indie pop

Lana Del Rey

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Grant (born 21 June 1986), better known as Lana Del Rey, is a singer-songwriter from Lake Placid, New ...

500,000 - 1,000,000
{"key":"668","name":"Lana Del Rey","bio":"Elizabeth \"Lizzy\" Grant (born 21 June 1986), better known as Lana Del Rey, is a singer-songwriter from Lake Placid, New York, United States. Del Rey is known for embellishing her songs and music videos with an eerily nostalgic vibe heavy on Americana themes, including images of surfing, Coney Island, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe. She has also listed a large number of her artistic influences, including Allen Ginsberg, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Nina Simone, Nirvana, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Antony and the Johnsons, actor and filmmaker John Waters, artists Mark Ryden and Marilyn Minter, and photographers Juergen Teller and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.Grant released her first professionally produced body of work in 2010, an EP entitled Kill Kill, as Lizzy Grant via Five Points Records with producer David Kahne. It was available for purchase on iTunes for a brief period before being withdrawn for unknown reasons. Soon after, Del Rey released a self-titled collection of songs, Lana Del Rey, for electronic download.In June 2011, Del Rey was signed with Stranger Records and issued the \u201cVideo Games\u201d single, and in October 2011 she signed with Interscope Records. Her next album, Born to Die, is set to be released worldwide on 31 January 2012 under Interscope. The second single and title track, \"Born to Die,\" is set for release on 22 January 2012.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/668_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend is an indie rock band which formed in February 2006 in New York City, New York, United States. The band ...

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{"key":"13823","name":"Vampire Weekend","bio":"Vampire Weekend is an indie rock band which formed in February 2006 in New York City, New York, United States. The band consists of Ezra Koenig (vocals, guitar), Chris Baio (bass) and Christopher Tomson (drums). Rostam Batmanglij has left the band in early 2016 to begin solo career, but will continue to collaborate with Ezra. The band has released three albums: \"Vampire Weekend\" (2008), \"Contra\" (2010)\", and \"Modern Vampires of the City\" (2013). The band has gained positive comparisons to such artists as Paul Simon, Haircut 100 and The Walkmen.Vampire Weekend received much buzz from local blogs throughout 2007 during their rise to a record deal with indie label XL Recordings. Rolling Stone placed Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa at number 57 for the top 100 songs of 2007.The band's debut album, \"Vampire Weekend\" was released on January 28. 2008. It was surprise success, peaking at #17 on the Billboard 200. Their second album \"Contra\" was released on January 12, 2010. It contains the single \"Cousins\". The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, only the 12th independently released and distributed album to achieve such a feat.They are self-proclaimed \"specialists in the following styles: 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa', 'Upper West Side Soweto', 'Campus', and 'Oxford Comma Riddim.'\"The name \"Vampire Weekend\" comes from a movie that Ezra Koenig made in the summer of his freshman year at college. You can watch the trailer on Youtube, here.Their official site is http:\/\/www.vampireweekend.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/13823_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

MGMT

MGMT is a neo psychedelia/alternative rock group which formed in Middletown, Connecticut, United States in 2002 by Andre...

100,000 - 200,000
{"key":"256","name":"MGMT","bio":"MGMT is a neo psychedelia\/alternative rock group which formed in Middletown, Connecticut, United States in 2002 by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser.They signed to Columbia Records in 2006.Originally consisting only of VanWyngarden and Goldwasser, the other members were added to the band after the release of Oracular Spectacular in 2008.Their first single off Oracular Spectacular was \"Time to Pretend\" which got high rotation on radio etc and gave the band worldwide acclaim.The band has released three full length albums: Oracular Spectacular (2008) Congratulations (2010) and MGMT (2013)Band members:Andrew VanWyngarden (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums)Ben Goldwasser (keyboards, vocals, guitar)Matthew Asti (bass, keyboards)James Richardson (guitar, vocals)Hank Sullivant (guitar, keyboards) Will Berman (drums)You can learn more about MGMT, browse photos, and see the tour schedule at the Official Website.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/256_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"100,000 - 200,000"}

Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian is a band from Glasgow. Led by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Murdoch, the seven-piece band has an intima...

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{"key":"12067","name":"Belle and Sebastian","bio":"Belle and Sebastian is a band from Glasgow. Led by guitarist\/vocalist Stuart Murdoch, the seven-piece band has an intimate, majestic sound that is equal parts folk-rock and '60s pop. Murdoch has a gift not only for whimsy and surrealism, but also for odd, unsettling lyrical detail which keeps the songs grounded in a tangible reality. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Belle and Sebastian released their first two albums in 1996: Tigermilk, recorded over three days, and If You're Feeling Sinister, recorded in a week, at the peak of the chamber pop movement. At first, some critics in Britain's music weeklies tied the band into the subgenre, yet the group was too pretty, too delicate, to bear that label. Through their first two years of public existence, the band shielded their personalities, submitting publicity photos featuring a girl, who was a friend of the band and reluctantly posing for photo shoots. Furthermore, they performed in odd venues, playing not only the standard coffeehouses and cafes, but also homes, church halls, and libraries.Prior to the formation of Belle and Sebastian, Murdoch suffered from a protracted battle with chronic fatigue syndrome, which forced him to drop out of school and spend seven years living in his parents' home crippled by his condition.Whilst in his parents home, Murdoch wrote a short story about a boy named Sebastian and a girl named Isabelle based on the names from Madame Cecile Aubery's children's book Belle et Sebastian. On New Year's Day 1996, Stuart attended a party at which he met a young singer and cellist named Isobel Campbell. In a letter to his brother Fraser, Murdoch explained how he was making a single for Stow college at the end of February. Murdoch opted to use the name Belle&Sebastian for the project because it was occupying him at the time. Murdoch took to songwriting as an escapism from the four walls surrounding him in his room and eventually recorded demos with bassist Stuart David whom he met at a government training programme called Beatbox. Murdoch quickly met a series of other musicians through social and musical circles in his hometown Glasgow and they agreed to help with the Stow project. The members he found for this initial lineup were Stevie Jackson (guitar), Mick Cooke (trumpet), Chris Geddes (keyboards), Stuart David (bass), Richard Colburn (drums), and Isobel Campbell (cello). The Stow College record was to be issued by Electric Honey, but it turned into a full album. The course instructor Alan Rankine determined that Murdoch had enough good material to record a full LP and could do so if they could get it all done in three days, studio time allotted for the single. Murdoch and his musicians rose to the challenge and recorded ten tracks putting the songs in order as they would appear on the record and mostly completing them in just a few takes. In May of 1996, Belle and Sebastian self-released their debut album, Tigermilk, on Electric Honey Records. Only 1,000 copies of the album, which was only pressed on vinyl, were released, but it unexpectedly became a sensation, earning terrific word of mouth throughout the UK. As a result, the band became slightly more than a school project \u2014 it became an actual band. If You're Feeling Sinister, released on the independent Jeepster label, followed in November of 1996. By the time the album was released in America on the EMI subsidiary The Enclave, it had earned considerable critical acclaim in the U.K. \u2014 not only from music weeklies, but from newspapers like The Sunday Times and magazines like The Face \u2014 and a large cult following; by some accounts, Tigermilk was being sold for as much as 75 pounds. Over the course of 1997, word of mouth continued to grow in America, even as the band pulled out of an American tour because The Enclave went bankrupt and closed.As the band cult continued to build in 1997, Belle and Sebastian released three EPs \u2014 Dog on Wheels (May), Lazy Line Painter Jane (July), and 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light (October). Each subsequent EP placed higher on the indie charts and received great critical acclaim. Later in the year, violinist Sarah Martin became a member of the band. By the end of the year, the group finalized an American deal with Matador Records, issuing The Boy With the Arab Strap in September 1998. The following year saw the eagerly anticipated wide re-release of Tigermilk, the album that started it all. It was the biggest selling album but is unpopular with the group themselves. Following completion of 2000's Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, Stuart David left Belle and Sebastian to focus full-time on his solo project, Looper, being replaced by Bobby Kildea of V-Twin. In 2001, the group released two EPs \u2014 Jonathan David and I'm Waking Up to Us \u2014 and recorded the soundtrack for Todd Solondz's film Storytelling. Just before the soundtrack's release in spring 2002, Belle and Sebastian embarked on a comprehensive tour of the United States and Canada before returning to Europe for the summer festival season. Midway through the tour, Isobel Campbell left the band, citing the usual differences. Another major change that soon took place was the band leaving Jeepster and Matador to sign with Rough Trade, with their next record, late 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress, produced by the inimitable Trevor Horn (who also produced Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Yes, and scores of others). The record spawned the brilliant \"Step into My Office, Baby\" and \"I'm a Cuckoo\" singles, the latter of which was the group's biggest U.K. hit, reaching number 14 in early 2004. After a long worldwide tour that found Belle and Sebastian reaching new levels of success, they retired to Scotland and began preparing for the recording of their seventh full length album, The Life Pursuit, released in 2006. In 2010, they released their eighth full length album, Write About Love.Official website: www.belleandsebastian.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/12067_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Shins

The Shins are an American indie rock band centered around James Mercer.The band formed in 1997, in Albuquerque, New Mexi...

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{"key":"289","name":"The Shins","bio":"The Shins are an American indie rock band centered around James Mercer.The band formed in 1997, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States as a side project of Mercer (previously of Blue Roof Dinner) and drummer Jesse Sandoval, who were both members of Flake Music. The band's original lineup was Mercer (vocals, guitar), Sandoval (drums), Marty Crandall (keyboards) and Dave Hernandez (bass). Neil Langford replaced Hernandez in 1998. Hernandez returned to the band in 2003, as Langford had left the band in 2001. Hernandez remained in the band until 2009. Fruit Bats keyboardist Eric Johnson joined the band in 2006.Their debut album, Oh, Inverted World was issued in 2001 and contained the singles \"New Slang\" and \"Caring is Creepy\", which were both featured in the 2004 film \"Garden State\". The band's next album, Chutes Too Narrow was released in 2003 and featured the single \"So Says I\". The band's third album Wincing The Night Away, was released in 2007 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts, the highest charting album in Sub Pop history until Arcade Fire's\"The Suburbs\" debuted at #1. After a short hiatus, Mercer announced in 2009 that the band was to record a new album and that Marty Crandall, and Jesse Sandoval were no longer members of The Shins. The band's new lineup included James Mercer, Eric Johnson, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer and Grand Archives keyboardist Ron Lewis.Before the release of Port of Morrow, the band lineup changed once more with only Mercer and Plummer remaining from the previously announced lineup. The newly added members were announced as guitarist Jessica Dobson, bassist Yuuki Matthews (formerly of Crystal Skulls) and keyboardist Richard Swift.The Simple Song Songfacts reports that \"Simple Song.\" was the first single from the Port Of Morrow album, the band's debut release on James Mercer's Aural Apothecary record label. It was also the first offering to be heard from the band following the departure of Jesse Sandoval and Marty Crandall.The current line-up for the live act is James Mercer (vocals, guitar), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Yuuki Matthews (bass), Richard Swift (keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums). More information: *http:\/\/www.theshins.com *http:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/The_Shins","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/289_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Coconut Records

Coconut Records is an indie pop solo project from Los Angeles, California featuring actor Jason Schwartzman. Formed in 2...

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{"key":"64513","name":"Coconut Records","bio":"Coconut Records is an indie pop solo project from Los Angeles, California featuring actor Jason Schwartzman. Formed in 2006, his debut album, Nighttiming, was released on Young Baby Records in 2007. The album had musical contributions from members of Incubus, as well as guest appearances by actress Zooey Deschanel from the band She & Him, and actress Kirsten Dunst. Coconut Records sophomore release, Davy, was released in January 2009 and like Nighttiming featured musical contributions from Zooey Deschanel. Schwartzman is best known for his roles in films such as The Darjeeling Limited, Funny People, Rushmore, Marie Antoinette, Shopgirl and I Heart Huckabees, and was the original drummer for the band Phantom Planet, who were best known for their hit single \"California,\" the theme song for The OC. Despite leaving the band for an acting career, he still composes music for some films. He also contributed to Ben Lee's 2005 album \"Awake is the New Sleep\". Recently, Dentyne Ice aired a commercial titled \"face time\" where a few seconds of the song, \"Summer Day\" from his Nighttiming record is played. Most recently he has starred in the HBO series \"Bored to Death,\" for which he wrote the title theme.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/64513_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding (born Elena Jane Goulding on 30 December 1986) is an English singer-songwriter. Born in Hereford, she gre...

500,000 - 1,000,000
{"key":"8609","name":"Ellie Goulding","bio":"Ellie Goulding (born Elena Jane Goulding on 30 December 1986) is an English singer-songwriter. Born in Hereford, she grew up in Kington, Herefordshire and currently lives in London, England.After studying drama at the University of Kent for a couple of years, Goulding moved to West London for the purpose of developing her songs and music career. Touring since 2008 she released her debut single \"Under the Sheets\" on 15 November 2009. The track was produced by Starsmith, with whom she has been working since the beginning of her career. On 8 January 2010, Goulding topped the BBC Sound of 2010 music list. Previous winners include the likes of Little Boots, Corinne Bailey Rae and Mika. On 16 February 2010, she won the Critics' Choice award at the BRIT Awards, which has previously been given to acts such as Adele and Florence + the Machine.Ellie Goulding's debut album Lights was released on 1 March 2010 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. It was re-released 29 November 2010 as Bright Lights with six new tracks. It produced two additional singles: \"Your Song,\" a cover of Elton John's song (which went on to become her biggest single to date in the UK, reaching number two) and the title track \"Lights (single version).\" Following this re-release, the album saw a surge in sales in both the UK and Ireland. On March 8, 2011, the album was released in the United States with alternate cover art and featuring three songs that were previously not on the original version but were included on Bright Lights, those songs being \"Lights,\" \"Animal,\" and \"Your Song.\" Goulding's second album Halcyon was released on 8 October 2012. The first single from the album, \"Anything Could Happen,\" was released digitally in the UK on 30 September 2012.Goulding co-wrote three songs for Diana Vickers debut album Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree, titled \"Remake Me & You\", \"Notice\" and \"Jumping Into Rivers\" (all three co-written with Vickers and Guy Sigsworth). She also co-wrote a track with George Astasio, Gabriella Cilmi, Jason Pebworth and Jon Shave for Cilmi's second album Ten, titled \"Love Me Cos You Want To\".In 2015, Goulding released the worldwide #1 hit, \"Love Me Like You Do\", from the box office success \"Fifty Shades of Grey\".http:\/\/elliegoulding.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/8609_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Feist

Leslie Feist (born February 13, 1976) is a singer/songwriter from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. She performs as a solo a...

200,000 - 350,000
{"key":"12064","name":"Feist","bio":"Leslie Feist (born February 13, 1976) is a singer\/songwriter from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. She performs as a solo artist under the name Feist and also as a member of Broken Social Scene. Raised in Regina and Calgary, Feist got her start in music as the lead vocalist for a punk band called Placebo (not the more famous British band Placebo), who won a local Battle of the Bands competition and were awarded the opening slot at a Ramones concert. After five years of touring, Feist was forced to take time off from music to recover from voice damage. She moved from Calgary to Toronto in 1998 and took up guitar; by 1999, she was the guitarist for By Divine Right. She also released her debut solo album, Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down), that year. The album was financed by a grant from the Canadian government.In 2000, Feist moved in as a roommate with Peaches and Gonzales, and appeared as a guest vocalist on The Teaches of Peaches and Presidential Suite. She then joined the recording sessions for Broken Social Scene's albums Feel Good Lost and You Forgot It in People. Feist then moved to Paris, and while in Europe, she collaborated with Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience as a guest vocalist on their album Riot on an Empty Street. Feist recorded her second solo album, Let It Die, in Paris in 2002 and 2003. That album, a combination of jazz and bossa nova was hailed as one of the best Canadian pop albums of 2004 and got her two Juno Awards (The Canadian equivalent of the Grammys). This album also helped her to gain a significant international audience.She released a remix album entitled Open Season in April 2006.From different directions, it is said the voice of Feist fits in the range of Ella Fitzgerald or more of an alternative Norah Jones. Her third album The Reminder was released on April, 23rd 2007 in Europe, and May, 1st in the rest of the world and is composed of thirteen tracks. Pitchfork rated the album an 8.8.Her song 1234 from The Reminder was also used in a commercial for the third generation iPod nano. Feist wrote the song with Sally Seltmann, an Australian singer who records as New Buffalo. Speaking with Songfacts, Sellmann said she wrote the song after a good friend told her she was leaving her husband.Also, her song Mushaboom was used on a Lacoste commercial for their fragrance, A Touch of Pink (as seen in south america), while shortly afterwards, My Moon My Man was used to promote a mobile phone newly released by LG. She also sang the soundtrack for Paris, je t'aime: La m\u00eame histoireHer fourth album Metals was was recorded live over a period of two and a half weeks inside a house on the Northern California coast. It was released on September 30, 2011 in Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Belgium; October 3, 2011 in the United Kingdom; and October 4, 2011 in the United States and Canada. (Source How Come You Never Go Songfacts)Visit her website: http:\/\/www.listentofeist.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/12064_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"200,000 - 350,000"}

The Decemberists

The Decemberists are a folk rock band which formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band currently consis...

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{"key":"10788","name":"The Decemberists","bio":"The Decemberists are a folk rock band which formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band currently consists of Colin Meloy (vocals, guitar), Chris Funk (guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, pedal steel guitar), Jenny Conlee (organ, piano, accordion), Nate Query (electric bass, acoustic bass, cello) and John Moen (drums). Notable former members include Rachel Blumberg (drums, vocals) and Jesse Emerson (bass). The band's most recent album, The King is Dead was released on 17 January 2011.Named both in reference to the Russian Decembrist Revolt (they use the national anthem of the Soviet Union as an introduction at many concerts) and to the atmosphere associated with the month of December, the Decemberists write songs that range from upbeat pop to instrumentally lush ballads. They often employ instruments like the accordion, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer organ, and upright bass. In their lyrics, they eschew the angst and introspection common to modern rock, instead favoring a storytelling approach, as evidenced in songs such as \"My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist\" from the 5 Songs EP and \"The Mariner's Revenge Song\" on Picaresque. Their songs convey tales ranging from whimsical (\"Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect\") to epic (\"The Tain\") to truly dark (\"Odalisque\"). They often invoke historical events and themes from around the world. Early in their career, The Decemberists' musical and lyrical aesthetics frequently prompted critics to compare them to Neutral Milk Hotel. Since their debut, their sound has undergone a consistent evolution, most notably in the direction of progressive rock with a strong folk influence, though they have also been described as indie rock and, by Stephen Colbert, as \"hyper-literate prog rock.\" For example, one song, \"When the War Came\", uses a little-known story from the Siege of Leningrad to describe the heroism of civilian scientists during warfare. The lyrics state: \"We made our oath to Vavilov \/ We'd not betray the solanum \/ The acres of asteraceae \/ To our own pangs of starvation\". Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov was a Russian botanist whose laboratory, a seedbank containing 200,000 types of plant seeds, many of them edible, was preserved throughout the siege, during which hundreds of thousands of people died.In March 2005, the Decemberists were reportedly the first band to distribute a music video via BitTorrent \u2013 the self-produced \"16 Military Wives\" (from Picaresque). That same month, the band's equipment trailer was stolen; fans contributed to a replacement fund, and another fund-raiser was organized via an eBay auction, with buyers bidding for copies of Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey and original art work by Carson Ellis. They also received help from Lee Kruger, The Shins, The Dandy Warhols and other musicians. The Martin Guitar Company offered six- and twelve-string guitars on permanent loan. In early April, police discovered the trailer in Clackamas, Oregon, and a fair amount of the band's merchandise, but the instruments and equipment were not recovered.On 12 December 2005, Meloy revealed to Pitchfork Media that they had signed to Capitol Records, and planned to begin recording their major label debut with producers Tucker Martine and Chris Walla, of Death Cab for Cutie fame, in April 2006. The Decemberists' first album on Capitol, and their first major label debut, The Crane Wife, was released on 3 October 2006. The release was accompanied by an appearance the same day on the world-wide syndicated TV talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien when the track \"O Valencia!\" was performed. The Decemberists began their tour in support of The Crane Wife, with The Rout of the Patagons Tour, on 17 October 2006, at Portland, Oregon's Crystal Ballroom. Their opening act was Lavender Diamond. Later on in the tour, Alasdair Roberts opened for the band.In July 2007 the Decemberists set out on a five-date tour with a full orchestral accompaniment. On 7 July, the tour put the group on the stage of the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time in their career, and they were joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On 15 July the group performed with The Mann Festival Orchestra at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They then played a free concert in Chicago, Ilinois, at the recently developed Millennium Park with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. In September 2007 they also played at Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.In October 2007, they began The Long and Short of It Tour. However, having completed the European portion of the tour and immediately after playing the Chicago dates, the rest of the tour was canceled due to illness.On 24 March 2009, the band released The Hazards of Love, their fifth album. The album's first single, \"The Rake's Song\", was made available for free on the band's website. The album featured guest appearances from My Brightest Diamond, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond, Robyn Hitchcock and Jim James. The album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200.On 11 January 2011, the band released their sixth album The King is Dead. The band released the first single \"Down by the Water\" for free on their website. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States and is the highest charting album in the band's career. The second single, \"This Is Why We Fight\" was released on January 25, 2011.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10788_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons is a Grammy award-winning alternative rock band which formed in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States...

500,000 - 1,000,000
{"key":"14154","name":"Imagine Dragons","bio":"Imagine Dragons is a Grammy award-winning alternative rock band which formed in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The band consists of Dan Reynolds (vocals), Wayne Sermon (guitar), Ben McKee (bass) and Daniel Platzman (drums). The band released four EPs - \"Imagine Dragons\" (2009), \"Hell and Silence\" (2010), \"It's Time\" (2011) and \"Continued Silence\" (2012) - before releasing their debut full length album \"Night Visions\" on 4 September 2012.The band's single \"It's Time\", which previously appeared on the \"It's Time\" and \"Continued Silence\" EPs in addition to appearing on \"Night Visions\", is the group's biggest hit, reaching #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.In a dark kitchen in the middle of a sweaty night in Las Vegas, all 6\u20194\u201d of Dan Reynolds is hunched over a laptop, slapping beats on the table and crooning lyrics into a tiny microphone. Before long, he and the other three members of indie rock band Imagine Dragons would be playing \u201cIt\u2019s Time,\u201d that same laptop-demo-turned-supersized-anthem, from the roof of a parking garage to a wave of thousands of screaming fans. This song title to the single from their 2012 debut KidInaKorner\/Interscope release \u201cContinued Silence EP\u201d is an all too apt descriptor of the band\u2019s hard-earned success\u2014but it\u2019s also emblematic of the deep-seated anxiety Reynolds and the rest of the band experienced leaving behind any realistic expectation of a normal job to do the thing they love most. A third-generation Las Vegas native, Reynolds is no stranger to the adage \u201cthe house always wins,\u201d choosing to pave his musical career with a near obsessive work ethic and hundreds of unused demos rather than roll the dice with the first songs that sprung from his mouth. It\u2019s no surprise, then, that he was drawn to guitarist Wayne Sermon, another founding member of Imagine Dragons. Having practically grown up in a recording studio and graduated Berklee College of Music, Wayne had been practicing his guitar through meals and other socially inappropriate situations as long as he could remember; he challenged Dan in a way that was both uncomfortable and exactly what they both needed. When they began writing songs together and recognized something special was happening, Wayne called up his Berklee friend Ben McKee, who promptly dropped out of school with only a few credits left, moving across the country to play bass for the band. This sort of reckless\/genius behavior is typical for Ben, who has an uncanny penchant for spicy food and a suitcase full of unbelievable road stories. More recently, the band was joined by drummer Daniel Platzman, another Bostonian schoolmate who seems way too nice to be playing rock and roll until you actually see him in action.Several tours and three self-released EPs later, Imagine Dragons had made a serious name for itself, particularly in the west coast circuit. Although their songs vary from nearly whimsical and light to brooding and powerful, listeners are drawn to the inherent honesty in the music. The only rule of thumb for the band, it seems, is to write from a true place; the result is songs that literally run the spectrum of human emotion. Attend a concert, and it becomes clear that the live performance of deeply personal songs has a real effect on people. And the band itself is not immune, as demonstrated when Dan literally passed out into the drum set during a finale song, sending cymbals and drum stands crashing while the rest of the band played on until the close.Great songwriting is bound to be noticed eventually. As proof that the harder you work, the luckier you get, one of those people who noticed was Grammy winning producer Alex da Kid (Eminem, Rihanna). Alex and Dan began collaborating on projects, and soon the band had developed a relationship with Alex and his team. The alchemy resulting from Alex\u2019s hip hop sensibilities and Imagine Dragons\u2019 anthemic rock is nothing short of explosive. The byproduct of this creative collision is \u201cContinued Silence,\u201d a six song in-your-face sonic grenade that breaks musical boundaries and yet is strangely relatable by its improbably diverse audience. Despite it all, on any given day when they aren\u2019t on the road playing shows, you can still find Imagine Dragons huddled away in a rehearsal room somewhere, banging out song after song in search of the next perfect track. Like most things in Vegas, the band is angled at going big or going bust. For the sake of those who love great music, we hope it\u2019s the former.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/14154_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"500,000 - 1,000,000"}

Kings of Convenience

Kings of Convenience are a music duo formed in Bergen, Norway, playing a style that features acoustic instrumental playi...

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{"key":"10847","name":"Kings of Convenience","bio":"Kings of Convenience are a music duo formed in Bergen, Norway, playing a style that features acoustic instrumental playing and their two voices. The band consists of Erlend \u00d8ye and Eirik Glambek B\u00f8e. They met as children at a geography competition. They are known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricately subtle guitar melodies.After first earning notice thanks to a series of acclaimed European festival appearances during the summer of 1999, the twosome signed to American label Kindercore to issue their lovely eponymous debut the following spring. Quiet Is the New Loud was issued in early 2001 on Astralwerks. The album used many of the same tracks from the Kindercore release but re-ordered them and replaced a few with newer songs. The remix album Versus followed later in the year and featured remixes by artists as diverse as Ladytron, avid Whitaker and Four Tet. After a three year layoff during which \u00d8ye recorded a solo album, 2003's Unrest, and gained some reknown as an electronica DJ while B\u00f8e worked on finishing up his psychology degree, the pair teamed up again for the recording and release of 2004's Riot on an Empty Street. After a 5 year layoff, the band released Declaration Of Dependence on October 20, 2009 on Astralwerks in the US and Virgin Records in the UK.Erlend \u00d8ye has released some solo material and is also a member of The Whitest Boy Alive.Eirik Glambek B\u00f8e is also a member of a second band, Kommode. The Whitest Boy Alive and Kommode toured together this year for a short period.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10847_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Lykke Li

Lykke Li (born Li Lykke Timotej Svensson Zachrisson on 18 March 1986 in Ystad, Sweden) is a Swedish singer-songwriter. H...

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{"key":"692","name":"Lykke Li","bio":"Lykke Li (born Li Lykke Timotej Svensson Zachrisson on 18 March 1986 in Ystad, Sweden) is a Swedish singer-songwriter. Her music often blends elements of pop, indie rock and electronic; various instruments can also be found in her songs, including violins, synthesizers, tambourines, trumpets, saxophones and cellos. Li possesses the vocal range of a soprano.Li was raised by artistic parents (her mother was a photographer, her father is a musician). As a toddler the family moved to Stockholm. Later she lived in Portugal for five years and spent winters in Nepal and India. At one point, she worked as a dancer on Swedish TV.Li had her first success with the EP \"Little Bit\" in 2007. She later released her debut album, Youth Novels, on LL Recordings in the Nordic region on 30 January 2008, prior to a wider European release in June of the same year. The album was produced by Bj\u00f6rn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Lasse M\u00e5rt\u00e9n. It was released in the United States on 19 August 2008.On 1 March 2011, she released her sophomore effort Wounded Rhymes on her own label LL Recordings.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/692_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Passion Pit

Passion Pit is an electronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, formed in 2007. The band consists of Mic...

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{"key":"8409","name":"Passion Pit","bio":"Passion Pit is an electronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, formed in 2007. The band consists of Michael Angelakos (lead vocals, keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards, guitar), Xander Singh (synthesizer, samples), Jeff Apruzzese (bass, synth bass), and Nate Donmoyer (drums). All of the band members attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, with the exception of Angelakos, who attended Emerson College.\"Passion Pit\" was a vocabulary word used in a class Michael took in school. The band called their name from the Variety Slanguage Dictionary, a glossary of Variety's frequently-used slang, which was provided by the Hollywood Insider publication to help not-so-savvy readers decipher its content. The magazine used the term to refer to drive-in theatres, because of their privacy and romantic allure for teenagers.The first Passion Pit songs, which would later become the Chunk of Change EP, were written by Angelakos at Emerson College as a belated Valentine's Day gift to his then-girlfriend. At first, he wrote and performed all his material alone using a laptop. These sets of songs were passed around Emerson and caught the attention of many blogs.Michael played his first shows alone sitting with his laptop and a microphone. After one of these solo shows in the Boston area, Ian Hultquist, who was attending Berklee at the time, approached Angelakos and expressed interest in creating and playing music collaboratively. After a few line-up changes, Passion Pit was born. They formed a group that consisted of Angelakos, Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Thom Plasse (bass), and Adam Lavinsky (drums). The band spent a considerable amount of time trying to flesh out a collaborative format and structure that would work best for them. Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer joined the band shortly after they signed to Frenchkiss in 2008, replacing Plasse and Lavinsky, respectively. In 2012, Adhamy was replaced by Xander Singh.The band's debut EP, \"Chunk of Change\", was released on September 16, 2008. The first four tracks were those that Angelakos had written as a gift for his girlfriend, which had already become popular throughout Emerson where he had been passing out his own, self-produced copies. Two tracks, \"Better Things\" and \"Sleepyhead\", were added for the commercial release of the EP. The same year of their debut EP's release, the band was chosen as \"Best New Local Act in 2008\" in the WFNX\/Boston Phoenix best music poll.The first and only single to be released from the EP, \"Sleepyhead\", received a good deal of exposure through its use in numerous media campaigns and advertisements, while the video for the song, directed by The Wilderness, was included on Pitchfork's Top 40 Music Videos of 2008 list. The song contains samples of \"\u00d3r\u00f3 Mo Bh\u00e1id\u00edn\" by Irish singer and harpist Mary O'Hara.Other songs from the EP received some exposure as well. \"Cuddle Fuddle\" was featured in E4's second series of The Inbetweeners and \"I've Got Your Number\" was used in an advertisement for the cash card from O2, Money in the UK.The band's first full-length studio album, Manners, was released on May 18, 2009 in the UK and May 19, 2009 in the United States and Canada. In celebration, the band played their record release party on the 18th in New York City on a Rocks Off boat cruise. In a preview article, ClashMusic.com commented that the album \"has every chance to rank as one of the year's best\" and that \"it reveals additional nuances with each visit: a sure-fire sign of an album with true longevity\".In order to obtain a specific background vocal accompaniment the band was looking for on Manners, Passion Pit enlisted the help of the PS22 chorus, who recorded vocals in-studio for three of the album's songs: \"The Reeling\", \"Little Secrets\", and \"Let Your Love Grow Tall\".Passion Pit made their television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 performing their song \"The Reeling\" from the album.\"The Reeling\" was the first single to be released from the album and found success on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the fall of 2009, where it peaked at number 34 in October. \"Little Secrets\" was the third single to be released and had success on the chart as well, topping out at number 39. \"Let Your Love Grow Tall\" was never released as a single but had some exposure being used in the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of the TV series Ugly Betty.The album's second single, \"To Kingdom Come\", was used in the Rhapsody commercial for its iPhone application.\"Sleepyhead\" was the only track from Chunk of Change to be included on the album and was made available from iTunes for free as a discovery download in 2009. The song continued to receive additional exposure through its appearances in advertisements. It was used in a season 3 episode of the teen-drama, Skins, and most recently in the debut trailer for LittleBigPlanet 2, which led to the band's increased popularity amongst fans and players of the game, who eventually created an in-game instrumental version of the song to listen to in the first game. When the sequel was released, it came with the song's actual instrumental version used in the trailer. This song has also been used in an advertisement for the Palm Pixi and the Canadian PSP.The song \"Moth's Wings\" was used in the fourth episode of the third season of the CW teen drama Gossip Girl and in the closing credits of episode 36 of HBO's Big Love. It appeared in the FIFA 10 video game and was featured in the film Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Additionally, the track has been used as a background theme for Sky Sports' coverage of the UEFA Champions League and as the music for a dance routine in Episode 5, Season 8, of the US television show So You Think You Can Dance (United States), which received a standing ovation from the show's judges. It was also featured in MTV's show Awkward.On April 13, 2010, the band reissued Manners in a deluxe edition format which contained new artwork and three additional tracks: stripped-down versions of \"Sleepyhead\" and \"Moth's Wings\" and a cover of The Cranberries' song \"Dreams\". The deluxe release coincided with the extension of their North American headlining tour.The band released another cover in June 2010, this time offering up their take on The Smashing Pumpkins hit song \"Tonight, Tonight\" as part of a promotion with Levi's called \"Pioneer Sessions\".In September 2010, Passion Pit toured with the English band Muse as their opening act for eight shows during their fall tour through parts of the U.S.In an August 2010 interview with NME, Angelakos stated that work had already begun on the follow-up to Manners and that the band intended to release the album in the spring of 2011. He then said that it will be released early in 2012.On April 24, 2012, Angelakos announced the title of the album, Gossamer, and that it would be released on July 24, 2012.On May 7, the first track from Gossamer was released, called \"Take a Walk\".On June 12, the second track from Gossamer was released, called \"I'll Be Alright\". The track leaked early on June 11th and was released as an NME premiere on June 8.On July 9, a third track from Gossamer, called \"Constant Conversations\", was reviewed and featured as \"best new track\" by Pitchfork. It was released with the review as streamed content.Passion Pit officially released their second album, Gossamer, on July 20, 2012 to critical acclaim.On July 16th, Angelakos posted on the Passion Pit website that the band has cancelled the remaining July tour dates and suspended the tour in order for Angelakos to seek ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder. A Rolling Stones interview stated that Angelakos was diagnosed at 17, undergoing therapy, hospital care, and medication ever since.On October 13, they performed on Saturday Night Live. They played \"Take a Walk\" and \"Carried Away\".On September 24, Passion Pit released the Constant Conversations EP, exclusively available on Spotify. The EP featured an alternative version of Constant Conversations from their 2012 album Gossamer, in addition to a formerly unreleased b-side called Ruin Your Day. The final track on the EP was a remix of Carried Away by Dillon Francis.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/8409_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}

Spoon

Spoon is an American indie rock band from Austin, Texas. The band was formed in late 1993 by lead singer/guitarist Britt...

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{"key":"13831","name":"Spoon","bio":"Spoon is an American indie rock band from Austin, Texas. The band was formed in late 1993 by lead singer\/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno. Current members also include: Eric Harvey (keyboard, guitar, percussion, backing vocals) and Rob Pope (bass, backing vocals - replaced Joshua Zarbo in 2007).After releasing their debut LP Telephono on Matador Records, the band signed with Elektra in 1998, but the contract was dropped soon after the band released A Series of Sneaks. In response the band released a two-song single titled The Agony of Laffitte (referring to Elektra A&R man Ron Laffitte). Eventually they signed to Merge Records.Spoon has been met with widespread critical acclaim. Girls Can Tell, released in 2001, sold more copies than both their previous releases combined. Kill the Moonlight accomplished the same feat a year later. Gimme Fiction was released on May 10, 2005 and continued the trend of increasing popularity for the band.Britt Daniel wrote much of the soundtrack to the 2006 film Stranger Than Fiction. Four tracks by Spoon are also featured.The band released their sixth studio album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on July 10, 2007; those who purchased the first pressing also received a bonus disc titled Get Nice!.Transference is their seventh studio album. It was released on January 18, 2010 in Europe, and on January 19 in North America, to moderately positive reviews.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/13831_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"200,000 - 350,000"}

Lorde

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name "Lorde" (pronounced (/ˈlɔrd/) (IPA) o...

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{"key":"727","name":"Lorde","bio":"Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name \"Lorde\" (pronounced (\/\u02c8l\u0254rd\/) (IPA) or \"lord\" in standard English), is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy Awards winner. She released her first EP, The Love Club EP, in March 2013 and her first single, \"Royals\", in June 2013. Her d\u00e9but album, Pure Heroine, was released on September 27, 2013.She was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Her father, an Irish-New Zealander, is a civil engineer, and her mother, Sonja Yelich, a Croatian-New Zealander, is a prize-winning poet. She was raised in Devonport, a suburb of Auckland.At the age of 12, she was spotted by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan when he saw her singing in a video of a talent show at her school, Belmont Intermediate. Later, when Yelich-O'Connor was 13, Maclachlan signed her to Universal Music and, at the age of 14, she began working with their songwriters in 2012.Officially released digitally in March 2013 and on CD in May 2013, The Love Club EP features five songs, including the number one hit \"Royals\". On May 27 2013, \"Royals\" was covered on national television on the New Zealand version of The X Factor by all-girl group Gap 5, mentored by Melanie Blatt of the All Saints. \"Royals\" d\u00e9buted as a single at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on 15 March 2013 and remained in the top position for three weeks. In the U.S. it peaked at number 1 on the Hot 100 and number 1 on both the Alternative charts (making Lorde the first female artist since Tracy Bonham to reach the top) and number 1 on the Rock charts, making her the first female artist to top the charts as a lead singer.On 8 May 2013, The Love Club EP d\u00e9buted in the number 2 position on the album chart. In August 2013, Lorde became the first woman to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in the United States since Tracy Bonham in 1996. Following the release of \"Royals\" in the United States in June 2013, 85,000 copies were sold during a single week in July. In a subsequent interview, Lorde stated, \"I had a sneaking suspicion that it might do all right\". In November 2013, her song \"Everybody Wants to Rule the World\" was included on the soundtrack of \"the movie \"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire\" along with tracks from Coldplay, Sia, The Weeknd, Christina Aguilera, Of Monsters and Men, and Imagine Dragons among others.The \"Tennis Court\" single was released in New Zealand on 8 June 2013. The \"Tennis Court EP\" was released digitally in the UK on 7 June (due to the timezone difference) and physically on 22 June. It was played during the BBC Sport coverage of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships \u2013 Women's Singles final. On 14 June 2013, Yelich-O'Connor's second single \"Tennis Court\" d\u00e9buted at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 singles chart. In the same week, she also became the first New Zealand artist to simultaneously have four songs in the top 20 tracks of the New Zealand Top 40. Previously, Titanium held this record with three songs. 2014 - Major Awards continue Lorde's success continued in 2014, picking up major awards at:- the 56th Grammy Awards - \"Song of The Year\" for \"Royals\" and also \"Best Pop Vocal Performance\" (Los Angeles, January 2014). - the BRIT Awards - International Female Solo Artist (London, February 2014).- the inaugural iHeartRadio Awards - Best New Artist (Los Angeles, May 2014).","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/727_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995 in Johannesburg, South Africa), better known as Troye Sivan, is an Australian actor...

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{"key":"66350","name":"Troye Sivan","bio":"Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995 in Johannesburg, South Africa), better known as Troye Sivan, is an Australian actor, YouTuber and singer-songwriter. His YouTube channel has over 200 million views and more than 3.6 million subscribers. He is the third most subscribed Australian YouTube channel. In July of 2014 he released his first single titled \u201cHappy Little Pill\u201d from the TRXYE EP that was released on August 15th, 2014.As an actor, he played young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and most recently has starred in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan also regularly makes YouTube videos, and has over 4 million subscribers and over 250 million total views. On the day of his 18th birthday, the June 5, 2013, Troye signs a record deal with Universal Music, and releases his new EP, entitled TRXYE, through EMI Music Australia in August 2014. In October 2015, during his first world tour, he announces his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, released on December 4, 2015.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/66350_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo is an American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted o...

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{"key":"13838","name":"Yo La Tengo","bio":"Yo La Tengo is an American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals).Despite achieving limited mainstream success, Yo La Tengo has been called \"the quintessential critics' band\" and maintain a strong cult following. Additionally, the band is renowned for its encyclopedic repertoire of cover songs both in live performance and on record.Formation and Early History: 1984\u20131985Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, a husband\/wife duo, formed the band in 1984. They chose the name \"Yo La Tengo\" (Spanish for \"I've got it!\") in an effort to avoid any connotations in English. The name came from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chac\u00f3n found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, \"I got it! I got it!\" only to run into Chac\u00f3n, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, \"\u00a1Yo la tengo! \u00a1Yo la tengo!\" instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chac\u00f3n backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words \"\u00a1Yo la tengo! as a way to avoid outfield collisions. After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, \"What the heck is a Yellow Tango?\".They placed an advertisement to recruit other musicians who shared their love for bands such as The Soft Boys, Mission of Burma, and Arthur Lee's Love. The group's debut recording was a 7\" single entitled \"The River of Water\" backed with a cover of Arthur Lee's \"A House Is Not a Motel\" released in late 1985 with Dave Schramm on lead guitar and Dave Rick on bass. After recording \"Private Doberman\" for inclusion on a Coyote Records compilation entitled Luxury Condos Coming to Your Neighborhood, Rick left the band and was replaced by Mike Lewis, the founding bass player of Boston garage-punk bands DMZ and Lyres, who was also a member of Brooklyn garage rock band The A-Bones throughout his tenure.Early Releases: 1986\u20131989In 1986, Yo La Tengo released their first LP, Ride the Tiger on Coyote Records. Produced by former Mission of Burma bassist Clint Conley who also took over bass duties on three songs, the album \"marked Yo La Tengo as a band with real potential\" according to reviewer Mark Deming. Kaplan was credited as \"naive guitar\" on the sleeve, and in the liner notes for the 1993 reissue of the album on City Slang Records, went so far as to say \"Dave's guitar playing is inarguably the best thing about the record.\"Schramm and Lewis left the band after the album's release, with Kaplan subsequently taking on the role of lead guitar and Stephan Wichnewski joining to play bass. The group's next album New Wave Hot Dogs (1987) sold poorly, but in the words of Mark Deming, \"was a quantum leap over the sound of their debut.\"The release of President Yo La Tengo in 1989 did much to establish the band's reputation among rock critics including Robert Christgau who praised the \"mysterioso guitar hook\" in the first song. Produced by Gene Holder of The dB's, the album was the band's last release on Coyote. Despite the positive reception of the album, sales were still poor and Wichnewski left the band not long after. Hubley and Kaplan carried on as a duo and began playing two-electric-guitar shows. Kaplan, though typically a pragmatist, started carrying a bug trapped in amber in his pocket for luck.Bar\/None and Alias Records: 1990\u20131992Yo La Tengo reunited with Dave Schramm in 1990 to record Fakebook, an album of mostly acoustic tunes, including covers of Cat Stevens, Gene Clark, The Kinks, Daniel Johnston, among others, with five original songs by the band themselves. Again produced by Gene Holder, the album's folk sound was a change of pace for the band. Years later, Kaplan recalled that the album was \"just me and Georgia looking for an excuse to record with Dave Schramm and Al Greller\" who played guitar and double bass on the album, respectively.In 1991, with Dave Schramm in tow, Yo La Tengo collaborated with Daniel Johnston on the song \"Speeding Motorcycle\" which was released as a single. The band also released a 7\" single on Bar\/None Records with the song \"Walking Away from You\" backed with a cover of Beat Happening's \"Cast a Shadow.\" Gene Holder produced the single and played the bass. The That Is Yo La Tengo EP released later that year included some tracks that would end up on the group's next LP.After the release of That Is Yo La Tengo, James McNew began playing bass with the band, forming the trio that continues to make up the band today. According to McNew,\u201cI originally signed on as a fill-in for a short US tour, and a 4-week summer tour of Europe with Eleventh Dream Day. One night after a show in Munster, I was to look after our box of merchandise while Ira and Georgia went gallovanting through the town, meeting their policemen. Needless to say, during our soundcheck in Hamburg the next day, it suddenly dawned on me that I had left the box filled with copies of this EP back at the club in Munster. Oh man, was I in trouble\u2026 Sure\u2026 blame it on the rookie.\u201dThe band recorded May I Sing with Me in Boston with Holder producing and Lou Giordano engineering. The album was released on Alias Records in 1992. Two of the album's eleven songs (\"Swing for Life\" and \"Five-Cornered Drone\") were carried over from the That Is Yo La Tengo EP and feature Holder on bass. The Upside-Down EP was released on CD in support of the album, rounding out the band's releases on Alias.Early Matador period: 1993\u20132000In 1993, Yo La Tengo began their partnership with Matador Records, releasing a 7\" and CD5 of the song \"Shaker\" which the band recorded with John Siket in New Jersey. The following LP, 1993's Painful was also the beginning of the band's fruitful creative partnership with producer Roger Moutenot, who has produced all of their subsequent albums. Painful is the first Yo La Tengo to feature James McNew on every song; Rob Sheffield, writing for Rolling Stone remarked that McNew \"became an essential part of the sound on Painful, the 1993 album that kept every promise Yo La Tengo ever made and blew their previous highlights away.\" Critical reaction was quite positive, with reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine calling it \"a subtly addicting album.\" Robert Christgau also praised the group once again, writing in his review that Yo La Tengo is \"always friendly. This is not the forbidding experimentation of an aspiring vanguard. This is the fooling around of folks who like to go out on Saturday night and make some noise\u2013and then go home humming it.\" The band released Electr-O-Pura in 1995 to similar acclaim. For the first time, all songs were credited to the band as a whole rather than individual members; this became the norm for all future releases.The band's 1997 LP I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One synthesized the group's eclectic combination of folk, punk rock, shoegazing, long instrumental noise-jams, and electronic music into a sprawling, multi-faceted style. Critical reaction was extremely positive; Pitchfork Media awarded the album a 9.7 out of 10 and reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that it was \"arguably Yo La Tengo's finest and most coherent album to date.\" Kaplan recalled a turning point in the band's musical progression:\u201cI think after Electr\u2013O-Pura we\u2019ve had a direction of trying not to worry too hard about what the next album is going to sound like. Everything we\u2019ve ever played on we just do whatever seems right at the moment, we just write a bunch of songs, and then go one baby step at the time and just do what seems right.\u201dWith their critical reputation higher than ever before, the band toured extensively and their fan base continued to grow. In 1998, they collaborated with Jad Fair and released the album Strange But True to mixed reviews. The band entered the studio again in late 1999 to record their ninth LP. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out was released in February 2000 to a warm reception.Continued Acclaim and Soundtrack Work: 2001\u2013PresentIn 2001, Yo La Tengo recorded an instrumental score for eight short undersea documentaries by Jean Painlev\u00e9, entitled The Sounds of the Sounds of Science. The program debuted at the San Francisco Film Festival and has been performed live approximately twelve times. The band also released an EP with covers of Sun Ra's \"Nuclear War\" in late 2002.The band's tenth LP, Summer Sun, was released in 2003. Although the album received generally favorable reviews, some critics found the album's quiet atmosphere \"underwhelming.\" Others criticized the band for a perceived lack of invention. When asked about the album's quiet nature, Kaplan stated,\u201cWe made a decision at the last second just to leave the loud songs off. We were looking at the material we recorded and just trying to put out the best record that we could. At a certain point, we just thought it seemed right to put out the quiet ones. I've been aware that there's been some surprise about that and people saying it's even quieter than the last record, which has sort of taken me by surprise.\"Yo La Tengo collaborated with Yoko Ono on the 2003 charity album Wig in a Box: Songs from and Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch in support of the Harvey Milk High School. The band put together their first \"best of\" compilation entitled Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985\u20132003 which was released in 2005. They composed scores for four more films: 2005's Junebug and Game 6, and 2006's Shortbus and Old Joy. Their scores for these four films were collected on the 2008 compilation They Shoot, We Score.Their eleventh LP, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, was released in 2006 to universal acclaim. Informed by their soundtrack work, the arrangements included more strings and horns than any of the band's previous albums. Kaplan told an interviewer: \"I think we gained an element of comfort with using that kind of instrumentation, and it became something we could draw on for our other songs.\" In addition, the album was book-ended with two guitar jams lasting over ten minutes each.In 2006, the band released Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, a compilation of their live impromptu cover-song performances on the New Jersey freeform radio station, WFMU. As part of the station's annual fundraising marathon, listeners who call in to pledge money to the station may request a favorite which the band will then perform on the spot. In late 2007, the band began performing acoustically for \"The Freewheelin' Yo La Tengo\" tour. Audiences were encouraged to request songs and ask questions which, Kaplan stated, the band tried to answer \"in a strategic manner so that the answers to the questions will lead to the next song.\"In March 2008, Yo La Tengo performed under the alias \"Condo Fucks\" at Brooklyn's Magnetic Field. As Condo Fucks, the band released an album of cover songs, Fuckbook, on Matador in March, 2009. On June 4, Matador announced a new Yo La Tengo album called Popular Songs. Yo La Tengo is also contributing to a tribute album for New Zealand rock and roll musician Chris Knox who suffered a stroke in June 2009. All proceeds from the album will go towards Knox's recovery.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/13838_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields is a New York-based group fronted by Stephin Merritt. Recent albums released under the name "The Mag...

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{"key":"713","name":"The Magnetic Fields","bio":"The Magnetic Fields is a New York-based group fronted by Stephin Merritt. Recent albums released under the name \"The Magnetic Fields\" usually consist of synth-pop music in a 1980s style underlying clever lyrics which are often heavily ironic. While synth-pop often forms the foundation of their music, The Magnetic Fields' music borrows from many other styles, notably country, folk and indie pop.The band was originally formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990 by friends Merritt and (percussionist\/pianist\/vocalist) Claudia Gonson. While 1991's Distant Plastic Trees and 1992's The Wayward Bus (now most easily available together as a compilation, The Wayward Bus \/ Distant Plastic Trees) are sung by Susan Anway, all subsequent albums are principally sung by Merritt himself.Longtime members include: Gonson, (cellist) Sam Davol, and (banjo player\/guitarist) John Woo. Contributors include (but are not limited to) the singers Susan Anway, Dudley Klute, Shirley Simms, and LD Beghtol, and the accordionist\/writer Daniel Handler (famous for writing the childrens' books A Series of Unfortunate Events under the alias Lemony Snicket).Their most popular and best-selling album to date is 69 Love Songs issued on Merge Records as a triple album filled with many fairly short songs that are reminiscent of early Beatles productions.The album is notable for its employment of many unorthodox musical arrangements and downright impressive quantity of material presented. Instruments used on this album include the ukulele, banjo, accordion, cello, mandolin, piano, flute, xylophone guitars, various percussion instruments, and a standard setup of synths and effects. It features several guest vocalists on several different tracks. The album is a three CD set, released in the US as three separate albums (also available as a boxed set) and in the UK as a triple album.The album i (2004, Nonesuch Records) continues Merritt's fixation on the concept album, with each of the 14 songs beginning with the letter (and often the pronoun) \"I\".The most recent album, entitled Distortion, was released through Nonesuch on the 15th January 2008 and introduced noise pop to the array of styles utilized in their music. The album's release was followed by a sold-out U.S. tour starting in February.Stephin Merritt is involved in several other musical projects: The 6ths (featuring different guest performers on every track), The Gothic Archies (songs dealing humorously with dark themes) and Future Bible Heroes (with music written by Chris Ewen)http:\/\/www.houseoftomorrow.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/713_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Kate Nash

Kate Nash (born 6 July 1987) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist from Harrow, North London, United Kingdom, ...

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{"key":"679","name":"Kate Nash","bio":"Kate Nash (born 6 July 1987) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist from Harrow, North London, United Kingdom, best known for the UK #2 hit \"Foundations\".Growing up in Harrow, London, Nash first became interested in music during her childhood when she learned to play the piano. She attended St. John Fisher school and moved on to the St. Joan of Arc School in Rickmansworth. Her talents were harnessed further when she wrote songs for her GCSE in Music and her time studying at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon, South London. However, her first love was acting and so in 2005 she made moves to start a career in acting by auditioning at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was rejected. After her rejection she fell down a flight of stairs, breaking her foot. During her recovery Nash was unable to go anywhere and found solace in song writing. She began to write some new songs, finished old ones and decided that she would book herself a gig at a local bar to showcase her songs. From this experience she decided to start a career in music.Nash's early live performances saw her play a number of cover versions. After a few gigs, Nash uploaded her music to the popular website MySpace. Her music soon began to receive support from users of the site and Nash found herself a manager, proceeding to look for producers.Fellow MySpace star Lily Allen has stated that she believes Nash is the \"next big thing\", and she has also garnered support from publications such as Vogue and NME, the latter dubbing her as \"chavtronica\". Nash has been compared to Lily Allen, because of their storytelling lyrics, the dry sense of humour that fuels their songs as well as distinctive London accents. Some people have commented that Nash sounds like Catherine Tate when she sings. Others have compared some of her songs to music by Regina Spektor.Nash has stated that her biggest influence has been Regina Spektor and has an extensive list of influences on her myspace page. Some of her influences include, \"London, punk, Bored Teenagers and John Cooper Clarke\".Nash's d\u00e9but release was a double-A side single released through independent record label Moshi Moshi in February 2007. The release was limited to 1000 copies and was available on only 7\" vinyl. The first A-side, \"Caroline's a Victim\", is a synth-fuelled song about Nash's friend Caroline. A video for the song was released and received notable airplay on MTV2. The video, directed by Kinga Burza, featured Nash playing a variety of instruments at the same time that \"Caroline\" sits in her room \"playing killer beats\", taking photographs, trying on different outfits and sitting at her computer checking a social networking website.The second A-side to the single was \"Birds\", an acoustic number that tells the story of a boy's inept attempts to try and explain to his girlfriend how he feels about her, all the while the girl remains despondent about the situation.During the promotion for \"Caroline's a Victim\"\/\"Birds\", Nash supported Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly on his national tour before embarking on her own headlining tour, which took her around the UK.In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records. A month later, Nash was mocked through a parody of her song, \"Caroline's a Victim\" entitled \"LDN Is A Victim\". The song mocked Nash and Lily Allen, amongst others, for singing in a Cockney-drawl, despite their privileged backgrounds.Nash's second single and first through Fiction Records, \"Foundations\", which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth, was released on June 25, 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart.Following \"Foundations\", Fiction announced plans to bring forward the release of Nash's debut album to August 6, 2007. The album, Made of Bricks, produced by Paul Epworth, included many of the tracks she had been performing on her two nationwide tours. The album was leaked to filesharing networks days before its commercial release, and has received mixed reviews, The Independent describing it as being in \"pole position for worst album of the year.\" The album reached number 1 in the UK charts.During mid-2007, Nash performed at numerous festivals including Wireless Festival, Bestival, the Electric Gardens, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, Oxegen and T in the Park. She made her official TV performance debut on Later with Jools Holland.Nash features on rapper Kano's album London Town, in a song titled \"Me & My Microphone\". She is also featured in the song \"Look What You've Done\" from Lethal Bizzle's latest album, Back To Bizznizz.Regarding the recording of a new album, Nash told NME that she had been inspired by The Supremes and has written a song called \"Cat Song\" in their honour. She is also set to release a duet single with Billy Bragg, a cover of The Shangri-Las \"Give Storey A Great Big Kiss\".On 20 February 2008 she received a BRIT award for Best Female artist.In April 2010 she released her sophomore album in 'My Best Friend Is You\". With the singles \"Do-Wah-Doo\" and \"Kiss that Grrrl\" following close behind.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/679_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

A Great Big World

A Great Big World is the new incarnation of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino.Axel’s known for the 2011 viral hit “This Is...

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{"key":"66267","name":"A Great Big World","bio":"A Great Big World is the new incarnation of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino.Axel\u2019s known for the 2011 viral hit \u201cThis Is the New Year,\u201d which solidified him as an indie pop presence with staggering YouTube views and numerous syncs on film and television. Teaming up with longtime collaborator Chad, he\u2019s expanding his horizons immensely into A Great Big World.The seeds for the partnership were planted early, even before Ian\u2019s solo career took off. While both studying music at NYU, Ian tracked Chad down in the school\u2019s practice rooms.Chad smiles, \u201cI kept blowing him off, and then I heard him singing nervously at the piano. I was like, \u2018your voice is amazing. Let\u2019s work on these songs. Let\u2019s be friends.\u2019\u201dIan laughs, \u201cI kind of forced my friendship on him. I stalked him and made him listen to my songs. He told me I needed to be singing. This realization changed my life. Our relationship is super special. I feel like we\u2019ve known each other forever.\u201dIan was the artist, and Chad shared writing duties and became his manager. Playing around New York, Ian eventually stepped into the spotlight and released an independent solo album entitled This Is the New Year in 2010.The title track featured a vocal cameo from Chad. The song\u2019s low budget music video shot at a Brooklyn party garnered over 1.5 million views and stirred an overwhelming viral buzz. Given the track\u2019s success, tinyOGRE Entertainment signed Ian, remixing and re-releasing the record through Sony. \u201cWe finally got to quit our day jobs and do this,\u201d Chad goes on. \u201cIt was surreal how quickly everything moved forward from that point.\u201dAs they hit the road, \u201cThis Is the New Year\u201d continued to gain steam. MTV utilized it as the theme song for their hit documentary series I Used to Be Fat and then it played over the title credits of Garry Marshall\u2019s New Year\u2019s Eve. Their music became a favorite of music supervisors. One Tree Hill, Amazing Race, ESPN, and Good Morning America all incorporated their songs, and Rachael Ray invited them to perform on her nationally syndicated talk show.They completed their first national tours and opened shows for Ingrid Michaelson, Five For Fighting, and Glee star Matthew Morrison. Their live performances feature a warm, engaging interplay reminiscent of the intimacy and energy of artists like Elton John, Regina Spektor, and Simon and Garfunkel.In late 2011, tinyOGRE Entertainment informed all of their artists that they were shutting down. \u201cIt was bittersweet,\u201d admits Ian. \u201cOn the one hand, we lost our whole team. On the other, my relationship with Chad was as strong as it ever was. We were re-capturing the creative spark we had in college. Our music wasn\u2019t just about \u2018Ian Axel.\u2019 We had always been in this together.\u201dThat\u2019s when A Great Big World was officially born. Making positive, piano-driven pop bursting with harmonies and woven together with a fun theatrical twist, the duo crafted a six-song EP funded entirely on Kickstarter by fans. \u201cIt\u2019s optimistic pop music,\u201d Chad says. \u201cThere are fewer songs about heartbreak and more about the big picture. But even the most painful of our songs are hopeful.\u201dThey\u2019ve certainly chased their dreams and they\u2019re going to continue to do so. But there is something even greater at play. \u201cWriting is our therapy,\u201d Ian concludes. \u201cAnd when we can connect with people through our music, it\u2019s transformational. We\u2019re not alone. Our songs are your songs. And that\u2019s what it\u2019s all about.\u201dwww.agreatbigworld.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/66267_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}
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