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Jesse Baylin
Jessie Baylin is an LA-based singer/songwriter who has toured with James Morrison, Dolores O’Riordan, Brett Dennen, ALO and more. She participated in the last Hotel Café tour and will be a part of the upcoming 2008 tour. Baylin is currently recording her first major label release, due out in the spring on Verve Forecast. Her debut album, You, was produced by Grammy Award winner Jesse Harris and is available exclusively at iTunes. Looking for support/co-headline/festival opportunities. Contact Jbeau Lewis at CAA (424-288-2000 or jlewis@caa.com).

Army of Me
Under the watchful eye of Red Light Management, debut album Citizen released on Doghouse Records and constant touring, Army of Me is well on its way to international success. First single “Going Through Changes” received heavy airplay on KROQ, Live105, KNRK, 91X, WOCL, DC101, XM, and Sirius Alt-Nation, as well as reaching No. 2 on MTV and MTV2, setting the band up nicely for its forthcoming new single. After tours with The Used, Blue October, Mae, Spill Canvas, OAR, plus dates with Matisyahu, Athlete and Silverchair, 2008 is poised to be another successful year, including a spring college tour. Visit Myspace.com/armyofme. Contact: Jordan Burger or Mike Mori at The Agency Group, 212-581-3100 and JordanBurger@TheAgencyGroup.com / MikeMori@TheAgencyGroup.com.

Jared Campbell
In just four short years of pursuing his music career, Jared Campbell, a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Binghamton, NY, has developed himself as a fixture in the independent music scene. Jared has not only built a loyal fan base but has sold more than 17,000 CDs. Jared has shared the stage with Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, Journey, Matt Nathanson and Sister Hazel. His fans are continually crashing his Web site with an average of more than 5,000 visitors a month. Contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

The Bridge
Based in Baltimore, The Bridge has emerged as a torch carrier for classic, down-home American rock. Just signed to Hyena Records and rolling with AAA and Americana radio, the band has garnered a great buzz over the past year. Compositions are the focus with this band, and their ability to appeal to fans of roots and classic rock, blues, funk, and even country have brought a wide demographic to their doorstep. Another CD is coming out on Hyena in late ’08. Visit Myspace.com/thebridgebaltimore and Thebridgemusic.com. Contact Scott Forsyth at Opus One Productions at 412-822-7747 and scott@opusoneproductions.com.

Abalone Dots
Abalone Dots hail from a small town called Vastervik on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. Rebecka Hjukström, Louise Holmer, Elin Mörk and Sophia Hogman have played together for six years and the band has already become a top-selling act on RCA Sweden since releasing its debut, From a Safe Distance, in 2007. The album entered at the top of the Swedish charts, allowing the foursome to cultivate a rapidly growing audience in the Scandinavian countries. Abalone Dots have been branded as media darlings with the single “Solo” from its sophomore release, Traveler, helping to snag multiple performances on major TV shows in Europe and a cover story in Scanorama. For more info visit Myspace.com/abalonedotsmusic and contact Frank Wing at APA Nashville at 615-297-0100 for avails.

Subrosa Union
Out in the west Texas town of El Paso is where this trio lit the fuse. By creating a flavorful concoction of rock, hip-hop, reggae, funk and Latin vibe, Subrosa Union win audiences one fan at a time with high-energy performances, great songs and talent. Based in Austin, the rockers have an extensive tour log tracking its journey around the globe. After launching its first album, Looking Forward, a year ago, the band has been hitting it hard on its second, produced by Mike Cosgrove of Alien Ant Farm, which will be released early next year. Contact Michael Anaya at Utopian Management and Productions at 970-370-3514 or management@subrosaunion.com.

Dan Dyer
Brown-eyed soul is a fitting moniker for Austin-based singer Dan Dyer. With his golden pipes in tow, Dyer has delighted audiences from coast to coast. Recently named NPR’s Second Stage Artist of the Day, this year Dyer performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Voodoo Experience. Dyer’s most recent self-titled release reflects his influences that include greats Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Dr. John. The resulting compositions feel rich and complete, layered together to sound like an evolved style of soul music. Contact Kristine Marshall at ICM for booking at 212-556-7952 or KMarshall@icmtalent.com.

Throw The Fight
It’s obvious by the aptly named full-length debut, In Pursuit of Tomorrow, that Throw The Fight has made the single-minded sacrifice to put it all on the line. The album reflects a D.I.Y., take-no-prisoners, gritty plea to be heard and a passionate pitch for massive audiences, all of which Throw the Fight utterly deserve. Signed by Cordless Recording/Warner Music Group, TTF is charting with its first single, “The Wreckage,” on Active/Commercial Radio. Throw The Fight is touring all year and is available for support or packaging. Contact Dana Strutz at ARM Entertainment at 651-483-8754 or ds@armentertainment.com.

Herbaliser
London trip-hop, funk and soul outfit Herbaliser is answering the call of North American fans by adding its first U.S. dates as a seven-piece live outfit. The latest round of shows, in support of the band’s new remixes and sixth album, Same as it Never Was, kicks off Nov. 11 at Knitting Factory in New York City then hits Canada, the Midwest and along the West Coast. Stops include Le National in Montreal Nov. 12, Varsity Theater in Minneapolis Nov. 19, Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 27, Doug Fir in Portland, Ore., Nov. 29, The Independent in San Francisco Nov. 30 and Los Angeles at EchoPlex Dec. 1. Contact Daniel Titcomb, Progressive Global Agency, at 615-354-9100 or dan@pgamusic.com for more information.

Gavin Mikhail
With more than 160,000 fans, 1.6 million profile views, 3.5 million plays on MySpace, sales in excess of 10,000 CDs, 45,000 downloads and an extensive resume of songs featured in film and television, Gavin Mikhail is a shining example of the modern-day independent artist. At the heart of his appeal is lyrical honesty and a devotion to his fans seldom found in today’s mainstream musical landscape. Out of 1,700 artists entered in last year’s SSL/Eventful/Tunecore “Lay It Down And Mix It Up In The U.K.” contest, Gavin took first place, winning by a margin of more than 13,000 and doubling the number of votes cast for the second-place finisher. Visit Myspace.com/gavinmikhail or Gavinmikhail.com. For booking contact Rick Shoor, Red Entertainment, at 212-563-7575 or rick@redentertainment.com. 

Rupa & the April Fishes
With influences that include French chanson, Gypsy swing, tango, Latin alternative and Indian music, Rupa & The April Fishes’ music is lively, romantic and instantaneously appealing. Based in San Francisco, the band’s accessible and multicultural sound has earned it a reputation as one of the most exciting groups in the Bay Area alternative scene. The band has performed at New York’s Central Park SummerStage, the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival, Amsterdam Roots Festival and SXSW among other events. Contact Jake Schneider at Madison House Inc. at 303-544-9900 or jake@madison-house.com.

The S1nd1cate
Exploding from the Pacific Northwest, The S1nd1cate is a force to be reckoned with. Mixing elements of punk, metal, breakbeat and trance, the band is winning over a rabid fan base one sold-out show at a time. Based out of Boise, Idaho, The S1nd1cate’s music has had major placement in network TV, cable and accenting ESPN2, FOX Sports and The Speed Channel. The fast-paced and aggressive tones of this group carry the momentum and increase the excitement of high-energy programming. For more information contact Michael Vellotti at michaelvellotti@hotmail.com.

Kim Cameron & The Side F/X band
Kim Cameron & The Side F/X band mix an eclectic blend of pop, rock and jazz into a smooth, groovy listening experience – think Carly Simon with an attitude. With a fresh, genre-shifting sound, every song is wrapped around a personal experience of lead singer/songwriter Kim Cameron. The Washington, D.C.-based group launched its first album, Contradictions, in September and is quickly gaining popularity throughout D.C. and Baltimore. Contact Termeh Mazhari at Termeh@AMP3pr.com for booking and press inquiries.

Kraak & Smaak
Hailing from the Netherlands, Kraak & Smaak’s unique brand of electro-funk, dance and soulful breakbeat is displayed on its first Ultra Records release, Plastic People. Since releasing its debut album, Boogie Angst, the band has played more than 200 shows, been hailed as a “must see live band,” supported the stadium-rocking Faithless on their European tour and played some of the most prestigious gigs in the U.S. during 2007, including Coachella, SXSW and Winter Music Conference. Kraak & Smaak will be touring the U.S. in November and is available for one-off dates and festivals. Contact Jake Schneider at Madison House Inc. at 303-544-9900 or jake@madison-house.com.

 

Charles Wilson
Charles Wilson is easily one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the Southern blues circuit, offering up performances that bridge soul-blues to today’s neo-soul. The nephew of blues legend Little Milton has been burning up stages since his early teens, sharing a bill with artists like B.B. King, Edgar Winter and Taj Mahal. Wilson is one of the best tenors in soul/blues. His shows are drenched in emotion and mixed with fun. If you know Wilson, you’re probably a fan, and if you don’t, you’re in for an awakening. Contact Rich Taber at EncorEntertainment at 508-993-1999.

 

Nothing More
Energy, entertainment and rock are the elements that define one of Texas’ most eclectic acts, Nothing More. The band has formed a unique fusion of progressive rock and stage entertainment, which makes it stand out in the crowd of mainstream, cookie-cutter acts. With segments that mirror Blue Man Group and Stomp, a cataloge of songs that overflow with passion and a show that anyone can enjoy, Nothing More breaks barriers that define a typical rock group. Take it from Frank Pain, program director of KEYJ-FM, who said, “You DO NOT want to miss this!” For booking contact Neon Entertainment’s Scott Talarico at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

Hydrogyn
Ashland, Ky.-based rockers Hydrogyn is led by a thundering rhythm section, crunching guitars, and the incredible vocals of Julie Westlake, who is quickly becoming known as the best female vocalist in Metal. Hydrogyn, signed to the U.K.-based DR2, charted with Bombshell in 2006 and saw success with Strip'em Blind Live last year, coupled with the group's relentless touring in Europe. In the first week of the June 10th U.S. release of Deadly Passions, the band charted twice. Hydrogyn is touring all year and is available for support or packaging. Contact Dean Swett at Paramour Group at
715-743-4496 or dean@paramourgroup.com.

 

Sirsy
Sirsy is fronted by the charismatic Melanie Krahmer, who plays a full drum kit standing up, creating bass parts with her drumstick and offering the occasional Ian Anderson-esque flute solo. Sharing the stage is Krahmer’s co-writer, Rich Libutti, on guitar, who uses his feet for the bass parts and even the occasional snare. Playing more than 250 shows per year, Sirsy has shared the stage with Maroon 5, Lifehouse, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Third Eye Blind, Joan Jett, Vertical Horizon, Fuel, and many more. Contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

Tragic Orange
After releasing its self-titled debut September 2 and its first single, “Pure and Simple,” hitting rock radio, New York-based Tragic Orange is in the middle of a full-scale U.S. tour. The band is quickly becoming known as one of the best new modern rock acts based on its music and high-energy live assault. Tragic Orange will continue to support its album throughout Europe in 2009. Proceeds from the current tour are being donated to Operation Homefront, which provides emergency assistance and morale to U.S. troops, the families left behind, and wounded warriors returning home. Tragic Orange is available for support or packaging. Contact Dave Spiggle of Lane Productions at 740-215-6988.

 

Dead Confederate

Athens, Ga.-based Dead Confederate has built a huge buzz at tastemaker stations and influential blogs nationally with its self-titled EP (released last fall) and an explosive live show. So far, the band has spent the summer setting up its September 16 release by touring with acts like Drive-By Truckers and playing festivals including Bonnaroo , Sasquatch and Rothbury. Dead Confederate is the first signing to TAO Records, an independent label started by A&R man Gary Gersh (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, The Mars Volta). Contact Hunter Williams at Progressive Global Agency .

 

Steed Lord

Steed Lord, the Icelandic electronic foursome of M.E.G.A., KALI, A.C. BANANA$, and DEMO, are currently in the middle of their first U.S. tour. Highlights included playing to about 750 at Neumo’s in Seattle as part of Capitol Hill Block Party and killing it in San Diego to about 1,000 during a sold-out show at House of Blues opening for Chromeo . They will be a headliner on the Icelandic Airwaves Festival in October and then return to the States. for CMJ and a short tour of the East Coast. Their debut, full-length album is complete and currently being mastered. Contact David Swartz at Alliance Talent International for booking.

 

Todd Hannigan & The Heavy 29s

Todd Hannigan is a Ventura, Calif.-based singer-songwriter, producer, film music composer and studio owner whose sound reflects influences like J.J. Cale, Nick Drake, Mark Knopfler, Gillian Welch and M. Ward. He and his band are well known in the global surf & folk-rock community having played with Jack Johnson, Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, Brett Dennen, G. Love and Jake Shimabukuro. He’s recognized for his work on award-winning surf films "Thicker Than Water," "September Sessions," "Waveriders" and "Sliding Liberia." The track "Love" from his first record was spun on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Todd’s second album is out this fall. For booking, please contact Agency for the Performing Arts’ Stu Walker at 615-297-0100.

 

Hey Ocean

Vancouver’s Hey Ocean is quickly becoming one of Canada’s biggest independent bands, playing sold-out shows from coast to coast. The young foursome has a remarkable talent for blending various musical styles into a unique brand of infectious pop. Performances in 2008 include the Calgary Virgin Festival, Saskatoon Jazz Festival and the Whistler Arts Festival. Fresh off the release of its newest album, It’s Easier To Be Somebody Else, Hey Ocean is looking to visit the U.S. and the U.K. in the coming months. Contact S.L. Feldman & Associates’ Adam McIsaac at mcisaac@slfa.com or 604-734-5945.

  

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

New Orleans native Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has earned rave reviews for his jazz artistry and as the leader of his blazing super funk/rock band. The 22-year-old dazzles on trumpet and trombone, and has shared the stage with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, U2 and Green Day. There is also Mike Ballard on bass, James Martin on saxophone, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums and Charlie Smith on keys. Rolling Stone critic David Fricke calls Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue a "thrilling" highlight of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Trombone Shorty is seeking headline/package/support/festival opportunities. Contact The Rosebud Agency at 415-386-3456 or info@rosebudus.com.

 

Stephen Cochran

Rock and country combine seamlessly in this Kentucky-born, former Marine’s self-titled debut. Signed with independent label Aria Records Nashville, Stephen is based out of Music City where his single "Everything We Knew" went to No. 1 in 2007. After being temporarily paralyzed for nine months by an IUD explosion during a tour of Afghanistan, Stephen’s distinctive sound has evolved into an autobiographical score of captivating and toe-tapping country hits. Backed by his band, The New Country Outlaws, Stephen’s high-energy shows can be compared to the likes of Garth Brooks. Stephen will be performing across the country throughout the summer and his next single, "Thinkin’ I’m Drinkin’," drops June 30th. Contact Barbara Farkas for booking inquiries at 985-969-0493.

 

Bombadil

Welcome to the world of Bombadil – not Middle Earth but a land of great splendor and lovely music. Although the band works out of Durham, N.C., its music may as well be from anywhere, everywhere or nowhere. Hear how they use the classic setup of piano, guitar, drums and bass in long-lost and completely new ways and then vary their palette with xylophones, organs, accordions and trombones. Think Frank Zappa meets Brave Combo. Contact Paul Lohr at New Frontier Touring at paullohr@newfrontiertouring.com.

 

Sierra Hull

Teenage mandolin phenomenon Sierra Hull began playing as an 8-year-old prodigy and quickly became one of bluegrass music’s youngest favorites. Sierra has just finished her junior year of high school, yet her list of accomplishments seems beyond her 16 years. A seasoned performer, she’s played Carnegie Hall, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows, shared the stage with Alison Krauss, Sam Bush and Ricky Skaggs, and just finished work in a film about the Rev. Billy Graham’s early life. Today, however, Sierra Hull & Highway 111 is here to entertain with music from Sierra’s first internationally acclaimed Rounder Records release, Secrets. Please contact Keith Case at Keith Case & Associates .

  

August Burns Red

After the release of its second album, Messengers, August Burns Red has not stopped touring. Playing alongside bands such as Lamb Of God, From First To Last and Unearth, the band has built a sizable following worldwide. August Burns Red is touring the States with As I Lay Dying, followed by a slot on the Warped Tour. After that the band embarks on a headlining tour spanning both sides of the pond. Contact Tom Taaffe at International Talent Booking for dates worldwide (repped by The Kenmore Agency inside North America).


 

Push Play

Push Play, whose debut album, Deserted, came out this year, was named the best band on Long Island by the Long Island Press. The band has received major cover stories in the New York Times and Newsday and more than 1 million hits at Myspace.com/pushplayrox. Push Play performs at Zootopia on May 17th at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and at the Hard Rock Theme Park in Myrtle Beach among many other summer dates. Please contact Joe Brauner at CAA for booking inquiries.

 

Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband

 

With a new record out this May on Montage Music and plenty of festivals for the summer, this is certainly Shupe’s year. Playing a wide range of instruments and musical styles – from old time American country to Ozzy Osbourne – this band appeals to fans of all ages. Shupe’s songs are highlighted with hot instrumental solos and tight vocal harmonies for one of the best live shows anywhere! Stellar musicianship, witty lyrics, funny antics, sing-alongs, introspective ballads and high-energy performances take the audience on an entertainment roller coaster. Contact Paul Lohr at New Frontier Touring.

 

Slow Runner

Slow Runner is an indie pop/rock outfit (think Ben Folds meets Flaming Lips) based in Charleston, S.C., that is a prime candidate to appear on any bill with rock or pop acts. Initially signed to J Records in 2005, the band has self-released its second album, SHIV!, through its Web site and all digital outlets. A third album called Mermaids was released in April. The band has toured the U.S. with artists including Say Anything, The Damnwells, Gomez and Built To Spill. Contact Paul Lohr at New Frontier Touring at paullohr@newfrontiertouring.com.


YACHT

This Portland-based artist has been causing quite a stir for some time. YACHT recently wrapped a North American tour supporting Vampire Weekend and is in the middle of a European tour. This summer he’ll make appearances at festivals such as Creamfields (Kasabian & Soulwax ) and 02 Wireless (Fatboy Slim & Underworld). YACHT will stay on the road during the fall for a full U.K. headlining tour in support of his new album, set for release in September. For all booking inquiries outside Europe and North America please contact Tom Taaffe at International Talent Booking at tom@itb.co.uk. (Repped by Kork in North America.)

 

Egypt Central

Keep an eye out for Memphis-based rockers Egypt Central, who are currently on tour supporting Drowning Pool. The Bluff City boys’ self-titled debut album with famed producer Josh Abraham (Linkin Park, Korn, Velvet Revolver) hit the streets in January and quickly landed on the new artists chart at No. 8. It is now approaching 15,000 units scanned in seven short weeks. The single "You Make Me Sick" is currently receiving nationwide airplay upward of 700 spins a week. For all booking inquiries, please contact Entourage Talent Associates at booking@entouragetalent.com or 212-633-2600.


 

The Mother Truckers

The Mother Truckers are a high-octane Americana band from Austin, Texas. They take the Texas mix of honky-tonk, blues and rock to a higher place with their creative songwriting and high-energy live concerts. The live show is a party, blending hard-hitting electric guitars with soaring vocals and irreverent lyrics. The Mother Truckers are touring in support of their new CD, Let’s All Go to Bed, which hits radio this spring. Contact Paul Lohr at New Frontier Touring at paullohr@newfrontiertouring.com.


 

Khaled Habib

Khaled Habib composes and performs music which is both traditional and modern. He has developed a personal musical mix in which he blends global musical styles and creates an exciting and unique musical style of his own, which is both innovative and captivating. Khaled Habib presents his musical style with great energy and charm, especially in his live performances. He has also participated at major European festivals such as: Falun Folk Musik Festival, Roskilde Festival, ArtGenda Festival, Stockholm Water Festival, Re:Orient Festival , Folk o Folk Festival, Verlden i Norden Festival, 550 Fatih Istanbul Festival and many others. For booking, contact Ziane Mohadi at Crossingmoods Prod at (46) 73-905-6809


 

Scott Simons

For the first time in his career, Scott is flying solo as both a songwriter and performer. As the primary songwriter of The Argument, Simons became adept at writing hooky pop songs with incredibly infectious melodies. Since signing with indie label Rostrum Records, Simons has continued to hone his craft, recording five new tracks with a renewed emphasis on keyboards (there are no guitar parts). Scott’s most recent accomplishment, a remix of Rihanna’s "Umbrella," is popping up everywhere with radio stations all over the world starting to spin it. For booking, contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.


 

South Austin Jug Band

While the four-piece string band doesn’t include a traditional jug player, South Austin Jug Band is constantly astonishing audiences locally, across the country and throughout Europe with its stylish combination of acoustic, rock, swing and original songs. The high-energy spirit of bluegrass expanded is evident in the way members make music both in the studio and onstage. The combination of frontman James Hyland; Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and fiddle; Brian Beken on fiddle, guitar and drums; and Matt Mefford on bass go for it – picking and fiddling (often twin fiddles), trading harmony vocals and jamming — it’s spectacular. The band’s new album, Strange Invitation, is due for release April 1st. For booking, contact davis@davismclarty.com or the Davis McLarty Agency.


 

Scott Celani

At every Scott Celani performance, audience members are treated to a special blend of well-crafted, melodic pop songs. His latest release, Saturday, found Scott teamed up once again with renowned Toronto producer, Brent Bodrug. In addition to receiving rave reviews, Celani’s song "Where Did You Come From?" was added to the play-lists of more than 30 commercial radio stations nationwide – some spinning as much as 40 times per week. Scott has shared the stage with the likes of Our Lady Peace, Jimmy Eat World, Vertical Horizon, Sum 41 and Good Charlotte. For booking, contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

 

Charlotte Sometimes

 

Charlotte Sometimes is part singer-songwriter, part lounge singer, part ballsy rock ’n’ roll front woman. With a strikingly mature voice and ability to express herself far beyond her age, Charlotte Sometimes brings the narrative of her life, romantic and otherwise, to a set of songs that range from the heart-wrenching to the charming on her debut album, Waves and the Both of Us, out in May on Geffen/Interscope. The New York-based chanteuse performs her engaging live set backed by a full four-piece band. See her this spring with We the Kings and this summer on the Warped Tour. For all booking inquiries, please contact Andrew Simon at CAA at 424-288-2000.


Saucy Monky

Saucy Monky’s playful sense of humor is at the heart of the irresistible indie spirit that defines the vibe of the edgy guitar playing and lush harmonies of singer-songwriters Annmarie Cullen and Cynthia Catania. Already a hit in Annmarie’s native Ireland where they have performed alongside Black Eyed Peas, Saucy Monky’s sophomore release, Turbulence, was recently picked up for national release. The girls just returned from a successful tour of Ireland, playing dates at the Castlepalooza Festival in Tullamore, Cork & Dublin and are currently touring colleges in the U.S. Contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

Yoav

 

Israeli-born, South African-raised and London-based, Yoav is a truly unique singer-songwriter making a mark with his debut album, Charmed & Strange (Verve Forecast). He recently finished a successful tour opening on all 48 dates of Tori Amos’ American Doll Posse Tour, and will be playing Coachella in April. Yoav incorporates a myriad of sounds: clipped, modern club beats; Middle Eastern flourishes; quiet introspection and eerie outcries – all crafted using only his voice, an acoustic guitar, and simple effects. He has more than 250,000 listens on MySpace. Visit Yoavmusic.com for music, videos and more. For all booking inquiries, please contact CAA’s Carole Kinzel at 424-288-2000.

 

Richey Lam

Richey Lam, like many of today’s great artists, grew up with a strong musical background. With grandparents heavily involved in the arts, Lam bought a piano and wrote his first song by the age of eight. His pop/folk sound with a little bit of R&B thrown in was just what the local market demanded. Lam was honored as a finalist in VH1’s Song of the Year contest, and soon enough had songs featured on MTV’s The Real World. Contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

 

Zox

From the beginning, Zox has managed to build cohesion out of contrast. You need look no further than the band’s twin frontmen to find these not-so-subtle differences: one is a tattoo-covered conservatory violinist with a history of trashing dressing rooms at Carnegie Hall, and the other a buttoned-down, Type-A who turned down an offer from Stanford Law School to stay with the band. They’ve developed an unusual sound, which features an electric violin run into a guitar amp, earnest, vivid lyrics threaded through unadorned melodies, and a rhythm section that seems to swing effortlessly between making you dance and making you think. With the release of their third album, Line in the Sand, the band demonstrates that contrast is, in the end, what makes things stand out. For all booking inquiries, please contact Brian Manning at CAA at 424-288-2000.

 

Matthew Moon

Recently at the Sundance Film Festival, Matthew Moon was asked to lead the band Velvet Revolver with only an hour’s notice when their singer missed his flight. Moon’s story was featured in LA Weekly and Popbytes.com, causing his MySpace page to explode with more than 4,000 song plays the next day. Moon’s voice has earned comparisons from Paul McCartney to Ben Folds. From Colorado and now living in California by way of the Berklee School of Music, Moon’s compelling live shows have helped to build a solid national touring base. Please contact Larry Richter of the Richter Entertainment Group at Larry@Richtergroup.net and 954-610-8004.

 

More Than Me

Take it from a guy who has sold more than 6 million records: Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms said to the members of More Than Me, "You guys rock and are some of the coolest, smartest rock ‘n’ rollers I’ve ever met." With kudos such as this it’s quite evident that More Than Me embodies an undeniable talent. The band’s power-pop/rock/reggae sound has landed them alongside such artists as Jack Johnson, John Mayer, The Fray and theRed Hot Chili Peppers on a New England College Compilation CD. Contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

The Whigs

Two years ago, Athens, Ga., rock trio The Whigs landed themselves on Rolling Stone’s "Top 10 Artists to Watch" list naming them "best unsigned band in America." They quickly signed with Dave Matthews' ATO record label and built a reputation for nonstop touring featuring a blistering live rock show. Their new album Mission Control, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith), has garnered rave reviews from Spin, People, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times. On the heels of sold-out Brooklyn and Chicago shows and a thrilling Letterman performance, The Whigs can be found at SXSW and on Drive-By Truckers tour dates in March. For booking, contact Matthew Morgan at mmorgan@caa.com.

 

Will Bernard

Heralded by Billboard as "one of the best-kept jazz-guitar secrets on the planet," Will Bernard is currently touring in support of his latest album, Party Hats. Nominated for a Grammy in Best Contemporary Jazz Artist, Party Hats showcases the funky, soulful side of Will Bernard and has been released to critical acclaim. A diverse talent, Will has also played and recorded with Idris Muhammad, The Coup, Dr. Lonnie Smith and many others. For more information, contact Jill Karjian of A-train Entertainment at jill@a-train.com or, for booking inquiries, contact Ira Sweetwine at ira@sweetwinegroup.com.

 

Mary Arden Collins

Mary Arden’s love of music took her from a small town to the big city. She has been busy recording her new CD with Grammy-nominated producer Bill Drescher and has written songs for movies and television. On stage, she holds back nothing and captivates her audience with a unique blend of edgy, yet soulful pop music. Mary combines the honesty of John Mayer, the style of Sheryl Crow and the passion of Ani DiFranco. She has shared the stage with such artists as David Crosby, 10,000 Maniacs and more. Contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

ZeidwiG

In the tradition of Victor Borge, ZeidwiG has received critical worldwide acclaim not only as a concert pianist but as a comedian. There’s no one out there today like ZeidwiG – from PACs to symphony orchestras to corporate stages, he gives new meaning to the phrase "pianist envy." Check out his demo at www.ZeidwiG.com. For booking, contact Mark Felix at Drury Design, 212-213-4600 x211, or m.felix@drurydesign.com.

 

Lijie

Inspired by artists like Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, Elton John and Radiohead, Lijie writes with passion, love, hope and a touch of self-deprecating cynicism. "Her lyrics [are] fragile yet forceful, echoing a heartache familiar," says Theowlmag.com. Her Chinese roots have also added to her music and the sad songs she often writes. "LA" and "Brilliant Always" have been used for independent films, while "Bar Song" was played on XM Radio’s The Radar Report. Contact Scott Talarico at Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

 

Fatal Smile

Fatal Smile, Sweden’s latest hard rock export, will be touring the U.S. with W.A.S.P. and Doro in support of World Domination, its newest release on Locomotive Records. Fresh off of last year’s tour of Europe with WASP and Winger, Stockholm’s Fatal Smile is managed by Dean Swett at the Paramour Group and booked by the Paramour Group. For more information contact dean@paramourgroup.com or check out Fatalsmile.com or Paramourgroup.com/mr/fatalsmile/fatalsmile.htm.

 

Kelley James

Los Angeles-based Kelley James has spent the past year touring colleges and high schools in support of his new record, In a City That Has No Name. With live performances that mesh hip-hop and rock with acoustic pop, Kelley breaks the mold of the typical singer-songwriter. Fresh off of a nearly sold-out night at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, Kelley is back out on a college tour through the end of spring. Visit Kelleyjames.com and Myspace.com/kelleyjamesmusic. For a free Kelley James EP, e-mail dwight@kelleyjames.com. For booking, contact Jbeau Lewis at jlewis@caa.com.

 

 

Biirdie

Biirdie is a Glendale, Calif., band that includes Jared Flamm, Richard Gowen and Kala Savage (sister of actors Fred and Ben). The band’s highly anticipated sophomore album on Drive-Thru/Love Minus Zero, Catherine Avenue, sounds like a lush combination of Wilco and Pet Sounds. Biirdie has been featured in Spin, Filter and Alternative Press. Biirdie performed on KCRW’s Nic Harcourt’s "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program as his first live performance of 2008. Catherine Avenue was Harcourt’s pick of the month in December 2007 and the band’s "LA Is Mars" was a KCRW "Today’s Top Tune" download. Birdie is looking for support/co-headline/festival opportunities. Contact Courtney Knopf at The Everloving Agency at 323-953-0075 or courtney@everloving.com.

 

Forever The Sickest Kids

Alternative Press recently called Forever The Sickest Kids "one of the best underground bands that likely won’t stay underground for long." The band hasn’t even dropped a full album yet and they’ve already sold 12,000 copies of their EP and 65,000 singles. They’ve totaled 4.3 million MySpace hits in 13 months. Their debut will be released on Universal on April 29th. FTSK will hit the road March 14th through May 2nd as part of the AP Tour. Contact Craig Newman at APA at 310-888-4259 or craig@apa-agency.com.

 

Adam Day

Since he was15, Adam Day has been writing and performing stunningly mature and heartfelt music. Adam Day is now armed with both an acoustic trio and a full band set up. He recently released I Stayed Up Late to Make This, which includes acoustic arrangements recorded independently. On top of Adam’s rich vocals, his quirky and lovable performance with the trio leaves people feeling moved and charmed. Contact Scott Talarico of Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.

 

 

Steel Train

Steel Train is proof that music fans are alive and breathing and, more importantly still supporting live music. Spawning from a scene where taste changes like the tide, Steel Train has been on a steady upward climb for four years and was recently added to The Starting Line’s tour. After releasing its second full-length via Drive Thru Records, Steel Train hit the touring circuit hard during the last three months, including a sold-out hometown show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. The band’s formula is simple: If your fans continue to be impressed with your creativity and performance, they will always want more. Steel Train’s sound could be considered a mix of bands like Arcade Fire, The Polyphonic Spree and The Format. Expect big news in 2008, including appearances on the festival circuit. Contact Mike Marquis, Ellis Industries, at 516-829-5196 and mikemarquis@gmail.com.

 

Christy Jefferson

Jefferson uses piano, guitar and vocals in solo, duo, and full band format to produce an eclectic combination of folk, cabaret, rock and pop,. Her story is a well-rounded one, complete with an early start in music, many brushes with fame, a few bouts of tragedy and, through it all, success. Christy has made TV appearances on NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS. She has also released four albums on her own label, Terrinish Publishing. Contact Scott Talarico of Neon Entertainment at scott@neon-entertainment.com.