Archie Powell is the son of a violin prodigy who played in the Chicago Symphany Orchestra before landing as a permanent member of Milwaukee’s orchestra. He started playing guitar at 11 and writing “awful” songs at around 15. Immediately following college, he and keyboardist Ryan started the Exports, bassist Adam joined after they recorded their first EP and they rounded out the permanent line-up with drummer RJ. The band’s first recorded effort was a digital freebie called the Loose Change EP that expanded their audience to a national level. It was followed by Skip Work, their debut full length, which drew praise from Boston Phoenix, Powerpopaholic, Radio Free Chicago and My Old Kentucky Blog among others.
The band began touring nationally in support of Skip Work, leaving a trail of empty bottles, broken hearts and hilarious tour videos in their wake. Great Ideas in Action is a group effort but as the songwriter and frontman of the band, it’s inevitable that it be a strong reflection on Powell. “I guess the duality between a pop rock aesthetic and the darker lyrical content kind of speaks to how I carry myself socially. I’m a pretty upbeat individual if you give me a quick once-over, but there are a few poor souls out there who have clearance cards to the super classified bad parts of my brain. They exist, you just gotta dig deeper, I guess.”
The pursuit of being gentlemanly, if such a thing still exists anymore, is the thing we seek. We are bringing back the lost art of chivalry, with a love for music, and for those who embrace it. So, please come enjoy the music with us, and the journey on which it leads us.
And when you see us, expect a smile, a handshake, and a badass show.
(From their Facebook)
Walk the Moon (stylized as WALK THE MOON) is an indie rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lead singer and Ohio native Nicholas Petricca started the band in 2008 and went through several member changes before finally coming together with current members, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman sometime in 2010. The band derives their name from the song “Walking on the Moon” by The Police. The group independently released their debut album, i want! i want!, in November 2010, receiving airplay for the track “Anna Sun” on WCRD,WFPK, WKNH, and WTMD. In February 2011, Walk the Moon signed with Mick Management. They signed to RCA Records and released their first official album, Walk the Moon in June 2012. Their self-titled debut is composed of many of their original tracks from i want! i want!in addition to new tracks that were written specifically for the album and were meant to reflect the kind of energy the band produced in their live shows.
SPIN Magazine has described them as a “poppy, art-rock quartet”. They were also deemed a Nylon Magazine Band Crush for their “swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses.”
-From their Wikipedia
Formed in 2008, Shiny and the Spoon quickly established itself as one of the most intimate and honest folk acts in the Midwest. Videos of living room performances gained viral status, while a tightly knit group of fans packed perfor- mances in listening rooms and local “dive” bars. The past year has been their most momentous to date, with the addition of veterans Pete Brown and Matt Frazer, and release of their first full-length album: Ferris Wheel, produced by Afghan Whigs’ John Curley. The band has quickly moved from back rooms to bandstands throughout the Midwest, retaining the same unadorned simplicity and tightly wound harmonies as before. With a clever ease and lack of airs, Shiny and the Spoon, is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and broadly accessible folk acts performing today.
Crossing state lines with guitars, looping pedals, and all manner of percussive instrument in tow, Lucas Carpenter is a modern pop troubadour. With a beat heavy and melody rich sound that borrows from his love of folk songcraft, the colorfulness of pop, Nashville storytelling, and hip electronic production values, LC is remixing what it means to be a singer-songwriter.
Born into a tightly knit, small town community in Pennsylvania, he is the son of a funeral director and the much loved black sheep of a large family. A self-proclaimed “Art Kid From the Country”, Lucas began his creative journey in musical theater productions, choirs, and garage bands before moving first to Pittsburgh, then to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music (’06 Songwriting graduate), to Philadelphia for 3 years, then to New York City. Eventually “Music City” beckoned, landing him in Nashville, TN, where he currently resides when not on the road. His songs are colorful sonic tapestries, contrasting the mundane and often comic reality of life in rural America against the cultural diversity and fast pace of the cities he’s called home.Since releasing the “Art Kids From the Country” EP 6 years ago, Lucas has played over 500 shows, sold over 5,000 albums and digital downloads completely independently, plus created “The Pixelated Path” (2008) and “Evolution/Mystery” (2010), his most ambitious work to date. Both EP’s, produced with Los Angeles based friend and producer David Bowick, venture into new sonic territory, combining beats generated from samples of office equipment, classic synthesizer sounds, beatboxing, and even a desk chair rolling across the floor, with organic instrumentation that included fretless guitar, Irish tin whistles, nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), and toy pianos.Currently, Lucas is on the road, sharing his high octane, electro-acoustic show with fans across the country. As a songwriter, a storyteller, a producer, and a performer Lucas Carpenter offers a new vision for the modern pop artist.
-From his website
From the Singers’ website:
In 1964, Don Neuen proposed a new entertainment group at Ball State University; one filled with singers who presented popular music, who utilized folk music to entertain, who broke out of the classical choral mode. The result: Ball State University Singers! Now well into their fifth decade, the group continues to blaze new trails in entertainment and leadership development. Over the years, the group has performed at two presidential inaugurations and two world’s fair, twice been named the best collegiate entertainment group in the United States, traveled to nearly 30 foreign countries on three continents, and not to mention entertained countless happy audiences.
“With an ear for Brian Wilson-esque harmony, the irreverently named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. swirl indie pop, folk, and electronic elements into one breezy package. Based in Detroit, MI, the duo of Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott came together in 2009. In 2011, the duo released their full-length debut, It’s a Corporate Word.”
Bio courtesy of AOL Music
From It’s All Happening’s website:
“We’re It’s All Happening. We’re from Indianapolis, Indiana. We play hard, we get sweaty, we make friends. We think you should, too. We’re happy to be here. Thanks for having us.”