Jim Testa

air date: Monday September 24, 2007

For over 20 years, Jim Testa listened to other people's music and told you what he thought. Now it's your turn. The editor/publisher of JERSEY BEAT, one of the oldest and most well-respected music fanzines in America, has dusted off his guitar and returned to the stage with a second collection of his quirky, catchy, irreverent, witty, and sometimes sentimental pop tunes. "There Goes The Neighborhood" includes runaway hits like "Sally's Got A New Tattoo," about a grrl who gets a little too carried away at the tattoo & piercings parlor, and "Punk Rock Is Not Day Care," a savage indictment of the callow 'tweens turning Jim's precious punk scene into an episode of Lizzie McGuire. Jim appears as a solo singer/songwriter, with his friend John Raido on harmonica, and with the band Eisenhower at area venues throughout NYC and NJ. But you can almost catch him on the 4th Saturday of any month at the Charleston Bar & Grill in Williamsburg. The Village Voice says "quirky and catchy and a lot of fun." The Rev. Keith Gordon wrote that Jim's two EP's are "consistently charming, witty and fun to listen to." Greg Matherly of ARC magazine called it "straight up acoustic punk." But when Jim shows up with his guitar to play for you, you'll say, "There goes the neighborhood!"


www.myspace.com/jimtesta

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George Stanford

air date: Tuesday September 18, 2007

George Simon Stanford made his way to the front of the band through the brass section, where he played trombone in every type of band he could as a kid. Trombone proved to be a dangerous 'gateway' instrument, leading him to the bass, guitar, keyboards, and anything else that would make noise. He studied music theory at University of the Arts in his native Philadelphia for a year, where he formed the rock group Townhall. Realizing the academic lifestyle wasn't for him, he left school to set out on the road with his band, and after touring, recording, and starving for over five years, the group decided to go their separate ways in early 2006. With the demons of rock and roll calling his name louder than ever, and a new understanding of his own musical voice, George left his home and family for the bright lights of Los Angeles, to record a batch of new tunes. Within weeks of getting to the big city, he signed a recording contract with Epic Records. After a little corporate shake up in early 2007, George moved to Mercury Records, who will release his major label debut later this year.


www.georgestanford.com

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Sacha Sacket

air date: Monday September 17, 2007

Alternative driven singer-songwriter Sacha Sacket is poised to redefine his genre both onstage and on the airwaves with a powerful new album slated for Fall 2007 on Golden Sphinx Records. With an MTV-ready music video for his first single “Judy,” an aggressive national press, radio, and viral marketing campaign in place, and a talented all-female backing band; Sacket’s career is set to reach an entirely new level of notoriety and respect.

Opulent sweeps of electronic orchestration frame the evocative voice of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Sacha Sacket on his third full-length release, Lovers & Leaders. A strong pop current underscores themes of surrender and acceptance.

“Although it’s a love album, the theme is really more about my battle not to succumb to it,” says Sacket. “ I guess I equated love with losing power, losing my goals and aspirations. I was trying to find the balance between honoring someone else and myself, while at the same time - finding where the edges meet.”

The boldly titled Lovers and Leaders is as diverse as the characters that inspired it. The lyrics explore the freedom that comes through love, the nobility of leadership, and the devastating impact of the lack of either. Fans of Sacket’s confessional songwriting will immediately recognize the classically influenced melodies that are at the heart of the composer’s polished musicality. Lyrically, he stretches beyond the internal scrutiny of self-examination to etch distinct portraits of others with crystalline clarity: A disillusioned lover watches the runway recede from an ascending jet as she recalls “days of legs and sheets and lips” in “How Low?” An obsessive friend, “Judy (for shame)," dries roses and arranges dolls in rows on her bed, and in “Brandon Boyd,” the entitled “cool kids” intone threats to “keep the fat chicks/and the fags in line.” Sacket’s gift is not only to breathe life into these characters, but also to reveal their humanity.

Born in Iran to a multi-cultural family (his father is Iranian, his mother British) Sacket came to California at age one where he grew up in the sun-baked sprawl of the San Fernando Valley. Among his high school peers were members of Linkin Park and Hoobastank. And “Brandon Boyd,” as named in song, is the classmate who co-founded the band Incubus.

With the release of his second album, Sacha Sacket took his artistry far a field touring relentlessly with concerts at hundreds of colleges and music venues while garnering airplay on 150+ independent, college and NPR stations. With the advent of myspace, his audience grew exponentially and national media outlets soon took notice. Noted one reviewer, “Sacket’s music is not one for easy comparison. His remarkable and plaintive sensitivity conjures thoughts of a young Elton John, while a beautiful, textured piano recalls his classical past – a young obsession with Beethoven. His talent, however, is undeniable from any perspective. Armed with a unique and powerful voice, which is perhaps his greatest asset, Sacket grabs you right in the gut and never lets go.”

With Lovers and Leaders, even though Sacket confronts emotional vulnerability, his position is one of strength. “I’m not crying, walking down the street or anything,” he laughs. “My music balances me. It’s a super shot, an ‘espresso’ shot of me. In my music, I say things that I’ve never said to anybody. It’s private stuff that I don’t really talk about: except to the world.”


www.sachasacket.com

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The Winter Sounds

air date: Friday September 14, 2007

The Winter Sounds are an ambitious, atmospheric indie-pop outfit completely unique in style and sound, hopeful and triumphant. The band creates an aural study of contrasts on their debut Porcelain Empire, most noted in the song "The Great Forgotten" which begins in a world of dreamy darkness; exploding into a land of hope and salvation when the song's chorus comes in. With flourishes of violin and a plaintive verse the track "Poor Sailors" morphs into a synth-pop dirge that recalls bands diverse as The Smiths, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Killers and Interpol. "The Earthworm Song" with its hymnal-like vocals shows off strong lead and harmony arrangements from singer Patrick Keenan, culled from his Catholic upbringing. The Winter Sounds create an alluring sound tapestry that chills to the bone at times, but somehow always leaves a sublimely angelic impression on the listeners psyche.

Back in the 90's current band members Tim Lilly (guitar), Joseph Kass (guitar), and Patrick Keenan (vocals, bass) went to school together in South Carolina. They did the "high school band thing" playing weekends at the local punk venue doing Minor Threat, Op Ivy, Misfits, and Ramones covers while toying with some originals. Some time passed and as college called the band split up and they all moved to different locations. Over the years, Patrick joined forces with Gina Asalon, an accomplished clarinet player who had just learned her way around the piano/keyboards.

In May of 2005, Patrick decided to move to New Orleans to join the band Zydepunks, a gypsy punk band specializing in klezmer, Slavic, zydeco, Cajun irish punk rock which also featured Tim Lilly on guitar. It had been five years since they had played together and they were excited to be creating music together again but unfortunately they got one practice in before the Katrina struck. Patrick and Gina fled to Athens, GA where Joseph Kass was residing; Tim actually stayed in NOLA and roughed out the storm surviving at a bar with a generator and plenty of cold draft beer. Eventually after a missing persons call was issued, communication with Tim was re-established and he also took up residence in Athens with Patrick, Gina and Joseph. Thus the childhood friends were reunited and The Winter Sounds were born.

Using school money, credit, friends, family, work and every possible resource imaginable the band went to Chase Park Transduction, an Athens studio, and put up the down payment on the Winter Sounds first EP "The Land of No Output." For drums, they found Donovan Babb, from the Athens' bands Boulevard and Engineering. Recording the EP took 16 days from January to March of 06. The title of the CD was a phrase coined by engineer David Barbe (Drive By Truckers, Sugar, Son Volt). The song stylings were very complex and had an enormous amount of layers - they would be mixing sometimes 70+ tracks at once. Anything that could be considered peripheral was cast into the "land of no output."

The idea that the Winter Sounds were a real band and not only a studio recording project haunted the group and the itch grew to take the act on the road. The band started gigging in April and didn't slow down for anything. By mid-August 2006 they were touring full-time and would stay out until December. In those four months they would travel all through the southeast, northeast, and Midwest. By the end of 2006 they had played over 150 shows.

In late December 06 the band was picked up and signed by Livewire Recordings. The band will remix and remaster some of the tracks off "Land of No Output" plus record 6 new songs with Livewire president/producer Colin Cobb (The Rewinds, Ashton Allen, Exit Clov) in January and February of 2007 for its first full-length release. Their Livewire Recordings' debut The Winter Sounds - "Porcelain Empire" will hit stores June 26, 2007. The band is planning a nationwide tour starting in March and ending in December 2007.


www.thewintersounds.com

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Jon Caspi

air date: Thursday September 13th, 2007

Jon Caspi has been a mainstay in the alternative college radio and NJ/NYC music scenes. He has been the lead voice and songwriter for nationally successful acts such as Bouncing Off Bob and Boss Gremlin, had his music featured on radio stations across the U.S, in films, and on MTV and the WB. Now, a resident of Monmouth County, NJ, Jon has been primarily involved in the great local scene. His CD, This Town, his debut solo album, was officially released in early 2005. It has been played on radio across the country, and is available for purchase now. On August 12th,2006 Jon released his follow-up to This Town, I'm Not Angry Anymore.

www.joncaspi.com

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The Milwaukees

air date: Friday September 7th, 2007

Complimented as “charmingly arrogant” by some and “hard working showmen” by others - The Milwaukees make music for the masses: engaging, raw and instantly approachable. Sonically they live between the Foo Fighters and the Faces, while influences like the Who and the Clash permeate the band’s explosive live sound. With their third full length, American Anthems Vol. 1, the boys from Jersey focused on writing durable songs and memorable melodies while creating an accessible collection of rock gems.


www.milwaukees.com

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Ben Godwin

air date: Tuesday September 4th, 2007

A recent transplant to New York, Ben Godwin has performed at legendary London venues like the Troubadour, the Metro Club and the Kashmir Klub. From his roots in the underground rock scene in Glasgow in the late '90s, through Kinks and Jeff Buckley-influenced acoustic pop in the early '00s, his time in New York has transformed Godwin's sound into something raw, passionate and hypnotic, resembling the gravelly, fractured style of Tom Waits or the apocalyptic blues of Nick Cave- 'soaked in the gasoline, dirt, and restaurant grease of the sidewalks and subway platforms of his new home.' (Tom Drake- Urbanfolk #10)

Godwin has recently returned from a tour of his native UK, where he premiered material from his debut full-length album, SKIN AND BONE. A PR campaign by Organic Entertainment (Majestic Twelve) is in full swing to support the worldwide release of the album on April 17th, which will be accompanied by a US national album release tour. The album has already begun to gather momentum, being tapped twice for front page features on Napster and receiving great pre-release reviews from sites like Smother.Net, with more in the works. A radio campaign will begin in Summer 2007.

A frequent performer in NYC for LIFEbeat's Hearts & Voices program, which brings live music to people living with HIV, Godwin will donate $1 from the sale of each copy of SKIN AND BONE to LIFEbeat's programs to fight AIDS. In April '07, Godwin collaborated with members of the NYC HIV+ community to create a video for the title track from SKIN AND BONE, which is being submitted to film festivals over Spring and Summer 2007.


www.bengodwin.com

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Paul Sanchez

air date: Tuesday July 24th, 2007

A former member of Cowboy Mouth, Paul Sanchez is a cat with eight lives used up and he's damn glad to be here. Paul is a troubadour from New Orleans. He is a storyteller. His own as well as ours. He is a student and a teacher. A traveler that finds home in a thousand different faces every night.

His Latest CD, "Between Friends", featuring guest artists John Boutte, Susan Cowsill, Darius Rucker and many others, is now available. Paul is currently on a major US tour in support of his new release.


www.paulsanchez.com

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Will Hoge

air date: Tuesday July 17th, 2007

Most performers are willing to follow whatever formulas or procedures they think worked for others. Will Hoge epitomizes an ideal for rock musicians: free-spirited and individualistic, knowledgeable of the past but not obsessed with it, and imminently capable of bringing renewed creative energy and passion to an idiom that sometimes seems devoid of inventiveness and edge.


www.willhoge.com

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Fairmont

air date: Wednesday July 11th, 2007

Neil Sabatino first picked up a guitar in the early nineties. In those days he still had hope in his heart. It was before the NJ scene broke, before emo came and went, before the music industry and the bullshit that comes with it did things to him. He found himself established in the punk outfit Stick Figure Suicide – playing high profile shows with The Bouncing Souls, Saves The Day, AntiFlag, H20 and eventually securing a slot on The Vans Warped Tour. This was back in the days when only a handful of bands could say they achieved that honor. Things were still new. Things were beginning to happen.

Sabatino eventually joined NJ pop punk staples Pencey Prep, playing alongside future Fairmont bassist John “Hambone” McGuire and future My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. The band gained popularity quickly and was signed to Eyeball Records. More high profile shows with Thursday, Nada Surf, and the The Strokes followed. They played the inaugural New Jersey Surf and Skate fest with New Found Glory and Brand New. Things were looking up. But things were also spiraling downward. Touring, disputes within the band, tensions with the label and a host of other incidents started embittering Sabatino. As he watched Pencey Prep implode, taking his youthful naivety with it, he poured the bitterness and spite he felt for the band and his crushed dreams into penning the material that would eventually lead to the creation of Fairmont.

Originally a solo acoustic project, Fairmont was signed by Reinforcement Records before a full band had even been organized. Neil’s penchant for songwriting and the bitter honesty in lyrical style held its own weight and the “less is more” philosophy that he carried with him from his art school training allowed him to create material refreshingly different from the three chord and melodic emo music his community was emulating. Once assembled, Fairmont released their debut LP, Pretending Greatness Is Awaiting, a clever combination of half acoustic and half electric tracks.

2003 saw the release of Fairmont’s 2nd album Anomie and the reunion of Sabatino and McGuire. Anomie enjoyed college radio play locally and did well online, remaining at the top of the Indie Charts on websites like MP3.com. But it was Fairmont’s third album, Hell is Other People (produced by New London Fire/Sleep Station front man Dave Debiak) that created the most attention. After its 2005 release, The Aquarian Arts Weekly called it “A strong, confident, self-assured, commercially accessible effort from an outstanding young band just beginning to hit its creative stride…” and The Portland Phoenix dubbed them “The only good thing to come out of New Jersey (other then Bruce Springsteen).”

2006 had Fairmont on the road more than before - playing all over the Northeast and Midwestin progressively larger rooms. After releasing The Subtle Art of Making Enemies, an EP teaser for fans desperate for new material, Fairmont finally settled with producer Dean Baltulonis (The Hold Steady, The Explosion, Paint it Black) to record Wait & Hope. Wait & Hope is an autobiographical history of Fairmont’s career, reflected in dark pop songs of revenge and bitterness, love destructed, and confrontation with one’s demons and enemies. Drawing musical inspiration from The Replacements, Husker Du and other guitar rock legends, Fairmont successfully create an energetic, brooding backdrop to lyrics like “You were gleeful while I burned” and “Happiness is a million miles away”, all the while separating themselves from the current breed of New Jersey crooners through their maturity and experience.


www.fairmontmusic.com

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Colin Hay

air date: Tuesday July 10th, 2007

"Are You Lookin' at Me?" is Colin Hay's first studio album of new material in over five years. A tuneful, insightful meditation on life, love, sobriety, maturity and perseverance, the album finds Hay at the absolute peak of his craft. As a writer and vocalist, he has never been more masterful: finding intriguing new angles on instantly relatable scenarios, skewering and savoring in equal measure. His less acclaimed but no less formidable skills as arranger, engineer and bandleader insure that each song is supported by evocative musical backdrops ranging from electronic textures to plaintive acoustic balladry to classic guitar-driven pop."Are You Lookin’ at Me?" is unified by Hay’s immediately identifiable voice, relentless curiosity, wonder and a decidedly uncluttered sound which has its roots in Hay’s consistently busy tour schedule.

Few have endured and survived the way Hay has, from an unimaginable pinnacle of success to forging new roads as a working artist and songsmith. Avoiding the pitfalls that have claimed so many of his peers (drugs, depression, delusion), he continues to ply his craft. The rewards, he knows now, are greater than something as fleeting as fame and notoriety. "Are You Lookin’ at Me?" is the next chapter in a story that is still unfolding – on his terms. “I feel really great about this record,” Hay reflects, “because I feel close to it. I don’t listen to it and think ‘Oh, that’s not me’ or ‘I’m trying to do something weird here.’ That’s what’s different...I have a great band and a great group of people to work with. It’s fun now. But not in a light way – it’s got ome weight to it. But,” he says smiling, “it’s not like I have to please anybody. Well, maybe my wife.”


www.colinhay.com

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Anthony D'Amato (producer/director of Hedwig & The Angry Inch)

air date: Friday July 6th, 2007

The East German rock goddess herself, HEDWIG, has been seen on stages around the world, from Junction City to Japan, and is finally ready to TEAR UP Asbury Park! She has sold-out Sizzlers, standing room only at the Hometown Buffet and, at one time, Hedwig was the Featured Item at Waffle House Restaurants all over Kansas ("there's no place like home!")!

Behind her are the ambassadors of Eastern bloc rock, The Angry Inch, coming to NEW JERSEY for the first time with their original, post-punk, neo-glam music.


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Beatallica

air date: Thursday July 5th, 2007

THINK THAT THE BEATLES AND METALLICA ARE MUSICALLY WORLDS APART? BEATALLICA WILL PROVE YOU WRONG, WITH ‘SGT. HETFIELD’S MOTORBREATH PUB BAND’!

Although the Beatles certainly had some ‘heavy’ moments (“Helter Skelter,” “Revolution” or “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” anyone?), they are certainly not considered a metal band. And on the other side of the coin, Metallica is not considered a pop band. But then along comes Beatallica, and the lines between both acts have been erased – as heard throughout their first official, fully authorized album ‘Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band’. Comprised of members Jaymz Lennfield (vocals, guitar), Grg Hammettson (guitar), Kliff McBurtney (bass), and Ringo Larz (drums), Beatallica has been converting naysayers into believers for years by this point – having made fans throughout the world, and also with such renowned headbangers as Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy and Anthrax’s Scott Ian.

Originally coming to the attention of Headbangers everywhere with their initial Internet phenomenon story resulting in a million hits to their website and a legion of supporters, Beatallica has signed on with the Universal/Fontana distributed label Oglio Records, to release the fully authorized and newly recorded 'Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band' on July 10th. As evidenced by such song titles as "…And Justice For All My Loving," "Leper Madonna," and "Ktulu (He's So Heavy)," the quartet's knack for combining both these music giants together remains as sharp as ever. Not just a studio creation, Beatallica has amassed a huge following - known as the Beatallibangers - throughout the world due to their fun, hard rocking live show, as they've played shows with such metal heavy weights as Motorhead, and have even headlined open-air festivals themselves. Further U.S. and Euro live dates beckon, as well as video clips for the single "Revol-ooh-tion" and "A Garage Dayz Nite."


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Slo-Mo

air date: Tuesday July 3rd, 2007

Slo-Mo is the brainchild of Philadelphia steel guitarist Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner. Brenner has spent time on the road and in the studio playing steel guitar with such bands as Marah, Magnolia Electric Company and Badly Drawn Boy, but Slo-Mo is something totally different.

The first Slo-Mo disc, "Novelty", came out in 2000 on Bongload/Acid Blues and was largely a collaboration between Brenner and producers Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters, RL Burnside, Elliot Smith) and Beale Dabbs (RL Burnside, Lutefisk).

The second disc, "My Buzz Comes Back" (PHIdelity), released October 2005, reflected the new partnership of Brenner and Philly rapper Mic Wrecka. Beginning with the title track, Brenner and Wrecka (and co-producer Edan Cohen) slowly crafted a disc of tunes that draw from hip hop, R&B, pop, techno and, of course, the sounds of steel guitar.

On the just-released disc (May, '07), "Smokey Mountain," Brenner and Wrecka continue their co-writing and re-defining of Slo-Mo. This time, the live line-up of Brenner, Wrecka, drummer Mark Schreiber, bassist Steve Demarest, percussionist Hoagy Wing and fabulous singers Sue Rosetti, Steph Hayes (gtr) and Lauren Hart (keys) pumps up the tunes with a more organic groove.

For those waiting for a disc that more represents the live show, this is the one.


www.heyslomo.com

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Astrella Celeste

air date: Wednesday June 27th, 2007

The ultimate 60's love child as the middle daughter of Donovan who wrote "Catch the Wind," "Mellow Yellow" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man," Astrella Celeste is now coming into the spotlight in her own right. Her single "Dream," captures the lyrical and relaxing spirit of her father's music, whilst fusing jazz, pop and country in a way that is unique to her. Her songs are very personal, soulful and sensitive with a sweet, almost innocent quality that expresses a beautiful casual lifestyle. Now living in Mallorca, Spain, it goes without saying that Astrella has lived a charmed life and her music has an easy going way about it.

Having performed on stage since her childhood (releasing a single in Italy at age 8, which led to the Pope asking to meet her) Astrella spent her youth in acting schools and dance troupes before working with her father providing backing vocals and touring with him. She says, "My dad will always be my biggest influence but I also love Chet Baker, Nina Simone, Sade, Tori Amos, The Cardigans... I could go on and on."

Astrella's career has been richly developed by working with other musicians in recording sessions, performances and/or home jams, amongst them David Gilmour, Brian Setzer, Donovan, Mark White, Happy Mondays, and Graham Nash, to name but a few. Musicians are drawn to Astrella with the result that the credits for her upcoming EP release 'Blue Star' (the Spanish translation of Astrella-Celeste) make for interesting reading - written by Astrella with Kevin Hunter (of Sheryl Crow fame), the record is produced by Yoad Nevo (Sugababes, Goldfrapp), string arrangements are by the legendary John Cameron (Les Miserables, Jose Carreras) with Rat Scabies on drums, Andy Hobson (Pretenders) on bass and Carmen Squire on rhythm guitar and BVs. Interest in Astrella has been high with features already having run in Sunday Times Magazine, Hello and Daily Mail.

Astrella was recently featured with her father on PBS WLIW21's "The Donovan Concert: Live in L.A.," filmed at the Kodak Theater in L.A. in January, in a concert benefiting the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Astrella joined her father for a duet rendition of her UK hit "Dream." She also opened for her father at the Jazz Café to critical acclaim and will be performing the renowned Isle of Wight Festival 2007 this June.


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The Winter Sounds

air date: Monday June 25th, 2007

The Winter Sounds are an ambitious, atmospheric indie-pop outfit completely unique in style and sound, hopeful and triumphant. The band creates an aural study of contrasts on their debut Porcelain Empire, most noted in the song "The Great Forgotten" which begins in a world of dreamy darkness; exploding into a land of hope and salvation when the song's chorus comes in. With flourishes of violin and a plaintive verse the track "Poor Sailors" morphs into a synth-pop dirge that recalls bands diverse as The Smiths, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Killers and Interpol. "The Earthworm Song" with its hymnal-like vocals shows off strong lead and harmony arrangements from singer Patrick Keenan, culled from his Catholic upbringing. The Winter Sounds create an alluring sound tapestry that chills to the bone at times, but somehow always leaves a sublimely angelic impression on the listeners psyche.

Back in the 90's current band members Tim Lilly (guitar), Joseph Kass (guitar), and Patrick Keenan (vocals, bass) went to school together in South Carolina. They did the "high school band thing" playing weekends at the local punk venue doing Minor Threat, Op Ivy, Misfits, and Ramones covers while toying with some originals. Some time passed and as college called the band split up and they all moved to different locations. Over the years, Patrick joined forces with Gina Asalon, an accomplished clarinet player who had just learned her way around the piano/keyboards.

In May of 2005, Patrick decided to move to New Orleans to join the band Zydepunks, a gypsy punk band specializing in klezmer, Slavic, zydeco, Cajun irish punk rock which also featured Tim Lilly on guitar. It had been five years since they had played together and they were excited to be creating music together again but unfortunately they got one practice in before the Katrina struck. Patrick and Gina fled to Athens, GA where Joseph Kass was residing; Tim actually stayed in NOLA and roughed out the storm surviving at a bar with a generator and plenty of cold draft beer. Eventually after a missing persons call was issued, communication with Tim was re-established and he also took up residence in Athens with Patrick, Gina and Joseph. Thus the childhood friends were reunited and The Winter Sounds were born.

Using school money, credit, friends, family, work and every possible resource imaginable the band went to Chase Park Transduction, an Athens studio, and put up the down payment on the Winter Sounds first EP "The Land of No Output." For drums, they found Donovan Babb, from the Athens' bands Boulevard and Engineering. Recording the EP took 16 days from January to March of 06. The title of the CD was a phrase coined by engineer David Barbe (Drive By Truckers, Sugar, Son Volt). The song stylings were very complex and had an enormous amount of layers - they would be mixing sometimes 70+ tracks at once. Anything that could be considered peripheral was cast into the "land of no output."

The idea that the Winter Sounds were a real band and not only a studio recording project haunted the group and the itch grew to take the act on the road. The band started gigging in April and didn't slow down for anything. By mid-August 2006 they were touring full-time and would stay out until December. In those four months they would travel all through the southeast, northeast, and Midwest. By the end of 2006 they had played over 150 shows.

In late December 06 the band was picked up and signed by Livewire Recordings. The band will remix and remaster some of the tracks off "Land of No Output" plus record 6 new songs with Livewire president/producer Colin Cobb (The Rewinds, Ashton Allen, Exit Clov) in January and February of 2007 for its first full-length release. Their Livewire Recordings' debut The Winter Sounds - "Porcelain Empire" will hit stores June 26, 2007. The band is planning a nationwide tour starting in March and ending in December 2007.


www.thewintersounds.com

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Uniform

air date: Friday May 18th, 2007

Modern music for a haunted suburban life


www.uniformmusic.com

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The Misery Loves

air date: Friday May 18th, 2007

What do you get when you unite the vocal prowess of a singing pterodactyl with expressive, anxious guitars, subterranean bass, and the heaviest drummer in rock? Self-prophesized, presumed Gods of rhythm and melody, The Misery Loves - a musically inspired trio faithfully dedicated to taking over the world one hit song at a time.

The Misery Loves are Mark (vocals, guitars), Brian(bass), and John (drums). Hailing from Northern NJ, this epic threes company of sonically rabid rockers stage hook-heavy, guitar pop with the cunning of a fox in a henhouse. Armed with unbreakable artistic will and a screaming red axe, Mark rouses with the lyrical passion of a poet and the bare all attitude of a porn star. His tongue in cheek, angst driven melodies are as impossibly catchy as they are soulfully haunting.

Rounding out this mega band in the making is a rhythm section so rugged youll leave the show bruised and bleeding. Like cantankerous elephants on a groove-parade , Brian and John create a pocket so Galactic it transforms deep, growling hooks into feverish soundscapes of courageous feel.

Also starring: eric the blond - guitars, vocals and jared the brown on the keys.


www.themiseryloves.com

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Anthony Fiumano

air date: Thursday May 17th, 2007

Listening to Anthony Fiumano brings back memories of this past summer and my trip to Woodstock, New York. My introduction to Dylan's famed "pink house" still reverberating echoes of those famed basement tapes recorded right there with The Band so long, long ago. Simple acoustic arrangements and harmonica drenched stories, traditional and lean in their making, and so huge in their magical contributions to the music we listen to today.

Fiumano is a songwriter from that same time-honored tradition. He has been compared to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy and other individuals that focus on the homespun song. Relying on his acoustic guitar and harmonica, there is no backing band for what he does. Basic and up-front, Fiumano delivers folk-styled blues, country, R&B, and other iconic American music forms in a way that only deep personal study can provide.

His voice is distinct. Although he does remind me of a young James Taylor at times, his style is ultimately his own and at the age of 21 he has already started his journey of becoming one of New Jersey's most talented solo artists around. Anthony is currently working on his first solo album, which is due out sometime in 2007.

I listened to his most recent selection of tunes and was impressed with the depth and stark soundscapes on such excellent songs as "Darlene," with its quiet but urgent James Taylor vibe, and the Neil Young backwoods smoke on "The Year of the Flood." There's the Dylan-esque wails of "Born To Crawl," and the outstanding "Lucky Numbers" with dripping strains of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

This is a player to watch. Quiet and composed, he does his thing with contemporary style and an eye on the past masters. One of a handful that carries on in the traditional mode of folk and blues, he is poised to take that genre to his own gritty level.

Anthony Fiumano has been nominated for an award at the upcoming Asbury Music Awards on Nov. 11. Show up and support him. For further information on upcoming shows and his new record, check him out at anthonyfiumano.com

-Jon Pfieffer


www.anthonyfiumano.com

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The Chilling Details

air date: Wednesday May 16th, 2007

The Chilling Details' new album "INNERDIALOGUE" will be out on june 16th. the CD release party will be held that night at asbury lanes. there are three band members. in their spare time they like to eat cookies, have pillow fights with girls and dance to electronic music. Thanks to everyone for checking them out.


www.thechillingdetails.com

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April Smith

air date: Tuesday May 15th, 2007

born at the end of disco and the middle of rock n roll, when this one began to cry, god said “jesus, she’s got lungs.” her music is like this: combine the dramatic presence of freddie mercury, melodic sweetness of buckley, range and power of ann wilson, smoky sarcasm of tom waits, and the ornate imagination of michel gondry and you’re getting close. sounds good, we know. we call it vocally-driven-cinemelodic rock for short.


www.aprilsmithmusic.com

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Joanna Burns

air date: Monday May 14th, 2007

Joanna, 23, a native of Hazlet, NJ is an up-and-comer whose soulfully soaring vocals and piano-driven bluesy folk-pop style is about to change the independent music scene; starting with the Jersey Shore and some of its more well-known venues such as The Stone Pony and the Saint in Asbury Park among others. Having recorded a 3-song demo with producer Alex Houton of Singularity Studio, she's eager to record a full length album. "I'm not interested in my most "marketable" song playing on every radio. I want to be that artist that you find out about through word of mouth. I want it to be that when you hear my music, a part of it connects with you personally. And you keep coming back for that reason."


www.joannaburns.com

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Joe Harvard

air date: Friday May 11th, 2007

Joe Harvard has been called a Boston legend through his long career as a musician, producer-engineer and indie pioneer. Co-founder of Fort Apache Recording, Music at the Middle East Restaurant and NYC's Tribal Soundz, author of "The Velvet Underground and Nico", creator/author of the Boston Rock Storybook website, he appears in several documentaries including "Counting Backwards" and "The Velvet Underground, An Independent Critical Analysis," as well as having won NYC's prestigious 2000 Moth Storyslam [storytelling] Championship. Winner of the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Local Producer title back in his native Boston, Joe's long list of session credits includes playing on LP's by Dinosaur, Jr., Throwing Muses, and the Pernice Brothers, while his '85 - '93 tenure as owner of Fort Apache was marked by countless pioneering indie and alternative releases, including the Pixies, Bosstones, Breeders, T.Muses, Buffalo Tom, Lemonheads, Mission of Burma, Blake Babies/Julianna Hatfield, and Treat Her Right. While Joe handles steel and electric guitar, cumbus and bazouki, both Pernice Brothers stickhandler Patrick Berkery and Paperback Radio drummer Sarah Tomek, along with bassist Jay Walker, help him create his "Country Eastern" meld of garage, alt-country and middle eastern sounds, often peppered with incidental storytelling. Keith Monacchio of the Commons and Tony Tedesco of Roadside Repentants recently joined the band, adding acoustic and electric guitar and vocals.


www.myspace.com/joeharvardband

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They Might Be Giants

air date: Thursday May 10th, 2007

A MESSAGE FROM THE BAND:
"We are a band from Brooklyn that has been around for a long time. TMBG actively records and tours, and we have this free podcast at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=105708952. You might not know we got a Grammy a couple of years back for the theme to Malcolm in the Middle, and recorded all that rock and orchestral music on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Our new album THE ELSE will be released soon. It has 13 new songs, with tracks produced by They Might Be Giants with our pal NY mixing genius Pat Dillett and LA production superstars The Dust Brothers. The artwork was done by "Bed Bed Bed" collaborator and Canadian art genius Marcel Dzama. This album also spotlights our highly effective live ensemble of superstar players who are not professionally known as the MarDans, but could be if they formed a partnership. We are very happy with the album and will be touring in the summer and fall to get out the good word. Some top-secret shows in New England and NYC will be happening in early May, and July dates in the mid-west and the New York area. Watch this space for updates, or sign up for our free info and email service at TMBGs free mp3 service Til then-thanks!"
-They Might Be Giants


www.tmbg.com

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Billy Harvey

air date: Wednesday May 9th, 2007

I was born in Evanston, Illinois. I have one younger sister. We were both, raised by our mom (who bought me my first guitar when I was twelve). We moved around a lot when I was growing up. In fact, in one Six Year span I think we moved thirteen times. Living in various cities like, Santa Fe, Boston and Seattle. Eventually we ended up in Chicago where my mom found a job that she liked. My sister and I went to high school there.

At seventeen, the summer of my graduation, I moved to California in a VW van that my mom sold to me for a dollar. I headed for San Francisco even though I didn't know anyone there. I figured when I got there I'd just sleep in my van for a while till I got a band started or something. I did finally join a band that became very popular in that area for the time, and I did finally move out of my van (although it was 6 months later). The band was called Flame. We were together for 6 years and put 2 records out.

I've been in bands my whole life and every now and then I'd sing, but usually there was a SINGER. Writing all along, and usually keeping a song or two to myself, at one point decided that I wanted to sing them. So, I started playing around the Bay Area and it was ok, but I was getting the feeling I should be doing it elsewhere. By process of elimination it came down to Austin, TX.

I have been in Austin now for about ten years. I have worked with many great Austin artists in that time…Trish Murphy, Bob Schneider, Kacy Crowley, Blu Sanders, Steve Poltz, Craig Ross…

I have four indie releases -"More Happy Than Sad","Toast",“Pie”, and my new one "Bearsick".


www.billyharvey.com

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Sounds Of Greg D

air date: Tuesday May 8th, 2007

The Bio of Greg D and His Various Musical Meanderings

Greg Di Gesu was born in the height of Beatlemania, May 1965. In connection with being born during this fab time, his inspiration to play and write music was sparked by the murder of John Lennon 15 years later in 1980. It was in the immediate wake of Lennon’s death that Greg swam in the outpouring of Beatles’ music. His first exposure had been through the carnival of Sgt Pepper’s in 1967 at the age of 2. The circus-like musical atmosphere and packaging was attractive to a toddler. The imagery and sounds of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was definitely an early springboard.

Forward to college, two songwriters, Paul Rieder and Greg Di Gesu meet. They become a complimentary team. The Wooden Soldiers quickly became local New Brunswick, NJ faves. They achieved national attention with 1987’s debut “Hippies, Punks, and Rubber Men” on Absolute A-Go-Go Records. Some touring followed and great reviews were aplenty. Departing bassist, Paul Marangelo, was replaced with Matt Coleman (now know as Claude Coleman Jr., drummer for Ween). The full length follow up, “Lazy Man’s Load”, was completed with prior recording engineer, Henry Hirsch (of Lenny Kravitz notoriety).

During the span of The Wooden Soldiers, Greg began learning the art of studio recording under the guidance of Henry Hirsch. The result was full time house engineer at Waterfront Studios in Hoboken, NJ for 6 years. With the success of the Waterfront-recorded Lenny Kravitz records, Di Gesu remained a busy studio technician working with a great variety of artists and in different styles. This helped his music and visions considerably. Presently Di Gesu engineers out of Loho Studios in New York City and Grisly Studios in Jersey City.

He has received 2 platinum records. The first for Lenny Kravitz’s Are You Gonna Go My Way and another for John Mayer’s Room For Squares. John Mayer also won the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland" at the 45th Grammy Awards in New York City. Greg has also worked with Jimmy Scott, Guided By Voices, Elliott Smith, and had remixes appear on Antonio Carlos Jobim’s release, “The Man From Ipanema” (Polygram).

Abandoning the steady band member idea, the next endeavor was Fishermen’s Stew. This concept featured a bunch of rotating musicians from the years 1991-1999. This name refers to the “catch of the day" and sometimes the personnel from show to show was just that! There were many spontaneous moments and really good performances. Within that time the band released some singles, notably on Dada Records domestically and on Berlin-based Twang! Records. The two full-length CD’s were Letter To Norway in 1995 (Dada) and Hand To Mouth in 1997 (Get Hooked Records).

Speedsters and Dopers were founded in NYC in June of 2000. The music would not be of the hippie variety nor would it be heavy metal, as some may assume from its namesake. Instead there was a sound encompassing early Bowie and the songwriting stylings of Lennon & Reed with the lyrical focus of Dylan. The band kicked into high gear live with the spontaneity of true rock ‘n’ roll performance. At times the stage melded with theater as the vocal stylings and bodily meanderings of Di Gesu held the attention of both eyes and ears. Their debut, 9 o’clock in the Afternoon was released in 2003 on Get Hooked Records to welcoming ears.

Now it is 2006 and we are 642+ completed songs later..

Presently, Greg has put together a great band to get the songs into the ears of the world. Ryan Thornton on drums (Rana / Sam Champion), Dave Dreiwitz on bass (Ween), Jack Petruzzelli playing guitar (The Fab Faux / Rufus Wainwright), and Arne Wendt (Como Drive / The VooDudes) on Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Nord. Greg D is playing guitar and singing his songs. The current songwriting is his prime. Introspective lyrics that are easily identifiable as well as terrific melodies and hooks. Each song is complete unto itself. Rockers to quiet beauties to quirky strains of Syd Barrett-ness. So if songs are what you are after, you are in the right place.

Welcome to the Sounds of Greg D


www.gregsounds.com

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Ben Godwin

air date: Monday May 7th, 2007

A recent transplant to New York, Ben Godwin has performed at legendary London venues like the Troubadour, the Metro Club and the Kashmir Klub. From his roots in the underground rock scene in Glasgow in the late '90s, through Kinks and Jeff Buckley-influenced acoustic pop in the early '00s, his time in New York has transformed Godwin's sound into something raw, passionate and hypnotic, resembling the gravelly, fractured style of Tom Waits or the apocalyptic blues of Nick Cave- 'soaked in the gasoline, dirt, and restaurant grease of the sidewalks and subway platforms of his new home.' (Tom Drake- Urbanfolk #10)

Godwin has recently returned from a tour of his native UK, where he premiered material from his debut full-length album, SKIN AND BONE. A PR campaign by Organic Entertainment (Majestic Twelve) is in full swing to support the worldwide release of the album on April 17th, which will be accompanied by a US national album release tour. The album has already begun to gather momentum, being tapped twice for front page features on Napster and receiving great pre-release reviews from sites like Smother.Net, with more in the works. A radio campaign will begin in Summer 2007.

A frequent performer in NYC for LIFEbeat's Hearts & Voices program, which brings live music to people living with HIV, Godwin will donate $1 from the sale of each copy of SKIN AND BONE to LIFEbeat's programs to fight AIDS. In April '07, Godwin collaborated with members of the NYC HIV+ community to create a video for the title track from SKIN AND BONE, which is being submitted to film festivals over Spring and Summer 2007.


www.bengodwin.com

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Hero Pattern

air date: Friday May 4th, 2007

Hero Pattern is a whirlwind of rock 'n'roll power. Born in the New Jersey underground, they are now careening recklessly into the hearts and minds of an ever-growing fan base around the world.


www.myspace.com/heropattern

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Cate

air date: Thursday May 3rd, 2007

Caté - Artist/Vocalist/Composer/Musician. Working with a palette of beautiful melodies, global grooves and a boho chic sensibility Caté has created a sound & style all his own. Calling it "Funky World Soul", it's music that is organic, sensual, sophisticated and funky. Attempting to brighten the world a bit by adding more light to it. Musiq for those of us who like a little consciousness with our grooves. His debut cd "ONE FUNKY WORLD" was a Soul/Pop gem. He followed it with "GROOVE LIFE". An inspired global trip through Jazz/Dance/Lounge& Brazilian music. With his love of funky rhythms and his ability to fuse diverse musical genres Caté has carved out his own territory on the world musical landscape. Musiq to groove the mind, body & soul. His unique sound has garnered him an international following with fans in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, Netherlands and South Africa.

Live. Caté is working with some of the most talented musicians around today to reinterpret what you hear on record making each show a spontaneous, creative and joyous events. Moving your feet as well as your soul. The Caté Musiq Group is the live vibe that defies genre labeling by mixing up 70's soul & pop, jazz, gospel, old-skool hip-hop, Brazilian, funk, house, Latin, rock, reggae, and worldbeat influences. Bringing to life a sound & vision that continues to grow whenever they play. As the opening line to "GROOVE LIFE" says, "This is soul, this light, this is home. WELCOME!"


www.cateinfo.com

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Agency

air date: Wednesday May 2nd, 2007

Based in Asbury park NJ, Agency consists of drummer Joseph Savio, guitarist Michael Scotto, bassist Mike Thompson and singer Brian Saint. Together they create genre defying music that is soulful, strong and timeless. This sound combined with a radiant stage presence allows Agency to captivate and connect with every audience they perform to. Agency attacks both social and personal issues with full conviction, armed with lyrics that combine the divergant energies of life into a message of hope, honesty, and unity. Agency’s collective mindset is one of “Ours” rather then “Mine”, and they are commited to the idea that there is a better future where the focus is on the common good, but never fearful or ignorant to the forces that work against that. Agency, a band for the people will surely ride the waves they create.


www.agencymusic.net




Cripsin Glover

air date: Tuesday May 1st, 2007

Known for creating many memorable, incredibly quirky characters onscreen as an actor, Glover's first effort as a director will not disappoint fans of his offbeat sensibilities and eccentric taste. Featuring a cast largely comprised of actors with Down's Syndrome, the film is not about Down's Syndrome. Glover describes it as "Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe and how to get home as tormented by an hubristic racist inner psyche." In addition to writing and directing WHAT IS IT?, Glover also appears in the film as an actor in the role of "Dueling Demi-God Auteur and The young man's inner psyche." Actress Fairuza Balk voices one of the snails.


www.crispinglover.com




Lexington Down

air date: Monday April 30th, 2007

Lexington Down creates emotionally charged, passionate indie rock with punk edges.

Keith Hann, Dan Palyca, Gerry Matthews and Chris Farrell are Lexington Down. These four gentlemen have an infectious energy on and off the stage. They create "a wall of sound" comparable to such bands as Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab For Cutie, and Fugazi. Keith Hann's unquestionable enthusiasm and erratic nature have come to be a signature style of this bands captivating front man. Gerry Matthews and Chris Farrell create a tight, groove oriented rhythm section for Dan Palyca to layer his mood-driven guitar work over. Their sound mixes styles old and new, expressing feelings of excitement, frustration, and accomplishment. With a determination to play for anyone who will listen, this band continues to reinvent itself song after song, show after show.

Hailing from Asbury Park/Atlantic City, New Jersey, the group spends their time pushing each other to their physical and emotional limits to intensify and hone in on a sound they strive to brand their own.

In just a short time, Lexington Down has made an obvious impact on their local scene having played over 160 shows in under 3 years. With captivating and energetic live performances, audiences have been called to attention from beginning to end. Through their do-it-yourself positive attitudes and intense motivation it is clear that there is nothing standing in the way of their future progression.

Lexington Down is frequently playing venues from Boston to Washington DC with plans to release a full length and gain national exposure during 2007. Look for and expect to see them all over northeastern metropolitan areas and nationally in the coming months.


www.lexingtondown.com

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Allie Moss

air date: Friday April 27th, 2007

With influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to the Cardigans, NJ-bred Allie Moss fills her original songs with a voice that hangs on each note like dew. Both soulful and sweet, her jazz-tinged folk-pop music, which showcases a powerful voice, emphatic lyrics, skillful guitar and piano, as well as a refreshing versatility has entertained audiences in many popular venues throughout NYC and NJ, including: Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Sidewalk Café, Kenny's Castaways, and The Baggot Inn in NYC, Matchless in Brooklyn, Maxwell's & The Saint in NJ.

Allie Moss has been featured on TV and in video games, and can currently be heard around NYC and NJ singing and playing solo, as well as performing in Ingrid Michaelson's band. Her song "Way With Words" was included on the compilation CD "Other Songs & Dances, Vol 1." in 2006. Look for her solo EP in early 2007. (Wendy Atterberry)


www.alliemoss.com




Lisa Bouchelle

air date: Thursday April 26th, 2007

Lisa Bouchelle has had a busy couple of months… she performed live at the Bruce Springsteen/Jon Bon Jovi Christmas show, singing lead as well as backup for Bruce on “Spirits In The Night” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and for Jon on several Christmas songs and on his hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

She then headed up to New York to appear on a live WPLJ radio broadcast with Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty.

Lisa’s new CD, "Paint Your Dreams," was just completed at Jon Bon Jovi’s home studio with Jon’s right-hand man, engineer and co-producer, Obie O’Brien. The CD includes contributions from musicians such as Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live, Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, etc.) and Bobby Bandiera (Bon Jovi, Graham Parker, Cyndi Lauper, etc.); and guest vocals from legendary singers Southside Johnny and Gary US Bonds.

“Paint Your Dreams” is out in Japan (with two bonus tracks), and will be released in the U.S. on April 3rd through WetDuck/Cement Shoes/Fontana, a Division of The Universal Music Group. Advance copies are available at her live perfomances.

Songs from Lisa's new album are among those available from Starbucks Hear Music® Media Bars in the Starbucks Hear Music® Coffeehouses in select cities around the U.S.

Lisa will be making a return appearance on NBC's The 10! Show on Wednesday, March 14th. She has been selected as a "Top Pick For 2007" by the leading U.S. college entertainment publication, Campus Activities Magazine. She has also opened for a variety of artists, including Bryan Adams, Nancy Sinatra, Kansas, Hot Tuna, Southside Johnny & The Jukes, David Bromberg, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Wailers, Nils Lofgren, and members of Phish and the Jerry Garcia Band; and has appeared at venues such as The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, the TLA and Tin Angel in Philadelphia, BB King's Blues Club in New York City, the Taj Mahal Arena in Atlantic City, and the Ventnor Performing Arts Center in Ventnor, NJ, among others.


www.lisabouchelle.com




Lara Ewen

air date: Wednesday April 25th, 2007

Lara Ewen was born in New York City, but her songs evoke dirt roads as much as asphalt. Influenced by folk and blues traditions, and with a nod to today’s alt. country sound, she weaves bare acoustic guitar and thought-provoking lyrics together, producing a distinctly original body of work.

Throughout her career, she has favored the unconventional way forward, beginning with her early days as a street musician, and more recently with a year spent in the Midwest following the self-release of her debut 5-song CD, Clear . But whether she’s playing to packed bars in Kansas City or crowded coffeehouses in New York, Lara consistently attracts fans to her lush guitar playing, which can swing from percussive rhythms to intricate, fingerpicked melodies. Her voice, at once sweet and stark, takes on a growling ferocity in her more rowdy moments, lending an unexpected edge to her music. Infused with wry observations and cheeky undertones, her songs provide a fresh perspective on traditional ideas about love, loss and longing — and have earned her comparisons to Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Ani Difranco and Jonatha Brooke.


www.unstrungmusic.com




Vicky Emerson

air date: Tuesday April 24th, 2007

Vicky was raised in the village of Elmwood, Wisconsin where it has sustained a population of 742 people over the years and has an unusual affinity for UFO sightings (it is self proclaimed UFO Capital of the World). One could call this a humble beginning, but every story needs to start somewhere and Vicky begins in rural Wisconsin. After months of pleading around her sixth birthday, Vicky received a old, scratched Kimball upright from her parents and began lessons. Music became her first love. She never tired of practicing and as a child, soon began writing songs of her own. Learning all types of music as a child, from classical to popular songs, definitely influenced the shaping of her unique Americana style—a blending of folk and blues to create beautiful, heartfelt songs.

This love affair with music now keeps Vicky on the road over 200 performance dates a year. Her most recent release, REACH, was described as “…delicate and confident. Eclectic and silky.” by Ken Abdo, nationally renowned entertainment lawyer. The Minneapolis Star Tribune named her a “siren-voiced Lilith Fair-style folkie.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said, “REACH conjures up an image of a piano-playing Terri Hendrix, a Texas songwriter of considerable talent.”

Vicky’s songs have received critical acclaim and won awards from notable organizations such as the Austin Songwriting Group, the Dallas Songwriting Group, Songwriters of Wisconsin International and in 2004, Billboard named her music “Instantly Appealing.” Some highlights from the 2006 tour would be the hip Living Room in Manhattan, the legendary Anderson Fair in Houston and she had the privilege to share the stage with talents like Buddy Mondlock (Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith), NYC favorite Anne Heaton, C. Willi Myles, Ellery Music, and Austin favorites Matt the Electrician and Southpaw Jones. Inspired by many Texas songwriters, Vicky has become an incredibly talented songwriter in her own right. She believes in the craft of creating a melodic story that draws a listener in with “music that is rich, and the lyrics…are delivered in a way that prompts one to ask: More please?” Wayne Hamilton, Indie Music Reviews.

2007 has already been a big year for Vicky. In January, she showcased in Texas at the Windows Music Festival in Fredericksburg and also appeared on WGN, the #1 nighttime radio show in Chicago. This fall a highly anticipated new album will be released with the musical talents of nationally known Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Terri Hendrix), Dean Magraw (MMA Best Guitar Player 2005), Gordy Johnson (MMA Best Bass Player 2004), Steve Goold (Look Alive/Bill Mike), and Matthew Freed (Cloud Cult.) Vicky currently resides in New York City.

Perhaps it is the humble beginnings of growing up in a small Midwestern town that has instilled a certain charm in Vicky, but the warmth and quiet confidence that exudes from her during a live performance is extremely rare. Many say that even though initially she is a stranger on stage, upon leaving the show, there is a sensation that you just saw an old friend. With a rich, crystal-clear voice, accomplished musicianship on the piano and guitar, she sings her songs powerfully and filled with passion guaranteed to stir your soul.


www.vickyemerson.com




The Crayons

air date: Thursday April 19th, 2007

Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, and now Albany, New York, The Crayons take life wherever singer/songwriter/guitarist KC finds a place to crash.

The Crayons first disc was an acoustic EP “236 Astor”, recorded in a garage and released on their own label. Critics and fans were instantly captured and positive reviews started pouring in…

“The disc is moody and introspective, full of melancholy lyrics that would make your eyes well up with tears if they weren’t accompanied by beautiful, upbeat guitar work. It is this odd and stirring combination that gives “236 Astor” its lasting appeal.” – Brandon Lester, The Daily Athenaum

KC, wanting more noise, enlisted the musical talent and production skills of The Churchills for his next effort. The result was the well received “What Color Are You?” released under New York indie label Cropduster Records.

“The Crayons are an edgy east coast rock band. Their music is a colorful blend of pop hooks, tight harmonies, and plenty of multi-layered guitars. A shade of gray with its fun upbeat vocals and powerful dark lyrics, overall a great combination.” - Kweevak.com

Armed with a new lineup, drummer Mike B., bassist Imran, and guitarist Andrew, The Crayons are currently in the studio working with Ron and Bart of The Churchills on the highly anticipated follow up to “What Color Are You?”

Between recording sessions The Crayons have been playing shows in the Northeast in preparation of their summer release.


www.myspace.com/thecrayonpeople




Vance Gilbert

air date: Friday April 14th, 2007

UNFAMILIAR MOON is Vance Gilbert's most mature and realized recording to date. This is his most anticipated album, as it is jam-packed with songs that fall into "that" category of songwriting- the zenith for any writer – songs that elicit the response “You wrote that?” Consider “Ten Thousand Skies”, the opening cut, with it’s “Roy Orbison looking for Sam Cooke” feel. Follow that with the gentle heartaching in “You Can Go Now”, the hurt and hope of the medium rocker “Leaving Avon”, and the soulwrenching title cut, “Unfamiliar Moon”, Gilbert’s most requested song. “Unforgivable”is a jazz vocal tour-de-force that still maintains it acoustic roots with a great surprise soloist. There’s a lot of hope and redemption on this album too, in songs like the solo “Your Brighter Day”and the rollicking fun of the unedited “I’ve Got A Plane”. To round out this partial list, Gilbert closes with a haunting revisitation of his acoustic standard “Alone Down Here”. A perfect mix of lyrical eloquence and musical accessibility, this is less a recording and more like great performances captured on disc.

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when the buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-jazz singer who was knocking 'em dead at open mikes. The word spread of this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer to New York; Shawn Colvin invited Vance Gilbert to be special guest on her Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across the country by storm ("With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener" wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in it's review of a show from that tour). Gilbert's three albums for the Rounder/Philo label - EDGEWISE (1994), FUGITIVES (1995), and the celebrated, arrestingly sparse SHAKING OFF GRAVITY (1998)- are all essential additions to the American singer-songwriter collection. With guests as varied as Tuck and Patti, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin, Dee Carstensen, Vinx, and Jane Siberry, all three albums found significant niches on NAC (New Adult Contemporary) and Non-Commercial A3 (Adult Album Alternative) radio. These discs were followed by the selfreleased SOMERVILLE LIVE (2000), his live recording lionized by the Boston Globe as the disc "young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams", and ONE THRU FOURTEEN (2002), a stylistically varied tour de force that New York's Town and Village calls "lively, eclectic, electrifying and transcending.” Follow that with SIDE OF THE ROAD (2003), a duo album with Ellis Paul, lauded as “haunting, artful, and lovely" by Boston Magazine and nominated for a 2004 Boston Music Award.

UNFAMILIAR MOON stands as a most impressive cap to this discography. This is Vance Gilbert at his most fearless, timeless, compelling best. These examples of classic songwriting, presented with deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and unbridled joy are inarguably the blue ribbons that tie and seal the seemingly impossibly package that is.............Vance Gilbert


www.vancegilbert.com




Anthony D'Amato (producer/director of Hedwig & The Angry Inch)

air date: Thursday April 13th, 2007

The East German rock goddess herself, HEDWIG, has been seen on stages around the world, from Junction City to Japan, and is finally ready to TEAR UP Asbury Park! She has sold-out Sizzlers, standing room only at the Hometown Buffet and, at one time, Hedwig was the Featured Item at Waffle House Restaurants all over Kansas ("there's no place like home!")!

Behind her are the ambassadors of Eastern bloc rock, The Angry Inch, coming to NEW JERSEY for the first time with their original, post-punk, neo-glam music.


www.myspace.com/hedwigasburypark




Robin Renee

air date: Thursday March 29th, 2007

If Robin Renée were to start a religion all her own, it might well hold Groupie Consciousness as its central tenet. She chases after the God/dess within with a reverence and fervor not unlike her passion for the music that moves her most- acts as disparate as Elvis Costello, Krishna Das, James Taylor, Gary Wilson, and Devo. Those in the know are realizing that Renée is worthy of just as much hot pursuit. Oh, and that religion? There'd also be lots of yoga, a strong belief in cartoon physics, a little sexiness, and zero dogma.

Such is the musical and magical world of Robin Renée. Her accessible tunes with a spiritual twist have forged her personal genre--Mantra-Pop! The seeds of her diverse influences can be uncovered therein, as well as a longtime focus on Eastern and eclectic mysticism, the mystery that cuts to the core of this powerful singer and wordsmith. At a live show today you might catch a solo acoustic set, a collaboration, or pure kirtan- a form of Hindu devotional chanting in Sanskrit, with which she finds deep resonance.

Live Devotion (March 2007) is Renée's first recording dedicated wholly to sacred chant. Borne of one inspired recording session in October 2006, the seven long tracks evoke peace, passion, and the presence of Universal Love. With the sexy, rock feel of "Jai Ma" to the traditional "Sita Ram" to the fun, multi-part "Om Shanti Krishna," Live Devotion is a fresh take on an ancient tradition.

Renée's previous offering, All Six Senses (2002), is the real-life chronicle of one caught in the act of cosmic transformation. Themes of love, seeking, and celebration emerge through a medium of edgy rock, accomplished singer/songwriter lyricism, pop hooks, and the sonic impact of chant. All Six Senses was produced by Scott Mathews, who has worked with artists as fabulous as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle and many more. Two of its tracks, "First Sight" and "Thursday Morning Afterglow" won Honorable Mentions in the 11th International Billboard Songwriting Contest. All Six Senses follows In Progress, Renée's full-length CD debut (2000), which was applauded in much alternative press across the U.S.

She has often credited the sight of David Bowie in a dress with opening her eyes to transformation and expression. It was no doubt an inspiration, but Renée's real drive comes from within. She has battled through the wearying grip of depression, has been enveloped in the bliss of spiritual ecstasy, and lives to tell the tales. She is not afraid to listen to what the voices in her head tell her: Live for your truth, keep it real, and make music that matters.


www.robinrenee.com




Kosmic Daydream

air date: Thursday February 28th, 2007 (in-studio guest)

Jen and Adam founded Kosmic Daydream in 2001. Their first several performances were as an acoustic duo. Since those humble beginnings, and with the addition of Jimmi Dylan and Jose Cruz, the band has evolved into an electrically charged musical juggernaut.

The band’s influences are a whirling, swirling, blend of British Blues (think Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and The Kinks) with punk edginess (The Ramones, Blondie, and The Clash)… all the while carving out their own sound and style.

Kosmic Daydream’s debut release, simply titled 'live', delivers a blend of edgy punk rock and swirling psychedelic blues… a veritable aural invasion of grand proportions.


www.kosmicdaydream.com




Kate Hart

air date: Tuesday February 26th, 2007 (in-studio guest)

All songs were written and sung by me. HUGE thank you to Dan from Mazeffect & Grover Kent for playing the drums, bass and some guitar parts on these songs, as well as for helping me record them through GarageBand.

www.myspace.com/khartmusic

Download the in-studio performance of "I kill bugs" (right click & "save as")




Readymade Breakup

air date: Thursday January 11th, 2007 (in-studio guest)

What we do is really quite unique. We start with a very catchy or memorable melody (referred to as the "chorus" or "hook"). We preface this "chorus" with somewhat more subdued melodic passages we call "verses". Oftentimes a "pre chorus" will be inserted between the two, for added emphasis of the "chorus". A "bridge" frequently precedes the final "chorus" for increased impact. Accompanying word groupings we call "lyrics" tend to provide some personal revelation, and usually retain some semblance of a "theme" from start to finish. We think this formula could be the start of something great.

www.readymadebreakup.com




Nick Ferriero (Souls Release)

air date: Thursday December 7th, 2006 (in-studio guest)

Taking pride in its ability to rise from the ashes... Souls Release is a phoenix for its members. Founded in 2003, this New Jersey based indie band has been writing, recording, and performing music truly driven from inside. Following a lineup change in mid-2006, Souls Release was presented with the challenge to rise again. Stripping down to the pure essence of their songs, Nick Ferriero, Sean Calcamuggio, and Erik Brescher have forged forward... carrying on the tradition of SR rock.

www.soulsrelease.com






Mike Ferraro

air date: Tuesday December 5th, 2006 (in-studio guest)

With a retooled power trio in tow, comprised of veteran Jersey indie rockers Ralph Capasso (ex-Hey Tiger) on drums and Jonathan Andrew (ex-Souls' Release) on bass, Mike Ferraro & the Young Republicans are poised to destroy as many stages, parking lots, and VFW halls as necessary in pursuit of indie rock domination. In the meantime Mike and Co. are working on material for upcoming releases on Victory Garden Records' Sides of Unequal Length (UK) and Italy's Best Kept Secret.

www.mikeferraro.net






Joshua Van Ness

air date: Thursday November 30th, 2006 (in-studio guest)

"My music is "soul rock". I have been influenced by a lot of classic rock of the 60s & 70s and the alternative rock that ruled the airwaves during my early teens. Those influences have been balanced out by my love for soulful singers such as Prince, Dug Pinick, Chris Robinson, Van Hunt and others." - Joshua Van Ness

www.purevolume.com/joshuavanness






Alex Brumel

air date: Tuesday November 12th, 2006

The Jersey Shore's Alex Brumel is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter quickly making a name for himself in historic clubs like the Saint and The Stone Pony. Deeply rooted in the folk, rock, and blues traditions, his music is grounded in simple, vocally-driven storytelling. Alex's songs represent a new fusion of American roots elements, and his debut record is sure to please fans of Ryan Adams, Wilco, David Gray, Tom Petty, and the country-rock scene at large.

www.alexbrumel.com




Will Hoge

air date: Thursday November 9th, 2006

Most performers are willing to follow whatever formulas or procedures they think worked for others. Will Hoge epitomizes an ideal for rock musicians: free-spirited and individualistic, knowledgeable of the past but not obsessed with it, and imminently capable of bringing renewed creative energy and passion to an idiom that sometimes seems devoid of inventiveness and edge.

www.willhoge.com




Andy Liotta (Billie Burke Estate)

air date: Thursday October 19th, 2006

Billie Burke Estate plays smart songs for grown-ups. Think of an upbeat Randy Newman, a mature Ben Folds, a secular Cat Stevens. The brainchild of Seattle multi-instrumentalist Andy Liotta, BBE combines the warmth and soulfulness of the early '70s with a modern lyrical sense that is literate and courageous.

www.billieburkeestate.com




Mick Hale (Mod Fun)

air date: Friday October 13th, 2006

Influenced by The Who, The Creation, Small Faces, and mostly The Action along with Syd's Pink Floyd, The Eyes and American Garage; MOD FUN released 2 Singles and 2 Albums from '84 thru '87 before calling it quits (originally) in April of 1987 after a turbulent European tour that brought them thru Switzerland, Germany (2x!), Italy, and Austria. In September of 2004, hot on the heels of what would've been their "20th anniversary" MOD FUN's live "reunion," went off without a hitch.

www.modfun.com




Eli Miller (Zox)

air date: Tuesday October 10th, 2006

ZOX might just be one of the hardest working bands in America. The foursome has emerged as a model of independence in the internet age; until recently they've managed themselves, booked their own tours, designed their own merchandise, run their own record label, and achieved that rare pinnacle of indie band success: making a living playing rock 'n' roll. The band has an uncanny ability to blend rock - from new wave to progressive, with ska, punk, balladry, and a bit of baroque into something highly original.

www.zoxband.com




John Raido

air date: Thursday October 5th, 2006 (in-studio guest)

After a decade of working every gin joint in New Jersey as a journeyman rock ‘n’ roll sideman, John Raido introduced himself to the public with the melancholy See You Next Tuesday. It was followed by the far more accomplished and eclectic Turnin’ Round, which saw singer/songwriter Raido stepping out as frontman of the band Boxcar Nancy. The group’s playful blend of alt-country pop and wistful ballads won Raido a whole new audience, one which will undoubtedly shake their heads in wonder at the quantum leap he takes on the appropriately titled Act Two.

www.johnraido.com




Chuck Penza (Somerdale)

air date: Wednesday October 4th, 2006

Somerdale is on a mission to take over the world with insanely catchy, head-bobbing, foot-stomping, fist-pumping, hook-laden, sing-a-long tunes. Somerdale cleverly combines the gorgeous harmonies of The Beatles, the frenetic energy of The Who, the psychedelic aura of David Bowie, the slashing guitar rhythms of The Rolling Stones, the throbbing bass lines of KISS, and the unbridled joy of The Raspberries.

www.somerdalemusic.com




The Majestic Twelve

air dates: Wednesday September 13th, 2006 & Friday September 15th, 2006 (in-studio guests)

Currently being praised by a plethora of critics, from mainstream media outlets like Blender.com to blogosphere tastemakers like Fake Jazz and Culture Bully, The Majestic Twelve's sophomore album Schizophrenology has been downloaded over 11,000 times since releasing independently for free in July. MySpace went so far as to give them a coveted featured band slot, and the hit singles Condoleezza Check My Posse, Break it and Breathe, and Thank God Everything on TV is A Lie are all currently in heavy rotation on college radio around the country, launching the disc to #1 in numerous markets. Schizophrenology is co-produced by Sullivan and Jerry Kee (Superchunk, Ryan Adams).

www.themajestictwelve.com




Jay (Mazeffect)

air dates: Tuesday September 12th, 2006 & Thursday September 14th, 2006 (in-studio guest)

Mazeffect are Jay, Mel, and Dan. It's pronounced "maze-effect". Don't ask me to explain it, because I won't. We are too sarcastic for our own good. Formed in 2001, from the splinters of NJ pop-punkish band Slappy, as well as a death metal band that Dan would probably NOT want me to name. We tell people we sound like the Ramones, Replacements, and Black Flag. They tell us we sound like Husker Du or J Church. Go figure. Don't call us pop-punk or punk rock. You wouldn't want us to correct you by saying "We are a rock band, and we do what we want, punk or otherwise, slapnuts."

www.mazeffect.net




Brian Vander Ark

air date: Saturday September 9th, 2006 (in-studio guest)

Massive success and its aftermath have sent many artists into oblivion, forever trying to recapture the moment when the world first bowed at their feet. That moment came for Brian Vander Ark when, as the principal songwriter and lead singer for The Verve Pipe, he scored a succession of Top Ten hits, ruled MTV and lived to stoke the star maker machinery. Brian's second solo album, "angel, put your face on" was self-released in 2006 to critical acclaim.

www.bvamusic.com




Kenyata Sullivan (The Majestic Twelve)

air date: Thursday August 31st, 2006

Currently being praised by a plethora of critics, from mainstream media outlets like Blender.com to blogosphere tastemakers like Fake Jazz and Culture Bully, The Majestic Twelve's sophomore album Schizophrenology has been downloaded over 11,000 times since releasing independently for free in July. MySpace went so far as to give them a coveted featured band slot, and the hit singles Condoleezza Check My Posse, Break it and Breathe, and Thank God Everything on TV is A Lie are all currently in heavy rotation on college radio around the country, launching the disc to #1 in numerous markets. Schizophrenology is co-produced by Sullivan and Jerry Kee (Superchunk, Ryan Adams).

www.themajestictwelve.com




Mark Kerr

air date: Tuesday August 22nd, 2006

Mark Kerr picked up the guitar at the age of twelve and before long, he was receiving recognition for his musical abilities. Mark would eventually play with Percy Sledge and Curtis Mayfield's "Impressions." After thirteen years of touring Mark attended Northwestern State University where he studied music theory while working very diligently on his skills in jazz, rock and blues. Mark was nominated for Musician of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music in 2006,for his guitar work on One Drink Away From The Blues.

www.markkerrltd.com




Jon Caspi

air date: Thursday August 10th, 2006 (in-studio guest)

Jon Caspi has been a mainstay in the alternative college radio and NJ/NYC music scenes. He has been the lead voice and songwriter for nationally successful acts such as Bouncing Off Bob and Boss Gremlin, had his music featured on radio stations across the U.S, in films, and on MTV and the WB. Now, a resident of Monmouth County, NJ, Jon has been primarily involved in the great local scene. His CD, This Town, his debut solo album, was officially released in early 2005. It has been played on radio across the country, and is available for purchase now. On August 12th,2006 Jon released his follow-up to This Town, I'm Not Angry Anymore.

www.joncaspi.com

Download Jon's in-studio performance of "smile (song for my son)" (right click & "save as")




Curt Kirkwood

air date: Tuesday July 18th, 2006

The Meat Puppets may very well be the "best-known underground band" of all time – which, of course, is a complete contradiction in terms. While arguably not a household name, they are often referred to as one of the most influential groups of the last two decades. And as the main force behind this acclaimed alternative rock band, Curt Kirkwood has been cited as a major musical inspiration by the likes of Kurt Cobain, Soul Asylum, and Pearl Jam. With the release of SNOW, Kirkwood steps out of a band context and makes his solo debut, putting his talent as a gifted singer/songwriter front and center in a more intimate setting. Here’s a modern day troubadour, writing and singing songs that reflect the world around him, filtered through his own idiosyncratic life vision … the "psychedelic" Woody Guthrie of his generation.

www.curtkirkwood.com




Brian Vander Ark

air date: Tuesday July 11th, 2006

Massive success and its aftermath have sent many artists into oblivion, forever trying to recapture the moment when the world first bowed at their feet. That moment came for Brian Vander Ark when, as the principal songwriter and lead singer for The Verve Pipe, he scored a succession of Top Ten hits, ruled MTV and lived to stoke the star maker machinery. Brian's second solo album, "angel, put your face on" was self-released in 2006 to critical acclaim.

www.bvamusic.com




Jeff Daniels

air date: Tuesday June 27th, 2006

"I’ve been writing songs for over thirty years. I don’t write hits. I don’t send out demos to famous singers. I just write songs. They’re my diaries. I had everything I’ve ever written in this big, black notebook. Some of them were typed, some were in long hand, but all of them had a time and a place that marked some moment in my life. If you really wanted to get to know me, you’d find me in there." - Jeff Daniels

www.jeffdaniels.com




Chapa

air date: Tuesday April 18th, 2006

Chapa... Performance artist/musicians based out of Los Angeles, California...
A sound best described as experimental folk with a classic approach and instrumentation... "Experimental Storytelling. Tales woven through the Lives and Eyes of this Life" -- Lou Lewis...

www.chapamusic.com




Brendan Brown (Wheatus)

air date: Tuesday April 4th, 2006

Long Island, NY, singer/guitarist/songwriter Brendan B. Brown put together the quartet Wheatus as a vehicle for his witty, energetic rock songs, beginning with his brother, Peter Brown, on drums and adding multi-instrumentalist Phil A. Jimenez and bassist Rich Leigey (replaced in July 2000 by Mike McCabe). The group recorded their self-titled debut album in the Brown home, producing it themselves, and it was released by Columbia Records in August 2000; the album was preceded by the single "Teenage Dirtbag," which was featured in the film Loser. The week of the album's release, Wheatus embarked on their first national tour with labelmates Zebrahead. The band later departed Columbia to release 2005's Suck Fony. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

www.wheatus.com




Will Hoge

air date: Thursday March 30th, 2006

Most performers are willing to follow whatever formulas or procedures they think worked for others. Will Hoge epitomizes an ideal for rock musicians: free-spirited and individualistic, knowledgeable of the past but not obsessed with it, and imminently capable of bringing renewed creative energy and passion to an idiom that sometimes seems devoid of inventiveness and edge.

www.willhoge.com




Andy Liotta (Billie Burke Estate)

air date: Thursday March 16th, 2006

Billie Burke Estate plays smart songs for grown-ups. Think of an upbeat Randy Newman, a mature Ben Folds, a secular Cat Stevens. The brainchild of Seattle multi-instrumentalist Andy Liotta, BBE combines the warmth and soulfulness of the early '70s with a modern lyrical sense that is literate and courageous.

www.billieburkeestate.com




Fred LeBlanc(Cowboy Mouth)

air date: Thursday February 23rd, 2006

For more than 15 years, the members of Cowboy Mouth have embraced, embodied, preached and shouted at the top of their lungs the joys of their hometown, sharing a slice of Mardi Gras heaven with fans around the world on 11 recordings and at their legendary live shows, which to date have been witnessed by more than 8 million and captured best by Cake magazine when it noted: "...on a bad night they’ll tear the roof off the joint and on a good night they’ll save your soul." And the release of Voodoo Shoppe this February, like this year’s Mardi Gras, will signify a revival of spirits for the band and their fans, as well as a resurrection of sorts, of the free-spirited music that has always been intrinsic to both Cowboy Mouth and their city.

www.cowboymouth.com