Smoke Season, Manzanita, Cassandra McGrath

Smoke Season

Smoke Season (n.) - A period of time defined by that which is evanescent, obscure and without result. "Until I heard the music, my heart was stuck inside a smoke season."

BuzzBands.LA - "New York City-born, UCLA-educated singer Gabrielle Wortman launched her career as rock frontwoman before segueing to the electronic project TEMP3ST. However, upon meeting fellow New Yorker Jason Rosen — the ex-keyboardist and guitarist for the pop-rockers Honor Society — things took a turn. And from the sound of their new side project Smoke Season, it probably involved some long drives in the desert. Neither the sexed-up music of Wortman's past nor the Jonas Brothers-approved pop of Rosen's, Smoke Season takes a cinematic approach to Americana on its debut EP "Signals" — woozy, dreamy and, yes, smoky. Don't forget to inhale."

Revolution360 - "When Smoke Season's Jason Rosen and Gabrielle Wortman came together, they wanted to create a sound that captured their youthful encounters in the great state of California. With their first release, Signals EP, not only does the group achieve this, but they render a listening experience unique enough to standalone in sound. Smoke Season blends psychedelic folk rock reminiscent of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, with searing electronic undertones in the vein of The XX. The result is beautiful story-telling that is musically saturated with the Old West, tumbleweeds, and a pioneering youthful spirit. Smoke Season captures the ears, minds, and hearts of listeners of all ages."

Record Speak - "The magical pairing of Jason Rosen and Gabrielle Wortman. Their voices perfectly compliment one another and their songwriting chemistry is clear right off the bat."


Manzanita is 5 guys who met at UCLA and formed a band after jamming quietly in their dorm rooms. Individual members were raised on different genres from Motown oldies and soul to classic rock, but found their common ground in indie music and a love for bands like Local Natives and Radiohead. They now combine their respective influences to make a soulful brand of indie rock.

Members: Matt Mizono (Guitar/Keys), Kyle Kuwatani (Guitar), Moses Sumney (Vocals/Guitar), Kevin Farzad (Drums), Kyle Graycar (Bass/Ukele).

Cassandra McGrath

Los Angeles native Cassandra McGrath writes songs about love, loss and the spaces in between.



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