Castle Peak Music
Alexi Glickman began performing and releasing music as Sandy's in 2012 after fronting the Botticellis and touring with Little Wings. In Summer of 2014 Thomas Campbell put out Sandy's debut record, Fourth Dementia, via Um Yeah Arts.
On his new EP, Prom, he wraps five melodic gems with layers of vintage tape echo and open tuned Stratocaster shimmer for a dreamy late summer slow dance. Alexi recalls, “my first memories of music were in these big echoey rooms watching my Dad and his dance company rehearse. I wanted to make an EP that had a presence like that.” Prom features album art by Nat Russell that depicts a lone guitarist playing for a seemingly vast, empty landscape— save for the multitude of glowing stars in the cosmos. It’s a lonely image but also a transcendent one in the same spirit as the opening lines of Chris Bell’s I Am The Cosmos, “Every Night I tell myself I am the cosmos / I am the wind / But that don’t get you back again.”
Lyrically, Prom deals with a similar kind of social desolation— when friends drift away after school or turn their backs on their old friends as they pair off to get married. “Sometimes there’s an openness of spirit that begins to fade in people as they grow older— songs like "Consolidated Identity" are a kind of last dance with that person before they become someone else.” Recorded mostly live to a 1960s Scully 4-track in a house in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, Prom centers around Alexi’s guitar— an on old Fender, open tuned, echoplexed—reverberating in the old wood panels of the forest dwelling turned recording studio.
Sandy’s band, made of Burton Li (the Botticellis), Nick Aives, (The Range of Light Wilderness, Vetiver), Dave Muller, and Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine), blend into one instrument— winding through rich harmonic passages like they were riding a wave.
“I decided to keep two tunes on the EP instrumentals to invite folks to listen to them in a different way. Vocals can sometimes steal the show—when there’s an intricate composition underneath you wonder if anyone notices. I have vocal versions that I’d like to put out someday but I thought opening with an instrumental on each side of the EP was a fun way to welcome folks into this little world.”
A man of few words - Dutch producer making music that sounds like Hudson Mohawke's sampler died in the forest and gave life to fresh, natural, and earnest beats.
Third Side Music
We Are Wolves
The now mythic trio, We Are Wolves, presents an honest and uncatchable sound; a bit like celestial lightning hitting a sacred mountaintop. Mainly inspired by visual arts, they paint a post-punk landscape, scattered with analog trees. Their primitive approach remains true to their animal of predilection: untamable. Disciples of rock and electronica - it’s at the junction of those two movements that We Are Wolves made their den.
Castle Peak Music
Gal Pals is a drum and guitar duo, originally from Austin, now based in Los Angeles. We write pop songs.
Frog Music Licensing
With a powerful, sultry voice that evokes comparisons to artists as diverse as K.T. Tunstall, Girl in a Coma’s Nina Diaz and Ronnie Spector, Emily Bell has made it to the top of the “must see live” list in Austin, Texas. Her debut album In Technicolor was self-released on May 28, and her single "Back to the Way I Was" was picked up by close to 200 national radio stations and video outlets respectively.
Since then, Bell has done two national tours, performed live on the Ron & Fez Show on Sirius XM, the Artie Lang Show, BreakThru Radio, and even got her own day in Austin when the Mayor proclaimed August 22, 2013 “Emily Bell Day.” Interrobang.com ranked Bell No. 1 on its list of the top five artists to watch at SXSW 2013 - after listening to 1,210 tracks from showcasing acts. Her next single, “Hey Baby,” is getting nationwide distribution on the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau compilation, Austin Music, Volume 12. Her debut album features nine cuts that cross tracks laid through Delta blues, ‘60s rock, girl-group glam and Motown power. With John Evans, her producer, co-writer, guitarist and partner, Bell has crafted a “here I am” statement and likes to call it “Technicolor rock ‘n’ soul.” After writing and recording in Raphael Saadiq’s Burbank studio in LA with former members of Tony! Toni! Toné!, Bell returned to her Texas roots. With recent live shows including F1’s Fan Fest, KGSR’s Discovery Series, CMJ, Freedom Over Texas 2013, Michelle Clark’s Sunset Sessions and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar coming up this December 17, Bell is making waves as one of Austin’s hottest new talents. Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll says “She’ll knock you down, then lick your wounds, burn up the stage and leave you begging for more.” For more information, see www.emilybell.com.
There's only one way to define Jonny Cat's music: timeless. Best-known as the singer and guitarist for San Francisco's most excellent garage stompers Coo Coo Birds, he spends most of his time recording and touring around the world. He composes many different styles of music including rock n roll, blues, jazz, flamenco, world, classical and others. Jonny usually records all the instruments as well on his tracks with guitar, piano, drums, bass, violin, harmonica, sitar, setar, and other strange instruments.
In forming in late 2011, Wildhoney set out to write pop songs with the energy and malcontent of hardcore punk, but without its entrenched masculinity — drawing influences from ‘60s girl groups, ‘80s post punk, indie pop, and shoegaze. The five-piece has since become one of the loudest — and sweetest — bands in its hometown of Baltimore.
North Star Media, LLC
The Blind Shake
The Blind Shake are a psychedelic, garage-punk band from Minneapolis, MN. Brothers Jim and Mike Blaha play guitars and sing, while longtime friend Dave Roper plays drums. For over a decade, the track-jacketed, bald-headed trio has gained a reputation for being one of the most intense bands on the national and international tour circuit. With six full-length albums, a surf collaboration with Swami John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes), and three collaborations with psychedelic legend Michael Yonkers, the band continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch red noise. Their “Fly Right” release (Slovenly Recordings) zooms in on an intense, yet more melodic aspect of their sound. The group has become a beloved favorite of music supervisors and agency producers, scoring featured usage with the likes of T-Mobile, Fox Racing, Specialized Bikes, Puma, Netflix House of Cards, TUMI, DirecTV, MTV, CW, Comedy Central, Oakley, Thrasher and more.
"The Minneapolis trio deliver the weight and density of an Earth riff, but married it with punk speed and bite. What's unchanging is their pure intensity.” - PITCHFORK
“[Fly Right is] nine tracks of country-twang tinged garage rock perfection. It's awesome.” - NOISEY
"The Blind Shake is at once spacey, primitive futuristic, and brutal: a kind of backyard extraterrestrial minimal surf-punk party. One guitar, one baritone guitar, a fuckload of reverb, and a drummer who deserves an Olympic medal." --SF Weekly
Le Grand Jones
Scotty Marz and Philip DeFreeze a/k/a Le Grand Jones have been creating music together for well over a decade.
LJG’s music spanning Down Tempo, Chill and Trip-Hop, their special blend of electronic music actually owes more to the synthesizer sounds of the 1970s and 80’s and references such bands as Kraftwerk, Gary Newman, Duran Duran, Yello and Depeche Mode. Other influences that are more readily apparent are psychedelic rock pioneers like Pink Floyd, David Bowie and more contemporary bands that have forged the genre like Zero 7 and AIR, other influences include; UK roots reggae legends Steel Pulse and the Clash.
JSWISS is an youthful emcee and breath of fresh air to the hip hop world. Fans of hip hop’s “Golden Age” in the 90s and artists like Talib Kweli, The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest will love what this lyricist has to offer, as will anyone who appreciates quality content from the heart.
With clever wordplay, positive messages and an infectious energy that drives an exciting live show, JSWISS, who Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival producer Brooklyn Bodega calls “a great representative of the future of the culture,” appeals to hip hop purists and new hip hop audiences alike.
Growing up in the New York City suburbs of Dobbs Ferry, NY and earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, gives JSWISS a different perspective from most rappers. Mix that with a strong love for hip hop culture and understanding of its history, and you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime artist. Since releasing his first mixtape in 2009, while a student at UNC, Swiss has gained fans worldwide and received acclaim from music authorities such as 2DopeBoyz, The Source, Complex Magazine, Hip Hop DX, RESPECT Magazine, Bleu Magazine & much more.
JSWISS has shared the stage with the likes of Rakim, The Roots, Big K.R.I.T., 2 Chainz and Asher Roth, performed at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the famed Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and SOBs in Manhattan, and worked with the likes of Kooley High, Brown Bag AllStars and soul singers Maya Azucena and Karen Bernod.
JSWISS' "Awthenticity" LP reached fans worldwide and received acclaim from The Source, 2Dopeboyz and more for its soulful, infectious instrumentals and catchy hooks paired with poignant and sometimes brutally honest lyrics.