Congratulations to One Lone Car who grabbed the venue vote last Saturday at the popular rock spot for emerging artists, Cicero’s. With the help of Playback:stl’s Laura Hamlett, the crowd was packed in for the event which featured King Thief, Dear Future, and of course, One Lone Car. Combining passion and melodrama, One Lone Car craft rich soundscapes punctuated by witty pop hooks and haunting, heartfelt lyrics. There’s a theatrical-ness, both to the songs and the live performance. Be sure to vote for your favorite St. Louis artist online below or on their respective web portals.

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Congratulations to Poverty Branch for taking the Orlando vote at Will’s Pub last Saturday. All four artists who played are incredible bands, and the RedGorilla team is pumped to have them on board for the big festival in March.

Poverty Branch are high power pop rockers with strong vocals and solid musicianship. The quintet lists numerous influences from Pink Floyd to The Avett Brothers, and Coheed and Cambria, which are evident in their experimental, yet organic sound.

Check out Poverty Branch at the Dizzy Rooster on Thursday March 19th between 7pm-1am where all the venue winners from our five Road to RedGorilla events will be showcasing.

Next weekend, the Road to RedGorilla team is making it’s way back to the midwest for the last Road to RedGorilla before the official event in March.  With three more incredible bands that have already been selected to play in March, the night will be full of rocknroll.  Let’s meet our artists:

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One Lone Car: their debut CD, Variety Hour, was an upbeat swirl of sounds and schemes, the new disc shows a depth, a maturity to the St. Louis-based quartet’s songwriting and arranging. One Lone Car is Aaron Kellim (vocals, guitar, piano) ,Michael Hickey (bass), Neal Klein (guitar) and Andy Herrin (drums). One Lone Car has been together just a couple of years; its members are largely self-taught. North, South’s 11 songs (10 officially, plus one hidden track) were recorded at Gin Blossoms’ frontman Robin Wilson’s Uranus Studios and engineered by Jamie Woolford (Gin Blossoms, The Actual). The Gin Blossoms’ connection is one that bears repeating: One day, Andy left a message at Uranus Studios and Robin happened to hear it. He listened to the music on MySpace, liked it and called Andy back. Robin soon became one of the band’s biggest fans, inviting one Lone Car to open for his reunited Gin Blossoms last fall, and again this spring. Yet this connection with their idols should not overshadow One Lone Car’s sheer talent, their songs’ simple brilliance. Combining passion and melodrama, One Lone Car craft rich soundscapes punctuated by witty pop hooks and haunting, heartfelt lyrics. There’s a theatrical-ness, both to the songs and the live performance. Don’t be lonely, listen to One Lone Car here

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King Thief: King Thief, the unassuming quintet from the cobblestone streets of St. Louis, is the harbinger of a burgeoning new sound: pop cabaret. Fusing together sonic bits of new wave, punk, rock, pop, classical, and smartly wrapping it up with a sincere thespian’s flair, King Thief is poised to expand their success on a national level. The group has created a roar for themselves in their oft-overlooked hometown. A thousand people showed up to the release of their previous album, Maya, which sold just as many copies. Radio spins from across the country, a growing European and collegiate fan base; and their time opening shows for groups such as Breaking Benjamin, Story of the Year, and Mourningside, to name a few, all contribute to King Thief’s momentum. While King Thief is onstage the floor before them is a forest of arms, fists pumping like pistons to their infectious rhythms, voices singing along with that of Brooks Bracken, King Thief’s dynamic impresario. King Thief’s music is a dramatic play upon rock, less pretentious than the 70s operas, less formulaic than their pop compatriots. Be the king of music, check out King Thief now.

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Dear Future:

More than a sum of its parts, Dear Future is a band united. “The majority of our music is written collectively,” explains Brandon. “Because of this, we are able to explore everyone’s ideas within each song.” Thematically, the songs express dissatisfaction with the state of our society and the way we react to its problems, both as a society and as individuals. “Lyrically, it’s a challenge to make sure each song is relevant and says something real, instead of having stereotypical lines for the sake of lyrics.” Together since 2006, Dear Future has already garnered fans nationwide, thanks to an aggressive touring schedule and festival appearances: ten tours in two-and-a-half years, each of them averaging two weeks at a time. The band has shared the stage with such acts as Dear and the Headlights, Motion City Soundtrack, House of Heroes and Relient K. Listen forward and check out Dear Future

The Road to RedGorilla event happens at Cicero’s in University City on Saturday January 17th.  Come down and support your favorite artist, and help them secure a featured promotional package in Austin, TX this coming March.

Just an fyi:  RedGorilla submissions end on January 15th, 2009 –  if you are interested in having the chance to showcase in Austin submit now at http://www.redgorillamusic.com

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With deep roots in Orlando, Fla., this energetic quintet is a mash up of the Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Ramones, and The Flaming Lips. The boys came together earlier this year and have been cranking out a slew of original material since. Their flawless renditions of funky indie-pop/rock tunes have sufficiently dazzled the Orlando area and now the band is ready to share them with you. Come out and see XOXO entertain the crowd at Will’s Pub in Orlando, Fla., on January 10, 2009. Conness Productions and NOTeNEF Promotions teamed up to invite XOXO, Mumpsy, The Beauvilles, and Poverty Branch. All bands will be featured at the 2009 RedGorilla Music Festival from March 18-21. And make sure to vote for your favorite band following the January 10 show. The winner will receive a feature promotional package at the festival, and at the end of The Road the band with the most votes collectively will win a spot on the RedGorilla Music Festival Compilation CD.

Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to catch four amazing rock bands on one stage for only $7! Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to have some fun.

*Don’t forget RedGorilla Music Festival is still taking submissions for the festival in March 2009. Visit http://www.redgorillamusic.com for more information on festival involvement and submission guidelines.

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This indie-pop/rock group from Orlando, Fla. Formed in 2005 and is ready to take their shiny brand of pop to the next level. Thanks to strong mid-60’s style melodies (Think, The Beatles) and the influential energy of the punk scene (Misfits, The Stooges) Mumpsy delivers a solidly original sound wrapped neatly in a pretty pop bow. Mumpsy will be sharing their talents on The Road To RedGorilla on January 10, 2009 at Will’s Pub in Orlando, Fla. They will be joined by fellow Florida rockers XOXO, The Beauvilles, and Poverty Branch and will be competing for a prime time spot on the RedGorilla Music Festival in March 2009. For more information on Mumpsy and their unique sound visit http://www.myspace.com/mumpsy, and for more information on involvement in The Road To RedGorilla or The RedGorilla Music Festival in March 2009 visit http://www.redgorillamusic.com.

*Don’t forget RedGorilla Music Festival is still taking submissions for the festival in March 2009. Visit http://www.redgorillamusic.com for more information on festival involvement and submission guidelines.