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Boiling Pot 2010

  • Breathe Owl Breathe
    Breathe Owl Breathe sing of folklore and homespun miracles, oral histories left to thaw in the earth's crust until pre-history's giant ice cubes rolled their wet bulk down the North Pole and into Canada, finally settling into extinction in what we now call the Great Lakes. It's from the shores of these bodies that Breathe Owl Breathe come. The music is very economical — guitar, cello, drums, piano, other organic sounds — and the vocals float between folk and country, a very earnest mood... The marriage of their music and lyrics is the sort of chance meeting that becomes a 60th anniversary in a blink.



  • Airborne Or Aquatic
    Spawned in the deep woods of northern Michigan with the sound of the Pine River flowing in the background, Airborne or Aquatic went from the nymph stage to full maturity with wings in full flight. Featuring MI folk wunderkinds Seth Bernard and Daisy May, Airborne or Aquatic takes the verdant sound of the MI forest and abstracts it in a mess of psyched out guitars, modular synthesizers, and aural soundscapes. Airborne or Aquatic features Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Susan Fawcett, Mike Shimmin, Jake Robinson, Glenn Brown, and Dustin Edwards.



  • Millions of Brazillians
    Millions of Brazilians have turned a lot of ears and gained an impressively steady following for a band that has been around for only a couple of years. Add keyboard sounding bass, machine-gun drum beats, nervy vocal stylings and reverb-laden lead guitar and you get dance-rock that is mischievously sexual but earnest and even glib. They play with the swagger of libertines, but tempered by the blue-collar guts and honesty that Detroit is known for.



  • Child Bite
    Formed in 2005 by former New Grenada guitarist Shawn Knight and El Boxo’s Danny Sperry and Zach Norton, Child Bite brings a diverse range of musical talent to create one of the most high energy, art rock punk bands that the Detroit music scene has every produced. Part of what makes Child Bite so unique is their ability to incorporate a wide ranging instruments such as saxophone, organ, bango and even violin and then mix it all together with a highly rock driving, keyboard leaning, blues explosion. Add in the subtle humor and trademark facile hair and you have arguably one of the best live bands in the Midwest.



  • Graham Parsons & The Go Rounds
    Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds came to be because of a shared love for the craft of songwriting. A passion for capturing and conveying the emotions that capture each of us. Whether its with a light breath of a country waltz, or the heavy stomp of a swampy blues, the Go Rounds do just that. And so with a great respect for the folkies, soul crooners, and all-night rockers of the past, the Go 'Rounds travel with a constant ear to the ground and listen for the hoofbeats of progress."



  • Javelins
    Lean, taut, and sharp to the touch, when hurled through the air, a javelin has the ability to hit its target with intense accuracy. Perhaps, then, it’s no coincidence that dynamic indie-rock trio Javelins share the same qualities as the spear-like weapon with which they share their name. With solid rock songs that are as pointed as they are streamlined, Javelins transcend their bevy of eclectic influences, tossing them to the sky with sheer abandon.



  • Great Lakes Myth Society
    Great Lakes Myth Society are that rarity, a folk-rock band that actually rocks out, while at the same time capturing the mystery and wonder of the traditional folk narrative and adapting it to the present day. Based in Michigan, Great Lakes Myth Society draw the lion's share of their inspiration from life in the Mitten State, from the wreckage of the Motor City to the frozen splendor of the Upper Peninsula, and their literate but passionate music has won them a loyal following in the Midwest, as well as a growing audience elsewhere across the United States.



  • The Menthols
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  • Chris Bathgate
    One of the leaders of the Michigan indie folk scene, Chris Bathgate writes seminal songs that are all at once new and old, rock yet sometimes not roll, but all seem to reel you in with the honesty and intensity found in his voice, lyricism, and musical depth...



  • Paucity
    Band members Kertis Lytle, Jared Wekenman, Sam Hutchinson and Ric Carroll layer warm synths, airy keys, bristling guitar, churning bass and complex rhythms with a true sense of purpose and aural space, where no note—no matter how off-the-cuff— sounds out of place. Carroll and Wekenman may have both spent time away from the band since the last recording, but Deer Bird Bear Ship shows PAUCITY writing and playing at their strongest and most cohesive and mature.



  • Prussia
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  • Chance Jones
    From a region known as the Great Lakes, a young songwriter finds a six-string guitar a useful instrument to help him make sense of the complexities of the universe. His name was Chance Jones. In his travels he would meet a group of bandits who had recently lassoed and wild mare. With American soil stuck under her hooves the group would follow her lead through the monsoons of technology and the floods of knowledge.



  • Rootstand
    …Rebel Rootsgrass and Reggae, Swashbucklin’ Folk and Blues… a highland, island sound, abound with the wild blood of american roots and grass, alive with the joy of the jam and the pain of the ballad…Acoustic-electric battlefield blues and rootsrock, country-boy hip-hop and whiskey reggae…



  • Tiny Rhythm

    Link Wray. Spook Rock. Bo Diddley. Motorik Beat. Kalamazoo. Marraca Freak Out. Tiny Rythmns.







  • Fiona Dickinson
    Fiona Dickinson is a British singer/songwriter currently residing in Michigan. She writes dark and spaced out folk songs that glow with sincerity. Her live shows are intimate and deep, begging the undivided attention of the listener. While the instrumentation of reverberated guitars, violins, and cellos are invariably complex and often provide unexpected hooks that draw a listener in, Fiona's most affecting instrument is her voice. Rich and mature, she drives it fluidly between sweetly-breathed coos and full-throated wails.



  • Andru Bemis
    Since 2001, Andru Bemis has wandered the ends, edges and in-betweens of North America more times than he can count. His unmistakable voice, expressive self-taught styles on banjo and guitar (and occasional fiddle or banjo-ukulele), engaging stage presence, and exquisitely crafted tunes of travel and longing have earned Bemis rapid respect and a dedicated following throughout Mexico, Canada, the U.S., and beyond.



  • The Wildfire
    Like a wild bottle rocket with a short fuse, Kalish has blasted to the top of Grand Rapids' rock scene in short order, his raw, energetic, rootsy, blissfully catchy tunes packing a more forceful wallop than, say, anything from Ryan Adams or even The Raconteurs. With guitarist Julio Gomez and crew tearin' it up, Kalish spits out blistering, creative, dangerous flames.



  • Minutes
    Minutes is comprised of Chafe Hensley, Mark Larmee, Ryan Nelson, and Isaac Turner, all of whom are solidly "in their 30's". The band was started as an outlet for songs written by all members of the band. The modus operandi from day one was to enjoy the act of making music, create songs that are natural to their cumulative experiences, and to "serve the song." Each member can play, with varying degrees of dexterity, numerous instruments, which creates a palette of opportunities from which to choose.



  • Glennerd And The Bastard Few
    Glennerd and The Bastard Few is a band based out of Kalamazoo MI. We are a dark folk Indie band. No stage is too small or to dilapidated for us to play. We have high energy vocals with passion and a beat that you have to stomp those boots to.



  • Aaron Young And His Night Jars
    Aaron went to Texas and caught birds, when he wasn't catching birds, he sat on the floor and wrote most of these songs. Back in Mi, Matt Wood heard said songs and decided he would save them by playing drums, bass, other stuff, recording them, and telling Aaron when it was time to do laundry. Bobby Blackwood heard said arrangements he decided to save them more by mixing them, stitchting them, and recording some more stuff. Tyler Bassett played some solos about green hills, Richard Whitfield played fiddle, Rosie sang and was tolerent of the boys in her basement, and Nancy batted strings about till the wee hours.



  • Benjamin Riley Band
    Benjamin Riley creates an unique blend of americana, blues and folk. His debut release, Benjamin's classic song writing and timeless approach make his music resonate with a large variety of listeners. Backed by a ferocious 3-piece band, Benjamin Riley delivers everything from the foot stomping rhythms a tent revival to the charm and honesty of an acoustic singer/songwriter. Dark, bluesy, and wrought with emotion, Riley brings his own perspective to American music.



  • Chinook
    Chinook (sh?-'nu?k) started as a three piece with Tyler Grove (guitar), Cameron MacIntosh (drums), and Dan Tuinstra (bass), in the summer of 2007 with the later addition of Matt Dickens (guitar) in February of 2009. These four have played music together off and on since 1999. Their four song EP Me All Night Long was released in May 2010. The current lineup offers a sonic instrumental structure. There is a desire to add a vocal element for future releases to further evolve the bands sound.



  • Rotten Wood Moon
    Rotten Wood Moon is a Noise Rock / Post Punk collective from Kalamazoo, MI. At any time you might see between three and nine of us onstage. Our music is usually instrumental and almost entirely improvised. We take influence from a variety of artists including: Acid Mothers Temple, Sonic Youth, Shellac, Minutemen, Can, This Heat, Captain Beefheart. Get your dancing shoes on.



  • Jes Kramer
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  • Small Houses
    Small Houses is a Michigan based indie/folk project with finger picking guitars, strings, and soft introspective melodies, led by songwriter and arranger, Jeremy Quentin. Born in the suburbs of Flint, MI in the late 80s, he has been writing songs since day one, Small Houses follows the concept of life in these suburbs. Lately he has been residing in Boston, MA while he attends Berklee School of Music. In Feb. 2010, he released the project's debut album, “Our Dusking Sound,” which features artists from groups such as, The Verve Pipe, Frontier Ruckus, Hawks and Owls, Continental Things, Jen Sygit, and many more.



  • Ribbons Of Song
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  • Man At Arms
    Spry and powerful, Michigan/Ohio’s Man at Arms are a storming duo whose frenzied imaginations lead them to attack guitars and drums with an ungodly tension touched by self-aware freedom and manic irreverence. Eric and Ted represent a generation of subversive, embittered musicians too smart and musically proficient to express themselves any way but originally.



  • Fields of Industry
    Fields of Industry is part reverberated bliss and part rock ‘n’ roll darkness, a labor of love spanning ten years. After releasing 2008’s Two Dogs, A Television with its drumless charm and echoing guitar chimes, the band has transitioned to a louder five-piece lineup for 2010’s forthcoming Trouble House, harnessing their characteristic shoegaze-tinged sound, but with a new kind of reckless fuzz. With their songs fronted by Joshua Barton’s trembling baritone, the band taps into the same kind of subterranean foreboding as the Velvet Underground and Low.



  • This Is Deer Country
    Dan Haefs and Kate Pote offer sparse folk ballads reminiscent of Magnolia Electric Co. and Emily Jane White. These folks may look like kids, but they don't sound like them. As jaded as your drunk uncle, as clear as your first kiss, This is Deer Country knows how to spin some good sounds. This Michigan-based dream-folk duo gained notice with its 2008 Daylily King EP. Now expanded to a quintet with the addition of a rhythm section and viola player, the band's strongest selling point and distinguishing characteristic remains Kate Pote's haunting vocals.



  • The Fainting Generals
    The Fainting Generals are a five-piece vintage rock band specializing in historical re-enactments, rock operas characterizing Constitutional amendments, and, of course, boys and girls. They’re from Grand Rapids, MI and led by the classically trained, though not practiced, Juliet Benett Rylah. The Fainting Generals were awarded the Best New Artist award at the 2010 WYCE Jammies for their album “Everybody Drinks Kombucha in Hell.”



  • Red Tail Ring
    Hailing from the directional extremes of Michigan’s two peninsulas (lower and upper), Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo come together to form Red Tail Ring, a duo with roots firmly planted in Appalachian old-time and folk music, and branches reaching out to forge new arrangements complete with haunting harmonies and an expansive dynamic range. Red Tail Ring, in its name, seeks to call to mind tales of the backwoods, wild in their formation, and wise at their core.



  • Hello Victor
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  • The Nerves
    A rexative conglomeration of Saginaw Township angst with a large helping of bottled-up Grand Haven rage, this trio's output is sure to titillate the nerve endings of its fellow listeners. Some call it swamp prog, some call it gunky presh, but when you hear the Shark shred the neck into a pile of sawdust over the trash-can fury funk provided underneath him, you can call it whatever you want. But probably "rock" would say it all. The Nerves are Mark Thompson, Mike Savina and Drew Tyner



  • The People's Temple
    The People's Temple is a psychedelic rock and roll group out of Lansing, MI. The band consists of two sets of brothers Alex and George Szegedy, and William and Spencer Young. The band has been playing for about three years now and has a upcoming 7' on HoZac records, as well as their debut LP. The band is heavily influenced by 13th Floor Elevator, as well as The Rolling Stones, Love, The Electric Prunes, and Spaceman 3.



  • Son Drop
    "With splashes of folky americana and psychedelic pop, (Son Drop's) Deep In The Underbark reminds me of summer vacations in the band’s hometown: slides, milkshakes, beaches on the Great Lakes, sandy sidewalks and faded lighthouses." -Shock Mountain "Son Drop has a way of organically growing the plain into the fantastic, without it seeming so obviously like a trip." -Recoil Magazine



  • Kalamazoo Academy Of Rock
    The Kalamazoo Academy of Rock is a rock band program for young musicians. It was started by Jeff Mitchell in the spring of 2009. The program has two bands. The Thursday Night Band will be performing at The Boiling Pot Festival. We play mostly classic rock covers with a few current tunes thrown in. K.A.R.'s performed at The Strutt four times, most recently a standing room only show on May 1 featuring the music of Michigan artists.



  • Lights At Sea
    We are a Post Rock instrumental band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our debut ep was self released in the fall of 2008. We record and play shows as much as we can. Our music has been described by some of our friends as loud intense and sometimes pretty. We hope to have a new full length record released this fall 2010.