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.
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Today we have for you these super bands and artists!
ZUBIRA is a gifted and versatile vocalist and a skilled blues infused rock guitarist who mostly plays his own original material. He is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He released his first International Album on 30 November, 2017 titled: "Like Never Before".
Indie Rock Band Zubira just released a new album titled, "Like Never Before." Zubira did an amazing job of integrating modern sounds melodies and into their music. The lead vocals are amazing and the band sounds perfect together. It's hard to define Zubira's music as one genre. They do a great job at putting together instruments that I have never heard together on a song, and they still fit so well. These guys are very creative, innovative and really put together a unique album with "Like Never Before.
Leeds based singer/songwriter - alternative artist. Jaayns wrote and recorded her Debut EP in 2016 - Bright White Yellow and emerged in 2017 with the debut single, from the EP - Go released in March 2017.
Corrine Cassels - Divide and Conquer Music Reviews - JAAYN’s voice is clear and melodic with a tone similar to that of Lorde but with the untamed abandon of Bjork. She experiments with different genres and sounds to create a unique sound that is all her own. Bright White Yellow is a really, really, really cool album. I loved everything about Bright White Yellow; the concept, the production, the vocals, the vibe and the art of it all. JAAYNS is a smart, talented musician and I can’t wait for more
NIKKI POPE is a british born singer living in New York City.
The self released debut EP "Electric Energy" by Nikki Pope hit the ground running with several airplays on BBC radio stations in the UK and also on the prestigous radio network Sirius XM in the USA.
Nikki Pope is currently in production for her new album to be released later this year.
Katherine Evans is a 22-year old singer/songwriter from Hartsdale, New York. She just graduated from The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music with a degree in Music business and a minor in songwriting.
Katherine deeply appreciates every genre and has dabbled in just about all of them. Her first year at Frost, she was a jazz voice major. By second semester, she discovered her love for songwriting and decided to switch into the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program. She then joined Big City Folk Band, playing fiddle and writing eerie folk songs with great friends.
Madison Malone is stepping out of her artistic shell to release songs that use the light to recognize the dark. Her new music is the beauty created beneath the destruction.
Raised in a small farm town in south-central Wisconsin, Madison was an anomaly in her blue collar city. She started sneaking into rural dive bars at the age of 15 to play cover music for patrons until 2 am, paid only in pizza & tips. She spent the next seven years building a following in the Midwest, gigging in restaurants, around the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, clubs, bars, banquet halls, four to six times a week just to pay the bills & get her voice heard.
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A versatile individual intrigued by the arts, Marwan Maurice is a passionate singer, songwriter, well-rounded instrumentalist and poet. His very unique sound comes from the multi-instrumental ‘One Man Band.’ He began his career in music after a successful profession as an international basketball player and realizing his heart and passion truly lives within music. His pursuit led him on a journey across the world throughout several countries, bringing the experiences of exploring new interests on different levels, helping him evolve into the diverse talent he is today.
In 2011 Sabin’s dad entered him in the Texaco Showdown singing contest in Orangeburg on a whim, Sabin won the semifinals and came in second in the finals the first time he ever sang on stage. The director of the event pulled his father to the side and told him that he had been in the radio business for close to 30 years and that Sabin had something special. He said that he had the voice, the look and was the right age to do great things. He advised his dad that Sabin was just green on stage and needed to get a band and become more seasoned.
The Orange Constant formed in August 2012 and quickly made a name for themselves in Statesboro, GA. Now, The Orange Constant resides in Athens, GA and performs in venues all over the Southeast and continues to grow their fan-base with their contemporary yet vintage rock/jam sound. TOC recorded their debut album, Time to Go, with Grammy nominated producer John Keane (REM, Widespread Panic) which was released June 19th, 2015. Time to Go has garnered praise from many publications, including Relix Magazine, who included TOC in their “On the Verge” column in the October-November 2015 issue. Shortly after, TOC joined the Homegrown Music Network whose roster includes acts such as Lotus, the Motet, Dangermuffin, and Big Something. In addition, they have played on bills that include Perpetual Groove, The Mantras, TAUK, Atlas Road Crew, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.
Space Carnival blends high-energy disco, funk and progressive rock into an interplanetary performance. Formed in Spring 2013, Space Carnival consists of Jeremy Kraus on Guitar, Cameron Fitch on Keys and Vocals, Chris Meier on Bass, and Nick Tassinari on drums. The quartet began honing their live sound when they launched into the Oneonta music scene in Fall of 2013. Space Carnival keeps a consistent, fun, and fresh energy by rotating setlists, adding covers and confidently debuting original material. This four piece is sure to have you dancing with their form of loose funk and relentless slippery disco.
X35 : Brit spirit, Rock sounds and Pop melodies . These are the main ingredients of the new life of the band that comes back in activity after an year of absence from the live stages with a new sound, new songs but the same desire to do their best inside and outside the stages.
X35 were born in 2012, and in just three years they will be actively part of the Campania's rock scene playing on small stages and large stages such as Casa della Musica, Mostra d'Oltremare, etc. In 2013 they got a 2nd place at the Emergenza festival in Campania and they have been awarded from experts in the sectors such as Francesco Frilli (Sound Engeneer for Elio e le storie tese, Piero Pelù, Biagio Antonacci)
In 2014 and 2015, they took part in major festivals like PummaRock and Comicon in Naples, where they have been very successful and acclaimed from the crowd.
In order to start playing the Dungeons & Dragons game, each player must create an adventurer (also called a character) and team up with other adventurers to embark upon magical adventures within a fantasy setting.
Apart from the players the game also requires a Dungeon Master. The Dungeon Master takes the role of the game's referee and storyteller, while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur and playing the role of the inhabitants.
The characters form a party that interacts with the setting's inhabitants and each other. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, and gather treasure and knowledge.
What you must to do
The first thing you must do, if you wish to join the Bloodvale Campaign, is to imagine the kind of character you would like to play. The basic things that define you character are his/her race and class. You can find the available races and classes along with descriptions and some cool pics in the Class and Race sections of our website.
Each race and class has its own special rules and together they affect the success or failure of the majority of the things a character does in the game. If you are not familiar with those rules and you do not want to do research, don't worry because we will be there to explain them to you at the beginning of the game.
Keep in mind that the core and soul of the game is not based on rules and math, so the only thing you must really do is have a quick look at the available classes and races and see what would fit best to the image of the character you would like to play the most.
Race and class are far from the only things needed to create a character. In order to make a unique adventurer you must think of everything that defines him or her as an individual in the fantasy world in which you are going to play.
You can start with the name. Think of an appropriate name for you character, that sounds cool and matches with his or her race. For example Grogg is a very good name for a half-orc marauder, but it would not go well with an elegant high elf. You could even choose to have a family name as well.
After you think of a name you must create the background of your character. To do so you must imagine things like:
The early years
Important events in life before the start of the game
You can write a short summary of your character's past, up until the day before the start of the game. It could be very helpful to us to have a written background. Don't worry, it does not need to be very thorough and specific, it is only there to make your character more complex and more realistic.
After you finish with the conception of the character you only need to send us an e-mail to apply for the campaign. In this mail you should include the name, race and class of your character and it will be truly appreciated if you include a short text for the background.
As is written in the introduction of the campaign, you must be a team of up to four people in order to play.
If you already have up to three friends that are as eager as you to play, then you can apply as a whole team in a single e-mail, in which you should include information for all the characters, as well as a name for the team.
If you do not know anyone else that would like to join the campaign, don't worry, just apply for yourself and we will find other single players to team you up with.
Don't forget that in this campaign you can play with only one character, so choose wisely!
We can't wait to read about your mythical adventurers.
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Rooted in alternative rock, dipped in coffee-shop acoustic, a dash of grunge, hints of blues with a smooth melodic finish, Wojo’s music explores progressive new territory of his songwriting, incorporating elements of dance music, pop, metal, and psychedelia. Drawing from over a decade of life experience, his introspective lyrics cover topics ranging from failed relationships and codependence to personal and artistic growth under constraints of corporate culture. Despite the abundance of heavy subject matter, an optimistic Wojo playfully pokes fun at his peers for taking themselves too seriously, proving always to be the jester.
Remember the 90’s? When not being cool was cool? When even though a band fell in the same genre as another they didn’t sound the same -Alice in Chains didn’t sound like Pearl Jam and Nirvana didn’t sound like Soundgarden? We’re a band who just wants to be us. We’re influenced by music; not Metal, Country, Alt-rock, Trip-Hop, Mariachi, etc. I don’t know about you, but when was the last time you were in the same mood for ten years straight? That’s what I thought. Just like our emotions change so should our music. We could never be content playing just one style of music.
Formed in 2016, for no other reason than we wanted to have fun, but then something changed. We decided we wanted to try to give back to world what our favorite artists have given to us. Even if we never accomplish that goal, hell, it’s worth a shot right?
We are Mettle, and this what we’re made of.
Oh yeah… Megan Rice on Vocals, Scott Gossett on Guitar, Anthony Gossett on Bass, and Raul Ochoa on the drums.
MOSSOM is a high energy indie rock duo made in Cleveland, Ohio. The fearless drum and bass two-piece broke onto the scene in 2016 with the release of their fiercely unique debut EP, produced by multi-platinum artist and producer, Michael Seifert.
It’s rare to find an act of this scale with such an epic live footprint. Described as “an alternative rock experience with an amazingly original sound,” by the Fresh Committee – MOSSOM puts a “harder, heavier spin on the raw rock revitalized by the likes of the White Stripes and the Black Keys,” says Indie U Magazine.
As craftsmen, they bring a refreshing style of storytelling, musicianship and true presence to the stage. In the tradition of groundbreaking rock duos like the UK’s Royal Blood, MOSSOM delivers a distinct vibe that’s been compared to Cage the Elephant, Primus and the Kooks.
As the band’s lyricist, Moss’ arresting vocals power hopeful urgency, mixing the sarcasm of David Byrne with Henry Rollins directness dystopia and frayed folklore. Replete with adventurous bass playing reminiscent of Geddy Lee and Mike Watt – Moss’ high energy bass work drives harder with every turn.
The band’s power source? Russ Herbert’s high octane percussion. The former minor league pitcher brings an undeniable athleticism and skill to his drumming. A fanboy of The Police’s Copeland and Dave Matthews Band’s Beauford – Herbert’s improvisational style is an unstoppable force.
Coolcleveland.com says, “Call it ear-splitting, mind-blowing, sternum-rattling or earth-shaking. Just don’t think it’s like anything you’ve heard (or seen) before.”
Ben Shorr is a life long emcee from Portland, Maine. He is known in New England mostly for his freestyling abilities and gritty style of rapping, using life experiences to capture raw perspectives and lyricism few can match. His debut album, Live & Direct, is a "must-listen" for any true Hip-Hop head, featuring incredible beat production and guest vocals from some of New Englands' finest.
Madison Mueller is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Barrie Ontario. She has been playing and studying music for over ten years, and started performing wherever possible since she was 8. Over the years, performing developed into a love and a dream to make it her whole life. Over the past year, Madison has released two studio produced singles and is looking to have an EP in the near future. Both songs have received plenty of airplay around the world and they are continuing to circulate.
As much as she enjoys being in the studio, Madison can't help but love the feeling of live performances and is always ready and searching for gigs around southern Ontario.
The Strands, formed late 2011, have been gaining critical acclaim with their genre defying sound that they like to call Artisanal. With an emphasis on thoughtful and provocative lyrics The Strands groove as Amanda Campbell delivers their original material with passion. Alongside West Coast Blues Hall of Famer, Richard Green on lead guitar playing elegant and restrained rhythms and solos is key board player, composer, song writer, teacher and poet, Susan Ferrari on keys and background vocal. Strands founder, Paul rounds out the band on Bass. Joining the band for L.A. gigs only and recording is Lance Tamanaha, who has been holding down the groove since he was 12 years old.
The Ben Cote Band formed in the summer of 2014. Lead guitarist and vocalist Ben Cote joined up with hard hitting drummer Sam Mogel and began playing shows in the greater Boston area. In December of 2015, Ben’s Berklee College of Music classmate, Max Dzeiwit joined the band on bass, thus completing the lineup.
The band features pyrotechnic guitars, big heavy drums and deep driving bass tracks. Heavily influenced by classic rock icons such as Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and others, the band is currently playing at a variety of venues in the New England area.
" At a time when most attention is being thrown towards bands that deliver cold, corporate rock, Newborn has a spirituality that will touch listeners unlike anything else in the genre right now. "
When you think of emerging bands from Brooklyn you think of the bustling artistic conveyor belt that is Williamsburg and Bushwick. but Newborn, both geographically and musically, hail from the other side of town. Growing up in Coney Island, singer/guitarist Allen James and bassist Eric Weglicki met in high school where they began playing music together and obsessing over bands like Muse, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, and Metallica. It wasn't long before they formed a band of their own. They called it "Newborn" which represents a time in life where everything seemed possible.
Duncan's musical talents became evident at a young age, and those around him quickly took notice when he started writing music and playing the piano at the age of 11. He accredits his passion for music to growing up listening to artists such as U2, Bon Jovi, boyz II men, and of course the late great Michael Jackson. At the age of 15, the talented teen already started producing music and working with various Record labels and production companies worldwide. As an avid Traveler, he has performed at major events all around the world, including Europe, Africa, and North America. And in 2006 Duncan released his debut album I Don Taya, compiled of 12 tracks that holds classic tunes such as Will Tomorrow Ever Come, Take me Home, to name a few. On February 14th 2010 Duncan dropped his sophomore album titled Sho Stoppah, which includes hits like the song "Like This" in which he teams up with MTV Africa's 2009 award winning rapper, M.I. You can also find Duncan on the worldwide Coast2Coast Mixtape Vol 87 presented by Lil Fats.
Mandy currently has almost 50 songs registered with ASCAP, and continues to write daily. She released her first full-length album, “Kindling,” in 2016. “Kindling” is a thirteen-song record based on the discovery of self and soul, especially in the torrents of heartbreak. Later that same year, she released a four-song ukulele-based EP, “Aria,” which gave a cheery, summery vibe and a light-hearted look at young love. In January 2017, she released her first independent EP, “Enough.” The record was a seven-song reflection on the deep loss of love and its effect on self-worth. It was written, recorded, and mixed independently as a labor of love, and Mandy hopes it can be a place of understanding, and even comfort, to the listener as much as it was for her in the creation. She also has released multiple singles such as “Just For Now,” “Addicted,” “Impossible Us,” and more. In addition, Mandy has produced music with her previous bands Highland (2014-2015) and A.M. (2016 - 2017). Her music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Noisetrade, Soundcloud, ReverbNation, and more. She released her first professionally-recorded EP, Now & Then, on December 1, 2017.
Anna was living a simple and carefree life at the outskirts of Daggerford. With no parents and no property of her own, she considered herself lucky to have found a job as a handy-woman at a local barn. That was until that fateful night, not many months after her first bleeding, when she caught the eye of a vile and brutish man. He crept into the barn, when everyone was long asleep, and attacked her full of violence and lust. In those moments of pain and despair, while she was muffled and could not scream, she wished with all her heart and all her soul for help to come and him to stop. That was when a blinding light and a violent shudder came out of nowhere, right before she lost her senses. When she woke up the man was dead, laying beside her full of blood, his body twisted in an unnatural and hideous way. Ever since that day, she hears an awful and wicked voice in her head, whispering villainous words pushing toward sinful deeds. She claims her name is Heartreaper, and she requires of Anna many things, all of which are of nefarious nature. Anna knows the wrongness of her condition, she feels it deep inside, eating her soul bit by bit. She can not endure this anymore!... Or can she?
The "Bloodvale" DnD campaign is unique, organized by The Old School Project. It will start when the first team joins and it will last until the beginning of June. If anyone survives.
The difficulty of the campaign is - HARDCORE -.
Up to five teams of four players can participate in the campaign. Each group plays once a week from 18: 00-21: 00.
Groups must have a name and a emblem. Characters must have their own unique nickname.
Players who register but do not belong to a group can be integrated into an incomplete team or a team whose character has died in the course of the game, if the team players agree.
Read more here.
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.”
Credits: Amanda Lynn
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.
Excellent Music Caught In Our Net Update # 10!
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THE DRIZZ enchants audiences with a fusion of musical styles and dance grooves all the while paying homage to the dance floors of yester-years. Their sound is a blend of R&B, Soul, and Pop, with a dash of Ragtime and Funk. With inspirations ranging from The Beatles to Blackstreet, Sam Cooke to Nate Dogg, Wanda Jackson to Amy Winehouse, there’s something to offer for every crowd no matter the generation.
Triple The Trouble are three multi-intrumental singing/songwriting Cincinnati based sisters Aria, Bryce and Bailey. Their genetically perfected harmonies on originals and covers resonate with all ages.
Science for Sociopaths is an Adult Contemporary Pop/Rock project from Detroit native, Maggie Cocco. The brain child of a midwestern nobody in the 21st century for the purpose of pouring her heart out to an audience of 0-7.5 billion.
Formed in 2014, The Talent, consisting of childhood friends Garrett Denton (Vocals), Vince Prickett (Guitar), and Justin Arrington (Bass), with a love of all things Rock, came together in the small mountain town of Waynesville, North Carolina - where Rock/Pop/Post Hardcore was an unheard of genre and the rooted Folk, Bluegrass, and Country flourished.
Born in Baltimore, bred in Detroit, APROPOS is a gifted singer/songwriter whose versatility spans multiple styles and genres. His roots in music date back to his youth and his influences include everyone from Prince, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye to Jim Morrison and Lauryn Hill.
SACRED is a Modern Alt/Rock band consisting of artists who met by divine fortune, fueled by emotion and a story to share. Based in Milwaukee, WI., SACRED consists of Vincent Black on Vocals (Formerly of Everybody, Chandelier), Stelio K on Guitars (Formerly of Brando’s Charm), features special guests Gabriel Sanchez on Drums (Prince Experience, Yikes, Doc Hammer ) and Eric Madunic on Bass Guitar (Tweed Funk, Orphans).
Horizon Arcs an American rock band formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2014. The group began as a regional alternative rock band before emerging as one of the forefront artists of the the modern grunge resurgence.
Well... I am not a professional singer. I even hardly play the guitar. But I write songs... Can't explain how it happens. Music is born inside; I just hear it. Of course I know that there are a lot of people who could sing my songs better then I do.
Black River Union formed in the spring of 2015, coalescing around the recording of their debut EP “Silver off the Vine,” which released later that year to positive reviews and received air time on local radio stations. They quickly followed this with the recording of a single, “Walk the Earth,” and released it digitally at the beginning of the 2016.
Dark Heart News is a high-intensity rock and blues based trio out of Chicago, IL; composed of Nick Coury on guitar/lead vocals, Nawaf Rafati on bass/vocals and Alan Pierce on drums. Drawing musical inspiration.
Koda is a band from San Diego and Los Angeles who is dedicated to the art of song craft and the process of writing, recording and performing.
Pleasure Train has a cool, laid back sound that mixes classic rock and jazz with a lead singer whose voice cuts through ... full of raw emotion and being real. They make the music sound so effortless yet you can hear how complex it all is.
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NU/ANCE are 4-pieced coming up alternative rock band.They are making a point of difference with adding into the moody melodies high energy massive sound in rock’n’roll performance.
We are a power group that was founded with a goal to never compromise, to make music that moves and inspires you. This platform has developed into dynamic composition, truthful lyrics and a distinctive energetic performance.
Highland Kites’ confessional anti-folk could easily be misconstrued as indie rock. With their angular grooves, new wave leanings and sharp-witted lyrics, the LA-based three piece exude an off-the-cuff coolness that is effortlessly backed by a hard earned substance.
Sometimes people find each other, a spark is lit, and they make beautiful music together. In the case of Los Angeles synth-pop duo NÉONHÈART, thanks to a meeting via a mutual friend, what originally started as a producer-for-hire arrangement quickly turned into a full-fledged band.
FIJI is a Swiss electronic music duo from Bern with a sound made for the world – with Simon Schüttel at the synthesizer and a multilingual vamp at the front: Simone De Lorenzi stands in the footlights half way between Iggy Pop and Amanda Lear.
Rakel Cadavid Gaviria, conocida artísticamente como Rakel, nació el 28 de octubre de 1979 en Medellín, Colombia. Rakel es la menor de 4 hermanos y única hija mujer.
Voice Of Addiction are politically charged and socially conscious Chicago based punk-rockers. V.o.A. has been around over a decade doing 1,200 shows across the U.S. & Canada. Having 5 official releases & independently selling 6,500 physical copies these boys have proven they are a force to be reckoned.
Avenues is a punk rock quartet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin which originally formed in January of 2006 by Vin Smith after parting way from 52Metro. After a few member changes, Avenues current lineup came together in 2009.
Having the ambitious wish to propel the entire world into a melodic vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merry-go-round.
Miccoli (Pronounced "Me -Co-Lee") is a British, adult alternative/indie band from Birmingham, England. The group consists of siblings: twin brothers Adriano Miccoli (vocal and acoustic/electric guitar) Alessandro Miccoli (piano, vocal and acoustic guitar) and sister Francesca Miccoli (vocal, piano and harmonica). They harmonizes like no other, creating a mixture of haunting, melodic and electic sounds.
Flashpoint are an Alternative Rock band formed in In 2010 by former front man and guitarist for Los Angeles based band Nimbus, Tim Deschaine. He moved to Augusta, Kansas to start a family. Tim returned from a short break to form the band after discovering the Wichita Music scene . Deschaine soon decided to form a new band ,so called on close friend and guitarist, Josh Gilbert, to join him alongside Flashpoint's first drummer and bassist Joshua Naval. The original drummer soon decided to leave and was replaced by current drummer Ammon Ohlson. Hence Flashpoint was born!
The band have been performing at local clubs in Kansas over the past few years and released several singles . They recently decided to record a full length album called “ Through Blue Eyes”, which came out last May.
Flashpoint are an emerging talent of a variety of differing sounds that can certainly appeal to anyone’s taste. The influence of several genres can be heard in the music they create, which incorporate blues, soul, funk, jazz - fusion with fuzzy guitars , provocative lyrics and huge choruses.
These can be sampled with a few selections from the band’s back catalogue. We begin with Wake Up . An infectious song that is rich in pop hooks and , with its In Bloom- esque riff , offers a platform for Deschaine’s delicate vocals that stretch over each verse and introspective lyrics.
The Longing is different in tone with the swirling effects of a wah wah pedal adding a dark texture to Deschaine’s melancholy. The song’s distorted solos are a psychedelic journey through isolation and loneliness.
Get Down is replete with jazz fusion and upbeat chords that are a throwback to the tantalising wizardry of Santana. Deschaine’s vocals are as smooth as crystal and inventive with each constructed riff the band provides.
Here his vocals bounce with every percussion beat and Naval’s bass thunders in unison Gilbert’s hypnotic guitar effects.
and finally, Everyday Blessings is an electric acoustic track that mesmerises with the melodic vocals and tight rhythm section that resonates with each chord struck.
Any fans may be more interested to know the group have a multitude of sites they can be contacted on.
Firstly, the band’s website http://flashpointignitesyou.com/ is accessible and fan friendly. Fans can find a short bio on the band, latest tracks on a music player plus photos and tour dates on one page. All you need to do is scroll down.
Facebook Page is similar to the homepage, in which fans can gain easy access to the band’s back catalogue, latest events, videos and music. The animated logo of the band attracts the reader because it shows the band’s personality, plus you can read what other fans think, which conveys the band are approachable.
Instagram This site offers some nice colourful pictures of the group on tour and the group’s cover art. I feel this shows the band’s personality and willingness to share with the fans.