FRENSHIP

There’s a strong contrarian streak in FRENSHIP, the Los Angeles-based duo of James Sunderland and Brett Hite. James grew up in Colorado and came from a family of opera singers, and while he didn’t inherit that opera gene, he did sing in choirs and played the drums as a kid. James moved to L.A. after 4 years of college in Pennsylvania studying a crash-course in production, where he was part of a “soul-sucking” DJ duo. A fateful DJ ship cruise was the final turning point for him, though he still knew he wanted to do music, just with some emotion to it, some soul. Brett grew up in Spokane, Washington with a talent for soccer and as a hobby played the drums and guitar. A music career was the furthest thing from his mind. It would eventually take an injury for Brett to discover his burgeoning interest in music and the gnawing realization that he was beginning to burn out on the sport.

Brett began to play coffee shops and small venues after college as a singer/songwriter. Fast-forward a few years to when James and Brett met while working in retail in Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before the friends tired from partying after work hours and decided to get serious about creating music together. Both acknowledge the creative process began slowly, but they soon came to realize each brought something to the table that the other could appreciate. The duo describes their hypnotic production as a combination of the twosome’s affection for 80s-styled pop. FRENSHIP’s natural progression in creating their viral hit “Capsize” (which has been streamed more than 55 million times on Spotify to date) along with previously released songs captures the band’s signature sound. “Our music in general is really a hybrid of the organic with the electronic,” says James. “Over time, we’ve come to trust our mutual instincts more and more.” FRENSHIP will release an EP this fall via Columbia Records.

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Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, producer and CoverGirl spokesperson known for her unique style and groundbreaking sound. Immersed in the performing arts at a young age, Monáe founded her record label the Wondaland Arts Society releasing the EP “Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase).” In 2010, Monáe released the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed “ArchAndroid,” which reached No. 17 on the Billboard Charts and earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for the hit single “Tightrope.” Monáe performed at that year’s awards alongside Bruno Mars and B.O.B. 2013 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album “The Electric Lady” featuring Prince and Miguel, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The album’s first single “Q.U.E.E.N.” garnered rave reviews and the accompanying video received over 4 million YouTube views in its first week and a coveted MTV VMA Moonman. In February of 2015, Janelle launched her very own label, Wondaland Records. Additionally, Monáe was featured in the Super Bowl 50 Pepsi commercial titled, the “Joy of Dance,” wherein she pays homage to some of the greatest musical acts of past and present.  Additionally, Janelle took her talent to the silver screen, wherein she starred as a lead actor in the critically acclaimed drama, Hidden Figures and Best Picture winner, Moonlight. Her newest endeavor, “Dirty Computer” was released on April 27 to critical acclaim.
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AlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge (singer-songwriter Aluna Francis, producer George Reid), the London duo is currently working on new music set for release later this year. Aluna George first emerged back in 2012 with their breakthrough single “You Know You Like It,” and was later shortlisted for a 2013 BRIT Award and nominated for the Sound of 2013 Poll, in which they finished in second place. They released their debut album, Body Music in July of 2013. Newly signed to Island Records, Body Music was predominantly written and recorded in 2012 from a DIY bedroom studio, using a towel on the floor for soundproofing.

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BAYLI

Bayli is one of this generation’s most liberating and redefining voices in contemporary music. Since she was 16 years old, Bayli has gone from scribbling on pages to commanding stages and working alongside the likes of Justin Tranter, The Heavy, D.R.A.M., Daytrip, and Rick Rubin. Bayli’s forward-thinking approach to songwriting as well as her genre defying style, effervescent swagger, and undeniable charisma have garnered her the praise of The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Complex, and The FADER. 

With a voice that’s impossible to ignore and a penchant for substantive, inclusive and empowering songwriting, Bayli is everything we need and deserve from a 21st century artist. “I’m all about liberating fans and empowering my community by evoking a sense of togetherness. It’s that sense of inclusivity that inspires and allows me to express my emotions through my music in their most raw and genuine form.” – Bayli

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Bayli has never been one to hold back on expressing her views and emotions, unabashedly incorporating her perspectives and values into her music with confidence, charisma, and style. Blending fierce melodic hooks with a punk rock attitude and a hands on DIY approach, Bayli is not only a top tier songwriter, but an outstanding performer who has a rare and unique presence; a stand-out talent. From Rock to Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul, Bayli has always possessed a diverse musical pallet, which contributed to the early success of her band, The Skins who Rick Rubin signed to American/ Republic Records in 2016. After spending the subsequent two years cutting their teeth on the road with the likes of Albert Hammond Jr. and Jake Bugg, Bayli continued refining and honing her subversive and disruptive style into a singular, vision which is now represented in her work as a solo artist.

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Oak & Ash

Hailing from New York City, Oak & Ash formed in late 2014 and set out to change the landscape of the Pop/ Rock scene with a variety of soulfully written and performed original records. Their explosive anthems, soaring guitar solos, soulful vocals, and recognizable pop song structure, has been compared to a mix between Kings of Leon, Maroon 5, and Coldplay. In August of 2016 they were named the winner of Newsday’s Battle of the Bands contest and in early 2017 they were named the winner of Bon Jovi’s “Opening Act Contest.” Just over three years after its formation, the group has booked renowned venues such as The Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, The Paramount Theatre, Webster Hall, and most recently Madison Square Garden, opening for Bon Jovi.

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Kate Nauta

At the age of 15, Kate was scouted at the Oregon State fair by a local model agent and there began her career in modeling. After graduation she moved to New York to continue her career in modeling and to pursue her first love, music. Nauta has been featured in campaigns for Versace, L’Oreal, DKNY and Abercrombie and Fitch.

In 2005 her career branched off when she was hand picked by Luc Besson to star in Transporter 2 in which she also sang two original songs for the movies soundtrack. The same year Lenny Kravitz was visiting a mutual friend and heard her cover of Roberta Flacks “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. When the two finally met, Lenny was astounded that a voice with such force and depth was coming out of a 5’9 tall, thin Caucasian woman. After having a successful career in both film and fashion, Kate is currently focusing on her true passion and calling in life, to sing, write and produce music. She reunited with Lenny years after their initial meeting and started recording her album at his studio in the Bahamas. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her album with songs produced by Lenny Kravitz and other notable music producers. Her album, “Love, Loss and Recovery,” is set to release in 2018. 

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Jesse Harris’ Cosmo (Instrumental Project)

Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer, Jesse Harris has released over 14 solo albums and written and played guitar for artists like Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Solomon Burke, Madeleine Peyroux, Kandace Springs, and many others. His new project Cosmo features his diverse instrumental music, performed by a six piece group with two guitars, bass, drums, and brass. 

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SNAIL MAIL

Lindsey Jordan is on the brink of something huge, and she’s only just graduated high school. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout Lush, her debut album as Snail Mail, spinning with bold excitement and new beginnings at every turn.

“Is there any better feeling than coming clean?” sings the eighteen-year-old guitarist and songwriter halfway through the sprawling anthem that is “Pristine,” the album’s first single. You can’t help but agree with her. It’s a hook that immediately sticks in your head—and a question she seems to be grappling with throughout the record’s 10-songs of crystalline guitar pop.

Throughout Lush, Jordan’s clear and powerful voice, acute sense of pacing, and razor-sharp writing cut through the chaos and messiness of growing up: the passing trends, the awkward house parties, the sick-to-your-stomach crushes and the heart wrenching breakups. Jordan’s most masterful skill is in crafting tension, working with muted melodrama that builds and never quite breaks, stretching out over moody rockers and soft-burning hooks, making for visceral slow-releases that stick under the skin.

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Nancy Atlas (Every Wednesday)

Nancy Atlas is a rock star. And not just because Chad Smith, the rock star drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers said so (which he did). Not just because she’s inspired cult-like fervor in her fans (which she has). And not because she’s partied ‘til four, gotten up and taken care of business (that too). It’s a deeper, more nuanced package in the case of Nancy Atlas. Singer, songwriter, band-leader, wife, mother, homemaker, clam digger, beach plum picker, and surfer. A “local legend,” check.

 

Every Wednesday between May 30th, 2018 thru September 6th, 2018  except June 6th, 2018

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