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Review: Shade Out – One Of One

Artist: Shade Out
Title: One Of One
Genre: Progressive Rock-Fusion
Label: Independent
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There’s something to be said about musicians who create odd music specifically to be different and sound completely original. Without them, music would be stagnant forever, and nothing new would be created. Not everything new is worthy of being remembered as genius, but there are always novel ideas that become recognized...READ MORE...

Review: Sojourn – A Child Is Born

Artist: Sojourn
Title: A Child Is Born
Genre: Holiday/Alternative Rock
Label: Sojourn Music
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Sojourn is a band created from the Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Wanting a different kind of church, they set out with founding member Pastor Mike Cosper to create an environment rich in the arts, church fellowship and worship. Now with three campuses in Louisville, the church has grown, and with it, the band...READ MORE...

Review: Journey – Greatest Hits Volume 2

Artist: Journey
Title: Greatest Hits Volume 2
Genre: Rock
Label: Sony Legacy
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Journey’s influence is undeniable. From commercials to video games, they can be found in nearly every facet of popular culture...READ MORE...

Review: Shauna Burns-A Winter Gathering

Artist: Shauna Burns
Title: A Winter Gathering
Genre: Holiday/Celtic Contemporary
Label: Red Rock Music LLC
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Artists who choose to do a Christmas album really have to bring something a little different to the table to make it worthwhile for the listener. Burns' brooding style on A Winter Gathering delivers just that with refreshingly intense treatments of some well-known tunes...READ MORE...

Review: Acorn Falling – Cabinet of Curiosities

Artist: Acorn Falling
Title: Cabinet of Curiosities
Genre: Ambient/Experimental
Label: Vicious/VME
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Acorn Falling is the creation of Lars Kivig, co-composer and piano/synth player of My Beloved. The music is composed, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by Kivig...READ MORE...

Review: Sad Little Men – I’ll Be The Octopus

Artist: Sad Little Men
Title: I’ll Be The Octopus
Genre: Indie Pop
Label: DMYork Music
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Just when you thought you’ve heard all you could from Portland, along comes Sad Little Men. Sad Little Men sprung from the mind of former saxophonist turned vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Dusty York...READ MORE...

Review: Ramsey Lewis And His Electric Band – Taking Another Look

Artist: Ramsey Lewis And His Electric Band
Title: Taking Another Look
Genre: Jazz
Label: Hidden Beach
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Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band are a talented group of musicians. The band consists of Henry Johnson (guitar), Tim Gant (keyboard), Joshua Ramos (bass), Charles Heath (drums) and of course, the man behind the magic, Ramsey Lewis...READ MORE...

Review: Big Pete-Choice Cuts

Artist: Big Pete
Title: Choice Cuts
Genre: Blues
Label: Delta Groove Productions
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Born Pieter van der Pluijm, Big Pete is a blues musician who hails from the Netherlands. Although blues music is more commonly connected with the American South than with Northern Europe, Big Pete sounds right at home in this genre. His up-coming release Choice Cuts...READ MORE...

Review: Skelp–Volume

Artist: Skelp
Title: Volume
Genre: Rock
Label: Independent
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Skelp is a high energy indie rock band that doesn’t slow down for anything on their new album entitled, Volume. The band formed in the mid 1990’s and hails from Washington D.C...great!...READ MORE...

Review: theendisthebeginning-Tropics

Artist: theendisthebeginning
Title: Tropics
Genre: Rock
Label: The Brown Noise
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theendisthebeginning has recently parted ways with their vocalist but, before doing so, they were able to come together and make one more good album entitled Tropics. The band also released a smaller, digital album at the same time which was titled, So Long Shadow...READ MORE...

Review: Hennie Bekker-Spectrum – An Anthology Of Relaxing Instrumental Music

Artist: Hennie Bekker
Title: Spectrum – An Anthology Of Relaxing Instrumental Music
Genre: New Age
Label: Abbeywood Records
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From the opening keyboard theme of “Spring Rain” to the final atmospheric moments of “Silent Embrace”, Hennie Bekker's greatest hits CD Spectrum is just that... great!...READ MORE...

Review: Noshir Mody-Union of Hearts

Artist: Noshir Mody
Title: Union of Hearts
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Independent
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Haddaway's “What Is Love” may have been fun to dance to in the 80s, but it didn't touch on the actual question itself. Contrast that with Union of Hearts' opening track of the same title, which is instead cool and moody... maybe even a little dark...READ MORE...

Review: Radio Drive-I Can See The World From Here

Artist: Radio Drive
Title: I Can See The World From Here
Genre: Alternative Pop
Label: 2EDGE music
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Radio Drive is the hot alternative pop rock band with international acclaim. The magic behind the scenes all centers on Kevin Gullickson, song writer, singer and multi-instrumentalist...READ MORE...

Review: Quimera Music-More Than Human EP - Remastered

Artist: More Than Human EP - Remastered
Title: Stay Awhile
Genre: Symphonic Rock
Label: Independent
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Quimera Music is the enigmatic new symphonic rock band that has taken the New York music scene by storm and is working their way around the globe...READ MORE...

Indie Rockers Elusive Parallelograms Release Modern Splendor

September 13, 2011-Milwaukee, Wisconsin- The indie rock band Elusive Parallelograms has come a long way in a few years and as their most recent release Modern Splendor will attest, they are poised to take on the world and get signed to a major label any day now...READ MORE...

Ryan Shea Smith Releases Award-Winning Jazz Masterpiece Stay Awhile

Los Angeles, CA-September 8, 2011- Ryan Shea Smith turns the term sophomore slump in fiction with his latest release Stay Awhile. The title track, which is offered as a free download on the artist website, was a finalist winner in the Jazz Category of the John Lennon Song Writing Contest...READ MORE...

Review: Ryan Shea Smith-Stay Awhile

Artist: Ryan Shea Smith
Title: Stay Awhile
Genre: Jazz
Label: Independent
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Ryan Shea Smith is the sharp new contemporary jazz talent from Seattle, Washington. Stay Awhile is his sophomore release. Contributing musicians for this album include Jeff Johnson, Eric Eagle, Hans Teuber, Roger Wood, Dan Tyak, Michael Eads, Stephanie Porter, Mycle Wastman, Arturo Rodriguez, Josh Evans and James Michael Smith Jr...READ MORE...

Mike McGuire Releases Country- Americana Classic Beyond The Ark

Louisville, Kentucky-August, 31, 2011- Mike McGuire’s guitar and voice unify to create a new classic for Country and Americana fans to enjoy titled Beyond The Ark...READ MORE...

Michael Williams Band Release Fire Red – A Blues Rock Masterpiece Produced By Eddie Kramer

Los Angeles, CA-August 24, 2011- Ed Hale is known for being a musician and singer/songwriter, however there is more to his music than meets the ears...READ MORE...

Review: Elusive Parallelograms-Modern Splendor

Artist: Elusive Parallelograms
Title: Modern Splendor
Genre: Experimental Rock
Label: Independent
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Elusive Parallelograms is a quirky band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Modern Splendor is their recently released sophomore album. Spin Magazine has included them in their list of “Top 8 Unsigned Bands,” but after listening to Modern Splendor you might have to ask yourself, why are these guys not signed yet?...READ MORE...

Review: Michael Williams Band-Fire Red

Artist: Michael Williams Band Artist: Michael Williams Band
Title: Fire Red
Genre: Blues Rock
Label: True Blue Productions, LLC
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\In a musical climate that has welcomed the White Stripes and the Black Keys, Michael Williams Band has nothing to fear in terms of gaining a strong fan base, especially after this album was produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer...READ MORE...

Review: 2002-Deep Still Blue

Artist: 2002
Title: Deep Still Blue
Genre: New Age
Label: Galactic Playground Music
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2002 is the multi-talented couple of Pamela and Randy Copus. Their goal at the outset of every production is to make music that will heal you from the inside out. They are very successful at conveying a definitive spiritual tone to their recordings...READ MORE...

Review: Ana Popovic-Unconditional

Artist: Ana Popovic
Title: Unconditional
Genre: Blues
Label: Delta Groove
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Ana Popovic is the Serbian native gone rock and roll wonder woman. She has been dominating the guitar world with her passion for music and her fiery guitar style. Unconditional is her third album to date, and was written and produced with Grammy Award Winner John Porter...READ MORE...

Review: Candye Kane-Sister Vagabond

Artist: Candye Kane
Title: Sister Vagabond
Genre: Blues
Label: Delta Groove
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Candye Kane is the jump blues phenomenon from East Los Angeles who has been rocking the blues scene since she was in her early twenties. She has been listed as one of Dan Akroyd’s 30 Essential Women of the Blues...READ MORE...

Review: 2002-Damayanti

Artist: 2002
Title: Damayanti
Genre: New Age
Label: Galactic Playground Music
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I don’t know about anyone else but I sure appreciate a daily reprieve from the madness of everyday life at work and at home. Performers like 2002 and their recording Damayanti make that special place in my mind and soul a reality....READ MORE...

Review: Ivan Appelrouth- Blue & Instrumental

Artist: Ivan Appelrouth
Title: Blue & Instrumental
Genre: Blues
Label: EllerSoul Records
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Ivan Appelrouth has been making music for almost thirty years. His new album, Blues and Instrumental, is a tribute to artists who have influenced him as his career has developed...READ MORE...

Review: The Mighty Mojo Prophets

Artist: The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Title: The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Genre: Blues
Label: Rip Cat Records
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The Mighty Mojo Prophets are guys that truly love the blues. They are: Big Son (blues shouter), Mitch “Da, Switch” Dow (guitars), Scott “Hot Rod” Lambert (standup and electric bass), Ronnie Johnson (harp) and guest artists Big Rockin Daddy (harmonica) and Smilin Jack Debuan (drums). The band has been playing venues all over California and is a huge hit on the local blues scene...READ MORE...

Mike Zito’s “Greyhound” Leaves The Station On July 19, 2011

Sherman Oaks, CA – July 13, 2011- Eclecto Groove Records proudly announces the release of award-winning Texas-based songwriter/guitarist/singer Mike Zito’s “Greyhound”, on July 19, 2011, his 3rd release for the label...READ MORE...

Review: Mike Zito-Greyhound

Artist: Mike Zito
Title: Greyhound
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: Eclecto Groove Records
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Mike Zito is an artist that is going to haunt my playlist for a long time. His bluesy Gulf Coast blend of guitar and smoky big sky Texan style is addictive. Simply put, bring it on....READ MORE...

Ed Hale Releases New Single “New Orleans Dreams” That Shines Spotlight On The South

New York, New York-July 5, 2011- Ed Hale is known for being a musician and singer/songwriter, however there is more to his music than meets the ears...READ MORE...

J.J. Crowne-Songs of Innocence and Experience

Artist: J.J. Crowne
Title: Songs of Innocence and Experience
Genre: Adult Contemporary Pop
Label: Essential Media Group
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There's an exciting new voice in adult contemporary popular music. J.J. Crowne's debut CD, Songs of Innocence and Experience, is full of nicely written and well performed music...READ MORE...

Review: Rod Piazza and The All Mighty Flyers-Almighty Dollar

Artist: Rod Piazza and The All Mighty Flyers
Title: Almighty Dollar
Genre: Blues/Swing Jazz
Label: Delta Groove Music
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Rod Piazza has been rocking the blues scene for over four decades. His core band, The All Mighty Flyers, consist of Honey Piazza (piano), Henry Carvajal (guitar), Dave Kida (drums), Norm Gonzales (bass) and Henry Van Sickle (bass)...READ MORE...

Review: Terry Hanck-Look Out!

Artist: Terry Hanck
Title: Look Out!
Genre: Jazz/Blues
Label: Delta Groove Music
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Terry Hanck, saxophonist, bandleader, singer and songwriter is one of the most influential and formidable voices in blues and soul today. Look Out! is his sixth album...READ MORE...

Review: Ed Hale-Ballad on Third Avenue

Artist: Ed Hale
Title: Ballad on Third Avenue
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Dying Van Gogh Records
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An activist, blogger and rock star, Ed Hale, also known as the Ambassador, is a talented solo artist and the lead singer in the Brit-pop/rock band Ed Hale and the Transcendence...READ MORE...

Review: Jeff Allen Myers-Gemini

Artist: Jeff Allen Myers
Title: Gemini
Genre: Adult Alternative
Label: Independent
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Jeff Allen Myers from Temecula, California, cites The Beatles as his number one influence and inspiration......READ MORE...

Review: Natalie Walker-Spark

Artist: Natalie Walker
Title: Spark
Genre: Electronica
Label: Dorado Records
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Natalie Walker’s debut album was entitled Urban Angel, hauntingly befitting as her voice truly is heavenly...READ MORE...

Franck Carducci Releases Progressive Rock Recording Oddity

Amsterdam, Netherlands-June 15, 2011- Franck Carducci started to play music at the tender young age of 5. He grew up in a family where music was a way of life. This influenced him in such a way that he would become the multi-instrumentalist...READ MORE...

Review: Franck Carducci-Oddity

Artist: Franck Carducci
Title: Oddity
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Independent
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A glance at the cover of Franck Carducci’s Oddity gives an accurate depiction of the adventure that is to come...READ MORE...

Thin Veil Release Alternative Rock Masterpiece One

Brooklyn, New York-June 8, 2011- Multi-instrumentalist Jim Oblon and "Thin Veil" have been hard at work putting together an album for several years now. After six years, the album One has arrived and it was well worth the wait...READ MORE...

Review: Joe Hamgeri-The Violet! EP

Artist: Joe Hamgeri
Title: The Violet! EP
Genre: Rock
Label: Independent
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Joe Hamgeri is an up and coming new artist making his mark on the music industry. His newly released debut album, The Violet! EP...READ MORE...

Review: Claudio Signorile-A Song 4 Each Day

Artist: Claudio Signorile
Title: A Song 4 Each Day
Genre: Rock Instrumental
Label: Independent
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Claudio Signorile is the supremely talented composer and bass player that hails from Italy’s shores...READ MORE...

Review: Thin Veil-One

Artist: Thin Veil
Title: One
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Independent
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One is the 2011 debut album of multi-instrumentalist Jim Oblon. Six years in the making, the album includes jazz pianist Craig Hartley and a rotating lineup of musicians to create the extraordinary band known as Thin Veil...READ MORE...

Review: Mike McGuire-Beyond the Ark

Artist: Mike McGuire
Title: Beyond the Ark
Genre: Folk
Label: Okolona
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Mike McGuire generates music with a bluegrass sound through a folk feel. The Kentucky native surely could tell a story through his impressive guitar playing skills alone, yet still includes some interesting lyrical stories on his 2010 release, Beyond the Ark...READ MORE...

RocKorea, Midan City Concert – A Tribute To Indie Rock June 4-5 2011

Seoul, Korea-May 11, 2011 International recording artist Lance Reegan-Diehl and his eclectic company DEELEEBOB Entertainment with Softindustry Development, will be kicking off RocKorea, Midan City Concert - A Tribute To Indie Rock on June 4, 2011...READ MORE...

Review: Cheryl Hodge-Indigo

Artist: Cheryl Hodge
Title: Indigo
Genre: Jazz
Label: Jazzboulevard.com Records
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Cheryl Hodge has been performing as a jazz artist on her own and with other artists for over twenty years. She released the powerful album Indigo in 2009...READ MORE...

Review: The 44’s-Boogie Disease

Artist: The 44’s
Title: Boogie Disease
Genre: Chicago Blues
Label: Rip Cat Records
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The 44’s are a Los Angeles band that primarily plays Chicago-style blues blended with vibrant rock and roll...READ MORE...

Review: Sojourn-The Water and the Blood

Artist: Sojourn
Title: The Water and the Blood
Genre: Christian/Gospel
Label: Independent
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Good Lord, this is some good music! You won’t find “Amazing Grace” or “Go Tell it on the Mountain” in this collection. Rather, Sojourn Music has produced seven albums to date...READ MORE...

Sojourn Release Inspirational Album The Water And The Blood: The Hymns Of Isaac Watts

Hollywood, CA-April 26, 2011-It is significant that Sojourn has released their new indie Christian album The Water and The Blood: The Hymns of Isaac Watts two days after Easter...READ MORE...

Review: Ben Knighten-All I Want

Artist: Ben Knighten
Title: All I Want
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Label: Independent
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An artist who simply pours out his or her heart can hardly fail to be compelling. Ben Knighten's All I Want is full of touching and meaningful music...READ MORE...

Review: Tracy Nelson-Victim of the Blues

Artist: Tracy Nelson
Title: Victim of the Blues
Genre: Blues
Label: Delta Groove Productions
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To list all of Tracy Nelson’s triumphs would most likely take up the majority of this page. Making it a little briefer...READ MORE...