Thursday, September 30, 2010

CD Review: Birds Of Tokyo Return With Self-Titled Release

Australia's Birds of Tokyo have returned with their newly released self-titled album. It is the third release from the side-project of Karnivool singer Ian Kenny. The album carries a more pop alternative sound than the harder rock of Karnivool which should find a wider audience to enjoy.

The album's lead-off single "Plans" gives the listener a hint at what to expect for the overall sound to the album. The pop friendly song's meaningful, personal lyrics flow through the rest of the album's deep message of love and love lost. The songs "Wild At Heart" and "The Gap" make the music of Birds of Tokyo more accessible to a wider audience. Ian Kenny's voice on "Murmurs" sounds fragile at times before Adam Spark's guitar lifts up the song's powerful tone. Kenny adds a little extra to his vocal effort for "The Unspeakable Scene" which raises the group's overall performance.

Birds of Tokyo are sticking to their home country, performing with Silversun Pickups on about a dozen dates to close out the year. The band's new album is available through their website,

Escape The Fate Coming To CT

Hard rockers Escape The Fate will be visiting Connecticut on October 3rd. The band is promoting their new self-titled album which will be released on November 2. The first single off the album, "Issues" has an alternative rock sound filled with buzzsaw guitars and an almost electronic drumbeat. The music along with a shout along chorus should give Escape The Fate some airtime on rock radio.

The band's single is available on iTunes and look for the new album to be available at local Hot Topic stores. Escape The Fate are currently on a tour of the East coast and will be performing live at Toad's Place on October 3rd. For more information on Escape The Fate new album and tour dates, visit

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Xtreme Campus Music Tour Stops For 3 In CT

Late Night Republic's Jake Sasseville is hosting a 15-date college campus tour. This upcoming weekend, the Late Night Republic Road Trip 2010 tour stops at 3 Connecticut colleges (UConn - Oct. 1, CCSU - Oct. 2, ECSU - Oct. 3). The tour consists of musical acts We The Kings, J-Cole and Lights Resolve and is sponsored by Pringles Xtreme potato chips.

Jake Sasseville is visiting colleges across the country to promote his goal of eliminating world poverty, starting by building schools in South East Asia-- Laos, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. His "Elevate Through Education" campaign is the main cause for the tour. The shows are closed to the general public, but open to students of the specific colleges of the tour. For a complete list of tour dates and information, please visit

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CD Review: Thee Sgt. Major Produces "Ideas"

Thee Sgt. Major III comes to us from Kurt Bloch of the Seattle band The Fastbacks. After The Fastbacks disbanded in 2001, Bloch put together a band of friends and released "Rich, Creamy Butter" in 2004. After a line-up change, TSM3 returned in 2010 with "The Idea Factory."

The band's energetic sound stands out on "Ice Cold 10" and "What Am I Gonna Do?" The punk-style drumming, along with '60's pop-rock style vocals bring a new dimension to these songs. "Into the Rhizome" has a girl-group sound with an updated rolling drumbeat moving the song along. The songs "Everything Is New" and "Five And Dime" clock in under 2-minutes and benefit from the absent guitar solo which just keep the energy flowing.

Even though The Fastbacks may be gone, Thee Sgt. Major III is as good as a replacement for their modern punk sound. Their new album "The Idea Factory is available on Spark and Shine Records. For more information, please visit

Monday, September 27, 2010

CD Review: Never Shout Never In "Harmony"

Never Shout Never is the stage name for Christofer Drew Ingle who is one of America's newest acoustic pop singer/songwriters. His new album "Harmony" was released last month on Loveway Records/Sire Records and entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #14.

The lead-off track "Harmony" introduces us to Ingle's soft, gentle and innocent sounding voice. His attempt at capturing a specific sound ranges from the folk storytelling of "Lousy Truth" to the determined pop vocals of "Piggy Bank." At times, Ingle sounds like a young Jason Mraz as he tries to find his footing on "Cheatercheaterbestfriendeater" and the light romp of "First Dance." The simple acoustic rocker "Sweet Perfection" works on a pop level as the entire album deals with the subject of love in an almost innocent way.

Never Shout Never will begin his tour on the west coast at the end of October before making his way east in November. He will be performing live at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT on November 16. For a complete list of tour dates and album information, please visit

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oh Land Coming To Connecticut

One of the latest underground pop stars to come from overseas is 24-year old Nanna "Oh Land" Fabricius. Once a classically trained ballet dancer, Oh Land turned to the pop music world and is planning the release of her new EP next month. She released her debut album back in November 2008.

Her new single "Sun of a Gun" is already generating quite a buzz in Europe. The pulsating dance beat and simple, but playful lyrics become instantly attractive. She is making her way on tour down the east coast and will be performing Wednesday, September 29 at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT. For a complete list of tour dates and album information, check out her myspace page (

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Musical Review: The Palace Begins With Spamalot

The beautifully restored Palace Theater is one of the gems of the “Brass City” of Waterbury. The Palace Theater kicked off their 2010-2011 season of shows Friday night with the Tony-Award winning musical Spamalot. Based on the Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie, Spamalot brings to life the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table with song and dance.

The comedy troupe Monty Python were never one to shy away from cheap jokes, and this musical is plastered with them. Based in the Middle Ages, Spamalot brings in some of the comedy sketches from the Monty Python television show to introduce you to their brand of humor. Mistaking Finland for England and turning Camelot into a 19th century Las Vegas are only a couple of the little tricks that the writers used to liven up the story of King Arthur. But, the songs are very clever in showing off the strengths of the performers.

The bright spots in act one were John Garry’s brief performance as Not Dead Fred as he put a light touch to the subject of the plague. King Arthur, played by Steve McCoy, held the production together with his wit and wisdom, performing as if he was the one everyone came to see. But, the voice and presence of the Lady of the Lake, performed by Caroline Bowman, stole the show. Her voice was strong as she demanded the spotlight whenever she took the stage.

Monty Python’s most famous song “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” began act two. But Martin Glyer’s Sir Robin performance led the way with his song and dance in “You Won’t Succeed On Broadway.” The return of McCoy’s King Arthur and Bowman’s Lady of the Lake in the finale brought the audience to their feet for a well deserved standing ovation.

Even though, the audience did not seem all too familiar with the Holy Grail movie, the puns and jokes worked in the light-hearted atmosphere. The Spamalot tour will continue until April 2011. Even if you’re not a fan of Monty Python, the performances alone are worth a viewing. Upcoming shows at The Palace Theater feature musical acts Tower of Power and The Black Crowes in October, comedians Wanda Sykes and Brian Regan in November, and holiday shows by Cirque Dreams and The Manhattan Transfer, as well as Cyndi Lauper in December. For a full list of events and ticket information, please visit

Friday, September 24, 2010

CD Review: Sound of Surrender's Debut Release

San Diego band, Sound of Surrender, are making a name for themselves with their debut album. The first single "Kiss Me" is making waves on the radio with an aggressive pop-rock sound that catches your attention. The up-tempo drums of "Ambulance Anxiety" and "This One's For You" gets pushed along by the guitars with France's vocals bringing the songs to new heights. The band rocks hard on "The Long Road Home" which is a great signature sound for this new group to have.

Their tour schedule is light for the moment with a single show on September 30 in LA. The band has recently toured with Story Of The Year and Gym Class Heroes. For more information on Sound of Surrender, please visit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

CD Review: The Dance Party Adds A "Touch" Of Class

The latest release to come out of Los Angles has the energy of the Sunset Strip dripping all over the debut album from The Dance Party. Originally from Washington DC, The Dance Party took up residence at one of LA's premier strip clubs to find the sound they were looking for on their album "Touch." The members of The Dance Party have had the privilege of working with a number of successful musicians and it has all come together to create an '80's rock record that relates to today's sound.

The album starts off hot and heavy with the rock riffs and catchy chorus of the album's first single, "Sasha Don't Sleep." Lead singer Mick Coogan adds a bit of Prince-style falsetto to "Pretty Girls," while the rest of the band rocks on "Runaway." An '80's style keyboard shows up on the pop-style "Snake Eyes" and the power ballad "Survivor." The Dance Party capture the "hair metal" of the LA scene in "Body Language" and "If You Can." The 1980s return again in "Let's Start Some Trouble" before ending with the sing-along, grand pop epic "Disappear."

"Touch" will be released on September 28 on Hell Ya! Records through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. The Dance Party will be performing out in Los Angeles at the end of the month. For more information, please visit the band's myspace page (

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CD Review: Jenny And Johnny Are "Having Fun Now"

After almost five years of working on each other's solo albums and joining each other on tours, Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice have finally released an album together. "I'm Having Fun Now" was released at the end of August on Warner Bros. Records and has received numerous positive reviews. The album debuted in the Top 40 of Billboard's Album chart.

The first thing you notice apart from the music is how great Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice's voices sound so well together. The playfulness of the album opener, "Scissor Runner" passes the spotlight between the two singers as each one accents the other's voice. The music on this album is very authentic without use or need of overdubs or multi-track layering. The gentle acoustic "Switchblade" really put their singing and songwriting talents on display. Each singer also takes their turn commanding the attention of lead singer. First, Jenny Lewis's pop sounds on "Big Wave, " then Jonathan's acoustic folk-rock "Animal." The vocal harmonizing on "Just Like Zeus" and "New Yorker Cartoon" just reinstates how good this couple sounds together. The duo do get their rock groove on for the song "Committed. " A fun song that I would like to see more of on their next release.

Jenny and Johnny are currently on tour together promoting their new release. They will be appearing at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on October 18. For more tour dates and ticket information, please visit

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CD Review: Taking Back Sunday Goes Acoustic

Taking Back Sunday wanted to try something a little different with their second live release. They decided to give their fans a more intimate look into their alternative rock sound. They traded in their electric instruments for acoustic instruments in an unplugged setting. The album was recorded over two nights at the Angel Orensanz in New York in December 2009.

The band seems to stumble through the opener "MakeDamnSure" before finding their footing as the song's ending approaches. The softer songs seem to perform better in this acoustic setting as the group finally grasps the concept in "A Decade Under The Influence/Lighting Song" and "Your Own Disaster." It's the little imperfections and raw energy that bring this intimate crowd to life. The vocals screams in "One-Eighty By Summer" and "My Blue Heaven" are felt as much as if being there in the audience. The band seems to be having fun performing in front of this smaller group and in turn performs the fan favorite "Cute Without The E" from their debut album.

"Live From Orensanz" was released back in August in a limited edition CD/DVD version as well as a stand-alone CD version. The group is currently in the studio creating the follow-up to their last studio album "New Again." Visit the band's website, for more information.

Monday, September 20, 2010

CD Review: Margot & The Nuclear So And So's "Buzzard"

Margot & The Nuclear So And So's return September 21 with their new album entitled "Buzzard." This latest release finds the band taking a more mainstream approach with their third album. It displays a more alternative rock sound to singer/guitarist Richard Edwards' songwriting.

The flow of words and music in "Birds" gets interrupted by a guitar driven chorus of repeated lyrics. "Claws Off" and "Freak Flight Speed" shows us that this band can rock, but it's the mellowness of "Tiny Vampire Robot" where we find Edward's lyrics come to life. The song "Lunatic, Lunatic, Lunatic" combines the gentleness of an acoustic guitar with the highlights of electric guitars played back in reverse to give it a memorable touch. The album closer "I Do" finds Edwards' in the studio alone. This mostly acapella track gives us a slight hint of an acoustic guitar as Richard Edwards' voice resembles a young David Gilmour.

Margot & The Nuclear So And So's are currently on tour in support of this new release. They have about 40 dates booked for the next two months. The album "Buzzard" will be released through the band's own label Mariel Recordings with distribution through Redeye Records. For more information, please visit

Sunday, September 19, 2010

CD Review: Rusty Willoughby "Unites" Words & Music

Singer-songwriter Rusty Willoughby has been writing, recording and performing for almost 2 decades. He's mostly known for his work with the band Pure Joy. His latest release "Cobirds Unite" is a quiet, mostly acoustic, storytelling masterpiece.

With a sound similar to Jeff Tweedy and Wilco, Rusty Willoughby keeps the volume on low with his voice capturing the mood. "Crown of Thorns" is soft-shuffle with Rusty's voice highlighted by Rachel Flotard harmonizing vocals. Rusty gets even softer on his delivery in "Cobirds Unite." Drums finally get thrown into the mix on the up-tempo "Find A Way Home." One of the highlights of the album is the song "Streets Of Baltimore." It brings all of Rusty's elements of song-writing and singing together for a memorable, magical performance.

Rusty has a handful of performances planned in September. They include a CD Release show in Seattle, WA on September 24 and a performance on October 20 with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. For more information on these shows and Rusty Willoughby's new album, please visit

Saturday, September 18, 2010

CD Review: More American Bang For Your Buck

The latest musical commodity to come from Nashville, Tennessee is the rock band American Bang. They just released their Warner Bros. Record debut and the album's first single "Whiskey Walk" is taking off on the charts.

The new album draws strong similarities to the Kings of Leon with its energetic blues-rock sound and lead singer Jaren Johnston's howling vocals. The album includes the band's hit single "Wild and Young" which climbed to #24 on the Modern Rock charts earlier this year. When the band slows the tempo down as in "Angels", their modern rock sound turns southern as a strong lead guitar accompanies Jaren's vocals. The band rocks on "She Don't Cry No More" and "Hurts Like Hell" with up-tempo, energetic drums and searing guitars. The bluesy "Wouldn't Want To Be You" carries a sound running along the same vein as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers newest release. While American Bang's sound may not be totally original, the music this band produces is true, honest rock that is certainly welcome in today's world.

American Bang are currently on tour until the beginning of November promoting their new self-titled album. The band will be performing on September 19 at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT. For a complete list of tour dates and band info, visit

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cromwell Record Riot This Sunday!

After spending the summer searching in local record stores and online for those hard to find albums and CDs, the Cromwell Record Riot returns. The show will be this Sunday, September 19 at The Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, CT. Admission is only $3 starting at 9:30 am until 3:30 pm. If you're one of those early birds and want to get the first look at all the vinyl, CDs, T-shirts and more, there is an 8 am entrance fee of $10. So, stop searching so hard and stop by the The Cromwell Record Riot for some new music to add to your collections.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CD Review: Say Hello To Good Morning Milo

The pounding of drums and searing guitar solos invite the listener to one of the newest bands on the alternative music scene. Good Morning Milo brings together the perfect combination of upbeat guitar driven tempos, pop lyrics, and wonderful harmonizing. The songs "Settling" and "Number One Killer" reflect the band's message of hope with a sound that's radio friendly. The gentleness of Weston's vocals on "After The Crash" support the piano keys on the background perfectly. Everything comes together in the song "Safe" for an alternative-pop music wonderland of words and sound. The chord changes and tempo of "Waiting" is a nice break from the norm. The album finishes with some of the band's best songs. The guitar driven "Battle For The Nice Guy," the keyboard heavy "Mr. Robot Man," and the unforgettable lullaby "Sunshine" which gets the alternative rock treatment.

The band's debut album was released in October of last year. Please visit Good Morning Milo's website ( for videos and information on this new up and coming alternative rock band.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CD Review: Little Beirut Find The "Fear Of Heaven"

Little Beirut return with their third album, "Fear Of Heaven." The self-released LP will be available in September through the band's website The hook-filled album grows upon the success of the band's last album "High Dive."

The first single off the album is the song "Last Light, " a steady alt-rocker with dashes of brilliance. "Cosmic Waitress" is a fun pop song with a great musical uplift for the chorus. The vocal harmonies on "Apology To My Heart" shows another dimension to the band's overall talents. The only things the album lacks is a consistent flow. The tempos for the album are very up and down. In between the modern rockers "Bow And Quiver" and "Cigarette Girls", you get the slower "True Swords" and "Tullah, How Long." The album finishes strong with the acoustic pop sounds of "No One Special" and "Crooked Crown."

A video for the song Last Light is available on You Tube.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CD Review: The New Czars Bring "Doomsday" Upon Us

The members of The New Czars are not new to the music industry, they have performed alongside likes of Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Pink, Courtney Love and others. Now the trio of Greg Hampton, Paul Ill and David "Chilli" Moreno are ready to make a name for themselves on their debut release "Doomsday Revolution." The album will be released on September 14 on Samson Records.

The band is fully amerced in a classic rock, heavy metal sound. The guitar work on "Confessions" is nothing short of exceptional and "Don't Watch Me" is a pulse-pounding rocker. But the band expands their sound with the power ballad "Why Do U Have 2 Lie" and the keyboard driven "Only Dreaming." The song "Brush With The Devil" gets its energy from the drumming of Moreno while the instrumental "Abstract Prague" focuses on Hampton's guitar solo. The slow, heavy drum beat and bass on "Tell Me" reflect an Alice In Chains-type sound. With a CD full of great songs, the one odd track on the album is the song "Funky Detour." A keyboard, guitar fusion of funk with an electronic drumbeat just doesn't fit the sound this band is trying to portray.

"Doomsday Revolution" was produced by Greg Hampton and according to Hampton, the band "definitely have enough songs for another album." Check out the band's myspace page ( for more information.

Monday, September 13, 2010

El Ten Eleven Tour Stops In Connecticut

Instrumental duo, El Ten Eleven are coming to Connecticut on Tuesday, September 14 and they're bringing along their brand of electronic rock. The duo will be performing at the Daniel Street Club in Milford.

El Ten Eleven are currently on tour promoting their soon-to-be-released fourth album "It's Still Like A Secret." Each of the band's first three albums are available on iTunes. The duo of Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty have created a sound unlike anything that is out there now. Their use of layering sounds from guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and more gives us an atmospheric feel to their songs. While their studio albums explore the use of space and sound, their live shows are a spectacle to behold. You begin to wonder how all this music comes from only two people.

El Ten Eleven's sound has changed over the course of their three albums. The jamband sounds of their debut self-titled album are evident in the songs "Sorry About Your Irony" and "Thinking Loudly." The band's second album "Every Direction Is North" expands the duo's sound a little more with the Syd Barrett prog-rock "Music For Staring At Ceilings" and modern rocker "Living On Credit Blues." The third release, "These Promises Are Being Videotaped" brings a heavy mix of keyboards into their sound. The album opener "Jumping Frenchmen of Maine" carries a club-dance beat, while the duo tries to expand on their cover of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android."

El Ten Eleven have just began their tour, so look for them to visit your area soon. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit Their new album "It's Still Like A Secret" will be released on November 9 on Fake Records.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Music of Janis Joplin & Stevie Nicks Comes Alive

The music of legendary singers Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks come together in "One Diva, One Legend, One Woman." A show presented by Jody Joseph, who is actually the first cousin of rock superstar Jon Bon Jovi. Jody presents the influences of these two female icons in the world of rock music as well as some of her own original songs.

Jody Joseph portrays the likes and sounds of Janis Joplin's 60's blues rock and the 70's fashion and musical hits of Steve Nicks. Joseph puts her heart and soul into these performances as they represent two of her biggest influences in life. This one-time performance will take place on September 25 at the Brookdale Community College Theater in Lincroft, NJ. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Mary's Place By The Sea foundation.

For more information, please check out Jody's website Tickets are very limited. Check out a preview of Jody performing Janis Joplin's Ball and Chain.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

CD Review: Fourth Times A Charm For Sara Radle

Sara Radle will be releasing her new solo album on September 14. The title of her fourth solo album is simply titled "Four." Since her previous solo album, Sara has been juggling her work in The Rentals and in Walking Sleep as well as guest spots with the Tokyo Police Club. Sara feels that this album is "like coming back home."

Sara Radle comes right out of the gate with the up-tempo pop sounds of "Fooling Nobody." The song "Baxter Hill" finds Sara in a relaxed country setting as her voice draws similarities to Lisa Loeb. The album features short vocal experiments sprinkled throughout that never fully develop into songs, but tie the album together nicely. "A Reason To Stay" finds a more harmless alternative sound circling around Sara's voice. Sara is very playful on the album with her sound and lyrics as in the songs "Lucy" and "A+K." Sara doesn't stray far from this formula on this latest release, except for the song "Superstar" that carries a pulsating keyboard and finger snapping along with a bit darker lyrics.

Sara Radle new album is available now for pre-order from her website,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oh My God Fall Tour Stops In Connecticut

The Chicago band, Oh My God are touring behind their latest release "The Night Undoes The Work Of The Day" released in September of last year. They will be performing at Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT on September 9th.

Oh My God currently have two videos released that are receiving national attention. The video for their first single Bring Yourself was directed by Adult Swim's Dan Bigelow. The video for their second single, My Own Adventure features MTV/VH1 reality show star Tila Tequila and displays a satirical look at celebrity life.

Here is the link to my review of Oh My God's album, The Night Undoes The Work Of The Day. For more information and tour dates for Oh My God, please visit

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Concert Review: Aerosmith Got Their “Freak On” At Mohegan Sun

The last year has been a soap opera of sorts for the members of the band Aerosmith. They went from headlining a tour with fellow rockers ZZ Top last year, to almost ceasing to exist as a band at all. Between guitarist Brad Whitford’s recover from surgery, Steven Tyler falling off the stage and breaking his wrist and Joe Perry claiming to be looking for a new lead singer, Aerosmith seemed to have hit rock bottom. Finally, the band members broke down the walls and began communicating with one another and they decided to do a summer tour. This tour concluded at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.

As 9pm approached, the curtain dropped to display a band that was hungry for the limelight that they’ve lived for throughout their entire career. Aerosmith performed as a group with something to prove to their legions of fans. Mixing classic Aerosmith songs like the opener “Same Old Song And Dance” and “No More, No More” with later hits “Pink” and “Livin’ On The Edge.” Steven Tyler began the evening disguised in a flashy purple robe accented by sunglasses and a top hat which were all stripped away by the evening’s fifth song “Love In An Elevator.” Brad Whitford, who was absent from most of last year’s tour, took center stage on the song he wrote back in 1976 “Last Child.” His guitar solo proved that he’s no back-up to fellow guitarist Joe Perry. The addition of Aerosmith’s first song “Movin’ Out,” written for the band’s debut album was a nice surprise for longtime fans. Drummer Joey Kramer’s hand-bashing solo received a giant applause from the audience. Joe Perry took over the lead vocals for the Boston blues based “Stop Messin’ Around.”

Aerosmith family members were in attendance on Saturday evening. Steven Tyler performed the 1998 #1 single “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”, which he dedicated to his baby sister. Brad Whitford’s son displayed his guitar skills during the Beatles’ cover “Come Together.” The band reached their pinnacle of cohesiveness on the 1975 classic “Sweet Emotion.” Tom Hamilton’s bass groove and Joe Perry’s Hendrix-style guitar solo made that song alone worth the price of admission.

The no-surprise encore of “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” did little to add to the evening’s emotional night, but the hugs between band mates convinced fans that there will be a next time and a next chapter in the history of Aerosmith.

The Boston ska band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones began the evening with a 50-minute set. They included songs off their new release “Pin Points And Gin Joints” along with some of their classics, “Someday I Suppose” and “The Impression That I Get.” Lead singer Dicky Barrett and Connecticut native Chris Rhodes worked the crowd and made some new fans.

Same Old Song And Dance
Eat The Rich
Train Kept A Rollin'
No More No More
Love In An Elevator
Falling In Love (Is So Hard On The Knees)
Livin' On The Edge
What It Takes
Last Child
Movin' Out
Rag Doll
Stop Messin' Around
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Come Together
Sweet Emotion
Draw The Line
Dream On
Walk This Way

Thursday, September 2, 2010

CD Review: Hurricane Bells Bring "The Rain"

Hurricane Bells return with a new EP entitled "Down Comes The Rain" on September 28. Steve Schiltz, the brainchild behind Hurricane Bells, produced the album and is releasing it on his own label, Invisible Brigades. The band broke through to the mainstream with the release of the song "Monsters" on the "Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack" last year.

The 5-song EP contains two brand-new songs and three cover songs. The originals "The Waiting Song" and "The Deep End" give Schiltz a little more freedom to be creative with his sound. You can feel more passion in his voice on his own songs. The cover songs on the album consist of the pop sounding "Make A Deal With The City" which sounds like Schiltz is just following the footprints laid out for him. He doesn't seem to add anything to song's overall feeling. The other cover song, originally performed by Blue October is "Into The Ocean." The song gives another dimension to Schiltz's performance given the moody vibe the song portrays. The EP closes with a duet of the Carole King song "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." While the song is the most well-known track on the album, the addition of Ashen Keilyn's voice balances very well with Schiltz's voice. Plus the acoustic guitar just floats by in the background, if only it was played out longer than two and a half minutes.

A pre-order of the new EP is available on the Hurricane Bells website ( and you'll also receive a free remix EP entitled "Ghost Stories." Hurricane Bells also have some free song downloads on their website. They will be performing in Washington DC on September 18 and in New York on September 25, so try to check them out.