Astorica is a New York City band with Trans-African musical roots and American rock n roll spirit. The band combines old and new musical influences from North and West Africa, Asia and America creating a new generation of popular world music.

Ali Merghoub sings and plays banjo and electric guitar. Fathi Tabouche sings and plays rock drums and African percussions. Ali and Fathi are both from Algeria. Eli Fola III sings and plays tenor saxophone, and is from Nigeria. Cenk Tezil plays the bass guitar and Baris Mert Peker plays Keyboards. Cenk and Baris are from Turkey. The band came together in New York City creating music without borders with lyrics in English, Algerian, Yoruba and Turkish using Rock and African rhythms.

Coming together in New York City, the talented musicians of Astorica combine their diverse rich musical heritage from Algeria, Nigeria and Turkey in a unique rock sound.

Arcane Smile. It’s certainly a catchy band name, but what does it mean? If one were to describe the Long Island quintet’s sound based on the definition of the words in their name, it would translate to a band whose music’s projected shine is mysterious and understood by very few. It’s an interesting interpretation for a band that spent their early years as a hard rock act with little in the way of “shine”. But art is fluid, and Arcane Smile’s has evolved with striking polish.

Consisting of brothers Dennis (guitar, backup vocals) and Sean Woll (keyboard), husband and wife team Jeff (drums) and Christa Braunreuther (lead vocals), and bassist Justin Cellini, Arcane Smile was a self-described heavy rock act when they released their debut eponymous EP in 2011, citing bands like Halestorm, Flyleaf and Breaking Benjamin as influences. The band’s sound then was loud, it was fast, and it was haunted with the wonderfully dark lyricism common among hard rock bands, but it was also raw and not entirely sincere to the group’s identity.

Fast-forward two years to Arcane Smile releasing Through The Elements, the band’s second/newest EP and first that will reflect the band’s transition from hard rock to alternative rock, more in line with the melodic edge of Alanis Morisette, Paramore and Vertical Horizon. Consider the band you hear on Through The Elements to be Arcane Smile version 2.0. The integration of more keyboard textures, strumming guitars, and moderate tempos mark this new, more accessible sound. Nevertheless, a few signature hallmarks that have endeared fans since the beginning remain in the mix, like Christa’s flawless voice, overcast chord progressions and lyrical matter, and a number of epic choruses.

If bands that have the presence of mind to evolve when necessary are bands that can be relied on to produce incredible and fresh music album after album, then Arcane Smile is one to look out for.

The band will be performing regionally in the Tri-State Area and New England in support of Through The Elements through the end of 2013 and into 2014. Be sure to check out for new music, videos, tour dates, merchandise and more. And don’t forget to follow along on Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube ( and Instagram (!

Troy Dean

Troy Dean (b. March 25, 1986) is a singer-songwriter from Allentown, PA. He attended William Allen High School, where he decided to pursue a career in music. He grew up surrounded by great music, exposed to classic artists, especially Elvis Presley, via his grandparents’ record collection. They took him many times to see performances at the historic Grand Old Opry. Dean’s mother, herself the lead singer of a band for several years, taught him how to sing.

In 2005, Dean took his talent to NYC, meeting with Randy Witherspoon of Mopptopp Records. Witherspoon quickly put Dean in the studio and invited him to join the Project Youth Initiative, an opportunity for young, undiscovered talent. PYI performances such as a live show in DUMBO landed Dean in New York newspapers, earning him a lot of publicity. Two years later, Dean showcased for PA radio host Phil Stahl from 90.3 FM. His name and sound spread across the East Cost, and so did his fan base. He played nightclubs and bars every night of the week. Numerous publications featured Troy Dean’s music, and he even received an offer from Red Horse Records, an extension of Dixiana Music in Nashville. In 2010, Dean traveled to San Francisco, where he participated in the nationally acclaimed singing competition, American Idol. The following year, he was featured in a large-scale charity event and opened for esteemed rocker, Bret Michaels at the Crocodile Rock Cafe.

Today, Dean is living in New York City and heavily active in New York’s music scene. He’s performed at popular venues such as The Red Lion and Ella Lounge, and he frequents open mic nights throughout the city. He has recorded three new singles, acoustic ballads, at Metaphonic Studios. “Catch Me,” “Penny,” and “Hell or High Water” are currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Troy Dean is an independent and unsigned artist.


With a unique sound the Whiteknights draw from their own talents, to channel the spirit of the British invasion while adding their own grungy sound that is influenced by the sounds of the 60's, 70's, and early 90's rock.



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