The Jersey boys of the pop-rock outfit The Stolen have come a long way since they were ripping covers of classic rock anthems and Motown tunes at their elementary school’s Fifth Grade Fun Night. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Dominick Cuce, guitarist Rob Chiarappa, bassist Kevin Smart, and drummer Mike Chiarappa. Before they honed their songwriting skills to craft inviting pop hooks and kinetic guitar melodies, they started off as a group of friends exploring their love of music by learning and performing AC/DC songs together.

Almost 10 years later, after playing countless shows locally, the band released Adults in 2013, which they recorded with producer/engineer Jesse Cannon (Animal Collective, The Misfits). This also marked their first release with bassist Kevin Smart. In 2015, they reached a turning point with the release of their single “Chardonnay,” recorded with producer Paul Levitt (All Time Low, Have Mercy). This began a transition from their pop-punk beginnings to put more focus on their pop sensibilities. Spring of 2016 marked the arrival of their self-released, self-produced EP I’m So Dead, showcasing their shift from a fast, loud pop-punk band to a more groove driven, pop-rock sound. It also landed them recognition from MTV who called the EP “the perfect pop-alt soundtrack to take you into the summer season.” They recorded at Cannon’s New Jersey studio but produced and mixed the album themselves.

Meanwhile, between recording stints, the band continued touring aggressively whether it be self-booked stretches with their peers, touring/performing with acts like Neon Trees, The All American Rejects, The Academic, Jake Miller, Punchline or even following Vans Warped Tour to reach new fans and compete to see who could sell the most CDs and merch. These efforts show the bands perseverance and hustle that they display on and off the road.

Fragile Heart (released May 2017) is the band’s most collaborative effort to date and, once again, done with a DIY mentality with the drums and vocals being predominantly recorded from home. With Fragile Heart, The Stolen have accomplished something that sounds both familiar and comforting with an ’80s pop vibe that is simultaneously young, fresh and new.

Their single “Overboard,” (released Feb 2018) which hit No. 21 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, perfectly illustrates where the band’s sound is going.

States & Capitals

States & Capitals is an American rock band from Wyckoff, New Jersey, formed in 2015. The band was founded by 22-year old frontman, singer/songwriter Richie Arthur (Richard Arthur Schaafsma).

After taking a year and a half hiatus from the early EP releases, the group released the single, “Drive”, on August 4, 2017. The song premiered in Spotify’s “It's ALT Good!” and “The Scene” playlists, attracting a fresh audience to the single. The song eventually led up to the release of the EP, “CREATIONS&MEMORIES” on June 15, 2018. The EP was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer, Jonathan Roye (Owl City, Kelsea Ballerini, Forever The Sickest Kids).

The band set out on the two-leg “CREATIONS&MEMORIES Tour”, beginning in Los Angeles, CA on March 7, 2018. The tour went all throughout the USA, including slots on Vans Warped Tour and Southwest Invasion, which ended on August 12, 2018, at House of Blues Anaheim. In December 2018 through March 2019, Arthur embarked on “The West Coast Tour” and “The East Coast Tour”, playing acoustic sets throughout California and parts of the east coast.

On April 26, 2019, the band posted a series of clips on social media titled ‘5319’, leading up to the release of the single, “FEELINGS” on May 3, 2019. It is the first single off of Arthur’s self-produced debut-album, set to release July 2019.

Mighty Mango

Mighty Mango was formed in Charlotte, North Carolina during the summer of 2016 by best friends and guitarists/singers Henry Moldenhauer and Tyler Ford. A mutual friend introduced them to drummer Eli Zerkle, and bassist, Casey Jaerling joined soon after. The band began playing in and around legendary Charlotte venues like the Double Door Inn and the Milestone club during their senior year of high school. After several months of playing together, Mighty Mango recorded their first EP "Kim" at Catalyst Recording Studio in Charlotte. The EP eventually caught the ear of local alternative rock radio station 106.5 THE END and Mighty Mango was selected to play at the NC Music Factory for the iHeartRadio New Music Discovery series in Charlotte in June of 2017. The band played several other shows that summer before releasing two more singles. In the fall of 2017, the members parted ways as they began to attend different universities across the country, but they managed to play shows during breaks away from school. Mighty Mango got back together as the school year ended and played many shows in North Carolina including several packed shows at the Comet Grill, an opening spot at the Downtown Sundown Music Festival in Wilmington, NC, and a headliner spot at the Lower Southend Block Party for Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Towards the end of the summer, Mighty Mango went back to Catalyst Recording Studio to record their second EP, "Worth the Weight." Since the release of this EP in September of 2018, Mighty Mango has played at the homecoming tailgate at NC State University and a Christmas show at the Comet Grill in Charlotte. The band has undergone two lineup changes since its inception. Henry Moldenhauer and Tyler Ford are still on guitars and vocals, while Harrison McGoogan has taken over on bass, Chaandmon Croft on drums, and Cadman Styers on keys. The summer of 2019 will see Mighty Mango touring through North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. They are also planning on recording and releasing their first full-length album.

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