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Shasta has an all-star lineup with Micayla Grace (Albert Hammond Jr, Bleached), Jennifer Duardo, Jon Sortland (The Shins) and featuring Cecilia Della Perruti (Gothic Tropic, Beck) coming together to bring us out of the winter months and dancing into the Spring.

Dreamlike harmonies and intensely personal lyrics tell tales of love and heartache, hope and longing. Shasta evokes the mellow, carefree vibe of the West Coast but with a darkness that cuts the light.

Micayla and Jennifer began writing songs together in San Francisco. They met for the first time at night, in a dark alley in the Mission district and knew instantly they had found something special. Kindred spirits had been united, both creative and bold.

Micayla, who usually has a bass in her hands, picked up a Telecaster electric guitar for Shasta songwriting sessions. She eschewed traditional electric guitar playing styles and trusted her bass player intuition instead. The results are captivating and this experimental approach laid the foundation for how Shasta writes music. Simple, pure, and unexpected.

Jen’s incredibly catchy synth hooks shine in these songs as well. You can feel her exuberant and open-hearted approach to songwriting and melody in each part she crafts.

The vocals stand out as mesmerizing and uplifting with Micayla’s seductive vocals blending with Jen’s harmonies creating a beautiful, ethereal quality.

Jon dropped into this union bringing his bombastic energy on a live drum kit along with retro beat machines and modern triggers while playing synths simultaneously on his left. The live drumming mixed with retro beat machines collide with the warm analog synthesizers and smash beautifully together.

With perfect pop tunes being crafted, the urge to break the mold persisted in Micayla’s vision of the band – which was ultimately realized by the snake like 6-string manipulations of the incredible Cecelia Della Peruti. Cecelia’s jagged, sultry riffs hoisted the rhythmic machine of Shasta into an even more unpredictable landscape adding to a unique sound that defies genre but blends elements of synth pop, electro, rock and 80s new wave.

Shasta is of another time, space, and dimension, yet their feeling is timeless. Shasta gives you the sensation of dreaming, yet being fully alive. In the end, Shasta just wants you to dance.

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Fox In The Henhouse LP Streaming on AMP Magazine!

Head over to AMP Magazine to stream the new self-titled LP from Baltimore’s Fox In The Henhouse. The record comes out on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 via iBot Records!

Head over to website to listen!

Fox In The Henhouse – “Fears”
Fox In The Henhouse – “Up (Change)”

Twin Tigers

Twin Tigers "Red Fox Run" Video

Athens’ Twin Tigers new album, Gray Waves, comes out on March 2nd on Old Flame Records ! Yesterday, Filter Magazine premiered the video for “Red Fox Run.” The video was filmed at the Go Bar, located in Athens! Twin Tigers plays their CD release show tomorrow, Friday, February 26th at Caledonia Lounge alongside Grape Soda and Nuclear Spring.

1986 Unveil The Rock And Roll Ponzi Scheme!

1986 is ready to share their brand new record Everybody Is Whatever I Think They Are with you, and it is through the Rock And Roll Ponzi Scheme! The Austin TX duo have put together a presentation that gives you the opportunity to receive a free download of their new release…

Their only request…Play It Loud!

Giorgio Angelini and Cully Symington make up 1986, but they have also performed with bands such as Bishop Allen, The Rosebuds, The Gutter Twins, Cursive, and Okkervil River. In the studio, the band enlisted the help of many friends, including Jesus Lizard guitarist, Duane Denison, and Adam Franklin, of Swervedriver.

Everybody Is Whatever I Think They Are is not only the product of its influences but also represents the experiences Symington/Angelini had touring and recording in other people’s bands.

Rafter's new album details! "Paper" is #2 on We Are Hunted!

Rafter’s new album Animal Feelings will come out on April 13th on Asthmatic Kitty! It’s his 4th album for the label, and it comes on the heels of the pop filled EP Sweaty Magic. Animal Feelings delivers the pop/R&B goods, and is worthy of getting thrown on the PA at the next after party you head to.

For those of you not familiar with Rafter, he’s a San Diego native that has worked the boards for artists like Black Heart Procession, Tristeza, Rocket from the Crypt, Shaky Hands, Fiery Furnaces, and label-mates Castanets, Sufjan Stevens and DM Stith.

Also, as of today, “Paper”, the hot new jam from the album, is at #2 on We Are Hunted!

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