Leyda (Buffalo, NY)
Formed in late 2017, Leyda is an indie rock/pop band. The band consists of five friends: front woman Saffi (piano/keyboard, vocals, clarinet), Cody Barcroft (bass guitar, vocals), Jose Rojas (violin), Brian Siklinski (guitar), and Joe Vallone (percussion).
Leyda, from the Greek myth “Leda and the Swan,” blends truth-seeking lyrics with soul-searching indie rock/pop. Don’t ask them to explain, just listen for yourself.
Sonny Baker (Buffalo, NY)
Buffalo guitarist and songwriter, pursuing solo career between responsibilities with area bands Lazlo Hollyfeld, A Hotel Nourishing and Wooden Waves. Baker is a wildly inventive guitarist whose ability to blend sweeping arpeggios, indie-rock jangle, and authoritative, outside-the-box soloing lends depth and soulfulness to the various bands he works with. His solo material is contemporary indie rock of the first order. Fans of Ween, Radiohead, Nels Cline and Television, line up.
Zan & the Winter Folk (Troy, NY)
Zan Strumfeld has carved her own niche of winter folk—anthems for the revivalists, lullabies for the lonely, ballads for the hopeful. With a soulful and seductive vulnerability, Zan’s songs of love and heartbreak are complemented by the indie/bluegrass sound of her band.