Geoff Rickly (Thursday)

Geoff Rickly is the lead singer and songwriter of Thursday, an American rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. They have released six studio albums. Rickly grew up in Dumont, New Jersey.
Rickly has contributed guest vocals to many songs, including My American Heart's "We Are the Fabrication", Murder by Death's "Killbot 2000", This Day Forward's "Sunfalls and Watershine", and Circa Survive's "The Lottery." Geoff also occasionally performs solo, most recently in Hoboken, New Jersey at the Eyeball Records holiday party, performing Autumn Leaves Revisited and This Side of Brightness acoustic.
Geoff also recently has become extremely popular in the country of Ireland as both a musician and a composer. Lyrically, Rickly has been known to draw from a wide variety of influences, many of them being authors and poets. In a March 2009 interview, he cited the works of Denis Johnson, Martin Amis, Roberto Bolaño and David Foster Wallace as being among his influences for the lyrics of Thursday's Common Existence album, which was released in February 2009. A tattoo on his forearm reads "love is love", a lyric from the band Frail; Rickly adopted these lyrics into Thursday's "A Hole in the World." Thursday's "Autobiography Of A Nation" is clearly influenced by poet Michael Palmer's "Sun."

Vinnie Caruana (of I am the Avalanche & The Movielife)

Singer of the influential band The Movielife and current singer of I Am the Avalanche.

A Loss For Words (Acoustic)

In a world where some bands are handed everything on a silver platter, there's also a place where there's still some hardworking folks left. Boston's own pop-punk outfit, A Loss For Words are at the top of that list. Having released 3 EPs and their full length "The Kids Can't Lose" since 2005, they are a group with unstoppable dedication, hard work, and creativity. A Loss For Words have been regarded by members of Bayside, Four Year Strong and Bane as the hardest working band out there right now. Some people are going to ask what being a hardworking band even means anymore, and those questions are warranted. In a world where Myspace plays have somehow become more important than heart, the line that separates the real from the manufactured has become more than a little blurry. A Loss For Words know where they stand in this sea of blurred lines. A Loss For Words are out there on the road touring ten months out of every year. Not only are they out there playing shows, but are watching younger bands, pushing CD's in the parking lot, shaking hands and putting on one of the most sweat-soaked and honest sets you can find. A Loss For Words sees the wall that stands between them and success and they're not stupid. They know that maybe with some cool haircuts and electric drums there might be an easier way around it, but they've picked the path they've always known, breaking away at the concrete with their bare hands and it shows. I challenge you to find another unsigned band with these achievements: toured with Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals and Polar Bear Club, sold 6000 copies of a record that no one helped them put out, and that went to Japan on a 100% DIY agenda. With A Loss For Words, the guarantee is that no matter what town you live in, these guys will be there this year ready to shake your hand, hang out, rock out and have a good time.

"I think the good in people is never lost," Koji said. "And it's never gone from music. Music is an art form that celebrates potential. If you're looking for it, you're going to find it." - February 20, 2012 interview with Gaining Ground Media.Andrew Koji Shiraki is an American artist and activist from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He can be seen advocating with organizations such as Resolve and Invisible Children on behalf of the child soldiers being used by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in central and east Africa as well as Humility Now to help raise awareness about the homeless right here in the United States. His concerts feature a combination of music, storytelling, media and visual art, all aimed at empowering youth to create positive, lasting change and build community.In 2010, Koji released 4 records, each a unique effort. Seaside Sessions was a raw demo tape that came together in one day with producer Gabe Liberti at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn. That spring, he hit the road with his demo in tow and almost immediately after upon returning home, Koji landed a deal with Run For Cover Records. In August, RFC released Spring Song Vol. 1 - a full-length live record tracked at intimate house shows on Koji's spring tour, followed by Some Small Way - Koji's first full band release. In October, No Sleep Records released a full-length 12" vinyl split with Chicago's Into It. Over It., entitled IIOI/KOJI, which was lauded by the Associated Press as one of 2010's Most Overlooked Albums, alongside artists like Mumford and Sons, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Gucci Mane.Last year, Koji was named one of Alternative Press magazine's "100 Bands To Know in 2011," and word of his talent is spreading fast. His latest release is his 12" vinyl-only split with long time friends, La Dispute, entitled Never Come Undone, which came out via No Sleep Records. The record was released amidst Koji's "Resolve Tour," where he performed in addition to sharing video and photography, collecting petition signatures and letters to congress seeking funding for the endangered LRA Strategy (it was eventually funded because of the youth advocacy community), and conducting community round table discussions to drive further into the issue of the LRA in central Africa, America's role in creating peace, and the power of an individual's voice to make change on this and any issue. His side of Never Come Undone features the song "Peacemaker" as well as Koji's take on Ted Leo's Biomusicology and was dedicated to fellow activist, Nate Henn, who was killed in 2010's World Cup bombing in Uganda.Koji's journey continues and 2012 is destined up to be a landmark year as he works tirelessly on two new studio efforts while also traveling for tapings of intimate DIY shows for a second installment of the Spring Song series. His concert tours and advocacy projects will take him all around the world several times over this year. And it remains Koji's commitment to his craft and his community that continue to drive the fervent support for his work in both music and activism.

Brian Marquis (ex-Therefore I Am)

After the demise of Therefore I Am, Equal Vision Records' post-hardcore Bostonians, guitarist/vocalist Brian Marquis decided the next chapter of his career would involve going it alone. Marquis' first introduction as a solo artist is a song called '84 Rookie Card, about the passing of a dear friend who died in a bicycle related accident. The song will be contributed to "One H.E.L.L. of a Compilation" in his friend's honor. Get Stoked! Records is putting together the compilation to benefit H.E.L.L. (Helping Everyone Live Longer), a Boston, MA based non-profit offering free bicycle helmets to any Boston area residents and advocating bicycle safety and awareness throughout Massachusetts. For more info visit: www.getstokedrecords.com www.helpingeveryonelivelonger.org

While performing in the New England area, Marquis will be heading into the studio this July to record his debut full length with producer Brad Delava (Vinnie Ferra, Actor|Observer) at the helm. Look for it out this Fall 2011.

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Geoff Rickly (Thursday) with Vinnie Caruana (of I am the Avalanche & The Movielife), A Loss For Words (Acoustic), Koji, Brian Mar...

Thursday, February 14 · 7:00 PM at Atticus Bar