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NM's unique style blends free-flying rock with acoustic stylings, tight vocal harmonies and lyrical songcraft. With a fearless pioneering spirit, they've become one of the most cutting edge bands on the scene today.
"New Monsoon was formed around Bo Carper's acoustic finger-style picking and the sharp, driving leads of electric guitarist Jeff Miller. The interplay of warm acoustic tones and charged electric bite-born from a shared love of Led Zeppelin III-has remained at the heart of its sound through various line-up changes, now a streamlined quintet with Phil Ferlino (keyboards), Marshall Harrell (bass) and Sean Hutchinson (drums). New Monsoon is built on the pillars of the 60's SF scene-a healthy dose of improvisation, a psychedelic character and a broad stylistic reach-without expressly emulating anyone" - Dennis Cook, Relix Magazine
"They have a collective power that comes off as a real unified force on stage..It's not just a band, you know? It's something transcendental" -Michael Shrieve
New Monsoon has shared the stage with heavyweight guests Mike Stern (Miles Davis), the late, great Martin Fierro (Zero, Legion of Mary), Steve Kimock, and Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), to name a few.They've toured with String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Umphrey's McGee (Big Summer Classic Tour), supported Moe, The Wailers, etc and are a featured headliner in venues such as the Fillmore (SF), Gothic Theater (Denver), and Warehouse Live (Houston). They are also a perennial favorite of the festival circuit including marquee festivals like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Langerado, High Sierra, Telluride Bluegrass, Austin City Limits and many others.
The band's quality associations continue with their recorded output. 2007's "V" was produced by longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer John Cutler, and 2005's "The Sound" was helmed by original Santana percussionist Michael Shrieve and Paul Kimble (Grant Lee Buffalo, Luna).
"Fluid flights emerge from many of the album's (New Monsoon V) best tracks-vivid songwriting fuseed with reemerging themes of search and discovery-they hang humbly from well-fortified compositions." -Jamie Lee, Relix Magazine
"This diverse cast of coconspirators speaks to the range and simmering possibilities within New Monsoon's framework, a creative space that embraces instrumentals as well as dead solid songcraft. They are comfortable with complex, genre-scuttling wordless fare that blends World music with heavy metal and Nashville pickin' but is equally at home with road tales that drag us to "Alaska" or up "On The Sun" with words that echo the encompassing good will and philosophy of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia." -Dennis Cook
Their new album, aptly titled "New Monsoon Live," was recorded during an epic 3 night run in Texas last September. Building upon their most successful studio album to date, "New Monsoon V," this live two-CD set is the band's first official release from the current 5-piece line-up, and their first live album since 2004. New Monsoon Live captures the band reaching one of their highest emotional, technical, and musical peaks.
"New Monsoon Live is defined by its powerful melodic sense and commitment to the spirit of the songs. The jam or solo always serves the song, not the other way around. There is no aimless noodling to be found here, no wasted notes." -Rob Johnson, Hittin' the Note
Formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, Lotus brings their club-worthy beats and rocking instrumental anthems to theaters throughout the country this fall. No glow-stick bracelets, pretentious Can trivia, or expensive distressed fashion required.
Lotus's new release, Escaping Sargasso Sea (May 2007), is a double-disc live album that draws from two previous studio albums, Nomad and The Strength of Weak Ties, along with never before released material. From the post/math-rock of "When H Binds to O" to the slippery dance beats of "Wax," this collection shows Lotus's ability to deconstruct, stretch, and rebuild their compositions spontaneously on stage. Restraining from flaunting their individual chops, Lotus builds compositions on catchy melodies and heavy grooves...
The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has made crowds get down across the US, Canada, and Japan. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus proves why they have become a go-to act for late night festival slots. This tour takes the band into renowned theatres nationwide including the Ogden Theatre in Denver, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Park West in Chicago, and the Bowery Ballroom in New York.
By skillfully integrating short quotes of current and traditional cover songs into their tight jams and performing full covers that regularly knock audiences' collective socks off, Jazzam relies heavily on highly composed original tunes while maintaining a close connection to a wide variety of audience favorites.
In a recent 2006 review of Jazzam's new album "It's About Time," the music editors at The Homegrown Music Network noted that, "Jazzam has something for everyone in their splendid sound. Rollicking bass lines, spirited guitar, keyboard, and horn solos, and intense vocals are just some of the building blocks of their texturally diverse music."
While maintaining a refined and subtle approach, Jazzam draws on the raw energy and power emitted from their frenzied, gyrating fans. Sending the energy back full force while creating an overflowing pool of dancable funk that pours out from the stage, the band immerses the crowd with hypnotic grooves and complex melodic harmonies, dragging them deeper and deeper into the music. Whether audience members choose to stand dazed by the intermingling structures of sounds, or possesed by the music's siren call to shake your ass harder and harder- two things are certain- the dance floor will be bumping and in the end you'll be screaming for more.
With J-san and the Analogue Sons we are united, reminded of struggle, inspired to seek resolution and yet left content... upfull and bright. ...Dub-Rock music is born. J-san and the Analogue Sons have been making heads nod and bodies groove for over a decade. Imagine the Lover's Rock stylings of reggae legend Gregory Isaacs, the socially conscious world/rock of Michael Franti & Spearhead, the energy of Ozomatli and you may begin to understand the Word-Sound-Power that J-san and the Analogue Sons will take you to.
With their extraordinary sophmore effort SoundResistance, these dub-rock warriors are sharing their music with the world.
Son of a radical vietnam vet father and an Okinawan mother, J-san was raised on the road. Living at times with artists and musicians and other times with ganja growers and hustlers, music was always a companion. J-san's incredibly powerful vocals are reminiscent of the great soul singers of any era, deftly moving from love songs dripping with emotion to fiery protest songs that send fists pumping and spines tingling!
J-san sings with real sincerity and universal love. Energy explodes from saxophonist Lee Hamilton, who has gained critical acclaim as former lead horn and horn arranger for John Brown's Body, of which J-San was also an original member. On the organ and keys is Michael Stark doing double duty and giving the group nuanced, dubby bass lines courtesy of his Hammond B-3. Lars Burggren's heavy drums bring the foundation. Kalani Logan, keyboardist for the legendary Itals, holds down the guitar and harmony vocal.
The music is a genre bending blend of reggae, rock, afrobeat and roots soul, innovative modern sounds with a decidedly urban flavor that will at times make the dance floor tremble, and then make it sway. This is Dub-Rock for the 21st Century!
FMB's progressive sound consists of interweaving guitar melodies fused with percussion, complimented with horns and keyboards, and bends the lines between musical genres with their compositional extravagance. The band's performances have been known to be "an interesting blend of styles...a wholesome, down-home, friendly vibe" (Brian Wittmer, Director A&R, Universal Music Group). Based out of Bayville, NY, guitarist Dennis Lippe and his brother Chris, lead a core of musicians with a broad range of music experience, education, and skill-sets, allowing the band to create myriad combinations of musical textures and styles.
The band has made a mission statement out of preserving different traditions, undescriminatingly trying anything at least once and fusing different styles that appeal to them. The self-proclaimed "Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk" touches on such genres as Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Soca, Funk, Reggae, and Bluegrass. Though the band is relatively new, they have performed in several states in the midwest and in festivals like moe's Summer Camp, Spookstock (Schwagstock), Bockmans Campout and Wakarusa. In addition to these festivals, Euforquestra hosts its own annual celebration of community and music, where nearly 700 of the areas fans have gathered for 5 bands in an entire day of music.
What makes this band special is that something new is always being performed by Euforquestra as new projects drive the band into further musical studies. For example, Explorations in Afrobeat, the bands 2006 release, is a fusion of western african and cuban musics rooted in the Yoruba tradition. Having had 2 members study in Cuba, the band dives deep into a rich tradition of Cuban rhythm and song evolved from the Yoruba tribe which was brought to Cuba as well as other countries years ago during the slave trade. Here is where the band connects essentially two branches from the same tree.
The band weaves African percussion and drumming styles into elements of jazz, funk, and rock to create a compelling, driving groove. Dancers, drummers, and soloists bring their musical foundation into play with the tradition of artists such as Femi Kuti and Fela Kuti. The band has had guest performances from such regional greats as Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Mars Williams, and others, several of whom are featured on their debut CD