Sunday, August 31, 2014

CD Review: Russia's MKRV Show Us The "W.A.Y." With Their New Release

The Russian duo of Dima Mokrov and Narek Arutyunyants, known as MKRV, self-released their full-length debut album "W.A.Y." on August 26th. After producing two EPs in Russia, the duo added a third member Bob Erin to help flesh out the music with his guitar talents and he also mix, mastered and produced the album. As a trio, their music has a modern alternative folk appeal that is soft and relaxing as the vocals look to soothe your troubles away.

The new eleven-song release begins with the acoustic strumming of "All This Time" that has a country feel as Bob's solo gives the song a bit of a pulse. They head into the soft rock of "Your Way Back Home" that definitely has the right elements in place for a radio hit, while "On The Road" has a Coldplay-type vibe. MKRV continue to play it safe, without straying from their formula with the gentle acoustics of "Never Look Back," before closing with rough recording of "You Are" as if it was taken from a vinyl recording with all the crackle and pops included. To find out more about MKRV, please visit mkrvmusic.com.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CD Review: Enuff Z'nuff Reaches For "Gold" with New Covers Album

It has been thirty years since glam rockers Enuff Z'nuff came onto the music scene and twenty-five years since the release of their best selling debut album. The band is known in the U.S. for the MTV video hits "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle," but have had a consistent growth in Japan over the last fifteen years. Recently it has become the formula for bands from the "hair metal" days to release a covers album to give praise to the bands and songs they admired as well as showcase their talents with songs that the general public may know to remind the fans how good these band still are.

Enuff Z'nuff's latest album is entitled "Covered In Gold" and features a dozen cover songs that the band feel a connection with in recording. Beginning a cover of Cheap Trick's "Everything Works If You Let It," which sounds as if could have been an addition to their debut album. It has that classic Enuff Z'nuff psychedelic metal appeal of their early days. They turn the "Greatest American Hero" theme song ""Believe It Or Not" into pop/rock magic that should be a radio comeback hit for the band. They seem to have fun with The Beatles' "Run For Your Life" as the band's sound loose and relaxed on this gem. Some of the songs that don't work as well is their spot on cover of Nirvana's "All Apologies" as more could have been done with this song. Another one that misses its mark is their cover of David Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose." It's more to display guitarist Johnny Monaco's skills then it is to add any depth to the band's sound. One of the surprise covers that works so well is Prince's "When Doves Cry" as the band turn it into a smoldering metal magic as everyone is in fine form. The album adds a couple of bonus songs, including an acoustic cover of The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and a live unplugged version of their hit single "New Thing."

The new album "Covered In Gold" was released on August 19th through Dead Line Music in association with Cleopatra Records. Enuff Z'nuff have a few live dates left on their calendar, to find out more, please visit enuffznuff.com.

Friday, August 29, 2014

CD Review: New Independent Music Comes Rising To The Top

First from San Jose, CA comes the new release from Curious Quail entitled "After The Lights Failed." It was released back in May and showcases the band's talents perfectly as the music draws influences from folk, Americana and alternative rock to create some exceptional songs. The new ten song release begins with the title song which builds with instrumentation until its abrupt end. They have a modern alternative vibe going with "Instant Gratification," before moving on to the "Moon + Stars," which sounds like a lost Coldplay song. The band plugs in to rock out on "The Villian," then allows the acoustics to flow through "Heavy Rain." The album closes with the uptempo, energetic feel of the Americana sounding "Reconstruction." To find out more about Curious Quail, please visit curiousquail.com.
 
Next, from Cincinnati, OH comes the debut album from singer/songwriter Royal Holland. The new five song EP entitled "Volume One -- The Maze" was produced by Grammy award winning producer Brian Olive (The Greenhornes). Beginning with "Devil's Night," Holland's vocals float on top of the beat heavy rhythm, while the gentleness of "Statues" sounds like a song still in the development stages. The EP closes with the country sway of "Twin Rivers," featuring Margaret Darling on vocals. To find out more about Royal Holland, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/royalhollandsongs.
 
Last, but not least, we get the self-titled debut album from rising folk artist, Maggie Anderson. As a former member of the School of Rock, Maggie has perfected her vocal and guitar talents and has put them on display performing live along the east coast and even at the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock concert held at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Her new three-song EP begins with the reflection of a relationship gone bad in "It's All Pretend." She draws you in with her sweet voice in "You'll Be Around," before closing with "These Are The Nights" as her talents continue to grow and amaze. To find out more about Maggie Anderson, please visit maggieandersonmusic.com.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CD Review: New Metal Blade Records Releases From Cannibal Corpse, AntropomorphiA And Dictated

As the summer season winds down, Metal Blade Records keeps things smoldering hot with a few blazing new releases. If your look for machine gun-like speed drumming, growling vocals and ear blasting music then I have the releases for you. New albums from Cannibal Corpse, AntropomorphiA and Dictated is just what the doctor ordered.
 
First up is the latest release from Cannibal Corpse, "the biggest death metal band in the world" according to Metal Hammer UK magazine. Their new album "A Skeletal Domain" will be released on September 16th and is the band's thirteenth album in their 25 year career. The twelve song release has all of the aspects to make this another classic Cannibal Corpse album. Things get going with with the heavy drumming of "High Velocity Impact Spatter" as lead singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher rolls out the dark lyrics to "Sadistic Embodiment." The band marches on through the destruction of the title song and showcases their aggressive nature with "The Murder's Pact." They push their music to the limits with the shear force of "Funeral Cremation," before closing the album with hardcore metal groove of "Hallowed Bodies." To find out more about Cannibal Corpse and their new album "A Skeletal Domain," please visit metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse.
 
Also being released on September 16th is the new release from Death Metal band AntropomorphiA entitled "Rites Ov Perversion." Their last album was almost banned in Germany due to its violent and occult topics and they new album doesn't stray to far from those subjects either. Beginning with "Temphioth Workings," the new release blazes a trail through your head with dark subject matters and great metal music. The energy of "Carved To Pieces" and doom metal of "Inanimatus Absqui Anima" shows the band diversity which allows you to dive in and appreciate their musicianship. They keep the intensity flowing right through to the end as "Morbid Rites" and "Open Casket (Death)" continue to blast your eardrums. To find out more about AntropomorphiA and their latest album "Rites Ov Perversion," please visit metalblade.com/us/artists/antropomorphia.
 
Finally we get to the new release from Dictated entitled "The Deceive." It is the band's second album and was just released on August 19th. This European metal band plays with such an intensity that shakes you to your core, beginning with the one-two punch of "This Is To All" and "No Absolution." The haunting vocals of "No Mercy For Cowards" and the agressiviness of "The Deceived" should have this band ranking up their with some of the world' best death metal bands. To find out more about Dictated and their new album "The Deceive," please visit metalblade.com/dictated.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CD Review: Cleopatra Records Releases Rare Live Albums From Cactus

Classic hard rock band Cactus was supposed to be America's answer to Led Zeppelin. Featuring members of Vanilla Fudge, Savoy Brown and Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels, Cactus was one of the forgotten foundations to heavy metal music in the U.S. Lead by the rhythm section of Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert, Cactus released four studio albums in only three years from 1970 to 1972. The band disbanded shortly after the release of their album "Ot 'N' Sweaty." Three original members reunited in 2006 to produce a new Cactus album ("Cactus V") and tour with new lead singer Jimmy Kunes. A show in June of that year at B.B. King's in New York was recorded for a possible live album that finally saw the light of day on August 5, 2014. The album, "Cactus - Live In The U.S.A." was released by Cleopatra Records and is two discs packed with many of the classic Cactus originals along with a few covers songs thrown in.

The ninety-plus minute set begins with roughed-up cover of "Long Tall Sally." Highlights of the first disc is the heavy metal thunder of "One Way...Or Another" and "Oleo," which includes Bogert's bass solo. Cactus also tackles the blues with authority as the songs "Brother Bill" and "Part Of The Game" rock hard with controlled recklessness. The second disc includes the nine-minute "Evil (Drum Solo)" in which Appice puts his skills on display, before closing the show with the Zeppelin-esqe feel of "Rock And Roll Children."

Also coming from Cleopatra Records is "Cactus - TKO Tokyo - Live In Japan," double CD and DVD and "Cactus - An Evening In Tokyo," single CD. Both releases were recorded at the Garden Shimokitazawa Club in Tokyo on back-to-back nights in late 2012. "An Evening In Tokyo" begins with the quick fury of "Swim," before diving into the ten-minute jam of "One Way...Or Another." Cactus turn Bo Diddley's "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover" into the hard rocking pinnacle of the album, along with the guitar screams of "Muscle And Soul." The album closes with another amazing ten-plus minute rendition of "Rock N Roll Children."

To find out more about these new live Cactus releases, please visit cleorecs.com.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CD Review: New Music From Rockers The Everyday Losers, Gas Attack And Loving Forty-Four

From Indiana comes the full-length debut album from The Everyday Losers entitled "Revel In The Chaos." Some of the band's songs have been played on local radio and they even performed a show hosted by the Fuse music television station. The new fourteen song release begins with the hard-hitting rock appeal of "You've Got War," which should be in rotation on mainstream rock radio. They pound away the heavy rhythm of "Scream," then slow the tempo down for the more pop/rock feel of "Avid Believer." The Everyday Losers get the adrenaline pumping once again with the shouting chorus of "Say It" and the roughness of the "Good Life." The album closes with the aggressive turn of "7 in 7" and the softer, acoustic side of "Turning Pace." The album was released back in March, so look for them to hit the road again soon. To find out more about The Everyday Losers, please visit theeverydaylosers.com.

From Boston, MA comes the independent metal band Gas Attack with their fifth album, "Power Drinkers and Trustees Of Modern Chemistry." The five-song EP was released back in June and showcases a band searching for their identity by combining aspects of punk with thrash and hardcore metal. Beginning with the speed and power of "Slurred Vision Blurry Speech," the band looks to win you over with their "tongue-in-cheek" lyrics as displayed in "Party Karate." They lock into a hardcore metal groove with "Broken On The Wheel," before finishing up with the aggressive punk-like attitude of "Cisco Made Me Do It." To find out more about Gas Attack and their latest release, please check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/Gasattackboston.

From England comes the latest album from alternative rockers Loving Forty-Four entitled "Strip Me Dirty." It follows the band's 2013 self-titled release and shows growth in the band's songwriting. The new four-song EP begins with the slow buzz of "Sabretooth," before picking up the tempo with the aggressive feeling of "Burn My Body" as the musicianship continues to amaze. The album closes with the crunching guitars of "Nicotine" as they bring back the nineties grunge heydays. To find out more about Loving Forty-Four and their latest album, Strip Me Dirty," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/LovingFortyFour.

Monday, August 25, 2014

CD Review: New Underground Electronic Music From Adventure Set And Infaux

From Boston, MA comes the electronic pop duo of Ken Scales and Mark Pothier, known as Adventure Set. They recently released their latest EP in July, entitled "Gazebo." The four-song album begins with the addicting beats of "Witness" as the chorus repeats in your head. They look to bring back the eighties with the retro-pop appeal of "Cellophane," before closing with a total reworking of Nirvana's "Come As You Are," which works as Gothic dance club hit. To find out more about the Adventure Set and their new electronic pop EP, "Gazebo," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com.

From North Dakota comes the latest album from electronic/industrial rock band Infaux. The album is titled "EP IV - Deep End" and was released back in July. The new eight-song album features four new songs and four remixes. Beginning with "Rescue Anne," Infaux look to draw out your fears with screams of "so dead behind your eyes" as the music swirls in the background. The band's Gothic rock appeal simmers to the top with "It's Not A Fight When I'm Right," before screaming the lyrics of "No Sympathy." The remixes are very interesting, "Power Of God" as a little too sporadic with the beats and vocals just all over the place. The album closes with two different remixes of the song "Shotgun Formation," showcasing the darker side to Infaux's music. To find out more about their latest album "EP IV - Deep End," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/infaux.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

CD Review: The Last Stand Of Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Jesse Winchester

Southern singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester might not be a common name amongst the musical community, but even the great Bob Dylan stated that "you can't talk about the greatest songwriters and not include him." Many of his songs were recorded by Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers and more. His career lasted over forty years, until his death in April of this year. On September 16th, Appleseed Recordings will be releasing "A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble," the final studio album Jesse Winchester recorded just before his death. The new twelve song release begins with the realization of mortality on "All That We Have Is Now" as he tries to keep the mood light. Steel guitarist Jerry Douglas lends a hand to the southern blues rocker "She Makes It Easy Now," before things come to a halt with the gentle recollection of "Neither Here Nor There." The album contains a few cover songs, the best being his smooth delivery of sixties classic "Rhythm Of The Rain." The wonderful songwriting of "Ghosts" has Jimmy Buffett written all over it as it carries that laid-back island vibe, while "Every Day I Get The Blues" is Winchester's final prayer for happiness. The album closes with the doo-wop cover of "Whispering Bells" and the emotional final request of "Just So Much."

To find out more about this final studio record from Jesse Winchester, please visit appleseedmusic.com.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CD Review: The Rat Pack Return With A Salute From The Cherry Poppin' Daddies

American swing band Cherry Poppin' Daddies have had a pretty successful career, hitting the heights during the late-nineties swing revival with their single "Zoot Suit Riot." While their albums have not been blockbusters, their sound is classic and they have a loyal following at their live shows. Back in July, the band released their ninth studio album entitled "Please Return The Evening - The Cherry Poppin' Daddies Salute The Music Of The Rat Pack." The new fifteen song album gathers the most well-known hits that the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.) performed on a regular basis whether in Las Vegas or on the road.

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies play it safe and stick to the same formula and tempo that made these songs classic without straying of the path. Things start off slow with the sway of "The Best Is Yet To Come," before the energy and tempo pick up with "Come Fly With Me." One of the highlights of the album is the quick-pace of "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die," which shows a glimpse of the Daddies' swinging heyday. Lead singer Steve Perry shines with his spot-on vocal delivery of "The Way You Look Tonight," before heading over to the fun Sammy Davis Jr. staple "Ring-a-Ding-Ding." The album finishes with the band rockin' out to the classic closer "That's Life."

Cherry Poppin' Daddies will be spending the month of September over in Europe before returning to the states in November for a couple shows in North Carolina. For a complete list of tour dates and for more information on the new album, please visit daddies.com.

Friday, August 22, 2014

CD Review: The Exploration Of "Beautiful Earth" Gets Enhanced By The Sounds Of Bella Gaia

The world renown music of Bella Gaia is finally being released on their first album entitled "Beautiful Earth." After years of showcasing their music in a live setting, using NASA's images of earth and space and providing the soundtrack to unearthly exploration, Bella Gaia are ready to capture your attention. The new thirteen song release begins with the first steps of the journey with the build up of the "Living Universe." The music allows your mind to drift off into the far-off reaches of space and time as the music of "Orbital" soothes as much as unlocks the imagination. The album's lead single "Ocean's Blood" plays into every sense of hearing as the instrumentation swirls around your head as you feel swept away. The gentle string sounds of "Takeda Lullaby - Inner Space" is ambient music at its finest, while the band get a little jazzy with the sounds of "New York City," one of the few songs with a vocal chorus. Bella Gaia introduces you to the electronic appeal of the "Biosphere Pulse," before closing with the six-and-a-half-minute exploration world music piece, "Bella Gaia."

Bella Gaia have four upcoming events that they will be performing at, beginning October 7th at the Crystal Bridges Conference in Alaska. To find out more about Bella Gaia and their debut album "Beautiful Earth," please visit bellagaia.com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CD Review: Great, Must-Hear Music From Americana Band Goodnight Texas And New Folk Duo Whitney-Loomis

Americana/folk duo Beth Whitney and Bradford Loomis will be releasing their debut EP on August 23rd entitled "Banner Days." Their harmonies have been compared to The Civil Wars and the songs have both a gentleness and power to their sound. The leading song, "My Beloved" was written on their first night of collaborating and is a very striking tune. The gentleness of Whitney's vocals makes the lyrics float on by before Loomis joins in for the amazingly powerful chorus. Loomis takes the lead on "Come Dance With Me" as his vocals draws similarities to Shawn Mullins on this lovely ballad before picking up the tempo for the folk strumming of "Banner Days." The songwriting is outstanding as each of them finds their perfect spot in the songs to let their voices fly. The short seven-song EP closes with the darkest song on the album, the country rock of "Wanted Man" as Loomis belts out some strong vocals, while Whitney soothes the savage beast with her harmonies.

To find out more about the debut album from Beth Whitney and Bradford Loomis, please visit thebannerdays.com.

One of the latest new releases on Tallest Man Records belongs to Goodnight Texas. Their sophomore album "Uncle John Farquhar," looks to continue the success the band received with their critically acclaimed debut "A Long Life Of Living." The band are also currently on a two month tour to promote their newest release. The new thirteen-song album begins with a quick minute "Hayride" instrumental, before the band gets down to business with "Button Your Collar." Goodnight Texas needs to be mentioned with many of the great, young Americana bands of today as the album's lead single "A Bank Robber's Nursery Rhyme" carries an addicting stomp beat with rhythmic lyrics that would make Mother Goose proud. The story of "The Horse Accident (In Which A Girl Was All But Killed)" showcases outstanding songwriting and "Moonshiners" tells a dark tale in a classic country setting. As the subject of "Dearest Sarah" takes place during the Civil War, the lyrics can also be attributed to today's military conflicts. The album finished up with the up-tempo acoustic strumming of "Hello Nebraska" and the Goodnight Texas version of the "Pledge of Allegiance," entitled "Knock 'Em Stiff."

Goodnight Texas has tour dates lined up until the end of September. To find out more about their new album "Uncle John Farquhar," please visit hiwearegoodnighttexashowareyou.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CD Review: New Hot Indie Music Albums From Calico and The Jason Spooner Band

From west coast of California comes the hottest new three-piece country band Calico with their debut album "Rancho California." The band was featured on the ABC hit TV show "Nashville" and on NBC's "Night Shift." The new ten-song release begins with the outlaw country sound of "High Road" as their voices perfectly mesh into one vocal force. They take you on a mystical journey with the storied lyrics of "Dead Reckoning," before settling into the country shuffle of "San Andres Shake." They pull back on the reigns for the slow gallop of "Fools Gold," which has you focus on their wonderful harmonies and then turn on the pure country charm of "Runaway Cowgirl." Calico gives a dark glimpse to their music with a cover of the folk classic "Wayfaring Stranger," before closing with the country jaunt of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Going Nowhere."

Calico have ten shows lined up on their calendar, beginning with an album release show on September 5th in Los Angeles, CA. To find out more about their new album "Rancho California," please visit calicotheband.com.

Then, hitting the northern shores of Portland, ME comes the latest release from The Jason Spooner Band entitled "chemical." The album was recorded at one of New England's newest, most advanced recording studios, Heartstudios in Camden, ME. According to lead songwriter Jason Spooner "as soon as we walked into Heartstudios, we knew we'd found the room to make a live performance-based record." The new fourteen song release begins with the up-tempo funk of "Top Hat" as the song pushes past the six minute mark in order for the band to jam for a little while. They slow down the rhythm for the island flavored groove of "After All," before reaching the album's lead-single "Fireflies," which carries a sweet country sway that gives the music a pulse to get up and move to. You feel the passion in Jason Spooner's songwriting within the heartfelt acoustics of "Shrouded," before the band picks up the tempo with the reggae groove of "Blind Side." The album finishes up with the experimental, jammy instrumental "T'ump" and the gentle acoustics of "Spell," which displays a purity to Jason's vocals.

The Jason Spooner Band have only a few live dates on their calendar, including this Friday in Washington, CT. To find out more about the new album "chemical," please visit jasonspooner.com.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CD Review: The Eighties Make A Comeback With Newly Released Albums From The Posies And Billy Thermal

Eighties pop band Billy Thermal never received the recognition they deserved. Lead singer/songwriter Billy Steinberg was very successful writing hits for the likes of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, The Bangles and Linda Ronstadt, but could not turn his own songs in eighties hit magic. His band, Billy Thermal was signed to Planet Records in 1979 and entered the studio in early 1980, recording over a dozen songs for their debut album. As bands like the Talking Heads, The Police and Television lead the "new wave" pop movement, Billy Thermal got left behind and the record company "lost faith" in their album. After being dropped by the label, Billy Thermal broke-up and Steinberg became a pop hit writing machine for other artists.

Now, in 2014 we get to hear that complete debut album from Billy Thermal as it was released by Omnivore Recordings on August 12th. The new album features the twelve songs that were originally going to be released as their debut album along with three demo songs. The album starts out with instantly being transported back to the eighties with the energetic post-punk feel of "I Tell You My Dreams." A couple of the songs on this release were recorded hits by other artists, including "How Do I Make You," which Linda Ronstadt turned into a top ten hit single. Many of these songs have that upbeat, pop-rock feel that could have turned this band into a hit singles machine if they only received the break they deserved almost 35 years ago. They're sound has a purity to it in "I Need You" and Billy Thermal features pop songwriting 101 with "Julie." The three demos that make up the bonus tracks have "new wave" written all over them as "Don't Look At Me" sounds like a lost gem from Devo and "Chez Metz" shows the band trying their hand at a reggae rhythm.

To find out more about the newly released Billy Thermal album, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Next, eighties pop/rock band The Posies hit the road last month with their first extensive tour in six years and to celebrate, Omnivore Recordings will re-release the band independent debut release "Failure." The new release features the original album, remastered with eight bonus tracks added to it. The album was originally released in 1988 on cassette only and is the definition of "power pop" music as their songs are just as addicting now as back then. Beginning with "Blind Eyes Open," you gets transported back to a time when music was genuine, without the need for overdubs galore to make things sound perfect. Songs like "The Longest Line" and "Uncombined" contain that great eighties punk/pop energy, while "I May Hate You Sometimes" is a lost opportunity at being the band's big breakthrough hit single. The nostalgic feel of "As Least For Now" ranks up their with the early days of R.E.M., before the original album closes with "What Little Remains," as the album gets a chance at new life. The eight bonus songs consist of an early acoustic live version of "Believe In Something Other (Than Yourself)" and demos, including four songs that did not appear on the album.

This new release does not look to replace your original cassette, but instead digs deeper into the creativity of The Posies' debut album. The Posies are currently on tour, which runs to the beginning of September. To find out more about this release, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Monday, August 18, 2014

CD Review: New Independent Music From European Artists Sunken Monkey, Leanids And Ross Palmer

First, from across the pond in England comes the latest album from the punk band, Sunken Monkey entitled "Party Scars." After going through many line-up changes in the nineties, Sunken Monkey released their debut album in 2009, gathering their fanbase by performing extensively around the Lancaster area. Now with their second album being released in October, the band is ready to head out on the road once more to win over new fans with their nineties brand of punk rock, influenced by NOFX, Rise Against and others. The thirteen song album is a blast of energy, beginning with the classic sounding English punk offering "This Town's Too Big (For The Both Of Us)." They seem to have a chip on their shoulder with the aggressive "That's What She Said," which also features a heavy metal rhythm to the drumming. Sunken Monkey show some of their influences on "Don't Dodge A Game Of Dares," as they sound like fellow punk band Face to Face during their heyday. They draw back from their punk speed and get into a more metal guitar groove on "More Beer Than Blood," before returning back to their roots with the mainstream appeal of "Red Raw Stump." The album closes with the quick two-minute acoustic look-back of "'Til Death Do Us Party."

Sunken Monkey have about six dates lined-up for the moment, but look for more once the new album "Party Scars" is released. To find out more, please visit sunkenmonkey.co.uk.

Then, we move over to Sweden where we get the folk/rock band, Leanids and their debut album "A Widly." Their music has a purity to its sound as they can be placed alongside fellow folk/band Wilco. The new ten song release begins with "Wunderlust" as they travel the road of alternative country with this early Ryan Adams sound-alike. The wonderful alternative/folk style of "Candid & Frank" shows off the amazing musicianship within the band, while the lyrics of "All I Wanted" shows the complete package that Leanids have to offer. They pick up the tempo for the magnetic sound of "And Then," which is sure to hook you in, before finishing up with the gentle acoustics of the title-song, "A Wildly." To find out more about this amazing new band, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/leanidsmusic.

Returning back to England comes singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer Ross Palmer with some of his latest releases. Back in June, he released a four song EP entitled "Reassurance." All of the songs were written, recorded, performed and produced by Palmer. The EP carries a very mellow vibe, as you melt away your problems with the gentle flow of the title song. He picks up the tempo with the modern rock feel of "That's Not You," before finishing with the "Little Differences," which perfectly fits his voice and music in the right tempo. He is also releasing a new single "Beware Of Tomorrow" in September. The music and vocals puts your mind at ease as you follow his voice down the musical path he laid out a head of you. To find out more about English musician Ross Palmer, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CD Review: Hidden Gems By Flock And Zephyr Get Praised With New Releases

The Chicago-based, jazz-fusion rock band Flock had a bright future ahead of them back in 1969. Their first two albums with Columbia Records were not a huge commercial success, but the band's momentum was building, until its quick demise in 1976. A newly discovered set of the band's late 1970's recordings will finally see the light of day on the Purple Pyramid label as "Heaven Bound - The Lost Album." Cleopatra Records released the album on July 22 as original vocalist Fred Glickstein commented on "keeping the spirit of the Flock alive."

The new 15 song release was assembled as best as possible to recreate what could have been Flock's fourth full-length album, if a record contract was in place. The music on this new release gives off a more progressive-rock vibe, without the violin of Jerry Goodman who left the band in 1970 to join the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The title song instantly transports you back with its classic rock sound and its AM radio single hit potential. The band looks to compete with fellow windy city jazz/rock band Chicago with the pop/rock of "Don't You Know (Who I Am)." The Flock incorporated a harder edge to their sound with "Noise Boys," then do a complete 180 with the country twang of "Mama." Many of these newly discovered gems had the potential to become classic rock hits, especially the arena-type sing-along of "C'mon Let's Walk."

To find out more about this new release, please visit cleorecs.com.

Next, American blues-rock band Zephyr released their self-titled debut album in 1969 and was to be crowned the second coming of Jefferson Airplane. Soon after the album's release, guitarist Tommy Bolin left the band to join The James Gang then later Deep Purple, until his death in 1976. Cleopatra Records reissued a limited edition 3CD deluxe box set of the first album along with live versions of the songs, but it sold out quickly. So, now on August 5th, a single disc release featuring the original album with some of the live material from the box set was released on Purple Pyramid Records.

While many have discovered Zephyr through the guitar work of Tommy Bolin, this reissue reminds us of how good this original five-piece band was. The boisterous vocals of Candy Givens rivals a young Janis Joplin, while the band chugs through these outstanding blues/rock originals, beginning with the seven-plus minute groove of "Sail On." Tommy's guitar takes over "Somebody Listen" as this eighteen-year-old plays well beyond his years. Their cover of "St. James Infirmary" burns with a passion lead by Givens' smoldering vocals, before closing with the nine-minute blast of "Hard Chargin' Woman." The four bonus tracks that are added to this release includes a ten-minute version of "Cross The River," preceded by Bolin's guitar solo and a rough recording of a funky version of "Uptown (To Harlem)" that pushes to the twelve-minute mark. Fans that missed out on the 3CD set will want to grab this single-disc version as a much needed reminder to how good this band was at the beginning of their short journey.

To find out more about this new release, please visit cleorecs.com.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

CD Review: Minnie Driver Covers Her Favorites On "Dance," While Doug Seegers Debuts With "The River"

English actress/singer/songwriter Minnie Driver is returning to her musical roots on her third album entitled "Ask Me To Dance." Since trying to juggle a very active acting schedule, Driver has put aside her music for the past seven years, until she became inspired to do a cover album featuring her favorite songs. The new release begins with a smooth, sultry version of Elliot Smith's "Waltz #2" who she befriended early in his career and then turns The Cure's "Close To Me" into a jazzy lounge masterpiece. Minnie Driver's voice soars on the country crooning of the Killers' "Human" and on Neil Finn's "Better Be Home Soon." She slows down Neil Young's "Tell Me Why" to make it more meaningful, before floating away on the piano ballad "Love Song."

The new album will be released on October 7th through Rounder Records in association with the Concord Music Group. To pre-order the album, please visit amazon.com.

Next from Nashville, TN comes the debut album from a former homeless, 62-year old singer/songwriter named Doug Seegers. The new release "Going Down To The River" is exactly what the doctor ordered for Seegers, who grew up on the classic sounds of Hank Williams and Gram Parsons. The album features a guest appearance from Emmylou Harris on Parsons' "She," back by Harris' Red Dirt Boys band. The song is a soulful rendition with Seegers' vocals in fine tune with Emmylou's harmonies. His honky-tonk sound comes shinning through on "Hard Working Man" as Seegers is sure to give country music back some of its authenticity. The country twang of "Pour Me" and the howl of "Memory Lane" will remind country music lovers what the genre used to sound like. The album closes with the mellow rockabilly rhythm of "Baby Lost Her Way Home Again" with a bit of western jazz thrown in for good measure.

The album will also be released on October 7th through Rounder Records in association with the Concord Music Group. To pre-order this album, please visit amazon.com/Going-Down-To-The-River

Friday, August 15, 2014

CD Review: Melissa Etheridge Proudly Displays Her Talents In "This Is M.E."

Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge released her first album over 25 years ago and hit the charts running since the release of her first single, "Similar Features." Now on September 30th, Melissa Etheridge will release her thirteenth album "This Is M.E." through the Universal Music Group.

The new eleven-song release begins with with the stomp rhythm of "I Won't Be Along Tonight," which harkens back to some of her past up-tempo pop hits. The album's first single "Take My Number" is an acoustic rocker that builds with intensity to its rocking chorus. She pours her passion into her performance of "Do It Again," while "Ain't That Bad" is one of the darkest, hardest rocking songs that she's ever written. Melissa hits mainstream pop gold with the catchy rhythms of "All The Way Home" and "Like A Preacher," while closing with the country feel, sing-along chorus of "A Little Bit Of Me" and the gentle piano ballad "Who Are You Waiting For."

Melissa Etheridge will be performing out west, before heading up to Canada in September. To find out more about her concert dates and her new album "This Is M.E.," please visit melissaetheridge.com.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CD Review: Independent Singer/Songwriters Shine With New Music

Nashville guitarist Mike Valeras recently released his latest album, "Abbott St." with his jazz fusion guitar trio. Valeras is also an instructor at Belmot University where he has built up the reputation as one the most respected musicians/composers in Nashville. The new nine song release begins with the funky rhythm of the title song, before the band lock into the great smooth jazz groove of "Lucky 13." The album really gets going with the relaxing seven-and-a-half minute "The Face Of My Father" and the gentle flow of "Mill City," before reaching its peak with "Sisters," which features help from Stephen Davis, Chip Henderson & Bryan Clark. The album closes with a drawn-out cover of Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman," which pushes past the seven minute mark and allows Valeras to showcase more of his talent. To find out more about the Mike Valeras Trio and his latest release "Abbott St," please visit mikevalerasmusic.com.
 
Next, from Scotland comes the latest album from singer/songwriter Colin Clyne entitled "The Never Ending Pageant." It is his first album released through Fat Hippy Records and was produced and engineers by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Elton John, Ryan Adams). The album was released back in July where it hit the "top 10" on the iTunes country charts and the first single "Merry Go Round" hit the top 50 on the UK singles chart. The new release begins with the lead single, which carries a country shuffle rhythm and an Americana feel to the lyrics. He rocks a little harder on "This Blue Town," while still keeping that country feel to his music. His early folk roots come shinning through on the acoustic strumming of "I'd Rather Do," and in the troubadour style of "Top Of The Mountain." The album finishes with "Dunnottar Skies" as Colin paints a picture in your mind with his words and the quiet country sway of "My Bonny Valentine." To find out more about Colin Clyne and his latest release "The Never Ending Pageant," please visit colinclyne.com.
 
Finally, from the hills of North Carolina comes the latest offering from singer/songwriter Jay Brown entitled "Beginner Mind." Influenced by bluegrass guitarist Doc Watson, Brown's fourth album looks to capture the truth in music, as with the opener "New Lovin' Mother." His voice is so warm and inviting as you feel welcomed by the laid-back Americana feel of the opening sound. With songs like "Two Hearts Keepin' Time" and "Old Rebels," Jay Brown should be mentioned in the same category with fellow singer/songwriters Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy and Ray Lamontagne. He showcases a Jim Croce-quality to his voice with "Get Your Fill Of Feelin' Hungry" and in the gentle touch of "Rarely Touch The Heart." The eleven-song album closes with the acoustic, feel-good memories of "Childhood Friends."
Jay Brown has a handful of shows in the Carolinas in the next couple months. To find out more about his new album "Beginner Mind," please visit jaybrownmusic.com.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CD Review: Gothabilly And The Blues Are The Subject Of New Releases From Cleopatra Records

From Los Angeles, CA comes the debut album from "gothabilly" (goth and rockabilly) band, The 69 Cats entitled "Transylvanian Tapes." The album was released on August 5th through Cleopatra Records and features a mix of originals and cover songs done in a rockabilly fashion. The new release begins with the band paying homage to fellow LA rockers, The Doors with their praise to the outsiders with "People Are Strange." The 69 Cats stick pretty close to the original on that one, then invite Wanda Jackson along for the slow sway of Elvis Presley's "She's Not You." The highlight of the album is their rendition of "Sweet Transvestite" featuring the backup harmonies of The Devil's Daughters. One of the few originals is the bluesy instrumental "Necromance For Guitar," before picking up the tempo for Johnny Cash's "You're My Baby." The surprise is their dark, punk-like version of Duran Duran's "Girls On Film," before closing with the most obvious choice to cover for this album, Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead."

To find out more The 69 Cats new album "Transylvanian Tapes," please visit the69cats.com.
 
California rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival has had one of the quickest rises to music stardom in the late-sixties. In six years, they created seven albums. Each one was certified either gold or platinum and as quickly as they were the hottest band in the country, their flame burned out in 1972. Now, Cleopatra Records is paying homage to this band with the newly released compilation "A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival." The twelve song release begins with the electrifying slide guitar of Sonny Landreth during the uptempo feel of "Fortunate Son." The Mynabirds add a boogie-shuffle rhythm to "Bad Moon Rising," while Blitzen Trapper gets  funky with "Proud Mary." Modern blues singer/guitarist Duke Robillard pours his soul into the meaningful "Who'll Stop The Rain" and Will Wilde gets down and dirty with his blues rendition of "Suzie Q." The album closes with 2014 Blues Music Award winners Trampled Under Foot working the groove on "Born On A Bayou" which puts you in the middle of swamps of the south. Even though these versions don't stray too far away from the originals, each musician adds their own touch to show another side to these wonderfully written songs.

To find out more about "A Blues Tribute To Creedence Clearwater Revival," please visit cleorecs.com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CD Review: Hop On This Psychedelic Trip With New Music From The Garden Music Project And Hedersleben

From Buenos Aires, Argentina comes the debut album from psychedelic rock band the Garden Music Project. The new release was inspired by the artistic being of former Pink Floyd frontman, Syd Barrett. At times, the music captures the true being of Barrett's frame of mind as with "Crime Scene" and "Bridge," while other songs show a band trying to make their mark in the music industry. The twelve songs that appear in this release have a mix of a sixties "summer of love" psychedelic pop vibe as in "Garden" and a raw, grunge-like feel as in "Isolation." The Garden Music Project really capture that Pink Floydian sound on the extended jams of "Transformation" and "Coliseum" as the band is able to expand on their musicianship. The album closer, "Self Portrait" is the closest we get into the mind of Barratt as the music teeters on the edge of insanity, while trying to keep the rhythm on track.

The new album was released on July 7th through Cherry Red Records. To find out more about the Garden Music Project's album "Inspired By Syd Barrett's Artwork," please visit gardenmusicproject.wix.com.
 
From Oakland, CA comes the second album from the psychedelic rock band Hedersleben entitled "Die Neuen Welton" which means "The New World". The album will be self-released on August 26th and features the spacey guitar work of UK Subs member Nicky Garratt. The subject of the new release is the discovery of Kepler (the space telescope), which confirmed nearly 1,000 extrasolar plants in 76 different star systems. The album features only five songs, beginning with the seventeen-and-a-half minute "Zu Den Neven Welten." The band brings you along on a journey through sound and space as they stretch out their sound, which makes Pink Floyd's "Meddle" sound like a pop song compared to this adventurous piece of music. The rest of the album has a more seventies mainstream rock appeal as displayed in the heavy rock of  "(On The Ground) Safe And Sound" and with the light progressive rock feel of "Tiny Flowers/Little Moon."

Hedersleben will be touring  as the opening band and the backing band to Nik Turner (Hawkwind) beginning on August 26. To find out more about the new album, please visit hedersleben.com.

Monday, August 11, 2014

CD Review: Universal Music Group Expands Upon The Allman Brothers Band "Live At The Fillmore East"

Back in 1971, during the month March, The Allman Brothers Band planned to record two days of shows to take place at the iconic New York venue, Fillmore East for their first official live album. Just two years and two albums earlier, the Allman Brothers Band were heralded as the next great blues band, but their studio sessions never captured the magic of them performing onstage. So, with the next logical step being a live album, they decided to record their first and second shows on each night of March 12th and 13th. The nights were so magical, that they were invited back by Bill Graham to headline the closing show of the Fillmore East in June of that year.

The original album "Live At The Fillmore East" was released in July 1971 and became an artistic and commercial breakthrough for the band. Only seven songs made the final cut, but it showcased what every fan who saw them live, known that this was a magical gathering of musicians. With the success of this album looming, The Allman Brothers Band rushed back into the studio to record their follow-up album ("Eat A Peach"), which would showcase the final recordings of guitar great Duane Allman who was killed in October of 1971 and bassist Barry Oakley who was also tragically killed the following year. With so many of the recordings from the Fillmore East leftover, they used a couple songs from their 1971 shows to round out the "Eat A Peach" album.

Now, for the first time, Universal Music Group released a six-disc "complete" box set of these recordings entitled "The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings." The box set features every note that the band performed on March 12th, 13th and June 27th. Fourteen songs in this set have never been previously released, including the entire first show from March 12th. As you notice listening to the first disc, that the band is a little nervous, knowing that these shows are being recorded for their next album, which could have been their last if it wasn't a success. But as you listen further and further into the set, the band relaxes and eases into their performance roles and just let loose. Extended jams of "Whipping Post" from the first show on March 13th and "Stormy Monday" from the second show are only a couple examples of Duane Allman's immense talent. While many of the songs are repeated during each performance, each version sounds like a different song with many turning into extended jams. The pinnacle of this release is disc 5 which includes the full, 35-minute "Mountain Jam" and the appearance of Elvin Bishop during "Drunk Hearted Boy."

Universal Music Group also released a Blu-ray version of this box set which contains three Blu-ray discs that contains the entire box set in 5.1 surround sound. So, if you own previous versions of these recordings, do yourself a favor and look into owning this piece of rock and blues history as no other band has brought together those musical genres in such an amazing way before. To find more about "The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings," please visit allmanbrothersband.com.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CD Review: New Live Albums From Classic Rockers Emerson & Lake And Steve Hillage

Back in 2010, two progressive rocks legends, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, joined forces for a two-man live show, performing many classic ELP songs and a couple surprises thrown it. The show was a hugh success as the two explained the foundation of the songs and the night even featured a Q & A with the audience. Now the music from that night was released on July 14th by Cherry Red Records and was titled "Live At Manticore Hall." The ten-song release began the evening, appropriately with "From The Beginning," ELP highest charting single and the music sets the mood for the evenings events. The two musicians explain the meanings behind some of their most well-known songs, including King Crimson's "I Talk To The Wind" and "C'est La Vie," which Johnny Hallyday turned into a #1 in France. They cut down on the length of "Take A Pebble," which flows into the seventeen-minute piano/keyboard piece "Tarkus." The album closes with ELP's most well-known classic rock hit "Lucky Man." To find out more about this great new release, please visit cherryred.co.uk

British guitar legend Steve Hillage is dipping back into the vaults for his latest release. On June 23rd, Gonzo Multimedia UK released "Steve Hillage Live At The Rainbow 1977." The concert followed the release of one of Hillage's most successful U.K. albums "Motivation Radio" and showcases Hillage's live appeal during his prime. Steve Hillage was also a founding member of the bands Gong, Khan and most recently System 7. The eleven-song release begins with the four-minute, funky instrumental "Octave Doctors," before getting the crowd going with a cover of The Beatles' "It's All Too Much." He continues with songs from his latest release, before diving back to his solo debut album with "The Salmon Song" and "Solar Musick Suite." He extends "Searching For The Spark" past the fifteen-minute mark, highlighted by Hillage's spacey vocals and outstanding guitar solo before finishing the evening with a cover of Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man." To find out more about this new release, please visit gonzomultimedia.co.uk

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Concert Review: The Avett Brothers Make It A Special Night At The Oakdale Theatre

There are some concerts that you buy tickets for and wait all year to see. Then there are other shows that go to see because you like a certain band's album and wonder what they are like in a live setting. While The Avett Brothers are not a common, well-known band and have not had a hit single, their live shows have become a community of fans, old and new, uniting to experience a special, one-of-a-kind night with great folk, Americana, rock music. Last Friday night at the Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre become one of those special evenings when The Avett Brothers paid a visit to Connecticut.

The band's two hour set began shortly after 8pm when the 7-piece took the stage, beginning the night with Seth Avett taking the lead vocals on the mellow tone of "Spell Of Ambition." Things quickly picked up as The Avett Brothers became very animated performing the up-tempo songs "Live And Die" and "Traveling Song." The harmonies between brothers Seth and Scott Avett gave strength to songs "Laundry Room" and "Down With The Shine." The Avett Brothers are touring behind the new album "Magpie And The Dandelion," to which they would only perform a couple of songs from that album, "Another Is Waiting" and "Vanity." Most of the band's setlist relied on older songs to get the audience on their feet moving along to countrified folk rhythm of "Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise" and "Nothing Short of Thankful."

Brothers Seth and Scott Avett each had their moment to shine in the spotlight as each performed solo. First Scott Avett took the stage with an acoustic guitar, performing the heartfelt ballad "Murder In The City," followed closer by brother Seth's storied lyrics of the "Ballad Of Love And Hate." Then the two joined voices for a brand new song, "Fisher Road" as all in attendance new this was a special night.

The evening continued with the fast-paced, clap-along chorus of "Kick Drum Heart," which seamlessly led into "Geraldine," before slowing things down for everyone to sing the fan-favorite "I And Love And You." The main set finished with the wonderful closing song "Life," which also closes the band's previous album 'The Carpenter."

After chants of "a-vet, a-vet," the band returned performing a few more songs, including their sweet performance of Ola Belle Reed's "I've Endured," followed by "The D Bag Rag." The night concluded with the band harmonizing through a cover of The Spaniels' "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight."

Long-time fans left the theatre with smiles on their faces, while newcomers became transformed to permanent fans of The Avett Brothers as they performed a special night for all to remember.

Setlist: Spell Of Ambition, Live And Die, Laundry Room, I Killed Sally's Lover, Down With The Shine, Traveling Song, Another Is Waiting, Murder In The City, Satan Pulls The Strings, Go To Sleep, Vanity, Head Full Of Doubt, Road Full Of Promise, The Ballad Of Love And Hate, Fisher Road, Le Reel Du Pendu/Les Bars Del La Prison, Nothing Short Of Thankful, Living Of Love, Slight Figure Of Speech, February Seven, Kick Drum Heart, Geraldine, I And Love And You, Life
Encore: I've Endured, The D Bag Rag, Will You Return?, Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight

Friday, August 8, 2014

CD Review: Musicians Joey Molland And Neal Morse Show Another Side With New Releases

British musician, Joey Molland (Badfinger) has been quite happy with the success of his latest release "Return To Memphis," which was released late last year. He shows no signs of slowing down as he has a handful of shows scheduled along the eastern U.S., until the three-day Beatle Festival in Los Angeles in October. Now, through Gonzo Multimedia, Joey Molland will be releasing two of his hard to find solo albums, "This Way Up" and "Demos Old And New."
 
The album "This Way Up" was originally released in 2001 and was considered by many to be Molland's greatest success since being in Badfinger. The thirteen song release begins with the up-tempo retro sound of "Mirrors" as is looks to capture the later days of Badfinger. He almost sounds as if he is auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys with the classic Petty-esque rocker "Happy." His voice and the melody of "This Must Be Love" sounds timeless, while he stretches out his sound on the six-minute recollection "When I Was A Boy." Molland took some notes when he worked with John Lennon for the dream-like feel of "What Else (Nothing)," before the album closes with the modern flair of "Isn't That A Dream?"

The second new release from Joey Molland is "Demos Old And New," which mixes many "work in-progress" songs from 1972 to 1995. This seventeen song release is a mixed bag as you get a feel of where Molland was with his thinking at that point of his career. Beginning with "I Said It's Alright" you get a feel for Molland trying out the grungy/punk appeal of the early nineties, while "Clouds Of Love" has that refreshing feel of early eighties rock and roll. The acoustic demo for the Badfinger song "Miss Misunderstood" and the early 1981 demo "Moonlight" shows what a great songwriter Molland is as the music is stripped down to its simplest form.

To find out more about these two new releases in the Joey Molland catalog, please visit gonzomultimedia.com.
 
American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse will be releasing his latest solo album "Songs From November" on August 19th through Radiant Records. Morse was the founding member of the prog-rock bands Spock's Beard and Transatlantic, while maintaining a solo career for the past fifteen years.

The new eleven song release begins with the uptempo, jazzy feel of "Whatever Days" and the mellow vibe of "Heaven Smiled." The songs on this latest album have a more pop rock appeal then his last output with Transatlantic earlier this year. He crafts these songs in a special heart healing way as with the feel good melody of "Love Shot An Arrow" and the light, airiness of "Song For The Free." His music softens for the heartfelt ballad "My Time Of Dying," before shifting gears for the praise of "Daddy's Daughter." The album closes with the straight-up rock of "The Way Of Love." It nice to see this side of Morse's songwriting, but a return to his prog-rock roots is now in order.

To find out more about the new album "Songs For November," please visit nealmorse.com.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CD Review: Hitting The East And West Coast With New Independent Music

First up, from Connecticut comes the garage/punk band Straight To VHS with their third album "Weekend Weekend Weekend," which is the perfect title for this music. The eleven-song release is jam-packed with energy as their songs may be rough around the edges, but it gives the music an authenticity that it was created in one take, without the need for overdubs or Protools. The music on the opening track "Bitch, You Ain't No Ninja" tries to overpower you, as the lyrics are simple to follow. It's not until "Cart Pushin' Man" and "Yeah Yeah Yeah," that the boys seem to settle-down, creating more memorable melodies with a raw punk appeal. The instrumental "Sore Loser" is a nice break before heading into a more classic British punk rock sound with "Factory Man." The album closes with "Mountain Song," the most mainstream, alternative rock sound that could easily appear on indie-rock radio. To find out more about Straight To VHS, please visit straight2VHS.com.

Next, traveling cross-country to California comes the latest self-titled EP from The Big Picture. The new six-song release begins with the storied lyrics of "Diner Song" as the music floats on by in the background. Ricardo's vocals take a little getting used to, but by the fourth song "Jeanie" you'll find yourself grooving to the band's modern rock rhythm. The album closes the EP with the most interesting song, "Czech Poetry" as you get hooked on the lyrics that build up of the chorus. To find out more abut The Big Picture, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/VivaJoaquin.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CD Review: Dog Fashion Disco Returns With "Sweet Nothings" And USA Out Of Vietnam Arrive With Debut Release

From Rockville, MD comes the latest release from Dog Fashion Disco entitled "Sweet Nothings" and it features one of the band's most diverse offerings. After almost calling it quits in 2006, the band reconvened last year to bring together all their different solo experiences to create their most powerful album to date. Beginning with the rough blues of "Greta," Dog Fashion Disco try to send you off-track before diving into the hard-hitting metal of "War Party." The band looks to catch you with the destructive nature of "Scarlet Fever," before changing gears for the Ska-like feel of "Tastes So Sweet." They don't stray too far from the mainstream metal appeal of "Envy The Vultures," then travel down the path of strange, psycho-metal with "We Aren't The World." The band actually gets a little funky with the rhythm of "Sweet Nothings," before closing with the dark evilness of "End Of The Road." To find out more about Dog Fashion Disco, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/DogFashionDisco.
 
From Montreal, Canada comes the debut album from USA Out Of Vietnam entitled "Crashing Diseases And Incurable Airplanes." The album was released back in June through New Damage Records and features a five-piece band, along with guest musicians to create these epic "pop songs." The five song album begins with the ten-minute, slow-moving progressive rock feel of "Archangel" as the band seem to incorporate elements from Pink Floyd into their song style. The band shows a heaviness to their sound with the fourteen-minute "Asphodell 1322," while "Leg Of Lamb" is their answer to mainstream rock as the tones buzz along on this thirteen-minute epic. To find out more about USA Out Of Vietnam, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/usaoutofvietnam.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CD Review: The Spaceman Returns To Invade Your Mind With New Music

Ace Frehley, the newly inducted Rock N Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, will be releasing his sixth solo album entitled "Space Invader" on August 19th through eOne Music. This is his first album on a new label and follows his comeback release "Anomaly" which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Album chart upon its release back in 2009.
 
The new twelve-song release showcases some of Ace's hardest rocking songs in over two decades, beginning with "Space Invader." The song feels as if Ace has a chip on his shoulder as the song's rhythm rocks your core as the chorus gets lodged into your memory. Also, his guitar playing still amazes as he injects a shot of adrenaline into the first single "Gimmie A Feelin'." The heavy rhythm of "Toys," allows Ace to display his showmanship and gets your heart pumping, before slowing down the pace for the classic, Kiss solo album appeal of "Immortal Pleasures." His guitar takes center stage on the "in your face" feel of "Past The Milky Way," while Ace's cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" is a bit bluesier than what we are used to from Ace Frehley, but still fun and enjoyable to listen to. As with almost every Ace Frehley solo album, it closes with an instrumental, this one taking you on a seven-minute journey to the "Starship."
 
To find out more about the new album and hopefully some new tour dates, please visit acefrehley.com.