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Ann Wilson Shares An Essential Message For Our Times With Hope and Glory

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August 31, 2007-Los Angeles, CA- At a time when America was beginning the lengthy healing process that followed the Viet Nam War and rock bands like Aerosmith, The Eagles and The Steve Miller Band were dominating FM radio airwaves, Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson emerged at the center of one of the first critically recognized female fronted rock-n-roll bands. With Heart the Wilson sisters redefined what it meant to be a woman in the male dominated world of rock and helped to pave the way for future female artists, and along the way they made some invaluable contributions to the rich lexicon of rock-n-roll music...MORE...

Buck 69-When She Whispers Your Name

Artist: Buck 69
Title: When She Whispers Your Name
Genre: Blues-Rock-Jam-Band
Label: TRC
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Buck 69 is the creation of father/son musical team Tom and Alex Clawson. It is a multi-generational, blues-style jam-band with some off-the-hook guitar playing. For their debut When She Whispers Your Name, they have served up a funk injected blues album that would be the perfect accompaniment to a late night swingers’ party. Why a swingers’ party? I’ll get to that...READ MORE

Lee Nysted-Whispers of Wisdom

Artist: Lee Nysted
Title: Whispers of Wisdom
Genre: Rock
Label:Nysted Music/The Orchard
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With Whispers of Wisdom, Lee Nysted has become a sort of modern-day musical shaman. The title of this album suggests the invisible spirit within each of us that will guide us through the most troubling of times and deliver to us an inner peace - if we only take the time to hear its voice. His lyrics are both personal and philosophic, but he modestly credits a higher power for his inspiration. His acoustic guitar playing would have made Andrés Segovia sit up and take notice and his electric playing is on par with many great contemporary artists of today...READ MORE...

Dream Theater-Systematic Chaos

Artist: Dream Theater
Title: Systematic Chaos
Format: Special Edition-Enhanced 5.1 Surround Sound CD/ DVD
Genre: Progressive Rock-Metal
Label: Roadrunner Records
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The last time I listened to an album repeatedly, I mean twice a day for a stretch of two weeks, began the day I picked up Black Sabbath’s 1973 album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. It became a permanent resident on my turntable and drove my parents crazy. History does repeat itself and for many reasons I could not stop listening to Dream Theater’s most recent release Systematic Chaos. I have long wondered if they could possibly release an album as good as Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence; now I am elated to discover that they have surpassed that 2002 release for consistency and overall excellence in production, musicianship, lyrics and storytelling - this is their best effort to date! READ MORE...

Natalie Walker-Urban Angel Review

Artist: Natalie Walker
Title: Urban Angel
Genre: Dance-Electronic
Label: Dorado Records / Quango Music Group
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When I read about the song of the siren luring seafaring men to their doom in classic literature, I imagine singing like that of Natalie Walker. Her vocalization is gentle and sweet to the ears, and the only word I can find to describe her voice is dulcet. Add to that her physical beauty; she has the sort of fair complexion and big blue eyes that make you want to put your arms around her and protect her from the cruelty of the world. Her lyrics are personal and exhibit an emotional and spiritual maturity, and she has the uncanny ability to team up with gifted musician/composers. For her debut solo album, Natalie Walker has pulled all of these elements together and given us Urban Angel...READ MORE...

MuzikReviews.com Relaunches With New Look And New Services For Indie Artists

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Boston, MA-August 27, 2007- In 1998 Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck launched his own website in order to satisfy a desire to be involved in the music industry. Eight years laterm MuzikReviews.com has gone through several incarnations and become one of the leading Indie Music Reviews and Artist Publicity sites on the internet. The site is now being re-launched with a cutting edge look and an improved focus for the artists that the site supports.

In early 2007 Hannaleck entered into a partnership with a marketing and services firm in Massachusetts and MuzikReviews.com was reborn with an entirely different look and additional services for indie artists. After several months of redesigning the site, implementation, and building the right partnerships, the site is ready to raise the bar for indie artists.

The look and feel has changed but the personal touch has not. The site and its staff intend to keep the personal contact with artists in place in order to maintain the lon…

Natalie Walker Releases Urban Angel In America

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Los Angeles,CA-August 27, 2007- Those who were canny enough to get their hands on an imported copy of her solo debut Urban Angel, or who have downloaded the sensual new single “Crush” from iTunes, already understand the allure of Natalie Walker’s dulcet vocalization. For the rest of us, Dorado Records and Quango Music Group are proud to announce a special U.S release of Urban Angel on August 28, 2007.

Music fans were first introduced to Natalie Walker’s voice on Daughter Darling’s debut album Sweet Shadows. The Philadelphia based band gained attention for the song “Broken Bridge”, which was featured in the pilot episode for Fox Television’s popular medical drama House.

Now she has teamed up with Nate Greenberg and Dan Chen (aka Stuhr) in Brooklyn, NY. Together they have created the soothing and liquid Urban Angel. This album contains some of the most personal and revealing songs Natalie has ever performed, and the guys from Stuhr have created a lush soundscape to c…

Kellie Coffey-Walk On Review

Artist: Kellie Coffey
Title: Walk On
Genre: Country
Label: Duet
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I have always thought of country as music for guys who like to dress up and play cowboy on the weekend. What can I say? I have a few hang-ups, but I want to taste all that music’s rich buffet has to offer. With Walk On, Kellie Coffey has side-stepped some of the stereotypes I have held about country music through the years. The country music scene isn’t just some good-ol’-boy’s club; these are every-day people not much different from you and me...READ MORE

Country Singer/Songwriter Kellie Coffey Releases Much Anticipated New Album Walk On

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Video Single I Would Die For That Exploding on YouTube Over 70,000 Hits in Four Weeks

Los Angeles, CA-August 20, 2007- The Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female of 2003, Kellie Coffey, is back with a new independent album entitled Walk On. The follow-up release to her debut album, “When You Lie Next to Me,” was produced by Wayne Kirkpatrick (Little Big Town) and features 12 tracks, 11 co-written by Coffey. The video for the first single, “I Would Die For That,” is exploding on YouTube with over 70,000 hits in only four weeks.

Walk On,is the kind of deep introspective album that most artists aspire to make. “We wrote songs about our life experience and what moved us,” Coffey said of her co-writers. “It was probably the purest creative experience of my life.” The new album represents more than one dream come true; Coffey became pregnant and gave birth to her baby boy during the writing and recording of the album.

Coffey was inspired to write the powerful bal…

Thelma Houston-A Woman’s Touch Review

Artist: Thelma Houston
Title: A Woman’s Touch
Genre: R & B-Soul-Pop
Label:Shout! Factory
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Thelma Houston may have been a diva in the ‘70s but the title still applies several decades later. She has a smoldering soulful album out now titled A Woman’s Touch. The CD features tracks originally recorded by male singers including Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye and Sting, to mention a few.

The songs are from a woman’s vantage point but even the male listener can reinterpret it all from their side and find enjoyment and appreciation for what Houston accomplishes on this outing. From any viewpoint, this is good music and it comes from the tip of Houston’s toes, through her heart, and into your ears. Ultimately, it saturates your soul as well.

Similar to the beginning of the Lion King, the album opens with a familiar call to the wild, and then Thelma gives the world her own wake up call on “Wake up Everybody.” This opening track has enormous impact and the message comes thro…

Pet Buffalo-Independent Variable

Artist: Pet Buffalo
Title: Independent Variable
Genre: Rock-Blues-Folk
Label: Independent
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Don’t you wish you had your own Pet Buffalo? Well… probably not, but I do have something better; a band with that peculiar (eccentric) name, and the best part about it is they are high-grade.

Their new release Independent Variable is loaded with emotionally drenched bluesy rock and folk tracks. The lead singer, Teri Hitt, has a voice that dares you to listen and then listen again. She beckons you with her smooth vibrato and you begin to fall into the words. Once you are in the middle of it all there is no turning back. It’s the kind of album I would want to make.

The music presented here is a combination of rock, blues and folk. It all leans more towards an earthy blues rock feel, but the folk element remains a constant thread running through each track and it serves as a jumping off point into the different styles. In addition to singing, Hitt plays the acoustic guitar while Chris…

Saro Tribastone-Fanusa

Artist: Saro Tribastone
Title: Fanusa
Genre: Popular Sicilian-Spanish Flamenco-Latin
Label: Quango Music Group
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Saro Tribastone has spent much of his career composing music for documentaries and touring with various Sicillian music groups; now he introduces his music to audiences around the world with his new EP CD Fanusa. This debut album boasts a modest four tracks, and a running time of approximatly fifteen minutes, and two of the tracks are actually alternate versions of the same song titled “Fanusa”.

The album is like a little slice of the rich Mediterranean musical culture, and is evocative of the region’s landscape and its people. With its flamenco guitar styling and Latin rhythms, however brief, it possesses the ability to transport the listener to that tranquil part of the globe.

The song “Fanusa” is subtle and rhythmic with a Spanish feel. I can imagine driving along the Costa Brava with the sea spread out below me to one side and olive trees poking out o…

‘70s Diva Thelma Houston Gives Her Favorite Songs A Woman's Touch

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Los Angeles, CA-August 13, 2007- Thelma Houston, the dynamic voice behind the disco anthem “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” is back with her first album in over 17 years. In a clever twist, Houston uses A Woman’s Touch (in stores August 14th via Shout! Factory) to transform songs made famous by some of the biggest singers – male singers - in R&B and pop.

The new Cd was entirely conceived by Thelma Houston, as well as executive produced by Thelma in association with Stephen Ford of Diva Central, Inc.

A Woman’s Touch is filled with songs she has long been a fan of. “They are songs I always wished I had recorded,” she explains, “and I loved doing them from a woman’s standpoint.” But Houston doesn’t just put a female spin on the lyrics, she takes over and completely reworks the songs through soul, R&B, blues and dance floor filters. “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and Sting’s “Brand New Day,” get bluesy, sassy make overs, while “Disco Heat/Mighty Real” (a nod to Houston’s…

Bitter:Sweet-The Remix Game Review

Artist: Bitter:Sweet
Title: The Remix Game
Genre: Electronica-Alternative Pop
Label: Quango Music Group
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Life can be bitter sweet, and the artist’s collaboration called Bitter:Sweet offers music that falls in line with that old saying. What started the process of The Remix Game was the enormous success of The Mating Game in 2006...READ MORE

Nad Neslo Is Back From Gone On Eclectic Debut CD

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Sacramento, CA-August 8, 2007- Much like multi-track recording pioneer Les Paul did before him, Sacramento native Nad Neslo has recorded his debut album Back From Gone by playing all the instruments himself. The technology may be a little more user friendly today as Neslo uses a Roland VS-1880 digital multi-track recorder, where Les Paul used whatever he could solder together in his garage. The inspiration and passion of Neslo are what make the album the perfect soundtrack for a long drive along the back roads of America.

Neslo plays guitar with passion, purpose, and feeling. A special touch developed over the years compliments his understated Nils Lofgren like vocal style. The CD is an all-encompassing statement proving that indie artists have the talent and ingenuity to go end to end with their process without any outside influences.

Nad Neslo’s path is similar to other artists in that he was a fan first. Listening to music from late night pirate radio stations…

Critics Rave About Bitter:Sweet’s The Remix Game

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Los Angeles, CA-August 6, 2007-Since the release of The Mating Game in 2006, it’s hard to imagine a night on the town without the intoxicating electronica of Bitter:Sweet. Now, with The Remix Game, to be released August 7, 2007 by Quango Music Group, a handful of today’s best euphonious mixologists come together to offer their interpretations of the original album. Add to that an upcoming live show in a city near you, and you’ll be drinking from Bitter:Sweet’s mood enhancing cup well into 2008.

On this seductive trip-hop album, Bitter:Sweet’s debut The Mating Game is revamped by today’s top sonic impressionists. Many of the songs on this album are rare gems that have been available only on 12” vinyl or for digital download. Alloyed by the golden touch of musical alchemists like Thievery Corporation, AtJazz, Skeewiff, Nicola Conte, and Fort Knox Five; this torrid soundtrack will illuminate the night.

Bitter:Sweet combines the musical savvy of Kiran Shahani and the su…

Jude Johnstone-Blue Light

Artist: Jude Johnstone
Title: Blue Light
Genre: Jazz-Vocals
Label:Bojak Records
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Jude Johnstone’s Blue Light is one of the better jazz vocal albums I have heard this year. She had two previous releases prior to this, and like many artists I have enjoyed over the years she has a broader catalog of music than I could have imagined. Such is the life of a music lover in the world of cyberspace and digital downloads, and whether you happen to be a listener or critic it does not matter considering how many indie artists there are these days...READ MORE