Thursday, January 31, 2019

Snakebite Whisky Introduce You To "This Side Of Hell" & Dethonator Is In A "Race Against The Sun"

Arriving January 25th, is the debut album from Australia's newest hard rockers Snake Bite Whiskey. There new release titled "This Side Of Hell" features ten tracks that deliver a mix of classic Sunset Strip sleaze rock with elements of heavy metal and a punk rawness. Their new album starts off with the intense pounding of "Damnation Alley" and the wildly addictive "Down In The Dirt," which will certainly remind you of the early days of bands like Guns N' Roses and Accept. Snake Bite Whiskey keep the energy going with the quick pace of "Ain't Dead Yet" and the guitar driven blaze of "Spin." This band shows no signs of slowing down, as each song is built for the arena, as displayed in the chugging rhythm of "Drinking For Two" and the pounding sing-along of "She Likes Machines." To find out more about Snake Bite Whiskey and their latest release "This Side Of Hell," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/snakebitewhisky.

Next, from London comes the latest release from the heavy metal band, Dethonator. Their new album titled "Race Against The Sun, Part One" features ten tracks that carry the classic metal torch that began with the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The album begins with the sonic attack of "When Lucifer Fell" and the fast pace of "Nightmare City" to make sure your adrenaline is pumping. The band's musicianship is top notch as songs like "Burial Ground" and "Pyroclastic" bridge the gap between the music of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and today's mainstream metal masters. Dethonator finish their new album with the aggressive attack of "The Hangman" and the classic metal guitar riffs of "Sharp's Cairn." While part one will be released in February, don't expect part two of this double album to be released until much later in the year. To find out more about Dethonator and their latest release "Race Against The Sun, Part One," please visit dethonator.com.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

New Family-Friendly Music From Singer/Songwriter KB Whirly and Award-Winners The Shazzbots

Singer/songwriter KB Whirly will be releasing his new album titled "Now That We're Home, Lullabies & Love Songs" on February 23rd. The new nine-song release is filled with quiet lullabies and love songs that will easily find their way to your heart. The album begins with the gentle folk ballad "Just Us Three" and the wonderfully enjoyable "Place Called Home," inspired by KB Whirly's daughter. As you listen to songs like "Long Long Day" and "Come Walk With," you and your children will feel relaxed, as you dream of simpler times. He finishes up his new album with the inspirational tale of "What Will You Do" and the positive message of "You Are Love." To find out more about KB Whirly and his latest album "Now That We're Home," please visit kbwhirly.com.

Emmy-Award winners, The Shazzbots are preparing to release their third musical album on March 1st, titled "Lightspeed!" It features a dozen tracks that are sure to get your kids up on their feet dancing along to the swinging rhythm of "On The Playground" and "Beauregard Ogilby Balderdash." Their sound is so addictive as noticed within the country-vibe of "Chuggin" and "Read A Book Today," while also delivering a positive message about always continuing to learn about new stuff. The Shazzbots wrap up their new album with the fun acoustic strumming of "Snow Day!" and the quiet, lullaby ballad "Very, Very Vivian." To find out more about The Shazzbots and their latest release "Lightspeed!," please visit theshazzbots.com.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Check Out New Music From Indie-Artists Historian, Populuxe, Golden Daze and Living Hour


From Los Angeles comes the latest release from the alternative/pop band, Historian. The new album titled "Hour Hand" features ten tracks that continues along the same vein as their 2018 release "Distant Wells," as the band look to combine the intimacy of folk rock with emotional melody of the ballad. The album begins with the steady, up-beat tempo of "The Wrong Track," before slowing down for the dark, moody feel of "Tied To The Dawn" and "Too Much." The almost spoken-word vocals of "Pedestal," seemed to draw inspiration from legendary folk artist Leonard Cohen, while the airy, swirling psychedelic tone of "Quiet" showcase how far Historian are willing to stretch the boundaries of their music. To find out more about Historian and their latest release "Hour Hand," please visit historiantheband.com.


Pop/rock trio Populuxe recently released their new full-length album titled "Lumiere." It features eight-tracks that have a very nostalgic, seventies-style David Bowie vibe, which may seem odd from a band from New York City, but it works. They begin with the steady, classic rock pace of "Lady Liberty" and the more up-beat, addictive tones of "Garage Sale." The album peaks with the eight-minute "How Long's It Gonna Take?," an epic, experimental number, which feels like it belongs in musical show. The energy flows through the post-punk tempo of "Behind Enemy Lines," before finishing with the piano-lead ballad, "Blackout" and the hard rock build-up of "Who's Laughing Now." To find out more about Populuxe and their latest release "Lumiere," please visit populuxehq.com.


The songwriting duo of Jacob Leob and Ben Schwab are preparing to release the sophomore effort from their band, Golden Daze. The album titled "Simpatico" features eleven new tracks that continues the outlook of incorporating their Midwestern roots with their visits to the west coast. They begin with the swirling gentle touch of "Blue Bell," as you feel as if this is all a dream, before the more up-tempo/pop sounds of "Amber" warm your musical soul. The album continues to grow on you with the steady pace and psychedelic-type vocals of "Flowers," combined with the acoustic folk sway of "Took A Fall" and "Wayward Tide." Golden Daze wrap up their new album with the nostalgic vibe of "Sentimental Mind" and the wonderful acoustic harmonies of the title-song "Simpatico." To find out more about Golden Daze and their latest release "Simpatico," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/goldendazela.


From Canada comes the sophomore release "Softer Faces" from the alternative-pop band, Living Hour. Their new nine-song release is filled to the brim with lush melodies and airy vocals, which should allow you to drift off into their latest studio effort. The album begins with the subtle touch of "Hallboy," highlighted by the soft blare of horns as they mix up the song's tempo. Living Hour continue with the slow pace of "Bottom Step," as you find yourself falling under their spell of mesmerizing sounds. They look to add a little more pop into their sound with the slightly more up-tempo rhythm of "Before You Leave," then they darken the mood with the quiet, eerie arrangement of "No Past." Living Hour close their new album with the mellow, sonic landscape of "Inside" and the swirling music of "Most." To find out more about Living Hour and their latest release "Softer Faces," please visit livinghourband.com.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Gurf Morlix Travels Into The "Impossible Blue"

On February 8th, singer/songwriter/producer Gurf Morlix will release his tenth studio album titled "Impossible Blue." Gurf has worked along side artists like Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard before stepping out on his own back in 2000. Now, nearly 20 years after the release of his debut album, we get Gurf most personal album that takes a look a mortality with his Americana-style of the blues.

The new nine-song release begins with the southern bayou boogie shuffle of "Turpentine," as Gurf's rough vocals are a perfect fit to tell us these life's tales. He slows down for the mellow blues of "2 Hearts Beating In Time," before picking the tempo back up for the howlin' guitar of "My Heart Keeps Poundin'." The classic blues rhythm of "Silver Of Light" sounds like the perfect soundtrack about being on the road traveling from city to city, while "I Saw You" just melts your heart. Gurf Morlix wraps up his new album with the emotion-filled "Backbeat Of The Dispossessed" about the passing of a dear friend and musical partner. To find out more about Gurf Morlix and his latest release "Impossible Blue," please visit gurfmorlix.com.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Final Album From The Legendary Saxophonist Big Jay McNeely Tells Us "I'm Still Here"

Rhythm & Blues saxophonist Big Jay McNeely had a career that lasted over six decades. He worked with some legendary vocalist like Johnny Otis and Little Sonny Warner and was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame prior to his death last September at the age of 91. He released over 20 albums, with his first release dating back to 1954. Now we can put an exclamation point at the end of his career with the release of his final album titled "I'm Still Here, Big Jay Sings The Blues." It features a dozen tracks that Big Jay McNeely recorded before his passing, which was brought together to create his first true blues album.

The album begins with the great sway of "You Never Miss The Water (Til The Well Runs Dry)," as you will simply fall in love with Big Jay's experienced voice. Next he performs a cover of the traditional blues classic "Baby Please Don't Go" and the swanky, raw appeal of "I'm Still Here." The tempo picks up with the swinging rhythm of "Once I Had A Woman" and "I Love To Feel Free," as you wonder why Big Jay McNeely had to leave, just when his experiences fit the music. To find out more about Big Jay McNeely's final album, please visit bigjaymcneely.bandcamp.com.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Carlos Santana Returns To The Spotlight "In Search Of Mona Lisa"

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana recently released a brand new EP titled "In Search Of Mona Lisa." The title was inspired by Santana's encounter with the Leonardo da Vinci painting while on tour in Paris. Carlos said he felt a connection to the painting and wanted to put his feelings into music, creating the songs "Do You Remember Me?" and "In Search Of Mona Lisa" from a dream he had.

The album opens with the nearly ten minute musical journey, "Do You Remember Me?," which starts out with Carlos Santana laying down a delicately, beautiful guitar solo. The duo of Andy Vargas and Ray Greene deliver the Spanish language vocals, as you can feel the admiration Carlos had for the painting. The band continues with the more pop-oriented, up-tempo swing of "In Search Of Mona Lisa," as Santana's guitar work highlights the stellar job of Cornell "CC" Carter on vocals. Bassist Ron Carter (Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis) leads the way on the R&B flavored instrumental "Lovers From Another Time," before Santana closes out their latest album with edited versions of the album's first two tracks.

Santana is currently performing a string of shows at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, before heading out on a tour of Mexico in March. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about Santana's new album "In Search Of Mona Lisa," please visit santana.com.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Check Out These New Releases From Indie-Artists Level 5, I Am Casting and R. Stevie Moore

On February 22nd, the funk/rock band Level5 will be releasing their Mutant Cat Records debut album titled "The Sybil EP." It features only three tracks, beginning with the six-minute exploratory instrumental piece "Sybill." Throughout the song, the mood switches from funky breaks to thunderous hard rock attacks, as you begin to get a sense of the band's musical talents. Next up is the nearly seven-minute groove/jam of "Swagger," as you are now a part of Mark Feldman's Level5 musical world, before they close up their new short release with the up-tempo, energy-fueled funky of "Jabber Jaw." To find out more about Mark Feldman's Level5 and their latest album "The Sybil EP," please visit level5music.com.


Also arriving February 22nd is the full-length debut album from the North Carolina-based alternative-pop band, I Am Casting. Their new release titled "Carnival Barkers" features eleven tracks, beginning with the introduction piece "Charmer," filled with storied lyrics that follow a steady beat. The album continues with the moody layers of sound of "Flood" and the tempo changes of "Wolf," which carries an experimental jazz fusion vibe. The band's pop aspects shine through on "Clay," before slowing the tempo down with the quiet ballad "Almost." I Am Casting finish off their new album with the addictive chorus of "Muggers" and the R&B-sounding groove of "Seams." To find out more about I Am Casting and their latest release "Carnival Barkers," please visit iamcastingmusic.com.


Music artist R. Stevie Moore has become well-known as the "godfather" of do-it-yourself home recordings, having created over 400 songs according to New York Times. He is releasing his new album on February 22nd, titled "Afterlife." It features 14-tracks that were recorded over the course of the last 15 years in five different states as R. Stevie Moore turns out some of the best work of his career. The wonderful pop tones of "Irony" and "Come My Way" become very addictive and keep you searching his catalog for hidden gems. The beautiful acoustics of "Take Back" and "You Don't Have To Worry About My Love" allows to discover how great his lyrics are and how he captures the moment with his music. To find out more about R. Stevie Moore and his latest release "Afterlife," please visit rsteviemoore.com.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Music From Rising Heavy Metal Acts The Drowned God and Judiciary

Arriving on January 25th, is the new release from Solid State Records artist, The Drowned God. Their new album "I'll Always Be The Same" features eight tracks, beginning with the screaming passionate vocals of "Low In The Heavens" and the more intense rhythmic appeal of "Catholic." The album continues with the slower, darker tone of "If You Were Them, You'd Do It Too," before picking the tempo back up with the exciting, hardcore metal of "Less Than An Exit." The Drowned God wrap up their new release with the more melodic mainstream metal sounds of "Sorrow Came Without The Wind" and the solid buzz of "You Were Right The First Time." To find out more about The Drowned God and their latest release "I'll Always Be The Same," please visit thedrownedgodband.com.


Also arriving on January 25th, is the full-length debut album, "Surface Noise" from the hardcore metal band, Judiciary. It features nine-tracks, beginning with the chugging guitars and screaming vocals of "Social Crusade," as their music hits you like a punch in the face. They pick up the pace with the thrash metal appeal of "Karma's Knife" and Temple," as Judiciary are sure to keep your adrenaline pumping and your head banging. The pounding drums of "Burden Of Truth" and the quick guitar work of "War (Time Is Nigh)" close the album with a final burst of energy that will leave you exhausted. To find out more about Judiciary and their latest release "Surface Noise," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/judiciarytx.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Music From Independent Artists Anthony Rogers, Lizard Brain and Sam Smith

Experimental/Avant-Garde music artist Anthony Rogers recently released his latest studio effort titled "One Day (A Journal)." The sound on this new twelve-track album pays homage to the music of the '70s, as displayed in the songs "I'll Take The Blame" and "Roman Candle." The harmonies on "In The Water" showcase Rogers knack for delivering the vocals in such a way, that you feel the lyrics, as well as hear them. He also presents a nostalgic, psychedelic sound with the songs "Into The See" and "Fly Away," as Anthony knows what instrumentation works in order to get his feelings across in his music. He wraps up his new album with the classic rock vibe of "Range Rover" and a reprise of the opening track "Mash," along with the clash of "Cocks In The Field." To find out more about Anthony Rogers and his latest release "One Day (A Journal)," please visit cdbaby.com.

Electronic British band, Lizard Brain recently released their third full-length album titled "Stray." It features a dozen tracks, beginning with the dance hall beats of "Lost In Sound," as the band look to carry on the classic eighties New Wave sound. The album continues with the alternative-pop tones of "Gannets" and the thick reggae/ska rhythm of "Am I Just A Name Now?." Lizard Brain return to the electronics of "Red Dress" and "Should I Tell You," which is where their heart seems to be, as the music becomes very addictive. They closes out their new album with the energetic pop feel of "Back To You" and the politically charged march of "Freedom." To find out more about Lizard Brain and their latest release "Stray," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/LizardBrainBand.

Arriving on January 25th is a new live EP from Manchester, England singer/songwriter Sam Smith. The new release titled "Live In Manchester" features seven tracks as Smith mixes together some originals with exciting covers. He strips everything away to perform magnificent acoustic versions of Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" and Slipknot's "Duality." In this live setting, you can focus more on his lyrics, as in the tale of "The Whiskey, Guns & Bridges Blues" and the beautiful piano ballad, "Bad Water." There is also a German Shepherd Records exclusive that features the full, twelve-song set, which features more from Smith's own catalog, as well as a cover of The Clash's "Janie Jones." To find out more about this new live release from Sam Smith, please visit facebook.com/theparishchurchfire.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The High Strung Turn Out "Quiet Riots" and Only Yours Are "Overrun" With Debut Release

The band, The High Strung may not be on the lips of movie fans, but one of it's founding members is. Guitarist/vocalist Josh Malerman is the writer of the hot, epic novel "Bird Box," which Netflix has turned into a national phenomenon. Now, his band The High Strung are preparing to release their new album titled "Quiet Riots." The new thirteen-track release begins with the alternative-pop melody of "Riots Of The Mind." As the band begin to enter their third decade together, you can hear how cohesive this band is during the classic rock vibe of "Legion" and the modern Americana tone of "Goffin & King." The band display a sixties rock feel with "Letters First" and "Summer Of Night," before wrapping up their new album the up-tempo pop of "Eavesdropped Upon Again" and the nearly six-minute, experimental combined effort of "Rubik's Cube/Alien Madman." To find out more about The High Strung and their latest release "Quiet Riots," please visit thehighstrungmusic.com.


Arriving February 1st is the debut album, "Overrun" from the Toronto-based rock band, Only Yours. Their new release features ten tracks, beginning with the very addictive melody of "Doubts," as you feel this band has been together longer than one album. They continue to impress with the steady, bass-driven rhythm of "Different" and the more pop-friendly beats of "Hamburg." Only Yours showcases their softer side on the soaring ballad "Surely I," before quickly returning to the up-tempo swing of "Everlasting," which could easily become the band's break-through single, with it's radio-friendly chorus. The band finish up their new album with steady pace of "Haunted By Love" and the sweeping emotions of "Stay." To find out more about Only Yours and their latest release "Overrun," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/onlyyoursmusic.

Monday, January 21, 2019

John Fusco Switches From Film To Music With The Release Of His Debut Album

Musician and award-winning filmmaker John Fusco is preparing to release his debut on February 11th, through Cody Dickinson's Checkerboard Lounge Recordings label. Fusco is joined by his band, The X-Road Riders and he picks up right where the late-great Gregg Allman left off. Fusco may be best known for the films "Crossroads," "Young Guns" and "Hidalgo," as well as the new Kevin Costner-Woody Harrelson drama "The Highwaymen."

His new self-titled album features ten tracks that bring you back to the southern, soulful sounds of blues/country rock, which The Allman Brothers Band turned into a fifty year career. He begins with the swagger of "Rolling Thunder," as you are introduced to Fusco's ruff vocals, which perfectly balances the great guitar work of Cody Dickinson. The blues come pouring out with the songs "Drink Takes The Man" and "Hello, Highway" as you begin to settle in to this great debut album. The gospel-like feel of "A Stone's Throw" and the classic Delta-blues of "I Got Soul," showcases Fusco's sound well beyond his years as he sound like a veteran bluesman. He finishes up his new album with the exciting guitar-organ exchange on "Boogie On The Bayou" and the dual-guitar shuffle of "Crossroad Blues," featuring Luther Dickinson. To find out more about John Fusco and the X-Road Riders, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/XRoadRiders.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Be Prepared To Put On Your "Travelin' Shoes" With The New Album From Marley's Ghost

Veteran bluegrass band, Marley's Ghost are preparing to release their 12th studio album, titled "Travelin' Shoes." It features a dozen gospel tracks that Marley's Ghost have added their special touch too, beginning with the traditional title-song "Travelin' Shoes." Next, they put a bit more pep into their step with the swinging rhythm of "Hear Jerusalem Moan," along with the wonderful harmonies of "You Can't Stand Up Alone." Producer Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) lends one of his original songs to the album, as Marley's Ghost put their spin on the gospel sounds of "Someday." Marley's Ghost add a sweet rhythm to "Shadrack," before picking the tempo up once again, with the swift-strumming of "Judgement Day." Marley's Ghost finish up their new album with the country twang of "Standining By The Bedside Of A Neighbor" and the beautiful, soothing sounds of the lullabye "Sweet Hour Of Prayer." To find out more about Marley's Ghost and their latest release "Travelin' Shoes," please visit marleysghost.com.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

New Music On The Arrival From Singer/Songwriters Peter Rogan, Ted Russell Kamp and RJ Chesney

Arriving March 1st, is the debut release from singer/songwriter Peter Rogan. Rogan is a steelworker, who was a former winner of the Great American Song Contest, so he decided to throw his hat into the ring with this album titled "Still Tryin' To Believe." The new twelve track release begins with the sweet, southern rock groove of the title-song, "Still Tryin' To Believe," as Peter collaborates with established artists, Phil Madeira (Alison Krauss) and Wil Kimbrough. The album continues with the bluesy shuffle of "Kickin' The Can" and "River Man," before picking the tempo up for the country rocker "The Rolling Mills Blues." The oldest song on this release, dates back five years as Peter shows us his more delicate side on the ballad "Beautiful Honey." He finishes his new album with the slow jazz instrumental "Song For Keith' (which was a Top 5 winner in the 2017 Great American Song Contest), and a short 80-second "Reprise" to end the album on a high note. To find out more about Peter Rogan and his latest release "Still Tryin' To Believe," please visit peterrogan.com.

Singer/songwriter Ted Russell Kamp is preparing to release his 11th studio album titled "Walkin' Shoes." It features thirteen tracks that revolve around love, travel and chaos. Kamp has had a steady flow of albums on the Americana charts, and this one should continue that achievement. The album begins with the swift pace of "Home Away From Home," as the tempo and lyrics fit the album's subject matter of travel perfectly. He continues with the country flavor of "Paid By The Mile," before slowing down for the bluesy ballad "This Old Guitar" that centers on recollection of the "good old times." Country artist Jaime Wyatt lends a hand on the sweet sounds of "Hearts Under Pressure" and "Freeway Mona Lisa," while fellow artist Brian Whelan works with Kamp on the uptempo swinging rhythm of "Get Off The Grid." Ted Russell Kamp wraps up his new album with a nod to The Band with the roots-rock feel of "Less Thinkin' More Drinkin'" and the all-out country rocker "Roll On Through The Night." To find out more about Ted Russell Kamp and his latest release "Walkin' Shoes," please visit tedrussellkamp.com.


Singer/songwriter RJ Chesney is preparing to release his new album "Amateur Revolution" in April. This album has been almost four years in the making, that began with a simple phone call about a proposition to film Chesney as a local artist performing in Los Angeles. This lead to the meeting of Chesney with Norwegian producer HP Gundersen, and the result is this new album. It features a dozen tracks that carry a classic country vibe as displayed in the two opening songs, "Splendors Of The Earth" and "Pull Down The Moon." You will fully appreciate RJ's songwriting on the gentle ballads "A Place Just For Me" and "Do You Remember Me?," while "Proud Of You Child" carries a very nostalgic vibe. He finishes his new album with the dark emotion-fueled "Death, An Old Widows Peak" and the more inspirational, light-hearted "Rise Up And Sing." To find out more about RJ Chesney and his latest release "Amateur Revolution," please visit rjchesney.com.

Friday, January 18, 2019

earMUSIC Remasters Heart "Live In Atlantic City" For CD & Vinyl Release

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, Heart are preparing to release a remastered version of "Live In Atlantic City," through earMUSIC on January 25. The show was filmed back in 2006 for the VH1 show "Decades Rock Live" and will finally be released for the first time on LP, CD, DVD and Blu-ray. The show featured a load of special guests, performing the music of Heart and some of their classic rock favorites.

The first guest to join the Wilson sisters on stage is guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) to perform energetic versions of "Straight On" and "Crazy On You." The band quiets down for the acoustic-fueled ballad "Lost Angel," as Ann's vocals lead the way. Country rocker Gretchen Wilson joins in on the classic Heart number "Even It Up" and an amazing cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll." Rufus Wainwright helps out on the quiet tone of "Dog & Butterfly" and Carrie Underwood steps in to duet on the ballad, "Alone." Sandwiched in-between those gentle songs is a short tribute to fellow Seattle rockers Alice In Chains, with stellar performances of "Would?" and "Roster," featuring Alice In Chains and Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses).

Dave Navarro returns to support Heart for their second Led Zeppelin cover of the evening with the steady pounding rhythm of "Misty Mountain Hop." This new thirteen track live release closes with Heart performing a couple of their most well-known tales, "Dreamboat Annie" and "Barracuda," which includes all of the special guests joining in. The DVD and Blu-ray also contain the bonus segment "Heart Confidentialia." To find out more about about this new live release from Heart, please visit heart-music.com.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Robert Berry Works With Keith Emerson One Last Time On "The Rules Have Changed"

American guitarist, singer and composer, Robert Berry recently released his latest collaboration titled "Rules Have Changed." It features contributions from the late keyboard wizard Keith Emerson, prior to his passing in 2016. Berry may be best known for working with Emerson and Carl Palmer in the band, 3; as well as lending his talents to the bands Ambrosia and Alliance.

His new eight track album begins with the exciting progressive rock appeal of "One By One," which is highlighted by the classic keyboard and piano work of Keith Emerson. This is followed by the more aggressive "Powerful Son," as once again Emerson's solo steals the spotlight. Berry slows the tempo down to highlight his vocals on the power ballad "Our Bond," before returning once again to the keyboard-heavy, progressive nature of "What You're Dreaming Now." Robert Berry finishes the new 3.2 album with the wonderful acoustics of "This Letter," which includes a playful melody, and the heavy rhythm and swift pace of the closer "Your Mark On The World," which Keith Emerson has surely left along with help from bandmate Robert Berry. To find out more about Robert Berry and his latest release "Rules Have Changed," please visit robertberry.com.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Singer Angela Verbrugge Swings On Her Debut Album & Rua das Pretas Make Sweet "Wine" Together

Jazz vocalist Angela Verbrugge will be releasing her debut album next month. It features a mix of originals and covers, beginning with the fun, swift pace of "I'm Running Late." Angela lets her stunning vocals soar on the title-song ballad "The Night We Couldn't Say Goodnight," before delivering a perfect rendition of Gershwin's "Love Walked In." Next, she takes on Duke Ellington's "All Too Soon" with flying colors as her voice is the perfect match for these classic jazz numbers. One of a few original songs written by Angela, is the playful rhythm of "You're Almost Perfect," while she breathes new life into the quick swing of "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big." Angela Verbrugge finishes her new album with the Latin melody of "Si Tu Pudierus Quereme (You And The Night And The Music)" and one of the other originals "How Did I Know This Was The End." To find out more about Angela Verbrugge and her latest release "The Night We Couldn't Say Goodbye," please visit angelasjazz.com.

The band, Rua das Pretas is made up of Portuguse-based traveling musicians, who came together in the studio to create "The Wine Album." The band has been compared to the likes of The Rolling Thunder Revue or a sort-of Portuguese Buena Vista Social Club as many different musicians and singers create this amazing, worldly sound captured on this new recording. The album features eleven tracks, beginning with the Latin-flair, acoustic folk ballad "Fado Silencio" and the steady pace of "Fado A Boire," lead by the beautiful vocals of Gabrielle Hartmann. The album is a mix of English and Portuguese, as songs like "Home Before Dark" and "White Or Red" are easier to follow, but the songs sung in their native language are even more attractive to listen to. Rua das Pretas close out their new album with the elegant acoustics of "Vinho Velho" and the folk/pop tones of "Natural As Love." To find out more about Rua das Pretas and their latest release "The Wine Album," please visit ruadaspretas.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases Arriving From 10:13, Cold Colours, Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control

One of the first waves of heavy metal music to hit your speakers this year comes from the underground bands, 10:13, Cold Colours, Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control. First up is the self-released debut album titled "Result Of An Iron Age" from 10:13. This one-man instrumental heavy metal act begins with "Oathblade," by combining fast-paced rhythms, spoken word dialogue, chugging guitars and swirling keyboards to create this complex piece of music. Next, he attacks your senses with the quiet acoustics that get overpowered by the aggressive juggernaut of drums on "The Worst In Me." His music takes on an industrial metal sound in "Misanthropic Delirium," before returning to a more classic black metal feel with "In The Black Book Of Death." 10:13 wraps up his new album with the guitar buzz of "Son Of Monotony," the grand eight-minute progressive metal piece "Nashiteric" and the keyboard driven "Conduit Closing." To find out more about 10:13 and his latest release "Result Of An Iron Age," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/1013neilcarter.

Next up, is the new self-release from Minnesota death metal band Cold Colours. Their new album titled "Northernmost" features a dozen tracks, as the band are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2019. After a short acoustic instrumental ("Northernmost I"), their aggressive sound takes over on the hard-hitting "Nightmare" and "A Life Forlorn." The acoustic interludes return throughout the album, almost like chapters, while the full onslaught of heavy metal music gets your adrenaline pumping once again. The growls of "Spirit" and the amazing musicianship displayed in "Heathen" makes Cold Colours one of the premier independent metal bands in America. To find out more about their new album "Northermost," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/coldcoloursmetal.

On February 22nd, we have a trio of new releases arriving on the Gates Of Hell Records label from Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control. These artists have their finger on the pulse of modern metal music, while also keeping a foot in the past, as you can hear with their influences. Traveler's new self-titled album simply explodes with its amazing guitar solos, soaring vocals and steady, but swift drum work. Songs like "Starbreaker," "Behind The Iron" and "Mindless Maze" showcase the great talents of this band. To find out more about Traveler and their latest release, please visit facebook.com/travelerheavymetal.

Vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud performs double-duty as the vocalist of Traveler and Gatekeeper, who broke onto the music scene with their 2018 debut album "East Of Sun." Now, Gatekeeper continues with a short, four-song EP titled "Grey Maiden." The amazing guitar work of the title-song and the epic feel of "Tale Of Twins" showcases a band on the rise as their songwriting continues to grow with each new release. To find out more about Gatekeeper and their latest release "Grey Maiden," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/GatekeeperBand.

We finish up with the classic metal sounds of Booze Control as they prepare to release their Gates Of Hell Records debut. The new album titled "Forgotten Lands" features ten tracks that carry a NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) sound, beginning with the high energy output of the title-song "Forgotten Lands" and also in "The Nameless." If you didn't know any better, you'd swear this music was created almost four decades earlier as "Spellbound" and "Playing With Fire" capture that nostalgic sound that has eluded heavy metal music. To find out more about Booze Control and their latest release "Forgotten Lands," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/boozecontrol.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Metal Blade Records Unleashes King Diamond "Live" And New Studio Album From Downfall Of Gaia

Metal Blade Records is preparing to start the year off with a massive new live release from the legendary metal artist, King Diamond. On January 25th, a new live DVD/Blu-ray titled "Songs For The Dead Live" will become available for fans. It features two full-shows of King Diamond performing at Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting in 2016 and Philadelphia's Fillmore in 2015. Both shows contain nearly identical set lists, but performed in front of a different audience, from separate countries. The result is two totally different reactions to the music of King Diamond.

Each set contains the band performing King Diamond's 1987 "Abigail" album in its entirety, but before we get to that, the show at Graspop kicks off with the intense delivery of "Welcome Home" and "Sleepless Nights." King Diamond also touches upon his days with Mercyful Fate with the amazing prog-metal delivery of "Melissa" and the heavy-hitting juggernaut "Come To The Sabbath." The second half of the show kicks off with the spoken word introduction of "Funeral," before the grand epic feel of "Arrival" and "The 7th Day Of July 1777" continue the tale of "Abigail." After the nearly 8-minute metal masterpiece "Black Horsemen," King Diamond closes the show with the quiet acoustics of "Insanity."

The recording of the second show was taken from a smaller venue, as the audience seems to play a bigger role in delivering the energy for King Diamond to strive on. The only switch is with the two songs "Eye Of The Witch" and "Halloween," as King Diamond and his band masterfully control the power of the audience's reaction to the songs. The short instrumental "Them" leads to the work of "Abigail," as "A Mansion In Darkness" works the crowd into a frenzy. The thunderous delivery of "Omens" and the swift work of "The Possession" is exactly the perfect remedy to exert all of energy it can from this explosive American audience. To find out more about King Diamond and his new live release "Songs For The Dead Live," please visit kingdiamondcoven.com.

This winter season also brings us the new studio album from hardcore metal giants, Downfall of Gaia. Their new album titled "Ethic Of Radical Finitude" features only six tracks, beginning with the atmospheric introduction of "Seduced By." This quickly gives way to the intense pace of "The Grotesque Illusion Of Being," as you begin to notice a more melodic feel the band's aggressive sound. The middle of this new release peaks with back to back epic numbers, as "We Pursue The Serpent Time" and "Guided Through A Starless Night" deliver new highs for this heavy metal band. Downfall of Gaia finish up their new album with the increasing tempo "Of Withering Violent Leaves," which showcases the band's full musical talents. To find out more about Downfall of Gaia and their latest release "Ethic Of Radical Finitude," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/DownfallofGaia.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Re-Issues Big Star "Live" On CD & For The First Time On Vinyl

New from Omnivore Recordings is the latest from the Memphis rock band, Big Star. Omnivore Recordings has done a tremendous job bringing Big Star back into the mainstream consciousness, and their latest release "Live On WLIR" showcases the band and their rawest.

Following the release of their second album, "Radio City," Big Star performed live at Ultrasonic Studios in New York and it was broadcast on the city premier rock radio station, WLIR-FM. The set was first issued back in 1992, simply titled "Live," but has since gone out of print. Now on January 25, it is being re-issued on CD and for the first time on vinyl.

The band's fifteen-song set covers all the basis of their first two albums, along with a short three-minute interview segment. The band's sound is especially raw during the recording of songs like "Mod Lang" and "In The Street." Big Star also perform a short acoustic set, which is highlighted by their cover of Loudon Wainwright III's "Motel Blues." This new amazing set only adds to the legacy of the band as Omnivore Recordings continues to revise their catalog of recordings. To find out more about Big Star and their new live release "Live On WLIR," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bar/None Records Introduces You To The Other Side Of Alex Chilton With Two New Releases

On February 8th, Bar/None Records will release a couple of albums from Alex Chilton from his overlooked, more laid-back period of his career. Chilton may be best known as the lead singer of the successful bands, The Box Tops and Big Star. Unfortunately, Alex Chilton left us way too soon, suffering a fatal heart attack in 2010 at the age of 59.

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Alex Chilton was hitting the height of his fame as a solo alternative rock artist, but he never forgot about the swinging music of the 50's and 6o's that he fell in love with as a youngster. The new release "Songs From Robin Hood Lane" collects a dozen unreleased tracks that Alex Chilton made over the course of his career that showcases that love for jazz from the 50s. Beginning with "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" and as you continue with "There Will Never Be Another You," you will discover how well Chilton could croon. You will fall in love with his acoustic versions of "Let's Get Lost" and "All Of You," as his voice had that perfect tone to just lead you down to lovers lane. The disc closes with a beautiful lounge version of "Time After Time" and a quiet solo performance of "What Was."

The other new release titled "From Memphis To New Orleans" centers around 15-tracks that Alex Chilton recorded about his love for the southern music club circuit. Right from the the beginning, the style of "B-A-B-Y" and "Thank You John," give you a sense that Chilton could of had a second career as an R&B artist with his passion for swinging rhythms and pulsating of horns. This set also shows glimpses of his love for the blues with "No Sex" and "Take It Off." He displayed his talent for combining the two genres with "Make A Little Love" and "Guantanamerika," before closing with a wonderful cover of "Lonely Weekends." To find out more about these two new compilation from Alex Chilton, please visit bar-none.com.

Friday, January 11, 2019

New Releases This February From Singer/Songwriters Amy McCarley and Reed Foehl

Arriving February 8th, is the third studio album from singer/songwriter Amy McCarley. The new release titled "MECO" features ten tracks that carry a country vibe, centered around Amy's amazing, warming vocals. The album begins with the steady pace of "A Clue," as she delivers only what is necessary. George Bradfute highlights "Clarksdale Blues" with some nice slide guitar, before special guest Marty Stuart adds mandolin to the classic, front porch strumming of "Never Can Tell." Amy once again showcases her beautiful singing and songwriting on the ballad of "How You Do." She wraps up her new album with the honky-tonk vibe of "Ain't Life Funny," featuring Kenny Lovelace (Jerry Lee Lewis) on fiddle, and the nostalgic country flow of "Farewell Paradise." To find out more about Amy McCarley and her latest release "MECO," please visit amymccarley.com.


Another new release arriving in February, comes from singer/songwriter Reed Foehl. His new album titled "Lucky Enough" features ten brand new tracks specially crafted by Reed and backed by the well-known Austin, TX musicians, Band Of Heathens. He starts out with the gentle strumming "Stealing Starlight" and the quiet acoustics of "American Miles," which just excels into the beautiful landscape that Reed paints with his words. He begins to pick the tempo up with the steady rhythm of "If It Rains" and "He's On An Island," but sandwiched in-between is the piano ballad "Carousel Horses." Reed Foehl finishes up his new album with the pop/folk tone of "Wish I Knew" and wonderfully, emotion-filled "Color Me In." To find out more about Reed Foehl and his latest release "Lucky Enough," please visit reedfoehlmusic.com.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Singer/Songwriter Melody Guy Delivers "Dry The Rivers" & Dylan Rodrigue Plays A "Cat's Game"

From Nashville comes the tenth solo album from singer/songwriter Melody Guy. Her new album titled "Dry The Rivers" features a dozen tracks that blurs the lines between country, folk, pop, soul and rock music. She begins with the built-up excitement of "Tangible Love," as Melody wastes no time showing off her strong vocals. The wonderful melody of "Tell Me I'm Not The Only One" carries a nostalgic vibe, while "Mercy" is a beautiful country ballad that showcases the tender side to her songwriting. The Americana sound of the title song, "Dry The Rivers" displays Melody's maturity and knack for capturing that special emotion. She wraps up her new album with the country roots of "Carve Another Notch," the bluesy feel of "Better Left Unsaid" and the recollection of "Shadow." To find out more about Melody Guy and her latest release "Dry The Rivers," please visit melodyguy.com.

Also arriving this month is the new album from Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dylan Rodrigue. His new release titled "Cat's Game" features nine tracks, beginning with the alternative, folk rock of the album's lead single, "White Moon." His music was inspired by the experimental rock of Neil Young, the edginess of The Stooges, along with a dash of Elliott Smith. The album continues with the stripped-down, stark acoustics of "Self-Love" and "Some Kind Of Heaven," before plugging in for the raw, punk-like fury of "The Money Game." Dylan Rodrigue wraps up his new album with the gentle strumming of "If You're Not My Lover" and the poetic words of "Living In Color." To find out more about Dylan Rodrigue and his latest release "Cat's Game," please visit dylanrodrigue.com.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Releases From Guitarist Extraordinaire Dewa Budjana and Stephan Thelen

World-renowned guitarist Dewa Budjana recently released his 11th solo album titled "Mahandini." The new seven-song release also includes some special guests, like guitarist/singer John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Indonesian comedian/singer Soimah Pancawati. The album begins with progressive rock build-up of "Crowded," as Frusciante handles the vocals and helps out with the guitar-fill on this classic rock sounding piece. Dewa adds some jazz fusion to his repertoire during "Queen Kanya," before the native sounds of Soimah Pancawati gives "Hyang Girl" a worldly sound. Guitarist Mike Stern (Blood Sweat & Tears) helps turn "ILW" into a high-energy rocker, before Dewa Budjana closes out his new album with melodic tones of "Zone." To find out more about Dewa Budjana and his latest release "Mahandini," please visit dewabudjana.com.


Guitarist/composer Stephan Thelen is preparing to release his Moonjune Records debut titled "Fractal Guitar." It features five amazing instrumentals that not only showcases Thelen's wonderful skills on the guitar, but also takes you on a sonic journey, beginning with the nearly twenty minute "Briefing For A Descent Into Hell." Thelen leads a band of guitarist through the song's melody as you are prepared for this progressive rock escape. Thelen continues to add a bit more groove to the mysterious thirteen-minute adventure of "Road Movie," then experiments with effects on the title-song "Fractal Guitar." He wraps up his new album by taking his time on the subtle build-up of "Urban Nightscape." To find out more about Stephan Thelen and his latest release "Fractal Guitar," please visit stephanthelen-moonjune.bandcamp.com.