21 December 2012

Review: Nine Stones Close-One Eye On The Sunrise

Nine Stones Close was conceived in 2008 as a solo project by Adrian Jones. He independently released the first album, St Lo, to critical acclaim and this led to a follow up, released in 2010, Traces. This was an album made with a “proper” band comprising, Adrian Jones (guitars), Brendan Eyre (keyboards), Marc Atkinson (vocals) and Neil Quarrell (drums). This new release. One Eye On The Sunrise, from the band shows further changes to the members of the group. Former members Brendan and Marc rejoin Adrian, and they are joined by Peter Vink (bass) and Pieter Van Hoorn (drums).

Just before starting the review, it is also worth mentioning the stunning artwork for the album, carried out by Antonio Seijas.

One Eye On The Sunrise is a 10 track album with tracks varying in length from the short track 10, “Sunset” which lasts for 1:28 minutes, to the penultimate track, “Frozen Moment” which stops the clock at 13:34. In total, the album has a running time just short of 60 minutes.

Opening the album we have “Faceless Angel” (2:55) which begins with some sounds of static, chimes, a radio voice and mellotron which all contribute to the build-up before slightly distorted guitars take on the melody at a slow pace. The feeling is that this opening track is reminiscent of the sort of atmospherics that Pink Floyd was so good at. After superb guitar work by Adrian, the track fades from around the 2:30ish minute mark, to the gentle chimes that started the track. An interesting taster for the rest of the album and leaves the listener eager to hear more.

“A Secret” (5:33), the second track starts with a “cleaner” guitar sound, soon joined by the superbly emotive voice of Marc Atkinson. Sparse but so elegant in its execution, the listener becomes quickly immersed in the music/vocals. Just before the 1 minute mark there is a terrific guitar riff behind Marc’s voice before returning back to the sparseness of the verse prior to the amazing guitar returning at the refrain. This is a simply a beautiful constructed song which “opens out” with bass/drums, Marc’s voice and that killer guitar in the hands of Adrian. About 1 minute from the end, the track drops in volume and intensity as Marc’s voice takes the song to the end.

The third track, “Janus” (5:46) is an instrumental with a synthesizer introduction and superb guitar picking up a melody augmented by the drums. The guitar repeats the same riff allowing the other instruments to weave in and out. About 2:30 minutes, the song slips back a bit to allow the piano to pick out a truly wonderful passage and then the driving guitar returns, together with a distinctive Spanish-style guitar well forward in the mix, as the simply gorgeous instrumental fades out.

Track 4, “…….and dream of sleep” (1:52) is a gentle acoustic guitar based piece of work, which although short, is excellent. This leads onto the title track, “One Eye On The Sunrise” (12:08) which is one of the two tracks clocking in at over the 10+ minute mark and allows the emotion and intensity of the music and the vocals to really build. The introduction is a quiet acoustic guitar with a cello playing behind the melody and then Marc’s vocals enter, quietly, to fit in with the guitar.  Then a superbly atmospheric introduction with a piano appears around the 1:30 minute point. By the 2 minute mark, there is the inkling of the building up of the intensity with the cello seeming to deepen in sound. A minute later, the track “explodes” with a genuinely heavy guitar riff and the vocals take on a more edgy feel. The track has now changed into a full band workout but just as suddenly dips and then soars back. The organ sound seems to come from deep within the ground and there is terrific drum/bass work and that sublime guitar riff. The track then moves into a very rock orientated passage and, believe it or not, we are only at the halfway point in the track. I detected a little hint of the Led Zeppelin style sound. At the 6:30 minute point, the sound drops, the acoustic guitar returns, and a violin (I think) and the sound becomes very ethereal. The vocals are very low in the mix, adding to the atmosphere and the whole piece seems to be more chilling until the guitar/voice again changes around the 9 minute mark. The cello builds behind the voice suggesting another impending surge in sound. This builds nicely and the heavy riff and the rest of the band return again. Adrian again shows superb guitar work and the band then drive the intensity along till the finish. A stunning track which demonstrates the skill of all the musicians involved.

“Eos”, (2:39), track 6 again starts with a clean crisp guitar passage and then the superbly evocative vocals take over. Adrian contributes some Pink Floyd/David Gilmour style guitar, and by that I mean, dreamy and entrancing. This leads neatly into the following track, “The Weight” (9:51) and Adrian’s guitar wails noisily to take us into the track. This high level passage drops at the 1 minute mark to let Marc’s voice take the track onwards. Again there is a sparse accompaniment of instruments with the keyboards swirling around in the background. The sound fills out again around the 2 minute point with the vocals becoming more powerful and forceful. There is then another dip into sparseness to give depth and power to the lyrics. This track is tremendously atmospheric and begins to build up again after the halfway point. The swirling keyboards lend an ethereal feeling to the track. The gentle vocals and acoustic guitar slowly build before Adrian’s guitar soars over the top in a crescendo of sound, then there is a dip before Adrian is “let loose” again. This is one of those tracks that continue to build in its intensity with repeated plays. The sound drops again just prior to 9 minutes and there is a return to the sparseness complementing the sense of loss that Marc’s voice can invoke.

Beautiful guitar work heralds track 8, “The Distance” (4:54), and the superb vocals paint the perfect picture of loss, with the instrumentation complementing this scene. The pace of the song is slower and almost ambient-like in overall sound with those vocals and haunting synthesizers. This is a beautifully constructed gem of a track.

The second of the epic length tracks, is the penultimate track, “Frozen Moment” (13:24), when a proper “rip roaring” guitar intro from Adrian which becomes nicely melodic around the 1 minute mark allows the vocals to enter. The superb guitar work continues behind the voice and paints another very atmospheric track with snatches of keyboards picked up from time to time. There is a sense of a heavier sound to this track. The feeling of loss continues within this track and again the instrumentation seems “stripped down” at points, to accentuate this feeling. There are constant shifts of pace, instrumentation and vocalization to construct the emotional rollercoaster that the track provides us with. Around the 8 minute mark, there is a building up of sound which signifies another change and Adrian’s glorious guitar melody appears astride the tight-knit engine room of the band. The track motors towards the finale, continuing to build with the sound of the keyboards to the forefront. The band are performing excellently as the song enters the last minute at full speed and with 30 seconds to go, the sound drops and it is gone!

The final short track, “Sunrise” (1:28), has a sublime piano melody with a plaintive cello behind and is the perfect ending to a truly superb album.

“One Eye On The Sunrise” is a superb album which has taken some large steps from Traces in 2010, and should attract more fans to the band. News released very recently provided both the good and the not-so-good scenarios. The good news is that there is talk of another album in 2013 and possibly a tour as well. This is slightly tempered by the not-so-good news that due to the success of the solo career of vocalist, Marc Atkinson, he could not commit to the proposed schedule for Nine Stone Close in 2013.

Nine Stones Close have produced a superb album due to the band having the correct amalgamation of excellent musicians, who are inspired when playing together and the music simply immerses the senses of the listener. Another “must have” for the collection.

4.5/5 Stars

Key Tracks:  A Secret, Janus, One Eye On The Sunrise

Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-MuzikReviews.com Staff

December 21, 2012


20 December 2012

Rock/Blues Review: Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (24kt Gold)

Artist: Big Brother & The Holding Company
Title: Cheap Thrills (24kt Gold)
Genre: Rock-Blues
Label: Audio Fidelity
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1968 was a pivotal year in many ways and Big Brother & The Holding Company burst onto the music scene with their fiery lead singer Janis Joplin. Cheap Thrills was a thrilling debut complete with striking comic strip artwork from Robert Crumb that attracted the eyes and imagination of millions...READ MORE...

19 December 2012

Rock Review: Joe Walsh – “But Seriously, Folks…” (24kt Gold)

Artist: Joe Walsh
Title: “But Seriously, Folks…” (24kt Gold)
Genre: Rock
Label: Audio Fidelity
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Joe Walsh is one of those artists you can never forget. It may be from his work with The James Gang or The Eagles or simply for his sense of humor and the escapades he went on under the influence of alcohol earlier in his career. It could easily be all of the above. All of these elements are what make the artist what he is today...READ MORE...

11 December 2012

Holiday/Adult Contemporary Review: Margo Rey – This Holiday Night

Artist: Margo Rey
Title: This Holiday Night
Genre: Holiday/Adult Contemporary
Label: Organica Music Group
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Margo Rey is a singer and songwriter originally known as Margarita Reymundo. Her sound is best described as adult contemporary with infusions of alternative pop. Laced with ambient guitar, vocals imbued with raw emotion, and a style all her own, this artist has crafted a sound that has taken her to number six on the National Adult Contemporary Music charts. This album is full of energy and good cheer...READ MORE...

05 December 2012

MuzikReviews.com Partners With New Indie Music Magazine Fabricoh

Boston, MA-December 4, 2012- Longtime online indie music review zine MuzikReviews.com is partnering with a new in print and online bi-monthly magazine called Fabricoh. Both sites have similar styles and beliefs in the way things should be presented...READ MORE...

12 November 2012

Pittsburgh Rockers Big Atlantic Drop Their Long Awaited Debut CD and Video Featuring the Single “Verdict”

Pittsburgh, PA-November, 13, 2012- Big Atlantic, a high energy band, with a name that is quickly becoming synonymous with some of rock’s greatest acts, has recently released their long awaited self-titled full length CD featuring the single “Verdict.

The album brings out the very best in this emerging rock act with its innovative and creative writing style, demonstrating a unique flare rarely heard in today’s rock music scene. Although every song on the album is extremely strong in its own way, the featured single, “Verdict” with its obvious strong hooks accompanied by the melodic riffs is, without question, is the stand out track on this recording. The song just brings it home on every turn. While each band member may have his own personal favorite, there are so many strong songs on this album that it was very difficult to decide which one was the strongest. You could play this record for ten different fans and get ten different opinions.

The energetic CD was produced by formidable record producer Rob Freeman. The band was also involved in the production. Blood, sweat, and sometimes tears went into this effort recorded at multiple studios; JKG studios in Pittsburgh and the Pilot Studio in Boonton New Jersey. The mastering took place at Turtle Tone Studios in New York City. When it was all said and done, the result was an astounding full length record.

Four rock steady musicians round out the quartet that is Big Atlantic. With Lee Caruso’s powerful red hot lead vocals and searing guitar riffs, Benjamin Hull’s syncopated bass groves, Tom Gascon’s dynamic drum beats and Jim Zamerski’s mesmerizing keys and guitar; Big Atlantic is proving to be a formidable force in the rock world.

Aside from great creative songwriting, an exciting live performance is probably one of the foremost trademarks of this high energy original progressive/alternative rock band. Their contagious spirit and obvious on-stage motivation is what sets them apart from all others. Although Big Atlantic is yet to share the stage with any high profile national acts, they are on their way, and are in the process of setting up a regional and national touring schedule. When asked what emotions he wants the band’s audience and fans to feel after a Big Atlantic performance, Lee Caruso replies, “We want our fans to feel full of hope, passion, energy, and motivation, giving them the confidence to take on the challenges they may face while chasing the dreams they long for.”

Big Atlantic’s new release is available at their official website and on iTunes. For more information on this up and coming rock outfit, to view the official video for “Verdict”, and to purchase the new CD, you can visit the band’s website at www.www.bigatlantic.com.

Track Listing
Verdict
Luminosity
Open Up
New Beginning
Change
Still: Waiting
I Don’t Wanna Be Free
Mad House
Say Hello to the World
Elocation
Born in the Wind
Motive

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Band Website: http://bigatlantic.com/

Verdict You Tube Link: http://youtu.be/PlCouy2vo38

31 October 2012

Folk/Indie Folk Review: Michael Burgin-Some Heavy Hammer

Artist: Michael Burgin
Title: Some Heavy Hammer
Genre: Folk/Indie Folk
Label: Independent
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I was expecting Some Heavy Hammer to be a hard rocking album by title, but Asheville, North Carolina’s Michael Burgin certainly does not disappoint despite my different expectations...READ MORE...

30 October 2012

Leo Drioli Releases First Single “Give It Your Love” On House of Wow!

Adelaide, Australia-October 30, 2012- Leo Drioli is well known as a spiritual leader and now he is making his way into the hearts of music fans with a pop single that will remind music lovers everywhere of The Beatles and similar artists who ruled the airwaves. “Give It Your Love” is a positive message from a man that has many to deliver and now his audience will become much larger...READ MORE...

13 October 2012

Adult Contemporary Review: Margo Rey-Habit

Artist: Margo Rey
Title: Habit
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Label: Organica Music Group
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Margo Rey’s style transcends many different musical genres and brings them all together as a beautiful amalgamation of sounds on her third album, Habit. Born in Mexico and working in the music biz since the age of 11 has helped her really fine tune her voice, and boy, does it show. Her voice is not only full and emotional on each song; she can also switch it up to fit within the different sounds of the music. She is a sort of chameleon of vocals - a very pretty one....READ MORE...

09 October 2012

Movie Soundtrack Review: Dirty Dancing The Deluxe Anniversary Edition

Artist: Various
Title: Dirty Dancing The Deluxe Anniversary Edition
Genre: Soundtrack
Label: Sony
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Dirty Dancing is an iconic movie that never ages. The songs embrace the memories of days gone by and bring to life feelings of youth and vitality. I can still remember dancing to this movie as a teenager, madly in love with the imagery it represented. I tapped my feet and spun around to the impassioned songs, dreaming of dancing with Patrick Swayze and hearing my mother yell at me to get off the couch arms...READ MORE...

04 October 2012

Hard Rock Reissue Review: Scorpions-Love At First Sting (24 Karat Gold)

Artist: Scorpions
Title: Love At First Sting (24 Karat Gold)
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Audio Fidelity
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1984 was a very good year for the legendary German band the Scorpions. Love At First Sting would become their most successful album peaking at #6 on the Billboard Charts and going triple platinum. The success of the recording also produced many of their signature tracks...READ MORE...

03 October 2012

Rock/Blues Review: Ten Years After – Rock & Roll Music to the World (24kt Gold)

Artist: Ten Years After
Title: Rock & Roll Music to the World (24kt Gold)
Genre: Rock-Blues
Label: Audio Fidelity
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In 1972 Ten Years After and their leader Alvin Lee where chugging right along with another classic blues boogie album titled Rock & Roll Music to the World. Now reissued in 24 karat gold in 2012...READ MORE...

26 September 2012

Audio Fidelity Releases Ten Years After And Scorpions Classic Albums On 24 Karat Gold CDs

Culver City, CA-September 26, 2012- Marshall Blonstein and Audio Fidelity decided to do a deep dive into rock history and they have released two classic albums in their popular 24 karat gold format. The legendary bands Ten Years After with Rock and Roll Music to the World (1972) and The Scorpions with their definitive heavy metal classic Love At First Sting (1984) are now ready for music lovers everywhere to enjoy...READ MORE...

20 September 2012

Smooth Jazz/R&B Review: Osaru – All the Way

Artist: Osaru
Title: All the Way
Genre: Smooth Jazz/R&B
Label: Independent
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Osaru is a talented multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter whose musical style is a cross between jazz, R&B and a percussion that has roots in African, European and North American traditions. Compared to Seal and Kenny G, Osaru’s music is upbeat, yet laid back with smooth undertones of positivity and optimism. All The Way is Osaru’s third album...READ MORE...

18 September 2012

Indie Artist Matt Jameson Releases New EP Dirt Stomp Romeos

Brooklyn, New York-September 18, 2012- Anyone that is familiar with the music of Matt Jameson anxiously awaits any new recording and that time has arrived. This week a new EP will drop titled Dirt Stomp Romeos. And on the flipside, if you have not discovered his music this would a great place start...READ MORE...

17 September 2012

Rock Review: Heart – Fanatic

Artist: Heart
Title: Fanatic
Genre: Rock
Label: Legacy
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There has always been something about the music of Heart that pulls me in and owns every time. In 2010 the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy and their band, released the excellent Red Velvet Car. It may have come as a surprise to many that this long standing sister tandem could still rock and record vital music that a large cross section of age groups would be able to enjoy....READ MORE...

12 September 2012

Rock/Pop/Country Review: Matt Jameson-Dirt Stomp Romeos

Artist: Matt Jameson
Title: Dirt Stomp Romeos
Genre: Rock-Pop-Country
Label: Olive Records
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The last time I heard from Matt Jameson was 2010 when he sent me his 5 song EP South Shore Girls... which I thoroughly enjoyed. So there should not be any reason why my experience would be different a few years down the road right? As it turns out I am glad to say that once again I have enjoyed the music of this talented artist...READ MORE...

11 September 2012

Eric van Aro Releases Single I’m Not Anyone – A Tribute To Sammy Davis Jr.

Lugano, Switzerland-September, 11, 2012- Eric van Aro makes the music world sit up and take notice. The singer, who has released several successful albums in the past, is paying tribute to the superb entertainer Sammy Davis Jr...READ MORE...

08 September 2012

Pop Review: Et Tu Brucé – Suburban Sunshine

Artist: Et Tu Brucé
Title: Suburban Sunshine
Genre: Pop
Label: Independent
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Et Tu Brucé is the dynamic pop group that hails from Hanwell, a West London suburb. The band consists of four members: Jamie White (guitar, vocals), Matthew O'Toole (guitar, vocals), Darryn Bruce (bass) and Craig Bruce (drums). Suburban Sunshine is their debut album....READ MORE...

04 September 2012

Alternative Rock Review: Jason Gerard – You Set Me Free

Artist: Jason Gerard
Title: You Set Me Free
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Sonic Wave International
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Jason Gerard, an Austin, Texas native is known for his blend of punk and alternative music. Gerard was the co-founder of the punk band Egoteric and has played several venues in Texas. Specializing in keyboard and guitar, Gerard has a sound that is edgy and fierce. Most notably, his work is a blend of Bowie and Iggy Pop, giving a gritty and alternative bent to his sound...READ MORE...

07 August 2012

New Jersey’s Emerging R&B/Pop Artist Trishna Releases Latest EP “Rise”

Franklin Park, N.J-August 7, 2012-

Trishna is releasing her newest project, Rise. After her first album, Icebreaker, her newest EP delves into riskier music, stories, and styles that are sure to peak listeners’ interests all over the world. Rise is on its way to becoming 2012’s most impactful and effective music. A multilingual artist who comes from a diverse cultural background, Trishna wanted to push the envelope even further with a project that was very edgy and took risks. “ I poured every bit of my music inside of me into this EP. I took more control of this and created its entire world as a whole, writing and arranging every track based on what I saw and felt around me. There are so many colors and moods in this EP, illustrating dark, light, fun, and some unconventional stories that people don’t necessarily describe in music today, but everyone can relate to in some way or another. All I kept thinking was, I need this EP to show off everything I have in me as an artist, but push boundaries.”

Icebreaker showed people the type of influences Indian music drew on while portraying its own unique aspects. Lyrically, it mixed Hindi and English. Rise attempts to show more of what influences just Trishna as a musician beyond that. “I wanted to describe everyday feelings in unique ways with the right music. For example, I grew up surrounded by Spanish culture. I wrote an extremely passionate, almost obsessive song with a few hints of Latin music and lyrics to show how much the Spanish culture influenced me as a singer with “Want You Back”. There is a slow, romantic song called “Fallin For You” that mixes R&B vocals and music with ballad styles and some Classical vocal techniques. I also experimented with combining a darker Dance/Electronic style with some edgy, rock vocals to show the world of nightclubs and bars in “Shot in the Dark” and “Locket”. A typical love song, but the true addiction of love and its impact is portrayed in “You Sold Me”. What do people feel all the time, but think they are the only ones who feel it? I tried to answer all of these questions in 5 solid songs.” Each of these tracks are written, arranged and performed by Trishna herself.

Trishna has performed, studied and written music all of her life. Born and raised in New Jersey, she is fluent in speaking in English, Spanish, Hindi and Tulu as well as singing in those languages, including Italian, German, and Irish. She already has two music videos, an album, and a movie under her belt, and performed in New York, PA, and all over the West and Mid-West.

She is not only going to take the country, but the world by storm on a massive scale with her music, and she’s not keeping quiet about it. Rise is surely going to leave a thumbprint and etch Trishna into the world of noteworthy and bold artistry.

To learn more about this up and coming artist you can follow her at her official website at www.trishnaamin.com

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Track Listing:
1.Locket
2.You Sold Me
3.Fallin for You
4.Shot in the Dark
5.Want You Back

Media Inquiries: Ken Cavalier, Publicist
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03 July 2012

Review: Project Grand Slam – Spring Dance

Artist: Project Grand Slam
Title: Spring Dance
Genre: Jazz
Label: Cakewalk Records
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Project Grand Slam is an internationally known New York based Jazz group. Formed in 2007, the band consists of Robert Miller (composer, electric bass), Ron Thaler (drums, percussion) and Gilad Ronen (saxophone). Guest artists include Danny Lerman (saxophone), Mike Eckroth (keyboard) and Joye Hennessey (vocalist). Spring Dance is the band’s third album...READ MORE...

30 June 2012

Review: The Glammers Debut Rocks

Artist: The Glammers
Title: The Glammers
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Independent
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The Glammers are quite a worldly band, indeed. The three members, shrouded in an air of online mystery behind the faces of animated characters (think Gorillaz), come from Scotland, Buenos Aires, and France, collectively. They know numerous languages apart from their mother tongues, and have interests such as chess, tattoos, and yoga...READ MORE...

25 June 2012

Review: Jill Scott – Crates Remix Fundamentals Volume 1: Jill Scott Spring Summer Feeling

Artist: Jill Scott
Title: Crates Remix Fundamentals Volume 1: Jill Scott Spring Summer Feeling
Genre: Dance/DJ
Label: Hidden Beach Records
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Jill Scott is the Grammy Award poet, singer, songwriter and actress. She hails from Philadelphia and began her career as an artist of the spoken word. Her big break came in 2000 when she released her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. Many releases later...READ MORE...

18 June 2012

Review: Paisty Jenny – Head in a Haze

Artist: Paisty Jenny
Title: Head in a Haze
Genre: Rock
Label: Independent
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Paisty Jenny is a rock quartet from the Midwest, and they have been at it since 2002. They have released four albums during this decade, including their latest, Head in a Haze....READ MORE...

30 May 2012

Review: No End of Now – Some Music We Made

Artist: No End of Now
Title: Some Music We Made
Genre: Instrumental Rock/Fusion
Label: Independent
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When a band’s sound is explained by fans with such descriptions as “psychedelic fusion” and "What the hell was that? That was cool,” it is hard not to get excited about these guys new album...READ MORE...

29 May 2012

Review: Heart – Strange Euphoria Box Set

Artist: Heart
Title: Strange Euphoria Box Set
Genre: Rock
Label: Sony Legacy
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Heart is one of the longest lasting rock bands in the US. Composed of sisters Ann Wilson (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitar), the band rose through the charts in the 1970’s and continue touring and playing in present day...READ MORE...

22 May 2012

Delta Groove Records Releases The Mannish Boys New Album Double Dynamite

May 22, 2012-Van Nuys, CA- Delta Groove Music is releasing a new double CD from its roster artist The Mannish Boys titled Double Dynamite. This will the band’s fifth studio recording...READ MORE...

15 May 2012

Review: The Mannish Boys – Double Dynamite

Artist: The Mannish Boys
Title: Double Dynamite
Genre: Blues
Label: Delta Groove
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The Mannish Boys are a supercharged blues machine. The creation of Delta Groove Productions centered on giving this amazing group a home base, and for seven years, The Mannish Boys and Delta Groove have been going strong and sharing blues with a whole new generation of listeners...READ MORE...

Review: R.J. Mischo – Make It Good

Artist: R.J. Mischo
Title: Make It Good
Genre: Blues
Label: Delta Groove
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Singer/harmonica player R.J. Mischo has been at it for over 20 years now. He started working with Minneapolis area legends like Mojo Buford, Sonny Rogers, and Milwaukee Slim to name a few. Then it came time for Mischo to lead his own groups. Now on his eleventh album, Make It Good, he brings us more of the high energy, harmonica driven blues that he and his band are known for...READ MORE...

03 May 2012

Review: Nelson Rudiak – Winnipegosis

Artist: Nelson Rudiak
Title: Winnipegosis
Genre: Jazz Funk
Label: Independent
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Nelson Rudiak has been rocking it out in upstate New York and the Northeast for over thirty years. This artist plays everything from the saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboards, synth and even rhythmic programming. Rudiak has it all down pat. The only thing he doesn’t do is the drum sequences. Winnipegosis is Rudiak’s sophomore album and it is a lively one...READ MORE...

02 May 2012

Review: Sons of the Radio – Heartstrings & Heresies

Artist: Sons of the Radio
Title: Heartstrings & Heresies
Genre: Rock-Alternative Rock-Modern Rock
Label: Independent
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With all the controversy that is associated with Craigslist (murders, robberies and prostitution) it’s nice to see something positive come of it. In January of 2009 the three remaining members of power pop band Savage Mill put an ad in Craigslist looking for a vocalist. Matt Gomez responded. Later that year they replaced their guitarist with Mike Sullivan, the planets all aligned and the rock gods bear offspring, Sons of the Radio...READ MORE...

24 April 2012

Review: Bunny Sigler – From Bunny With Love

Artist: Bunny Sigler
Title: From Bunny With Love
Genre: R&B/Soul
Label: Bun Z Music & Records LLC
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Bunny Sigler is an already accomplished musician and producer that has been putting out records for literally the past 50 years. He has won four Grammy awards, was a major contributor and innovator to the “Philly Soul” sound...READ MORE...

09 April 2012

Review: Grant Michael Allport – Romantic Dance

Artist: Grant Michael Allport
Title: Romantic Dance
Genre: New Age
Label: Independent
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Grant Michael Allport is native to Whyalla, South Australia. His burgeoning love of music began with his desire to create pop music, but ultimately ended up with him taking his talents into the New Age genre. Romantic Dance is the newest release and was produced in his home studio...READ MORE...

04 April 2012

Review: Radio Drive – This Is Our Time

Artist: Radio Drive
Title: This Is Our Time
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Interscope Digital Distribution
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If you are looking for an alternative pop rock band that has an upbeat sound, look no further than Radio Drive. The man behind the magic is the very talented Kevin Gullickson. Starting his musical career with a four song EP, Gullickson has been contacted by several major record companies and Grammy Award winning producers that are interested in his sound...READ MORE...

Review: Grant Michael Allport – Sweet Nature

Artist: Grant Michael Allport
Title: Sweet Nature
Genre: New Age
Label: Independent
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Grant Michael Allport hails from Whyalla, South Australia. Growing up, he had a strong desire to work with pop music and perform. As he grew into his musical career, he ended up gravitating toward the New Age spectrum. Combining a moderate tempo, synthesized sound, vocal impressions, acoustic guitar and other techniques in a mosaic of sound, Allport has created some unique effects with his approach to New Age music...READ MORE...

03 April 2012

Review: Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real – Wasted

Artist: Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real
Title: Wasted
Genre: Progressive Country
Label: Tone Tide Records
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Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real is a progressive country band based out of Venice Beach, California. The band made its start in 2008 and has had several member changes. Now with their new 2012 release, Wasted, this free spirited band has an exciting line up and is better than ever. The current band members are Lukas Nelson (vocals, guitar), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Tato Melgar (percussion) and Corey McCormick (bass)...READ MORE...

02 April 2012

Review: alchalant – alchalant

Artist: alchalant
Title: alchalant
Genre: Punk
Label: NXC Records
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What is more punk rock than drinking all night and then getting into a major crash on your bicycle? That’s exactly what happened to Alex Matijow. Notwithstanding the blinding pain of a broken nose, five cracked teeth, and an upper lip split up to his nose, Matijow walked away from this near-death experience. He didn’t walk away empty handed...READ MORE...

07 March 2012

Review: Danny John Trio – Mr. Twister

Artist: Danny John Trio
Title: Mr. Twister
Genre: Jazz-Rock-Fusion
Label: Independent
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Yesterday I had never even heard of Daniel John and today he is one of my favorite guitarists ever...READ MORE...

06 March 2012

Review: Ann Claire – Honkytonk Princess

Artist: Ann Claire
Title: Honkytonk Princess
Genre: Country/Pop
Label: Prosody Records
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It’s good to be the king, but when you are Ann Claire it’s even better being the princess. Ann isn’t just the Honkytonk Princess; she is literally a real princess. She is the granddaughter of HH Princess Shams of Iran's Pahlavi Dynasty...READ MORE...

05 March 2012

Review: Dance Hall Pimps – Beast For Love

Artist: Dance Hall Pimps
Title: Beast For Love
Genre: Rock/Blues
Label: Lakeshore Records
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When I first was presented with the Dance Hall Pimps I had completely different expectations before I pushed play. I think you are more likely to get a better idea of what you are about to hear if you look at the bands track list on their debut LP, Beast of Love rather than by name alone...READ MORE...

28 February 2012

Review: Dead Smiling Pirates – Harvest On Hype

Artist: Dead Smiling Pirates
Title: Harvest On Hype
Genre: Rock
Label: Warner Music Denmark
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Dead Smiling Pirates began making music in 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark. They say their influences are mostly pop rock and punk bands such as Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, and Paramore. It’s not hard to hear those influences amidst the driving rock sound and catchy guitar playing...READ MORE...

23 February 2012

Review: Tokyo Raid – The Fear of Sleeping EP

Artist: Tokyo Raid
Title: The Fear of Sleeping EP
Genre: Rock
Label: Dancing Leper
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Tokyo Raid is the Oakland based band that somehow manages to blend garage, post-punk and glam and make it sound fresh and full of teeth. Tokyo Raid's current band members include Ben Utah (vocals, bass), Mike Thompson (drums) and Ty Gerhardt (vocals, guitar). While the band has been around since 2004, with the new lineup and their newest release The Fear of Sleeping, a more aggressive sound has emerged....READ MORE...

16 February 2012

Review: F. E. D. – Awakening

Artist: F. E. D.
Title: Awakening
Genre: New Age Contemporary Instrumental
Label: Leinad Music
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Awakening is a voyage of the senses. It is discovery of the human condition that is inspired by human evolution, civilizations and exploration...READ MORE...

07 February 2012

Review: Hulon – After Hours

Artist: Hulon
Title: After Hours
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Premier Musique Group
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After Hours is an interesting mix of contemporary R&B with smooth jazz. The two vocal tracks are very much in the adult contemporary R&B genre, while the rest of the album straddles the two....READ MORE...

24 January 2012

Review: My Shadow and I – Summer Cycle

Artist: My Shadow and I
Title: Summer Cycle
Genre: Instrumental
Label: Nonexistent Records
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Brad Podray is a Philadelphia native who began his love affair with music at the young age of eight, when he drove his parent’s crazy demanding piano lessons. Aspiring to become a concert pianist, plans have a way of changing and as a teenager; Podray and his friend Daniel Dolan formed the rock band Kryoteck and released their first album. ...READ MORE...

18 January 2012

Review: Brandon McHose – Late Night EP

Artist: Brandon McHose
Title: Late Night EP
Genre: Rock
Label: Independent
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Brandon McHose developed his passion for music as a child when his father shared his eclectic music collection and began to teach him on his 74 Les Paul guitar. As McHose grew in his musical talent, he spent a lot of time in the Austin music scene and then landed in Chicago...READ MORE...