Sonja Sofya, FuzzQueen, Ms. Fridrich, Dear Forbidden

Sonja Sofya

Sonja Sofya honed her musical chops through intense classical piano and voice study, but found a creative outlet through songwriting at an early age. "I had some friends who formed an indie-rock band my freshman year of high school," she recalls, "But though I begged, they wouldn't let me join -- it wasn't something girls were supposed to do. So I decided I'd write my own music instead!"

Years later, Sonja has carved out a reputation for "nimble piano work and powerhouse vocals" (Philly Current Magazine). Her Oct 2016 debut album garnered high praise from WXPN's The Key blog: "Opening track 'I Want' is a burst of colorful energy that would fit in on the Empire Records soundtrack, while 'Devil Dancing' features a cabaret-worthy horn section. 'Eastern Gardens' is a rippling song for a rainy day that comes a couple of tracks ahead of album standout 'You Are Who,' whose swaying mood propels a crescendo that will stick with you. Sofya's voice is at the core of everything though, dramatic one moment and confiding in the next."

FuzzQueen

"I like music that commits, that has a strong presence. We're all passionate people. We don't shy away from controversial topics, and we don't worry much about playing the 'right way' to match a specific genre," says Erin Frisby, singer and multi-instrumentalist for Washington D.C. based rock band, FuzzQueen.

Erin, Ben Tufts, and Chris Stelloh toured nationally for four years together as Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, a band remarked upon by the likes of PopMatters, Sound Opinions, and Gaper's Block to have a knack for seamlessly bringing together diverse influences and sounds.

The trio's new artistic venture, FuzzQueen is poised to introduce a completely unique sound that draws on 70's rock, acid folk, 90's indie, psychedelia, social activism, and post apocalyptic literature and film. FuzzQueen is the darker, heavier, mystical twin sister of the previous project. The band has most recently settled into Washington D.C. group music house where they host art and music shows.

"We're a band made up of three songwriters. We all sing and play multiple instruments," says Chris Stelloh, "We're living in D.C. now, but we've brought a lot of that California feel back with us. Imagine if Fleetwood Mac had done a lot of peyote instead of all that coke."

"Wall of Sound" and "Big Rock and Roll" are phrases that come to mind at a FuzzQueen show. The musicianship and the catchy hooks are there, but they're surrounded in a powerful and exquisite storm of impressive vocal harmonies, crashing guitars, and intense building dynamics.

FuzzQueen will release their first single, "Sailing Empty Tonight", on Friday, August 19th followed by a music video on August 27th. The release of their first EP will follow. The band is touring the East Coast region.

Ms. Fridrich

Dear Forbidden

Dear Forbidden is female-fronted rock trio based in Philadelphia. Distorted guitars paint the backdrop for haunting melodies sung from a letter that wasn't meant to be sent.

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