A power trio without the guitar, Falconhawk turned heads across Canada on the strength of their debut album Hotmouth, which spent 10 weeks on the Canadian campus/community radio Top 50 in the spring of 2004. Hotmouth is a unique take on synthesizer-based pop music that has songwriter singer Kara Keith sounding like Marianne Faithful meets Nico while pounding her keyboard like The Stranglers meets Schubert.
This September, music imprint FarFetched, will bring to St. Louis a new music festival that showcases the St. Louis region’s most innovative musical and creative talent: A Brave New World.
St. Louis has a deep musical history. It has churned out some of music’s most influential characters and continues to be a breeding ground for talent. FarFetched Records, an artist collective based in St. Louis, is dedicated to fostering this tradition and cultivating progressive music and art. On September 8, 2012, people everywhere will be invited to see what is current in St. Louis.
A Brave New World will provide an eclectic and exciting lineup of performers that has wide-ranging appeal. Drawing its staff from the region’s most accomplished events organizers, A Brave New world will engage audiences from across the region, including professionals, creative, students, families, and more. The music will span multiple genres including rock, funk, soul, hip hop, electronica, and more. Additional live art, vendors, skate demonstrations, and music making workshops will build the comprehensive A Brave New World experience.
A Brave New World will take over Midtown, located in and outside of Plush, 3224 Locust Street.
"I'd never really seen any other locals throw off the shackles of straight-up rock, punk, blues, etc. and go with the music that is truly original, even if it is not the norm in anyone else's eyes. Frontman Martin Stamper's originality in flow, lyrical timing and beat make other bands look as if they're standing still. Innovation deserves applause." - The Alibi
Faster Than Light are quickly making a name for themselves on the local and national music scenes. With varied musical backgrounds and eclectic influencing tastes, this promising trio creates hard-to-categorize music that is at times calm and at others blisteringly heavy.
"I'm not convinced that Nate Jasensky, Chris Pierce and Jim Borquez of Faster Than Light are mere mortals—and if you were at this show, you catch my drift. While their new CD, Moment of Chaos, provides tangible evidence of their talent, it's their live show that will set them apart from other bands in Tucson... This killer trio manages to mesh at least two distinct styles of music within each song, and they make it not only work, but flourish. Funk, soul, folk, prog, punk, pop ... it was all there" - Tucson Weekly
"Faster Than Light's... Moment of Chaos is a debut bursting with musical ideas, bright and brash but meticulously well executed." - Zocalo
From the rustic and charming southwestern streets of the quaint City of Tucson comes 5 "musicians." Blending "street" with "rice-paddy", vocalist Obey the AlterNative unleashes a withering vocal crossfire complimented byback-up vocs by Denone & an ambush-like audio assault on the senses from band members Greg, Bob and Steve. Those who dare to subject themselves to Fatal Funnel can expect to experience a "Helsinki-syndrome" like affinity for the Band by the end of the first song. Give Fatal Funnel 4 bars and you will be a hostage!
"Millions of hip-hop headz - and, perhaps even more important, non-headz - first recognized the Los Angeles native's gifts through his former group the Pharcyde... Finally, after a decade...Fatlip has released his proper solo debut, The Loneliest Punk. The wait has been anxious, but well worth it... an album of emceeing and heart, just as Fatlip always wanted." - Stylus
"With his long-in-the-making solo effort, The Loneliest Punk, Fatlip delivers with strong basslines and knocking beats. His sense of humor and sometimes manic delivery might draw instant comparisons to the almighty Ol' Dirty Bastard." - Kaffine Buzz
"A largely deranged affair that showcases a warped sense of humor, a strangely appealing, off-key singing style reminiscent of the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, and an explanation for his lengthy hiatus." - Los Angeles Times
"Fatlip comes back stronger and more interesting." - Entertainment Weekly
"It took roughly a decade for Fatlip to make his solo debut, but the generation shift (or two) aside, The Loneliest Punk is indeed an enjoyable album... The onetime Pharcyde member retains everything dazzling about that group before it lost its dazzle" 4 stars - All Music Guide
"If an MC's place in the hip-hop game depended solely on keeping it real, Fatlip would be the one dating Beyonce... one of the most surprisigly vital hip-hop records of the year." - Spin
Having toured with the likes of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Dresden Dolls, Architecture in Helsinki, Feist and Devotchka... Now Faun Fables is touring by herself. This show is definately for fans of Devandra Banheart, Joanna Newsome, Coco Rosie and Akron/Family.
"One of the few people who have managed to carry magical thinking into adulthood, McCarthy writes songs that capture the terror and wonder of the natural world... I can't think of a single act that's done what Faun Fables does - not just sing about nature but actually sound like nature, in all its howling ferocity." - Chicago Reader
"Accompanied by minimal yet dramatic music, sometimes nothing more than a winsome acoustic guitar, McCarthy's voice wails and whispers while her lyrics evoke thoughts of nature, introspection, and shadows... McCarthy phrases and delivers her words in every manner but that which we'd expect from a singer/songwriter. Her art ends up running the gamut from whimsical to spooky, delicate to forceful, something altogether not unlike what you might find in a well-worn children's book of, you guessed it, fables." - SF Weekly
"Dawn McCarthy (a.k.a. Faun Fables)... (on) Mother Twilight, found her channeling the ghosts of psych-folk past, evoking a spookier Vashti Bunyan and the recently-rediscovered Linda Perhacs, and employing sounds and images of a decidedly occult nature... (on her earlier) Family Album incorporates a palpable prog-rock influence, and prominently features the goth-theatrical songwriting and vocals of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's Nils Frykdahl." - Dusted Reviews
Emerging from the local Phoenix Ska-Punk scene in 2003, Fayuca composes a face-melting and energetic sound which blends Reggae, Punk and Latin Ska. Formed by high school buddies, Gabriel Solorzano, Rafael Ruiz and Cisco Carballo; the band continues to tour the Southwest, capturing audiences by pouring their heart and soul into every performance. Opening for greats such as Damien Marley, Nas, 311, The Dirty Heads and showcasing at numerous festivals around the nation - Fayuca continues to grow, not only as musicians, but in popularity as well.
Attention funk aficionados... Felonious Groove Foundation is one of your new favorite bands. If you are down with Funkadelic, Parliment, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Galactic and Santana... you should check FGF out!
"Although Felonious Groove Foundation is still riding the wave of their 2004 New Mexico Music Industry Award victories in the categories of hip-hop and rap, the band is actually the cornerstone of Albuquerque's thriving funk and R&B live local music scene. Driven by the vocal stylings and innovative songwriting of Cali Soberanes and Todd Lovato, the young funk band has amassed a large cult following throughout the Southwest." - CD Baby
"Felonious Groove Foundation...propelling the show to its highest energy. Members of the band consisted not only of the typical guitarists and drummer, but two saxophone players and a set of turntables. The band mixes a highly instrumental style of hip-hop, funk, Latin and rock sounds. Its sounds sent the audience cheering on an imaginative ride of deep grooves balanced against blissful moments of sonic intensity. Similar to Feels Like Sunday, Felonious Groove Foundation has steadily carved its sound into the local scene, and is increasingly becoming renowned as one of New Mexico's premier bands." - Daily Lobo
Ferrodyne's music is a hybrid of indie-rock noir and folk-country. Formerly known as Thru-Liner, their literate, cinematic songs of windswept Americana reflect the landscapes and people of the Southwestern borderlands.
"Ferrodyne... lyrics are literate, bverging on poetic without being pretentions... (a) solid rock album, with top-notch playing and polished production." - Caliente
"The gentle Southwestern folk-rock on (Ferrodyne's) debut CD (St. John's Day) by this local act is far more than nice... It's refreshing to hear the ambitious, original story songs and tone poems by singer-songwriter Doug Smith, who sings in a rich baritone. He doesn't limit himself to monosyllabic verbiage, nor to easy sentiments, and he knows the worth of a rich description and subtle humor." - Tucson Weekly
"Fierce Creatures'... I Mostri Feroci is a quirky folk-pop EP full of fast choruses, crazy yet brilliant instrumentation and beautiful harmonized male/female vocals." - Just Music That I Like
"There is a level of sincere artistry apparent in the band’s composition that is both haunting and compelling. I Mostri Feroci may be short and sweet, but it most definitely leaves you wanting more." - The Daily Californian
"Fierce Creatures'... I Mostri Feroci, one of the finest EP’s that I have heard in years" -The Wild Honey Pie