Aer is the Wayland, MA, combo of David von Mering and Carter Schultz. Together, they mix smooth guitars with solid raps to make one catchy sound. For the last couple of years, they’ve been busy performing at colleges and other sold out venues all over the East Coast and they’ve been on tour leading up to the Bamboozle Festival in support of their latest EP, What You Need. With the union of guitar and rap sounds, this unsigned duo might be hard to pass up at this year’s Bamboozle.
Aiden Gordon, aka Aiden Chance, is probably one of, if not the youngest man at Bamboozle this spring. This electronic DJ phenom is the pride and joy of Salt Lake City, UT, and is only 14 years old. His rise to fame was faster than anything and already he’s played some of the biggest shows in his home state and shared the stage with some of the genre’s biggest names. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, the kid is good. They don’t let just anybody play at Bamboozle, and he has more than earned his way onto the stage. You can catch some of his tracks on his SoundCloud page. His future plans are unknown at this point, but he’ll probably be rocking for a long time to come.
Anamanaguchi is an indie rock band from New York City. They are composed of four members—lead singer Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas. They are known for their unique, eclectic sound. Like many other chiptune bands, they use synthesizers— however, Anamanaguchi uses the unconventional hacked NES and Game Boy system. The band has two LPs, Dawn Metropolis and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game – Original Videogame Soundtrack. They also have one EP, Power Supply. In the past, they have performed with Peelander-Z, Bounce Dancing Affair, Hellmouth Happy Hour, and more. They just recently held a couple of shows in Canada and one in Rochester, NY. Anamanaguchi is sure to stand out among Bamboozle’s rap, rock, and alternative artists. No matter how much the festival has to offer, it is unlikely you will find another act like Anamanaguchi. Their infectious techno sound guarantees a lively performance. So far, the band has no plans for after Bamboozle, but hopefully we will see an upcoming tour or EP soon.
Armor For Sleep
Another group hailing from Bergen County, NJ, Armor For Sleep comes to us from Teaneck and boasts the lineup of Ben Jorgensen on vocals and rhythm guitar, PJ DeCicco on lead guitar, Anthony Dilonno on bass and Nash Breen on drums. Formed back in 2001, this post-hardcore group released three albums and one EP, the latest of which is 2008’s The Way Out Is Broken, before disbanding in 2009. Bamboozle will be a bittersweet moment for the group, as the show will be their last and it will serve as a farewell and an opportunity for fans that didn’t get the proper chance to say goodbye. This will be your last opportunity to catch Armor For Sleep live, so don’t miss it.
Big Freedia & The Divas
Big Freedia is the stage name for New Orleans musician Freddie Ross. Freedia is known most widely for his work in bounce music, which for those of you who aren’t aware, is an energetic type of hip-hop that was originated in Freedia’s hometown of New Orleans. Big Freedia also runs an interior design firm out of New Orleans on the side. His discography dates back to 1999 with the release of An Ha, Oh Yeah, and includes his most recent work, Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1, which was released in 2010. The energy of bounce music should provide for one fun performance.
Casey Veggies is a rapper/hip-hop artist that was originally a member of Odd Future. He has known Tyler, The Creator, since junior high and the star gives him props for graduating high school while simultaneously making a name for himself. Casey Veggies even has a song featuring Tyler, The Creator, which is called “DTA,” and is immensely popular among fans of both artists. Veggies has one album to date, Sleeping In Class, which includes animated, energetic tracks like “Euphoria II” and “Ridin’ Roun Town.” He also appears on other artists CDs, including Lavish’s Hometown Hero and Polyester’s Peace Love Unity Respect. In 2011, Casey Veggies appeared on Mac Miller’s tour, which also featured Pac Div. He has also performed with Black Cobain, Wale, The Dean’s List, Rockie Fresh, Nico Vega, Street Drum Corps’ Big Noise, Donbran, and many others. The rapper just completed a tour in Canada, which made stops in Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. He’ll demonstrate his original hip-hop flavor and undeniable performing abilities at this year’s Bamboozle Festival.
David Garibaldi is a performance painter from Los Angeles, CA. He is just one of the many nonmusical acts appearing at Bamboozle this year. His major gigs have included painting a portrait of Mick Jagger at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum and painting a portrait of Jesus on The 700 Club. He has also been on numerous tours with big name musicians. Garibaldi was the opening act for Blue Man Group’s tour in Canada and the U.S. and also for Snoop Dogg. His work is heavily influenced by Denny Dent and is loud, colorful, and provocative. Garibaldi hopes to use his work to inspire others and to portray his overwhelming passion. When a high school animation teacher first inspired him to create graffiti and turn his energy into a positive thing, Garibaldi realized what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He considers his performances as a resource to the community and hopes that he can one day be a positive influence on someone. Additionally, Garibaldi has raised close to $1 million for nonprofit organizations and charities solely because of his art. This act is guaranteed to be like no other.
DJ E-V is one of the most popular DJs in the Tri-State Area. He is a club, radio, and mixtape DJ. He’s also working with big named artists, as he is the official DJ for Mike Posner and has made a mixtape for MGK. He is currently the CEO and Marketing Consultant of leakjones.com. His mixes are characterized by their upbeat, infectious rhythms and interesting combinations. DJ E-V has made mixes of Kid Cudi and Aaron LaFette and is the primary DJ for Kiss FM. DJ-EV is perfect for any setting, as his music creates a fun, easy going atmosphere. So far, he doesn’t seem to have plans for after Bamboozle, so make sure you catch him at the festival!
DJ Prime is inarguably the most successful DJ in the area. He currently has a nationally syndicated radio show in 23 different states and appears on WKTU 103.5 from midnight to two a.m. every Saturday night. This is no surprise, due to his immense amount of experience. To this date, DJ Prime has been performing for over 13 years in the game. He also has an extremely impressive track record. He has toured and performed with Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Enrique Iglesias, Dane Cook, Justin Bieber, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West. He is best known for creating a show with variety. DJ Prime says that he does not want to play all hip-hop. In fact, he will perform by touching on many other genres, including pop, rock, reggae, and alternative. Additionally, he has remixed tracks by numerous artists, including Jay-Z, Kid Rock, Paramore, and Outfield. DJ Prime expects to break out of his local fame in the future and become recognized on a more national level. For now, he is performing all over the Tri-State Area. After Bamboozle, he will be performing all over the nation. Don’t miss seeing him while you can!
In addition to Never Say Never, Gonzo is Christofer Drew Ingle’s side project. Keeping up with the latest trends, Ingle has decided to experiment with the dubstep genre. The first track he produced under this name is called “Proof That Aliens Exist” and it also features Eatmewhileimhot! The song, as well as his other psychedelic dance creations, is vastly different from any of his other music. Because of this, Gonzo has received mixed reviews. Arguably, the project is proof that Ingle is a multi-talented, creative individual that can produce quality music in other genres. It is also a way for him to gain a wider range of fans. His debut album is called Beet Pharm, and it’s full of unconventional, electronic/dubstep music. So far, Christofer Drew has not announced any plans for Gonzo after Bamboozle. While Never Shout Never is still his main concern, I’m sure we can suspect to see some shows and new releases from Gonzo in the near future.
Incubus is a U.S. rock group that hails from Calabasas, California. The band’s founding members—vocalist Brandon Boyd, drummer Jose Pasillas, bassist Alex Katunich, and guitarist Mike Einziger—began playing together when they were only in 10th grade. With the help of Joanne Stanulonis’ musical connections, these guys were able to play shows at The Roxy, The Troubadour and the Whiskey all before they graduated high school. Three of the band’s original members are still in Incubus (Boyd, Einziger and Pasillas) while bassist Ben Kenney and keyboardist Chris Kilmore joined in 1998 and 2003, respectively. The group’s debut record, Fungus Amongus, was released back in 1995 and they have had their fair share of number one singles since.
After their debut came S.C.I.E.N.C.E., and their breakthrough album, Make Yourself, with extensive tours between the two releases. Anyone who lived through the ‘90s has heard their single “Drive,” which is featured on 1999’s Make Yourself. Following the success of that album, they released When Incubus Attacks (Vol. 1), an EP which features acoustic versions of one of their more popular singles, “Pardon Me,” as well as five other tracks.
Since then, the group has released three albums from 2001 to 2006 before going on hiatus in 2008. In 2009, the group released a greatest hits album, Monuments And Melodies, which lead to questions about the band’s future. However, after the release of Boyd’s solo debut, The Wild Trapeze, Incubus announced plans for their seventh studio album, If Not Now, When?, which came out in 2011. After Bamboozle, they’ll be on a world tour until mid-September.
Kreayshawn is the stage name for California rapper Natassia Gail Zolot, who’s been kicking ass on the West Coast since 2008. The music runs in the family too, as her mother, Elka, is a former member of the San Francisco garage punk group, The Trashwomen. Known best for her hit single, 2011’s “Gucci Gucci,” she’s currently signed to Columbia Records and has two mixtapes as well as her debut record, Somethin’ Bout Kreay, out now. Kreayshawn is also highly lauded for her music video directing. Although controversy has followed some of her raps in the past, her music’s powerful and full of energy.
Malcolm McCormick is best known by his stage name, Mac Miller. He is a highly celebrated rapper from Pittsburgh and is currently signed to Rostrum Records. He used to be a part of the rap group, The III Spoken, before choosing to embark on a solo career. Miller states that he has been really serious about hip-hop since high school. In fact, he taught himself how to play the piano, guitar, drums, and bass. At the mere age of 17, he made it to the final four in Rhyme Calisthenics, the MC competition at Shadow Lounge. The following year, he won Best Artist Under 21 and Video Of The Year for “Live Free” at the Pittsburgh hip-hop music awards.
Mac Miller’s most popular CDs include Blue Slide Park and Best Day Ever, however, he has nine in total. He was also featured on the remix of Maroon 5’s “Moves Likes Jagger.” The most unique thing about Miller is that he does not lose any quality when going from the studio to live performances. In fact, I personally believe he sounds better in person. In addition, his concerts are always highly entertaining. He has a crew of his friends that follow him at all times and he’ll throw a couple covers of popular songs into his setlist.
The rapper even received recognition from The Apprentice star himself for his song “Donald Trump.” “Who wouldn’t be flattered?” asked Trump on Twitter, saying Mac Miller was the “new Eminem.” Besides his career in music, Miller has been establishing himself in other aspects of the media, including television. In 2011, he appeared on VH1’s Single Ladies, playing a fictionalized version of himself struggling to sell a mixtape.
Miller just recently completed a tour with The Cool Kids. After Bamboozle, he will go on a short tour with Benny Banks before supporting Wiz Khalifa.
Mike Posner seemed to make his name overnight. He has produced one CD, 31 Minutes To Takeoff, and his second album, Sky High, is set to release soon. Posner has also covered many popular songs, including Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” Beyonce’s “Halo,” and Kanye West’s “Heartless.” In March, it was revealed that Posner had collaborated with superstar Justin Bieber in order to write “Boyfriend,” the first single off Bieber’s upcoming album. He has also worked with Your Favorite Martian on the YouTube video, “She Looks Like Sex,” which is a remix of Posner’s “Looks Like Sex.” Additionally, he has collaborated with Lil’ Wayne, Bruno Mars, We The Kings, and 3OH3! Throughout his career, Posner has performed at many concerts and even on national television. He has been featured on America’s Got Talent, Live With Regis And Kelly, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Mike Posner has also made appearances at Bonnaroo and Vans Warped Tour.
Miss May I
This metalcore band hit the scene in 2007 with their self-released EP, Vows For A Massacre. Shortly thereafter, in early 2008, the Troy, OH, group—comprised of Levi Benton, Ryan Neff, Jerod Boyd, Justin Aufdemkampe, and B.J. Stead—signed with the team at Rise Records and released their debut album, Apologies Are For The Weak. Their aggressive drums and powerful vocals, along with their beautiful duality of clean vocals and screams, led them to release Monument in 2010. They are set to release their third full-length sometime this summer. The first single off the album, “Hey Mister!,” will be accompanied by a music video. In addition to the Bamboozle festival, Miss May I plans to hit up the Vans Warped Tour circuit this summer.
Sailesh The Uncensored hypnotist
Sailesh The Uncensored Hypnotist is bringing yet another element to Bamboozle. As the sole hypnotist at the festival, he is sure to garner a large crowd. Sailesh has an unusually renowned reputation. He performs five to six shows each week around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. MTV Europe named him the best hypnotist on the planet. Sailesh has also performed for many high profile events. He has been showcased at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) conferences and has several nominations for America’s Best Campus Live Novelty Act and America’s Best Campus Entertainer Of The Year. But Sailesh is not just about the credentials. The hypnotist says that he strives to make each of his audiences have an incredibly memorable experience. He does this not solely with hypnosis but also with improvisation, music, and interactivity, in order to create a fun-loving atmosphere. Sailesh The Uncensored Hypnotist was an act at the Bamboozle Festival last year as well. Audience members were astounded by his talent and entertaining abilities. He will continue to hold shows in the U.S., Canada, and Europe after Bamboozle.
Today’s most popular dubstep artist, Skrillex, has always been passionate about electronic music. Growing up, he listened to Prodigy and Aphex Twin and attended a school that specialized in the arts. Skrillex was part of the post-hardcore band From First To Last before embarking on his solo career in 2007. He has four EPs under the name Skrillex, as well as one studio album, Voltage. Prior to that, he released two CDs with his former band and one under his birth name, Sonny John Moore.
Skrillex was nominated for a total of five awards at the 54th Grammy Awards. He walked away with three, “Best Dance/Electronica album,” “Best Dance Recording,” and “Best Remixed Recording, Non-classical.” Soon after, he was named MTV’s EDM Artist Of The Year. He ranked in front of successful artists like David Guetta and deadmau5. In fact, his relationship with deadmau5 is pretty interesting. Obviously, there is going to be some competition between them, as they are two of the biggest names in the electro house/dubstep scene today. Deadmau5 even wore a t-shirt with Skrillex’s phone number on it to the Grammy’s. However, despite popular belief, it was all done in good nature and the two are actually close friends.
In the past, Skrillex has toured with all different types of artists such as All Time Low, The Rocket Summer, deadmau5, 12th Planet, and Nadastrom. He has also performed at the Electric Zoo Festival. Skrillex has made appearances on many tracks, including Knife Party’s “Zoology” and Kaskade’s “Lick It.”
The artist’s funky dance rhythms and extreme bass drops make him a must see for all Bamboozle goers. Even those that aren’t already fans should check him out and witness his abilities first hand. After Bamboozle, he will playing in many venues and at many concerts all over the world, including Germany, the U.S., Norway, Sweden, and Belgium.
Stray From The Path
Alternative hardcore group Stray From The Path was formed in Long Island back in 2001. The band’s lineup features Tom Williams on guitar, Drew York on vocals, Dan Bourke on drums, and Anthony Altamura on bass. Together, Stray From The Path has released six studio albums—three self-released, and three released under their current label, Sumerian. They advertise themselves as “a full-time touring band” and have had shows around the UK, U.S. and Canada over the last few months. Also, the band puts a ton of energy into their live show. As stated on their Facebook page, they hate fighting, but love stage dives. Look forward to great a show.
The Receiving End Of Sirens
This group of guys made up of Alex Bars, Brendan Brown, Nate Patterson, Andrew Cook, Brian Southall, and Casey Crescenzo was created in 2003 in their home of Belchertown, MA. After a few years of making demos and some lineup changes, The Receiving End Of Sirens (commonly referred to as TREOS) released their debut record, Between The Heart And The Synapse, in 2007 off of Triple Crown. After the 2008 release of their sophomore record, The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi, frontman Brendan Brown announced that TREOS would end due to his new responsibilities as a father. They came back with gusto in 2010 with an appearance at Massachusetts’ 2010 Skate Fest, and since being announced to play Bamboozle, they’ve announced the writing of new material. These guys have an awesome, inventive sound and have a dedication to music like no other. For example, Bars played the 2006 Warped Tour with a broken shoulder blade. These dudes mean business.
The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years originated in 2005 in the small town of Lansdale, PA. They are currently signed to Hopeless Records and have produced three studio albums and nine EPs/splits. Like so many other bands, The Wonder Years had a tough start. The group had trouble filling venues and selling their first few EPs. However, with a hardened determination, they completed their first UK tour with Never So True and released Get Stoked On It! in 2007. The CD, which was their first full-length album, caused their fanbase to grow tremendously. This boost is what allowed The Wonder Years to achieve the level of success they are at today. After two more studio albums, The Upsides and Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing, the group has officially joined the selective music industry. In fact, they just completed a tour with popular bands Polar Bear Club, Transit, The Story So Far, and A Loss For Words. As for an upcoming album, there have not been any rumors yet. However, after Bamboozle, The Wonder Years can be spotted on the road with The Early November, The Swellers, and Young Statues.
Formed back in 2010, these Boston boys are based out of New York City and are currently unsigned. The duo of producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro, the group focuses on electro pop, freestyle rap and dubstep. They rose to fame from weekly track releases, via their YouTube channel, every Tuesday. In September 2011, they released their debut album, The Scotch Tape, which was received with critical acclaim. On the road, the group generally frequents U.S. colleges as well as other dance venues. Their singles and album are available now.
V-Nasty was born Vanessa Renee Reece in Oakland, California in 1990. The controversial rapper speaks poorly of the town, saying it has few job opportunities. In the past few years, she has achieved many feats, including a collaboration album with Gucci Mane. She is best known for her crude humor and radical opinions. V-Nasty can be heard throwing around the word “nigga” and telling stories about her previous job at a chocolate factory. Not to mention she’s tight with Kreayshawn. However, although V-Nasty’s living the good life now, she comes from a very humble background. After getting pregnant at 15, her world was completely overturned. In fact, the rapper hid her pregnancy from her mother until five months had passed. Today, V-Nasty loves her daughter more than anything, but she still has a few obstacles coming her way. In January of this year, she had to cancel her previous tour dates because she had just gotten out of jail and was apparently experiencing some probation issues. Bamboozle is lucky to have V-Nasty performing for a highly-anticipated comeback! This girl has a care free, I-do-what-I-want attitude that will captivate audience members.
Coming to Bamboozle all the way from Copenhagen, Denmark, is the heavy metal group Volbeat. They’ve been rocking together since the beginning of the millennium and feature singer/guitarist Michael Poulsen, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen. They are currently signed to Mascot here in the U.S. Over their 12 years together, they’ve released four full-length records, with 2010’s Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, being their latest. In 2011, they went on their Grand Summer Tour across North America, and earlier this year, they were on the Gigantour with Megadeth, Motörhead, and Lacuna Coil. They’ve been touring extensively for the last couple years, so viewers will most definitely be in for a hell of a show.
We Came As Romans
Equal Vision Records’ We Came As Romans has come a long way since their start in 2005. The band has released two popular full-length albums, To Plant A Seed and Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be. We Came As Romans attributes much of their success to their dedication to touring. In the past, they have opened for A Day To Remember and performed at Vans Warped Tour. As for assigning them a genre, there has been some skepticism as to whether or not We Came As Romans is a Christian band. However, the band members state that although their music has a positive message, they would not classify themselves this way. Their songs emphasize loving others and love in general. Check out their enthusiastic music; it will encourage listeners to sit back and learn to enjoy life. We Came As Romans is touring now!
The Knoxville six-piece known as Whitechapel makes for one of the heaviest names on the docket. Consisting of vocalist Phil Bozeman, guitarists Ben Savage, Alex Wade and Zach Householder, bassist Gabe Crisp, and drummer Ben Harclerode, Whitechapel is a group full of punishing sounds, blistering screams and in-your-face energy. Their rise to fame began in 2007 with the release of The Somatic Defilement, released off Siege Of Amida Records. The band eventually signed with Metal Blade and they released their next two albums, This Is Exile and A New Era Of Corruption in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Bamboozle is just one of the many stops as part of The Recorruptour, and Whitechapel is also geared up to play the Mayhem Festival later this year. They started recording their fourth album earlier in the spring, and the tentative release date is sometime in June.
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves is a Brooklyn-based indie rock trio. They have five CDs out, three EPs, and two albums produced by Top Shelf Records. Their sound is often associated with bands like Motion City Soundtrack, Hellogoodbye, The Appleseed Cast and Saves The Day, which are all coincidentally groups they have toured with. The one thing A Great Big Pile Of Leaves is most known for is probably their name. With its uniqueness, it is guaranteed to stand out among other band’s names and can be remembered more easily. The band members also state that it is a reference to childhood and simply having fun. After Bamboozle, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves is rumored to have a new full-length album coming. No release date is set yet, but their Facebook states that it will be sometime in late 2012.
A$AP Rocky is a rapper and music video director. He was born and raised in Harlem and is currently signed to Polo Grounds Music. His real name is actually Rakim Mayers, after the hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, so he was always destined for the music business. A$AP Rocky said that the death of his older brother lead him to take his rapping career seriously. He is known for his eclectic-suave style and incredible stage presence. The musician made his big break with mixtape LiveLoveA$AP in 2011. He has collaborated and made guest appearances with many artists, including Lana Del Rey, Juicy J, Lloyd Banks, Smoke DZA, and Seth Narley. A$AP Rocky just completed a tour with an impressive lineup, which included Drake and Kendrick Lamar. He has also performed with Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, and Chevy Woods. Keep your eyes open for him after Bamboozle. His upcoming album will be released this July. The CD is called LongLiveA$AP and has had fans anxiously waiting for months. Bamboozle goers should see A$AP Rocky’s performance and discover his talent first hand.
Action Bronson was born in Flushing, Queens, and he is an Albanian-American rapper. He actually used to be a gourmet chef, so food references can often be found in his songs. Action Bronson is known for closely resembling Ghostface Killah in terms of style of rap. In fact, he even collaborated with him on “Meteor Hammer,” a song from Wu Tang Clan’s album, Legendary Weapons. To this date, he has three successful mixtapes and five full-length studio albums. He has performed with countless artists, including Raekwon, Maino, Snowgoons, and Freddie Gibbs. The rapper has toured all over the world, making appearances in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and the UK. In fact, he held his first European tour this past March and early April, stopping at these countries and many more.
The ever-political bunch from Pittsburgh is still going strong after two-plus decades. Justin Sane, Chris Head, Chris #2, and Pat Thetic take their talents to Asbury Park this summer, as they’re fresh off the release of their ninth full-length album, The General Strike, which hit stores in March. They’ve also been on tour since the early spring, taking a break from Europe and Australia to make an appearance at The Bamboozle Festival. The group has stayed true to their leftist activism throughout the years and the messages they convey in their music make for a sort of passion that’s unparalleled. After Bamboozle, they head back to Europe to finish off their summer tour.
This five-piece metal group hails from Atlanta, GA, and has been working hard for the past seven years. With their great guitars, heavy screams, and blisteringly fast hard metal beats, the group is currently made up of Chris Fronzak on vocals, Chris Linck and Nate Salameh on guitars, Chris Comrie on bass and Sean Heenan on drums. They’ve put out four studio albums since 2007 and the last two, Rage and Outlawed, were released through their current label Artery. They just recently had a few U.S. shows in late April after playing Fearless Records’ The Sick Tour all winter.
Baltimore-based Ballyhoo! has had one busy year. Besides playing at Bamboozle, they are scheduled to perform at Vans Warped Tour and on the 311 Caribbean Cruise. However, this isn’t out of character for the alternative band. Ballyhoo! are known for their constant touring, something which has contributed greatly to their success. They have supported some notable bands, including Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, and The Dirty Heads. In addition to their sheer determination, Ballyhoo! have created a sound that is completely their own. It’s a combination of rock, reggae, pop, and punk. Their music is energetic and animated, which is perfect for the party scene. LAW Records took a liking to them in January 2011 and they’ve been signed to them ever since. Their catchy songs, including “Cali Girl” and “Say I’m Wrong,” are fun enough to win any audience member over. Ballyhoo! are also known for being incredibly friendly, as they love to strike up conversations with fans. Feel free to approach them at Bamboozle!
Big Chocolate specializes in one of today’s most popular genres—dubstep. He also experiments with other styles of electronic dance music. Born Cameron Argon in Laguna Hills, CA, Big Chocolate has always been passionate about music. At first, he concentrated on death metal and helped found the band Disfiguring The Goddess. He was also the lead vocalist in the heavy metal bands Malodorous and Burning The Masses for a short period of time. The change in his music career came when he mixed “Disengage” by Suicide Silence. Since then, Big Chocolate has released four EPs and one full-length EDM album. He has done other remixes for Suicide Silence, as well as Asking Alexandria, Architects, Blessthefall, Breathe Carolina and Iwrestledabearonce. This past fall, Big Chocolate toured with Breathe Carolina and he also recently performed at the Euphoria Music Festival and Never Say Never Fest in Texas. Who knows what’s in store for the musician next, but we’re likely to see some more remixes along the way.
The Bamboozle Festival is just a stepping stone for the new era of Boysetsfire. The group was arguably at their peak in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, with albums like The Day The Sun Went Out and After The Eulogy, however, differences caused the band to break up temporarily in 2007. The separation lasted three years until they announced a reunion via Facebook in 2010. Now, the new lineup of Nathan Gray, Chad Istvan, Josh Latshaw and Matt and Marc Krupanski is back and better than ever. They’ve been touring the U.S. and Europe the last few years, and after their appearance at Bamboozle, all their attention will be put towards releasing their fifth studio album sometime this year.
Brothers Of Brazil
Hailing from, you guessed it, Brazil, the Brothers Of Brazil are the eccentric duo of Supla and Joäo. The brothers’ unique sound is a fusion of traditional Brazilian sounds, such as bossa nova (a samba and jazz byproduct) and samba, along with more modern rock and funk sounds. The group has garnered much fame in their home continent of South America, and they’re finally ready to take their show around the world. Their debut eponymous album was released in late July 2011 to critical acclaim. They head around the U.S. for a little while after Bamboozle before going to Canada, and other than that, what lies ahead for the band is a mystery.
Cherri Bomb is one badass group of girls. They were formed back in 2008 and are currently managed by Samantha Maloney and signed to Hollywood Records. The group consisting of Julia and Miranda on guitar, Nia on drums, and Rina on bass, has been called one of the best up-and-coming groups of the L.A. rock scene. They just headed to the UK and Europe to hit some big festivals like Oxegen, Sonisphere, T In The Park, and Reading And Leeds, while sharing the stage with some of their favorite bands like The Strokes, and Bamboozle headliners, the Foo Fighters. Their debut album, This Is The End Of Control, hit shelves May 15.
Close Your Eyes
The melodic hardcore band Close Your Eyes have been working harder than ever these last couple years. After being signed to Victory in 2010, they quickly released their debut record, We Will Overcome. Their single, “Song For The Broken,” was featured in the opening of an A Day To Remember music video. After a lengthy 2010-2011 tour, their sophomore album, Empty Hands And Heavy Hearts, came out in early 2011. This past March, however, frontman and vocalist Shane Raymond decided to part ways for personal reasons, and as of April, they are still looking for a full-time replacement.
Datsik is the alias of the popular dubstep DJ from British Columbia, Troy Beetles. Known mostly for his work with fellow Canadian dubstep producers Excision and Downlink, his first release was back in 2009. He’s released many singles, as well as his debut full-length album, Vitamin D, in 2012. He’s constantly coming up with fresh new material and touring internationally. Honestly, almost everyone on the dubstep scene has heard of this guy by now and rightfully so. His mind-blowing dance mixes and dubstep are nothing if not high octane and original.
DJ Pauly D
Almost everybody knows Pauly D from popular reality show, Jersey Shore. On TV, he’s depicted as a fun-loving, party animal that knows how to have a good time. These characteristics contribute to his ability to DJ. His first single, “Beat Dat Beat (It’s Time To)” was released in 2010 and was the first major step in his disc jockey career. In December 2011, DJ Pauly D was signed to 50 Cent’s record label, G-note records. Instead of being recognized for his antics on Jersey Shore, he was soon praised for his musical abilities. He DJ’ed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2011 alongside major artists The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lopez. That same year, Pauly D also toured with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj. His plans for after Bamboozle include furthering his career as both a TV icon and DJ. His new show, The Pauly D Project, premiered on MTV on March 29.
The folks from Emmure hail from New Fairfield, CT, but currently call Queens their home. After their formation in 2003, the group is now composed of Frankie Palmeri on vocals, Jesse Ketive and Mike Mulholland on guitar, Mark Davis on bass and Mark Castillo on drums. The quintet has had five full-length albums to their name, including their latest, Slave To The Game, which just came out this April. Slave To The Game marks the first studio release with Castillo. The deathcore group has been on the road for most of the spring, touring most of North America alongside We Came As Romans, who will also be performing at Bamboozle. Their breakdowns are fierce and plentiful and they feature a nice balance of spoken word and clean vocals with their screams. Bamboozle will mark the end of their spring tour. Future dates and plans are unknown.
Born out of arguably the most influential band of the last few decades, Dave Grohl, former drummer of Seattle grunge rock band Nirvana, formed the Foo Fighters by himself in late 1994 after the death of rock legend Kurt Cobain. The band’s moniker comes from WWII when bombers saw unidentified aircrafts and referred to them as “foo fighters.” Grohl had been working on songs back during his days in Nirvana but had decided to keep them to himself for the most part. All by his lonesome, he released the Foo Fighters’ debut record entitled Foo Fighters, back in 1995. After futile attempts to remain anonymous, Grohl recruited Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith and Nirvana tour guitarist Pat Smear. The Foo Fighters made their debut back on February 23, 1995.
Since then, it’s all been uphill. The group members as of now are Dave Grohl on vocals and pretty much any other instrument he wants, Nate Mendel on bass, Taylor Hawkins on drums and vocals, and Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear on guitars. Since their 1995 debut album, they have released six full-length studio albums; The Colour And The Shape, There Is Nothing Left To Lose, One By One, In Your Honor, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, and most recently, 2011’s Wasting Light. Every album has garnered an immense amount of critical acclaim. They are currently signed to RCA Records.
Almost nothing compares to their live show. The chemistry between band members is immediately noticeable and the guys in the group just go out there and treat it like a big party, with the audience as their guests. Also, not only is Grohl musically talented, his stage presence is intimidating and his boisterous personality makes for great entertainment.
Hi-Rez is a rapper/hip-hop artist from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The mere 18-year-old is known for his easy going attitude, stating that he’s involved with music simply because he loves it. His three incredibly successful mixtapes, New Year’s Resolution, Early Release, and A Walk To Remember, are each skillfully arranged while highlighting the troubles of youth, growing up, and achieving one’s dreams. Hi-Rez may be just a teenager but he is certainly up to par with rappers decades older than him. He has performed all over the country and has opened up for Mac Miller, Wale, Machine Gun Kelly, and Chris Webby in his hometown. With his charisma and stage presence, he is able to please audience members and differentiate himself from other Southern rappers. Hi-Rez is living proof that age is just a number. In fact, he holds the record for the most downloaded mixtape of any unsigned artist from Southern Florida.
Hot Water Music
Another Gainesville, FL, group on the docket is the four-piece post-hardcore group, Hot Water Music. HWM was formed back in 1993 and still boasts the original lineup of Chuck Ragan, Chris Wollard, Jason Black and George Rebelo. After releasing a few EPs, they briefly disbanded in 1998 before quickly reforming. They went on a hiatus in 2006, which turned into the disbanding of the group. However, they announced their reunion in 2008. Their eighth full-length album, Exister, was released on May 15 and they are currently on a world tour, which they will continue after their appearance at Bamboozle.
James McCartney, son of former Beatle Paul McCartney and his first wife, Linda, will be making an appearance at the Bamboozle Festival this summer, and believe me— he’s the spitting image of his pop. As you would expect, his upbringing was very musical. He spent the first two years of his life on tour with his parents and Wings and has been featured in albums by both of them. His solo album, The Complete EP Collection, came out in November 2011. After Bamboozle, McCartney will be touring the U.S. most of the summer, including another local show, which will be at the Gramercy Theatre in early July.
This Australian songwriter and rapper began her career at just 14. Iggy Azalea is best known for her music videos “Pu$$y” and “My World,” which each went viral on YouTube. To this date, she has two mixtapes—Ignorant Art and Ignorant Acapellas. Iggy Azalea stated that she went into the music scene trying to redefine old ideals. With her daring attitude and humor, it is clear that she is working towards that goal. She cites Tupac as one of her major influences and is currently signed to Grand Hustle Records. Iggy Azalea’s hit song, “Murda Bizness,” features T.I. and has gained her recognition from a much wider range of fans. She also did a remake of Nicki Minaj’s “Roman In Moscow,” naming it “Iggy In Moscow.” Azalea attracts Nicki Minaj fans with the single, but also adds her own flavor to the superstar’s hit. After Bamboozle, she will be performing at the Dancefestopia Music Festival in Missouri alongside Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida, New Boys, Dev, and many more. Also, Azalea’s highly anticipated upcoming studio album, The New Classic, is set to premier this June.
Jimmy Eat World
The alternative rock powerhouse Jimmy Eat World catapulted into fame with the 2001 release of Bleed American, which featured iconic tracks like “The Middle” and “Sweetness.” Boasting the same lineup for the better part of two decades—Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Rick Burch and Zach Lind—the band has become immensely close from their slew of tours over the years. They currently don’t have any tour dates announced for the summer outside of Bamboozle due to the fact that they will be in studio working on their eighth full-length album. These guys have given us some of the most famous and most played songs over the past decade. They’ve been a powerhouse on the alternative rock scene and their live show rocks harder than ever. You don’t want to miss them.
Le Blorr (also known as BLORR or Bastard Lovechild Of Rock And Roll) is a funky band composed of merely two members. Chris Hess and Adam Winn are both talented individuals with an irrefutably hilarious sense of humor. The duo dress up as glam superstars on stage and please their fans with their friendly presence and undeniable energy. Le Blorr is also a very tight knit pair—they share by switching instruments on stage and remain close friends in their personal lives. Hess was at first performing shows by himself. The band formed when he asked Winn to learn all the songs in a week and then play with him, which he did successfully. Since then, the two have toured with popular bands such as Angels And Airwaves, The Angels, and Amp. They have one EP, Bim Bom EP, which can be streamed and downloaded from their Bandcamp. After Bamboozle, Le Blorr will be playing a special show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Less Than Jake
Those of you that played the old Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater videogames are familiar with Less Than Jake, whether you’re aware of it or not, and those of you that are familiar with them may know that they’re already celebrating their 20th anniversary. It’s safe to say that these Gainesville natives are the masters of everything ska and punk. Since the release of their seventh full-length, GNV FLA in 2008, they’ve been busy in the studio and on the road, having released three EP’s and touring extensively over the last four years. With their unique sound, Less Than Jake will kick the summer off right at Bamboozle.
Make Me Famous
Ukrainian screamo band Make Me Famous is known for their passionate music with loud, eclectic characteristics. The group is one of the quickest growing in their genre in quite some time. When they first started, all it took was four songs released on their Facebook page to receive immense support from fans. They’re successful due to their sheer determination and consistent touring, as they are willing to do everything it takes to make their name known. The band is currently signed to Sumerian Records. They have one EP, Keep This In Your Music Player, and one studio album, It’s Now Or Never, that can be purchased now. Make Me Famous has performed at concerts that have featured other big artists, including A Skylit Drive, For Today, and Stick To Your Guns. So far, they don’t have any solid plans for after Bamboozle, but we are likely to catch them on the road.
Matt Toka is Warner Bros. Records’ newly signed artist, sporting green hair and a fun-loving attitude. After the failure of his first band, Cherry Monroe, Toka was determined to pursue his dream. He posted a cover of Asher Roth’s “I Love College” that caught the attention of Scooter Braun (Asher Roth’s manager). From then on, the punk artist wrote songs and worked hard to maintain his music career, which has been quite successful so far. He does have a few entertaining quirks that only serve to make him even more original. For instance, Matt Toka is known for his unusual, evil-sounding song titles, such as “666” and “Say10.” Toka swears he’s not a Satanist and says that these only represent his grief towards the world. He just completed a tour with Breathe Carolina and The Ready Set. After Bamboozle, he will be performing at Vans Warped Tour. His upcoming album, Straight To Hell, has no set release date but will most likely be premiering soon.
Matti Antero Kristian Fagerholm, more commonly referred to as Michael Monroe, has been rocking stages and mastering many instruments for a few decades now. His rise to fame was due to his tenure as the lead vocalist for the ‘80s glam punk group, Hanoi Rocks. After his years in Hanoi Rocks, he went on to serve in all-star side projects such as Demolition 23 and Jerusalem Slim. In addition, his solo work is quite extensive, featuring nine full-length albums, including his most recent work, 2011’s Sensory Overdrive. In a nutshell, Monroe’s had his hand in over 20 albums over the last four decades. Instrumentally, he’s mastered the keyboard, guitar, sax, harmonica, harp, and percussion, and after all his time in the business, he hasn’t lost a step. Be sure to check out this Finnish rock legend!
Motion City Soundtrack
Motion City Soundtrack, the Minneapolis rock band, was formed in 1997. Since then, they have released four successful albums and toured with Fall Out Boy, Anberlin, Chiodos, and Panic At The Disco. While recording their fourth album, My Dinosaur Life, the band experienced some difficulties when their drummer, Tony Thaxton, took a spill while leaving a New Year’s Eve party. He was rushed to the emergency room, where his injuries would be misdiagnosed. After one operation and four months of physical therapy, Motion City Soundtrack was back on their feet. My Dinosaur Life, a CD that challenges the genre of power-pop with its sugary vocals and ‘90s influence, was completed. The band is dedicated to constantly recreating themselves and challenging their musical abilities. Their new album, Go, is expected to be released in June.
Mr. MFN eXquire
Few MC’s from New York have made more noise over the last year or so than Mr. MFN eXquire. According to him, “I was born. I did some shit… mostly in Brooklyn. Drank some 40’s fucked some ho’s, oh and I rap. You might have heard of me, maybe you haven’t… fuck you either way.” In case you were looking for more specifics, he’s got two albums out—Merry eX-Mas & Suck My D*ck and Lost In Translation. Two of his better known singles, “Huzzah” and “Lou Ferrigno’s Mad,” are out now. His outspoken nature and true and fun lyrics only add to his persona. He’s a character and he embraces it, making for a relatively promising Bamboozle performance.
Formed back in 2004 while in Madison, AL, is the five-piece Christian metalcore group MyChildren MyBride. The group shuffled members back in its early days when they were all still in high school, but the current lineup consists of Matthew Hasting on vocals, Robert Bloomfield on rhythm guitar, Mathis Arnell on drums, and Hunter Walls on lead guitar. 2008’s Unbreakable was the group’s first full-length effort, and their newest record, MyChildren MyBride, came out only a few months ago. All of their records have been off of their current label, Solid State. The group is known for touring extensively, so you know their stage show has to be seasoned to say the least. Bamboozle is only the beginning of their lengthy summer 2012 tour.
Never Shout Never
Christofer Drew Ingle, from Joplin, MO, began making music at an early age. He first gained exposure through MySpace in 2008 and was featured on TRL. Throughout the years, Ingle has produced four successful albums under the name Never Shout Never. He is characterized by his unique indie style and original quirks. Ingle always performs barefoot and is skilled at playing both the guitar and ukulele. He makes his concerts fun with his humor and easy going attitude. Christofer Drew is known for his various tattoos, including a peace sign on his foot and the words “Love Is The Weapon” on his chest. Never Shout Never’s most recent album, Time Travel, was released on Sept. 20. The Time Travel Tour was this past fall and also featured The Plain White T’s and A Rocket To The Moon. Never Shout Never is currently touring again with Koji, Kurt Travis, and Bearclaw.
North Korea is from Long Island, NY. They were founded in 2010 and are currently composed of Ryan Hunter, Brian Byrne, Billy Rymer, and Michael Sadis. The four are ex-members of Dillinger Escape Plan, Envy On The Coast, and The Rivalry. North Korea is often still labeled as a work in progress. With only two EPs out, they haven’t quite made their name yet. However, a do-it-yourself style music video for their single, “Master Plan B,” caught the attention of thousands of viewers. The band also has a short tour set up for this July, which also features Sainthood Reps. They are likely to showcase some new work while on this tour. Additionally, the band has hinted at releasing some new work in late summer, although nothing is set in stone. Check out North Korea at Bamboozle—they could very well be the next big thing.
The Maryland-based metal band, Periphery, formed in 2005. Over the past few years, they have gone through a number of lineup changes before evolving into who they are today: Misha “Bulb” Mansoor, Jake Bowen, Matt Halpern, Spencer Sotelo, and Mark Holcomb. They are known for their ambient, melodic sound that consistently wins music lovers over. Periphery have been in constant touring mode since 2008, supporting artists such as DevilDriver, Veil Of Maya, Fear Factory, Between The Buried And Me, Darkest Hour, God Forbid, and Animals As Leaders. They have one self-titled studio album and an EP, Icarus. Just this past February, Periphery released a single called “Passenger,” which is a partially re-recorded version of the Haunted Shores song. The band just completed a tour with Jeff Loomis and Today I Caught The Plague. After Bamboozle, they will be performing at the Download Festival in the UK, as well as holding some concerts in Canada, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Powerglove is an American speed metal band that was named after the NES controller accessory, and ironically, they play songs inspired by classic videogames. The first song they ever recorded was “Dr. Wily’s Theme” from Mega Man 2 in early 2003. Powerglove went on to release one EP and two studio albums. They have toured with numerous popular groups and musicians, including Look What I Did, Psychostick, and DragonForce. Powerglove is also unique because they have no vocalist. At one point, they considered looking for one, but ultimately decided that vocals wouldn’t fit their type of music. After the festival, they will tour with another Bamboozle act, The Protomen, in Canada. You really should see them while they’re still in the U.S.
The German band Protector was formed in 1986. Throughout the years, they’ve gone through several lineup changes before settling into its current group: vocalist Martin Missy, bassist Mathias Johansson, drummer Carl-Gustav Karlsson, and guitarist Michael Carlsson. The band was relatively inactive for quite a few years before they started playing shows again in 2011. Currently, Protector is signed to German label Osignerad and cites their influences as Slayer, Sodom, and Possessed. In the past, the heavy metal group has performed with the likes of Sodom, Kreator, Wehrmacht, Napalm Death, and Tankard. To this date, they have two EPs and four LPs. With their hasty reunion, it is hard to correctly predict their plans for after Bamboozle. However, Bamboozle goers should check out Protector for entertainment and a cultural experience. When their hardcore rock sound meets the German influence, the band’s music is irrefutably original, infectious, and undeniably interesting.
Protomen is a rock band best known for their concept albums based on the popular videogame series Mega Man. They have won over quite a few fans this way and also with their clever, theatrical performances. The members of Protomen have stage names that are largely derived from pop culture and fictional characters, such as Commander B. Hawkins and Raul Panther. To this date, they have two full-length CDs. The band has performed at many music festivals including the San Diego Comic Con, Nerdapalooza, and Bonnaroo. Their creativity and inspiration makes them original from the start; however, their music is also accented with pop-rock tunes and influences from various novels, films, and bands. With sheer determination, Protomen has performed in venues all over the country. They are currently on a tour with Powerglove. Those that are attending the Bamboozle Festival and like comic books, anime, or videogames, this is the act for you.
The All-American Rejects
Formed in Stillwater, OK, The All-American Rejects is a name known by music lovers across the country. With four successful albums and hit singles such as “Dirty Little Secret,” “Move Along,” and “It Ends Tonight,” it’s no mystery as to why the group is so popular. With lead vocalist Tyson Ritter’s eccentric personality, this band is a must-see. Ritter is widely known for his humorous attitude—he made an appearance in The House Bunny and sold kisses for money at Vans Warped Tour 2010. But personalities aside, their music has managed to become increasingly popular over the last few years. By adding their own twist to the stereotypical pop rock sound, The All-American Rejects have really made a name for themselves. They are currently on tour with A Rocket To The Moon.
The Dear Hunter
Originally started as a side project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of post-hardcore group The Receiving End Of Sirens, The Dear Hunter has developed into one solid indie rock group. Comprised of the brothers Crescenzo: Casey and Nick, as well as Maxwell Tousseau, the band is currently signed to Triple Crown. The group currently has four albums out; Acts I-III and The Color Spectrum, as well as three more, Acts IV-VI, on the way, which Crescenzo hopes to release himself. In addition to performing at Bamboozle, they made an appearance at Coachella last month.
Electric music makes its presence known by featuring the NYC-based duo, The Knocks. Made up of Ben “DJ B-Roc” Ruttner and James “Mr. JPatt” Patterson, the name is derived from when their neighbors used to knock on their door because the music they were playing was too loud. Over their six-year tenure, their singles have been downloaded millions of times and other groups, like Philly’s Chiddy Bang, have featured their work. They went on their first American/European tour in 2010 and they are currently opening for Ellie Goulding on her American/Canadian tour. The group currently has a debut EP and album in the works.
The Maine, recording under Action Theory Records, is a talented, alternative rock band from Tempe, AZ. They are known for their sentimental, romantic lyrics and fun-loving attitudes. In the past, they have toured with popular artists We The Kings, The Academy Is…, and Never Shout Never. The Maine has also previously played at the Bamboozle Festival. From their four successful albums, they have produced noteworthy tracks, including “Into Your Arms,” “Everything I Ask For,” “Right Girl,” and “Don’t Give Up On Us.” Their most recent work, Pioneer, came out in December and has received raving reviews. To support for this CD, the band is currently on tour with Lydia. With their poppy love songs and youthful appearances, The Maine’s shows are constantly packed with teenage girls. However, due to their diverse elements and musical skill, The Maine is a must-see act for any Bamboozle goer. If the music doesn’t win you over, John O’Callaghan’s humor and stage presence most certainly will.
The Promise Ring
The Promise Ring is newly reunited, much like Bamboozle’s German metal band, Protector. The Wisconsin-based emo band was formed in 2002, temporarily got back together in 2005, and has been officially reunited since 2011. They have four successful albums and five EPs, all released by Jade Tree Records, except for wood/water, which was produced by ANTI Records. Prior to Bamboozle, they had a couple of reunion shows, including one in Milwaukee and one in Chicago. To help their transition back into the music scene occur more smoothly, The Promise Ring will be releasing a rarities collection this summer on their manager’s record label, Dangerbird Records. After Bamboozle, the band will be performing at the Irving Plaza in New York. Be sure to stop by and check them out at Bamboozle. Asbury Park will be among the first few cities that get to see The Promise Ring in action after such a long break.