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Progressive Power-Pop Band Stop.Drop.Rewind Explore the Deeper Intricacies of Cause and Effect on Their Epic First Full Length Album ‘ELEMENT & AFTERMATH’

In 2008, when Kris Lohn was a student at Valparaiso University tinkering with the idea of starting a band, he came up with lighthearted moniker Stop.Drop.Rewind based on his original vision to create a synth dance outfit.

stop drop rewind musiThree songs into developing his concept, however, the bassist realized that the sound was heading in a much edgier, more intense, power-pop direction. It quickly began solidifying into a fresh, multi-faceted vibe when his old friend, guitarist DJ Crenson, transferred to Valpo from the University of Maryland and the two began taking their longtime friendship and musical partnership to a whole new level. They had met years earlier, back in their 6th grade science class, and started their first group together by the end of that year. Stop.Drop.Rewind comes by its eclecticism naturally. Throughout middle school and high school, Kris and DJ played everything from punk and emo to jazz, marching band, contemporary Christian and singer/songwriter styled material.

“Our vibe changed,” Kris muses, “and we checked it out and there were no other bands called Stop.Drop.Rewind. It was a goofy idea, but now it’s a ten year old band name so it just works.” The band, whose current lineup includes drummer Andy Sutton and guitarist/vocalist Josh Andrews, will perform at 616 Music Venue in Kenosha February 23 as part of their tour for their just released first full length album Element & Aftermath.

Hailing from the Baltic Music Scene (Lithuania) Post Punk Revival Band “Deeper Upper”

Deeper Upper Indie Band

Formed in 2010, Deeper Upper are a young band from Vilnius, Lithuania, who eclectically mix post-punk influences with modern synth-driven sounds. Daktaras Kestutis (vocals, guitar, keys), Evaldas Arlauskas (keys), Ignas Ivaska (guitar), and Rimas Nasutavicius (drums) played their first gig at a rock contest a few years ago, and won first prize. As winners, Deeper Upper earned a chance to record two songs in a professional recording studio. Soon after, the band would release “Things Behind the Eden doors” and “Last I Saw You, You Were Dreaming of a Blue Sundown”, which earned them their first radio spins, as well as exposure in and out of Lithuania. Throughout the rest of 2011, Deeper Upper played across their home country and released “I Am the Colours”, a single that Mercedes-Benz eventually picked up for one of their promotional mixed tapes. In 2012, the band released their first video, for the single, “In the Sands of a Desert”.

A New Music Cultivator and New Indie Artist Launchpad – Grow Music Project

Grow Music Project microphoneThe GROW MUSIC PROJECT was conceived by Hollywood songwriter/composer/producer CHRISTOPHER TYNG [“Futurama”, “Suits,” “The OC”] to be a new music “cultivator” and artist “launchpad” for uniquely talented independent artists and bands. Our mission is to recognize and support emerging, career-focused artists by giving them the opportunity to have their most promising song professionally produced, recorded, and mixed in our world-class studio, entirely for free and with no strings attached. These artists will also be showcased on the Grow Music Project website, a hub established to foster artists’ musical connections, opportunities for exposure and career growth.

WHY?

Independent artists and bands need help now more than ever. Few places are left in the music industry that are still able to support and foster the talent of budding artists. The Grow Music Project endeavors to fill that void, to open the doors of our studio to up and coming artists and bands and give them a place to learn, develop and hone their craft. The GMP community will support their creative process, and strive to give their music the wider audience that it deserves.

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My Summer Announce Select Tour Dates, Watch Live Performance Video

Long Island indie band, My Summer, have announced select summer tour dates in support of their forthcoming record to be released Summer 2011.

Formed in 2005 by Mike Longo (guitar, vocals) and Joe Lambiaso (drums), My Summer quickly established themselves as a staple of New York’s indie rock scene, picking up band members Dave Ferrara (guitar) and Joe Gruber (bass) along the way. Before year’s end, they released their first EP.

Indie Band The Fire Apes Releasing New Album

Indie Band The Fire Apes are gearing up to release their latest album, A Life In Letters, out May 23. The South Carolina pop/rock act is fronted by lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, John Seymour, who often writes metaphorically about love and relationships using literary references, musically framed with melodic hooks.

His music and words can elicit feelings that range from joy and happiness to commiseration and longing. He credits The Beatles, Oasis, Green Day, The Pretenders and Fountains of Wayne as strong influences. “A Life in Letters” is guaranteed to be the summer music must have of 2011.

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Body Rampant Offer Latest EP, Transient Years

After much buzz about the indie band’s latest EP, Transient YearsThe Body Rampant is currently letting fans download the EP for free.

Transient Years, produced by Casey Bates (Gatsbys American Dream, Portugal, The Man, MxPx, Chiodos), is a collection of music to be ultimately impressed by with an aggressive indie rock sound where at times listeners can find hints of experimental pop.

Thrice Set to Record New Album, Playing Bamboozle

Thrice have been creatively working the past few months on what will be their seventh studio album, set for release early Fall 2011 on Vagrant Records.

In support of their upcoming release, the band will perform at the 2011 Bamboozle Festival in NJ kicking off Friday night, April 29 at Hoodwink performing a cover set from Hot Water Music. They will also take the stage Saturday, April 30 performing past Thrice crowd-favorites as well as a new song off their upcoming album.

“We’ve been off the road since last August, and have spent the past few months working really hard on a new record, so we’re itching to play live again,” said Riley Breckenridge, drummer. “In our experience, Bamboozle has always been a good time, not only because we get to play in front of a ton of people, but because we get to reconnect with so many friends in bands that we’ve toured with over the years.