Friday, November 15, 2019

Charm City Devils Return With "1904" EP & Cro-Mags Bring 3 New Songs "From The Grave"

Arriving November 22nd is the fourth studio effort from the hard rock band, Charm City Devils. Their new album titled "1904" features only five tracks, beginning with the band's latest single "Skipping Stone." The song's acoustic melody just lets loose for the intense chorus and hard-hitting rhythm. The album's energy continues to flow through the more aggressive feel "Dollar Sign$" and "Broken Hearts Broken Bones," before closing with the strictly acoustic version of "Skipping Stone," which still carries the song's original intensity. To find out more about Charm City Devils and their latest release "1904," please visit charmcitydevils.com


Arriving the first week of December is the new 3-song EP titled "From The Grave" from the east coast, hardcore punk band, Cro-Mags. Their new release kicks off with the fast rhythm and hard-hitting attack of the title-song, "From The Grave," which reminds you of the passion the band pours into their music and performance. The song also features the work of ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. They quicken the pace even more on the punk-like fury of "PTSD," before finishing with the nearly six-minute instrumental "Between Wars," which showcases another side to the band's hardcore sound. To find out more about Cro-Mags and their latest release "From The Grave," please visit cro-mags.com

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Check Out New Releases From Most People, Sam Weber, Borza, Kill Chicago, Jade The Moon and Lia

From Toronto, Canada comes the latest release titled "Call Me Up" from the '80s influenced pop band, Most People. It is the band's first full-length release that is "a culmination of our nine years working together," according to the band members. Their new nine-song set begins with the mellow, slow jam of "Leave It All Behind" and the electronic, new wave beats of "Lose My Mind." They pull you in to their time machine with the addictive dance rhythm of "Breathe" and the soulful, R&B groove of "Knife (Call Me Up)," before closing their new album with the hi-fi pop vibe of "Know Nothing." To find out more about Most People and their latest release "Call Me Up," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/mostpeopleband

Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Weber recently released his new full-length album titled "Everything Comes True." The album was produced by Tyler Chester, who has worked along side artists like Joan Baez and Jackson Browne. Weber's new ten track release begins with the steady folk/rock groove of the title song "Everything Comes True," before picking the tempo up with the more nostalgic, pop oriented feel of "It's All Happening." Sam shows off a more country-oriented sound with the southern swagger of "Queen On The Money," then slows down for the gentle ballad "Avenir." Sam Weber finishes off his new album with the emotional, soulful tones of "Promise Of The Road" and the solid, steady pace of "No." To find out more about Sam Weber and his latest release "Everything Comes True," please visit samwebermusic.ca


Well-traveled artist Borza recently released his new album "Cocoon" back on October 25th. The new ten song release is a collection of intense moments from Borza's life over the past couple of years that demanded being put to words and music. The album begins with the blues feel of "That Third Day" and the steady pace of "She Loves Herself More Than Me," as Borza's raw sound gives a genuine feel to his music. His sound is more accessible on the playful rhythm of "True To You," while "Be Amazing" seems to just simmer on the brink of pop/rock gold. Borza closes his new album with the emotional acoustics of "If I Can Only Be With You" and the upbeat, positivity of "Live And Love." To find out more about Borza and his latest release "Cocoon," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/borzamusic


The New Brunswick quartet, Kill Chicago recently released their latest full-length release title "The Fix." It features ten tracks, beginning with the modern, alternative rock of "Another Way To Be" and the steady flow of "Moonlight," as their sound feels ready-made for the radio. Kill Chicago showcase their edgier, more raw side on the sonic blast of "Made Up," while "Show Me (Hand To Mouth)" combines elements of pop with an alternative buzz that make this song the highlighted track on the album. They keep their addictive rock vibe flowing through "You Don't Like It," before finishing with the quiet, dark western tone of "Pull Over." To find out more about Kill Chicago and their latest release "The Fix," please visit killchicago.com


Canadian alt-pop band, Jade The Moon recently released their new six-song EP titled "11:11." Their music is very addictive, as they inflict their sound on you right from the opening track "Awkward" and the more up-tempo, electronic rhythm of "Polaroids And Airplanes." The album's lead single "Fall For This" is a sultry, swirling ballad that features the wonderful, haunting vocals of singer Dani Le Rose. Jade The Moon finish up their new album with the R&B/pop flow of "If I Had Lots Of Money" and the dance beats of "Don't Wait Up." To find out more about Jade The Moon and their latest release "11:11," please visit jadethemoon.com


Up-and-coming pop artist Lia recently released a brand new six-song EP titled "Vasilia." The electronic beats and subtle touches of music are the perfect backdrop for her strong, stellar vocals, as in the songs "Out Of Control" and "To The Woods." She demands the focus be on her words and voice on the slow pace of "Milk & Light," while "Feed Me" has pop aspirations, before Lia closes out her new album with soulful, R&B tones of "Come & Seek." To find out more about Lia and her latest release "Vasilia," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/liakurimusic

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Singer Cornell "CC" Carter Is "Absolutely" Soulful & Multi-Instrumentalist Dr. Chrispy Gets "Remixed"

Internationally acclaimed soul artist Cornell "CC" Carter returns with his brand new studio album titled "Absolutely." Carter received positive recognition for his 2018 album "One Love," which topped the U.K. Soul Album charts. His new ten song album begins with the upbeat, R&B groove of "Say Yes," as the beats are strictly undeniable. Cornell gets the emotions flowing through "I See Love," before the slow-moving, seven-minute, sexed-up ballad "Earn It" will help set the mood. He brings on a classic, seventies-type vibe with "Come Live With Me Angel," while the beats of "Love Thang" is a modern soul masterpiece. Cornell "CC" Carter closes out his new album with funkiness of "Ghosted" and uplifting sounds of "We're A Winner." To find out more about Cornell "CC" Carter and his latest release "Absolutely," please visit cc2000music.com


Renowned Australian music producer, space scientist and aerospace engineer Dr. Chris Boshuizen will be releasing his new album on November 22nd, as Dr. Chrispy. The new release titled "VHS Remixed," which has independent producers from all over the world take the songs from his full-length debut album "VHS" and re-imagined them as dance pieces. Artist T-Rom keeps the beats flowing with the repetitive nature of "Follow The Wild Geese" and "Be There Soon," while The Stunt Man's 13 Bit remix of "Be There Soon" has steady, R&B vibe that just floats on by. The ambient instrumental flow of "Sleeping In Tokyo" is supplied by Kevin Ochoa, before he adds more intensity to the pulsating beats of "60 Miles Up." The album closes with Dr. Chrispy's own modern, sonic instrumental delivery of "Follow The Wild Geese." To find out more about the new "VHS Remixed" release from Dr. Chrispy, please visit drchrispy.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Collects Songs For A "Nighthawk Reggae Joint" Release

On November 15th, Omnivore Recordings will release the first-ever compilation of the reggae label, Nighthawk Records. This new twenty-track release titled "Send I A Lion: A Nighthawk Reggae Joint" is a great "best of" presentation of the Nighthawk Records label, which was started in 1974 by Leroy Jodie Pierson. Omnivore Recordings have previously released former albums by artists like Culture, Ethiopian, Gladiators and Winston Jarrett, but this new release also introduces you to artists like Wailing Souls, Junior Byles and Morwells.

The laid-back vibe of Justin Hinds & The Dominoes' "Weeping Eyes" and the soulful melody of "4000 Years" by The Mighty Diamonds are a perfect pair of songs to represent the Nighthhawk Records label. Ethiopian & His All Stars bring in a pop aspect with the addition of horns on "Trains To Skaville," while their song "Straight On Rastafari" is as addictive as anything else that was coming out of the studios in Jamaica. The new compilation closes with a raw recording of The Mighty Diamonds's audition of their song "4000 Years." To find out more about "Send I A Lion: A Nighthawk Reggae Joint," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Eagle Rock Entertainment Builds Up The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Buenos Aires"

Eagle Vision has unleashed another amazing concert video from the iconic rock band, The Rolling Stones. Less than six months ago, Eagle Vision release The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Bremen" concert video and have just outdid themselves with this newly restored and remixed show from Buenos Aires. The new release titled "Bridges To Buenos Aires" is from the same tour, as this show took place on April 5th, 1998, the last date of their five-night-sold-out residency at River Plate Stadium. The show was recently released on November 8th on Blu-ray and DVD along with 2CDs or 3LPs.

The audience in Buenos Aires is huge and energetic, and they love their Rolling Stones, as the show kicks off with the classics "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Let's Spend The Night Together." The video quality is excellent, although it is not in widescreen, it still displays great details. Many of the camera angle are super close, as you can follow Keith Richards' finger work on his guitar, or Mick Jagger's mesmerizing dance moves. After the blues of "Sister Morphine," the stadium explodes when Bob Dylan walks onstage to perform a rendition of "Like A Rolling Stone," which keeps the band on their toes, as Dylan never performs a song the same way twice.

Keith Richards gets his moment in the sun with a couple of his solo songs, before the band head over (the bridge) to their second stage for some loose renditions of "Little Queenie," "When The Whip Comes Down" and "You Got Me Rocking." The Rolling Stones close out their set of record setting shows with a string of concert staples like "Sympathy For The Devil" and "Honky Tonk Women." The Argentinean audience began singing "Start Me Up," right from the opening guitar riffs, even before Mick could get a word in, as their energy continued to flow throughout the entire two-hour performance. As the confetti flew through the air during a rocking version of "Brown Sugar," I couldn't tell who wanted to keep going longer, the audience or The Rolling Stones. I'm so very glad that Eagle Vision continues to roll out these shows, as more bands should take note and release classic concerts on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl. There is also a special limited edition colored vinyl version of this show available. To find out more about The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Buenos Aires" release, please visit eagle-rock.com.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Foreigner "Then And Now" Come Together To Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of "Double Vision"

In 1978 Foreigner released the album "Double Vision," which reached #3 on the album charts and has been certified 7x Platinum. To celebrate that album's achievements, both the modern day Foreigner and the original band members have teamed up for the ultimate live show that covers some of the band's biggest hits like "Cold As Ice," "Head Games" and "Feels Like The First Time." Members past and present come together to celebrate the music of Foreigner on a new live release "Double Vision: Then And Now, Live, Reloaded." It will be released on November 15th through the EarMusic label on Blu-ray, CD and on vinyl.

The album features many Foreigner classics like "Urgent," "Double Vision" and "Dirty White Boy," as well as the modern acoustic favorite "The Flame Still Burns." Both lead singers Lou Gramm and Kelly Hansen trade lead duties on songs with a backing band of original members and current members that features the best of both worlds. The highlight of the album may be the eleven-plus minute jam of "Juke Box Hero," led by the amazing guitar work of Mick Jones. The shows closes with a sing-along of their #1 single "I Want To Know What Love Is" and and blazing version of "Hot Blooded" that showcases both versions of the band on stage together, performing this hard rocking Foreigner classic. To find out more about the new "Double Vision: Then And Now, Live, Reloaded" release, please visit foreigneronline.com.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Discover The "Unburied Treasure" Of The Gentle Giant Catalog With Their New Box Set

On December 6th, the classic U.K. progressive rock band, Gentle Giant will unleash a 30-disc box set that showcases the band's live side with 15 brand new concert albums, as well as their 12 studio albums. Most of the these shows have never been previously released and further develops the band's cult status here in the U.S. The set also includes a 136-page coffee table book, plus a 96-page book on the band's touring history, along with replica posters, a signed photo and other giveaway and promotional items. This set is only limited to 2000 copies and is fully embraced by the band members who have come together to view the box set for the first time in this video on youtube.com.

The live shows in this new set sound outstanding for the time period. Some of the highlights include the band's wonderful harmonizing on "Alucard," before breaking into an intense jam during a show in New Orleans in 1972. Gentle Giant showcase their masterfully musical skills on the extended jams of "Excerpts From Octopus" and "Just The Same/Proclamation," which both blow past the ten minute mark. One of the later shows in this set is from The Roxy in 1980 and may not be the best recording of the set, but displays the band's growth as artists and performers during their ten year run. To find out more about Gentle Giant's "Unburied Treasure" box set, please visit burningshed.com

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hellyeah Welcomes You Home On Vinnie Paul's Final Statement

On June 22nd, 2018 Hellyeah founding member Vinnie Paul died from heart disease, but before his passing, Paul laid down the drum work for what would end up being his final album with the band. Back on September 27th, 2019 Hellyeah released their latest studio effort titled "Welcome Home," which features the final recordings of Vinnie Paul with the band.

The new twelve-track release features some of the band's most aggressive, hard-hitting music of their thirteen year career. While the album clocks in at just over 36-minutes, the songs are intense and in-your-face, with no time for fillers, just pure energy, as displayed in the tracks "333" and "Oh My God." The title-track "Welcome Home" showcases the band invitation to a more mainstream metal sound, while "A Wick's End" and "Bury You" continue to display Vinnie Paul's classic pounding rhythm. The album finishes with the screams of "Boy" and the emotion fueled "Sky and Water."

As one chapter of the band closes, another new one begins with the addition of drummer Ray Mayorga (Stone Sour) taking over drum duties, as the band continue to tour and record. For a list of live dates and to find out more about their new album "Welcome Home," please visit hellyeahband.com

Thursday, November 7, 2019

New Progressive Rock Music From The Rocking Horse Music Club, Anthony Phillips & Nektar

Members of the world-class record studio, Rocking Horse Studio, have formed a band of session musicians called the Rocking Horse Music Club and recently released a tribute to original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips. The group have been performing Phillips music live for over a decade and have worked on this tribute album titled "Which Way The Wind Blows" since February 2019. The new nine-song release also includes some special guests, like guitarist Steve Hackett (who replaced Phillips in Genesis), along with members of Supertramp and Dream Academy.

All of the songs featured on this release have been taken from Phillips' solo albums, like "Paperchase" (from "Wise After The Event") and "Something Blue (from "Invisible Men"). The seven-minute, Genesis-sounding "Which Way The Wind Blows" showcases some of Hackett's best guitar work, while "Pulling Faces" is an amazing progressive rock masterpiece as Steve Anderson (Room) lends a hand on lead guitar. The album closes with the beauty of "Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West," as the work of John Hackett on flute and Kate St. John on oboe give the song a soaring above the clouds feeling, before reaching the nearly nine-minute pinnacle piece "Nightmare" that stretches out Phillips original prog-rock vibe. To find out more about Rocking Horse Music Club and their latest release "Which Way The Wind Blows," please visit rockinghorsemusicclub.com

Speaking of Anthony Phillips, he recently released his new studio album "Strings Of Light," back on October 25 through Estoeric Recordings. It is his first album of new material in over seven years and was released as a 2CD/DVD set, which includes a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. The set is broken-up into two twelve song sets, as disc one begins with the gentle mandolin strumming of "Jour De Fete" and the beautiful, lush arrangement of "Diamond Meadows." This disc also features the quietness of "Caprice In Three" and the bright finger-picking of "Winter Lights." You can feel the emotions that Phillips pours into the heart of "Song For Andy," while "Mouse Trip" is a great experimental piece that works wonderfully next to the flowing acoustics of "Restless Heart" and "Still Rain."

Disc two begins with the darkness of "Into The Void," which leads to an exploration from the "Andean Explorer." The strumming of "Shoreline" seems to come at you in waves, while "Fleur-de-lys" feels seductive with it ever climbing sound. Anthony Phillips closes his new album with the short rising mandolin of "Home Road," before embarking on the ten-minute adventure of "Life Story." To find out more about Anthony Phillips and his latest release "Strings Of Light," please visit anthonyphillips.co.uk

Speaking of long waits, U.K. progressive rock band Nektar are preparing to release their first new album in the U.S. since 1977, over 40 years. While the band are putting their finishing touches on their new album titled "The Other Side," Nektar have released a three-song single for the song "Skywriter." Original member Derek "Mo" Moore wrote the lyrics to a song titled "Sky Pilot" back in 1978, but the song was set aside, until being discovered and rearranged for this new album. The song carries the band's classic, but aggressive prog-rock sound, while "Devil's Dance" allows the band to showcase their amazing talents on this eight-minute epic, which was originally written back in 1974. The third song that appears on this new release is a radio edit of "Skywriter," which displays a more intense sound to the song. To find out more about Nektar and their latest release, please visit nektarsmusic.com

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Tribulation Comes "Alive" On Their New Album & District 97 Extend Their Sound On "Screens"

Swedish death metal band, Tribulation are on the verge of releasing their first live album titled "Alive & Dead at Sodra Teatern" on November 15th through Metal Blade Records. The theater is one of the oldest venues in Stockholm and felt like the perfect setting for Tribulation to record this career-spanning set. One of the differences that may, or may not, come across on the recording is that they performed to a seated audience, which allowed them to concentrate more on the delivery of their music.

They begin the show by performing their latest studio album "Down Below" in its entirety from front to back. With the high energy songs like "Lady Death" and "Lacrimosa," it must have been hard for the audience to contain themselves in their seats, as these songs demand you to just let go and head-bang. Tribulation display their more progressive metal side during the quiet flow of "Purgatorio" and the high-powered, ten-minute epic "Here Be Dragons." The second half of the shows finds the band concentrating on their early songs like the intensity or "Randa" and the electrifying guitar work of "Ultra Silvam," before closing with the dark growls of "Strains Of Horror." To find out more about Tribulation and their new live album "Alive & Dead at Sodra Teatern," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Tribulationofficial.

The progressive rock Chicago quintet, District 97 recently released their new studio album "Screens." They are celebrating with a CD release show on November 11th at Martyrs' in Chicago. The band's new nine song release kicks off with the high-energy intensity of "Forest Fire," as the vocals and music blend together perfectly. They let the music simply flow along and finds it own way through the nearly seven-minutes of "Sheep," while "Sea/Provide" is a quick, hard rock attack that showcases the band's more aggressive side. District 97 experiment more with their sound on "Shapeshifter," as they switch between a mellow jazz sound and chugging heavy metal riffs. They wrap up their new album with the growing eleven-minute epic "Ghost Girl" that continues to deliver more excitement at every step along the way. To find out more about District 97 and their latest release "Screens," please visit district97.net

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases From Blood Incantation, Canyon Of The Skull, Bull Elephant & The River

Arriving November 22nd is the highly anticipated sophomore effort from death metal band, Blood Incantation. Their new album titled "Hidden History Of The Human Race" features only four tracks, but has the band stretching out their sound on this new release. Blood Incantation kick things off with the aggressive attack of "Slave Species Of The Gods," as what may sound like chaos is filled with intensity and emotion. They mix up the tempos of "The Giza Power Plant" with stellar musicianship, before closing out their new album with the eighteen-minute epic, progressive death metal piece "Awakening From The Dream (Mirror Of The Soul)." To find out more about Blood Incantation and their latest release "Hidden History Of The Human Race," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/astralnecrosis

Also arriving on November 22nd, is the new self-released album from the doom metal band, Canyon Of The Skull. Their new release titled "Sins Of The Past" features only two tracks, beginning with the chugging rhythm of the nearly 26-minute instrumental "The Ghost Dance." This opening epic number is only topped by the album's closing track, all 34-minutes of "The Sun Dance." As the music continues to build on this track, Canyon Of The Skull keep the intensity of the song flowing throughout the whole composition. To find out more about Canyon Of The Skull and their latest release "Sins Of The Past," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/canyonoftheskull

The following week on November 29th is the arrival of the self-titled debut album from the hardcore metal band, Bull Elephant. Their new album revolves around the story of a slain African elephant that was attempted to be brought back to life for the purpose of battles. The band's aggressive sound comes out blasting with the rhythmic changes of "Construct Of Chaos" and the nearly seven-minute progressive metal appeal of "Communion." Bull Elephant lay it all out on the aggressive take-over of "Corrupted Truth," while "Reflections" showcases another side of the band's songwriting that is more mainstream and accessible. Bull Elephant close out their new release with the growling vocals of "Winterfist" and the speed of "Dread Reactor," as the band continue to display a progressive side to their music. To find out more about Bull Elephant and their new self-titled album, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/bullelephant

Then as the calendar turns to December, we get the latest full-length effort from the U.K. doom metal band, The River. Their new album titled "Vessels Into White Tides" features only five tracks, but the first two songs are epic numbers that take their time, as the music simply bleeds from your speakers with a slow, steady climb of buzzing guitars. The River showcase their softer side with the acoustic strumming of "Open," before finishing off their new album with the dark, clashing sound of "Passing" and melodic closing tones of "Tides." To find out more about The River and their latest release "Vessels Into White Tides," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/riverbanduk

Monday, November 4, 2019

Rocking Your Speakers With New Music From Bad Wolves, Criminal Instinct and Fake Figures

On October 25th, heavy metal rockers Bad Wolves released their sophomore effort "N.A.T.I.O.N." It features a dozen tracks that continue the band's growth as a powerhouse juggernaut, as they find themselves touring alongside Five Finger Death Punch and Three Days Grace this November, along with Megadeth in 2020. Bad Wolves come blasting out of the gate with the chugging rhythm of "I'll Be There," followed by the intense pounding and stellar singing/screaming vocals of "No Messiah." The energy keeps on flowing through the aggressive appeal of "Learn To Walk Again" and "Killing Me Slowly," before letting up on gas pedal for the mainstream power ballads "Better Off This Way" and "Sober." Bad Wolves wrap up their new album with the hardcore metal attack of "The Consumerist," as they flex their metal muscle, before closing with the emotionally addictive sound of "Crying Game" and the final energetic blast of "LA Song." For more information on Bad Wolves and their latest release "N.A.T.I.O.N.," please visit badwolvesnation.com

Arriving this Friday, November 8th is the latest release from Closed Casket Activities' artist Criminal Instinct. Their new album titled "Terrible Things" features fourteen quick hitting tracks, as the band enforce their hardcore metal sound on you. They begin with the swift pace of "NFMP," "Tears Won't Fall" and "The Virus," as your head spins before you know what hit you. There is no filler on this album, as Criminal Instinct deliver just what is necessary on tracks like "Been Down That Road" and "Grave Chaser," which don't even reach the one minute mark. They just continue their onslaught with the heavy pounding of "Don't Wanna Know You" and "Yours Truly," before finishing with  furry of "Acid Rain" and an extra hidden track. To find out more about Criminal Instinct and their latest release "Terrible Things," please visit criminalinstinct.bandcamp.com

A week later on November 15th, arrives the new five-song EP "We Are The Dead" from the Southern California hardcore metal band, Fake Figures. They kick things off with the intensity of the shout-out-loud vocals of "Hole In The Sky" and the steady pounding rhythm of "You're Distant." After the more aggressive, sonic blast of "Bury The Hatchet," Fake Figures wrap up their new album with singer/songwriter Jonah Matranga (onelinedrawing) appearing on the title-track "We Are The Dead," which has the most mainstream, epic sound on this new release. To find out more about Fake Figures and their latest release "We Are The Dead," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/fakefigures

Sunday, November 3, 2019

John Fogerty Celebrates His "50 Year Trip" With New Concert Film & Soundtrack

On November 11th (Veterans Day), BMG will be releasing the full-length concert film "John Fogerty - 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks." The show was recorded this past June at the iconic venue, to celebrate Fogerty's fifty year career, both as a solo artists and as a founding member of the band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Arriving three days earlier on November 8th, BMG will have the soundtrack to that like concert available digitally and as a 2-CD set.

The 19-song setlist covers all of the CCR hits, as Fogerty sounds empowered to be able to sing these classics with energy and vigor. His band fully supports Fogerty on the extended jams of "Green River," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Keep On Chooglin'." John Fogerty still delivers the swagger of "Suzie Q," even more than fifty years later, before reaching "Rock And Roll Girls," the first of only three solo tracks that he performed that show. You can still hear the passion that Fogerty has for performing live, as he belts out the lyrics to "As Long As I Can See The Light" and "Have You Ever Seen The Rain." The show closes with a hyper-drive version of "Fortune Son," as Fogerty and the band just blast through this political anthem, along with "Bad Moon Rising" and the final sing-along of "Proud Mary." For a list of John Fogerty's upcoming live shows, plus the cinemas showing the concert film on November 11th and to find out more about the live concert release of "John Fogerty - 50 Year Trip: Live At Red Rocks," please visit johnfogerty.com

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Craft Recordings Revisits Between The Buried And Me's "The Great Misdirect" With New Vinyl

Arriving November 7th through Craft Recordings is a newly remixed and remastered version of Between The Buried And Me's fifth studio album "The Great Misdirect." The album will be released on vinyl as a two-disc set in standard black vinyl and on translucent orange (disc one) and opaque white (disc two) vinyl. This release is to celebrate the album's tenth anniversary. While the album only contained six tracks, it closes with the band's longest song in their catalog, the nearly eighteen-minute, progressive metal epic "Swim To The Moon." The album also featured the nine-minute, dark, aggressive hardcore metal appeal of "Obfuscation," which was also featured in the video games "Rock Band 2" and Saints Row 3." Between The Buried And Me will also be kicking off their 31-date U.S. tour on November 7th. To find out more about this new 10th anniversary vinyl release of their album "The Great Misdirect," please visit store.craftrecordings.com.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Bob Dylan Is Just "Travelin' Thru" With Johnny Cash On The Latest Volume Of His "Bootleg Series"

In 1967, Bob Dylan was fully embracing his country sound with a visit to Nashville to record songs that were unlike anything he had created before. He developed a mellow tone to his singing voice and wrote more concise songs centered around the American Midwest and the Bible. This creative force in Dylan would last for three years and create the albums "John Wesley Harding" and "Nashville Skyline." During this period, Dylan would also become close friends with the late, great Johnny Cash, who simply adored Bob's songwriting and thought very highly of the young musician.

This creative period is the subject of the latest volume of Bob Dylan's ongoing "Bootleg Series," which is titled "Travelin' Thru 1967-1969." This 3 CD or 3 LP set is the fifteenth volume of the "Bootleg Series" and was released on November 1st through Columbia/Sony Legacy. This new set features 50 tracks (47 previously unreleased) that have not been covered extensively by any past Dylan release and sounds so timeless, especially when he duets with Johnny Cash on some originals and traditional country classics.

The first disc centers around Dylan's two studio albums "John Wesley Harding" and "Nashville Skyline" with alternative takes of well-known songs like "All Along The Watchtower" and "Lay Lady Lay." Many of the alternative versions featured on this disc could have easily replaced the originally released version with the highlight being a previously unreleased bluesy outtake titled "Western Road."

Disc two and part of disc three center around the February 17th and 18th studio recordings between Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. It's really great hearing the studio chatter between the two, as they work out the mash-up of "Don't Think Twice It's Alright/Understand Your Mind" and play around with the lyrics of the traditional folk tune, "Mountain Dew." The songs "Matchbox" and "Mystery Train" are given an extra jolt of energy with Carl Perkins lending a hand on lead guitar.

The second half of disc three features Bob Dylan's three-song set from his appearance on "The Johnny Cash Show," in which Cash joins Dylan on "Girl From North Country," which would eventually open his "Nashville Skyline" album. Dylan also sings the Johnny Cash classics "Ring Of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues" during the "Self-Portrait" sessions, which almost exceed the original versions, as Dylan showcases these songs in a different light, with extra emotion. This set closes with Dylan performing with the great Earl Scruggs on four tracks, including the classics "To Be Alone With You" and the short instrumental "Nashville Skyline Rag," which was originally featured on Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" album. To find out more about the latest volume of Bob Dylan's ongoing "Bootleg Series," please visit bobdylan.com

Thursday, October 31, 2019

New Unearthed "Big Band Voodoo" Music From The Late, Great Dr. John with The WDR Big Band

On November 1st comes the first posthumous release from the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and New Orleans music icon Dr. John. The new album titled "Big Band Voodoo" was recorded in Germany back in 1995 and features Dr. John leading the big band on this new sixteen track release. The album was discovered by Dr. John manager and long-time friend Stanley Chaisson, who was able to give us more great music from this truly one-of-a-kind artist.

The album kicks off with the high energy "Indian Red" and the bluesy swagger of "I'm Just Lucky," as Dr. John seems to sound right at home among Germany's WDR Big Band. He brings out the soulful jazz of "Blue Skies" and then showcases his skills on the keys with the upbeat, playful "Stagger Lee." His voice perfectly matches the music on "New York City Blues," while "Mess Around" showcases the love and energy that Dr. John has for performing with a band of top musicians. The album closes with the quietness of "So Long," as you can picture Dr. John singing this song in a smokey lounge, along with his love for his home city with "Going Back To New Orleans." To find out more about this new Dr, John  release "Big Band Voodoo," please visit orangemusicrecords.com.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New Independent Releases from Scott Walker, Scratch Buffalo, Warren Scott Band & The Supertones

American country/roots artist Scott Walker recently released his latest studio effort titled "The Rock House Project." The new ten song release has Walker touching upon other musical genres, like the blues of the album opener "Fourteen Days" and the Latin flair of "Deja Vu." He returns back to more familiar ground with the nostalgic country flow of "I-35" and the burning southern rock of "Glide Dyna Glide." Scott's voice is pure gold during the acoustic strumming of "I Tell Myself," before closing his new album with the playful, country folk picking of "Brother Tumbleweed." To find out more about Scott Walker and his latest release "The Rock House Project," please visit scottwalkermusic.com


Arriving in November is the sophomore effort from the Canadian alternative rock/punk band Scratch Buffalo. Their new album titled "Strawberry Soda" will be self-released on November 29th and features eight high-energy tracks, beginning with the quick pace of "Where's Your Action." They let their instruments take center stage as with the guitar frenzy rock of "Sugar, Shake A Freak" and the steady drumming of "Nothing Inside." Scratch Buffalo will definitely hook you in with classic punk attack of "Freak Out," before wrapping up their new album with the acoustic blues of "Life Somewheres Else." To find out more about Scratch Buffalo and their latest release "Strawberry Soda," please visit scratchbuffalo.com


From Brooklyn, NY comes the full-length debut release from the Warren Scott Band, which have been together, performing music for over 15 years. Their new album titled "The New Deal" is filled to the brim with power pop rock, beginning with the title song, which instantly draws similarities to the Barenaked Ladies. They quicken the pace for the energetic blast of "One Hit Wonder," while "Something 2 Listen 2" is very addictive and has a nostalgic feel to it. They continue with the upbeat sixties style of "Saturday Survivor" and "Miss Moneypenny," before finishing their new album with the alternative pop swagger of "Nancy Lee." To find out more about the Warren Scott Band and their latest release "The New Deal," please visit warrenscottbandmusic.com

Surf-instrumentalists, The Supertones return with a brand new studio album "Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space." The new fifteen track release comes out cooking with the energetic rhythm of "Unknown," highlighted by the steady guitar work of band leader Tim Sullivan. Next, The Supertones slow the tempo down for the nostalgic sound of "Antaris" and "Balazar," before delivering an addictive cover of David Bowie's "Starman." Then things really begin to heat up with the swift pace of "Torque Wrench" and "Speed Trap." We arrive at the second Bowie cover of the album, the gentle sway of "Space Oddity," which almost matches the original perfectly. The Supertones wrap up their new album with a quick-running trip "Down The Rabbit Hole" and the light flowing sound of "Queso Grande." To find out more about The Supertones and their latest release "Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/theSupertonesSurf. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Mavericks "Play The Hits" For 30 Years & The Zack Walther Band Star In "The Westerners"

The American country music band, The Mavericks are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a brand new studio album "Play The Hits," which gives tribute to music that have inspired the band over the years. The Mavericks also have some shows left on their 2019 tour, which ends with a three-show run at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX.

Their new eleven track release finds the band returning to the songs that they used to cover in their early days, beginning with "Swingin'," which perfectly captures The Mavericks' swagger, "Tex-Mex" sound. They continue swinging along to the Waylon Jennings' tune "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," (which probably refers to Hank Williams), The Mavericks showcase their love for another Hank (Hank Cochran) with a couple of classic tunes, "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" and "Why Can't She Be You." They deliver a passionate version of Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart," as The Mavericks fully express the song's lyrics. The wonderfully talented singer Martina McBride performs a duet with Raul Malo on the loving sixties vibe of "Once Upon A Time," before Malo goes solo on the emotional delivery of "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." The Mavericks will be continuing their 30th anniversary touring at the beginning of 2020, so look for new dates to be announced. To find out more about their new release "Play The Hits," please visit themavericksband.com

As one band celebrates their 30th anniversary, another one is looking to climb their way up the country music charts with their latest release. Fellow Texans, the Zack Walther Band recently released their latest album titled "The Westerner," back on October 25th, as Zack and the band pour their influences into this latest release. The new ten-song set begins with deep country rock groove of "DFW," as Zack and the boys get the energy flowing right away. Next, they sink into the delta blues of "What Kind Of Man," before slowly building the tempo back up with the soulful swagger of "I'm Going Out Of Your Mind." The Zack Walther Band showcase their passion on the steady pace of "Casualty," before closing out their new album with the playful country sing-along chorus of "Meet In The Middle" and the swinging southern rock melody of "Bailey's Light." To find out more about the Zack Walther Band and their latest release "The Westerner," please visit zackwaltherband.com

Monday, October 28, 2019

New Music From Internationally Known Artists Francesco Guerri and Lorenzo Feliciati

Italian cellist Francesco Guerri recently released his new solo recording "Su Mimmi non si spara!" It features eleven tracks that blurs the line between contemporary classical music and improvisation. This new eleven-song album begins with the solo piece "Lucy (Overture)," as you can feel the passion in Francesco's performance. He lets the music flow through him during "Minosse," while "Your Beginning" is slightly more up-tempo, as if Francesco means to tell a story through the music. He gets more innovative and expressive during the rhythm fueled track "Paper," before the lines of classical music get obliterated during the work of "Medusa" and "Mimmi Resisti." Francesco Guerri finishes is latest album with the deep, dark, grand delivery of "My (Ha)nd." To find out more about Francesco Guerri and his latest release "Su Mimmi non si spara!," please visit francescoguerri.com.   

Also recently released is the seventh studio release from multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Feliciati, as he teams up with drummer Michele Rabbia on "Antikythera."  The opening track "Irregular Orbit" lays the groundwork for what is to be expected from Feliciati on this new album, as he just lets the music take shape, without forcing its movement. Lorenzo allows Rabbia's rhythm track to display more form on "223 Teeth," while the eight-minute journey of "Prochronistic" is a free-from jam that sways between classical and ambient jazz music. He allows you to explore his music even further during "Perigree," as Feliciati allows the instruments to work within their own space.  The album finishes with the slow-moving, subtle jazz flow of "Parapegma," as Lorenzo keeps the music enlightening. To find out more about this latest release from Lorenzo Feliciati, please visit lorenzofeliciati.com

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Celebrate Halloween With The New Frank Zappa "Halloween 73" 4-Disc/Costume Box Set

Just in time for Halloween, UMe in association with Zappa Records released two complete shows from Frank Zappa, which were recorded on October 31, 1973. Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and every year he performed a live show (or two). This specific year, he performed two shows at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago with a fairly new band of musicians, which are introduced to the audience at the beginning of each show. For the first time, both shows where released on October 25th in their entirety as a four-disc set, that also included a full Frank Zappa costume with a Zappa Frankenstein mask and gloves. 

As you begin to listen to these shows, you will instantly notice how great they sound, even after being recorded over 45 years ago. Frank's voice is so clear and up-front, even though the shows are more about the music, than the in-between banter with the audience. Some of the songs overlap into both shows ("Pygmy Twylyte," "Cheepnis" and "Penguin In Bondage"), but each show feels like its own special experience, as no two songs are performed exactly the same way.

If you need an introduction to the live musical world of Frank Zappa, then this release should be first on your list. Zappa's band (although fairly new) sounds loose, but very in-sync together during the jams of "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" and "Montana." The highlight of the first show, has to be the nearly twenty-minute performance of "Dupree's Paradise," which at times sounds liked controlled chaos and then very jazzy at other times.

The second show begins with the requested track "Cosmik Debris," as Frank tries to give the audience a different experience than the first show, but their knowledge of songs is limited. Both shows feature the song "Dickie's Such An Asshole," which may be the only time that Zappa and his band get political on this fun night. The second show closes with an incredible ten-plus minute blast jam of energy during "Inca Nights" and the classic medley of "Mr. Green Jeans/King Kong/Chunga's Revenge," which puts a perfect close to Halloween night.

This new release also includes (for the first time) an entire disc of rehearsals performed on October 20 and 21, 1973. The songs on this disc showcase the wonderful musicianship of the band during these rehearsals. As you compare them to the live versions, the extra energy that the band receives from the audience allows for a more exciting and looser flow to the songs. It's a great addition hearing the band discuss and work through the songs "Inca Roads," "Father O'blivion" and "Cosmic Debris," as they flow through the music so cleanly performing them live on stage.

With this being only the second Halloween release ("Halloween '77" was released in 2017) and Frank Zappa introducing a fairly new line-up during these shows, this has to be one of the top live releases in the Frank Zappa catalog. With an endless vault of material, I hope that UMe and Zappa Records continue to release these exceptional quality releases. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming 50th anniversary box set of one of Zappa's most popular albums "Hot Rats" to arrive in December. To find out more about Frank Zappa's new "Halloween 73" box set, please visit zappa.com.