Faris McReynolds is, for all intents and purposes, a successful L.A.-based visual artist. Despite consistently showing in galleries and selling his paintings, he felt his creativity was stifled. He found himself spending his hard-earned dollars on music equipment, and soon enough, he put two and two together. McReynolds quickly changed gears and started making music as One Finger Riot — a lot of music.
Michigan-based Lawnmower started as singer-songwriter and guitarist Travis Bravender’s solo project back in 2010, when he released ‘Franchise Wings,’ his first LP under the alias. The project has since expanded into a trio, and this past April saw the release of the EP 'Whack Yer Brain,’ which the band is calling its proper debut. No matter where you land on the group’s timeline, however, their sound consistently reflects a great admiration of ‘90s lo-fi indie and pop-punk.
Noah Lebenzon and Thomas Froggatt, the brains behind Asian She, met back in 1998, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the alt-rock duo sat down to record some music together. The resulting five tracks complete their self-titled debut EP, all of which offer dark, gloomy goodness and make the 14 years well worth the wait.
In the span of a short couple of years, John Bee, the man behind American Opera, has undergone some serious changes.
Following the 2011 dissolution of Your Best Friend, the Michigan band he'd played with for eight years, Bee set out on his own and began performing under the American Opera moniker, both with a full band and as a solo artist.
Following the demise of their previous project, Static Radio NJ, Crimes are forging a new path.
Even before Static Radio’s final tour as a band, Crimes was already in its infancy, recording what would become the group’s self-titled debut EP. While both outfits draw from emo and hardcore influences, the Garden State trio is excited for what lies ahead.
San Francisco husband-and-wife duo Stripmall Architecture don’t want to be pigeonholed. With each album, Rebecca and Ryan Coseboom transform their electronic dream-pop sound, and their efforts haven't gone unappreciated. With a string of EPs, three LPs and their fourth on the way, Stripmall have been the subject of much acclaim in the Bay Area due to their unique sound and captivating live performances.
Nick Scalise and Gregory Shanahan of Bestfriends have taken a hands-on approach to creating their breed of indie-pop-electronica, and they’ve carved out a niche in the genre. The Chicago-based pair have a vision, and they ensured its realization by taking complete control over their 2012 self-titled EP. Not only did they write and perform the six-track EP, but they also produced, mixed and mastered it. They even directed a couple of accompanying music videos.
New Jersey’s Black Clouds make pure, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll. The foursome doesn’t fall prey to gimmicks or what’s in vogue. Rather, they pride themselves on a do-it-yourself approach and put plenty of passion and drive behind their music. This has led to two LPs -- 2008’s ‘Wishing Well’ and 2012’s ‘Better Days’ -- both of which the band funded, recorded and produced.
Fat History Month’s sophomore LP, ‘Bad History Month,’ arrived on the heels of much praise for their debut album, ‘F---ing Despair.' As the album titles might indicate, this Boston indie-rock duo doesn’t take itself too seriously, or maybe it takes itself entirely too seriously — it’s hard to tell.
The Shakers have taken L.A. by storm, playing sold-out shows at venues like the Viper Room and Roxy Theatre, and with the help of their fans, they intend to keep on that trajectory with the summer 2013 release of ‘Rescue Team.’ For this foursome, it’s all about the pursuit of rock ‘n’ roll aspirations, and singer Jodie Schell bets that her “heart might just explode” the day they can pursue them full-time.
From their home recordings right down to their live performances, Mary Goes Wild strive for simplicity in their music. That's also true in terms of instrumentation, as Danny and Freddy Wild bash away with just guitar, drums and vocals.
Mission South have been on the rise since the release of ‘Migration Vol. 2' -- the second installment in a trilogy of EPs -- earlier this year. The roots-rock trio from Washington, D.C., features Dan Miller (vocals, guitar), John Beck (bass) and Max Harwood (drums) -- childhood friends who have been on the road or in the studio since graduating from college in 2012.
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