Ben Kweller was born in San Francisco, CA in 1981. In 1982 his family relocated to Emory, TX where his father Howard Kweller became the town's first doctor. In 1986, The Kwellers moved to a much larger city, Greenville, TX. Ben was exposed to music at a very early age. Howard taught Ben how to play the drums when he was 7 years old. For the next year, the father and son would jam together almost every night after Howard got home from work.
Two Door Cinema Club is a Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, UK, electropop / alternative band, formed 2007, consisting of Alex Trimble (vocals, guitar), Kevin Baird (bass, vocals), Sam Halliday (guitar, vocals) and, live only, Benjamin Thompson (drums). The band has released three albums: "Tourist History" (2010), "Beacon" (2012) and "Gameshow" (2016).
The band's name resulted from Halliday's mispronunciation of the local cinema's name, Tudor Cinema.
In December 2009, they were featured in the BBC's Sound Of 2010 Poll (of 165 British 'taste-makers').
Tourist History was preceded by KitsunÃ© singles "Something Good Can Work" (Apr 2009), "I Can Talk" / "I Can Talk Remixes" (Nov 2009) and "Undercover Martyn" (Feb 2010). After the album, EPs: Something Good Can Work (Remixes) (May 2010, Cooperative) and Come Back Home (Jul 2010, KitsunÃ©) - then, single "What You Know" (Feb 2011, KitsunÃ©).
Beacon (Sept, KitsunÃ©), was their second album, led by single "Sleep Alone" (Aug 2012, Glassnote).
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In the past year 18 year old Newcastle based singer/songwriter Beth Jeans Houghton has garnered a reputation as an antidote to the current crop of acoustic songstresses. With her alternative blend of experimental folk, Beth has been hailed by the NME as "a Joni Mitchell for the anti-folk generation". With influences ranging from Frank Zappa, Vashti Bunyan, Fourtet and Love, Beth has cultivated a sound that is truly her own.
Chairlift is an electropop band which formed in 2005 in Boulder, Colorado, United States. The band consists of Caroline Polachek (vocals, keyboards), Aaron Pfenning (guitar, synths, vocals) and Patrick Wimberly (bass, drums). The band formed in Boulder, Colorado in early 2006 to make live music for haunted houses. Frequenting the Broker Inn on the edge of town for empty late-night jazz shows, Caroline Polachek...
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