Brooklyn-based Small Black took off running right out of the gate. Formed in 2009, this quartet, comprised of Ryan Heyner, Josh Kolenik, Juan Pieczanski, and Jeff Curtin, put out a studio album and immediately began a non-stop touring schedule that has taken them to SXSW, Foburg Music Festival, and Primavera Sound Festival. They are poised to release their highly anticipated newest album, Limits of Desire, in May. To date, they've had a split with Washed Out, an EP, some mixtapes, and two studio albums.
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Baths is an electronic musician, Will Wiesenfeld, who was originally a classically trained musician, and started making music as early as four years old. His music has been acclaimed by renowned publications worldwide, even making it to Pitchfork Media's "Album of the Year: Honorable Mention List". He has put out four albums and three EP's. Baths' music can be described as "chill" and "unorthodox," utilizing all sorts of unique sounds.
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Generationals come from the good times city of New Orleans, and the duo have been working together since early 2008. Their name came from watching CNN's coverage of the 2008 presidential election, and almost all of the issues were "generational issues." Their first album, Con Law, was released on Park the Van, and won the praise The New York Times, Allmusic, Spin, and Pitchfork Media. They've toured with Broken Social Scene and Two Door Cinema Club, and had their music featured on the movie Hall Pass. They've even had their music featured on an Amazon Kindle commercial.
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George Lewis, Jr, aka Twin Shadow, got an early musical start, singing for the church choir. After a brief stint in Mad Man Films, Lewis moved to Brooklyn and became Twin Shadow. His debut record, Forget, earned him massive critical acclaim, including being named Rolling Stone's ‘Band of the Week' in October of 2010. Twin Shadow was signed to Chris Taylor's Terrible Records, and followed up with Confess in 2012. Both records met with success from both critics and fans alike, and Twin Shadow has subsequently performed on multiple festival bills, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, and a supporting tour of Florence and the Machine.
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The Uncluded is the brainchild of independent rapper Aesop Rock and folk artist Kimya Dawson. The duo connected in 2010 after working together on various outings, each artist performing on the others solo efforts, until finally they decided to collaborate together on a full-fledged project. They named the group The Uncluded after an excerpt from the book Imaginationally by Michael Bernard Loggins. Their debut record, Hokey Fright, was recording entirely by Aesop and Kimya, and will be released May 7th.
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Holy Grail took off in 2008. Vocalist James Paul Luna and drummer Tyler Meahl got with guitarist Eli Santana, and after a few name changes, the band landed on Holy Grail. Riff heavy, searing vocal melodies, and shredding that would impress any metal fan, Holy Grail's music harkens back to a day when metal was not a joke, and these boys take it as seriously as it deserves. The band's debut, Crisis in Utopia, proved how serious and talented this heavy metal band really is. They've toured all over the world, and stand poised for global domination.
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Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds got started in 2008, although members of the group had known and worked with each other prior to the formation of the group. Led by frontwoman Arleigh Kincheloe, the band has developed a strong soulful sound that is catching a lot of people's attention. In fact, the group has successfully sold out shows at some of the most prestigious theaters in America, performed alongside some renowned artists such as Gov't Mule and Fitz and the Tantrums. The band had a breakout in 2012 and has seen a mountain of accolades, success, and sales since the release of Pound of Dirt.
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Portugal. The Man came together in 2004 and started off as an independent band before being signed to Atlantic. Each of the band members grew up in Alaska with two exceptions in Oregon. The band has made it onto the Billboard charts with several albums, including "The Satanic Satanist," and "In the Mountain in the Cloud," with the latter making it into the top 15 on the US Rock and Alt charts. Their singles, "People Say" and "Got it All (This Can't Be Living Now)" both made it into the top 25 on the US charts. The band has successfully toured with acts like Gnarls Barkley, Norah Jones, the Gorillaz, and The Black Keys.
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Named one of Variety's Top 10 Directors to Watch, Jay Chandrasekhar is an accomplished director, stand-up comic, comedy writer and actor.
Chandrasekhar directed, co-wrote and starred in the Broken Lizard films: Super Troopers, Beerfest, Club Dread and Puddle Cruiser. He also directed the Broken Lizard comedy special, Broken Lizard Stands Up. Additionally, he directed the hit Warner Brothers comedy, The Dukes of Hazzard,
In addition to his feature film work, Chandrasekhar has directed various TV shows, including several episodes of the Emmy Award winning Arrested Development, Up All Night, Happy Endings, Community, Royal Pains, Blue Mountain State, Psych, Chuck, Undeclared, The Human Giant and more.
He has directed commercials for HP, Coca-Cola and Nike. And he has edited several feature films.
Jay tours the country doing stand-up comedy, and can be seen as an actor, most recently, in the films I Love You, Man and The Slammin' Salmon.
Jay can currently be seen in THE BABYMAKERS, which was made under his new production banner, Duck Attack Films. Jay directed and stars in the film, alongside Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider, Kevin Heffernan and Nat Faxon.
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Intronaut is a four-piece progressive metal band from L.A. The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable, guitarist/vocalist/percussionist David Timnick, drummer Danny Walker, and bassist Joe Lester. The band first toured Europe in 2007 with The Ocean and soon after signed a major deal with Century Media Records in 2008. In 2009, the band went on out on tour with Kylesa and Mastodon. They continue to tour and write extensively and began 2012 as one of the supporting bands touring with Tool during the initial leg of their North American dates. The band is currently working on new material titled Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) set for release in 2013.
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The mighty Valient Thorr have been destroying all in their path since 2000, self-releasing their debut album before being picked up by Volcom. Led by singer Valient Himself, the band brings something uniquely heavy to its high-energy music, and has played with the likes of Fu Manchu, Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, Andrew WK, the Eagles of Death Metal, Mastodon, and Motorhead, giving them iron solid credibility. Their music has been featured on Guitar Hero, Need for Speed, and skate. They have 7 records out, mostly released through Volcom. They've been on TV many times, including shows like Attack of the Show, and Fuse TV.
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Deadhorse is Houston's own piece of metal history. Formed during the ‘80s, when brutally fast, loud, and heavy was the distinguishing factor between bands that sucked and bands that didn't, Deadhorse brought their own special blend of metal to the scene and won legions of fans with it. The band has had its music distributed by both Metal Blade and Relapse Records, two of the most well respected labels in the genre. The band reunited in 2011 to remind us of their legacy.
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Weedeater is a stoner metal band that formed in 1997 after Buzzov*en became defunct. 10 years later, the band signed to the notoriously beloved cult label, Southern Lord. The band has released four albums, with titles like God Luck and Good Speed, or …And Justice for Y'all. The band is a power trio, comprised of members "Dixie" on vocals and bass, "Shep" on guitar, and "Keko" on drums. The band will be joined by Houston's own From Beyond.
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After leaving the Chicago based Bumpus in 2001, Rachael Yamagata began her solo career as a singer/songwriter. Soon enough, she got picked up by Arista's Private Music, and released an eponymous EP, followed by her debut album, Happenstance. Her music was used on The L Word, How I Met Your Mother, Nip/Tuck, Alias, One Tree Hill, The O.C., and Grey's Anatomy, to name a few, and she even performed on the smash cable television series, 30 Rock. To date, she has 3 albums, and 5 EPs.