Formed in the fall of 2017, The Dirty Low Down is a Progressive Garage act from Charlotte, NC featuring pop vocals, uptempo grooves, and a dynamic style reminiscent of grunge, post-hardcore, and alternative rock. With their alchemic passion and taste in music, it didn't take long for everyone to notice the chemistry. The vibe was there for something great, something real. While reflecting on the disappointments of previous projects and the potential success of a shared vision, The Dirty Low Down set out to do things right. Their singles for "Undercut" and "Leveled Up" can be found on all major streaming platforms and only hints at what is to come.
The Wormholes are an electro-alternative Rock trio formed in 2011, from Charlotte, North Carolina. The band consists of multi-instrumentalists and visual artists, Ben Verner, Chris Dameron, and Chris Walters. As self-proclaimed ""Ambassadors of Cosmic Propaganda"", The Wormholes' name speaks to their live show experience, which aims to transport minds to a more present realm, where the illusion of ego is shattered.
Blending spacey vocals, guitars, bass, and drums with synthesizers and sequencers, The Wormholes experimental vibe is a tasty blend of heavy, melodic, and mellow. Combined with their visual aesthetic of black-light reactive art, lasers/lights, and fog effects, the band is known for curating an experience that is truly unique.
Amigo is a rock and roll band. This might sound quaint or even a little passé but it's an entirely apt and appropriate description. Amigo is a guitar, a bass, a drum set and buckets full of songs and its members share a proud and unrepentant belief in rock & roll's divine promise and power to shake audience and band alike to their core.
The Charlotte-based quartet, comprised of guitarist Slade Baird, bassist Thomas Alverson, drummer Adam Phillips, and keyboardist Molly Poe has been putting rubber to road in senses both theoretical and literal since their inception in 2012, developing their keen sense of harmony and interplay, honing their songwriting chops and developing an absolutely white-hot live show which has become the main vehicle for their brand of rock and roll evangelism.
The intervening years have found the band churning out a handful of releases, most notably their 2014 debut long player Might Could, playing shows numbering in the several hundreds and driving their trusty van tens of thousands of miles as they regularly traipse around the southern United States and beyond, taking their unpretentious, straight-from-the-heart shaggy dog story to the people.
Cut in the summer of 2016 with famed producer/engineer Mitch Easter at his Fidelitorium in the decidedly anti-music biz hamlet of Kernersville, North Carolina, And Friends is an album that is at once raucous yet intimate, traditional but ambitious, and finds the band culling influences from 50's doo-wop to Hank Williams, John Prine to The Replacements, Tom Petty to Dinosaur Jr.
Building his songs from the foundation up, Baird adroitly lures the listener in, getting them moving with songs that would be at home in any honky tonk, dive bar or juke joint. But astride the plinking, pounding piano, hard-driving rhythm and swamp-scorched guitar solos sit the album's subjects, whose true depth is revealed and unraveled upon closer inspection via Baird's tightly packed lyrical prowess.
Farewell Albatross makes sultry rock n roll with a punk and 90's indie rock influence. Their stripped down sound and hybrid rhythms have inspired comparisons of "if Sleater Kinny and Pat Benatar had a baby with a side of Led Zeppelin love child." Lyrically they push the envelope of vulnerability and honesty, pulling no punches. They hope to create a fun, party atmosphere that celebrates the beautiful flaws of the human condition while offering inspiration for personal awakening and empowerment. Band members include Drea Atkins (lead vocalist/ lyricist and co-songwriter), Richard Jacob (guitarist and co-songwriter), Silas Grisewood (bassist and co-songwriter), and Jill Livick (drums and co-songwriter).
Lisa De Novo makes her debut with an eclectic acoustic EP -The Stars Align - released October 2016! Her music could be best described as "Bubblegum Blues - an eclectic blend of catchy pop music and soulful blues music." She has done several electronic dance music collaborations with DJ's all over the world. One of her songs called Weekend Produced by SMK has over 100,000 plays on Youtube. Lisa played over 170 acoustic shows this year at venues and breweries all over the Carolinas!
Formed in the spring of 2003 from a group of guys who love The Classics/Rhythm & Blues, The Extraordinaires have put together a unique blend of music that is sure to get people out of their seats and on the dance floor. From the powerful kickin' horns to the smooth lead vocals, The Extraordinaires have a "Pure Live" sound like no other that will keep you coming back. Based out of the Hickory/Charlotte area, they've played from Oklahoma to Washington to Jacksonville, Fl and all points in between. Private parties, Festivals, Corporate Events, they are pure entertainers that will keep the dance floor full.
Formed initially as a side project by frontman Todd Jordan in high school during 2015, Pink Pots expanded to be a full live band at the request of a friend who wanted Todd to play at her New Year's Eve party. After a few member rotations after the following year, the band finally solidified a lineup, featuring original member Phillip Calhoun on guitar, Magda Criswell on bass, and Cole Brooks on drums backing the emotional and introspective songs that Todd creates in his parents' house. Now three years older and fresh out of high school, the now-older but not toned down Pink Pots has made it their goal to be as real, but yet as fun as possible. With the release of their newest album, Adolescence Jacket, the band explores themes of feelings post-high school and being suddenly thrust into the misadventures of being an adult with adult responsibilities and adult interests.
On Late Bloomer's third full length album, Waiting, the band have truly come into their own with an achingly human record that explores the crushing uncertainty of adulthood through a mix of hook-driven guitar rock and punk urgency. The album centers on ever-changing perspectives, with all three members contributing to the writing process to utilize their personal narratives, as well as points-of-view completely outside their own.
While much of Waiting's core revolves around the anxiety and confusion of everyday life, sonically the album finds the Charlotte, NC-based band more confident and focused than ever. After honing their sound through their 2013 debut and 2014's lauded Things Change, the band teamed with producer/engineer Justin Pizzoferreto (Dinosaur Jr, Pixies, Speedy Ortiz) on Waiting. The result effortlessly blends each members' seemingly disparate influences into a dynamic sound that ranges from roaring to tender-often within the same track. The fuzzy familiarity of college rock effortlessly collides with the intensity of punk and hardcore, all serving to propel the band's biggest choruses to date.
Having formed the band in early 2016, LeAnna Eden & The Garden Of (LETGO) has been a whirlwind force through out the music scene in Charlotte, NC. According to the Full Cover Story written by Mark Kemp, Senior Editor of Creative Loafing, "Will 2017 be LeAnna Eden's Breakthrough Year?" only time will tell, but it has started on a level matched by no other artist in the Charlotte Market. Whether opening for major bands & musicians such as Emily King, Black Joe Lewis; or headlining Visulite Theatre; or organizing the FIRST Black Alternative Music Festival there has been no stopping LeAnna Eden in 2017.
Knowne Ghost is a 4 piece band from Cornelius, NC. Knowne Ghost incorporates simplicity with memorable melodic textures into their Indie sound. Band members incluse Cade Ratcliff (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Jake Youngblood (Lead Guitar), Jordan Daugherty (Bass) and Bobby Thomas (Drums).
"Anyone with ears would agree that the word ""real"" is thrown around in haphazard fashion nowadays; it seems like every rapper with a voice and a microphone is calling himself ""real"", trying to convince you of he's ""real"", begging you to believe that the stories he tells and the life he leads and the words he spits are all ""real"". Many make their case; some do it well. Fewer still, actually succeed. Standouts among these wordsmiths tend to share certain traits and characteristics: sharp wit; colorful wordplay; biting social commentary; sharp criticism of the establishment; and above all, a willingness to be honest and true to themselves, even when the truth is less than flattering. Carolina-based MC Lotta is one of these lauded few lyricists.
The youngest son of a single mother; Fayetteville, NC emcee Lotta was born a statistical anomaly. In a four-person household with a single-parent income, no father from which to learn the responsibilities of manhood, and no room for the costly mistakes that many more well-off youngsters engaged in, Lotta gained a unique perspective: that the weight of each and every person's world lands squarely on his own shoulders, and it is up to us as individuals to raise it high not only for ourselves, but for those we care for the most. Drawing inspiration from the unmitigated dedication and devotion shown to him by his own mother, Lotta forged his own strength of mind into a sharp point, and aimed it squarely at the wrongs he saw in his life and those close to him.
Beginning with crude recordings on a karaoke machine he received as a Christmas gift, then graduating to home studios, Lotta released his first CD project before completing high school. With a well-received product under his belt, he continued to grow as an artist, evolving from early braggadocio of his lyrical prowess to introspective questions and vividly painted audio-images of what he saw as he made his way through life in Fayetteville, NC; Atlanta, GA; and eventually Charlotte, NC. Lotta collaborated with many artists and producers along the way, always seeking to stand out and above any MC's he was categorized with. A style all his own became apparent: speak what you know, and know what you speak. Lotta's personal definition of ""REAL"" began to grip audiences tightly at every performance, and it was not long before a follow-up offering was being hotly anticipated.
With a large library of scattered gems culminating recently in his long-awaited mixtape project '2012', Lotta started quickly moving toward the forefront of Carolina's hottest artists. Spurred by the self-produced thought-provoking single 'Why Play The Game', the CD only further fueled the public desire for the impending release of his next project entitled 'Avatar', the excerpts of which are already illiciting great response at recent performances.
If his current ascension into the limelight is to be taken as any indication of where he's headed, you can expect to see Lotta transcend the regional star-status and break onto the national stage at any moment. Lotta's musical growth began to take on a life of it's own, and with his latest project 'Final Fantasy', the dedicated emcee began to develop a rapidly emerging new fan base. The project gained great notoriety with major blog sites, and also lead to many performances including SXSW."
Skinny Beaver & The Honeysuckle Playboyz is a collaboration of award winning singer/songwriters Gigi Dover, Eric Lovell, Chuck Johnson and Kevin Marshall. The sound is a mix of speakeasy, modern troubadour, and gypsy and world music. James Brock, percussionist and bass player, Chris Revels round out this stellar lineup.
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Gigi Dover and Eric Lovell are a driving force in the music scene. Their band, Gigi Dover & The Big Love has been quite successful in their journey of writing, recording, touring and performing to support their seven albums. Their style spans the musical landscape. Gigi's background as an artist injects a cool vibe throughout the range of her musical talents. Eric Lovell owns and operates The Blu Bubble Studio. His long list of credits including recordings by Kevin Marshall and Chuck Johnson put him among the upper echelon of Charlotte producers and recording artists.
Chuck Johnson & Charlyhorse blazed onto the Charlotte music scene in 2011 with a fury. The Charlyhorse band has amassed an incredible resume in a very short time, recording three records, touring throughout the U.S. and performing on many great stages. Chuck tells amazing stories and carries his audience through tragedies and adventures with his songs. His music connects art with life in a way like no other.
Kevin Marshall has been an integral part of the Charlotte, NC music scene for many years. His rock band, Kevin Marshall & The J-Walkers was formed in 2014. They have been actively touring and performing since the release of their record in October of 2015. Actively supporting the original music scene has been the inspiration and driving force that has kept him in the musical spotlight. A luthier by trade, he also owns and operates Smiling Moon Guitars, LLC., a stringed instrument repair and custom build shop. Skinny Beaver & the Honeysuckle Playboyz has given Kevin an outlet for expressing musical talents and influences that are beyond the scope of his other band.
The new band is looking forward to helping others through supporting great causes by collaborating, recording, touring and performing. With the melting and blending of the different musical styles and approach, there are no boundaries to the soundscape of Skinny Beaver & The Honeysuckle Playboyz.
"A consistency in disorder breathes into existence a quartet bound to the loud and impulsive. Gritty and jangled on some occasions, then mangled and diverting in others. The only thing planned is the outburst itself.
A hypnotic trance is created through guitars painted heavy and a rhythm section bound for movement, but beneath the distortions and muddled screams Junior Astronomers seek to achieve more than just reactions from onlookers; the band itself tries to document the human experience. ""Music needs to sound like human beings, like it's alive,"" frontman Terrence Richard declares. ""A lot of people want to make sad shit all the time--that's one part of life but it's not all life. There's fun, there's happiness, there's sadness.""
On stage the mess of humanity is embraced through a livid live show-devoid of controlled manipulation each night's set stumbles onto new devices. Passion bleeds over lofty construction making sure the songs themselves are the frame. The rest is unhinged and never over thought. ""If something is forced it feels like a job,"" the band echoes. North Carolina's own Junior Astronomers return with Body Language, the long-awaited follow up to their acclaimed 2013 album, Dead Nostalgia."
MILLENNIAL is a group of guys who, true to their Generation Y character, have begun to forge their path with confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat music that is created with the notion to "make a change." A diverse generation of singer/songwriters and musicians reigning from Charlotte, NC, Rodney Eldridge (lead vocals), Logan Fincher (lead guitarist) and Jon Hussey (drums) formed a mutual bond derived from their passion for creative musical expression. That passion led them to take the leap to pursue their dream and served as the inspiration behind the trio's newest project entitled DREAMERS.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, U-Phonik relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2001. Playing a mix of alternative rock covers and originals, U-Phonik has established itself as one of the regions best acts. U-Phonik's original music has been featured in movies and television shows as well as received regular air play on various radio stations in the US and Canada. They have consistently been chosen for regional compilation CDs. The band has performed at some of the areas top festivals as well as performing on the "Rock Boat" and at Austin TX's South by Southwest festival. U-Phonik currently performs more than 100 shows a year in the Southeast.
"Charlotte NC alt-rockers, Of Good Nature, have built a strong start to 2018 with quick attention to their newly released music along with a steady wave of tour dates. Their fusion-friendly approach and openness to explore a range of styles has lead to a highly accessible sound which has recently spread like wildfire across festivals, cruises, blogs, and radio stations. "Take Me Anywhere" has been featured on Sirius XM's The Pulse and is currently streamed on a handful of popular Spotify playlists including Reggae Summer Beach (43k subscribers). Three additional singles are set for release this Spring and Summer.
Fresh off their second appearance aboard Train's Sail Across The Sun Cruise, as well as the recent headline at Jacksonville Beach's Salt Life Festival, the band has also opened for top-tier headliners Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, George Clinton, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gym Class Heroes, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Blues Traveler, Common Kings, Steel Pulse, and many more. They've also received recognition for their past studio work, seeing their debut album, Just Add Water, won Indie-Ville's Reggae Album of the Year and sophomore album Life Worth Livin, debuted at #5 on iTunes Reggae Albums Charts.
One of the hardest working bands in the nation, the group's seemingly never-ending tour schedule continues with the announcement of the "Take Me Anywhere" tour, celebrating the success of their recording collaborations with Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Foster the People, The Movement) at White Star Sound in Charlottesville VA."
Emily Sage is a Charlotte-based Indie artist with strong leanings in jazz and soul. Her romantic and lullaby-like songwriting style is largely influenced by her time spent growing up in Portugal. Emily Sage loves collaboration and has been creating new content with different artists in Charlotte. One of her collaborations is an intimate concert series called the CLT Loft Sessions, which she started with her manager and business partner Sara Colée. Currently, she is also in the process of recording a full-length album with producer Dylan Byrnes in Nashville, TN.
Ryan Wentz, a Charlotte native and Tennis Elbow bandleader, initially played all the instruments (apart from Rhiannon Dewey's saxophone), but recruited Pinky Verde's Heather Jensen on drums & backing vocals and Team Player's Chandler Hicks on bass in 2018. Upon winning the UNCW Battle of the Bands and performing on the main stage of the Azalea Festival in 2019, the band went on a brief hiatus when Ryan and Heather moved to NYC to pursue music.
2020's politically-charged "The Drop EP", "The Fall EP", & "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" are the result of Ryan being forced to flee NYC because of the pandemic and move back to Charlotte, NC. The entire album was recorded in quarantine from March-May 2020 and all the features were texted or emailed. The album's name was inspired by Ai Weiwei's 1995 triptych in which he is photographed destroying a 2000-year old artifact.
The L.A. Maybe is a 5-piece rock n' roll band from Charlotte, North Carolina for fans of Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, and Chris Cornell. Drawing influence from both modern and classic rock, The L.A. Maybe puts on an electrifying live show. This band strives to stand for everything you love about rock music.