Thursday 21st: Sam Rogers; Izzy from RoundMusic; Midnight Strangers

21 10 2010


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Sam Rogers
Live Performance
Sam Rogers is an award-winning solo performer, skilled educator/facilitator, experienced CircleSong leader, and Certified TaKeTiNa Rhythm Teacher. He is called “The One Mouth Band” for good reason: he makes all the sounds of a band using only his mouth — bass, guitar, synthesizers, horns, mouth-defying drums/percussion, and more — with the precision of a seasoned musician. Sam was the first solo act to compete (and win!) in an a cappella group competition, he has spent half his life being the resident beatboxer/rhythm section for a cappella groups, has two live solo vocal albums to his credit, is half of the pan-Pacific trip-folk duo One On One, helped pioneer live looping vocals, and was a recent finalist in the 1st US Beatbox Championships. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he happily astounds audiences from America, Brazil, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Get ready for 100% Organic Human Music that will blow your mind and shake your booty!

Israel Chavarin
of RoundMusic and The Frail

Midnight Strangers
Retro new wave music wrapped in enticing vocals, while layered over ripping guitars and synths, the Midnight Strangers produce rock music that represents the struggle to form connections with others. The track “Strangers” reflects lead singer, Chris Swimley’s observation of himself and others at shows. He states, “We are all longing to feel the emotions and sense of connection we feel when we listen to music. Music is really just musicians attempting to express their emotions through their songs. And though the bands who play these songs are complete strangers to us, when the music is done well, it’s like we’re living a first person experience of the emotions of others. We connect at the deepest level. The connection is so strong that it compels to join in and sing along. That is what I love most about music.”

When Swimley first ventured into the music industry, the outcome was Modern Delusions, an album that led him to win “Best Male Alternative Vocalist of the Year” at the 2007 L.A. Music Awards. After nearly completing his third solo album, Days Of Decadence, Swimley decided to expand his project and added friends Anthony Petrocchi (drums) Rob Pera (guitar) and Chris Albert (Bass) to the line-up. Inspired by bands such as the Killers and U2, the music of Midnight Strangers combines a bit of electronic instrumentation with a solid mix of drums, bass, and guitar for what they call a “retro new wave” genre.

The newest album, Days Of Decadence, contemplates modern society’s ability to basically acquire anything we desire instantly. The idea that America and other wealthy nations are literally being driven insane by a manufactured appetite for endless amounts of stimulus and possessions is the main concept behind the album.

Swimley reflects on the album stating, “The thing that excites me the most is that it really moves me. This album is definitely much more modern and up-tempo then the last. It was designed with the live performance in mind, so it is my hope that the songs create an excitement to see them performed live. I wanted to create an album that was full of energy and dynamics but that a message too. I hope it moves others as much as it moves me.”

Tonight! Blood and Sunshine

14 10 2010

Listen to the Archive
Part 1

Blood and Sunshine
this is the electro, shoegaze, gospel, revival! the sounds of swirling guitars, crunchy synth melodies and fervent vocals upon motown inspired rhythms….. this is blood and sunshine.

On Oct 7th on Baghdad by the Bay: The Greening 8pm, MOLDOVER 9pm

5 10 2010

Listen in at 8pm, October 7th on


The Greening
The Greening’s mission statement is to push pop music to new frontiers through their blend of accessible experimentation. Combining memorable hooks, strong melodies and cascading vocal harmonies, the band craft instantly memorable songs. However, the radio friendly nature of the songwriting disguises its underlying complexity. Surprise bridges, unexpected arrangements/time signatures, and well thought out productions all unite to enhance the compositions in an integrated fashion.

The ideology behind their sound evolves from an appreciation of the psychedelic movement, forgotten 70s art rock, classic 60s pop, and the ultimate desire to combine elements of all of these with a psychotic injection of punk energy. At shows, people are often up and dancing within a few numbers – thriving off the band’s raw enthusiasm for the music they love.

Recording-wise, The Greening has always sought to combine as many styles as possible in collagist fashion. As can be heard on their first album, After Shoal Parlor, the variety of stylings take the listener across a landscape of music history, landing them squarely in the twilight of music the world is waking up to. The familiar is there to be heard, but in a way that is neither nostalgic nor retro

On their current album, The Last Tibetan Midnight, The Greening accomplish their mission again, delivering songs whose pop sensibilities are matched by their underlying attention to detail. With stronger vocals and a more solid sound, songs like “(She’s So) Electric” and “Sunday Afternoon” detail the bands’ continual evolution. While swathes of delayed resonance float between snare cracks and vocal lines, the compositions never fall apart, rather, coalescing into original numbers as unique as their San Francisco home base. With their eccentric synergy coming to the forefront once again, listeners are left with a feeling reciprocal to the bands’ – a feeling of curiosity.


If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- Moldover is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by 700,000 YouTube viewers as “The Godfather of Controllerism”, Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is “literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel” (Remix Magazine). Witness his balls-to-the-wall live show at a club, experience his multiplayer music installations at a festival, or pick up and play the “light theramin” packaging of his debut album and understand why the next paradigm for music is a one-man-brand called Moldover.

Listen in at 8pm, October 7th on