Watermelon is a Funk Rock band stationed in New York City. The band's unique sound is formed from the dynamic interplay of two singers, guitar, keys, and a driving rhythm section, producing a sound that has been called raucous rock 'n' roll with a punch of funk and undertones of hip hop. While the band's spirit can be traced to the revelry and comradery of Sly and the Family Stone, the band does not shy away from such diverse influences as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Funkadelic, and Talking Heads. Seeking to break down all barriers with the audience, Watermelon lives for the live experience.

Paperhaus (Single Release)

Paperhaus started in a basement in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where guitarists Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera spent their teenage years playing music together with ears buzzing from Radiohead, Television, and Fela Kuti. Miles away in Philadelphia, the dissonant vibrato of drummer Brandon Moses howled over distorted blues, while bassist John Di Lascio's three drunken years playing absurdist prog-pop in shady Japanese yakuza bars were winding down.

When the haze cleared, these four musicians found themselves in the Red Door room in DC's legendary Gold Leaf Studios (R.I.P.), screaming raw vocal poetry into rickety old mics and bleeding cosmic noise through rusty tube amps. All night jams edged into anything from CAN to DC Gogo, while haunting noisescapes echoed of Sonic Youth and Scott Walker. Above it all hung Country-Blues & Pop-oriented arrangements with deeply personal lyrics.

Paperhaus is the lovechild of four very different, but passionate songwriters, who share only a belief in the spiritually transformative power of music. This attitude perhaps more than anything inspired the establishment of "The Paperhaus," their shared home studio and DIY concert space. Over the past two years, this humble row house in Petworth has hosted over 100 bands from all over the country and is an institution in national DIY culture.

Paperhaus released its Alt-Country styled self-titled EP in 2011, and will release its second effort, an EP entitled "Lo Hi Lo," on May 28th, 2013. "Lo Hi Lo" was recorded at DC's legendary Inner Ear studios with producer Ivan Basuri, and reflects the more Pop side of Paperhaus' Psychedelic music. A full length LP of more Blues and Funk influenced Psychedelic music is already in the works and will be released in 2014. You can hear songs from all the different sides of Paperhaus' music at one of Paperhaus' many live shows this spring as they embark on a two month national tour.

The North Country

Combining American roots rock and roll with the lyrical earnestness of folk, The North Country brings to DC a musical and spiritual call to arms that is both sophisticated and imminently listenable. The North Country are musical traditionalist, operating under the mindset that in an age of endlessly processed and commodified music there is still no substitute for thoughtful songwriting and tasteful musicianship. Whether playing a house show in a sweaty basement in Petworth or on the main stage at The Black Cat The North Country bring the same level of enthusiasm and intentionality that will leave you with no choice but to have a good time.

Gallons to Ounces

By combining the choicest elements of popular music, Gallons to Ounces make feel-good music that appeals to any listener. Matt Cummings, Zach Miller and Tom Hatcher blend elements of blues, soul and jazz with infectiously funky riffs that often make you aggressively bop your head, if you have not been driven to dance already. Live shows stress improvisation within an energetic, groove-oriented fra...me. They pay tribute to a great heritage of music with covers of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan. Their refreshing sound, powerful melodies and dynamic performances have propelled G2O into the spotlight. Winning the 2012 Hard Rock Café Rising only confirms that they are the new sound, the sound of DC.



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