Ignescent from Chicago are a female-fronted rock band who bring intensity, fury, power, and passion to their music, equal to or surpassing any other. Led by vocalist Jennifer Benson, they started in 2008 when she united with lead guitarist Deven Elion, drummer Chris Calix, rhythm guitarist Joey Sepulveda, and bass guitarist Ian Sebastian.
You’re bound to feel the name of Morgan Visconti, one half of Ready, Steady, Die! is familiar, and you’d be right. He’s the son of Bowie Alum Tony Visconti, and along with UK singer-songwriter Sam K, has formed Ready, Steady Die!, which sees the pair divide their time between New York and London, as well as the vocal and composing duties. Additionally, Visconti produces for the duo.
Pete Gardiner is back and he’s definitely channelling his inner gunslinger; this time he’s shooting whiskey and honesty and he’s got something to say. New single ‘Bourbon and the Truth’ still boasts the searingly honest lyricism that defines Gardiner’s music but this time it’s complemented by a driving old country backbeat that screams Marty Stuart or early Cash…we are even treated to the sound of a spaghetti western style gunshot.
Indie music project Mount Hudson takes the acoustic traditions of American folk and imbues it with modern pop sensibilities. The brainchild of Brooklyn New York artist Dave Yim, who plays acoustic guitar and provides vocals, ‘Lakeside Water’ sees him joined by a cast of seeming thousands, including Marcus Bagala (mandolin, electric guitar), Rob Heath (drums), Andrew Miramonti (organ), and Claire Wellin on violin.
Although at first glance you might think that Kodacrome are an electronic band, they are in reality a two-piece production team. Based in Brooklyn, New York, they comprise Elissa LeCoque, who takes on vocals and arrangements, and Ryan Casey, who takes on synth and production duties. The pair both have a background in the visual arts, and pretty much every aspect of film making (including set building and screenwriting) and they take this into their music.
Las Vegas pop-rapper Rockie Brown is a young woman trying to find her way in a world that isn’t always friendly, so seeking solidarity in the sisterhood is something that has proven important in her experience. Her latest single, ‘Soul Sister Retribution’, is an anthem of empowerment and a call to arms for all those girls and women out there who feel ignored, or not accepted as part of the system.
Greg Hoy can do it all. He’s a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, designer, and he’s an indie label owner. He’s released loads of music under many different names and styles, including pop, rockabilly, and heavy riff rock, working on both sides of the studio glass. He tours when he feels like it, jumping into his Airstream RV and letting it take him where he needs to go.
Listening to ‘Roses From Blood’, by tAngerinecAt you’d be forgiven for not knowing what instrument is creating the eerie sound that falls somewhere between that of a viola and accordion, with a bit of a synth vibe. That instrument is in fact the hurdy-gurdy, and Ukrainian-born Eugene Purpurovsky of tAngerinecAt is a dab hand at making music with it.