Category: REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

Death Saddle Syndicate – ‘You Whisper Loud’

With a clear nod to 70s arena rock, Death Saddle Syndicate create a sound that embodies what rock should be with “You Whisper Loud”. Deserving to be blasted as loudly as possible, the song drives forward with great purpose. Bluesy with a powerful physicality to it, the song feels alive. Everything works in perfect unison…

Nic Nassuet – ‘Die Die My Darling’

If you have not heard of the band by the name of The Misfits or another act called Danzig then you do not exist case and point. The Misfits is a horror punk band that was founded back in the late 70’s from the state of New Jersey, it’s original line up being such a…

Humphrey-McKeown – ‘Tapestry of Shadows’

The Windy City has been called home by a variety of first class artists and musical acts over the years. Songwriters Heather Humphrey and Tom McKeown demonstrate on their fifth album, Tapestry of Shadows, that they deserve inclusion with those names. The dozen songs on this new release show the same penchant for risk-taking that…

Rugby Road – ‘Rugby Road III’

Rugby Road neatly embody a laid-back indie rock vibe alongside a slightly bluesy sound with “Rugby Road III”. With a strong emotional core, the vocals have a soulful tender quality to them. Over the course of the collection Rugby Road show off their impressive storytelling, letting every song represent yet another snapshot of a life…

Jonathan Cavier – “When You Come Around”

Revisiting an artist more than once, can have its ups or downs it all varies really. In the case of Jonathan Cavier, we have heard his music before with his previous single for the song “Comes a Moment”. That track was consistent with the pop genre, it turning out to be good enough. This time…

Bunny Sigler – “Till I See You Again”

Out of the variety of artists and bands within the music scene today, a lot of them have the strangest names, to the weirdest names, down to the dumbest names, if not some other variation of a name. In the case of this particular artist who uses r&b and soul as his genre choice, he…

Matty Marz – ‘Slow Motion’

Matty Marz has an EP “Child Of The Wild” in the works, but for the time being, has released its first single off it called “Slow Motion”. While this track and his style in general tosses together, quite a bit of genre choices, ranging from pop, house, EDM, and industrial rock, he takes these to…

Jerad Finck – ‘New Kids’

Jerad Finck’s self-titled 2009 debut heralded the arrival of an important young musical voice and his trajectory has been trending upward ever since. Talent, naturally, plays a crucial role in that equation, but there’s a more important quality serving Jerad in good stead during the intervening years between 2009 and now – work ethic. This…

A Killer’s Confession – ‘Unbroken’

A colossal chaotic din defines A Killer’s Confession’s bombastic brutality of “Unbroken”. The sound is akin to that of a force of nature. Letting loose, the song has a Darwinian approach, with the survival of the fittest running through the sound’s veins. By opting for such a take-no-prisoners style, the best thing for the listener…

Nat Berhanu – ‘Incredulous’

UK based electronic musician and writer Nat Berhanu is a multi-instrumentalist who has music deeply woven within his soul. Berhanu’s creativity gets a free ranging workout on his full length release Incredulous and, over the course of its eighteen songs, he explores different emotions and textures through his music. This is an largely instrumental album…

LA Littlebear Band – ‘On the Way To The Forum’

The band name is a bit of a misnomer. LA Littlebear Band is the result of one man’s efforts, Leo Auciello, and the resulting sixteen song opus never tries listener’s patience despite its sprawling reach. Auciello hails from the Sydney, Australia area and this 2016 album shows him to be a musician and songwriter of…

Tipsy in Chelsea – “Gaslighter”

High thoughtful, articulate lyricism adorns Tipsy in Chelsea’s compelling “Gaslighter”. Tapping into a light jazz-inflected singer-songwriter style, the songs drift by with an airy aura. Instrumentally diverse, Tipsy in Chelsea incorporates such a wide array of approaches throughout the collection, from an almost bossa-nova style to a full-on classic rock sound. By letting this diversity…

Summer Franklin

Summer Franklin’s musical story is an always timely reminder about how music can redefine lives. Visiting the home of country music icon Randy Travis inspired this young performer to pursue her musical dreams, but this sixteen year old performer and writer began from a place of strength few artists can share. Texan by birth, Franklin…

Amilia K Spicer – ‘Fill Me Up’

Originally hailing from the wilds of rural Pennsylvania, Amilia K. Spicer’s personal and musical journey has taken her from those early roots to heated Texas landscapes, Southern California sunshine, and all points in between. The same diversity of experience is reflected in her music – one might find noir suggestiveness bumping up against pastoral eloquence…

Bongo Boy Rock n’ Roll Show Season 6 Episode 4

Bongo Boy TV Season 6 Ep4NAT RED LOVE premiered in Portland OR on 3.21.17 followed by heavy National Television rotation on 66+ TV channels till 4.21.17. Also rotation on Television in MAY 2017 in Philadelphia, PA Comcast Cable 66 / 966HD / 967 or Verizon Fios 29 / 30 BongoBoyTVNo39 | Ep4 Season 6 Bongo…

Toya Nash – ‘Paradise’

Sultry and seductive, Toya Nash’s “Paradise” explores a truly sensual sound. Over the course of the song the true heart and soul comes from Toya Nash’s expressive passionate vocals. By opting for a rich vibrant sound the song absolutely immerses the listener into a glorious sea of sound. The arrangement works to further emphasize this…

Katie Garibaldi – ‘Rooted Clarity’

Hard to believe that it’s been nearly 8 years since I first heard Katie Garibaldi for the first time and reviewed her album ‘Next Ride Out’ for Skope (https://skopemag.com/2009/11/19/katie-garibaldi-next-ride-out). I knew then that this artist had something truly unique and the raw talent to go far in the music industry. That’s why I am so…

JRS3 – ‘3 Cars 3 Bitches’

Hip hop music has never been to my liking, while it may consist of some artists and songs that were a thing to me, in my past lifetime, as of right now hip hop, rap, as well as r&b has never been a thing of mine to be into. In the case of hip hop…

JRS3 – ‘Thank You’

JRS3’s previous track “3 Cars 3 Bitches”, was one that needed some touch ups to make it really bounce out. For this other track of his he calls “Thank You”, this song really stands out, not even having it sound anything like JRS3 at all. The genre choice is still there which is hip hop…

Sarantos – “First 5 Seconds”

The happiness and joy of infatuation is captured with great care by Sarantos on “First 5 Seconds”. With a catchy melody and laid-back groove the song works wonders. Sunny to its very core the light of the song is undeniable. Representing a classic take on the pop sound Sarantos incorporates a strong sense of play…

Gwyneth Moreland – ‘Cider’

There’s a rich lineage of Americana music informing Gwyneth Moreland’s release Cider. The influence of artists like Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Joan Baez, Gillian Welch, and Bob Dylan run through the album’s entirety while she’s accompanied by stellar players like pedal steel guitarist Gene Parsons whose list of credits includes The Byrds and The…

Sarah Donner – ‘Black Hole Heart’

Some people make art of their lives and mediums like music are just a manifestation of that. Sarah Donner is such a person. This independent singer/songwriter initiated the recording of the album Black Hole Heart on the backs of $14,000 plus in donation she received from fans willing to place faith in her vision. The…

Jesus Christ Superstar A Striving Artists Cast Recording

Phrases come in an assorted amount of shapes, sizes, and sayings of course. For one that tends to be quite popular is one that goes a little like this, “Third time’s a charm”. The belief that the third time, it takes to do something is more than likely to succeed than the previous attempts. Hence…

Sara Ontaneda – ‘Entre Espacios y Colores’

With a light and airy sound, Sara Ontaneda’s “Entre Espacios y Colores” is a timeless tasteful piece of pop. Effortlessly blending catchy melodies with a nimble jazzy quality, the pieces are arranged with the greatest of grace. The album works best when taken in together, for every song builds off the last. A narrative starts…

Miss Terry Dexter and Mr. Johnny Manuel – ‘I Remember’

Duets can either be good or bad, depending on the performers in question, for instance the take on “Beauty and the Beast”, both remake of the film and it’s timeless classic of the same name, done by Ariana Grande and John Legend. Now their duet sounded very reminisce to the classic animated version of the…

Fernando Harkless – ‘Light Up Your Love’

Jazz, like other genres among it, jazz has its own assortment of genres, ranging from the pop rock styling’s of jazz meets rock of Jamie Cullum, down to the jazz smoothness of Kenny G, right down to up-and-comers such as Fernando Harkless with his song “Light Up Your Love”. The song being tossed out by…

Brit Royal – ‘Change (Dream Mix)’

Numerous live appearances and working with top flight producers and songwriting talents like Mikal Blue and J.R. Richards of Dishwalla has propelled UK based Brit Royal to the forefront of promising new acts. Their debut EP made a big impression on critics and fans alike, but it’s their first full length release entitled London that…

Spayyzee – ‘Work For It’

Twenty year old Long Island, NY native Michael Plotkin, aka Spayyzee, has been actively pursuing his musical dreams since the age of fifteen when his current group Philosogy/SSP first formed. He’s prepping his debut album for an impending spring 2017 release and the second single from the forthcoming collection, “Work For It”, equals the quality…

Blue Honey – EP

Sung with true grit, Blue Honey does Americana great justice. Throughout the two songs Blue Honey opts for a stripped-down, straightforward approach. Vocals sound as if these are more than words, that these are experiences being conveyed to the listener with the utmost importance placed on honesty. By choosing this approach Blue Honey ensures that…

Brielle Von Hugel – “Stronger” FT B.o.B, (Exodus and Sweet & Sour Remix)

The latest single from bluesy pop vocalist Brielle Von Hugel, “Stronger”, continues the young singer’s upward trajectory as one of the most promising talents working in popular music today. Her appearance on Season 11 of American Idol propelled her into the public spotlight and she’s garnered a lot of traction from following appearances on FOX’s…

Simon J. Crawford – ‘Full Fathom Five’

Simon J. Crawford delves into a lovely mixture of classic psychedelic rock alongside masterful storytelling on “Full Fathom Five”. Throughout the album what Simon J. Crawford explores is the life fully lived, with snapshots of life strewn out over the gorgeous finely crafted sound. Arrangements are pitch-perfect with the attention to production simply stunning. By…

Shane Guerrette – ‘Wound Up’

There’s only one other musician, that comes to mind, who has gone out and produced, recorded, as well as written, material towards a music release, which was Joel Grind of thrash metal act Toxic Holocaust. He has been doing his thing from inside his house hold for the longest time. In fact, that’s the same…

Matthew Ellis – ‘Through Waking Eyes’

Matthew Ellis is a singer-songwriter from Ohio who performed and produced this fourteen-track album, titled, Through Waking Eyes alongside multi-instrumentalist Cara McQuate. This album, released in early November of last year and mixed by Jim Roll of Backseat Productions, is Ellis’s second effort, following his debut album released in the summer of 2014 titled, A…

Rev Peter Unger – “As I Am”

Tasteful and true, Rev Peter Unger bares his soul on the spiritual “As I Am”. Within the song, Rev Peter Unger opts for introspection, choosing to focus on exactly how one can improve through the power of love. By utilizing an intimate approach to the atmosphere every single detail of the sound can be felt…

Jacob Didas – ‘Lucid’

Adventurous to its very core, Jacob Didas weaves together a wide variety of styles on the multifaceted “Lucid”. From industrial to classical to hip-hop to rock, the songs feel boundless full of endless exploration. Within this approach, the songs are strongly anchored with a catchy, pop-orientated core. Flows are incredible as Jacob Didas chooses a…

Vladimir Maisiuk – ‘Fretwalk’

Hailing originally from the city Minsk in Belarus, Vladimir Mausiuk’s musical journey is truly international. He’s now based out of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and his guitar playing has carried him to stages in Thailand, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Oman, and Indonesia. His songwriting and studio connections extend to nations like…

Swirl – ‘Ditch Day Soundtrack (2017)’

Swirl is a first class hard rock/metal unit based out of Southern California who, after a number of false starts, has settled on a creative direction invoking the full range of their talents. Earlier iterations of the band focused on a much more overt commercial sound, but the release of last year’s self titled heralded…