“The latest album from the oblique strategist of New York rap is an urgent attempt to give order, in small increments, to an orderless time.”
ELUCID is a Black American rap artist, producer and cultural worker based in New York City. His extensive solo output materials “are little marvels about living on the fringes of a society that hopes to devour you, to lessen you, to destroy your body and soul, while you press forward just the same. His music is about existing while black as a political act, and speaking truth to power as an enlightened one.” (Pitchfork – October,2018) Additionally, ELUCID has collaborated on critically acclaimed projects with milo as Nostrum Grocers and billy woods as Armand Hammer.
“Kirby strikes a perfect lyrical density served up on a platter of sweet, driving indie-rock.”
— The Wild Honey Pie
Katy Kirby is an artist and songwriter from Nashville, TN. She bears a wide range of writerly influences from Bill Callahan to (Sandy) Alex G to Amy Grant. Drawing on the sonic templates of contemporaries like Lucy Dacus and Haley Heynderickx, she’ll be following up her 2018 EP “Juniper” with new music throughout 2019.
“GRLwood have created a self-labeled “scream-pop” sound injected with brash queer punk attitude. ”
Made up of guitarist/singer Rej Forester and drummer Karen Ledford, the self-proclaimed “Kentucky-fired queerdos” met in August of 2017 when Karen saw Rej performing GRLwood as a solo project. Since then, the duo have been playing nonstop and have formed a strong following in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. They have been praised for the community they’ve cultivated, their explosive live performances, and most of all for their fearless and tireless gusto when it comes to dismantling the patriarchy and other toxic heteronormative ideologies through their music. GRLwood has been featured by the likes of Billboard, NPR, AV Club, BTRtoday, Nylon Magazine, Wussy Mag, and many more.
“…the ease and vigor of john.AVERAGE’s flow here is something to behold, not to mention his mental agility. He’s the rare rapper who can can casually toss out lines for laughs and then swing back with something deep or introspective.”
— Immersive Atlanta
john.AVERAGE. a Hip-Hop artist hailing from Northeast (Neast) Atlanta, is an artist who’s style could be defined as anything from boom-bap to alternative. Having started making music around the age of 16, john prides himself in his pronounced and complex lyricism, as well as his endearing stage presence. Fresh off the release of Leftover Snacks, his first official project in 6 years and the followup to 2013’s Doobie Snacks, john’s artistic future seems brimming with promise as he looks to re-mobilize his fanbase, reinvent his image, and re-surface as one of Atlanta’s most talented up and coming acts.
“Blurs the lines between humanity and technology […] A fusion of vastly different elements, Partials thrive on this dichotomy, an artistic liaison that perpetually surprises.”
— Clash Magazine
Partials is a psychedelic dance band from Athens, GA. They combine electric and electronic instruments with dance beats and catchy, paradoxical vocals. Collaborating with producer / engineer Drew Vandenberg (Kishi Bashi, of Montreal, Toro y Moi), they released their debut EP, Glossolalia, on his record label True Blue last April. Their second EP, also produced by Vandenberg, is scheduled to drop near the end of summer.
At this juncture, I feel like I’ve run out of superlatives to throw out at Athens’ finest fuzz-punk exports Eureka California. The duo’s latest high-octane platter, Roadrunners, is yet another frenetic blast of massive riffs and terminally contagious hooks played with we’re-all-gonna-die-so-fuck-it-let’s-GO intensity.
— Immersive Atlanta
Eureka California began as Jake Ward’s bedroom project in Raleigh, NC, in 2007. On a whim he moved to Athens, GA, soon after that and the band expanded to a five-piece. The lineup changed over the years as Ward’s songwriting began to find its footing — graduating college during an economic recession, the anxiety of time passing without realizing you’ve made any progress, on to sobriety in a drinking town and its accompanying isolation, and maybe that’s not the only reason you feel isolated, and now on to frustration at the music industry and looming threats of nuclear war. The band slimmed down to a two-piece with drummer Marie A. Uhler in 2012. Over a decade in and four LPs, a lost CD, and several 7″s and cassettes later, anxieties over the years flying by while workdays last forever are still at the forefront of the mind of Eureka California — wanting to make moves but being too broke to go anywhere, the low-wage jobs that take up all your time and keep you too exhausted to enjoy your days off, those people that waste the time you do have, or is it your fault for procrastinating? Maybe that’s why their songs are so short; most hover around the two-minute mark, and everything live is played almost twice as fast.
My name is Michael Kure. I’m a Hip-Hop artist that loves to interact with the crowd. I write songs about my life, current and past events that people can relate to. My message is to uplift and to give hope that no matter what we are going through or have been through, we can still find joy and happiness in the times we’ve survived.
“The dynamic duo avoided the sophomore slump and cranked out a thundering collection of hip-shaking rock, soul, and pop.”
— Democrat Gazette
If you’ve ever had the desire to quit your day job, pack a suitcase, shelve your cares, and hop on the nearest interstate to chase your dreams, then Dazz & Brie should be added to your road trip playlist.
A funky blend of rock ‘n’ soul, the duo combines drums and heavy guitar instrumentation with soulful melodies and harmonies that dance between the lines of sarcastic, charismatic, and inspiring as they croon about their journey to rock stardom, as well as the perils that accompany them.
Through unapologetic creativity, fearlessness, “off the wall” approaches, and the desire to live the fullest lives possible, they seize every opportunity to share their story with others in order to dismantle stereotypes, break boundaries, and encourage authenticity. Their “take me as I am” energy speaks to fans of underdogs as they pave their own path in a society who’s history is deeply rooted in the oppression of people like them. Rock on.
“The set’s silky productions were followed by an expressive stage presence, held on by The Lioness’ delicate care for each syllable being thrown out into the crowd.”
— Girl Underground Music
Shaiwna Adams, known as The Lioness, is a native of North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having started her hip-hop career 15 years ago, she has inevitably become one of the Twin Cities’ premier homegrown artists. AThe concious lyricist speaks to the souls of marginalized populations by addressing issues of racial inequalities and social justice, in efforts to encourage and empower youth, women, people of color and indigenous communities across the country.
The Lioness projects include: The Most Anticipated (2011); Lost Tapes (2012); Queen (2013); Growing Pains (2016); and her latest, Greater Vision (2018). Her creativity, originality, and captivating sound has earned her opening spots for headliners, such as: I Self Divine, Brother Ali, Astral Blak, Doomtree, Dem Atlas, Eve, Doug E. Fresh, and Dej Loaf. In 2017, she toured with Metasota on the #BlackExcellenceTour and Atmosphere on the Welcome to Colorado Tour. She also commanded the stage at Soundset 2018.
Taking her passion and skills to a broader audience, The Lioness is currently touring with Atmosphere on the Mi Vida Local Tour, which includes a European tour. With her rapidly growing fanbase and mission to encourage and inspire, is is only a matter of time before she becomes a global headliner.
“If witch house truly died and was buried, then Sniffle Party exhumed the genre’s body and pumped it full of stadium-pop steroids.”
— Dimestore Saints
Sniffle Party’s one-of-a-kind witchy pop music is a dream within a dream. The duo’s sleek and poignant songs were made in a bedroom in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, but contain multitudes. Serena Wagner’s distinctive songwriting and soul-stirring vocals paired with Eric Christenson’s dreamy, minimalist electronic production combine for a rich sound that’s fresh and invigorating. Their lo-fi sincerity and heart-driven lyrics twist together into songs that pack an emotional punch. And it resonates. A handful of DIY recorded songs have racked up a couple million streams worldwide and found the band featured on HBO, multiple Spotify playlists, film scores, blogs, and compilations. Where modern pop music generates a hollow kind of flawlessness, Sniffle Party thrives in the rough at the edges.
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“A common complaint among those who follow new rock and pop is that there’s too much good music to take in. An intimate festival like Secret Stages confirms that’s so by emphasizing discovery rather than highlighting a dizzying cavalcade of established artists and newcomers rocketing toward the top. In a convivial atmosphere among eager, open-minded fans, Secret Stages illustrated that what’s bubbling beneath contemporary music’s densely populated surface is worthy of attention, too.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Secret Stages finds a way to blend every slice of Birmingham life. And doesn’t hesitate to remind you that uplifting something new still manages to honor the past.”
“If you want to find the unheard sounds of young, Southern musicians, the best place to do it these days is Birmingham’s annual Secret Stages Festival.”
—The Bitter Southerner
“In this age of instant gratification, the concept of a music festival where the main goal is for patrons to discover new bands – rather than see bands they already know and love – is risky to say the least. Yet here we are, in the fifth year of Secret Stages, and it’s going as strong as ever.”
“Secret Stages is already a far, far better music festival than anyone dreamed it might be.”
—Black & White
“…one of the biggest bangs for your buck you’re likely to find anywhere.”
"This festival is one of my favorite regional events. Most of these bands have yet to break out of their respective local scenes…It’s a great chance to wander around and discover a bunch of new music."
“Secret Stages succeeded in having more depth in regional and national indie acts than the recent Soundland (aka Next Big Nashville) and had the out-of-the-box feel that SXSW had 15-20 years ago.”
“Secret Stages is a testament to the vitality of the music landscape.”
“…one of the most exciting new music festivals in the Southeast”
“Despite the lack of marquee headliners, that are used to draw large audiences and boost attendance, Secret Stages continues to be a breath of fresh air in its commitment to local artists and their promotion. This ethic has proven to be effective as more and more people each year choose to attend Secret Stages.”
—The Blue Indian (Macon)
“It would have been anybody’s guess that Birmingham would host the best Indie Festival in the Southeast.”
—The Nashville Bridge
“With so many new or little-known acts coming to town, Secret Stages is shaping up to be Birmingham’s best event of the summer for discovering new music.”
“…At so many shows and festivals, the artists play their set and then get out. Not so with Secret Stages. I shook hands and spoke with nearly every act I saw. There’s a personal element to Secret Stages that I really haven’t seen anywhere else.”