From Ohio via New York and California, Joshua Radin is a uniquely word-of-mouth success story. Radin started playing music after college at Northwestern University when he moved to New York City, bought a guitar and began learning to play his favorite Beatles and Bob Dylan tunes. His alternative route to prominence began when a friend gave a demo featuring his very first composition, “Winter", to a TV producer—who promptly used it to score a scene of the sitcom Scrubs in 2004. Other Hollywood types found his music just as evocative, and now various Radin songs have been heard over 100 times on TV shows (Grey’s Antatomy, Brothers and Sisters, American Idol), as well as many films and commercials.
Taken from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Fine Frenzy is the name of 24-year-old singer-songwriter Alison Sudol's musical world. Her ambitious new album Pines reaches for the stars - a magical-realism allegory about the enduring beauty and awesome power of nature. Epic in scope and sound, Pines is a wildly diverse musical adventure. In time, it grew into the story of nature's fight for survival against the destructive encroachment of mankind. But because Sudol is an artist filled with optimism and compassion, it's filled not with gloom and doom, but with hope for a better future.