REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

The Brazen Youth, Alright

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September 17, 2014
The Brazen Youth, Alright

The Brazen Youth is a duo out of old Lyme, CT. that includes Nick Lussier on vocals and guitar and Charles Dahlke on piano and vocals. They have morphed a sound together that is pure and unique with a subtle pleasantness creating profound results. Their latest single, Alright, is sublime elegance. Song: “Alright” https://soundcloud.com/thebrazenyouth/alright...
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4X, Talk To Me Now!!!

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September 17, 2014
4X, Talk To Me Now!!!

With its relentless repetition of the mantra like phrase “She twerkin’” from the opening of ‘Talk To Me Now!!!’, the track embeds itself in the frontal lobes like a cerebral wasp. Listen – http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/0vumig6j01/4X_-_Talk_to_me_now_.mp3 The beats are restrained, not filling the spectral soundscape and yet create a solid base for the simplicity of the...
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Aaron Gwynaire, Who We Are

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September 17, 2014
Aaron Gwynaire, Who We Are

“Who We Are” is a collection full of sunny optimism. Aaron Gwynaire’s arrangements are tasteful and remarkably clear. Giving the songs a relaxed feeling works wonders for the mood of the collection. By focusing on positivity the songs create an inviting atmosphere. The vocals are strong and the lyrics are clever. Clearly Aaron Gwynaire...
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Modest Midget, CRYSIS

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September 15, 2014
Modest Midget, CRYSIS

Modest Midget’s “CRYSIS” is an impossible album to pin down. Ranging from sweet acoustic pieces to fluid progressive rock jams “CRYSIS” brings together disparate genres into a coherent and highly enjoyable whole. A sense of play is prominently displayed throughout the album. Elements of it recall the best of 70s progressive rock from the...
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The Pete V Project, Come on Baby (Come on Over) ft. Reece Bahia

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September 12, 2014
The Pete V Project, Come on Baby (Come on Over) ft. Reece Bahia

Marie Virginie Pierre has a new single, Come on Baby (Come on Over) released on her new record label, Pierreplay Records. It was produced and written by Marie, featuring the amazing talent, Reece Bahia. This poppy number displays Marie’s versatility and the plethora of talent known as the Pete V Project. Reece Bahia executes...
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Lions Named Leo, A Crisis In Conscientiousness

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September 11, 2014
Lions Named Leo, A Crisis In Conscientiousness

Lions Named Leo is a band from Bakersfield, CA. Their latest release, A Crisis in Conscientiousness not only is a clever title, as is the name of their band, but is awesome quality with a full on, positive vibe of hard core energy. Listen – http://lionsnamedleo.bandcamp.com/releases Wow, very rarely does any band leave this...
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Les Fradkin & Michael Brown, “As Eagles Fly In The Night”

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September 10, 2014
Les Fradkin & Michael Brown, “As Eagles Fly In The Night”

Les Fradkin & Michael Brown are soaring high with their latest release titled “As Eagles Fly In The Night”. The duo performs this song as a complete instrumental with Pop/Rock/Classical elements hitting you all at once. The overall sound is quite appealing and the recording is very clean ‘n’ crisp. Both members have rich...
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Catalina Shortwave, “Repeater

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September 10, 2014
Catalina Shortwave, “Repeater

Indeed many feel solid musicianship is a dying art form in music as Power Pop and Rap dominate the airwaves with music that is for the most part – well not very real. But regardless of how you feel about Pop, or even Rap strong musicianship has remained strong and resultant over the years...
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ThaGataNegrra, Gata City

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September 9, 2014
ThaGataNegrra, Gata City

ThaGataNegrra sounds neon. Akin to FKA Twig’s nuanced compositions ThaGataNegrra’s are nimble bright and remarkably catchy. Rhythmically “Gata City” never stops. With an endless amount of kinetic energy the songs blast forward. Plenty of cat references are thrown throughout the album which fits neatly with the overall playful feel of the album. Melody and...
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Late Cambrian, Peach

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September 9, 2014
Late Cambrian, Peach

3 piece rock band Late Cambrian just released their latest CD entitled “Peach” (2014). This 13 Track offering captures the energy and foundations of this band. Songs such as “Ryan Gosling”, “The Label Needed a Single” and “The Wolf” have off the hook vocals, thumpy beats, crunchy guitar, and heavy bass lines that will...
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Alpha over India, One Last Chance

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September 8, 2014
Alpha over India, One Last Chance

Alpha over India’s “One Last Chance” lives in hope. Within these two tracks is a great deal of care. The sound is warm. The vocalist is confident. Sonically the songs are reminiscent of a time in the 90s when rock sounded more personal, less scrubbed. Rhythmically the pieces employ a driving beat which helps...
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Beth Whitney Bradford Loomis, The Banner Days

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September 6, 2014
Beth Whitney Bradford Loomis, The Banner Days

Today I listened to the 7 Track CD by Marysville, WA musical duo Beth Whitney Bradford Loomis entitled The Banner Days. These 2 are one up and coming artistic duos that cannot and should not be underscored. All music, lyrics, and fretwork invites the listener to sift through a multitude of folk-pop-rock sounds, all...
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JD Hardy, Ride On Single

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September 6, 2014
JD Hardy, Ride On Single

About the Artist: Today I’m checking out the latest single “Ride On” from California Cowboy JD Hardy.  Another track featured is “Country Saved Me.” RIDE ON is dedicated to Hardy’s Bull Rid’n Heroes! Gary Leffew, Lane Frost, Ty Murray and many many more of you tough of ole cowboys who’s ridn’n your way to...
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Pipe Dream, The Oak

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September 4, 2014
Pipe Dream, The Oak

Cleveland based Pipe Dream haven’t had their head in the clouds putting this well executed EP together. http://pipedreamofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-oak The OakOpening with title track ‘The Oak’, Pipe Dream’s sound comes off as fresh, airy, and soothing. That hipster indie sound is there -à la Mumfords, Bon Iver – but it’s wistfully done, an optimistic and...
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Eric Kamen, Serenades

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September 4, 2014
Eric Kamen, Serenades

Having cut his teeth with multiple of stepping stone musical experiences guitarist/producer/songwriter Eric Kamen is turning people’s heads, and ears with his latest 15 track collection entitled “Serenades.” Quite simply Kamen set his sights on creating a new style of music: a radical collection of Spanish Style Flamenco guitar and Hip Hop. This latest...
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Big Tribe, From the Fringes

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September 3, 2014
Big Tribe, From the Fringes

With some help from us (Bonnie, Dave, Joe, Liz, Michael, Peter) are The Fabulous Neptones, the core of Big Tribe – Panyon crafts a sweet non-glossy LP that reminded me of a low-fi Traveling Wilburys at times. “From the Fringes” sets the stage with his quirky vocal delivery and Harrison-like guitar. Most songwriters discover...
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Sleeping Babys, Idolize

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September 2, 2014
Sleeping Babys, Idolize

Sleeping Babys keep things simple on “Idolize”. With a distinctly 60s retro flair to their sound they are reminiscent of other 60s pop revivalists like Stereolab and their ilk. “Idolize” is a great take on what pop music often forgets: simplicity. By stripping the sound down to the basic drum, bass, guitar, vocals they...
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Jenny Jarnagin, Bullseye

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September 2, 2014
Jenny Jarnagin, Bullseye

Jenny Jarnagin’s “Bullseye” is a celebratory pop perfection. With a large sound and great energy Jenny Jarnagin defines her sound with a phenomenal amount of instruments. From piano to banjo and many more, Jenny Jarnagin’s voice confidently soars above it all. At times cinematic in tone Jenny Jarnagin’s songs are well-crafted pieces of art....
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Danny John Trio, Mr Twister

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September 2, 2014
Danny John Trio, Mr Twister

It’s fusion, Jim, but not as we know it. Mind altering jazz-metal for the thinking music aficionado. https://soundcloud.com/dannyjohntrio/sets/mr-twister Opening with the spiky ‘Drift’, it’s immediately clear that this is a band that ventures into the unusual, the experimental, and on occasion the downright bonkers. The track’s frenetic and splintered riffing skitters madly throughout its...
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Emma Constance, Hot Stuff

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August 29, 2014
Emma Constance, Hot Stuff

Don’t panic! If you’re looking for a sassy reworking of the Donna Summer classic ‘Hot Stuff’, Emma Constance has got it covered. Buy – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hot-stuff-single/id906163832 Listen – https://coast2coastmixtapes.com/audiodetail.aspx?audioid=375008 It’s always a little concerning when approaching a cover version of a song that is so embedded in classic pop culture, not least when it’s the...
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Django Mack, Sweet Life

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August 28, 2014
Django Mack, Sweet Life

While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With San Francisco based Django Mack’s latest musical offering “Sweet Life” it’s clear to me he has surpassed...
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Royal Holland, Volume One – The Maze

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August 28, 2014
Royal Holland, Volume One – The Maze

Running the gamut from folk to dance Royal Holland’s “Volume One – The Maze” is a lot of fun. The combination of the radically different styles brings to mind Beck’s early experiments with folk and found sounds. Lyrically the collection ranges from the celebratory into sadder territory. With such a collection Royal Holland is...
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Curious Quail, After The Lights Failed

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August 27, 2014
Curious Quail, After The Lights Failed

“After The Lights Failed” is an album about togetherness. Curious Quail creates a rich warm sound with satisfying buildups. Chamber pop rarely sounds this good. Thanks in part to the immaculate taste of Curious Quail the rock and classical elements play off of each other. Strings sound positively divine as they give the songs...
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Maggie Anderson, Acoustic EP

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August 27, 2014
Maggie Anderson, Acoustic EP

Maggie Anderson’s “Acoustic EP” is soulful. Quite the accomplished singer-songwriter she keeps things remarkably simple. With a stripped-down raw feel to the work her music comes directly from the heart. Exploring different playing styles throughout the three songs she is able to display the subtleties inherent in her voice and in her guitar. The...
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Perry Bonck, Heart of a Cowboy

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August 27, 2014
Perry Bonck, Heart of a Cowboy

Perry Bonck is celebrating his latest release, Heart of a Cowboy. This Louisiana native shows his true colors throughout this entire CD. He boasts with pride about his home town in several tracks and paints melodic pictures of his life and upbringing. Bonck has a vocal styling that is reminiscent of Dwight Yoakum and...
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Christina Gaudet, Wild Things

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August 27, 2014
Christina Gaudet, Wild Things

Christina Gaudet s a hot running artist/band from the New York area. Her latest CD released in 2014 is entitled “Wild Things”. Nowadays making music is so accessible to anyone and being that we have the do it yourself attitude, it just makes sense. Most bands don’t want to sit around just waiting for...
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Stellar, Fight For Love

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August 27, 2014
Stellar, Fight For Love

Positive, upbeat, and filled with sounds that will cheer you up this summer, Stellar’s latest track, ‘Fight For Love’ is one of the happiest electronic pop song’s you’ll hear today. https://soundcloud.com/stellar4u/fight-for-love-singlefree-download It’s easy to be immediately reminded of Cheryl Cole’s similarly titled ‘Fight For This Love’. That song was altogether darker in tone –...
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Ari and the Alibis, Self titled EP

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August 26, 2014
Ari and the Alibis, Self titled EP

Ari and the Alibis are a band out of Sarasota, FL and is making waves in a short period of time. Building quite the following with their worldly sounds fused with jazz, blues and a powerhouse vocal that exudes confidence and is winning their audience over. Listen – https://soundcloud.com/ari-and-the-alibis/sets/ari-and-the-alibis-ep There is a nice Latin...
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Big Apple Blues, Energy

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August 26, 2014
Big Apple Blues, Energy

On “Energy” Big Apple Blues narrates a day in the life of an average New York. Full of kinetic energy the songs refuse to slow down. Rather they move at full speed for there is no slowing down. The band clearly listens and works off each other creating a well-oil machine that effortlessly creates...
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Tommy West, Frequencies of the Sun

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August 26, 2014
Tommy West, Frequencies of the Sun

Tommy West’s “Frequencies of the Sun” is a real trip. Over the course of eleven songs Tommy West displays his considerable chops. “Frequencies of the Sun” is a remarkable album with the uncanny ability to show off talent while remaining well attuned to the necessity of melodic progression. His penchant for 70s rock is...
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THE EMPTY HEARTS, THE EMPTY HEARTS

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August 25, 2014
THE EMPTY HEARTS, THE EMPTY HEARTS

The Empty Hearts are another super group of sorts, where successful members of past bands (The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings) get together to collaborate. This group is made up of Elliot Easton (Cars) on lead guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clem Burke (Blondie) on drums, Wally Palmar...
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VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS

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August 25, 2014
VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS

This Dutch group is made up of former Whitesnake guitarist and songwriter Adrian Vandenberg, Jan Hoving on vocals, Sem Christoffel on bass, and Mart Nijen Es on drums. Jan has a Robert Plant quality with the range and delivery that fits the songs here. The vocal duties would have also been right in Sammy...
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Phillip Brandon, Debut EP

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August 25, 2014
Phillip Brandon, Debut EP

Phillip Brandon’s homespun blend of roots rock, Americana, and Soul is captured in his new EP/album which goes by the same name. With just the right mix of sweetness and grit, the music is packed with the lowdown, roots soul that will make you groove and smile. Straight away I discovered Brandon to have...
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Rick Parma, Piece of Heaven

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August 25, 2014
Rick Parma, Piece of Heaven

This CD “Piece of Heaven” by Southern California’s own Rick Parma is probably destined to be remembered as one of the classic good timing Smooth-Jazz CD’s of recent time. I’m an experienced listener of the Jazz standard – and always skeptical as my standards set relatively high. This is not really Jazz mind you...
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The Midnight Slander, Long Way Home

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August 19, 2014
The Midnight Slander, Long Way Home

From Cleveland, Ohio comes rockers The Midnight Slander who just released their latest CD entitled “Long Way Home” in 2014 (Spectra Records). TMS are Dave Conner (Guitar/Vocals), Mike Gray (Bass/Piano/Organ), Al Rodriguez (Bass/Drums). Right from the start of Track 1 “Shattered” it might be easy to just categorize these 3 as a straight ahead...
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Able Danger, Escape

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August 19, 2014
Able Danger, Escape

Dayton, Ohio can claim a new force to hit the music scene and its name is Able Danger. Able Danger is a new progressive rock band that had its first gig back in November of 2013. Less than a year in existence, Able Danger is already makin’ a lot of noise. The group has...
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Darren Lawrence, Need To Change

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August 19, 2014
Darren Lawrence, Need To Change

As the former lead singer for Ruby Tigers who had a decent run followed by some commercial success, Darren Lawrence now steps into the spotlight as a solo artist. Darren’s latest single, “Need To Change”, is off of his debut solo EP titled ‘Enemies & Autumn Leaves’. I don’t know Darren personally, so not...
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Northern National, Young & In Love

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August 19, 2014
Northern National, Young & In Love

Northern National’s “Young & In Love” defines the phrase “the importance of being earnest”. Such energetic fully felt songs adorn the collection. The songs work together to create a tapestry of sounds. Each one evolves in its own peculiar way. With a full-fledged committed band working together the group manages to show a lot...
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Ian & The Dream, California Cauliflower

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August 19, 2014
Ian & The Dream, California Cauliflower

Ian & The Dream’s “California Cauliflower” sounds like summertime. Remarkably sunny the songs are full of optimism. The poppy nature of the songs is undeniable as they are full of wonderful hooks. Lyrically the songs have plenty of hope in them as they sync up perfect with lush instrumentation. With a true sense of...
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Kristopher James, Movement 1

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August 18, 2014
Kristopher James, Movement 1

Kristopher James conjures up wintery landscapes for “Movement 1”. There is warmth within these tracks of a house waiting to let someone in from the cold. His voice confirms this as the rest of the world appears to be kept at bay with a few basic instruments intended to bring great comfort. Outside of...
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