Sunday, 10 June 2018 00:00

Alone Together- EP Review

Alone Together are an Indie/ Pop band from East Los Angeles formed in 2015 by lead Vocalist/ Rhythm Guitarist Calista Del Toro and Backing Vocalist /Bassist Chloe Guzman at the age of 15, whom are joined by lead Guitarist Anthony Guerra and Drummer Jacob Guzman. They have built a reputation on strong performances and winning several Best of Band competitions. Last year, they released their debut self-titled debut EP, a vibrant buzz of dynamic rock and tunes that are as addictive as sugar candy. Alone Together express that type of female- fronted bands that made Paramore a success in the Mid 2000’s. They are a cohesive unit capable of writing effective pop songs and music based on basic progressions, which produces a frenetic and loveable sound.

Opener Out is impactful with its groove- oriented Pop. Calista’s vocals conveys all the emotion that is relatable about not giving up on your dreams. The slide guitar guides the listener like a compass directing the ear. A catchy chorus and a tight drumming pattern that creates a rhythmic structure that you can’t help but feel hooked.

Show Me is a Guitar-Oriented track that is more energetic and boisterous than the opener . The addition of Chloe Guzman’s harmonious backing vocals makes this track more commercially assessable for a teenage audience, which starts with a rolling rumble of power chords that progresses into a melodic bridge and heartfelt lyrics that is fast, effective and full of charm.

The Package is a more placid track about moving on from a previous relationship. There is a more mid- tempo pace here that suits the soft nature of Del Toro’s vocal lines. I feel this blends well with more ballads like this one in comparison to the more up tempo rock songs. The overall tone and progressions are intimate, which I felt is personal. The guitar harmonies build to a screeching halt that conveys moving on whilst the choral singing by the group is a nice refrain to wrap up this enchanting track.

And Finally, Lonely LuLu is a mellow track rich in texture and melancholic tones. I feel the juxtaposition of lead vocals and backing supplement one another to give a sound that is as every bit as isolated as the lyrical content. I feel this is a good track to end on because of the feeling conveyed upon completion. The acoustic guitar and distorted electric guitars combine with the driven bass pedal effect that feels like the listener is entering a journey with the band.


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Alone Together will be next appearing at Tribal Café, W Temple St, Los Angeles on June 16th.

 

About The Venue

TRIBAL CAFE ESPRESSO HEALTH BAR
“Healthy Food for the Masses”

Tribal Café Espresso Health Bar is a health-driven, fast-casual café offering a unique, multi-branded menu with 3 distinct food categories: the Tribal Deli, the Tribal Juice Bar and the Tribal Espresso/Tea Bar.

Tribal Café Espresso Health Bar serves healthy, affordable and innovative California comfort food cuisine designed for both the vegetarian and traditional food lovers.   We offer a menu of well-conceived simple foods– delicious Buddha Bowls, Green Salads, Sandwiches, Wraps & Burritos, Fruit Smoothies & Green Smoothie Meal Replacements & Fresh-Squeezed Green Juices.

Our emphasis is on healthier ingredients, more generous portions of fresh leafy greens & fresh-cut veggies and fruits on top of nutritious meat and plant-based proteins and ancient grains.

Our forceful objective is to promote our healthier food offerings to make an impact in our collective fight against the epidemic of degenerative diseases brought about by the typical “western” diet we were induced to consume for years.

Premised on a vision to offer “Healthy Food for the Masses”, our pricing structure leans towards the “affordable”. Our long-range goal is to expand and fill the ever-growing need for truly-nourishing food and drinks in the “food oasis” that is the general Los Angeles community, specifically in the poorer, underserved areas of the city.

FORESTEATER + THE PERT CREATURES + ALONE TOGETHER
6pm / $10 Donation

For more information on the band please visit http://www.alonetogetherband.com/ for upcoming gigs, colourful images of the group performing, merchandise and further songs too.

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One minute and fifty seconds. That´s all it took for me to fall in love with the Slovakian Stringbow Trio. When that short video hit my Facebook timeline, I knew it was time for me to pay attention and listen carefully. The record was from a live performance at a summer festival in Trnava, one of the many cities in Slovakia where the band performs their irresistible mixture to always crowded, enchanted audiences. Suddenly, the video is gone, followed by another one and before you know it, the internet ocean drowned you again. But not this time, I thought. I had to learn more about those extraordinaire musicians! First, I could find they came from Topolcany, a city founded in the 9th century that used to be a regional market centre during the Middle Ages and a crossroads of trade routes. Classy, all right! That explains the cosmopolitan flair of the Trio formed by: Adam Halás (21), Violin; Rastislav Sumega (20), Guitar and Lukáš Deviatka (20), Upright bass. But who were those guys? Searching for the 1:15 video post once again, I came to Adam, the violin player and voice of the Trio, when it comes to international relationships:

(GF) How would you describe the repertoire of the Stringbow Trio? By the way, how did you guys come to that name?

(AH) The name of the band was created by the words string and bow, meaning the violin bow. Our repertoire consists of songs from all over the world, including famous compositions, which are arranged in an original way. We also like to play songs from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, in French string jazz style. In other worlds, it is music without borders.

(GF) I would definitely say you guys get a touch of Latin Jazz in your tunes, too. It is really impressive!

(AH) It´s just creativity and music fusion, but I would say that, if there´s something special about our style of playing, it is the fact that the Trio consists only of string instruments. I believe that this unusual formation gives our music a unique sound.

(GF) Your live videos show a very dynamic stage performance and I would say you´ve probably known each other for a while. How did you guys meet and when did the Trio started?

(AH) We are classical trained musicians, so we all met at the Conservatory. That´s where we started to make music together. Although we also perform as soloists in Chamber orchestras, jazz groups, tango orchestras and many other formations, the Trio itself started performing internationally in 2017, after we got the price at the New Faces of Slovak Jazz competition.

(GF) Future plans?

(AH) The Trio will record its first album. We don´t have a release date yet, but we will come with more information by the end of the Summer. You have something to look forward to!


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Starting this week....

Fresh bands and artists for your ears!

 

The Decrees

The Decrees are a no-holds barred Rock 'n' Roll band, who possess the high-octane energy of Punk, and hail from Fife, Scotland. They mix different blends of genres in their songs but still retain a raw and provocative take on music that is reminiscent of a bygone age.Releasing their exciting, debut four-track EP, in April of this year, entitled "Screams From Suburbia", The Decrees looked to give a musical account of the everyday experiences of the monotony of modernity with this release; blending full-throttle rock music with catchy choruses and beats.

Best Not Broken

Best Not Broken has made a name for itself as one of the premier indie pop/rock bands in the Northeast. Having performed with contemporary chart-topping artists like Jason Derulo and Matt Nathanson as well as legendary classic rockers like Pat Benatar, Little River Band, Gin Blossoms, and Jefferson Starship, the band has proven it can charm audiences of many types. Their debut EP, Somewhere Good, produced by Boston music legend David Minehan, put them on the map in compelling fashion, and their follow-up EP, Falling In, also produced by Minehan, shows a band that continues to evolve even as it maintains its infectious hooks and grooves.


Stephen Bruce

Stephen Bruce has spent his life on stage. As a young child, he started performing with family in church and at revivals. His young adult life brought on gigs with local bands and musicians. Music is more than just a part of his life. It influences every aspect, especially his struggle with depression. 

With his eyes on God and his hands on a guitar, he pours out his feelings of anguish, anxiety, and dark thoughts. In Breaking Through, Stephen shares his journey through song.  Along with his struggles, the music has an underlying note of faith, both having a strong presence in his life.


Shelby Raye

Shelby Raye is a native of Chapin, SC. Growing up on the waters of beautiful Lake Murray, the small-town lifestyle is evident in the twangy soulfulness of this pint-sized powerhouse's vocals. Never one to be put in a box, her passion for music of all genres has burned a hole in her soul which she consistently seeks to fill with new experiences and sounds.


The Inoculated Canaries

New York band,  The Inoculated Canaries are bringing back ROCK! 

Influenced by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Foo Fighters their music is exhilarating and heart-pounding. They have a classic rock feel with a modern twist. 

The Inoculated Canaries have performed with Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish of Living Colour and were invited to open for The Mowglis at Winterfest. 

Fresh out of the studio, The Inoculated Canaries will be releasing their newest EP "TRYING TIMES" on January 3rd, which follows their previous releases, EP "The Blue Laws", their prog instrumental  "The Fifth Song" and their single "Don't Be Late."



Lainey Dionne

Lainey Dionne  is a Providence based indie artist and singer/songwriter. Her debut record, Can't Refuse - EP, was released in 2016 and is available on iTunes, Spotify, and other streaming services. She writes the "sort of music that immediately makes you forget that you left a burning oven on, or should be doing something productive.

.She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2015, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business with a minor in Music Production and Engineering. While attending, she had the pleasure of learning from industry professionals such as Grammy Award winning producer, Jason Stokes and Grammy-nominated hit songwriter, producer, and Warner Brothers Records executive, Kara DioGuardi.  Lainey's music is inspired by the lyrics and compositions of Coldplay, Vance Joy, and The Lumineers. From her notable education and musical inspirations, Lainey has acquired her own unique sense of artistry.

 

 

Chelsea Takami

The emergence of Chelsea Takami’s music could not have come at a better time. With today’s world in constant flux, we need a message of honesty; something that will stand the test of time within the months and years to follow. 

Takami is the artist who delivers truth and meaning through her music with natural rhythm, enticing melodies, great charisma, and an open heart. She delivers real, well-crafted stories that hint at a burgeoning talent; one which will undoubtedly mature and sweeten with time.

 

Black Water Mountain

Black Water Mountain is an American Rock act out of Houston, TX. Featuring a high energy, raw, powerful sound which has been missing in today's market. Some writers have quoted their sound as being addictive, strong musical hooks, talented writers... or you can say "The Soul of Rock and Roll!" This band's high energy stage presence is definitely a professional act, a must for any festival or concert.

 

Ebon Cross

Ebon Cross is a Hard Rock Band from Orlando,Florida, formed in 2009 by Tony LaBosco, formerly of Savage Death, a mid 80’s thrash band. Ebon Cross consist of Chris Fannin (Vocals), Tony LaBosco (Guitar) Ricky Lee (Drums) and Rik Lott (Bass).  Ebon Cross presents an explosive synergy, generating a unique style, fulfilled with a melodic encounter of expressions, original music in its purest state. Inside of a progressive framework the band develop a contemporary unique sounds and lyrics, which express the reminiscences of the American culture.  The band hit the music scene hard in 2009,  focused on playing live shows and spreading their original songs to a fan base in Florida making their fan base grow, as did their reputation. Ebon Cross has shared the stage with several national acts to include Saliva and Tantric.

 

The Heroic Enthusiasts

With feet firmly planted in the ethos of ‘80s post-punk, and an eye and sound focused toward the future, The Heroic Enthusiasts deliver powerful, intoxicating hooks spiked with touches of sophistication and danger. 
The band was formed by James Tabbi and Thomas Ferrara in 2014, but the duo's symbiotic relationship dates back to the early ‘90s. Tabbi, the former leader singer of darkwave stalwarts and critical darlings Eleven Pond, and later, The Artillerymen; and Ferrara, a founding member of New York City-based rock group Bullseye (Columbia Records) and new wave bands The Puppets and 2 Boy Cure, were kindred spirits.

 

 

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The Brothers Footman

Every once in a great while the stars align to bring together an abundance of talent, dedication, and commitment to excellence; such is the case with Dikembe, Gerald, Micah, and Joshua Footman. Their breakout hit Clear Country Sky seems to have struck the right chords and challenges musical barriers that dictate they be boxed into a particular sound or genre of music.  From the initial rifts of the acoustic guitar you get the sense that Country Sky will be an instant classic. Add to that the unique and blended harmonies of the brothers and before you know it you’re hooked by the catchy, addictive lyrics.

In 2017 The Brothers Footman signed a record label deal with Victory Music Buzz, LLC.

 

Celeste Buckingham

By the age of 17, Celeste Buckingham had already conquered the European music scene. Born in Switzerland to a Swiss-American family, she rose to international recognition on the program SuperStar, indisputably solidifying her status as a pop star in Eastern Europe along the way. Her 2012 full-length debut, Don’t Look Back [EMI Czech Republic], yielded the Top 10 single “Run Run Run”, which even garnered the honor of “Best Czech & Slovak Act” at the MTV Europe Music Awards. However, in 2013, Celeste officially arrived in the United States, immediately turning heads as she commenced her next conquest.

 

STEREOFEET

StereoFeet is an American rock band formed in Chattanooga, Tennessee by Chris Graham and Leon Walker. StereoFeet is a band concerned with making quality rock'n'roll that first draws in listeners with a passionate, melodically hard-rocking sound, and gets them to do some soul searching while they're there. Lyrically, their themes of universal struggles, hope in adversity, self-examination, and striving for goodness, are issues everyone can relate to and receive encouragement from. Neither trendy nor antiquated in style, the band aims for music with no expiration date. This is a serious and hard-driving band, but they have their softer side with some subtler, bittersweet acoustic elements interspersed. The conviction and commitment inspiring StereoFeet is strikingly apparent in their intense, energetic live shows. They consistently pour out everything they have onstage when they perform.

Indigo Reign

Indigo Reign was formed in early 2015, and since then has recorded two EPs and a single and has performed widely across South Africa. Their music has been played on radio stations across South Africa and internationally.
In October 2015 the band recorded an EP: Could You Be? The EP features three tracks, all written by Indigo. In December 2015, they completed a tour of the Eastern Cape to promote the CD, to excellent reception from audiences. Could You Be? was on the charts at Wild Coast FM for over two months, reaching number 4.
The songs are a reflection on some of the darker times in Indigo’s life and an exploration of love and loss, not least the loss of his close friend and bass player, Dean Michael, who died tragically in 2013.

Paragon

Blending melodic forcefulness with harmonious arrangements, the synergy that defines the group’s esoteric sound is driven by alternative piano rock with a modern edge. First and foremost however, before attempting to put a label on the group’s unique sense of aesthetics, Evine strives to create epic and unforgettable melodies that are bound to leave an impression even with the most jaded listener.


Victor Spoils

FORMED IN LATE 2014, VICTOR SPOILS BRINGS TOGETHER THE TALENTS OF JOSH NEUGEBAUER (VOCALS, GUITAR, KEYS), AARON ELLIS (GUITAR, VOCALS), NICK FEDERINKO (GUITAR, VOCALS), DOUG LEE (BASS, VOCALS) AND DAN NEWMAN (DRUMS). HAVING PLAYED TOGETHER IN PREVIOUS BANDS (A DAY LATE, HOW BIZARRE) THIS VETERAN GROUP DELIVERS POP ROCK PERFECTION. THE SPOILS LINEUP IS HERE TO BRING YOU MORE THAN JUST YOUR AVERAGE ROCK SHOW…THEIR UNIQUE BLEND OF VOCAL MELODY WITH PURE ROCK ENERGY WILL LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE.

 

Joel Cross

Joel grew up singing gospel songs with his seven siblings. His heartfelt approach showcased his ability to make each piece sound new, truly a sound all his own. One afternoon, while playing the Dallas Arboretum, Joel decided to appease the crowd’s unconventional request for a song by Taylor Swift. A fan happened to catch his very soulful rendition of “Shake it Off” on video and uploaded it to YouTube. By the next morning, it had over half a million views, and Joel’s face was on every major news source in Dallas. The viral video quickly catapulted his career as he captured the attention of fans across the globe, including Ellen DeGeneres, America’s Got Talent, Capitol Records, Time, and MTV. Four-time Grammy award-winning artist, India Arie, was also intrigued by Joel when she heard one of his original songs, “Candlelight,” and invited him to collaborate with her on her upcoming album.

Mark of 1000 Evils

After being bereft of band-related shenanigans for a while, Dan & Jeff met over ballet lessons and set about making some noise... Bringing Andy in through a mistaken Russian Bride order over the web.

 

Le Folli Arie

Le Folli Arie become a reality in 2012. The band is made of four musicians living in Milan that have a huge live experience. They all have worked in various musical projects and share a common love for music from the 70's (Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, PFM, Banco di Mutuo Soccorso, Area,...). They have also been influenced by grunge, pop, latin, funk, jazz, heavy metal. The clash and melt of all these musical influences gave birth to Le Folli Arie's unique style.
The process of making the band sound whole and unique required 2 years of labor-intensive work..
Once you listen throughout the album you can perceive the binding that gathers the 13 tracks together. 
The listener is able to experience many extremely different atmospheres and emotional episodes and to appreciate a deep sense of coherence throughout the entire listening experience.
That's why defining Le Folli Arie's style is not a simple task: it could be prog music dressed as pop or the exact opposite.


Ashlynne Vince

Ashlynne Vince is a Canadian singer/songwriter who has had the privilege to work with many well-known artists on both sides of the border. You can see Ashlynne as a regular performer down on Broadway in the heart of Music City.... or on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls where she performs regularly at Hard Rock Cafe, Kelseys, Niagara Brewing Company, Hilton.....or at one of the several summer festivals in and around Canada.

Article Photograph byWesley Gibbs

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 01:12

Spotlight On International Music

My love for Jam band music is innate within me as a person but for the past few years I have been delving further and further into music from all around the world. These influences and musical contributions to humanity itself are far-reaching and grand in the scheme of things. Music is the language of us all. It is the root of the universe and the rhythm of life itself. American music has influenced people from all over the world but the industry can be very selfish and close-minded. In this editorial, I would like to encourage all of my readers to listen to and engage in new music and especially, music from other countries, you never know what's going to speak to your soul.

While Afro-beat is not new by any means lately, I have been seeing a resurgence of this West African tradition, which takes it influences from Jazz and other Western musical derivatives. Felt Kuti seems to be the originator or at least the most famous of all Afrobeat artists from the 1970s and beyond but there are many new artists doing the same thing that possibly don't get as much recognition. Besides Fela’s son Femi and grandson Seun, who keep this tradition alive, The Antibalas have emerged from Afro-beat, Reggae and Latin music combined. If you want to explore new music and rhythms start The Antibalas, they are one of the most original and danceable bands I have seen in years. 

Tinariwen has taken the world by storm this year and if you haven't heard of this band, you have to check them out immediately. This band turns traditional Arabic music on its head and adds hard hitting, rock sounds and musical structures. They recently did their first tour of America with resounding success. 

 

We never seem to talk about Australian music enough and they seem to have taken the psychedelic tradition from the 1960s on to the next level. A few bands come to mind when I think of the new psychedelic Australian musical and cultural movement. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are psychedelic rock meets progressive punk mixed with Celtic rhythms not heard in popular music today. It's really hard to describe King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard so, it's best just to listen to them. They are the only band to have a completely atonal album and their music videos are completely wild and eccentric. They toured North America this year and sold out almost every performance. I'm sure you will hear more about them soon. The Babe Rainbow is another Australian act that has caught my attention with their groovy, smooth, psychedelic flow. Songs like ‘Planet Junior’ and ‘Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest” can immediately take you back in time and are great examples of how this band incorporates sitar and ambient sounds.

 

 

If you're interested in World Music and International Music, I suggest you check out these bands and see where it takes you. I am also interested in expanding my musical knowledge and if anyone has any other international bands that I should check out, please feel free to drop me an email or comment. 

Keep Your Ears And Heart Open,

Robert Fadley

Published in USA Section
Saturday, 28 July 2018 13:06

Superfecta- Disconnect Abum Review

 

 

 

Superfecta are a Hard Rock act from London that have been around since 2011. I had the pleasure to cover them a few months back, and was impressed by their raw energy . I was humbled to cover this new release for the band when I enquired a few months back about writing a review for them they happily responded and received this opportunity . The overall quality of the band’s music and work ethos creates a combination of stylings like classic rock, hard rock and grunge. The album’s title refers to the disconnect people feel within society and technology , which was recently released . The band are led by Roberto Negrini (Vocals) Danun Todd (Guitar) Carl Highman (bass) and Matt Vella (Drums). The thing that impressed me the most about Superfecta is the chemistry within the music that blends each instrument into a cohesive rendition of fist- pumping and emotive music. The music was made to be edgy, heavy and breath bating with structured melodies and teeth rattling drumming: they are a band worth looking out for.

 

   

 

Opener Leviathan is an example of melodies combined with emotional breakdowns in signature and driven rhythms that will lead the listener hooked. This is a perfect start full of the ingredients of classic rock and guitar- oriented rock

Mannequin is another hard hitting track that will appeal to a hardcore rock audience. The band show a consistency with a thumping guitar sound, and bass galloping along to a climax. The vocals change in range and direction that fits in nicely with the guitar solo at the end.

Nothing Remains and The Abyss continue this solid performance with some strong song writing and guitar effects that add another dimension to the band’s high octane density.

Break the Frame is a more slow tempo track with dark elements that is reminiscent of early AIC.

Blackout picks up the intensity once more with this upbeat track. The band fail to back down from engaging lyrics and evolving riffs that maintains the velocity throughout

The album concludes with A Little Secret with it’s contagious guitar parts and groovy bass lines

Two thirds is a fitting finality with it’ melodic patterns and distorted guitars. This is a timely reminder of when good rock albums were made. The production is is so clear you can hear every note played. Each track is diverse in sound without sounding the same. Superfecta are a band going forward

The band will be performing at Scream Lounge, Croydon, London on September 15

You can find further information on the band by visiting https://superfecta.co.uk/ . This site has a colourful layout with access to gig photos and a forum for fans to interact. I feel this offers more for the fans.

  

Facebook This site is fan -friendly and provides interaction for new fans. There are news, photos, music videos and mp3’s for fans.

Twitter I feel this highlights the band’s more personal side and willingness to keep fans engaged.

Spotify Superfecta - Disconnect


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Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Afro Nick Song and Record Release

Back for more, the Afro Nick has returned with two brand new song releases that explore the growth and maturity of The Afro Nick's musical style. For those who aren't familiar with The Afro Nick and his unique and heartfelt song compositions, look no further than my last review here at The Old School Project. The Afro Nick has once again delivered a raw, high powered performance inspired by the classic rock legends like, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and Santana. The Afro Nick oozes and accentuates what it means to be Rock and Roll. Having acquainted myself with his sound and recording process, I have delved into the songs “You” and “Wild Angel” with an open mind and an open hear. I will directly focus on “You”, a song that I found inspiring and powerful.

The recently released single “You” is some of The Afro Nicks best work to date. I can tell that the music is growing and evolving every time I hear his new stuff. The recording itself is very well done and mixed to perfection. Again, Afro Nick reminds me of The Black Angels or something of the like. “You” is hard-rock driven with distorted guitar parts. The chorus is ethereal and harmonious, which juxtapose as well with the excellent guitar solo. Overall, this is my favorite Afro Nick song to date. I am looking forward to checking this release out on vinyl.


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Wild Angel” is a melodic, heartfelt love song that tells the story of a man fallen from grace. This song is reminiscent of the Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” but not in the name, just a feeling that the song exudes. This song works well with “You” and both songs show a different side of what The Afro Nick brings to the table.

I talked with The Afro Nick about his upcoming releases here for The Old School Project and you can read his words below:

What inspired you to write you and can you tell us a bit about your upcoming releases?

(Afro Nick) A Few years ago, I was roaming around West Village with my girlfriend and I happened upon a small music store on West 4th street. I knew they keep vinyl’s in the basement so, I walked downstairs to take a look. There was a guy there playing a fretless guitar and he sounded really good. So, I turn to see who he is and to my surprise I see, Carlos Santana, and next to him, Cindy Blackman. I immediately ask my girlfriend, “Do you know who this guy is?” and she said “No, It can’t be him.” Just a few minutes later, I’m introducing myself to Carlos Santana saying, “It’s You! Right?”It has become one of my most memorable moments and an inspiration for my song, “You”. When I sat down to write the song, I mixed it up with a love story, but the inspiration and the main idea of the song is about Carlos and his music. “You take me, you ring love in the air, you make me high, all I need and I’ll be fine.”

The song “You” is the A side of 7” Lathe Record that I will release on June 9th. (online on June 8th) The release Show is at Nublu Classic - 62 Ave C, New York. The B side is my song “Wild Angel” that I released a few weeks ago at Rockwood Music Hall. I hope you enjoy listening and come over to Nublu Classic!  

Check out this release online here http://www.theafronick.com/store/ https://soundcloud.com/theafronick/you   https://goo.gl/Z4eQrW  and grab a copy of the Afro Nicks new compositions via vinyl ASAP. Thanks again to Afro Nick for reaching out for a second review and we look forward to hearing from our readers about these songs.

Written by Robert Fadley / USA - Harrisonburg Virginia

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Published in USA Section
Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:36

Olivia Henry Single Review

Olivia Henry is sweet yet seductive singer and songwriter. The sexy and slow tempo of her music accompanied by her sensuous vocals allow for a sultry sound. Olivia Henry’s vocal reminds me of a soul singer from the 70’s, her sound is a mix of Amy Winehouse meets June Christy, creating the ultimate jazz sounding vocal.

The latest single Gotta Run is a work of art. The mix of instruments fit perfectly together and creates a smooth sound that you can’t help but drink up. The bewitching vocals paired with the soft drumbeat in the background create an almost R&B sounding track. The lyrics depict a woman waiting for her lover until she decides that she will no longer wait. This highlights something that all women go through in life and creates a sense of self-empowerment and freedom.

The single is very different sounding then her previous tracks. The latest record is a more seductive and soulful song that you would expect to hear in a smoky whiskey bar, where as the previous tracks is more jazz sounding with their vibrant piano sound. The previous tracks I believe were all test runs working towards this latest single where Olivia Henry really honed in on her sound.


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Sadly, we don’t see much of miss Henry on Instagram, which in effect is a good thing, as when we do see her, her posts are always thought provoking as well as aesthetic, necessary within the music business. On Facebook though, miss Henry keeps all her fans fully involved with up to date and interesting posts advertising her future gigs and other opportunities. Olivia manages to keep her fans interested and excited for her future in the music world.

Ultimately, Olivia Henry has a promising future in the music world. Her unique sound paired with her sensuous image creates a thrilling listening experience. I personally am looking forward to her future releases and can’t wait to listen to them, as this single gave me an almost powerful feeling as I heard it. Keep a close eye on Olivia Henry!

Olivia will be playing Hotel Cafe's main stage for the first time on Saturday July 14th with some pretty amazing musicians.

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When you can't find the words to say and it's hard to make it through another day...

Just Listen to these bands and artists...

 

The Crowning

Nobody understands momentum quite like The Crowning. After storming the scene in the Fall of 2017 with their debut EP, the Pennsylvania quartet has already begun to establish themselves as a regional powerhouse with their unique take on the altrock/grunge sound. In a very short period they have amassed over 45,000 plays on Soundcloud, opened up for several major national touring acts, received airplay from over 100 indie and college radio stations, and have been featured on the cover of The Aquarian Weekly.

Though the group has gained significant traction from the start, the story of The Crowning goes back more than a decade, and it's those formative years that serve as the nexus of their creativity.

 

 

Mad Luck

Andi Ramser (singer, songwriter) and Sean Ewing (guitarist, producer) stir up a wide range of disparate influences without making the water so muddy that they miss the point. The result is a salty sweet rush of pure pop rock, careening back and forth between mellow and sunny to pounding slash and burn!


Neel Dani

Artist. Producer. Songwriter. Vocalist. Multi-instrumentalist. A truly independent musician who wears many hats, Neel Dani does it all, and does it very well. Following in the footsteps of icons like the late and great Prince, Neel’s debut EP “Better Late Than Never” was produced, composed, arranged and performed entirely by Neel, and recorded and mixed by L. Stu Young, engineer to the likes of Prince himself. Writing, singing and playing all the instruments (over 15) featured on the EP's three songs, everything you hear is Neel, and everything you hear is real. From guitars, bass, drums and keyboards to an arsenal of instruments from all over the world, Neel even used a toaster oven on the song “How Do You Like Me Now”, giving new meaning to the term "hot track".


Tandem Unicycle

This is this groups second time finding a singer through craigslist. Proving craigstlist is right, once again, Mark Rosenberg takes lead on Tandem Unicycle. With all but Mark hailing from Orange County (Mark representing the East Coast), we make music that you possibly might be into a little. Taking the wide range of influences of all the different members, we make some sort of rock music.


Grand Tradition

Priding themselves on their eclectic songs, groove based rhythms and jazz styled chord progressions, Grand Tradition are inspired by the likes of Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder but take their contemporary pop edge from Foster The People, Michael Jackson and Phoenix to name but a few.

A rough pre-band demo was released last year created by frontman Anthony and friends which unexpectedly received plays from BBC Introducing, Nation radio, Amazing radio and others. 

A full 6 piece band was formed and this year they released their 1st 5 track e.p. produced and recorded by Nick Brine (Teenage Fanclub, The Darkness) every song went on to be played by BBC introducing and they are looking forward to a year of gigging and playing festivals, sharing the same line up as Elbow, Madness, Field Music and Franz Ferinand, while working on their new 5 track EP.

Eclectic, groove driven, indie, jazzy pop music from Cardiff.  



The Getbye

"Hey, Hey Oh" is what crowds frequently chant as they clap their hands to this Gypsy band. Made up of Koal, Davy, Skitch and Tucker, The Getbye is quickly becoming one of the most talked about groups in their native Orlando, Florida. From one man simultaneously playing accordions, drums and trumpets at the same time, to the others filling on bongos, bass and guitar, The Getbye is certainly a spectacle to be seen, and one that's hard to miss. Their whirlwind of sound, and love, has carried them from The Florida Music Festival, Westward to Backwoods Music Fest, and North to Indiana's Good People Good Times Festival along with a host of other gypsy forest fests.


Strangely Alright

Strangely Alright is a quirky,colorful band of brothers that create rock sprinkled with some electronics and a lyrical message to be who you are and that love is the answer. The peace and love vibe along with some crunchy guitars and pretty harmonies give a sound of that has, as Rockford Rowley from The Weekly Volcano says, “an undeniable emotional appeal. Ringing, triumphant chords and lyrics that allude to conquered tribulations immediately make the music relatable to everyone." And time can have a tricky way of beating people down and telling them to forget who they wanted to be and who they are. The fact that some members of the strangely clan are in recovery brings to mind the reality that people can find what was once lost.


John Guidroz

Louisiana native John Guidroz is a singer/songwriter that blends elements of folk, pop, rock and other genres to create a sound that is truly his own.

John began playing solo acoustic shows in 2004. Over several years, he built a reputation as a solid live performer, willing to play songs from a variety of artists and genres. However, audiences would have to wait for any glimpse of original material.

That all changed in 2012 when John released his first solo album, Yesterday’s News. Produced by Matthew Moss and mixed by Michael James, the eight songs showcase John’s powerful vocal range, a keen sense of melody and clever lyrics. The songs are reminiscent of artists like Pete Yorn, David Gray and John Mayer.

John continues to perform regularly at live venues and has built up more than a decade of experience along the way. Whether performing solo or with a full band, audiences are sure to be entertained by his blend of humor, storytelling and well-crafted songs.


NATALISE + THE SUNSET RUN

Natalise’s musical and artistic journey has taken a variety of adventurous paths. Beginning with piano lessons at the age of three, dance at seven, singing in the church choir at eight, she then auditioned and began training at the renown San Francisco Conservatory of Music at age 11, where she began her journey to become an accomplished classically trained pianist and vocalist. Natalise, however, soon found greatest solace and inspiration in writing her own songs on the piano.

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When seeing live music, it comes down to the improvisational Jams for me. When offered a free ticket to the Sold Out Glass Animals at the 9:30, I perused their catalog on Spotify and thought it would be a change of pace and something different to write about for my ever-growing portfolio. With that in mind, I'll just jump right in.


 
I was unimpressed with this group, which has gained immense popularity over the past few years and it makes me feel as though I am disconnected with the younger generation in today's society, especially musically but I suppose that's what growing up is all about. There were people at this show who seemed like they had their life changed, people singing every word, jumping up and down, woman swooning. I haven’t seen anything like it in the Jam world, where musical prowess exceeds catchy lyrics and electronic “drops.” 

  

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Glass Animals needs to find their funky side, get in touch with the roots of the music they are playing, instead of accentuating the pop bullshit. There were some moments within their performance that were well done, thought out and original but these seemed to be overshadowed by the musical/performance process itself.

While high in energy, Glass Animals could only keep my interest for a short time before ultimately, I kept wondering, "When will I hear a freakin’ guitar solo?" The musical capabilities of this band seems highly limited and very pop-keyboard centric, which with all due respect, takes a certain skill set of its own but it's not really in the same class of musicianship that I am used to seeing; it's more learning to synthesize and arrange computer sounds. The lyrics to their songs were catchy and again, pop oriented but I could see something there beyond the surface level. I would suggest that Glass Animals searches these depths to find the true nature of their lyrical qualities and musical abilities. Perhaps visiting the Talking Heads catalog and learning how to incorporate true musicianship and lyrical competency into what they are trying to achieve.

 

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