CROSS-POLLINATION CCVII - TUES SEP 16TH - 7:30-10 PM
SETH KALLEN
THE LIGHTYEARS

Singer-songwriter Seth Kallen is no newbie to the Philadelphia music scene. At the age of 17 he released his debut album, "It Occurred to Me, and shortly after began selling out shows at venues around the area (including at such renown spots World Café Live, The Point, and more) Quickly local radio station WXPN caught on to the buzz, and after a performance following Philadelphia local Amos Lees record release party, was contacted by the station to have his song Losing Control featured on the air. This garnered a buzz surrounding his music, which enabled Kallen to share the stage with such acts as Duncan Sheik, Blue Merle, Citizen Cope, My Morning Jacket, Amos Lee, Anna Nalick, Nicole Atkins, and a whole plethora of Philadelphia locals.

During this time, Kallen put together his backing band, The Reaction, featuring Adam Samuels (guitar), Dave Kasper (bass), Bill Delia (drums), and Mark Gallagher (saxophone, harmonica). But with Kallens move to NYC in 2005 (at the age of 19) to study at NYUs Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music, he began to see The Reaction as much more than just a backup band, but truly an exciting collection of talent, energy, and collaboration. The group entered the studio with producer Tim Sonnefeld, and has come out with the new album "Exhibit A", which explores a much more matured, refined, and adventurous sound. The band has gained comparisons to such artists as Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Wilco, Gin Blossoms, The Wallflowers, and Matthew Sweet.

Seth Kallen & The Reaction make edgy pop-rock with a touch of American roots music and experimental Britpop. Look for them on tour in support of the new album, "Exhibit A"!!

The Lightyears play intense and catchy indie-pop, characterised by driving keyboard riffs, punchy guitars, solid grooves and soaring vocal harmonies.

Since 2003, the band have played hundreds of gigs, recorded and self-released 4 CDs and travelled thousands of miles on an extensive tour. They have built loyal fanbase and have appeared on independent radio stations across the UK and twice on national TV.

2007 began with a nomination for The Indy Awards (hosted by Virgin Radio). Following this, the band were asked to headline The Indy Awards Press Launch in Covent Garden and were short-listed alongside 3 other bands in the BEST POP/ROCK ACT category. Future engagements for The Lightyears include a slot at Glastonbury Festival 2007, returning to the USA, Europe and South Korea on their ongoing world tour and recording a new EP with a top producer.

"The Lightyears are the hottest unsigned band in London. Catch them in small venues while you still can - in six months they'll be everywhere" -ROB WRIGHT, THE LONDON TIMES

“The Lightyears are a hugely impressive band, definitely one of the best unsigned bands that I have ever seen or heard. I am amazed that they haven’t been signed yet and I am sure they will be soon.” -HUGH PADGHAM, PRODUCER
(Sting & The Police, Genesis, Paul McCartney, David Bowie)

LISTEN TO SETH KALLEN LISTEN TO THE LIGHTYEARS
CROSS-POLLINATION CCVII ::: Tuesday, SEP 16TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - SETH KALLEN | sethkallen.com/ | myspace.com/sethkallen
8:45 - THE LIGHTYEARS | thelightyears.com | myspace.com/thelightyears
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft SETH KALLEN & THE LIGHTYEARS!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero