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Sing the Body Featured in Island Sun Weekly!

Check out this new article in Island Sun Weekly on local artists, Sing the Body!

“First-timers watching Zack Shimizu and Elijah Oguma perform can’t help but mutter astonishments—who are these guys—and snake their heads back and forth, charmed by the beat. Defying what locals define as “Hawaii’s sound”, Sing the Body has been pulsating on the edge of Honolulu’s downtown music scene for nearly two years, bringing hungry crowds into multiple venues to feast on their alternative vibe and spirited stage presence.”

Read the full article at Island Sun Weekly, and don’t forget to pick up Sing the Body’s newest album, “Contrast“!  Available NOW!

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Sing the Body LIVE at the Oceanic VIP Music Hall!

A clip from Sing the Body‘s performance at the Oceanic VIP Music Hall!

Mountain Apple is expanding to support locally produced music of all kinds, even genres you wouldn’t normally associate with us!

Get their new album, “Contrast“!

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Sing the Body – New Album – Contrast

Check out this promo video for Sing the Body‘s newest album, CONTRAST“!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of, “CONTRAST” today!

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Sing the Body LIVE!

Sing the Body is playing several gigs over the next couple of months. Here’s the rundown:

Apr 5Anna O’Brians
Apr 26Stella Blues
Apr 27Stella Blues
May 4Edge Bar
May 28The Republik

For more information, check out our event listings page!

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Sing the Body – “Contrast” Available for PRE-ORDER!

PRE-ORDERSing the Body‘s new CD, “Contrast now! PREVIEW the entire album before you buy, right on our website!

Sing the Body harnesses their deep talents to create a rich, multi-hued sound that explodes in this 11-track CD of all new material.”

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Sing the Body LIVE at the Republik!

Alternative HI‘s Sing The Body are performing at The Republik! You do not want to miss this exciting show at Hawaii’s hottest venue.

The Lounge opens at 6pm, and concert doors open at 7pm, so line up early for a good spot.

Sing the Body Concert Poster

Don’t worry about parking, The Republik has valet service!
Tickets on sale Now!
All ages welcome.

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Alt HI bands @ special Military Appreciation Show at The Republik!

Next Friday, October 12th, Alt HI‘s Sing the Body, Prevail, and Erika Elona will be supporting our troops at The Republik for a special Military Appreciation Show! Also performing, The White Jacket and Busekrus!

Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.

Tickets $15 ($10 with military ID)

Tickets available at Navy, Hickam, Marine Corps ITT Office – US Coast Guard MWR, UH Campus Center – Groovetickets.com (available soon!)

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Alternative HI Artists & The Shins

Alternative HI’s Sing the Body opened for indie super stars, The Shins over the weekend in Maui!

Pictured (from left to right) The Shins’ Yuuki Matthews, Alt Hi Producer Brandon Apeles, The Shins’ Richard Swift

Here’s a pic of Alt HI Producer Brandon Apeles with The Shins’ James Mercer.

Pictured (from left to right) The Shins’ Richard Swift, Eli from Sing the Body, The Shins’ Yuuki Matthews, Zack from Sing the Body

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Alternative HI Feature #1

Mountain Apple Company will be releasing a compilation of alternative music from some of the best alternative bands in Hawaii!  Alternative HI will be out on March 20th!  Pre-order NOW!

We will be featuring artists from the album here each week leading up to its release.

First off is Sabrina Velazquez. Sabrina is a 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated singer/songwriter. After releasing her debut EP, The Anomaly, in 2009, the Portland-based musician recruited producer John Askew (The Dodos, Richmond Fontaine) to assist in the making of her full-length album, The Hawk & The Hunter, released in 2010.

Coming from an unconventional childhood, her father, a mariachi singer and her mother a hula dancer, she stamps her personal experiences and musical innovations into her songs. The result is a singular, intimate sound that continues to attract audiences and listeners across the country.

A band whose name was inspired by the great words of Walt Whitman has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, Sing the Body do just that. Honolulu Pulse writes, “Their sound is a blend of rock, folk and alternative music that has fused into a unique sound of their own. Both are not just talented musicians, but really great singers as well. Their songs are addictive to listen to and their energy is infectious.”

Sing the Body approaches music with a “less is more” attitude a la The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Comprised of only two musicians, Zack Shimizu and Elijah Oguma, having merely a duo on stage in no way limits the size or impact of Sing the Body’s music. Instead, it gives Shimizu and Oguma a huge open canvas on which to paint and that they do, using their deep talents to create a barrage of rich, multi-hued colors via lead vocals, harmonies, a snare drum, tom drum, mini Korg synthesizer and a kick-tambourine (a tambourine set-up & played by Oguma like a kick-drum). Tie it all together with quality, catchy songwriting, and you have a group with a very bright future.

Formed in January of 2008, Disaster Kit came together as the result of five UH Manoa students (four of them music majors) who had a little free time and way too many instruments at their disposal. After months of writing and practicing, Disaster Kit performed their first live gig in the fall of 2008 and have been continuing to play for their growing fan base ever since.

Combining an eclectic mix of influences ranging from Bright Eyes to Bach, with the diverse musical experiences of its five members, every Disaster Kit show is a unique and memorable listening experience.

Read more about the group here!

Next we have Matty and the Intire Project. Bringing to life an original fusion of folk, soul, and funk, Matty Mcintire’s musical rhythms and poetic lyrics balance a sense of place with the unknown adventures of searching for the roots of one’s soul.

Matty is accompanied by Kilin Reece (Electric Guitar/Steele, Back-Up Vocals), Tyler Mongan (Banjo), Ethan Jones (Bass), and Drew Hemi (Drums, Back-Up Vocals).

You might find them at a festival, in a kawa bar, or on the streets of Waikiki. Find out more at www.mattymcintire.com or www.facebook.com/alternativehi.

Erika Elona first taught herself how to play America’s “I Need You” at age 10 from a book of chords her dad had laying around. Since then she has drawn inspiration from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, and Gavin DeGraw.

Erika started doing gigs in coffee shops and dive bars around Oahu when she was still in high school, and through a lot of hard work and serendipity through the years somehow found herself invited to contribute a track to Alternative HI. She likes to describe her voice as “Jewel, Neko Case, and Feist thrown into a blender,” and her songs range from quiet acoustic love songs to soulful, piano- driven ballads.

Since teaming up with Bran Apeles Management she has started performing with a band, released a single, is excited to begin work on a full-length album, and is looking forward to everything that the future has in store.

Alternative HI will be arriving in stores March 20, 2012!

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