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Tariq

Tariq is a Juno nominated songwriter and recording artist with a music career that spans over two decades. Born in rural Quebec to parents from Pakistan and Fiji, Tariq grew up on a healthy diet of Bollywood soundtracks. Then, in high school, he got his hands on a guitar and started writing songs which sounded more like Cat Stevens and Neil Young than Mohammed Rafi. By the end of the nineties, Tariq had released two full-length albums, Splat, and The Basement Songs. The Basement Songs, which came out on EMI Music Canada, earned him national radio play as well as a Juno nomination for “Best New Solo Artist.”

Into the early aughts, Tariq went on to release more music—two albums and one EP—independently and through small imprints. In 2009, he joined the ranks of the Vancouver based band, Brasstronaut. Since joining, this critically acclaimed act has been putting out music and touring extensively in both Canada and in Europein support of their records.

Tariq’s latest offering is Telegrams, his fifth full-length album and follow up to the 2013 Moonwalker EP. On Telegrams, the songs feel a bit like short stories, hence the title—three-and-a-half minute snippets of fictional lives. A fan of short fiction, Tariq found characters in stories by some of his favourite authors, like Lorrie Moore and Roberto Bolaño, and cast them as leads in his songs. Written in his apartment on an acoustic guitar, the songs were eventually shaped by a band who helped him envision fresh tempos, feels, and arrangements, adding layers of texture and melody. The result is a ten-song album with thoughtful lyrics and singable melodies reminiscent of artists like The Mountain Goats, and John K. Samson.

Sometimes though, those Bollywood soundtracks still play for him somewhere in the background.

Telegraphers:

Sam Davidson: clarinet, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), saxophone + musical arrangements
John Walsh: bass
Skye Brooks: drums
JP Carter: trumpet
Jesse Zubot: violin
Micajah Sturgess: french horn
Leah Abramson: background vocals

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Smomid

Smomid is a project by Nick Demopoulos, who is a Los Angeles based performer, musician and instrument builder. Smomid only utilizes instruments he has designed and built to perform interactive computer music. The name is derived from an acronym of his primary instrument: String Modeling Midi Device.

Smomid music often features glitchy and scattered beats, sampling, abstract textures, ambient spaces, and improvisation. Smomid music draws on many varied influences and creates bizarre juxtapositions with deft sonic versatility, with heavy beats, Gregorian Monks chanting and Taiko drum sounds all coexisting comfortably. After listening to several Smomid tracks one gets the impression that anything is possible and that all sound universes can coexist. One thing that doesn’t come across in an audio transmission is that there is also a visual aspect to Smomid Music. All the instruments emit light through high powered LEDs, and some illuminate visual animations and text through several LED displays embedded in the instruments.

As a guitarist Nick Demopoulos worked with NEA jazz master Chico Hamilton between 2008-2013 and recorded on the albums The Inquiring Mind, Revelation and Euphoric. He also released recordings with Exegesis, a group that mixes jazz and electronic music. In 2008, on behalf of the U.S. State Department, Exegesis worked as cultural diplomats, performing
in Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, U.A.E and Kuwait. Other artists he has performed and/or recorded with include George Bohannon, Jimmy Owens, Vernon Reid and Camille Brown.

There are two full length albums of music created with Smomid and Pyramidi instruments, Rhythms of Light (2015) and A Smoment in Time (2017), with a third release, Pyramidi Scheme, scheduled for fall 2019. With his Smomid Nick has performed at Lincoln Center, and been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music,
and Metal Injection among other media outlets.


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Tummyache

tummyache is An Alternative Rock Project created by Songwriter / producer soren bryce. The project is named after one of the side effects of severe physical anxiety. Bryce has been creating and releasing music for the past six years Under her own name. Tummyache manifested from Bryce’s need to explore a new set of emotions She experienced while living in brooklyn, new york.

the debut ep “humpday” is an honest and aggressive self-dive into a myriad of Intra/interpersonal issues; as well as a reflection of the human condition through the lens of absurdism. Songs like “machine” and “commonplace” are a cry to understand a life without intrinsic meaning, while “median” and title track “humpday” surrender to the existential anxiety in an attempt to be comforted by self-made hope. “in between” is a bitter-sweet outline of Bryce seeking to simply ‘feel better’.


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Athens, Georgia

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Relix Magazine premieres new Helen Kelter Skelter video!

Helen Kelter Skelter release their blistering new album Melter last month. But they’re not showing any signs of slowing down. Relix Mag just premiered their newest video, for the single “Palamino.”

Check out the post here and pick up your very own white-vinyl copy of Melter here!

If you’re in Tulsa, you’re also in luck! They’re playing The Vanguard tomorrow night, the 2nd. For all of their tour dates, head over to helenkelterskelter.com

Hayley Taylor CD release show on 8/26 at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood!

Hayley Taylor’s new record One Foot In Front Of The Other releases on August 24! To celebrate, Hayley will be performing a special CD release show in Hollywood on August 26 at the Hotel Cafe!

One Foot In Front Of The Other is the followup to Hayley’s highly successful EP Waking. Songs from Hayley’s new record have already been featured on several popular television shows, including “How I Met Your Mother,” “Royal Pains,” “Privileged,” and MTV’s “Real World Challenge.”

“refreshingly unassuming,” – Pitchfork Media

“at once reminiscent of Rachael Yamagata and evocative of a female Ryan Adams.” – Earcandy

From Hayley Taylor’s feature at Blurt Online:
“Songwriting is a cathartic experience for me – it helps me express what often goes unspoken and allows me to process my feelings. It enables me to create something beautiful out of the joys and struggles of life, capturing in words and music the fleeting breakthroughs of clarity.”

Hayley Taylor CD Release Show at The Hotel Cafe
Thursday, August 26 2010
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood Ca
21+ $8 admission

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