The Von Shakes:
The Von Shakes are an Indie Rock & Roll band with a bit of a punk edge. Expect a lot of furious guitar and hard pelting drums, Energy! Energy! Energy!! The Irish foursome bring it to every stage they hit. With their gloriously impassioned sound, great vocals and catchy lyrics, it’s no wonder the U.S has taken a liking to them. The band is empowered by infectious choruses and modern riff’s . They can now truly add New York to their constantly growing devoted fan bass that extends to Germany, London and Russia. Like many before them, TVS embody the sound of youth, angst and chaos.
The Post: The Post was born in a dark basement on Rivington Street... and the rest is historical fiction. They are the first hyperanalytical, ultrarevisionist rock band of the modern era. One might even call them Postmodern. Made of technology and gumption, The Post explores diverse topics such as frogs, quantitative easing, and Memphis, all within the framework of progressive-psychedelic-folk-blues-pop rock.
Described as “sexy, soulful, genuine, and edgy” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and an “indie folk powerhouse” by Bend’s Source Weekly, Valerie Orth is a fearless and genre-bending songwriter. Her distinctive hybrid of rock, ska, punk-folk and trip-hop reaches out and grabs your attention; her live performances captivate and charm at once.
Rock Subculture reviewed Valerie's performance when she opened for Shawn Colvin last month, saying Valerie "is definitely one of the most impressive supporting acts I’ve seen in some time, and is one of those artists who have the ability to going from being an unknown to you and turning you into a fan."
Bringing an even bigger sound is Orth's new live band, with Veronika Safarova on bass, Daniel Gould on drums, and Nathan Rosenberg on keys, all singing both gorgeous and haunting harmonies.
Rich with melody and metaphor, Orth’s tunes move nimbly between darkness and light, hope and despair, taking deft turns of phrase along unforeseen rhythmic twists in the road. With gorgeous, multi-octave vocals and no fear of heights, she flirts with the edge as readily as she subverts expectations.
"Unpredictable and highly original,“ writes the Jefferson Agrarian. “Just when you think she’s going to settle into a familiar groove, off she flies into the stratosphere with phrasings you never saw coming.”
Orth’s dynamic range as a performer is made all the more compelling by what the East Bay Express calls a “completely intuitive composition style.”
Influenced by artists as diverse as Foo Fighters and Bjork, Meshell Ndegeocello and Zap Mama, Valerie understands song as revolution, whether personal or political, and as evolution, creating change within herself and the possibility for it within her listeners.
“There is an honesty to Valerie's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle.