The Los Angeles-based, indie outfit Run River North (formerly known as Monsters Calling Home) has joined the Nettwerk family. In 2011, the six-piece released an “accidental” demo, a last-minute promotional piece to sell on tour. With only the unplanned demo, Run River North has seen extraordinary buzz, including a booking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2012, the band recorded and filmed a music video for “Fight To Keep” in their Hondas. Unable to afford a studio space at the time, the sextet switched off playing instruments inside the cramped interiors of their Honda Fit, Accord and CRV. Once uploaded, the video experiment ran an upward viral course to the Honda offices. Under the pretense of thanking the band, Honda invited them to perform in front 600 of their executives.
Innovative, provocative, groundbreaking and fearless – the world’s only artist to record with both Guyanese rapper Saukrates and indie rock band Broken Social Scene – k-os released the Joyful Rebellion in 2004, featuring standout tracks “Crabbuckit,” “Man I Used to Be” and “B-Boy Stance.” Almost a decade later, k-os is twice platinum, toured with Drake, recorded with The Chemical Brothers, won a Source award, won multiple JUNO and Much Music Video Awards (with a staggering combined 34 nominations!) and was a 2005 Grammy nominee.
Who is Dispatch? Answer: One of the biggest independent rock bands in history.
“We’ve been called the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of,” says Brad Corrigan, one of Dispatch’s three singers and multi-instrumentalists. "People either know everything about us or they know nothing. There never seems to be any middle ground."
Members Corrigan, Chad Stokes and Pete Francis met at Middlebury College in Vermont in the early ‘90s. By 1996, they released their debut album, an acoustic-driven folk-pop affair called Silent Steeples, on their own Bomber Records label, followed by 1998’s reggae-flavored Bang Bang.
Chad Stokes of State Radio & Dispatch embarks on his first solo outing under the moniker Chadwick Stokes. The solo project, titled Simmerkane II is inspired by Stoke’s train jumping adventures across the US, a metaphoric diary of the sights and sounds discovered on his travels. Produced by John Dragonetti (The Submarines), Simmerkane II features collaborations with friends and heroes – Carly Simon, Blake Hazard (The Submarines), Matt Embree (RX Bandits), The White Buffalo (aka Jake Smith) and aforementioned Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
Chosen as one of NPR Music’s "10 Artists You Should've Known in 2012," Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore combines melodic indie pop with dramatic narratives, Savoir Adore is “musically and lyrically brave” (NME).
Formed in 2007, the fantasy pop-duo of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro has become a fixture of Brooklyn’s indie scene. Following the release of The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat and 2009’s In The Wooded Forest, the New York music press embraced the fantastic self-released Our Nature. In 2013, Nettwerk will re-release the album with new, previously unreleased tracks.
With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5 million combined YouTube views. 5 track EP Young North was co-produced by ARIA Award winning Producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, Josh Pyke, Silverchair) and the band at Melbourne’s Sing-Sing Studio and was mixed at Sydney’s Albert’s Studio.
Chosen as one of NPR Music’s “Austin 100,” this Swiss/German female duo release their album Mutual Friends, landing at #13 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The album is already Gold-certified in Germany, with infectious single “Little Numbers” boasting close to 8 million views on YouTube. The ladies of BOY have enjoyed a welcoming reception in the States from media, industry folks and fans alike, with featured coverage in major national outlets like The New York Times, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Alternative Press, Filter, Bust, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, WXPN’s World Café and Sirius XM’s Spectrum and Coffee House. “Little Numbers” was chosen as iTunes “Single of the Week” as well as Starbucks’ “Pick of the Week.”
In 1986, Nadina became the first child from Lebanon and the Arab world to ever participate at the Zecchino D'oro UNICEF festival in Italy. Delivering a powerful rendition of "Vola, Palombella" [Fly Bird of Peace] to a television audience of over 25 million worldwide, judges awarded the young singer a gold medal, and the song became something of an international phenomenon. Instantly, her voice stood out, and she swiftly embraced the stage at charity concerts and functions across her native Lebanon and Internationally. Her latest album, In The Now, is available now. Read Nadina's full bio here: http://www.nadina.tv/#332/custom_plain
Like a phoenix that rises from the ashes to burn its brightest, The Young Liars could've been completely dishevelled by the dissolvement of their former band. However, perseverance is a way of life for this four piece rock 'n' roll band from Nashville, TN. The Young Liars took no time off after the split and assembled in singer/guitarist Tucker Caton's basement to press on and write rock 'n' roll songs with pop sensibility while drawing upon influences from major pop rock stars of times past.
SHEL has delivered one of the most impressive debuts of the year…
Chris Douridas –KCRW/Los Angeles
SHEL performs with the precision of a heat seeking missile.
Paul Kennerley, Award-winning Songwriter
My emerging artist pick for 2011. SHEL’s synergy is infectious…
the future of music is in good hands. Jim Gillespie, Blissfest Music Organization
SHEL is Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, four classically trained musicians who happen to be sisters. From the artist colony of Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL is sophisticated and youthful, emotional and lighthearted, classic and eccentric. SHEL’s engaging live show is marked with a prodigy’s creativity and a veteran’s instinct for entertaining. Audiences delight with their unique songwriting style and fresh, new sound.