Tone & Niche (Tone & Neesh), an original pop/rock band based out of Detroit, entices their audiences with energy, talent and passion. The band consists of singer/songwriter Anthony Retka, violinist Nicole Varga, bass guitarist Nick White and drummer Scottie Stone. Tone and Niche's eclectic mix of pop/rock and singer/songwriter styles stem from influences of performers such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Radiohead and Mike Viola. Tone and Niche frequently perform in cities such as Nashville, Chicago, Cleveland, and have become a driving force in the Detroit music scene. The band has shared the bill with several national recording artists including: Martha Wainwright, Mike Errico, and Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Over the last five years Tone and Niche have released three albums and a single. These recordings emit a mysterious brilliance of creative song structure, lyrical depth and polished performance. '...If the song 'medallion' doesn't rush images of spring into your head then maybe the Michigan winter has killed the sparkle in you. We've seen moth-nibbled fedoras, gently swaying hips and a room full of closed eyes at T&N shows. It's literate pop deserving of a much wider audience.' -Metro Times, Detroit **RUST CD Reviews** Rust is the third album from Tone and Niche, the Detroit based group, consisting of guitarist, Anthony Retka and violinist, Nicole Varga. The male/female folk rock duo has a distinctive sound, which stems from a unique songwriting style and edgy string arrangements. The album opens with "Brand New World" and their polished, mature sound instantly stands out. "Freak" is perhaps one of the most enjoyable pieces on the entire album. Tone and Niche completely mash out, as rock stars should, while maintaining balance, intonation, and dynamics! "What I Could Have Done for You" is an emotional depiction of a woman attracted to a man who brings pain to her life when she could have so much more. Retka sings, "You came up to me/ said something that made sense/ but your head was in the clouds/ your heart was on the fence." The lyrics capture you while leaving room for the imagination to expand on the stories they present. Opening with a piano intro, the song slowly builds, eventually leading to a dramatic collision of strings and a strong vocal performance. This eclectic musical collection of songs does not fit into the typical radio station play list, but every song, including the not so up-tempo pieces, are full of energy and passion that will keep your Ipods on "play". Written By: Erin Worm, Evolution of Media '...while they're adept enough to play just about anything - they are rock 'n' roll singer-songwriters.' -Eve Doster, METRO TIMES - Detroit, MI.