The Districts, Modern Merchant, New Beard, Violent Mae

The Districts

Hailing from Lititz, PA, the four members of The Districts are about to be high school graduates, but you would never guess their youth just by listening to their music. Led by singer/guitarist Rob Grote, the youngsters pull off a truly unique style of indie rock that is wise far beyond their years. Their accomplishments so far include winning the Beta Hi-Fi contest in Wilmington, an invite to the 2013 Launch Music Conference, and a slot at WXPN's XPoNential Music Festival this summer.

Modern Merchant

Modern Merchant is a four piece psychedelic dream-rock band, half based out of New Haven, CT and half Brooklyn, NY. The haunting melodies, layered harmonies and swift dynamic shifts will leave you a bit dazed and glassy-eyed.

Their three song EP "arrival by sea" features drummer Sydney Weiss and guitarist John Parson. The full band now includes instrumentalist Jesse Stanford (Heirlooms) and bassist Mike Skaggs (Sidewalk Dave).

New Beard

NEW BEARD is a real band from Brooklyn. A really good, rockin' creative band, with beards and a tuba. This band cannot be put it into one specific box. It just wouldnt be right to do that to do that to a prog-master drummer, a mysterious blues guitar wizard, a junk-loving girl, and a hobbit with the voice of an angel. And a tuba.

Led and fronted by counter-tenor singer and composer Ben Wigler, this band is the sequel to his previous band Arizona which achieved significant success after relentless touring with bands like the Band of Horses, Derek Trucks, The Slip, Dead Confederate, and the Indigo Girls.

After Arizona, with a more focused lens, Wigler teamed up with his childhood friend and drummer phenom Tony Waldman to get his new project rolling. Some friends from an adjacent avant-garde group suggested they invite notorious tuba-rocker TubaJoe Exley to be the low end instead of a more predictable electric bass. At the band's sold-out debut in Manhattan, the trio met the kind, hairy, soulful and single-named lefty guitar shredder Yazan and asked him to join them. This freaky Brooklyn-stew of bearded characters then took immediate refuge in a cellar under a dive bar in Williamsburg and tirelessly cooked up an epic LP called NEW BEARD CITY.

A sequel to their successful and radio-friendly EP "Moment of Peace", "New Beard City" picks up where Arizona's acclaimed "Welcome Back Children" left off. With influences from Elliot Smith to Megadeath, this massively orchestrated album was tailored by Gustav Ejstes of the Swedish band Dungen. Ejstes and New Beard crafted a beautiful and powerful record which delightfully rolls from Indie rock to prog metal to swing to Japanese folk music with joyous fluidity. After summoning the backing presence of an entire orchestra of the most diverse and creative instrumental voices from the Brooklyn scene (including New Beard's newest member, the sax-blasting Maria Christina Eisen), Shoulder Tap records' New Beard City now sets the scene for their live show as they hit the road and trip the heavy fantastic with this powerful
and unique debut LP.

Violent Mae

VIOLENT MAE (Becky Kessler & Floyd Kellogg) is a Connecticut-based indie duo with a debut LP due in summer 2013. Becky was awarded winner of the "Best Singer-Songwriter" category at the 2012 Connecticut Music Awards.



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