Arriving by time machine from the psychedelic era Maple Mars landed on the Los Angeles pop scene with a multi-colored bang! Fronted by ex-Double Naught Spies singer-songwriter Rick Hromadka, this venerable psychedelic pop/rock outfit has released four albums to rave reviews featured in industry mags such as Billboard, Album Network, Shindig, Mojo, Hits Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and many online publications. The band has toured both coasts and Europe, and has opened for bands as diverse as the Silver Sun Pickups, The Tubes, and the Lemonheads. Drummer Ron Pak, guitarist Steve Berns, and bassist Jeff Legore are the travelers who, along with Rick Hromadka, who is also a three time Emmy winning sound designer/mixer, have taken their influences to new territories as shown in their video "Starting Over (Again)" which was directed by Mark Helfrich (Dandy Warhols, Good Luck Chuck). Maple Mars’ music has been featured in several films and TV shows like True Blood, ER, Third Watch, Felicity, and Friday Night Lights. Coming to a planet near you!
The Shellye Valauskas Experience
The follow up to SVE’s 2008 EP release Box it Up (named one of the top 10 local releases in the yearly round-up of both The New Haven Register and The New Haven Advocate) is due out February 10, 2018. Recorded at Q-Division studios in Somerville Massachusetts, the forthcoming full-length release, History of Panic, sees Valauskas & Falcone collaborating with artists that have shaped their sound in one way or another. History of Panic features heavy hitters Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, Paul McCartney, XTC and countless others), Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star, Dynamo Royale), Matt Pynn (Norah Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Miley Cyrus & more) and local New England favorites Ed Valauskas, Scott Janovitz, Jen D’Angora and Abbie Barrett.
The Rationales, a five-piece band hail from Boston. They bring a layered, lush, infectious sound teeming with hooks and harmonies that navigates the waters between power-pop, alternative, Americana and indie rock.
The Rationales’ latest release, “RADIO,” is a single, recorded with producer Ed Valauskas (Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Juliana Hatfield, Graham Parker) at Q Division Studios in late 2011 to honor the opening of the club Radio in Somerville, MA. While not literally about the club, the song nonetheless telegraphs the excitement and optimism that went along with its arrival. One of the bands’ catchiest, most rocking songs to date, early reviews of “Radio” mention that the track telegraphs diverse influences not normally associated with the Rationales, including the angular guitar rock of Television, the moody bombast of the Afghan Whigs, and the quirk of the Talking Heads. Mirabella’s lyrics are an abstract examination of several interweaving stories and thoughts, primarily looking at what we do in our own minds to define the undefinable.