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Red Moses and Sami Knowles met at a San Francisco house party in the fall of 2006, but it wasn’t until three years later, when they got an RV and hit the road, that their musical life became priority. The two, which make up the indie duo Callow, have been living in the bay and touring the West ever since. The simplicity and challenge of life in a tiny space has no doubt influenced their sound– a hauntingly minimal, meaty, introspective and transcendental kind of art rock, conceptualized on their debut album Orb Weaver (released May 3, NxNW Records). Red’s raw contralto is reminiscent of Vice Chestnut, while Sami creates a dark, primordial landscape with the simultaneous use of keyboard and percussion.
Yellow Red Sparks
Growing up in Yellow Pine, Idaho and eventually relocating to Southern California, songwriter Joshua Hanson began writing and performing under the solo acoustic moniker, Yellow Red Sparks. He quickly grew a passionate local following and self released an EP on iTunes entitled, “Simply Put ME In YOUR Place”. Since then he has added Goldy (drums and vocals) and Sara Lynn (upright bass, piano, vocals and banjo) as full time members and together, they take Hanson’s songs of heartache and make us want to fall in love.
The band has recently completed their first full-length record which was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Flogging Molly), mixed by Grammy award winner, Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, We Are Scientists), and mastered by multi-Grammy award winner, Brian Lucey (The Shins, Sigur Rós, The Black Keys). On record, the trio successfully weaves the bare roots of songwriting, the rich harmonies of choir and the symphonic arrangements of old film to create a cinematic texture of their own.
Sophia Santulli is singer/songwriter/producer at the helm of Prize. This explosive siren ignited as she ran from the hills of her operatic training into the clubs of San Francisco. Prize is full-bore drama embedded in gems of electro-pop. With a Masters in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory and the release of The Split EP under her belt, as well as stints as a backup singer for The Dodos, John Vanderslice, and Third Eye Blind and classical appearances locally and abroad, she finally found time to self-produce her album Surprize Box! due out November 1st. “Prize’s emotional urgency makes for a thrilling live show” (MVRemix), theatrical and unpredictable, with a “dash of Victorian cabaret” (Emily Savage, SFBG).