Sunday, December 31, 2017

Discover New Music With The Newly Released MoonJune Jazz Sampler

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tesla Guitarist Frank Hannon Takes HIs Favorite Songs "From One Place...To Another Vol. 1"

Tesla guitarist, Frank Hannon is preparing for the first release in a series of releases containing some of Hannon's favorite cover songs, with help from some very special guests. The new release is titled "From One Place...To Another Vol. 1" and will become available on January 26th.

He begins his new 10-song release with the country acoustics of "Blue Sky," featuring support from Duane Betts (son of Allman Brothers Band member Dickey Betts) as Hannon steps behind the microphone for these songs. He electrifies JJ Cale's "Call Me The Breeze" with his guitar, then harmonizes with Matthew and Gunner Nelson on their father's hit single "Garden Party." Frank Hannon finishes up his new release with a couple more seventies classics "I Hear Ya Knockin'" and "Jim Dandy To The Rescue," before performing the Queen classic "You're My Best Friend." Frank Hannon has only a few solo shows scheduled at the moment. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album "From One Place...To Another Vol. 1," please visit

Friday, December 29, 2017

The New Year Kicks Off With New Releases And A New Tour From Of Mice & Men Along With Cane Hill

Arriving January 19th is the fifth studio album from the California metal band Of Mice & Men. The new release titled "Defy" will lead the way for the band's headlining tour, which kicks off February 1st in Santa Cruz, CA and makes its way across the US. The album starts off with the title-song "Defy" as the song's chugging rhythm and addictive chorus will certainly mark the return for Of Mice & Men. The band kicks it up a notch with the intensity of "Instincts," before letting up on the assault with the more melodic, mainstream feel of "Back To Me." The vocal screams ignite "Unbreakable," before Of Mice & Men try their hand at the Pink Floyd classic "Money" and turn it into a hard rock statement of today's economy. They finish up their new release with the high-powered metalcore energy of "Warzone" and the mainstream rock ballad "If We Were Ghosts." For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about Of Mice & Men and their new album "Defy," please visit

Jumping on tour with Of Mice & Men is the hardcore metal band Cane Hill as they support their new album "Too Far Gone," which will also be released on January 19th. Their new 10-song album is the band's second full-length release as showcases the band's hard hitting, aggressive sound right from the opening track "Too Far Gone." They lock into the addictive metal groove of "Lord Of The Flies," then add a grungier sound to "Singing In The Swamp" as Cane Hill showcase the growth in their songwriting since their debut release "Smile" back in 2016. The band motors through the emotional toll of "Erased," before delivering a more industrial metal sound on "Why." Cane Hill finish up their new release with the intense, 2-minute thrash metal attack of "Scumbag Fix" and the thunderous rhythm of "The End." For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about Cane Hill and their latest release "Too Far Gone," please visit

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A New Year Equals New Heavy Metal Music From Dark Hound, Black Space Riders & Revenger

Here we have a few more new heavy metal albums that will be making their way to you at the beginning of the new year. First up is the new album titled "Dawning" from the Nashville-based metal band Dark Hound. Their influences are smeared all over this new album as you can hear the intensity of Testament in "The Ashes Of Your Worth" and the power of Megadeth in "Carnival Of Youth." They speed things up even more with the thrash metal attack of "The Answer" and "Crisis Of Hope." They also incorporate a progressive metal sound with "Thrown To The Wolves," before finishing up their new 11-song release with the hardcore metal attack of "Balancing Act" and the deep, chugging guitars of "Here Lies Truth." To find out more about Dark Hound and their latest release "Dawning," please visit

German rockers Black Space Riders will be releasing their brand new album titled "Amoretum Vol. 1" on January 26th. Their new 8-song release is a complete flow of music as their sound switches between the hardcore grind of "Lovely Lovelie" and the new wave/alternative appeal of "Soul Shelter (Inside Of Me)." The 8-minute progressive rock adventure of "Movements" showcases the band's excellent musicianship and songwriting as they are still finding their way around the hard rock/heavy metal genre. Black Space Riders finish up their new album with the buzzing guitars of "Come And Follow" and the steady flow of the ballad "Fellow Peacemakers." To find out more about Black Space Riders and their latest release "Amoretum Vol. 1," please visit

Arriving about a month later in mid-February is the new five song EP titled "The New Mythology Vol. 1" from Revenger. The band formed in 2012 and this is only their second release, which carries a very aggressive thrash metal sound as showcased in the opener "Hex." They keep the intensity at a maximum level with "Anti Life" and "We Want Blood," before finishing up their new release with the screaming vocals of "The Watcher." To find out more about Revenger and their latest release "The New Mythology, Vol. 1," please visit their Facebook page at

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Hamfero, Accuser & Fight The Fight

As the calendar click down to the end of another year, here are a few upcoming new releases from Metal Blade Records to kick off 2018.

First, from the Faroe Islands comes the Metal Blade Records debut release from the doom mental band Hamfero. There new album will be released on January 12th and is titled "Tamsins Iikam." It features only six tracks, but the journey of the songs will bring you a deeper experience, even if you can't understand the non-English lyrics. This six-piece band begins their new album with the 9-minute slow build up of "Fylgisflog," which turns into a simmering death metal assault. The album continues with the growls of "Stygd" and the quieter approach of "Fronsthvarv," before finishing their new album with nearly 11-minute epic prog-metal journey "Vapn i anda." To find out more about Hamfero and their latest release "Tamsins Iikam," please visit

Next, we have the latest release from the re-formed German thrash/technical metal band Accuser. Their new album titled "The Mastery" will be released on January 26th and follows on the heels of the band's milestone album "The Forlorn Divide." Their new 10-song release comes blasting out of the gate with the chugging rhythm of "Mission: Missile." The band flex their metal muscle with the intensity of "The Real World," then showcase their experience on the adrenaline pumping attack of "Time For Silence." Accuser display their Bay Area thrash metal influence on "My Skin" as the song carries a classic Metallica vibe. They speed things up with "Catacombs," before finishing up their new release with the jolt of "Ruthless" and the high octane album closure, "The Mastery." To find out more about Accuser and their latest release "The Mastery," please visit

Then skipping ahead a couple months, we get the self-titled debut album from Norwegian metal band Fight The Fight. Their new 8-song release kicks off with the high-energy, sonic blast of "Fight The Fight." The band combines addictive melodies with black metal howls as in "The Edge," while the more mainstream feel of "The Other Side" will get the band the exposure on satellite radio. Fight The Fight return to their hardcore ways with the onslaught of "Perfect Combination," before finishing up their new album with punk-like tones of "This Is War" and the screaming attack of "Patient Zero." To find out more about Fight The Fight and the self-titled debut album, please visit

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society Return With Their "Grimmest Hits"

Heavy metal giants Black Label Society return with their tenth full-length album titled "Grimmest Hits." What started out as guitarist Zakk Wylde's side band from his full-time gig with Ozzy Osbourne, has now became one of the biggest names in the heavy metal genre. Each release from the band is a new pillar in the hollowed halls of heavy metal as Wylde continues to amaze his fans with great new music.

The band's new 12-song release begins with the sonic blast of "Trampled Down Below" as the song's chugging rhythm and guitar solo will simply blow you away. The energy keeps rolling through the power of "The Betrayal" and the classic, head-banging tempo of "All That Once Shined." Wylde and the band let up on the gas for the country/rock ballad "The Only Words," before returning to the grunge-like wall of sound on "Room Of Nightmares." Black Label Society finish up their new album with the dark metal tones of "A Love Unreal," the six-minute southern rock ballad "The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away" and the acoustic strumming of "Nothing Left To Say."

The band's new release "Grimmest Hits" will be released on January 19th through eOne Music and Black Label Society are hitting the road in 2018 for a four month tour, which covers the U.S. and Europe. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about Black Label Society and their new album, please visit

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Joe Satriani Wonders "What Happens Next" With His New Album and New G3 Tour

Guitarist extraordinaire, Joe Satriani is diving right into 2018 with a new studio album and a new G3 tour, which includes John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Phil Collen (Def Leppard). His new album titled "What Happens Next" shows that at the ripe young age of 61, he shows no signs of slowing down. The new 12-track release kicks off with the high-powered "Energy" as he gets his hard rock groove going. His guitar playing gets a little more funky on the fuzziness of "Catbot," before rising up to the next level of playing with "Thunder High On The Mountain." He slows the tempo down for the bluesy "Smooth Soul," then kicks things back into high gear with the swift-moving energy of "Headrush." He finishes up his new album with the nearly eight-minute jam "Super Funky Badass" as he rips through some electrifying guitar riffs, before the more quiet, classical-like piece "Forever And Ever."

The new G3 tour kicks off on January 11th in Seattle running for two months worth of shows in the U.S., before continuing the tour over in Europe. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about Joe Satriani's new album "What Happens Next," please visit

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Barbra Streisand Delivers "The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!" With New Live Album

Earlier this month, Columbia Records released a brand new live album from Barbra Streisand titled "The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!." This new release co-insides with the new Netflix special of the same name. The album was released as two versions, a single disc 19-song set and a 2CD deluxe edition that includes the entire 27-song concert.

The show begins with the "People Overture," which leads into her classic song "The Way We Were." The set includes all the in-between speeches from Streisand as she describes the songs, like "Everything" and "Being At War With Each Other." She easily finds her way into the heart of her fans with performances of "Evergreen" and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Streisand becomes the most political with her view of the world, before a stellar version of "Pure Imagination." She invites Jamie Foxx to the stage to perform "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," which the two performed together on her last studio album, "Encore." The single disc release, closes with "Happy Days Are Here Again," which Streisand has performed since she was 19 years old and the Rogers & Hart classic "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." To find out more about Barbra Streisand and her new live album "The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!," please visit

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Bellas Return To Take Over The New "Pitch Perfect 3" Soundtrack

The third (and maybe final) installment of the "Pitch Perfect" franchise hit theaters today, along with the brand new "Pitch Perfect 3" soundtrack. Released by Universal Music/Republic Records, the highly anticipated new music from the filmfeatures 19-songs filled with a capella covers performed by The Bellas and others.

The album kicks off with The Bellas performing the Britney Spears' smash single "Toxic," before diving into the nearly five-minute "Riff Off" with fellow a capella competitors Evermoist, Saddle Up, Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz & Soldiers. Then Young Sparrow and DJ Dragon Nutz break off on their own for the addictive chorus of "You Got It," influenced by The Kinks. The Bellas take on modern classics from Flo Rida ("I Don't Like It, I Love It") and DNCE ("Cake By The Ocean"), before reaching the highlight of the soundtrack. The Bellas handle George Michael's "Freedom! 90" with much respect that adds an extra energy to this pop classic. The soundtrack finishes with the "Score Suite from Pitch Perfect 3" instrumental, before adding a bonus trio of holiday classics like "Silent Night" and "Feliz Navidad." To find out more about the "Pitch Perfect 3" movie and soundtrack, please visit

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Paper Canoe Company Look To Retell The Story Of "Jack And The Beanstalk" With New Release

In early 2018, New York's Paper Canoe Company will release the musical retelling of "Jack And The Beanstalk." The new release titled "Beanstalk Jack," features Tami Stronach ("The Neverending Story") and embraces the folk music of the early '60s and '70s.

The new 16-song release begins with the groundwork of the title-song "Beanstalk Jack" as you can hear influences of groups like The Band and The Beatles. The simplicity of "Daydream" and the country vibes of "Let Me Be" will have you and your children glued to the music as it finds its way into your heart. The Paper Canoe Company showcase their wonderful harmonies during "Bestest Bargain" as if it was sung by Simon & Garfunkel. Tami Stronach finally makes her presence known during the folk ballad "Look At Us Now," before the fun, up-tempo sing-along of "Upseedoodledo." The Paper Canoe Company plug in to rock out with "Lonely Boy," before wrapping up their new release with Tom Waits-inspired "Fee Fi Fo Fum" and the swift, acoustic folk strumming of "Get On Down The Beanstalk." To find out more about the Paper Canoe Company and their latest output "Beanstalk Jack," please visit

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Independent Releases From John McCutcheon, David K. Mathews, John Hufford And Dru Cutler

Arriving in early 2018 is the latest release from American singer/songwriter John McCutcheon. His new album titled "Ghost Light" was made over this past summer by complete accident. McCutcheon got the idea of writing about the subject of this fictional character named 'Billy' and his adventures. John ended up writing 30 brand new songs in only 25 days. Of those new songs, he picked 12 for his new album, which begins with the bright, up-beat Americana feel of "A Perfect Day." He continues with the beautiful storied tales of "This Road" and "The Machine" as his vocals have an experienced quality that you can enjoy listening to for hours. You can feel the emotions he pours into "Ghost Light" and "Burley Coulter At The Bank" as the ballad paints the perfect picture of the story in your mind. John McCutcheon finishes up his 39th studio album with the tale of Billy's life during the storied blues "Dark Side Of This Town" and moves on to his collaboration with the late-Woody Guthrie on the bluegrass feel of "When My Fight For Life Is Over." To find out more about John McCutcheon and his latest release "Ghost Light," please visit

Pianist/keyboardist David K. Mathews has been apart of some of the biggest names in jazz and rock, first as member of Tower of Power, then as the main sideman of the legendary Etta James. Now, he is the full-time keyboardist of the rock band, Santana, but David is finally fulfilling his dream of recording a solo album of his own. The new album titled "The Fantasy Vocal Sessions Vol. 1" will be released on February 2nd and features a load of special guests, including Steve Miller, Tony Lindsay, Kenny Washington and Maria Muldaur just to name some of the outstanding artists and singers on this album. Mathews' new 13-song album begins with the smooth jazz standard "I Want To Talk About You," featuring lead vocals supplied by Nicolas Bearde. Then singer Amikeayla Gaston simply excels on "Alfie," while Steve Miller turns Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" into a new blues-infused jazz classic. Nicolas Berde returns for the more up-tempo rendition of "Smile," before guitarist Carl Lockett and tenor saxophonist Wayne de Silva join forces on the smooth melody of "When Sunny Gets Blue." The album finishes with Kenny Washington performing a stellar version of the ballad "Lush Life," before the jazz standard "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" featuring the warming vocals of John Laslo. To find out more about David K. Mathews and his latest release "The Fantasy Vocal Sessions Vol. 1," please visit his Facebook page at

New England folk singer/songwriter John Hufford recently released his new 5-song album titled "Sleep." It begins with "It Kicks" and "Chicago," as the graceful, acoustic melody gets backed by a slight, electronic drum beat. His voice sounds relaxed and laid-back on "You're Not Here Now," as if he was singing his new song, just for you. John wraps up his new short release with the title-song "Sleep" as he works together a steady rhythm with just the gentle touch of vocals that will have your senses floating on every word. To find out more about John Hufford and his latest release "Sleep," please visit

From Brooklyn comes the new, very short 2-song EP titled "Oceanside" from singer/songwriter Dru Cutler. The first song, "Oceanside" carries an alternative/country sound as you can hear Dru's knack for writing strong melodies. The second song is a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me Until The End Of Love" as the song's seductive groove will draw you in to Dru's strong vocals as he still keeps the essence of the original alive. To find out more about Dru Cutler and his latest release "Oceanside," please visit

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mabel Greer's Toyshop Turn Back The Hands Of Time With New Album, "The Secret"

The members of Mabel Greer's Toyshop have reconvened to release another album title "The Secret." Originally forming in 1966, the first line-up of Mabel Greer's Toyshop would end-up forming the basis for the band YES in 1968. Mabel Greer's Toyshop have been very active as of late with a reformation of the band in 2014, which lead to a new studio album in 2015 ("New Way Of Life") and now the release of their second brand-new studio album "The Secret."

The new release begins with the nearly nine-minute, progressive rock experiment "Big Brother, Little Brother," before slowing down for the ballad "Love's Fire," which carries a classic King Crimson sound. Their new album was inspired by the works of classical artists Ludwig Van Beethoven and Pyotr Tchaikovsky as the music maintains that nostalgic, but familiar sound that showcases the band's link to progressive bands of the past. Their new 9-song album wraps up with the gentle floating melodies of "You" and "The Secret," a tribute to fellow Mabel Greer's Toyshop members Chris Squire (Yes, Asia) and Peter Banks (Genesis). The song also features additional guitar recorded parts from Peter Banks when he was a member of the band back in the sixties. To find out more about Mabel Greer's Toyshop and their latest release "The Secret," please visit the band's Facebook page at

Monday, December 18, 2017

New Exciting Rock Music Arriving From Avatar, Priest And We Were Sharks

Arriving very soon into the new year is the ruler of "Avatar Country." It is the new release from the heavy metal band Avatar and tells the story of the King coming to power through the 10-songs that make up their new album. Beginning with the grand entrance of "Glory To Our King," the band then kicks the album off with the storied history of the "Legend Of The King." This 8-minute epic piece sets the ground-work for the rest of the album with it's electrifying guitar solos and an extra injection of metal adrenaline. The album continues with the hard rock, AC/DC-feel of "The Kings Welcomes You To Avatar Country," before bringing the energy up a notch with the intensity of "King Harvest." Avatar finish up their new release with the spoken words of "The Kings Speaks," as the story comes to a close with "Silent Songs Of The Kings," instrumental parts one and two, that build up to the other heavier songs on this album. To find out more about Avatar and their latest release "Avatar Country," please visit

Industrial/Electronic band PRIEST recently released their new album "New Flesh" on December 8th. The album was produced by ex-Ghost members Alpha and Airghoul and contains 10-tracks that carry a retro-eighties sound. The album begins with the addictive keyboard melody of "The Pit" and the more intense beats of "Vaudeville," before slowing down for the darker tone of "History In Black." The goth-like feel of "The Cross" brings up similarities to eighties bands like Depeche Mode and Joy Division. PRIEST finish up their new release with the electronic pop of "Private Eye" and the experimental soundscapes of "Reloader." To find out more about PRIEST and their latest release "New Flesh," please visit their Facebook page at

Canadian alternative/punk band We Were Sharks are preparing to release their new full length album "Lost Touch" in February 2018. It is the band's first album on Victory Records and it starts off with the addictive, high-energy rocker "Beyond Repair." This six-piece band lock into the mainstream punk groove of "Drop The Act" and "Hotel Beds," before speeding the tempo up with the more reckless, energy-fueled "Ashley." Broadside singer, Ollie Baxter joins the band for pop-punk feel of "Late Bloomer," before We Were Sharks finish up their new album with the sped-up pounding rhythm of "Never Looked Better" and the alternative-rock love story of "Always You." To find out more about We Were Sharks and their latest release "Lost Touch," please visit

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Greg Lake Tells Stories And Performs Classics With New "Live In Piacenza" Release

English musician, singer, songwriter Greg Lake has been a vital part of the history of progressive rock. He was the founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), but has enjoyed a successful solo career since the early eighties. His latest release is a new live album title "Greg Lake Live In Piacenza," which was recorded back in 2012 and was released in a number of different formats, including CD, vinyl and a limited edition box set.

The new release kicks off with a short introduction led by the King Crimson favorite "21st Century Schizoid Man." The show is called "Songs Of A Lifetime" and continues with the acoustic strumming of "Lend Your Love To Me Tonight." Lake explains why he picked these certain songs for this "storyteller" type concert. Fans appreciate his rendition of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," before Greg Lake goes back to his early days with King Crimson, performing "Epitaph/In The Court Of The Crimson King." Lake pays tribute to The Beatles with "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," then showcases some of his days with ELP performing "Trilogy/Still... You Turn Me On." He also delivers his Christmas single " I Believe In Father Christmas," before closing his show with the popular ELP songs "Lucky Man" and "Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, part II)." To find out more about Greg Lake and his latest release "Greg Lake Live In Piacenza," please visit

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Omnivore Recordings Reissues Reggae Classics By Gladiators & Ethiopian

Omnivore Recordings has recently expanded its musical genre with the acquisitions of both the reggae label Nighthawk Records and the R&B/soul label Ru-Jac Records. This will allow the Omnivore Recordings to stretch out beyond their rock borders and the first releases are reissues of albums by reggae bands Gladiators and Ethiopian & His All Stars.

The reggae band Gladiators were hitting their creative stride in the early eighties for the Nighthawk Records label, recording enough material for three full-length albums, plus more. The songs that did not make it on to these albums were brought together to form the "Full Time" album. The 14-track album was first released in 1992, with over half of those songs being released on a vinyl-only EP in the early eighties. The tracks carry that classic mainstream reggae sound, made popular by Bob Marley and the Wailers and one of Marley's songs ("Fussing And Fighting") actually appears on this release. Most of the songs are presented in more that one version as the songs were remixed for the original 1992 release of the album.

The other new Nighthawk Records reissue comes from Ethiopian (Leonard Dillon) & His All Stars and their album "The Return Of Jack Sparrow." The album features 20 tracks recorded during studio sessions booked by Nighthawk Records owner Robert Schoenfeld in 1987. After initial recordings were completed, the tapes were shipped to Jamaica for overdubs, which helped turn Leonard Dillon into an international star, before his passing in 2011. The album has a very polished reggae sound as the All-Stars band knew how to create hit music by popularizing the reggae island vibe of the music. Leonard Dillon (Ethiopian) has been known as one of the elder statesman of reggae music, producing hit songs during the sixties and seventies. Both albums will be released on December 15th through Omnivore Recordings, for more information, please visit

Friday, December 15, 2017

New "Dreamy Screens" Box Set From Bill Nelson Features "Soundtracks From The Echo Observatory"

English musician Bill Nelson began his career in the 1970s as a founding member of the progressive rock band, Be-Bop Deluxe. After their break-up in the late 70's, Nelson headed out on his own, recording over 60 albums in the past three decades. On December 1st, Esoteric Recordings' imprint label Cocteau Discs revisited recordings that Nelson made in his Yorkshire home studio in 1981 and 1982.

The new 3-disc set features over 60 tracks of atmospheric instrumentals that showcase Nelson's experimental side. The first disc contains a variety of songs that displays Nelson's time in the studio as he was looking for his sound at the beginning of his solo career. Drum machines and keyboards are all the tools that Nelson needed to develop his emotions throughout this first disc, which was originally issued as a bonus LP with his 1981 album "Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam."

The 30-minute long second disc is a soundtrack to the stage production of "The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari" and was issued on its own in 1981. The songs are short, concise pieces of music that work better along with the visuals that each piece of music represents. The third disc in the set is a soundtrack to the stage production of the 1946 classic "Beauty & The Beast." The music is filled with emotion and grace as Bill Nelson did an outstanding job with the magic he created in the studio. The album was originally released as a bonus LP with his 1982 album "The Love That Whirls." To find out more about Bill Nelson's new 3CD box set "Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks From Echo Observatory," please visit

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Music From Indie-Artists Karen Souza, Mason Summit And Carey Frank

Argentinean jazz singer Karen Souza recently released her fourth studio album titled "Velvet Vault." It features 11-tracks, beginning with the soft, smooth jazz of "I Fall In Love Too Easily," as you will instantly fall in love with Karen's vocals. She adds her own simple spin to Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" as her voice shines with a slight accent.  The tempo picks up with the sultry swing of "I'm Beginning To See The Light" and the steady pace of "Valerie," before her duet with Toku on the passion of "You Got That Something." She finishes up her new album with the Latin-jazz flair of "In The Blink Of An Eye," the quiet, emotional delivery of "Angel Eyes" and the orchestral ballad "Kids." To find out more about Karen Souza and her latest release "Velvet Vault," please visit

Next, from Santa Monica, CA comes the fourth album titled "Summer Cold," from singer/songwriter Mason Summit. His sound has been compared to Elliott Smith and Elvis Costello and he is currently studying songwriting at the University Of Southern California (USC) School of Music. His new 12-song album begins with the guitar strumming, up-tempo rocker "Almost Fell For It" as he delivers a nostalgic, alt-pop sound.  Mason slows down for the more melodic delivery of "Take What I Can Get" and the acoustic folk/rock approach of "Voodoo Doll." He draws you in with the gentle vocals and acoustic strumming of "Catch & Release" and "Biting My Nails," before the full band joins in for the ballad "Summer Cold." Mason Summit closes out his new album with the inspirational pop tones of "One Good Thing" and the up-tempo alternative rock of "Stick It Out." To find out more about Mason Summit and his latest release "Summer Cold," please visit

Finally from Los Angeles comes the latest release from organist Carey Frank, who teamed up with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman for the album "Something To Remember Him By." The album features 11 instrumental tracks that makes the most out of this duo's music skills, beginning with the swinging melody of "You Don't Know What Love Is." Frank and Forman find the perfect jazz groove for "All Of You" and add their own spin to the classic "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing." They get a little funkier with their sound on the more up-tempo feel of "That Old Feeling," before slowing down for the ballad "For All We Know." Frank and Forman finish up their new collaboration with the blues of "September Song," the exciting romp of "I Remember You" and the quiet grace of "Make Someone Happy." To find out more about Cary Frank and his new album "Something To Remember Him By," please visit

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Check Out New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Music From I The Fire, American Me And The Nika Riots

From New York comes the debut album from the hard rock band I The Fire. Their new 12-song release is a nice wake-up call that there are still new bands out there that have that classic hard rock edge. The album kicks off with the high-octane of "Bridges" as you'd never know this was the band's debut release. Their sound gets a little more raw on the screams of "Reckless" and the pounding rhythm of "Keeping Secrets." Sandwiched between the heavy hitters is the amazing power ballad "Every Sun Casts A Shadow," before I The Fire kick things into high gear with the energy blast of "I Know You Know." They wrap up their new album with the more mainstream rock approach of "Broken Eyes Disguise" and the final hard rock attack of "Anthem." To find out more about I The Fire and their new debut album, please visit their Facebook page at

Next from Portland, OR comes the latest release titled "Still Firing" from the hardcore metal band American Me. The band returns from a five year hiatus with a trio of new songs, beginning with the quick-driving, 90-second attack of "Still Firing." They continue with the hard-hitting, industrial metal appeal of "Anti-Life Equation," before finishing up their new short release with the growling vocals of "Passing Ships." To find out more about American Me and their latest release "Still Firing," please visit their Facebook page at

Then, from Oslo, Norway comes the debut album from The Nika Riots titled "Set Fire." Their new six-song release kicks off with the high-energy screams and bashing rhythms of "Anti-Social Club." The Nika Riots pick up the tempo with the hardcore punk appeal of "Knock'em Dead" and the retro, thrash-metal attack of "Hanged, Drawn & Quartered." Their new short debut release finishes with high-powered "All Hail The Queen" as the chorus will draw you in and make you an instant fan. To find out more about The Nika Riots and their latest release "Set Fire," please visit their Facebook page at

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Artist Geoff Downes Unleashes New Albums With The Downes Braide Association & "iCon: Zero"

English musician Geoff Downes has been heavily involved with tours from Yes and Asia, but did find time to record a new Downes Braide Association (DBA) album with his partner Chris Braide. This is the duo's third collaboration and the album features guest appearances from Andy Partridge (XTC), Marc Almond and Kate Pierson (B52s). The new 9-song release titled "Skyscraper Souls" features artwork by famed Yes designer Roger Dean and a sophisticated progressive rock sound, beginning with the short two-minute "Prelude." Then you dive into the epic 18-minute adventure "Skyscraper Souls" as the orchestral like music guides your storied tour as Pierson makes her appearance. Singer Matthews Koma lends a hand on the addictive rock melody of "Angel On Your Shoulder" and you can hear the connection to Asia in "Lighthouse" with support from fellow English singer/songwriter Tim Bowness. The album finishes with the mellow, jazz appeal of "Skin Deep" and the rock ballad "Darker Times." To find out more about Downes Braide Association and their latest release "Skyscraper Souls," please visit

The duo of John Wetton and Geoff Downes collaborated at the turn of the century for a new series of releases titled "iCon." Three albums were created and released before the untimely passing of John Wetton earlier this year. Before his passing, Wetton and Downes were preparing to re-release the demo-filled 2002 album "Wetton/Downes." This new re-release will rename the album "iCon: Zero" and features a remastered version of the album with two additional, previously unreleased bonus tracks. The original album features recordings the two made during the late-eighties/early-nineties, which set the seeds for the "iCon" collaboration. Fans will appreciate the remastering as all of the songs now sound their best, including the ballad "Just As Long As I Need You" and "Kari-Anne." The two additional songs on this release features a demo version of "She Knows" that seems very polished for a demo and an alternative version of "I Would Die For You," which comes across with a harder rock edge to it. To find out more about Wetton & Downes re-release of "iCon: Zero," please visit

Monday, December 11, 2017

New Progressive Rock Music From Dave Kerzner, Fischer's Flicker And The Ed Palermo Big Band

Progressive rock artist Dave Kerzner recently released his second solo album titled "Static." The album features a guest appearance from legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, as well as members of Big Big Train and Porcupine Tree. Kerzner's new 14-track album plays out like a rock opera, centered around the chaos of modern everyday life. After a short piano "Prelude," the album kicks off with the 8-minute prog-rock attack of "Hypocrites" as Kerzner establishes himself as a student of early progressive rock giants like King Crimson, Genesis and Pink Floyd. Hackett makes his presence known with the guitar solo in "Static," before Kerzner picks up the tempo for the harder edge rocker "Chain Reaction." He continues with the sonic blast of "Dirty Soap Box" and the seven-minute epic piece "The Truth Behind," before finishing up his new album with the nearly 17-minute prog-rock adventure "The Carnival Of Modern Life," which ties his whole concept album together. To find out more about Dave Kerzner and his latest release "Static," please visit

Chicago native Scott Fischer is ready to return to his band after contributing to Zappacast (official Frank Zappa podcast) and performing as a member of the Rod Stewart Experience. He recently released his seventh studio album titled "Open 28 Hours" as his songwriting continues to grow toward the prog-rock genre of music. His new 10-song release begins with the funk-soul groove of "The In-Betweener" and continues with the more pop-oriented rock tone of "You & Everybody." He showcases a harder edge on the grind of "3 6 9," before the Steely Dan inspiration of "Spiders." The highlight of the album is the nearly ten-minute epic piece "Mother Of A Ship" as Fischer lets loose on this studio jam feeling, before finishing up with the acoustic rock sing-along of "Zen." To find out more about Fischer's Flicker and his latest release "Open 28 Hours," please visit

Many may know Ed Palermo from his orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa's music, following the artists' death in 1993, but his latest incantation features The Ed Palermo Big Band reinventing the music of Zappa and Todd Rundgren. Their new album titled "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren" features 25 tracks and over an hour's worth of interpretations of some of the most well-known songs in rock music like "Peaches En Regalia" and "Hello It's Me." Palermo and his Big Band jam on their nearly seven-minute version of Zappa's "Montana" and use there voices as the instruments during "Echidna's Arf (Of You)." The band turns Rundgren's "Broke Down And Busted" into show-tune gold, as you'd swear it was part of a Broadway musical. The album closes with a great cover of Zappa's "Zoot Allures" and the quick-moving one-minute reprise of "Yer Fast." To find more about The Ed Palermo Big Band and their latest release "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren," please visit