Ian Fisher grew up in a forgotten little American town stuck between the shoulder of Highway 61 and the banks of the Mississippi River. If you listen close enough, you'll hear the rhythm of those wore-out tires beating the concrete in his words as the shameless power of his voice, like the undertow of that muddy water, drowns you in his songs.
Hailing from Petaluma, CA Ian Lubar first picked up the guitar at age thirteen and was playing around Sonoma County by fifteen. He lead two popular Sonoma county high school rock bands but eventually transitioned his musical vision into a solo acoustic career. Ian brings a mix of strong vocals, passionate guitar playing, and intense rhythms to create a musical force that demands your attention.
"The Ian McFeron Band is rolling in from Seattle with roots-rock/folk-rock, a CD called Let It Ride and plans to run the tour bus on used french-fry oil. McFeron, like almost every singing songwriter with a bit of nasal twang, has been compared to Bob Dylan. He does sound a bit like a young Dylan and also writes excellent songs... folk and roots rock along with varied tempos, changing moods and, always, a steady groove." - San Antonio Express-News
"The Ian McFeron Band first came to public attention thanks to an AM radio station in their hometown of Seattle... which gave deserved airplay to the first single off their 2003 debut... knocking off such heavyweights as Modest Mouse and Ray LaMontagne on the station’s weekly new music competition... Let It Ride is the latest, and it lives up to the quality of the one that dominated local radio up in Seattle, bouncing from acoustic folk to alt-country to soulful ballads to even a few dance jams." - Ventura County Reporter
Bar-none... this is one of the most amazing acts you'll see this year. Ian has quite possibly one of the best voices in the industry right now. Trust us on this one... you will leave the show enlightened, exausted and in a state of awe. Ian Moore's set is what keeps music fans excited about live music! For fans of Jeff Buckley...
"A stellar songwriter blessed with an absolutely stunning voice" - The Stranger
"Moore croons one moment like Scott Walker and shrieks the next like Jeff Buckley against a neo-baroque backdrop of strings, trumpets, keyboards and Latin-flavored guitar." - No Depression
"Moore is a texturist, an artist who is never afraid to explore the more exotic colors on his musical palette." - Amplifier
"Moore's show is a layered, emotionally entrancing live set." - Pop Culture Press
"The burden of the contemporary singer/ songwriter is in formulating a sound that is completely unique. With (his latest) Luminaria, Ian Moore accomplishes just that...the record is filled with dark subtleties, recalling a time when the Beatles experimented with the moodier side of pop." - Billboard
"Ian Moore's sixth album - the first for the North Carolina indie Yep Roc...there's not a duff track on Luminaria, and the songs are so varied and interesting that this is Ian Moore's best album by some distance." 4 1/2 stars - All Music Guide
"Ice Palace's slower numbers have a literate dreaminess that recalls American Analogue Set or maybe the divine, departed Bedhead: textured, dense, yet articulate guitars; casual, almost conversational singing; and interesting rhythmic/tonal shifts...Definitely a band to watch." - The Village Voice
"Ice Palace... bipolar folk-rock hints at what Nirvana might have been if Kurt Cobain had had the chance to grow out of his angst and settle into his mid-thirties." - The Onion
"They learned their English from The Beatles and Queen. They love Thai pop. They won the International Band Competition on Ed McMahon's Star Search. They blend good old rock'n'roll with ethnic music from Russia, and they're influenced by Chuck Berry and Fidel Castro. They are the Red Elvises, and they're coming to kick ass and boogie all night." - Nada Mucho
"The feisty, three-fourths Russian act delivers high-octane rock 'n' roll spiced with klezmer and country & western, all the while making full use of the stage with clowning and choreography. Oh, and audience participation is mandatory." - The Weekly Planet
"How do you describe a show that features four fellows dressed in red playing Eastern European-tinged surf and rockabilly? It's that simple. .... garage/surf/rockabilly troika." - Chart Attack
"The guys are ready to fill the high-heeled shoes of the Monkees, with their manic energy and easily identifiable personalities." - The Arizona Republic
If you like Hayden, My Morning Jacket and The Red House Painters - you should check out ill lit.
"Like a perfect meeting of the old and new, Ill Lit's second full-length, I Need You,combines the melancholy-drifter sound of Americana...with quiet touches of electronica...beautiful." - CMJ New Music Weekly
"countrified indie-rock of "Mid-City" to the stately prairie-at-dusk grace of "West", Ill Lit occupy a realm caught somewhere between past and present, where a cowboy is just as likely to pull a weathered Casiotone out of his rucksack as he is a harmonica." - Splendid Reviews
"a pop-perfect bit of alt-country, beset by a frail, ethereal synth whisper, like a ghost shooting through the farm, blowing up stalks of hay before finally crashing face-first into a wall" 7.0/10 - Pitchfork Media
There is a lot of industry buzz about this band Illinois... If you dig The Flaming Lips, Built To Spill, Beck and Stephen Malkmus, Illinois may just be down your alley!
"Illinois... layered vocals delivered through a telephone-cum-mic mingle with bright and pingy piano and funk-laden banjo on Illinois' EP, a debut that somehow boasts pepped-up soundscapes (that) reflects on nosebleeds and bad days." - Spin
"Illinois... a '70s rock sound...(with a) Phil Spector-ish aura. The swirling atmosphere gives way to gravitas and regal majesty... Sheer brilliance...that range from musing to angsty to melancholic, and this is one impressive set, turning the clock back to a dreamier, more introspective time via a panoply of styles." 4 stars - All Music Guide
"Illinois... make a hell of an introduction, musically...and with the talent displayed on this first EP, an equally stellar full-length can't be far behind." - Treble
"Since its early days back in 2006, when the iLLPHONiCS was working out of the recording studio at Webster University, the group has shaped and molded its style into the well-polished hybrid genre that its members now call "hip-hop fusion." While the iLLPHONiCS may lean on a variety of different musical influences from track to track, it does so without compromising a distinctive sound; the group's funkadelic basslines and soaring guitars are anchored unremittingly by lead-man Larry "Fallout" Morris' melodic, staccato rhyme-spitting."
Imaad Wasif, formerly of Lowercase, Alaska! and the New Folk Implosion, has also been hard at work for the last few years, globe trotting as the touring guitarist-extrodinaire for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This spring marks the release of his new album Strange Hexes, which he recorded with his band, Two Part Beast. Heavy-pysch-folk-rock with eastern modal influence, Wasif's darkly haunting lyrics and melodies create a diverse, yet epic sound that at times recalls the work of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley or Pink Floyd, and at others Led Zeppelin, The Mars Volta, The Constantines or Slint. Very impressive!
"With the release of Strange Hexes, Imaad Wasif and Two Part Beast have crafted an album that traces a vein from late '60s acid rock to '70s proto-metal. If you want a reference point, imagine Zeppelin or Sabbath covering Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Jeff Buckley on lead vocals" - Pop Matters
"Strange Hexes, catches a stray spark from that fire and rides it into the night sky... drift(ing) in and out of lonely psychedelia, chipper folk and brutally heavy stoner rock, often within the space of a few short measures. Wasif is ambitious, certainly, but unlike his previous solo effort, Strange Hexes has the means to realize his vision." - Paste
" Imaad Wasif has a brooding voice that compliments the hazy psychedelic rock of his backing band, Two Part Beast. His latest album, Strange Hexes, explores folk and Americana with drones and modern experimental effects." - NPR
Instrumental Music Center is hosting a night of music performed by the talented members of it's own ranks. The night's acts will include Payphone Mafia, Logan Greene, Kristen Chandler, and more! The show is free of charge, so come dance, drink, and see the stuff our wonderful staff at IMC is made of!
"Equally inspired by lo-fi indie rockers such as Guided by Voices and psychedelic popsters such as Olivia Tremor Control and Apples in Stereo...the group has a knack for deconstructing melodies and bending notes to its will, making repeated listening fresh and rewarding. Their penchant for dark tones and autumnal lyrics distances themselves from the oft-compared Elephant Six collective and places them in the company of less ironic artists like the Lily's and the Shins." 4 stars - All Music Guide
"We Like It Wild (Impossible Shapes' newest): the album runs a similar course to The Shins' Chutes Too Narrow" 8/10 - Pitchfork Media
"The Impossible Shapes pull from the ferocity of the Violent Femms and the bouncy swagger of the Talking Heads." A- - Devil in the Woods
"Ingram Hill brings a long list of influences to their work â€” a list that ranges from Tonic, Cracker, Blues Traveler, and the Gin Blossoms to the Black Crowes (a frequent comparison), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Rolling Stones, and John Cougar Mellencamp...Ingram Hill has one foot in roots rock and the other in alternative pop/rock â€” and on their first full-length album, June's Picture Show, the Memphis residents pull it off with good taste and sincerity. The bluesy, gritty earthiness of this material underscores the band's southern roots...a solid, well-crafted, and respectable effort from the Tennessee natives." - All Music Guide
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