To say that Family of the Year has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time would be an understatement. Since the release of Loma Vista, FOTY has been included in Entertainment Weekly’s “15 New Stars We Love,” Paste Magazine/SonicBids “Emerging artists of 2013,” Billboard Magazine’s “Bubbling Under,” KCRW’S “Local Bands We Love” and featured as Interview Magazine’s “Discovery” band. With standout track “Hero,” FOTY has made a run of late-night TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CONAN and two episodes of Late Night With Carson Daly. Four weeks since their Billboard radio chart debut, "Hero" cracks Top 5 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart and Top 20 at Alternative Radio (amongst the 5 most added at the format).
“I like storytelling, and wanted that to be the focus. I looked up genealogy charts and studied some American history for a frame of reference, then pulled from personal experiences and put it all together,” says Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face. Such concepts and stories come naturally to Ben, whom before turning to music wrote fiction. He switched to music after a hard drive crash where he lost his two nearly completed novels.
With the self-released LP The Family Tree: The Roots, Ben set out to do something non-traditional and progressively conceptual. In 2011, The Roots was the first installment of a three-part, stand-alone album series that chronicles a fictitious, and sometimes otherworldy, 19th century family.
Completed by fellow vocalist Sarah Hayes (also flute, piano), Kevin Brolly (clarinet, keyboards, backing vocals), Joe Rattray (bass, double bass, backing vocals) and Philip Hague (drums, vibraphone, backing vocals), Admiral Fallow’s richly distinctive mesh of acoustic and electric textures with multilayered harmonies has gained a fast-expanding fanbase either side of the Pond, prominently including Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC2’s ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris. They made their stateside debut with an appearance at last year’s SXSW, where they received praise from NPR’s influential All Songs Considered and Paste Magazine. They followed their triumphant SXSW performances with a busy summer of European festivals, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man, End Of The Road, Sligo Live, Crossing Border and many more.
Call it summertime synth. Vancouver band Young Liars have earned a loyal audience, forged by a reputation for explosive live shows, performing alongside Minus the Bear, CSS, and STRFKR and headlining showcases at Rifflandia festival and NXNE. Now, the band embarks on a new journey with their debut album, Tidal Wave, a sonic seachange that focuses their energy into a blissed-out sound powered by understated grooves and well- mannered rock.
The beginning of Young Liars was all about timing. It formed, as bassist Andrew Beck says, “from a combination of old bands breaking up, a few members staying together and a friend of a friend joining along the way.” Drummer Tyler Badali and Beck formed the group with singer and guitarist Jordan Raine, later Wes Nickel signed on to play keys. Together they forged a unified sound and live show that made the dream of music- making into a reality.
Neil Mason is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Nashville, TN. He first started working in the music industry while still in high school, signing with MCA Records with his pop/rock band LLAMA. LLAMA released a record Close To The Silence (2001) & an EP The World From Here (2002).
Jennie Matthias' boundless energy was first given room for expression with The Belle Stars, as they benchmarked the music business with their all girl group in the cornucopic pop scene of the early '80s. Following the release of three original singles Hiawatha, Slick Trick and Another Latin Love Song they finally scored their first Top 40 UK chart hit with ’Iko Iko’ in 1982, a cover version of the 60’s classic by The Dixie Cups. The Belle Stars version proved to have further longevity by becoming a Top 20 hit in the US in 1988 and a chart success worldwide following it’s appearance in the Oscar winning US movie ’Rain Man’ featuring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. The Belle Stars released a further 7 singles after Iko Iko, scoring their biggest hit with their signature tune ‘Sign of The Times’ which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and was a Top 10 hit in Europe.
Hey Ocean is to many the quintessential West Coast band. With three Vancouverites at its core (Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham, & David Vertesi) it’s true that their roots, their name, and many of their lyrics hark back to the pacific shores they call home. However, over the last 6 years they have earned a reputation as much more than just ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest.
Truly independent for over half a decade, Hey Ocean is also a representative of the new generation of DIY artists. They have been hands on every step of the way, releasing through their own label, Pop Machine and touring tirelessly from coast to coast. Their captivating and energetic live show has not only earned them the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base, but also the reputation for being one of Canada’s best young bands.
Yukon Blonde has earned no shortage of acclaim for its hook-heavy brand of pop rock. But despite their love of vintage rock 'n' roll, the members aren't the kind of guys who cling to the past.
The Kelowna, Canada, band formerly known as Alphababy, had served as both the opening act and backup band for Jon-Rae Fletcher and toured extensively in its native country. Group members are Jeff Innes (guitar, vocals), Brandon Scott (guitar, vocals), Graham Jones (drums, vocals), and Adam Newton (bass).
Raffi is a Canadian-Armenian singer-songwriter. He is well-loved by the children of the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s for his popular children's songs.
Some of Raffi's best-known children's songs are Bananaphone, Baby Beluga, Down by the Bay, Shake My Sillies Out, and Schmenge Polka.
Most of Raffi's children's albums include small, simple, folk instrumentations, prominently featuring Raffi's vocal and guitar work. Early works included contributions from Toronto-area folk musicians, including Ken Whiteley and Bruce Cockburn. Raffi also incorporated many world music sounds into his records.
His CDs, books and videos have sold over 15 million copies in Canada and the US. A generation saw him perform Down by the Bay and his signature song, Baby Beluga. “Beluga grads” often tell him that they are now raising their own children with his music.