Month: October 2008

STAR TRAK PRESENTS CHESTER FRENCH / MP3 / CONDOM PLAYER

Chester French — a they, not a he! — consists of young friends D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey. They live in a musical world in which everything’s in play, where pop music can be both smart and accessible, and where genres and categories exist to be challenged.

Guy J, Esperanza

For the minimal house head, Guy J’s Esperanza is the key. Ranging from a wide variety of influences from John Digweed and Jam & Spoon, to Jean Michel Jarre or Tiga. Although more of an ambient vibe than that of a DJ set or room thumper, Guy J is definitely onto a unique and distinct…

AN INTERVIEW WITH OTEP

Radical riffs with [sometimes] radical politics: Otep Shamaya is ready to bring her mix of music and politics to a city near you.   Set to embark on another national tour October 27, 2008 in support of her album ‘Ascension’ [co-headlining with Ill Ni?o], Otep takes another step to solidify her place among the vanguard…

RUTHLESS RECORDS PRESENT NEWEST SIGNEES / AUDIO

As many hip hop  enthusiasts know, Ruthless Records was the collaboration between music mogul Jerry Heller and Eazy E. Over twenty years ago the duo came together to put out hip hop music that raised the bar.   Tomica Wright  has taken over the reigns  and introducing newest signees, Stevie Stone & Street Runnaz Click.

HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS ON TOUR FOR THE YOUTH / VIDEO

Ohio’s very own HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS have teamed up with Ovation Acoustic Guitars for eleven acoustic performances throughout November. The goal of these acoustic events is to allow young, inspiring musicians in the community the opportunity to ask questions to real musicians about the gear they use and life as a successful band member.  

THE WHO LIVE DVD COMING NOVEMBER 18th / TRAILER

The long awaited The Who: At Kilburn: 1977 will be available on DVD & Blu-Ray from Image Entertainment on November 18th. The landmark performance is finally being released from the vault and showcases the band with all its original members in top form performing many of their biggest hits.

NOVEMBER 2008 SONICBIDS “ARTISTS 2 WATCH”

This month’s SonicBids Artists to Watch are a motely crew (pun fully intended!). More than half are international performers and the rest are from the US. There are four performers who pump out variations of   rock that is strong on lyrics,   three acoustic acts, and a hip-hop artist. All are very lyric-driven, except…

Senses Fail, Life Is Not A Waiting Room

First thing I noticed was the man dressed all in black sitting in a white chair with a gas mask on his head.   I was thinking who is this man under the mask, not Jim Carrey I’m sure, and wondering what the hell this was all about.   So, based on the album cover…

Black Suit Karma, Negative White

You pick up this CD and the first thing you see is a woman tugging on her hair with growths on her lips and black covering over part of her face.   Disturbing imagery for sure and makes you wonder what the hell you’re about to get into.   I’ve learned not to judge a…

M83 ISSUES SPECIAL VINYL RELEASE / WIDGET / DATES

Mute Records is proud to announce the special release of all five M83 albums on vinyl. Each of these releases will include a bonus CD, and are all double LP’s with the exception of Digital Shades (previously a digital only release, issued on CD for the first time October 28, 2008).  

Bayside, The Walking Wounded Gold Edition CD/DVD

This ain’t your older brother’s Emo!   These guys have talent.   Bayside releases ‘The Walking Wounded’ Gold Edition CD/DVD combo on Victory Records.   It’s an Emo extravaganza. The title track ‘The Walking Wounded’ leads off the album flashing Bayside’s ability to break out of the usual Emo mold into some horns, and a…

BIGBANG TO RELEASE FROM ACID TO ZEN ON VINYL / STREAM

Norway’s Bigbang are set to release From Acid to Zen (Grand Sport/Oglio) on November 11th on vinyl. The band, themselves a throwback to ‘70s rock at its best, are excited to give their album to fans across the world in a format that captures music exactly how it is meant to be heard.    

EBAN SCHLETTER, WITCHING HOUR

Eban is a well-established name in TV and movie music.   Here he’s taken on a project, which can be described as “Art-deco spooky music”.   With a celebrity cast of spooky guest narrators, a Theremin, old The Ventures style guitar licks, assorted special effects etc., Eban combines Munsters, Addams Family, and generally Monster Mash…

SHERYL CROW, HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

I have to admit that I haven’t been excited about new Christmas offerings (especially in September), after previously hearing everything from James Brown to Johnny Mathis, to Nat King Cole, to Bob Rivers, and to quote Quint (Robert Shaw) from Jaws, “And everything in between!”   Note: I have to admit though, that the past…

JOHN OATES, 1000 MILES OF LIFE

Along with being a genuinely great guy and an all around talented musician, John Oates can add modesty to his list of virtues.   John once told me that he considered himself lucky as “I’m probably the highest paid background singer and rhythm guitar player there is”.   What he neglected to acknowledge is that…

JOE BONAMASSA, LIVE FROM NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR

All right, what can I say about Joe that isn’t obvious.   What can you say about a guy that has hit the 30-year milestone, and has been playing professionally (amazingly I might add) for at least 2/3 of that?   I caught him most recently at the House of Blues in Cleveland (for the…

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Cardinology

Ryan Adams, the prolific singer-songwriter, has many things working against him nowadays. First off, his biggest fans adore his earliest work most–stuff that has included his time with the influential alt-country band Whiskeytown and also his critically lauded solo discs Heartbreaker and Gold. Secondly, in many circles, Adams is more known for his past eccentric…

THE SPILL CANVAS U.S FALL TOUR AND NEW VIDEO / DATES

South Dakota band The Spill Canvas will embark on a U.S tour with One Republic, Augustana and the Hush Sound in support of their second single, “Saved” off their 2007 release   No Really, I’m Fine. It was announced today by their record label Sire Records. The tour kicks off in Fairfax, VA on October…

IN FLAMES IS BACK WITH NEW EP / MP3 / VIDEO / DATES

Highly influential Swedish metal band IN FLAMES have released a limited edition EP featuring the roll out single “The Mirror’s Truth” off the quintet’s critically-acclaimed full length release, A Sense of Purpose.   Also included on the EP are the previously unreleased tracks “Eraser,” “Tilt” and “Abnegation.”

Zealousy, Complications

Return of the rock opera.   The follow up to their 2007 EP ‘Girl on the Edge’, Female fronted, L.A. indie band Zealousy releases their first full length offering ‘Complications’. Leading off with ‘Girl on the Edge’… through ‘Wanting’, and ‘Wrong Man’…‘Complications’ conjures images of the old rock operas to weave its way through some…

NEW VIDEO & DOWNLOAD FROM LOWRY

Lowry and Engine Room Recordings are excited to announce the release of the music video for the track “Face Behind Your Hands” from their forthcoming album Love Is Dead.  

ISLAND DEF JAM SIGN R&B GROUP BRUTHA / VIDEO

Their self-titled debut out 12/23 will be supported with a 6 episode reality show on BET entitled, Brothers to Brutha, which begins on Tuesday, November 18th – just after the season premiere of Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, the highest rated show on the network!

SKOPE LIVE! TEAMS UP WITH SONICBIDS

Skope Live! & Sonicbids.com have announced a partnership to help make the booking of Skope Live! events easier for bands & musicians. For all present & future shows, bands will be able to submit their EPK’s (Electronic Press Kits) for consideration to play the shows. Skope Live! Holiday Bash – Bill’s Bar Boston: SKOPE IT…