Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Indie band Nico Vega‘s sound has evolved over time. What started as grungy garage rock has transformed to a more structured musically alternative melody, which will be heard on their upcoming album, “Lead to Light.” “I would say that we probably started out a lot heavier,” Vocalist Aja Volkman said.Continue reading “Nico Vega’s new album brings fresh sound”

Indie pick of the week: Holly Drummond

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Holly Drummond’s soft, soothing sound has been seen by some as “the female Damien Rice.” The 19-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter’s music varies from rich acoustic tracks  to lighter and more lively electronic music, as well as a plethora of song covers. “I enjoy recording vocals for EDM as it’s different andContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Holly Drummond”

Indie pick of the week: The Deals

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit If you’re looking for that guitar-filled, classic-rock sound, this might be your band. Self-described as a “a late 60’s power trio sound with aggressive, expressive, and inventive playing on behalf of each and every member,” The Deals draw influence from some of the biggest names in rock ‘n roll. FriendsContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: The Deals”

Indie pick of the week: Emi McDade

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Self-described as an “acoustic singer-songwriter with soul-jazz influence,” Emi McDade has a strong and emotional voice, almost Amy Lee meets Sarah McLachlan. Music has always been a big part of the 16-year-old’s life. Emi, who grew up in a small town near Glouchester, England, came from a family of classicalContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Emi McDade”

Indie pick of the week: Rachel and the Kings

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Sports & Entertainment The sound of Rachel and the Kings is a dynamic mix of alternative rock with a hint of country and a touch of symphonic soul. Fronted by female vocalist and classically-trained pianist Rachel James, who encompasses the emotional and vocal capacity of Carrie Underwood, Haley Williams andContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Rachel and the Kings”

Indie pick of the week: The Black Atlantic

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit With acoustic guitars and a floating feel, listening to The Black Atlantic is an escape. But behind the seemingly light sound are strong lyrics, with very emotional themes. The stage name belongs to Geert van der Velde, a folksy alternative rock singer-songwriter from the Netherlands. “For as long as I can remember,Continue reading “Indie pick of the week: The Black Atlantic”

Indie pick of the week: AfterMidnight

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit An emotional and reflective sound is what Oklahoma band AfterMidnight delivers to listeners’ ears. Lyrics filled with hopeful depth about life and love layer over strong instrumentals to produce music reminiscent of John Mayer, Neon Trees, The Lumineers and One Republic. “Our music has a lot of passion, energy, and meaning,” KarimiContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: AfterMidnight”

Indie pick of the week: Derek Atkinson

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit With strong vocals and instrumentation, Derek Atkinson’s music is a grungy blend of reggae and alternative rock, a sound he describes as “Sublime meets Johnny Cash.” “It’s usually pretty hard to describe my sound, and I hear the same from a lot of people, because it blends so many differentContinue reading “Indie pick of the week: Derek Atkinson”

Indie pick of the week: Robb Murphy

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Singer-songwriter Robb Murphy’s music is deep and inspiring, reflecting on life through stories of falling in love, and finding yourself. With acoustic riffs and synthesizer pop instrumentals, Robb’s songs take listeners on a journey to another place. His sound is reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie and Guster, with the lyrical depth of City and Colour. Growing up in a musically-inclined family in Comber, Ireland,Continue reading “Indie pick of the week: Robb Murphy”