Formed in Brooklyn in 2003, The Consultants were Marisha Chinsky, Brett Whitmoyer, and Mike Hollitscher. Their music is beautifully layered and cinematic, while the lyrics are a neurotic cocktail of hope and discontent. Chinsky sings and writes most of the words, and they are often windows into a compelling world where self-confidence and self-doubt are perpetually vying for the upper hand. In The Mark, for example, she sings
Southern California native William Tell is the former rhythm guitarist for the band Something Corporate. In 2007, he released his first solo album, You Can Hold Me Down. The record produced a few popular songs including "Slipping Under (Sing Along To Your Favorite Song)", "Fairfax (You're Still The Same)" (featuring former bandmate Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate), "Sounds" and "Young At Heart" and even charted to #11 on the Top Heatseekers. Since the release of his debut album, Tell has released several demos for download on his MySpace page.
Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and viola, singer-songwriter Rachel Ries marries sophisticated, vintage musicality to smart lyrics.
The Last Shadow Puppets is a band that consists of Alex Turner of Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of The Rascals. They released their debut album, The Age of the Understatement, on the 21st April 2008 in the U.K., and 6th May in the U.S. The album also features James Ford (producer and half of the duo Simian Mobile Disco) and string arrangements from Owen Pallett a.k.a Final Fantasy. The album went straight to number one in the U.K. Albums Chart.
Mac Lethal is a hip-hop/folk artist from Kansas City, MO. After getting his start as a battle rapper at the prestigious, world renowned freestyle battle festival Scribble Jam, he shattered the stigma that battle rappers cannot write quality songs and began to self-release his own quirky music. Quickly he began to catch the attention of artists like Sage Francis, P.O.S, and Atmosphere, who he subsequently toured with.
Musselwhite was born in the rural hill country of Mississippi. He has said that he is of Choctaw descent, and he was born in a region originally inhabited by the Choctaw. However, in a 2005 interview, he said his mother had told him he was actually Cherokee. His family considered it normal to play music, with his father playing guitar and harmonica, his mother playing piano, and a relative who was a one-man band. At the age of three, Musselwhite moved to Memphis, Tennessee.
Brian Poole & the Tremeloes were an English beat group founded in 1958 in Dagenham, Essex, England. Lead singer Brian Poole left the band in 1966 and the band continued as The Tremeloes. The group formed in 1958 as Brian Poole and the Tremoloes (the name soon being changed thanks to the spelling mistake of a local newspaper), and were initially cast in the Buddy Holly and the Crickets mould. Decca notoriously chose them over The Beatles, whom they had auditioned on the same day.
Charismatic singer of nu-jazz band Misnoma, this feisty English-Algerian singer-songwriter has released her debut solo album “of that ilk”. She performs with live loops of organic instruments: voice, guitar, bass, vocal percussion and a collection of ethnic instruments picked up on her many travels, all played by her and manipulated using the super-programme LIVE. The album showcases some of Barcelona's top-notch musicians: Nico from Calima, Esteban Matuke from Clan Matuke, James Reid from Misnoma.
Panel of Judges is trio from Melbourne - Dion Nania, Alison Bolger (Beaches) and Paul Williams. They formed in 1997, and have released two albums: Bad Vibrations and No Scandal - No Future - In Heaven.