Manuel Barrueco is recognized internationally as a leading figure in the guitar world today. His artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and an elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts. His international tours take him to some of the most important musical centers in the world each season. Recent appearances have included New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Munich, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Copenhagen, Athens, Seoul, Taipei, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Manuel Barrueco also has completed nine tours of Japan.
The Heligoats are an indie/rock band out of bellingham washington. Webpage: www.theheligoats.com
Label: Greyday Records www.greydayproductions.com From NPR:
The Heligoats — a strange name for a guy strumming a guitar, but oddly befitting someone who stuffs his songs with so many sideways ideas and observations. Given the yarns he spins here, it's easy to imagine Otepka envisioning a herd of goats with propellers and setting the concept to music. From Daytrotter:
Briolette Kah Bic Runga (born 13 January 1976) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter whose first solo album, Drive, debuted at number one in the New Zealand charts, and has since become one of the highest-selling New Zealand artists of our time. Runga has also found success internationally in Australia and the UK. Regarding the pronunciation of "Bic": "You say it Bec, rather than Bic", she explains. "It's Chinese, it's a strange vowel sound which doesn't seem to translate in English. It means the colour of jade, which I suppose is just green."
Little Mix (previously Rhythmix) are the 2011 winners of The X Factor, and the first group to ever take the grand prize. The Cannonball Songfacts reports that their debut single, a cover of the Damien Rice ballad Cannonball was released digitally the morning after their win. The song was produced by Fazer, who is the N-Dubz colleague and boyfriend of their mentor, Tulisa Contostavlos. According to Songfacts, Wings, the lead single from their debut album, will be released on August 19, 2012.
Passenger Of Shit, of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, produces harsh and brutal electronic breakcore/speedcore. He has released records on the labels Core-Tex Labs, Global Terror, Painfree Foundsound Institute, and System Corrupt, often playing live with artists from the latter. He also runs the Shitwank (warning: link not work safe) label, producing CDrs and zines with other like-minded artists.
Bec Sandridge is a singer/songwriter based in Stanwell Park in the Northern Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. She originally began her musical career as one half of the group Mad Polly, playing lead guitar, before taking it upon herself to pursue a solo career after the band went on hiatus. Her debut 3-track EP, What Was Left, was released in early 2011. This is set to be followed by the release of Lyons and Bees in 2012.
The Arrivals are a four piece from Blue Island, Illinois, Southside of Chicago. They write songs about everything and nothing, sometimes all at once. They sound like Mission of Burma trying to write Kinks songs, though most people have their own f-ed up description that may be just as valid. They've toured with Dillinger Four(with whom they now share a bass player), The Soviettes, Toys That Kill, Rise Against, Tiltwheel, Vena Cava, Grabass Charlestons, and The Lawrence Arms.
Only Men Aloud! is a male voice choir from Wales. The choir came to national prominence in the UK when they won the Last Choir Standing competition run by BBC television during 2008. The choir was formed by Tim Rhys-Evans, a classically trained singer and former musical director of Welsh National Youth Opera. It has 18 members and is based in Cardiff. Following the Last Choir Standing competition, the choir signed a five-record deal with Universal Music and released their first album. They performed with Josh Groban at The Royal Variety Performance in 2008.