Back To School Special ~ Series Pass!

Series Pass - $40 ($190 value)
Includes access to every TurnStyle Music Group show from 9/5-10/19 including…

9/5 – Drom
TECLA (Headliner)
Frances Rose
MEKIA
Charly & Margaux

9/7 – Mercury Lounge
King Holiday (Headliner)
James Wallace & The Naked Light

9/20 – Pianos
Clementine and the Galaxy (Headliner)
KNTRLR
Banjoshi
LUKEINTERNET

10/5 – Tammany Hall
Melissa Czarnik (Headliner)
Prez Powerz
BRBRCK
AyoINMotion

10/10 – Drom
Swear and Shake (Headliner)
Julian Fulton & The Zombie Gospel
Everest Cale
Jesse Denaro

10/12 – Delancey (CBGB fest)
SPINN (Headliner)
The Dirty Jacks
Troy Dean

10/17 – Ella Lounge(CMJ Marathon)
Black Wing Halo (Headliner)
Buy The Sky

10/18 – Ella Lounge (CMJ Marathon)
Nicholas Charles Thompson (Headliner)
Zoe Sundra

10/19 – Tammany Hall (CMJ Marathon)
Marlowe Grey
Eric Dash
Every Flavor Weather Machine
Sylvana Joyce & the Moment
Stone Cold Fox
Body Language (Headliner)
TECLA
Frances Rose
DJ Allison Kinney
ODMARK
DJ Good Goose

Fresh off the success of last year's Social Studies LP—which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian, who compared the breakout release to early Madonna, the indie disco of Prelude Records and "CSS doing an impression of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band"— Body Language is ready to release their sophomore album, "The Grammar LP". Like Social Studies, this sophomore release embodies the band's restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B.

Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, "Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we're just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble's about to pop." As evidenced in "Lose My Head"—a floor-filler that's driven by late '70s funk licks and diamond-encrusted keys to the wobbly synth lines and Motown inspired chorus of "I'm a Mess", versatility and collaboration is the core of Body Language's creative process, which often starts in the home studio Grant shares with singer/fellow producer Matt Young, only to be fleshed out even further with drummer Ian Young and singer/glockenspiel player Angelica Bess.

"Everyone has their part," insists Matt. "In fact, certain people come to our shows to see different performers. I kinda like to think of it as a circus." Body Language's outside projects make that circus even more interesting, from Ian's live drumming for Matthew Dear and Angelica's vocals on Sepalcure's "Outside the Lines", which was featured in the critically acclaimed film 'Black Swan' to Grant and Matt's co-production/writing credits for such rising artists as Passion Pit, Machinedrum and Vacationer; a recurring collaborator Matt Young describes as "like Body Language if you stripped the R&B and soul parts out, took it down 30 BPM, and gave it a Mai Tai on the beach."

Body Language has long proven they are more than just a synth dance band. Live they keep you on the dancefloor and word of mouth spreads fast as they are now known to sell out most NYC venues. They have played shows with Sia, Janelle Monae and The Hood Internet. Their most recent tour with Vacationer was a blow out that included a sell out performance at New York's Brooklyn Bowl. With spring and summer dates lined up and numerous DJ sets sprinkled in the pipeline the band is sure to turn it up in 2013.

“We Are The Lucky Ones" explores the past, present, and future of music and culture. Reflecting on my past, I realize that I, in fact, am extremely lucky to have been born into a time where a biracial woman can explore her creativity and gain respect without having to sell herself short. Following in the footsteps of Josephine Baker – it is rare but it has happened in this album for me, a modern day Tragic Mulatto. I am attempting to abolish the notion of genre by exploring various sounds within this album. A woman should not be limited to simply one talent, I write, compose, produce, and sing on every song on the album."
-TECLA on her new album “We Are The Lucky Ones”

NYC sonic renegade TECLA released her second full-length studio album, We Are The Lucky Ones, on March 19th via Mayimba Music. We Are The Lucky Ones is a kaleidoscopic album that evinces the spectrum of Tecla’s life and musical journey from a child piano prodigy to years singing, rapping, djing, and producing in New York’s underground. We Are The Lucky Ones’ was entirely written by Tecla. The album’s genre-defying sound infuses Tecla’s uncompromising songwriting and rap lyricism with tropical, Caribbean, pop and funk elements.

TECLA is a first-generation New York City (Hell’s kitchen) native-born of Italian and Haitian immigrants. She has gone from being a classically trained child pianist prodigy to versatile performer in hip-hop, reggae, punk-rock, electronic, & funk bands. She has toured throughout the U.S. Canada, Europe, and Asia with Chrisette Michele, Das Racist, Gordon Voidwell, Chairlift, and more.

Exploring her talents on a variety of synth keyboards she discovered and developed her own modern musical sound.
TECLA is understood and known for her genre-mixing melodic compositions, danceable afro/funk/caribbean/tropical/pop production style, and boundary-breaking songwriting and rap lyricism. TECLA has been described as “the new freak Lauryn Hill”, “SWV on acid”, “the Rocktronica Black Cinderella”, “Ritchie Valens meets Pagliacci”.

It is hard to think of anything that TECLA cannot do as a pianist, composer,producer, DJ, singer, and rapper. As the most un-apologetically complicated gender-boundary-breaking female in the pop music circle today, TECLA will only continue to rise to a place where no one has gone before. Stay tuned.

Frances Rose

Sarah Frances and Michelle Rose are the haunting downtown duo Frances Rose.

The classically trained sisters have played music together their entire lives since their childhood in the Hudson Valley. Their sound mixes dirty grunge guitars with 80's new wave and 90’s techno beats with soaring pop vocals. Accomplished songwriters, Frances Rose signed with Warner/Chappell through Neon Gold Records and have since worked with Xaphoon Jones (Ellie Goulding, Chiddy Bang), 2am Club (RCA), J Dens (Kat Dahlia) and Kinetics & One Love (Paramore, B.o.B.).

"Haunting pop" -Paper Magazine

"Romantic-grunge-tinged electro-pop" -Nylon Magazine

“A-list pop” -MTV Iggy

King Holiday is a psychedelic soul band based out of the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Socially charged and rhythmically driven, King Holiday's cosmic 10 piece arrangements create sonic layers of raw, unfiltered and thought evoking sounds and melodies. King Holiday's music is a luscious soundtrack to the human experience while remaining nostalgic in the fast moving modern world.

Clementine and the Galaxy

Clementine & The Galaxy’s whirling blend of soaring vocals and synth-driven art-pop has earned them a reputation as one of indie music’s fastest rising acts. The NYC-based duo of vocalist Julie Hardy and guitarist/producer Mike MacAllister has already captured the attention of critics such as Time Out New York, MTV Iggy, The Huffington Post, AOL Spinner, Brightest Young Things and The Deli Magazine (which ranked the band one of their top Emerging Artists for 2012 and 2013). With the band’s self-titled debut EP (featuring their single "Robot" just released Clementine & The Galaxy is poised to become one of the year's breakthrough artists.

Front-woman Julie Hardy is a professional singer who has performed live with Ellie Goulding on Saturday Night Live, St. Vincent on David Letterman, and in countless television commercials and films. She is also the voice of the College Humor's viral sensation "Look At This Instagram". A jazz vocalist by training, Hardy is a successful solo artist who has received rave reviews from the New York Times, Time Out New York, Downbeat and Jazz Times. In addition to her work as a performer, Hardy also teaches Vocal Jazz at New York City’s prestigious The New School.

Clementine & The Galaxy owes its crisp and ethereal sound to producer/composer Mike MacAllister. His music has been featured in multiple ad campaigns including those for XBox, Nike, and Levis, and has scored multiple films including “Freakonomics: The Movie” and “The Spirit of Laxmi,” which premiered Tribeca Film Festival.

Clementine and the Galaxy is represented by Songs Music Publishing (www.songspub.com).

Melissa Czarnik (Zarnik) is a songwriter, poet and emcee that fuses elements of jazz, poetry and hip hop into an eclectic sound that has earned her recognition from NPR, Bitch Magazine, and Bust Magazine among others. A recent transplant to Brooklyn, she has already garnered the title of one of NYC's #1 Emerging Artists from the Deli Magazine NYC.

Czarnik performs live with pianist Eric Mire and percussionist Meredith Butterworth. Her live show has captivated audiences from as far as France to New York, California to Brussels. Her most recent album, Non Merci (Hyperdrive Motivator Productions, 2012), was written and recorded at an artist residency in the French countryside, 90 miles southeast of Paris. An ultimately personal and reflective album, "It's as surprising a pairing as it is effective…Hard-hitting and smooth at once," says Mike Levine (Deli Magazine). Czarnik's DIY attitude and lovingly karmic heart can be heard and felt on Non Merci and similarly on her first two albums, Strawberry Cadillac (2008) and Raspberry Jesus (2010), self released by the DIY artist on her own label, Hyperdrive Motivator Productions. To hear Czarnik's recordings and then to see her live is like putting air to fire, fuel to the already powerful emotion that lies within her lyrics and brings them to life.

You can find Czarnik playing around New York City. She is currently working on her fourth studio album and writing a libretto for an opera with composer Eric Joseph Meyer.

In a city that offers endless new sounds, New York-based band Swear & Shake's loyal fan base and earnest talent have driven them on tours across the US and into the focal point of fawning critics. The band's star seems to be continually on the rise, as they play premiere Manhattan and Brooklyn venues and release their fully-Kickstarter-funded LP, Maple Ridge, only a year after their formation.

Swear & Shake is Kari Spieler (vocals, lyrics, guitar), Adam McHeffey (vocals, lyrics, guitar, banjo, piano), Shaun Savage (electric bass), and Tom Elefante (percussion). The band formed in 2010 after Kari helped Adam record a demo one of his original songs, "Johnnie." From that moment, they knew they were on to something good. Adam recruited longtime friends Shaun and Tom to flesh out the sounds behind Kari's soulful, smoky voice and Adam's catchy folk strumming.

The band was a hit from their first release in November 2010, a five track album aptly titled "Extended Play," which received over 200,000 Creative Commons downloads in North American and Europe. In the first few months, favorite tunes like "Johnnie" and "Bones" started to pop up in covers on YouTube.

Newsday praised the band, comparing them to indie darlings Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver. New York's The Deli described front lady Kari's pipes as "gorgeously full," and Brooklyn Belles compared her to “a young June Carter Cash." David Malachowski of the Daily Freeman made clear that Swear and Shake is more than fun sounds and pretty faces. “A haunting postcard from a faraway, warmer place, Spieler’s moving, heartfelt delivery takes this to a higher place,” writes Malachowski. “Daring and direct, Swear & Shake points a finger at you, and you can’t help but respond. Well done.” Frost Click called the band’s EP a “treat” and writes, “There's no denying the fact that Swear and Shake know how to make amazing sounds. The quartet has a knack for creating a wonderful balance of emotion, instruments, vocals and lyrics; making you want to listen more and more.”

Writing about their appearance at B.O.M.B. Fest opening for Weezer and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Connecticut's Culture Cache called their sound, "expansive, majestic, harmony-heavy," and music blog The Indie Kollection wrote, “Musical discoveries like these make me want to move to NY.” Luckily, there's still time to make the move considering blog The Feast called them "a mainstay on the New York scene."

Despite the band's critical acclaim, attending a Swear & Shake show feels like a cozy, crowded room of old friends where a guitar is picked up as the last bottle is poured. Shows at New York institutions like The Living Room, Pete's Candy Store, The Knitting Factory, Arlene's Grocery, and the Bitter End have been raucous and full of laughter and dancing. Music blog Sounds That Matter, who had the band record a video for their site testified, "It took me one day to realize I was head over heels for this band."

Using the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, the band raised $5,250 ($750 over their goal) from over 100 individual donations to make their latest independent record. Swear and Shake used various social media outlets and endearing quirky video updates to get the word out about their Kickstarter campaign (and released a super adorable impromptu celebratory dance video when they reached their goal). Recording was finished in the early fall and the album, including recent fan favorites like "These White Walls," "Marbles," and "Wrecking Ball," will be available in early 2012.

Black Wing Halo

Like kids rummaging the finest musical dumpster, Black Wing Halo (formerly decibel.) has mended parts and motors, soldered and stitched, to curate a new musical monster. Based on acoustic roots and rhythms, but driving with a distorted punk force, Black Wing Halo leaves no compact bin unturned. In fact, everything is recycled.

Ever-expanding with a love and admiration for noise, soundscapes and distorted vocals, Black Wing Halo is their own favorite radio station. It started by adding pedals to an acoustic guitar, and even more to a microphone, which became two microphones, displaying different voices to represent different ideas. Then they added bass. To expand from their acoustic roots, they started playing electric instruments, which led way to a distorted blend of rowdy punk, crunchy electronic, old school laden hip hop, Tom Waitsian carnival, wrapped in a little verse/chorus/verse pop.

Black Wing Halo continues to spread to the masses as well, having played SXSW, NXNE, and CMJ, as well as selling out boat cruises, and rocking Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

As of now, Black Wing Halo is putting the finishing touches on their first album with producer Jason Rubal (The Cure, NIN, Dresden Dolls, Killswitch Engage) and can't wait to put it out there for all to enjoy.

True to their aural objective, this album will be unlike anything you have heard before.

The girls of Spinn have always been firm believers that there’s not much in life that can’t be fixed with great music, good friends, and a few shots of tequila. And whether it’s their beautiful blend of three part harmonies, vibrant stage presence, or infectious personalities, it’s no wonder their attitude helped them receive notoriety around the Jersey music scene and beyond.



Forming in 2006, they began playing shows at legendary Asbury Park venues such as The Saint and Fastlane, and soon spread their music across the Hudson River in NYC with a wave of performances at Kenny’s Castaway’s, The Delancy, Ella Lounge, Tammany Hall, and the National Underground. After gaining monentum over the next several years, Spinn went on to record their debut album “She Was Heartache” in 2009 with a rhythm section that included guitarist Steve DeSteno and drummer Dominick Velardo. This lead to a successful college radio promotion campaign and even a feature on NJ Radio station’s WDHA 105.5 FM on Lindsay Klein’s Homegrown Spotlight.



Their release of the 2009 EP “She was Heartache” brought the band to new heights around the US, eventually landing then in Hartford, CT at the Webster and a slot at Peabody’s Inn for the Cleveland Music Festival. Spinn went on to release their most recent album “A Little Crazy” in July 2012 and have moved from playing smaller clubs to bigger venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, and the Bitter End.



Reminiscent of the Dixie chicks, the Gin Blossoms and the acoustic-laden styling of Ray Lamontagne, their unique melody lines grab audiences’ attention immediately and their ability to blend different genres always proves to entertain and inspire. Spinn considers their friends and fans a part of an extended family and wishes to share their feel-good atmosphere with honest lyrics and a style of songwriting that is sure to pull you in from the moment the music starts.

Nicholas Charles Thompson

Nicholas Charles Thompson, known in some circles as NCT or Nicky T traffics in various styles of singer/songwriter sounds in the genres of alternative, rock, pop, and even a folk infused ditty if you happen to catch him in the right mood on the right stage in his home turf of Manhattan’s own Lower East Side.
NCT has been a staple of New York City’s music scene since graduating NYU in 2007. He started lending his voice and songwriting skills to many projects throughout the city, while simultaneously sharpening his live performance chops at various venues in the city. His voice has been featured in various songs and his writing skills have sharpened a number of hooks of a diverse group of New York’s own artists in various genres, however, he has placed most of his focus on his solo moniker Nicholas Charles Thompson.
Nicholas Charles Thompson has released three singles in the last year while preparing for a barrage of EP releases in the Winter of 2013 through the Summer of 2014. NCT had his first real accolade when he was picked to be an artist in the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon for a Turnstyle Music Group Showcase at the Ella Lounge that year. The show drew even more attention to the artist who afterwards focused a lot on making sure he was creating a show for the needs of the fan. That focus grabbed the attention of many as he was picked for his second CMJ Music Marathon, playing as a headliner for the Turnstyle Music Group Series at the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon. This event is also sponsored by Grolsch beer in its #ChooseInteresting music twitter advertising campaign partnered with the Back to School Concert Series promoted by Turnstyle Music Group.
NCT is sometimes seen with various other New York musicians on stage in pop up performances around the city. Keep an ear to the ground as there is so much more to come from this strong writer and performer.

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