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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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:

Indie Rock

Indie Rock

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

Rock

Rock

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.

Indie Rock

Indie Rock

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

 

Airline takes Club Dada vote!

Airline takes Club Dada vote! Photo © Trey Kazee

Congratulations to Dallas-based indie rockers Airline as they took the venue vote last Saturday.  The Road to RedGorilla showcase happened in Deep Ellum’s 20-year music venue staple, Club Dada.  With the help of John Solis and Method Entertainment, the night was a rockin’ success.  Sunward, Hendrick, and Airline all represented RedGorilla as they have already been chosen for the 2009 festival.  With uniquely different sounds, the votes were extremely close all the way up to the closing of the voting booth.  

Airline’s music has been described as “indie rock that avoids pretension or complication with tunes clean, catchy and compelling.”  The Dallas Observer describes Airline’s debut release Farewell Republica as “detailed, dramatic and not a little dense, this is local music of rare insight, by a band demanding a following.” After witnessing Airline’s live performance on Saturday night, it is apparent the guys have the ability to bring their recorded material to the stage.  If you simply can’t wait until RedGorilla Music Fest in March to check Airline out visit their myspace page for music at http://www.myspace.com/airlinemusic

Online votes for the Dallas artists will run until December 30.  Vote for your favorite artist at http://contest.flyfi.com/redgorilla08/vote/ and click on Dallas to vote.

 

Winners of the Written Venue Vote!

Winners of the Tasty World written venue vote!

Congratulations to Athens, GA rockers Part Bear who took the written vote in their hometown. Saturday’s event at Tasty World was a fantastic representation of the different types of music that RedGorilla showcases in Austin every year.

Part Bear’s live show is energetic and appeals to fans of The Whigs, The Replacements, The Pixies, etc. The trio will be featured in the official 2009 festival program guide as well as secured a prime time spot on the RedGorilla stage. For more on Part Bear visit http://www.myspace.com/partbear

The online voting has begun for the Athens Road to RedGorilla artists Sonia Leigh, Part Bear, and the Winter Sounds. For the next two weeks these artists will be competing to acquire votes that will be pitted against all artists playing the Road to RedGorilla. Athens voting continues until December 23rd! The artists with the most votes collectively out of all five market RedGorilla artists will win a spot on the RedGorilla compilation cd. 

***The Kansas City vote is still rockin’ for one more week. Vote for your favorite KC artist until December 15.

myspacemasthead728by400The Beauvilles and their polished brand of pop/rock have been dominating the Orlando rock scene since 2004. Founding member Shawn Kyle and Craig Holmes have been working together since 2002, but The Beauvilles have seen their most recent success with the release of their latest LP Whispering Sin, which hit the streets this summer. Thanks to multiple nationwide tours, and appearances at the SXSW Music Festival, The Beauvilles have established themselves as a regional rock n roll powerhouse, and now they’re ready to share their energetic live show with you!

Come out to The Road To RedGorilla at Will’s Pub on January 10 for an earful of The Beauvilles with fellow Orlando rockers Mumpsy, XOXO and Poverty Branch, then, vote for your favorite band of the night right at the venue. The winner will be awarded a feature promotion package at the RedGorilla Music Festival, which takes place from March 18-21, 2009. An online vote will also be included for two weeks following the event. At the end of The Road, the band with the most overall votes (all cities included) will receive a spot on the RedGorilla Music Festival Compilation CD. Don’t miss this chance to see all four bands on one stage for just $7. Doors open at 8pm and the show will start at 9. For more information on The Beauvilles visit http://www.myspace.com/thebeauvilles. See you at the show!

*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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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.

 

Orlando ArtistsThe Road to RedGorilla continues in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, January 10, 2009.  The showcase will be held at Will’s Pub and will feature local Orlando bands Mumpsy, XOXO, Poverty Branch, and The Beauvilles and starts at 9 pm, doors open at 8 pm.  For just $7 you can feast your ears on the best in Orlando-based indie-rock, all thanks to your friends at The Road to RedGorilla.  Each band playing the showcase can also be seen this spring at the RedGorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX from March 18-21. 

With that in mind, The Road to RedGorilla has partnered with Flyfi.com to launch an online voting application, and would like to invite fans to vote for their favorite Orlando band on http://redgorillamusic.com following the January showcase.  Polls will be open for two weeks following each showcase, and at the end of those two weeks the band with the most votes will be rewarded with a featured promotional package at the festival in March.  At the end of The Road to RedGorilla, the band with the most overall votes (from all cities) will win a spot on the RedGorilla Music Festival compilation CD.

 

RedGorilla Music Festival is still taking submissions!  For more information on involvement in The Road to RedGorilla or RedGorilla Music Festival visit http://redgorillamusic.com or contact us at Info@regorillamusic.com.

 

Who: Mumpsy, XOXO, The Beauvilles and Poverty Branch
What: Ride The Road to RedGorilla
When: January 10, 2008
Doors at 8 pm/Show at 9 pm
Where: Will’s Pub—1040 N Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL
(407) 898-5070

Cover: $7 / 18+