Thursday, June 30, 2011

CD Review: Sheri Miller Shows Us Her "Winning Hand"

New York singer/songwriter Sheri Miller released her follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut "Mantra". Her new album entitled "Winning Hand" has the songstress working with some of music’s biggest names including J.D. Souther, Jill Sobule, Shawn Mullins and Al Anderson. The new album was also produced by legendary producer Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel).

The album begins with the light country-flavored "Spoons". The sound of Sheri’s voice is easy to get wrapped up in. Her music and vocals give off a feeling of comfort in "Everybody Feels This Way Sometimes", while "Satellite" shows us her edginess to her folk song-writing. The title song "Winning Hand" shows us the passion Sherri puts into her vocals delivery to portray the feelings of the lyrics. The album closes with "Hungry For The Truth" a folk-rock song about finding ones own identity as she sticks close by to her safe pop-rock sound.

Sheri Miller has no shows lined up at the moment, but be sure to check out her website, sherimiller.com for song samples from her new album. Here new album is available on iTunes and at Amazon. Also check her out on facebook (facebook.com/sherimillermusic).

CD Review: Boston Band The Susan Contant Brings Out Debut

From Boston comes the indie-alternative rock band The Susan Constant. Their debut album "Rayonnement" was released earlier this year and the band is beginning to receive some local success. The album was written, recorded and produced entirely by the band themselves.

The album lead-off with a simple, but catchy song called "Charles de Gaulle". This song gives the listener a good outline to the band's overall sound. Their pop sound shines bright on "Made of Paper" and "Get Married", while they also have a heavier side to their sound as shown in "Ploughshare v. Earth". The band's fun side comes through in "Came/Went" as the energy the band puts into the song comes across the speakers and make you want to get out of your seat. The moody tone of "Someone Else (or, How Hotel Bars Will Eat You Alive)" help make this song stand out among the other up-tempo rockers.

Check out the band's website (thesusanconstant.com) for more information on this new band.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CD Review: Madison Square Gardeners Show The "Teeth of Champions"

New Yorkers, The Madison Square Gardeners released their new EP earlier this year entitled "Teeth of Champions". It is the band's third EP in the last 12 months. The members of the band have worked with artists like Ben Kweller, Justin Townes Earle, The New York Dolls and Roseanne Cash, but have come together, bringing all their experiences to the table.

The EP leads-off with a Tom Petty-type swagger in "Little Bit Of Heart". The song's classic rock sound is nothing new, but the band uses it to grab your attention for the other songs on the album. The song "Record Store" is a little bit edgier, while "Innocent" brings back that classic 70's-style rock. The song "Stand By You" is your typical straight forward pop rock as the album closes with the power ballad "Miracle Mile" which builds to a hard-rocking finish.

The Madison Square Gardeners are touring behind Tim Easton for the next couple months. The tour includes a stop at the Oasis in New London, CT on July 1. Be sure to visit the band's website (themadisonsquaregardeners.com) for a full list of dates and more album information.

Monday, June 27, 2011

CD Review: Vinnie Ferra Gives Us A "3 Song EP"

Vinnie Ferra has been busy since the release of his last album "Man Vs. Machine". He toured on both coasts and had songs featured on MTV's The Real World. Now he is releasing a three song EP simply titled "3 Song EP". The songs were recorded at Vinnie's home studio and released in April.

The duo of Vinnie (guitar & vocals) and Scott Manke (bass) give the songs a stark feeling of abandonment. The simple acoustic strumming of "Untitled" lets you focus on Vinnie's voice and lyrics. The sound of Vinnie's voice in the seven-plus minute epic, "Father of Mine" makes your feel his pain. The most complete song on the EP is "Rue" as VInnie expands on his wonderful storytelling talents to help you absorb the feelings he portrays in his music.

Please visit vinnieferra.com to find out how to obtain a copy of his new EP as well as some of his past releases.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

CD Review: Black Stone Cherry Return With "The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea"

Hard rockers Black Stone Cherry just released their new album entitled "Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea". It is the band's third album with Roadrunner Records and their second album to debut in the Top 40 of Billboard's Album chart.

The album starts off with the hard, gritty rocker "White Trash Millionaire". It is the first single released from the new album and has reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The lead guitars of Chris Robertson just electrify the song. The band sticks with the down and dirty sound of "Killing Floor" before giving us a more southern rocker with "In My Blood". Lzzy Hale from Halestorm is featured on guitar and backing vocals on the songs "Such A Shame" and "Won't Le Go". The band's signature sound comes shining through on the catchy chorus of "Blame It On The Boom Boom". Black Stone Cherry gives us some more great southern rock on their original "Like I Roll" and a heavier cover of the Marshall Tucker Band classic "Can't You See". The band shows us their energy and passion on "Change" before closing with the acoustic "feel good" song "All I'm Dreamin' Of".

The new album was produced by famed producer Howard Benson (Theory of a Deadman, Daughtry, Three Days Grace). The band will be on tour beginning July 1 and will finish up in mid-September as part of the Carnival of Madness 2011. For a complete list of tour dates and album information, please visit blackstonecherry.com.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

CD Review: Burn Halo Rises "Up From The Ashes"

Hard rockers Burn Halo return with their sophomore effort "Up From The Ashes". The album will drop on June 28 on the Rawkhead Records label and was produced by Colby Wedgeworth. They say it's tough to follow-up the success of your first album because you have your whole life up to that point to write it, but Burn Halo have taken a giant step forward on this new release with the maturity of the music and lyrics.

The album's lead-single "Tear It Down" has blown-up on rock radio and is currently climbing the Mainstream Rock Singles chart. The song is a pure blast of energy that is missing from a lot of today's rock radio hits. James Hart's vocals have become more focused and he does not try to outdo the duel guitar attack of Joey Roxx and Brandon Lynn. The band blazes a path with "Up From The Ashes" as the tempo slows with the difficult subject tackled in "Threw It All Away". Burn Halo's aggressive side comes out on "Alone" before heading more mainstream on "Give Me A Sign". The oldest song on the album is "Dakota" which was written years ago according to James Hart. The song is the heaviest, hardest hitting song on the album and is a definite welcome to the album' s overall appeal.

Be on the lookout for a new video for their single "Tear It Down" as well as tour dates. Please visit the band's myspace page (myspace.com/burnhalo) for song samples and information on the new album.

Friday, June 24, 2011

CD Review: Folk Rockers Priory Pass Along Their Debut Album

From Oregon comes Priory with their self-titled debut album on Portland's Expunged Records. The band crosses the lines of folk and pop with a great use of lyrics. The new album was released on June 21.

The perfect example of their cross-referenced sound is "Kings of Troy". The up-tempo song carries a pop dance beat with folk acoustics and storytelling lyrics. The band relies on the background of keyboards in order to spotlight their lyrics as in "Lady of Late", but take a more folk rock approach on "Alone". The songs "Red Sun" and "White Coats" show-off a Kings of Leon-style to their music while making the vocals all their own.

Priory have tour dates set-up through mid-July hitting the Midwest. Check out the band's website (priorymusic.com) for a complete list of dates as well as more information on their new album.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

CD Review: Abused Romance "Shine" Bright On New Album

LA rockers Abused Romance released their Freeway Records debut "Shine" earlier this year and are currently on tour with fellow rockers Egypt Central. The album's first single "Overcome" is on the verge of cracking the Top 40 Active Rock chart. The song switches tempos nicely while never losing the overall appeal of the song. A video for the song can be found here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlsTSak0h40).

The album is a definite contender for one of hard rock's best album's of the year. Meir Yaniv's vocals on "Hit and Run" and "Shine" become the main focus early on the album. The rhythm section of Aetam Jakob on bass and Roy Chen on drums is the motor behind all these songs, especially "Rise" and "Bleeding". Amit Ofir on guitar just blazes a path of fire during his solo in "Room 2238". The band slows the tempo down for a moment during "Shades of Grey" and "Amberlin", but brings the power and energy back in "Fly High".

Abused Romance will be performing July 3rd at Summerfest. Visit the band's website, abusedromance.com for tour dates and to be able to download their new album for free.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CD Review: Lost In Society Give Us "Hope"

New Jersey rockers Lost In Society recently released their latest album entitled "Give Me Your Hope". They are currently on tour and will be performing two shows in Connecticut. They will be at Snapper Magee's in Torrington on June 25 and at the Heirloom Arts Theater on July 8.

The music on their new release brings the classic sound of punk rock into modern day with heart-pounding drums and shout-out chorus. The song "Not Afraid" sounds like a early Social Distortion song of rebellion. The simple lyrics of "Sweat" gets energized by the band's musical prowess. The band gives a nod to mainstream alternative rock with "Not My Day" and "Can't Speak" as the try to expand on the punk rock sound.

On July 9, Lost In Society will be joining fellow punk/alternative rockers Bouncing Souls for an epic performance at New York's Highline Ballroom. Check out the band's website (lostinsociety.net) for more information on these shows as well as song samples and videos from the new album.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CD Review: The Greencards Create New Album Brick By Brick

Bluegrass musicians The Greencards are releasing their new album entitled "The Brick Album" on June 21. The band decided to self-finance the production of this album with the "Buy A Brick" campaign. A donation of $100 entitled the supporter to receive an early copy of the album, a digital image of the album's cover art and their name on one of the bricks on the album's artwork. Donations of $200 received the same as the $100 donation, but their name will appearon the album's cover. This new album also includes the supporting help of Sam Bush and Vince Gill. The album was produced by studio veteran Justin Niebank (Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Keith Urban). The band's last two releases have topped the Billboard Bluegrass charts and this album is sure to follow.

The new album starts off with some of the best acoustic guitar, mandolin, and violin picking to be recorded in quite awhile. The addition of Sam Bush on slide mandolin gives the song "Make It Out West" that extra energy. The voice of Carol Young on "Faded" is just soft and delicate enough to touch your heart as it doesn't try to overpower the song. The most country sounding song on the album is "Heart Fixer" which features vocals and guitar by Vince Gill. His voice meshes so well with Young's, you wish their was a whole album with the two of them singing. The eerie sounding "Mrs. Madness" get highlighted by Young's tantalizing vocals. The Celtic side of The Greencards comes shining through on the instrumental "Adelaide" before returning to a more country/bluegrass sound on "Here Lies John". The album's other instrumental, "Tale of KangRio" shows off Kym Warner's wonderful mandolin skills and gets revisited again in the album's final song.

The Greencards recently performed at the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival at the beginning of June and have a full schedule of dates through to November. They will be performing in Connecticut again on July 28. For a complete list of tour dates and album information, please visit their website, thegreencards.com.

Monday, June 20, 2011

CD Review: The Darlings Have A "New Escape"

LA punk rockers The Darlings have seen their fan base grow tremendously over the last five years. They won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands contest, the Anaheim Ducks hockey team used their song "What Lies Below" for their promo spots and the band's song "Let's Roll" has been in constant rotation on LA radio stations. The Darlings have also just released their Gadsen Records debut entitled "The New Escape". The band is currently on tour with fellow punk rockers Face To Face and Strung Out.

The album leads off with the energetic "Hypnotize". Lead singer Buddy Darling does his best Mike Ness impression in order for you to feel the passion he has in performing. The Darlings have a video for the single "Where Do We Go" which is a great, pure rocker that just gets you pumped full of adrenaline. The band keeps the energy flowing with "American Dream" before changing gears slightly for the acoustic, country stomper "Broken Heart Still Beating". Their song "Untitled" about never giving up and reaching for the top has all the right ingredients for success. The album finishes with the acoustic "Let's Roll" which becomes a sing-along during the song's chorus of "let's roll, let's roll, never give them control." A great song that leaves you wanting more from this up-n-coming band.

The Darlings are on tour until the 1st of July. For tour dates and song samples, please visit the band's myspace page (myspace.com/thedarlings).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

CD Review: Frank Sinatra's "Ring-A-Ding-Ding!" Celebrates 50 Years

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Frank Sinatra's most important albums, "Ring-A-Ding Ding!". To celebrate, Concord Music Group is reissuing the album, new remastered with two bonus tracks. The package also contains new liner notes from Frank Sinatra Jr., including insights to each song on this release.

This album came out at a pivotal time in Sinatra' career, when he just left Capitol Records to join Reprise Records where he would stay for the remainder of his career. You can also hear the cool swagger in his vocal delivery on songs like "The Coffee Song", "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" and the title song "Ring-A-Ding Ding". The sound on this new release is phenomenal and the addition of the two bonus songs rounds out the album perfectly. The addition of "Have You Met Miss Jones?" is a wonderful insight into the recording sessions. Do yourself a favor and pick-up this new release and hear the album again for the first time.

This new version of Frank Sinatra's "Ring-A-Ding Ding" was released on June 7. For more information on this and other releases from the Concord Music Group, please visit their website, concordmusicgroup.com.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

CD Review: The Belle Brigade's Folk Rock Debut

The brother/sister duo of Ethan and Barbara Gruska have released their debut album as The Belle Brigade. Their music ranges from folk storytelling to acoustic rock as the two share vocal duties throughout the album.

The album begins with the gentle folk sounds of "Sweet Louise" that proudly showcases how well their voices mesh together. The tempo picks up with the protest-type rocker "Where Not To Look For Freedom". Their lyrics and voices seem more effective on the slow acoustic rocks songs like "Losers" and "Punchline". The band opens up and expands their sound on the alternative rocker "Lonely, Lonely" while also transforming to country on "Rusted Wheel". The album closes with the heartfelt balled "Fasten You To Me".

The self-titled album was released back in April on Reprise Records. The Belle Brigade are currently on their summer tour and will be in the Northeast area at the beginning of July performing at some festivals. For a complete list of tour dates, song samples, and videos, please visit their website thebellebrigade.com.

Friday, June 17, 2011

CD Review: The Dear Hunter Sees The World In Colors

Progressive rockers The Dear Hunter just released their latest endeavor, "The Color Spectrum". The new album is made up of the best songs from the band's nine-EP release. Each EP was based on a different color and the sound of that EP reflected the album's color title. For instance, the new "best of" release begins with "Filth and Squalor" from the "Black" EP and the song echos a dark, depressive subject of how the future will be a corrupt world. The music also reflects a more industrial rock sound.

The new release contains at least one song from each EP, some have two songs to represent that color EP. "Deny It All" from the "Red" EP is an up-tempo, aggressive rocker with a great hook to drive it. All of the songs on this release are outstanding, making this album one of The Dear Hunter's best. The guitar on "But There's Wolves?" is so good you wish it went on for another ten minutes. As the colors get brighter, the songs get lighter and have a more airy feeling to them. Songs like "She's Always Singing" from the "Yellow" EP, "Home" and "Fall and Flee" both from the "White" EP have a very calming, acoustic pop sound that will appeal to a wider audience. "The Canopy" from the "Green" EP is a free-flowing song with some excellent harmonizing. As you'd guess, "Trapdoor" from the "Blue" EP carries a bluesy sway to the song, while the experimental side of the band comes shining through in "What Time Taught Us".

The Dear Hunter are booked solid for the next two months, so do yourself a favor and check out their live show. For a complete list of tour dates, song samples and more, please visit their website, tdhcolors.com.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

CD Review: No Remission Explodes "Through Blackened Skies"

New York thrash metal band No Remission is releasing their third full-length album entitled "Through Blackened Skies". The band is having an album release party on June 18 at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City.

The instrumentation on the new album is first class. The band switches tempos on the album opener "Carbon Copy" which works to their advantage to give the guitar solo its own spotlight. The band explodes with the lyrics of "All Hell Breaks Loose" and just continues to plow through with "Skeletal Messiah" and "Nine". The classical acoustic instrumental "Malevolence" is a nice way to break up the album before diving back into the onslaught of energy with "Rage Within". Some stand-out tracks include "This Plague Will Kill Us All" and "New Dark Age" as No Remission pays homage to their influences. The album closes with the 8-plus minute power of "Signal Loss", once again as the tempo changes breaks the song up nicely.

The band has two other shows lined-up in the New York area. Check out the band's Reverbnation website (reverbnation.com/noremission) for live dates as well as song samples.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CD Review: Connecticut's Sue Menhart Gives Us "Forever"

Connecticut singer/songwriter Sue Menhart is releasing a new EP entitled "Forever" on New London's Good Sponge label. Her deep, but powerful voice is felt right in the opening song, "Die A Hundred Times". The blues is alive in "Where'd You Come From" before she pleads to regain her soul in "You Can't Tame Me". The album closes with the title-song which perfectly blends Sue's vocals with a smooth jazz-fueled sound.

The new album was produced by Ron Zabrocki (Mariah Carey) and it is Menhart's third album that she has released. Sue will be performing live June 18 at Burke's Tavern in Niantic, CT. For more information on this soulful singer, please visit suemenhart.com.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CD Review: Spin Doctors' Drummer Releases Solo Album

Aaron Comess has made his way around the musical community, performing with the likes of Joan Osbourne, Issac Hayes, and Andrea Bocelli just to name a few. Now, Comess is releasing his new solo album, "Beautiful Mistake". The fully instrumental album was recorded in Comess' home studio and includes Teddy Kumpel on guitar and Richard Hammond on bass.

The album shows Aaron's love for many different genres of music. Beginning with the relaxing folk/jamband sounds of "Truth". He also touches upon progressive rock ("Past Present & Future"), blues ("Bubble Blues") and country ("Stinky"). Aaron gives us a small taste of his skills on the skins with a drum solo during "Unleash the Beast" and shows us some gritty guitar work on "Dirt". This album works so well that you hardly notice the absence of vocals, which would only take away from the overall appeal to the music being performed.

The album was released on June 14 and Aaron Comess has a CD release show scheduled for June 30th at New York's Rockwood Music Hall. Look for Aaron to tour with the Spin Doctors this summer as the band celebrates their 20th Anniversary. Also check out Aaron's website (aaroncomess.com) for samples of his new album as well as a view of his entire discography.

Monday, June 13, 2011

CD Review: Botanical Bullets "Bleed Fluorescent"

New Jersey duo, Jay Shah and Jacob Conover, have released a new album under the name Botanical Bullets. The new album is entitled "We Bleed Fluorescent" after the new wave, pop, dance song of the same name.

The music on this album is all over the place. The keyboard driven opener "Fantastic Romantic" seems to drag-on, while "Little Miss Shotgun" is an interesting mix of samples to create these layers for the listener to discipher. The song "You Times Two" seems to hit the mark as a new approach to their brand of club beats while "Epinephrine" seems more atmospheric. Concentration is a must when listening to this album in order to appreciate all the is going into these songs.

For more information on this ingenious duo, please visit their myspace page (myspace.com/botanicalbullets).

Sunday, June 12, 2011

CD Review: Never Shout Never Reaches Back With "Year One"

While Never Shout Never (Chistofer Ingle) is readying his follow-up to 2010's successful album "Harmony", Warner Bros. Records decided to release all of Never Shout Never's early recordings. The new release entitled "Year One" combines the "Me & My Uke EP", "30 Days" single, the "Demo-shemo EP" and five exclusive tracks into one CD.

This album shows a simpler, more attractive side to Ingle's song-writing talents. The album begins with the gentle touches of "Heregoesnothin" and "Bigcitydreams". Ingle expands on his acoustic sound beginning with "Smelyalata". His voice and wonderful lyrics are enough to carry simple acoustic songs like "Dare4Distance" and "30 Days". The second half of the album is full of demos as you get a different perspective of some of his early songs like "Shesgotstyle". The album closes with his most experimental song "Loversloveliarslie" which is more along the lines with his last full-length album.

Never Shout Never is spending the summer in Brazil before heading back into the studio. Visit his website (nevershoutnever.com) for a complete list of tour dates as well as up-to-date information on this rising musical star.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Indie Artist Jon White Has Hope For "Small Things"

Indie artist Jon White has released his latest batch of songs entitled "There Is Hope in Small Things". The album was recorded and produced in his home studio. As he tries to make a name for himself in the music world, Jon is already working on his next EP of new songs.

The 11-track album has Jon switching to different instruments to capture the mood he is trying to portray in each song. "Lazarus" is an ambient soundscape with spoken words playing out in the background. It is one of the more interesting songs on this release. Jon's voice carries a high, fragile tone similar to a Michael Jackson ballad, but Jon never shows the strength of his vocals as them seem lost at times amongst the music. His performance of the title track shows his talent for song-writing and experimentation with piano and keyboards overpowering the song. The album carries some nice tunes (Brittle, Comes and Goes) that will benefit from a more complete band sound and upper-class production. We will have to wait an see what lies ahead for this new, up 'n' coming artist.

Friday, June 10, 2011

CD Review: Arthur Alligood Shows His Heart On "The Wind"

Singer/songwriter Arthur Alligood released his new album entitled "I Have Not Seen The Wind" back in March. The album flows between the stark, acoustic "Show Some Heart", the gentleness of the title-song and the the full-band folk rock of "Make Her Smile". The highlights are when all of these ingredients combine with Arthur's wonderfully thoughtful lyrics like in "Keep Your Head Up" and "Gavel".

Arthur Alligood is taking his new album on tour, mostly in the southern half of the U.S. The tour will go until the end of July with a short break in the middle. Please visit Arthur Alligood's website, arthuralligood.com, for a complete list of dates and album information.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

CD Review: Franke & The Knockouts Receive A "Sweatheart" Anniversary

The 1980s return with a newly remastered greatest hits collection from Franke & The Knockouts. This new release comes on the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut release. The album contains songs from all three of the band’s studio albums and also includes two bonus tracks, the original version of the #1 hit song “Hungry Eyes" and the never been released “Beat of a Broken Heart”.

Originally out of New Jersey, Frank & The Knockouts hit it big with the release of their debut self-titled album which contained the Top Ten single “Sweetheart”. The band was no “one hit wonder” with two other Top 40 hits “You’re My Girl” and “Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)”. Grammy-winning songwriter Franke Previte had a talent for writing hook-driven songs that rocked. The band also boasted the talents of Tico Torres on drums prior to him joining Bon Jovi.

The music on this new release sounds even better than the original releases. Previte’s voice is crystal clear along with the guitar solos in “Comeback” and “Never Had It Better”. As the band’s sound moved more mainstream on latter albums, their edginess can still be hear on songs like “Outrageous”. This new release flows in chronological order, so you can hear the maturity in their song-writing over the course of three-plus albums.

Franke Previte is donating his portion of the proceeds to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund. So pick up a copy of this lost gems from the past and relive the 80s and help donate to a great cause. For more information on Franke & The Knockouts, please visit the band’s website frankeandtheknockouts.com.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CD Review: It's A "Radio Tragedy!" For Tea Leaf Green

San Francisco jam band Tea Leaf Green just released their new album "Radio Tragedy!" on June 7. The band is known mostly for their extended live jams and community of fans. While some bands tour behind a new release, Tea Leaf Green has this new album to promote their tour.

The new songs found on this, the band's seventh studio album, are more radio-friendly and should attract more fans to Tea Leaf Green's wonderful song-writing. The songs seem to draw from many of their fellow musicians in the jam band community and beyond. "Easy To Be Your Lover" has singer Trevor Garrod doing his best to keep up vocally with Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The addition of new member Cochrane McMillan on drums adds to The Clash's punk-style drumming of "You're My Star". The acoustics of "My Oklahoma Home" and "Sleep Paralysis" adds more attention to the simple but affective lyrics of these two great songs. The band brings in some of their live sound on the experimental "Germinating Seed" which highlights the keyboard talents of Garrod. "Honey Bee" seems like the most pop oriented song on the album, but then the band counters that with "Arise" and "Nothing Changes" that proudly displays their jam band roots.

Tea Leaf Green are currently touring the east coast with two shows in Connecticut. Their first visit to the state this summer is at Toad Place in New Haven, CT on June 16, then they return on July 23 to perform at the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, CT. After that, they move out west to support Matisyahu on the rest of their summer tour. Visit the band's website, tealeafgreen.com for a complete list of tour dates and well as live recordings and information on their new album, "Radio Tragedy!".

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

CD Review: Patrolled By Radar Want You To "Be Happy"

Alternative folk rockers Patrolled By Radar have released a new album entitled "Be Happy" on the Knitting Factory Records label. The band's sound is a mixture of Bob Dylan lyrics, with Ray Davies passion, add a dash of Johnny Cash swagger and throw in a Wilco-type musical journey and you have Patrolled By Radar. The album was produced by Los Straitjackets member Peter Curry in Los Angeles.

The opening song "Widow Next Door" is a slow, country jaunt with just enough guitar twang to give it an edge. The band take a more pop, alternative rock approach to "New Fight Song", giving the group a radio-friendly sound to attract the masses. The gentle acoustic strumming of "Dressed For The Drought" places the concentration on Jay Souza's vocals which draw similarities to Jeff Tweedy. The band's country sound comes shining through on mellow "Coat of Disappointment" and the up-tempo "Haywire". The song "Be Happy" has been featured on TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" as the band seems to have fun performing.

The band has a scattering of shows through June. Check out the band's website (patrolledbyradar.com) for a complete list of dates as well as videos from the new album.

Monday, June 6, 2011

CD Review: Tedeschi And Trucks Team Up For "Revelator"

The husband and wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are releasing their debut album "Revelator" as the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi has been touring along with her husband Derek Trucks as part of The Allman Brothers Band as well as with Trucks' solo band for the last few years. This combination seems like the most logical step in the career of these two outstanding performers. The duo also bring along an 11-piece band that includes members of The Allman Brothers Band and The Derek Trucks Band.

The album leads off with the electric blues of "Come See About Me" which finds the perfect balance of Tedeschi's powerful vocals and Trucks' slide guitar work. The song also features the smooth keyboard work of Trucks' bandmate Kofi Burbridge. Susan Tedeschi pulls off here best Janis Joplin impression on "Don't Let Me Slide" before Trucks' guitar powers the song to its finish. The band get their R&B groove on with the praising gospel sounds of "Bound For Glory". The slow, quiet blues of "Until You Remember" becomes the perfect opportunity for Tedeschi to show off her vocal abilities, which she does with ease. The mellow sound of "These Walls" finds the band experimenting by including the Indian sitar into the slow blues. The full-power of the band is felt in "Learn How To Love" as Trucks' guitar guides the way. The album closes with "Shelter" which is a slow-building blues song, similar to their live performances.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band have a full summer schedule of dates, including the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, CT on July 22. Check out the band's website, tedeschitrucksband.com for a complete list of tour dates as well as free downloads from the new album.

To give back to those who've supported them, Tedeschi Trucks Band is offering signed copies of their new album "Revelator." To enter for a chance to win, contestants need to retweet the following message through their Twitter account during the sweepstakes period:

RT this message for your chance to win a signed copy of the new album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Revelator!" @DerekAndSusan

The sweepstakes will begin on July 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. EDT and will run for one day until July 26 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Retweet to enter as often as you wish. Only one prize per person.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

CD Review: From Europe Comes I Build Collapsible Mountains

Europe's newest singer/songwriter, Luke Joyce recently released his stateside debut album under the moniker I Build Collapsible Mountains. The new album begins with the gentle acoustic strumming of "Rails". The song really makes you focus on the wonderful lyrics sung by Luke with his perfect suited, storytelling voice. The mood continues with the fragile "Where We Go Tomorrow" before the rolling of drums and amped up electric guitars take over on "To The Dark". The one constant is Luke's voice as it keeps the same tone no matter the music surrounding it. The simpler the song, the better the lyrics shine as in "Slowapproacher" and the closer "Switches".

Please visit ibcmountains.com for more information and to also view a promotional video for this new release.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

CD Review: Moving Mountains Sends Us Sound "Waves"

New York rockers Moving Mountains recently released their second full-length album entitled "Waves". The band recorded the album in a small basement to get that tight, united sound similar to their older releases. This album is also the band's debut release on Triple Crown Records.

The new music definitely rocks, right from the opening track "My Life Is Like A Chase Dream". Moving Mountains make you feel the passion and hard-work they puts into their music. The energy of "Where Two Bodies Lie" and "The Cascade" easily carry the album with its pure-rock sound and strong lyrics. The band shows their softer side on the heartfelt "Once Rendering" and "Always Only For Me" as the band tackles these songs with ease and dignity. Moving Mountains comes roaring back with the high-octane "Alleviate" before finishing with a more passionate, alternative-rock friendly "Full Circle".

The band is currently part of the 2011 Vans' Warped Tour. They will be making a stop in Connecticut on July 17 at the Comcast Theatre. Please visit their website (movmou.com) for a complete list of tour dates as well as information about the new album.

Friday, June 3, 2011

CD Review: Madam Adam Give Us Their Major Label Debut

From Charleston, SC comes Madam Adam, one of the newest artists to debut their new album on Roadrunner Records. Their sound captures the elements of hard rock with the grittiness of grunge with a touch of pop-style lyrics to make them very accessible to rock radio. The new album was produced by Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Sick Puppies).

The lead single from the new album, "Sex Ain't Love" shows the raw, hungry for success-type energy that Madam Adam pours into their songs. Their stadium sized sound is heard on "These Are The Days" and "Drugs". Madam Adam balence on that fine line between grunge and hard rock with songs like "Forgotten" and "Wicked". The band leans more mainstream on "Best Shot At A Love Song" and "Rewind" before roaring back with the big sound of "The Art of Lying". Their diversity shines through on the heartbreak ballad "San Francisco" and the Foo Fighters-type rocker "Secret". The guitars come out blazing on the album closer "Silence".

The band is just wrapping up their tour and have a new video out for the single "Sex Ain't Love". It is available to view on the band's website, madamadam.com.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CD Review: Egpyt Central Wants Us To Follow The "White Rabbit"

Rockers, Egypt Central return with their sophomore follow-up "White Rabbit". The new album was released on May 31 through Fat Lady Music. The band is looking to grow upon the success of their 2008 debut album and their new song "White Rabbit" is leading the way as a top 25 single on the Active Rock charts.

The combination of Blake Allison's drums and Jeff James' guitar on the opener "Ghost Town" sets the stage for an in-your-face, hard rocking beginning to the album. The title-song has everything you could ask for in a rock hit, sly lyrics about vulnerability with a powerful, up-tempo chorus while the band's music will make your speakers bleed. Egypt Central create an anthem for their fans with "Kick Ass", a song you can't help but shout the lyrics. They lighten their hard rock assault with "Change" aiming for a more radio-friendly sound. The band create a mini rock opera beginning with the up-tempo melody of "The Drug (Part 1)" and continuing with the slower, but darker lyrics of "Enemy Inside (Part 2)". The album finishes with the battle-cry of "Surrender" and the acoustic ballad "Backfire".

Egypt Central will be blazing a trail across the U.S. this summer with tour dates booked until mid-August. Check out the band's website, egyptcentral.net, for a complete list of tour dates as well as more information on the new album. Also be on the look-out for a new video for the band's single "White Rabbit".

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CD Review: Biffy Clyro Tells Us It's "Only Revolutions"

Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro finally released their latest album “Only Revolutions” in the U.S. The album was originally released back in 2009 in the U.K. and Japan, but fans all over the world were able to get a copy of their new album when it was released earlier this year. Their popularity exploded with the release of this latest album by earning them praise and awards from all over the world.

The album begins with one of six singles released from this album. The third-single, “The Captain” is like ear candy for alternative rock radio. The song won numerous awards like “song of the year” and “video of the year” from Kerrang!, NME and the Q Awards. Their sound is very polished and gets a big boost from the orchestration in “That Golden Rule” which carries a bit heavier rock sound. The band gets some guitar help on “Bubbles” from Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. The song sticks to a steady rhythm before exploding during Homme’s solo. The album’s last single “God & Satan” deals with a serious subject of religion as the band slows things down to stress the lyrics. The band’s highest charting single “Mountains” is a modern alternative rock masterpiece with its up-tempo sound and an inspirational, shout out loud chorus. The mellowness of “Many of Horror” is a nice break as it gets sandwiched between the hard rocking “Shock Shock” and “Booooom, Blast & Ruin”. The album closes with the rolling drums of “Whorses” that best shows the full force of this musical trio.

Biffy Clyro have some dates left in the U.S. before heading overseas for a handful of more shows. The band currently has a new live album available through their website (biffyclyro.com) as well as a full list of tour dates, videos and more.