COMMUNION

COMMUNION

Communion is bringing its monthly club nights to Louisville. In addition to ongoing residencies in New York City and Nashville, Communion will expand its trademark live music event to seven cities each month: Washington DC, Philadelphia, Bloomington, Louisville, Minneapolis, Madison, and Rock Island.

The much anticipated second album from Denver-based Tennis, "Young and Old," is set for release February 14, 2012 on Fat Possum Records. Their widely praised debut "Cape Dory," which The Wall Street Journal called "a winsome set of breezy pop songs," was released earlier this year. For their forthcoming album guitarist Patrick Riley, vocalist Aliana Moore and drummer James Barone headed to Nashville to work with The Black Keys' Patrick Carney.

After the success of their first album and touring for the better part of a year that included shows as far away as Moscow, Riley and Moore returned home and realized what was initially a bedroom-recording project had quickly evolved into a band. The challenge of a second record was upon them, but songwriting came quickly and in three months the duo had most of the material for their new album. The goal this time was to mature and vary their sound. Riley describes the new direction as "Stevie Nicks going through a Motown phase." By the time they hooked up with Carney, they had fleshed out most of the songs that would comprise "Young and Old." With their friend and mentor at the producer helm, the recording progressed naturally and within three weeks the album was done.

Tennis was born of Riley and Moore's nearly seven-month sailing trip, which consisted of selling all their possessions, purchasing an old sailboat, repairing it, and cruising up and down the eastern seaboard. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was "Cape Dory," an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.

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4 on the Floor

Armed with their debut full-length 4x4, which was released on 4/4/2011, The 4onthefloor forge ahead to unleash their five track summer EP, …And Four Riders Approached at Dawn, on August 16th.

In the short months since 4x4's release, The 4onthefloor's sound has solidified. On record, the band's trademark 4/4 time signature and four kick drum lineup seal together their delta-blues and classic rock appeal. On stage, singer Gabriel Douglas' grizzly baritone vocals are unmistakable; James Gould's sticky guitar riffs are infectious and the swagger of Chris Holm and Mark Larson's rhythm section is contagious.

…And Four Riders Approached at Dawn (or 4RAAD) feeds the band's love of anything with a theme. Not only do its release date and time signature play into The 4onthefloor's numerology, with covers like "Wolves at the Door" (David Bazan) and "I'm the Wolf" (Howlin' Wolf) alongside the original tracks "HOLD," "Howl For Me" and "Sheepskin," 4RAAD's subject matter is as fierce and disobedient as The 4onthefloor's sound.

Inspired by The Doors, Muddy Waters, CCR, Howlin' Wolf, Tommy James & the Shondels and Waylon Jennings to name a few, all four members operate on the same hard-hitting, bourbon-infused wavelength while keeping perfect time.

ON AN ON
Give In (Roll Call Records, January 29th 2013)

Sometime in the spring of 2012 the musicians that would go on to form the Chicago & Minneapolis based trio ON AN ON found themselves at a tipping point. The three of them—Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing—had played music with one another in various capacities for the better part of a decade. Most recently, they had shared the stage and studio as three fifths of the indie-pop outfit Scattered Trees, which had seen its fair share of success. But with the band's studio time only a few weeks away and the other members now spread out across the country pursuing other endeavors, they would chart their own course and come out stronger for it. What emerged was ON AN ON.

For ON AN ON, the precariousness of breaking new ground only three weeks before recording with accomplished producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals, Los Campesinos!) provided a jolt of creative energy. The musicians had become disenchanted with their past approach to songwriting and recording, finding the process of striving for polished pop both tiresome and constrained. Newfeld proved the perfect counterpart to their initial vision for the record, encouraging them to push boundaries and go with their instincts.

According to Eiesland, the sessions were something of an exorcism: "We really wanted to get away from the sterility of our previous approach to recording." Eieseland, Ricci, and Estwing embraced musical risks that in the past it might have shied away from. In the studio, the band members explored a natural chemistry and honed their sound; synthesizers, scattershot electro beats and ambient ear candy gave guitars, bass and drums a ghostly sheen.

While the melodies might clue one in to the trio's evolved sonic palate, it's through the album's themes that the group member's respective evolution becomes most apparent. Eiesland wrote the majority of the lyrics, in the process coming to terms with death and the traps that life springs upon us. Whether letting his intuition guide him on "I Wanted To Say More" ("You are a saint and you're the devil/Every word I spoke to you, I thought that they were wings/ But they were only feathers") or owning up to life's inevitability on "All The Horses" ("A family tree will split in two halfway through its life"), there's a tempered calm to the thought-provoking imagery he espouses through his words. Estwing offered up his own lyrical séance on his lead vocal track "Cops," although the bassist says his message—that the police can be surprisingly corrupt—is more direct.

After smashing everything they knew to pieces, they pulled themselves together around Give In, ON AN ON's ten-track debut album – a dream-washed textural journey armed with a biting perspective on life, love, and the commonality of loss. It is an affair that sizzles with electricity and calls one in with its unnerved openness.

Kyle James Hauser

Kyle James Hauser is a Denver, Colorado-based singer/songwriter and multi - instrumentalist specializing in banjo. Kyle has performed at CMJ / SXSW / Toronto Film Festival in 2011 and was a finalist at 2011 Telluride Troubadour Contest as well as the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Hauser has been a highly respected studio player for the better part of a decade, playing on albums by Head For The Hills and Will Knox, among others.

His debut solo studio album from sonaBLAST records, January 2012's "Oh Oh," was recorded with an all-star cast of national and local musicians, including cellist Ben Sollee (Sparrow Quartet) and guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet), produced by two-time Juno award winner Jayme Stone, and mastered by two-time Grammy award winner David Glasser at Airshow Mastering. Hauser has shared the stage with artists such as Brett Dennen, John Hiatt, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Infamous Stringdusters, G-Love and Special Sauce, and Lucinda Williams. Since January 2012 his songs have been placed on MTV's series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom and in the feature films YERT and 2nd Serve.

Savior Adore

On "Dreamers," the dance-laden lullaby and lead single from Savoir Adore's new album Our Nature, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro invite listeners into a magical dream world. Such worlds are nothing new to the fantasy pop duo, who inadvertently became a fixture of Brooklyn's indie scene as the result of a dare. In 2007, as disheartened solo artists, they whimsically retreated out of the city to a rural studio with two rules: "48 hours. No acoustic guitars." They returned with The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and The Girl with Animals in Her Throat (Cantora), a concept-driven EP set in a fairy tale land that narrates the tragedy of Gloria and her unrequited love. On 2009's full length In The Wooded Forest (Cantora), they expounded on the EP's mythical landscape. But where Savoir Adore's previous releases have surveyed these worlds at a distance, Our Nature zooms in, putting our inner landscapes and relationships at the core of every track. In that vein, the recordings themselves are intentionally more crisp, aurally expansive and intriguing.

After recording the 2007 EP, Muro and Hammer hastily forged the grammatically faulty French moniker Savoir Adore for a MySpace page in order to share their experiments with friends. There was no turning back. The tracks caught on and made their way to Cantora Records, which released the EP as the duo began to work on a full length record. With the release of 2009's In The Wooded Forest, the New York music press embraced Savoir Adore and set them on a path to expand their audience nationally and internationally. NME hailed Savoir Adore's sound "musically and lyrically brave," and Nylon praised it as "irresistibly melodic indie pop." In 2009 and 2010, The L Magazine and The New York Post both named the band to their top bands to watch lists. Adding band members Tim McCoy (drums), Gary Atturio (bass) and Alex Foote (guitar), who took part in the Our Nature's recording process, the band shared the stage with
MGMT, Los Campesinos, Oh Land, and Toro Y Moi.

In late 2011, Savoir Adore offered a sneak peak of Our Nature, releasing "Dreamers" as a 7" on Neon Gold Records. With the release of the full album in 2012, Savoir Adore will hit the road to promote Our Nature and invite listeners, if only for a night, into their magical realm.

OK Deejays

Aaron Chadwell first discovered his love for playing records as a DJ at WLCV, University of Louisville’s student-run radio station. His talent for song selection was quickly noticed and he was picked up as resident DJ for the hottest dance party in town on Wednesdays at the Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot. Going by the name of DJ Narwhal, the parties got bigger and Chadwell became a regular fixture on the Louisville dance scene.

While finishing up a photography degree at the University of Louisville, Alex Bell, found himself spending less time in the dark room and much more in his bedroom with a mixer and two turntables, teaching himself the art of beat matching. After seeing what he could do, a friend talked him into deejaying a small house party and DJ A.Bell was born. It only took a couple of these parties until the house could no longer hold the crowd and A.Bell needed a new outlet.

It was around this time that the two met and started deejaying parties together. They quickly realized that working as a team would be the smartest career move, and would give them the best opportunity to build on the legendary music scene of this small city. Any digital form of music was cut out and the OK DeeJays have since made it their duty to resonate under-represented disco, house and indie tracks, performing frequently at local clubs such as Zanzabar, Headliners Music Hall, and Maker’s Mark Lounge. By hosting crazy parties and booking a variety of established bands and DJs under the name of OK Productions, Alex and Aaron have added a new level of energy and innovation to the city of Louisville’s nightlife. Now they are doing the same for the radio!

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