Napalm Death attained legendary status for their debut album 'Scum' (1987), which is considered to have started a truly violent revolution within the world of extreme music. Although the band has undergone line-up changes ever since then, they still provide what has been described as a furious mix of highly aggressive metal and agitational hardcore/punk fitted with social criticism.
Silverstein was formed in early 2000 in Ontario, Canada and acquired it's name after the famous children's author by the same name. The band thrived to tear down the boundaries between hardcore, emo and punk and with the addition of guitarist Neil Boshart, after founding guitarist Richard McWalter left the band, a myriad of new influences and ideas came in which is believed to have solidified and enhanced the band's developing trademark sound.
Since 2005, the HUMP! Film Festival has challenged ordinary people from all over the Pacific Northwest to become temporary, weekend porn stars-by making their very own five-minute dirty movies for a chance to win big cash prizes. The resulting short films run the gamut of styles and genres. Hosted by Dan Savage, The Hump! Tour will showcase some of the best pieces to emerge from this colorful event.
After years of recording in relative seclusion in the hills of Los Angeles, Ariel Pink makes a rare live appearance. His official debut album, 'The Doldrums,' was recorded at home with a guitar, bass, keyboard, and 8-track (the drum sounds are all unbelievably created with his mouth) Pink blends Lite FM and warped lo-fi pop into something beautiful and confusing, yet highly addictive.
Sleater-Kinney, from Olympia, WA, has earned widespread acclaim for its intensity as well as provocative, politically-charged lyrics, passionate vocals and intricate melodies. The band's lineup features Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums).
In 2006, former Nickel Creek member Chris Thile started the collaborative effort that later evolved into Punch Brothers when he recruited guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjo player Noam Pikelny, and violinist Gabe Witcher to back him on a solo album, 'How to Grow a Woman.' Bassist Paul Kowert joined the band three years later.
Murder by Death, which was formed in 2000 in Bloomington, IN (and was initially known as Little Joe Gould), plays a variety of music including instrumentals, rock and alternative country. The group is also known for using an electric cello which creates a unique, gothic sound. Their sixth album 'Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon,' was released in September of 2012.
Uploading bootleg edits of Jeremih and 2 Chainz, and doing an official remix for Lana Del Rey, Cashmere Cat quickly gained thousands of cat-loving listeners online and support from DJs like Diplo, A-Trak, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Brodinski, Baauer, Busy P, Nguzunguzu, Sinden and Kito. The cat´s take on seductive R&B, futuristic hip-hop and bass music also caught the attention of Paris Social Club residents Pelican Fly Records, who released his debut EP 'Mirror Maru' in October 2012.
Magic Man began as a duo that grew out of spare moments and idle hours during a summer spent volunteering on different organic farms. Their debut album 'Real Life Color' was released in 2010. Magic Man is now a five-piece Boston-based synth-pop outfit.
Andrew Jackson Jihad features members of The Substandards and Sound of Birds. The band has displayed "an uncanny ability to produce experimental folk-punk while keeping the music accessible enough to satisfy a wide range of listeners. Fans of Ghost Mice, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb and good songwriting in general should not overlook this band."
Enslaved is a five-piece Extreme Metal band from Norway. Formed in 1991, Enslaved considers itself to bear a "no rules" approach to metal. The music is loud, fast and extreme. Much of the bands' lyrics relate to Norse mythology and the beliefs and traditions of the Norse pagans, a Germanic tribe which inhabited Europe during the Viking era.
Swans is an experimental rock band originally active from 1982 to 1997, led by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Gira. Formed by Gira in 1982, Swans employed a shifting lineup of musicians until their dissolution in 1997. Besides Gira, the only other constant members were keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter, Jarboe, from 1984 to 1997, and semi-constant guitarist, Norman Westberg. The band was noted for droning vocals and repetitive song structures. In 2010, Gira reformed Swans without Jarboe. After dissolving Swans, Gira formed Angels of Light, continued his work with Young God Records and Jarboe continued her solo work. In 2014 the band announced that it signed with Mute Records for the world outside North America and that the band would be touring. Current members of Swan are Michael Gira, Christoph Hahn, Thor Harris, Chris Pravdica, Phil Puleo, and Norman Westberg.
La Dispute is five close friends from the Upper Midwest with a firm passion for the concept of music and art as a medium for making new friends. As a result, La Dispute makes (or strives to make) music that is both artistically, technically, and emotionally engaging in hopes of establishing legitimate connections with any and all interested people, while encouraging dialogue between those people and themselves about things in life that truly matter and that truly last.
In a music world longing for a new voice, Mat Kearney represents the singer-songwriter for the 21st century music lover. While keeping an acoustic base, Kearney incorporates a wide range of influences that color his songs with unique textures. At the same time, Kearney captures the lyrics that stir the deepest universal emotions.