Sunday, September 23, 2018

Revisit The Early Days Of Lenny Kravitz Music Catalog With A New Set Of Double-Vinyl Releases

Lenny Kravitz has had a busy release month. First, on September 7th, he released his eleventh studio album "Raise Vibration," then on September 21st, Virgin/UMe re-issued four of his first five albums in 180-gram vinyl for the first time. The set includes his stellar sophomore album "Mama Said," his multi-platinum album "Are You Gonna Go My Way," the experimental "Circus" and the Grammy-winning album "5." 

All of these new releases are double-vinyl sets that included limited edition color variant discs, as well as the standard black vinyl. Lenny Kravitz debut album "Let Love Rule," will also get the 180-gram double-vinyl treatment, but will not be released until November 30th. Just in time to celebrate's the album's 30th anniversary in 2019.

After breaking onto the music scene with his debut album, Lenny Kravitz followed it up with "Mama Said," which featured the top five single "It Ain't Over Til Its Over." Just like his first album, Kravitz played most of the instruments himself and even invited his friend Slash to lend hand on the high-powered rock of "Always On The Run." This new double-vinyl version delivers a much cleaner, clearer sound, then what was presented on CD. The bass is strong on the song "Stand By My Woman" and the horns are sonically brilliant on "What Goes Around Comes Around." Even Sean Lennon lends a hand on "All I Every Wanted," before the album closes with the solo guitar poem "Butterfly." You will not be disappointed with this set as it includes all of the original artwork. To find out more about all of these new vinyl releases, please visit his Facebook page at

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Omnivore Recordings Releases Shelved Buck Owens Album From 1975

In 1975, famed country singer, Buck Owens recorded an album for Capitol records that has remained in the vaults, until now. The new release titled "Country Singer's Prayer," saw the light of day back on August 17th and was released through Omnivore Recordings, which has done a masterful job with the Buck Owens catalog. 

With his contract with Capitol Records winding down at the end of 1975, Buck Owens gathered his backing band, the Buckaroos for one final recording. After the failure of his past album "41st Street Lonely Hearts Club" and the single "Country Singer's Prayer," the label was not ready to pour any more money into Owens' albums, so the recording stayed shelved for more than 40 years. Now we get the full 12-song release, remastered from the master tapes.

The album begins with the up-tempo, swinging rhythm of "John Law," that showed that Buck Owens still had pep in his step. The album continues with the slow, honky-tonk of "Love Don't Make The Bars" and the country-twang of "Drifting Away." He seems to be having fun with his performance of "The Battle Of New Orleans" and proud of his history with the delivery of "California Okie." The new set of songs wraps up with the gospel-like ballad "It's Been A Long, Long Time" and the bonus tracks, "Run Him To The Round House Nellie (You Might Corner Him There)" and "Meanwhile Back At The Ranch." To find out more about Buck Owens' "Country Singer's Prayer," please visit

Friday, September 21, 2018

Steven Page Continues Life After Barenaked Ladies With New "Discipline"

Former Barenaked Ladies frontman, Steven Page recently released his brand new studio album titled "Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II." This is the follow-up to his 2016 album "Heal Thyself, Pt. I: Instinct." It features a dozen songs that become instantly recognizable by Page's distinct vocals. He starts out his new album with the swinging rhythm of "Nothing Special," which sounds as if it was an outtake from an early Barenaked Ladies release. He picks the tempo up with the jazzy vibe of "Feelgood Summer," before delivering the blues of "Where Do You Stand." The album's lead single "White Noise" has Steven Page plugging-in for this rocker as he sings about the situation of today's politics in this country. He wraps up his new album with the gentle, ballad of "Done" and the addictive pop tones of "Looking For The Light."

Steven Page is currently on the road promoting his new album, which includes stops in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II," please visit

Thursday, September 20, 2018

John Carter Cash Wants You To "Believe In Magic" & Innes Wilson Just Enjoys The "Seaview"

Country artist John Carter Cash (son of Johnny & June Carter Cash) recently release his latest studio album, "We Must Believe In Magic." It features 15-tracks that mixes together originally penned tunes with covers of songs by Charlie Rich, John Prine and Trent Reznor. Beginning with the title-song, "We Must Believe In Magic," you will get a sense that John Carter is trying not to follow in his father's footsteps. He lets his golden-toned voice soar on the ballad "Feel Like Going Home" and also on the inspiration hymn "Brave Young Man." John Carter delivers the heartfelt country ballad "Runaway Train," before the quiet, stark acoustics of "The Dungeon." The tempo picks up for the nostalgic country tone of "Holy Train," as John Carter Cash opens up his religious vein to let the praise run through his covers of "Hurt" and "Paradise." To find out more about John Carter Cash and his latest release "We Must Believe In Magic," please visit

Independent Americana artist Innes Wilson will be releasing his new EP titled "Seaview" on Friday, September 21st. It features only four songs, but the emotions he pours into these tunes will make you an instant fan. He begins with the acoustic folk/rock of "From Now To Forever" as the addictive chorus will stick in your head. You can simply hear the truth in his words. He slows the tempo down for the quiet, strumming ballad "Rough Falls," before closing his new short release with the storied lyrics of "The Ballad Of Earl Rowe." To find out more about Innes Wilson and his latest release "Seaview," please visit

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Handful Of New Heavy Metal Releases Arriving This October From Massive Scar Era, Dungeonhammer, Vanhelgd, Road Warrior and Northern Crown

Here are a handful of independent metal bands that will unleash new releases at the beginning of October. First, we start out with the sophomore EP from Egyptian/Canadian metal band Massive Scar Era. Their new release titled "Color Blind" incorporates their Egyptian heritage into their music as singer Cherine Amr leads them with her strong vocal delivery. The five-song album continues with the addictive clash of cultures on "Unfollow" and the intense screams of "Oblivious," before closing their new short release with the mainstream metal appeal of "Rogue." To find out more about Massive Scar Era and their latest release "Color Blind," please visit

Next album, arriving October 12th is the debut release from European thrash metal duo, Dungeonhammer. Their new album "Infernal Moon" features eight high-powered tracks, beginning with the aggressive pounding of the title-song "Infernal Moon." This duo were influenced by the early days of thrash and speed metal, as they look to incorporate it into the songs "Empire de la Mort" and "Perpetual Funeral Winds." Sandwiched between those two songs, is the pounding rhythm of "Solitudinem Mysteriis," which also drives the song "Stigma Diabolli." Dungeonhammer wrap up their new album with the seven-minute doom metal piece "Ad Infinitum." To find out more about Dungeonhammer and their latest release "Infernal Moon," please visit their Facebook page at

Also arriving October 12th is the latest album from Swedish death metal band, Vanhelgd. Their new album "Deimos Sanktuarium" is considered to be their heaviest, most extreme album is years and kicks off with "A Plea For Divine Necromancy," which hits you with its wall of sound. They quicken the pace with the intense drumming and growling vocals of "Vi foddes i samma grav," then showcase their progressive/doom metal side on the seven-plus minutes of "The Ashes Of Our Defeat." Vanhelgd finish up their new album with the guitar driven, epic feel of "Har finns ingen nad." To find out more about Vanhelgd and their latest release "Deimos Sanktuarium," please visit

The Gates of Hell Records label is ready to unleash the debut album from the Australian metal band, Road Warrior.  The new album titled "Power" features eight-tracks that were inspired of the early days of heavy metal. The band look to mirror that sound on the chugging guitar riffs of "Don't Fight Fate" and the mystical nature of "Devils In Waiting." Road Warrior continue to revive their classic heavy metal sound with the high-powered energy of "Tease n' Torture" and "Sweating Out The Poison." Road Warrior wrap up their new album with electrifying guitar work of "Back Alley Tokyo Woman" and "The Future Is Passed." To find out more about Road Warrior and their latest release "Power," please visit their Facebook page at

Lastly we arrive at the fourth October 12th release, which comes from the American doom metal band, Northern Crown. Their new self-titled release is the groups sophomore effort and still rides along the heavy metal vein of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Their new eight-song release begins with the dark, slow burn of "I Am Your Slave" and the more energetic, guitar driven classic metal sound of "Merciless, They Let You Suffer." Northern Crown return to the slow, chugging rhythm of "Forged From Nothing," before delivering the ten-minute progressive/doom metal piece "The Desert And The Wind." The duo finish up their new album with the deep, dark buzz of "By Demons Bidden" and the progressive chord changes of "Your River." To find out more about Northern Crown and their new self-titled album, please visit their Facebook page at

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Music Ariving From Metal Blade Records Artists Revocation, Anaal Nathrakh and Behemoth

Arriving at the end of the month are a couple of new releases from Metal Blade Records artists Revocation and Anaal Nathrakh. Death-Metalist Revocation have taken a step back from their progressive side on their new album "The Outer Ones" to deliver more concise metal anthems with precision, as featured on the opener "Of Unworldly Origin." The band's amazing musicianship will continue to electrify your senses on the tracks "Blood Atonement" and "The Outer Ones," as Revocation continue to break-through the boundaries of death metal music. They finish up their new album with the high-powered instrumental attack of "Ex Nihilo" and the seven-minute prog-metal anthem "A Starless Darkness." To find out more about Revocation and their latest release "The Outer Ones," please visit

Next, we have the latest release from fellow death metal band Anaal Nathrakh. Their new album titled "A New Kind Of Horror" is the band's tenth studio release and its theme revolves around the first world war. They come blasting out of the gate with the blazing speed and hardcore vocals of "Obscene As Cancer." The album continues to ignite the death metal flame with the frenzy of "The Reek Of Fear" and "The Apocalypse Is About You!" Anaal Nathrakh finish up their new album with the battle-cry anthem of "Vi Coactus" and the epic closer of "Are We Fit For Glory Yet? (The War To End Nothing)." To find out more about Anaal Nathrakh and their latest release "A New Kind Of Horror," please visit their Facebook page at

Then, arriving the first week of October is the latest album from Polish death metal giants Behemoth. Their new release titled "I Loved You At Your Darkest" is anything but a love story, as they begin their new 12-song album with the children's chant of "Solve." Their sound quickly escalades with the intense pounding rhythm of "Wolves ov Siberia" and the growling vocals of "God = Dog." Behemoth flex their doom metal muscle on the slow burning epic of "Bartzabel," before picking up the speed once again the aggressive metal attack of "Angelvs XIII." They finish up their new album with the power and might of "Sabbath Master," the guitar driven energy of "Rom 5:8" and the two-minute intense instrumental "Coagvla." To find out more about Behemoth and their latest release "I Loved You At Your Darkest," please visit

Monday, September 17, 2018

New Music From eOne Music Artists The Blue Stones, Royal Tusk and High On Fire

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band Perform Decades Of Hits At The Toyota Oakdale Theatre

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

New Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Blu-Ray Highlights Inductees From 2010-2013

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dive Into The Career Of Joe Strummer With New 35-Track Compilation

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Expand Your Metal Horizons With New Albums From Electric Six, Trash Deity, Hollow Cry and Hotel Mira

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New Music From Indie-Artists Gina Sicilia, Sunshine Riot and Baby Jey

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Revisit "Eye Of The Storm" From Darrow & Buda Along With New Jazz From The Bill Hart Band & Noa Levy