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Poptional Reading reviews the top up-and-coming songbirds around the Valley

I get e-mails from local musicians all the time. They tell me about gigs, new artists, new albums, whatever. They're a vocal, passionate, fun bunch of people, and their stuff is worth checking out. Here are a few from the most recent crop of releases to cross my inbox.


Jack Doyle
Genre: Jazz and Standards
Bio: Doyle is a Broadway vet, with credits that include The Music Man, Young Frankenstein, and The Will Rogers Follies.
What's New: He's fresh off a stint at Manhattan's Triad Theater, where he launched the release of his new album, This Heart of Mine, which is "a collection of a dozen standards, some with a swingy jazz feel."

Tiffany Giardina
Genre: Teen Pop
Bio: The 15-year-old singer/songwriter seems ready to blaze the teen pop trail, with Off-Broadway credits and a song on the soundtrack for Another Cinderella Story.
What's New: Her album, No Average Angel, has already landed on a few Billboard charts (#1 on the "Northeast Heatseekers" chart, #1 on the "Mid-Atlantic Heatseekers" chart, #8 on the overall "Heatseekers" chart, and #34 on the "Independent Album" chart) and the Radio Disney countdown.

Alyssa Anjelica James
Genre: Neo-Folk/Soul
Bio: The singer/songwriter has been known for making albums that combine folk music with R&B and jazz influences. In addition to music, she's also a stand-up comedian (!) and environmental activist.
What's New: Her new album, Within, features songs she's been working on for more than ten years.

Anthony Melillo
Genre: Acoustic Pop
Bio: This singer/songwriter on the rise says he's often compared to an early John Mayer.
What's New: His debut album, Just Gettin' Started, features nine new songs, and he's lined up a slew of concert dates at venues from Santos Party House in New York City to Finnegan's Grill in Thornwood.

The Restless Ones
Genre: Rock
Bio: This New York- and Connecticut-based band has been rocking out bars and other small venues with a crowd that seems to get a little bigger every time.
What's New: The band just released its first official single, with a five-song EP in the works.

Anyone else we should know about? Tell me in the comments.


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Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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