Month: December 2007

JEN KEARNEY & THE LOST ONIONS

STOLI ADDS SOME SPICE AS HE CHATS WITH JEN KEARNEY & THE LOST ONIONS By: Stoli Razz On January 31st, Skope Live! & Autism Speaks returns to Felt in Boston. Jen Kearney will be performing a solo live set. Skope Live! is so excited to have her perform we sent Stoli to see what was…

Virginia Coalition – Home This Year

The three-piece (core member) band, Virginia Coalition, from Alexandria, Virginia is unique in the fact that all three members can play just about every instrument they collectively use. Not to be confused with the political movement bearing the same name, the material is real-life based and not confrontational. The group used collaborative players for the…

Stoli Heads To Florida To Hang With Big Bang Radio

Big Bang Radio has just released their new album, To Mars From Babylon. These guys are from South Florida and after you give them one listen you know it’s special. With no major label support they are doing just fine without. We sent Stoli to see what the next move is for a true up…

The Gourds – Noble Creatures

There’ve been times when one might play Austin-based quintet The Gourds’ 2001 hick-hop cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” and hear: “Man, those Phish guys can play anything!” But The Gourds are no jam band. Nor are they a one-joke wonder – these guys have been pumping out good, solid mixes of Southern rock,…

It’s Adjustable – December 2007

Epitaph/Hellcat Lightening Round   By Stacy Coronis   As a way to procrastinate, I decided to go through my bin of music people send me to review and I found all sorts of Epitaph and Hellcat discs that I’ve never gotten around to. Some of them are older releases, but I wanted to go through…

Cymarshall Law – Hip Hop in the Flesh

 From superheroes to political issues to family strife, Cymarshall Law covers a range of topics and delivers a variety of sounds on his 2007 CD, Hip Hop in the Flesh. This album is not in the tradition of today’s bling-laden, champagne-swilling, over-produced rap albums. ‘Cymar’ puts thought into his lyrics and the diversity of background…

Flobots – Fight With Tools

 “There is a war going on for your mind.” With nine small words Flobots introduces itself and its message to the masses on the group’s first full-length album Fight With Tools. “There’s a War Going On For Your Mind” is an extravagant piece and a great kick-off track for the album. Passionately delivered, the song…

American Angel – Vanity

American Angel may be a name that’s new to many, but this New Jersey-based band has a history that dates back to the 1980s. Frontman Rocco Fury is the only remaining member from the group’s original lineup, and it’s his voice that drives Vanity, American Angel’s first new studio album in 15 years. From the…

KT Tunstall – The KT Tunstall Holiday Collection

This girl just has it. A mere six songs, it has ranked as my favorite Christmas CD this season. “2000 Miles” swims out of the CD player with just the right edge and just the right amount of Signature Christmas Time Bells in the background. “Christmas [Baby Please Come Home]” has a central emphasized beat…

Taylor Swift – Holiday Collection

The Country/Christmas CD by Taylor Swift starts off with a sweet, hopeful rendition of “Last Christmas,” crooned to a melodic mix of bells and guitar twangs. She strikes that womanly chord that says, “It’s ok girl, I feel your pain,” and you sing along because, hey, it’s pretty good. However, the next song? Kind of…

Overview – Forty-Four Stone Tigers

Overview released their first EP, Forty-Four Stone Tigers, in March 2007. The entire thing is a coherent punk album that starts off with a bang in “Scorpion Woman”, intriguing the listener with catchy riffs and crooning vocals. I was drawn in from the first notes and immediate chorus; Overview takes no prisoners. Paul Miner (New…

The Warriors – Genuine Sense of Outrage

For someone who isn’t into hardcore, screamo music, the first word that comes to mind when listening to The Warriors is intense. Screamo as a genre tends to sacrifice melody and easily distinguishable lyrics for the sake of the overall emotion, and The Warriors are no exception. The album as a whole favors heavy, distorted…

Elliot Yamin – Holiday Collection

When Elliot was on American Idol, I didn’t really get why people voted for him. He seemed an average singer with bad teeth. However, in this CD his soulful voice is smooth as chocolate and — Ta Da! — his teeth are fixed. His Motown mixed version of “This Christmas” is cute and homey, something…

Mitch Gunz Interview

Stoli Razz Chills Out With His Homie Mitch Gunz     By: Stoli Razz Mitch Gunz is an emcee straight out of South Florida and the boy is the truth. He has been mastering his craft for years and his time is here. Stoli caught up with Mr. Gunz to see what’s really hood with…

Tori Sparks – Under This Yellow Sun

A singer/songwriter with a guitar, Tori Sparks manages to avoid the misstep of sounding like every other coffeehouse-circuit singer. Her tight songwriting and playing, coupled with interesting arrangements and high production values make Under This Yellow Sun a contender for mainstream success. Pedal steel and trumpet are but two of the instruments that add color…

Through the Wilderness – A Tribute to Madonna

Madonna is endlessly fascinating as a video artist, performer, and personality, but–with rare exceptions–her music has never held up beyond the dance floor and TV. So what happens when better musicians take on her facile melodies and vapid lyrics? On Through the Wilderness, fifteen Madonna songs are interpreted in varied styles, with mixed results. “Cherish”…