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The Liza Colby Sound:
Part shaman, part seductress, Liza Colby was born to earn the mantle ‘Queen Of Rock N’ Roll.’ Her music is for sinful Saturday nights and redemptive Sunday mornings. It’s heartbreak music; it’s music of sexual liberation; it’s music for when it matters most.
The Liza Colby Sound is known for an aesthetic that harnesses the grit of garage rock, the anthemic power of classic arena rock, the sweat-soaked salvation of a soul revue, and the sneering defiance of punk rock. Liza’s vocals are boldly vulnerable, shaking the rafters and rattling your soul. LCS sound has toured throughout the East Coast, performing in venues such as Webster Hall, Bowery Electric, PNC Bank Arts Center, The Wellmont Theater, and Jones Beach. LCS has also performed to a packed house at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles. To date, the rock n’ roll quartet has issued three EPs, ‘High Yellow’ (2011), ‘Live’ (2013) and their most recent release, ‘DRAW.’
The Liza Colby Sound includes a trio of musicians who have played for almost two decades. The core of The Liza Colby Sound is Adam Roth guitar, Alec Morton bass, and C.P. Roth drums. December 2015, Adam passed away after a brave battle with cancer. LCS has remerged with fiery psychedelic guitarist Tom McCaffrey (Gloria Gaynor and Liberty DeVitto). Outside of LCS, Liza has lent her silk and sandpaper vocal stylings to Enrique Iglesias, Denis Leary, John Legend, Chris Rock’s movie Top 5 (which featured her song “It Ain’t Easy”), Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (she’s the singing voice of Elaine Hendrix).
‘DRAW’ channels the power of LCS live. The 4-song EP crackles with fiery musicality, muscular grooves, and moments of reflective soul-ballad beauty. The leadoff single, “My World,” is a gritty and seductive pop-rock number that explores the expanse of female sexuality. The EP is a tribute to the tenacity of The Liza Colby Sound, and it also represents a brave new future. Listen to ‘DRAW’ and catch LCS at one of their electrifying live performances!
John Pfeiffer of the Aquarian described Foxanne as “both sensuous and original in nature.” A Brooklyn three-piece, female-fronted indie band Foxanne pushes the boundaries of pop and folk in a truly unique way. Foxanne has been likened to artists ranging from Maggie Rogers to Portishead and Jenny Lewis.
Foxanne will be releasing their debut studio EP ‘halfling’ February 2018 and in anticipation, dropped two singles. The first of which, “Queen of the Lost Boys,” inspired Francesca Olsen of Digital Wheat Paste to write: “The best art takes personal experience and blends it with feeling and fantasy to make something relatable – and Foxanne does this tenderly.”
Lead singer & guitarist Foxanne carefully lilts through delicate lyrics as the band swells, and intimate whispers grow to room-filling belting. Mike Harris uses the synthesizer to add depth and artful soundscapes to the ever-changing dynamics. Behind all of this, Juilliard-trained Andrew Funcheon uses a variety of percussion instruments and mallets alongside a traditional drum kit to truly bring the songs to life.
When Foxanne is not in the studio or on the stage she is a science writer, crafting articles for science-related publications. She applies her scientific background to her music in a way that is as detail-oriented as it is boundlessly passionate.
Foxanne just dropped the second single from their upcoming ‘halfling’ EP, entitled “Whiskey and Strawberries.” Hear it on their website and an intimate video performance of the song on their YouTube channel!
Heavy Temple are three sisters of the sonic cloth whose music take you on a trip. Based in Philadelphia, they’ve created a mind-swirling, soul-shaking amalgam of rock & roll, prog rock and heavy metal with a sound all their own. Their music has been dubbed “evil honey from a magic mountain;” it’s real, it’s raw, it’s music you can feel in your bones. “We came here to do three things,” says ringleader High Priestess Nighthawk, “Rock ’n Roll is one of them.”
Nighthawk began writing for Heavy Temple, a band yet to be formed, in 2012. Through several incarnations, and now two albums, Heavy Temple plan to begin recording for their third in the near future. Drummer Siren Tempest joined after the first record and they sojourned as a two piece. The newest member to be initiated is guitarist Thunderhorse, who brings a searing tone and style to the trio, thereby changing the aural landscape of the group.
Heavy Temple’s most recent album ‘Chassit’ dropped January 27, 2017 on Brooklyn’s Tridroid Records and should not be missed by anyone who thrives on the rumble of dark rock.
And their live performances are unforgettable – rooted by Nighthawk’s bold, powerful, soaring vocals, Heavy Temple creates a hurricane of head banging. The members’ long hair thrashes through the air, sweat flies across the stage, the room rattles. Catch the band on the road or at Midwestern melee Firebreather in April, the non-stop mountain party that is Muddy Roots Music Festival in August, and the two-day Steel City ripper Descendants of Crom in September.