Wrestlers (formerly known as Bagheera) began as the alias of 21-year-old Houston producer Aidan Kennedy, who released a house-and-chillwave-blending full-length called 100% Panther in 2012 on France's Plik & Plok Records. The record received raves from blogs like Aerial Noise and Neonized and scored Bagheera high-profile gigs opening for the likes of M83, Ghostland Observatory, Passion Pit, and Matthew Dear. Kennedy eventually invited his old Hebrew school friend David Elkin to join him and form Wrestlers' current incarnation as a funky electro-dance duo. Wrestlers will spend 2014, continuing to make what Cat5 Magazine calls "dance music for those who give a damn about dance music."
Check out Bagheera's single first single "Say Anything" featuring Twin Shadow and D'Angelo Lacy: https://soundcloud.com/redbullsoundselect/bagheera-say-anthing
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20 years on the Texas music scene, Los Skarnales was started in 1994. The band rose out of the ashes of local punk rock band Desorden with help from original members Felipe Galvan and Jose Rodriguez. Always true to roots music in all forms, Skarnales performs a mixture of ska, reggae, rockabilly, swing, mambo, cumbia, and danzones, all with a punk attitude. Never letting down at a live show, the band has performed extensively throughout the United States and Mexico. Los Skarnales has shared the stage with such artists as Flaco Jimenez, Ozomatli, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, the Aggrolites, Maldita Vecindad, the Slackers, the Specials, Agent Orange and many more. The band now consists of eight members including a full horn section. Along with three full length releases: Vatos Rudos, Suavecito Style, and Pachuco Boogie Sound System, the band has been featured on numerous compilations and live recordings distributed throughout the U.S. and Mexico, including the song "Demasiado Tarde" in the 1999 movie, Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas. Los Skarnales is on the verge of releasing its Fourth studio album entitled "Dále Shine!" which was recorded in New Orleans. The Album retains the Ska/Reggae feel of previous works, but incorporates more Latin sounds for an energetic mesh that will most definitely keep the bodies moving.
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Augustana's music is the heartland equivalent of Coldplay and Keane, with a touch of mid-'90s adult alternative throwback (think Counting Crows or the Wallflowers) also peppering the band's rootsy, piano-based rock. Although based in California, the group formed in southern Illinois in 2002, while singer/keyboardist Dan Layus and guitarist Josiah Rosen were studying contemporary Christian music at Greenville College. The band's original lineup also included bassist Simeon Lohrmann, second keyboardist David Lamoureaux, and drummer Kyle Baker. This lineup released a pair of self-distributed CDs -- the full-length Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays and the EP Mayfield -- in 2003, but the conservative climate of Greenville College proved to be too confining for the band's two co-founders. Choosing music over academia, Layus and Rosen left Greenville for Los Angeles in 2004, jettisoning the rest of the band and re-forming with a new lineup that included keyboardist John Vincent, bassist Jared Palomar, and drummer Justin South.
The reformulated Augustana signed with Epic Records in 2005 and released their major-label debut, All the Stars and Boulevards, in September of that year. A slow starter, the album gradually rose to national attention on the strength of "Boston," a heartfelt ballad that was featured on an episode of Scrubs in early 2006. To encourage this increase in Augustana's popularity, a limited-edition reissue of the album (with extra songs and video content) was released in September 2006. By the following year, All the Stars and Boulevards had finally made its way into the Billboard Top 40 -- a whopping 19 months after its initial release. Augustana then returned in 2008 with a new lineup (Josiah Rosen had left the band for a solo career in early 2006, only to be replaced by guitarist/mandolin player Chris Sachtleben) and a new album, Can't Love, Can't Hurt. More rootsy than the band's debut, Can't Love, Can't Hurt produced a pair of modestly successful singles and sold 400,000 copies worldwide. It also laid the foundation for Augustana, the band's self-titled third album, which appeared in 2011 and featured an even more rootsy, anthemic sound. Producer Jacquire King, the man behind Kings of Leon's breakthrough album Only by the Night, oversaw the project. ~ Stewart Mason
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Cannabis Corpse was founded by Landphil and Hallhammer in the summer of 2006. The band was a heart felt tribute to smoking pot and the most brutal band in the universe CANNIBAL CORPSE! The original demo "Blunted at Birth" was recorded in the kitchen of a shit hole apt. in "Oregon Hill" a small neighborhood in Richmond VA.
A longtime friend of Definitive Jux leader El-P, rapper Murs first appeared as a solo artist in 2003, after nearly a decade of working with various groups in the underground. Based in Los Angeles, his first single was released in 1993, and came from a self-released album by his first group, 3 Melancholy Gypsies. The track barely made a dent, but it did catch the attention of indie hip-hop fans in the area. Over time, the group members became friends with Mystik Journeymen, who asked 3MG (their shortened name) to join them when they started the Living Legends collective in 1996.
Between both 3MG and the Living Legends, Murs rapped on several influential indie rap albums, appearing on more than 20 records, EPs, and singles within a seven-year period. When El-P started to pull together his Def Jux label, Murs contacted the producer and told him he would release his solo record for the company once he had the opportunity. His commitments to both the Legends and 3MG often kept him from working on the album, but after a few years of slowly putting together tracks, Murs finally delivered The End of the Beginning in the spring of 2003.
Featuring flashier production than his group projects, the album was more in tune with a mainstream hip-hop record, though projects with Anticon rapper Slug under the name Felt -- A Tribute to Christina Ricci and A Tribute to Lisa Bonet -- unveiled a more experimental side to his artistry. The rapper returned to solo work with Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, a collaboration with producer 9th Wonder, in 2004. One of the tracks from that album, "Walk Like a Man," inspired a movie starring Murs himself, along with Damien Wigfall. The soundtrack, Walk Like a Man, also appeared in mid-2005. Murs teamed up again with 9th Wonder to release Murray's Revenge in 2006. Two years later, he jumped to the majors for a contract with Warner Bros., which yielded Murs for President, with appropriately major-label features for will.i.am and Snoop Dogg. Another two years later, Murs reunited with 9th Wonder to make Fornever. His 2011 effort Love + Rockets, Vol. 1: The Transformation was produced solely by Ski Beatz, while 2012's The Final Adventure found him partnering with 9th Wonder for one last album. In 2013 he signed with Tech N9ne's label Strange Music. A year later he collaborated with Strange label regulars Mayday! on the album ¡Mursday! ~ Bradley Torreano
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"The Jukebox Romantics are 4 certifiable and usually belligerent punk rockers from southern NY. Since releasing their debut album on Altercation Records in 2009, the Jukebox Romantics have taken their talked-about live show from coast to coast including dates during Austins SXSW 2010/2011 festivals, the Warped Tour and Gainesville's The Fest 9 in late 2010. With a genre hopping approach to their sound, the Jukebox Romantics channel their influences of bands like The Clash, Bouncing Souls, and One Man Army through personal song writing and their ability and eagerness to be absorbed by their audiences. 2011 saw the release of their sophomoric album, "A Lion and A Guy," as well as a fury of touring. The JBR's self-released a limited 300 copy pressed EP "Hollywood is Dead" in late 2012 and then later for digital download on Death to False Hope Records. More nomadic adventures ensued in 2013 as well as recording for their 3rd full length album. "Plot Points" was recorded in the late summer of 2013. Produced by Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls, JBRs plan on releasing "Plot Points" in late 2014. Come hang out, have some fun, and make some new friends at a Jukebox Romantics show!"
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Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of Austin-based psych-funk collective Brownout who delve deep into reinterpreting the catalog of metal godfathers, Black Sabbath. "Hand Of Doom," featuring The Black Angels' Alex Maas on vocals, is their debut single out now as limited edition, colored splattered 10-inch vinyl with "The Wizard" as the b-side from Ubiquity Records. The full-length album, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, is available now. "The Brown Sabbath idea started out like everything else we do, half inside joke, half psychotic. It was an overly ambitious attempt at challenging ourselves as musicians," says Brownout guitarist Adrian Quesada. "Bridging the gap between our music and Black Sabbath is not as far of a stretch as it might seem though. Sabbath was not only heavy, but soulful and funky in their own dark way. Half the band grew up as metal heads too, so it came naturally. The experience is already beginning to influence our next album of original music."
An 8-piece outfit formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Award last year, the band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic. They've performed at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Pickathon, FFFFest, Bear Creek Music Festival, Utopia Festival and Pachanga Fest, while regularly touring the U.S. Brownout's also served as a highly in-demand backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell.
With its latest recording, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, they remain true to the darkness, bombast and fuzz of Sabbath's sound, while re-imagining the music with greasy Afro-Latin horns, hypnotic percussion and psyched-out, rare-groove improv. Crushing Vinyl blog called a recent performance "magical," while OkayPlayer wrote, "frantic horn squeals but up against the restless rhythms of the band, paying deep respects." Brownout has released three albums including Homenaje (Freestyle Records 2008), Aguilas & Cobras (Six Degrees 2009) and Oozy (Nat Geo 2012).
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Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music. Although Blackalicious wasn't formed until the early '90s, its members had known each other since the late '80s. Founding members Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) first met in Sacramento, CA, in 1987 when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School. Neither of them was originally from Sacramento; DJ/producer Xcel (who was going by DJ IceSki at the time) was a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, while rapper Gift of Gab was from Los Angeles' suburban San Fernando Valley.
The two went their separate ways after Gift of Gab (also known as Gabby T) graduated from Kennedy High in 1989, but they were reunited in Davis, CA, in 1992. By that time, Xcel had become a student at the University of California at Davis and the Gift of Gab had moved to Davis to form Blackalicious with him. UC Davis was where Xcel had started working with a hip-hop crew named SoleSides, whose members included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. SoleSides Records was the name of the SoleSides Crew's Northern California record company and in 1994, that label released Blackalicious' debut single "Swan Lake." Although not a triple-platinum smash, the single was a small underground hit that fared well among alternative rap audiences. The following year, SoleSides Records released a Blackalicious EP titled Melodica. By late 1997, SoleSides Records had transformed into Quannum Records, and in 1999, Quannum put out another Blackalicious EP, A2G.
In 2000, Quannum released the group's full-length debut Nia (whose title is the Swahili word for purpose). After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were added by MCA. In April 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, which boasted guest appearances ranging from vocalist Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) to the Roots' ?uestlove to veteran soul singer Gil Scott-Heron. After the requisite tour, both Xcel and Gab began developing solo material; Quannum released both Maroons' Ambush (Chief Xcel with Latyrx's Lateef the Truth Speaker) as well as a Gift of Gab solo LP, Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up. The pair returned in 2005 for their third album, The Craft, with a contract in hand from the Anti- label. ~ Alex Henderson
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Texas-bred/Los Angeles-based self-described "back-porch folk-rock" duo Jamestown Revival formed in 2011 around the talents of childhood friends Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance. Growing up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia, Clay and Chance spent their formative years listening to artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Willie Nelson, the Everly Brothers, Guy Clark, and John Prine, each eventually carving out his own unique niche as a solo artist. The duo spent time in Austin before relocating to Los Angeles, where they began writing together in earnest. The duo's resulting debut long-player, a highly autobiographical collection of harmony-laden, Western-tinged indie folk songs in the vein of Shovels & Rope, the Avett Brothers, and the Lumineers, was recorded to tape in a log cabin in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, and released via Wild Bunch Records in 2014. ~ James Christopher Monger
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"2014: a backspace odyssey" presented by McGuireWoods LLP. Backspace formed in 2007 as a group of like-minded professionals who wanted to make life a little more fun. Their annual show is a themed one-time only performance. On Saturday, December 6th, Backspace will take you through space and time on an odyssey into the music explosion of the 1960s. In Act I, hop into your VW and travel across the country: the San Francisco scene to LA pop, down through the swamps of Louisiana and into the soul of Alabama, and finally on to Nashville before hopping across the pond for the British Invasion. Act II is Beatlemania. Dance and sing your way through the Beatles' catalog, starting with their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show all the way through Let it Be. Ticket sales benefit Camp Young Judaea - The Friends Fund that provides for summer camp scholarships. All ages welcome. No opening act. Feel free to dress in your 60s gear for this rockin' good show!
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Danny Malone is one of the best musical movements to ever come out of Austin, Texas, and a lot of good things have come out of Austin, Texas.
His new album ‘Balloons' solidifies him as an expert in sincere, powerful songwriting that never sacrifices its poetic finesse. It's as if Danny has taken his heart, fermented it in a 16th century castle in Denmark, and wrung it out over 11 songs, all filled with melodic poetry and great soundscapes. Bottoms up! You'll be drinking some of the finest singer/songwriter brew that has been served for several years. (Music Worth Reviewing)
Balloons was recorded in Denmark, in a 15th Century castle called Engelsholm. The castle is widely believed to be haunted by the souls of tortured slaves housed there many hundreds of years ago, as well as those of the philosophers and Alchemists who freed the castle of slavery after buying it from the Danish King.
Danny and co-producer Mattie Smith spent 10 days recording 10 songs in this castle.
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DEATH ceased to exist as a band in 2001 when Chuck died from cancer. The DEATH DTA tours was randomly named to make it clear that it is not an attempt to re-launch DEATH but is a tribute to Chuck & DEATH by the people who knew Chuck - his musicians, family & manager. DEATH, DEATH DTA TOURS and DTA are all United States trademarks of Perseverance Holdings Ltd.
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A roots rock juggernaut from Nashville, TN, the Legendary Shack Shakers are a hot-rodded foursome combining blues, rockabilly, country, and rock & roll into one manic assemblage boasting all the gloriously explosive instability of an M-80. Originally comprised of Colonel J.D. Wilkes on lead vocals and harmonica, Joe Buck on guitar, Mark "The Duke" Robertson on upright bass, and Pauly Simmonz behind the drums, the Legendary Shack Shakers were all members of various renegade country acts playing in Nashville's notorious "Lower Broadway" district, and Buck and Wilkes spent time playing on the road as part of Hank Williams III's band.
Assuming the Shack Shakers moniker in 2001, the band quickly developed a potent reputation for its raucous live show, in which the manic tempo of the music was matched by Wilkes' over the top stage performance, which earned him a citation as Nashville's Best Frontman in the Music City entertainment magazine Scene. After extensive touring with Hank Williams III and Southern Culture on the Skids, the Legendary Shack Shakers self-released their first CD, Cockadoodledon't, in early 2003; shortly afterward, the band signed with Chicago-based "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records, which reissued Cockadoodledon't in the spring of that same year.
In 2003, Buck left the Shack Shakers to play with Hank III full-time, and the heavily tattooed David Lee took over on guitar; the new lineup of the band moved from Bloodshot to Yep Roc Records for the release of the (somewhat) more polished sophomore album, 2004's Believe. In 2005, Simmonz left the band as was replaced by Brett Whitacre. Their third record, Pandelerium, arrived in January 2006. The live Lower Broad Lo-Fi was released in 2007, followed later that same year by Swampblood. Agri-dustrial appeared in 2010. When not busy with his musical career, Wilkes is also known as a visual artist, publishing comic books and creating elaborate "carnival art" murals on discarded roll-up projection screens. ~ Mark Deming
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Also known by her production alias the Reverb Junkie, singer, producer, and songwriter Michelle Chamuel was the runner-up on the fourth season of NBC's reality television singing competition The Voice. Born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Chamuel took piano and violin classes while in high school, but classical training took a back seat when she discovered the Korg Triton, a keyboard/sequencer. With the slick sound of the Korg, a love of pop, indie, and electro would flow out of the high-school Chamuel, who produced her own self-titled album her senior year before heading off to Ann Arbor, Michigan to study performance arts technology at the University of Michigan. She joined the Ann Arbor band My Dear Disco in 2007, who released their self-titled debut EP that same year, and followed it 2009 with their debut album, DanceThink, the title being a reference to their indie disco/LCD Soundsystem-like sound. In 2011 My Dear Disco changed their name to Ella Riot, the change being a nod to Chamuel's newfound love of singer Ella Fitzgerald. Also in 2011, the band released the Love Child EP before calling it quits, as Chamuel and fellow Ella Riot member Tyler Duncan introduced a new project called s/he. An audition for The Voice in 2012 went nowhere, but in 2013 Chamuel moved back home and tried again, delivering a version of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" that found three of the four judges (Usher, Adam Levine, and Shakira) pressing their "I Want You" buttons and inviting her on the show. After joining Usher's team, her performances of songs from Cyndi Lauper ("True Colors"), Annie Lennox ("Why"), and U2 ("One") earned her a place in the finals, where she won runner-up behind winner Danielle Bradbery. That same year the Universal label released her album The Voice: The Complete Season 4 Collection. ~ David Jeffries