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Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Allison Weiss began playing music as a teenager in her hometown of Flowery Branch, Georgia. Inspired by pop-punk music and the emotional tumult of young relationships, she began writing folk-inspired pop-punk songs of her own, adopting a D.I.Y. ethic that would stay with her throughout her career. Her first EP, An Eight-Song Tribute to Feeling Bad and Feeling Better, appeared in 2007, followed by a full-length concert album, Live at Sidewalk NYC, a year later. In late 2009, after two more EPs, the savvy Weiss turned to the newly launched Kickstarter crowd-funding platform to try raising the money for her first studio LP, ...Was Right All Along. Her well-executed campaign allowed her to reach her funding goal within the first day and triple it just days later. The Kickstarter success led to some high-exposure press, with The New York Times and Wired magazine essentially labeling her as a sort of poster child for the new era of Internet promotion. Weiss capitalized on the attention with countless tours, interviews, and even a panelist slot at the industry's SXSW conference in Austin. She busied herself over the next two years releasing more EPs and a single, focusing on her songwriting and touring. In 2011 she launched a second Kickstarter campaign, this time reaching a much larger goal with relative ease. Through crowd-funding, she was able to record her second studio album, Say What You Mean, as well as a companion acoustic record called Sideways Sessions. In 2013 Weiss signed with No Sleep Records, which released both albums later that year.
Allison Amling Weiss (born April 13, 1987) is a Los Angeles–based indie-pop singer-songwriter. In late 2009, Weiss created a Kickstarter project to press her first full-length album. After reaching her goal in 10 hours and tripling it over 2 months, she became a poster child for internet promotion and appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, and as a panelist at SXSW 2010.". The New York Times. (2009). Retrieved on May 27, 2012. (newseditor), Jill (December 11, 2009). "Music Speaker Spotlight: Yancey Strickler". South By Southwest.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
Weiss first picked up a guitar at age 14 in an attempt to become a punk rock star and impress her high school crush. Though the plan was somewhat successful, the teenage romance died after one month. Through the next five years, Weiss would move from her hometown to pursue a degree in graphic design. She originally uploaded videos of herself singing covers (such as MGMT's "Kids") to her YouTube and Vimeo channels, but now she uploads acoustic versions of her own originals."Allison Weiss – About Page". Retrieved May 29, 2012. "Allison Weiss is graduating! Graphic Design Senior Exhibition May 1st". Retrieved May 29, 2012. "Allison Weiss: Related stories | Georgia Magazine". Retrieved May 29, 2012.
Weiss has toured and performed with a number of artists in the Brooklyn music scene including Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard and Jenny Owen Youngs. More recently, she has toured with Field Mouse, playing Bass Guitar, and performed with Brooklyn Synth-Pop duo, Mitten. In Summer of 2012 she toured in Europe with Lou Reed, former frontman of The Velvet Underground, as a backup singer and direct support. Throughout March 2013, she toured America with Candy Hearts and Pentimento on the March Radness Tour. In September 2013 Daytrotter ran a limited release of 12" vinyl featuring Tegan and Sara and Weiss. AW Band current line-up is Allison Weiss, Joanna Katcher, Peter Recine, and Liam McCormackCite error: The named reference About-Page was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "The Adventures of Allison Weiss and Bess Rogers". Retrieved May 29, 2012. "Allison Weiss / Field Mouse / Ian Axel – Event Page". Retrieved May 29, 2012. "Allison Weiss and Mitten – Together Again". Retrieved May 29, 2012. "Daytrotter Presents: Tegan & Sara/Allison Weiss Split 12 Inch Vinyl". Retrieved March 23, 2014. "MARCH RADNESS 2013". Retrieved April 17, 2013.