Category: REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

Rob Eberle Presents “hope u feel ok”

This new slice of upbeat indie-pop from Rob Eberle addresses the age-old conflict of thoughts and feelings that rise to the surface after a relationship breaks down. Things didn’t end up how you might have liked, the relationship floundered, you both moved on, and you feel sad, possibly even angry, but you also hope that…

Keith A. Getchell Presents “Send Your River”

The issue of identity and acceptance for who we are, especially regarding gender choices, might seem like a new topic, one that only affects the current generation. And whilst it is true that such discussions may have only recently begun to take place in the public arena, it is a dialogue that is as old…

Maddison Falls Gives US “Both Sides”

Maddison Falls is a duo from LA and they are Julien Fiore and Joel Soto. This group is an indie pop/rock group that is ready to take the music world by storm. The band’s latest release is titled “Both Sides” and this single will certainly send a jolt to your eardrums! As soon as you…

New Release via Bongo Boy Records, Vol. XXIII by Various Artists

A modern take on the blues is the L&M Project Band’s “Monkey On My Back feat. Ado Bantula.” The song explores the concept of addiction and what makes that world seem so appealing to outsiders. This approach of showcasing why people fall into this lifestyle highlights the good and the bad aspects of what can…

Blind Uncle Harry Delivers “Hey Showtime”

Chris Harry Doran aka Blind Uncle Harry is a multi-dimensional singer/songwriter and independent recording artist based in Bloomington, Indiana. Right from the jump, the listener will notice a distinct and unique quality when playing “Hey Showtime”. Blind Uncle Harry is like no other artist I have heard before and his new single titled “Hey Showtime”…

Fernando Perdomo New Album ‘Self’ Out June 14, 2024

Fernando Perdomo goes for a baroque psychedelic pop playfulness with “Self.” Nods to Todd Rundgren and the Kinks, right down to the delirium he conjures up, add to the inherent charm of the album. Songs do an exceptional job working off each other to create this fully realized whole. The album is best taken in…

Single Review: Erin Enderlin feat. Cliff & Susan – “Last Call”

*Release Date: May 31, 2024* Award-winning country artist Erin Enderlin has teamed up with the dynamic duo Cliff & Susan for a fresh rendition of “Last Call,” originally recorded by Lee Ann Womack. This collaboration was first performed live at the 2023 Arkansas Country Music Awards (ACMAs) and has since been brought to the studio,…

The MC Type with ‘Lucky Silverback’

The MC Type is a rapper, singer and comedian who has a no-holds-barred approach to rapping. ‘Lucky Silverback’ is his latest release and the record is simply bananas as The MC Type is going apeshit on the mic. Calling out cancel culture and censorship of today, The MC Type is not holding back with zany…

David Singley New Album ‘Fools & Mystics’

An Illinois native now based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, David Singley’s work as a singer/songwriter has an effortlessly authentic touch. His new album Fools & Mystics continues exploring the same singer/songwriter traditions espoused on his 2021 release The Long, Slow Fuse of Night. Album titles such as these are evocative of Singley’s songwriting approach.…

Argentina Durán ‘Rapsodia Mexicana’ Out June 1, 2024

Lyrical piano playing from the gleeful chords of Argentina Durán’s “Rapsodia Mexicana.” A lovely approach to the scale runs; there’s something delicate about it. He’s engaging in a dance-like procession, and the grandeur of the instrument is shown in full force. Simply a piano for the entirety of the proceedings, and it feels so rich…

P Bailey New Single ‘Catching Feelings’

An infectious, intimate piece of pop pulls through as P Bailey embraces a confessional quality in “Catching Feelings.” Vocals swim through the sensual din in this hypnotic stance. The multiple layers interact to create a vast tapestry of sound. Rooted in pop, the piece takes on aspects of psychedelic, R&B, and soul into this coherent…

John Fishell New Single ‘Daisy Chains’

There isn’t a lot of ground in the music world that John Fishell hasn’t covered. An experienced recording engineer, Fishell worked on jazz albums from such luminaries as Jimmy Cobb, Jon Hendricks, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. His contributions to Dave Liebman’s 2002 Big Band album Beyond the Line helped it score a Grammy nomination…

Amber Weekes Presents “A Lady With A Song – Amber Weekes Celebrates Nancy Wilson” Out June 1, 2024

Pure flirtatious joy runs through Amber Weekes’ “A Lady With A Song – Amber Weekes Celebrates Nancy Wilson.” The popcraft here celebrates the classic, using an urbane sophistication within the restrained arrangements. She never lets things go on for too long. The songs have a sun-drenched quality by allowing a degree of editing and brevity…

Carl Clements Presents “A Different Light” Out May 23, 2024

Beautiful, blissful compositions come together with Carl Clements taking on a series of unexpected twists and turns with “A Different Light.” The instrumental richness feels genuinely inspired. He lets the tempos serve a simultaneous time-keeping and emotional cadence. Hyperactive rhythms roll through with a playful disposition within the arrangements, adding to the inherent graciousness. Everything…

Mama B Drops New Single ‘Puffer Fish’

Mama B.’s first album release Imaginology is an auspicious beginning. Our first taste from the collection, the single “Puffer Fish,” is a bit of musical sleight of hand. Children intuitively understand Mama B.’s description of the puffer fish as often dwarfed by others and its surroundings. They will connect with its survival tactics. Of course, those children…

Alex Wellkers’ “Fly Away”

Alex Wellkers’ musical journey began early. He started playing accordion at six years old before transitioning to keyboard, classical guitar, and harmonica. Wellkers later discovered a passion for blues guitar and developed a fast aptitude for the instrument. However, he has never limited himself. Wellkers fostered a love for rap music and began playing grunge…

Cadosia Street ‘The River Inside Of Me’ – out now!

Experience a captivating musical voyage with Cadosia Street, a band that recently released their brand-new album, The River Inside Of Me, which consists of eighteen tracks. The dynamic group with a wide range of diverse artists ensemble to create some of the greatest music projects via their combined creative effort. The River Inside Of Me,…

The Quivering Palm Present ‘Back Around Again for the First Time’

A dark, brooding beauty bares all as the Quivering Palm sculpts a mysterious realm in “Back Around Again for the First Time.” The stylistic variation adds to the album’s diversity, ranging from 90s ambient pop to shoegaze to industrial-edged beats with a grungy disposition. Vocals tie the wild experience together, giving the album an animalistic…

“Ghosts & Girls” by B.D. Gottfried

B.D. Gottfried has finally released his first new project in three years called “Ghosts & Girls,” and let me tell you, it’s been quite the unexpected journey to tackle. I’ll be honest, I’m not usually one to dive into the world of modern rock music, but there was something about the allure of this album…

SHIV Releases “Wishing”

SHIV is a very creative bunch and you can sense the passion coming forth as a whole unit. The new single is titled “Wishing” and the listener will be engaged from the moment he or she hits play. With thoughtful lyrics, meaningful music and proud musicianship, SHIV packs a big punch with the new release.…

Sabrina Monique “Run Back” – Single

Meet Sabrina Monique, a rising talent whose latest single, “Run Back,” is a refreshing addition to the constellation of up-and-coming artists. With a blend of pop energy and personal lyrics, Sabrina Monique stakes her claim as a contender in the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary music. INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thesabrinamonique/ “Run Back” pulses with a vibrant synth-pop energy that…

Streaking In Tongues Release New Album

Few phenomena captivate the imagination quite like the dynamic energy of family acts. From the infectious harmonies of The Jackson 5 to the sun-drenched melodies of The Beach Boys, the familial bond has yielded some of the most enduring and beloved music of our time. Yet, amidst this illustrious lineage, a new chapter unfolds—one that…

Electric Peace New Album ‘Shoot Me!!!’

Punk fans, take note! The garage punk rock group Electric Peace’s most recent album, “Shoot Me!!!” is the kind of album that gets stuck in your brain. You know, the kind where you start playing the album again before it really ends? This is what we currently own. Carving out a reputation as one of…

Eric Ezra Releases ‘Amphibian’

Eric Ezra is based in Chicago and has a knack for creating instrumental synth rock with a twist. Ezra’s latest release is slithering its way into your speaker box as ‘Amphibian’ is on the loose and on the hunt for new listeners. If you’re in the mood for something completely different music-wise, then I highly…

Galactic Tide Featuring Andy Timmons ‘The Haas Company Vol 1’

Hass Company delves into wild, feral energy with “Galactic Tide, Featuring Andy Timmons Vol. 1.” The interplay on the album has an inherent fierceness cutting to the absolute bone. Unhinged power flows through the guitar as a screaming classic rock psychedelic romp smashes its way through everything. An array of different genres are woven together.…

THE BRUCE LOFGREN GROUP ‘EARTHLY AND COSMIC TALES’ Out June 1, 2024

A postmodern pop blended with chamber classical gives the Bruce Lofgren Group a unique cadence on the leisurely “Earthly and Cosmic Tales.” The arrangements in the right light touch upon the sheer brilliance of Stereolab’s introspective style. Further along, they go for an approach that recalls the Penguin Café Orchestra. Lots of different layers are…

The Heard Eye Presents New Album ‘Funkalypse’

Beginning as a remote band during the global pandemic of Covid, The Heard Eye, consisting of Paul Schneider (vocalist/trumpeter), Atma Anur (drummer/producer), and Hannes De Kassian (guitarist), have dropped their debut album, Funkalypse. The Heard Eye, who has been teasing songs for the past several years, has released a gripping musical album with a lovely…

Benji Kaplan ‘Untold Stories’ Out May 1, 2024

Benji Kaplan proves to be an exceptional guitarist with the gleeful “Untold Stories.” His work feels vibrant, tapping into a long tradition of gorgeous expressiveness. The nods to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s mixture of jazz and folk feel just right. Rhythms form out of these explorations. A focus on melodic expressiveness endears the sound to the…

Dave Schumacher & Cubeye Present ‘Smoke In The Sky’

Chilled out and laid-back, Dave Schumacher and Cubeye create an elegantly executed atmosphere with “Smoke In The Sky.” The horn work gives the album a robust flavor. Due to the tactile percussion, the rhythms feature a Latin flavor, going a little outside the usual. The production adds to the majesty, for a crystal clarity feels…

Gary Palmer New Single ‘Movin On’

With a lyrical approach to the saxophone, Gary Palmer embodies a crystal cool on the excellent “Movin On.” Funk, rock, jazz, and pop merge. The song has a laid-back, reflective stance that continues throughout the track. By allowing so many different elements to interact, what happens is a layered, nearly psychedelic approach. Vocalizations on the…

“Curse” From Universal Dice

The first single “Curse” from Universal Dice’s new album Misfit Memoirs throws down a gauntlet challenging the idea that classic rock is passe. Gerry Dantone’s creative stewardship over Universal Dice has produced several memorable moments already, but “Curse” ranks among the finest work yet from this unit. It harbingers a brilliant release with Misfits Memoirs while standing…

Electric Peace Presents ‘Shoot Me’

Alert, punk enthusiasts! “Shoot Me,” the most recent song from Electric Peace, is the sort of song that gets stuck in your head. You know, the sort where you find yourself listening to the music on repeat even before it ends? This is what we have at hand. “Shoot Me” begins with a harsh electric…

The MC Type Presents “Full Life Crisis (feat. Sage Francis)”

The MC Type is a native of Seattle, currently residing in New Zealand, who combines a strong sense of rhyming with a particular brand of caustic humour. His skills in both genres are so diverse that it would be inaccurate to categorise his music as comedic rap. His satirical portrayals of extreme backpacking and emo…

‘To the River’ EP by Dosten

Its gilded climb into impenetrable melodic catharsis is undeniably a short and sweet one, but make no mistake about it; “My Sweetheart” is not a post-pop track sporting some added lyrical depth. On the contrary, much like its four counterparts in Dorsten’s new EP To the River, this is a work of duality, blending the best elements…

Spike Polite & Sewage Presents ‘Punk Not Dead EP’

The death of punk rock, like rock in general, has long been predicted to be imminent. It’s only a matter of time, they’ve told us for a long, long time, when punk will breathe its final breath. That spikey hairdo will lose its spikiness and fall at the sides of the head. Thus when Spike…

Eric Frazier ‘That Place’ Featuring “Return of The Panther Woman” 

A playful take on pop’s 70s Golden Era, Eric Frazier proves an exceptional storyteller on the glimmering gleeful “That Place.” The songs feel highly sophisticated, with a hint of Steely Dan’s jazz-rock fusion alongside a sly sense of humor. Within the sound, a wide swath of instrumentation filters into the fray, from a myriad number…