Neil Richard Gaiman (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works. As of 2006, he lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. While Gaiman is most famously known for The Sandman, a series of graphic novels, many of his other works translate well to the spoken word. Gaiman is a prolific blogger and has a noted interest in music. He befriended Tori Amos early in her career after she sent him a demo tape.
The Shondes (from the Yiddish for "shame", "monster" or "disgrace",) are a riot grrrl-influenced rock quartet based in Brooklyn, New York. Their songs combine punk rock with classical and traditional jewish music, with emotionally intense lyrics that speak to the band's radical politics. Their debut LP the red sea (produced by tony maimone,) was released on January 8, 2008. The band's original lineup was Louisa Rachel Solomon on bass and lead vocals, Elijah Oberman on violin and vocals, Temim Fruchter on drums and vocals , and Ian Brannigan on guitar.
Crab Smasher are a Newcastle, Australia based group of improvisational sound sharks crafting a frenzied hodgepodge of weirdo psychedelic noise rock and experimental pop delicious. The band formed in 2002 as a cheesy electronic novelty noise act and have since mutated through a number of confusing formations into the sellout rock-and-roll hydra that exists today. The lineup currently consists of Grant Hunter, Nicholas French, Marnie Vaughn, and Nathan Martin.
After finishing runner up in the local D-grade table tennis tournament there was only one logical step for Ross De Chene Hurricanes to take...forming a two-piece garage rock'n'roll band. We like to mainly rock, but we also like to mainly roll - but whatever it is that we do you'll be left tapping your feet, humming our tunes and dancing wildly like a squid.
Radical Dance Faction (RDF) were founded by Chris Bowsher in Hungerford in 1986, and were originally known as 'Military Surplus'. The band experienced many line up changes with at least seventeen different people having being part of the band at one time or another. Chris is the only person who has been in every line up of the band. RDF's music combines punk, dub, and ska, while Chris' lyrics, spoken rather than sung, deal mainly with political issues, such as the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in the song Chinese Poem.
Marcel Khalifé (Arabic: مرسيل خليفة) was born in 1950 in Amchit, Mount-Lebanon. He studied the oud (the Arabic lute) at the Beirut National conservatory. His music works around the classical Arabic oud but also includes jazz piano and many other influences. His playing techniques expand far outside those of classical oud playing, however, and he is attributed for having greatly expanded the horizons of this traditional Arabic instrument.
Tracey Curtis, is a solo, acoustic, singer-songwriter from Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom. She is also known as a former member of punk band Shelley's Children. She began her solo, acoustic, singer-songwriter career in 2003, when her children asked her to write a song protesting a planned by-pass that would ruin their favorite natural play area.
She records for two of Robb Johnson's labels, "Unlabelled" and "Irregular" Records.
Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is a Peruvian rapper, and an urban activist. He was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Harlem, New York. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely a mixture of socialist commentary on issues such as class hierarchy, poverty, religion, government and institutional racism.
Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer who lives outside of musical convention. He has released critically acclaimed CDs