Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Canadian duo, The Blue Stones are preparing to release their eOne debut album "Black Holes" in October. Guitarist/vocalist Tarek Jafar and percussionist Justin Tessier have known each other since they were kids, but were not serious about music until attending the same university. Now, their new 11-track album begins with the shuffle, blues/rock groove of "The Drop" as you notice that the saying "less is more" comes true on this release. Their sound is raw and electrifying as in "Black Holes (Solid Ground)," as you begin to feel very attached their music. The songs "Be My Fire" and "Rolling With The Punches" feel as if these two artists have been around for years, showcasing their blues influences within their songwriting, while also maintaining a modern sound. The Blue Stones wrap up their new album with the funky rhythm breaks of "Little Brother" and alternative rock approach of "Magic." To find out more about The Blue Stones and their latest release "Black Holes," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thebluestonesmusic.
Arriving October 26th, is the brand new full-length album from hard rockers, Royal Tusk. Their new release titled "Tusk II" begins a new chapter in the band's history as this is their debut album on the eOne record label. It features ten tracks, beginning with the high-powered guitar assault "First Time" and the shout along rock anthem of "Aftermath." Through their experiences on the road, Royal Tusk have developed the perfect modern, hard rock sound. The album continues with the thunderous rhythm of "Stowaway" and the strong, solid vocal delivery of "Freedom." Royal Tusk finish up their new album with the raw, hard-hitting, quick pace of "Under" and "Long Shot," as this foursome continue to flex their hard rock muscle right through to the end. To find out more about Royal Tusk and their latest release "Tusk II," please visit royaltusk.com.
Heavy metal trio, High On Fire will be releasing their eighth studio album "Electric Messiah" on October 5th, through the eOne music label. This album celebrates the band's 20th anniversary as High On Fire dedicate this album to the late, great Lemmy of Motorhead. They begin their new nine-song set with the intense, aggressive power of "Spewn Of The Earth," as vocalist Matt Pike delivers the vocals in rapid, Lemmy fashion. The album continues with the pounding rhythm of the nine-minute epic "Steps Of The Ziggurat/House Of Enlil" and the ten-plus minute prog-metal adventure "Sanctioned Annihilation." The trio finish up their new album with the quick pace of "God Of The Godless," which will get your adrenaline pumping, before the blues/metal shuffle of "Drowning Dog," inspired by today's media follies. To find out more about High On Fire and their latest release "Electric Messiah," please visit highonfire.net.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Ringo Starr brought the 2018 version of his All Starr band with him to the Toyota Oakdale Theatre last Saturday night. The band featured a who's who of iconic artists from the seventies and eighties, including Colin Hay (Men At Work), Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana) and Graham Goulman (10cc). The band also included the work of percussionist, sax and backup singer Warren Ham and the steady drumming of long-time member Gregg Bissonette.
As the older crowd, who have followed Ringo's career from his days with The Beatles through his solo albums, filed into the theater, sprinkled throughout were the fresh faces of many young ones. Whether it was their parents or their grandparents who may have introduced these young kids to the music of The Beatles, it would be an enjoyable night, not only filled with songs from The Beatles catalog, but also hits from the seventies and eighties.
As Ringo energetically strolled out on stage to a roaring applause, the band dove right into the Carl Perkins' classic "Matchbox," followed quickly by Starr's solo effort "It Don't Come Easy." As the line "please remember peace is how we make it" was sung, Ringo struck his iconic posed flashing the peace sign, which in turn was flashed back by the audience. Ringo would dive way back in The Beatles catalog, performing the classics "What Goes On" and "Boys."
The members of his All Starr band would also have their time in the spotlight as each of them performed some of their greatest hits. Gregg Rolie would lead the way through Santana's "Evil Ways" and "Black Magic Woman," which included some amazing solos from Steve Lukather on guitar and Gregg Bissonette on drums. Colin Hay would showcase three of his biggest hits with the performances of Men At Work's "Down Under," "Overkill" and "Who Can It Be Now." Steve Lukather sparked the crowed with the Toto favorites "Rosanna," "Africa" and "Hold The Line," while Graham Goulman displayed the soft rock of 10cc with the songs "I'm Not In Love" and "The Things We Do For Love."
But of course, everyone was there for Ringo, who lead the audience through the sing along of "Don't Pass Me By" and of course "Yellow Submarine." Ringo would also throw in one of his solo songs from this past decade with a call for peace during "Anthem." Ringo would switch between playing drums alongside Gregg Bissonette and being center stage singing, as he closed the two hour show with one of his most well-known solo hits "Photograph" and his most popular singing Beatles number "With A Little Help From My Friends." As the whole theater stood up to sing along to this Beatles classic, the night closed with a few rounds of the chorus of "Give Peace A Chance."
As fans exited the theater, smiles were on everyone's face, as the music performed this evening brought them back to a simpler time. Where the music of The Beatles, Ringo Starr and the music of his All Starr band, sparked memories that continue to last a lifetime.
Setlist: Matchbox, It Don't Come Easy, What Goes On, Dreadlock Holiday (10cc), Evil Ways (Santana), Rosanna (Toto), Down Under (Men At Work), Boys, Don't Pass Me By, Yellow Submarine, I'm Not In Love (10cc), Black Magic Woman (Santana), You're Sixteen, Anthem, Overkill (Men At Work), Africa (Toto), Oye Como Va (Santana), I Wanna Be Your Man, Things We Do For Love (10cc), Who Can It Be Now (Men At Work), Hold The Line (Toto), Photograph, Act Naturally, With A Little Help From My Friends/Give Peace A Chance
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Arriving September 21st is a new set of performances and inductions from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on Blu-ray and DVD. Time Life has gathered together the Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies from 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. This new 2-disc Blu-ray or 4-disc DVD set include every induction, acceptance speech and highlight performance from each of those shows. If you are a fan of music, then you will no doubt enjoy all 480 minutes of these videos.
Some of these full-performances were never shown during the show's original broadcasts. The speeches are unedited and uncensored and once again show love for the artists that were inducted during these four years. Highlights includes Rob Zombie and a children's choir (in full Alice Cooper make-up) joining the original Alice Cooper band during their anthem, "School's Out," as well as a hip-hop all-star performance of the Beastie Boys' classics "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn, So What'cha Want, Sabotage" and members of the Foo Fighters performing the opening of Rush's "2112."
Plus you can enjoy the unforgettable acceptance speeches from the bands, Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Genesis. The quality of these videos are stellar and crystal clear and place you on stage with the artists giving their speeches and performers, as well as in the audience, showing the reactions of fellow artists attending this event. This set titled "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert: Encore" takes these four special years from the overall Time Life 25 DVD set "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert." You will not be able to watch these speeches and performances without bringing back memories of what made you fall in the with the music that these special artists created during their careers. To find out more about this new release, please visit timelife.com.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Arriving September 28th from Ignition Records is the first career-spanning set from legendary punk-rocker, Joe Strummer. The new box set titled "Joe Strummer 001," features 35-tracks that mix together songs from his bands (101ers and The Mescaleros) outside of The Clash, along with solo work and unreleased songs. The set will be released in a number of formats, including quadruple heavyweight vinyl, double CD and digital.
The beginning of the set takes some of Strummer's best work and spreads it across two, of the 4LP set. After a couple of early, pre-Clash song ("Letsagetabitarockin" and "Keys To Your Heart"), the majority is made up of soundtracks songs. Strummer's reggae side shines through on "Ride Your Donkey" and "Sand Paper Blues," before teaming up with the legendary Johnny Cash on "Redemption Song" and Jimmy Cliff on "Over The Border."
Fans of Joe Strummer's solo career will enjoy the dozen unreleased tracks that close out this new set. While some of the songs are repeated like "Pouring Rain," you'll be able to hear the different versions that were recorded about a decade apart. Songs from the out-of-print "When Pigs Fly Soundtrack" show Strummer enjoying a renewed pop sense, while one of the last songs to be discovered for this set is "London Is Burning," written for Joe's show at the Acton Town Hall in 2002.
The deluxe box set also includes a 7" single of demo versions of "This Is England" b/w "Before We Go Forward," both previously unreleased. Plus a raw demo version of "U.S. North" recorded by Strummer with Mick Jones in 1986 on cassette. To find more about this new compilation "Joe Strummer 001," please visit joestrummer.com.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Expand Your Metal Horizons With New Albums From Electric Six, Trash Deity, Hollow Cry and Hotel Mira
Arriving October 5th, is the 14th full-length album from American rockers, Electric Six. Their new album titled "Bride Of The Devil" features 11-tracks, beginning with the thunderous, arena rocker "The Opener" as the chugging guitar riffs and screaming vocals motor the song's high-powered energy. The album continues with the classic seventies rock vibe of "Daddy's Boy" and the southern, hard rock vibe of "You're Toast." The steady climb of "Bride Of The Devil" displays the album's most mainstream rock anthem, as the chorus is simply addictive. The Electric Six finish up their new album with the quick-strumming, acoustic rocker "Full Moon Over The Internet" and the quieter, emotional ballad "Worm In The Wood." To find out more about Electric Six and their latest release "Bride Of The Devil," please visit electricsix.com.
From Los Angeles comes the debut album from the industrial metal band Trash Deity. Their new release titled "Cross & Divide" features the combined work of Groovie Mann (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) and John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ) on these ten new tracks. The set begins with the Goth-like beats of the title-song "Cross & Divide," before the tempo picks up for the blood-pumping rhythm of "Run 4 Your Lies!" and "Frantic Child." The duo experiment with their sound on "A Perfect One," using all the electronic tricks at their disposal. The album's lead single "Finger On A Trigger" delivers an industrial buzz and a addictive chorus that perfectly introduces you to this new group. Trash Deity wrap up their new album with the classic, new wave pulsation of "Emotions Matter" and the grunge-like alternative rock feel of "Icons & Idols." To find out more about Trash Deity and their latest release "Cross & Divide," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Trashdeity.
Spanish metal band, Hollow Cry are ready to rise "From Ashes To Flames" with their new album. It features 10-tracks, beginning with fueled energy of "Shades Of Winter," as screaming vocals will lead you to the intense pounding of the follow-up song "My Way Out." They pick up the pace on the thrash metal appeal of "Procrastina," before reaching the progressive metal piece "From Ashes To Flames," which allows the band's excellent musicianship to shine. After that, they slow down for the acoustic ballad "Heaven's Jail," before returning with the classic metal sounds of "Beyond Defeat." Hollow Cry wrap up their new album with the guitar frenzy of "Never Enough" and the piano epic build-up of "Years Gone By." To find out more about Hollow Cry and their latest release "From Ashes To Flames," please visit hollowcry.com.
From Vancouver, BC comes the latest release from the rock trio Hotel Mira. Their new self-titled, six-song EP begins with the energetic, attention grabber "Baby" as they deliver addictive melodies and guitar hooks that will pull you into their sound. The album continues with the steady pace of "Ginger Ale" and the alternative buzz of "That Man," before closing with the punk-like energy of "3 AM Lullaby" and the quieter melody of "Stockholm." To find out more about Hotel Mira and their latest self-titled release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/hotelmiramusic.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Singer/songwriter Gina Sicilia recently released her eighth studio album titled "Heard The Lie," back in August. It features 11-tracks of straight-on country blues, beginning with the up-tempo, swinging rhythm of the title song "Heard The Lie," before slowing down for the rhythm & blues feel of "How Many Times." She continues her new album with the burning, soulful cover of Bad Company's "Ready For Love" and the southern blues of "Angels Watching." The stomp/clap rhythm of "Man In The Sky" showcases and edgier side to Gina's music, while "Sugar" has a nostalgic, Patsy Cline sound that carries the song. She finishes up her new album with the swampy blues shuffle of "Light Me Up" and the heartfelt ballad "Growing Dim." To find out more about Gina Sicilia and her latest release "Heard The Lie," please visit ginasicilia.com.
From Boston comes the latest release from the southern rock band Sunshine Riot. Their new album "Lonely Hotel" will be available on September 21st and features a dozen tracks, beginning with the classic country/roots rocker "Go For A Ride." The album continues with the Americana vibe of "How Sleep Looks To You" and the raw, slow grunge tone of "Lyndon C Johnson." Sunshine Riot sticks close to the alternative rock vein with "Codeine" and "Interstate," before wrapping up their new album with the pop/rock sing along of "Last Name" and the mainstream, alternative blues/rock of "Skyscraper." To find out more about Sunshine Riot and their latest release "Lonely Hotel," please visit sunshineriot.com.
From Edmonton, Alberta comes the latest release from the electronic pop duo, Baby Jey. Their new album "Someday Cowboy" was recorded in only two days and features nine-tracks, beginning with the light touch of "Hannah's Holiday Son." They continue with the New Wave sounds of "U Don't Have 2 Go Alone" and the heartfelt ballad "Hundred Percent." The Canadian duo wrap up their new album with the acoustic, folk sounds of "Bernice Kentner" and the gentle, emotional piano ballad "I Accept." To find out more about Baby Jey and their latest release "Someday Cowboy," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thebabyjey.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Revisit "Eye Of The Storm" From Darrow & Buda Along With New Jazz From The Bill Hart Band & Noa Levy
Back in 1981, musicians Chris Darrow and Max Buda released a dual solo album titled "Eye Of The Storm." Darrow and Buda were founding members of the psychedelic folk/rock band Kaleidoscope, which released a trio of albums in the sixties and seventies. Now, on September 14th, Blixa Sounds is releasing a digitally remastered version of the "Eye Of The Storm" album. The cover was drawn by the legendary artist Rick Griffin and the album features ten instrumental tracks, beginning with the guitar slinger "Slip And Slide." The duo work some funk into "BLT," before slowing down for the relaxed ballad "Baja Nights." Darrow and Buda showcase a southern rock vibe on "Salsa Especial," as they begin to pick the tempo back up with the steady pace of "Closeout." The album wraps up with the atmospheric "Enchanted Isle" and the bluesy closer "Eye Of The Storm." To find out more about this new re-issue of the album, please visit blixa.com.
Atlanta-based jazz guitarist Bill Hart recently released his new live album "Live At Red Clay Theatre" and will be heading out on a European tour later this month. The new album is a live recording of the Bill Hart Band from June 2017 at the famed Atlanta club and features nine tracks, beginning with the exciting jazz groove of "Beachside Isle." The show continues with the slow, steady build-up of "Jim Gilligan" as you can feel the enjoyment within the band as they lock into a groove on this number. Bill showcases his quiet side with the acoustic/electric finger-picking of "Sara's Song," before the Bill Hart Band dig in for the jazz-rock fusion of "That's Purdy." The band members slow down the pace on the 11-minute "This Is Why," before wrapping up the show with the electrifying energy of "Elected." To find out more about the Bill Hart Band and their latest release "Love At Red Clay Theatre," please visit billhartmusic.com.
From San Francisco comes the debut release from jazz vocalist Noa Levy. She released her debut album "Take Two" back in August. It was recorded live and features a handful of tracks that Noa adds her own style to. She begins with the 1964 song "Don't Rain On My Parade," which feels like an up-tempo freestyle jazz version of the song. then she slows the tempo down for "I've Got You Under My Skin," throwing some blues vibes at the song, while "Someday My Prince Will Come" combines the vocal delivery of the well-known animated classic with the freeform idea of the Miles Davis' rendition. Noa Levy closes out her short 5-song EP with the gentle touch of "Laura." To find out more about her new album "Take Two," please visit noalevylive.com.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Singer/songwriter Rich Krueger jumped right into the indie spotlight with his acclaimed debut album "Life Ain't That Long." He is quickly following that up with his brand new studio album "NOWThen," which will be released on October 26th. The new 15-song album is broken up into two different periods of songwriting in Krueger's life. He begins with the newly written track "Kenny's (It's Always Christmas In This Bar)," as the song features a quick pace, with a Randy Newman vibe. He continues with a couple of acoustic folk tracks that were written back in 1993, the country twang of "Girls Go For Arse'oles" and the word-filled sway of "Waltz (Terpsichore)." He returns to the modern day with the newly penned story of "Don," before the gentle touch of "In Regard To Flight," which was also written back in the early nineties. One of the earliest penned tracks on this album is the 1987 story of "The Great War," as Krueger encountered this waitress in Chicago. The song "Por Que No Me Amas (Love Me)" was also written for a play in the mid-nineties titled "Love Me" (whose performers and writers would go on to create the Tony Award Winner, "Urinetown"). Rich Krueger wraps up his new album with the middle-eastern influence of "Yesterday's Wrong (Green)," followed by the eight-minute escape of "A Tout Jamais (Pour Eva)" and the newly penned political folk gem "Think What You Will." To find out more about Rich Krueger and his latest release "NOWThen," please visit richkrueger.com.
Next, from Chicago comes the return of Martin Van Ruin with their sophomore album, "Current Day." It features 8-tracks, beginning with the slow strumming of "White Noise," as the music builds with each verse. They shift gears for the post-punk appeal of "Enzo (The Flying Man!)," then turn on the electric charm with the lush sounds of "Julie (You're Dreaming)." Martin Van Ruin rock out to the raw, alternative groove of "On The Level," before slowing down for the heartfelt, acoustic ballad "Current Day." They wrap up their new album with the steady rise of "You're Gonna Need Some Help" and the mainstream alt-pop of "Always Talking." To find out more about Martin Van Ruin and their latest release "Current Day," please visit martinvanruin.com.
Also from Chicago comes the latest release from the Red Spot Rhythm Section. Their new 3 song album titled "Win For Losing," features their first release in almost three years. Their new short set begins with the island/reggae groove of the title song, "Win For Losing" as the horns add a bit of a ska sound to the song. The other two songs that appear on this new release are a dub version of the song, which focuses more on the song's rhythm and a dance mix of the song that adds some more percussion to the song's original reggae vibe. To find out more about the Red Spot Rhythm Section, please visit redspotrhythmsection.com.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Famed organ/keyboard virtuoso Robert Walter has gathered together once again his 20th Congress band for his latest release "Spacesuit." The new album is due September 21st through The Royal Potato Family label and features 9-tracks filled with rock/funk/jazz fusion. After a short introduction for take off, you are blasted away with the swift speed of the title song, "Spacesuit." Walter allows the rest of his band to take their lead on this opening track, before setting the pace for the instrumental, storied tale of "Nerva And Dumbo." The band slow the tempo down for the steady scale work of "13th Key," before getting a little funky on the rhythm of "Chalk Giant." Robert Walter's 20th Congress close out their new album with thick bass groove of "Current Futures" and the six-minute jazz-rock fusion of "Most Of All Of Us." To find out more about Robert Walter and his new album "Spacesuit," please visit robertwalter.com.
Also arriving in September is the debut album titled "Superette" from bass guitarist extraordinaire Chris Lightcap. His new album features 11-tracks and help from fellow artists Nels Cline and John Medeski. Beginning with the song "Selector," we get instant gratification from Lightcap and his band on this quick moving opening number. The album continues with the jazz vibe of "She Walked In" and the experimental movement of "Far Away Planet." Chris Lightcap and his band extend their sound on the epic pieces "While You Were Out" and "Calling On Cars," before the rockabilly cover of Link Wray's "Ace Of Spades." The album finishes with a couple more cover songs, the gentle touch of Alexander Pence's "All Come Out To Meet Her" and the quiet build-up of Neil Young's "Birds." To find out more about Chris Lightcap and his latest release "Superette," please visit chrislightcap.com.