Sunday, August 31, 2008

ANOTHER TALENTFILTER ARTIST SIGNS LABEL DEAL! Congratulations to TALENTfilter act Elizabeth & The Catapult -- the band has announced that after two months of negotiating, they've signed with Verve Forecast. We first wrote about Elizabeth & The Catapult EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO. Woo hoo!

The group will head to Chicago in a few weeks to begin recording their major label debut with Brian Deck (Counting Crows, Iron And Wine).

Sunday, August 24, 2008

NEW SIGNINGS, ETC. -- Female-fronted Florida five-piece Hey Monday signs to Columbia Records (there is literally ZERO difference between Hey Monday and Paramore) ...Joshua Radin, who left Columbia (and took his new album with him), signs with newly-launched Q Prime Management label Mom & Pop Music Co. (no relation to Mom & Pop Records or Mom Pop Records) ...Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights signs to Atlantic Records ...Boston rockers Therefore I Am signs with Equal Vision ...Death metal outfit The Crimson Armada, who have over 1.2 million MySpace plays, sign with Metal Blade...

Aug 24 -- Obi Best (formerly Colorforms) -- Silverlake Lounge
Aug 26 -- Buddy, Michelle Featherstone -- Hotel Cafe
Aug 29 -- Joe Purdy, Meiko -- The Roxy
Aug 30 -- Holly Conlan -- Hotel Cafe
Sept 3 -- Mother Truckers -- The Roxy
Sept 4 -- Emily Wells -- Hotel Cafe
Sept 5 -- Once -- Spaceland
Sept 8 -- The Henry Clay People -- The Echo
Sept 13 -- Just Off Turner -- Viper Room

Friday, August 15, 2008

MY MORTALITY (unsigned) -- New York's My Mortality is a four-piece formed by former Type O Negative / Life Of Agony drummer Sal Abruscato. Since April 2008, the band has been garnering regular airplay on tastemaker Active Rocker WSOU South Orange, the SIRIUS Satellite Radio "Octane" channel, and specialty spins on New York Classic Rocker WAXQ. A four-song EP is available on iTunes and the group recently posted two new recordings on their MySpace page. New York label geeks should know they've got two upcoming shows in your area (August 23 at the Backstage Rock Bar in Groton, CT and August 30 at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ).

This is down-the-middle hard rock that's RADIO READY for the "red states." A no-brainer, people. TKO is booking them. Get on it.

(side note: why do hard rock bands ALL take the same played-out press photos? Damn!)
WEQX ALBANY'S "LARKFEST 2008" SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL TALENT -- Alternative WEQX Albany will present "LarkFEST 2008" on Lark Street in Alabany, NY on September 20th... Signed acts including The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello), Eric Hutchinson, Oppenheimer and Val Emmich will be joined by local acts The Sense Offenders, Maggie Mayday, and two of our upstate-area faves Saving Atlantis and Aficionado...

Saving Atlantis
is a six-piece electronica-tinged pop act (Think Something Corporate-meets-Cut Copy)...

Aficionado is less mainstream, more progressive -- they're a ten-piece outfit including a flautist, two trumpets, and a visual director.

Good stuff worth looking into!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

NEON HITCH (unsigned, unpublished) -- Yes, it's her real name. Yes, she was born into a family of gypsy circus performers. Yes, she sounds like the pre-Timbaland Nelly Furtado. And yes, she's Amy Winehouse's flat-mate. Seriously, we couldn't make this shit up if we tried. Neon is working with the production/management team Pilot Creative out of Brooklyn. It's fun stuff, and if you haven't heard of her before -- you're welcome!
KITS-FM (LIVE 105) SAN FRANCISCO SPINS LOCAL MUSIC THIS WEEKEND -- Tastemaker Alt-outlet Live 105 is running a "HomeGrown Weekend" on the air, featuring music from some of the best Bay Area bands that've emerged over the past few years. Props to Aaron Axelsen and the crew on the Live 105 programming staff - they've got their finger on the pulse of that market and it's nice to see them support these bands with airplay ...Acts receiving rotation include The Audrye Sessions, The Trophy Fire, Action Design, The Matches, Morning Benders, The Bruises, Hundred Days, Mister Loveless, Rogue Wave, Lovelikefire, Picture Atlantic, Immigrant, The Doobie Kids, and long-time TALENTfilter faves, Unjust. Peep their MySpace page -- the Unjust song that Live 105 is spinning is called "It's Not Enough." Alt-Rock radio SMASHAROO. Unjust is signed to a little indie called Koolarrow (run by ex-Faith No More bassist Billy Gould), but they could TOTALLY use a strong team behind them to market and promote.

Aug 7 -- Resident Hero - Viper Room
Aug 7 -- Hockey - Spaceland
Aug 7 -- The Jane Doe's - Hotel Cafe
Aug 8 -- Karin Tatoyan - Spaceland
Aug 8 -- Platinum Pied Pipers - Echo
Aug 10 -- Ragsy (acoustic) - Hotel Cafe
Aug 22 -- Aushua - The Roxy
Aug 22 -- Building A Better Spaceship - Viper Room
Aug 29 -- Joe Purdy, Meiko -- The Roxy
Sept. 3 -- Mother Truckers -- The Roxy