Thursday, April 27, 2017

CD Review: Jaco Pastorius Provides The Code Of "Truth, Liberty & Soul" With New Live Album

Bassist Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report) is seeing a revival in his music, thanks to the film "JACO," which was produced by Metallica's Robert Trujillo. The film dove into the life of Jaco Pastorius like never before, reminding us what a great musician his was. Now, to celebrate more of his music, Resonance Records is releasing a newly discovered live recording from Jaco Pastorius from 1982.
 
This new live album was released as a limited deluxe 3-LP edition on April 22nd (Record Store Day) and will be available as a 2-CD set on May 19th. The deluxe edition also includes a 100-page book filled with new essays by Trujillo, producer Zev Feldman and Jaco Pastorius authority Bill Milkowski, just to name a few. The book also includes many rare, unpublished photos. The show was captured for NPR's "Jazz Alive!" broadcast, but this new version features over 40 minutes of extra material not aired on the original broadcast.
 
The set begins with the high-energy of the 13-minute "Invitation" as Jaco and trumpet player Randy Brecker trade solos. You can almost feel the love Jaco Pastorius has for performing live with his funk-jazz delivery of "The Chicken," before stretching out to expand his sound on the jazz fusion of "Donna Lee." Jaco and his band do an outstanding job with their versions of "Sophisticated Lady," featuring harmonica icon Toots Thielemans and "I Shot The Sheriff," featuring Othello Molineaux on steel pans.
 
Percussionist Don Alias gets his time to shine on "Okonkole Y Trompa" and on the 14-minute presentation of "Bass And Drum Improvisation," which includes elements of Jim Hendrix, before closing out the set with "Fannie Mae." To find out more about the new Jaco Pastorius release "Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live In NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Rcording," please visit resonancerecords.org.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Sam Nicolosi, Paul Bergman, Wes John Cichosz, Eric Matthews And Blindman

From Los Angeles, CA comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Sam Nicolosi titled "Origins." The new 5-song release begins with the pounding beats of the album's first single, "Caught Up." He mixes a dance groove with soulful lyrics to create an addictive sound for pop radio. He continues his new album with the up-beat tempo of "Realign" as Sam's vocals sound right at home among this pop setting. His new short release finishes with the hip-hop sounds of "Patience" as his lyrics are an inspiration to create your own future, and the smooth R&B flow of "Fiction." To find out more about Sam Nicolosi and his latest release "Origins," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/samnicolosi.

Next, from Manitoba, Canada comes the latest release, "Anthropology" from singer/songwriter Paul Bergman. It was released last year and features a truthful, folk sound, without the need for extra instruments. His new ten-song release begins with the short, acoustic tale "Down The Dirt Road" and the storied lyrics of "Creeping Charlie." The slow sway of "Night Is Falling" and the gentle Americana tones of "Home Fires" eases your troubles away as you listen and relax to the wonderful songs of Paul Bergman. The album reaches it's pinnacle with the 7-plus minute story of "Albert Johnson" and the folk gem "Sundogs," before finishing with the up-tempo strumming of "In The Cellar" and the quiet send off "Happy Trails, Sad Camper." To find more about Paul Bergman and his latest release "Anthropology," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/paulbergmanmusic.

From Chicago comes the latest release from singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Wes John Cichosz titled "The Moon Threads A Needle." After performing regularly with members of Wilco and Tortoise, Cichosz is now ready to delivery his new full-length album. The new 13-song release begins with the jazz-funk groove of "Everybody Says" as the melody is sure to get you moving. The beautiful acoustics of "Kittens And Ice Cream" and the R&B tones of "The Birds Of November" showcases the diversity in Cichosz's songwriting as he captures the mood of song. He wraps up his new album with the soulful delivery of "Bottle Made Of Twine" on this blues number and the acoustic rock of "When Molly Got Lost." The album also includes 4 radio edits of the songs "Everybody Says," "Bottle Made Of Twine," "The Only Day" and "When Molly Got Lost." To find out more about Wes John Cichosz and his latest release "The Moon Threads A Needle," please visit wjcmusic.com.

Singer/songwriter Eric Matthews returns with a new solo album titled "Too Much World." It was released back in March and features a dozen tracks, beginning with the David Bowie-vibe of "Pink." The low-key, acoustic strumming of "Dragonfly" carries a classic Pink Floyd sound as Matthews delivers the perfect recipe for progressive-pop success. He includes the 2016 single "Exactly Like Them," which has a dark, alt-rock sound as Matthews vocals are supported by the music's steady rhythm. The music continues its dark, moody tone in "Shadows Fall," before picking the tempo up slightly for the folk-rock of "Never Mind Now" and the alternative guitar rock of "Ten More Masters." He finishes his new album with the beautifully delivered, quiet acoustics of "Your Mom's At Midnight" and the alt-pop of "Too Much World." To find out more about Eric Matthews and his latest release "Too Much World," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/EricMatthewsOfficially.

From New Jersey comes the latest album "See With Your Heart" from reggae artist Blindman. The new album features seven tracks, beginning with the up-tempo reggae-pop groove of "Irie Soul Uprising." The single "Feels Good" delivers a positive message as Blindman receives help from back singer Rica Newell on the undeniable groove. He slows the tempo down for the songs "Lonely Road" and "Hope," which are lead by it's deep bass groove and ska horns. Blindman wraps up his new album with the short, politically charged anthem "No Babylon." To find out more about Blindman and his latest release "See With Your Heart," please visit blindmanmusic.com.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Janey Street, Greta Gaines, Raven, Devi And Chey

It has been less than a year since Janey Street released her last album ("My Side Of Paradise"), but when inspiration knocks, you have to answer the call. Her new album "In My Own Skin" will be released on June 23rd through Blue Elan Records. This new album looks to redirect Street's music to a more retro rock, blues, R&B sound, beginning with "Wrap My Mind Around You." The song's soulful vibe showcases Street's wonderful songwriting. She delivers a pop gem with "In My Own Skin," then rocks out on the bluesy guitar-driven "Guilty Pleasures." The Americana/country vibe of "Undone" and "Wreckage" showcases Street's return to her roots as these songs stand strong among her vast catalog of music. Her new album wraps up with the dark, acoustic pop tones of "Dignity" with vocal help by Dame Crowford and a re-recorded version of her hit single "Under The Clock." To find out more about Janey Street and her latest release "In My Own Skin," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/janey.street.

From Nashville comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Greta Gaines titled "Tumbleweed." Her new album will be released on June 16th through her own label, Big Air Records. Gaines is not only an established recording artist, but she is also a champion snowboarder, TV host and sportscaster. Her new short 7-song EP begins with the bluesy-pop tones of the title-song "Tumbleweed," as her vocals are strong and take control of the song. She keeps the tempo going with the storied lyrics of "Leo For Real," before slowing down for the acoustic folk ballad "Only Lonely." She finishes up with the classic Americana appeal of "Sweet William" and the country-rock of "Light It Up." Gaines will donate 100% of the download sales of "Light It Up" to NORML (Patients Out of Time and Tennessee United). To find out more about Greta Gaines and her latest release "Tumbleweed," please visit gretagaines.com.

Singer/songwriter and rising pop sensation Raven recently released her new album titled "The Burning EP." It includes five songs, includes the single "Phoenix" and it was produced by Grammy nominee Jimmy Greco (Beyonce, Britney Spears). Her new release begins with the attention getting, tribal beats of "Right Here Right Now" as Raven's vocals soar in the spotlight. Her song "Phoenix" is a dance club gem that is sure to empower all that hear it's call. The new short album wraps up with the up-beat dance groove of "Burnin' Up" and "Live Like We're Dying" as Raven pours all her emotions into this inspirational piece of music. To find out more about Raven and her latest release "The Burning EP," please visit kingdomofraven.com.

Philadelphia singer/songwriter Devi returns with her new full-length album "Amazing." The new 12-song release begins with the pop tones of the title-song and before showcasing her singing talents during the inspirational "One More Day." She ventures into the dance clubs with the electronic beats of "Bad Boy" and "Let's Get Funky," before slowing the tempo down for the emotional of "Darkness." Devi delivers the anthem of empowerment during "It's Your Life," before finishing her new release with the pop tones of "One And Only," the slow sway of "Still Got The Blues" and the sultry, acoustic delivery of "Somewhere Between Love And Hate." To find out more about Devi and her latest release "Amazing," please visit deviofficialnow.com.

Welch-born singer/songwriter Chey recently released her latest single "She's Got You" on April 21st. This pop, power ballad deals with loss and rejection as Chey's vocals are the perfect recipe for mainstream radio success. The single is backed by a remix version, which gives the song an up-beat dance vibe as the lyrics carry a different meaning in this dance beat setting. To find out more about Chey and her latest release "She's Got You," please visit cheymusic.com.

Monday, April 24, 2017

RJ Podcast: The Duskwhales Hopped On To Discuss Their New Album And Current East Coast Tour

The Duskwhales made a return visit to our podcast to talk about their new album "Sorrowful Mysteries" and let us know how their current tour is going, which includes a couple stops in Connecticut. And yes, the mini-van is still running great.

CD Review: New Music From Family-Friendly Artists Mr Dave, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights And AJ Lee

From Chicago comes the new album from children's celebrity Mr Dave (a.k.a. Dave Hamilton). The new release titled "Feeling Good" is his fourth kids' album and will be available on June 9th. Not only are Mr Dave's songs extremely addictive, but he is also teaching as he is singing. He gives kids life lessons like in "Street Smarts" and "I Will Share," but he also tells us some amazing stories with "Captain Brown Beard" and "Pelican Kid." He incorporates the sunny sounds of The Beach Boys in his original "Two Wheels," before finishing up with the addictive, fun rhythm of "Tiny Things." To find our more about Mr. Dave and his latest release "Feeling Good," please visit mrdavemusic.com.

From Brooklyn comes the new children's album titled "Brooklyn Baby!" from Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights. It will be released on May 19th through Limbostar. The new album will be her eighth and combines elements of folk, rock, hip-hop, punk and pop in order to create songs that will appeal to adults as well as kids. Her new 13-song release begins with the swinging rock of "Ferry Nice" and continues with the jazzy tones of "Subway." Joanie simplifies the lyrics of "Stoop" to allow everyone to sing-along on the song's slow, swaying rhythm, but her voice really shines on the ballad "Brooklyn Baby." She spills rhythms like a rapper in "Pizza," before picking up the pace with the raw, punk energy of "Rainbow Bagels." She finishes the new album with the up-beat, light-hearted sound of "Shayne Punim" and the beautiful acoustic-folk style of "Sunday Morning." To find out more about Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights and their new album "Brooklyn Baby!," please visit joanieleeds.com.

From California comes the second solo outing from award-winning, country music singer AJ Lee. Her new self-titled album features cover songs by some of the founding voices of the California country/folk sound. Her new short 6-song release begins with the gentle touch of Gillian Welch's "Look At Miss Ohio" and the airy flow of Gram Parsons' "Hickory Wind." She turns Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" into classic country gold, before finishing her new album with the beautiful harmonizing on Herb Pederson's "Wait A Minute." To find our more about AJ Lee and her latest release, please visit aissalee.com.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Cait Brennan, David Childers & Amy Black

Indie-rock, singer/songwriter Cait Brennan is ready to release her new album "Third" on April 21 through Omnivore Recordings. Cait and her collaborator Fernando Perdomo reach new heights on this release, which quickly follows on the heels of her debut album "Debutante." The new 13-song release is broken up into two sides as if you were listening to it as a vinyl record. The album begins with the blues swing of "Bad At Apologies" as her vocals may come as a bit of a surprise, but the alternative rock sound is undeniable. The pace quickens with the punk-like energy of "Stack Overflow," while "He Knows To Much" comes off as pop gem from the early-nineties alternative rock revolution. Cait works in a Prince vibe on the cool tones of "Caitiebots Don't Cry." The second half of her new album begins with the Bowie-inspired glam sound of "Benedict Cumberbatch" as Cait Brennan channels her revenge on this rising movie star. The swift pace of "Shake Away" and the fun rock energy of "The Angels Lie" showcases Cait's knack for writing addictive songs filled with spirit. The album finishes with the Americana/folk ballad "Perish The Thought" and her return to the blues on "Goodbye Missamerica." To find out more about Cait Brennan and her latest release 'Third," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/planetcait.

From North Carolina comes the return of singer/songwriter David Childers with his latest album "Run Skeleton Run." The album will be released on May 5th through Ramseur Records and was produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M., The Smithereens). The album also features the help of Scott Avett (The Avett Brothers) as he begins the album off, reading a poem at the beginning of "Run Skeleton Run" as the train-like rhythm kicks things off. The new 12-song album continues with the gentle folk tale of "Radio Moscow" and the truthful Americana splendor of "Greasy Dollar," which includes the banjo work of Scott Avett. The quietness of "Ghostland" allows David's warm vocals to shine, before the tempo picks back up with the classic country sound of "Belmont Ford." The album finishes with Scott Avett returning for the stomp rhythm of "Thanks To All (Long Ago)" and the inspirational feel of "Goodbye To Growing Old." David Childers has about half-a-dozen shows lined-up at the moment. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new release "Run Skeleton Run," please visit davidchilders.com.

From Nashville, TN comes the new album from soul singer Amy Black. Instead of capturing the sound of her hometown of Nashville, Amy decided to head west and incorporate the sounds of "Memphis." Her new album features 10-tracks (7 original & 3 covers), beginning with the soulful blues of "It's Heard To Love An Angry Man," inspired by the work of Bobby Bland. On the album's first single, "The Blackest Cloud," Amy begins to open up and let her vocals lead the way down this southern rock groove. Amy brings in the help of backing vocalist Reba Russell and Daunielle Hill for the gospel-infused "If I Could Reach Out (And Help Somebody)," before slowing down for the powerful political anthem of "Let The Light In." The gentle acoustics of "Nineteen" allows Amy's vocals to be a shining light among the dark lyrics. The album closes with her bright, up-beat cover of "Further On Up The Road" and the slow blues of "I Need Your Love So Bad." Amy Black is hitting the road in June, following the release of her new album "Memphis." For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about her new album, please visit amyblack.com.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

CD/DVD Review: Friends Pay Tribute To Big Star With New Live Release

There are some bands that have simply been called inspirational for what they have offered the music industry, then there is Big Star. This rock band from the early seventies have done and meant more than just a simple inspiration to some of the biggest bands in alternative music. Following the death of Big Star's Alex Chilton in 2010, bands like R.E.M. and Wilco have paid tributes to the band that inspired them.

On April 21st, Concord Bicycle Music will release a brand new 2CD/DVD or Blu-ray set titled "Thank You Friends: Big Star's Third Live...And More." It features a 90-minute concert that celebrates the music of Big Star, performed by members of R.E.M., Wilco, Yo La Tango, Semisonic, the dB's and members of Big Star. The night focuses on Big Star's third studio album simply titled "Third," which as been called one of the most influential albums of all time.

The concert took place in April of 2016 and starts off with the beautiful acoustic strumming of Pat Sansone and Brett Harris on "Watch The Sunrise." R.E.M's Mike Mills sings "September Gurls" as if he was auditioning to be in the band as he delivers a flawless rendition. Harris and Mills join forces for the popular "In The Street" as they harmonize wonderfully together. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy comes out to inject some energy on the guitar driven rocker "When My Baby's Beside Me" and Ken Stringfellow delivers the goods on "Feel." Dan Wilson takes center stage for the heartfelt sing-along of "The Ballad Of El Goodo," before Tweedy returns for the quiet acoustics of "Nightime." The show wraps up with an appearance of Robyn Hitchcock, who recreates the experimental sounds of "Downs," before being seduced by the beautiful vocals of Skylar Gudasz on "Dream Lover." Then the whole cast comes out for the sing-along finale "Thank You, Friends."

With the bonus DVD or Blu-ray of the concert you are able to see the interaction between artists and how each one portrays their love for Big Star and what their music meant to them. To find out more about "Thank You Friends: Big Star's Third Live...And More," please visit concordmusicgroup.com.

Friday, April 21, 2017

CD Review: New Music From A Little Bit More, Inward Of Eden, Two Cities One World & Blue Honey

Country roots duo, Reed Fields and Jill Hamlin have teamed up as A Little Bit More to release their debut album "Silhouettes." Both artists have musical backgrounds as Jill previously performed with J.T. Cure (Chris Stapleton) and Reed worked with the bands Flat Creek and Charlie Lyons Band.  Their new 13-song release begins with the outlaw sounds of "Get Up Crowd" as Reed's vocals rally the troops. When Jill takes the lead on the country ballad, "If Only For A Moment," you are instantly swept-up by the warmth of her vocals. The duo call "Beer Bottle" their "Garth Brooks song" as they follow Brooks' blueprint on this swinging tune. Their two voices harmonize beautifully during "The Last Time," while "Holdin'" has the perfect pop melody to capture the hearts of mainstream country radio. Their new album finishes with the up-beat rhythm of "I'm Not In The Picture," which carries a nostalgic, classic country sound and the love letter duet of "Save Me Tonight." To find out more about A Little Bit More and their new release "Silhouettes," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/alittlebitmoremusic.

Next, from Knoxville, TN comes the latest release titled "Mind Control" from rockers Inward Of Eden. It features the guitar blazing single "Slow Burn," which has the band delivering a mature, heavy blues/rock sound. Their new EP only features four songs as they look to capture your attention with the classic seventies rock vibe of "Devil" and the hard rock, marching rhythm of "Ghost Of Amelie." To find out more about Inward Of Eden and their latest release "Mind Control," please visit inwardofeden.com.

The Bulgarian/American duo of Anna Yanova and Jared Cattoor, better known as Two Cities, One World recently released their new album "Let The Whole World Disappear." Their new 12-song release carries a very laid-back vibe as Anna's vocals are spectacular with the help of her multi-instrumentalist husband Jared on song like "Suga Daddy" and "Disappear." The music gets funky on "Honey Sweet Voice" as Anna's lets her soulful spirit soar on this slow number. Their worlds mesh together perfectly on the acoustic folk delivery of "She's A Beauty" and "Bird Song." To find out more about Two Cities, One World and their latest release "Let The Whole World Disappear," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/twocitiesoneworld.

Nashville husband and wife duo, Blue Honey recently released a short, 2-song EP. The smooth country sounds of "Angels Come Home" will not leave this duo a secret for much longer as their voices fit together perfectly. The music of "Hurts Just The Same" showcases the growth and maturity within the duo as they continue to evolve into a force in country music. Blue Honey are hitting the road with six shows in Tennessee beginning April 22nd. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their latest EP, please visit bluehoneymusic.com.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CD Review: More Hardcore Music Arriving From U.S. Bands Enemy Mind And Easy Money

First up, from Pennsylvania comes the latest release "No Safe Place" from death metal band Enemy Mind. Their new 9-song release begins with the build-up instrumental of "The Ending," that guides you into the growls of "Giving Up" and the thunderous speed of "It Just Gets Worse." The Enemy Mind juggernaut rolls through with aggressive force as the "Word To God" and "The Weight Of Guilt" continue their attack on your senses. The short 30-minute album wraps up with the quick-pace of "Cross The Line" and the thrash-infused energy of "The Time That Passed." To find out more about Enemy Mind and their latest release "No Safe Place," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/enemymind.

Next up is the latest release from Arizona's hardcore metal band, Easy Money. Their new album titled "Rules Of The Game," is split into two sides, combining for 8-songs clocking in at 23-minutes long. Side A begins with the guitar build-up of "The Score" as the music intensifies during each minute that passes. The screams of "Easy Target" and the swift hitting "Ricochet" will have your head spinning with it's intense rhythm. Side B begins with the blazing guitar intro "Easy Does It," which leads into the aggressive, hardcore delivery of "Predation." Their new release closes with the violent attack of "2nd Sight." To find out more about Easy Money and their latest release "Rules Of The Game," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/EasyMoneyHC.

CD Review: New Hardcore Rock Music From International Artists Raw Power, Worst, Asking For A Surprise & Companion

Italian hardcore punk band Raw Power are preparing to release their new album "Inferno" on June 9th through Demons Run Amok Entertainment. Their new 15-song album clocks in at just under 30 minutes, so you know the music is quick, with no need for fillers. Inspired by The Stooges, Raw Power attack your ears with "You Don't Know Your Enemy" and "Inferno." While their music may sound reckless, you cannot deny the energy they pour into their music, displayed in "How Many Bands" and "I Lost My Patience." They also perform in their native Italian language on "Amici" and "Dedico Queste Righe," as the music still gives the same impact. To find out more about Raw Power and their new release "Inferno," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Raw-Power.

Brazilian heavy metal band, Worst are preparing to release their new album "Instinto Ruim" on May 12th through Demons Run Amok Entertainment. The new 12-song release is sung in their native language of Portuguese. While you may not know exactly what they are saying, the music is intense as Worst come bursting out of the gate with the hard-hitting vibes of "Que Se Foda" and "Vencedores." Their hardcore rhythms are felt in "Conquistar" and the vocal screams of "Instinto Ruim" will make you instant fans of this international heavy metal band. To find out more about Worst and their latest release "Instinto Ruim," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/worst.

German hardcore metal band Asking For A Surprise recently released their new full-length debut album titled "Uncompromising." The chugging rhythm of "Infinite" and the growling vocals of "Lie Awake" kick off their new 9-song release with shear force that will have you stand-up and take notice of this new band. They sound like Rage Against The Machine on "Swing For The Fences," while "Headshot" will have you begging for more abuse from Asking For A Surprise. To find out more about their latest release "Uncompromising," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/askingforasurprise.

From Vienna, comes the latest album from hardcore metal band Companion. The new album titled "Unbroken" will be released on June 2nd through 1054 Records. It features a dozen tracks, beginning with the Sylvester Stallone-style intro, which leads into the aggressive chugging rhythm of "Unbroken" and the thrash metal speed of "No Plea For Mercy." They continue to bring the energy with the blazing guitars and screaming vocals of "Cold Concrete" and "The Enemy," before throwing up their heavy metal horns on "Antisocial." To find out more about Companion and their new release "Unbroken," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/CompanionHC.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CD Review: New Rock Releases Arriving From The Unit, Anchored And Rebel Beat

From Long Beach, CA comes the rock duo of Sofi Savage and Hutch Hostile, better known as The Unit. They will be releasing their debut album "I Won't Die" on April 28th through Pavement Entertainment. Their new 8-song release begins with the thick guitar riffs of "The Black" as Sofi's vocals demand your attention. The steady beats of "All That's Left" keeps the energy flowing on this new wave grunge masterpiece. The album continues with the raw feel of "And I Walk," before finishing with hard rock blues of "Hide" and the steady alternative buzz of "By Yourself." To find out more about The Unit and their latest release "I Won't Die," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/theunitrockband.

From Dallas, TX comes the latest release "Beneath The Surface" from the five-piece rock band Anchored. This will be the band's first album with Pavement Entertainment and was released on April 14th. Their new 12-song release begins with the blazing guitar intro of "The Show" as Anchored welcome you to have a good time. The energy kicks into overdrive with the addictive guitar riffs of "Fate" and the funky, country rock of "Shots And Cookies." They slow down the pace for mainstream radio gold with "Memory Lane" and "Circles" as the band deliver the goods in these tunes. The tempo picks back up with the thunderous groove of "Bar Fight" as the music hits the hard rock bullseye. They finish up their new album with the passion of "Fire" and the rock/hip-hop mix up of "Throwin' Down" featuring rap icon Snoop Dogg. To find out more about Anchored and their latest release "Beneath The Surface," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/AnchoredMusic.

Arriving May 5th is the full-length debut album from Rebel Beat titled "Steel Dust." It was produced by Jack Russell (Great White) and will be release through Pavement Entertainment. It features a dozen tracks (10 - studio, 2 - live), beginning with the nu-metal appeal of "I'm The Law" as their music mixes together electronic beats with a hip-hop/heavy metal mash-up of the vocals. Their music takes on a harder sound with the thunderous rhythm of "Swinging Around" and "Red Rock," before delivering a more mainstream rock sound with "Away." They play around with the beats and get funkier with the bass line of "Ferguson" and with "Braindown." They finish out the album with live versions of their songs "Dead President" and "Rebel Beat," which were recorded in Moscow in 2014. To find out more about Rebel Beat and their latest release "Steel Dust," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/rebelbeatmusic.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RJ Podcast: Blues Artist Kal David Chats With Us About Daffodils, Duets & Disney

Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Kal David talks with us about his upcoming performance and this year's Meriden Daffodil Festival and the memories of performing along side such great artists as Etta James, Johnny Rivers and John Mayall. Kal also gives us some insight into the creation of Sonny Eclipse, the auto-animatronic singing alien featured at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Frantic Chant, Buenos Diaz, The Flatliners, Braddock Station Garrison, The Korvids, The Dirty Nil

Scottish rock band Frantic Chant recently released their new album titled "The Glass Factory." The band packed their new album to the brim with new music, featuring 21 songs over the course of 75minutes of psychedelic rock. They begin with "A Descending Journey" as they combine elements of alternative grunge with spacey, sixties melodies to create another dimension of music. Their music will give you flashbacks during the swirling sounds of "Paisley Pie" and the experimental piece "Fiberglass Spiderlegs." The band goes "trippy" for the psychedelic soundscape of "Fac/Off," before a return back to reality for the up-tempo rock of "Swing To The Left." Frantic Chant take you on an epic journey in sound with the twelve-plus minute jam of "The Memory Song." They tell us the story of "Mushroom Jim & The Planet Of The Funky Apes," then follow the blueprint for sixties pop success with "Soft Flow." The album wraps up with the Pink Floydian feel of "Colour," the gentle folk/rock of "Kill Me Twice" and the carefree sixties closer "Join With The Band." To find out more about Frantic Chant and their latest release "The Glass Factory," please visit dgab.bandcamp.com.

Next from Austin, TX comes the full-length debut album from guitarist/songwriter Nick "Buenos" Diaz. His new 11-track album kicks off with the screeching guitar instrumental "Hem Haw," which leads into the tex-mex guitar shuffle of "1, 2, 3, 4." Diaz lets up on the pedal slightly for the blues of "Afternoon Novelas" and the Mexicali swing of "This Old Heart." He expands his guitar sound with the lo-fi fuzz work of "San Fransymphony," before finishing with the addictive classic seventies big guitar sound of "Move On" and the seven-minute musical journey of "Muneca." To find out more about Nick "Buenos" Diaz and his new self-titled release, please visit buenosdiazmusic.com.

Canadian punk band The Flatliners recently released their new full-length studio album titled "Inviting Light." It features a dozen tracks of youthful energy and raw guitar chords that will get your adrenaline flowing. Beginning with "Mammals," you easily get drawn in to their addictive, fun, upbeat sound. They keep the energy going with the screams and pounding rhythm of "Hang My Head." They slow down the tempo, but showcase their passion on "Unconditional Love," while the rawness of "Infinite Wisdom" gives off a Foo Fighters-type vibe. The album closes with the punk-like fury of "Wedding Speech" and the mainstream, alternative sounds of "No Roads." To find out more about The Flatliners and their latest release "Inviting Light," please visit theflatliners.com.

From Washington D.C. comes the return of Braddock Station Garrison with their new full-length album titled "Saint Stephanie And The Stones." It has been a few years since we last heard from Braddock Station Garrison and the release of their debut album "High Water," and with the help of a new drummer, this collection of new songs is sure to make you an instant fan. The new album begins with energetic and nostalgic pop/rock sound of "Mayday" as their music is easily accessible. Their sound gets a little heavier with the guitar buzz of "Popular Russians" and the wonderful alternative pop groove of "St Stephanie And The Stones." They deliver some beautiful songwriting with the acoustic folk/rock of "Pictures Of Lucy," before closing their new album with the guitar rock of "Hurry Up, Girl" and the energetic grunge-like delivery of "Fremont Street Blues." To find out more about Braddock Station Garrison and their latest release "St Stephanie And The Stones," please visit braddockstationgarrison.com.

Singer James Grant (frontman for Love And Money) has teamed up with producer Gordy Goudie (Echo & The Bunnymen) to form The Korvids. They will be releasing their new self-titled album on April 28th. The Korvids combine elements of soul, disco and pop to create a nostalgic time-trip to clubs of the seventies. Their new 10-song release begins with the beats of "Bad Faith" as Grant's vocals are surrounded by the perfect backdrop for his falsetto-style delivery. The eighties-pop aspect of "Tender Tyrannies" is hard to resist as the electronic beats, along with the soulful vocals deliver a smooth, up-tempo sound. Producer Gordy Goudie lets loose on the DJ-infused instrumental mix "Slouch," before the dance beats of "Beach Coma" take control of your mind and body. They finish their new album with the soulful dance/pop duet of "Are You Bored With Me Baby?" and the smooth jazz delivery of "Ursula My Love." To find out more about The Korvids and their new self-titled release, please visit kudosrecords.co.uk.

Finally, from Canada comes the latest compilation from the punk/rock band The Dirty Nil. Their new release titled "Minimum R&B" brings together 11-tracks from the band's back catalogue. The album is anchored by their new single "Caroline," which is has a raw, slow-swaying rhythm that allows the vocals to appear right up front as the guitars simmer in the background, waiting for their time to strike. Other highlights of this new release are the garage-rock, energy bursts of "Little Metal Baby Fist," "Guided By Vices" and "Beat." To find out more about The Dirty Nil and their latest release "Minimum R&B," please visit thedirtynil.bandcamp.com.

Monday, April 17, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Instrumental Guitarists Mark Barnwell & Strat Andriotis

There were a couple of instrumental albums that arrived last year from independent artists Mark Barnwell and Strat Andriotis. Both musicians have been climbing up the independent artist ladder with their latest releases. First up is Flamenco guitarist Mark Barnwell and his new album "Mandala." It features 10-tracks that capture the timeless tradition of World and Flamenco guitar. With the help of a dozen other artists, Barnwell showcases his talents on the Latin-flair of the album's opening track "Tierra del Fuego." He delivers the sweet shuffle of "Surco Latino," before displaying his heartfelt tones on the emotions of "Moonstone." The short, 2-minute "Sundance" is a beautiful piece of Flamenco guitar, while "Moroccan Skies" captures the essence and passion of Barnwell's songwriting as the musicians deliver a stunning piece of music. The album finishes with the epic journey of the seven-minute "Sahara" and the relaxed, gentle flow of "Mandala." To find out more about Mark Barnwell and his latest release "Mandala," please visit markbarnwell.com.
 
Next up is the latest album from guitarist Strat Andriotis titled "Less Off Patient." It features Andriotis on guitar, Jeff Vidov on piano and Andrianna Lee on violin. The new release features 11-tracks, beginning with the Gypsy Jazz guitar build-up of the title-song, "Less Off Patient." Lee's violin works beautiful alongside Andriotis' guitar on the up-and-down flow of "There's Always Tomorrow." The trio deliver a neo-classical sound on "A Behavior Pattern," while "The Diming Light" has the perfect melody of Lee's violin alongside Vidov's beautiful piano. The album continues with the quick pace of Andriotis' guitar work on "Where It Goes," before the emotions come pouring out of "Duet" and "Somewhere In Time My Love." To find out more about Strat Andriotis and his latest release "Less Off Patient," please visit stratmusic.net.

RJ Podcast: The Beehive Queen, Christine Ohlman Is Excited To Perform At The Meriden Daffodil Festival

Christine Ohlman, the "Beehive Queen," will be returning to the Meriden Daffodil Festival this year, headlining the event. She chatted with us about her upcoming live shows in Connecticut this year and about how much she loves performing at the Daffodil Festival. She also told us some stories of her time during Saturday Night Live and who were some of her favorite performers were.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

CD Review: Leo Bud Welch Continues To Amaze With His First Live Album At 85 Years Old

Blues artist Leo "Bud" Welch waited until he turned 81 years young to release his debut album. Welch was a lumberjack down in Mississippi for 30-plus years, where he picked up the sound of the blues. After retiring from his long-time job, Welch entered the studio and created an amazing solo album titled "Sabougla Voices" (review jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com).

Now at 85 years young, Welch recently released his first live album titled "Live At The Iridium." It features 17-tracks of classic delta blues, which fits Welch's demeanor and vocal tone perfectly. He starts out with the slow blues of "Praise His Name" and "Still A Fool," as the words he sings ring true. He picks the tempo up with the classic tones of "Go My Mojo Working," then gets down and dirty on the slow blues of "Five Long Years." He keeps things simple, delivering only what is needed in "Sweet Little Angel" and keeps the tempo rolling with "Po Boy," before closing out the show with covers of the blues classics, "Rollin' & Tumblin'," "Good Morning Little School Girl" and "Sweet Home Chicago."

The new release comes with a DVD of the entire show, plus a bonus interview with Welch and a video biography. Leo "Bud" Welch still has a few live shows lined up. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new live album "Live At The Iridium," please visit leobudwelch.com.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CD Review: Burnt Out Wreck Want You To "Swallow" Their Debut Album

The return of Gary Moat (Heavy Pettin) comes in the form of Burnt Out Wreck and their debut album "Swallow." The music on this album picks up right where Heavy Pettin left off as Moat's iconic vocals are supported by big, fat guitar riffs and exciting up-tempo rock rhythms. The album was released back in February through Cherry Red Records.

It begins with the band's theme song "Burnt Out Wreck" as Moat's vocals sound timeless on this song, which kicks the album off with high energy. The album's lead single, "Swallow" and "Pullin' It Out" carry that nostalgic Heavy Pettin rock sound, while the chugging guitars of "Talk About Love" gives a heavy metal edge to their sound. It's hard to deny the addictive delivery of "Medusa" as Moat and his band are in top form on this album. Burnt Out Wreck close out the album with "Your Love (Is All I Need)" as Moat's vocals steal the show and the inspirational hard rocker "Best Of Your Life."

The new album with co-produced by Gary Moat, along with Steve Rispin (Asia) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Rolling Stones). To find out more about Burnt Out Wreck and their new release "Swallow," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/BurntOutWreck.

Friday, April 14, 2017

CD Review: Seether Return To "Poison The Parish" While Gloom Debuts New "Solaris" Album

Hard rock trio Seether are returning May 12th with a brand new studio album titled "Poison The Parish." The album looks to continue their rise to stardom that began back in 2000. The album was produced by singer/guitarist Shaun Morgan as he helps Seether sound bigger and grittier on this new release.

Beginning with the extreme ferocity of "Stoke The Fire," the band comes blasting out of the gate with one of their heaviest tracks. They deliver a more mainstream sound on "Betray And Degrade" with the rhythm section of Dale Stewart and John Humphrey locked in. The power that this trio create with their music is felt in the aggressive tones of "Let You Down" and "Saviours" as Seether look to capture the hard rock crown. The screams of "Nothing Left" showcase the passion and strength in Morgan's vocals, before delivering the epic sound of "Emotionless." Their new 15-track release wraps up with the slower pace of "Feels Like Dying" and the dark, grunge-like delivery of "Take A Minute." For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about their new album "Poison The Parish," please visit seether.com.

Arriving June 2nd is the full-length debut album from the heavy metal quartet Gloom. The new album titled "Solaris" will be released through eOne Music and features the band's iconic, death metal sound as they bring together their influence of Norwegian death metal and combine it with the technical musicianship of Tool. Their new 10-song release comes blasting through your speakers right from the beginning with the growls of "Fallen" and the screams of "Perseus" as the music is an instant shot of adrenaline. The beats are swift on the powerful delivery of "Coronation" as the guitars come out blazing with classic thrash metal riffs on "Naught." The album wraps up with the dark tones of "Appetence Hominae" and an aggressive cover of Alice In Chains' "Them Bones." To find out more about Gloom and their new release "Solaris," please visit gloomdc.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Concert Review: Tesla, Poison And Def Leppard All Celebrate Milestones At Mohegan Sun

Last Wednesday night was a milestone night at Mohegan Sun. Three of classic hard rock's elite bands were on tour together celebrating anniversaries. Both Tesla and Poison were celebrating 30 years together, while headliner Def Leppard hit the 40 year milestone. Both Tesla and Poison bursted into the music scene in the late eighties as part of the "hair metal" genre. While Poison embraced the look, Tesla was concentrated more on the music and their short 35 minute set gave long-time fans only a glimpse in their 30 career.

Tesla kicked off their set with the high energy combo of "Into The Now" and "Edison's Medicine" as fans were quickly finding there seats. Guitarist Frank Hannon took center stage for his guitar solo during "The Way It Is," before everyone found themselves singing along to "Signs" and "Love Song." Tesla closed out their set with a return to where it all started for them, with their break through single "Modern Day Cowboy."

While Tesla may have been about delivering hard rocking music, Poison was all about giving their fans nothing but a good time. As the original four members of Poison hit the stage, they kicked off their set with "Look What The Cat Dragged In" from their debut album of the same name. Poison were always known as a party band and their nearly hour-long set did not disappoint. The crowd was heard singing along to such classics as "Talk Dirty To Me" and "Unskinny Bop." Lead singer Bret Michaels wished for everyone to take out their cell phones and light up the arena for the power ballads "Something To Believe In" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Their set was highlighted by the solos of C.C. DeVille in guitar and cancer survivor Rikki Rockett on drums. The energy in the arena exploded as Poison brought everyone to there feet with their set closer "Nothin' But A Good Time."

Def Leppard's history dates back to 1977 and the release of their first self-titled EP. They are also promoting the release of their new studio album and their new live album. Def Leppard opened their set with one of their new songs "Let's Go." While their new music may not have the same impact on their fans as their classic material, songs like "Dangerous" and "Man Enough" were still very well received. Def Leppard's go to album of the evening was the multi-platinum selling "Hysteria." Six songs from that album were performed as "Animal" and "Rocket" keep the energy high, while "Love Bites" and "Hysteria" felt like flashbacks to a simpler time for fans. Guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell traded the spotlight with electrifying solos during the classic hits "Bringing On The Heartbreak" and "Let's Get Rocked." Def Leppard finished their set sticking close to the studio version of "Pour Some Sugar In Me." Their two-song encore of "Rock Of Ages" and "Photograph" reminded fans why Def Leppard continues to be one of the most popular rock bands of all time. As the night concluded, fans were very appreciative of these three bands being together for over 30 years and still performing at the top of there game.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CD Review: Purple Pyramid Collects The Best Of Omega's Early Work For "Anthology"

Hungary's most successful rock band, Omega have recently released their first "Anthology," which collects the band's work from the sixties and seventies. Omega has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and have been covered by The Scorpions and their music has recently been used in Kanye West's song "New Slaves." The Purple Pyramid label has collected the band's earliest work and divided them up into two discs, "The Beaty Sixties" and "The Spacy Seventies."

Disc one features the work of their first three albums that were released in the late-sixties. Two of which were recorded in their native Hungarian language and the other was in English. The disc features Omega's early prog/pop magic in songs like "The Jester's Daily Bread" and "After A Hard Year." They showcased their rock force in "Everytime She Steps In" and "You Don't Know," while also digging into the blues of "200 Years After The Last War." The disc also includes the band's hit single "Pearls In Her Hair."

The seventies are where the band came into their own, releasing seven studio albums during the decade. The second disc starts out with the musical journey of "House Of Cards, Pt 1 & 2" with "Timerobber" sandwiched in between. Omega grew into a classic prog-rock band with songs like "Don't Keep Me Waiting" and "Late Night Show." They can still capture the rock element of the seventies decade with guitar-driven songs like "High On The Starway" and "Purple Lady." The set closes with the mellow pop tones of "Lady Of The Summer Nights" and the piano ballad "Silver Rain." To find out more about the new Omega "Anthology," please visit cleorecs.com.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CD Review: Raging Fire Have Returned And Are Razor Sharp On Their New Album

From Nashville comes the return of '80's alternative rockers Raging Fire with their first album of new material in over 30 years. Their new release titled "These Teeth Are Sharp," find the band in top form and hungry to reclaim their title as one of the top independent rock bands around.

After the release of their 2015 compilation "Everything Is Roses 1985-1989," founding member Mark Medley decided to reunite the band in honor of fellow founding member Michael Godsey, who died of a heart attack. Following the success of their live performances in 2015, the band decided to enter the studio with some new music to record, and the end result being "These Teeth Are Sharp."

Their new nine-song release begins with the up-tempo, guitar-boogie of the title song as the energy picks up during guitarist Jeff Cease's (The Black Crowes) electrifying guitar solos. The band covers of Rufus Thomas' "Walking The Dog," which allows lead singer Melora Zaner to work her magic on the song's bluesy vocals. The energy picks up with "Free To Be" as the band summoned the driving force with their timeless sound. The album finishes with the band kicking it into high gear with the raw, punk-like rocker "Raindances" and classic alternative appeal Of "Dreams From Under The Love Seat," which draws up memories of the early days.

Raging Fire will be performing at Nashville's "Grimey's New & Preloved Music" store as part of "Record Store Day" on April 22nd. The new album will be released on May 12 on the Pristine Nashville label. To find out more about Raging Fire and their new release "These Teeth Are Sharp," please visit ragingfire.us.

Monday, April 10, 2017

CD Review: Blues Singer Gina Sicilia Plays "Tug Of War," While Max Bouratoglou Debuts New Album

Blues vocalist Gina Sicilia is preparing to release her new album, "Tug Of War" on June 2nd through Blue Elan Records. The theme of her songs deal with the complexity of everyday life and just getting through the day. The new 11-song release begins with the soulful delivery of "Don't Want To Be (In Love)," as Gina's vocals have a mature quality to them. Her music carries a classic, Bonnie Raitt vibe as she locks into the blues groove of "He Called Me Baby" and "Never Gonna End." Gina slows down for the gospel-like tone of "I Cried," then builds the energy back up with the acoustic blues of "Abandoned," before finishing with a super-slowed down version of The Beatles' "All My Loving" and the up-beat, country swing of "Heaven." 

Gina Sicilia will be hitting the road following the release of her new album as she make her way across the U.S. To find out more about Gina Sicilia and her latest release "Tug Of War," please visit ginasicilia.com.


From Brooklyn comes the full-length debut album from singer/songwriter Max Bouratoglou titled "Idle Intuition." Max was mentored at a very young age by acclaimed singer/songwriter Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M., Big Star), who also produced the album. The new 9-song release begins with the up-tempo, poetic lyrics of "Contagious," which really showcase Max's songwriting talent on the album's opening track. He delivers the modern shuffle of "Strangers" and then quickens his pace on "Clay" as his music takes on a retro-sound. Max finishes his new album with the slow-sway of "Puppeteer," and the up-tempo pop/rock of "Reminisce." To find out more about Max Bouratoglou and his latest release "Idle Intuition," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/max.bouratoglou.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CD Review: Mike Pinera Revisits His Past With New "Timeless" Blues Image Compilation

In 1970, rockers Blues Image cracked the top 5 on the singles chart with their hit "Ride Captain Ride," then disappeared into obscurity. Guitarist/songwriter Mike Pinera was the heart of the band, until he left the group during the recording of their album "Open." He joined Iron Butterfly in 1969 for a short period of time, before going solo, but he always gave credit to the band Blues Image for beginning his amazing trip.

On March 31st, Purple Pyramid Records released a new 12-song compilation titled "Timeless" that gathers together many of the classic songs of Blue Image and Iron Butterfly along with some of Pinera's solo material. The new release begins with modernized versions of the classic singles "Ride Captain Ride" and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Both songs showcase Pinera's amazing guitar work as they receive the extended treatment, pushing the songs to their limits. A couple of guests that appear on this new release are hall of fame inductee Jonathan Cain (Journey) and guitarist Pat Travers. The up-tempo rock of "Love Is The Answer," combines the electrifying guitar work of Pinera with the keyboard wizardry of Cain on this quick-moving song. Travers and Pinera trade guitar licks on the classic seventies rock sound of "Pay My Dues," before slowing down for the gentle, pop-sway of "In The Garden Of Eden." The album finishes with the epics sound of "Isla" and the soulful swing of "Something To Say," highlighted by Cain's keyboards. To find out more about this latest release from Mike Pinera and Blues Image, please visit cleorecs.com.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

CD Review: Blackfoot Gypsies Are Ready To Rise "To The Top" With New Album

From Nashville, comes the classic sounding, roots rockers Blackfoot Gypsies with their latest release "To The Top." It will be released on April 14th through Plowboy Records. For those that may not have heard of them, their sound has been compared to seventies-style Rolling Stones and The Faces. They have recently toured along side other great live acts like Alabama Shakes and Drivn' N' Cryin.

Their new 15-song release kicks off with the raw, guitar-drivin' energy of "I'm So Blue" as they bring in that classic Muddy Waters blues sound and inject it with a shot of adrenaline. The band gets funky with the explosive classic rock of "Everybody's Watching," then revisit the early days of rock 'n' roll with the Beach Boys-like harmonies of "Promise To Keep." The Blackfoot Gypsies go all out country on "Potatoes And Whisky," then travel south for the jazz tones of "Back To New Orleans." They play loose on "Velvet Low Down Blues," before bringing back the energy with the The Stooges punk-like groove on "I Wanna Be Famous." The album wraps up with the slow stomp of "I've Got The Blues," the guitar-boogie shuffle of "Gypsy Queen" and the nostalgic-fuzz of "Why Should I Try."

The Blackfoot Gypsies have just kicked off their U.S. tour, which runs into May. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "To The Top," please visit blackfootgypsies.com.

Friday, April 7, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie Artists The Pinkerton Raid, Kristina Cottone And The Rivergods

From Durham, NC comes the latest release "Tolerance Ends, Love Begins" from Americana, folk/rock band The Pinkerton Raid. The band is sort of a family affair as singer/songwriter Jesse James DeConto has build his latest batch of songs around the guitar work of brother Steven and also includes sister Katie on vocals, giving their sound more depth. Their new 9-song release begins with the mellow tones of "Righteous Rain," which seems to have drawn its influence from the Velvet Underground as the poetic lyrics make you listen intently to the words. Katie gives the songs "Hollywood" and "Deeper The Skin" more accessibility that draws you in with her sweet vocals. The band mixes the dark lyrics of "Ghost In My Bed" with the song's up-tempo rhythm to create some exciting new Americana music. The album closes with the stark ballad "Colorado Eyes" and the most accessible song on the album, the mainstream alternative folk/rock of "Beach Access 33." To find out more about The Pinkerton Raid and their latest release "Tolerance Ends, Love Begins," please visit pinkertonraid.com.

From Chicago comes the debut EP from singer/songwriter Kristina Cottone. Her new release titled "Bow," features Kristina's jazzy, soulful vocals as they sink into your mind. She begins her new release with the mellow, laid-back strumming guitar of "Bad To Me," which allows Kristina to work in a little scat-singing. The energy picks up with the pop/rock of "BFF" and the sultry, R&B movement of "Boston Boy." Her new short EP closes with her strong, soulful vocals leading the way during the title-song "Bow." To find out more about Kristina Cottone and her latest release "Bow," please visit kristinacottonemusic.com.

Connecticut's own roots/Americana band, The Rivergods recently released their latest studio album titled "State Of The Union." The album is a celebration of the band's 20th anniversary and continues to feature the singing/songwriting duo of Ben and Nancy Parent. Their new 12-release begins with the up-beat folk/rock of "Jubilee" and the Americana-pop of "New Emperors," which is very addictive with its heart-warming melodies. They deliver a classic country sound with "It's Up To You," before diving into the waltz of "Churches." Nancy's vocals give extra emotion to the soothing ballad "Station Down The Line," before they bring up the southern rock groove of "Ratchet." They finish their new album with the memorable chorus of "Lost On You" and the six-plus minute jam of "State Of The Union." To find out more about The Rivergods and their latest release "State Of The Union," please visit therivergods.com.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CD Review: Through Fire Deliver Deluxe Version Of "Breathe" & Celtic/Punk Band The O'Reillys And The Paddyhats Show The "Sign Of The Fighter"

Right from the heart of the U.S. comes the new deluxe version of the debut release from hard rock band Through Fire. Their new album titled "Breathe" was originally released last summer as they gathered a huge following of fans as they hit the road with hard rock vets OTEP.  Now, they are re-releasing the album with extra bonus tracks and it will be released for the first time on vinyl on April 7th.

The original 11-song album gets beefed up with acoustic versions of their hit singles "Stronger" and "Breathe." On these new versions, you are able to really get into the lyrics and the story behind the songs. The new deluxe version of the album also includes the full, extended version of their hit singles. Both songs carry that strong, hard rock vibe, with a little extra boost of energy. Through Fire are hitting the road again, beginning April 8. They will also be performing at "Rocketfest" in May and "Summerfest" in Alaska in June. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about the new deluxe edition of their album "Breathe," please visit throughfiremusic.com.


From Germany comes the Celtic rock/punk band The O'Reillys & The Paddyhats with their new studio album "Sign Of The Fighter." It was recorded at Germany's famous Principal Studios and will be released in the U.S. on April 14th through Metalville Records. The new 13-song release opens with the swift, sing-along of the title song and the momentum begins to move you. They tell the tale of the German/Irish travelers with the fun, addictive quick-pace of "Come On Board." They keep the energy flowing with the Celtic folk/rock of "In Chains" and "Irish Way" as their music combines the world of Celtic storytelling with the energy of punk to give their sound a shot of adrenaline. Their new album wraps up with their theme song, "Paddyhats" and a Celtic cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer." To find out more about The O'Reillys & The Paddyhats, please visit paddyhats.com.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Concert Review: Anthrax And Killswitch Engage Bring Their Power & Energy To Connecticut



The Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford was ground zero for the heavy metal community on Tuesday night. Four bands, including the powerful Killswitch Engage and the legendary Anthrax, descended upon The Dome to deliver over four hours of energetic, head-banging metal.

The night began with a short 20-minute set from local Connecticut vocalist Jamey Jasta. He is best known in the hardcore, heavy metal community as the lead singer of the band Hatebreed, but Jasta brought his solo band to this “hometown” gig. Following Jasta was the hardcore progressive metal band The Devil Wears Prada. Their 40-minute set gave the audience a sampling of their great musicianship and dual vocals as they gave new fans a taste of their brand of metal music.

Anthrax were the elder statesmen of the evening, celebrating over 35 years as a thrash metal band and their fan base ranged in age from 10 years old to 60 years old. Their 75-minute set centered on their most famous album, “Among The Living” and their current release “For All Kings.” The audience sang every word to their more well-known tunes like “Among The Living” and “I Am The Law,” while the intense, extra-fast delivery of “Caught In A Mosh” opened up the pit for fans to slam to. Guitarist Scott Ian begged the question, “Do you like thrash metal?” To which a huge roar came from the audience. Their new songs “Evil Twin” and “Blood Eagle Wings” carried a heavier vibe in this live setting and fit perfectly alongside classics like “Madhouse” and “Antisocial.” Anthrax closed their set with the extended jam of “Indians,” which included a “wardance” as the mosh pit grew larger in the center of the floor.

Headliners, Killswitch Engage had the audience eating out of the palm of their hand as songs like “My Last Serenade” and “Hate By Design” put everyone’s adrenaline into overdrive. The mosh pits excelled and the crowd surfing intensified during the hard hitting songs, “Vide Infra” and “This Fire Burns.” The chugging guitars of “The End Of Heartache” and the screams of “Rose Of Sharyn” turned the crowd on its side as the energy shot through the roof. After almost four-and-a-half hours of hard hitting, heavy metal music, Killswitch Engage finished the evening with their popular cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver” and their equally popular original “In Due Time.” As this tour makes its way across the U.S., it will leave a path of heavy metal fans with a renewed love for the genre as all in attendance threw up the devil horns in salute.