Big Head Todd & The Monsters

Founded in Colorado in 1986, Big Head Todd and the Monsters (BHTM) catapulted out of the mountain states and into the national spotlight. With chart-topping singles and engaging live shows, BHTM has sold over three million albums and packed major venues worldwide, including selling out their home state's historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre seven times, most recently in 2012. Most importantly, they've done it the old-fashioned way: with excellent songwriting, scorching guitar and fearless genre melding.

The band's last release was 2011's "100 Years Of Robert Johnson." Joined by special guests including B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Hubert Sumlin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards and more, BHTM paid tribute to the blues legend both in the studio and on the road. The band recently recorded a new studio album in Chicago, set for release in 2013, with producer Steve Jordan (Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens) and engineer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon).

On 2012's "Last Summer on Earth Tour," BHTM played some of the nation's biggest arenas alongside Barenaked Ladies and Blues Traveler. In August, the band presented its inaugural Ride Festival in Telluride, CO. The lineup included Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams and The Lumineers, among others. BHTM is gearing up to give their fans exactly what they want in 2013: a headline tour with cross-country stops at intimate theaters, and two full sets every night.

The longevity of BHTM's career is a testament to the quality of the music. More than a quarter of a century later, fans are still convinced that the best is yet to come.

JJ Grey & Mofro

Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by the classic soul heroes, JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock, and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. After a decade of hard touring, he still spends eight months of the year on the road, bringing his music to a loyal, ever-growing, worldwide fanbase.

In a live performance review in The New York Times, writer Nate Chinen praised JJ's "balance of wildness and cool" describing his music as "Southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul. His songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges," delivered by Grey's "winningly uncontrived vocals." Likewise, Billboard has praised Grey's "world-beating blend of Southern rock, blues and Florida swamp soul."

2010 sees the Alligator Records release of Grey's latest labor of love, Georgia Warhorse, named after the resilient Southern lubber grasshopper. "Yellow and black, and tough like an old-school Tonka toy," says JJ. "They seem so at ease with the world. Nothing seems to rile them. They're in no hurry but they have a kind of resilience because they just keep coming back and I've always felt there was a lesson in there for me to learn." Grey could
be described in such words; his own career has grown over the course of a decade of winning over fans night after night.

As with the previous releases, Grey meticulously demoed the entire Georgia Warhorse album himself on the various instruments in his own home studio he now calls the Egg Room. "It's named after the old refrigerator room we used to keep eggs in when my grandparents were in the egg business," says Grey. "Once I'm done with the demos then I start thinking about hitting the real studio." Armed with eleven new original songs
including one co-written with songwriting icons Chuck Prophet and Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon), Grey and long-time friend and producer Dan Prothero hit the "real" studio, Jim Devito's Retrophonics in St. Augustine, Florida, to begin tracking Georgia Warhorse. There, Grey would again track the majority of the instruments himself, playing guitars, keys, harmonica and delivering all the vocals with his gritty, straight-from-thesoul
voice. Prothero's approach as producer and Retrophonics' unvarnished, natural sound mirrors Grey's vision of musical tones and his love of the rustic Florida backwoods, where his family has lived for generations.

Joining him for a track on this album is Grey's long-time musical hero and reggae icon Toots Hibbert, who sings with Grey on the The Sweetest Thing. "Toots is the greatest soul singer I've ever heard and one of my biggest influences," says Grey. Georgia Warhorse also provided the opportunity for Grey to work with another friend and hero, fellow Jacksonvillian Derek Trucks. In true neighborly fashion, Trucks stopped by JJ's house to record slide guitar for the song Lullaby. "Derek Trucks is the greatest guitarist I've
ever seen and I'm honored to have Derek and Toots on my record," says Grey.

Debuting in 2001 with the CD Blackwater, following up in 2004 with Lochloosa, Grey steadily built his following one live performance at a time. Both albums (reissued by Alligator in 2007) were released under the name Mofro, a name the young Grey chose to describe his music and sound while still working his day job at a lumberyard. He has since used the word to name his band of ever-changing world-class players. The albums were met with critical acclaim, including "one of the 10 best R&B records of the year
and one of the best of the decade" at Amazon.com for Blackwater and "one of the 10 best releases of the year" in Rolling Stone for Lochloosa.

In 2007, with his first Alligator release, Country Ghetto, Grey reached an even larger audience, doubling both his album sales and his concert attendance. Relix said, "Country Ghetto is a tribute to JJ Grey's rich comprehension of the South's learned musical roots and knack to make age-old ideas sound fresh. Grey and Mofro fuse rock with plenty of soul, groove-heavy blues, and dirty, infectious funk. The deep and introspective
lyrics are a breath of fresh air." 2008's Orange Blossoms built on that energy, with even more fans, radio stations and critics coming on board. A 2009 best-of LP, The Choice Cuts, has kept the momentum going.

Grey, an avid outdoorsman, is a dedicated fisherman and surfer and holds an honorary position on the board of the Snook Foundation, dedicated to the protection of coastal fish and fish habitat. He has written passionately and articulately about his love for the untrammeled environment of his north Florida home.

JJ has brought his music to countless festivals, including Austin City Limits Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia), Bonnaroo, Montreal Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock (Japan). Over the course of his 15-plus year career, Grey has shared stages with the likes of the B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz, Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples and many others. In the spring of 2010 Grey was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime as a solo acoustic opener
with soul legends Mavis Staples and Booker T. Jones on the What It Is! tour. JJ reminisces, "Getting to open up for such legends, it's just something I'll never forget."

His songs have also appeared in film and on network and cable television programs including House, Flashpoint, Crash, Friday Night Lights, The Deadliest Catch, and the film The Hoot. In November 2009, JJ wrote his first film score for the critically acclaimed documentary, The Good Soldier, that appeared in theatres and on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. Recently, Grey played piano, sang and contributed a song (The Wrong Side) to
Buckwheat Zydeco's Grammy-winning Alligator album, Lay Your Burden Down.

With the release of Georgia Warhorse and a relentless world tour to follow, Grey is set for a breakout year. Commenting on his musical future, he says, "Life just makes itself up right in front of me and I just roll with it. All I know is to have the family I have, see the places I've been, meet the people I've met and to get to play music with some of the most talented folks around has got to make me the luckiest man alive."

Red Wanting Blue

Led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry, Red Wanting Blue is proudly based in Columbus, Ohio, but could be America's local band. For years, the group has gone about logging thousands of miles on the road throughout the nation's heartland, making fans the hard way – one at a time.
With the aid of positive word of mouth and an unwavering perseverance, Red Wanting Blue has established a devoted following in and around the Midwest where the band regularly fills clubs reserved for bigger names.

As Red Wanting Blue's touring schedule has grown to non-stop, and with an appearance on David Letterman to boot, the band is now seeing its following growing throughout the rest of the country as well.

Terry's passionate and poetic songs, anchored by his powerful baritone, are the kinds of tunes that could only have been written by a man who has lived this kind of life on the road.

Traveling with Terry are band mates Mark McCullough (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Greg Rahm (Keys, Guitars, Organ, Vocals), Eric Hall Jr. (Guitars, Lap Steel, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals) and Dean Anshutz (Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel), who together build the unshakable rock powerhouse that supports Terry's big voice.

Red Wanting Blue's latest studio recording "From The Vanishing Point" is the band's coming-of-age album and is its first to be recorded for a label after several self-released records. The record debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, another testament to the band's loyal fans.

"From The Vanishing Point," out now from Fanatic Records (EMI/Caroline), sheds some of Red Wanting Blue's small-town sensibilities as it evolves into the world-class rock n' roll outfit that audiences have believed in for years and marks an official move to the national stage for a band that will always remember where it's from.

Chuck Love

Chuck Love's day starts off with fighting parrots – a brawl the house multi-instrumentalist/producer/DJ would normally avoid if he didn't need their squawk on his record (Yes, he truly goes there). Mr. Love then packs a suit case with his girlfriend, and the two get "Pop Love" to drive them to the airport, where they "fight like Fred and Ethyl over the treat bags Mom Love packed" and board the private jet they share with 130 other people. Touchdown. Sound-check. Hotel registration. And then, the best part: the hotel's fuzzy white robes—which Love says is the benchmark of a "dope" spot. Fittingly, Love and his girl take a "disco nap" before rolling up to the club, where the gratuitous head-bobbing begins and doesn't end until Love's guitars are unplugged, the roof was raised, and subwoofers smoldering. Then, before he knows it, he's back in the studio squabbling with the parrots again.

Love, as we're sure you've gathered by now, is not a typical house music maker – in fact, the dance music veteran didn't start off as most do with the bedroom DJ gear and gig here and there at the local dive bars. As heard on his very new, very first longplayer, "Bring Enough To Spill Some" ("it's a bitch to type," Love says), the man plays all his own instruments (and birds, even). When his contemporaries in his house-lovin' home-base of Minneapolis expressed their love of the beat through DJ sets, Love would happily back them on trumpet, guitar, or really anything else he could find – his shows at legendary night spot First Avenue becoming more packed each month. It's not that Love can't DJ or produce – au contraire. Released by the house of Om Records – a label Love has followed for decades – "Bring Enough To Spill Some" is a 2-disc collection that demonstrates his special, stylistic diversity and ability to both mix a ridiculous set and produce tracks to showcase inside it.

Remember when rock'n'roll seemed to have it all? Passion, power, chemistry… and timeless songs that people could relate to? Join Hero Jr, The Buffalo Killers and The Delta Routine and share a special night.

Lily & Madeleine

Out of the blue the singing songwriting duo Lily & Madeleine has emerged with distinct and ethereal harmonies reminiscent of a bygone era of popular music when sounds of the Andrews Sisters filled the airwaves.

On a whim Lily and Madeleine picked up their mom's guitar and sat at the family piano about a year ago and began singing seamless harmonies. Stunned by the girls' voices, Lily and Madeleine's parents shared a video with some music- loving friends. One of those friends was Indianapolis artist Faith Cohen, who says of that first Lily & Madeleine listening experience, "When they sang together, it was magic." Cohen contacted longtime acquaintance and music producer, Paul Mahern, and the magic continued to flow. Before long, Lily (16) and Madeleine (18) were at the studio recording their first EP, The Weight of the Globe.

The Weight of the Globe and the girls' YouTube videos continue to receive high praise, yet Lily and Madeleine seem unaltered by the attention they have drawn, including an invitation from their fan John Mellencamp to contribute vocals on his newest project. Not seeking to transform the girls into a new pop sensation, Mahern is keen on nurturing their music to the next level in a pure state, preserving its classic nature.

The Weight of the Globe was recorded in a surprising two days at White Arc Studios in Bloomington, Indiana. The girls sang live with the band, keeping arrangements minimalistic and building around their voices and lyrics. The EP offers an inviting glimpse into the impressive, creative reservoir that Lily and Madeleine posess, leaving us looking forward to hearing more.

JJ Flores

From his Billboard smash hits to his electro house grooves, JJ Flores has been a pioneer producer in the dance music industry throughout the years. With having many top charting releases, including a number one record on Beatport, JJ Flores has been consistent with having records that appeal to the masses. Transcending his talents as a DJ, he has had residencies at Crobar (Chicago), Spybar (Chicago), Dream (Miami Beach), Infusion (San Francisco), Groove Cruise, and Candy Cruise to name a few. He is currently signed to Ultra Records // keep on the lookout for his next round of crowd pleasing hits and energy filled DJ sets.

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

Now these boy will take you through the hills of ol' kentucky, bearing the stores, traditions and liquor that date back a century. This old-time band delivers with an intensity that would knock the sock right off of their forefathers feet.

Hailing from the back woods of Pee-Wee Valley, Kentucky, The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys pay homage to their southern king— songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, the band posesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instruments, their style and every authentic, nuance of the day. With their divers fashion sense and stage. From overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with a turbo-charged performance, their approach breathes fire into this vintage genre.

Blending their instrumental and vocal talents are; JR on the barnyard fiddle: the bands founder, Mason Dixon, is behind his unique style of claw hammer and three-finger style banjo, guitar, harmonica, standing tall with his doghouse bass is the bands youngest member, Leroy Jones; and on mandolin and once in a blue moon—spoons, Johnny Whippermule.

Incorporatin time-honored treasures from such icons as Roscoe Holcomb, The Stanley Brothers, and fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell, or a roster of original compositions including crowd-pleasers "Whiskey Train and "Shady River" the band puts on a timeless, energiezed show; Playing everything from ballads, breakdowns, sea shanties, and swamp stomps. Audiences from children on their parent's knee to packed saloons past midnight and finding favor with the older generation as well makes for a wide range of appeal.

The boys take cues from parents and grandparents who have tapped into folk country and bluegrass through festivals, radio and endless collections of vinyl recrodings. Band founder Mason Dixon hails from a long line of musicians and will tell you it's not so much in the whiskey as it is the DNA. Each member's family performs and enjoys the indigenous music of the appalachian foothills and pastures of Kentucky.

Appearances on a wide range of radio and tiv programs, state fairs and festivals have brought them an active fan base for this region. Often times the boy bring a delicious yield of their summer crops to gigs in bushel baskets for the taking. Going even more down earth, they are taking their cd packaging "green." Their upcoming new, full-length cd sleeve is industrial hemp paper and recycled cardboard with environmentally-friendly, vegetable-based inks.

No matter whats chillin' in your mason jar, sour mash or sweet tea, come on out for a live show where the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will be pounding out the swing dancing, foot stompin, hard=driving tunes that are guaranteed to tickle your innards.

Machines Are People Too

Machines Are People Too formed during the sweaty summer months of '09 in Chattanooga, TN when lead singer Brian Sylvester began writing vocals over producer JJ Clark's infectiously catchy dream-pop tracks. The two began performing at monthly dance parties with two keyboards, a laptop, and a microphone. Their first project, a four-song DIY EP was only available on cassette, each copy hand-stamped with custom labels. After a year of destroying Chattanooga basements with their DJ-centric rowdiness, the duo was ready to expand their band and overall sound. Longtime friend, Cain Lassiter, was soon called upon to add some saxophone, but has since settled into his role on keys. The final piece to the puzzle came along with legendary drummer Ivan Garcia, whose ability to keep a strong steady beat could be matched by no machine. In early 2012 they headed to LA to hit the studio with Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Matt & Kim, Le Butcherettes) to record and mix the tracks they've been working on for the past several months.

Bailiff is – well, first, let me just say – the band didn't write this bio. I did. I'm Evan Sult, drummer in the bands Bound Stems and Harvey Danger. I know about Bailiff because I heard them through the walls of a practice space I was visiting. They were working on a new song, and I ended up outside the door of their room, listening to them work out a well-crafted 5/4 drum rhythm against this tight, high guitar part that sunk straight into my memory—I was still humming it to myself three days later, no shit. I had to knock on the door and find out who they were. Turned out they hadn't even played their first show yet. It was one of those moments.

Meeting them was kind of like finding that one perfect t-shirt at the Village Discount—you see it on the hanger, on the rack, among a thousand other stained and pointless shirts, and you just know you'll still be wearing that shirt a decade from now. I'm no fool: I got myself on over to the Beat Kitchen to catch their debut. It was packed on a Wednesday night, well over a hundred folks in the band room. For a first show? Yeah—plus, there were people calling out song titles! Not in that supportive-friend way, either, but in that way that means someone really wanted to hear the songs. Bailiff was loud , smooth, and collected, and they had all of six songs to play for the crowd. Keep in mind, this is their first show. I spent a little time watching the crowd, because I have to admit I've never seen a first show go so well; Bailiff had the audience's complete attention, friends and strangers alike.The show was a complete success.

So Bailiff the band is just starting out, which is a lucky thing for all of us, because it means we get to watch something real cool right from the launch. The band is new, but the musicians have been around for years. They're all real sharp players, working the tension between restraint and release. Josh's melodies are super efficient, delivered deadpan against a guitar that's saying as much as the lyrics are. The drums—well, that's my instrument. Ren's drums are fucking great, pulled so far back that you might not recognize how much technique and taste are informing the part. And the bass is just plain dangerous.

Bailiff recorded their 3-song blast at Studio Ballistico here in Chicago with Tim Sandusky. It's weirdly addicting. Their live set is the same way: there's no one jumping around slinging sweat and drawing a lot of attention, but they're somehow mesmerizing. They're tight enough that you'd think they've been on tour together for years.

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Max Allen Band

Max Allen Band (MAB) is the brainchild and workhorse of
producer Max Allen. Performing
professionally since the age of 16, Allen got his start by selling
home recordings out of a lunchbox at school, later making waves as an
upcoming blues guitar prodigy. Some thirteen years later, he has grown
into a seasoned performer and composer whose tastes have evolved to
include the very best of funk, rock, blues, pop, jazz, reggae,
classical, EDM and hip-hop. For over a decade, Allen and MAB have kept
audiences all over the country coming back for more of the wide
variety of genres, incredible musicianship, thoughtful lyrics and
contagious melodies that each show brings. Max Allen has six studio
albums and thousands of performances to his credit, and he is still
going strong.

Armed with a newly solidified lineup that features more talent than
ever before, Max Allen Band is proud to present its 2013 release,
Everyone Thinks You're Weird. The album features many new territories
for the band, from bassist Dace Robie's lush string quartet
arrangements to drummer Shaan France's layered percussion to Max
Allen's most sophisticated and exciting solo work to date. ETYW also
features additional keys and synths from composer/producer Gary Mielke
and vocals by Midwest hip-hop favorite Rusty Redenbacher.

Another exciting new feature of ETYW is the songwriting team that is
Allen and Robie, whose diverse backgrounds and tastes complement each
other wonderfully. The album creates a journey through contrasts:
light to dark, catchy to complex, and old school to fresh and new. Max
Allen keeps listeners guessing with a recording that features
everything from pop to progressive rock to dubstep to calypso and
more, all the while bringing out Max Allen's signature vocal and
guitar sound. ETYW is the culmination of a rich musical past for MAB
and marks the beginning of a bright new era of music making for the

The Easthills

Cory Williams

CORY WILLIAMS – A singer songwriter hailing from the Midwest state of Indiana, Cory Williams has always been infatuated with lyrics that made his mind wander. At a young age, he was fascinated with his father's record collection. Of the extensive musical collection, Cory had a great appreciation for such artists as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Bob Marley to name a few. Curently, Cory is set to release his first solo project titled "The Outcome" which is slated to be released here in early 2013.

Bashiri Asad

Acknowledging that each of us has a priceless gift that we must connect to and share with the world, Bashiri has been cultivating a relationship with his voice since childhood. From shoo-wop style singing groups and classical vocal training, to performances local and abroad, his vocal prowess has been growing into the soul-stirring entity it is known as today. The influences of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding echo in his performance, and those coupled with his own strength and passion have come together to create his version of true soul music, termed "IndySoul." Seeking to join the ranks of other independent artists looking to breathe new life into the soul music scene, Bashiri has begun to make a name for himself, not just around the region, but around the world. Humble in his approach, relentless in his delivery, you have to experience it to truly understand.


SWIG is bringing back a raw, classic hard rock sound with a new edge. SWIG songs are mostly gritty, bluesy Guns N' Roses/Zeppelinesque hard rockers about sex and drugs, but show a more sensitive/country side as well with songs such as "Home" and "What Matters The Most" sung by Deb. There hasn't been a band like SWIG around for a long time, and they continue to keep gigging in the rock scene.



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