Get to Know the Artist: Kai Altair

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Atmospheric electronic rock artist Kai Altair offers an insightful opinion in her interview with Gadfly Online: “All genres of music are beginning to fuse as the world comes together in global connection. The music I am creating is a product of a planet in communication.” In addition to creating a product of planet in communication, Altair wants her music to “communicate that which cannot be spoken in words alone.” Her new album, Dreamwalker, is set for release in February of 2015. The album “explores themes like lucid dreaming, time travel, metamorphosis, and sacred bliss all with the goal of conjuring alternate realities and transporting audiences to a dreamlike place.” Continue reading to gain some more insight on Altair’s philosophies and beliefs and take a listen to one of her latest singles, “Shadows Dance,” here.

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Get to Know the Artist: Michael Persall

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Michael Persall is finally following his dream of making of music for a living after realizing just how delicate life could be when his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer his senior year of high school. He has an EP out right now titled This and That, but this is not his first attempt of following his dream. While publicized as his debut EP, This and That is actually his second EP. “I removed the first one from the Internet because well, it just wasn’t good at all,” Persall said. In am industry-dominated world, not many artists would dare doing what Persall did for the sake of excellence. Continue reading to learn what else Persall does in order to create quality music and check out one of his singles from This and That, “Twice.”

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Get to Know the Artist: Trades

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Get to know Trades, a New York based band who has recently announced their upcoming fourth album, About Above Across. Each member of the band brings his own experience, his own musical taste, his own story to the band’s sound. Trades is a piano-focused trio, but incorporates drums and vocals to create a unique instrumental blend. They have a self-described “raw, unfiltered honesty” in their sound that they hope resonates with listeners.

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Get to Know the Artist: Meghann Wright

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Meet Meghann Wright, an emerging singer/songwriter based in New York. Meghann has a background drenched in culture, extending beyond music and the arts and encompassing food, people, and places. With her cultured background it is no wonder Meghann transgresses “genre boundaries,” surpassing established sounds and creating music that stands on its own. Meghann hopes to move listeners with her music, assure them that they are all part of a shared human experience. She finds beauty in music and hopes others find the same.

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Get to Know the Artist: Every Flavor Weather Machine

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When you hear or read the words, “Every Flavor Weather Machine,” you don’t immediately think of music, but that’s precisely what Every Flavor Weather Machine is. The band is an octet, something you don’t see very often in today’s popular music. They use a bassist, trombonist, drummer, trumpeter, saxophonist, percussionist, vocalist, and keyboarder to create the many flavors in their music. The flavors that the band offers include funk, soul, blues, gospel, and rock and roll. Some of these flavors or songs have meaning, and some just make you want to dance, according to front man and songwriter, Ben Anshutz (keyboards/vocals). Read more of Gadfly Online’s interview with Anshutz to learn how the band got their name and more, and be sure to check out EFWM’s latest single, “Do What I Can,” here.

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The Political Currents of Bronte’s “Us Vs Them”

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In a world of sugary pop ballads and singles encouraging us all to shake some sort of ourselves, I always rejoice when I come across an artist who writes conscientious, meaningful lyrics. That is exactly what I discovered when I came across Liam McAlary, otherwise known as Bronte, a singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia. In addition to soulful sound and catchy hooks, Bronte’s music narrates a story. It is through music that Bronte promotes political issues and engages in social commentary.

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Get to Know the Artist: Lion’s Mouth

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“We have never heard the same comparison more than once, which makes us feel like we have created a sound that really is Lion’s Mouth.”

Meet Chelsea Zareczny and Sara Wexler, together known as the indie-pop duo, Lions’ Mouth. In preparation for their self-titled debut album dropping today (November 18th) on Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, and more, the duo talked to Gadfly Online about how their experiences, from volunteer firefighting to elementary school bands, have brought them here today and how their album fits into their overall career arc, which hopefully includes touring where the duo “thrives under stage lights.”

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Get to Know the Artist: The Harmaleighs

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Meet The Harmaleighs, composed of 23 year-olders, Haley Grant and Kaylee Japerson. The folk duo met in college and instantly bonded over chips and queso. Since then, they have played alongside some of their favorite artists, including Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. With their new songs that tell stories about “the joy that comes with living,” they are hoping to become favorites of their own of the old and young. Take a listen to their first single, “I Keep Ticking On,” off of their debut album, Pretty Pictures, Dirty Brush, and continue reading to learn more about The Harmaleighs.

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