About Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers

Laura Anne Stevenson is an American singer-songwriter from Long Island, New York, and formerly a keyboard player for the musical collective Bomb the Music Industry!

Stevenson was raised in Nassau County, New York. Her grandfather, Harry Simeone, was a successful pianist and composer whose works included "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?". His wife, Margaret McCravy was a singer for the jazz bandleader Benny Goodman. After leaving home for college, Stevenson began both playing guitar and writing songs.

Growing up in Rockville Centre, Stevenson befriended members of The Arrogant Sons of Bitches. After they disbanded in 2005, she was appointed keyboard player for the lead singer Jeff Rosenstock's new project, Bomb The Music Industry!. At this point, she had written a number of songs and was performing solo. While recording and touring with Bomb The Music Industry!, she began to piece together her own band.

Initially, Stevenson's band consisted primarily of members of Bomb The Music Industry!. In summer 2007, Stevenson met Michael Campbell of the Long Island punk band Latterman who began playing bass guitar in her band.Alex Billig was added on trumpet and accordion, and a year later Stevenson began working on her first studio recording.

Asian Man Records released "A Record" on April 13, 2010, on LP and CD. The group spent more than half of that year on tour in The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Western Europe in various line-ups with Bomb The Music Industry!, Maps & Atlases, Cults, among others.

The band officially signed to the New Jersey independent label Don Giovanni Records in November 2010, and their second album, Sit Resist, was released on April 26, 2011.

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