"The Districts are an impressive young four-piece from Lititz, in Lancaster County. The band channeled the rock-and-soul vibe of Cold War Kids and Spoon; singer Rob Grote’s searing voice cut across the concert hall, blending with the band’s smartly-arranged instrumental interplay. They do the very Pixies loud-quiet-LOUD thing, but in a more textured way than simply turning their overdrive pedals on and off. A thundering swell cuts, leaving a clean guitar arpeggio floating in space as Grote catches his breath; the verses build in waves, with the heaviness sometimes derived just from Braden Lawrence’s drums. Grote is an intense, emphatic, occasionally bewildering stage presence – he kicks, stomps and snarls, both at the mic and far away – but guitarist Mark Larson and bassist Connor Jacobus hold their own, shuffling and bobbing and giving the overall band a dynamic stage presence." -John Vettese, of WXPN The Key
"The Long time member of Dr.Dog and recent member of Generationals, Juston Stens, brings the charming harmonies, sweet and sad sentiments, dueling guitar riffs and thunderous drumming of his recordings to the stage in real life with The Get Real Gang."
His sophomore album is slated for release, in conjunction with a documentary film, 2013. Info and clips here: ( http://ilaywhereifall.com/JSvideo.html )
Ali Wadsworth is the daughter of a rock musician/chemical engineer and a tapestry weaver. Life and her father's job brought her all over the world, including Moscow to study opera, musical theatre in exotic North Jersey and Jazz at The University of Vermont. Her rock band UNLIKELY COWBOY brought her to Philly, which split off into GOOD OLD WAR, and Ali joined forced with her sister and formed GOLDIEBOX and Philadelphia super-group FANTASY SQUARE GARDEN.
When these bands disbanded (as most bands do), Ali and her little sister Claire decided to give national television a try. The Wadsworth Sisters were asked to audition for NBC's The Voice, and spent the summer of 2012 living in a Los Angeles hotel singing and filming. Ali just finished her first solo record with mega producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Floating Action, Man Man, The Sheepdogs) which will be a collection of songs given to her by her favorite songwriters. Album release is scheduled for October 5, 2013. Ali has appeared on countless records (Don McCloskey, Hoots and Hellmouth, Aaron and The Spell, Andrew Lipke, Good Old War, Toy Soldiers) and continues to pay the bills as a bartender/session musician.
Sunshine Superman’s infectious tunes are drenched in upbeat melodies and snarky lyrics (“Sorry, I’m An Asshole”). However, the Philadelphia piano-pop quartet’s jazzy tunes are contemplative, complex and refreshing. “We like to add sections of blistering chaos where you least expect it, but nothing is forced,” says pianist/vocalist Valentina Raffaelli. She originally came to the U.S. from Italy to study music and “fulfill [my] dreams of playing my original songs to people,” she says. “In Italy, there is no market for new things. My ideas were too ‘strange’ for them.”