Featured Soul Artist Jerry Adams

February 23, 2014 in Featured Artist, R/B - Soul by Indie Artist Radio

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Jerry Adams“Brown-eyed Country Soul”
A mix of soul, country, and R&B, Jerry Adam’s music is singular among today’s vast music scene. Adams’ smooth personality is exemplified by his continually evolving sound with influences he attributes to The Temptations, Marvin Gay, and Otis Redding. He refers to his timbre as “brown-eyed country soul”. Growing up in Cleveland County, NC, Adams molded his voice while singing to himself in hot cotton fields and participating in local talent competitions. Many of his family members were in the entertainment industry themselves, and Adams says this played a big role in his attraction to the music business. His mother, Ruby Guyton Adams, sang in church choirs and his father Odell Adams, played a
role in the gospel movement in the South. Adams himself now has eight children and holds tight to strong family values.

In 2005 Adams quit his job as an independent paralegal to pursue his dream as a performer. After frequently performing at school functions through elementary and high school, and occasionally singing at night clubs – “when his mama gave me permission”, laughs Adams- the singer/songwriter tapered off his musical endeavors. During and after his time attending Gardner-Webb University, Adams made very few performances, but was eventually called back by the allure of the stage. He hopes to one day walk the red carpet at the Grammys, and sing with a few stars along the way.

In May, Adams performed at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC and was asked by the crowd and venue owners to return in June as the headliner. Adams currently has three original tracks and one full length album released titled “Send a Letter”. He has performed several of his songs for “Cleveland County Idol Search” and is preparing for more performances in the future. On June 15th, Jerry was selected to perform at the 2013 Pop Rock Country Extravaganza in Charlotte, NC. In regards to his accomplishments, Adams laughs and says, “I just sing”.

Rock Artist Dot Legacy

February 23, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Among a multiple choice of music styles, Dot Legacy, not wanting to know where to stand, decides to dig in them all while keeping a solid rock ‘n’ roll base.

These four young french rockers make you jump between Stoner, Noise and even Post-Rock, often using wild or sophisticated subgenres absolved from meaning whatsoever. They fought to find a unique mark and sound plus developed a stage act worth skipping bowling, between And So I Watch You From Afar and Health.

From skeletons to lost souls, with only one song they make you whizz, buzz, fuzz.

Their Idiosyncratic Blend of Punk The Band Qui

February 23, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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QuiSince their first performance in LA in early 2001 and the release of their first full-length CD, Baby Kisses, on the Minneapolis-based Heart of a Champion label in 2003, Qui (pronounced, “Qui,”) maintained a prodigious pace of both local performances and national tours. Their idiosyncratic blend of punk, noise, and rock punctuated with avant-garde weirdness, coupled with their advanced musical prowess earned them a reputation for intense and often-times antagonistic shows.

In late 2006, Qui had the serendipitous good fortune to collaborate with vocalist David Yow of The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid fame, first as a guest and eventually as a full-time member. Shortly thereafter, the trio released the single, “Today, Gestation” b/w “Freeze” on the Los Angeles-based Infrasonic Sound Recordings label. After a brief spring tour and two acclaimed performances at the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, TX, Qui partnered up with Mike Patton and Greg Werckman’s Ipecac Recordings, for their second full-length release entitled, Love’s Miracle, which was released on September 11, 2007. With it came a full tour of the US and Canada, followed by a trip to the UK and Europe.

After returning home from Europe in Dec of 2007, both Yow and Cronk were hospitalized with life-threatening medical conditions and were forced to cancel a planned Spring tour. The band spent the first half of 2008 licking its collective wounds and were back in action by August with a make-up tour of Europe.

In October of 2008 Qui played what would be their last two shows in the US for the next four years; at Spaceland in Los Angeles and Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco with The Heroine Sheiks. During the next six months they began recording the follow-up to “Love’s Miracle.” The sessions resulted in The Little Golden Blanket, a limited edition seven-inch featuring two new songs, released in May 2009 on Infrasonic Sound Recordings.

In 2009 Qui was invited to play at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead, England, along with Devo, Sleep, HEALTH, Harvey Milk, and for the first time in ten years, The Jesus Lizard. The rest of the year had Yow’s calendar full with The Jesus Lizard’s highly anticipated reunion tour, during which time Christensen focused on two new musical projects; the rock band, Help, and his staggering country/jazz/bossa nova duo, Paulene. Cronk, following a generations-old family tradition, enlisted in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq where he would serve in an elite Special Forces unit until the end of his tour of duty in 2011.

Yow has kept busy since the conclusion of The Jesus Lizard reunion in 2010. In addition to a reunion tour of Scratch Acid in 2011, he has had several solo exhibitions of his paintings in the US and Europe, started his own custom portrait website, getfaced.net, and embarked on a successful career as an actor. Yow has been cast in several films, shorts, and music videos and has a feature-length film in production.

After a roadside car bomb nearly claimed his life, Cronk received a Purple Heart and an honorable discharge from the Army in the Spring of 2011. He returned home and began once again to play music with Christensen. With no real agenda, the duo spent the better part of a year writing new music. Yow was by then fully engrossed in his new career and unable to commit to playing full-time, so Qui elected to proceed as their original line-up, with future Yow collaborations an imminent possibility, schedules permitting.

In August 2012, Qui entered Entourage Studios with renowned engineer Toshi Kasai, and Melvins drummer Dale Crover in the producers’ chairs to record their third full-length release, Life, Water, Living… True to form, (or lack thereof) the new record is in many ways a departure from their earlier work, relying heavily on dual vocal harmonies and employing new instrumentation like bass guitar and keyboards. It is scheduled for release in early 2014. Touring and world domination will surely follow shortly thereafter.

In July, 2013, Qui released, “Awkward Human Interest,” a limited edition spit 7″ single with Mike Watt + The Secondmen on ORG Music.

Thailand/Australia electronica act Wasabi Bytes has controversial video

February 23, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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WASABI BYTESWasabi Bytes’ controversial new video pulled by YouTube, collaboration with Afrika Islam  released

Thailand/Australia electronica act Wasabi Bytes is currently making waves with a controversial viral video hit pulled from Youtube and a new collaboration with hip-hop legend Afrika Islam set for release in days.
The act’s video for new single “Deep Inside” features a controversial turn by Thai-English actor Chris Wegoda, best known recently for playing Dr Frank’n’Furter in the first Bangkok stage production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Wegoda plays a cross-dressing romantic who likes nothing more than to dress up in suspenders and go out on dates with his tomboy lover.
The video quickly went viral attracting tens of thousands of views but not all viewers were fans, with Youtube pulling the video on the basis that enough users had complained it violated its community guidelines focused on lewd or offensive content. As Wasabi Bytes’ auteur Grahame Wasabi notes “although the takedown was ludicrous in our opinion, we did note with some glee that the ban fell exactly thirty years to the day when the BBC banned Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.” (January 14)
AFRIKA ISLAM ON TITLE TRACK: The single heralds a new album from Wasabi Bytes featuring hip-hop legend Afrika Islam rapping on the title track “Rage Of The Machine”. Afrika is best remembered as the producer of Ice-T’s seminal tracks including Colors and the first DJ to host a hip-hop show on radio, New York’s WHBI in 1981.
Grahame Wasabi says that Afrika became a fan of Wasabi Bytes when on vacation in Thailand in 2012 and has advised the group through the recording stages of its new album. According to Wasabi the album is loosely constructed around the concept of “what happens if the instruments we use such as synths and drum machines become sentient and make their own music when humans aren’t around.” The album seeks to capture the retro-futurist vibe that informs the act’s influences dating back to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
The album “Rage of the Machine” features 12 tracks: Spider, Creamy, Deep Inside, PushIt (Exorcism), Florid, Rage of The Machine (featuring Afrika Islam), What?, I Am The Beat, Beautiful, Indonesia Sparkle, Singularity. BONUS TRACK: Deep Dance (the extended mix of Deep Inside) It is released January 27 at all major worldwide music stores including Amazon and iTunes.
WASABI BYTES are Grahame Lynch (Loops, samples, keyboards, vox) and Ratchsak “Kob” Rueangchai (Percussion). Vocals on Rage of the Machine by Afrika Islam. Produced by Grahame Lynch. All tracks mixed by Grahame Lynch and mastered by Andy Miles except PushIt mastered by Simon Heyworth. Heyworth is best remembered as the producer of Mike Oldfield’s Tublular Bells.

RED SKY – The Fall Of Musical Limits

February 23, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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RED SKY“The red sky represents to me resurrection after defeat. Red Sky is the part of me that resurrects from pain”

Masked Guitarist and composer,Red Sky was born to amaze and experiment. The aim of his music is to excite and move minds,removing all musical boundaries and mixing various arts.

In 2011 he releases his first Ep “Tra l’ombra e l’anima”, followed the next year by the single “E poi silenzio pt.2” and by the album “Origami”, in which he proposes a mainly instrumental, atmospheric/post-rock sound. In 2013 the guitarist tours Italy with the Red Sky Show, accompanied by painter Gianfranco Caruso and performer Titi La Noire, merging music, painting and dance together into a striking show,unique in his kind. In the same year he releases “Origami RMX” too, short EP including some tracks from the previous album but in electronic version, as introduction into the sound change which will characterize the next works: the new sound indeed is more electronic, rap and metal influenced, but the older works’ essence is not altered, and the experimental and avant-garde elements become stronger.
In 2014 January he released “Solo Musica A Riempirmi Gli Occhi”,manifesto of this new musical style.

The symbol of Red Sky is the Origami, seen as metaphor of human being but also as example of pain as mother of art. Something must die in order to create something else. Paper is bent to become a masterpiece, the Sun goes down to come up again, someone suffers to make Red Sky live.

Plunky & Oneness Release New R&B Hip-hop Jazz Album

February 4, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Plunky & OnenessPlunky & Oneness Never Too Late CD – Not Your Daddy’s Smooth Jazz (Or Your Son’s Hip-hop)

With Never Too Late, the new album by Plunky & Oneness, the father-son production team, J. Plunky Branch and J. “Fire” Branch, travel together through space and time.

Together they create a provocative music-sphere of past and future funk and hip-hop jazz. Fire uses samples of some of his father’s recordings from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, then chops, dices and splices them with hot new beats to create the tracks for Plunky’s lyrics and saxophone.

The Never Too Late album is chockfull of outrageous and contagious love songs and message music. It is not straight R&B nor straight ahead jazz, and it is certainly not street rap, but using elements of all of the above, the album creates a sonic landscape that spans a wide swath of urban music. The ambitious 16-song collection includes neo-soul, nu-jazz, and hip-hop songs about fantasy, wisdom and purposeful partying. With this album Plunky & Oneness prove that eclecticism is no vice and variety can be its own reward.

Funk is grown folks’ music. Fused with hip-hop, it can be music that delivers the word. On Never Too Late Plunky plays the role of the OG, the “Original Griot”, using lyrics to drop knowledge and to encourage and inspire. He is the “Old Guru” who spits, spouts, and speaks on philosophies of love and life, and advocates getting funky with it. The songs, riding on waves of urban rhythms, live music and deejay effects, convey lessons learned, urging us to “Be About the Future” while feeling our “Tribal Vibe” and acknowledging “We are One.”

Never Too Late, Plunky’s 25th album, is primarily new and original music; however there are two cover songs and a bonus track in the collection. The album’s first single, John Legend’s “Tonight (Best You Ever Had),” is a saxophone-led go-go instrumental with sexy female vocal hooks. Frankie Beverly’s classic, “We Are One,” also rendered as a sax and vocals combo, is still a soulful call to unifying love. The bonus track, “Tableau Noir,” is collaboration with famed French rapper, Akhenaton of the IAM Band. It is a rap song about dark times in the world being like images on a blackboard which can be erased.

The core Oneness group members breathe life into the music on the album. The sultry and soulful Charlayne “Chyp” Green is featured on vocals throughout. Young, VA-based musicians, keyboardist, J. L. Harris and guitarist, Jose Pomier, create shimmering, melodic tonal centers within the grooves. Bassist P. Muzi Branch, Plunky’s brother and long-time collaborator, is still thumping and pumping the bottom of the funk – in sync with Fire’s hip-hop beats and electronic percussion.

Time travel happens when rhythm meets change, when vibrations are altered and re-ordered, when generations are bridged and when memories create new visions. Never Too Late is all about timeless lessons of love and life and locomotion. And it’s even more about Plunk funk & the oneness thereof…

 

Barbara Kiss – The magical Magyar

February 4, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Barbara KissAmbition is no bad thing in pop music. And Hungarian singer-songwriter sensation Barbara Kiss has it in spades.

For Kiss, that ambition means becoming her small country’s first international pop star. With the recent release of her incredible debut album, she is well on the way to achieving her dream. And much, much more.

The 12-track record, ‘From Me to You’, is one of the most accomplished, fresh and original albums you are ever likely to hear. Part autobiographical, it is a record packed with songs that are both personal and universal.

Unlike many aspiring starlets, Kiss penned the majority of the songs on ‘From Me to You’, writing music and lyrics on five of the 12, and the lyrics on a further four. It should be no surprise that she describes the album as “a piece of who I am”.

It is also, in many ways, a product of where she comes from. Kiss’s Eastern European heritage shines through on a number of the tracks. It is the combination of catchy, modern pop riffs with the more melancholic laments of her homeland that makes Kiss’s debut album so new, so exciting.

More than four years in the making, ‘From Me to You’ is a collection of Kiss’s finest work to date over her nascent career. In that time she has worked with some of the world’s best songwriters, producers and engineers, including Marcus Nand, Chris Wonzer and Kristian Nord.

Their influence and guiding hand can be felt on several of the cuts on this record. While her collaboration with rapper Ill Scorsese has produced two of its finest moments in the shape of ‘Sleepimg Beauty’ and ‘On The Dancefloor’. The video for the former has already proved an internet sensation, garnering more than 23,000 views.

But that’s just the start for Kiss. A tour supporting the release of the album is already in the pipeline. And soon after, the world will know the name of Barbara Kiss – the girl who put Hungarian music on the map.

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