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Virginia Plain is the new pop project by Alfra Martini, Justin Miller, and Christian Reinhardsen, a trio that incorporates jazz inflected vocals, cyber punk style synth-scapes and electronic percussion into a classic pop template. Conceived as an outlet for the music Martini began writing after her last project Prudence Teacup went on hiatus, Martini recruited members of the ambient improv group Fono Luxe as collaborators to expand on her newfound sound. Mining similar territory as OMD, The Eurythmics and late period Roxy Music, Virginia Plain creates mood music for slow dances and futuristic night clubs.

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I Caronte sono: Gianfranco Alamia (voce), Daniele Carnevale (chitarra), Malte Mosca (basso) e Duilio Scalici (batteria).

Il gruppo nasce per l’esigenza di esprimersi suonando. Iniziano la loro attività facendo continuamente Jam che porteranno ai brani definiti del loro primo album di debutto dal titolo “Red, Blue and Green”, prodotto dall'etichetta torinese Pogoselvaggio! records. La critica scrive a proposito dell'album:

“Aggressivo, con un gran tiro, creativo, particolare, ma soprattutto INNOVATIVO” (Ondalternativa)

“I Caronte sono originali, non pagano ne tributi ne pegni ai grandi nomi del progressive metal. Io lo confesso: questo è il prog che io avrei sempre voluto sentire e, da musicista, che avrei sempre voluto suonare.”
(Metal Head)

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Three artists share this name:

1.) The wilds of Colorado brought forth the three men of Matterhorn. Daniel Harvey, Jeremy Grobsmith and Aaron Retka have played together for a decade, first in the tech-violence quartet the Great Redneck Hope, whose two full-lengths remain required listening for the genre. Now, as Matterhorn, they’ve condensed into a thundering instrumental three-piece, relying on low-grade musical telepathy and a collective half-century of experience.

2.) San Francisco’s Matterhorn formed in January of 1999, and began knifing a direct path through the heart of the hardcore influenced modern American underground. “Set to Rise” is a culmination of that unrelenting sonic path, and it showcases the power and dynamic range of this hungry quartet. Working with a rhythmic template similar to, say, Scratch Acid or Rye Coalition and the overloaded guitar work of Karp or Dead and Gone, Matterhorn finds home in slashing high-end guitar, and impassioned vocals. But dynamics and orchestration are the key to “Set to Rise”, and these nine tracks shift radically from charging, trebled romps to unexpected drops into eerie atmospherics. “Set to Rise” is as tight as anything ever recorded by Helmet, and as and painful and gut-wrenching as a high-speed car crash after getting fired from work. Vocalist Scott Carter served time with both Glazeride and the acclaimed St. James Infirmary, and his passion and commitment to the dark side of human emotion and thought is abundantly clear on this release. His vocal style is like a gun that shoots bullets, whispered threats, and riddles. Bass player Matt Zwicker formerly played with La Pistola, while Rob Kimball and Eddy Dishart played guitar and drums respectively in Hetch Hetchy, a San Francisco monster rock band. Matterhorn are Set to Rise: as powerful, moving, and sturdy as the Alpine mountain itself.

3) An Extreme Metal trio from Zurich, Switzerland. The band was founded in 2012 by members Morbid, Nekroking and Tim Tot. Their first LP “Crass Cleansing” has been released in 2018.

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No Bra is an electronic avant-garde band based in East London England who combine industrial grooves with sinister Germanic folk. The band had an underground hit with the single “Munchausen” in 2005. The track “Doherfuckher” was used as part of the sound track to Bruce La Bruce’s film Otto or up With Dead People. In 2007, the Dutch Scapino Ballet based a ballet performance on No Bra’s music which toured around Europe. Despite claiming to be “not gay,” No Bra’s Susanne was nominated as their gay icon by influential British post punk band The Raincoats and asked to perform with them at the gay icons exhibition at the national portrait gallery in London in 2009. No Bra also appears in the upcoming documentary about The Raincoats. The musician’s image has inspired several visual artists such as Christophe Chemin and Brian Kenny and photographer Wolfgang Tilmans. No Bra’s debut single Munchausen was BBC Radio DJ Pete Tong’s ‘Eclectic Tune of 2005’ and James Hyman’s 'Tune of the Year 2005’ and was described as essentially the London art-school answer to “Losing My Edge”’s Williamsburg smack down.

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Beatrice Dillon was born and lives in London. Early on she studied classical guitar and then bass and drums. Recent releases include a series of tuned percussion vignettes produced in collaboration with composer Rupert Clervaux, Studies I–XVII For Samplers And Percussion; a compilation of Folkways drum pieces for The Trilogy Tapes, and a solo cassette album, Blues Dances, on Where To Now?

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A great vocalist who can emulate the sounds of a young Brian Wilson, a student of the classic surf guitar style of a young Carl Wilson, and a power pop artist who has written and recorded with power pop luminaries such as Doug Fieger (The Knack), Bill Lloyd, and Marshall Crenshaw. Jeffrey has recorded roughly a half dozen CDs of his own Wilson/early Beatles influenced music. And he also has a “best of” disc called “Stars in the Sand” on the Pop Collective label.

Jeff is also a member of California’s Papa Doo Run Run. Jeffrey has enjoyed a 25 year association with Brian and the Beach Boys, having spent 10 years as a sideman in the Beach Boys touring band and a key member of Brian’s touring band. In addition to Brian himself, Jeffrey was one of a handful of musicians who performed at both the original Live Aid concert and the Live 8 sequel in Berlin.

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Cookie Baker grew up on a farm by the seaside. She can be spotted gallivanting around the fair city of Adelaide, South Australia, and consistently throughout the countryside. She also has a talent for hiding and is a sucker for adventure. The warm melodies, cool wordsmithery and a sugar-velvet voice that Cookie pulls from thin air and wraps in her whimsical guitar ‘n’ piano licks create a potent faux-folk pop-cabaret sensation that these experiences and environments only serve to benefit. ‘Clever, sophisticated, laid-back, personal and inspiring’ - Rip It Up

An effervescent yet relaxed and personable performer and an introspective songwriter, Cookie Baker has shared stages with Augie March, Little Birdy, Ben Lee, Kate Miller-Heidke, Old Man River and The Audreys. A penchant for creating innovative new concepts in live performance (extending through her ever-evolving 6-piece live ensemble, her Special Secret Spells) and being a huge supporter of our local live scene saw Miss Cookie sell out her 2008 Adelaide Fringe show ‘Dark Horse in an Ivory Veil’ (which received a Fringe Award nomination for Best Music), its subsequent encore performances of the same name and her 2009 Adelaide Fringe showcase. A proposal from the Adelaide Festival Centre to produce and present her own theatrical music production resulted in 'How to Draw Portraits’ - a visually stunning interrpretation of Cookie’s music featuring vintage-inspired costuming and edgy illustration which proved immensely popular in Adelaide. 'A prodigious talent’ - The Advertiser

Cookie Baker produced and released her debut album Gala Day late 2008. 'A piquant, poignant and evocative release’ - Peter Goers, ABC Adelaide

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The appeal of southern Hip Hop has long been country vernacular over crunk beats that keep heads bangin’ and bodies movin’. While the head bangers and dance anthems haven’t ceased, in recent years, authentic Hip Hop and true lyricism have taken a back seat to commercial success. In steps Pro; while not on a mission to resurrect real southern Hip Hop–having been redeemed and commissioned to influence the culture–Pro certainly brings a nostalgia for what was and a hope for what is to come, as part of a greater movement infiltrating Hip Hop with a powerful message.

Born Derek Johnson Jr. in Pontiac, MI, Pro relocated to Tennessee with his mom at a young age, which meant more distance between him and an already detached father. After moving, Pro and his new stepfather’s relationship was plagued by an ever-growing tension, as he had grown accustomed to being the man of the house and helping to raise his younger sister. Beyond that, he knew his step-dad was consuming drugs while Pro’s strict, devoutly Christian mother was juggling a rigorous work schedule and life at home. As Pro watched her struggle, he decided that, once he could, he would save money and become rich through education or music.

Music had always been a part of his environment growing up, as Gospel songs flooded the house and his mom sung in the choir and around the city. But it was Pro’s dad, a jazz musician, who would supply him with the inspiration to actually pursue a career in music. When Pro was 12, on a summer visit to his dad’s house, he started rapping about God and adolescence over beats his dad produced with his new ASR-10. That summer, he was also introduced to DJ Quick and 2pac and headed home with a stack of tapes filled with different beats–the stage had been set.
After a visit to Middle Tennessee State University at 15, Pro was convinced that he wanted to enroll in the music program there and someday make his ambitions a reality. His mom joined the cause by buying him his own production equipment; by the time he entered college, he was in a rap duo and had gotten a job to pay for studio time. In relentless pursuit of his dream, Pro recalls using a bunk bed as a mic stand before turning 21 and signing a record deal with an independent label. While on the label, he released a mix tape, but the company folded and life began taking a morbid turn. Removed from the dos and don’ts of his strict home, Pro reveled in the forbidden. Music, women and money became idols in his life until “the season of death” woke him up.
Within a short time span, Pro loss his grandfather, grandmother and godmother. As a result, he began to understand that life was fleeting; growing weary, he cried out to God and surrendered his life and talents. Some time later, after forming Reflection Music Group with his friend Doc Watson, he released his debut album The Black Out, on which he wrestled with being East Coast or Southern; and cocky, yet still Christian. The album wasn’t received well within Christian circles, so Pro took a break from rapping long enough to be challenged and influenced by two guys he met at his new church. “Lecrae and BJ challenged me to let the Gospel truly affect my heart,” he recalls, and as he did, his perspectives and artistic style were completely changed.
Since then, Pro has collaborated on several noteworthy projects and released PSA, a mix tape he calls his first full-length installment of mature Christian music; Redemption; and PSA Vol. 2. His second album, Redemption, debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes Gospel chart and No.8 on Billboard Gospel, while also topping other mainstream and Gospel charts. With the success of his sophomore album and the growing popularity of tracks he has either produced or been featured on, Pro has established a unique presence in CHH. As the opening act for the “Unashamed Tour” in 2010, Pro won over audiences around the country with his amplifying performances and gritty lyrics. His latest release, PSA Vol. 2, is the second installment in an ongoing series of topically diverse, sonically evolving and authentically Hip Hop music that also introduces listeners to upcoming Reflection artists.

A self-described blue-collar artist, Pro embraces his ability to get listeners amped, but ultimately, he wants them to feel and be inspired to pursue something greater than themselves. He currently resides in Nashville, TN where he is an active member of Fellowship Bible Church along with his wife. And while his popularity grows with each release, past experiences have taught him that, “Peace is more important than anything,” so his enduring ambition and motivation to continue making quality music is simply to glorify God with his life.

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There are mutliple artists by this name (none of which are the same as .upset, Dj UPSET, or The Up Set):

1. Upset is a Los Angeles-based band fronted by Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls, Best Coast) who is backed by Jenn Prince and Patty Schemel (Hole). Their debut album is set for a Fall release on Don Giovanni records.

2. Upset was a British power pop band. It was made up of Archie Brown (vocals), Robert Jones (guitars/vocals), Rolo McGinty (bass/vocals), Dave Berk (drums). They produced the lone 1980 single “Hurt” (b-side: “(10-9-8) Lift Off”), which took in blue-eyed soul influences for Brown’s gruff vocals. The group toured with Dexy’s Midnight Runners before folding. McGinty’s later group The Woodentops had far more commercial success. Brown and Jones also had more success in later band The Bureau.

3. Upset is the stage name of Jamal Osbourne, a musician born and raised in L.A. His debut album is “Under Pressure Seeing Everything”.

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Action was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. He is of Albanian and Jewish descent. He used to be a respected fire-flame gourmet chef in New York City, but gave up cooking for a rap career and still frequently raps about food in his songs. He initially gained notoriety lyrically and stylistically resembling to rapper Ghostface Killah (whom he collaborated with, along with friend, and fellow rapper Termanology on a song called “Meteor Hammer” on Wu-Tang Clan’s 2011 album Legendary Weapons). In an interview with HipHopDX, he was asked about how it was to sound like him, and he responded with,

“Yeah, I mean at the end of the day, it’s all good because Ghostface Killah is one of the best rappers alive, so if I sound similar to the best rapper alive then that is fine. To me there is no comparison; he is a legend and I am a newcomer. If I would try and emulate with anyone it would be Kool G Rap, he is the person I look up to the most. I am not upset but at the end of the day I am my own person and no one can take that away from me.”

He released his debut studio album Dr. Lecter in 2011.

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