Halfwait Makes it ‘Official’ With New Album

By JOHN DALY Halfwait from Sydney, Australia makes a foray into the U.S. territories with a cool new album, The Official. Halfwait from Australia was started by Jon Barca guitar-vocals and Chris Tallon on drums back in 2009. The guys were 20 years old. Barca and Tallon had been playing music together since they were 15 years old, playing original songs and covers of Silverchair … Continue reading Halfwait Makes it ‘Official’ With New Album

Nocturnal Blonde Sees Happier Days with ‘Smart Heart’

By DOTTIE PARIS Nocturnal Blonde is one of those bands that takes the popular shoegaze style and takes it to a new level with the debut album Smart Heart. But there’s a story to this beautifully haunting music. Ritchie Williams, who produces as well as plays guitar and sings, got into this because of the tragic overdose of his brother, Dave, who suffered significant neurological … Continue reading Nocturnal Blonde Sees Happier Days with ‘Smart Heart’

Husks Creates Beauty from Horror

By JOHN DALY Husks created something beautiful out of the horrible. It was a tough time for the musician who suffered a breakup of both the band and a turbulent relationship. Husks is the brainchild of Connor Small, who is fully engaged in the new style talking-electric genre that blends avant garde with mellow hip hop style. It’s not something all listeners would image works, … Continue reading Husks Creates Beauty from Horror

‘Can’t Stop Now’ Takes a Spiritual Approach to New Music

By DOTTIE PARIS Can’t Stop Now is the seventh album from Suki Rae. It’s 10 tracks of spiritual songs that are mainly gospel-style blues and folk. “Can’t Stop Now” opens with two traditional sounding gospel songs, “Peace by Piece,” and “Can’t Stop Now,” which is a little reminiscent of Laura Nyro. Suki Rae ‘Can’t Stop Now’ Has Spiritual Style It’s clear that Suki Rae could … Continue reading ‘Can’t Stop Now’ Takes a Spiritual Approach to New Music

Aya Maguire Releases The Past with New Album ‘The Sandcastle King’

By DOTTIE PARIS For Aya Maguire, her debut album, The Sandcastle King, represents growth that won’t be washed away by an errant wave. The delicate music by the Boulder, Colo.-based musician is the expression of six years of developing as a writer and as a person. The Sandcastle King will be released on July 13. The track “There’s no such thing as a Portland Thunderstorm,” … Continue reading Aya Maguire Releases The Past with New Album ‘The Sandcastle King’

Disaster Relief Band Brings Jazzy Joy to Sufferers of Boring Music

By DOTTIE PARIS If you’re in need of relief look no further than the music of the jazzy blues band Disaster Relief. Disaster Relief features an all-star lineup of jazz musicians from Ann Arbor and Detroit and they really know how to strike a chord. The group provides a great musical escape through their fun tunes that bring back cool sounds of sax and upbeat … Continue reading Disaster Relief Band Brings Jazzy Joy to Sufferers of Boring Music

In the Light of Led Zeppelin Enhances the Classic Rock Band’s Legacy

By JOHN DALY Pompeii Sessions is the latest work from In The Light of Led Zeppelin, the tribute band that expands on the work of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. This is an interesting tribute band, that didn’t necessarily go by similiarity to the real Led Zeppelin in looks. Instead In The Light of Led Zeppelin went with terrific musicians who have the passion to … Continue reading In the Light of Led Zeppelin Enhances the Classic Rock Band’s Legacy

Cordova’s ‘Runaway Summer’ Brings Modern Twist to Metal Rock

By JOHN DALY Runaway Summer is the second album by Cordova, a heavy metal-style band with a heart. The New Mexico-based band has a string of accolades under its collective belt. They won the 2016 “Speaking Rock Battle of the Bands” and $10k; they’ve opened for Drowning Pool, Saliva, Buckcherry, Bobaflex, Puddle of Mud, Crazytown, Kyng, Murder FM, Hawthorne Heights, Damage Inc., and Scarlet Canary; … Continue reading Cordova’s ‘Runaway Summer’ Brings Modern Twist to Metal Rock

Wulijimuren Presents Mongolian Rock with Album ‘Sun of UTC+8’

By DOTTIE PARIS Wulijimuren creates beautiful sounds that have an upbeat take on wordless music.  The vast travels of this musician have contributed to the sound, as the songs blend the best of American rock with European and Asian flair. Wulijimuren has toured extensively across North America, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Webster Hall in New York. He’s won multiple awards and accepts the … Continue reading Wulijimuren Presents Mongolian Rock with Album ‘Sun of UTC+8’

Review: ‘Dear Absentee Creator’ Blends Political Rock and Diverse Sounds

By JOHN DALY Dear Absentee Creator is a creative project from one-man-band Astral Cloud Ashes. The music is raw with gruff vocals paired with emotion evoking melodies. Astral Cloud Ashes is inspired by the rise of bitcoin coupled with Asian influences. “There’s a Japanese theme running through this record,” said Antony Walker, AKA Astral Cloud Ashes. “I wrote the songs on this album whilst getting … Continue reading Review: ‘Dear Absentee Creator’ Blends Political Rock and Diverse Sounds