Saturday, October 29, 2011

CD Review: Goodbyemotel Want To Make A "Wish"

From Australia comes Goodbyemotel with their new EP entitled "Wish Your Way. "The album was produced by Julian Mendelsohn (Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, INXS) and has caught the ears of many including Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel) who agreed to do the artwork for the band's next full-length album.

Beginning with the buzz guitar rocker "Redroom" the band is moving in the right direction for worldwide success. The band uses the "less is more" approach to the title song as a simple, but effective guitar progression makes the song memorable. Goodbyemotel get their groove on the bass-driven "Remember" before finishing with the Kings of Leon-sounding "Burning Since Sunday."

Some of the songs on this new release have been featured in the shows "Gossip Girl," "Covert Affairs," and "Suits." The band are currently on a break from touring, but with the success of their new EP, look for the band to schedule more shows soon. To download the band's new EP for free, please visit goodbyemotel.com.

Friday, October 28, 2011

CD Review: Jonny Lives! Is Waiting For A "Revolution"

Based out of New York, the band Jonny Lives! have just released their new album entitled “Revolution For Free” on Long Live Crime Records/Rock ‘n Review Records. The album was written and demoed in a macadamia nut factory in Hawaii, and the sound on their new album welcomes that island atmosphere.

Front man Jonny Dubowsky lets his songwriting flow as the album begins with the Ramones-type rocker “Parking Lot,” while the band keeps the energy flowing through “Still Dreaming” and “It’s Not Your Fault (This Time).” Jonny Lives! also shows reflections of The Beach Boys in their harmonizing as in “Makes The Difference” and “Vagabond Lovers.” They also have some influence of the Velvet Underground as the song “Breaking Down” captures that in its sound Their Hawaii island experience shines through on the slightly reggae sounding “My Favorite Song.” The band closes the album with the fun, experimental sounding “350 Times,” in which the band wants you to remember them for future listens.

Jonny Dubowsky has gained support from many major recording artists including Debbie Harry, Fountains of Wayne, Modest Mouse and others for his environmentally safe touring unit of bio-diesel vehicles. Dubowsky also started the Rock ‘n Renew organization which shows students how to become environmentally conscience in their community. For more information on the Rock ‘n Renew organization and on the new Jonny Lives! album, please visit jonnylives.com.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

CD Review: Barefoot Truth Wants Their Popularity To "Carry On" With New Album

Local Connecticut band Barefoot Truth just recently released their new album “Carry Us On” in September and are already performing live on their headlining tour before going overseas to perform. The new album was released through How We Doin Publishing and continues the buzz they received from their 2010 breakthrough album “Threads.”

The album begins with the up-tempo, acoustic pop sound of “Roll If You Fall.” At times, their sound draws some similarities to Train (“The Ocean”) and other times like Jason Mraz (“Eagle Front.”) Barefoot Truth find their own groove on “Mislead” and “Reach” using simple instrumentation without overpowering the song’s thoughtful lyrics. Their brand of acoustic pop songs hits the heights on the smooth, swaying of “Rope” and the funk sounds of “Reelin.” The album finishes with the wonderfully written “Changes In The Weather” which just makes you want to hear more from this rising band.

Barefoot Truth has opened for music legends Crosby and Nash, as well as Bruce Hornsby and Bela Fleck. Their current tour began in mid-September and will run through mid-November. They recently performed at the Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT and will return to the state on Saturday, October 29 performing at the intimate FTC Stage One in Fairfield, CT. For a complete list of tour dates and more information on their new album, visit Barefoot Truth’s website, barefoottruth.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CD Review: Willie Nile Is In Search Of "The Innocent Ones"

Singer/songwriter Willie Nile has performed with a number of famous musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Elvis Costello just to name a few. His new album “The Innocent Ones” was released in Europe on October 11 and in U.S. on October 24 on River House Records. This album shows that even after 30 years in the musical industry, that someone as talented as Willie Nile is still capable of making the best album of his career.

The album opens with “Singin’ Bell,” an up-tempo rocker with a punk-style drumbeat that just rings freedom. You can’t help but get caught up in Nile’s wonderful lyrics, whether he preaching about changing the world in “One Guitar” or telling stories as in “Topless Amateur.” One of the most outstanding songs on this new album is the title song, “The Innocent Ones.” The song finds Nile sending inspiration to those listening to stand-up for what is right and support those who don’t have a voice. He brings back his pop-punk sound on “Hear You Breathe” then slows down for the heartfelt sing-along ballad “Song For You.” His song “My Little Girl” sounds straight from the 1960s pop era that could have been sung by anyone from Paul Revere and the Raiders to The Beatles. The album closes with the gentle acoustic sounds of “Sideways Beautiful” that gives us Nile’s best Dylan impersonation and the mainstream pop sounds of “Far Green Hills.”

Willie Nile has been touring through Europe and will return to Canada the states in November. His new album is ready for pre-order on his website willienile.com. You will also find song samples from the new album and well as tour updates.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Concert Review: Sting Brings His Bass Back To Connecticut

The name Sting has become one of the most well-known, single names in music history. Sting began his musical career with the rock trio The Police. After 5 albums in ten years, he left the band in 1986 to pursue a successful solo career. Now at age 60, Sting has become very reflective on his past, which is the reason his current tour is named "Back To Bass." He has stripped away all the extra instrumentation and orchestras and is just performing with a five-piece band. Included in his band is longtime guitarist Dominic Miller and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, with himself playing bass.

The tour, which began in Boston on Friday, October 21, made its second stop at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater Monday night. Sting is also promoting his latest release, a retrospective box set entitled "25 Years," which covers his entire solo career.

As the lights went out, Sting strolled out on stage to join his bandmates, took a quick bow, and then led the night off with "All This Time." The setlist was almost entirely made up of songs from his solo albums with only a handful of Police songs. Sting was proud to show his love for country songs performing "I'm So Happy, I Can't Stop Crying" and "I Hung My Head" to which Sting commented that he was most proud of it being covered by Johnny Cash. Sting was very talkative with the audience, describing the origins of songs or his feelings on turning 60. He even made the mistake of saying that this was his "first time in Wallingford," yet he performed at the Oakdale back in 1999. While Sting and his band rocked the Police songs "Demolition Man" and "Driven To Tears," he breezed through others like "Fields of Gold" and "Ghost Story."

The audience finally got involved, helping Sting sing the chorus to "Heavy Cloud, No Rain," but they became more attentive during "Love Is Stronger Than Justice." The song featured an outstanding solo from Peter Tickell on electric fiddle. Back-up singer/violinist Jo Lawry got her moment to shine with her vocal delivery on "The Hounds of Winter" before the band jammed on the set closer "Never Coming Home."

The encore brought audience members rushing to the stage to snap pictures with their cell phones during "Desert Rose." Then Sting brought the house down with "Every Breath You Take."

Sting and the band returned to the stage for a second encore that began with the up-tempo Police classic "Next To You." After a bow from the band, Sting was left alone on stage to perform his acoustic, solo rendition of "Message In A Bottle," which has become is signature closing song. With the audience singing along to Sting's vocals, fans were treated to a night of hits from one of rock's elite performers.

Setlist:
All This Time
Seven Days
Demolition Man
I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying
I Hung My Head
Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)
Driven To Tears
Fortress Around Your Heart
Fields Of Gold
Sacred Love
Ghost Story
Heavy Cloud No Rain
Inside
Love Is Stonger Than Justice
The Hounds Of Winter
The End Of The Game
Never Coming Home

Encore:
Desert Rose
Every Breath You Take
Next To You
Message In A Bottle

Monday, October 24, 2011

White Arrows "Get Gone" To The BAR In New Haven This Week

Los Angeles indie-rockers White Arrows have just released a new 7” single entitled “Get Gone.” The music of their new single fits in with the band’s overall electronic lo-fi sound. The chorus is what sticks in your mind as you can’t help but sing it over and over again. The flip-side, “Save Me A Place” is a quicker paced, electronic pop version of the Fleetwood Mac song which still fits in perfectly with the rest of the band’s catalog.

The White Arrows will be visiting Connecticut on October 26 performing at BAR in New Haven with opening band You Scream I Scream. The evening will be filled with music as both bands will feature their own brand of electro-pop music. The White Arrows have also toured with Those Darlings, Portugal The Man, Cults and White Denim. The band’s new single is available now on Ooh La La Records (oohlalarecordings.com). For more information in White Arrows, please visit their myspace page (myspace.com/whitearrows).

Sunday, October 23, 2011

CD Review: Boy Set Sail On A Journey With New EP

From the UK comes Boy Set Sail with their new album entitled “We’re Almost There.” This four-piece band is full of energy as they combine a raw punk sound with pop-style lyrics to create a great piece of music.

This new five-song EP begins with “Rewind” which shows us a great example of what this band has to offer. Most of the songs on this release clock in under or around the 3-minute mark, but that just proves that less is more. Songs like “Believe” and “You Are” have all the right ingredients to make them hits. The band saves the best for last as the album closes with the great power-punk song “This Time Around.”

Boy Set Sail’s new album is available now through itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/were-almost-there-ep/id465208367) and I Am Mighty Records (http://iammightyrecords.bigcartel.com/product/boy-set-sail-we-re-almost-here). Also check out the band’s Facebook page (facebook.com/boysetsail) for tour dates and more.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

CD Review: Italian Crooner Patrizio Buanne Returns To America With "Patrizio"

Italian singer Patrizio Buanne has been swooning European audiences since the late 1990s. His second US release “Forever Begins Tonight” reached number #53 on the Billboard Album charts. Now, Patrizio Buanne returns with his latest album entitled simply “Patrizio.”

On this new album, Buanne puts his Italian spin on such classic songs as “Crazy” and “Fly Me To The Moon.” He begins the album with an original composition, “Solo Tu (My Baby),” which finds the Italian singing in English as the dancehall beat captures the seductive lyrics. Another new song for this release is the heart-wrenching ballad “Why Did You Have To Be?” which was written by Diane Warren. Patrizio Buanne tries his hand covering the Bryan Adams’ song “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” and accomplishes it by adding a bit of European flair without taking anything away from the original. A song that seemed perfect for Buanne to strut his stuff is the famous “Mambo Italiano,” but instead he plays it safe without letting loose and making the song his own. His duet on “Never, Never, Never” and “Maybe This Summer” are the perfect settings for Buanne to show-off his smooth, sultry voice. His closes his album with another wonderful rendition of Santa Esmeralda’s “You’re My Everything,” which should capture the hearts of many.

Patrizio Buanne’s new album was released in September on the Concord Jazz label. He has a few dates lined-up in California in mid-November before returning to the states in February 2012. For more information on Patrizio Buanne and his new album, please visit his myspace page (myspace.com/patrizoofficial).

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bridge School Concerts, 25 Years And Going Strong With CD/DVD Release

The Bridge School Benefit Concert is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this weekend with a pair of shows at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountian View, CA. For the first time, the shows will be shown live through YouTube and Facebook and feature a wide array of artists ranging from Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters to Mumford & Sons and Tony Bennett.

The whole premise is for some of the biggest names in music to perform acoustically on a simple stage for the audience and members of the Bridge School. The Bridge School started out as a program serving local children with severe physical and speech impairments. Today, it is a place that serves as the international leader in the field of augmentative and alternative communication.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Warner Bros. Records is releasing a 2-CD and a 3-DVD collection of some of the greatest performances of the last 25 years. Fans of the show will not be surprised with these selections, but first timers will be surprised by some of the stripped-down versions of many of their favorite songs. Highlights of the first CD include Pearl Jam's reworked version of their hit "Better Man." This version gives us a wonderful, gentle folk sounding song with more concentration on the story within the music. Another amazing song is R.E.M.'s "Country Feedback" with help from Neil Young. The acoustic live setting and Michael Stipe's heartfelt vocals just gives the song so much more feeling.

The second disc has a more diverse line-up beginning with Sarah McLachlin's silky vocals on "Elsewhere" before Paul McCartney brings the party with the sing-along chorus of "Get Back." One of the stranger takes of an original song is Metallica's version of "Disposable Heroes." James Hetfield's vocals are just not made for acoustic instruments, but the song is still interesting to listen to. One of the highlights of the second disc is Brian Wilson performing "Surfin' USA." It's as if he used the music of "Barbara Ann" and replaced the lyrics with those of "Surfin' USA."

The 3-DVD set includes many of the same songs as on the CDs but also adds some extra songs not available on the audio discs. Performances by Bob Dylan ("Girl From The North Country"), David Bowie ("Heroes"), Simon & Garfunkel ("America") and Tom Petty ("Shadow Of A Doubt") are just some of the reasons you'll also need to get the DVD set. The third disc also includes "The Bridge School Story" and "Backstage at the Bridge School Concert" just to wet your appetite even more.

For a complete song list of the CD and DVD sets, please visit bridgeschool.warnerreprise.com. When you're there, will also be able to order a copy of this wonderful collection for yourself and don't forget to check out this year concert live on October 22 on YouTube (www.youtube.com/bridgebenefitconcert), Facebook (www.facebook.com/SupportBridgeSchool) and Twitter (twitter.com/bridgeconcert).

CD Review: Sassparilla Say "The Darndest Thing" On New Release

From Oregon comes Americana, folk-roots band Sassparilla with "The Darndest Thing."The new album was self-released by the band as they are seeing an increase in their fan base with each album, beginning with their 2007 debut "Debilitated Constitution."

"The Darndest Thing" begins with "New Love" which is just what you might find listening to this great, rare, on-of-kind sound. "Same Old Blues" sounds like a cross between New Orleans jazz and southern folk storytelling. Their mellow country, backporch sound comes shining through on "Bone Colored Moon" before the band dabbles in the blues on "Overcoat." The song that won me over was their groove on "My First Lover." The song is acoustic folk music with attitude. The album closes with "You’ve Got It Bad" which is what Van Halen might sound like if they unplugged. Plus, with a name like Sassparilla, it is bound to stick in your memory.

The band have a dates scheduled through the end of the year, sticking close to home in the Northwest corner of the U.S. For more information and song samples, please visit sassparillapdx.com.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

CD Review: Gregg Robins Gives Us "Everything That Matters"

Classical trained musician, Gregg Robins is releasing his debut album “Everything That Matters” on October 25. Robins started out as a classical clarinetist, he then moved on to alto saxophone. His passion now lies in American folk music which is showcased on his new album as he tells of his journey of human emotions and experiences.

The gentliness of his sound is noticed right from the beginning with the opening song “Sounds Of The Day.” His song-writing style draws similarities to Cat Stevens, where each artist would only use the minimal instrumentation to convey the song’s meaning. Robins’ song “Heroes” tells the story of soldiers returning home. He does it masterfully and with such heart and passion, which is hard to capture in song. Robins’ songwriting rarely strays from the mellow acoustic background that only enhances his vocals on the songs “Pages Of My Life” and “If I Could Be There.” Robins’ does plug-in for a couple songs, the up-tempo rocker “Walk Away” and the patriotic “Morning In America.” But, his strength lies in his folk-style storytelling as in “Just What I Needed” and “Angel.”

For more information on Gregg Robins’ new album and for tour dates, please visit greggrobins.com.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CD Review: Melissa Errico Pays Tribute To Michel Legrand With "Legrand Affair"

Broadway star Melissa Errico is finally ready to release her new album which has been six years in the making. This album pays tribute to the legendary Michel Legrand which is where the album gets its title, the "Legrand Affair." The album was also produced by Phil Ramone.

The fifteen songs on this album are perfectly selected to suit Errico's angelic voice, backed by a 100-piece orchestra. Some of the songs are classic Legrand compositions while other were newly written for this album by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Errico's smooth, sultry voice never strays far from her comfort range, but with a voice that sounds like this, there is no need to stray. Her singing on the songs "The Summer Knows" and "I Will Wait For You" just put you in the mood for love, while the Oscar-nominated song "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?" is just a wonderful balance of music and lyrics. You can't help but listen so intently to this album as it ends with the Johnny Mercer penned "Once Upon A Summertime" and the Eddy Marnay written French masterpiece, "Celui-la."

The album was released on October 18 through Ghostlight Records. Also check Melissa's website (melissaerrico.com) for up-to-date information about the new album.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CD Review: John Amadon Gives Us "Seven Stars" To Wish On

Singer/songwriter John Amadon has recently released is third full-length album entitled “Seven Stars.” The album was self-released and features some of Amadon’s best work yet. After leaving the locally known band Fernando, Amadon took a five-year break from music. Finding inspiration all over, Amadon began writing songs again and with the help of some friends, accomplished his newest release to which he is the most proud of.

The wonderful acoustic, folk rock sound of the opening song “Empty Fiction” is the perfect introduction to those unfamiliar with John Amadon’s music. His sound can be described as the gentle-side of Wilco. The strumming of guitars is the perfect backdrop for Amadon’s lyrics in “Will You Ever Know” and “Bitter Prayers.” He does plug-in every now and then as in “All Patched Up” and “Torn By Livid Ocean,” but is strength lies in his gentle storytelling delivery as in the album closer “Knocking Down Doors.”

For more information on this wonderful singer/songwriter, please visit johnamadon.bandcamp.com.

Monday, October 17, 2011

CD Review: Mikey Wax Is Always In "Constant Motion"

From New York comes singer/songwriter Mikey Wax with his second full-length album entitled "Constant Motion." The album was released at the end of September and reached #47 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and ranked at #6 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. The album was produced by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Kris Allen).

Right from the opening song "Counting On You," you get a feel for Wax's talent for writing exciting pop driven lyrics. His voice is so smooth that he has no problem hitting the high notes on "How It Feels." At times, his voice reflects that of Adam Levine of Maroon 5, especially on the power ballad "Marion." His style also shows glimpses of Jason Mraz like on "No Regrets" and "Fall For You." The great thing about Mikey Wax's songwriting is that whether it is an up-tempo song ("Long Lost Dream") or an acoustic ballad ("You Tell Me When") his vocals, lyrics and sound are spot on for today's music scene.

Mikey Wax is currently on tour with American Idol's Elliott Yamin and will be returning to Connecticut on November 4 at the Toquet Hall in Westport. He has dates line-up until the first of December so check out his website (mikeywax.com) for a complete list of shows and be sure to check out his videos on YouTube.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

CD Review: Title Fight Bringing "Shed" To Connecticut

From Pennsylvania comes punk rockers Title Fight with their new full-length album "Shed." The band will be visiting Connecticut on October 19 as part of the "AP Fall Tour" performing at Toad's Place in New Haven. Title Fight are also on yhe cover of this month's edition of Alternative Press.

The band has drawn comparisons to Minor Threat and Fugazi which are on display in the opening tracks "Coxton Yard" and "Shed." Singer Jamie Rhoden wears his heart on his sleeve with his vocal delivery in "Society" and "Your Screen Door." The rest of the band show their energy in the fast-paced punk sounding "Flood of '72." Title Fight try their hand at slowing down their back-breaking attack on "Cresent-Shaped Depression," but their strength lies in their speed and passion as in "Stab." The album closes with "GMT (Greenwich MEan Time)" as the band tries experimenting more with their sound stretching the song to almost the 4-minute mark.

Title Fight's new album "Shed" was produced by Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits and debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. For more information on the band and tour dates, please visit their website title-fight.net.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New Zealand Music Commission Kicks Off The 2011 CMJ Music Marathon

Once again it’s time for the CMJ Music Marathon and it will take place at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City beginning on October 18. The New Zealand Music Commission will be hosting the opening night events. This year’s line-up features many rising bands including the electro-pop; alternative sounds of Princess Chelsea and Pikachunes. Also performing are the amazing rock trios, Popstrangers and Street Chant bringing their brand of alternative, punk grooves. Rounding out the eclectic sounds presented by the New Zealand Music Commission is the folk rock aspects of Two Cartoons and the gentle acoustic strumming of Tiny Ruins. These are only some of the bands that will be on display all weekend in New York. If you would like to know more about some of the bands performing throughout the weekend, please visit goto.thesyn.com/nzatcmj/.

There will be over 100 bands will be performing each day at this 5-day long event. Also to be showcased are many short film projects by some of today’s up-and-coming film makers. The opening night will feature Pearl Jam’s film “Twenty” which was directed by Cameron Crowe and has been receiving high praise since its release last month. For more information about the 2011 CMJ Music Festival, please visit cmj.com.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Digital EP Review: Rockers Ion Vein Go Digital With "IV v1.0"

Hard rockers Ion Vein are excited about releasing their first ever digital release entitled "IV v1.0." It is some of the band’s first music since their 2003 release "Reigning Memories." The EP was produced and mixed by Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Nevermore) and is the band’s first release on Mortal Music.

The first song, "Enough" shows us that even after an eight year hiatus, Ion Vein still know how to rock hard with the drumming of Chuck White just motoring through song. White and guitarist Chris Lotesto just lock in a rhythm on "Love/Hate" that is a force to reckon with. This EP is also the introduction of lead singer Scott Featherstone who fits perfectly into the band’s sound, especially on "Anger Inside."

Now, for a limited time, you can download this three-song digital EP for free. Visit the band’s website, ionvein.com, for more information.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

CD Review: Benedictum Return With Top Metal Pick "Dominion"

California metal band Benedictum released their third studio album this past March entitled “Dominion.” The album was released through Frontier Records and produced by Grammy Award winner Ryan Greene (NOFX, Megadeth). It also features new members Tony Diaz (keyboards), Chris Shrum (bass) and Mikey Pannone (drums), but the one thing that makes this band stand out is the blazing guitar attack of Pete Wells and the powerfully strong vocals of Veronica Freeman.

The band’s aggressive attack is felt right from the opening song “Dominion” as Freeman lets lose her vocal assault. “At The Gates” is the perfect combination of songwriting that just brings out the band’s full-strength in performing. Freeman shows-off her vocal range on “Seer” while Wells’ guitars lead the way on “Grind It.” The drumming of Mikey Pannone shows us his talents on “Prodigal Son” as he motors the song at a backbreaking speed. This is the band’s first album with a full-time keyboardist as Diaz lends a hand to Wells’ guitar solo instrumental “Beautiful Pain” and is featured in the song “Loud Silence.” The album closes with the 9-minute epic “Epsilon” which brings together the best of all the members in the band.

Benedictum’s new album was just recently featured on VH1’s Classic “That Metal Show” as a “Pick Of The Week” for host Don Jaminson. Lead singer Veronica Freeman commented saying “"The band is extremely honored by this recognition.” The band has two festivals lined-up in Germany and in the US. They will be performing at the Pathfinder MetalFest III on 11-11-11. For more information, check out the band’s website benedictum.net.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CD Review: Thomas Neptune Gets "Down To Earth"

Singer/songwriter Thomas Neptune is getting ready to release his debut EP with producer/engineer Mike Greir (Cee-Lo Green, Justin Bieber). The EP is called "Down To Earth" which perfectly fits his sound as a true artist that doesn't need gimmicks to get noticed.

His song "Unbreakable" can easily be imagined on today's radio next to Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. The song has the right appeal of memorable vocals with a pop/rock sound. Thomas goes full-out pop on the dance beat of "We're Beautiful" then returns with a thumping rock sound of "My Ohio" showing his versatility with his music.

To find out more about this rising star, please visit thomasneptune.com. There you will find the latest news on what Thomas is working on as well as videos, photos and more.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

CD Review: Polar For The Masses Say More With "Silence"

From Italy comes a new album from the rock trio Polar For The Masses. The new album is entitled “Silence” and it is receiving positive reviews all over Europe. The band has a simple approach to their song-writing, where “less is more.” They use the minimal “ice cold” approach to their music.

The simplicity in their music is not instantly noticed as the band creates a full, electronic rock sound on “Consequences,” the album’s opening six-minute introduction. The album’s first single “Rust” shows us a more post-punk rock sound which is the most mainstream song on this new release. Polar For The Masses start to experiment more with their music and vocals with the dark sounding growl of “Sailing Away” and they add a Seattle-grunge feel to “The Last Man.” They finish the album with their triumphant return to punk on “Guilty.”

Polar For the Masses have dates lined-up beginning in October through the end of the year performing over in Italy. Check out the band’s website (polarforthemasses.com) to get a taste of their new music as well as videos, tour dates and more.

Monday, October 10, 2011

CD Review: All Get Out Are Ready For "The Season" Debut

From Charleston, SC comes indie rockers All Get Out with their debut album “The Season.” The album was released back in September on Favorite Gentlemen Recordings and the band is creating a buzz with their creative alternative rock sound.

It is very refreshing to hear a band that is full of energy and heart. All Get Out come storming out of the gate with the album’s opening track “My Friends.” The punk-style drumming and gritty guitar riffs play the perfect backdrop for lead singer’s Nathan Hussey’s straight-on lyrics. The band lightens up on “Lucky Bastard” heading toward a more mainstream approach to some of their songs. Their creativity shines on the up-tempo rocker “Subject To Change” as the build-up chorus and tempo changes keeps the song edgy and interesting. The slow-build of “Girl, Gun” gives us great anticipation for the song’s pay-off of a hard rockin’ chorus. The album closes with over 12 minutes of amazing songwriting. The six-plus minute “Let Me Go” shows another side to All Get Out’s passion for performing, while the almost six-minute closer “Come And Gone” continues on the same path as the band reaches for new heights in their creativeness.

The band will be finishing up their tour with shows in Florida and Georgia, but look for more to come from this rising band. For more information, please visit their website at loudasallgetout.com.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

CD Review: Brand New Sin Bring Together A "United State"

New England hard rockers Brand New Sin are ready to release their follow-up to their 2009 independent release "Distilled." The new album " United State" will be available on October 11 through Goomba Music. The new album features the core trio of Kris Wiechmann (vocals/guitars), Chuck Kahl (bass), and Kevin Dean (drums) with the addition of Tommy Matkowski on lead guitar. Tommy makes his presence know right from the album's opening track "The Lord Came Down."

The band spent most of 2010 on the road, opening for Slash & Miles Kennedy and defining their hard rock sound which shows on the album's 13 new songs. The band really take-off on "Know Yourself" which shows the brute force of Kris' vocals and the pounding rhythm section of Chuck and Kevin. The band shows some of their southern rock side on "All My Wheels," then change gears for the acoustic rocker "Rotten As Hell" which gives us a taste of their unplugged sound. Brand New Sin are full of hard rock guitar riffs which define their music as in the songs "Infamous" and "Groups of 5." They also bring-in a 70s hard rock vibe on "The Cup and The Lip" which shows another demention to this band's killer songwriting. The band dips into its acoustic pool one more time on "Travel Well (The Les Daniels Song)" before finishing with a cover of AC/DC's "What You Do For Money Honey."

Brand New Sin have some dates scheduled in the Northeast. Check out the band's website, brandnewsin.com for more information on this rising hard rock band.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

CD Review: Man Overboard Keep Punk Alive With New Album

Pop-punk is alive a well according to Man Overboard and their latest self-titled album. The new release is their Rise Records debut and features 12 songs full of punk energy that just keeps the blood flowing. The album was released on CD, LP and even cassette on September 27th.

Right from the album's opening song, "Rare" you can sense these guys have a purpose, which is to keep punk music alive. They accomplish that with many of the songs on this album including "Somethings Weird" and "Not The First." Man Overboard does have a more mainstream sound than other punk bands which should find them a load of new fans. "Picture Perfect" slows down the tempo, but not the passion as they keep the energy flowing right through "Night Feelings." The album closes with the song "Atlas" that begins with a simple guitar chord, then gets built up to blasting finish.

Man Overboard will be on the Pop Punks Not Dead Tour with New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years and more. The tour begins October 6 and runs through November 20. For a complete list of dates and more information on the new album, please visit defendpoppunk.com.

Friday, October 7, 2011

CD Review: Telepathic Teddy Bear Is Looking For A "Reaction"

From Boston comes Telepathic Teddy Bear with a brand-new single entitled "With Dust In Our Eyes." This follows the release of their second album "Reactions" that came out last month.

The new single is a gentle, piano instrumental. The song is simple to follow, but you keep wondering if there is more to it. The single shows a different side of their music then what is shown on the album "Reactions."

"Reactions" begins with an electronic, keyboard dance beat that sounds like a dance remix to an alternative song from the 80s. The song "The Music In My Headphones" has more commercial appeal as the lyrics and keyboard co-exist without overtaking one another. The song "Old Is The New World" is interesting, as different components of the song get introduced individually, before getting layered to create a complete musical piece. While every song on this album is a keyboard driven piece of music with a dance beat, Telepathic Teddy Bear makes each song stand strong on its own.

Check out Telepathic Teddy Bear's facebook page (facebook.com/telepathicteddybear) for songs samples from the "Reactions" album.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

CD Review: Christine Cochran Debuts With "Someone"

Newcomer Christine Cochran is readying the release of her debut solo album entitled "Someone I'll Never Meet." The album was mixed by the Grammy Nominated, Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Don Henley, Beyonce) and mastered by Steve Fallone (The Strokes, Sonic Youth).

The album opens with the the gentle, acoustic "Burbank" which features Rick G. Nelson of The Polyphonic Spree on strings. The song captures Christine's singing and song-writing talents perfectly. She picks up the tempo on the pop folk-rock sounding "Subatomic Zero." Her voice draws strong similarities to Natalie Merchant as her songs also follow the same vibe as the 10,000 Maniacs. Her rock edge shows up on "Beautiful Tattoo" and "Dear Allen," but it's the gentle acoustic songs "What's There To Eat?" and "Aloysius" where her lyrics and vocals shine. Christine finishes the album right where she began, with great singing and stories.

Christine Cochran has one show scheduled at the moment in Austin, TX, but look for more to follow. Her new album will be released on October 25 through Jahli Rodger Records. For more information, please visit christinecochran.com.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Connecticut Bands Come Together For A Good Cause

Fair Weather Records have just released a compilation to benefit childhood cancer. The compilation is entitled “The Kids Are Alright” and was put together for the Tommy Fund out of New Haven, CT. The Tommy Fund has made a world of difference in the lives of family and friends affected by childhood cancer. For more information on this fund, please visit tommyfund.org.

This compilation features many great Connecticut bands like indie rockers Hostage Calm, Transit and Bomb The Music Industry. While this compilation carries a mostly hardcore rock vibe, there are some that stray from the format like Midi & the Modern Dance and Fugue. It also features some wonderful instrumentals by Wess Meets West and The Files & Fires. But the overall compilation is a great soundtrack to what is out there for Connecticut hardcore punk/indie rock bands.

All the money sold for this album will go to the Tommy Fund. For more information on this release, head over to Fair Weather Records’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FairWeatherRecords).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

CD Review: Former BoDeans Singer Sam Llanas Is Up At "4 A.M."

Former BoDeans front-man Sam Llanas is ready to release his second solo album entitled "4 A.M." The album is due on October 25 and will be released through Inner Knot Records. Llanas left the band he started this past year due to "differences of option" that had been "going on for years" as fellow BoDeans founder Kurt Neumann had stated. Now on his own, Sam Llanas decided to go back to his roots in song-writing with this mostly acoustic album.

Right from the album's opening track "Oh, Celia" you notice a roughness in Llanas' voice. This only enhances the songs overall appeal and works well against the backdrop of acoustic guitars. Some of the songs found on this album were actually written and recorded with the BoDeans, but were instead stripped down and rerecorded for this album. The song "Nobody Luvs Me" was changed totally from what the original song sounded like, but the wonderful lyrics draw more meaning in this type of setting. The other BoDeans' song on this album is "Shyne" which appeared on last year's "Mr Sad Clown." Llanas also covers Cyndi Lauper's "All Through The Night" which fits in perfectly with the album's overall appeal. The gentle, frailness in his voice fits the mood of the mellow sound of "The Only One," before closing the album with the stories lyrics of "The Way Home."

For more information on Sam Llanas new album "4 A.M." please visit www.conqueroo.com/samllanas.html.

Monday, October 3, 2011

CD Review: Transit Wants You To "Listen" To Their Rise Records Debut

Boston rockers Transit are preparing to release their Rise Records debut entitled "Listen & Forgive." The band evolved from their punk rock beginnings to a more polished alternative, indie rock band and the new album reflects that.

The album starts off with the punk rock drumbeat of "You Can't Miss It," but swiftly moves to a more mainstream alternative rock sound as in "Asleep At The Wheel." Transit show their roots in the up-tempo punk-style of "Cutting Corners," which actually shows more of an edge to the band's sound then that of "I Think I Know You" which just sounds too polished. The mainstream rock sound of "Don't Make A Sound" and "Over Your Head" should give Transit the popularity that this album deserves.

Transit will be on tour with Bayside, Saves The Day and I Am The Avalanche until mid-November. Then the band takes off for Europe for the remainder of the year. The new album will be available October 4. For more information, please visit the band's myspace page (mypsace.com/transit).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Book Review: New Aerosmith Book Highlights The Bad Boys From Boston

The band, Aerosmith has had countless books written about their highs and lows, their trials and tribulations, their break-ups and comebacks, but never has a book about the band been captured in images so well as “Aerosmith: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Boston Bad Boys.” Author Richard Bienstock, senior editor of Guitar World magazine, does a great job outlining the history of the band with quotes from the band and with amazing full-color pictures.

The book begins with each band member discussing how they came to join one of America’s biggest rock bands. Like many other books by Voyageur Press, each Aerosmith album gets discussed in full detail. Like how the album was written, recorded and perceived by fans, beginning their debut album all the way up until their 2004 covers album, “Honkin’ on Bobo.”

In between, we get over 400 color and B&W pictures of the band throughout their history. This book also features many great concert posters and international released album covers. With so many wonderful images, you’ll need to read through this book a few times just to capture all that has been put into this 224 page document of the band.

Whether you’ve been a long time fan of Aerosmith or just getting introduced to the band, this book is a must have. Long time fans will love going through each page, reliving their memories while new fans can catch-up on what they’ve missed on the history of one of the greatest rock bands of all-time.

This hardcover edition was published on September 15 through the Quayside Publishing Group in association with Voyageur Press. For more information on this and other amazing books by Voyageur Press, please visit their website, voyageurpress.com.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

CD Review: Thomas Dolby Gives Us "A Map Of The Floating City"

Singer, songwriter, inventor, entrepreneur, and even '80s pop superstar are just some of the words to describe Thomas Dolby. Known mostly for his smash hit "She Blinded Me With Science," Dolby left the music scene in the early 1990s. During his time away, he became an inventor and started his own tech company, Beatnick Inc. After retiring from the company, Dolby decided to take-up his musical hobby once again and began writing songs on his 1930s lifeboat which he converted into a renewable energy-powered studio. Now, after 20 years, Thomas Dolby breaks his musical silence with his brand-new studio album entitled "A Map Of The Floating City."

The album is broken up into three parts; Urbanoia, Amerikana, and Oceanea. Each part represents a different musical style that peaked Dolby's musical curiosity. The first part, "Urbanoia" carries a very electronic sound, especially the dance-floor beats of "Spice Train," but he counters that with the jazz vibe of "Jealous Thing Called Love."

The second part entitled "Amerikana" caries a more country, folk rock sound. These are by far my four favorite songs on the album. His voice and song-writing just plays out perfectly on "Road To Reno." Dolby receives some help from friends and fellow musicians like guitarist Mark Knopfler on the 7-plus minute "17 Hills." Dolby seems to end each section with a mellow jazz piece as he does here with "Love Is A Loaded Pistol."

The third section begins with "Oceana" with Scottish singer Eddi Reader taking the lead vocals on this eclectic piano piece. Dolby keeps the jazz sound around in the Caribbean flavored "Simone" before finishing the album with the dark mix of acoustic and electric guitar driven "In The Lifeboats," which allows Dolby to express himself.

The new album will be released on October 25 through Lost Toy People Records. Thomas Dolby is also supporting the album with a mini-tour that begins in Washington, DC on October 3rd. The show will consist of a lecture about the stories behind the songs on his new album and then a performance by Thomas Dolby featuring his new music. For tour dates and album information, please visit thomasdolby.com.