Get to Know the Artist: Language of Shapes

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Earlier this month, Gadfly Online was lucky enough to talk to all four members of the Korean-based “psych-fi sci-folk” band, Language of Shapes, composed of four expat English teachers, Tristram Burden (vocals, mandolin, French horn), J.E. Seuk (vocals, mandolin, flute), Courtland Miles (bass), and Bobby Goldberg (djembe), who even challenged us to characterize their music after we posed that question to them.

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Get to Know the Artist: Canopy Climbers

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Get ready to get up and dance with this band! Canopy Climbers is a unique combination of sound, described by some as alt-pop-rock. You could also simply describe Canopy Climbers as fun to listen to! These guys are bringing a fresh new sound to the music scene, utilizing electric beats and sweet synth. While their upbeat pop sound may remind you of 80s hits, they constantly respond to and engage with modern influences, proving that they are an adaptable, dynamic band. Canopy Climbers just released the single “Potion” from their upcoming EP Fever, and are working to release a music video. Until then, get to know the band a bit better with a Gadfly exclusive interview.

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Get to Know the Artist: Looms

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Gadfly presents Looms, an indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band has just released “Sunshine,” the second single from their upcoming album Waking Days. Looms benefits from a fusion of genres, blending rock with bluesy elements, producing one solid overall sound. Thriving off natural chemistry, Looms continues to make waves and is set to tour the local NY music scene. If you’re looking to expand your indie-rock collection, or simply relax to mesmerizing rhythm, check out Looms!

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Get to Know the Artist: Geoff Ong

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Former mechanical engineer turned singer-songwriter, Geoff Ong writes typical breakup songs like a lot of artists, but his single “The Last Song I’ll Ever Write About You” “isn’t your typical breakup song: it features Ong’s buttery riffs and falsetto-filled vocals over an upbeat funk track.” Born and raised in New Zealand, Ong moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music: a school with only a 19.2% acceptance rate that many of our featured artists have attended. Thus there is no doubt that these artists are talented, but why should you listen to Ong’s songs? In his own words, ”Ultimately, I hope that people will connect with the music on a more meaningful level than ‘Oh, this sounds nice,’ and that at some point in the future, they will look back and remember how my music was a real part of their lives.” Continue reading to learn about Ong and take a listen here to another single from his upcoming EP, The Boston EP.

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Get to Know the Artist: Thousand Days

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Not a lot of our featured artists can say that they have their own Wikipedia page, but Pardis Sabeti can. Pardis is a “world-renowned evolutionary geneticist” who teaches at Harvard University. 2014 was a big year for her—she was named one of TIME Magazine’s people of the year for her work with the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Pardis is hoping 2015 will be a big year for her alterative rock band, Thousand Days. As front woman for the Boston trio, Pardis wrote about her experience with the virus and the people affected by it in “One Truth.” Yesterday, Pardis, guitarist Bob Katsiaficas, and drummer Matt Hayden released their latest album, Turkana Boy. We caught up with Pardis and Bob before the album release. Check out their first single from the album, “Shallow” here and continue reading to see what advice the two of them have for aspiring doctors and musicians.

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Get to Know the Artist: Nita Chawla

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This week’s featured artist is local adult contemporary artist, Nita Chawla, a native of Washington D.C. Washington D.C. is on the borderline of both the North and the South and urban and suburban, prompting Chawla to describe herself as “an urban girl with a Southern heart.” This dichotomy has transferred to her music, “Sometimes I want to write a dance track with a solid beat and a pop sound, and sometimes it’s acoustic and soulful.” Take a listen to one of her more acoustic and soulful tracks here and see if you can separate Chawla’s two sides in her upcoming sophomore EP, Grace, out soon. Continue reading to hear what Chawla has to say about comparisons to Lana del Ray and more!

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Get to Know the Artist: Ryan Hobler

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This week’s featured artist is Ryan Hobler. In one of the more entertaining interviews we have done with an artist, Hobler refuses to characterize his music into a stock genre. “Ultimately, I just want to be categorized under ‘Good Music,’” Hobler said. “If you’re the type of person who knows how to relish in a quiet moment of a crazy day, or if you’re the type of person who wants to know how to relish in a quiet moment of a crazy day, then you should definitely check out my music.” If you’re that type of person, then check out Hobler’s latest single “The Day We Last Spoke” from his latest album The Elusive Yes and continue reading to learn more about an artist who exemplifies Gadfly’s mission by encouraging listeners to think “critically about themselves and the world around them.”

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Get to Know the Artist: Husband

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Meet Michael Paolino aka Husband, a rock-n-roll artist from down under. Paolino has been entertaining his whole life but just recently released his debut album, The Money, on January 23. For Paolino, music is a way for him to challenge society’s norms—“I think our environment and culture is becoming increasingly unnatural,” Paolino said. “Music is my way of sharing my frustrations and wonderment about the world around me.”

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Get to Know the Artist: Lux

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Today’s artist is Robert Lux, a DJ, producer, and songwriter currently based in Brooklyn, New York. With a trio of titles under his belt, Lux has the opportunity to get involved with music on multiple levels, allowing for maximum creativity. On his most recent EP, Lux oversaw the writing, mixing, and artwork of the project. The EP also features several collaborations with other artists, drawing on various styles and fusing them with his own, seamlessly creating one fluid product.

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Get to Know the Artist: Jackie Venson

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Want your music with a dose of take-charge attitude? That’s exactly what you’ll get when you listen to Jackie Venson, blues rocker with Texas roots. Jackie has an abundance of musical talent under her belt with seventeen years of piano playing, eight years of songwriting, and four years of guitar strumming. Jackie even attended Berklee College of Music, polishing her technical skills even further. So with all that training and musical emersion, what’s an artist to do? Shake things up with personality and attitude.

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