Get to Know the Artist: Sarah McGowan

Today’s featured artist is Sarah McGowan, a recent graduate from New York University and emerging singer. McGowan describes her sound as “sweet with an edge,” and she is currently working toward producing her EP Indian Summer to encapsulate that vibe. As a new artist McGowan is still discovering her sound, but is committed to staying unique and fresh. Read more about Sarah McGowan in this exclusive Q&A, and be sure to check out Gadfly’s previous review of that song!

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Buzzing for The Honeyrunners’ EP II

Toronto-based rock band The Honeyrunners ha­­s just released EP II, and it is the definitely worth a listen. The group has undeniable Motown influences, and paired with the rock and roll riffs and sincere vocals, the EP is a source of auditory delight. One word comes to mind when I listen to this EP – warm. These five songs are a splash of whiskey on the tongue, the heat of a bonfire on a brisk autumn night. The warmth emanating from this EP is no doubt a result of its bluesy, old school vibe, evoking a sense of the past while maintaining modern energy and addictive hooks. You can get up and dance or you can throw back a drink with your buddies, but this EP needs to be playing in the background.

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Get to Know the Artist: Black Whales

Meet Black Whales, a Seattle based, psych-pop band. This group is adding something new to the pop music scene: a layer of “brokenness.” These guys are walking alongside of the sugary, sweet pop scene and adding their own depth and darkness. The band continues to develop and mix up its sound, never settling on one specific genre but rather fusing several together. Black Whales has recently finished their LP “Through The Prism, Gently” which is set to release November 11, 2014. This LP features a variety of influences and production styles, creating a sound unlike their earlier projects.

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“Everywhere I Go”: the New Punk Anthem

New Politics are making headlines! Following the success of their singles “Harlem” and “Tonight You’re Perfect,” the trio has recently announced their partnership with DCD2 and Warner Bros., Records, which will house their third full-length album, Vikings. While fans will have to wait until early 2015 for the album’s release, they can enjoy the album’s newly released single right now. “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens),” has been climbing the charts and feeling the love from listeners all across the country.

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Get to Know the Artist: Jensen Reed

Today’s featured artist is Jensen Reed, a Los Angeles based pop and hip-hop artist. I had the opportunity to interview Reed and find out more about his musical background, influences, and projects. Reed’s music features a combination of layered genres and earnest lyrics. In addition to his latest single “This Time,” Reed has also released a cover of current hit song “Habits (Stay High).” Reed is reaching out across genres, collaborating with other artists such as The Mowgli’s, and producing music that’s fun to listen to.

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Get to Know the Artist: Bebe Panthere

Today’s featured artist is Bebe Panthere, an emerging pop singer/songwriter from New York. When you first observe this artist you may notice her neon pink hair. This is more than a bright hairstyle or fashion statement; this is a reflection of her animated personality that just happens to shine through her music. Shaped by the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene, Bebe Panthere’s has come into her own creative voice and persona, and now she’s bringing energy and individuality to the music scene.

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Get to Know the Artist: Ménage

mé-nage /mã’nåZH,me-/
noun
1. the members of a household

Gadfly introduces the household of Ménage: a Toronto-based pop/rock trio consisting of siblings Basilio, Bela, and Gabriel Ferreira. Before Ménage was formed, its members had individual success. Basilio and Gabriel played in bands while Bela hit airwaves in Portugal. The siblings reconvened in Los Angeles, and knew that their combined musical talents would create something great. The group is letting individual influences meld together, creating a fusion of sounds.

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Get to Know the Artist: Joanne Weaver

In the search for innovative music, I came across Joanne Weaver, a singer asserting her own fresh perspective on fusing genres and a mesmerizing, sultry voice to back it up. I had the opportunity to interview Joanne, learning more about her musical background, “psychedelic” style, and upcoming projects. Joanne’s personality shines through, revealing an artist passionate about her craft and truly interested in connecting with her audience.

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A Galaxy of Comic Books: an Interview with James Rubino

We are all familiar with the world of comic books, and we are often quick to drop the names Marvel and DC Comics – producers of The Avengers and Batman, producers of countless other tales of heroism, villains, otherworldly realms and science experiments gone wrong. These are the comic books I recall as a kid, the stories I now eagerly go to see played out on cinematic big screen. But when was the last time you came across a contemporary comic book? I just recently starting diving back into the comic book realm, and I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that it is teeming with original and quality content.

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