The Shakers

The Shakers

Just when you thought every musical hybrid had been realized, LA’s THE SHAKERS have emerged as the missing link between soul and grit-rock. Previously described as “The Black Keys meets Heart” or even “AC/DC meets The Supremes,” The Shakers are able to peak potential listeners’ curiosity without even requiring the proverbial “listen.” All comparisons aside, the 4-piece outfit has created something truly original and charismatic – a brand of modern music that the ill-remaining music industry has been so desperately aching for. Loud, unapologetic, and masters of the stage domain.

The project started in 2009, when guitarist and musical catalyst Chris Lee relocated from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in hopes of igniting some inspiration via the rays and glitz of Southern California. On the evening of his arrival, Chris coincidently met Jodie Schell – a dynamic vocalist with unparalleled range and charm who immediately became the perfect fit. “The night we were introduced I didn’t realize it would only be a year or so before we’d be selling out that very room we were standing in,” Lee recalls. “A few short weeks later – when I saw Jodie perform as a back up singer and smash a tambourine on stage with the punk band she was in at the time – was when I knew we had to be in a project together.” A first writing session was quickly arranged, in which the duo wrote “Low Lights,” “Already Gone,” and put the finishing touches on “Distress Signal” – solidifying The Shakers’ core sound and three key tracks for both their debut EP and 2011’s appropriately titled Oh So Loud.

After winning the heart and commitment of exceptional drummer Nick Woods, The Shakers entered legendary NRG Studios with producer Sean Curiel to begin work on Loud. With the aid of the one and only Joseph “Bunny” Holiday at the boards, the band finished their first full-length record in time for a sold out performance at The Viper Room in Hollywood and an East Coast tour to follow. “The duality of the two-producer arrangement was enticing, but for this next album we want more cohesive tones between the tracks,” explains vocalist Jodie Schell. To that end, guitarist Chris Lee adds, “For the new record we’ll be producing it entirely ourselves, with a little help from Shooter Jennings/Gin Wigmore guitarist John Schreffler, Jr. at the boards. We’ll be doing the whole thing on 1 inch tape in his home studio, which none of us have ever done before. It’ll be a truly old school approach.” The Shakers will also have the benefit of new revered bassist Kyle Kozlowski, making his studio debut on their forthcoming album.

Fans can expect this shiny new record called RESCUE TEAM on August 31, 2013. Until then, the band will continue to dominate the LA music arena, where a reputation of filling clubs like The Viper Room and Roxy Theatre keeps the lights on. The band has previously opened for such acts as Everclear, Our Lady Peace, The Motels, and Semi Precious Weapons.

In the words of vocalist Jodie Schell, “Rock n’ roll is a lifestyle, and the day we can quit our day jobs and live every day like this will be the most important day of our lives. My heart might explode on that day.”

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Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound

Audra Mae was born and raised in Oklahoma. The oldest of 6 children, and brought up in music theatre, she left home at 18 to pursue a career in recording music. Audra tried College outside of Nashville, TN for a year. However, after realizing she spent little time in class and, instead, wrote songs all day, Audra Mae decided to move to Los Angeles. Two years after arriving in LA, and playing live shows, Audra Mae earned a deal with Warner Chappell Publishing. She has now lived in Los Angeles for five years and in November of 2008 her cover of Bob Dylan’s "Forever Young" was featured on the "FX" series "Sons of Anarchy". Audra Mae’s new EP is an introduction to the artist and showcases her ability to create and interpret genuinely infectious melodies and lyrics giving the listener a true sense of Audra’s perspective on her experiences.

Once the Oklahoma native opens her mouth and lets loose with that voice, pure and strong, with a hint of country twang and a twinkle of good humor, you realize this is what she’s meant to do; Stand in front of an audience and entertain, not just with her singing, but a distinctive songwriting voice, one that’s capable of relating fully developed characters and stories.

Sad Robot

Sad Robot is an L.A. based band on the rise. Their unique sound, blending quirky singer/songwriter with angst driven indie rock has been described as post apocalyptic and hopeful at the same time. Cutting, emotionally charged lyrics, find a home in melody and rhythm through performances by Katherine Pawlak, whose honesty in every raw emoted note is mesmerizing whether seducing you with lulling whispers or soaring belts. Their recently debuted album titled “The Beginning of the End” has already started to buzz around the Hollywood scene. Writing the title song, “The Movie”, for the upcoming feature film Look At Me (2011) and a 2010 HMMA Nominee for their song “Little Miss Bi-Polar”. Sad Robot took the stage as the sole musical guest of the LA Kings at the Staples Center on St Patty’s Day (2011), sponsered by 98.7 fm/Rocco’s Music Night/Schecter Guitars . Their determination to act out lyrically against all who stand in any Under Dog’s way or Rise above any struggle is hypnotically expressed in every song. Whether you are heartbroken or hopeful- you can relate to every word. You can catch them on the Sunset Strip at the Roxy, Viper Room, HOB and others.

BOOST are a no bullshit Rock and Roll band rising in Los Angeles, California. The lineup includes The Virtuoso Okai Sisters from Tokyo, Japan; Guitarist Mayuko Okai and Bassist Tsuzumi Okai formerly of The BINGES. Other band member came together from unique backgrounds to put on high energy and heart pounding shows. Their live performance combined with heavy powerful songs are one of a kind. A must see live show that is sure to rage!!

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