Franz Nicolay (ex The Hold Steady)

Franz Nicolay is that multi-instrumentalist and man-about-town peddling a modern vaudeville with full-throated songs and stories shamelessly strident, stentorian and more than a little sentimental. He’s been a member of cabaret-punk circus World/Inferno Friendship Society, world’s best bar band the Hold Steady, Balkan-jazz carnies Guignol, founded the outlaw orchestra Anti-Social Music, has been an occasional touring member of agit-punks Against Me!; and recorded (complete discography here) or performed (complete list here) with everyone from Leftover Crack to The Dresden Dolls. He was recently named #1 of “Punk’s 10 Best Accordion Players.”

He has been a contributor to Vice, Blender, Impose, and other magazines; was a regular columnist for the literary journal InDigest, and has released several collections of essays. His first story collection, “Complicated Gardening Techniques,” was published by Julius Singer Press in 2009 (more writing here).

He has appeared on the comedy/variety shows Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Hot Tub (hosted by Kurt Braunholer & Kristen Schaal), The Chris Gethard Show, Tell Your Friends (hosted by Liam McEneaney), Radio Happy Hour, and The Moon Show.

The Black Rainbows

Ever since Dave Davies decided to slice the speaker cone of his amp open back in 1964 Rock music hasn't quite been the same. With this exponential leap in spirit raw passion began to roar past technical proficiency with pure Dionysian energy.

The Black Rainbows exist in this realm. They are a band that orbits around their own singularity, so genre comparisons and simple 'sounds like' lists will prove vague and inaccurate at best; it would be optimal, instead, to speak of qualities. In this sense their sound occupies a space somewhere between the terrifying energy of The Stooges, the addictiveness of The Ramones and the abrasive beauty of Nirvana.

This is a band that's not even aware of trends, let alone one that follows them. They don't play it safe, and they're not making their music for you. The Black Rainbows make authentic, punk-tinged Garage Rock with charm, attitude and harmonies to spare, sharing more in common with early Rolling Stones than the inconsequential modern Indie Rock band du jour.

The Black Rainbows have just finished their debut EP I Met This Chick... with Toronto producer/mixer Brian Moncarz (Moneen, Circa Survive, Neverending White Lights) and mastering engineer Noah Mintz (Billy Talent, Les Breastfeeders, Stereos) for a Spring 2013 release. It's somewhat of a 'concept record,' featuring 7 original tracks that humorously tell a tale of love, lust, dread, drug trips and heartache -- all the good stuff that inspires great rock songs.

The Black Rainbows are Mike Anichini (Guitar/Vocals), Renato Carvalho (Bass/Vocals), & Sergio Santoianni (Drums/Vocals). They formed when Mike decided to drop out of school and use the rest of his student loan to buy a new guitar, an amp, a hand drum and a Sitar (being inspired by Brian Jones)...with hopes of putting it all into a record some day. The Black Rainbows have since played an impressive number of shows throughout Southern Ontario at venues like The Bovine, The Horseshoe, The El Mocambo, The Hideout, The Rivoli and The Casbah. They have also enjoyed many appearances at notable music festivals like North by Northeast, Canadian Music Fest, and S.C.E.N.E. Fest.

The music of The Black Rainbows will resonate with fans of good songs with great melodies and endless sing-along appeal. Whether live or on record, their music is delivered with such loud, anthemic single coil conviction that your ears will be left ringing.

The Black Fever

Toronto-based post-punk indie trio The Black Fever is one of those outfits.

Spawned in 2009 after previously notable acts The Daybreak and Fire Hydrant came to an end, the past three years have seen The Black Fever escalate from veritable solo project to commanding power trio. Cutting their indie teeth with 2010 debut Romanticism, The Black Fever quickly fell into adoration with audiophiles across the commonwealth, resulting in national radio play and rave reviews in many of Canada's musical bibles.

Looking to surpass those lofty accomplishments however, The Black Fever is set to release their independent sophomore opus, the aptly-titled Revisionist. Striving to create an effort forged on unity, this 10 track affair finds The Black Fever expanding beyond the singular inspiration of their inaugural work. Where Romanticism was primarily written by Shoe and saw him bringing former bandmate Bramm and acquaintance Purpura into the fold, Revisionist boasts a triumvirate coming together in equal parts.

Shaky Knees

My name is Shaky Knees and I write songs. I was born and raised in Brazil and started developing my craft in my early teens when
my passion for listening to music, melodies, and arrangements became much more intense than anything in my immediate surroundings.
I have been in a band for as long as I can remember. Many of them. And I learned things from each one of them that I couldn't have on my own.
In 2007, I left home and moved to Canada where I was exposed to a new culture that ultimately helped shape my songwriting.
Recently, I recorded 10 original songs on the streets of 2 majorly loud cities - raw and uncut - with the help of a couple friends, my dog Rambo and $50 bucks on rental gear.

$10.00 - $12.00


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