J. Robbins, Ducky and the Vintage, Very Americans, Brick + Mortar, Manian and The Monumentals

Ducky and the Vintage

BIO
One could describe the music of Harrisburg, PA's DUCKY AND THE VINTAGE in many ways as there are a lot of elements in one indie rock package. The dark but upbeat songs would be perfectly at home on the soundtrack for HBO's True Blood, but, perhaps the best way to describe it, is to get it straight from the Duck's mouth:

"My music is basically a rock 'n roll, bluesy country, soulful vibe with some pop infused," explains frontman/songwriter Matt 'Ducky Duke' Ryan. "I think the songs put across a vintage sound coupled with a more modern approach and they really sum up everything that I am as a person and a musician. It's just rock 'n roll in my own way."

To those who think the name Ducky is a shout out to Pretty In Pink, Ryan's stage moniker is simply a high school nickname that never quite went away. Says Ryan: "My best friend gave me that nickname after winning a stuffed duck out of a crane machine at a diner when we were in high school and it has just sort of stuck. I don't take myself too seriously, and therefore I think it suits me... most people tend to agree."

Ryan - self described as "quirky" and "very ADD" - might not take himself too seriously (meet him at a show and ask him to do his Speak-And-Spell impression), but his music is anything but whimsical. 'Take Our Souls Back' is a dark pop gem with a robotic drumbeat that envelopes the listener as Ryan's soulful vocals open with the lines "I didn't even think love was gonna be easy, but I didn't think I'd have to break your heart for you need me"

'Days of The Walking Dead' starts off sounding like Ryan might be taking a cue from FRANZ FERDINAND before breaking into a hook laden chorus for a track that inexplicably sounds upbeat and eerie at the same time. Says Ryan: "The song is about understanding what is to come and preparing for it - taking the good with the bad and the bad with the good. It's about the days where just getting out of bed can feel like a zombie wandering around looking for brains."

Fortunately, when it comes to the music of DUCKY AND THE VINTAGE, there's not a lot of bad to have to take with the good.

Dave Smalley

Dave Smalley is an American musician, best known as the punk bands DYS, Dag Nasty, All and singer/guitarist with Down By Law. He is known for his influence on pop punk music and his early contributions to the emo genre. He also founded a side project called The Sharpshooters, whose music is influenced by mod revival bands such as The Jam. Smalley has also produced and appeared on Canadian punk band Penelope's second album, Face au silence du monde, recorded at Inner Ear Studio in Virginia.

The former frontman of Jawbox, Burning Airlines, and Channels, will perform a rare acoustic set featuring songs from those past bands and his newest band, Office of Future Plans.

Along with cellist Gordon Withers of Office of Future Plans (whose self-titled debut LP was released by Dischord), J. will be digging into the catalog of songs he's written over the past two decades.

It's been several years since J. has paid a visit to Florida, so don't miss this rare performance!

"There's an undeniable energy that charges through New Jersey-based duo Brick+Mortar, and this is especially obvious in the dark and seductive "Move to the Ocean," which I've had on repeat all week. Lead singer Brandon Asraf's voice has a ferocious punch to it and effortlessly moves from solemn croon to savage cry without losing an ounce of passion along the way. Tensions build and tribal beats boom under biting lyrics. These guys will hit you like a delightful ton of bricks (pun intended)." - Nylon Magazine (Caitlin Smith)

"This indie rock duo delivers in sound what their name indicates: solid, earthy music. Armed with only a bass, a drum kit and a handful of samples, front-man Brandon Asraf and drummer John Tacon commanded the stage at Arlene's Grocery Tuesday night with a high-energy performance and audience engagement." - Blast Magazine (CMJ 2011 Highlights)

"Brick + Mortar's new track "Heatstroke" is swiftly snaking its way up my best songs of the year list." - ListenBeforeYouBuy.net

"Heatstroke – the acoustic version, makes me pretty fucking happy." - Lucy vs. The Globe

"Instant irresistible, pump you up nature that will bring you back for more and more. Its exciting, and leaves me frothing at the mouth." - MusicSavage.com

"Pretty radical" - Rhythm Livin USA

"Normally it's the music that hits me first, but for this one it was really about the lyrics and the sound of singer Brandon Asraf's voice. Just has a very raw and honest sound to it, lyrics included. Kind of reminds me of Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse (a little less whiny though)." - WhatsProtocol.com

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