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Drexels Student-Run MAD Dragon Records Named Best College Label by IMA to Hold Philly Concert

February 5, 2009

What: Dubbed the “Best College Label” by Independent Music Awards, Drexel’s student-run MAD Dragon Records will host a night of Philly-based independent music on Friday.

Who: Performing artists include: --The Spinto Band, (Park the Van Records), Wilmington, Del.-based indie-pop group, will headline the show. The group has expanded its fan base across the Atlantic, playing major European festivals and working with award-winning producers, Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Granddaddy) and Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, Paul Simon, Soul Coughing). --Illinois, a Bucks County, Pa.-based band whose influences range from The Monkees to old-school hip-hop, were recently featured in Spin. The College Media Journal (CMJ) said the band is “catchy as hell, the arrangements are diverse and live—they’re just fun to watch.” --Slo-Mo, a hip-hop/bluegrass act from Philadelphia, boasting a steel guitarist, Mike Brenner, and emcee Mic Wrecka, will round out the line-up of local-based rising stars. --Hoots & Hellmouth have spent the past few months recording the follow-up to their 2007 self-titled debut album. The new album, produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), is set for a May release. --The Swimmers bring their distinctive brand of indie pop to the mix and have been labeled one of “Eight Bands to Watch” in 2008 by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hoots & Hellmouth and The Swimmers will represent the Drexel’s award-winning MAD Dragon Records.

When: Friday, February 6, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Where: Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnut Streets).

Background: Housed in Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, MAD Dragon Records, has been named for two consecutive years “College Label of the Year” by the Independent Music Awards. MAD Dragon artists The Redwalls earned the 2008 award for their self-titled release. The label was awarded the 2007 award for Hoots & Hellmouth, another self-titled release.

### News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, assistant director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or

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