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In The Round / Bluprint / City Under Siege / Part Time Poet

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MARK ROSE, RYAN DUNSON, & MATTHEW SCHWARTZ IN THE ROUND / BLUPRINT / CITY UNDER SIEGE / PART TIME POET

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In The Round

Mark Rose:

Mark is best known as a solo artist, and as former front man of indie/emo rock band Spitalfield. He has spent the greater part of the past decade writing, recording, and performing—and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Alternative Press Magazine writes, "Rose’s debut solo album, Wonderful Trouble (2011, self-released), has the style and emotion of a John Hughes movie soundtrack."

Mark Rose took a huge step forward with his label debut The Wild Type (9.25.15 via InVogue Records). "My stride on this album is a bit dark and haunting, but hopefully in an alluring way."

While at Columbia College Chicago studying music composition, Mark signed his first recording contract and publishing deal at the age of 19. He hit the pause button on other things happening in his life and got into a tour van. Fast forward to the present-- he has 200,000 album sales + 1,000 tour dates under his belt. Not a bad start for the songwriter, who first picked up a guitar to learn the intro riff to "Enter Sandman."

Mark also co-founded the custom songwriting platform Downwrite in 2013, does co-writing & production work for other artists, and regularly guest DJs at parties and events.

Ryan Dunson:

Sings for Rookie of the Year

Matthew Schwartz:

Despite first impressions, Pacifico is not a band.

At its most tangible, Pacifico exists in the world as an audible collage; a musical patchwork slowly pieced together by a revolving door of both established and roaming musicians, each adding a unique, artistic inch to the project at hand.

But if you didn't know any of that, you might label it as the surprisingly well-rounded solo project of one musician: a guy named Matthew Schwartz.

In all fairness, Pacifico started out as a proper band back in 1999, with Schwartz steering as primary songwriter. Though the mainstream was mostly unfamiliar with the term "indie" in '99, the future independent music revolution had all but hit the ground running in tight-knit music communities nationwide. Originally based in Atlanta, Pacifico was born in the right place, with impeccable timing to boot.

Even on their turn-of-the-century debut EP, Still On Hold, Schwartz demonstrated a knack for writing surprisingly melodic and heartfelt anthems, sporting the kind of hummable chorus riffs that linger in the mind for days on end. Produced by Matt Goldman (Copeland, Underoath), the EP earned Pacifico a locomotive momentum in the indie rock wave that washed into the next decade. In 2001, the band released a split EP -- the first release of then-indie band Copeland, in fact -- leading to a string of tour dates nationwide, as well as having their work featured on FUSE and MTV.

The busy schedule and frequent travels proved too much for everyone but Schwartz, unfortunately. By 2006, his fellow bandmates had officially backed out of the project. In many cases, such a departure means the last encore for a band, but the silver lining showed when the Pacifico catalogue was picked up by Allalom Music, an independent record label out of Oregon. The same year, the label funded and distributed Pacifico's first full-length album, Anthology -- a retrospective collection of recordings, produced by Mark McClusky (Weezer) and Jeremiah Edmund (Manchester Orchestra).

In 2008, Schwartz took on the daunting task of releasing new material without a band, resulting in Facedown EP -- five stripped-down recordings performed entirely by Schwartz, all instruments included. He pulled it off, but he was aware that recording a full-length album by himself would be an entirely different story. Unwilling to give up his life's work, he called in some backup before the next round in the studio, leaning on the network of musicians he had befriended over the years.

"I just started calling friends of mine, asking if they wanted to play an instrument behind me," he

recalled. "I never tell them what I want them to do, really, and that's what makes Pacifico so fulfilling to me -- I've always wanted this to be something that everybody I know can be involved in. This way, they all can add to what I'm doing in their own way; the music is so much more because of it."

The sessions resulted in Thin Skin and an Open Heart, a full-length released by Allalom in 2009, produced by Jason Martin of Starflyer 59. The collaborative, no-strings-attached scenario was far more laid back than the former commitment-heavy band arrangement, and Schwartz enjoyed it so much that he never looked back -- even when Allalom Music shut down operations a year later.

Without the support of a record label, 2010 was a challenge. Pacifico's future faced what can be the biggest show-stopper in the independent music world: the cost of creating a record from start to finish. Ultimately, he decided once again that the goal was worth it, no matter what the cost.

This year ushers in a new, almost post-modern era of Pacifico. Without Heroes is Pacifico's first entirely self-funded album, an effort that took Schwartz -- as well as a ridiculous number of musical friends and collaborators -- all of three years, four states, and five recording studios to patch together.

Slated for a June 18 digital release with a limited vinyl pressing, Without Heroes is a concept album that guides us through an inspiring, yet occasionally heartbreaking tour of Schwartz's personal hall of heroes. The songs celebrate real people in Schwartz's life: the family and friends who, according to him, are responsible for every bit of music he's ever created.

Perhaps in that way, the album serves to quietly underline the inclusive core at the heart of the Pacifico idea, which is also the real reason Schwartz makes a better record not bossing his collaborators around in the studio -- it's not just about Matthew Schwartz.

The real weight of Without Heroes lies in the awe-stricken, unashamed joy of sharing credit. It is Schwartz’s confession to the world that he couldn't have gotten here without them, and it is proof that together, we are exponentially greater than the sum of all our solitary parts will ever be -- especially when we’re all aiming for the same target.

Bluprint

Bluprint is a four piece rock band hailing from Denver, CO

City Under Siege

City Under Siege is a pop/rock trio from Buffalo, New York, building buzz throughout the nation with their refreshing dance rhythms. Vocalist John Wittlinger, bassist Vince Davis and drummer Cameron Kukla bring talent influenced by early pop-punk and have previously worked with industry professionals such as Matt Malpass (Cartel) and are currently working on their first studio album with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack). City Under Siege released first single on Substream Magazine from the album "Spark" with an official music video, which was filmed at a rooftop party hosted in Dallas, Texas.

Taking large strides towards success, City Under Siege has toured alongside artists The Spill Canvas, Hawthorne Heights, Rookie Of The Year, Stages and Stereos and Kyle Lucas, and has previously shared the stage with Ryan Cabrera, Quietdrive, The Rocket Summer and Sick Puppies.

Planning to tour the west coast soon, City Under Siege continues to garner placements on large playlists such as Ditto Music's Chartbreakers and Alternative Press' Discover Weekly. Follow the guys on their journey!

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