The Courtesy Tier, Isle of Rhodes, NCM, Slim Way, The Spanish Channel, Eric French and Mr. Hyde, The Winchester Local

The Courtesy Tier

Courtesy Tier is always a surprise, sometimes even to themselves. Layton (drums) and Omer (guitar) have been playing together for the last seven years, but they weren’t always a duo. As members came and went, they perpetually conceptualized themselves as a four and sometimes six piece band. Then, during their second winter in New York, the boys had run out of other band members. Regrouping in a closet size practice space under the Smith Street overpass, they finally had enough room to rehearse, and they liked the sound. By the following summer they were ready to record, but a New York budget requires some finagling. With three mic’s in a 7x7 room, “The Resolution” was born.

Courtesy Tier is a two man cadre. Whether invoking the Meat Puppets, Morphine, Ataxia, J Dilla, Don Caballero, or Chris Whitley they synthesize the soul of rock with melodic blues. While a forerunner of the DIY movement in Brooklyn, they aren’t your usual Brooklyn sound. The album name exemplifies their process: go with what you’ve got and you’ll find your way there.

Isle of Rhodes

Isle of Rhodes was founded in the spring of 2011 by front man and keyboardist Rob Farren. Farren, who had previously played keys with Aphonic (of Detroit), and synth bass with Kiss or Kill decided that he would like to strip his rig down to one keyboard: a Rhodes. An eclectic choice for an instrument, the Rhodes is a vintage keyboard with similar circuitry to an electric guitar. The Rhodes was made famous by the work of soul and funk artists, such as Stevie Wonder, and Bernie Worrell. Farren, influenced by that sound, focused on creating a contemporary rock version of Rhodes playing. Using all analog gear, including tape delay, distortion, wah, and phaser pedals, Farren has sculpted a sound evocative of a three-piece guitar band. Featuring Colin Behram on drums, this two-piece band, has garnered attention for its flowing melodies and huge sound, drawing comparisons to bands such as The Shins, The Magnetic Fields, and Radiohead.

NCM is an eccentric and eclectic concoction of raw old-school punk, driving rhythms, and folk elements created by the music alchemist Pete Crotty.

The Spanish Channel

The Spanish Channel is melodic powerpop -- catchy uptempo alt-rock with harmony vocals, and lyrics that tell the stories of life in New York City. The band lives in Brooklyn, NY, and rocks like Foo Fighters, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, The Cars, Maroon 5, Lit, and Ok Go.

Eric French and Mr. Hyde

This first release from Eric French is a dual, full-length profile of two musical voices. His unapologetic rock n' bluz bombast is set off by an introspective acoustic streak. An explosive trio in the tradition of The Experience, The Cream, and The Police is balanced by a lone singer with an acoustic guitar.

The Winchester Local

The Winchester Local is the solo project of Brooklyn musician Tyler Phillips. TWL was started in late 2011 as an effort to document a backlog of compositions penned by the songwriter dating back to 2002. Although TWL is a solo effort, from time to time it morphs into a musical collective, featuring the talents of other emerging Brooklyn vocalists and instrumentalists.

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