Sunday, March 31, 2019

New Music From Children's Recording Artists Renee Stahl, Lissa Schneckenburger, Randy Kaplan and Angela James

Award-winning children's recording artist, Renee Stahl returns with her second Renee & Friends album titled "Kindred." It features a load of special guest including Ziggy Marley, Lisa Loeb, Chris Stills, Elizabeth Mitchell and more. Renee begins her new 11-song release with the stomp-clap rhythm of "Kindness," as Renee duets with fellow singer Jeremy Toback on the song's meaningful lyrics. Ziggy Marley and Renee Stahl seem like the perfect match for a cover of Cat Stevens' "Where Do The Children Play," while Chris Stills comforts your heart on the gentle acoustic ballad "Home." Renee swings with Tom Rossi on the playful melody of "Kindred," then Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell lend a hand on their friendly cover of "High Hopes." Renee finishes up her new album with the sweet, innocent singing of Amelia and Isadora Dektor on "Rely" and the solo, acoustic folk ballad "How Did You Get So." To find out more about "Kindred," the latest release from Renee & Friends, please visit reneeandfriends.com . 


Traditional fiddler/singer Lissa Schneckenburger had a calling to create an album geared toward being a loving, caring parent of children with developmental trauma. On May 17, she will release "Thunder In My Arms," a new set of ten songs that brings together Lissa's decades of experience, with her latest inspiration of being a foster parent. The album begins with the the thumping beat of "Look Away," as the song's energy will draw you in with its truthful message of strength. Her vocals simply soars on the passion of "On My Own" and also on the swaying blues ballad of "I Need Us Together." Lissa continues with the comforting sounds of "Feel Better" and the gentle folk strumming of "They Sent Me A Picture." She wraps up her new album with "I'll Stick Around," which showcases her talents on the fiddle, before closing with the inspirational acoustic strumming of "When My Baby Cries." To find out more about Lissa Schneckenburger and her latest release "Thunder In My Arms," please visit lissafiddle.com . 


On May 10th, singer/songwriter Randy Kaplan returns with his seventh "not-just-for-kids" album "Shake It And Break It." It features a dozen tracks that center around the pre-World War II country and delta blues. Randy sings it in such a way for kids, as well as parents, to enjoy, beginning with the playful "Candy Man Blues." He continues with the fun delivery of "Shake It And Break It" and the deep southern blues of "Boogie Chillen," as Randy tells the kids a story of searching for the blues. Next, Randy sings to the parents during the acoustic finger-picking of "It Hurts Me Too (Sitting On Top Of The World)," before telling us about life as man's best friend with "Been Your Dog." Randy wraps up his latest album with storied lyrics of "From Four Until Late" and the fun, up-beat strumming of "Little Brown Jug." To find out more about Randy Kaplan and his latest "Shake It And Break It," please visit randykaplan.com .


Singer/songwriter Angela James is preparing to release her new album titled "Quiet Night." It features a collection of lullabies made by a weary parent for weary parents. Her new eight-song release begins with gentle instrumental "Hummingbird." You will simply find yourself beginning to relax, as the music flows through your speakers. Angela's  beautiful voice draws you in to loving folk ballads "Goodnight, My Honey" and "Sun And Moon." Then her vocals will lift you off to dream land with "Sweetest Bird" and "Sailing," before finishing her new album with the subtle hint of jazz on the slow-moving instrumental "Hattie's Dream." To find out more about Angela James and her latest release "Quiet Night," please visit angelajamesmusic.com . 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Musician Mitch Woods Tips His "Hat To Fats" Domino With His New Live Album

Jazz pianist Mitch Woods decided to pay tribute to the late-great New Orleans native Fats Domino at last years Jazz & Heritage Festival. Woods also recorded the show for a new live release titled "A Tip Of The Hat To Fats." It features nine songs, each with its own spoken word introduction, as you can't help to swing to some well-known classics mixed in with some of Woods originals. Supporting Mitch Woods on stage is the premier backing band, The Rocket 88's.

The set begins with the piano boogie of "Solid Gold Cadillac," quickly followed by the intense swinging rhythm of "Down Boy Down." Next he pays tribute to local piano great, Professor Longhair with the swanky original "Mojo Mombo." Woods shows his love for Fats Domino with his performance of the classics "Blue Monday" and "Walking To New Orleans." The band gets their energy flowing one last time with the famous "Rocket 88," before Mitch Woods closes his set with the boogie-woogie swing of "House Of Blue Light." 

Mitch Woods is performing a string of shows in the Virgin Island and then he returns to California for a bunch of shows in April and May, celebrating the release of his new live album. To find out more about Mitch Woods and his new album "A Tip Of The Hat To Fats," please visit mitchwoods.com.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Jimbo Mathus Tells Us His Stories On His New Album "Incinerator"

Singer/songwriter/producer and shaman, Jimbo Mathus is preparing to release his brand new studio album "Incinerator" on April 5th, through Big Legal Mess Records. Mathus may be best know as one of the founding members of the American jazz/swing band Squirrel Nut Zippers, but for the past twenty years has be honing a solo career.

His latest release may be his most personal and vulnerable, as Mathus worked with only two other musicians (Bronson Tew and Matt Patton) to lay down a dozen tracks in only two days. He begins with the country blues of "You Are Like A Song," which feels like it came straight from the Carter Family recordings. Fellow singer/songwriter Andrew Bird lends a hand on the emotional ballad "Really Hurt Someone," as the live vocal recording really shines through on this song. The simpleness of "South Of Laredo" and the gentleness of "Been Unraveling" showcases another side of Mathus' songwriting, while "Alligator Fish" brings back the raw, southern blues that Jimbo Mathus finds comfort in. He wraps up his new album with the beautiful ballad "Sunken Road," which features the vocals of Lilly Hiatt (daughter of John Hiatt) and a stark, acoustic cover of the Carter Family's hymn "Give Me The Roses." To find out more about Jimbo Mathus and his latest release "Incinerator," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/jimbomathus.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Zappa Records & Universal Music Enterprises Turns "Zappa In New York" Into A Deluxe Masterpiece

Back in 1976, Frank Zappa and his band performed four sold-out shows at The Palladium in New York City. The shows were recorded for a possible live album, which ended up being released two years later in 1978 as "Zappa In New York." In the last 40 years, it has become one of Frank Zappa's most beloved albums, and to celebrate it's anniversary, the original "Zappa In New York" album is being newly remastered from the original mix for a new release on March 29th. The album will be available through Zappa Records/UMe, as part of a new 5-disc deluxe box set, as well as a 3LP set and also digitally.

This new 5-disc collection comes in a limited edition round metal tin, shaped-like a New York City manhole cover with "Zappa In New York Deluxe" embossed on the lid. The insides include a new 60-page booklet filled with everything you every wanted to know about the performances. Essays and liner notes by Ray White, Joe Travers with Jen Jewel Brown and Ruth Komanoff Underwood, along with new, never-before seen photos of the performance grace the pages. Also included is a replica of a ticket from the event, along with each of the five discs housed in its own cardboard sleeve.

The first disc features the entire original 1977 vinyl mix of the "Zappa In New York" album, which sounds perfect. From Frank leading the band through "Black Page #2," to the wonderful jams of "The Illinois Enema Bandit" and "The Purple Lagoon," it will certainly bring you back to this classic period in Frank Zappa's illustrious career.

Now, discs 2-4 are made up of 33 previously unreleased live tracks pulled from the Zappa archives and newly remastered by Bob Ludwig for this special collection. While the entire shows are not present, the best version of each composition from that famous four-night run is here is stellar quality. Zappa classics like "Peaches En Regalia," "The Torture Never Stops" and "Montana" are present, along side alternate versions of songs that were originally released on the "Zappa In New York" album. Other highlights include the story of "Punky's Whips," the funky-fueled "I Am The Slime" and a 28-minute version of "Black Napkins" that sees the band firing on all cylinders. 

The fifth disc in this set includes seven "bonus vault content" performances, like solo piano versions of "The Black Page #1" and "The Black Page #2," along with an original 1977 studio mix of "Crusin' For Burgers." This new deluxe edition of "Zappa In New York" has everything to whet the appetite of even the most die hard of Zappa fans, with over three hours of unreleased material for your listening pleasure. Fans new and old can now dissect and discuss even more of Zappa's material and will certainly make us wonder what else lies in the Frank Zappa vault for future releases from Zappa Records. To find out more about this new 40th anniversary edition of "Zappa In New York," please visit zappa.com.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Journey Performs Entire "Escape" & "Frontiers" Albums "Live In Japan 2017"

The band Journey have certainly had their shares of extreme highs and lows throughout the band's existence. Their first three albums did not sell very well, that was until newcomer Steve Perry took over on vocals and Journey became worldwide superstars almost overnight. After 20 years, Perry quit the band, and Journey were once again struggling to get noticed on the music charts. Then, lightning strikes again when unknown Filipino singer, Arnel Pineda turns Journey into one of the premier live acts in the world.

The band's latest new release is a live concert recorded in Japan and captures Journey performing their two most well-known studio albums ("Escape" and "Frontiers) in concert. The new release titled "Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers" will be released on March 29th through Eagle Rock Entertainment as a Blu-ray/2CD set or as a DVD/2CD set.

Right from the opening notes of "Don't Stop Believin'," you knew that this was a special performance, as these two albums have definitely stood the test of time. Journey runs through the "Escape" album flawlessly, performing the fan favorites "Stone In Love" and "Who's Crying Now." You can almost feel the emotions flowing through the audience, as they respond to Arnel's energetic stage show. The film tries to capture every moment by switching between guitarist Neal Schon's amazing solos, drummer Steve Smith's powerful fills and keyboardist Jonathan Cain memorable tapping of the keys.

The band's original "Escape" and "Frontiers" albums line-up (minus Steve Perry) seem to feel a renewed energy, playing these two iconic releases in their entirety once again. The deep cuts like "Still They Ride," "Dead Or Alive," "Chain Reaction" and "Back Talk" seem to have a renewed energy when performed live. Whether watching the video or listening to the CDs, you could almost mistake Arnel's vocals for Steve Perry classic sound, especially during the ballads "Open Arms" and "Faithfully." This new live video comes at you from many different angles and uses high definition cameras to make "Live In Japan 2017" the new testament to this current line-up of Journey. You will certainly find yourself putting this new live album on repeat.

To find out more about Journey and their latest release "Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers," please visit journeymusic.com.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tyler Ramsey Prepares An Album Of New Music "For The Morning"

American singer/songwriter and former Band of Horses guitarist, Tyler Ramsey is preparing to release his first solo album "For The Morning," since leaving his former band. Tyler fills this album with beautiful melodies and you may be instantly amazed at Tyler's vocal ability, as he welcomes you with the sweeping sounds of "Your Whole Life." He picks the tempo up with the more pop-oriented, Americana feel of "A Dream Of Home," before stepping back into more familiar territory with the acoustic folk appeal of "White Coat." Tyler beautifully blends together the elements of rock and country with the pure sounds of "Breaking A Heart" and "Firewood." The stark acoustics of "Cheap Summer Dress," allows Tyler's vocals to stand-out, as you will certainly take notice. Tyler Ramsey finishes up his new album with the decades earlier, classic country vibes of "Evening Country" and the quiet tones of the title-song "For The Morning." 

Tyler Ramsey is heading out on a solo tour this April, to co-inside with the release of his new album. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about Tyler Ramsey and his latest release "For The Morning," which will be released on April 5th through Fantasy Records, please visit tylerramsey.com.

Monday, March 25, 2019

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Invite You To Join Them "In The House Of Strange Affairs"

Electronic, industrial rock band, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult have returned with an album of all new material titled "In The House Of Strange Affairs." It it the band's first new release in five years, as they look to re-capture the height of their popularity from the mid-nineties. This new twelve-song set begins with the mood setting musical build-up of "Gold To Grey," before kicking things into high gear with the energetic blast of "Forbidden Saints." They deliver a psychotic jazz fusion vibe on "Treat Street" and then work in the electronic beats of "It's Me Holly," which gets the adrenaline flowing once again. They find the perfect upbeat, club dance mix with "Studio 21" and then flex their hardcore industrial rock muscle on the sonic stranglehold of "Royal Skull." My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult wrap up their new album with dark steady flow of "Under The Crown" and the piano build-up of "Am I Dead," as the voices will rattle around your head. 

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult will be heading out on a U.S. tour at the beginning of May. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album "In The House Of Strange Affairs," please visit mylifewiththethrillkillkult.com.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Kiss Explode Onto Mohegan Sun As Part Of Their "End Of The Road" Tour

When the rock giants Kiss stepped onto the stage for the first time back in 1973, no one (except maybe the band) thought that it would last over 45 years. Kiss are finally closing the last chapter in "Kisstory" with their latest tour named "The End Of The Road." The Mohegan Sun Arena last Saturday night was ground zero for this tour to make its final appearance in Connecticut.

Kiss was never the conventional band, as they used explosions and neon lights, before they became the norm at rock concerts. So, Saturday night started out with another choice for an opening act that may have seemed odd. Performance painter David Garibaldi ("America's Got Talent" finalist) got the night rolling with a mix of music with a trio of paintings, depicting Ozzy Osbourse, Jimi Hendrix and of course Kiss.

Then is was time for the headliner, as the famous words rang through the speakers "You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world, KISS!" The curtain dropped and the band descended from the rafters, as explosions and fireworks lit up the stage. Kiss dove right into a trio of classics with "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud" and "Deuce." The dozen or so octagon shaped lighting dishes along with the huge video screen only added to the lasers, fires and explosions that a Kiss concert is known for. 

Plus, no Kiss concert would be complete without the fire-breathing, blood spurting demon (Gene Simmons) getting the crowd riled up. Simmons and his partner in crime, Paul Stanley (only original members) traded lead vocals, as Kiss ran through a history of songs, including "I Love It Loud," "Heaven's On Fire" and "Lick It Up," which also featured The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

Drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer got their moments in the spotlight with their own extraordinary solos. The night also featured Simmons ascending up to the roof to perform "God Of Thunder," while Stanley's own theatrics of flying over the crowd got a big applause from the fans.

Kiss closed out their main set with one of their oldest songs, "Black Diamond," which was originally released on their debut album, back in 1974. The encore began with Eric Singer rising up through the stage on a white grand piano to sing the famous ballad, "Beth." After a quick bow from the band, the night closed with the pounding rhythm of "Do You Love Me" and the confetti-filled, explosiveness of "Rock And Roll All Nite," as Simmons and Thayer flew over the crowd, bringing the music out to the audience.

If this is the final word on Kiss in Connecticut, they certainly left their impression on the packed arena.  The fans came out for one reason, to thank a band that has stood the test of time and gave us one amazing soundtrack to our lives.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

UB40 Are Preparing To Release A New Studio Album "For The Many" On March 29th

The English reggae/pop band UB40 are preparing to release their first album of new music in over five years. The new release titled "For The Many," is the band's 19th studio album and also features a load of special guests. UB40 may be best known in the U.S. for their number one singles "Red Red Wine" and "( I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You."

The new album kicks off with the upbeat, reggae vibe of "The Keeper," as their music still feels timeless. The band slow the rhythm down, but let the horns take over on "Broken Man," which features contributions from reggae singer, Kabaka Pyramid. It's time to hop aboard the "Gravy Train," as you feel transported to the islands of the Caribbean with the song's laid back vibe. The album's lead single "Moonlight Lover" is a fun piece of music as UB40 invite fellow Birmingham reggae artist Gilly G. to swap lyrics. The album finishes with the light-hearted island vibe of "Poor Fool" and the more emotional tone of "All We Do Is Cry," which features British/Asian pop artist Hunterz.

UB40 are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year with a huge European/U.S. tour this spring and summer. The are heading out on the road on March 23rd, before hitting the U.S. in August. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "For The Many," please visit ub40.global.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Todd Rundgren's Utopia Return With New "Live At The Chicago Theatre" Release

Arriving April 5th, from classic rock icon Todd Rundgren is a new live album titled "Live At The Chicago Theatre." The show celebrates his band Utopia, which originally formed in 1974. It has been over thirty years since Rundgren has performed strictly Utopia music live, and for this special occasion the entire concert was filmed in high-definition for this new special release. The new deluxe edition features a Blu-Ray, DVD and 2 CDs, while a special edition green double-vinyl version will also be released, but two weeks later on April 19th.

The show kicks off, much like Utopia's debut album, with the 14-minute, mostly instrumental "Utopia Theme." Todd Rundgren is joined onstage by Kasim Sulton (bass), Willie Wilcox (drums) and Gil Assayas (keyboards). The band perform a shorten version of "The Ikon," before rocking out to a cover of Electric Light Orchestra's "Do Ya." Utopia keep the energy flowing with "Freedom Fighters" and "Back On The Street," as this latest version of Utopia have the perfect chemistry. The first disc closes with the progressive rock appeal of "Overture/Communion With The Sun" and the more aggressive rocker "Last Of The New Wave Riders."

The show continues with the "Road To Utopia," which originally kicked off the band's 1979 album "Adventures In Utopia." Todd Rundgren's Utopia dives into their eighties catalog with the songs "Play The Game," "Swing To The Right" and "Princess Of The Universe." Utopia's two most successful singles "Set Me Free" and "Hammer In My Heart" finally find their way into the set list, as the audience appreciates the trip down memory lane. Todd Rundgren's Utopia finish up the show with the popular ballads "Love Is The Answer" and "Just One Victory."

Todd Rundgren is heading out on a two month tour, beginning April 3rd in the Netherlands, before hitting the U.S. the following week. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about the new release from Todd Rundgren's Utopia "Live At The Chicago Theatre," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/toddrundgren.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Give Us "The Best Of Everything"

Since the untimely passing of Tom Petty in October of 2017, The Heartbreakers, along with Tom's family, have released a giant set of unreleased gems titled "An American Treasure." It features over 60 songs from the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vault. It also seemed like the right time to sum up the career of a man who has touched so many rock 'n' roll hearts. Back on March 1st, Geffen Records/UMe teamed up to create the ultimate Tom Petty 'greatest hits' package titled "The Best Of Everything." This new set, released as a double-disc CD set or a four vinyl record set features 38 tracks that covers Petty's entire career with The Heartbreakers, as a solo artist and for the first time as a member of Mudcrutch. 

Of course, will all 'best of' collections, you are going to have some of your favorite songs not make the cut, but for starters, this set kicks off with the Petty solo greats, "Free Fallin'," "You Wreck Me" and "I Won't Back Down." Then it shifts to the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' classics "Don't Do Me Like That," "Breakdown" and "The Waiting." Petty's last greatest hits set "Anthology: Through The Years" only reached up to 1995, while "The Best Of Everything" includes songs from his last four albums with The Heartbreaks, as well as his final solo release "Highway Companion."

The set does not run in chronological order, which actually helps you absorb each song individually, as Tom Petty worked on making each album it's own work of art. Some of the welcome additions to this career-spanning release is of course the song "Wildflowers," which certainly belongs on every Tom Petty "best of" compilation. Others that may not be as well known, are the Mudcrutch songs "Scare Easy," "Trailer," "Hungry No More" and "I Forgive It All," but they fit in perfectly along side other recent favorites like "American Plan B" and "Square One." This set also includes two unreleased songs, an alternative version of the title song "The Best Of Everything," which originally appeared on the "Southern Accents" album. This new version restores the lost second verse. The other previously unreleased gem, which is the latest lead single from the band, is the song "For Real," which was originally recorded during the sessions for "The Last DJ" album. It begins with just Tom strumming on an acoustic guitar, before the rest of the band join in on this ballad.

This new release also includes a new essay, specially written for this collection, from author, journalist, director Cameron Crowe. To find out more about Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' latest release "The Best Of Everything," please visit tompetty.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

New Music On The Horizon From Bambi Lee Savage, Creature And The Woods and Faux Co

Arriving in May, is the new album titled "Berlin-Nashville Express" from Americana rocker Bambi Lee Savage. Bambi entered the music industry as an audio engineer, working on such classic albums as U2's "Achtung Baby" and Nick Cave & The Band Seeds' "The Good Son." After being featured on the "Sling Blade" soundtrack, Bambi entered the studio to release her debut album in 2003. Now sixteen years later, she is preparing to release her fourth studio album, which features ten tracks, beginning with the Texas-flavored, country roots of "Honey" and "This Blue Heart." She continues with the swift pace and sweet slide-guitar of "Get Out My Pillow (I'm Comin' Home)" and "Baby Come Back." Bambi pours her heart into the soulful ballad "I'll Have To Leave Town (To Get Over You)," before finishing her new album with the boost of energy supplied by "Drinker Of Gin" and the beautiful, sweeping melody of "Darlin' (Savannah Remix)." To find out more about Bambi Lee Savage and her latest release "Berlin-Nashville Express," please visit bambileesavage.com.


Next, from sunny San Diego comes the new four-song EP from the Americana/rock band, Creature And The Woods. Their new album titled "J Tree" looks to follow the success of their debut album "Rise," back in 2017. The album begins with the pounding rhythm and slices of guitar during "Widow's Waltz," as the band come together for the powerful chorus of, "Dark days of the summer are ending now." They slow the tempo down for the bluesy feel of "Head Above Water," while "Oh, Well" is a modern, psychedelic rock masterpiece that plays perfectly with headphones. Creature And The Woods wrap of their new new four-song EP with the up-beat, acoustic sing-along of "Two Golden Coins." To find out more about Creature And The Woods and their latest release "J Tree," please visit creatureandthewoods.com.


Arriving April 5th, is the debut album "Radio Silence" from Chicago's own Faux Co. Their new eight-song release begins with the bright, guitar-strumming melody of "Prozac Spaceman," as their sound seems familiar, but at the same time original. They mix together a sixties pop sound with an alternative rawness for the addictive "Set The Record Straight," before slowing down for the nostalgic trip of "Oh, Mother Night." Faux Co draw upon the influence of the early Rolling Stones' records during "Gimmie Sumthin'," before they close out their new album with the acoustic pop harmonies of "It's Nothing, Really" and the build-up of the psychedelic rock ballad "Get A Say." To find out more about Faux Co and their latest release "Radio Silence," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/fauxcoband.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

New Music From Indie-Artists Emily Jean Flack, Jordan Indiana Gonzalez and Girls On Grass

From Canada comes the debut release titled "Throwing Stones" from singer/songwriter Emily Jean Flack. She is the daughter of Denise Flack, who is a member of the Celtic pop band, Leahy. Emily's new album begins with subtle touches of piano and guitar, while her voice simply soars with beauty on the opening track, "Another Year Gone By." The gentle acoustics of "One Word" are the perfect backdrop for Emily, as you will easily be drawn in to her vocals. She moves into a more pop direction on "Not Gonna Be The One," while also bringing in aspects of her Celtic background. Emily Jean Flack wraps up her new short five songs release with the most up-tempo track on the album, "Throwing Shapes." To find out more about newcomer Emily Jean Flack and her latest release "Throwing Stones," please visit emilyjeanflack.com.


Next, from Nashville comes the latest self-title release from singer/songwriter Jordan Indiana Gonzalez. His new thirteen-song release begins with the energetic pop tones of "Wildfire," as the nickname "American Ed Sheeran" seems to be the perfect fit to describe Jordan's sound. He quiets down for the gentle ballad "Today Is A New Day," as you begin to fall in love with his stellar songwriting and warming vocals. He quickly returns back to the pop roots of "Losing You" and "Patiently Waiting," while the songs "Everything" and "Memory" are the perfect selections to get Jordan the recognition his music deserves. He wraps up his new album with the beautiful pop journey aboard "Starship" and "Burning Heart," as Jordan continues to follow the blueprint of mainstream chart success. To find out more about Jordan Indiana Gonzalez and his latest self-titled release, please visit jordanindianagonzalez.com.


Arriving April 5th, is the sophomore album from Brooklyn's Girls On Grass. The new release titled "Dirty Power" features eleven tracks, beginning with alternative, Americana pop energy of "Down At The Bottom" and "Street Fight." The band deliver a more countrified sound on "Got To Laugh To Keep From Crying," before expanding into rockabilly territory with the swift pace and stunning guitar work of "Two Places." Girls On Grass showcase a nostalgic rock/pop sound with the addictive "Into The Sun," before wrapping up their new album with the guitar boogie of "Commander In Thief" and the up-tempo, acoustic strumming of "Thoughts Are Free." To find out more about Girls On Grass and their latest release "Dirty Power," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/girlsongrassmusic.

Monday, March 18, 2019

New Hard Rock Releases From Shallow Side, Red Sun Rising, I Prevail and 9Electric

After six years of performing live and releasing three EPs, we finally get the full-length debut album from Shallow Side, arriving March 29th through Thermal Entertainment LLC. The new album titled "Saints & Sinners" features ten tracks, beginning with the electrifying guitar riffs and high energy chorus of "Revival" and the southern hard-rock approach of the title-song "Saints & Sinners." Their sound gets even more intense with the pounding rhythm of "Sound The Alarm," before slowing down for the burning rock ballad "Temptations." Shallow Side come roaring back with the hard rock attack of "Hallelujah," before finishing their new album with sonic blast of "No More" and the arena-built sound of "Carry On." To find out more about Shallow Side and their latest release "Saints & Sinners," please visit shallowside.net.

As American rockers, Red Sun Rising head out on the road beginning March 21st for a month-long U.S. tour, they are also releasing a new four song EP titled "Peel." It features three songs that the band have re-recorded from their last couple albums, along with a brand new cover version of The Beach Boys' 'Wouldn't Be Nice." The new album begins with The Beach Boys' cover, as Red Sun Rising do an outstanding job on the song, but it almost sounds too perfect, without adding anything of their own to give it another style. The new release continues with the acoustic based, up-tempo "Left For Dead," as the band seem more passionate about giving their own songs a new makeover. Red Sun Rising close out their new EP with the gentle ballad "Blister," as this release is a great addition for fans to get excited about their upcoming tour. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Peel," please visit redsunrisingmusic.com.

On March 29th, arrives the latest release titled "Trauma" from the hardcore rock band, I Prevail. Their new album features 13 tracks, beginning with the sonic blast of "Bow Down," as I Prevail come out swinging on their new album. They deliver a more melodic metal tone to "Paranoid" and slow down for the duet with Delaney Jane on the rock ballad "Every Time You Leave." The album's lead single "Break It Down" begins with the slow, moody tones of the opening verse, before the the crash of chorus powers the song's energy. I Prevail take it to another level on the hardcore attack of "Gasoline," while "Hurricane" will turn them into mainstream metal radio mainstays. The band wrap up their new album with the steady, swift rhythm of "Low" and the gentle ballad "I Don't Belong Here." To find out more about I Prevail and their latest release "Trauma," please visit iprevailband.com.

Also arriving March 29th, is the latest full-length album from the Los Angeles rock band, 9Electric. The original idea was to bring the band's re-vamped line-up into the studio to record one song, just to see how it goes. What resulted was a dozen new tracks that make up their new album "Megalith." They come blasting out of the gate with the aggressive attack of "No Evil" and the buzzing guitars of "God And Man." They keep the energy flowing with their cover of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Wanna Be," as 9Electric add more emotion into their performance of the song, turning it into one of the highlights of the new album. Their new single "The Light" features contributions from Carla Harvey (Butcher Babes) as the song's raw, edgy melody is the perfect recipe for mainstream hard rock success. 9Electric lay off their attack for a moment, for the quieter ballad "Disposable Love," before quickly returning with the rhythm-fueled, arena rocker "Breathe." They wrap up their new album with another modern hard rock gem with "Nothing 2 Lose" and the intense sonic power of "Outta Control." To find out more about 9Electric and their latest release "Megalith," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/9ElectricFB.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Travel Into The Worlds Of Space Rock With Nik Turner And Progressive Rock With Exit North

English musician, Nik Turner, co-founder of the British space rock band Hawkwind, recently released a brand new studio album titled "The Final Frontier." He started his solo space mission six years ago with the release of "Space Gypsy" and has continued to release a new album every couple of years. This new nine-song release is a continuation of his last album "Life In Space," as he kicks things off with the nostalgic, psych-rock of "Out Of Control." Nik Turner slows the tempo down for the exploratory flow of "Interstellar Aliens" and the experimental hints of instrumentation on "Thunder Rider." Turner and his band get locked into the groove of "The Final Frontier Part 1," before traveling back in time for the psychedelic space rock of "Calling The Egyptians." Nik Turner wraps up his new album with the eight-minute progressive rock adventure "Strange Loop" and the quiet, floating tones of "PAD4." To find out more about Nik Turner and his latest release, "The Final Frontier," please visit nikturner.com.


Arriving April 12th is the debut album from the progressive rock quartet, Exit North. The idea came together when Steve Jansen (co-founder of the band, Japan) formed a partnership with fellow artist Thomas Feiner on Jansen's 2007 album "Slope." Since then, the two have created a bond and brought on-board Ulf Jansson and Charlie Storm to create the band Exit North and the album "Book Of Romance and Dust."

The new nine-song release begins with the slow-building, atmospheric flow of "Best Bones," as you begin to get introduced to this group. The mood of the album continues to be dark and melodious with the songs, "Short Of One Dimension" and "Sever Me." The music of "North" allows you to explore your feelings with it's subtle hints of sound, before Exit North build the music back up once again through "Lesson In Doubt." They finish up their album with the nine-minute epic wonder of "Losing" and the gentle touch of "Another Chance." To find out more about Exit North and their latest release "Book Of Romance And Dust," please visit exitnorthmusic.com.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Joey Stuckey Trio Step Into "The Shadow Of The Sun" On Latest Release

Arriving March 29th, is the new album from the Joey Stuckey Trio titled "In The Shadow Of The Sun." It features the band recording at the legendary Sun Studios with the classic set-up of playing together in one room (like the original classic days) with only a few mics to record the music. It took the Joey Stuckey Trio all of about three hours to record their new album.

It features nine tracks, including two versions of their new single "You're So Wrong." The album begins with the high-energy, up-tempo rocker "You're So Wrong," which is very addictive and will certainly have you spinning this song multiple times. The Joey Stuckey Trio also try their hand at some other classics, like Van Morrison's "Domino," which has a raw, bluesy vibe, and the country ballad "Good Time Charlie," originally recorded by Danny O'Keefe and later made popular by Elvis Presley. Randall Bramblett helps out on the organ of electrifying blues of "Troubles Come In Threes," before the band pay homage to the Allman Brothers Band with a spot-on, energetic cover of "Whipping Post." To find out more information on the Joey Stuckey Trio and their latest release "In The Shadow Of The Sun," please visit joeystuckey.com.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Happy Growl Records Is Paying Homage To '80's Rock Band, Locate Your Lips, With New Release

Back in the mid-80's, a local Milwaukee band Locate Your Lips took over the club scene and was one of the premier rock band's of the area. They had the energy of punk, mixed with the addictive melodies of pop, centered with the musicianship of progressive rock. The band recorded songs for an album that was never released, until now. On April 5th, Happy Growl Records is preparing to release the long lost album from Locate Your Lips titled "For Kenny." The title is a reference to drummer Kenny Baldwin, who passed away from cancer in 2015.

The new two-disc set includes a set of live recordings that were made and broadcast on WQFM radio station and a completed ten-song studio album. The group's sound will instantly bring you back three decades, with pop songs like "De Lon Jon" and "Alive," while they also flex their punk muscle with "Got A Lot Of Time" and "I Can't Take Another Taste Of This." The live disc is where you will discover the full potential of the band, as they certainly knew how to rock with the energetic ska-like beginner "Stethoscope." Their sound was certainly on point with the whole eighties rock vibe as Locate Your Lips perform songs like "Get Away" and "This World," that carry an addictive rock vibe that you can easily latch on to. This trio created some great indie-rock with "Waiting For You To Run" and "Dance Or Die," which allowed them the freedom to flow through many different genres of music. To find out more about this newly discovered release from '80's rockers Locate Your Lips, please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/LocateYourLips.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Foreigner Digs Into The Vault For New "Live At The Rainbow '78" Video From Eagle Vision

As the band Foreigner continue tour the globe and mend ties with its former lead singer, Eagle Vision is ready to release a brand new Blu-ray/DVD of their sold out show at London's Rainbow Theatre from 1978. It featured the band's classic line-up of Mick Jones (guitars, keyboards), Lou Gramm (lead singer), Ian McDonald (guitar, keyboards, sax, flute), Al Greenwood (keyboards, synthesizer), Ed Gagliardi (bass) and Dennis Elliott (drums). The show took place in April, following the band's recording of their second album "Double Vision," as they were on the brink of superstardom. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic show, the film titled "Live At The Rainbow '78" has been restored, remixed and remastered for it's March 15th release date.

The 75-minute performance is captured in it's entirety, as the band come out rocking with "Long, Long Way From Home." As you watch the first few minutes of this film, two things come to mind. One is how good the video looks after sitting in the music vaults for forty years. The second is how great it was to capture Foreigner performing in this smaller theater setting, before becoming a huge arena rock act.

The best thing about watching classic concerts like this on video is that the film doesn't jump around every second to try and catch every little thing that may be happening on stage. This film sticks with one shot for was seems like more than a couple minutes, as you can feel yourself getting absorbed into the performance. The band is on fire performing the yet to be released songs, "Hot Blooded" and "Double Vision," as you can sense they are on the verge of greatness that will last for years to come. I can only imagine how great it must have been to be in the audience that evening, getting blown away by the shear force of this band. 

Foreigner's youthful energy reminds you of how amazing of a live act they were throughout the remainder of the seventies and eighties. While the film never directly shows the audience, you can see them enjoying the classics "Feels Like The First Time" and the set closer "Headknocker," as arms wave and fists pump into the air when the camera spans the entire stage. With younger audiences now  beginning to notice many of these classic rock bands touring the country year in and year out, this film is a true statement as to what made fans originally fall in love with them and follow these bands throughout their entire careers. To find out more about the new Foreigner live video "Live At The Rainbow '78," please visit foreigneronline.com.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Don't Miss Out On New Music From Don Brownrigg, Galaa, Trampoline and Art Schop

Singer/songwriter Don Brownrigg recently released his latest album "Fireworks," along with the album's lead single "Strum And Rhyme." Brownrigg's fanbase has certainly grown with each release, as his music has shown up on television shows and at festivals around the world. He begins his new album with the wonderful, gentle flow of "From You" and the more mainstream alt-pop approach of "Bad Timing." His voice just glides along the steady beat of "Perfect Poem," as the music wraps you up like a comfortable blanket. The album's lead single "Strum And Rhyme" takes it's time, with no need to rush things, while his playful cover of Susanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" is a must-have on steady rotation. Don Brownrigg closes his latest album with the dark, emotion-filled "My Way" and the swirling piano ballad "You Know." To find out more about Don Brownrigg and his latest release "Fireworks," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/donbrownrigg.


Next from Toronto, Canada comes the full-length debut release from the alt-pop band, Galaa. The new album, "The Speech," is the work of singer/keyboardist Aley Waterman, along with Adam Hogan (guitar), Josh Ward (bass) and Ashley Chalmers (drums) and features ten exciting new tracks. We begin with the airy, electronic pop beats of "Open Eyes" and the more light-hearted, flowing melody of "Ender." The mood turns darker on the experimental electronics of "The Speech," while Aley's vocals seem to float on top of the stark backdrop of "Little Wonder." Galaa return with the more up-tempo pop feel of "Bloom," before finishing up their new album with the quiet rock ballad "Mirrors And Smoke" and the seven-minute adventurous tale of "Hunter." To find out more about Galaa and their latest release "The Speech," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/galaasongs.


Also from Canada comes the debut, concept album "Happy Crimes" from the melodic alternative rock band, Trampoline. Their new fifteen-track release begins with the spoken word "Prologue," which leads into the musical variety pack of "Apocalypse I (The Longing)." The energy continues with "Astral Master," as you can hear the band's influences shine through on this epic rock number. The band experiments more with their sound with "Don't You Want Love," bringing together a Broadway, rock-opera approach to this album. The songwriting of Trampoline is highlighted by the seven-minute storytelling piece "Apocalypse II" and the punk-like energy of "Mary Alice." The band wrap up their new album with progressive rock approach of "Emily's Tea Party" and the final rock assault of "Fin Manifesto." To find out more about Trampoline and their latest release "Happy Crimes," please visit trampolinetheband.com.


After nearly three years, singer/songwriter/philosopher Art Schop returns with his sequel "Death Waits II: The Writers." It pays homage to the lives of such famous writers as Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Dante and others through these ten brand new songs featured on Art Schop's latest release. He begins with a song for Dickinson with the title song "Death Waits II." The song's sweeping melody and emotional lyrics showcase Schop's love for Dickinson's writings. Next, he rocks out on "A Poor Aunt," for his homage to Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami, then quiets his sound on the sweet melody of "My First Goose" as Art Schop sings about Isaac Babel. The steady flow of "Have You Paid The Gasbill" for Sylvia Plath and the gentle touch of "Beatrice" for Dante, display the love and inspiration that has been felt while writing about his heroes. Art Schop wraps up his new album with the acoustic folk appeal of "Dublin To Trieste" (homage to James Joyce) and the grand closer of "Existentialist Nostalgia" (for Albert Camus). To find out more about Art Schop and his latest release "Death Waits II: The Writers," please visit artschopmusic.com.