Just as any great film needs a great score, any great film festival needs great live music. We’ve jam-packed the inaugural Mill Valley ASCAP Music Café with a blazing bunch of ASCAP acts, some legends and some on their way there. If you’re heading to Mill Valley, stop by Sweetwater Music Hall & Café from 1 to 5pm on October 11-13th and take a listen to this eclectic, electric group of performers:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
1pm: Forest Sun
Forest Sun is a San Francisco-based Americana singer-songwriter whose music has been compared to everyone from Jack Johnson, John Mayer and The Avett Brothers to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Forest's songs span from the philosophical folk ballad and Pacific Songwriting Competition winner "Drops in the Ocean" to the sexy reggae groove of "So Nice" featured on MTV's Good Vibes. His 2012 release, Just Begun, recorded in Tucson, AZ, is a rootsy Americana record tinged with a Sonoran desert flavor, all wrapped up in Forest's laid-back California style.
"… altogether a quiet joy in a raucous world." -John Davy, NO DEPRESSION
2pm: Hundred Waters
Hundred Waters was woven together under the spell of a viscous Floridian summer, from a home on its own in the woods amidst a city. The music sets sail into ancient seas, subtly shifting through worlds of howling silence, borealic tales, and briar-patched exotica, ultimately arriving into the arms of a caring embrace. Nicole Miglis narrates the journey alongside Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault and Sam Moss in Hundred Waters’ debut release.
"Above all, they're the kind of discovery it's easy to get excited about: Their debut does more than enough to stand on its own, not only ambitious in its own right, but leaving little doubt about Hundred Waters' capability of handling wherever their ambition takes them from here." -Pitchfork.com
Pomplamoose is a California indie duo centered around musicians Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn. They enjoy making video songs for their recordings, with a few rules:
- What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice)
- If you hear it, at some point you see it. (No hidden sounds)
They have also worked with Julia Nunes, Lauren O'Connell, Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Wade Johnston, Ryan Lerman, My Terrible Friend, Ben Folds, Allee Willis, Zoe Keating, Matt Payne, Anton Patzner, Andy Wilke and Carlos Cabrera. You have heard their music in commercials for Toyota and Hyundai.
4pm: John Doe
John Doe is an American singer, songwriter, poet and bass player and is a founding member of the seminal L.A. punk rock outfit X (who released seven records between 1980 and 1993). Doe’s solo career began with 1990’s Meet John Doe. Since then he has garnered worldwide acclaim. Keeper, John’s most recent record, is his eighth solo record and first since 2007’s acclaimed A Year in the Wilderness. John Doe is also an actor, having appeared in over 40 films and TV shows. He resides in sunny Fairfax, California.
“Like Clint Eastwood, John Doe is an unusually handsome American pop-culture figure with an unusually hardy career…the songs play Doe’s steely frontiersman reserve against his big tenor...” —The New Yorker
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
1pm: Broken Anchor
Atmospheric, retro-influenced pop/rock band Broken Anchor evolved through a collaboration between singer/songwriter Austin Hartley-Leonard and producer Brad Gordon. After honing his craft as a solo artist with songs featured on TV shows such as “Burn Notice,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Jane By Design” and “The Ghost Whisperer,” Hartley-Leonard originally imagined Broken Anchor as a studio project. Yet, with time, Harley-Leonard and Gordon soon saw the songs take on a life of their own, and by adding drummer/percussionist Mike Duffy to the mix, Broken Anchor’s live show is now a memorable, high-energy affair.
"Broken Anchor, the new project from self-proclaimed ‘ex-singer/songwriter’ Austin Hartley-Leonard, sounds equal parts Phil Spector and Band of Horses, with just a dash of Black Keys (as the band is a duo). With two EPs under their belt and one more to be released in the fall, it's been a successful year for Broken Anchor, and we look forward to their much anticipated full length due out in spring 2013." - Filter Online
2pm: Nova Albion
Standing above the city, our bodies naked to the light and din below, our senses forage for nourishment. As they traverse the scenery of mismatched dwellings and the rhythm of never-ending progress, the mass of sound begins to coalesce. At once, we are enveloped in the sensation, covered by a new fur, but sheltered from nothing. Instead, we are fully aware of the concrete, the landfills, the hum of machinery and the essence of our humanity. We go forth in this new passage we call Nova Albion.
3pm: Immanu El
Immanu El from Gothenburg, Sweden, started as a musical experiment in 2004 by 16-year-old Claes Strängberg and his twin brother Per. The ambition has always been to create something captivating and beautiful. The band has gained a growing reputation to be one of the most promising bands from Scandinavia today. After four years on the Swedish West Coast, their relationship with the sea has left a clear trace upon the latest album, In Passage, which was released October 29th, 2011. This is the band's first ever US tour!
"Swedish postrock romanticism or hauntingly whispering hover-pop. Sigur Rós without (the) fairy-tale forest." – Rolling Stone
4pm: Robert Schwartzman
Robert Schwartzman is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, CA; he is best known as the frontman for the band ROONEY.Robert has spent most of his musical life touring around the world and has written multiple top charting songs, including the #1 hit "When Did Your Heart Go Missing?" and Top 10 hit "I'm Shakin." He recently released a solo album called Double Capricorn, which he self-produced, engineered, performed all the instruments on, and released on his independent label, California Dreamin' Records. All profits from his solo album are donated to the Tibetan Healing Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare and education to women and children in rural areas of Tibet. Robert has also written original music for film and TV, including The OC, Gossip Girl, The Hills, Cougar Town, American Idol, Bad Teacher, The Princess Diaries, Easy A and the theme song for Marvel's Iron Man animated series. Robert starred in The Princess Diaries and The Virgin Suicides and recently acted and scored the new Gia Coppola short film, Casino Moon, which is playing at the Mill Valley Film Festival this Saturday, Oct 13th. Robert is currently working on a new album, due out in 2013.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
1pm: The Goods
The Goods is a band formed by Los Angeles-based recording artists Lucy Woodward, Holly Palmer & Michelle Lewis. While busy writing, recording and performing their own music, which is heard on iPods, TV, film and on stages around the world, they first came together to sing at a mutual friend's Christmas party.It was love at first note. They started writing songs together and called themselves The Goods. Their songs are inspired equally by The Andrews Sisters & Lena Dunham's character "Hannah" from the HBO show Girls. Stylistically rooted in the swing and boogie-woogie era, their lyrics are strictly 21st century.What has emerged in their writing is an everywoman character who, despite her best intentions, is always getting into some kind of trouble. Their live show is a twisted, comical, slightly dark affair that leaves people wondering, "What did I just see?" and "When can I see it again?" They are currently at work on their debut release, which will be out early next year.
2pm: The Moth & The Flame
Capturing imaginations with art installations of 20 ft. anthropomorphic giants, elaborate hanging ampersands and detailed stage sets that transform venues, The Moth & The Flame have been selling out show after show in their native Utah and are rapidly carving a name for themselves. Their debut album has received widespread praise both nationally and internationally, and is considered by many to be one of the best albums to ever come out of Utah. They have played alongside such acts as Imagine Dragons, Low, Grizzly Bear and Andrew Bird.
"May be the best album to ever come out of Utah" -Daily Universe
"Marvelous album...highly addictive." -Long-Brit.com
3pm: 2AM Club
From the beginning, 2AM Club has always been into trying new things.The five members of the band—singer Marc Griffin, emcee Tyler Cordy, guitarist Matt Reagan, keyboard player Dave Dalton and bassist Matt Warshauer, AKA “Sauce” — emerged from wildly varied musical backgrounds. They formed an unlikely musical partnership, but all agreed at the outset that the only way forward would be to share common ground together, challenging one another in order to make something fresh. Holding firm to their instincts and tastes, and drawing from a pool of influences spanning modern American pop culture, the band continues to forge a sound all their own – one that might not be easily categorized, but one they hope will be relatable, danceable and – above all – really, really fun.
“ ‘Mary’ is a massive radio hit about to happen with its fun, quirky and feel good qualities that shows that 2AM Club is perfectly in tune with what's hot and happening in pop right now, while also strengthening their identity as a group…Five out of five stars.” -ArjanWrites.com