Born in Canada, Hayley Richman began her singing career by uploading covers of her favorite songs to YouTube. Starting with no expectations but quickly becoming known for her Radiohead covers, she now has over 86,000 subscribers and over 12 million views. Her social media presence has earned her tens of thousands of fans, sync opportunities for TV/film and a place on cover compilations such as Reimagine Music's "Love Cats: A Tribute To The Cure" alongside other big names in Indie music.
Often compared to 90's sensation Fiona Apple and known for her moody, melancholic style, her original music has been included in feature films and she has done work for trailers & soundtracks.
Somewhere between punk and blues – a porch and an alley – lies Radiator King, the performing/recording name of Boston native and Brooklyn based, Adam Silvestri. Established in 2011, Radiator King’s music shows influences from both Dylan and Strummer with a sound described by Boston blog Allston Pudding as something akin to what “Tom Waits locked in a room for a month with nothing but a copy of Springsteen's Nebraska” might produce. Whether alone with a guitar or backed by a band, Radiator King embodies the raw energy of punk, the grit and intricacy of delta blues, and the lyrical potency of folk in “songs that are the sonic equivalent to an old whiskey bar at the end of a dirt road.”
A Boston native now hailing from New York, Silvestri has been featured at outlets such as Brooklyn Vegan, Punk News and Daytrotter. His latest Radiator King record was recorded at NYC’s Vibromonk Studios by producer/engineer Jesse Cannon, and features an all-star cast of session players including drummer Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, NIN, Violent Femmes) and accordion player/keyboardist Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady, World/Inferno Friendship Society). The bulk of the recordings were cut live to tape.
“At the end of the day,” Silvestri says, “I consider myself fortunate to be a musician, to have the opportunity to travel to so many different places and play music for people. I know there’s nothing that I’m owed, but there are still people who will listen, people who open up their homes to you. This gets at the true sense of what music is all about—it brings people together, it helps us connect.”
Today’s EDM scene is a melting pot of sounds, and bassist/producer Alan Goldsher is among the most qualified artists to meld classic jazz, EDM, electronica, funk & lounge music with modern dance grooves. And he’s done just that on his debut double- album, “The Pocket” and "The Other Pocket" a collection of funked-up grooves that run the stylistic gamut from hip-hop to house, from ambient to lounge.
A stalwart of the jazz/hip-hop movement of the 1990s, Alan performed with, among others, Janet Jackson, Questlove, Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature, and Digable Planets. He was also the house bassist at the legendary New York club Giant Step, where he accompanied Grandmaster Flash, Maceo Parker, and Gang Starr.
As an author, Alan has written 14 books, including the bestselling Beatles/horror mashup “Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion” and the acclaimed jazz study, “Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.”
Alan lives, writes, and makes music in Chicago.
Dead Swords is the sound of being alive centuries before you were ever born. The brainchild of Alex Rosamilia (The Gaslight Anthem, Something About Death Or Dying) and Corey Perez (Let Me Run, Bottomfeeder, I Am The Avalanche), the New Jersey band plays a ghostly kind of shoegaze, or, perhaps, a more soothing kind of black metal/doomgaze. Despite the torrent of guitars at the center of these funereal and nihilistic songs, there's hope and beauty in these tracks as well, dreams that refuse to succumb to the nightmare of the real world and the bleakness of our own ever-impending mortality.
Listening to Dead Swords is like being lost in the loneliest darkness. Theirs is a world of overwhelming static and feedback, of eternities-long melancholy, of the purest beauty shrouded and obscured by the blackest night.
Alex Rosamilia on starting Dead Swords & their debut album Enders (courtesy of Culture Addicts, 3/9/19) “When I started Dead Swords, I really wanted to focus on letting the music be able to breathe. I have always been a fan of bands like Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, or The Cure; bands that write songs that sprawl about over the course of seven-ten minutes. This album is my homage to those bands and those songs that take you for a 10-minute trip without you realizing how long you’ve been sitting there.”
Look for Enders on vinyl (SoundEvolution Music) in the near future.