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Jack Oblivian

Jack Oblivian channels the spirit of proto punk as well as blues, country and junkyard rock; his songs embody haunting, echo-y swamp boogie. The new album is Rat City on Big Legal Mess Records.

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John Paul Keith

So if you’re looking for one of the best records of the year, here it is. It took John Paul Keith half his life to get the chance to be himself, but it was worth the wait.

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Smoking Popes

“Ever wonder what a traditional saloon singer would sound like backed up by a punk band? The Smoking Popes take that concept one step further: They've created a unique kind of music that some listeners are describing as ‘hyperkinetic tear-jerkers’." Los Angeles Times

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The Everyday Visuals

New Hampshire natives and current Beantown locals The Everyday Visuals have a made a name for themselves with their gently rocking, harmony-laden sound, reminiscent of The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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Laura Cortese

Welding the propulsive grace of ancient fiddle styles to disarmingly open-hearted original pop songs, Laura Cortese has emerged among the most intriguing and versatile, musicians in the bountiful New England post-folk scene.

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The City Champs

The latest in a long lineage of Memphis musicians to grab the mantle of funky, soul-jazz instrumentals pioneered by acts like Booker T & the MGs, Willie Mitchell & The Bar-Kays.

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Wiley and the Checkmates

Press Assets

Wiley and the Checkmates press release (.pdf)

Chicago Blues press release


Hailing from Oxford, the soul of the Mississippi Hill Country, Wiley and the Checkmates have a lot to live up to. In this sleepy town, high and low culture has co-existed for generations, allowing its practitioners to cross-pollinate their creativity and resulting in music, art and literature with depth, darkness and humor. The bounty from these casual associations is well known; the hill country blues of Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside inform the literary landmarks of William Faulkner, Larry Brown, and John Grisham. Likewise, the sacred and profane exist side by side, with gospel in the churches and the soul music in the clubs and parties sharing one thing: snaky, funk-drenched bass lines. A more perfect breeding ground for a band has seldom been found, and the Checkmates took full advantage, delivering what Juke Blues calls “a good ol’ fashioned no nonsense soul romp.”

Riot Fest

Riot Fest prides itself on cultivating a diverse line-up consisting of buzzed-about reunions, one-offs, special guest appearances and popular mainstays from punk’s rich 30 year history.

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