Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New Music From Singer/Songwriters Ghostly Beard, George St. Clair And Sydney Brown

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New Vinyl Release Highlights Johnny Cash's "Sun Records Years"

In honor of the late, great Johnny Cash, British record label Charly Records recently released a new remaster of Johnny Cash's "Greatest Hits - The Sun Records Years." This newly released vinyl contains 20 of Cash's most well-known songs from his years on the Sun Records label. The music was mastered at half-speed from the original Sun Records master tapes for the best, unmatched sound quality. This new record was pressed on 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl and features sleeve notes by Sun Entertainment President John A. Singleton.

The music featured on this new release has a warmer tone as you can hear every guitar strum in "I Walk The Line" and "Big River." The depth of Cash's vocals in "Guess Things Happen That Way" and "You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven" are more consistent as this new remaster sounds as if you are in the control booth with Sam Phillips as he recorded Cash's rise to super stardom. This new "greatest hits" vinyl release sets the bar as to how classic songs on vinyl should sound. To find out more about the newly released "Johnny Cash Greatest Hits - The Sun Records Years," please visit the Charly Records Facebook page at

Monday, February 26, 2018

UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey Showoff Their "Love" For Reggae Music From The 1980s

The Grammy-winning English band UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey will be releasing their brand new studio album "A Real Labour Of Love" on March 2nd through Universal Music. Original band member Ali Campbell, along with vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue are putting a new spin on classic reggae tracks from the 1980s. The album also features some of the final work of former Simply Red member, trombonist John Johnson.

The new 16-song release gets started with the Barry Boom classic "Making Love" as UB40 modernizes the song's nostalgic dubstep sound. The deep bass groove of "Strive" turns the song into a summer staple, while the nearly 8-minute "Telephone Love/Rumours" is a sultry tale of lust. Ali, Astro & Mickey still have a knack for finding their way into your heart with the soulful ballad "Ebony Eyes" and then revert back to their early days with the thick reggae rhythm of "Hard Times." UB40 wrap up their new album by adding horns and a reggae shuffle to Stevie Wonder's "A Place In The Sun" and then finish with the fun, up-tempo ska groove of "Once Ago." To find out more about UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey and their latest release "A Real Labour Of Love," please visit

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Celebrate George Harrison's 75th Birthday With The New Re-Issue Release Of The "Concert For George"

Saturday, February 24, 2018

6 String Drag Return With A New Studio Album And A Re-Issue Of Their Classic Album "High Hat"

Friday, February 23, 2018

New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Twitching Tongues, The Crown, Rivers Of Nihil & Eyes Of The Sun

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New Heavy Metal Albums Arriving Soon From Affasia And From Skeletal Remains

The dark metal band, Affasia will release their debut album "Adrift In Remorse" on February 23rd through Transcending Records. The band has had a number of line-up changes before recording their new 4-track EP, but you can hear the chemistry immediately on the opening song, "Another Host." You can feel the intensity in the music and the passion in the vocals on "Dissolute" as Affasia breaks down the barriers of heavy metal music with the atmospheric tone of "Brittle Sentiment." They finish up their new album with the epic, seven-minute progressive metal onslaught of "As You Never Were." To find out more about Affasia and their latest release "Adrift In Remorse," please visit their Facebook page at

Arriving in mid-April is the third, full-length studio album from the death metal band Skeletal Remains. Their new 11-song release titled "Devouring Mortality" begins with the high energy blast of "Ripperology" as the song's growling vocals and fast pace, should get your adrenaline pumping. They continue their onslaught with the swiftness of "Seismic Abyss" and "Catastrophic Retribution" as the band's years of experience is highlighted on these tracks. They keep the energy flowing through the electrifying guitars of "Grotesque Creation" and the machine-gun like drumming of "Mortal Decimation," before closing their new album with final bashing of "Internal Destestation." To find out more about Skeletal Remains and their latest release "Devouring Mortality," please visit their Facebook page at

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Hard Rocking Releases From We Are Band Nerds, Facing Fire And Black Map

What may sound like an odd name for a band, We Are Band Nerds, does not give enough justice for their brand of nu-metal music. The band's new album "Forget Me Nots" will be released on February 23rd through Pavement Entertainment and delivers a hip-hop/metal collaboration that follows the musical vein of Linkin Park and Rage Against The Machine. The new 9-song release begins with the high-energy, Eminem-like vocal delivery of "Hunger Games." They roll out the lyrics of "Whore" with a blasting chorus, before We Are Band Nerds look to incorporate elements of jazz and electronics into "Fake In You." The band looks to finish up their new release with the sonic blast of "American Trash" and the raw, grunge rock sound of "Fade Away." To find out more about We Are Band Nerds and their latest release "Forget Me Nots," please visit their Facebook page at

Hard rock band, Facing Fire will finally be releasing their self-titled debut album on February 16th through Pavement Entertainment. The album was recorded back in 2016, as the band shopped around for a record deal before landing with Pavement Entertainment in July of 2017. The new 4-song release begins with the aggressive force of "Dying Inside," followed quickly by the raw, chugging rhythm of "Filthy Life." Facing Fire will hit you hard with the shear force of "Overcome," before finishing up their new short release with the intense onslaught of "Fake" as the band leaves you wanting more. To find out about Facing Fire and their new self-titled release, please visit

Arriving last month was the new album from the Northern California rock band Black Map. Their new release titled "Trace The Path" features four tracks of blistering hard rock, beginning with the intricatestructure of "Let Me Out." They continue with the mainstream rock appeal of "Invisible Worlds," before finishing up their new short EP with the slower, melodic tone of "Why Burn." To find out more about Black Map and their latest release "Trace The Path," please visit their Facebook page at

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rising Electronic Artists Pay Tribute To Fad Gadget & German Artist, Leather Strip Shows His "Appreciation"

Monday, February 19, 2018

Classic Recordings From The Choir And Chris Hillman Seeing The Light Of Day As New Releases

Arriving February 16th on Omnivore Recordings is the newly discovered unreleased album from the Cleveland pop/rock band The Choir. Recorded in 1969, it features ten tracks making their physical debut on CD. This album would have followed the band's successful 1967 hit single "It's Cold Outside," which earn them opening slots on tour with The Who and The Yardbirds. The Choir would disband a year later, in 1970, after their last single failed to chart. The band did reunite in 2006 for a couple of live shows in their hometown of Cleveland.

The album features 10-tracks of British inspired psychedelic rock like the raw, uptempo rhythm "If These Are Men" and the more dreamy feel of "Ladybug." The album also includes a spot on cover of The Kinks' "David Watts" as The Choir pay homage to their inspirations. The slow, piano ballad "Have I No Love To Offer" seemed ahead of it's time as it carries a progressive rock feel, which was a new concept in 1969. The new, unreleased album finishes with the swinging bass/drums groove of "Boris' Lament" and the British pop tones of "Mummer Band." To find out more about the newly released album from The Choir, please visit

American recording artist Chris Hillman has been involved in the music industry for well over 50 years. First as a founding member of The Byrds, then co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Manassas, before going solo in 1976. Hillman's first two solo albums ("Slippin' Away" and "Clear Sailin'") kept the idea of great harmonies and lyrics from his former bands, the central focus of his solo work. On February 9th, Omnivore Recordings released a new 20-track compilation of these two albums titled "The Asylum Years."

Listening to the music on these two albums, will certain remind you of how great of a singer/songwriter Chris Hillman is. Being surrounded by other great artists in his former bands, Hillman's seventies style of folk/rock shines on his debut album, "Slippin' Away." Songs like "Step On Out," "Falling Again" and "Love Is The Sweetest Amnesty" are prime example that Chris Hillman was just as great a solo artist as he was a member of The Bryds or The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Chris Hillman's second solo album, "Clear Sailin'" brought on a more rock and roll tone as the album was produced by Jim Mascon (Poco). Songs like "Hot Dusty Roads" and "Playing The Fool," mixed with the ballads "Heartbreaker" and "Quits" showcases more diversity in his songwriting as Hillman would not record his next solo album for another five years, when the landscape of the music industry changed in the 1980s. To find out more about this new compilation from Chris Hillman titled "The Asylum Years," please visit

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Check Out New Releases From Columbia Records Artists The Shins And MGMT

In March of 2017, The Shins released their fifth studio album titled "Heartworms," which cracked the top 20 on the U.S. album chart. Now, The Shins have done something a little unorthodox and reworked the entire "Heartworms" album into a totally new release titled "The Worm's Heart."

The new 11-song release begins with "The Fear," which originally closed the "Heartworms" album. The band has kept the lyrics the same for all of the songs, but supported them with a totally different energy that the music supports. They deliver a nostalgic eighties sound to "So What Now" and place a reggae vibe on "Half A Million," showcasing the band's talent for creating a number of different moods with their sound. The gentle, simplified feel of "Rubber Ballz" and the sonic blast of "Mildenhall" displays the wide variety of their music, before closing with the rolling rhythm of "Name For You," which kicked off the "Heartworms" album with a totally different tone to the song. To find out more about The Shins and their latest release "The Worm's Heart," please visit

American rock band MGMT recently released their 4th studio album since forming at Wesleyan University in 2002. The new album titled "Little Dark Age" was released on February 9th and is the band's first new release in five years. The new 10-song album begins with the eighties, pop-rock tone of "She Works Out Too Much" and the synthesizer-friendly "Little Dark Age." The addictive melody of "When You Die" gives the dark subject of death a lighter tone. MGMT experiment with the lyrical delivery of "James," before they return to their former selves to finish their new album with the nostalgic feel of "One Thing Left To Try" and the enticing melody of "Hand It Over." MGMT are beginning their U.S. tour in March. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album "Little Dark Age," please visit

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Previously Unreleased Studio Songs Fill Up The New Jimi Hendrix Release "Both Sides Of The Sky"

Since the passing of the legendary Jimi Hendrix, compilations of his work has plastered the marketplace. Each one trying to re-create what would have been his next move. Hundreds of different studio outtakes have existed and without the man, himself here to guide us, producers have done their best to put the pieces of the puzzle together in order to imagine what would have came next.

The latest attempt titled "Both Sides Of The Sky," completes a trilogy of releases ("Valleys Of Neptune" and "People, Hell And Angels") that have pretty much took the best of the remaining studio songs that Jimi Hendrix recorded between 1968 to 1970. This new release is one of the closest that the Experience Hendrix/Sony Legacy label have come to putting together an attempt as to what Jimi Hendrix may have released on his next album.

Many of the songs on "Both Sides Of The Sky" are soaked in the blues, even beginning the new release with the Muddy Waters' classic "Mannish Boy." Hendrix's 1970 live album "Band Of Gypsys" laid the groundwork to many of the songs that appear on this release. Studio versions of "Stepping Stone," "Lover Man" and "Power Of Soul" sound as complete as they would ever get, as drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox continued their work after those legendary live shows. The real nice surprises are the previously unreleased recordings of Jimi Hendrix as a sideman to great Johnny Winter ("Things I Used To Do"), Stephen Stills ("$20 Fine," "Woodstock") and Lonnie Youngblood ("Georgia Blues").

The music certainly captures the era and showcases Hendrix's love for experimenting in the studio, as a couple of the instrumental pieces on this release ("Sweet Angel" and "Cherokee Mist") feature Hendrix trying his hand at playing the sitar or the vibrophone. One of the later recordings on this release is "Send My Love To Linda," which gives a guiding sound as to the direction Hendrix may have been planning on for his next studio album. We may never know, but on March 9th, you will have your own chance to make your decision on this release when "Both Sides Of The Sky" is released on CD, vinyl and digital formats. To find out more about the great, exciting new release, please visit

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Music From Indie-Artists The Good Morning Nags, Reina Mora, The Pale Monsters And Ezra Vancil

From New York City comes the debut album from the bluegrass/country band The Good Morning Nags. Their new seven-song EP begins with the quick strumming of "Sugar Baby" which showcases this band's love for the old-fashion, Appalachian-bluegrass sound. The banjo picking of "Blackberry Bush" and the gentle acoustics of "Love Like No Other" make you want to sit on the front porch swing, enjoying the summer breeze listening to this exceptional roots music. The Good Morning Nags finish up their new album with the sing-along of "I Wish My Baby Was Born" and the up-tempo swing of "Good Morning Girl." To find out more about The Good Morning Nags and their latest self-titled release, please visit

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Reina Mora is preparing to release her debut solo album titled "Birds Eye View" later this year. She is starting to get her music out their with the release of her lead-single, "Trouble." It has an alternative, pop/rock appeal with a little Latin-flair to pay homage to her Puerto Rican heritage. The music is exciting and will leave you wanting more from this rising new artist. To find out more about Reina Mora and her new release, please visit

Next, from Boston, MA comes the latest release from The Pale Monsters. Their popularity continues to grow with each new release and their latest single "All This Time We Wait" has a rocking, up-tempo feel, as you find yourself singing along to the chorus after only a couple listens. To find out more about The Pale Monsters and their latest release, please visit

Arriving in late March is the new album from independent singer/songwriter Ezra Vancil. The new 11-song release titled "You" showcases Vancil's knack for writing heart-warming gems that will turn you into an instant fan. The vibe of "Complicated Man" feels as if it blends together a seventies folk-style with modern storytelling lyrics to melt away your troubles. He sets the mood with only his voice and an acoustic guitar on the country tone of "Wild Girl," before involving the whole band on "Settle Down Good" as you are drawn in by his lyrics and his charm. To find out more about Ezra Vancil and his latest release "You," please visit

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Music From Local Connecticut Artists Prester John, Jonathan Siksay And The Buttondowns

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Go Back To The Beginning With Nina Simone's "Complete Bethlehem Singles" Collection

American recording artist Nina Simone will become one of the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when the class of 2018 gets inducted this spring. To celebrate that accomplishment and to mark the 60th anniversary of her first recordings, BMG/Bethlehem Records has compiled a brand new 14-track release titled "Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles." All the tracks on this new release have been remastered as you can hear the fresh, young vocals of Nina Simone as she takes her first steps to stardom.

The new compilation begins with her first single "I Loves You, Porgy," the George and Ira Gershwin classic. With just a few simple notes on the piano, Simone makes this song her own with her warm, tender, emotional vocals. This is followed by the up-tempo, B-side "Love Me or Leave Me" and the slow waltz of Rodgers & Hart's "Little Girl Blue." Simone will get your heart pumping with the swinging rhythm of her classic cover of "Mood Indigo" and then showcases her skills on the piano with the smooth jazz appeal of "Good Bait," before closing the new release with an alternative take of "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" and Nina Simone's final single release for Bethlehem Records, "My Baby Just Cares For Me." To find out more about the new compilation "Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles" from Nina Simone, please visit