A 2014 Blues Music Award winner, there's not a time in her life that singer/ bassist/ songwriter Danielle Nicole (born Danielle Nicole Schnebelen) doesn't remember loving to perform. As a child, she would sing for her family at holidays and took tap, jazz and ballet lessons for many years competing in numerous events. Danielle also took band in middle school, playing the tenor saxophone and enjoying it quite a bit. Unfortunately, she was forced to quit when the family moved to Kansas City and the new school did not offer band.
Danielle comes from generations of singers. Her grandmother, Evelyn Skinner, was a big band singer. Danielle's mother, Lisa Swedlund, taught her everything she knew while growing up and listening to all different kinds of music from the Everly Brothers to the B-52s.
It wasn't until she was 12 that Danielle took to the stage for the first time singing, Koko Taylor's "Never Trust a Man" at a Blues for Schools program that her parents were playing at Englewood Elementary. From then on, she knew music would be her passion for the rest of her life.
Danielle began singing in coffeehouses and at open mic events at age 14, jamming with her parents whenever she could at clubs that would allow minors. At 16, she began singing lead in her father's band, Little Eva and the Works â until he became too sick to play. In March of 1999, she started her own band, Fresh Brew, with Kansas City music veterans Steve Gronemeyer, Steve Hicks, Chuck Payne and Terry Roney. They performed for four years and even represented Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge.
It was during this time that Danielle and her brothers Nick and Kris began talking about a family band that would eventually become Trampled Under Foot. Not only did she and Kris have to move to Philadelphia (where Nick was living), but she would have to learn the bass guitar to keep it a family band. It took a few years of lessons and saving money before that could become reality.
After several acclaimed self-released albums, Trampled Under Foot released Badlands on July 9, 2013 on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group. Toughened by years of nonstop roadwork, Badlands revealed a musical sophistication well beyond the band's years.
Badlands debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Chart and Trampled Under Foot performed live throughout the United States and Europe in support of the album.
As Trampled Under Foot wound down after 13 years, Danielle formed her own band and now makes her Concord Records solo debut with the September, 2015 release of a New Orleans-flavored, blues-soul based album Wolf Den, featuring GRAMMYÂ®-winning producer-guitaristAnders Osborne, Galactic's co-founding drummer Stanton Moore and her regular keyboardist Mike "Shinetop, Jr." Sedovic.
(Early Show) Jayna Lininger (EP Release Show) with Special Guest Tim and Kori
Jayna Lininger has been sharing her powerhouse voice and spirit since she learned to speak.
A talented singer, songwriter, and musician, the twenty-two-year-old Pittsburgh, PA native recently recorded an album of mainstream country pop material in Boston, Massachusetts.
âThese songs best represent the artist that I am. I worked on them with a very talented producer, Marty Walsh. Marty is a studio and guitar legend who has performed and played with acts such as SuperTramp, LeAnn Rimes, and John Fogerty. The songs were engineered and mastered by Kenny Lewis. Marty also did all the guitar work on the songs. It was a wonderful experience,â says Jayna.
Once mixed and mastered, these songs will be released as a tool to raise awareness for drunk driving prevention.
Because of Jaynaâs breathtaking voice, her musicâs positive message, and her commitment to saving young American lives, she has been named the National Spokesperson for Country Musicâs Stop Drunk Driving Now campaign. The campaignâs most recent project, Pick Up A 12 Pack Of Life, is a series of 12 digital CDs using both Jaynaâs original music and that of fellow country artists to spread drunk driving awareness.
Jayna says, âI feel lucky to be able to use my music as a vehicle to make a difference in the lives of our countryâs young people.â
Jayna has also traveled to Nashville where she entered the Sound Kitchen Studios with Grammy nominated producer Kent Wells. While there, she recorded with a full band of top Nashville studio musicians; these songs showcase a heartfelt and radio friendly sound.
Jayna Lininger is a star on the rise. She is a young woman who is not just a super star in waiting, but a shining example of what the power of music can achieve.
Mr. Smalls Presents The Cold Hard Cash Show - The World's Finest Tribute to Johnny Cash
East Nashville-based musician Aaron Lee Tasjan has always considered himself a songwriter first and foremost, writing his own off-kilter folk-inflected songs since he picked up his first acoustic as a teen guitar prodigy. "A lot of the stuff I did previously was never the main focal point," Tasjan explains. "It's all just been pieces along the way." His soon to be released Silver Tears (New West Records â Oct. 2016) will offer a glimpse through the eyes of one gifted songwriter and versatile musician. Whether playing guitar in the late incarnation of riotous glam-rock innovators the New York Dolls, the gender-bending, envelope-pushing sleaze n' tease arena rock band Semi Precious Weapons, the Neil Young-signed alt-country act Everest, British roots rock band Alberta Cross, Southern rock stalwarts Drivin' N' Cryin' or even as frontman of the devilishly cleverly-named Heartbreakers meets Replacements rockers Madison Square Gardeners, offer a glimpse through the eyes of one gifted songwriter and versatile musician.
While those stints may have never been his main destination, each one has been a stepping stone that has uniquely informed his songwriting and made him a compelling, singular artist. Tasjan's songs, as first heard on his debut solo EP, 2014's Crooked River Burning, are indebted to great American storytellers like John Prine, Tom Petty, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie and Todd Snider. They are imbued with wry wit, a sharp tongue and a lot of heart.
Last year's self-released LP, In The Blazes, received accolades from American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene and NPR and suggested Tasjan was an artist to keep an eye on. While that album hinted at Tasjan's enormous potential, it's his sophomore effort, his New West Records debut, Silver Tears, that best realizes his artistic ambitions and solidifies him as one of the most intriguing singer/songwriters to emerge in sometime. An inspired and confident set of songs, the 12-track album, which features a cover with Tasjan decked out in a reflective suit and Stetson, careens from woozy pot paeans to brooding, cinematic observations to laid back '70s country-rock and galloping anthems to introspective folk and rollicking honky-tonk. "I might have made something that will surprise people," Tasjan admits. "I didn't completely abandon the recipe, but I really stretched myself and pushed beyond what people might expect from me. Being true as a musician, I'm not just one thing â and a variety of styles is a way to accomplish that. "
As in the song "On Your Side," which sees Tasjan warble, "I sing jokes/And call 'em songs/Nobody knows where they belong/I've come up short/For far too long/And what felt right/Now feels so wrong," Tasjan often turns the mirror on himself, never afraid to cast himself in a negative light. "One of the reasons I've been able to connect with people is by being honest and saying this is a really realistic picture of who I am," he says. "It's not always the good but it's me."
(Late Show) The Semi-Supervillains with There You Are
The Semi-Supervillains are a self-proclaimed garage rock/power-pop outlet residing in Pittsburgh, PA. Don't let their suburban front fool you, these cats can rock. The Semi-Supervillains are know as the Pittsburgh Pirates "Friday Night Rocks" band having their music video televised on Root Sports before the first pitch of Friday night games. These garage rockers have shared the stage with the likes of Foxy Shazam, the Black Angels, Blitzen Trapper and Living Colour to name a few.
In March 2016, the villains attended SXSW in Austin, TX notably making appearances on MTV and with Jam in the Van at the GQ Magazine Artist House. The Semi-Supervillains released an indie/acoustic EP titled "Southwest" in April 2016. Southwest was recorded entirely Studio M in Austin, TX featuring Vinnie Longhi and Forrest Mance.
The band's release titled Here Comes Trouble is a follow up to their 2013 debut full-length Tricks. Here Comes Trouble features the musical talents of brothers Vinnie & Nick Longhi, Cory Caruso (Rusted Root) and John Pennacchio and was produced and mastered by Rick Witkowski at Studio L and Jay Dudt at Audible Images respectively.
In summer 2015, the band toured regionally and internationally through Canada including Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. The band has been performing on the regional festival circuit scoring some prime slots on the Strip District Music Fest and the main stage of the Deutschtown Music Festival.
The blues rock influenced power-pop quartet has recently received high honors in the local music industry, winning the 2014 PennRock Scholarship, 2014 Weirton Band Blast, and performing live on the 102.5 WDVE Coffeehouse with Randy Baumann. Additionally, the band is having their single "Learned My Lesson" featured during Pittsburgh Pirates telecasts on Root Sports. The Semi-Supervillains are proudly endorsed by Dean Markley Guitar Strings.
Enter Shikari â A âTake To The Skiesâ Ten Year Celebration with Special Guest Being As An Ocean, Vertigo
Those of you whoâve been with us a while know that Enter Shikari isnât really a band given to nostalgia. Its way more fun to explore the future. BUTâ¦ 2017 sees the debut album âTake To The Skiesâ turn ten years old, so it was decided that that deserves some kind of celebration. There will be a relatively small handful of âA Celebration Of 10 Years Take To The Skiesâ shows around the world in spring 2017.Â
Opus One and 91.3 WYEP Presents Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express
Chuck Prophet describes his new disc BOBBY FULLER DIED FOR YOUR SINS as "California Noir." Â Â He says, "the state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it's the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs. Â Doomed love, inconsolable loneliness, rags to riches to rags again, and fast-paced violence are always on the menu on the Left Coast."
Who is Bobby Fuller? He's the star of the ultimate Rock and Roll Babylon feel-bad story.
The title track came out of an obsession Prophet shares with co-conspirator klipschutz. Prophet explains, "One day we were sitting in my so-called office South of Market listening to LPs, when out of frustration âI picked up a guitar and shouted, âI hear that record crackle, the needle skips and jumps!' and klipschutz shot back, â"Bobby Fuller died for your sins!'"
One thing led to another, and ten months later he found himself at the legendary Hyde St. Studios in the heart of the Tenderloin "slaving over a hot two-inch tape machine, cutting tracks with Brad Jones, Paul Q. Kolderie, and Matt Winegar riding herd." Â And pumping it all into the echo chamber. No computer in sight and two-inch tape boxes stacked up to the ceiling.
Prophet realizes that the title track makes a heavy claim, and laughs at the suggestion it might shine new light on the mystery long surrounding Bobby Fuller's early demise. Fuller, who migrated from El Paso to L.A. in the early 1960s, has been described as "a greaser in a world of Beach Boy bangs and Beatle boots, hopelessly out of step with the times." Found dead in his car at the age of 23, to a devoted coterie of fans, old and new, he'll always remain the skinny guy singing "I Fought the Law," on countless teen dance TV shows, and radio playlists. Ruled a suicide, his death has haunted investigators (and biographers Miriam Linna and Randall Fuller) since 1966. "Some resolution would be nice," Prophet says, "but I run a band, not a Cold Case squad."
The Mission Express, Prophet's band, which includes his wife Stephanie Finch, provided the backing. "Talented, difficult people who all played their hearts out. You can hear it," he says. And recording at Hyde Street â walking distance from his apartment â was a homecoming of sorts. "I did my first session there, in high school no less," says Prophet. Â He even dragged out his '64 Stratocaster, a guitar that Jonathan Richman said sounds, "like gasoline in the sand, like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand."
Prophet says, "there's a serious Link Wray jones that you might not hear in here too. But it's there. Guitars and drums. Rock and roll. I just haven't found anything that hits me the same way.Â That two guitar, bass and drums feeling."
With titles such as "Bad Year for Rock and Roll," "Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues," "We Got Up and Played, and, "If I Was Connie Britton," Prophet allows that, "there just might be some songs on this one. John Murry, who is never at a loss for words, says the goal is to make a record you can be proud and unsure of at the same time. Naked and belligerent, but sweetly soâ¦ Â I can't improve on that."
"Bad Year for Rock and Roll" is a timely homage to rock greats lost this year, Prophet name-checking David Bowie in the opening lines: "The Thin White Duke took a final bow / there's one more star in the heavens nowâ¦I'm all dressed up in a mohair suit / watching Peter Sellers thinking of you." Â Â
The album closes with the blistering "Alex Nieto," which Prophet calls "my first protest song. I know you've listened to me rant about Twitter and how I believe San Francisco is under siege by techie man-children and billionaires." But still, he never dreamed he'd be in the middle of a culture war with real bodies. Â Born and raised in the City, Alex Nieto was on his way to work as a security guard when he ended up with 59 bullets in and around him, all fired by the police. There's a lot more to the story, and the details are available to anyone who wants to know. The song is a two-chord homage to a good man who should still be alive.
Just one more sign of the apocalypse.
Voodoo Glow Skulls with Special Guests Soulios and iNCO FIdO
In their 25 years of existence, the Voodoo Glow Skulls have an impressive list of achievements. 9 albums, one million records sold, appearances in exotic locations like Brazil and Japan as well as the creation of a record store, record label, recording studio and a music venue attests to the remarkable creativity and energy of the band. Formed in 1988, Voodoo Glow Skulls meshed hardcore punk, traditional ska, tough guitar riffs and the Mexican music of their roots to create the prototype for the West Coast ska-core sound. Unflinchingly honest, their songs often used humor to comment on harsh political realities - from racial inequity to unrest overseas. Singing in both Spanish and English, Voodoo Glow Skulls' bilingual musical tradition has been a hallmark of the band since they began.
The core of the band since the beginning has been the three Casillas brothers, Frank, Eddie and Jorge. With a list of accomplishments that might make some bands ready to slow their pace, the band shows no signs of slowing down. Voodoo Glow Skulls dubbed their sound "California street music" - a perfect description of their high octane mix of rock, punk, ska and hardcore.
***SOLD OUT*** Opus One & PromoWest North Shore Presents Portugal. The Man with Special Guest HDBeenDope
It was the spring 2012, and John Gourleyâfrontman of Portugal. The Manâfound himself in New York City about to ring the bell at Danger Mouseâs apartmentâa long way from his current home in Portland, and farther still from his real home in Alaska. Six full-length albums in six years, nonstop touring, a stint with The Black Keys and festival stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapaloozaâup until this moment, Portugal. The Man embodied all dimensions of DIY rock range. When it came time to begin work on the seventh album, Gourley thought long and hard about the next move and kept coming back to one concept: The most satisfying work is collaborative work. From building houses with his father in Alaska to building a devoted fanbase, he had sought partnerships. So he took a bold step â bold for a proven band, bolder still for its uncertainty of sound â a step up to the apartment of a possible collaborator, Danger Mouse.
The Roomsounds with Special guests The Black Six and Cape Cod
Thereâs a reason legions of young rock fans fall in love with their parentsâ records. Itâs the same reason so many radio stations still play classic rock: Great music never gets old. And it's what prompted singer and guitarist Ryan Michael to reinvent his sound, leaving behind his teenage past in a Warped Tour band signed to a Warner Bros. subsidiary and relocating from Connecticut to Texas.
"We wanted to immerse ourselves in the South," explains Michael. "To be around the best blues and country players. It all just seemed so much more authentic than the shit going on around me."
The entire band embraced those influences â Beatles, Stones, Petty, Big Star, Faces and Oasis to new a few. Along with guitarist/vocalist Sam Janik, bassist/vocalist Red Coker and drummer Dan Malone, The Roomsounds make their own sound, initially from a run down industrial space with no heating, cooling or plumbing. Theyâre now living in a proper house in East Dallas, but not much else has changed. Thereâs always someone overâ beautiful women, musicians and what the band calls âpermanent guests," all decked out with long hair and bell-bottoms. Theyâve created their own Exile in Dallas and the music shows it.
The Dallas Observer thought the bandâs 2012 self-titled debut album was "consistent with their Keith Richards and Tom Petty worship, an unpretentious album of purist rock ânâ roll riffs." Rodney Hall, owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, heard the band through a friend and dug their sound so much he invited the band to FAME Studios to record their sophomore album, "Elm St."
"It really inspired us to bring our A game," admits Ryan. "Even in the control room, you see Duane Allman outtakes on tape and itâs really hitting home. 'OK, some really great people came out of here.' I think it really inspired us to be the best we could be." And like their heroes, The Roomsounds craft songs durable enough to become tomorrowâs classics.
"Musically we think of ourselves as a modern day Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers," continues Michael. "We admire the way everyone in the band plays for the song. I'm lucky to have a band that understands that, because a lot of good players just want to get off on what they're playing as opposed to making the best song possible."
Much of this spirit can be found in the title in the title track. "We played our first show in Dallas on Elm St.," says Michael. "It's the arty place where musicians, artists, and weirdos alike hang out and it's maintained that vibe for many years. It's said that blues greats like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly, and Robert Johnson often walked the streets and played the night clubs."
Paper Bird with Special Guests The Hills And The Rivers and Ryan Hoffman
For Paper Bird, their new album marks a milestone. More importantly, it provides them with a new beginning, a new chapter in their trajectory that sees them redefining their direction, a change in their musical sensibility while maintaining their trademark upbeat attitude.
The band's self titled album, available September 9th on Thirty Tigers Records/ Sons of Thunder Records, introduces vocalist Carleigh Aikins to the lineÂup, whose previous credits include extended stints with the critically acclaimed bands Bahamas and Fox Jaws. Her addition to the band adds an extra edge, highlighting a clear sonic evolution. A shift in the band's lineÂup has opened up new possibilities, swapping electric guitars and amped up instrumentation for the laid back, folkÂflavored sound they favored in the past.
"In truth this is an entirely new band," bassist Caleb Summeril explains. "With Carleigh coming on board, we've literally made a fresh start."
Guitarist Paul DeHaven first met Aikins at a concert on Willie Nelson's ranch during South by Southwest in 2012. The two hit it off, and before long Aikins and the rest of the band began collaborating long distance via email. "It was serendipitous that we could join forces so seamlessly," says Aikins. "We created an instant bond and a new sound we can all stand proudly behind; which merges our respective influences from the Canadian and American music we were raised with. Everyone's input is welcome here and everyone has their moment to shine, in the true democratic sense and tradition of a band."
Paper Bird has always made a point of encouraging each of its members to share the spotlight. The group boasts three lead vocalists ÂÂ singer Sarah Anderson, singer and keyboard player Genevieve Patterson, and Aikins herself ÂÂ all of whom blend their voices in seamless three part harmonies. The instrumental duties are shared by Summeril, DeHaven, and drummer Mark Anderson.
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Paper Bird first emerged from the same environs that launched such outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. The group has toured extensively throughout the U.S., sharing bills with the aforementioned bands, as well as Daryl Hall & John Oates, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Shakey Graves.
On Paper Bird, the band collaborates with worldÂrenowned musician, singer and songwriter John Oates, who coÂproduced the album with Aikins' fellow Canadian David Kalmusky. The album was recorded and mixed at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, and for his part, Oates couldn't be more delighted.
"Paper Bird is a band that possesses a sound that's more than the sum of its parts," Oates effuses. "It's the coming together of two perfect trinities. It has three distinctly unique female lead singers whose harmonies blend together as one...united with an inventive, cohesive rhythm section trio. I loved their sound from the first time I heard them and they just keep getting better. They are a true musical family united by a unique and pure artistic vision...a rare quality in this day and age of so much disposable and less than original music."
Paper Bird has a sound that blends the engaging vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes and The Lone Bellow with the classic â70s stylings of bands like Heart and Fleetwood Mac without imitating or emulating any one of them in particular. Indeed, the new music is rugged, resilient and flush with enthusiasm. It conveys the essence of inspired Americana, while still staying true to its riveting rock regimen.
The album starts with the soulful strut of "To The Light," and heads into desire and yearning with the single "Don't Want Half." With its playful harmonies and rhythms, "I Don't Mind" captures the ephemeral feelings of love, as "it's not easy to be a dreamer, when you're sleeping with the wind." Paper Bird merge the musical past with the present on "Sunday," conjuring up doo-wop, rock and groove sounds.
"This is definitely the start of something exciting," Summeril suggests. "We're at a point in our career where we feel we're ready to take on the world."
Architects with Special Guests Stray from the Path and Make Them Suffer
British metalcore band Architects (UK) announce their upcoming tour of the U.S. Kicking off in March, the headlining tour will be the Brighton-based actâs first time playing the U.S. in over two years. âArchitects headlining in the U.S. is long overdue,â says drummer Dan Searle. âWe've been touring there since 2008, but itâs never been an Architects tour. As a band we feel that weâve never had an opportunity to deliver the live show in the U.S. that represents the band at its best, and on this tour that is what we finally intend to do. Weâre sorry to all our fans there that itâs taken us so longâwe've faced all sorts of obstacles, some of which you are well aware of, but we intend to make the wait more than worthwhile.â
The roots of Brooklyn-based indie art funk septet Ava Luna began in frontman Carlos Hernandez's high-school bedroom, where he would write and record songs under the name Ava. In college he met Julian Fader and Nathan Tompkins, and the three of them changed the band name to Ava Luna, figuring "Ava" was probably already taken by a more prominent act somewhere. Hernandez spent time as an engineer and working on various small-scale noise and punk projects after college, with Ava Luna coming in and out of focus as the years went on. With 2009's 3rd Avenue Island, a homemade CD-R release, the band congealed yet again, this time featuring Hernandez on vocals with a host of various singers and a minimal musical backdrop of drums and synthesizers. The band followed in 2010 with the Services EP, featuring a different lineup and a sound that continued toward the heavy vocal harmonies of bands like Dirty Projectors with increasingly obtuse neo-soul-inspired musical backdrops. A proper debut surfaced in 2012 with the release of Ice Level. By this point the band was more or less in a stable lineup, featuring Hernandez on vocals and guitar, Fader on drums, Tompkins on synths, Ethan Bassford on bass, and a trio of female singers, Felicia Douglass, Becca Kauffman, and Anna Sian. The group toured in support of Ice Level, opening some larger shows for Twin Sister. They returned with the less chaotic follow-up Electric Balloon in 2014. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi
Opus One & PromoWest North Shore Presents Daya with Special Guests Alexx Mack and Liberty Deep Down
Platinum recording artist, Daya [pronunciation âdey-uhâ], drives pop music down a different path as an independent artist scaling the pop charts. While her arrival on the music scene has been sudden to many, this 17-year-old singer/songwriter and Pittsburgh native has always known what she wanted to do.
The High and Mighty Brass Band (HMBB) is a party already in progress. Their performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring. The group's sincere enthusiasm and dynamic energy connects with every audience member who is willing to get involved. Their sound is a mix of classic New Orleans Funk, R&B and more modern influences of Afro-Beat and Hip Hop.
Beginning with a heavily percussive and tribal groove, the horns weave through solos, building and stretching the energy to its limits. Just catch one of their upcoming performances in the New York City area and see for yourself!
Opus One and Burning Bridges Festival Presents James Adomian with Special Guests Alex Stypula, Isaac Crow, John Dick Winters
For singer-songwriter Nick Hakim, it all started in a house in Jamaica Plains, MA with collaborators Naima and Solo Woods. There, he put the finishing touches on his breakthrough EPs, Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II, which would later release through his Earseed Records and earn critical praise from NPR and The New York Times. But it was where the sessions for the two-part project ended and the ideas began to materialize for what would become his full-length debut, Green Twins (releasing via ATO Records in 2017), an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since.
The story of Green Twins truly began when, armed with the masters for his EPs, Hakim moved from Boston to Brooklyn, spending his time fleshing out unfinished ideas in his bedroom. He came up with lyrics on the spot while playing the live circuit at solo shows including Palisades and NYXO, recording sketches and lyrics on voice memos and a four-track cassette recorder, and embracing the local community of musicians by performing with bands like Jesse and Forever and Onyx Collective. From there, Green Twins came about as a sum of its parts: Hakim took the demo recordings to studios in New York City, Philadelphia and London, and built on them with engineers including Andrew Sarlo (bass, engineering, production), keeping the original essence of the songs intact. Sarlo notes that "for other artists, a demo serves as a potential shape the song could form into. But for Nick, demos are more like creating a temple: a sanctuary that now we have to go into and somehow clean, furnish, and get ready for other people to experience the sermon in."
"I put a lot of thought to the things I'd say, but a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs," he says of Green Twins, "many of them are like self-portraits". The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to Portishead and My Bloody Valentine. "I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs", he continues. "We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green's Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins."
"Bet She Looks Like You," recorded mostly in his home bedroom, was one of the first songs that "started this fire for exploring this experiment through song." Each track peels back a particular aspect of his life: on the title song, he gets deeply personal, reflecting on a recurring dream. "All these things reflect how I feel, how I write," he says. "I sometimes have trouble articulating myself verbally. This is a place I can talk and be myself, with music, this intangible space I create."
Hakim's debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household-his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canciÃ³n-while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn't take an interest in learning an instrument until later in high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he's brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.
With Green Twins, Hakim plans to tour through the beginning of the year, and hopes that folks will connect with the songs he'd written. "I think everybody feels insecure about certain things and everybody has lost people dear to them. I think I'm writing about common things that people feel," he says. "I'm very grateful for anybody that's listening or wants to be a part of my little world that I've created through song."
(Late Show) Opus One and Burning Bridges Festival Presents Aparna Nancherla. Hosted by John Dick Winters
Aparna Nancherla is delighted you are here. She's a comedian of the stand-up variety, but can often be seen sitting. She recently wrote for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC. You can also see her on the current season of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and on the upcoming season of Love on Netflix. In addition, she currently hosts the long-running popular underground New York comedy show, Whiplash at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on Monday nights at 11 p.m.
Her artistic journey took off in Washington D.C. (it's all about the Washingtons), but she now resides in the biggest apple in the gosh darn world.
Aparna's sense of humor tends toward the dry, observational variety, but do be warned, her act runs rampant with absurdism and unregulated whimsy.
Other credits include writer and performer on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and appearances on Conan on TBS, Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @midnight, and Adam Devine's House Party on Comedy Central, NBC's Last Comic Standing, Seeso's Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and Rooftop Comedy's Live From the Barrel House, VH1's "I Love the 2000s", TruTV's How to Be a Grown Up and Friends of the People, and Fuse's White Guy Talk Show. She has also done videos for Above Average, Refinery29, Funny or Die, Slate V, and MTV Other.
In addition to being a 2013 New Face at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, she has also been on numerous lists such as Vultureâs "50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015", Marie Claireâs Funniest Women of 2015, Time Magazineâs 140 Top Tweeters of 2014, Jezebel's Comedy Queens of 2014, Time Out NY's "10 Funniest Women in New York", Flavorpill's "11 Essential Young Comedians in New York City", LA Weeklyâs "12 Comedy Acts to Watch", Serial Optimist's "10 Comics You Must Know", and Splitsider's "10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast". She has also been featured in in Laughspin, BUST Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle India, Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Magazine.
You may have heard Aparna on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, NPR's "Wait, Waitâ¦Don't Tell Me!", Radio Q on CBC, or seen her at countless festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, SXSW, SF Sketchfest, OutsideLands, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the Great American Comedy Festival.
Comics Aparna has been humbly delighted to open for include John Oliver, Tig Notaro, Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Dave Attell, Rob Delaney, Christian Finnegan, Tom Green, Eddie Brill, Hari Kondabolu, Myq Kaplan, and Chris D'Elia.
Notable venues and shows she has played include Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Comedy Bang Bang at the Upright Citizen's Brigade (LA), the Hollywood Improv, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline's on Broadway, Stand Up NY, the Punchline Comedy Club (SF), the Comedy Bar (Toronto), the DC Improv, the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, the Lincoln Lodge (Chicago), and Mottley's Comedy Club (Boston), as well as a downright upstanding gaggle of colleges.
Aparna is also an experienced improviser, having studied at Washington Improv Theater, the Upright Citizen's Brigade in both NY and LA, and the Groundlings, as well as Lesly Kahn's school of acting. She may yet perform with latent-but-powerful independent improv group Mythical Newsroom. She has also acted in various sketches, web videos and series, pilots, and short films.
105.9 WXDX Presents Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Special Guests Atlas Genius and Night Riots
"Andrew McMahon, of Something Corporate and Jackâs Mannequin fame, has reinvented himself as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and has seen the biggest success of his 16 year career with hit single, âCecilia and the Satellite.â His forthcoming album Zombies On Broadway, due February 10, 2017, is a follow up to the eponymous album that produced the smash single, âCecilia and the Satellite,â which became a Top 5 hit across both Alternative and AAA radio, Top 10 hit at Hot AC and which also climbed up the Pop chart.
âCecilia and the Satelliteâ found great commercial success having been featured on FOX's Red Band Society trailer, MTV's Real World, and the TV promo for Warner Bros. Picturesâ film PAN. McMahon performed the single on CONAN and on TODAY. Most recently, he completed a massive summer tour across North America with Weezer and Panic! At The Disco. His current single off the new record, âFire Escape,â is quickly rising across airplay at Alternative reaching Top 20 and growing at AAA Radio.
Aside from his professional successes, McMahon is a 10 year survivor of leukemia and founder of the Dear Jack Foundation, one of the first Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) specific cancer foundations which advocates for and supports initiatives that benefit AYAs diagnosed with cancer. McMahon lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 10 years Kelly and their daughter Cecilia. "
Opus One and WPTS Radio Presents Minus the Bear with Special Guests Beach Slang and Bayonne
Over the course of their 15-year career, Minus the Bear have carved out their own unique musical world. This isnât to say theyâre impervious to outside influence. Theyâve borrowed components from a wide swath of genresâthe brainy clangor of New Yorkâs proto-punk scene, the cerebral buzz of IDM, the poptimist evaluation of hip-hop and R&B, and the grandiose visions of prog rockâbut always managed to defy classification. Throughout the first decade of their existence, every new album offered a new musical approach, as seen in the idiosyncratic fretboard gymnastics of Highly Refined Pirates, the glitchy loops of Menos el Oso, or the modernized Fripp-inspired wizardry of Planet of Ice. By the time the band entered our current decade, their knack for reinvention yielded to an emphasis on refinement. Albums like OMNIand Infinity Overhead searched for a middle ground where their myriad of stylistic approaches could all work within the context of a single record. On their sixth album VOIDS, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process. âThere was a lot of change and uncertainty,â says guitarist David Knudson. âI think the general vibe of emptiness, replacement, lacking, and longing to fill in the gaps was very present in everyonesâ minds.â Change was everywhere. Keyboardist/vocalist Alex Rose took on a more prominent role in composition and handled lead vocal duties on songs like âCall the Cops,â âTame Beasts,â and âRobotic Heart,â drummer Kiefer Matthias joined the fold, producer Sam Bell lent a fresh set of ears in the studio, and the band returned to their original label home at Suicide Squeeze Records. Minus the Bear were no longer swept along by the momentum that had driven them for the last fifteen years. Instead, they reached a point where they could recalibrate and redefine who they were as a musical entity. The resulting album VOIDS retains many of the bandâs signature qualitiesâthe hedonistic tales of nighttime escapism and candid vignettes of adulthood, the savvy up-tempo beats, the layered and nuanced instrumentationâ while simultaneously reminding us of the musical wanderlust that initially put them on the map. Album opener âLast Kissâ immediately establishes the bandâs renewed fervor. An appropriately dizzying guitar line plunges into a propulsive groove before the chorus unfolds into a multi-tiered pop chorus. From there the album flows into âGive & Takeâ, a tightly wound exercise in syncopation that recalls the celebratory pulse of early Bear classics like âFine + 2 Ptsâ while exploring new textures and timbres. âInvisibleâ is arguably the catchiest song of the bandâs career, with Jake Sniderâs vocal melodies and Knudsonâs imaginative guitar work battling for the strongest hooks. âWhat About the Boat?â reminds us of the âmath-rockâ tag that followed the band in their early years, with understated instrumentation disguising an odd-time beat. âErase,â recalls the merging of forlorn indie pop and electronica that the band dabbled with on their early EPs, but demonstrates the Bearâs ongoing melodic sophistication and tonal exploration. By the time the band reaches album closer âLighthouse,â theyâve traversed so much sonic territory that the only appropriate tactic left at their disposal is a climactic crescendo, driven at its peak by
Cory Murchyâs thunderous bass. Not since Planet of Iceâs âLotusâ has the Bear achieved such an epic finale. All in all, itâs an album that reminds us of everything that made us fall in love with Minus the Bear in the first place, and a big part of that appeal is the sense that the band is heading into uncharted territories. Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to release VOIDS to the world on March 3, 2017 on CD, LP, and cassette. Nick Steinhardt designed the artwork and layout for all formats. The first pressing of the album is available on 5,000 copies of splatter colored vinyl and 5,000 copies of 180 gram black vinyl. The LP jacket features PMS inks, a die-cut cover with a printed inner sleeve and contains a download code. The cassette version is limited to 500 copies and includes a download code as well