Dubbed by BBC as “The Manila band most likely to cross over to the lucrative Anglophone market of North America”, Up Dharma Down (UDD as they are called by their legions of fans) is among the heavyweights of the music industry back in its hometown Philippines. If you are just wondering how big UDD is, just imagine this – they have opened for big time foreign bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Bloc Party, The xx, Tegan and Sara, among many others. This is proof of their ability to draw crowds everywhere they play and the trust given to them by many concert producers to open for bands with much more accomplished resumes.
Seattle has always been a breeding ground for great rock bands – see Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bikini Kill, Death Cab For Cutie. The list could go on and on. There must be something about the Seattle landscape that influences its people to create music from different genres. Take Minus The Bear, for example. This indie rock band has been around since 2001 and boasts “sophisticated time signature composition.”
Grammy-awardee Gregory Porter is a force to reckon with in the world of jazz and R&B music. Want proof? His latest release, Liquid Spirit, won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. This LA-born and California-bred grew up as a football player until a shoulder injury sidelined his future as an athlete. Bad luck on his young self but good news for jazz aficionados out there as this little bend in the corner gave us this crafty and soulful singer.
Kyler England walks down new territories in this new Noisterade sampler that features ten tracks of tasteful pop electronica.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, singer-songwriter Kyler is a member of the band The Rescues. Kyler’s nuanced songwriting and diverse sonic palate made her tracks easy favorites for TV shows including Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, Switched at Birth, the feature film Lucky Ones, to name a few. She also has toured opening for Sting, Annie Lennox, and Kelly Clarkson.