There can only be one winner in any Battle of the Bands

College Battle of the Bands Logo

College Battle of the Bands Logo

There can only be one winner in any Battle of the Bands, so when college students went head to head in this famous competition, it was Raquel Rodriguez and her band that came out on top. What was the grand prize you may ask? How about a session at The Village with famed engineer and Grammy winner Andrew Scheps? Andrew has worked with Michael Jackson, Adele, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2 and Jay-Z (just to name a few) but this month, Raquel and her band were the lucky ones. After a 14- hour day in Studio B with Mr. Scheps and 2nd Jeff Gartenbaum, they probably came away with a pretty sweet souvenir. (Photo by Brian Petersen) Check out the website for more info, or if you think your band might have the chops to be next years’ winners! Check out the Battle of the Bands Website


The Honeysuckle Blues of Honey Honey

After holding crowds harmonically hostage at SXSW, hypnotizing us with homespun hits and hogging our heartstrings, we have come to this conclusion: We have fallen in love with Honey Honey! Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe are tearin’ up the music world with their own signature brand of honeysuckle blues and folk-able laments, and if they keep it up, everyone’s gonna want a taste! Honey Honey hunkered down in Studio D with the amazing Ed Cherney (Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Elton John) and Alex Williams to lay down a few tracks before the “Ten Buck Tour” begins September 21st. The end result was delicious, and we hope to have the duo back soon.

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Santigold Live at Studio D

Santi White is a college educated, former A&R rep who left the business side of the industry to make her own music. Since her early days as front woman for punk band “Stiffed” to her debut album in 2008, Santigold has brought her own brand of talent and style to countless collaborations and live shows. The band blew us away in Studio D with their set for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, which appropriately followed the April release of their second album, “Master of My Make-Believe”. Currently on tour, future plans for the group have not been disclosed but after watching Santi and the band in action, we will be paying close attention to where they are headed. Ghian Wright engineered while Alex Williams assisted.