Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CD Review: Pianist Heidi Breyer Brings Us The Grace And Elegance Of "Letters From Far Away"

British born pianist Heidi Breyer recently released her latest album "Letters From Far Away." She presents her new album in two forms with two discs, one is a solo piano instrumental and the second is with full orchestration. The theme of this new release is a tribute to the lives of two people who fell in love in a Post World War II Europe. The album title, "Letters From Far Away" becomes the subject of these wonderful instrumental pieces.
 
The mood of the solo piano disc draws more meaning and passion to the songs as you reflect on the simplicity of one single instrument. Heidi had this original idea for the album as her talents and musicianship is enough to carry the songs. The piano instrumental disc has a more complete feel to the storied songs as heard in "Small Cafe" and "Old Photograph." The addition of strings and brass showcases a different perspective to the music as more of a movie soundtrack, while the piano solo disc feels like a first person perspective of the meaning behind the songs. The gentle touch of "Starry Pond" displays the delicate touch Heidi puts into her complete performance. To find out more about Heidi Breyer and her latest release "Letters From Far Away," please visit her website at heidibreyer.com.

Monday, June 29, 2015

CD Review: British Band Quill Has A "Brush With The Moon" On Latest Release

From the U.K. comes the latest release from the country/folk band Quill entitled "Brush With The Moon." It is their first album to be released worldwide and the last album to features the words and lyrics of founding member Ben Brain. The new Quill album was inspired by ELO's Jeff Lynne using the demo recordings of John Lennon to create "Free As A Bird," that Quill took the same concept on this release, by using the demos recorded by Ben Brain prior to his passing.
 
The new ten song release begins with the warming acoustic touch of "Quicksilver" as singer Joy Strachan-Brain mixes vocals with her late-husband on this feel-good song. The folk-style of "Tumbling Years" and the smooth contemporary rock of "Poppy Fields" showcases why Quill is one of the top bands in the U.K. The storytelling of "Nine Mile Camp" and the acoustic, slow-tempo rocker "Hollywood Blues" showcase their use of Brain's recordings as if he was in the studio with the band recording these wonderful songs. To find out more about Quill and their latest album "Brush With The Moon," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

CD/DVD Review: Blessed Union Of Souls Relive The Past With "Live At Never On Sunday"

American rock band Blessed Union of Souls is celebrating twenty-five years together with their first live album entitled "Live At Never On Sunday." It was released on June 23rd through Goldenlane Records in CD/DVD format capturing the show with multiple cameras in exceptional quality. Blessed Union Of Souls hit it big with their debut album "Home," which featured the top ten single "I Believe." Since then, many of their singles cracked the "Top 40" and this new release gathers many of them together in a live setting.

The show begins with the slow build-up of the song "Home," before diving into the mid-tempo acoustic rock of "I Wanna Be There." They showcase a couple of their soundtrack singles, beginning with their ballad "Standing At The Edge Of The Earth," which was featured in the movie "Armageddon" and "Brother My Brother" from "Pok√©mon: The First Movie." The pinnacle of the show is the ten-minute performance of "Forever For Tonight/Let Me Be The One" that is sure to win you over as a fan of Blessed Union of Souls. The live album/show finishes up with some of their biggest hits, including "I Believe" and "Hey Leonard (She Likes Me For Me)." The DVD also tacks on one extra song, "A Thousand And One" from their 2005 album "Perception." To find out more about Blessed Union Of Souls latest release "Live At Never On Sunday," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/blessidunion.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

CD Review: Leon Bridges Soul Music Feels Right At "Home" On Debut Album

From Fort Worth, TX comes the debut album from Leon Bridges, whose voice has been compared to Sam Cooke and style to the legendary soul artists of the 50's and 60's. The new album entitled "Coming Home" was released on June 23rd through Columbia Records. Bridges' song "Smooth Sailing" has been featured in the television show "Hawaii 5-0" and his song "River" was the feature of one of the latest Beats by Dre commercials featuring NFL rookie Marcus Mariota. Bridges performed at this year's Newport Folk Festival and is scheduled to appear at the Outside Lands Festival in August.

Now, lets get to his album. From the moment you hit "play," the music and his voice transport you back to a simpler time when pure talent was the main focus of songs. Beginning with "Coming Home," the soul-vibe in Bridges' vocals instantly take over and you can't help but focus on his amazing voice. His latest single "Better Man" is an up-tempo, R&B groove that will get your hips shakin', while "Shine" brings on the blues and mixes it with a gospel-like delivery of true feelings from the heart. His song "Flowers" is what Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson would sound like if they debuted their music five decades later and "Twistin' & Groovin'" is what Leon Bridges would have produced if he made this album in the sixties. To find out more about Leon Bridges and his new album "Coming Home," please visit leonbridges.com.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review: Stories From Fellow "Deadheads" Bring The Grateful Dead Back To Life

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic rock band, The Grateful Dead. Their shows were epic events and became gatherings for fans to open up and feel free about expressing their musical nature. All that came to sudden hault in 1995 with the death of frontman Jerry Garcia. Since then, the other bandmates have come together only a handful of times to celebrate their musical legacy.

Beginning this weekend in Santa Clara, CA and next weekend in Chicago, IL, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead will be performing once last time together before saying "Fare Thee Well" for the last time. So with only stories to remind us of the amazing times this band has had throughout their 50 years together, the timing is perfect for the release of "Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead." It was published on June 2nd through Skyhorse Publishing and authored by Linda Kelly (Spin, Lucasfilm), who does an outstanding job collecting these tales and turning them into memory gold.

Beginning with the stories of discovering The Grateful Dead's music from many different walks of life, including fellow musicians John Popper (Blues Traveler) and Jerry Miller (Moby Grape). Many of the stories are exactly as they were told and are a positive experience to the individual telling them. Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten explained how the drugs were a positive thing for The Dead's music and how their fans became a community for one another. Author Kathleen Cremonesi recalled how hard it was sometimes to travel between shows, being very dependent on the generosity of others. Many of the tales within this book are first-hand accounts of their life with The Grateful Dead, especially Linda Kelly who became very close with Jerry Garcia and helped him feel "normal" again, if only for a few moments.

The 256-page, softcover book is also sprinkled with black and white photos from people's personal collections, which gives the stories a more realistic feel as if you were talking them only moments after an actual Grateful Dead show. "Deadheads" is a perfect walk down memory lane with fans and for fans of The Grateful Dead, who have all had their own personal experiences to share with all. To find out more about "Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead," please visit skyhorsepublishing.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CD Review: Kyrbgrinder Take On The "Dark Machine" With Latest Release

The U.K. metal trio Kyrbgrinder released their third album, "Chronicles Of A Dark Machine" earlier this year. Led by drummer Johanne Hames (Threshold), the band continues to grow with each release as this one is finding new fans on the U.S. shores.

The new ten-song album begins with the progressive/trash metal mix of "Slipping Away," as their sound definitely grabs you attention. Kyrbgrinder mixes in a more mainstream metal sound with their opinion on the U.S. in "Captain America," while their musicianship is a top priority in "Kill Them All." The music and vocals come together perfectly for the hard rock groove of "Oxygen" and "I Feel Blue," before finishing up with the 95-second atmospheric instrumental "Chronicles Of A Dark Machine." To find out more about Kyrbgrinder and their latest release "Chronicles Of A Dark Machine," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Kyrbgrinder.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CD Review: New Rock Music Arriving From God's Favorite Drug, Winter Calling And The Hidden Agendas

Polish rock band God's Favorite Drug are looking to make an impact on the American hard rock scene with their new album "Here." The album has been five years in the making and with a number of line-up changes is was finally released back and the beginning of 2015. The new fourteen song album starts out with "Stone Ritual," which sounds like it came from the early days of grunge. Influences like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden are heard all throughout this album. They slow the tempo down for the meaningful "Lethe" and showcase an alternative/pop feel to "Wait." The album finishes up with the gentle touch of "Fireflies" and the aggressive acoustic rocker "Where Is Your Place?" To find out more about God's Favorite Drug and their latest release "Here," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/godsfavoritedrug.

Next, from the Tampa Bay area comes the debut album from the progressive hard rock band Winter Calling. The new album entitled "As Darkness Falls," features eleven songs filled with intricate musical details as they showcase a hard metal edge to their sound. Beginning with "A World I Can Feel," Winter Calling showcases their modern hard rock attack amongst a symphonic metal backdrop as the song pushes toward the six-minute mark. The tempo slows down for the epic feel of "The Stand," while Winter Calling show their true talents on their balladry cover of Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years." Winter Calling also show a maturity in their music that is rare for a debut release. They close the album with symphonic metal appeal of the seven-minute "108." To find out more about Winter Calling and their latest release "As Darkness Falls," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/wintercalling.

Finally from Williamsport, PA comes the debut EP from The Hidden Agendas entitled "Ragtime Gangsters." Their music mixes hard rock vibes with acoustic Americana instrumentation to create some uniquely powerful music. The new five-song release begins the aggressive hard rock attack of "The Devil's Hymn" and the darker tone of the "The Mad Captain." Their sound is hard to pinpoint into one genre as "The Texan" and "Alien" have a hard rock vibe draped amongst a driving country/folk backdrop slathered with electric guitars. To find out more about The Hidden Agendas, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TheHiddenAgendas.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CD Review: Newcomers Walk Off The Earth Continue To "Sing It All Away" On New Album

Canadian alternative rock/pop band Walk Off The Earth recently released their sophomore album "Sing It All Away" through Columbia Records. The new album is looking to build upon the success of their debut album "R.E.V.O," which cracked the top 100 on the U.S. Billboard album charts and the top 10 in their home country of Canada. Walk Off The Earth also just wrapped up a successful U.S. tour and will be heading over to Europe for a load of shows in October.

The new twelve song release starts out with the band's latest single "Rule The World," which is a call to arms for their fans as the marching rhythm and addictive melody is the perfect recipe for pop success. The band's pop success has seeped into their songwriting with the dance/pop feel of "I'll Be Waiting" and "Hold On (The Break)." A nice reggae vibe finds its way into the rhythm heavy "Sing It All Away" and the sunshine pop of "Climb Out Your Window." Walk Off The Earth slow down the tempo for the mostly acoustic "California Trees," before wrapping the album up with help from electronic house musician Steve Aoki on the dancefloor beats of "Home We'll Go (Take My Hand)." To find out more about Walk Off The Earth and their latest release "Sing It All Away," please visit walkofftheearth.com.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Concert Review: Train Pulls Into The Mohegan Sun Arena With Hits Packed Show

Whenever the band Train rolls into Connecticut, you can guarantee yourself to have a good time. With only two original members (Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford) remaining in the band, Train brought their "Picasso At The Wheel Summer Tour" to the Mohegan Sun arena on Sunday, Father's Day.

The good vibes started flowing even before the band took the stage as the House Of Pain song "Jump Around" got people up and dancing, while the cameras scanned the audience. Then, Train pulled in to the station, beginning their set with a new song, "Just A Memory." Singer Pat Monahan instantly broke down the barrier between the band and the audience, talking "selfies" with fans during "If It's Love" and throwing out t-shirts during the band's first hit single "Meet Virginia." Sticking with the past, Train performed the first song they ever wrote as a band with "Free" leading into George Michael's "Freedom 90." Monahan found himself behind the drum kit as the six-piece band spread out along the stage.

Singer Pat Monahan seemed to be everywhere as he went out into the audience to perform "Bruises," high-fiving fans, before returning to the stage to help throw out beach balls during "Save Me San Francisco." Opening acts Matt Nathanson and Issac Slade of The Fray joined Train for a Joe Cocker-like rendition of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends." The mostly-acoustic rendition of "Marry Me" prompted a marriage proposal in the audience, before Train picked the tempo back up to close out their set with "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Drive By."

The encore centered around Train's 2001 album "Drops Of Jupiter" as the band debuted the song "She's On Fire" for the first time this tour. A spot-on cover of Aerosmith's "Dream On" led to the show closer "Drop Of Jupiter" as the audience stood in union, singing along to the chorus. Train, along with opening acts Matt Nathanson and The Fray gave fans a night of fun with interaction and most of all great music.

Setlist: Just A Memory, 50 Ways To Say Goodbye, If It's Love, Angel In Blue Jeans, Meet Virginia, Free/Freedom 90, When I Look To The Sky, Calling All Angels, Bruises, Save Me San Francisco, Wonder What You're Doing For The Rest Of Your Life, With A Little Help From My Friends, Give It All, Marry Me, Hey Soul Sister, Drive By
Encore: She's On Fire, Dream On, Drops Of Jupiter

Sunday, June 21, 2015

CD Review: The Knack Gets Revived With New Reissues From Omnivore Recordings

American rock band The Knack blasted onto the music scene in 1979 with their #1 selling debut album "Get The Knack," which featured their most popular single "My Sharona." As quickly as the band's career took off, they disbanded just as quickly in 1982 after failing to re-capture the success of their debut album. After almost a decade, The Knack re-grouped to record and release the 1991 record "Serious Fun." The band would find success with the re-discovery of their hit single "My Sharona" featured in the 1994 Generation-X movie "Reality Bites." Building upon that success, The Knack re-entered the studio to record the album "Zoom" (1998) and "Normal As The Next Guy" (2001).  To celebrate the band's final three albums, Omnivore Recordings is reissuing the albums on CD with bonus tracks.

The album "Zoom" features a clean, polished rock sound amongst a grunge-filled musical period. The band's energy and songwriting was at an all-time high as you find yourself rocking out to these classic sounding numbers. Their sixties influences are heard all throughout the album with the pop/rock feel of "Can I Borrow A Kiss" and "Everything I Do." While fans will enjoy re-discovering the band's latter releases, the bonus tracks are what they will be most excited about. Included on the expanded edition of "Zoom" is the song "She Says," recorded for The Knack's 1998 "greatest hits" release, but even more enjoyable for fans are the demo versions of three songs from the album. The best of these is the raw sounding "Harder On You" as it has an urgency to its sound in the demo form. This new version of "Zoom" closes with a previously unissued version of "My Sharona," re-recorded with Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons) on drums.

Their follow-up album "Normal As The Next Guy" was The Knack's last full studio album as it failed to catch the attention of the music buying public. The songs still have that classic pop/rock sound, but has now seemed played out with the mellow sounds of "Girl I Never Lied To You" and "The Man On The Beach." They also give it their all, with the energetic "It's Not Me" and "Normal As The Next Guy" as the post-punk sound helped paved the path for popular punk-rock music. The real treasure comes with the final three songwriting demo versions of "Seven Days Of Heaven," "Spiritual Pursuit" and "Reason To Live." These stripped down versions of the songs showcase the true feelings behind the lyrics.

Rounding out this new re-issue campaign is the soundtrack to the band's performance in front of a live studio audience that was filmed for a DVD release. Here we get the complete show, remastered with the inclusion of the previously unreleased live versions of "It's Not Me" and "Seven Days Of Heaven." The album "Live At The Rock N Roll Fun House" was the perfect way to showcase The Knack to the next generation of fans. They perform songs from throughout their career, with the focus on their most recent album "Normal As The Next Guy." The album (and show) finish with a rocking version of "My Sharona" and "(Haven' A) Rave Up," before performing covers of "Tequila" and Break On Through" with just the right touch of The Knack sound. To find out more about these great new releases from The Knack, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Brings Back The "Days Of Wine And Roses" From The Dream Syndicate

Eighties alternative rock band The Dream Syndicate made an instant impact on the underground, modern rock scene with their debut album "Days Of Wine And Roses." With a sound like the Velvet Underground combined with a punk-like energy, The Dream Syndicate became a cult college radio favorite and earned opening lots on national tours by R.E.M. and U2. But, with poor record sales and no promotion from video giant MTV, The Dream Syndicate called it quits in 1989 and their albums became scarce and hare to find.

On June 16th, Omnivore Recordings is bringing back the debut album of The Dream Syndicate on CD after being out of print for more than a decade. The original album was remastered and expanded with six bonus tracks of the band in the studio in 1982. The album showcased the band's art-rock sound with the songs "Halloween" and "Until Lately" while also showcasing their love for punk with "Definitely Clean" and "The She Remembers."

The bonus tracks begin with a quick jam entitled "Is It Rolling Bob?," then transitions into the more experimental "A Reason" and "Like Mary." The Dream Syndicate sound very loose and free in the studio as you here them develop these songs from just jamming together. The album closes with the ten-minute guitar frenzy that is one of the earliest know studio recording of the band from January 1982. To find out more about this new reissue of The Dream Syndicate's debut album "Days Of Wine And Roses," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Friday, June 19, 2015

CD Review: New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Music Coming For You This Summer

Progressive metal band Black Space Riders return quickly with their 2015 follow-up album "Refugeeum." Hot on the heels of their international breakthrough album "D-REI," Black Space Riders struck again while the iron was hot. Their new nine-song release begins with the eight-minute build-up of "Vortex Sun," before delivering the more aggressive tone of "Universal Bloodlines." Black Space Riders bring a modern, maintained rock vibe with "The Lure (Come With Us)," but their sound really excels on the longer songs as in the ten-plus minutes of "Run To The Plains." The album closes with the atmospheric nine-minute march of "Ritual Of Inner Strength." To find out more about Black Space Riders and their latest release "Refugeeum," please visit blackspaceriders.com.
 
Another release that may have slipped under the radar is the newest from the veteran punk band Johnny B. Morbid. Their new album "Fall Of The Cicada" was released back in February and the band are heading out on a tour of the east coast beginning July 9th in New York. The tour runs through the month of July, ending in Pennsylvania on August 1st. The new ten song release stills showcases the band's youth with adrenaline pumping songs like "True Believer" and "Exile." Johnny B. Morbid combine the recklessness of punk with the speed of thrash metal in "Crucifixion" and take a more planned approach to the slower "Above And Beyond." The album finishes what what the band does best and that is knock you over with speed and precision as "In The Unknown" and the more intricate "Fall Of The Cicada." To find out more about Johnny B. Morbid and their latest release, please visit johnnybmorbid.com.
 
Death metal band Bone Gnawer return with their sophomore release "Cannibal Crematorium." The trio is led by death metal legend Kam Lee and the new album features a load of special guests that fans of the genre may know. The new eleven-song release begins with the short two-minute introduction recordings of "Anthropophagist Inferno," before being blown away by the shear force of "Modern Day Cannibal." Bone Gnawer kicks it up another notch with the aggressive attack of "Chawed, Mauled & Gnawed" and the powerful "Chrome Skull." The album closes with the adrenaline fueled growl of the title-song "Cannibal Crematorium" as Bone Gnawer show no signs of slowing down. To find out more, please visit facebook.com/pulverisedrecords.
 
Swedish Death Metal band Wombbath return after a 22 year hiatus with their brand new studio album "Downfall Rising." It will be released on August 21st through Dark Decent. While the line-up may have changed, the music is still a force to be reckon with. After a short 70-second decent into hell, Wombbath unleash their power with the forceful attack of "Under Apokalypsens Svarta Vingar." The growling vocals of "Underneath The Rotten Soil" and the incredible musicianship of "Fall Of The Weak" show the new rise of Wombbath should last for quite some time. To find out more about Wombbath and their latest release Downfall Rising," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Wombbath.
 
Philadelphia rockers On Top return with a new four-song EP entitled "Topless." No only is the music fresh, energetic and heavy hitting, the album cover is not too bad either. The new release begins with the hard rock groove of "Lie To Me" which is a guitar-riff, hook-filled song that certainly grabs your attention. Their sound has a late-eighties undertone as with "Crazy," before closing with the adrenaline-fueled "Got Me Runnin'?" To find out more about On Top and their latest release "Topless," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ontoprocks.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

CD Review: New Music Releases From Rising Artists Patrick Ames, London Has Fallen And Shane Martin

First, we have the latest from singer/songwriter Patrick Ames, who wears his heart on his sleeve with his latest EP "Mutually." The new five-song EP brings together his nostalgic musical style with pop lyrics to create songs that you find yourself humming along to after a couple of listens. Ames has fun with the mellow folk/pop rhythm of "Do You Think That You Love Me," then stretches his talents on the blues/rock of "One Of Your Traps." The storied lyrics of the title-song, "Mutually" slowly develops in your mind, before closing with the six-minute, experimental trip of "You Have To Wait A Little Longer." To find out more about Patrick Ames and his latest release "Mutally," please visit patrickames.com.
 
Next up is the latest album from the alternative rock/pop duo London Has Fallen. The new release entitled "Into The Night," shows a maturity in their songwriting, beginning with the addictive pop feel of "What You Wanted." There music walks the fine line between pop and alternative rock with "Into The Night," before closing the four-song album with their best song, the uptempo beats of "Leave Me Behind." To find out more about London Has Fallen, please visit londonhasfallenband.com.
 
Finally we get to the latest release from modern country artist Shane Martin. His new album "Til The Wheels Fall Off" was released through Moody Waters Records and showcases Martin's exceptional songwriting as he hooks you in with the opener "I Am What I Am." He gets his classic country swagger swinging with "Whatever Floats Your Boat" as he portrays his enjoyment through his singing. He finds his way into your heart with the gentle touch of "Pour The Hurt On," before closing with the title song "Til The Wheels Come Off" as he leaves you wanting more from this rising new country artist. To find out more about Shane Martin and his new album, please visit shanemartin.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CD Review: New Pop, Folk, Rock And Jazz Music From Rising Independent Artists

First up, from Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Asbury Park, NJ comes the debut CD from the musical duo of Regina Conroy and Reshy P., known at Far In The Maples. Their album "Skywork" is filled with pop hooks and sonic landscapes that break through the barriers of contemporary music. Beginning with "Hookline," we get the heart-warming vocals of Regina Conroy amongst a country/pop backdrop as they weave their way into your musical soul. The fun, energetic feel of "Free" and the passion delivered in "Won't Do This Alone," have all the right ingredients for pop success. It all comes together perfectly for the steady flow of "Make Believe," which allows Conroy's vocals to soar. The album closes with the comfort of "Walk Away" that just leaves you wanting more from this duo. To find out more about Far In The Maples and their new album "Skywork," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/farinthemaples.
 
Next from Los Angeles comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Ryan Calhoun entitled "Paper Stars." This latest batch of songs will look to recapture the breakthrough success that Calhoun found with his iTunes #1 single "Who We Are" and #3 charting iTunes album "Everything That I'm Not." The new release begins with the album's first single "Coffee," which follows the same pop formula as Ed Sheeran, which makes Ryan's vocals hard to resist. He keeps the pop tempo flowing with "Paper Stars," before showcasing his folk side with "Time And December." To find out more about Ryan Calhoun and his latest release "Paper Stars," please visit ryancalhounmusic.com.

From Toronto, Canada comes the debut solo album from folk artist Dan Latner entitled "No Fun Intended." His vocals and lyrics are easy to follow as he does not take everything seriously and just sings what his feels as in "Northern Canada" and "Bored." His lyrics are playful with the song "Haven't Brushed My Teeth" as he brings the dixieland jazz of New Orleans to Canada. The heartfelt "Girl In Glasses" was written while Dan spent time in Nepal, before quickening your pulse with the banjo strumming of "The Downside." The new thirteen-song release finishes up with his slightly unusual love letter to "Marina." To find out more about Dan Latner and his new release "No Fun Intended," please visit danlatner.ca.

Chicago's independent folk/rock band Burnside & Hooker return with their sophomore album, "All The Way To The Devil." Since the release of their debut album two years ago, the band has been busy performing live and building a strong following. Their new fourteen-song release begins with folk/rock groove of "The Graveyard" as lead singer Rachel Bonacquisti's pipes take center stage. The tempo changes of "Someday (Gonna Leave This Town)" gives the song a ska-like feeling, before heading into the punk-like fury of "Bad Guy." The gentle touch of "Aodhan's Song" has a nice flow, until they try their hand at the hard rock approach of "Momma Said," which is a great song, but seems a little out of place amongst these other tunes. The electric blues of "Mistaken" and the guitar shuffle of "Red Betty" end the album on a high note along with the folk strumming of "Goodbye, Louisiana." To find out more about Burnside & Hooker's latest release "All The Way To The Devil," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/BurnsideandHooker.

Canadian/New York independent folk group Tiny Rhymes gives us their latest four-song EP entitled "A Kinder History." You will instantly fall in love with their harmonies on the album's lead single "Arrows." Their music is simple, which allows you to focus more on their voices. Although they are still fairly new in the folk music scene, their music has a maturity as displayed in "Oh Amarante!" and "Gold Mountain." The album closes with the warm vocal textures of "Home." To find out more about Tiny Rhymes, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/tinyrhymes.

Finally we get to the debut release of "3 Steps To 4" by the newest jazz band in the land, Phonograph Team Project. The album features seven stunning jazz numbers that keep a moderate flow of energy while stimulating your senses as you are introduced to their music with "Saturday After The Dog Park." The members of Phonograph Team Project each take a turn in the spotlight of "Cycle Shift" and showcase their talents with the uptempo, smooth jazz of "Ditto." The album closes with some more jazz guitar and piano highlights in "Unknown Journeys." To find out more about the Phonograph Team Project and their latest release "3 Steps To 4," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/PhonographTeamProject.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CD Review: Blinddog Smokin' Band Comes "High Steppin'" Through New Album

From Wyoming comes the new album from the blues/funk band Blinddog Smokin' entitled "High Steppin'." They were nominated last year for a Grammy Award for their 2014 blues album "Decisions" with Bobby Rush. There new album is set to be released on July 17th through Silver Talon Records and features nine, exciting new musical adventures to explore.
 
Beginning with the funk-filled groove of "Pimp Shoes," Blinddog Smokin' is sure to get your body moving. The sweet sound of horns amongst a seventies backdrop sets the stage for the rest of the album. They add a little New Orleans flavor to the blues sound of "Don't Put No Money On Me," while "Tell'em Shuffle" comes straight from the classic Chicago blues of the early 20th century. The great soul vocals of "If I Died Today" instills their passion right into your heart, before closing the album with the doo-wop feel of "Tell'em Reprise." To find out more about Blinddog Smokin' and their latest release "High Steppin'," please visit blinddogsmokin.com.

Monday, June 15, 2015

CD Review: Chris Thompson Plays The "Jukebox" With New Ultimate Collection

English musician Chris Thompson has had an amazing career so far. He joined the Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1976, he helped form the LA band Night in 1979, released his first solo album in in 1981 and co-wrote hit singles for a number of fellow musicians. To celebrate Thompson's forty year musical career, Cherry Red Records in association with Esoteric Recordings is releasing a two-disc collection of Chris Thompson's work entitled "Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection."
 
Disc one begins with "Dark Side" from one of Thompson's most recently releases "Toys And Dishes" along with the song "Million Dollar Wonder Hit." Sandwiched between his recent numbers are live versions of Bob Dylan's "Father Of Day," which was recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band just prior to Thompson joining. The other live song is "Hot Summer Night" from Thompson's band, Night. Thompson and Manfred Mann's Earth Band have always had a love for Bruce Springsteen's songs as this collection includes three of them ("Spirits In The Night," "For You" and "Blinded By The Light").
 
The second disc begins with a rocking live version of Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn," which was released as a single by Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1978. Thompson also takes a crack at Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with great success as his vocals find the right balance of power and yearning. What Chris Thompson collection would be complete without "Blinded By The Light," a huge hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. This album features an alternate version of the song recorded in the early nineties. The disc closes with live versions of the up-tempo, fun sounds of "Davy's On The Road Again" and the quieter 'Questions."  To find out more about this career spanning release from Chris Thompson, please visit shop.cherryred.co.uk.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

CD Review: The Chocolate Watchband Remind Us Of Their Sixties Hits With New Versions

Sixties garage rock band The Chocolate Watchband clearly has one of the best band names to come out of the psychedelic music scenes. There music was also equally impressive as they brought a raw, grunge tone to their music as their early albums flew just under the radar, before developing a cult following along the west coast. Their cover of The Kinks' "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" gave them national attention, but the band broke up in 1970 over poor record sales. The Chocolate Watchband did reunite a number of times, their most recent time being in the studio to record a new album of their most popular hits from the sixties. The new release entitled "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," contains thirteen of the band's early releases, re-recorded by the current line-up and was released on May 26th through Purple Pyramid Records.

Beginning with "Expo 2000" originally from their 1967 debut album "No Way Out," you can still get a feel for that time period of early psychedelic grunge rock with buzzing guitars and swirling keyboards. Their version of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" has a more pop/rock feel, while "No Way Out" is two-and-half-minutes of trippy, sixties psychedelic magic. The re-recorded version of their 1967 single "Misty Lane" sounds like underground British pop and "Sitting There Standing" has a great, raw blues vibe that is hard to find in today's over polished musical world. Their new version of "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" sounds almost identical to The Kinks' original version, before closing with traveling down the sounds of "The Inner Mystique." To find out more about The Chocolate Watchband and their latest release "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," please visit cleorecs.com.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

CD Review: New Live Releases From Girlschool Displays Their Early Influence

Back in the late seventies, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal made an impact on American rock music with bands like Judas Priest and Motorhead. The all-female band Girlschool was also part of the movement and is still rocking today. Cleopatra Records wants to remind us how good Girlschool was as a live band with two new releases, "London 1980" and "Glasgow 1982."

Beginning with "London 1980," this early recording shows that band touring behind their debut album "Demolition." The girls are hungry for success, especially in front of their hometown crowd beginning with the hard-rocking "Demolition Boys." They turn ZZ Top's "Tush" in heavy metal gold, while guitarist Kelly Johnson blazes a trail with "Breakdown." The show also features an early live version of "The Hunter," which will appear on their second album "Hit And Run." The disc closes with the popular fan favorite "Emergency," which has been covered by Motorhead in concert also.

The other live release, "Glasgow 1982" comes after the release of their third album "Screaming Blue Murder." Girlschool has a more established feel to their performance as "The Hunter" and "Nothing To Lose" sound like classic concert staples as they keep the performance tight. The girls still know how to rock hard with "Future Flash" and their cover of The Rolling Stones' "Live With Me." Girlschool have a few upcoming live dates on their schedule, including tonight in Portland, ME and tomorrow in Brooklyn, NY before heading to the Metal Magic Festival in Denmark. To find out more about these two great new live releases from Girlschool, please visit cleorecs.com.

Friday, June 12, 2015

CD Review: Audio Fidelity Releases A New Refreshing Look At Billy Joel's "Streetlife Serenade"

One of the latest releases from the acclaimed Audio Fidelity label is Billy Joel's "Streetlife Serenade." It was Billy Joel's third solo album (second with Columbia Records) and features the hit single "The Entertainer." It was not as big a commercial success as its predecessor, "Piano Man," but the album showcases more passion and musicianship from Joel.
 
The album begins with the wonderful piano introduction of "Streetlife Serenader" as Billy Joel sings from the heart as he has lived this life first hand. The music becomes more fleshed out on this new Hybrid Multichannel SACD which was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio. The piano alone benefits from this as you'd feel as if you were in the lounge, standing next to Joel's piano as he is performing only for you. The clarity of the instrumental "Root Beer Rag" sounds less tinny, while the drums of "Last Of The Big Time Spenders" is felt with the volume cranked up high. Most of the songs on this album are ballads as you can appreciate the difference between the delicacy and power in Joel's vocals. To find out more about this and other releases in the Audio Fidelity catalog, please visit audiofidelity.net.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Ken Will Morton, Jordan Hurwitz And Bobby Hustle

From Athens, GA (hometown of R.E.M. and The B-52s) comes the seventh solo album from singer/songwriter Ken Will Morton entitled "All's Fair In Love & War." Morton crams 19-songs into this album as a dissolved relationship turned him into a songwriting machine. What began as a double-album, ended up being a display of country, folk, rockabilly and pop styles that are full of emotion. Beginning with the rockabilly two-step of "Long Gone Daddy," you are drawn in the wonderful songwriting of Morton. His most "radio-ready" single is the country rock/pop of "Straight From Your Lips," while "Vestiges Of You" displays a revenge-like feel to his vocals. He pours his emotions in the country-blues of "Reach Forward" and the ballad "The Way It Goes." He packs alot of music into this album, but the country backdrop of "Little Bird" and "Conversation In A Bar" is where is talents are strongest. To find out more about Ken Will Morton and his latest album "All's Fair In Love & War," please visit kenwillmorton.com.

Young, rising singer/songwriter Jordan Hurwitz will be releasing her latest album "Here I'll Stand" on June 23rd. She will also be attending the University of Miami's Frost School of Music in the fall to further her abilities and her musical career. The new six-song EP begins with "Get Free" as her voice is strong amongst the rock/pop backdrop as she makes sure you don't forget the name of the song. She adds a more danceable rhythm to the up-tempo "Not Going Home" and pop beats of "I'm Ready," but sandwiched in-between she slows the tempo down for the meaningful delivery of "So Very Small." To find out more about Jordan Hurwitz and her latest release "Here I'll Stand," please visit jordansmusic.com.

When you think of Seattle, WA, the first musical genre that pops into your mind is grunge music. Well, reggae artist and Seattle native Bobby Hustle is looking to change that aspect with his debut album "It's The Hustle." Packed with eleven upbeat songs, the gentle island sway kicks in right away with "Kush Morning." His songs have be featured on many worldwide reggae compilations and is beginning to find fame in other countries with songs like the pop groove of "Defend Them," which features four-time June Award winner Exco Levi. The classic reggae feel of "Memories" and "They Don't Know" showcases Bobby Hustle's potential in the genre. Jamaican kingpin Sizzla Kolonji lends a hand to the album's "high" light track "Smoke Some Ganja." To find out more about Bobby Hustle and his new release "It's The Hustle," please visit bobbyhustle.com.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CD Review: Armored Saint Return To "Win Hands Down" While The Great Discord Release Metal Blade Records Debut

LA metal band, Armored Saint are ready to come roaring through your speakers with their latest release "Win Hands Down." It is the band's seventh studio album and their second since reuniting in 2006 following singer John Bush's latest venture with heavy metal band Anthrax. The new nine-song release begins with the title song "Win Hands Down" which hits hard with its aggressive tone and powerful musicianship. The heavy drumming of Gonza Sandoval on "Mess" and the seven-minute progressive metal feel of "Muscle Memory" displays the amazing guitars of Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan. John Bush's vocals stand out on the classic metal appeal of "In An Instant," before closing with the band having fun with the lyrics of "Up Yours." To find out more about Armored Saint and their latest release "Win Hands Down," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thearmoredsaint.
 
Also new from Metal Blade Records comes the debut album from Swedish rock band The Great Discord. Their new release entitled "Duende" was released on June 2nd as they mix together Swedish and English within their songs to create a more global feel to their music. The new ten-song release begins with "The Aging Man" as they certainly do impress right off the band with the band's big pounding metal sound. The songs "Deus Ex Homine" and "Woes" allows lead singer Fia Kempe to take the spotlight with her amazing vocals, while "Eigengrau" showcases the band's energy in a punk/metal attack. Their symphonic metal sound is what makes them stand out as displayed in "The Great Discord" and "Ephemeral." To find out more about The Great Discord and their new album "Duende," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thegreatdiscord

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CD Review: The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" Receives Deluxe Treatment With Outtakes And Live Recordings


On June 9th, Universal Music will be releasing the latest Rolling Stones album to receive the "deluxe edition" treatment. Their 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers," was a milestone for the band in the U.S. It began a streak of eight straight albums to hit #1 on the Billboard album chart and has since gone on to sell over three million copies in the U.S. alone. The new "deluxe" re-issue features the original album remastered along with a bonus disc of alternate takes and live versions of songs from the album. There will also be a "super deluxe edition" and contains the two discs mention earlier, plus a third CD of their Leeds University concert in 1971, a DVD featuring a couple songs from their live performance at the Marquee in 1971 and a 7" vinyl single of "Brown Sugar" b/w "Wild Horses."
 
The "Sticky Fingers" album had the perfect rhythm and swagger to usher in the 70's, beginning with the rauncious rocker "Brown Sugar." The alternate take of the song that appears on the second disc has a more raw, grunge-like feel to the guitars provided by the amazing Eric Clapton. The acoustic version of "Wild Horses" found on the second disc has more of a connection to their live version than the one that appeared on the original album, while the up-beat tempo of the alternate take of "Dead Flowers" shows a "bar room" feel with some exceptional guitar. The rest of the bonus disc is fleshed out with their live appearance at the Roundhouse, featuring amazing live versions of classics "Midnight Rambler" and "Honky Tonk Women."
 
The third disc "Live At Leeds University, 1971" is finally being officially released after only being broadcasted on BBC radio. This recording has become one of the most sought-after bootlegs of The Rolling Stones and it is easy to see why. The band was on fire during this very short ten-date tour of England and Scotland and their short 70-minute set was filled with hits like "Jumping Jack Flash," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Street Fighting Man." The show also included songs from the yet to be released masterpiece "Sticky Fingers," which fit in perfectly to the highly energetic setlist.
 
The DVD is a preview of the upcoming "From The Vault: The Marquee - Live In 1971" and it features video footage of The Rolling Stones performing "Midnight Rambler" and "Bitch." To find out more about this "super deluxe version," as well as the regular 2-CD "deluxe" edition and single-disc version of the newly re-issued "Sticky Fingers" album, please visit rollingstones.com/stickyfingers/.

Monday, June 8, 2015

CD Review: Little Richard Delivers His Early Hits Coming "Directly From My Heart" Three Disc Box Set

Georgia native Little Richard has been crowned one of the innovators of modern rock 'n' roll music along with others like Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. His musical career exploded in 1955 with the hit single "Tutti Frutti" and he has never looked back. Well, it's good that Specialty Records decided to look back with a brand new box set of Little Richard's classic hits with "Directly From My Heart - Best of the Specialty & Vee-Jay Years."
 
The new three disc box set begins with some of Little Richard's earliest studio recordings like "Baby" and "Lonesome And Blue." Backed by an "A Team" of session players, Little Richard made magic in the New Orleans studio on Rampart Street. But, it wasn't until one lunch break that Little Richard hopped up to the piano to belt out the tune "Tuttie Frutti." Producer Bumps Blackwell was so impressed, he recorded the song right then in only three takes and the legend of Little Richard was born. Also included on the first disc are other classics like "Kansas City," "Reddy Teddy" and "Rip It Up" as Richard's signature "woooos" are heard all over.
 
This set mixes many of his greatest hit singles with some rarities. Disc two includes the lesser known songs like the bluesy "Can't Believe You Wanna Leave" and the sock hop romp of "I'll Never Let You Go (Boo Hoo Hoo Hoo)." Most of the disc is slathered with hits, beginning with "Lucille" as you can hear a maturity in Little Richard's delivery. Songs like "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Keep On Knockin" were some of the building block foundations to rock 'n' roll music, which during the late fifties was getting banned in many places. Little Richard did not shy away from the sensual tones of songs like "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Whole Lotta Shakin" as his versions added an extra sexual tone that kids loved, but parents were scared of.
 
The third disc begins with the deep blues of "Goin Home Tomorrow," before taking on the folk standard "Goodnight Irene," in which Little Richard adds a extra pulse to the song. He also injects his soul into his cover of "Blueberry Hill" and "Memories Are Make Of This," as your heartbeat will definitely quicken upon listening. The set also includes the slow, R&B feel of the hit single "I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me," which features a young Jimi Hendrix on guitar. The set closes with the southern soul of "Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)," as all this great music was recorded during a quick 18-month period.
 
The box set "Little Richard - Directly From My Heart" was released on June 2nd through the Concord Music Group and features three discs packed with music and a 32-page booklet that features unpublished photos and a new essay from famed music historian Billy Vera. To find out more about this amazing new release, please visit concordmusicgroup.com.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Book Review: The Life Story Of Merrell Fankhauser Comes "Calling From A Star"

Surf rock and psychedelic folk are two of the musical avenues that have been taken by acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Merrell Fankhauser who has had one of the most interesting stories of success. His new autobiography entitled "Calling From A Star: The Merrell Fankhauser Story" tells the complete history of rise to rock fame.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Merrell became an early fan of car racing and small engine planes as his father introduced him to these as well as to the sunny shores of California. This became a major turning point in the life of Merrell Fankhauser as he instantly fell in love with the weather and the sport of surfing. After buying his first guitar, microphone and amplifier, Merrell began performing the latest singles from Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley. The book reads as if you were sitting down with Merrell and he told you his life story over a cup of coffee. 

One of his earliest band's, The Impacts become local heroes in the California clubs, playing their brand of surf music led by the guitar work of Merrell Fankhauser. His early credits include the tune "Look Out!," which was later changed to "Wipeout!" and became the basis for The Surfaris's hit single of the same name. The book then goes into detail of his professional and private life. He would later change his tune to the psychedelic sound of the late-sixties, before moving on to the folk-rock of the seventies, always flying just under the radar of worldwide fame. Merrell also worked alongside other famed musicians as John Lennon, Willie Nelson and The Beach Boys to name a few. His traveling adventures are as interesting to read as his musical adventures in this new book. 

In the early 2000's, a renewed interest was discovered in Merrell Fankhauser's early surf music with the local California success of his TV show "Tiki Lounge." Between the west coast and Hawaii, the "Tiki Lounge" program was a big success, being viewed in over three million homes. He continued to record new music along the way and took part in the Grammy nominated box set "Where The Action Is LA: Nuggets 1965-1968." It is great to read about his passion for music as his stories are timeless.

After surviving cancer, Merrell Fankhauser feels blessed to have lived a life like his and now you to can relive his greatest accomplishments along with him in "Calling From A Star." The book was published back in January through Gonzo Multimedia. To find out more about the autobiography of Merrell Fankhauser, please visit gonzomultimedia.com.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

CD Review: Guitarist Mick Abrahams Gets "Revived" With Help From Friends

English musician Mick Abrahams is the original guitarist for the band Jethro Tull and a founding member of the band Blodwyn Pig with Peter Banks (Yes). Abrahams solo career begin in 1975 and he has single-handedly brought the Delta blues to the British Isles. His latest release entitled "Revived" features Abrahams performing alongside a number of guests, including Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Elliott Randall (Steely Dan) and Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) just to name a few.

The new seventeen-song album mixes together an eclectic arrangement of music, beginning with classic blues/rock groove of the seventies sounding "Summer Day." Abrahams shows his diversity with the Bossa Nova rhythm of "Elz & Abys Jam," before delivering a spot-on cover of Canned Heat's "On The Road Again." Abrahams seems to have the most fun with his guests on the classic Chuck Berry song "Nadine," before bringing the blues on full blast with "Remember" and "Bright Lights, Big City." The wonderful acoustics of "Dragonfly" and the country sing-along of the traditional folk standard "Goodnight Irene" shows Abrahams really enjoying himself, especially when surrounded by friends and creating great music. To find out more about Mick Abrahams and his latest release "Revivied," please visit squirrelmusic.com.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Vinyl Review: Bob Seger's "Night Moves" Gets New Vinyl Release After Twenty Years

Capitol Records is jumping the gun a little with the debut release of Bob Seger's 1976 masterpiece "Night Moves" on 180-gram vinyl. The album was the first to feature Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band and since its release almost 40 years ago it has since gone six times platinum (over six million albums sold).
 
To celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone of "Night Moves," the album has be remastered and released on vinyl as part of Seger's reissue campaign. The album featured five singles, including the top 10 single "Night Moves" and the Canadian chart topper "Mainstreet." With his new backing band, Bob Seger had a resurgence in energy with performing and writing. His string of platinum selling albums would last all the way through to the nineties. Song like "Come To Poppa" and "Mary Lou" need to be rediscovered on this classic album. Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band's "Night Moves" will appear on vinyl on June 16th, just in time for Father's Day. To find out more about release, please visit bobseger.com.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CD Review: More New Indie-Music Flowing In From The U.S. And Canada

First from New Orleans comes The Breton Sound with their latest release "Don't Be Afraid Of Rock & Roll, Volume 1." It is the band's third release and features five hard rocking/heavy alternative songs, beginning with the raw guitar feel of "Rivers Cuomo." Their pure rock sound mirrors The Foo Fighters as the "what you hear is what you get," with no overproduction needed. The amazing rhythm of "Walking Backwards" has the band firing on all cylinders, before slowing down for the alternative/country ballad "Love You More," which features Cherie LeJeune on vocals. The five-song release closes with the powerful, energetic delivery of "Stiches" as their big rock sound is a welcome addition to the music community. To find out more about The Breton Sound and their latest EP "Don't Be Afraid Of Rock & Roll, Volume 1," please visit thebretonsound.com.

Next from Jackson, MI comes the debut album from Black Vincent entitled "Teardrop Deluxe." The album brings early rock 'n' roll into the 21st century with lead singer Coley Kennedy crooning his way through these modern rockabilly/country melodies. Beginning with "Lonely And Blue," Black Vincent lays the perfect setting for this mellow ballad as Kennedy's vocals become the focus of the song. The moody tone of "When We Was Young," the swing of "Friends With Motorcycles" and the punk-like energy of "It's All Too Much" showcases Black Vincent as a rising band in the rockabilly genre as their music is highly contagious to listen to. For more information on their new album "Teardrop Deluxe," check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/blackvincentmusic.

From Chicago comes the latest release from local powerhouse Razorhouse. Their new EP entitled "Codex Du" was released back in April and carries a modern, alternative rock sound that has that underground appeal. Beginning with the steadiness of "Distance Wheel," Razorhouse picks up the tempo with "Neu Sensation" and "Girl Like A Handgrenade" in order to showcase their youthful punk side. The short six-song release closes with the mellow, atmospheric tone of "St. Teresa." To find out more about Razorhouse and their latest release "Codex Du," please visit intherazorhouse.com.

Folk troubadour Bryan McPherson will be releasing his new album "Wedgewood" on June 10th. The new eleven-song release begins with the gentle strumming of "Born On A Highway" as his warming voice finds comfort in your heart with his singing. His delivery of "Dark Hearts" reminds me of the early days of Conor Oberst career with a slight frailty to his voice. He brings the energy to his music with the punk-like delivery of "Here We Go" and showcases confidence with the magical acoustic folk-rock of "Burn It Down." To find out more about Bryan McPherson and his latest release "Wedgewood," please visit bryanmcpherson.com.

Canadian folk band Crooked House Road recently release their latest self-titled full-length album. It was produced by seven-time Juno award and Grammy nominated Ken Whiteley, whose recorded alongside legends Pete Seeger and John Hammond Jr. The new ten-song release begins with the dark harmonies of the quick swinging "Mountains" led by the singing duo of Shaina Silver-Baird and Mirian Kay. They slow the tempo down for the wonderful uplifting vocal flow of "Back To Me," while "Bundle Up" shows the emotion and depth to their performance. The wonderful musicianship of "Tell Me A Story" sounds like it belongs in a Disney movie and "Music Man" incorporates a little blues into their folk backdrop. The album closes with the gentle shuffle of "Goodbye My Friend" as the music of Crooked House Road is easy to get lost in. To find out more about Crooked House Road and their latest release, please visit crookedhouseroad.com.

Also from Canada comes the debut album from the indie-rock band Mune. The album entitled "Falling Through" was released on June 2nd and features the sextet layering musical textures to create and atmosphere of easily accessible modern rock music. The new eight-song release begins with the dark tones of "Instinct," while "Fool My Senses" has a more "radio-friendly" sound that will drawn in new fans. The nearly seven-minute adventure of "Touch" is the highlight of the album as the music comes together perfectly to create an epic escape from the mundane. The album finishes up with the steady flow of "Fortress" and the smooth rock build-up of the closer "Stand Back." To find out more about Mune and their new album "Falling Through," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/muneband.