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The Peaces – Is/Are/Was/Were

I’m envious of the money somebody in this alleged 3-piece band must have to be able to spend all that time in the studio, overdubbing and layering all those vocals. What I’m hearing is a highly professional, painfully polished attempt at creating a 21st Century America or Bread, or at times perhaps an uninspired Brian…

Enamel – Stray This Way

Hailing from Springfield, the capital of Illinois, Midwestern power-rock trio Enamel has self-released a dramatic sophomore album. Stray This Way serves up more of the trademark alternating patterns of bone-crunching intensity and wistful balladry, juxtaposed against commanding melodies, soaring harmonies, solid songwriting and tight musicianship. The flawlessly self-produced Stray This Way wears its diverse influences…

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (Remastered)

The fourth studio album from English progressive rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) is by far one of their most ambitious, if not successful, albums to date. The H.R. Giger artwork should be your first clue that this particular album has more of a science fiction theme than previous works. Peter Sinfield, the lyricist for…

Justin Martin – Chaos Restored

Born in West Hartford, Conn. but transplanted to San Francisco, Calif., Justin Martin exploded onto the house/techno scene in 2003 after being noticed by film producer/DJ Barclay Crenshaw- A.K.A. Claude VonStroke- with his single “The Sad Piano”. Martin has since been a frequent contributor to Buzzin’ Fly Records and recently a cofounder of dirtybird records…

Corporate X – Surrender

If Corporate X is as business-minded as its name suggests, then Surrender finds this dance-rock act easily settling in for a little casual Friday behavior. It contains no lyrical equivalents to flow charts. Instead, it features songs about real life. This act’s central player is Christine DeLeon, who fills these six tracks with eeriness that…

Ari Gold – Transport Systems

Ari Gold’s third studio album Transport Systems is classic hip-hop-influenced dance pop. The melodies feel nicked from Britney and the boy bands of the last decade, but without the catchiness. Ten years ago, few could help singing along with Brit and the boys–whether at the club or in the car on the way to work.…

Sergeant – Midnight to Midnight

Warning: If alone and depressed tonight, you do not want to listen to this album. If, on the other hand, you’re a sucker for straight ahead rock with an extremely moody powerhouse female vocalist/guitarist/pianist heading up the pack, then here’s your Huckleberry. Sergeant’s Midnight to Midnight is the darkest thing you’re going to hear in…

Motion Turns it On – Rima

Fans of progressive rock will be pleasantly surprised with the well crafted musical sketch presented by Motion Turns it On, the up and coming post modern rockers of Houston, Texas. Their debut, the EP Rima, is smoothly refined and cleanly produced. Adventurous this EP is not, and those looking for the edgy experimentalism of the…

Raspberries – Live at Sunset Strip

After 30 plus years, the Raspberries reunited to do a string of concerts. This disc features one of the shows at the House of Blues in So Cal. The group not only set standards that influenced countless working musicians, but captured the interest of music luminaries like Springsteen, Paul Stanley, Jon Bon Jovi, and yes,…

Clock Hands Strangle – Redshift/Blueshift

When one thinks of native Florida music, images conjure up of sultry nights yearning for old Havana, cocaine cowboys burning across the screen in cigarette boats, and Fred Durst rap metal infusions. Rarely does one think of sleek and clean indie riffs, calm and burning with a itching desire to be knotty and melodiously challenging.…

Marc Broussard – S.O.S. Save Our Soul

The Carencro Louisiana native’s purpose was to come out with a disc and live tour that paid tribute to our musical soul heritage. By competently covering classics made popular by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and other selected soul luminaries, he’s been able to accomplish his goal. The re-working of the classics on this 12-song release…

Red – End of Silence

Red is a group that provides some of the drive exhibited by Linkin Park early on and in-your-face guitar reminiscent of the styling of Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge). The use of strings keys, and melodic backdrops at the right places, adds a dimension to their hard driving sound that worked so well for Evanescence.…

Sia – Some People Have Real Problems

Sia’s an Australian-born singer/songwriter with a fascinating vocal style, posessing at times a penchant for R&B riffing (the mind occasionally wanders to Janis Joplin). The young lady had a spot of luck recently when a song of hers popped up on an episode of Six Feet Under, a TV show which apparently focuses on the…

Brooke Miller – You Can See Everything

Brooke Miller is hyped as a young guitar virtuoso and up and coming roots-music songwriter. On her debut CD You Can See Everything there is some lovely guitar work, but it falls short of being very impressive. The CD starts off nicely with “World On A Whim” a catchy, up-beat pop tune with a country…

Common – Finding Forever

Common is a legend in hip hop. When you are in a cipher of hip hop heads and they start talking about conscious emcees Common always ends up on top. It seems as though the media is trying to divide hip-hop into two camps. You have the conscious emcees like Common, Talib, Mos Def, and…

Skope Podcast – October 2007

Our October podcast features exclusive new music by respected monoliths of the music scene as well as emerging artists you may have not heard of yet. Download our October 2007 podcast to hear new music by Underworld, Nucultures, UNKLE, Kathryn Williams, and The Clientele–listen to Kathryn Williams talk about her recent Mercury Award nomination and…

A.A. Bondy – American Hearts

The voice of A.A. Bondy is bound to scratch its way into your soul. With a delivery rough enough to make it real and sincere enough to make it matter, Bondy plumbs the depths of the human condition in his new release, American Hearts. Upon reaching bottom, he conjures up songs that strike a melancholy…

Silver Seas – High Society

Having been compared to 70s icons James Taylor and Jackson Browne, opening track “Country Life” is tailor made for an oxymoron era of soft rock. Daniel Tashian, lead singer and principal songwriter for the Nashville-based quartet has vocals that play a tug of war between less affected rock vocalists of today and the influences mentioned.…

Eisley – Combinations

Eisley is a Texas band that craft beautiful and eclectic sounds. They are uncompromising in their artistry and the chemistry of the four siblings creates a wonderful dynamic in their music. Their new album Combinations is filled with beautiful melodies, strong harmonies and stellar production. The sound on this album jumps from genre to genre…

Inked In Blood – Sometimes We Are Beautiful

Inked In Blood may have converted a new follower to the evolving metal-core movement with their charming blend of shriek vocals harmonized with a gorgeous voice that has a welcome presence throughout the album. “Angel of Lost Hope” really allows Kelly James’ voice to carry without letting the overall sound get too thin-skinned. The beauty…

A Plea For Purging – A Critique of Mind and Thought

Anyone who includes the lyrics, “raise your glasses high,” is probably someone I can get along with. Nashville-based A Plea For Purging may not have the most appetizing name, but they certainly display a keen prowess for metal guitar riffing and amazingly steady backbeats. Some of these songs definitely belong on the newest edition of…

Racoon – Another Day

Although the four-member band Racoon is Dutch, they can best be described as a band you’d see performing in an Irish or English pub encouraging sing-a-longs. The group consists of Bart van der Weide on vocals, Dennis Huige on guitar, Stefan de Kroon on bass, and Paul Bukkens on drums. The band mingles folk rock…

Will Dailey – Back Flipping Forward

As I sit down to write this review, I am just full of excitement. It was in July of this year that I was notified with the press release that CBS Records has signed Will Dailey. Will Dailey is a Boston native who has been doing music for as long as we have been printing…

Robezz – Paradis, Paradise

Robezz is Las Vegas-based jazz artist and pianist extraordinaire. Inspired by some of jazz’s classic players, and influenced by his West African roots, the music of Robezz is a formidable combination of chops, infectious melodies and sexy rhythms. The musicianship on Paradis, Paradise, yes, no “e” in the first word of the CD’s title, is…

Laura DeLallo – What Do I Know

Laura DeLallo is an engaging singer/songwriter based in Connecticut who writes tunes that tell interesting, even funny at times, stories — backed by catchy acoustic guitar licks and a tight rhythm section. DeLallo’s disc, What Do I Know showcases her soulful voice while highlighting tasteful hints of blues and reggae influences. “When I Fall Again”…

Reign Lee – Broken Skylines

Hong Kong-based artist Reign Lee’s latest CD, Broken Skylines, is a tour de force of catchy alternative rock, passionate lyrics and a pop sensibility that make the entire disc a pleasure from start to finish. Ms. Lee’s insightful lyrics seem to be influenced by her well-traveled life. She was born in Canada and moved to…

KRS One plays Studio A in Miami

Hello people Reporting in for a recap of a show of the legendary KRS One. I figured out KRS was playing in Miami about a week before he was set to perform. I am so glad I found out about it. I hadn’t seen him for at least 4 years. It was at the Middle…

New Kelly videos – Comedian Liam Sullivan

This guys is a friggin’ riot. Comedian Liam Sullivan is a serious up and coming comedic talent. You can see all his videos at Liam Show. Check out these new videos featuring Liam’s alter ego, the valley girl diva, Kelly. Let me borrow that top [youtube fPDl2g8Upvk nolink] Kelly’s Hollywood Meeting [youtube E0ASaYAA7oo nolink]

M.I.A.’s new album Kala

Hi People Have you heard the new M.I.A album? It is f*&$ing sick. You have to go and get this album. I am telling you, it is one of the best albums of the year. For those who don’t know M.I.A., she is a British rapper of Sri Lankan Tamil origin who incorporates elements of…

The Bravery and Incubus Concert

The Bravery and Incubus – West Palm Beach, FL : 8/29/2007 Sound Advice Amphitheater The Bravery has been branded a Cure cover band; with some critics discrediting their relevance in bitter prose. I think this is dismissive of a band that exhibits real talent through energetic synth-punk songs and an invigorating stage presence. The band…

Talib’s New Joints

Watch “Hot Thing” and “In The Mood” video clips from the new Talib Kweli album Eardrum. [youtube UUPCBmcpNzk nolink]

Oodles of Bands – Oodle.com BandTracker

I think everyone has been through this scenario: get wrapped in your busy life, forget to check for area shows or concerts and then miss one of your favorite bands when they make it to your city. Damn. That has happened to me more often than I would care to mention. The problem is the…

Cry Me A River Okkervil

Here is another reason Austin is dubbed the music capital of the world. The band Okkervil River. Superb indie rockers with their banging drums, and plucky chords serving as background to lead singer Will Sheff’s anguished vocals. It’s cling-clang indie pop that epitomizes the forlorn teenage squalor of a John Hughes fillm. Listen and love.…

Kweller and Fite at Culture Room

Hello Last night was the Tim Fite and Ben Kweller show in Fort Lauderdale. It was some real good times. Unfortuntely we missed Fite’s set. Total bummer! We got there at 10 PM and he had gone on at 9. Dammit I do hate when that happens; with me it seems to able all too…

Bat For Lashes

Natasha Khan from Bat For Lashes brings a lush voice to simple electronic backbeats and samples. The British songstress combines stories of heartbreak and fantastical imaginings into a brilliant emotive  composition. This video of “What’s a Girl To Do” was  inspire by Donnie Darko. Animal heads on BMX bikers! How strange and how cool. Watch…

Tim Fite Coming to South Florida

I am looking forward to seeing Ben Kweller and Tim Fite at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale on August 11. I got some media passes from my friends at Epitaph after I did the story on Fite last month for Skope Magazine. If you haven’t checked it out in print you’re in luck, I…

Skope Podcast – May/June 2007

Episode one features music by Rodrigo y Gabriela, Dengue Fever, Shiny Toy Guns, Victor Fields and more! Hosted by Skope staff writer Claudia Ward-de León. PLAY NOW [audio:../podcast/may-june_2007.mp3]