Content from 2013

CHALI 2NA feat Ming Xia - "Against the Current": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

Chali 2na MC. Musician. Actor. Painter. Renaissance Man. Chali 2na has done it all. From his days growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Chicago's south side, to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles' burgeoning hip-hop scene, to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali epitomizes the portrait of a 21st century artist. To be sure, with his unmistakable, beloved baritone, Chali has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities not just in hip-hop, but music in general.

Bestial Mouths - "White Eyes": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

Bestial Mouths formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. Drawing from a large base of influences including the early industrial, synthpunk, and goth scenes of the late 70's and early 80's, founders Lynette Cerezo and Christopher Myrick sought to explore new imagery in creating an original aesthetic that avoided some of the cliches typically prevalent in "dark" music. The band currently consists of Gustavo Aldana (synthesizers and programming) and Jessica Reuter (drums) in addition to Cerezo (vocals) and Myrick (synthesizers).

Motive - "It's Illicit": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

Not long ago, the members of Motive were shredding through jazz lead sheets and getting carted across the U.S. and Europe to showcase their young talent. Nowadays, Motive populates a different scene. These Seattle transplants, turned Brooklynites, emerged from a Clinton Hill, Brooklyn practice space onto stages around the city and are rapidly taking NYC -- and the internet -- by storm.

The Tontons - "Golden": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

It's funny. The Tontons don't have a readily available mainstream band to make an off-the-cuff comparison, so in this space we won't tell you they sound like Indie Flavor Of The Week or Noted And Weighty Classic Rock Name. The Tontons simply sound like the Tontons. That sounds like false bluster, but anyone who has been tracking them since 2008 will tell you the same thing. Up front is Asli Omar, that vocal vixen who can make men and rock nerds alike quake in their boots.

Sean Falyon - "WIN": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

For Sean Falyon, being everywhere means more than showing up at every show or party he hears about. Sure, the Philadelphia MC has made his name by remaining ubiquitous since his 2004 migration to Atlanta, but Falyon’s constant presence goes beyond appearances. His goal is to use his numerous talents to stay at the top of fans’ minds no matter where he and his trademark beard are physically located.

China Rats - "To Be Like I": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

China Rats formed in Leeds in the Summer of 2011. They released their debut EP \'To Be Like I' in April 2012 and quickly earned the attention of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, which resulted in a spot on the BBC Radio 1 Introducing Playlist with an anthem called N.O.M.O.N.E.Y. '(At Least Those) Kids Are Getting Fed' the follow up single received airplay on BBC Radio 1, XFM, BBC 6 Music amongst others and was Single Of The Week on hugely influential French Music Magazine Les Inrockuptibles.

Sóley - "I'll Drown": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

"Iceland's new dark pop princess." MTV Iggy Iceland's Soley Stefansdottir, or just Soley, has caused quite a stir in 2012. Since her first solo release 'Theater Island EP' in 2010 and the follow-up album 'We Sink' in 2011, she has built an international reputation and devoted fanbase with her delicate melodies and beautifully dark lyrics. The soundtrack to lucid dreams and childhood nightmares, Soley wouldn't be out of place in the dark fairytale world of Tim Burton.

Noah Gundersen - "Fire": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

Noah Gundersen, lead singer of the The Courage (also known as Noah Gundersen And The Courage), hails from Centrailia, Washington - a suburb of Seattle. Gundersen has been making music since childhood, learning piano at a young age and later teaching himself guitar. He often played in cafés as a teen, occasionally with his younger sister, Abby Gundersen, the two have been formally producing music since 2005. Seattle, WA - United States