Damn! is a Latin-funk band based in Lund, Sweden. The four core members are joined on stage and on record by a collective of DJs and live musicians. Additionally, Damn! records and tours as the backup band for Swedish rapper Timbuktu.
La Palabra is a celebrated figure in the Latin music scene. A pianist, singer and record producer, Palabra is also a pioneer of the Salsa Romantica genre. Palabra's songs draw on everything from Afro-Cuban jazz to Salsa to Mambo to create soulful, sensual Latin jazz with a tropical edge.
Latin Soul Syndicate
LSS is a San Francisco-based band that formed in 2003. On their four albums the core members (Happy Sanchez, Karl Perazzo, and Mark Pistel) are joined by many Bay Area-based musicians including members of Santana, Chuck Prophet and Jonathan Richman.
Jacqueline Taieb is a French singer and songwriter best known for her 1960s hits she recorded as a teenager. Taieb's songs were part of the "yé-yé" sound that emerged from France, Italy and Spain in the 1960s, popularized by singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.
Reagan Youth is a punk band formed in NYC in 1980 that featured anarchist-influenced lyrics. They were regulars at CBGB club and toured with the Bad Brains, Misfits and Beastie Boys. Singer Dave Insurgent committed suicide in the early 1990s. In 2006, guitarist Paul Bakija reformed the band and has toured often with original members and new members.
Los Straitjackets are one of the best-known instrumental rock bands in the country. Their energetic twangy guitar-based music evokes the sounds of Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, and the Ventures. Their mystique is enhanced because they always perform in Mexican wrestling masks. The band has recorded 15 albums since 1994.
Joe Marson is a singer and guitarist writing rock and folk music with a defiant, bluesy edge. Marson delivers full-bodied, soulful ballads charged with slow thumping percussion, powerfully swelling harmonies and fervent, evocative lyrics.
Evan Olson is a rock singer and songwriter based in Greensboro, North Carolina and has recorded seven albums. His music is pop rock with a hint of soul, defined by Olson's powerful vocals and winningly down-to-earth lyricism.
Colonies is a Seattle-based indie band. Their songs deal with themes very close to their lives and their Pacific Northwest home. The music balances analog synthesizers and layered horns with reverberating guitars and crisp percussion.
Irya's Playground is a Swedish indie rock band with occasional electronica undertones. Based in Stockholm, lead singer Irya Gmeyner's vocal style has been compared to Cat Power, PJ Harvey and Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders. Irya grew up in Newcastle, England before moving to Sweden and forming the band.
The Motor Tom
The Motor Tom is a NYC-based indie quintet that makes "dumb music for smart people." Their songs are characterized by fun hooks, quirky lyrics and an eccentric pop sensibility.
Maya Solovéy is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. Maya writes music that can vary from quirky indie-pop to folk and Americana, to bossa nova—presented from the most elaborate productions to the most stark. Regardless of genre or style, her voice carries with it a sense of depth, playfulness, intimacy, strength and fragility.
A+A is a new R&B pop duo comprised of Andrew Diaz and Anwar Sawyer. The two met at a recording studio formerly owned by Sawyer and soon began to write music together. A+A's music is an exciting blend of current pop sounds and classic beats.
Hans Inglish's sound mixes elements of pop, EDM, hiphop, house and R&B to create songs that recall many Top-40 radio hits of today but still contain an infectious originality all their own.
Thunny Brown is a Brooklyn-based hiphop artist. He specializes in classic gangster rap with a creative twist, drawing on diverse stylistic influences and sometimes veering into country or pop territory.
Harlem based artist Lynette Williams creates music that is complex and simple, dark and joyful, abstract and tangible — sometimes all of that in the space of a single verse. It is at once tragic and joyful, quiet and mighty — reserved and abandoned.
Slam Allen is one of the most original blues and soul artists working today. A top-tier singer, writer, and guitar player, he has toured and recorded for over 20 years including 9 years as lead singer and guitarist for legendary harpist, James Cotton. His songs recall influences such as B.B. King and Otis Redding.
Cree Rider Family Band
The Cree Rider Family Band is rooted in a country music sound, with elements of folk, Americana and rock 'n' roll. One part Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, one part Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Family Band stays true to its own instincts to create a modern honky-tonk country sound that is rooted in tradition but firmly planted in the here and now.
A striking female folk roots trio, Five2 captivates listeners with lush three-part harmonies and poignant songwriting. Their songs are a beautiful homage to classic country, folk, pop, old time and jazz, all with inspired vocals. The result is diverse, touching, and timeless.
Misisipi Mike Wolf
Misisipi Mike Wolf and the Midnight Gamblers are known far and wide as one of the hottest original live Outlaw Country/Southern Boogie honky-tonk bands. Based in Northern California, they are a six piece band that can tear it up on the stage and in the studio.
Bill Anschell is an award-winning pianist who has performed in premiere venues throughout the U.S. and abroad, including many leading international festivals. In addition to his own four CDs and those released as collaborative projects, Bill has appeared as a sideman on more than 30 recordings.
Four Piece Suit
Four Piece Suit originally spun off from 90s R&B roots rockers Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, and they have gone on to become one of America's most highly respected instrumental bands. Their music is an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, and retro grooves.
Over the past decade pianist Mathias Landæus has emerged as one of the most personal voices of Swedish jazz. His music is characterized by honesty, spontaneity, passion, and playfulness. He has toured with musicians like Benny Golson, Tim Hagans, Lina Nyberg, Timbuktu and Fredrik Ljungkvist. Mathias has released nine albums as a leader.
Mike Ponella is a jazz trumpeter and a native New Yorker. He has been the lead trumpeter for the Grammy-winning Vince Giordano's Nighthawks for eight years. Mike's songs encompass the full range and variety of jazz, mingling classic sounds with contemporary styles.