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GRIEVES SIGNS TO RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT

The New York City-based rapper, producer, and multi-faceted performer Grieves has announced the reissue of his breakout sophomore album, 2008’s 88 Keys and Counting, coming March 2nd on Rhymesayers Entertainment.   Since his birth in Chicago, IL, Benjamin Laub (bka Grieves) enjoyed a diverse musical upbringing, exposed at an early age to the city’s local…

RANDOM STABBINGS & ARTLESS CRITIQUE, FEBRUARY 2010

Phantogram, Eyelid Movies (Barsuk Records) Odd that in the Information Age this New York boy-girl chill-techno duo tie themselves up in such pretzels trying to categorize their sound, babbling comparisons like “Kanye meets Radiohead” or slick-sounding non sequiturs like “street beat psych pop.”   These kids offer trip-hop done the way Air might have interpreted…

Asa Brebner, Suenos De Los Muertos

This singer/songwriter from Boston has been a major staple within the city’s music scene for over 30 years now.   Suenos De Los Muertos is a highly anticipated album for Brebner because it is the first in four years.   With life-changing experiences hitting Asa over these last four years, it seemed like perfect timing…

HEAVY PSYCH ROCKERS MONDO DRAG RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM

Fast-rising heavy psych rock band MONDO DRAG has just released its debut album, New Rituals.   The Davenport, Iowa-based quintet’s mind-expanding new record is in stores now — on CD and limited edition red LP — via Alive Records. Merging exciting psychedelic rock with an electric blues edge, MONDO DRAG delivers a sound that references…

Kate Cameron, Conviction

It’s hard to believe that a 16-year-old girl could write such a compelling piece of work, but that is the case here with Conviction.   At just 16, Kate is the sole singer/songwriter on this new project as well as playing the role of guitarist & pianist.   Boston area-based studio owner and producer, Bob…

Arek Religa, In Memory of the Greatests

Non-stop instrumental music at its finest is what you get here from the 13-track CD, In memory of the Greatests.   The Polish guitar sensation, Arek Religa, is the man of the hour as he wrote, arranged, produced and performed all the songs on the disc.   Religa even engineered, mixed and mastered the entire…

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA ANNOUNCE SPRING 2010 TOUR DATES

ATO Records is excited to announce that the explosive Mexican guitar-shredding Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced their Spring 2010 tour of North America. The dates begin February 28th at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC, run through March, and culminate with a special performance at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall on April 29th.…

MR. NEXT: THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOUND

Tommy (Mr. Next) taught himself to play guitar, drums, bass and piano by the time he was 16. He is a one man band gone from drummer to producer, producing a hybrid of alternative funk and goth with a touch of electronic production and a loyalty to the acoustic guitar.  

The Sumner Brothers, The Sumner Brothers

I must begin this review with a confession: I am very weary of contemporary country. It seems that what gets churned out of the Nashville machine is either too “boo hoo” or too “Yee Haw” for this correspondent’s liking and my reviews tend to reflect this. That being said, the new self-titled album from The…

The Band of Heathens, One Foot In The Ether

From the opening slow, grooving foot-stomping crunch of “L.A. County Blues,” you know that One Foot In The Ether, the latest from The Band Of Heathens isn’t a record to be taken lightly. Full of the kind of blue collar grit that country-rock ought to possess, The Band Of Heathens walk with a boisterous swagger…

WILLIE NELSON SIGNS WITH ROUNDER RECORDS

Rounder Records is pleased to announce the signing of American legend, songwriter, actor, and social activist, Willie Nelson.   Nelson is the creative genius behind many chart toppers including “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “Red Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.”   His career has spanned six decades and more than 200 albums.   He is the President and…

MUSIC UP CLOSE WITH JANIE – JANUARY 2010

Welcome to a new decade, music lovers! We are starting off the year a little late due to some major internet and computer problems and some remodeling here at the Music Up Close Club. That’s why you hear all of that hammering and the buzz drone of drills. We’re changing up things here so that…

Mando Morphosis, 2010

Mando Morphosis is a group made up of seven mandolin players.   Originality at its finest, as this band brings fresh material to the masses. With the exception of one track, this entire record is all instrumental. Mando Morphosis are proud to introduce their new acoustic music at the start of a brand-new decade. The…

The Band of Heathens, One Foot In The Ether

From the opening slow, grooving foot-stomping crunch of “L.A. County Blues,” you know that One Foot In The Ether, the latest from The Band Of Heathens isn’t a record to be taken lightly. Full of the kind of blue collar grit that country-rock ought to possess, The Band Of Heathens walk with a boisterous swagger…

GUITAR HERO KICKS OFF 2010 WITH A VARIETY OF GREAT DOWNLOADABLE TRACKS

Guitar Hero hits the ground running as it starts 2010 off with a bang and a great selection of new downloadable tracks. Building upon an already vast catalog of downloadable music compatible with both Guitar Hero 5 and Band Heroâ„¢, the Guitar Hero music library is providing something for everyone this January.   Fans can…

MAYDAY PARADE “TAKE ACTION TOUR” DATES

MAYDAY PARADE are performing on the “Take Action Tour” to promote their new album Anywhere But Here. The band will be kicking off the tour in Atlanta, GA on January 25th alongside We The Kings, A Rocket To The Moon, There For Tomorrow and Stereo Skyline and ending on March 2nd in Dallas, TX.  …

NADA SURF ANNOUNCE ALBUM OF COVER SONGS

Nada Surf bring their trademark sense of harmony and musical craftsmanship to 12 of their favorite songs with their latest release, if i had a hi-fi, their first album of covers. Only a group with their wide-ranging and eclectic taste could bring songs from such artists as Kate Bush, Dwight Twilley and the Go-Betweens together…

HOUSE OF PAIN REUNITE FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY TOUR

Hip-hop icons House of Pain have announced a series of dates in March 2010 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The group will celebrate their Irish-American heritage by performing tracks from their classic hit filled catalogue with dates scheduled in Buffalo, Atlantic City, New York, Hartford, and Worcester for March 2010.   HOUSE OF PAIN TOUR…

Matthew Curran, Simplify

Matthew Curran and his trio (Matt Jurasek on bass & Kevin Conray on drums) introduce a powerful yet simplified rock ‘n’ roll sound.   Curran & company are blending together elements of rock, blues and alternative to offer you a creatively fresh recording.   With catchy guitar rhythms & vibrant hooks, Simplify sums it all…

KICKBEND HOLIDAY VERSION OF “CHRISTMAS LIGHTS” VIA BROADJAM.COM

Chicagoland blues-rock band KickBend recently recorded “Christmas lights” with guest musicians Mario, Joe, and Steve. The free download is available on KickBend’s Broadjam page: SKOPE IT HERE! KickBend is also giving away a free album to the first ten new fans who…   1) Add KickBend as a friend on MySpace – www.myspace.com/KickBend 2) Listen…

THE USED ANNOUNCE NATIONWIDE HEADLINE TOUR

Fresh from a successful international run, Reprise Records artists The Used have announced a US headlining winter tour.   The nationwide string of dates, which kick off January 27th in San Diego, CA and run through February 26th in Birmingham, AL, will support their new album, Artwork.   Atreyu and Drive A will be supporting.…

Planetary Nights, Elliptical Motion

Planetary Nights and Elliptical Motion are ever-flowing with raw energy.   R.J. McSweeney is responsible for all the songs &  lyrics as well as being the lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist.   The CD is produced, engineered and mixed by Mark Hermann who also contributed all lead guitar parts as well as keyboard/organ sections.  …

JIMMY RAE ROCKS ALONG WITH ROB CARLTON

Straight rock and awesome guitar solos is what Rob Carlton is bringing to the music scene.   This guitar extraordinaire has a new album titled Beautiful Collision that simply rocks! Rob also endorses with GHS Strings, Morley Pedals and Halo Guitars & will also be busy with Specraflex Cables and Rocktron Amps & Effects. Not…

STOLI PREDICTS A HEAT WAVE AS PHOENIX JONES MAKES HER DEBUT

Lets face it here folks, it can be double hard for a female musician as she must not only have looks but talent as well to make it. My next guest has the looks, the voice, and the hot single to break on through. Let Stoli introduce you to canada’s own, Phoenix Jones. I caught…

The Bramble Jam, Move Your Boots

The Bramble Jam are introducing their new brand of kids’ music to the world.   Inspired by their own kids, Jason Kern and Jessie Griffiths have decided to create something magically special for ALL to enjoy.   Move Your Boots is fun & inquisitive music for children and families to enjoy for generations to come.…

Rhett Frazier Inc, Escape From Dee-Troyt

The cover art for Los Angeles based Rhett Frazier Inc.’s debut disc Escape From Dee-troyt says plenty. A classic orange muscle car is parked along a street surrounded by a couple of colorful retro-looking buildings.   This picture is a perfect metaphor for the disc’s sound because old time soul and funk and bluesy rock…

BOB DYLAN, CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART

I wonder sometimes if it isn’t tedious being Mr. Bob Dylan, having listened for decades now to people lamenting over his inability to “sing.” Mr. Dylan sings in Christmas in the Heart, his 2009 collection of holiday classics, both secular and pious. He sings well. Yes, Mr. Dylan’s vocal chords are old and abused, beat-up,…

Acres and Acres, All Nations

When David Scholten speaks, people ought to listen. The lead singer of Acres and Acres, the harmonic folk duo out of Halifax displays a poignant penchant for expressive his own personal truths on All Nations, their latest full-length. His voices creeps from side to side as a natural, gentle current might, making for some pretty…

MUSIC UP CLOSE WITH JANIE – DEC/JAN 2009

Happy Holiday All You Music Lovers! We have really spruced up the club this month and are showing off some really great Christmas albums to make your holidays merrier.   Plus we have a great feature on the repatriation of Haitian music–a sort of regifting back to the people of that country, based on the…

Fifth Nation, Flight

Fifth Nation is named after a Native American tribe and the band consists of Julia Richardson as singer/songwriter/guitarist & Music Read on drums.   This duo is bringing a style all of their own here that is full of life.   The two members are blending together so many different musical styles such as:  …

MTV RADIO’S MORNING FACTS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2009

LINKIN PARK, KATY PERRY & MORE FOR GRAMMY NOMS Linkin Park, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain, Dwight Yoakam and George Lopez have been added as presenters for The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, which takes place on tonight at Club Nokia.     The show will feature performances…

RANDOM STABBINGS & ARTLESS CRITIQUE, DECEMBER 2009

The Swimmers, People Are Soft (Mad Dragon Records) There was a metallish, hard-rock release on Mad Dragon Records a few years ago that had the most slovenly album art I’d ever seen and really bad music to match — I forget who they were, but they left a taste in my mouth that didn’t compel…

DECEMBER 2009 SONICBIDS “ARTISTS 2 WATCH”

    Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have got ten amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.

The Slew, 100%

Admit it: the idea of legendary Canadian Kid Koala teaming up with bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett (The original rhythm section of Wolfmother) has you intrigued at the very least. Yet there’s the distincy possibility you’re salivating beyond control. But the intriguing combination that The Slew are, there is the possibility that 100%,…

Castanets, Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts

I first got turned onto the “Freak-folk” genre a few years ago, while touring through a dank little record store instead of attending University classes. Now, the record that turned me onto the movement has faded into obscurity. But I’m quite sure had it been Castanets, also known as the musical stylings of Raymond Raposa…

Shaky Deville, Self-Titled

Named after the classic ’76 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, Shaky Deville are revvin’ their engines loud on this one.   Lead singer and guitarist, Matt (M.S.B.) DeVille fittingly enough, actually owned this car thanks to his dad.   “Best car I’ve ever owned” are DeVille’s exact words, but will this album be the best thing…