John the Gun is a rock trio from Nutley, NJ. Their music is melodic, lyrical, driving, and while truly unique, has clear influences of bands such as Brand New, Circa Survive, and Coheed and Cambria. In November of 2013 the band entered Treehouse Studios in Jersey City and recorded two brand new tracks entitled “Lunar” and “Navigator.” A year later, in October, John The Gun released a new track, “Unilateral” as part of a music compilation to raise awareness for breast cancer. In the last few months the trio has truly found an identity as a group and the energy is apparent in the music they write, in their live performances, and in their rapport. JTG’s mission has just begun, and with a style all their own, are a force to watch out for.

Troy Dean

Troy Dean (b. March 25, 1986) is a singer-songwriter from Allentown, PA. He attended William Allen High School, where he decided to pursue a career in music. He grew up surrounded by great music, exposed to classic artists, especially Elvis Presley, via his grandparents’ record collection. They took him many times to see performances at the historic Grand Old Opry. Dean’s mother, herself the lead singer of a band for several years, taught him how to sing.

In 2005, Dean took his talent to NYC, meeting with Randy Witherspoon of Mopptopp Records. Witherspoon quickly put Dean in the studio and invited him to join the Project Youth Initiative, an opportunity for young, undiscovered talent. PYI performances such as a live show in DUMBO landed Dean in New York newspapers, earning him a lot of publicity. Two years later, Dean showcased for PA radio host Phil Stahl from 90.3 FM. His name and sound spread across the East Cost, and so did his fan base. He played nightclubs and bars every night of the week. Numerous publications featured Troy Dean’s music, and he even received an offer from Red Horse Records, an extension of Dixiana Music in Nashville. In 2010, Dean traveled to San Francisco, where he participated in the nationally acclaimed singing competition, American Idol. The following year, he was featured in a large-scale charity event and opened for esteemed rocker, Bret Michaels at the Crocodile Rock Cafe.

Today, Dean is living in New York City and heavily active in New York’s music scene. He’s performed at popular venues such as The Red Lion and Ella Lounge, and he frequents open mic nights throughout the city. He has recorded three new singles, acoustic ballads, at Metaphonic Studios. “Catch Me,” “Penny,” and “Hell or High Water” are currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Troy Dean is an independent and unsigned artist.

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Following on from a brilliant debut EP and a spot at one of Rock and Roll’s most prestigious venues, Long Island natives Two Cent Sam are set to take that next big leap with their outstanding debut album ‘Songs From The Sandbox’.

Formed in early 2009, TCS wasted no time in piecing together their brilliant first EP "Give And Take World" in December of that year. Catapulting them onto the NYC gig circuit, the band entered into the Hard Rock Battle of the Bands which they later won, resulting in a show at the infamous Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, beating out a number of other Long Island acts.

Recently recorded at The Music Palace of West Hempstead, NY with Mic Angelo (Michael Bona, Public Enemy), and mastered at Avatar Studios under Fred Kevorkian (The White Stripes, Dave Matthews Band). ‘Songs From The Sandbox’ is a rapturous and progressive opus that marries the bolder elements of indie-pop with finite nods to 70’s-era classic rock; creating a bold, beautiful 12 track offering that evolves and moves continually over its 48 minute run.

With highlight tracks including the outstanding, upbeat aplomb of ’20 To 12’, the multi-faceted uproar of ‘Warcry’ and The Killers-esque ‘Wasting Away’, the band succeed in creating an album rich in luscious melodies and clever musicianship that is destined to resonate with the ardent music lover worldwide.
- Tom Brumpton UK

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