The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock and roll / Americana / country band from Maine. Their busy tour schedule since forming in 2009 has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds.
Texas Hill Country Explore Magazine calls them “New England’s wildly eclectic crew of genre rebels.” Bill Copeland Music News says “Combining their authentic roots rock sound with a reflective lyrical style that perceives stories on the level of epic myth, it’s like William Faulkner has been resurrected with an electric guitar in hand.."
The Mallett Brothers Band // Long Black Braid (Official Video)
The Mallett Brothers Band live at Daytrotter Studios
This fall, Arc Iris releases Icon of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. Overcoming rebuffs and rejections, Arc Iris has become an unstoppable force out of necessity. On Icon of Ego, they deliver heavily and ask nothing in return.
The group’s two previous albums, Arc Iris and Moon Saloon, were both released to critical acclaim and fervent fan embrace. Originally formed in Providence, R.I., by singer-songwriter Jocie Adams who was coming off a term with The Low Anthem, the group initially embodied an eight-piece rock orchestra, creating innovative dynamics of rhythm and melody with a full color palette. Four years on, Arc Iris are just three musicians: lead vocalist Adams, keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller, and drummer Ray Belli. They have crafted a vividly expressionistic new album that reflects both the group’s protean talents as well as its journey of survival.
As a guitarist for New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band he's toured the globe playing fiery guitar everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. His blue eyed southern soul vocals ooze raw emotion and his top line songwriting chops tie everything together. McLean creates a musical gumbo that incorporates New Orleans soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger
Jamie McLean Band Official "You're Not The Only One"
Harsh Armadillo is six guys and a girl who don't sleep until you've burnt through your insoles, and tried that breakdance move from your fifth grade talent show. They create original music for moving to-- a combination of funk and hip-hop roots with the bass, the drums, the horns, and the voices that hit like a vitamin for your soul. The gang hails from Boston's leafy hat; a little known mecca they like to call New Hampshire. They have no affiliation with the state of Texas and have never encountered a wild armadillo. . Founded in a moldy basement in 2013, Harsh Armadillo continues to crush doctor's predictions for a blindly short lifespan with the release of their new EP 'BITE'. The previous five years consisted primarily of blue Gatorade fueled rampage, punctuated by two full length releases-- 'Thayer It Is' (2014), and 'Blame Bad Habits' (2017). They live for the live show, and look forward to getting funky in a dimly lit room near you. Stay harsh.
Armies is an American music group from Portland Maine, formed in 2015 consisting of Acclaimed songwriter Dave Gutter (David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aaron Neville, The Roots, Gramatik, and Imogen Heap), Anna Lombard, Jon Roods, Elsworth, and Ryan Curless. The band define their music as Rock/R&B dance music with a sound that has been heavily influenced by hip hop, gospel, funk and psychedelic French pop of the sixties. Their self-titled debut was named #1 of "15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear this year" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
In terms of sound, substance and spirit, Percy Hill is put on a level with Sting, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan; some of the greatest, most enduring and most popular artists of our time. That's quite a company to keep. Percy Hill's talent brought them there, and is sure to keep them there for a long time to come.
AFTER ALL Live at the Paradise Rock Club March 26th 2016
Percy Hill 2016-03-25 Port City Music Hall Shining on Creation
It may be a little more than two years between writing her first proper song and the release of her debut album, but Tori Forsyth would tell you it’s not exactly right to say her dreams are coming true. She loves the sound and feel of this album which can spin from traditional, almost homespun sounds in Grave Robber’s Daughter to rock-splashed guitars in White Noise and beautifully arranged strings in Hell’s Lullaby.
The first song she felt was good enough to be heard, Johnny And June, would end up on a debut EP she worked multiple jobs to pay for, and Tori describes it as having “absolutely no structure to it, because I didn’t know what I was doing, but the beauty of it is I feel like I had a very naïve start to music, which I think was really good, because I didn’t have any expectations.”
Not surprisingly, Tori is honest about where she sits musically. While happily seeing herself as a country artist – there’s no denying it in the pretty, chiming loneliness of Heart’s On The Ground - Tori isn’t restricted by it, see for example how the deliberately “dirty” vocal sound and frank examination of religion in Redemption draws on a modern rock band like Pretty Reckless as much as old time music. There’s plenty more where that came from says Tori. “I love the ethos of country music, but I do think I can float into to other parts of music which is why alt country is a better title for what I do.”
Tori Forsyth - Grave Robber's Daughter (Official Video)
Tori Forsyth - In The Morning (Official Video)
Kellen of Troy
Kellen of Troy is the lush folk-rock project of Nashville multi-instrumentalist Kellen Wenrich. He writes music about things that have happened to him in both his personal and professional life and backs up his vulnerable confessions with dense arrangements. It's a tasteful mélange of Americana, country, and power pop, and it stands out. His Sad Bastard EP was recently hailed by NPR's Jewly Hight as one of World Café's "Indie Discoveries Of 2017," and those were just the b-sides to his forthcoming LP, Posthumous Release (out Feb 16).
The new album opens on jangling guitar, piano, and Kellen admitting "The only power that I wish to wield cannot be found in some ivory tower, I wanna rule your heart, my dear." His low voice has an endearing drawl, it's intriguing, and it drags you in.