Joshua Stephens

If you like catchy, sing-a-long indie folk, Joshua Stephens might be your new favorite. “We Can Be Friends” from his upcoming I’m Not Cute Like Jennifer Lawrence EP got stuck in my head after one listen. It’s easily his best work yet.

A West Coast native who currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, Joshua Stephens was one of the first people to engage with my early Destroy Nate Allen tunes and seems to take great pleasure in requesting versions of old songs that I have forgotten how to play.

Joshua is contributing “We Can Be Friends” to our upcoming Kickstarter Mixtape. Click here to order the mixtape.

For more info visit: JoshuaStephens.net

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No More Train Ghosts

No More Train Ghosts play loud, driven, fast, sweaty, crunchy rock n’ roll. They epitomize what I love about Portland – good friends and basement shows.  No More Train Ghosts shows are sloppy in all the right ways and I definitely miss getting to hang out with them. Rarely does a band wear honesty on their sleeve at just the right tempo to energize the blood and connect with your heart.

Their song “Hey Rube” will be on our Kickstarter Mixtape.

Check out more of their rock n’ roll on bandcamp.

Insomniac Folklore

“The members of Insomniac Folklore are a band of lovable hooligans that would probably be considered offensive, if only they weren’t so darned cute,” says their website. To that, I would lovingly add that they would probably be considered boring, if they weren’t so darned entertaining.  Offensive and boring are not words I would associate with this photogenic and quirky band of theatrical, artsy introverts.  Remember, it’s the quiet ones that come out of hiding and unleash pure genius when given a stage.

I’ve seen Insomniac Folklore more than any band on the planet and I am always happy to watch again! Dr. Folklore, a.k.a. Tyler Hentschel is the madman under the tophat. Tyler has had many an insomniac join his journey, but these days he is oft joined by his beautiful puppet wielding wife Adrienne. Her sister Amanda (the other beautiful girl in those fun videos) brings the bass.

We first met in junior high and most of our early musical adventures were together. We’d spend our lunch hours in high school listening to whatever music we could get our hands on. We especially loved The Beldings, MxPx, Havalina, 90 LB Wuss, Squad Five-O, Joy Electric, Ghoti Hook and other old school Tooth and Nail bands. Together we played nu-metal, then punk rock and now we both play twisted versions of folk.

Tyler’s been called a tantrum folk pioneer and often ventures into the steam punk and cabaret worlds, but I swear just about everybody can find one of his songs to love… and if that’s not enough Insomniac Folklore currently features a bubble-blowing singing sheep named Wallace. What is this world coming to? Check them out you won’t be disappointed.

Their song “Listen To Your Parents” will be on our Kickstarter Mixtape.

Insomniac Folklore will be on tour across the US starting Oct. 10th and will be joining Destroy Nate Allen for dates Oct. 17th through 26th!

More info can be found on insomniacfolklore.com

Kat Jones

Kat Jones is impressive. She uses her five octave range to communicate so much more than the words formed by the command of her voice.  Her songs swell and plunge, holding you captive until the final note diminishes and you are released from its otherworldly grasp. Her classy rock n’ roll comes from dark, hard fought places.

In 2001, Kat Jones and I met in Nepal and then randomly reconnected a few years later at Tomfest. I became her booking agent in the not-so-distant days of cold calling venues, and we both learned a lot about booking shows and planning tours. She has since become a touring machine.  Right now she is blowing minds in Europe.

Check out the rest of her current European Tour here.

Kat’s song “Muevete” will be part of our kickstarter mixtape.  Her greatly anticipated album, I Am Young Warm Blood, is pending release.

Learn more at katjonesmusic.com and on her bandcamp.

 

Bryan McPherson

Bryan McPherson’s songs are full of urgency.  His Boston charm woos while his voice punches neatly woven words into existence. He sings with eyes wide open to the world around him and is a first class singer-songwriter.

I met Bryan McPherson at Campfire Fest, just after he moved to California. The first time I got to play at 924 Gilman in Berkley, Bryan was there rocking the house as well. We’ve connected tours in Ohio and he recently came through KC.  His straight from the heart, punk influenced folk is poised to take on the world.

Bryan is currently on tour opening for The Dropkick Murphys. I recommend you swing out early to one of the shows and get a great spot right up front.

Bryan’s song “Upon An Open Road” is on our kickstarter mixtape.

Learn more at BryanMcPherson.com

Here is the teaser for his new album Wedgewood: