WHO'S ON TOUR
Into It. Over It.
Over the Rhine
Tedeschi Trucks Band
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4 ARTISTS TO KNOW
Sampha Sisay, simply known as Sampha, is an electro-pop singer-songwriter and producer. He hails from Morden, South London. Sampha has released two sol EPs: Sundanza in 2010 and Dual in 2013, but he is more widely known for his collaborative work with artists such as Kanye West, Drake, Solange Knowles and many more. Sampha’s debute album, Process is scheduled for release on February 3, 2017. You can currently listen to the first two singles, “Blood On Me” and “Timmy’s Prayer” off of the Process album.
The East Pointers, a trio consisting of Cousins Koady and Tim Chaisson, and friend Jake Charron. Their traditional Celtic tunes had some Irish, some Scottish, and some Maritime influence. Originally playing at late night kitchen parties in front of family and friends, the more the trio played together, the more original songs were written and the trio realized it was time to record their music and take their show on the road. They released a self-titled EP as well as a full-length album, Secret Victory, in late 2015. The trio will definitely make you want to get up and dance and clap along.
Twin Peaks is an indie/garage-rock band from Chicago, IL. The band consists of Cadien Lake James (vocals/guitar), Clay Frankel (vocals/guitar), Jack Dolan (vocals/bass), Colin Croom (keys/vocals/guitar) and Connor Brodner (drums). The band was formed in 2010 when the boys were in high school, and released their first album, Sunken, in 2012, which was recorded in Cadien Lake James’s basement. All of the boys but Clay Frankel decided to attend The Evergreen State College in Olympia, but dropped out to persue their music career. The band has since released two more albums, including Down In Heaven, which was released in May of 2013.
Sticky Fingers is an alt-rock band from Sydney, Australia. The band consists of members Dylan Frost (vocals/guitar), Paddy Cornwall (bass/vocals), Seamus Coyle (lead guitar), Beaker Best (drums/percussion), and Freddy Crabs (keys/synth). In 2009, the band played their first live show and released their first EP, Helping Hand. Their debut full-length album, Caress Your Soul, was released in 2013 and reached number 39 on the Australian Albums Chart while their second album, Land of Pleasure, reached number 3 on the Australian Albums Chart in 2014. Their third album, Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) was released in late September of 2016, and debuted at number 1 on the Australian Albums Chart. Unfortunately after a number of controversies and incidents, the band announced their indefinite hiatus on December 4, 2016 via their Facebook page.
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THIS WEEK'S COVER
Song: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
original by Bing Crosby
cover by LESLIE ODOM
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