RioRio - EP Release Party

RioRio - EP Release Party

Rio Rio is a five-piece San Francisco indie-pop band with hook-laden vocal melodies, cinematic keyboards, nimble guitar work, and singalong choruses all wrapped in a tight, danceable package that is winning over fans across the San Francisco Bay Area.

They've drawn comparisons to bands such as Passion Pit, We Are Scientists, and Two Door Cinema Club.

When their singles “Gorilla Gorilla” and “Last Flight” garnered over 65,000 plays across Hype Machine affiliated blogs like Indie Shuffle and It's All Indie, they were featured in a Nike video and chosen to headline NBC Bay Area's first ever monthly music showcase, The City: SF Sounds. The band played an opening slot before a sold-out crowd.

The NBC show – sponsored by Jack Daniels and San Francisco's Alice 97.3 FM – was such a success that only a month later, Rio Rio headlined NBC's next event at an even larger club and played to another capacity crowd – this time, their own. Maybe it's the songs, maybe it's the show, but Rio Rio is a band that knows how to win over fans.

Rio Rio has also played around San Francisco and Oakland at venues like Bottom of the Hill, Monarch, 50 Mason, Thee Parkside, RockIt Room (Neck of the Woods), Stork Club, and more.

Recently, they've taken this momentum into the studio with Andy Freeman (Eisley, Manchester Orchestra) and recorded an EP for release in Fall 2013.

April and The Paradigm

April & The Paradigm's Powerful Alternative Rock/Pop sound is created by their heavy lyrical and melodic influences from the 90's Rock era with bands like the Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, No Doubt to the Cranberries being their main go-to; whose music is further inspired by the stylistic harmonies of new millennium artists like Imogen Heap and The Veronicas, and whose content holds a slight hint of sarcasm, strength, and edginess inspired by the likes of Pink!

With the songs being harmony heavy, Nicole Ogata and Sasha Lizarraga joined the band to create the beautiful harmonies as Soprano and Alto vocalists. It was then the image of the band was finalized with the edgy, modern, rocker, pin-up, 1950's look- to represent the bands' mission to stay true to a raw recording, a raw performance, without auto-tune, without enhancements, just like back in the day with Big Bands- but incorporated with the modern era, with modern flavor, and modern styles musically and fashionably. With how much the band had evolved from it's beginning stages, the name "April & The Paradigm" seemed fitting to reflect the lyrical content April wrote targeting societal issues with both satire and sincerity; and with everyone from the composers, Producers, to the final additions to the band- they all would represent "The Paradigm" that would soon inspire and ultimately create a lasting shift in the lives of others through their music.

Mission Bells

Mission Bells is a San Francisco based band whose debut album, "the CarbonCircus," will be released in the summer of 2012 on the Memorials label Blood Thirsty Unicorn Records. Mission Bells was started in 2011 by producer/songwriter Micah Almeida. He employed the help of Thomas Pridgen (the Memorials, the Mars Volta) and longtime friend Cameron Hunt in producing the album. A Berkeley graduate, Micah produced albums and songs for the Coup, Myka 9 (Mykology 2011), Scientist and many Bay Area artists.

Koruscant Weekend

Koruscant Weekend are looking to bring a retro sound to modern ears.

Formed with a little help from Craigslist a couple of years ago, the group began when guitarist Crim Nguyen met up with now ex-guitarist Ryan. With bassist Josh Hotlosz in tow, Ryan had decided to leave the band, making the then 3-piece in need of a some musical assistance. Craigslist played a huge part in creating the rest of the group as drummer Nathan Klimenko and vocalist/keyboardist Justin Scord came on board via their post. Almost passing on the chance to take Justin into the band, the group had a gut feeling to keep him...and it was a wise decision that they did as he has become a solid staple in Koruscant Weekend.

A self-described group of nerds, this band certainly doesn't sound like it! All awkwardness aside the group blends influences such as The Cars, The Strokes, Two Door Cinema Club and Interpol, and has a knack for writing what they call “Dancy Nerd-Pop,” or “Altronica Pop-Rock.” Each song tends to tell a story within the lyrics, much like a concept album. Their sophomore EP, Wives Tales (2012), was a collection of short stories, and their upcoming EP due out later this year is described as “one big coherent story,” with open ended lyrics laced with double meanings. Drawing musical inspiration from specific movie images and sceneries, notable tracks such as “Last Moon,” sound like it was made for a horror film. The upcoming EP draws from a deadly combination from the show Nite Rider and the movie Blade Runner as well as a striking 80s Summer feel that is laced with Miami Vice meets your feel good Summertime jams.

When writing the perfect Koruscant Weekend song, the band is a collaborative effort. With everyone bringing something to the table, the piece circulates throughout the band until the perfect song is created. This truly creates the voice of the Koruscant Weekend.

Playing alongside bands such as Scissors for Lefty, My American Heart and the Finish Ticket, as well as a showcase for Warner Brothers Records, Koruscant Weekend have been quite a motivated group in the past year. Things are going to heat up even more as their third EP will be released in 2013 to the ears of eager fans and critics alike. Make sure you are one of them!



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