Matuto is the musical project of Clay Ross, a South Carolina native and New York resident who blends his jazz and Brazilian folk studies with his Southern roots. Along with his backing band, he crafts a distinct amalgam of Appalachian fiddle, Brazilian Carnaval rhythms, bluesy vocals, jazz improvisation and the electric twang of a guitar. Taking its name from the Brazilian slang for country bumpkin, Matuto released its self-titled debut album in 2011, followed by 2013's The Devil and the Diamond.
Syracuse University is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York. The school's sports teams, known as the Orange, compete in over 20 intercollegiate sports in the Atlantic CoastConferencefor the NCAA Division I. The teams' mascot, Otto the Orange, is an anthropomorphic orange that wears blue pants and anover-sizedblue hat.
Have you ever loved something so much that you couldn't let go? A dying pet that you've come to love, a significant other that's starting to wreak havoc on your soul, or, in this case, a band that ran its dutiful course decades ago. The Grateful Dead was a wonderful sonic phenomenon that helped breathe life into the jam band genre, but after decades spent on the road the band became somewhat of a cliche of itself and after lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died in 1995, the group was done and it disbanded. But a few musicians decided to recreate the Dead's music on a regular basis. This band is called Dark Star Orchestra and it's basically a Grateful Dead cover band that performs tried and true tunes that helped make the Dead a jam band establishment.
Animals as Leaders is an instrumental progressive metal band that hails from Washington, D.C. Formed in 2007 after the guitarist Tosin Abasi's band Reflux broke up, the band originated out of Prosthetic Records' idea for Abasi to front his own solo project. Under the moniker Animals As Leaders, Abasi recorded an eponymous album with the help of engineer Misha Mansoor and embarked on an extensive tour after adopting a live backing band and dropping the album in 2009. Though the band hasn't necessarily found enduring commercial success, the group is composed of three virtuosic musicians who have collected pockets of highly dedicated fans with its dexterous tunes.