REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

TIYAH – Don’t Know Why/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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December 22, 2014
TIYAH – Don’t Know Why/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

TIYAH takes songs and makes them better. By adding her own distinctive flair to these beloved pieces she is able to explore different moods within them. Her approach is casual and carefree. Put together they reflect upon her own unique strengths alongside her backing band which offers the right kind of adornment for her...
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Lina Fouro – The Love Cycle

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December 22, 2014
Lina Fouro – The Love Cycle

Lina Fouro’s “The Love Cycle” combines delectable pop with colorful imagery. With a clear debt to dance music “The Love Cycle” bounces. Melodies glide by luxuriously. Impeccably produced the songs sparkle and shine. At times the music feels so joyous it might as well be neon-tinted. Pieces move by quickly as the tempos blare...
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Jackson Ward, Goodbye Trouble (EP)

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December 22, 2014
Jackson Ward, Goodbye Trouble (EP)

Jackson Ward is one artist appearing to be making all the right moves. His infectious blend of country and rock is on display as he blazes the trail in 2014/2015 on tour. Tour dates are listed far below hyperlink. Country by definition, but fueled by rock and roll and infected with a watermelon-sized helping...
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Michal Rudas – Whisper

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December 19, 2014
Michal Rudas – Whisper

“Whisper” is a catchy affectionate piece of pop. Everything about it glimmers with optimism. Michal Rudas works wonders in neatly embodying the joys of being in a loving relationship. The strong melody and attention to detail help to highlight its general sense of overall comfort. A strong beat helps to carry and propel the...
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Lena Fayre – Oko

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December 19, 2014
Lena Fayre – Oko

Intro: Lena Fayre has been making quite a name for herself regionally and nationally. She’s received critical acclaim for her amazing songwriting and impressive talent from many prominent music critics thus far in her musical career. This includes millions of views on YouTube and a nod from Rolling Stone Magazine. As a versatile vocalist,...
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Sarantos – The Happiest Time of the Year

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December 19, 2014
Sarantos – The Happiest Time of the Year

“The Happiest Time of the Year” is aptly named. Sarantos express his utmost cheer throughout the piece. With a jaunty feel the song captures the true spirit of the holiday season: one where people are able to appreciate their closest relationships friends and family. By using a playful attitude throughout the piece it simultaneously...
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We Are Galilee – Arrival EP

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December 17, 2014
We Are Galilee – Arrival EP

You know…oddly enough…I think if I was to look back through our entire history there would be less than a handful of reviews on what I’d consider to fit into the ‘dance-music’ category. With the partitions in this genre being so extremely-edged, parameters like electronic/dance music can only go so far to describe a...
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Dimestore Prophets – Be Yourself

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December 17, 2014
Dimestore Prophets – Be Yourself

Boy-O…have you ever gone to sleep with nothing but the intention of seeing the clock spin forward and find yourself in the throes of another day…only to awaken merely hours later, compellingly refreshed like you had spent the entire winter hibernating and conserving your energy? Cause that’s where I’m at right now…think I drifted...
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Evolove, We Are The Warriors

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December 16, 2014
Evolove, We Are The Warriors

Evolove just released their latest CD entitled We are The Warriors” (2014) under Spectra Records. These latest group of songs are sure to one day be remembered as one of the classic modern rock band of our time. It’s pure Blues the way it used to be via full-tilt playing and hooky soulful grooves....
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Casey Fallen, Atmospheric Disturbances

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December 15, 2014
Casey Fallen, Atmospheric Disturbances

Casey Fallen just released his latest 13 Track installment entitled “Atmospheric Disturbances.” The mood is pungent, dark and ever so representative of the true Hollywood experience, the climb to fame and stardom stripped of its glamour. Instead what is revealed is the tone of prevailing truths within the mountain of glitter and lights. The...
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Naomi – All About That Bass

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December 15, 2014
Naomi – All About That Bass

All About That Bass is a playful optimistic piece of pop. Naomi uses the song structure as yet another aspect for her lyrics to bounce off of creating a whirlwind of exuberant joy. Her positive outlook on childhood helps to highlight the overall sense of happiness that radiates from the piece whether it is...
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Atman – Silence Is Golden

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December 15, 2014
Atman – Silence Is Golden

Let this be a lesson to you all…don’t just check ONE page, check them all! My original experience in listening to Atman came through what I found out to be a mere sampling of the full album on his Soundcloud page – for a moment there…I was about to review this new music as...
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Laura Cole – Dirty Cheat

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December 14, 2014
Laura Cole – Dirty Cheat

Laura Cole’s spirited delivery and retro style make “Dirty Cheat” a memorable damned perfect LP. By letting the songs unfold naturally she creates the aura of smoke-filled rooms late at night, with her lyrics serving as the equivalent of pouring her heart out. Thankfully she opts to use this style to call out people,...
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Scarlet & The Harlots – We Can’t Seem To Get Enough

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December 14, 2014
Scarlet & The Harlots – We Can’t Seem To Get Enough

We Can’t Seem To Get Enough bursts at the seams. Remarkably busy arrangements give the songs a sense of controlled chaos. Scarlet & The Harlots understand this concept well as they fill their pieces with horns, strong vocals, nimble drumming, and infectious bass. Horns happen to serve as a form of punctuation for the...
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Morning Fame – Voyager EP

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December 12, 2014
Morning Fame – Voyager EP

This latest release by Canadian 4 member rock band Morning Fame is a compilation EP called “Voyager.” This is not a new band as they have several albums to their credit now. A band like Morning fame really cannot and/or should not be underscored of even conveniently pigeonholed. Their latest 4 Track EP is...
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The Frank Hovat Band – Strange Machine

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December 11, 2014
The Frank Hovat Band – Strange Machine

The Frank Horvat Band hails from Canada and is led by Frank Horvat. Formed in 2013 by Canadian composer/pianist Frank Horvat, The Frank Horvat Band’s uncreative name hides a wildly creative sound and a roster of ultra-talented musicians. An indie art rock band with an electronic edge, they create a textured atmospheric sound that...
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Kenny Fame – Fame Whore

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December 10, 2014
Kenny Fame – Fame Whore

Kenny Fame’s “Fame Whore” is a delightful blend of electro, glam rock, dance, and more. Everything comes together perfectly on these carefully constructed pieces. With the songs kept at perfect length, the real focus is Kenny Fame’s lyrical prowess. Ranging from straight-up party anthems like the opening “Shadow Dancer” to the heartfelt romantic “Julie”...
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Flower Girl – Volume VI

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December 9, 2014
Flower Girl – Volume VI

Great things come in small packages. Like I always say, until you push play or see a listing of track-lengths…you just don’t know if you’re in for an album or an EP. I suppose that’s why I’m here partially…I get to play the role of the spoiler for the confused, so here it is;...
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We Live in Sod Houses – Shark for a Week”

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December 9, 2014
We Live in Sod Houses – Shark for a Week”

We Live in Sod Houses latest release “Shark for a Week” yields a dynamic, diverse collection of thirteen tracks that beautifully fuse punk and alt-rock. At the same time, they enlisted the help of some high-profile folks to round out their sound as listed below. Dustin DeBoer- Guitar& Vocals Rachel DeBoer – Vocals and...
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Antone – V2.0

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December 8, 2014
Antone – V2.0

Antone’s “V2.0” is dance music done right, done decadently. Opting for dance with the absolute essentials Antone strips the songs down to their absolute basics. This approach works well for him as he is able to indulge both in downright endless grooves and shorter, more experimental playful pieces that highlight the origins of electronic...
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Nomadic Attic, Nomadic Attic EP

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December 8, 2014
Nomadic Attic, Nomadic Attic EP

Now here’s something – hear something by Nomadic Attic! On this self-titled you’ll find five songs of true atmospheric brilliance, all unique in their own right, all coming together perfectly as one on this new self-titled EP. There’s a captivating, almost hypnotic quality that can’t be mistaken on Nomadic Attic’s EP…great tunes here –...
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The Royal Guard – “Hail the King”

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December 5, 2014
The Royal Guard – “Hail the King”

The Royal Guard are: Todd Davidson (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Andy Ascolese (Guitar, Vocals), Fred Scragg (Drums). Upon returning back home to NYC after living 5 years in Eastern Europe, Todd was ready to create, exciting music that can reach young people. First he called Fred. They worked great together but something was missing. The...
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Kimi Kent – Wayward Child EP

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December 5, 2014
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Kimi Kent’s “Wayward Child EP” embodies music with true heart and soul. Songs burst forth with great energy on the EP. Everything comes together to paint the portrait of a lovely life. Little lyrical flourishes work wonders as does her powerful singular voice. Her arrangements are tasteful and concise. Nicely unfolding to reveal great...
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Tom Rhodes, With or Without

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December 4, 2014
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Tom Rhodes “With or Without” is as warm and as real as a group of friends gathered around the campfire. Honest, sincere, and raw, “With or Without” is the sound of country music done right. Vocals drive the whole thing, as Tom Rhodes’ voice is without peer. His band is amazing as well, knowing...
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Ty Ford – Watermelon Time

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December 4, 2014
Ty Ford – Watermelon Time

Bio: In his own words: My mother bought me my first tape recorder when I was nine. I bought a used Rhapsody 6-string in 1964 and began to play guitar. I wrote some but mostly did folk tunes and other songs I liked. I also played a lot of acoustic guitar instrumentals. Time happens...
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Tom Rhodes, With or Without

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December 3, 2014
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Tom Rhodes “With or Without” is as warm and as real as a group of friends gathered around the campfire. Honest, sincere, and raw, “With or Without” is the sound of country music done right. Vocals drive the whole thing, as Tom Rhodes’ voice is without peer. His band is amazing as well, knowing...
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Gasoline Bros, FILL ‘ER UP

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December 3, 2014
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The aptly named Gasoline Bros are filled up with heart and possess a keen driving rhythm. Nicely embodying the best of rock and roll, the songs possess a lot of energy. Vocals are incredibly earnest doing a great job of portraying a life and a moment in a life. A narrative sensibility helps carry...
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EB 11, Enjoy The Ride

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December 2, 2014
EB 11, Enjoy The Ride

EB 11’s “Enjoy The Ride” is a passionate album. The songs demand to be played loud. Volume is a must. An absolute rush the songs burn through leaving their imprint in the mind long after they are gone. Remarkably talented EB 11 shows off its considerable chops: great rhythms, great guitar riffs, and thoughtful...
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Troy Lindsey & Bosaya, Cold Emotion

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December 1, 2014
Troy Lindsey & Bosaya, Cold Emotion

Cold Emotion is an album rich in sound and rich in meaning. Inviting the songs are comfortable pieces full of soul. Lyrically Troy Lindsey & Bosaya opt for the narrative for these pieces weaving them together to give a composite on a person’s life. Details are of the utmost importance: from organ swells to...
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Voxmirage, Self-Titled

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November 27, 2014
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Wicked stuff. Right off the draw I’m hearing music that reminds me of elements of some fantastic pop/rock/electro bands like Snow Patrol, MGMT…even some R.E.M. thrown in here. This two-piece band is making completely exciting music with intense grooves and fantastic songwriting. And what’s THIS? They’re from my home-away-from-home of Seattle? LOVE IT. Just...
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Sonido – Camino de los Suenos

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November 26, 2014
Sonido – Camino de los Suenos

Having cut his teeth with multiple of stepping stone musical experiences musicians producer/songwriters Sonido featuring Arie Salma (Piano) and Rob Math (Guitar) are turning people’s heads, and ears with his latest 10 track collection entitled “Camino de los Suenos”. Quite simply these two have set his sights on creating a new style of music:...
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Laney Jones Releases “Golden Road” (2013)

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November 25, 2014
Laney Jones Releases “Golden Road” (2013)

Steeped in the traditions of folk, jazz, and rock and roll, Laney Jones mixes a musical cocktail with a vintage flavor that’s all her own. Honing her craft and effortlessly welcoming stage presence in coffeehouses, speakeasies, and concert venues across the United States, this scrappy Americana singer-songwriter is making a name for herself as...
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Austin Belle

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November 24, 2014
Austin Belle

Music is moving. Sometimes it can bring one to tears and other times it can cause one to think more deeply. It can bring about feelings of rage or despondency and it can strip layers off your armor, casting you closer to the matters of the heart. And then there are times when music...
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Lanie Flowers – Live in NYC

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November 21, 2014
Lanie Flowers – Live in NYC

Who doesn’t like Singer-Songwriter music? Who doesn’t like a good live album? I’d all hands go up in the air. I mean, while Singer-Songwriter, which by the way kind of emerged in the late 60’s and 70’s with the arrival of artists like Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce and Billy Joel...
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JIMMY BARNES, Hindsight

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November 20, 2014
JIMMY BARNES, Hindsight

The release of this CD celebrates the Australian’s 30 years as a solo artist, and 15th studio release. The artist was formerly with the band Cold Chisel. This release features an ensemble of friends and associates including Steven Van Zandt, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Stevens, Jonathan Cain, Neil Schon, The Living End, Diesel, Baby Animals,...
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Heart, Heart and Friends – Home for the Holidays

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November 20, 2014
Heart, Heart and Friends – Home for the Holidays

Heart is without a doubt one of the most successful bands in rock ‘n’ roll music history. The Wilson sisters have cemented a name for themselves in an industry that, as a general consensus, is perceived by many to be an all-boys club. By the time Heart’s debut album “Dreamboat Annie” was released in...
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Strength and Kindness – “Somebody’ Else’s Nightmare” (2014)

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November 20, 2014
Strength and Kindness – “Somebody’ Else’s Nightmare” (2014)

Strength and Kindness is a Jazz Project based out of San Francisco. This latest CD entitled ““Somebody’ Else’s Nightmare” (2014) is a powerful and eclectic album tells the story of a gifted player/composer with beautiful melodies, a smooth playing style, that is emotional and at times very refined sonic feel. I am talking about...
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Ashley Rivera, Danger Dreaming

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November 19, 2014
Ashley Rivera, Danger Dreaming

Ashley Rivera is a singer/songwriter/vocalist from Georgia who just released their latest CD entitled “Danger Dreaming.’ This impressive release is an original blender of sound mixing Adelle, Vanessa Carlton, Lisa Loeb, Paula Cole, Beth Orton, Delta Rae and The Swell Season. Visually I must admit she bares a similar resemblance to some of the...
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The Satisfactors, The Satisfactors

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November 19, 2014
The Satisfactors, The Satisfactors

The Satisfactors are balls to the wall rock and roll. Everything they do taps into the spirit of early classic rock. With a defiant, party attitude to their songs their entire album is pure fun. Lyrically the songs explore the grimy side of rock, from parties to escaping bad situations. None of the songs...
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Universal You, Perfect EP

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November 19, 2014
Universal You, Perfect EP

Universal You’s “Perfect EP” is pop perfection. Bursting with energy the EP virtually demands to be played loud. That way every particular nuance of the songs shines through: from the strong vocals to the infectious melodies, “Perfect EP” is exactly how pop music should be. In fact the vocals are the heart of the...
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