Sing It Loud

Sing it Loud is a five piece band from Minneapolis, MN consisting of Pat Brown (lead vocals/guitar), Kieren Smith (guitar/backing vocals), Nate Flynn (bass), Ben Peterson (piano/keyboard) and Chris Lee (drums).

The band has been around since 2007 but has really come into their own with the release of their new album, Everything Collide, release this year by Epitaph Records. The album seems to abandon most of the pop punk trends of their earlier work and be more of a mature record. The anthems are still there of course, and so is the pop rock hooks, but in a much more defined and unique package.

They recently played the Mall of America in their hometown of Minneapolis for their c.d. release party.

The band has toured with fellow emo and pop rock acts like We the Kings, Forever the Sickest Kids, All Time Low and Cobra Starship as well as logging tons of dates on The Vans Warped Tour. They are currently on tour with Every Avenue and The Secret Handshake as part of the Rock Yourself to Sleep tour.

http://www.myspace.com/singitloud

Grayskul

Grayskul are a gothic hip-hop duo from Seattle, Washington. They consist of MCs Onry Ozzborn and JFK. Their music is dark, slow and forbidding. They are currently signed to Rhymesayers and have toured opening for Atmosphere.

Their new album Bloody Radio is a dark, grim concept album featuring Slug of Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Cage, Pigeon John and Andrea Zollo formerly of PrettyGirlsMakeGraves.

From their press release:

“Wanting to always reinvent themselves, Grayskul returns as Count Draven (Onry) and Count Magnus (JFK) to deliver their latest opus Bloody Radio. This conceptual masterpiece serves as reverse brainwash music for today’s contemporary hip-hop listeners, typically force-fed imaginary genres. Grayskul smashes these genres seamlessly into one while interweaving all with message, substance, concepts, wittiness, opinion and most of all, honesty while still maintaining a sense of humor, imagination, and originality. Bloody Radio has something for everybody.”

Betty Steeles

Betty Steeles describes her music as “friendly pop”. This indie-folk songstress has stolen our collective heart. One listen to “Flowers in Pain” or “Bus Boy” and you will be sold as well. As her myspace says, think Jack Johnson meets Bjork.

The native Londener has played the festivals and plays often in and around London.

Her new album I am…Betty Steeles was released on A&G records earlier this year

Listen to Flowers in Pain by Betty Steeles:

Black Cards

Fall Out Boy bassist and Ashley Simpson baby daddy Pete Wentz has unveiled his newest project, Black Cards, or Bl4ck C4rds, or BlAck CArds with the A’s upside down. In any event, the Black Cards are Wentz’s newest project since Fall Out Boy went belly up as frontman Patrick Stump going solo and the other two, actually cool guys in the band forming their own group, The Damed Things.

The new website, blackcardsmusic.com, has popped up with this Jay-Z biting explanation from Wentz:

The takeover, the break is indeed over. As you may’ve read about over the last week, I’ve got a new band called Black Cards. When FOB went on hiatus, I wasn’t really sure what to do with myself. I know I wanted to keep travelling the world with my family. We had been to Jamaica recently. I spent a lot of time hanging around the beaches and I started to get inspired again by songs like “two sevens clash” and “warriors”. I’d never heard any of these songs but could imagine them having an everlasting imprint, like people would dance to this stuff forever. I could feel these songs really meant something. Not just in Jamaica but globally, crossing through culture and language. I started collaborating via email with my friend Sam, who I knew from working on “As Cruel as School Children”. He had been listening to a lot of old British stuff and we mashed that with the island vibe in the studio. I wanted to try a female vocalist cos I couldn’t imagine trying to replace Patrick. Combine all this with my nonsense and ideas. Stuff I could never write or never had a perspective to write from in FOB.

Check out some of what we’ve been working on here at http://www.blackcardsmusic.com. I know this won’t be for everyone but honestly its a chance for me to try something different. I remain Fall Out Boy’s #1 fan.

-PW”

The songs are tight little pop songs with an auto tuned female singer? Is it Ashley? Kind of sounds like a not-so-good Lilly Allen to us. Only time will tell. But honestly, we probably won’t care.

Almost as exciting as when he showed everyone his…Tucked In Boy.

Heiruspecs

Heiruspecs is a six piece Hip Hop band hailing from St. Paul, Minneapolis that has a great sound blending mcing, singing and funky live band. Referencing J.U.S.T.I.C.E. and Wu-Tang in one song should give you an idea of where Heiruspecs stand firmly rooted in hipster and hip hop culture.

The group has recently played Grand Old Day, Taste of Minnesota and Sound Unseen festivals. They have been getting a lot of attention since working with Rhymesayers.

Heiruspecs get a lot of love for their live performances, which shy away from djs, ipods and laptops, and instead have the full band sound with keys, bass, guitars and drums, causing most to compare them to The Roots.

Their self titled album is a must have for indie hip hop heads.

Warpaint

Warpaint is a an experimental rock act from Los Angeles, California who are doing big things this summer. The group has been around since 2004 but have yet to release a full length studio album. Their dreamy indie sound has attracted a large fan base around L.A. including several celebrity admirers including the last actor Heath Ledger.

Actress Shannon Sossaman is a former member of the group. Shannon and Theresa Wayman shared the infamous “bathroom suicide” scene in the cult hit movie “Rules of Attraction”


Their debut album will be available on Rough Trade Records this August.

Warpaint’s first e.p. was mixed by Red Hot Chilli Peppers John Frusciante.  They are touring this summer including performances at Lollapalooza, As220 Foo Fest, Reeding Fest, and Leeds Festival followed by a tour with The XX.

You can check them out at warpaintwarpaint.com

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