The Little Stevies are a band from Melbourne, Victoria that formed in 2006. Luscious three-part harmonies soaring above striking melodies and catchy guitar hooks is the sound of Melbourne pop-darlings The Little Stevies. Each song's a story you'll want to hear again, as the personalities of all the band members come shining through. Cheeky, charming, moving. When The Little Stevies released their debut EP ‘Grow Up’ in 2006, it wasn’t without a sense of irony. Their first national release marked their 22nd year as an artistic unit – even if the first three of these were spent in diapers.
Heidi Elva is a sound and visual artist from New Zealand living in Melbourne, Australia. Heidi creates soundscapes using a laptop, a harp, vocals, minimal beats, iphone, effects and samples. Her music comes out of time spent delving into deep imagery from mystical influences and listening to the movement around her - the wind howling around the outside corners of her apartment, the entangled lovers fighting next door or an early morning train along the tracks.
Matt Wertz is a singer/songwriter from Liberty, Missouri. Wertz gained a considerable fan base by performing at Young Life camps, after releasing "Somedays", his first album. He has released three studio albums, and one EP, which have all been produced by himself and Ed Cash with an exception on the EP where his best friend Dave Barnes helped produce the album. Aside from touring with such acts as Jamie, Gavin Degraw, Matt Nathanson and Jars of Clay, he has headlined several tours nationally in the early to mid-2000s.
The John Butler Trio is an eclectic roots/jam band from Australia led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. Two of the band's albums, Three (2001) and Living 2001-2002 (2003), have gone platinum in Australia, each reaching the top ten of the Australian album charts. John Butler was born on April 1, 1975 in Torrance, California to an Australian father and American mother. He moved to the small Western Australian town of Pinjarra on 26 January 1986 when he was eleven.
A Sleepless Melody is the acoustic project of two Melbourne teenagers. Matthew Seymour, 19, and Andrew Turner, 18. www.myspace.com/asleeplessmelodymusic They are releasing their first demo in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Featuring the unique talents of Jake Nauta and Daniel Georgiou, Playjerise are an acoustic duo hailing from the Blue Mountains, Sydney. The band have a new album as of 2009 titled "Better Life", while their previous albumette, "Cross The Line" was released in 2006. Over the years, the pair have performed to appreciative audiences at Hillsong Conferences, RICE Conferences, The Big Exo Day, Blackstump and Sonfest festivals, whilst recieving radio airplay on Triple J, Nova, FBI and FRESH FM 103.2.
Bon Iver is a Grammy Award winning folk band from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States, and one of Justin Vernon's current and most notable music projects to date. The band also consists of Mike Noyce, Sean Carey and Matt MacCaughan.
The name 'Bon Iver' (pronounced "bon ee-VAIR") is a play on the French phrase 'bon hiver' meaning 'good winter'. Vernon independently released Bon Iver's debut album For Emma, Forever Ago in 2007, most of which was recorded during a four-month stay in a remote cabin in Wisconsin.
While in high school and college Vernon founded the indie-rock bands Mount Vernon and DeYarmond Edison in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he still resides.
According to the For Emma Songfacts, after the break-up of De Yarmond Edison, Vernon retreated to his father's log cabin, out in the woods of north-east Wisconsin to hibernate for three snowy months. There he collected his thoughts and formulated them into a suite of songs, For Emma, Forever Ago . The album was originally self-released in late 2007 in a run of 500 copies and sold out instantly.
The album garnered critical acclaim, and was picked up by the indie-rock label Jagjaguwar, which gave the album a proper release on February 19th, 2008. The album was released in the UK and Europe by iconic indie 4AD on May 12, 2008.
When released in the UK, For Emma, Forever Ago received 5/5 and "Album of the Month" reviews in both MOJO and Uncut magazines. It is currently the third highest rated album of 2008 on review-aggregator site Metacritic, with accolades from publications including The Village Voice, The Hartford Courant and The A.V. Club.
The group's second album Bon Iver, Bon Iver was released on June 17, 2011 to universal acclaim. It was named by Pitchfork Media as the best album of 2011 on their annual list. At the 2012 Grammys, the album won Best Alternative Album and the group was awarded Best New Artist, despite having debuted in 2007.
British singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Long's anticipated debut studio album A WINTER TALE, produced by Liam Watson (White Stripes) will be released February 1st, 2011 on ATO Records. Currently residing in New York City, the 24-year old Long has been writing finely-crafted songs since taking up the guitar at age 17; from then on he’s been creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics.
What about the man behind the Lightspeed Champion moniker? Who is he? Where did he come from? How much free time does he have? Working backwards: very little. Devonté Hynes is a man who doesn’t like to sit around waiting for results; by the time the results are in, he’s on to bigger and better, or at the very least worse but different. A selected history of Dev rather breathlessly testifies to as much: