K Sera brings a hugely theatrical flair to the arena of experimental indie rock, with a heavy, driving rock edge to beautiful, piano enthused compositions. This unprecedented sound has landed the band a deal with indie heavyweight label Burning House Records in March of 2011.
In 2006 Kaia Chesney released her first five song EP entitled Springtime. After this release, Kaia focused on her musical endeavors with bands Nymphette (former members of Blues) and four-piece Kaia and the Nazarenes, which was later renamed ilamir. Kaia is still currently song-writing and performing in ilamir, and just recorded her first full-length solo album.
"Kaia Chesney makes delicately gorgeous indie pop." - Arizona Daily Star
"Kaia has a rapturous vocal style that feels like enchanted air bouncing off of canyon walls, with a palpable (but almost deceptive) sweetness." - Tucson Weekly
"2008 is setting up to be the year of the guy/girl combos it seems. The past two months alone have seen stellar releases from Wye Oak, She & Him and the Weepies. The latest standout to join the pack is the group Kaiser Cartel... spot on harmonies on a soaring chorus filled up with stomping drums and tambourine." - Burn the Bowery
Fans of She and Him, Basia Bulat, St Vincent and Feist should dig Kaiser Cartel!
"Like the best country singers, alt or otherwise, Maki's voice is conversational yet somehow self-contained, as if it'd be quite happy talking to itself sitting on an open plain, or whistling to itself behind a wheel." - Mojo
"On High is an eclectic buffet of old-time folk/blues and country/rock that’s at times very Giant Sand-like in its idiosyncrasies without sacrificing one whit of Maki’s distinctive personality." - Harp
"On High is a collection of pastoral country-folk songs that soar with gentle beauty... Pure and innocent as Canadian Snow.” - NPR
Along with Dominique A, singer/songwriter Philippe Katerine was among the leaders of the minimalist variete movement in French pop during the mid-1990s. Drawing on influences as diverse as Burt Bacharach and Michel Legrand to the Clash and the Buzzcocks. Katerine's latest work blends Kraftwerk-inspired electronica with more dance-party inspired material peddled by acts like LCD Soundsystem. Very cool stuff indeed!
"Edwards' material ranges from roots-based acoutic balladry to ragged country rockers reminiscent of Neil Young and Crazy Horse...many have compared her to Lucinda Williams...(but) her music draws from a spectrum of sources that's broader than alternative-country." - Performing Songwriter
"Two years after her debut release, Failer, Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards delivers Back to Me, a gorgeous collection that is equal parts country and rock, joy and (more often than not) pain." - Billboard
"On her 2003 debut, Kathleen Edwards was a twenty-three-year-old folkie trawling dead-end bars and the ashtray of her mind for character sketches and tough, heart-rending tunes. She sang of alcoholism, bad parents and a gun-toting lover, and managed to sound older than she was. On Back to Me she still does...mixing bravado and beauty." - Rolling Stone
"To say that Failer caught the imagination of the press would be a huge understatement... All the heavy hitters, from Rolling Stone to Time to USA Today, weighed in with the kudos, typically dropping names like Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Ryan Adams as peer(s)..." - Harp
"Canadian folkie defies folkie cleche by swearing, liking sex...she sounds familiar and like no one else..." 3 stars - Blender
"Back to Me is a bolder album (than Failer), with Edwards figuring more prominently and actively in the more personal songs." 7.7/10 - Pitchfork Media
"Back to Me...Edwards puts her stamp on the outlaw country tradition..." 4 stars - Paste
"Back to Me is a powerful and affecting album from an artist who is quickly establishing herself as a major talent." 4 stars - All Music Guide
Boyd and Wain are an award winning English and American Acoustic Folk duo. Katy’s songs are fresh and witty observations on society today, the very definition of the modern folk song. Benny’s fiddlin’ is just plain brilliant. They this year they won the impressive Trowbridge Village Pump Festival Unsigned Artist Competition.
Reminiscent of John Mayer, John Hiatt, and James Taylor... Keaton Simons is a very promising young musician.
"(Simons') rootsy, guitar-driven songs are attired in stylish arrangements that showcase his rich, often spooky melodies. Indeed, the discâ€™s delicate, down-home title track is already in rotation on influential L.A. public radio station KCRW... An artist to watch" - Filter
"an old soul in a young man's voice" - Los Angeles Times
"Kellhaul have written an album that not only moves the band to the next level but the whole genre that they represent." - Apeshit
"Keelhaul... complex, chaotic, heavy, and never dull." - Punknews
"Keelhaul... a band you've ignored for far too long. - Scenepointblank
"Keelhaul... (are) still pummeling away in their Shellac-meets-Karma to Burn mode, piling knuckle-dragging riffs atop intricate and ever-shifting drum patterns... There are moments of beauty here... but overall, the title of Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity is a totally justified self-fulfilling prophecy - they don't seem to want to cater to anyone but themselves in making their music, and more power to 'em." 3.5/5 - All Music Guide