Queens native, Awkwafina, has been causing quite the buzz this past year as one of the industry’s emerging female rappers. With the mix of her clever and often comedic lyrics, original beats, and occasionally controversial topics, Awkwafina is one to watch out for in the near future.
Check out her newest video for “Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margaritas)” below:
This female fronted four piece band from Brooklyn will have you head-bobbing along to their pop-punk tunes. Butter The Children blends the best parts of 80s and 90s rock, coupled with their grungy attitude to create a perfect shoegaze sound.
Check out their video for “Spit It Out” below:
Founder of the Tinderbox Music Festival, Alyson Greenfield, experiments with various different sounds, thus bridging the gaps of genres ranging from electronic, to orchestral, to even hip-hop. Considering her eclectic music tastes and compositions, you never quite know what you’re going to get! Watching Alyson perform live is an experience not to miss.
Watch Alyson’s cover of “Mama Said Knock You Out” below:
With the collective efforts of Nandi Rose Plunkett, Thomas Alton Crane, and Greg Chudzik, Half Waif has created a signature dark and experimental, yet poppy sound, that is best described as hauntingly beautiful. Come experience this powerful show for yourself at Tinderbox 2013.
Watch Half Waif’s video for “Wooden Horse” below:
This four-piece rock band from Brooklyn will easily have you singing and dancing to their catchy tunes. Their pop/punk/rock styles flawlessly blend together to form a punky lo-fi sound, slightly reminiscent of the 90’s with an added indie flair.
Watch Aye Nako live at Punk Island 2013:
With the help from Leon Taheny, Kat Burns’ “folkpoptronica” project, KASHKA, has been able to grow and expand throughout the last couple of years. KASHKA’s sound blends electronic-pop beats with folky lyrics and instrumentals, to form a perfect mashup of three unique genres. Join us in welcoming this Toronto local into Williamsburg for Tinderbox 2013!
Check out KASHKA’s brand new video for “Never Had It” below:
Described as an “Aurora Borealis, if it was sound instead of light,” Alice & the Glass Lake fuses ambient soundscapes with ethereal vocals to produce a dreamy pop-like air. Reminiscent of fairytales and fantasy, this singer provides an escape to the dream world, simply with the sound of her voice.
Watch the video for Alice & the Glass Lake’s song “Higher” below:
This dynamic singer/songwriter grew up performing gospel music at the young age of 10 and has since transitioned into her own style of R&B. Aisling’s soulful vocals and strong lyrics express freedom and empowerment. After studying political science and African American studies at Columbia University, she hopes that her music can act as a form of social change, namely for women and individuals of all backgrounds.
Watch Aisling Peartree’s video for “Come to Me” below:
This rapping songstress combines powerful jazzy vocals with hard-hitting lyrics to form a strong yet relaxing sound. Unwind and let the calming hum of Ajo’s voice sway alongside you and transport you to a dream-like state.
Watch Ajo’s newly released music video for “Half of Me” below:
This electro-acoustic duo from Pittsburgh combines two unlikely genres—country and electronic/dubstep—to form a distinctive sound of their own. After watching the two of them live, you’ll find yourself singing their catchy lyrics and humming their energetic beats even days after their performance. Ironically, they’ve even written a song named “Tinderbox”—how perfect!
Watch Mad Rapture’s music video for “Tinderbox” below: