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of Montreal

Kevin Barnes' multi-decade project helps the nebulous become transparent

When Kevin Barnes had his heart broken by the cryptically named 'of Montreal," he turned that heartbreak into the name of the band he started in 1996. Here we are, 20 years later, and of Montreal remain in the spotlight. With their new album, "Innocence Reaches," Barnes has returned to the one man songwriting he had favored in the past. Innocence Reaches is touched by contemporary electronica, indie pop, and EDM. For the first time in his career, Barnes tuned into now. “Forever I’ve been detached from current music,” he says. “I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca, and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out on.

Innocence Reaches features darker moments to be sure—isolation, anger, indifference, and the feeling that, like a Truffaut film, madness lurks just outside the frame—but as Barnes explains, “Epiphany comes from breakdown. If you can stay open and vulnerable, the nebulous becomes transparent. That’s one of the magical aspects of writing from personal life.”

Kevin Barnes

Link: ofmontreal.net

Birds of Chicago

Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler.

Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, and her simmering restraint is deeply refreshing to a landscape scorched by post Voice/American Idol vocal gymnastics and over-emoting.

On Real Midnight, Birds of Chicago alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes. Produced by Joe Henry, a man who’s expert blending of light and shadow is well known, the album is a melancholy - but never shoe gazing - suite, full of wayward, joyful, lonesome voices raised up against the night.

Birds of Chicago

Link: birdsofchicago.com

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Serene Synthesis Explorer

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's formative years were spent communing with nature on Orcas Island in the northwest region of Washington state, a place she describes as "one of the most magical and peaceful places I have ever been." Though she wouldn't begin experimenting with modular synthesis until many years later, her creative work continues to be infused with and inspired by the vitality and serenity of Orcas.
Smith left the island to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied composition and sound engineering, initially focusing on her voice as her primary instrument, before switching to classical guitar and piano. She employed many of the skills she refined in college in her indie-folk band Ever Isles, but a fateful encounter with a neighbor who lent her a Buchla 100 synthesizer, had a profound effect on her. Mesmerized by the Buchla’s potential, she explains "I got so distracted and enamored with the process of making sounds with it that I abandoned the next Ever Isles album." Starting with rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, she soon began sculpting lush and exciting worlds of sound.

A recent move to LA, touring with Animal Collective, and rave reviews have us fairly certain we are only just starting to hear from Kaitlyn. We look forward to seeing where she goes.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Link: kaitlynaureliasmith.com

3OH3!

Hit Making Production Duo

With 15 million singles sold, collaborations with the likes of Katy Perry and Kesha, and TV appearances on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and American Idol, 3OH!3 have firmly established themselves as international superstars. Alongside a successful artist career, Nathaniel Motte and Sean Foreman have also written and produced hits for acts including Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Lil Jon and Kaskade. With multiple number-ones between them, they currently split their time between touring the world, writing, producing, and composing in their Colorado, Los Angeles and Toronto studios.

Produced, engineered and mixed entirely by Motte, 3OH!3's fourth studio album "NIGHT SPORTS" will be released through Fueled By Ramen on May 13.

3OH3!

Link: 3oh3music.com

STRFKR

Hosts of Sold Out Sweaty Dance Parties All Over the World

What was once Josh Hodges' solo project has gone on to become an amazing band and one of the best shows you'll have the privilege to catch at a venue near you. STRFKR is made up of Josh, Shawn Glassford, Keil Corcoran, and Patrick Morris- who, with their powers combined, craft danceable hooks and a live spectacle that includes an impressive light show and the occasional astronaut. With multiple full lengths and EPs under their belt, STRFKR are expected to finish a new full length this year, and by the looks of their most recent single "Never Ever," we'd expect it to be pretty great.

STRFKR

Link: strfkr.com

Francis Buckley

Grammy Award winning Engineer/Producer

With a background in music from childhood and recording experience extending back to the early 1970’s, Grammy Award winning Engineer/Producer Francis Buckley has been making records for over 20 years. His experience ranges from the groundbreaking punk act Black Flag’s first album “Damaged” in 1980, to winning the Engineering Grammy Award in 1996 for “Q’s Jook Joint” with Quincy Jones. Francis’ contributions as engineer and mixer to such multi-platinum recordings as The Pointer Sisters’ “Breakout”, Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl”, Wilson Phillips’ “Wilson Phillips”, Alanis Morisette’s “Jagged Little Pill, Quincy Jones’ “Q’s Jook Joint,” and many others, have helped to sell over 100 million-plus records worldwide.

Francis Buckley

Link: francisbuckley.com

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Psychedelia and More from Frontman/ Multi-Instrumentalist Ruban Nielson & Co.

What started as a set of psychedelic basement demos for Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson has become a full time job. Their newest LP, "Multi-Love," reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, and the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Link: unknownmortalorchestra.com

Youth Lagoon

Idaho Based Musician, Singer, and Songwriter

Trevor Powers, the Idaho musician known as Youth Lagoon sees a beauty in discomfort and the unfamiliar. The third Youth Lagoon album, "Savage Hills Ballroom,” finds its roots in this discomfort and presents an intentionally real and imperfect honesty- striking firmly against society's tendency to present perfect facades.

Youth Lagoon

Link: savagehillsballroom.com

Lights

Canadian Musician, Singer, and Songwriter

Since winning a Juno Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009, Lights has been building an army of devoted fans and giving amazing performances of her hybrid electronic pop. Lights continues to tour her recent LP "Little Machines," and is set to release a follow up of stripped down/ acoustic titled "Midnight Machines" in April 2016.

Lights

Link: music.iamlights.com

Madame Mayhem

Rock Band

Madame Mayhem has just completed a new record, ‘Now You Know,’ featuring a powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs), who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo). The album has been included on Loudwire's top 10 video picks , and has received rave reviews from the hard music and rock communities, including BraveWords, Loudwire, New Noise Magazine, and Revolver Magazine.

Madame Mayhem

Link: MadameMayhem.com

The Band Perry

Country Rock Band

The Band Perry is an American country group composed of siblings Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals), and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums,accordion, background vocals). Since signing with Republic Records in 2009, they have seen many successes including hit singles and multi-platinum records. Their latest single, "Live Forever,” is out now.

The Band Perry

Link: thefansperry.com

Cage the Elephant

Rock Band

Cage the Elephant was formed by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion,Lincoln Parish, and Daniel Tichenor. Lincoln Parish parted ways with the band and has gone on to produce artists in Nashville, but Cage the Elephant are still going strong. Their fourth album, “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and sees the band going strong and continuing to tour to their ever enthusiastic fanbase.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Link: cagetheelephant.com

Howard Jones

Singer, Songwriter, and Recording Artist

With such noteworthy hits as "Like to Get to Know You Well," "Things Can Only Get Better," "No One Is To Blame" and many others, Howard Jones has introduced fresh, new music to enthusiastic fans for over 25 years. He continues to tour with Ultimate Support V-Stands.

Howard Jones

Link: www.howardjones.com

Metric

Independent Canadian Rock Band

An independent rock and roll band empowered by their innovative approach to the music business, METRIC self-released their last album FANTASIES on five continents without the benefit of a label and went on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide. FANTASIES earned METRIC "Album of the Year" and "Band of the Year" at the Canadian Juno Awards, and the band finished 2010 with their music featured in two major Hollywood films including Scott Pilgrim vs The World and the Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Miss Emily Haines uses one of the Custom Chrome mic stands from Ultimate Support on stage.

METRIC will be on a world-wide tour throughout 2012 in support of their new album, SYNTHETICA.

Metric

Link: www.ilovemetric.com

Train

Rock band

Train is an American pop band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1994. Train achieved mainstream success with their debut album, Train, which was released in 1998. Their second album, Drops of Jupiter (2001) brought the band massive popularity. The lead single from the album, "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" was an international hit and won two Grammy Awards in 2002. They released their fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco in 2009. The first single from the album, "Hey, Soul Sister" became the band's biggest commercial success to date, charting in the top three on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching the top ten in several other countries. Lead singer Patrick Monahan is currently touring with a Live-ST mic stand!

"Ultimate Support stands are great for me. As much as I move around on stage, and have people join me up there at all different heights, it is the only stand that adjusts instantly. It's perfect!!!" Pat Monahan - Train

Train

Link: www.savemesanfrancisco.com

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