Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Check Out New Music From Donnie Vie, Itch, The Warp/The Weft and Aina Haina

Original lead vocalist and songwriter for the eighties hard rock band, Enuff Z'Nuff, Donnie Vie recently released his new solo album titled "Beautiful Things" back in May. It features guest appearances by Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish) and Mike LePond (Symphony X), as you dive into the opening track "Beautiful Things." As soon as you hear the first lyrics of the song, you are instantly familiar with Vie's iconic vocals, as his voice sounds timeless on this melodic beginning track. Donnie Vie rocks a little harder on "Plain Jane," before the nostalgic acoustic pop tones of "Breaking Me Down" displays his songwriting talents for constructing an addictive musical hook. The beauty of the piano ballad "Fly" showcases Vie diversity, before returning to the addictive pop sounds of "Tender Lights." Donnie Vie finishes up his new album with the playful, upbeat acoustic swinging autobiographical "Whatever" and the steady, inspirational rock of "Back From The Blue." To find out more about Donnie Vie and his latest release "Beautiful Things," please visit donnievie.com.

Next, comes the new album titled "Round 2" (which was released back in May) from the Serbian band, Itch. Their new nine song release begins with the uptempo, alt-pop melody of "Prison Disco" that will certainly grab your attention with the song's build up of intensity. Next, we get the funky rhythm of "My Oh My," mixed with a post-punk rawness that makes Itch an exciting band to behold. The energy continues with flow with the new wave appeal of "Defpotec" and the mainstream alternative rocker "ReRe." Itch wrap up their new album with the more intense, aggressive hard rock approach of "Sun Will Rise" and the addictive melody of "Magenta." To find out more about Itch and their latest release "Round 2," please visit itch-band.com

From Poughkeepsie, NY comes the latest album, "Dead Reckoning" from the Americana/folk rock band, The Warp/The Weft. Their new ten song release begins with the roots rocker "Developing Your Ghost" and the slower, steady pace of "Milk-White," as you familiarize yourself with the group's poetic lyrics laid upon an addictive rhythmic background. The Warp/The Weft quiet their sound with the acoustic strumming turned electric blues of "Our Fortune" and then they deliver the "jamband" feel of "Waterless," as they showcase the band's musicianship. The Warp/The Weft finish up their new album with the steady flow of "Saline" and the more powerful, guitar rock attack of "Move As One." To find out more about The Warp/The Weft and their latest release "Dead Reckoning," please visit thewarptheweft.com

From Portland, Oregon comes the sophomore effort titled "Second Best" from the rock band Aina Haina. Their name comes from a Hawaii town near where the band members met while attending the University of Hawaii. Their new seven-song release begins with intense, modern rock of "Barnacle Boy," which sounds like they combined the influences of U2 and Bon Jovi. The album's lead single "Garage Sale" has a great raw sound that is straight-up rock, as Aina Haina have fun with the lyrics. They slow the tempo down for the power ballad "Don't Need Your Love," before wrapping up their new album with the short, expressive romp of "Goddamn People" and the steady climb of the instrumental closer "On The Way Off." To find out more about Aina Haina and their latest release "Second Best," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Ainahainaband.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Puddle Of Mudd Return With New Music Along With Releases From Pathology and Illusions Of Grandeur

It has been a decade since the American hard rock band, Puddle of Mudd released an album of new material. As the years between albums quickly passed, the band kept busy with writing, recording and touring. On September 13th, Puddle of Mudd will release their new studio album titled "Welcome To Galvania." It features eleven tracks, beginning with the aggressive, intense nature of opening number "You Don't Know." The buzz of guitars and pounding rhythms signal a return for the band, as songs like "Uh Oh" and "Diseased Almost" will certainly get you excited for this new chapter in Puddle of Mudd's ongoing rock story. They take a step back from the mayhem for the acoustic power ballad "My Kind Of Crazy" and the autobiographical "Time Of Our Lives," before diving back into the raw, grunge-like appeal of "Sunshine." Puddle Of Mudd finish off their new album with the slow burn of "Slide Away" and the clean version of the addictive song "Uh Oh." Puddle of Mudd are currently on tour in the U.S., which wraps up at the end of September. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Welcome To Galvania," please visit puddleofmudd.com.

Earlier this month, the death metal band Pathology released their latest studio effort titled "Reborn To Kill." It features a dozen tracks not for the faint at heart, as they come blasting out of the gate with the high-powered attack of "Hieroglyphs On Cement Walls." The album keeps the intensity going with the swift rhythm of "Forced Regression" and the growling vocals of "The Beast Within." Pathology slow the tempo down for the guitar instrumental "Empathy Ends," before revving it back up again for the aggressive assault of "Dragged Into The Cave." The band delivers a more melodic feel to "The Druid's Gravel," before closing out their new album with the trash metal quickness of "Predation" and the musical adrenaline rush of "Celestial Condemnation." To find out more about Pathology and their latest release "Reborn To Kill," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/PathologyMusic

On August 30th, arrives the debut release from the hard rock/fantasy metal band, Illusions of Grandeur. After forming in 2015, the band immediately worked on "The Siren Saga" stage show that was performed through out their home state of Pennsylvania. As the story mixes together Greek and Norse Mythology, the first part of their tale is the subject of their new ten song release. We begin with the build-up of "Fallen/Awakening," as you are immediately drawn in by the strong vocals of The Siren. The stellar musicianship is heard in the progressive metal nature of "Red Sky Morning" and within the instrumental piece "The Archangel." Illusions Of Grandeur come roaring back with the intense, hard rock assault of "Silent Suicide" and "Lullabies," which has the perfect recipe for pulling you into the band's storied, fantasy metal world. To find out more about Illusions of Grandeur and their latest release "The Songs Of The Siren," please visit iogmusic.com

Monday, August 19, 2019

New Music Is Arriving From Hollis Brown, Laughed The Boy and The Drew Thomson Foundation

From Queens, NY comes the latest album titled "Ozone Park" from the rock quintet Hollis Brown. Hollis Brown has toured with a number of bands, including The Counting Crows and The Zombies; and their music has been featured on the shows "Shameless" and "The Real World." Their new ten track release begins with the retro, addictive sound of "Blood From A Stone" and the soulful groove of "Stubborn Man." Even though the band hails from New York, they have no trouble finding that perfect alternative country recipe with the songs "Do Me Right" and "Someday Soon." Hollis Brown wrap up their new album with the raw, garage-rock melody of "Bad Mistakes" and the sweet, swinging rhythm of "Go For It," which just oozes with funk and soul. After a few more shows in the U.S., Hollis Brown heads over to Europe for a month of shows in September. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Ozone Park," please visit hollisbrown.com.

From north of the border comes the latest release from the Canadian rock band, Laughed The Boy. Their new album "Change Of Scenery" took a different track than their previous release "Here Is Fine." The former album was recorded over the course of only three days, while "Change Of Scenery" had time to breathe and take shape over the course of five months, which allowed the band to perfect their sound on this release. Their new nine-track set begins with a short, classical sounding instrumental ("Parade Of Elephants"), which sets up the first full-track, the steady modern rock approach of "Skeleton Key." Laughed The Boy hit the perfect raw, rock groove with "Good And Bad," as you will find yourself letting go to the song's addictive rhythm. The album continues with the alt-pop fun of "Post Card" and the sweet acoustics of "Sun," before rocking out once again with the garage rock romp of "Night Shade." Laughed The Boy wrap up their new album with the Seattle-inspired grunge of "Remedy" and solid flow of "Broken Arch." To find out more about Laughed The Boy and their latest release "Change Of Scenery," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/laughedtheboymusic

Singer/songwriter Drew Thomson (Single Mothers) is preparing to release his debut solo album, as The Drew Thomson Foundation on September 6th. After battling years of alcoholism, depression and anxiety, Thomson was ready to enter the studio and produce some new music. Beginning with "Karma," and "Phone Ring," Thomson shows that he is fully in control of his life with the song's addictive, alternative rock blast. Mainstream rock gold can be found with the song "Centerfold," which carries a post-punk appeal. Drew keeps the energy flowing with the guitar driven melody of "A Little More Time" and "L.A. Lately," while "Stay" has hit single written all over it, with it's perfect modern rock vibe. The Drew Thomson Foundation wrap up their new release with the piano ballad "People Are Pets" and the acoustic rocker "All I Remember." To find out more about The Drew Thomson Foundation and their latest self-titled release, please visit dinealonerecords.com

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sons Of Apollo Debut Their Live Show With New "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony" Release

The progressive metal supergroup, Sons of Apollo return on August 30th with their first live album titled "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony." The new 3CD/DVD/Blu-ray captured the band on their most recent tour of Bulgaria, performing at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv in front of a full orchestra and choir. The set features every song from their debut album "Psychotic Symphony," along with a boat-load of cover songs that Sons Of Apollo add their own special touch on.

The show begins just like their studio album with the powerfully epic modern prog-metal masterpiece "God Of Sun," as you are reintroduced to this musical juggernaut. They continue with the grinding rhythm of "Signs Of The Time" and "Divine Addiction," as keyboardist Derek Sherinian and bassist Billy Sheehan trade solos. Guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal leads the band through their first cover of the evening, the "That Metal Show Theme," before reaching their reaching an intense cover of Dream Theater's "Just Let Me Breathe." Sandwiched between stellar solos by Billy Sheehan and vocalist Jeff Scott Sotos is another Sons Of Apollo original "Lost In Oblivion," before the band come together to take on "The Pink Panther Theme." 

The second CD of the set showcases the Sons Of Apollo as musical chameleons, as they perform covers of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," Aerosmith's "Dream On" and Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." Not only does the band do an outstanding job on each of the these songs, but the symphony also add the perfect touch of perfection to give the songs that extra amazing classical grace. Sons Of Apollo wrap up the second disc with a couple of Dream Theater classics ("Hell's Kitchen" and "Lines In The Sand"), which highlights the amazing work of Derek Sherinian on the keyboards and the professional cohesiveness of the band.

The show closes with guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal playing to the audience during his solo spot, before the rest of the band join him for the Van Halen cover "And The Cradle Will Rock." The screams of "Coming Home" display the final statement by the Sons Of Apollo on this, their first live album, which will not disappoint any fan of the group or that matter a fan of hard rock music. To find out more about the new Sons Of Apollo release "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony," please visit facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Earwig Music Company Revives The Work Of Cadillac Baby's "Bea & Baby Records" With New Box Set

One of the most overlooked music labels to come out of the Chicago blues scene was Bea & Baby Records. They were around from 1959 to 1989, delivering some of the greatest independent blues, gospel, doo-wop and soul music to ever come out of the windy city. The label was led by the one and only Cadillac Baby, who had a knack for finding the diamond in the rough of artists. After the Earwig Music Company purchased the Bea & Baby Records label, Earwig owner Michael Robert Frank felt that this piece of history needed to be told correctly. This began a friendship between Frank and Cadillac Baby, as the two went on to produce a rising hip-hop singer, 3D (Richard Davenport).

After the passing of Cadillac Baby, Frank thought that it was only right to tell the story of Bea & Baby Records by delivering large assortment of what the label had to offer. On August 16th, the Earwig Music Company will release a new 4-CD box set titled "Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby Records." The set features almost a 100 songs performed by over forty different artists that have passed through the Bea & Baby Records label.

The first disc showcases the early days of the label when it was led by the blues of Eddie Boyd ("I'm Commin' Home" and "Blue Monday Blues") and the doo-wop of The Daylighters ("Mad House Jump" and "You're Breaking My Heart"). This music perfectly summed up the sixties Chicago sound. The heart of the first disc features a 12-minute story about "The Legend Of Cadillac Baby" told by Cadillac Baby, on the "Blues Before Sunshine" radio show. As artists like Little Mac and Detroit Junior burn up the remainder of the first disc with their up-tempo, guitar boogie blues, you will simply find yourself lost in the world of beautiful forgotten music. 

Disc two picks up with the slide guitar blues of Hound Dog Taylor ("My Baby Is Coming Home" and "Take Five"), before the mellow sounds of Phil Sampson takes you down to lonesome street with "It's So Hard." The big vocals of Lee Jackson and the soulfulness of Little Mac showcase the immerse talent that the Bea & Baby Records label was promoting. Willie Hudson closes out the second disc with the stellar surf guitar-like instrumental "Red Lips."

The blues continues to be the highlight of the set with a couple of Christmas songs featuring The Cadillac Baby Specials. You can't help but be blown away by the burning live recordings of Little Mack Simmons' covers of "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" and "I'm Tore Down." You'll hear the seventies funk seeping into the blues of Arelean Brown's "Hello Baby," before Sunnyland Slim, Homesick James and Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon keep their finger on the pulse of Chicago blues in the early seventies.

After showcasing a couple of hip-hop tracks from 3D, disc three jumps back to the sixties with early acoustic blues of Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon ("Cadillac Baby Passed So Fast" and "Lay My Burden Down"). Disc four also features the lovely gospel vocals of The Gloryaires, Eddie Dean & The Biblical Aires and The Norfolk Singers. The set finally wraps up with Cadillac Baby explaining to interviewer Jim O'Neal that "Blues Is My Soul," as Cadillac Baby was the heart of Bea & Baby Records.

The compact discs are only half of how great this set is, as they are accompanied by a full-color, 128-page hardcover book that tells the history of Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby Records. The book is filled with rare historical pictures and 45-record labels along with liner notes by many who were familiar with Bea & Baby Records. To find out more about "Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection," please visit earwigmusic.com.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Be "Back In Time For Tea" With The Tea Set, While Hawkestrel Sees Into "The Future"

Classic U.K. Punk band, The Tea Set are releasing a new singles compilation titled "Back In Time For Tea." It features eleven of the band's most well-known tracks, along with one brand new recording. The set begins with four tracks from the band's first release "Cups And Saucers," which is filled with energetic anthems like "Sing Song" and "B52G." As The Tea Set continued into 1979, their sound took on more of a New Wave sound with the songs "Party Thomas" and "Tri X Pan." They brought back the punk-like energy of "Flaccid Pot," before the mainstream eighties pop sound of "Walk Small." A recent resurgence in the band's popularity sparked them to record the new track "Pharaohs," which fits into the rest of the catalog perfectly with its modern post-punk sound. To find out more about The Tea Set and their latest release "Back In Time For Tea," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/left12


Hawkwind bass player Alan Davey has brought together former members of the band to form a new supergroup, Hawkestrel. The project has been years in the making and finally saw the light of day on August 9th with the release of "The Future Is Us." The thirteen track album includes contributions from the like of Ginger Baker, Lemmy Kilmister and Nik Turner just to throw out a few names.

The album opens with the eight-minute, psychedelic rock of "Do What You Need To Do," followed by the heavier rock approach of "World For Fear." Hawkestrel take you on a journey with the mind-expanding melody of "Sea Of Sand" and "The Future Is Us," before the spoken word experiment of "Sonic Attack," led by vocals supplied by William Shatner. The jamming melody of the "May Sun" is the perfect way to get lost into the music, before finding your way through the intense delivery of "Goodbye Death Valley." Hawkestrel finish off their new album with trippy sixties, rock of "Old Dinah" and an updated version of the song "Bad Boys For Life" with lead vocals by the late, great Lemmy. To find out more about Hawkestrel and the album "The Future Is Us," please visit cleorecs.com.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

New Music From Indie-Artists Indubious, High Sunn and AJ True

Arriving August 16th is the latest full-length release from the Oregon-based band, Indubious. It has been a couple years since their last album "From Zero," which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Reggae charts. Their new album titled "Beleaf" features fourteen tracks, beginning with the short, slow swaying groove of "Here We Come," before the thicker dance beats of "Fabric Of Creation" and "Do The Best You Can" takes over your mind (and hips). Indubious slows the tempo down for the R&B flavor of "Strong End," then add a bit of funk to the reggae fueled rhythm of "One By One," which includes the vocal work of Jackson Wetherbee of The Elovators. Other guest vocalists on this album are Michael Leslie, who supports Indubious on the slow grind of "Arrow" and Drew McManus of the band, Satsang who helps inspire the positive work of "Good Ol' Days." Indubious close out their new album with the dance beats of "Blessings Run" and a short reprise of the opening track with "Here We Are." To find out more about Indubious and their latest release "Beleaf," please visit indubiousmusic.com


From the Bay Area comes the latest release from the musical mind of Justin Cheromiah, who goes by the name, High Sunn. His new album titled "Coffin Eyes" features a dozen tracks, beginning with the title song, which has a modern, new wave/alt-pop feel to the song's rhythm. The monotone vocals allows you concentrate more on the music of songs like "Ginger Peach Tea" and "Guardpepper." The light, pop sense melody of "Knife" showcases High Sunn vulnerability, while "Planner" is a sound collage that needs to be dissected to enjoy. High Sunn wraps up his new album with the dark tone of "Not Another Poem" and the sweet, simple sounds of "Life Getting In The Way." To find out more about High Sunn and his latest release "Coffin Eyes," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/highsunnband


Australian-based musician AJ True was a co-founder of the psychobilly band, Zombie Ghost Train in the early 2000s, but since those days, he has composed music for films including "She Who Must Be Loved" and "Paramedico." True's work on the soundtrack to the film "JIRGA" recently got him a nomination for "Best Music" in the Film Critics Circle of Australian Awards. The 45-minute work of art uses many unconventional instrument combinations like electric guitars, tanburs, and cello drones passed through guitar distortion pedals in front of a string quartet. The music is very atmospheric, as AJ True's compositions take you on a calm, experimental journey that will have you taking multiple visits to explore. To find out more about the "JIRGA - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," pleas visit ajtrue.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Musician/Composer Bryan Beller Shows Us "Scenes From The Flood"

On September 13th, bassist/composer Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani) is preparing to release a new double-concept album titled "Scenes From The Flood." It includes a load of guest musicians including guitarists Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Mike Keneally, along with many others. Beller examines the themes of ambition, loss, hope and disillusionment through his new 18-song, 88-minute release.

The album begins with the sweet, gentle flow of piano in the song "The Souring Of Three & Seventeen," before the music takes off with the sonic trip of "Volunteer State," led by the guitar work of Joe Satriani. The energy continues to flow through the funk infused rhythm of "Everything Is Nothing," while spoken work lyrics make you examine the rules of life. The album is broken down into four parts, with the first one ending with the heavy metal assault of "Steiner In Ellipses."

Beller's new album features many progressive rock gems, like the nearly seven-minute 
atmospheric rock of "Always Worth It" and the pounding juggernaut of "The Storm." Part two closes with the experimental chords of "The Flood," right before the jazz fusion of "Bunkistan" takes the mood and melody in a different direction, showcases the many songwriting talents of Bryan Beller. Two of the album's highlights, are also the album's two longest tracks, the build up of "Angles & Exits," which continues to gain tempo as the song progresses. The other outstanding track, is the exciting, energetic blast of "World Class," which includes elements of music from around the world in this epic piece, led by the guitar work of John Petrucci.

Bryan Beller is currently on tour with his band The Aristrocrats. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new solo album "Scenes From The Flood," please visit bryanbeller.com.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jake Clemons (of The E Street Band) Keeps His "Eyes On The Horizon"

On September 6th, saxophonist Jake Clemons will be releasing his sophomore effort "Eyes On The Horizon." Clemons may be best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, but he is also a very talented singer/songwriter. Clemons new album was co-produced by Jake Hull and mixed by the legendary Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). 

His new ten song release kicks off with the passion of "Swan Song," as Clemons sings this song with strength and justice about changing the mistakes of the past. One of the album's first two singles is the song "Consumption," which definitely demands your attention, as Clemons' politically charged words match the work of guest guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Jake Clemons takes a step back from the hard rock of the first two numbers for the gentle melodies of "Mom Deserves Better" and "Nothing Left," which allows you to fully appreciate his singing. The album's second single is a cover of Leonard Cohen's song "Democracy," injected with a shot of adrenaline.

Jake Clemons wraps up his new album with the wonderful island vibe of "Eyes On The Horizon," which can certainly be a strong contender for his next single with the song's infectious groove along with the quiet piano ballad of "Goodnight." Jack Clemons will be hitting the road following the release of this new album. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Eyes On The Horizon," please visit jakeclemons.com

Monday, August 12, 2019

Train And The Goo Goo Dolls Join Forces For A Night Of Hits At Mohegan Sun

For the past twenty years, you could not help but hear a hit song on the radio from the rock bands Train and The Goo Goo Dolls. This summer to two acts joined forces for a hits filled tour that pulled into the Mohegan Sun arena last Sunday night.

The Goo Goo Dolls came out rocking to start the evening off with a pair of fan favorites, "Stay With You" and "Big Machine," before delivering their 1998 mega hit single "Slide." The fun-fueled energy continues with giant balloons bouncing around the arena as The Goo Goo Dolls performing the associated song "Black Balloons." Bassist Robby Takac took over the lead vocals from singer/guitarist and fellow original member Johnny Rezenik for the punk-like rendition of "Free Of Me." Hands were swinging in the air for the modern pop song "So Alive," as Rezenik showed off his newly finger painted guitar by his young daughters. After telling us about the origins of "Name," Rezenik began the song acoustically, before the rest of the band joined in. The Goo Goo Dolls also have a new album on the horizon, as they perform the album's title song, "Miracle Pill," before Takac takes over the singing duties once again for "Bringing On The Light." The band wrapped up their hour long set with their platinum selling single "Iris" and the fan favorite "Broadway."

If The Goo Goo Dolls' performance was any indication of what was to come from Train, then the audience would be in for one heck of treat. As the sounds of trains pulling into the station rang throughout the arena, Pat Monahan leads his latest version of Train through a hits-filled set, beginning with "Calling All Angels," "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" and "Is It Love." Train bring out the beach balls to keep the party going with "Save Me, San Francisco," as shouts of "Oh hell no," were yelled by the audience, as instructed by the lead singer.

Opening act Allen Stone re-introduced himself by entering the stage singing the chorus of "Empire State Of Mind," before Stone and Monahan would duet on the playful song "Bruises." Train have always been a musical chameleon, as they perform amazing covers of Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Queen's "Under Pressure." Pat Monahan would explain the origin behind the emotional ballad "When I Look To The Sky," as a homage to everyone who has lost someone special to them.

Train would pick the energy up once again with a trio of their mega-hits including "Drive By," "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Play That Song," before thanking the audience for a great night. But, instead of exiting the stage for their encore, guitarist Luis Maldonado would rip into the opening chords of the Led Zeppelin classic "Heartbreaker." Train closed out the evening with their first number one single "Drops Of Jupiter," as fountains of sparks and confetti filled the arena. Whether you are a fan of Train or The Goo Goo Dolls, both bands delivered sets that pleased both long-time fans and first timers.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

NRBQ Are Ready To "Turn On" & "Tune In" With Their New Live Album

Arriving on September 6th, via Omnivore Recordings, is a new live album from the legendary rock band NRBQ. Their new release titled "Turn On Tune In" features two of the band's exclusive shows on CD & DVD. NRBQ are also currently on tour, with some upcoming stops in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

The new live release includes the band's six-song performance on November 30, 2015 at The Loft in Washington, D.C., recorded by SiriusXM. The short set includes a couple of cover songs ("Don't Ever Change" and "Wilderness Road"), along with a version of "Step Aside" that pays tribute to one of the band's founding members, Steve Ferguson.

The second half of the CD includes the band's lively performance at Monty Hall in Jersey City, NJ on August 20, 2017. The entire performance was also captured on video and is included on the DVD. As you watch the band's performance at this small venue, they begin to heat things up with their musical skills on songs like "Nature's Gonna Pay You Back" and "Tragic Magic." It seems like only a handful of cameras are used to record NRBQ's live show, as many of the shots are of the complete band with not many close-ups. This show also showcases more fan favorites like "It Feels Good" and "That's Neat, That's Nice," as well as the band's attempt of The Beach Boys' classic "Don't Worry Baby," which they pull of with flying colors. The show closes with the swinging, boogie-woogie rhythm of "RC Cola And A Moon Pie," as NRBQ leave all their energy on the stage. To find out more about NRBQ, as well as their upcoming love shows and their new live album "Turn On Tune In," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/NRBQHeadquarters.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Soundtrack To "Alice's Restaurant" Gets Expanded For It's 50th Anniversary

It all started 50 years ago, that's 50 years ago on Thanksgiving that folk artist Arlo Guthrie created a soundtrack to the movie, of the song that has become a national pastime for Thanksgiving. The song is called "Alice's Restaurant" and it tells the story of how Arlo got arrested for dumping garbage over a cliff because the town dump was closed on Thanksgiving. This 18-minute tale has become the anthem of how a simple task of helping out a friend can become a fight against politics.

A movie about the song was directed by Arthur Penn (who directed "Bonnie And Clyde") and starred Arlo Guthrie in the tale he wrote about in his song "Alice's Restaurant." Penn would later receive an Oscar nomination for his direction of the film. Even better than the film, in my opinion, is the soundtrack that features a studio version of the "Alice's Restaurant" tale, along with bluegrass ("Traveling Music" and "Trip To The City") and bluesy ("The Let Down" and "Harps And Marriage") instrumentals, as well as a gospel choir performing the timeless song, "Amazing Grace."

In 1998, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film, the soundtrack was remastered and eleven new bonus tracks from the movie were added to the soundtrack. Now, for it's 50th anniversary, "Alice's Restaurant: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack" will feature all 21-tracks from its previous releases, along with a 24-minute version of the song "Alice's Restaurant" from 1968 that tells the tale of the "Multi-Color Rainbow Roach Affair." This studio version of the song has never been previously released and is a wonderful addition to this soundtrack. The quality is not as clear and sharp as the rest of the soundtrack, but listening to this song makes you feel like you are sitting in the studio with Arlo, as he is just playing for the people in the studio that day.

This new 50th anniversary version of the soundtrack to "Alice's Restaurant" will be released on August 23 on CD and on double vinyl LP. Included with the CD is a 16-page full color booklet with liner notes from music author Lee Zimmerman and a reflection from Arlo on what the 50th anniversary of this release means to him. To find out more about this new version of "Alice's Restaurant: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Friday, August 9, 2019

New Music From New Artists H.Kink, The Side Project and Oh Rose

The musical duo of Lisa Rieffel and Timm Sharp are preparing to release their debut album "Wish I Were Here" on August 16th under the name H.Kink. Their new twelve-song release begins with the a short, acoustic folk number named "Hello," which is where the sweetness ends as "No Whammys" is an exciting retro rock number. They keep the flashback going with the seventies mash-up of disco and rock with the songs "I'm Nice Like That" and "It's Yours." H.Kink's song "Kill All The Rats," sounds as if it was made for the next Quentin Tartantino movie, while "Hit The Road" is a swinging country song that is hard to resist. H.Kink close out their new album with the eighties pop vibe of "All I Can Do Is Try" and the acoustic folk duet of "Otto." To find out more about H.Kink and their latest release "Wish I Were Here," please visit their YouTube channel at youtube.com.


The saxophone band, The Side Project recently released their sophomore album titled "Everything We Do." It features a dozen tracks that showcase the band's evolution into a more complete unit. The four saxophones are only supported by bass and drums and are led by the amazing vocals of Alita Moses, Akie Bermiss, Cyrille Aimee and Priya Darshini. The album kicks off with a short instrumental before diving into their cover of Childish Gabino's "Redbone," which transitions to this format perfectly. Moses' vocals on this song are the perfect contrast to the sax-infused rhythm. The soulfulness of The Side Project is heard in their stark rendition of "You're Still The One," featuring vocals by Akie Bermiss. One of the album's highlights is how they turn the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Aeroplane" into a classy jazz number, while still keeping the original song's swinging groove. Alita Moses returns to take the lead on the soulful melody of "Issues," before The Side Project wrap up their new album with the worldly feel of "Destiny/Margazhi Poove," sung by Priya Darshini in English and in her own native language. To find out more about The Side Project and their latest release "Everything We Do," please visit saxsideproject.com.

The Olympia, Washington band, Oh Rose will be releasing their new full-length album "While My Father Sleeps" on August 23rd through Park The Van Records. Their new ten song release begins with the nineties grunge-like vibe of "25 Alive," which deals with resentment, while "Easy" is a post-punk blast of energy. Oh Rose slows down for the sweet melody of "Baby" and the lush poetic tone of "Harrypotterjuana." They get back to the aggressive garage rock rawness of "Politics," before finishing their new album with the gentle, angelic tone of "Water" and the steady climb of "Be Kind To Me." To find out more about Oh Rose and their latest release "While My Father Sleeps," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ohrosemusic

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Isaiah Sharkey Explains That "Love Is The Key" & Brick Briscoe Goes "From Lucky Point To Pere Lachaise"

Back in June, guitarist Isaiah Sharkey (D'Angelo, John Mayer) released his latest effort titled "Love Is The Key (The Cancerian Theme)." Sharkey is a former Grammy winner for his work on D'Angelo's 2014 album "Black Messiah" and is currently on tour with John Mayer, until mid-August. Sharkey's new album features seventeen tracks that allows him to step out from the background, into the spotlight.

He begins with the funky, seventies vibe of "Love Is The Key" and the smooth, R&B groove of "Cancerian Theme," which features vocal help by NSITE. You can't help but fall in love with Isaiah's work on the beautiful and soulful ballad "Eternal Flame." Next, he showcases his amazing guitar skills on opening chords of "Come," before his equally amazing vocal talents lead the song's sexy melody. Isaiah Sharkey picks the tempo back up with the swinging rhythm of "Truth" and "Cause You're Mine," before finishing his new album with the hip-hop/rock clash of "Amen," featuring D2G and the wonderful, Prince-like funk of "Psychomajestickcomalikelove." To find out more about Isaiah Sharkey and his latest release "Love Is The Key (The Cancerian Theme)," please visit isaiahsharkey.com

Also, just last month, Indiana-based musician and television personality Brick Briscoe released his new album titled "From Lucky Point To Pere Lachaise." The album was recorded following Briscoe's battle with cancer and how it changed his life. The new twelve-song release begins with a sound collage that leads into the short folk ballad "Enjoy The View." Next, Briscoe dives into the eighties pop vibe of "12x12," before the dark blues of "Virtue" takes over. He continues to experiment with the different musical genres of folk, blues and punk, as you cannot put a label on the type of artist that Brick Briscoe has become. To find out more about Brick Briscoe and his latest release "From Lucky Point To Pere Lachaise," please visit brickbriscoe.com

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Jazz Pianist & Songstress Eliane Elias Tells Us Of Her "Love Stories"

Arriving August 30th through the Concord Jazz label is the latest release from pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias. Her new album titled "Love Stories" finds Eliane revisiting her roots of San Paulo, Brazil in order to bring the bossa nova sound to some of her favorite songs. 

The album begins with the gentle swing of "A Man And A Woman," as Eliane quickly asserts that bossa nova rhythm into her music. She adds a bit of swing to the classic love song "Baby, Come To Me," while "Bonita" is the perfect choice of this album, as Eliane's vocals beautifully fit the songs Latin flair. Next, she takes away the horns from Frank Sinatra's version of "Come Fly Away" in order to give the song a gentler melody, before reaching one of the album's original songs, the beautiful ballad "The Simple Things." Eliane Elias finishes her new album with the waltz of "Little Boat," in which Elias sings partially in Portuguese and another wonderful original mellow jazz number, "The View."

Eliane Elias will be hitting the road for a bunch of U.S. dates following the release of her new album "Love Stories." For a complete list of shows and to find out more about her latest release, please visit elianeelias.com.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

New Releases From Eyes Of The Lord, Grayscale, Wage War and Portrayal Of Guilt

Vocalist Bruce LePage (1000 Demons) has teamed up with members of Twitching Tongues, God's Hate and Terror to create Eyes Of The Lord. On August 30th, they will drop their latest studio effort titled "Misery Feels Like Home." The new fifteen track release begins with the marching rhythm of of "Survival," which leads you down the path to the aggressive attack of "Should Be." The songs on this new release are short, concise and to the point with no unnecessary filler. Eyes Of The Lord come out swinging on the hard hitting groove of the title song "Misery Feels Like Home" and on chugging guitar riffs of "Seventeen." The attack continues with the thrash metal speed of "Too Many Dead Friends" and Bits," as Eyes Of The Lord continue to deliver their intense sonic blast of energy. They wrap up their new album with the dark instrumental melody of "Relapse" and the 97-second, neck-breaking speed of "Tied Down (Negative Approach)." To find out more about Eyes Of The Lord and their latest release "Misery Feels Like Home," please visit eyesofthelord.bandcamp.com.

Just a week later, Philadelphia alternative pop/rock band, Grayscale, will be releasing their sophomore effort "Nella Vita" on September 6th through Fearless Records. Their new twelve song release begins with the addictive pop melody of "Just Right" and the more energetic beats of "Baby Blue," which makes the song easy to dance to. Grayscale mix together the worlds of pop and rock with the addictive chorus of "Young," which certainly has a youthful vibe attached to it. They finally rock out to "Twilight (My Heaven)," before slowing everything down for the acoustic strumming of "Asbury." Grayscale wrap their new album with the uplifting, spirited rhythm of "Desert Queen" and the beautiful piano ballad "Tommy's Song." Grayscale have a U.S. tour planned for September and October following the release of their new album. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new release "Nella Vita," please visit grayscalepa.com

Also arriving soon from Fearless Records is the latest full-length album from the Florida metal band, Wage War. Their new release titled "Pressure" features a dozen tracks that shows the band pushing harder than ever before, in order to give their songs an edgier, more aggressive sound. They begin with the solid pounding rhythm and screaming vocals of "Who I Am," before taking it up another notch with the explosive chorus of "Prison." Wage War keep the intensity flowing with the swift pace of "Ghost," before letting up on the gas pedal for the mainstream rock approach of "Me Against Myself" and "Hurt." After returning with the hardcore attack of "Fury," Wage War wrap up their new album with arena-built chorus of "Take The Fight" and the attractive tempo changes of "Will We Ever Learn." To find out more about Wage War and their latest release "Pressure," please visit wagewarband.com.

From Texas comes the latest effort from the hardcore metal/punk band, Portrayal Of Guilt. Their new release titled "Suffering Is A Gift" is a six-song album that clocks in just under ten minutes. The songs are fast, aggressive and to the point, as displayed in growls of "Scarcity" and the out-of-control speed of "Dissolution." Portrayal Of Guilt actually work on a melody with "A Futile Of Light," before closing out their new album with the intense attack of "Merciless." They are touring the U.S. during the month of August. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Suffering Is A Gift," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/portrayalofguilt.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Hard Rock Legends Axe Give Us Their "Final Offering"

The hard rock band, Axe has been around since the late-seventies, made up of the ashes of the band, Babyface. This veteran rock band from Florida found mild success with their single "Rock And Roll Party In The Street" and opened for such classic metal artists as Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple and Kiss. Now, after forty years, Axe are preparing to release their last studio album titled "Final Offering." It will be released on September 20th on CD and on limited edition double-vinyl.

The new album features eleven tracks, beginning with "Born To Lose," which certainly rocks hard, while also swinging with a blues vibe flowing through the song. Next, Axe delivers the solid, classic rock sound of "Bad Romance," before displaying the mystical, progressive rock appeal of "Fire And Stone," which proves that they can still deliver an epic piece of music. They slow everything down for the power ballad "Make A Dream (Last Forever)," which features a choir of voices to lift the song's message along with the emotional blues appeal of "Road To Damascus." Axe wrap up their new album with more of the blues infused rock in the form of "Ty ochen' krasivaya" and an acoustic version of "Years Slip Away," which feels like the perfect way to close out a forty year career. To find out more about Axe's latest release "Final Offering," please visit escape-music.com.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hartford Screams For Iron Maiden At The Xfinity Theatre Saturday Night

Legendary heavy metal band, Iron Maiden have been a staple on the concert scene for well-over forty years. Since the band's humble beginnings back in the late-seventies in England, Iron Maiden has grown into an enormous live act that has become a must see for fans both new and old. It has been almost a decade since Iron Maiden played in Hartford (as part of Ozzfest) and on Saturday night, they broke that streak performing at the Xfinity Theatre as one of the stops on their "Legacy Of The Beast Tour 2019."

The seats were filled and the lawn was packed awaiting the heavy metal giants to take the stage as anticipation was high. After the completion of their introductory music, "Doctor, Doctor" by the band UFO, old British war footage played on the giant screens. For well-known Iron Maiden fans, this signaled the beginning of their war anthem, "Aces High," which features a huge World War II plane flying over the band during their performance of the song.

Iron Maiden sounded as youthful as ever, ripping through classics like "2 Minutes To Midnight" and "The Trooper." The band's mascot, "Eddie" walked out on stage during "The Trooper" for a sword fight with lead singer Bruce Dickinson, as Dickinson displayed his fencing skills on the ten foot tall "Eddie."

All throughout the night, the audience was in perfect unison with the band, pumping their fists to "Revelations" and shouting the chorus of "Fear Of The Dark." Iron Maiden's live shows have been widely hailed as a spectacle to behold. The amazing theatrics during their epic song "Sign Of The Cross" was certainly one of the evening's highlights.

During their classic tale of the "Flight Of Icarus," Dickinson would shoot out flames from his backpack flame thrower, as a giant Icarus figure flew in the background. The band was in stellar form all night, as the members still seemed to enjoy performing in this live setting.

Iron Maiden's main set closed with one of the band's oldest songs, "Iron Maiden," to which they got their name from, as a giant demon arose behind the drummer. The crowd sang along to every word, as the song's tempo was certainly sped up to match the adrenaline of the audience.

The encore would consist of three songs, all of which have become favorites to their fans, as Dickinson continued his theatrics during "The Evil That Men Do" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name." As the well-known rhythm and guitar riff of "Run To The Hills" signaled the night's final song, everyone sang along to the song's chorus, almost drowning out Dickinson's own vocals. So, whether it was your first Iron Maiden show or your twentieth, the performance that was given last Saturday night will never be forgotten by the band's faithful followers.

Setlist: Aces High, Where Eagles Dare, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Clansman, The Trooper, Revelations, For The Greater Good Of God, The Wicker Man, Sign Of The Cross, Flight Of Icarus, Fear Of The Dark, Number Of The Beast, Iron Maiden
Encore: The Evil That Men Do, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Run To The Hills