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DEATH Established in Detroit in 1974. Death is one of Rock-N-Roll's most unique and inspiring bands. Three brothers who played some of the hardest-driving Rock-N-Roll and recorded a now classic album in 1975. Rejected for their sound, their name, and their color, 34 years later the band Death began receiving what is now world-wide recognition for the Rock-N-Roll music they created in Detroit throughout the seventies. Their music and message is universal, and the sound of Death is unique and tight! The new Death album tracks have just been completed for an exciting array of new Death music to be presented in the upcoming 2013/14 season.

Cymbals Eat Guitars

“We wanted to make a more energetic record. I personally looked to artists like Springsteen, 70's Bowie, The Smiths, The Cure, Neil Young as inspiration for—not really for sound as much as for that dichotomy of bands who were entertainers still making, at times, weird dark music and writing songs that seem totally over-the-top by today's rock band standards,” says Cymbals Eat Guitars bassist Matthew Whipple of his band’s wildly ambitious fourth LP, Pretty Years.
The band, composed of singer/guitarist Joseph D’Agostino, bassist Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton, and drummer Andy Dole, have indeed crafted what’s easily their most sonically enigmatic and most rewarding album to date. Their trademark cacophonic guitar rock and innate propulsion are still abundant, but they’re buttressed by raucous synth and keyboard lines, and an extemporaneous saxophone performance, which enrich when they could easily clutter these songs. The band also worked more quickly and efficiently than they had in the past, facilitated by years on the road in which they’ve played close to a thousand shows, which rendered them a tight, fully-oiled machine in the studio.

D’Agostino emphasizes that the band always goes into the studio with an edict of crafting an album that replicates their live sound, but haven’t had that come into full fruition until now. “With this record...I think we nailed it this time. First or second takes of everything, real hunger in the performances. Just something to prove.” He stresses that he’d be happy with the band’s chaotic yet tight performances on songs, yet would expect producer John Congleton to ask him to do multiple run throughs. To his surprise, Congleton would say pithily, in D’Agostino’s words, “ok, what’s next?,” obviously satisfied with the results. Remarkably, the band tracked the album in four days.

This looseness is apparent from the outset, on the epic grandeur of opener “Finally,” which shimmers with complex beauty, leading into the sweet rush of “Have a Heart,” which finds D’Agostino singing, “I’m so out of sync / And you’re out of sync with me,” which could well be a mantra for the visceral appeal of this superb record.

The entire album is rife with electrified, flashbulb moments—“4th of July, Philadelphia (SANDY)” conveys the madness of life on the road, exhibiting D’Agostino’s uncanny ability to transform minutiae into profundity. This skill is evident in spades on the record’s centerpiece and opus, the disarmingly vulnerable “Dancing Days.” The song also exhibits the contributions of Whipple, and slyly invokes the album’s title in its magisterial chorus, as D’Agostino contritely croons, “Goodbye to my pretty years.”

“In a dark moment on tour for LOSE, I said something to Matt about losing my pretty years quickly because of touring, how the lifestyle ages you,” explains D’Agostino. “Months later when we were writing for the record, he came to me with the lyrics for that chorus and I wrote the song around them.”

D’Agostino gets to the crux of his emotions on the album’s closer, “Shrine,” in which he veers from the ghosts chasing him into fever dream territory, seemingly coming to terms with demons past. The instrumentation itself is a gorgeous storm-cloud of guitars, building glacially to a cathartic denouement, as D’agostino sings with mounting emotion, “Where will it all go when I die / Never know while I’m alive.” Circumspect about discussing his lyrics’ meanings, D’Agostino laughs when the dark nature of the song’s broached, “This is a record that has many moods!”

And indeed, Pretty Years is a roller coaster ride, both lyrically and sonically, that encompasses what it’s like to be alive and in the moment. But ultimately, this is an album that keenly captures the magic and loss attendant to living life wide-eyed, and hints that these “pretty years” may portend even prettier ones to come.

Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion, Polaris)

Mark Mulcahy is the former singer of the well regarded and influential Miracle Legion. He also formed the band Polaris and wrote the music for the Nickelodeon show ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’.

Mark’s solo career began with Fathering, an album that received universal praise including Album Of The Month in Uncut and Album Of The Week in The Guardian and featured the track “Hey Self Defeater” which was featured in Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs.

From there followed the albums Smilesunset and In Pursuit Of Your Happiness, several tours of the UK and Europe, countless radio sessions and huge critical acclaim for both his songwriting prowess and his remarkable voice. In 2008 he quit everything to look after his children following the tragic death of his wife. To assist him through these troubled times many of his long-time friends and fans banded together to record an album of his songs as a tribute to his wife and the result was 2009’s Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes of Michael Stipe, Thom Yorke, Frank Black, Mercury Rev, Dinosaur Jr, The National, and many others.
Mark Mulcahy will embark on his first solo tour in three years. A short run of 10 dates in November will begin a year of endless live performance. Mark has been touring with his other bands, Miracle legion and Polaris for the past few years.
“It’s been way way too long.I need to play these songs.It’s me again. Me.”
Mulcahy’s most recent album, ‘The Possum in the Driveway’ received stellar reviews and he appeared on the Marc Maron WTF podcast on May 1st.
The November tour will be in delayed support of ‘Possum’ as well as songs from Marks entire catalogue.
9 out of 10! - Uncut Magazine
“A rare and wise treat…” - Mojo Magazine
"4 Stars! A gift" - Record Collector
"I don’t think the word masterpiece is out of the question…."- Rick Moody/Rumpus

So many tours later he stopped everything and stayed home. Many of his long-time fans banded together to record an album of his songs in tribute to Mark's wife. The result was Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes (yes,the likes) of JM Stipe, T. Yorke, A. Yorke, Frank Black, Hayden, Ben Kweller, Josh Rouse, The Great Vic Chesnutt, Dinosaur Jr., Juliana Hatfield and The National. Lot's of other lovelies too. So many. Thanks everybody.

Mark has written several tragic comic operas with the cartoonist Ben Katchor. It's music played in front of projected cartoons. He likes bicycles, trolley cars and summertime. He likes his band too-Ken Maiuri (Pedro the Lion,Young at Heart Chorus) and Henning Ohlenbusch (School for the Dead).
'Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You' is the next and newest record. Now signed to Fire Records, Mark is back to making music and playing live.


Mark Mulcahy: In Pursuit Of Your Happiness

"his songs cast their spell long after the record's finished, scratching away at your subconscious until you go back of your own volition" 4 Stars - Observer Music Monthly


Mark Mulcahy: Fathering

"Mulcahy not only plays all the instruments but overlays his own vocal harmonies and counterparts in a set of emotionally involving, highly personal songs. Don't let the fact that Radiohead love him or that he's opened for Oasis and Seal confuse the issue: this man is very much a singer songwriter to be filed along side Tim Buckley, Neil Young or Jackson Browne." MOJO

"This rock-n-roll koala bear-same come-to-bed eyes, same don't mess-with-me claws-hasn't allowed over familiarity with the fuzzy end of rock's lollipop to dull his appreciation for the sensual world. Forbidden fruits are his specialty, the riper the better, and in that remarkable voice he has the instrument to skewer the loneliest hearts every time."NME
"LOCK UP YOUR GIRLFRIENDS!" Tom Cox

"He's a genius,' reckons Thom Yorke, and Fathering makes a good case for the Radiohead frontman being right." Jewish Chronicle

Tropics, joy. Down to earth tones, hanging out with your friends all day to forget routine. Thinking of what should be, staying inside. Missing the one, swimming against waves. Holding on, dreaming. Meeting new people, realizing more about yourself. Lack of understanding, traveling far away. Remembering the folks you used to know, staring up at the stars above. Letting time pass you by, memories.

Fatal Film is one of New London, CT's great rock and roll acts. They've been playing some of the best shows of their storied run over the last year or so churning out sonic and mischief and wowing audiences with the results. During that time, they've toiled in the studio with local producer Jason Banta to build the definitive statement of the Fatal Film sound with their brand new 12 track eponymous CD.

Echo & Drake

"#1 CT Album of 2011: "Sundrenched Elsewhere" (self-released) — This Wethersfield band's debut is a collection of stunningly well-written, and beautifully produced, songs colored by the spacious atmospherics of Brit-pop, but with a personality all their own."
~Eric Danton, The Hartford Courant

"Indie-pop outfit Echo and Drake recruited some major names to turn Sundrenched Elsewhere into a breakout album. It paid off in spades. Recorded with the microphone wizards at Telefunken Studios, and mixed by Joseph Donovan (who won a Juno Award — the Canadian equivalent of the Grammies), Sundrenched Elsewhere is loaded with epic reverb and killer falsettos. But the 2010 Band Slam champs' most fetching characteristic is the dynamic between Alex DiCicco's hyperactive drum beats (they're sprinkled liberally with tambourine) and the band's massive, spacious guitar gestures. It's like firing amachine gun into the sky. Beautiful singing, cool drum fills, jangling guitar — the band creates music that draws upon the '80s without being enslaved by them. There's urgency, there's rocking out, there's relaxed beauty, there are danceable grooves. If you like rock music, you can find something you'll dig in their songs." ~ Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate

"I'm calling it, friends — it's going to be big… Echo & Drake is one of those rare bands… a speck of gold in a sea of brass… For an hour, Sundrenched Elsewhere made me feel like the girl I once was—guileless, green, and discovering fantastic new music around every corner."
~Gabrielle Bruney, The Wesleyan Argus

"Local, indie or major label, this is easily one of the best albums of 2011. Clearly a band to look out for…"
~Rob Farrish, Wesleyan University Radio, WESU 88.1 FM

"Indie-pop outfit Echo and Drake recruited some major names to turn Sundrenched Elsewhere into a breakout album. It paid off in spades. Recorded with the microphone wizards at Telefunken Studios, and mixed by Joseph Donovan (who won a Juno Award — the Canadian equivalent of the Grammies), Sundrenched Elsewhere is loaded with epic reverb and killer falsettos."
~Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate

"The album has echoes of all the indie rock staples, from The National to, occasionally, Fleet Foxes… Echo & Drake could go places."
~Andrew Wagner, The Yale Herald

"Grounded in brit-pop tradition but dipped in an array of styles (post punk, indie electronic, folk), the record is layered in swirling, reverb-drenched guitars; soaring, wistful vocals; and the occasional groovy rhythm. It's the kind of album that can make you dance one minute, and cry the next."
~Scott Gargan, CTNews.com

"Beautiful singing, cool drum fills, jangling guitar — the band creates music that draws upon the '80s without being enslaved by them. There's urgency, there's rocking out, there's relaxed beauty, there are danceable grooves. If you like rock music, you can find something you'll dig in their songs." ~Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate

"Although this Connecticut band has yet to strike a major label deal, the sound of their independent debut is quite polished... strong arrangements, soaring melodies and intelligent lyrics are sure to appeal to fans of Keane, Morrissey, early U2, Coldplay, Crowded House and Tommy Keene. Clearly a band to look out for." ~Rob Farrish, WESU 88.1FM

Elison Jackson is a garage–folk/ psychedelic rock band from Philadelphia, PA & New Haven, CT. The band has put out three records and several bedroom-demo mix-tapes since 2011. Their third LP, “Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man”, was released in the fall of 2013 to critical acclaim. Featuring basement organs, haunted lyrics and Neil Young-esque guitar jams, their sound has expanded significantly from its folk roots, moving forward with a strong foundation into blues, 80's analog synth, and prog-rock. Their newest record, a 5-song collection titled "Silver Sounds: Hallucinations", takes a step further in the band's sonic progression. Heavier drums, driving synth, and atmospheric bowed upright bass fill out the songs in a way the band has never achieved before.

Staying busy since their beginnings in 2010, Elison Jackson has emerged as one of the most consistent and unique bands in CT. Sharing the stage with Elvis Perkins, Akron/Family, Mystic Braves, Simone Felice and other like-minded contemporaries, the band has built a loyal following in throughout the Northeast. The band won a Connecticut Music Award for "Song of the Year" in 2014 for their single '2009', and won the New England Music Award for "Songwriter of the Year" in 2015. Primary songwriter and singer Sam Perduta currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, after living and basing the band out of New Haven from 2012-2015.They are currently in the studio recording a follow up to "Silver Sounds: Hallucinations" at the infamous Blazone in New Haven, CT, and have been consistently putting out bedroom recordings throughout the fall and winter of 2016.

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Daphne Lee Martin

Daphne Lee Martin started making music when she was just a kid. It was oldies radio, playing “Chapel of Love” and Daphne was singing along harmonies when her folk-singer mother overheard her and began teaching her. Growing up in southern Ohio, the family had always been around a great wealth of white gospel, mountain ballads, classic country and Old Time fiddle and banjo tunes. She was never one for the raucous numbers, but stuck mostly with the torch songs and does to this day.

New London, CT was the home base for the group of musicians who’d helped Daphne get started with the first album, she and long-time friend Craig Edwards joined up with a group doing Hot Club style covers and they all formed a string band supporting Daphne’s original songs, giving them their signature swing. Over time, it became Raise the Rent, focused on a harder, darker edge incorporating drums and electric guitars into the set and leaning ever harder on timeless melodies and arrangements inspired by the tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s and of course, Tom Waits. She developed a vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case.

‘Dig & Be Dig’ was released in November 2011 and Daphne has been recording and touring full-time as a solo artist (with some wonderful session players at times) ever since. She is currently recording her 5th studio album, Scared Fearless, due out in 2018.

Daphne also owned an independent old-school vinyl record shop, The Telegraph until 2017, and is now building a publishing company. Stay tuned for more!

Slander is a rock band playing pop songs, a pop band playing rock songs.


2013 was a whirlwind year for the group. After releasing their Daniel Schlett produced single "Magnets b/w Ghosts", they were named one of Stereogum's "Bands to Watch" in February.
The group expanded on their concise post punk sound with a wider palette, accentuating the vocal interplay between Julia Farrar and Luke Hunter.

They returned to record again with Daniel at Strange Weather Studios in March. As with the first single, Schlett was able to capture the breadth of the Slander sound- bringing the churning pop of Device and the ever expanding rock sensibilities of Flood into one cohesive package.

Violent Mae

Violent Mae was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership. The self-titled debut initially released in 2013 garnered national attention and was re-released early in 2015 when it hit college radio riding a wave into the Top 100 for 6 weeks on the CMJ Radio chart.

Kid is the sophomore release from Connecticut based duo Violent Mae. Rising out of Becky Kessler’s guitar driven songwriting and multi instrumentalist, Floyd Kellogg’s production style, the record is a document of a band coming into its own. The duo create a dynamic fuzzy low-rock sound with opening tracks “In The Sun” and “In My Ring”. Guitars play both atmospheric and bass backbone parts while the drums take on melodious, yet driving roles throughout. Random found sounds captured during their self-produced recording sessions at a rural organic farm contribute to an eerie mood and become an integral part of the music. On title track “Kid”, they strip the music down to the barest of elements and Becky’s low reverberant vocals take the listener on an aching melancholic journey. A certain sadness permeates the record but the listener can always find a silver lining sense of warmth and strength. You get an air of adolescence and how fleeting anything of significance might be, including love. On “Flame”, Becky sings “better hold onto me tight / I’m ready to go / straight into the stars / we’ll blow them all away” and that’s an apt description of Violent Mae and their new record Kid. It builds to “Neon Halos”, a bold song about the feeling of helplessness connected to modern experience with sing along “oh oh well hell / oh oh well oh hell oh” and comes back down to the earth with the personal lament “Birthday.”

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