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Neil Carswell-Keep You Guessing Review

Artist: Neil Carswell
Title: Keep You Guessing
Genre: Rock-Blues-Country
Label: Aspirion Records
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Well it has been a long time Neil, where have you been the last three years? The answer is right here on this CD all tied up in the words and music. Carswell sings the blues about going to hell and back and then the switch to becoming a repentant soul to answer for his sins. And thankfully for all of us listeners, he rocks with country blues oozing out of his pores, like a man born to pick up a six-string and tell his story.

Carswell does it again and makes the long wait worthwhile on Keep You Guessing. Neil keeps good company again in the studio with a roster graced with incredible talent including Stu Kimball (producer, guitarist), Chris Anderson (guitarist, The Outlaws and Blackhawk), Johnny Neil (keyboards, The Allman Brothers and Govt. Mule), Larry Campbell (multi-instrumentalist, guitarist for Levon Helm), Don Herron (multi-instrumentalist, Bob Dylan and …

East of Fairfax-Nothing’s Different, Nothing’s the Same Review

Artist: East of Fairfax
Title: Nothing’s Different, Nothing’s the Same
Genre: Pop-Rock
Label: Independent
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Though highly derided and scoffed at by so-called musical elites, well-written and well-performed pop is a tricky beast to tame. When executed with perfection, it practically ensures stardom; when mishandled, it's worse than karaoke. The LA-based collaborative East of Fairfax falls into neither category, lacking just another coat or two of polish to turn their heart-on-sleeve sensitivity into worldwide domination. Though their sophomore release Nothing's Different, Nothing's the Same presents all the proper pieces, the final product is perhaps a tad too calm, a tad too serene, and perhaps even a tad too derivative (even for pop) to leave a lasting impact. The result is Daughtry on Ritalin – talented and smooth, but stuck in the clouds once too often.

East of Fairfax's double-edged sword is frontman Brian Spain, the perfectly-named crooner whose charis…

Meat DBeatles Vol. 1 Offers Different Takes On Beatles Favorites

Philadelphia, PA-April 27, 2009-Meat Dbeatles Vol. 1 is a compilation of Beatles song covers by independent recording artists affiliated with either DMusic.com, an internet music collaboration and social network, or its subsidiary, Lost Gold Records. The project was kick started by a comment on a thread on the site, and the contributing artists were off and running. The entire album was complete in 4 months.

The 18 tracks that comprise the compilation include Beatles favorites such “Come Together”, “Lady Madonna”, “Let It Be”, and many others. Each track has its own personality and will sound nothing like you ever heard before when it comes to Beatles cover tunes. Everything from reggae to bluegrass is covered, with high energy and the undying indie spirit that can be found throughout the DMusic website and their members.

Even though a majority of the music was recorded on a home based computer systems using Protools and various other programs the sound is incredibly good. You …

Drifting in Silence-Facewithin Review

Artist: Drifting in Silence
Title: Facewithin
Genre: Electronica
Label: Labile Records
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It's difficult to classify what constitutes "experimental electronica," considering the genre's increasing penchant for unstructured melodies and general ambience. That established, it can be said with some confidence that the music of Drifting in Silence, the umbrella pseudonym for instrumentalist Derrick Stembridge, is a good example of it. Stembridge's fifth release Facewithin lies somewhere in between cinematic mood music and an adrenalized video game opus, dressed in a muscular mystique that could be likened to soundtracks for Fight Club, The Matrix, and even Half-Life 2.

Thankfully, Facewithin is true to its aura-crafting purposes, laying off the tired crutches of clubbing music in favor of new age theater. For what it is and what it aims to do, Facewithin is undoubtedly a success, despite its tendency to stand more as a testament to Stembrid…

Drifting in Silence-Facewithin Review

Artist: Drifting in Silence
Title: Facewithin
Genre: Electronica
Label: Labile Records
Website
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It's difficult to classify what constitutes "experimental electronica," considering the genre's increasing penchant for unstructured melodies and general ambience. That established, it can be said with some confidence that the music of Drifting in Silence, the umbrella pseudonym for instrumentalist Derrick Stembridge, is a good example of it. Stembridge's fifth release Facewithin lies somewhere in between cinematic mood music and an adrenalized video game opus, dressed in a muscular mystique that could be likened to soundtracks for Fight Club, The Matrix, and even Half-Life 2.

Thankfully, Facewithin is true to its aura-crafting purposes, laying off the tired crutches of clubbing music in favor of new age theater. For what it is and what it aims to do, Facewithin is undoubtedly a success, despite its tendency to stand more as a testament to Stembridge's tal…

Into The Presence Review

Artist: Into The Presence
Title: Into The Presence
Genre: Rock
Label: Razor & Tie
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For their self-titled debut album, the duo of Into The Presence delivers an exciting rock album that shows various rock influences. Composed of drummer Tim Alexander, who has worked with the likes of Primus and A Perfect Circle, and experienced session player Luis Maldonado on guitar and vocals, Into The Presence has a pleasing classic rock backbone that more modern sounds are layered on with success.

One of Into The Presence’s biggest influences becomes immediately visible on the opening track “End Game.” Here, Maldonado’s powerful, operatic vocals call pleasantly on the voice of Queen’s Freddie Mercury and creates instant intrigue for Into The Presence. “Lovers” also shows off Maldonado’s built-for-rock voice.

While Maldonado’s vocals may remind you of Queen, the riff-friendly guitar parts are unmistakably modern, as evident from the Muse-like riffs of “Lovers” and t…

No Restraints Releases Second Progressive Rock Indie CD Xout

Tulsa, Oklahoma-April 23, 2009- Broken Arrow Oklahoma is not where you would typically find a progressive rock band, not until No Restraints came along.
Mark Smith (Keyboards / Vocals), Mitch Parker (Bass), Christina Terry (vocals), Ron Wood (Drums) are No Restraints. The band fits their name well, never holding back on the creative process while recording their progressive rock music.
Xout, which is an acronym and the definition of external output, will officially release May 1, 2009. Xout features outstanding musicianship and solid writing, making for a complete listening experience.
Xout represents today what prog rock used to be and music played with literally No Restraints. This is music that travels through your soul and finds a way to tickle your brain instead, it is everything you would expect progressive rock to be and more. Besides offering complex musical arrangements No Restraints is also very accessible, crossing over seamlessly to the listeners that populate the …

Shauna Burns-Anamnesis Review

Artist: Shauna Burns
Title: Anamnesis
Genre: Folk-Rock-Celtic
Label: Red Rock
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Anamnesis (Ancient Greek: "recollection, reminiscence" literally "loss of forgetfulness") is a term used in medicine, philosophy, psychoanalysis and religion. So how does this term relate to Shauna Burns and her new EP? Ms. Burns is never one to bring something to the table that is simple and clearly defined. She opts for the complexity of the inner sanctum we call the mind. Within that entire process are her words and music that will instantly transport their way there into where your thoughts may be lingering and festering, in need of nourishment.

On this five song EP Shauna Burns reminds us of her haunting and beautiful vocals and how easy it is to be entranced by the musical web she weaves with a fascinating blend of folk, Celtic and rock music. Each song seamlessly leads to the next inviting you in and becoming intrinsically connected to one another. Before you know it …

Teen Pop Sensation Lea Marie Releases Debut CD Single World Of Wonders

Hollywood, CA-April 15, 2009-In today’s world of music and easy accessibility to new music online, it is hard to find a “smash” single from an artist who is breaking out on the internet. That is about to change quickly as seventeen year old teen pop star Lea Marie releases her new online single, “World Of Wonders,” in advance of her new full length self-titled release which will be available on April21,2009...READ MORE...

Audio Fidelity Releases 24 Karat Gold Beach Boys and The Band CDs

Ventura, CA-April 14, 2009- Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is set for a big year in 2009 with a full schedule of releases due. Two of the biggest names in music history, The Beach Boys and The Band will be honored with the release of their classic recordings. The tremendously popular 24KT Gold CD limited and numbered editions expect to sellout quickly....READ MORE...

Shauna Burns Releases 5 Song EP Anamnesis On Red Rock Music

Hollywood, CA-April 13, 2009-Shauna Burns continues her aural assault of the senses with a new EP titled Anamnesis. The 5 track recording is an extension of her full length album The Moon and the Fire Circle (2008)...READ MORE...

Ed Maly Releases Guitar Jock On Hot Texas Tunes

Sugarland, Texas-April 14, 2009- Ed Maly is set to release his seventh studio album Guitar Jock, on April 21, 2009. Guitar Jock promises to be a continuation of the Ed Maly trademark sound featuring good time rollicking blues-rock that is fun for the listener and danceable at the same timE...READ MORE...

Veteran Saxophone Master Steve Elson Releases Mott & Broome

New York, NY-April 14,2009- Steve Elson is Mr. Saxophone. He plays the soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones with equal amounts of energy and preciseness, not to mention his additional range with the clarinet. With the release of Mott & Broome on Lips and Fingers Music scheduled to drop April 28, 2009, Elson has good reason to be excited...READ MORE...

Brian Linne Releases Independent Single Video To Love Someone

Port Huron, MI-April 5, 2009- Brian Linne is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician. He has a lot in common with his peers; he is indie and needs to be heard. It is just as difficult to break out in the indie world today as it was years ago with big record labels or radio. With fierce competition and everyone armed with the same weapons, how does one separate himself from the pack?...READ MORE...

Philippe Saisse-At World’s Edge Review

Artist: Philippe Saisse
Title: At World’s Edge
Genre: Jazz-Latin-Fusion
Label: Koch Records
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Philippe Saisse has released a masterpiece titled At World’s Edge. Saisse has been around the proverbial music block between guest appearances and his solo work. He has an enviable record of accomplishments by anyone’s high standards for excellence and consistency...READ MORE...

Andrea Plamondon-I Still Remember: A Collection of Songs from San Francisco’s Underground 1989-2006 Review

Artist: Andrea Plamondon
Title: I Still Remember: A Collection of Songs from San Francisco’s Underground 1989-2006
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Independent
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Andrea Plamondon’s anthology I Still Remember: A Collection of Songs from San Francisco’s Underground 1989-2006 is a fascinating chronicle of the career of a song writer. The classically trained singer delivers songs from her work with bands Joy FM, Satryica, Pox Eclipse and Lucid...READ MORE...