Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Band's are Carrying the Torch For Rock Music?

If you've been listening to The Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus, you know that ROCK IS NOT DEAD! But Which bands/artists are doing their best to keep it alive? Tonight Lily, Keith and Lou discuss their top picks for rock's brightest torch carriers  Featured Loudini Artists:   Shaman's Harvest    Pretty Reckless   Emperors & Elephants

Shaman's Harvest
Deep inside Missouri’s capital city, you will find one of the most amazing bands to emerge from the Midwest. This 5-piece features Nathan “Drake” Hunt on vocals, Josh Hamler on guitar, bassist Matt Fisher, Derrick Shipp on lead guitar and Adam Zemanek on drums. Together, they have formulated their own unique mix of modern and classic rock with a southern twist that has energized fans across the nation. 
Shaman’s Harvest has successfully endured a long journey and cultivated a large national fan base. “Dragonfly,” from the album SHINE, truly showcased their unique ability to create a dynamic original sound. Their debut single from the critically acclaimed album landed on both the Billboard Active Rock (#13) and Heritage Rock (#9) charts and set the boys up to be one of the biggest truly independent rock bands of today. This brought on national tours with Adelitas Way, Puddle of Mudd, Black Stone Cherry, AC/DC, and not to mention the largest of national festivals. The band’s hard work and dedication to touring catapulted them into the spotlight and opened doors to many opportunities including professional sports teams, WWE wrestlers, and movie soundtracks using Shaman’s Harvest songs. 
Spending most of 2012 in the studio, Shaman’s Harvest continues to forge ahead with their Fifth full-length album titled “Smokin Hearts & Broken Guns” due for release late summer 2014 featuring “Dangerous” as the first single. In support of the new album, Shaman’s Harvest will be hitting the road in 2014 bringing thier unique style of Rock n Roll to a venue near you.

Current Location
Jefferson City, MO

General Manager
Phil Dunscombe

Press contact

Booking agent
Anthony Paolercio 

Pretty Reckless
Between 2013 and 2015, The Pretty Reckless traveled the globe touring in support of their second album, the raucous, roaring, Catholic guilt-inspired Going To Hell. A bruising blend of ferocious rock and roll and inky blues, the album debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and spun off three No. 1 Mainstream Rock singles, “Fucked Up World,” “Follow Me Down” and 2014’s most successful song at the format, “Heaven Knows,” which spent a total of 18 weeks in the top spot. Going to Hell’s success meant strong live demand for the New York City band, which is anchored by its songwriters, singer-guitarist Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips, who have been making music together in partnership for ten years, and rounded out by bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins. The Going To Hell Tour sent The Pretty Reckless off on four separate jaunts across North America and three trips to Europe. Their explosive shows earned them legions of new fans at home and overseas. 

Despite feeling physically and emotionally spent after returning from their two-year odyssey, Momsen and Phillips jumped right into writing the songs for their third album, the scorching yet soulful Who You Selling For, which will be released by Razor & Tie in October. “We had so much we wanted to say, it was like shaking a can of soda on tour, and then when we started writing we cracked the seal,” says Momsen. “The touring life is very isolating. You look at the world through a bus or airplane window. But music is the healing factor. It’s the one thing that is grounding and a true companion through the forest. It saved us — again.”

The necessity of music as a balm for the soul is a theme that threads its way through Who You Selling For, which finds Momsen and Phillips dealing with emotions ranging from confusion and frustration to depression and despair. “I think we felt a dire need to express those thoughts,” says Phillips. “And they’re things I think most humans feel on a daily basis but don’t always have an outlet to express. In the end we’re saying, ‘Don’t give up, your soul is all you have, so you’ve got to hang onto that.’” The album’s opening track, “Hangman” (which was inspired by a poem by Chidiock Tichborne written on the eve of his execution), tells a story of having control over your own mind and soul no matter what is happening to you. From there, Who You Selling For delves deep into the psyche of Momsen and Phillips — two artists who believe very much in the fiery redemptive power of rock and roll. 

The album’s first single, “Take Me Down,” is a story of desperation, with Momsen delivering such lyrics as “I spend all night and day / How much harder can I play? / You know I gave my life to rock and roll?” “It’s about wanting something so much you’d sell your soul for it,” Momsen says, adding that she and Phillips were inspired by blues artist Robert Johnson’s song “Crossroads,” which some have interpreted as Johnson singing about selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for his musical ability. “Back To The River” is about the desire to get away from everything, to go where no one can reach you, while the strutting “Wild City” is influenced by being young and on your own in New York (“We wrote it while walking down Rivington Street on the Lower East Side,” Momsen says). The most aggressive song on the album is “Oh My God,” which Momsen describes as “self-confession right out of a journal. I think it speaks for itself.” And finally “Who You Selling For” testifies to music being a form of salvation and describes how the rest of the album reaches into all forms of rock and roll looking for “The Answer.” The song inspired the album’s title, asking listeners to take a look at their own lives with its provocative query. “For me, it’s a question that challenges what I’m doing with my life,” Momsen says. “It questions the meaning of my actions whatever they are. It also defines the record in a grander way by asking the listener to look into the meaning of each song past the obvious.”

Sonically, Who You Selling For alternates between blistering hard rock (“Oh My God,” “Prisoner,” “Wild City,” “Living In The Storm”) and gentler, more downtempo moments (“The Walls Are Closing In,” “Take Me Down,” “Back To The River,” “Who You Selling For,” acoustic ballad “Bedroom Window,” and closing track “The Devil’s Back”), giving Momsen a platform to showcase the power and versatility of her voice. She is one of rock’s most compelling contemporary frontpersons, capable of being both brash and confrontational and sultry and seductive, daring listeners to ignore her at their own peril with a fiery swagger that has only grown more fascinating as Momsen gets older. (She was 15 when The Pretty Reckless wrote and recorded their rock-grunge-blues debut album Light Me Up, which was released in 2010.) 

Momsen’s voice sounds all the more intimate thanks to the unvarnished way that she and Phillips, along with their long-time producer Kato Khandwala, recorded the songs. “It’s the most natural recording possible,” says Phillips. “It’s all performance-based, nothing was fixed. If Taylor walked in and sang the song and it didn’t work, she’d walk right out.” When more than just guitar, bass, and drums were needed, additional musicians were invited in, including guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers), guitarist Tommy Byrnes (Billy Joel), and keyboardist Andy Burton (Ian Hunter), as well as backing vocalists Janice Pendarvis (David Bowie), Jenny Douglas-Foote (P!nk), and Sophia Ramos (Rod Stewart). “It was so great having that many musicians in a room playing together and just hitting the record button,” Momsen says. “It’s very gratifying to feel the players and singers represented as they are. It gave life to these songs that were written tucked away in a bedroom and it enabled us to really deliver the most honest performances possible. What you hear is what it sounded like, no frills. That’s it.”

It’s the band’s willingness to bare their souls that has earned them such a passionate fan base — people who identify with the raw candor of the lyrics and fearless way they are expressed. “I’ve had such a strange life,” Momsen says. “I’ve always felt on my own, running around the world on some mission that I barely understood. Our fans have been the ones who were really there for us. They have supported us through the good times and the bad. I owe them gratitude. They are the inspiration when things look too bleak to keep going. I know it’s been said a million times, but it’s true, I wouldn’t be here today without them. They make this all possible.”

Current Location
New York, NY

General Manager
Erica Ramon @ DAS Communications 
212.877.0400 /

Press contact
Ken Phillips

Booking agent
UK/Europe: Kara James

Emperors & Elephants
Chicago’s own Emperors and Elephants is a hard driving modern heavy rock band in the vein of Alice in chains, Shinedown, and Seether.

Formed in 2010, they have been gathering great momentum in Chicago and its surrounding area. Their song “Your Will” has been featured on Chicago area active rock stations 105.5 The KAT and WIIL Rock. The track gained so much attention from WIIL rock listeners that they were invited to play an on air  performance.

Emperors and Elephants draw their influence from 90′s grunge and blend that influence with the current hard rock scene. This unique combination gives them the edge of paying homage to some classic acts, yet blending it with the sounds of today to create an original sound that is lacking in the current music scene.

Jesse Andrews : Vocals

Jeph Stiph :Guitars

Jason Meudt : drums

Ron “Stoppable” Vanders : Bass

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The REAL Fight Club: Ranking the Films of David Fincher

The week, the Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus turns it's attention to the world of filmmaker David Fincher. With films like Se7en, Zodiac, and Fight Club how are Lily, Keith and Loudini going to put them in any kind of order that makes sense. Tears may be shed, but you do not want to miss this week's podcast!  Featured Loudini Artists:   Greta Van Fleet  Thundermother   Reign of Z

Featured Loudini Artists:   
Greta Van Fleet
Firing twin barrels of arena-rock muscle and moving melodies, Greta Van Fleet is a modern rock & roll band rooted in the genre's strongest traditions: super-sized hooks, raw riffage and the sweeping vocals of a front man who was born to wail. 

The four-piece formed in Frakenmuth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, where 20 year-old twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka began playing shows with their 17 year-old younger brother, Sam, and 17 year-old family friend Danny Wagner. Holding their practices in the Kiszka family garage and road-testing their songs onstage throughout Michigan, the four became a band of brothers whose songs mix classic chops with the thrill of teenage angst. 

From sing-along choruses to fiery guitar solos, Greta Van Fleet rounds up a highlight reel of rock & roll heroics. These guys aren't revivalists; they're looking ahead, breathing new life into a sound that's blasted out of car dashboards and living room stereos for decades.

Current Location

General Manager
ABI - Aaron Frank

Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins

Press contact
Heidi Robinson Fitzgerald

Booking agent
Marc Geiger, Ron Opaleski, Mike Rosenfeld, Alex Bramwell

Thundermother are back with three new members and keeps on fighting for their music with the new single “We Fight For Rock N Roll” that will be released through Despotz Records June 12th.

The guitarist and founder, Filippa Nässil, started Thundermother in 2009 and since then the band has launched two albums and played hundreds of shows. They’ve been on the road with artists such as Michael Monroe, W.A.S.P, D-A-D and Danko Jones and had a sold out headline tour in Europe last year.

The former line-up with Clare Cunningham, Tilda Stenqvist, Giorgia Carteri and Linda Ström was formed in 2013 and when the four members decided to leave Thundermother in the spring 2017 Filippa was determined to keep on playing with singer Guernica Mancini, bass player Sara Pettersson and drummer Emlee Johansson.

"This is a new beginning. We’ll fight for our passion for as long as we can. We fight for rock n roll!" // Thundermother

Guernica Mancini is the soul rock singer from Lund in southern Sweden who previously lived in Los Angeles where she was the singer in the band Souls On 11 together with Jeff Young (Megadeth). In 2012 she moved back to Sweden and started working on her own solo-project and later she founded the band Royal Ruckus. Filippa’s request about singing in Thundermother fortunately came just when Royal Ruckus had a hard time with a band member drop off and a cancelled tour and Guernica was ready for a new challenge. After an intense time in Stockholm auditioning and recording Guernica was the new singer in Thundermother.

The bass player, Sara Pettersson from Märsta in Sweden was an obvious choice since she and Filippa already played together in their side project Hifly. Sara is a great musician who previously has played the violin, guitar, contrabass and piano. Except for classic rock she’s also very passionate about progressive rock and has played in bands such as In Spiritside Dreaming, Shewolf and GUSH.

Emlee Johansson is the drummer from Falköping in Sweden who’s also had guitar as her main instrument and she is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She has previously played in bands such as Vision, Frantic Amber and Spitchic. She first met Filippa when they played at the same stage at Sweden Rock Festival a few years ago. After a successful audition for Thundermother the new line-up was complete.

They had their first show together at Debaser Strand in Stockholm May 24th and were immediately acclaimed by their fans and praised by the amazed critics during one of the best Thundermother shows to this date. Their summer is booked up with at least 17 shows in Europe at festivals such as Wacken Open Air and European Bike Week.

Reign of Z
Hard Rock/Alt-Metal

Band Members
Zosia West-Vocals
Steven Lords-Guitar
Zach Cunningham-Guitar
Stephen Berg-Bass
Amanda Blackwell-Drums

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Record Label


Reign of Z is high-octane metal from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Reign of Z is a culmination of years of experience and a drive to move forward. With all the members having extensive time put into their craft, they were able to craft a sonic identity that will ensure their place in music for years to come and make Reign of Z a household name.

Plural (mixed)

Current Location
Pittsburgh, PA

General Manager
Tim Barbour

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Eli Lev, World Traveler, Adventurer, Mystic, Indiana Jones with a Guitar

At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts.

Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. His upcoming two-album release, All Roads East and Way Out West, imaginatively and intrepidly connect spheres and generations with a body of work that’s irresistibly uplifting, emotionally resonant, and groundbreaking.

“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

Eli has built a robust profile through wowing audiences whenever he picks up a guitar. Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building at the invitation of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Currently, he maintains a busy schedule performing on what he has playfully dubbed the “Beltway Tour,” which includes an impressive series of appearances at hundreds of venues throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia in clubs, taverns, festivals, house shows, wineries, art exhibits, markets, resorts, and community events. CBS Radio News has featured an interview with Eli, and ReverbNation has spotlighted four of his songs. As a recording artist, Eli has previously issued the live-in-the-studio EP, Shy Desert Morning.

“To me, folk music represents a tradition of reinterpretation. Before people had a medium to record, they weren’t tied to one version of a song. The music could grow and evolve,” Eli says. “Together, these albums represent an artistic statement about folk music and how songs can be interpreted in many ways.”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grunge vs 80s Metal

On this week's Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus: It's the rock and roll throw down for the ages! Grunge vs 80's-Metal. Which rocked harder and WHY do you think so?  Noses may get bloodied, spandex may get torn but this is the podcast where it get's decided!  Featured Loudini Artists:    Wicked Earth   Kobra and the Lotus  Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Wicked Earth
2001 - While recording at the same studio, musicians Mike Montani[vocals]and Robert N.Tarquinio[guitar] of the band Catapillar Drag are introduced to Shawn Houy[drums] 
of Monkeyfist during a recording session. Shortly after as fate would have it, both bands dissolve. Out of the break up, Mike and Bob start an acoustic
project and by years end write their first composition "Dreams Aside".
2002 - Mike and Bob continue to jam and write new arrangements [Paint A Picture, Storm]. At a going away party for the studio's engineer,
Bob is re-introduced to Shawn and he reveals his band has broken up. Bob mentions an acoustic project the he and Mike are currently involved in.
Plans are made and Mike, Shawn and Bob meet for their first jam session. It is a success and Shawn later introduces them to bassist Vic Carter. 
A new band is formed in late summer and meets at Bob's apartment. 
2003 - Acoustic jam sessions continue. At first, mainly focused on interesting adaptions of cover songs, the band begins to collaborate on existing original
material and decides to explore a full band arrangement. Electric rehearsals begin soon after at Shawn's house. After quickly putting together a set,
the band emerges in late spring to play their first gig at a private party[Because We Can]. While moving forward on the electric ideas, the band maintains an acoustic set.
Early band names: King Size Cool, People Of Earth. Shows include: Because We Can, Pigfest, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.
2004 - In January the band is invited to play at The Rex Theatre. The show results in their first live recording and showcases the bands ability to handle
diverse song selections. Nearly flawless performances of "Heartbreaker", "Roadhouse Blues", and "Stinkfist" collide with raucous originals
to highlight one of the groups most important gigs.
Silly Little Egg
Mr. Brownstone
The Nrg
Roadhouse Blues
Bring it On Home
Came and Went

Shawn completes the bands new practice facility on his property[The Barn].The band moves in and begins to rehearse, ultimately for a debut album. 
Practices are spent hashing through material, beer drinking, smoking and talking philosophy.The band gels.During practice
for the record the band writes its first song as a group. "The Line" is spawned out of a warm up jam. Staying familiar with their set, repeat
performances at Because We Can [acoustic] and Pigfest are played. Also Bloomfield Bridge Tavern is added along with an acoustic performance by
Mike and Bob at McGoo's Bistro in November. With help from a good friend[Lee], studio sessions are booked at Soundscape Studios and the band 
ends the year begining work on their first record. 
2005 - In a last minute effort, the band gets selected to perform at the Graffiti Rock Challenge at Mr. Smalls Theatre[billed as People Of Earth]. A huge turn out 
and an energetic performance result in a triumphant night. The results are a mysterious tie for 1st. The band secludes itself in the studio making only
two appearances, at Pigfest and RPMS[billed as Terra Volta]. In the studio, title tracks are mixed. Final selections: "Came and Went, Side Dish,
Drifting, Forget, Paint a Picture,Storm, The Nrg, Hourglass, Voodoo Man, Dreams Aside". "The Line" and "Vamp 1672" are not recorded and left off the album.
The band settles on "Wicked Earth" as it's new and final name.
2006 - The debut album "Seas Of Discontent " is released and the band supports the album with a local tour.Throughout the year the group meets and organizes
gigs with other local bands. A blistering opening set at RPMS [w/Shatterpak] solidifies Wicked Earth as a recurring act at the club. A new live venue [Howlers] 
opens and Wicked Earth becomes one of the first acts.

1/13 - 31ST PUB [3-MAN ACOUSTIC]
4/28 - SCOOBY'S 
5/20 - RPMS
12/2 - RPMS
2007 - Wicked Earth starts off the year with another show at RPMS and are pleased at being regulars there.The live shows continue throughout the year 
and time at practice is spent rehearsing sets and experimenting with new songs and recording techniques. As new ideas emerge, they are brought 
to near completion by the whole band. The lyrics begin to take on a darker, philosophical tone and the music follows. "Singularity", "Today " Trinity".
are among the new ideas. On stage, the highlight of the year is a powerful set in full costume at the Howlers Halloween Show. The set is recorded live.
Closing out the year, the band plays a rock-off at Diesel in December.

2008 - The band begins to rehearse and finalize what will become our second album. An old song left off of the first record is revived. "The Line" becomes
a centerpiece for the band and they re-work the song. The band also returns to the stage at a new gig, Backdraft is added on. Wicked Earth debuts for
a few acoustic shows at Hal's Bar and Grill and Downey's House w/Tonka. Pigfest features Wicked Earth and Haven. A rare acoustic set at the
usually hard rocking venue RPMS does not go over well and the band is not invited back. The band ends the year writing in the barn.

- 2 2009 By early 2009 a new original set has emerged and the band receives an offer to have one of our songs from the first record play in a B-Movie. "Side Dish"
is used in the film Fith Form. A set at Hal's in April is recorded and the band plays an impromptu cover of "Killing in the Name Of". The band rehearses
regularly and buys some home recording equipment. By September, the band begins recording tracks for their second album. Recording sessions are done 
in the band room and on location at the homes of band members.In November Haven joins Wicked Earth for a show at The Backdraft, the band ends the set acoustic.

2010 - Band recording sessions continue and mixes are tested. In April the band fills a last minute spot at Diesel for A Rock Off. Shows at Club Cafe w/Seven Color Sky and 
Tilt's Pub with new band friends Rokbot is a new venue for the group. Shows are added in June and July. In the fall Wicked Earth plays Hal's and another Backdraft gig
while continuing the pre production. Live, the bands set features mainly all original material for the first time in its career. The band ends the year preparing to track vocals
for the home recordings. 

2011 - Wicked earth starts off the year recording vocals for the new album, and a gig at Tilt's w/Defiant. Another rock contest in March is secured by the band. Although reluctant
at this point to play these types of shows , Wicked Earth appears only because of the venue[Hard Rock Cafe]. Shows in spring with Haven are played [Backdraft and
The Bar in southside]. As recordings continue, the band stays tight by jamming while employing a new use for the recording gear; recording impromptu jam sessions. 
An archive of brand new material emerges. Singer Mike brings a new instrument in, a keyboard, and the jam session become more textured. By fall, the band has 
exhausted their efforts in trying to record on location and decides to contact a recording studio. The group ends the year exploring new original ideas. 

2012 - Still building on a new archive of original jams, the band contacts Mr. Smalls Recording Studio and sessions are booked. While tossing around names for the
new record, Wicked Earth decides on "From You Mouth To God's Ears". In April the band plays a show with Rockbot at Tilt's Pub. The recording sessions also begin 
at this time and last through the summer, fall and winter. 

2013 - From Your Mouth To Gods Ear is released.

Current Location
Pittsburgh, PA

General Manager
Vic Carter

Bob likes old blues guitar players, Mike & Vic both like a lot of techno, electronic, pop and modern music. Shawn likes old-timey country, folk and bluegrass music and a lot of unreasonably heavy metal.

Press contact
Robert N.Tarquinio

Booking agent
Shawn Houy

Kobra and the Lotus
Hard Rock/Metal

Band Members
Kobra Paige – Vocals
Jasio Kulakowski – Guitars
Brad Kennedy - Bass
Marcus Lee - Drums

Record Label
Napalm Records
Ward Records Japan

Universal Music Canada Spinefarm Records



Launched in 2009, Kobra And The Lotus is the lifeblood and passion of Canadian vocalist Kobra Paige. Eight years into their jour... See More

#43 High Priestess Album on Loud charts in North America for 2014 
Metalholic’s Top 25 Women in Hard Rock and Metal for 2014
#3 Best Emerging Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Artists Of 2013
Nominated Best New Band at Golden Gods 2012 by Metal Hammer

General Manager
Susan Bullen 
Bullen Artist Management

Press contact

EUROPE: Mona Miluski

Booking agent
RTN Touring:

North/South America: Trevor Swenson Artery Global:

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Rock 'N' Roll

Band Members
Tyler Bryant, Caleb Crosby, Graham Whitford, Noah Denney


Record Label
Spinefarm / Snakefarm Records

You can get our brand new self-titled album here!

Watch the lyric video for "Heartland" here:

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown is a rock & roll band from Nashville, TN. Loud & Proud.


Current Location

General Manager // // Union Entertainment Group

Booking agent
United Talent Agency & International Talent Booking

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Top 10 "Bad" Records By Good Bands

It happens in rock and metal more than many would like to admit, but as crazy as it sounds, sometimes a great bands put out bad records. This week Lou, Lily and Keith discuss their top "bad" records by great bands.  Featured Loudini Artists:   SATE   Nova Lantern   Defy The Tide

SATE has her feet firmly planted in the 21st century, but the passing of the torch is fully evident on this primordial scream of a debut record that balances huge riffs with swaggering vocals, like a lost collaboration between Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix. SATE is out to satisfy earholes.

"SATE is an in-your-face, full-throttle blues-rock band with a sound that will amp you up and get you grooving." - Tom Matthew [Two Ton Music]

SATE would like to acknowledges the support from the following organization that have helped her on the journey of making and marketing her music, along with the support for touring:
Canada Council
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Music Fund
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
The SOCAN Foundation

Nova Lantern
Starting in 2012, Dan Douglas (lead vocals/bass) and Sean Kerrigan (guitar), longtime friends and collaborators, began pursuing a new project following the breakup of their earlier bands. They co-wrote a number of original songs while completing the band’s lineup. In time, all of the pieces fell into place. Josh Salant, a talented multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, joined the fold on drums and backing vocals. Dan, usually a supporting vocalist, honed his skills to become the band's lead singer and lyricist. Lured in by the sounds in the basement, Josh's brother Sean added his immense talent to the mix, filling the remaining spot on lead guitar. These four musicians combine years of experience in the Brooklyn rock scene to bring you - Nova Lantern!

Current Location
Brooklyn, New York

Booking agent

Defy The Tide
Defy the Tide is a melodic heavy metal band from Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding Ohio Valley area.
Vocals / Carly Rose
Guitar / Jesse Scott
Guitar / Matthew Friede
Bass / Jeff Young
Drums / Luke Tenley
Defy the Tide is a melodic heavy metal band from Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding Ohio Valley area. 

Defy the Tide was founded in May of 2014 when vocalist Carly Simon-Warneke and bassist Greg Fristick were assisted by Resistance 13 vocalist Jeremy Wright in recruiting guitarists Jesse Scott and Matt Friede along with drummer Luke Tenley. After a few jam sessions, the group knew that they had something special, and Defy the Tide became a reality. 

Defy the Tide recorded their debut EP in August 2014 at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, OH. The EP was released in October 2014 and was limited to 100 copies. 

Each member of the band brings different influences into the songwriting process which creates a very unique style that helps Defy the Tide stand on their own. 

Defy the Tide has recently finished recording their follow-up EP at Sacred Sound Recording Studios with Producer Andrew D'Cagna (Brimstone Coven/Metal Blade Records). 

In the Shadows I Shine is set for release on March 25, 2016

Awards 2015 Top Women in Hard Rock and Metal Unsigned Spotlight- Carly Simon-Warneke

Current Location
The Ohio Valley

Booking agent

Monday, February 5, 2018

From Stairway to Heaven to West African Tribal Music, Tom Rossi returns to his roots in the acoustic guitar

LIGHTS AND BRIDGES is what happens when a composer of global, border-dissolving tones and beats decides to condense his symphonic visions into intimate, yet still epic slices of song, lyric and sound. It’s the evocative collision of voice and acoustic guitar stripped to its melodic essence. It’s the lush whisper of breathtaking harmony and atmosphere. It’s echoes of icons like CSN, Simon & Garfunkel, and Nick Drake. It’s a conversation with contemporaries like Bon Iver, José González, and Eliot Smith. 

It’s the poetic designation that singer-songwriter Tom Rossi has taken on to imagine a new musical landscape, the kind of collection of song and texture you want to envelope yourself in at hushed dusk or midnight. Rossi’s best known for beautiful, groove laden, wordless world music records like Salma Har, featured on tastemaker programs like BBC/PRI's The World, NPR's Echoes and Talk of the Nation. So LIGHTS AND BRIDGES becomes at once an avenue for reinvention, a return to roots, and a distillation. 

Rossi’s a fluent multi-instrumentalist in everything from ceremonial Ghanaian hand drums to African kora. He’s a therapeutic musician, who’s dedicated years to the art of performing for those in the most vulnerable condition of hospice care. It’s both intriguing and rewarding to hear these unusual skills and influences filter through the lens of more conventional instrumentation and song structure on instant classics like Superball (a collab with poet, Rich Ferguson) and Outside The Wall. 
LIGHTS AND BRIDGES doesn’t demand attention. It’s the kind of subtle musical spell one has to lean into to truly receive. Producer Guy Erez creates immersive arrangements that magnetize via their purity and restraint. With release set for September 5th, 2017, and the song Lemonade featured in new indie cinema favorite, Gala & Godfrey, LIGHTS AND BRIDGES is already wooing the attention of creators and appreciators alike. This breathtaking four-song debut only promises many more to come.

Thriving in the Dirty Business of Rock and Roll with Anthony Leone of Silk9

Silk9 is a Pittsburgh PA based hard rock band that was founded in April of 2013 by Anthony
Leone and Jamie Rohr. The" vision" of Silk9 was to "embrace" the essence of the 90’s and add an original spin on today’s hard rock genre.  In May of 2014 the band released its first EP entitled “Exit the Pain.” Songs from the EP have  been featured on 97.7 fm, Butler PA, Adrenaline 101 internet radio, and 105.9 fm the X and 102.5 WDVE, in  Pittsburgh PA., The PAROCKSHOW.COM, 107.5 The EAgle in Wheeling WV, as well as being featured on Lou Lombardi's, Rock n' Roll Circus and, our favorite lady of metal, Kimmi Rudolph's Metal Deli.

We've worked with some great national acts including, Lynch Mob,  Adelitas Way, The Art of Dying, Hillbilly Herald, Drowning Pool, Crobot, Skid Row and Jake E Lee's Red dragon Cartel, as well as some of the top local bands in the area

Rowdy Rock and Roll Upstarts, Nova Lantern, Cause Trouble all over Brooklyn and Points Beyond

Starting in 2012, Dan Douglas (lead vocals/bass) and Sean Kerrigan (guitar), longtime friends and collaborators, began pursuing a new project following the breakup of their earlier bands. They co-wrote a number of original songs while completing the band’s lineup. In time, all of the pieces fell into place. Josh Salant, a talented multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, joined the fold on drums and backing vocals. Dan, usually a supporting vocalist, honed his skills to become the band's lead singer and lyricist. Lured in by the sounds in the basement, Josh's brother Sean added his immense talent to the mix, filling the remaining spot on lead guitar. These four musicians combine years of experience in the Brooklyn rock scene to bring you - Nova Lantern!

Current Location
Brooklyn, New York

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