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Kris Gruen supporting Alejandro Escovedo

Kris will be supporting Alejandro Escovedo on short run of major Western cities early November. Nov 4 - Santa Fe, NM - GiG Performance SpaceNov 5 - Denver, CO - The Soiled Dove UndergroundNov 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room

Young Mister to release "Soft Rock" Oct 27th

When asked to put together some songs that reflected his intimate solo performance in BMG's Los Angeles office the past spring, Fiore drew from a few ideas he’d been toying with in the months prior and wrote two new songs, completing the task in two months time. The short collection of minimally produced ballads appropriately titled Soft Rock is more stripped down than the self-titled debut album released last year. The lead single, Infinite Space, was inspired by a podcast that discussed the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. Fiore says “One contributor stated that he believed life existed elsewhere but was heartbroken by the fact that we may never get to see their faces. This struck a chord in me, as the true nerd in me is also saddened at the thought of never meeting aliens. I’ve often felt like a loner growing up, as if no one truly understood me, so I tied the sentiment from the podcast into the idea that maybe the only beings that I could ever truly identify with are living somewhere in a galaxy far, far away—too far to ever reach.” This track features backing vocals from Christie Dupree of the bands Eisley and Merriment. The EP highlights Fiore’s signature “energetic yet considered songwriting” (Popmatters) where he crafts songs that are “gentle, sincere, and built with a strong hook” (Consequence of Sound). Produced by Fiore, Soft Rock was recorded in assorted studios in Charleston, SC, Nashville, TN, and Asheville, NC by Dan McCurry, Taylor Bray, Matt Lohan, and Fiore himself, and mixed in Brooklyn, NY by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones).

New Placements: Mother Feather, Shim in Showtime's Shameless

Listen to songs from Mother Feather and Shim in the upcoming season of Showtime's Shameless. Both songs are featured in the season premiere. Shameless season 8 premieres Sunday, November 5, at 9pm ET/PT.

Songs featured in upcoming film All These Small Moments

We’re excited to announce our collaboration with director Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo and Moving Pictures Artists on the upcoming film All These Small Moments. Charles Newman will serve as music supervisor. The upcoming film features songs from Mother West artists Aloud, Kris Gruen, Cold Blood Club, and Tom Shaner. Written and directed by Melissa B. Miller-Constanzo, All These Small Moments stars Brendan Meyer, Molly Ringwald, Jemima Kirke, Harley Quinn Smith, Sam McCarthy, and Brian D'Arcy James. The coming of age tale centers around a teenager (Brendan Meyer) becoming infatuated with a woman he sees on the bus each day (Jemima Kirke), further complicating his already tumultuous adolescence.

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Album: Music For Outcasts
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Jon DeRosa

Influenced by vocal standards of the 1940's, teenage jukebox anthems of the 50's, and the mod and girl-group sounds of the 60's, DeRosa combines them all to create a cocktail of song-driven atmospheric chamber pop. __________________________________

Shyan Selah

Classic early 2000's style hip-hop with hard hitting lyrics cascading in a smooth flow. Shyan Selah embodies the essence of the most trendsetting music icons from his hometown of Seattle. Inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, Shyan is a master at blending the classic with the cutting edge. A bold singer/songwriter and recording artist, he’s at the forefront of ushering in a new era of modern musicians with his band, The Republic of Sound – an act that is designed to fully embody Shyan’s specialized fusion of rock, soul and hip hop music as the perfect backdrop to his throwback soul-rock vocal and eclectic rhyme style. A creative force in both music and business, Shyan has led a series of unprecedented arrangements with some of the world’s biggest brands including Starbucks, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Universal Music; and has had his music licensed by FOX, CBS/Paramount, along with special projects featuring the NBA and NFL. An artist and entrepreneur who strives to reach the youth, Shyan has been on the speaking circuit for years, working with various middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the nation. His music and outreach has led to him being invited to act as an ambassador for musicians and music entrepreneurs from around the globe for the World Affairs Council’s International Leadership Conference series at the World Trade Center in Seattle, WA; it is also the driving force behind his unique collaborations with international brands.

Leland Sundries

Leland Sundries, a band from NYC led by Nick Loss-Eaton, is dedicated to storytelling in a way that recalls Woody Guthrie and his Folkways brethren. [Their] scrappy Americana will get you longing for empty two-lane highways and kudzu-encased back porches.” – New York Times “Not only does Brooklyn singer-songwriter Nick Loss-Eaton write richly detailed, sepia-toned tunes that layer America then and now atop one another like a ghostly palimpsest, he’s just as handy at knocking out Johnny Cash-worthy trifles like ‘Giving Up Redheads.’ His quartet has been spending a lot of quality road time lately, so expect them to be well-marinated for this homecoming gig.” – The Village Voice “Excellent.” – iTunes “Reminiscent of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Elvis Perkins.” – Baeble Music “Oddball storytelling with a lo-fi country sensibility” – Time Out New York “Leland Sundries singer/picker Nick Loss-Eaton’s the-Band-meets-Lou-Reed approach mates gnawing electric guitar and old-time acoustic six-string, banjo, and harmonica melodies with dry-witted, drawling, modern-day ennui.” – Boston Phoenix “[The] narratives of bus rides, trains and bars, windmills, roast beef sandwiches and Russian overcoats are penned with a novelist’s eye for detail and delivered in a wry New York baritone.” – No Depression “What Lou Reed would sound like if he was asked to front Tom Waits’ Mule Variations band… Highly recommended to fans of Leonard Cohen.” – My Old Kentucky Blog “One of the more striking debuts this annum… Let’s hear a full-length, soon.” – Blurt, 8 stars (out of 10) “The whole schmegie has that latter-day Waits/early morning Leonard Cohen vibe about it.” – Philadelphia City Pages Online “A wholly original outfit that just released one of the most exciting musical debuts of the year.” – PopDose Crackling garage rock meets literate indie rock in a sound marinated in the extremes of New York City on Music For Outcasts, the full-length debut and first UK/European release for Leland Sundries. It comes out February 5 2016 on L’Echiquier Records in conjunction with Décor Records, and places Leland Sundries in the context of bands that combine literacy with overdrive such as Silver Jews, Deer Tick, Jack Oblivian, Wooden Wand, The Hold Steady, Johnny Thunders, The Modern Lovers and Ezra Furman. Leland Sundries is the portmanteau under which frontman Nick Loss-Eaton and an ever-evolving roster of Brooklyn, NYC musicians produce the kind of careering, scrappy garage rock which has -via nascent EP releases- already earned the band nods from The New York Times and Timeout. Music For Outcasts itself was shaped by the fall out from two particularly pivotal events in Loss-Eaton’s life, the last few years of which have seen him not only recover from alcohol dependency, but go on to survive emergency open heart surgery. Fairly white-knuckle, stare-down-your-mortality fare for anyone, never mind someone barely out their twenties, and a live-it-out experience which bears its blackly humorous mark across Music For Outcasts. Ironically, the surgery itself presented Loss-Eaton with the opportunity for his first ‘holiday’ in over 4 years- a chance which took him (not entirely to his doctor’s ease) to the UK & Europe for several weeks, to begin work on what became Music For Outcasts. He says, “I hooked up with UK artist/producer Alexander Festival Hall to demo the songs in his tiny East London studio.” Studio recordings were then made in an unheated loft studio in Nick’s old neighbourhood of Greenpoint, in a former creamery building nestled next to a bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, much of it recorded on analogue tape. Around half of the tracks which comprise the record were written prior to Loss-Eaton’s recovery from alcoholism, rendering them – as Nick wryly noted during subsequent recording sessions – ‘time capsules back to a time of desperation’. For evidence of this pressure-cooker effect in microcosm, look no further than the surf-rock wash of ‘Greyhound From Reno’, which zeros in on the pill-hazed, midnight exodus of a shady character skipping town. Whilst the track lampoons its sleazy, washed up protagonist, Loss-Eaton delivers its underlying inference direct to the mirror, written as it was at the tail end of his addiction; ‘It’s impressionistic, non-linear, but that sense you can’t outrun yourself is palpable’. The track came eventually came together in aptly chaotic fashion during late-night recording takes; ‘We turned out all the lights in the studio and it got weird. I sang and screamed until I went hoarse, and it felt like an exorcism of panic’. Elsewhere on Music For Outcasts, Loss-Eaton turns the microscope on his own scars with a similarly unflinching candour. ‘Freckle Blues’ (written whilst New York was holed up during Hurricane Irene) equates the elapse of time since a relationship’s demise with his own date tally of sobriety, and ‘Maps of The West’ traces an ill-advised foray into dating whilst in the early stages of abstinence. ‘They recommend against this, and I soon saw why’ recalls Nick; ‘I fell hard for her. Should have known it wouldn’t work out when she took me to a bar. She drank whiskey. I drank seltzer.’ That said, the song nonetheless taps the fledging stability that his recovery brought to proceedings; ‘I found a measure of hope in being sober that wasn’t there in my life or my writing before’. And yet beyond the more personal scorched earth the record rakes over, there is a wider resonance within the world of misfits and missed connections that Music For Outcasts inhabits. Fittingly for one who snatches fragments of lyric ideas from overheard conversations & glimpses into the lives of others, the characters and vignettes which Loss-Eaton summons here are so vivid as to become almost tangible. ‘Stripper From Bensonhurst’ mines far beyond the attendant stereotypes to chart the push/pull between a grim domestic semblance of normality far more intolerable to this woman than her nocturnal ‘other life’, whilst the taut, Spoon-esque snap and swivel of ‘Radiator Sabotage’ paints a world of burnt-out glamour as palpable as any of Lou Reed’s succinct dispatches. Even the track titles themselves – ‘Studebaker’, ‘Wallace ID’ – function almost like projector slides, brief flashes of narrative which demand conjecture. Two studio EPs, a vinyl/digital 7” single, three music videos, and national US touring have already earned Leland Sundries praise from Pop Matters, New Yorker, Magnet, American Songwriter, Village Voice, Time Out NY, Baeble Music, No Depression, Blurt, and Boston Phoenix. The band has performed at Campout Fest (Joshua Tree, CA); taped a Daytrotter session; and shared stages with Spirit Family Reunion, Todd Snider, Marah, Eef Barzelay (leader of Clem Snide), Taylor Hollingsworth (of Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band) and Cracker.

The Stargazer Lilies

Kim Field, John Cep, and Tammy Hirata are The Stargazer Lilies. Through their musical history as a duo dream pop/shoegaze/psychedlic song writing team (John & Kim), they have released 3 albums as the band Soundpool and are about to release their second album as The Stargazer Lilies. Their debut release as The Stargazer Lilies 'We Are The Dreamers' was released on Graveface Records in late 2013. Their second release 'Door To The Sun' is due out on Graveface Records Spring 2016. The duo has shared the stage with the likes of: Chapterhouse, Ulrich Schnauss, A Place To Bury Strangers, Asobi Seksu, School Of Seven Bells, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tobacco and Robin Guthrie to name a few. Their 2015 Spring tour has them paired with Tobacco, Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Airiel, Fever The Ghost, New Fumes, Night School and more. Their second release “Door To The Sun” is due out on Graveface Records Summer 2015.

Benjamin Cartel

Benjamin Cartel is no stranger to making music that quickly connects with its listeners. That’s something he’s always excelled at, first with the substantial attention and acclaim accorded his duo Kaiser Cartel, and then, with a return to his solo career. To date, the latter has yielded two highly acclaimed efforts, an EP called Money and Love and a full length outing entitled Gothenberg, each of which helped broaden his reputation while underscoring his obvious ambitions. “Benjamin Cartel’s songs can often conjure the same subliminal tension as that of a Randy Newman or John Prine” -.American Songwriter

Seldom Family

Channeling echoes of the nostalgic 50’s and the angular emptiness of 80’s post-punk, Pennsylvania’s Seldom Family conjure up sparse landscapes of sound.

The Ton Ups

Regarded by many as the original Williamsburg Band. Hey, somebody had to be. The Ton Ups still live and roam the streets of Williamsburg Brooklyn. The Ton Ups play driving garage rock.

The Come On

The Come On is the brainchild of songwriter Sam Barron and producer Brian Speaker (Jeffrey Lewis, The Fem Doms); an irreverent new wave rock concoction of overdriven Telecaster, vocal harmonies and sparse synth strokes. Their sound merges The Modern Lovers garage rock with a Devo geometry, and honors above all the spirit of T. Rex. In fact, it was after emerging from a T. Rex-induced coma, Sam began to write a new set of songs for the band he and Speaker had envisioned. In the fall of 2016 with drummer Lou Cozza (Darkwing, Looms) and singer/keyboardist Mimi Oz, Sam took the material on the road and after feeling the updraft of the response to the songs, Speaker recorded The Come On live off the floor at his SpeakerSonic Studios right after they returned to Brooklyn. Additional production was added by Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields, Motopony)

Cristina Taddonio

Cristina Taddonio’s sound is as unique and eclectic as her story. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal and raised in Milano, Italy, Cristina spent her childhood following the nomadic travels of her mother from India to Israel and onward. Gathering the stories and sounds of her travels, Cristina began to write music about the people, struggles, and beauty that she experienced. Her music today is heavily influenced by her upbringing, and one can hear bits of everything from Billie Holiday to The Police in her unique pop/rock/jazz fusion. Creating a style for the heart hungry, Taddonio’s maturity and mastery of so many genres is indicative of her message and her goals. Anyone and everyone can find a piece of themselves in her emotionally intelligent lyrics and hooks that just, well, hook you. While obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music and Composition from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Cristina recorded her eight song ep “real” in which she wrote and co-arranged every piece. Innovatively bold, Cristina’s songs fearlessly address love, God, sex, and anything else that comes to her mind with an unparalleled virtuosity of language and emotion. The result teeters somewhere between sincere and provocative. In an industry of growing instant gratification and fluff pop, Taddonio brings a fresh sound and hopeful lyrics to listeners from every generation. Cristina’s extraordinary honesty and powerhouse vocals inspire a new trend in heartfelt and quality music, and give us all something to listen for.

The Davenports

“Klass writes melodic confections that seep into your psyche and stay…and does so with wit and intelligence” (PopMatters). Brooklyn’s Scott Klass makes music that’s “steeped in pop/rock—Weezer meets Ben Folds…leading you to sing along to songs you’re hearing for the first time while stories unfold of relationships gone awry….” (The Deli). He puts it out with a rotating cast of great musicians—the core of which is now Erik Philbrook, Rob Draghi and Cheri Leone—and calls it The Davenports. The cast includes regular appearances by Claudia Chopek (Springsteen, Moby), Garo Yellin (The Ordinaires, Pere Ubu), Danny Weinkauf, Dan Miller (They Might Be Giants) and many more. After a string of pop projects, including playing alongside Chris Collingwood in the Fountains of Wayne frontman’s previous band, Klass conceived of The Davenports in 2000. Well-known for “Five Steps,” the theme song to A&E’s Emmy-nominated Intervention, he’s licensed numerous songs to TV in addition to putting out three critically acclaimed records—Speaking of The Davenports, Hi-tech Lowlife and Why the Great Gallop—which set tales of love, lust, mean, money-dangling mothers, superstitious panic attacks and the like to a torrent of guitar-driven, melodic rock. The Davenports recently contributed renditions of Wham! and Randy Van Warmer songs to the compilation series’ Drink a Toast to Innocence (covering the ’70′s) and Here Comes the Reign Again (covering the ’80s)–records which also featured Mike Viola, Freedy Johnston, Rachel Yamagata and Chris Collingwood. Starting in January 2015, Klass and the band will release a new single every month, the first of which, entitled “Don’t Be Mad at Me,” will be accompanied by The Davenports’ first official music video.

Aaron Flinn

Aaron Flinn plays anything he can get his hands on and writes, engineers, records and performs most of the material that you'll hear. Aaron also loves hitting the studio or stage with a long list of incredibly talented characters: poets, prophets, beats, bastards, wizards, fairies, family and friends.

Aluminum Babe

"Aluminum Babe elude simple comparison. They yank the bittersweet guitar song violently into funky disco terrain and then gently lick it with a creamy female falsetto. Driving dance-punk energies, making for a fascinating sonic journey that is highly recommended." - Amy McGill Rock Sound.


Aloud is a four-piece rock n’ roll band fronted by songwriting team Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa. The two have written songs together since their teens growing up in Miami, Florida. Beguiristain and de la Osa moved to Boston shortly after high school to form Aloud. Over the years, they have created a catalog of songs wide in range, but always influenced by the 60s soul and rock music they grew up on—with a particular affection for harmonies. While the two each have their own distinctive vocal style they are at their best singing together. The two married in 2010. Aloud's music has been featured on NPR's Innovation Hub where it has the honor of being the show's theme song, ESPN, FOX, TV and just recently on a national TV spot for Ashley Furniture. The band has been written about in the Huffington Post, Elmore Magazine, Impose, the Boston Globe, and Time Out to name a few. They play regularly in the northeast, have done two national tours and have been invited several times to the CMJ and SXSW music festivals, and have shared the stage with acts such as Lady Lamb, Lake Street Dive, Cage the Elephant, Alpha Rev, and Hunter Valentine. Recorded at Boston's Q Division studios as part of the Converse Rubber Tracks series and produced by Benny Grotto, the band currently has a new double A side single and video in the works for release early next year with national tour plans to follow in the spring.

The Ritualists

The Ritualists is NYC-based dark psychedelia. Fronted by lyricist and multi-instrumentalist, Christian Dryden, the group's fusion of classic glam rock, post punk and modern Brit-pop has raised more than a few eyebrows, earning them comparisons to legends such as David Bowie, Echo and The Bunnymen and The Verve, and the praise of Sex Pistols founder, Glen Matlock. The Ritualists' live show combines aspects of traditional rawk theatricality and classical surrealism. They have awed audiences up and down the east coast, from The Highline Ballroom, NYC to The Masquerade in Atlanta. They were recently one of only 25 other artists chosen to participate in the All About Music festival in Nashville, TN. They have played alongside notable artists such as Lady GaGa, The Fiery Furnaces, Earl Slick, and Love & Rockets. They have performed live for 107.7 WACC in Connecticut and 90.3FM WMSC Radio in Montclair, NJ. The Ritualists are also featured regularly on 107.1 FM, "The Peak" and 93.30 FM in Argentina.

The Kick Drum People

The Kick Drum People are an anonymous UK Urban-Electro duo living in Bushwick, NYC. An ideal evening for The KDP is lurking the streets of Brooklyn in search of that one, perfect, post-industrial musical inspiration… but never to find it. The probability of a live DJ/laptop performance ranges from ‘highly unlikely’ to ‘never’: it’s your job to coax them out of hiding. They’re dark, gritty, bumping & cinematic… and, to their preference, below your radar.

Ape Shifter

Prog-Metal ensemble APE SHIFTER will be releasing their debut album early 2017! APE SHIFTER is all instrumental and reaches from rockin' 70's riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves. Intense Simian Instrumental Rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo.

Soft News

The self effacing title of Soft News’ debut album, Used Melodies, belies its true nature as an innovative cover album of reimagined 80s pop songs. Each song, from Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” to “Love Touch” by Rod Stewart is completely stripped of the decade’s trademark glitter and bombast. In contrast, the sound that pervades Used Melodies is intimate, exposed, and soothing. From the first track to the last, Erik Laroi (the man behind Soft News) inspires trust in the listener. His pitch perfect production, crooning voice, and nuanced arrangements deliver the sense that you’re listening to indie renditions of the Great American Songbook. The collection of songs that Soft News covers on Used Melodies weren’t so much diamonds in the rough as diamonds covered in rhinestones, glitter, and neon-colored feathers. Laroi tenderly stripped them of their shimmer and glue to reveal the true gems sparkling beneath. Used Melodies was a passion project. Over the past four years, he’s been recording covers in his home studio, selecting songs as the inspiration strikes. He was grocery shopping when “Separate Ways” by Journey came on over the sound system. Laroi couldn’t shake the melancholic alternate version that was cycling through his head and so he recorded it. He did this with approximately 30 songs from the 80s and early 90s (there are two exceptions: a gorgeous version of Big Star’s 1975 classic “Holocaust” and a complete re-interpretation of Pulseprogramming’s 2003 IDM-inspired track “Blooms Eventually”). Laroi enlisted Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, Jon DeRosa) to mix them. Laroi had no commercial intent for the project but while mixing, Newman heard an album in the works. Laroi and Newman picked their twelve favorite covers and Used Melodies was born. It will be released on Newman’s label, Mother West, in fall 2014. If you hear a hint of Kings of Convenience in Laroi’s rich, clear vocals, it may be because they are his Norwegian countrymen. Originally from Norway, Erik Laroi spent much of his childhood in Detroit and London. This is where he soaked up 80s pop culture, making weekly trips to the record store with his older brother to pick up the latest album by New Wave cult bands like New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths. As he got older, Laroi’s tastes broadened, discovering bands like Red House Painters and Low, as well as singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell. This wandering path of musical exploration led him to create Used Melodies, an album that takes a decidedly grown-up approach to childhood nostalgia – resurrecting it to fit the present. Used Melodies by Soft News was recorded and produced by Erik Laroi in his home studio in New York. The album was mixed by Charles Newman and Ray Ketchem (Elk City, The Mendoza Line). The tracks feature backing vocals by Lorraine Lelis (Mahogany, Aarktica) and Margaret White (Sparklehorse) and string arrangements by Perry Serpa (TV On The Radio, The Sharp Things) and Jean Cook (Ida, Mountain Ocean Sun).

Harper Green

Harper Green is a New York based artist with a haunting, sultry voice. With her first EP "Cannibals", Harper has created her own unique brand of indie-pop, tying subversive lyrics to ominous melodies and edgy production. Her songs leave you on edge, wanting more and with a foreboding sense of anticipation.

Emiliano Melis

Emiliano Melis is a music designer and versatile artist based out of New York City. His works are a mixture of dreams, hallucinations and aesthetics expressed with sound installations and poetry. Performance becomes a particular moment, each time played in different ways. A music journey to the deepest part of the soul running through darkness, passion, sensuality, fear, desire and redemption. He collaborated also with many musicians as a remixer and producer, and with international artists as a composer for videos and sound installations in art galleries in Europe and US.

Cold Blood Club

Cold Blood Club, a magnetic outfit out of Brooklyn, debuted their edgy blend of soul, rock and pop with their debut EP "Headlines and Firefights," which CMJ described as a “fist-pumping ode to a party at the end of the world.” Inspired by acts like LCD Soundsystem, Metric and New Order, songwriter/vocalist /guitarist Tom Stuart started the studio project that quickly evolved into the well-matched 7-piece showstopper they are today. They've been chewing up the New York indie scene one packed venue at a time ever since, including supporting acts like Future Bible Heroes, The Hounds Below and Har Mar Superstar. Their first single, the dangerously catchy “White Boyz” was picked up by W Hotels as a soundtrack for behind-the-scenes coverage of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The band's music can be heard on Esquire Network's "How I Like It", "Surfing 28 States India", and the recently released Andrew Lau / Martin Scorsese film "Revenge of The Green Dragons." They are currently working on their debut full length "Tear Down the Maps" due out in 2016. They recently put out the song "Ghosts" as a free download and tasting of what's to come,