Category: REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

‘I Can See The Ghost’ by Mold!

The newest single by Miami based alt group, Mold!, is entitled, “I Can See The Ghost.” The song is from their upcoming and debut LP, No Silence. Mold! is careful to acknowledge their Peruvian roots as key to their artistic identity. It was the culture shock that accompanied their migration, that has been a major…

Aisles Releases “Disobedience”

With energy akin to the wall-shattering overtones of John Carpenter’s “They Live”, Aisles has struck gold with their latest single “Disobedience”. Serving as an appetizer of sorts leading into their hotly anticipated fifth album, the group finds themselves honed and more focused than ever before. Shockingly for a group of veterans at this point, this…

‘Where’s My Mind’ EP by Robert Eberle

Where’s My Mind? is a five track EP release from sixteen year old Robert Eberle and it possesses a level of self-assurance uncommon even in releases from veteran and much older performers. His near-prodigy talents allow him extraordinary latitude to ransack modern music in route to writing and recording his own compositions. Yes, I agree with…

Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases “WHERE’S MY MIND?” EP

Robert Eberle opens his Where’s My Mind? EP with the dental-esque “Novocaine,” on which the singer/songwriter compares a lover’s love to a numbing painkiller. His arrangement of the track is stripped down. There’s plenty of piano and some guitar, but very little bass/bottom. The track sounds to feature multitracked Eberle vocals. It concludes with the…

‘Heavy Shoes’ LP by The Cold Stares

Heavy Shoes is a compelling statement of freedom and defeating the struggles of darkness during these post pandemic times. Yet currently the pandemic rages on, and perhaps this fantastic duet of Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins are content on giving us something to celebrate. Certainly, Cold Stares succeeds in delivering a crafty and defining blues…

‘It’s a Feeling’ RockLee (feat. Mel Pacifico and Uness)

Soul is so much more than a genre, or even a sound. It’s an identity that takes many working parts to completely develop and connect with, and in his new single “It’s a Feeling,” RockLee personifies it better than most any non-singing musician I’ve heard this year has. He isn’t completely without a voice in…

Bruce T. Carroll with New, Rousing Single, “Nobody Knows”

I’m not sure how many people, at this point, are aware of Bruce T. Carroll’s songwriting abilities, but after hearing “Nobody Knows”, I am certain that many more people will know just who Bruce T. Carroll is. Bruce actually wrote this new song while driving around the country, so literally many miles put in toward…

‘Everything is Different’ by Piano man Joe Piket

It takes considerable daring to include an outright progressive track near ten minutes in length, a doo wop song colliding with some classical, and a heartland rocker on a single album. Joe Piket doesn’t care. He goes a step further with the eight track release entitled Everything is Different. The album opener “Now I Have Everything”…

Kenny Fame’s Releases The Perfect Summer Soundtrack ‘Time’

“Time goes by so fast when you’re having fun” may be a cliche, yet we all know it to be true. New York-based singer-songwriter Kenny Fame has released a summer-fuelled single with this heartfelt message at its core. It’s safe to say that this statement can be proven when listening through his diverse discography; time…

‘Redbud Road’ by Dan Ashley

“Redbud Road” by Dan Ashley has the potential of being one of the defining songs in his entire discography. It perfectly captures what the artist represents. He’s a man made of stories and wanting to spread positivity wherever he can. It’s not an easy feat in a world that becomes as increasingly jaded but in…

C Rod Releases Slick Single With Bizarre ‘Times Was Rough’

C Rod is the rapper rising the ranks pretty quickly right now, and with a repertoire of hip-hop tracks packing in some real truths, you can see why. His intricate flow and innate ability to sit slickly on the beat emphasises the realities that resonate throughout his lyrics. Just look at the power that propels…

JaredSB & CBZ Nay Release HOT, New Single “Bed Stuy”

Brooklyn’s own JaredSB along with CBZ Nay are coming correct on the new track titled “Bed Stuy”. This song comes complete with that New York flavor and city vibe. JaredSB aka Jared Shemar Bradford has music running through his blood as he’s been musically-inclined since he was a child. Together, with his rap compadre, CBZ…

New Single ‘Better Days’ By Uncle Tadashi & Da Boyz

Uncle Tadashi & Da Boyz’s “Better Days” is a combination track, alternating between throwback, old school soul, and contemporary rap. It also throws a jazzy saxophone solo into the mix. In other words, this track has much going for it. It touches on the groups outlook on the global Covid situation and how they see…

Brett Copeland ‘Don’t Fight It’ (SINGLE)

Saturated in overdrive and hitting us with retro rock energy right off the bat, Brett Copeland is riding big riffs hard in his new single “Don’t Fight It” this summer. Though coupling the old school dynamics of classic rock with the new school nimbleness of contemporary pop isn’t a new element of Copeland’s sound, this…

‘Row Me Away’ by Leo Sawikin

Many younger artists have a limited frame of musical reference. This isn’t a criticism. It’s an observation. Writing and recording music capable of reaching a wide audience doesn’t require that an artist draw from a range of influences. Settling on a familiar formula and executing it with competence is often more than enough for a…

Thirty Three Degrees Release Defiant Debut ‘Thirty Three Degrees’

This last year has halted even the best-laid plans of musicians all over the globe. Yet, this didn’t stop the newly formed rock outfit ‘Thirty Three Degrees’. Meeting over Facebook (like all good pandemic ventures) Shane Romeyn and Chris Roberts formed the band just last year, yet from the sound of their self-titled debut, you…

Executive Order Releases ‘A to Z’ (SINGLE)

We need more bands like Hawaii’s Executive Order. The Honolulu based power trio’s new single “A to Z” is everything a modern rock single should be – aurally imposing, melodic, and riffs recalling the past while piercing listener’s consciousness with an individual bite. It’s music firmly of the moment, alive, and doesn’t look to the…

‘A Box of Jewels’ by Chris St. John

Singer/songwriters of all styles and backgrounds are coming out of the woodwork and taking over the narrative of pop music in 2021, and on the country/folk end of the spectrum, indie players like Chris St. John are trying to redefine what it means to be a purist in the genre. St. John is a singer/songwriter…

Brett Copeland (feat. Tommy Black, Yohai Portal and Zachary St. John)

Cover songs are strange musical animals. They not only provide a commentary on the talent of the interpreter but the song itself and its enduring value. It serves us well to remember popular music, by nature, is disposable. Listeners and devotees of the form have been fortunate, however. Several transformative figures emerged over the course…

Brooke Josephson Releases Colourful Single ‘Rainbow’

Brooke Josephson is the formidable force making waves in the pop music scene right now. From her expressive lyricism to her captivating videos, Brooke is setting out to prove just why she deserves a place on our playlists. Her 2018 debut album ‘Sexy N’ Domesticated’ burst onto the scene with captivating confidence and a real…

Bob Sabellico Making BIG Waves with New Release, ‘Influence’

What a well-organized record here where it seemed like every single song was perfectly placed throughout the 13-track album. ‘Influence’ is comprised of 13 original compositions by guitarist, Bob Sabellico. This is Bob’s first full-length album in eight years and he plays all guitar and bass parts along with most keyboard sections. ‘Influence’ also features:…

The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Play, Pt 2 by Elektragaaz

The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Play, Pt 2 by electronic group Elektragaaz is probably going to be the best electronica release you hear this year. If you don’t believe or agree with that, I can guarantee it’ll land amongst the most interesting and memorable. Elektragaaz is headed by Frisian composer Redband and features a revolving…

Greye’s Release ‘Over My Head’

Rolled out like a stadium rock anthem in the style of classic Van Halen but quickly shaped into something too grungy and disobedient to live by the disciplined rules of metal, it’s obvious from the first couple of seconds we hear in Greye’s “Over My Head” forward that we’re in for something particularly loud in…

OHIO RECORDING ARTIST BRITTANY ATTERBERRY NEW SINGLE “SUMMER VIBEZ”

A fantastically smooth saxophonist, Brittany Atterberry embraces a chilled-out atmosphere on the splendid style of “Summer Vibez”. The tremendous amount of color she brings into the mix is outright gorgeous. She really makes the thing sing too for her approach revels in a certain degree of affection for there is a kindness to the entirety…

‘Goldenboy’ from Nathan Germick

The San Francisco music scene survived the pandemic someway, somehow, and out of the ashes of a global pandemic is now emerging what could be the most excitingly post-bohemian era the city’s underground has ever known. The fine lines separating synthpop from hip-hop, ambient from rock, and electronica from pastoral folk have never been as…

‘Black Wall Street’ by Darrell Kelley

The complicated history of Black America has been scrutinized like never before this past year. One of the events that has been brought up and discussed a lot is the terrible fate that befell the Black citizens of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1920s. Darrell Kelley, a singer/songwriter and R&B artist, honors…

Wingman’s Drops ‘Crash Land’ (SINGLE)

We’re high in the skies as we enter the music video for Wingman’s new single “Crash Land,” our pilot and featured poet commanding the stick of a superlight aircraft made for a perfect summer day. Everything is going smoothly, and the soundtrack in the background seems to have been tailored to the level flight path…

Space Engineer New Album ‘Memory Trip’

Space Engineer — Terry Lyndon’s alter ego — is a Sydney, Australia-based dream pop project. It’s has nothing to do with do with space — or engineering, for that matter. However, opening track (“How Everything Works”) at least sounds like a phrase any self-respecting engineer might well consider. Most importantly, these ten songs are all…

Veteran Vocalist Jason Shand Releases ‘I Know’ Single

Brooding pop music is where it’s at right now, and whether he was intending to or not, adult contemporary singer/songwriter Jason Shand might have the perfect piece for the moment in his new single “I Know.” Driven by a fearless vocal harmony that encapsulates the emotion of his words exquisitely well, this is a song…

Mars Hall Release ‘Is Anybody Out There’

Mars Hall’s sound may be an admitted throwback to 80s hard rock, but the group’s album, Is Anybody Out There, is packed with strong songs – whether considered retro or not. From looking at their group photo, it’s clear these guys aren’t kids any longer. Therefore, the songs they write are written from the perspective…

Kiron Rasheed New Single ‘Be in Love’

Whether he’s rapping or singing, there’s a presence to the vocal Kiron Rasheed puts up in his new single “Be in Love” that follows us like a shadow from the moment we press play forward, his emotions translated through both words and the wistful melodies surrounding them. He’s putting a lot of thought into this…