental singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Victoria, Australia.

Backer was born in Belgium, but moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia when he was two. Originally a member of the indie band Downstares, Backer began performing under the name Gotye in 2001 when the band disbanded. Aside from his solo work, De Backer has been a member of the indie band The Basics since its formation in 2002.

Gotye’s second album Like Drawing Blood was featured by Triple J in May 2006 and was voted Number 1 in the listeners poll of the Best Album of 2006 . The album was also nominated for a J Award that year. Two tracks from that album, Learnalilgivinanlovin and Heart’s A Mess, were ranked 94 and 8 respectively in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2006. Like Drawing Blood has been certified Platinum. 

In September 2006, Gotye was nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Music Award (ARIA award) for best independent release for his album Like Drawing Blood, and won ‘Most Outstanding New Independent Artist’ at the inaugural Australian Independent Record (AIR) Chart Awards.

In 2007, Gotye won the ARIA for best male artist. As a result of the publicity of the nomination, Like Drawing Blood re-entered the ARIA album chart and was named iTunes UK Album of the Year in 2008.

In 2009, Heart’s A Mess came in at #77 in Triple J Hottest 100 of all time, voted by the Australian public.

Amidst the lead-up to Gotye’s third album, Like Drawing Blood re-entered the ARIA charts in mid 2011, peaking at its highest ever position of 13.

After the success of Like Drawing Blood, De Backer was able to establish a permanent home, still in Melbourne’s South East. In 2010, De Backer set up a recording studio in a barn at his parents’ farm and set about recording tracks for his third album. He released a new single, Eyes Wide Open, in mid-October 2010, online and on 10” vinyl. The single received generally positive reviews and reached number 25 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2010. It was also shortlisted for the 2011 APRA Music Awards in the Song of the Year category.

In late March 2011, De Backer revealed the album’s title to be Making Mirrors. This title was inspired by an artwork, painted by De Backer’s father in the 1980s, discovered by De Backer amongst old bills and newspapers in his parents’ barn, which was later edited in Photoshop to become the album artwork. “The mirror reflects on artwork and it is all very related to self-reflection and introspection on the album.” 

On 19 May, it was announced that the album would be released on 19 August 2011, with the album launch the following day at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Graphic Festival which will feature animators and a 10-piece orchestra as part of Gotye’s performance. De Backer also released a follow-up single to Eyes Wide Open titled Somebody That I Used To Know, which was released 6 July 2011, and debuted at #27 on the ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart. The single became something of a sensation, quickly moving up the ARIA singles chart despite comparatively low airplay to many other charting singles at the time. The track was further boosted by endorsements from well-known celebrities Ashton Kutcher and Lily Allen via Twitter, exposing Gotye’s music to their millions of followers. The single has gone on to reach 6× Platinum (420,000 units sold) status.

On 15 July 2011, it was announced that Gotye’s single Somebody That I Used To Know had come third in the 2011 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. As part of the prize, Gotye won a spot to perform at Song Summit 2012 at Darling Harbour, 26–28 May 2012.

On its first week of release, Making Mirrors came in at number one on the ARIA Australian album chart, making Gotye the first Australian act to simultaneously hold both the number one single and album since Silverchair, who achieved the same feat in 2007.

On 11 October 2011, it was announced that Gotye had been nominated for seven ARIA Awards. Due to the release date restrictions of the eligibility period, Making Mirrors could not be nominated, and the seven nominations all related to the single Somebody That I Used To Know. Gotye was nominated for Highest Selling Single, Single of the Year, Best Pop Release, Best Male Artist and three awards in the ARIA Artisan category: Best Video (Natasha Pincus), Engineer of the Year (Francois Tetaz) and Producer of the Year (Wally De Backer). On the same day the nominations were revealed, the winners of the Artisan categories were announced, with Gotye and the album personnel winning all three. On 27 November 2011, Gotye took out three of the four remaining ARIA Award nominations. Single of the Year, Best Male Artist and Best Pop Release. 

“Somebody That I Used To Know” has become an international hit, reaching #1 in Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Poland, Austria, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany, and also reached #1 on the alternative radio airplay charts in The United States and Canada (on the pop charts in those countries, the song has reached #5 and #11, respectively)