Featured Shows of the Week! September 4
After touring for two years with Le Loup, guitarist May Tabol returned home to launch a new project with a close group of friends converging in the DC arts scene. Now playing as a four-piece, Pree combines a wide variety of folk instrumentation with electric and digital elements to create a unique sound brimming with layered melodies and contagious energy.
BLACK TAXI is one of NYC’s most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities and unparalleled energy.
Winners of the 2010 Independent Music Award for Best Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Song.
Described by the Midpoint Music Festival as “a classic rock-informed amalgamation of The Killers, The Strokes, and The Bravery.”
They are working on their debut full-length album in NYC, to be released in spring 2012.
Patrick Watson is a Montreal-based art-rock quartet that carries the name of its chief songwriter and frontman. They exploded onto the Canadian and international scene alike at the end of 2006 following the release of Close to Paradise on Montreal’s Secret City Records. From a packed record launch in September, to a series of late-night loft party/jam session at Pop Montreal, to their MVP performances at Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik, Patrick Watson, along with bandmates Mishka Stein, Robbie Kuster, and Simon Angell, have proved in a short period of time that they deserve to be considered among the best on a growing list of Canada’s promising musical exports.
Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian indie folk band which formed in 2003 in Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada. The band began with Tony Dekker (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Erik Arneson (banjo, guitar, harmonium), Bret Higgens (bass), Julie Fader (keyboards, vocals) and Greg Millson (drums). Julie Fader subsequently left, and Miranda Mulholland, on violin and backing vocals, joined.
“The freakishly talented duo of Aleksa Palladino & Devon Church always makes me think of two sweet kids strolling hand-in-hand into Armageddon. It feels ennobling, as reverb roars and Palladino warbles, “We are sparks of light, but we hide it” to suddenly bashful, suddenly human, us.” _LOS ANGELES CITYBEAT
Sondre Lerche is thrilled to announce the release of his new self-titled album. Set for a June 7th release on Mona Records, this new collection shines with Sondre’s numerous strengths that countless critics and fans have fallen in love with – his advanced melodic instinct, intimate yet refined arrangements and vivid lyricism. All of it seamlessly aligning – confirming Sondre as one of his generation’s smartest singer/songwriters.
Praised by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Stereogum, Filter, Spin, and Entertainment Weekly among others for his experimentation with contrasting musical sounds, this eponymous album contains Sondre’s most interesting arrangements and catchy songwriting to date, but also some of his most somber and introspective. But for his sixth album, Sondre’s prolific curiosity didn’t lead him to a new genre so much as introduce a new level of candidness in his work.
From the gripping cut-to-the-chase opener “Ricochet” to the uber-catchy “Private Caller,” from the naked drama of “Red Flags,” the tribal-pop of “Go Right Ahead” and the sly folk of “Living Dangerously,” Sondre’s new album masterfully captures a raw, spontaneous, instinctive and heartfelt sound that results in a confident artistic statement and arguably Sondre’s boldest and best record to date.
In the studio, Sondre wanted to explore his new creative alliances in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood where he’s lived on and off for the last six years. “Getting to work with my new friends was one of the highlights of this whole process,” says Sondre. The album was recorded – live in the studio – and mixed in a short but intense time period of three-weeks. The sessions included fellow musicians – Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith, longtime producer/collaborator Kato Ådland, Dave Heilman, drummer for Lerche-collaborator Regina Spektor, and co-producer, mixer and owner of Rare Book Room Studio, Nicolas Verhnes (Spoon, Animal Collective). “We recorded a lot of it to tape, forcing ourselves to either commit or burn bridges and move on. We were killing darlings left and right. It was truly liberating.”
The Morrison Brothers Band is an unsigned group whose sound fuses elements of Southern Rock, Blues, Pop and Country Music.
Founded in 2006 by brothers Truman and Willie Morrison, the California-based outfit began composing the groundwork for their debut album by performing regularly in the Los Angeles area. After relocating to their hometown of Washington D.C. in 2008, the Morrison Brothers assembled a new lineup with brothers Matt and Kevin Nolan to build an East Coast following and finish work on their first album, “Midnight in Virginia.”
In 2009, the opening track off the album took first place in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition. A year later, the group was selected as the Gigatone Songwriter and Performer of the Year.
In the summer of 2011, the Morrison Brothers independently released their second album, “Shotgun Silhouette.” Several cuts from the album are still experiencing regular airtime on radio stations such as 98.7 WMZQ across the country.
The band has headlined many prestigious venues in the DC area, including The 9:30 Club, The Birchmere, The State Theatre, The Hamilton and The Mellon Auditorium. The Morrison Brothers have also shared the stage and been featured at music festivals with the likes of Allison Krauss, Steely Dan, Third Eye Blind, Maroon 5, and the Steve Miller Band.
The band is now performing regularly in the Southern and Eastern United States to promote their second recorded offering. They are also writing and finalizing songs for their third album, which they plan to record in the fall of 2012 and release sometime in early 2013.
The Zac Brown Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, The Black Crowes, and Sam Cooke are noted as a few of the group’s many musical influences. As one critic from Picket magazine described The Morrison Brothers Band’s sound, “It’s as if Van Morrison, O.A.R. and the Eagles had a baby.”
A top notch music band.
The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride, Glasgow in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid.