SIRSY, the fiery, sultry, soulful indie pop rock duo is a musical breath of fresh air in a world of homogenized & overly super-sized corporate rock. Born to Rich Libutti, a lover of The Beatles, Bowie, and Star Wars, who rocks the guitar, and Melanie Krahmer, who must be the love child of Eartha Kitt and Superman, SIRSY is a force much greater than most found on earth. Their clever, hook drenched songs are infectious and lyrically run the gamut from wildly joyful to utterly heartbreaking. The title track from their newest CD, Revolution, is not only one in a collection of great songs, but was also the opening track for the highly acclaimed 'green film', "So Right So Smart" starring Darryl Hanna, Bare Naked Ladies, and Guster among others.

Able to leap tall buildings, rock a club for up to 3 hours, and fully capable of handling zero gravity for hours at a time, Melanie Krahmer, has been described as a girl with a "stunning, inimitable, voice capable of a lion's roar and a floaty whisper, with lungs of a teenage athlete". She plays a full drum kit while standing up, handles bass (played on a keyboard with her drumstick) and throws in flute solos and melodica as well. Rich Libutti plays everything else, including bass (on a keyboard at his feet) and is the anchor to Melanie's on stage tornado. Playing over 200 shows a year, they've shared stages with the likes of Maroon5, Lifehouse, Collective Soul, Third Eye Blind, Train, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Vertical Horizon, Fuel, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Boys Like Girls, & more.

Now signed to Funzalo Records, they've re-released Revolution, after a re-mix by knob-twisting genius, Paul Kolderie (Hole, Radiohead, Dresden Dolls, Pixies, Martin Sexton). SIRSY's song "Revolution" was featured in the Relix Magazine CD (alongside Joan Osborne, Lucinda Williams, & more) and the music video is in rotation on HBO Zone. SIRSY recently finished a studio project with famed producer, David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Kelly Clarkson) who called Melanie's "a world class voice." Melanie is also endorsed nationally by Vater Percussion and has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine.

Melanie and Rich are working on a new CD, one that will go from '0 to 60' in 3 seconds we're sure. Until then, we'll make sure Melanie always has a working alarm clock and that Risk & Scrabble boards are always available to Rich…

For more information, CD's, photos, or some of Melanie's vegetarian recipes, contact Jennifer Herold at: or 520-628-8655.

The Blind Spots

This Ithaca, NY based, all original, female-fronted, five-piece band is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown and throughout the region.  The band gets better and better, with its charging, intricate rhythm section, eclectic library of keyboard sounds, and bold and inventive electric guitar stylings.  Electrifying lead vocalist and force of nature Maddy Walsh can hang with the best of them, continuing to reach new heights with her voice at every show and on every recording.

Walsh possesses that instantly recognizable raw talent that makes each Blind Spots show an experience that audience members walk away raving about.  There are only so many female rock vocalists throughout history to reference when drawing vocal comparisons, meaning that Walsh has heard the "Janis" comparison often.  "I sound nothing like her," she admits.  "I'm a giant Janis fan, but I have very little in common with her vocally.  When people see a female vocalist having fun commanding the stage, she's all they can think of.  So while I know it's meant as a compliment, it's a shame we don't have more rockin' ladies to look to.  The tides are shifting, though, and talented women in rock are really starting to surface... Thank god."  More recently Walsh's voice has been compared to Grace Potter's, Adele's, Edie Brickell's, and Bonnie Raitt's, but given the style of music she's chosen to sing—not to mention her original lyrics, derived from a background in poetry—none of those references quite hit the mark.  "I just wanna sound like Otis Redding," she says.  "Doesn't everyone?"

Upon entering its fourth year, it's clear that the band is no longer a baby; the group has matured at an incredible rate. Its members all attest that the recent recognition they've garnered isn't a stroke of luck, but has come from some seriously hard work.  "We've put in have a lot of hours together," says lead guitarist and co-founder Mike Suave.  "We're lucky to have a group of such dedicated people working toward a common goal and all thinking about the future."  It's the dedication to writing new material and rehearsing, the refusal to slow down, and the shared love of the music they make together that continues to propel The Blind Spots forward and set them apart. Since the release of their debut album, El Camino Dream [2010], a well-loved tight and inspired ten-song collection that showcases the band's energy and expansive creativity, The Blind Spots have played a handful of the northeast's well-renowned clubs and have been invited to play at a number of summer festivals, including the Sterling Stage Folk Fest and the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, where they packed the Cabaret Hall so tightly that some of their proud family members couldn't squeeze in. 

In a musical-minded town, virtually teeming with talented artists, The Blind Spots have really had to earn their notoriety in Ithaca. "It's a great place to come from if you're a serious musician," says Walsh.  "It's a good training ground." Ithaca serves now as a supportive springboard that allows The Blind Spots to catapult into new areas, and they plan to continue expanding their radius.  Since their 2011 and 2012 performances at GrassRootsthey've enjoyed gracious reception on some larger stages, including the Homer Center for the Arts, and at colleges, including the University of Vermont and SUNY Brockport.

The band recently released a highly anticipated, charging six-song EP called Small Stampede [October 26, 2012], which was recorded and produced at both Electric Wilburland Studios in Newfield, NY with Will Russell, (who mastered El Camino Dream), and at the lenegdary Pyramid Sound in downtown Ithaca with Alex Perialas. The album was also mastered at Georgetown Masters in Nashville, TN. Keep an eye on The Blind Spots, as they are on their way to winning the hearts of new devotees.



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