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Apache Relay

The Apache Relay
www.theapacherelay.com
Described by The Huffington Post as “Arcade Fire meets boys raised on gospel and Bruce Springsteen,” Nashville-based band The Apache Relay has been wowing audiences since 2009, when its debut album, the rockingly raw 1988, ended up being named one of “The Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts” of the year by Paste Magazine. Combining acoustic moods with irresistible anthemic rock has won the group a devoted following and key slots at Bonnaroo, SXSW and opening for Mumford & Sons. Now conceptualizing the follow-up to its well-received 2011 album American Nomad, all signs point onward and upward for The Apache Relay.

Core 10

Core 10
www.core10theband.com
Blazing out of southern California, Core 10 is quickly making a name for itself with its unique blend of heavy rock, metal and punk (and of course hardcore) to deliver no-holds-barred songs that speak to a diverse group of fans. But don’t let that wall of sound fool you: Beneath the sheer sonic veneer is a melodic style that focuses on emotional turmoil beyond the simple “raise your fist” attack. Having played alongside everyone from Agent Orange and HED (P.E.) to Death By Stereo and Fishbone, Core 10 continues to raise its profile with its self-titled EP, having recently been nominated for “2013 Best Metal Act” by the OC Music Awards.

Fight The Quiet

Fight The Quiet
www.fightthequiet.com
Extensive touring, a high-powered stage presence, and an appealing sound that’s at once reminiscent of The Killers, The Police and Counting Crows, Fight The Quiet plans to release its debut full-length record, The City Below, on April 16. The energetic group promises even more fireworks than on its breakthrough 2010 EP, Let Me In, whose songs were featured on MTV, VH1, and Clear Channel’s “Artists to Watch.” Consistently playing hundreds of delirious shows each year, this Southwestern band plans to deliver the goods this year: “Our goal was to make a record reminiscent of the Arizona desert: open, dirty, and beautiful all at the same time,” avows singer/guitarist Nathan James.

Julian "Keyz" Thomas

Julian “Keyz” Thomas
www.juliankeyzworld.com
You can’t accuse Julian “Keyz” Thomas of being a slacker: The 18-year-old Chicago native goes through his young life as a musician, producer, singer/songwriter, actor, businessman, and rising mogul with his founding of InNo Entertainment Media Group, which he says “isn’t just a company -- it’s a movement.” Sending out a positive message with his music is just as important as doing the same with his life, with Thomas’ empowering messages of self-respect and self-pride – evinced in part by charitable responsibility -- coming across loud and clear in everything he does.

KNS Rock Star

KNS Rock Star
www.myspace.com/kns1dwe
The married couple behind R&B/hip-hop duo KNS Rock Star – singer/producer Key-I and rapper Silky – has reaped many rewards from its positive-message urban/dance mix, performing on the Lebron James Nike Tour and receiving radio play coast to coast. Impressively self-contained – they handle their own production duties, have their own studio, and even design their own T-shirts and videos – KNS is also careful to give back to the community, most recently with its “Stop the Bullying” tour of schools in the U.S. The sheer brio of their presentation led TV Guide Channel to name them the hottest dynamic duet today, marking them as an act to keep an eye on.

Marc Berger

Marc Berger
www.marcbergermusic.com
Specializing in the type of American roots music that conjures the deserts and mountains of the American west, Marc Berger left law school behind to front a number of rock bands that performed regularly on the New York City club circuit. But the west always kept calling to him, and with 2011’s solo debut Ride he began exploring the themes and characters long associated with that region, to critical acclaim. With a cinematic sprawl that evokes the works of John Ford and Sam Peckinpah, Berger’s paeans to the myths and realities of America’s heritage have won him spots at SXSW and The Kerrville Folk Festival, not to mention several gigs opening for none other than Bob Dylan.

Marie Hines

Marie Hines
www.mariehines.com
By turns painfully honest and whimsical, Marie Hines creates gently flowing tunes that contain some of the most yearningly gorgeous music you’ll hear by a young artist today. Comparable to Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, Hines’ smart brand of songwriting – which began when she was 12 and continues to evolve from her current home base in Nashville – has struck listeners with its evocative emotional content; her second album, The Tide and the Sea, finds her continuing to expand her palette, describing life as it is and as it (perhaps) should be. And, when things get too heavy, she’s not above a little baking; she’s known as “The Cupcake Queen” by friends and fellow musicians alike!

Roses & Revolutions

Roses & Revolutions
www.rosesandrevolutions.com
With a soulfully earnest sound that recalls Ingrid Michaelson and O.A.R., the duo of Alyssa Rose Coco and Matt Merritt take the classic singer/songwriter influences of Carole King , Jackson Browne and James Taylor of the ‘70s and update them for today’s listeners – who have heard them not only in small jazz and pop clubs around the country but also at the massive Xerox International Jazz Festival in Rochester, N.Y. Combining Coco’s infectious piano instincts with Merritt’s tuneful guitar figures, debut album Earth and Everything makes for an evocative journey through a number of pleasingly laid-back styles.

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