Communion NYC

Communion is a monthly residency showcasing the best new music from local, national and international acts. Founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear’s Den) and producer Ian Grimble in 2006, Communion provided the first independent platform for the freshest artists in London to break out and is now fast becoming a musical launching pad for new talent across the country. Communion encourages musical communities to grow and flourish between artists and their respective audiences and provides a platform for music fans to discover new artists in a live environment. Past artists that have played Communion Club Nights include Ben Howard, James Bay, Sam Smith, Walk The Moon, Mumford And Sons, Hozier, Trampled By Turtles, Daughter, Chet Faker, Sarah Jarosz, Foxes, George Ezra, Bear's Den, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Gotye & Many More. For more information on Communion, visit www.communionmusic.com

Great Good Fine Ok

Great Good Fine OK are an electronic duo from Brooklyn.

'Not Going Home' comes at you with whizzing, celestial synth, layered staccato-esque rhythms, a quirky falsetto and honey-drizzled infectious, intoxicating melodies that should only be consumed in small doses for fear of the come-down from such a sickly sweet, optimistic high. Speaking about the track, the duo have said, "This [song is] about not taking chances on being happy and living your dreams. You've got to fight for it. This song means a whole lot to us and we couldn't be more excited to share it!" If you're a fan of the likes of Grouplove, The Naked and Famous and Empire of the Sun, this could well be your new jam that gets you in the mood for Spring.

The Ludlow Thieves

Danny Musengo left Iowa for New York City to dedicate himself to music after a terrible car accident left him the sole survivor. He’d grown up singing gospel songs in church and knew that music was where his heart was. Musengo met producer and guitarist Dan Teicher, and the two began crafting lush soundscapes that married Musengo's story with Teicher's songwriting . The Ludlow Thieves was born in 2012, now including Laura Martin, Isamu Mcgregor, Amando Lo and Bruno Esrubilsky. They make big music touching on roots, rock, classical, folk and gospel (or as they describe it, “the energy of roaring lions and lovemaking llamas channeled through a gospel singer from Iowa”). And despite the fact that they still remain unsigned, the Ludlow Thieves continue to rise, having headlined and sold out The BoweryBallroom this summer and scoring an Adidas World Cup commercial with Kanye West.

Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid.

A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City's unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch's famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry's home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP.

Kristin Diable

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Chris Rose put it best when he described Kristin Diable as "a young woman out of South Louisiana who has got some serious chops, a peroxide, leggy crooner with a soul like Lucinda Williams, the confidence of Grace Slick and the voice of a decades-ago Bonnie Raitt. Best thing out of Baton Rouge since rush hour…".

Kristin Diable is a legacy artist in training. Along with her band, The City, steeped in traditional roots, folk, blues and americana music, she is pressing forward into full blown rock-n-roll and proving to be one of New Orleans' fastest rising stars.

Recent performances include the world renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, French Quarter Festival, VooDoo Music Festival and more. They have shared bills with a diverse array of artists including Norah Jones, John Mayer, Jonny Lang, Gin Blossoms, Irma Thomas and Robert Cray.

Songs from the latest record Kristin Diable & The City have been heard far and wide, having been placed on popular television shows such as HBO's True Blood and Treme, as well as international campaigns including Jeep Grand Cherokee's "We Build", for which Diable wrote, produced and performed the title track.

The Times Picayune recently celebrated the band's record Kristin Diable & The City as #2 of the year, just behind icon Dr. John.

White Violet

Stay Lost is the second album from White Violet and the first one recorded outside the band's home base of Athens, Georgia. The eleven songs were tracked in Kernersville, NC, with Scott Solter, a master engineer known for his work with the likes of Centro-Matic, Spoon, and Superchunk. Over the course of a few weeks, Vaughan Lamb (bass/vocals), Brad Morgan (Guitar), Lemuel Hayes (drums), and Nate Nelson (guitars/vocals) fully immersed themselves in the production of this record. There were no significant others to go home to after the session ended. No buddies to meet up with at the bar. No shitty jobs to worry about in the morning. Only a studio and plenty of time to find the right sounds. And it shows. Stay Lost is a huge step forward for the band.

White Violet's debut, Hiding, Mingling, was the brainchild of Nelson. The beautiful and mostly spare showing occupied the dark corners of the town in which he grew up. The occasional glimmer of a full-band sound demonstrated a penchant for breezy AM Gold. Promising live shows and a later single, "Autumn Grove," pushed White Violet further out of the dim confines of Nelson's bedroom and into the wide-open space they collectively explore throughout Stay Lost. The album soars aloft ethereal guitars, airtight melodies, and eccentric and galvanizing rhythms. Big opener "Weighs" finds White Violet riding Lamb's Krautrock-inspired groove into new sonic territory. "Fernandina" is perhaps the band's best song yet, an upbeat love letter replete with chiming guitars and a razor-sharp hook. A prime example of White Violet's developing pop sensibilities. The title track and "Grow Tall," as well as the re-working of "Autumn Grove," with it's original guitar riff unseated by a grimy bass line, further illustrate an growing ear for earworms. Even lower-key numbers like "Topical" witness a progression; the emotional moments packing a stronger wallop than before

Walker Percy's The Moviegoer implored the reader to embrace the search. "Not to be onto something is to be in despair," he wrote. While writing Stay Lost, Nelson constantly asked himself, "Where is my home?" The question drove him to draw from places and situations that he knew very little about, rather than the familiar, youthful experiences in Athens that inspired the bulk ofHiding, Mingling. "Mystery," for example, was sparked by an obsession with survivalists living on the Alaskan frontier. "Fernandina" tells the romantic story of a 24-hour stay in a beachside motel. "Thankfully" sees Nelson fall in love with every fleeting town he passes through on tour. "I can find another place I'd rather see," he asserts on that song, the album's final track. This mindset took White Violet outside of the comfort zone and helped the band find its current stride. But things are only just getting started. This is a band that is onto something.

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Semicircle formed in 2010 in Athens, GA as less of a band and more of an experiment. Driven by Andrew McFarland (Reptar, Co Co Ri Co, Giant Giants), the group's first shows were a completely improvised, come-all-who-may, open format interpretation of a series of songs by McFarland, intended as a study into the ability of music to connect people's consciouses. After roughly half a year of performances of cultivated madness, and due largely to the prodding of the recurring members, the band slowly began to solidify into a more contained group of musicians. Semicircle's first release, a self titled tape only EP released in 2011 on Quality Faucet Records and Diatom Bath, was an experiment of a different sort. Written and recorded over the month of January in his childhood house in Decatur, GA, McFarland explored ideas of home with the applied limitation of one microphone and a four track tape machine. In 2012, McFarland moved from Athens to Atlanta to record Semicircle's first full length record, Blown Breeze, Grown Grass and We are Part of the Earth, out November 18, 2014. Moving forward, Semicircle has expanded to include the writing efforts of Ryan Engelberger (Reptar, Casual Curious, Giant Giants). The McFarland/Engelberger team has been performing around the Southeast, garnering comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, Wilco, The Microphones/Mount Eerie, Grizzly Bear, Spoon, etc.

Sprouting from a series of serendipitous meetings and mutual friendships, New York's 5j Barrow came to fruition when Eryn Murman (lead vocals) and Jason Hite's (lead vocals and guitar) musical collaboration joined forces with Eric Namaky (keys), Michael Hunter (violin), Ian Hunt (percussion), and Hayden Frank (bass). Now, the "Earth folk/rock" sextet is gearing up to release From the Dim, Sweet Light on June 24th, 2014.

Influenced by the band members' individual and diverse backgrounds and relationships with the city and nature, 5j Barrow creates a sound reminiscent of The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Avett Brothers, and Ani DiFranco. The ensemble also brings a theatricality born from the core members time in theater – Murman spent over a year on Broadway as a swing in Duncan Sheik's Spring Awakening, playing every female character, including the leads, and Hite starred in Bare, off-Broadway.

During the summer of 2012, original duo Murman and Hite teamed up with Namaky and Hunter to record a self-titled EP, which was released the following January. Once Hunt and Frank joined the family, the six piece began gigging frequently and have been gaining buzz throughout NYC's most notable venues, such as Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric, The Bitter End and The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR.

To support their forthcoming debut full length album, From the Dim, Sweet Light, and first tour, 5j Barrow launched a 30 day Kickstarter Campaign in December 2013. The band received an overwhelming response, surpassing their goal with over 200 backers. Most recently, the group was honored to be selected as the winner of The Battle of The Boroughs: Manhattan by WNYC's The Greene Space.

In just two short years, 5j Barrow have taken their hometown by storm and blossomed into a band to watch.

Parlour Tricks

Recipients of the Village Voice's award for Best Pop Band in New York 2014, PARLOUR TRICKS (formerly Lily & The Parlour Tricks) has been hailed as "the perfect combo of pretty and gritty" (The Wild Magazine). The sextet's seemingly incongruous combination of powerhouse angel-choir harmonies, thundering bass, drums and synth, and impressionistic guitar work makes for a kind of indie pop symmetry that somehow sounds "50's nostalgic, 90's familiar, and 2020 progressive all at once" (The Most Definitely). With their "punchy, infectious, danceable rhythms, clean guitar, dirty synth, and heavenly voices" (Village Voice) it's not too hard to see why Spotify took a shine to them, calling their sound "Vintage pop for the future". The band's home base is New York City but they've been steadily making their way across the country. Notable 2014 tour stops include performances at Bonnaroo, Summerfest, South By Southwest, a Lollapalooza afterparty with Portugal. The Man, and hometown showcases at CBGB and CMJ Festivals. PARLOUR TRICKS travels to Nashville frequently to work with their producer, Emery Dobyns. Two of the tracks they created together, "Requiem" and "Lovesongs", were released as singles in 2014. A larger release in the works for early 2015.

Ayo Awosika

Often described as a "songstress", Ayo Awosika is much more than just a woman who sings and writes songs. With diverse training that spans from the classical to the jazz realm, she has happily lived in both of these worlds and now covers all of the landscape in between.
Born to a Nigerian father and American mother, she was fortunate to grow up in a colorful household always filled with music, from the likes of Fela Kuti and Michael Jackson to Billie Holiday and Madonna. This breadth of influence continues to be important in Ayo's musical evolution, as she weaves all of the sounds that she loves into her own artistry; and you see and hear those threads in her highly addictive, soul-infused sound.

Ayo moved to New York City in 2013 after living out west for several years. It was a time spent reflecting on and writing about the experience of transitioning into what she calls "true adulthood". The result is her first full length album, produced by Grammy winner, Scott Jacoby, and featuring members of Snarky Puppy and the David Grisman Quintet. It is slated to be released in the spring of 2015.

Kayleigh Goldsworthy

Kayleigh Goldsworthy, a founding member of the Syracuse Indie Rock sextet The Scarlet Ending, has been playing music her entire life. For over a decade she has been touring with The Scarlet Ending, and upon her relocation to Brooklyn, NY, she decided to test the waters with some solo material. An avid songwriter, while writing material for herself she found a niche in the folk/country/pop genres, and "Burrower" was born.

Almost 3 years in the making, her solo debut is eagerly anticipated. Even prior to it's release she was a special guest at several shows on the 2012 "Revival Tour" with Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano, Tom Gabel, Cory Branan, and Dave Hause, and has played CMJ and opened for Against Me!

Described by Cory Branan as "Gillian Welch meets Loretta Lynn," "Burrower" is set to release in early 2013, and in addition to her international touring and publishing experience with The Scarlet Ending, she looks forward to what's ahead with this endeavor.

Michael Daves' Wax Lion

Michael was born in 1977 in the southern empire of Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after, he began to make loud noises, so his loving parents put music instruments in front of him. It was a good plan. He grew up in that grand tradition of staying up late & singing real loud. Although he's since moved north, the humid south remains in heart and sinus cavities.

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