Jesse Boykins III is a singer / songwriter with a timeless sound. He is the creator of a new approach to music he calls “World Soul” in which he shares a point of view that crosses all genres, generations and cultures. In early 2008, Jesse Boykins III released his debut EP Dopamine: My Life On My Back, a soulful narrative covering a range of emotions from infatuation to lust to obsession with love and the pain of love lost. His follow-up release The Beauty Created soon followed, a critically-acclaimed LP.
Expect no gimmicks from San Francisco-bred emcee, DaVinci. Though his upbringing in the historic Fillmore District is a far cry from its jazz heyday, he represents a new generation of post-Reaganomic crack-era rap, whose often-unwitting participants had to hustle to survive past their adolescence. “My music has everything to do with my environment: from robbing, killing, pimpin’ to selling and abusing drugs...to family, gentrification, and shit, just havin’ fun,” he explains about his heavy content.
According to hip hop artist Skewby's confidently titled 2009 mixtape, he's been "Proving You Wrong Since 1988." Reigning as a rapper/producer from Memphis, Tennessee, his first major move was to ignore the trend of Southern Gangsta Rap being the guaranteed method of expression. Instead, he opted to showcase his smooth flow of clever lyrics laced with catchy beats. It wasn't long before Skewby gain
We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire.
Fascinated by rap music since his teenage years, Koriass launched a first composition in 2001 and developed his style by taking part in rap battles. In 2006, he released a first EP, Mort de rire, which made him one of the most prominent artists of the emerging hip-hop scene in Québec.
KaiL Baxley grew up in the small backwater town of Williston in Barnwell County, South Carolina, the birthplace and stomping grounds of the late great soul legend James Brown, with whom KaiL shared an unlikely friendship as a child. “Yeah, James used to say, \'Boy you bein\' good?\' I’d say, \'Yes sir.\' He’d say, \'You know you doin\' wrong! Nah, show me your moves lil’ man!\' And we’d have a little dance off. I’m pretty sure he always won, ha, ha. There’s something about the groove of James Brown that has always stayed with me.”
GHXST is a New York based noise grunge trio composed of Shelley X, Chris Wild and Nathan La Guerra. With influences such as the Jesus and Mary Chain, White Zombie, and Sonic Youth, they evoke the rockin\' 90s with a new kind of stylish noise rock, full of killer distortion, bluesy vocals, and heavy drums.
Il Pan Del Diavolo is a folk\'n\'roll duo formed by Pietro Alessandro Alosi (guitar, kick and vocals) and Gianluca Bartolo (guitar and vocals). The group was born in Palermo in 2006 and began playing live with energetic and very intense performances. In 2008 they won the Sicilian stages of the national Italiawave Festival competition, playing also at Ypsigrock and sharing the stage with Gogol Bordello at Pollino Festival.
Hexvessel is a psychedelic folk-rock band from Finland that was founded by Englishman Mat McNerney after he moved to Helsinki in 2009. Fusing late 60s and early 70s English folk/psych with Finnish nature mysticism, they play a witches brew of heavy, tripped-out atmospherics and hypnotic paeans. Their debut album Dawnbearer, which is now considered an occult folk classic, garnered rave reviews from the media and fans alike, making it to the top of many people\'s Best of 2011 lists.
Heliotropes recently bashed everyone’s brains in at this year’s CMJ where they were listed as a top band to see via Pitchfork, Village Voice, Paper Magazine, and Brooklyn Vegan. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the band wields a high-intensity live show that both bludgeons and soothes -- and songs that recall the phased-out, distorted intensity of the early nineties – and invoke the lush dreamworld of Twin Peaks.” The band’s debut LP is being released on Los Angeles\'s Manimal Vinyl (Warpaint, Bat for Lashes) in spring 2013.