To say British singer-songwriter Mike Marlin is a wearer of many hats is something of an understatement. He was a student of physics at Oxford, and after dropping out in his final year, he worked as a successful computer programmer. Marlin changed paths once more in 2009 to pursue music. It was then that he sat down and recorded his debut album, ‘Nearly Man.’
Cameron Rafati, the man behind Cameron the Public, tried to keep his music secondary to his studies as a student at USC, but after a brief stint at a 9-to-5 job after graduation, he knew that life wasn’t for him. After refocusing on music, Rafati put out a solo album in 2011. Now, he’s prepping to release his band’s debut EP at the end of the summer.
New York indie-rock trio the Rotaries served up some energetic tunes that could very well stand the test of time on their debut LP, ‘Before Leaving.’ Their sound carries the pop-rock sensibilities of the ‘60s and ‘70s with a modern tinge derived from influences like the Strokes. However, the whole thing wouldn’t work without the trio’s distinct fingerprint.
After her brief run as a member of Adam Levine’s team on the first season of ‘The Voice,’ Casey Desmond returned to Boston, still determined to make music. In her audition for the show, she performed Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way,’ and appropriately so. Desmond exudes that element of female-pop-star showmanship, both in her sound and her live performances, but she also incorporates her love of ‘80s dance-pop. Ultimately, Desmond’s music is Robyn-meets-Blondie and incredibly infectious.
Virginia-based Random Holiday have released two EPs, a split album with fellow pop-punkers Batten Down the Hatches and their own debut full-length, ‘Space to Grow’ — all before the quartet’s high school graduation.
Never one to subscribe to conventional genre wisdom, Supersuckers leader Eddie Spaghetti is back with his sophomore solo album, ‘The Value of Nothing,’ and once again, he's blurring lines between classic rock, punk and country.
Truly an international group, the Dark Lights feature two Australians -- Rachel Ho (bass, synth) and Matt Ho (guitar, vocals) -- alongside English singer Tristan Roe and Portuguese drummer Francisco Sousa. Now based in London, the quartet is preparing to release their sophomore EP, ‘Stop Existing, Start Living,’ and as the title indicates, the band is not resting on its laurels following the success of their debut EP, ‘The Boy Who Saw Through Walls.’
Faris McReynolds is, for all intents and purposes, a successful L.A.-based visual artist. Despite consistently showing in galleries and selling his paintings, he felt his creativity was stifled. He found himself spending his hard-earned dollars on music equipment, and soon enough, he put two and two together. McReynolds quickly changed gears and started making music as One Finger Riot — a lot of music.
Michigan-based Lawnmower started as singer-songwriter and guitarist Travis Bravender’s solo project back in 2010, when he released ‘Franchise Wings,’ his first LP under the alias. The project has since expanded into a trio, and this past April saw the release of the EP 'Whack Yer Brain,’ which the band is calling its proper debut. No matter where you land on the group’s timeline, however, their sound consistently reflects a great admiration of ‘90s lo-fi indie and pop-punk.
Noah Lebenzon and Thomas Froggatt, the brains behind Asian She, met back in 1998, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the alt-rock duo sat down to record some music together. The resulting five tracks complete their self-titled debut EP, all of which offer dark, gloomy goodness and make the 14 years well worth the wait.
In the span of a short couple of years, John Bee, the man behind American Opera, has undergone some serious changes.
Following the 2011 dissolution of Your Best Friend, the Michigan band he'd played with for eight years, Bee set out on his own and began performing under the American Opera moniker, both with a full band and as a solo artist.
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