Young Cardinals

For fans of: Deftones, The Verve and Blur.

Young Cardinals is a power trio made up of 3 very talented individuals who put everything they have into every song and live performance. They have played up and down the east coast captivating audiences in every town. With a sound that can only be described as a rock, pop, indie/psychedelic infusion, the band known as Young Cardinals has been giving people a reason to go out and see live bands for the past few years. Winners of the 2012 Band of The Year Award at the Carolina Music Awards, they have proven why every step of the way. Young Cardinals recently sign a deal with Sound Write Records in Raleigh NC and completed their first full length album scheduled to be released in September 2013.

Adam Pitts and the Pseudo Cowboys

For Fans of: Muse, Led Zeppelin, & Smashing Pumpkins.

Adam Pitts is an independent rock artist based out of Raleigh, NC. His songwriting couples high-energy alt. rock inspired by bands such as the Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, and Nirvana, with the pop melodicism of artists such as the Beatles, Butch Walker, and Nada Surf. On any given week night you can be sure to find him performing throughout the region with his band, Adam Pitts & the Pseudo Cowboys, or as a one man band act.

For fans of: Garbage, Paramore, Smashing Pumpkins

"The only way I survived was by throwing myself into music," says Sinclair Vernon, lead vocals. "When a relationship falls apart, it's hard not to let yourself fall apart too." Faced with the disintegration of a 10-year relationship, Vernon turned to writing music to save herself from her own darkness, drawing on the influences that had bolstered her during emotionally troubled high school years and that would now propel her to move forward from a bitter breakup.

Spiralfire was born from the rubble of that breakup. For months, Vernon subsisted on anger and wine, writing music on a nearly broken keyboard and dark, emotional lyrics in endless notebooks and intent on building a band once she could express her vision.

Spiralfire's sound hits that quintessential sweet spot where the lush indulgence of the late 80's symphonic rock was shifting towards the raw honesty and grit of early 90's grunge. Bands like Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Guns n' Roses, Van Halen, and even The Police are as influential as Paramore, Muse, Chevelle, and more. Their modern approach to rock composition and performance is only strengthened and given depth by revealing those classic elements like The Who, Journey, AC/DC, and others.

Sinclair met guitarist Riley Miller through a mutual friend in late 2010, and they began to translate the songs she had started on keys into the hard, 90s-influenced rock that they had both grown up on and which was in short supply in the alt-folk and bluegrass-heavy area of Carrboro, NC. They later secured drummer Brian Gorman, bassist Keith Lewis, and rhythm guitarist Dom Ciampa to complete their sound.

The band's first full-length album was recorded at Fidelitorium Recording Studios and produced by Ted Comerford. The album is set to be released in January 2013 and is preceded by the first single, Road Rising.

In a world of pop princesses, autotune, and fabricated beats, Spiralfire holds true to the best of what rock is and should be: smart, soulful lyrics delivered with a kick, coupled with searing guitar hooks that would please even the most finicky rock gods. The alternative rock world is a hard one to navigate, but Spiralfire makes it simple. With songs that embrace the darkness of the human experience while holding blindly and perhaps naively to the hope that things will turn out right in the end, Spiralfire radiates an intense desire to rise out of mediocrity and live life the way it's meant to be lived, with passion and fire.

Disappearing Cowboy

After selling a song to Warner Brothers as members of a five piece band, Stephen Baker and John Erik King began writing and playing music in a different manner.

They were very interested in stripping music down to its raw elements, and using technology to solve problems versus simply adding more and more layers because the technology exists.

To this end, they decided to have one instrumentalist and this job went to John Erik. Stephen put the guitar down and focused on lyrics and singing.

John Erik designed and built a guitar that he uses to play guitar, bass and synth at the same time. He then set his sights on building drums he could program, but that would retain the organic sound of wood hitting a real drum head.

After months, what emerged was a two member band with Stephen Baker as the front man and John Erik King providing all the instrumentation, with the exception of a real mechanical drum set that he programs and controls.

Using minimalist organic technology (MOT), Disappearing Cowboy has just released their first album, Revolute.

What is MOT? Technology often takes the human being out of the equation. Why should it? Humans are creative machines. What is missing in technology is this human, or emotional, element and that is where organic comes into the equation. How we play or create is as important as the music itself if it is to live and breathe.

$5 online / $7 at the door


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