Indie Artist Spotlight: The Shadowboxers

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love live music. I’m the guy that always wants to get to a show early to check out the warm up acts, whether they’re recognizable or not. My passion recently paid off when I discovered The Shadowboxers. This wildly talented gang brought some…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Kenn Smith

You may not be familiar with Kenn Smith‘s name, but you’re probably familiar with his music. He’s shared his guitar and bass talents with legendary artists such as, Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis, the Chi-Lites, Darryl Jones (bassist for the Rolling Stones), R. Kelly, Stanley Turrentine, Najee, Art Porter, and Valerie Wellington. In order to…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Summoned Tide

Music knows no boundaries, and great Rock n’ Roll can transcend both time and space.  Summoned Tide, from Northern Sweden, proves that a young band can respect the past and still sound like the future. Calling on some of the 1970’s Heavy Metal Legends for inspiration, this group intends on World Domination even if they…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Kafka

by Kurt Schwarz On the surface, Wayne Kafka seems to be a regular guy. Hailing from the smallest of towns in England, Kafka is gainfully employed and navigating his way through the wonders of fatherhood. But dig deeper and you’ll find this talented songwriter has quietly released an incredibly personal and well-honed sonic masterpiece. His…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Thornton

by Christie Glascoe Crowder In this day of highly commercialized music by individuals who have more of a “marketable look” than real talent, it’s refreshing to discover someone like Jeremy Thornton to remind you that real music and real musicians still exist. The Chicago-native’s classic-rock-meets-neo-soul musical vibe is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz.…

Indie Artist Spotlight: The Shake

by Kurt Schwarz Born and bred in New York City, The Shake is one tough band. Despite the constant distraction of traffic, women, and the occasional Ferris Wheel, The Shake rattles and rolls on. With three independent releases and one incredible video directed by Anders Urmacher in their pocket already, the future looks great for these…

Indie Artist Spotlight: The Prime

Straight out of Chicago, The Prime is a self described hard power pop trio who love: playing live, writing music, recording, supporting original music, supporting the troops, pretty girls, their hometown, and fighting crime. In a dangerous world of unoriginal pop/rock sludge, these guys are here to save the day. Just don’t ever lend them…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Bryan Anthony

Many singers long to be the next Frank Sinatra, but if Ol’ Blue Eyes were alive today, I’m sure he’d want to be the next Bryan Anthony. Anthony, who started singing in church choirs and school musical productions,  is a velvet-voiced crooner whose tone touches the innermost spaces of your soul. He inhabits the music…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Jenny Scott

Music is probably the only thing that keeps Cologne, Germany based singer/songwriter Jenny Scott from being the next Muhammad Ali. “If not for music, I would probably go for a career in boxing,” Scott said. Although I cannot picture Scott going toe-to-toe with Christina Hammer for 12 rounds, I’m sure that the same tenacity that…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Laura Vall

Laura Vall grew up in Manresa, a small industrial city about an hour away from Barcelona. Like most kids, she spent her days doing homework, playing in the streets with her neighbors, and biking around town. But there was something different about Vall. Unlike most kids, she had a burning desire to make music that…