Lochness Monster is Very Much Alive with New Album ‘Fables’

By JOHN DALY Lochness Monster is no fable, the alternative style music from this rock and roll band is very real. Lochness Monster was formed in 2014 by Justin Shaner on guitar (formerly of Giving Chase) and includes Michael Morello on vocals, Rene Rivera on drums (formerly of Josie McQueen), and Camilo Zea on bass (formerly of Punto Ge).     ‘Fables’ Shaner and Morello … Continue reading Lochness Monster is Very Much Alive with New Album ‘Fables’

Chrystyna Marie Puts a Gritty Touch on the Blues with New Album, ‘Life’

By DOTTIE PARIS Chrystyna Marie knows that things are not all they appear to be. Her new album, Life, makes it clear that she has been around the block once or twice. The lively songstress writes about topics that everyone knows — love, desire, sadness and passion — and she does it in gritty blues style. Chrystyna puts an edgy touch to the blues, with … Continue reading Chrystyna Marie Puts a Gritty Touch on the Blues with New Album, ‘Life’

Alex Siegel Creates A Beautiful Record with New Album, ‘Röykkä’

By DOTTIE PARIS Alex Siegel keeps a low profile but this is one musician who could break out big if he so chooses.  The songs on his new album, Röykkä are catchy, sensitive and beautifully produced. It’s too bad this musician doesn’t have a rich uncle seemingly like the rest of the music world these days.  After all there are countless young “musicians” with big … Continue reading Alex Siegel Creates A Beautiful Record with New Album, ‘Röykkä’

Shawna Virago Takes A New Turn on Album, ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’

By JOHN DALY Transgender musician and solo acoustic performer Shawna Virago plucks at the heartstrings on her new barrier-breaking studio album, Heaven Sent Delinquent (Tranimal Records). Maybe that’s because her heart is in every song she writes and performs. And she has amassed a great collection of alt-folk, punk songs. Heaven Sent Delinquent is available on vinyl, CD, download (CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon) and streaming (SoundCloud). … Continue reading Shawna Virago Takes A New Turn on Album, ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’

Gumshen Puts Together a Life-Assuring Work with Single ‘Fallacy’

By DOTTIE PARIS Normally we wouldn’t listen too much to people who who claim to be a “fallacy,” but in the case of the band Gumshen, we’ll gladly make an exception. The truth is this Seattle-based band is far from being a fallacy.  Gumshen is real and the video that goes with this song depicts how interesting this band truly is. It’s kind-of a dark … Continue reading Gumshen Puts Together a Life-Assuring Work with Single ‘Fallacy’

CK Flach Puts a Fire in Protest Songs Reminiscent of The 1960s

By JOHN DALY What a stylish collection of thoughts C.K. Flach has put to music. Empty Mansions is one of those rare pieces that is likely to influence other musicians over years to come. Empty Mansions is different enough that people will remember the brutally honest protest songs powered by raging lyrics with simple piano and guitar enhancements. There are cliffhangers and hooks, and while … Continue reading CK Flach Puts a Fire in Protest Songs Reminiscent of The 1960s

Dusty Grant Gives Interpretation of Life Lessons With New Single

By DOTTIE PARIS The debut single from Americana rock singer-songwriter Dusty Grant is called  “This Longing Heart” and you can tell he really means it. Grant sings with true passion. His work comes straight from the heart and is in the same style as some of rock’s most well-known musicians. Actually, Grant really coming is coming from the heartland of the U.S. — Omaha Nebraska … Continue reading Dusty Grant Gives Interpretation of Life Lessons With New Single

‘Revolutionary Soul’ by Derek Davis Reflects Attitude of a True Renaissance Rebel

Second Album a Bluesy Take on Revolution Rock By JOHN DALY Derek Davis wants to give ‘The Man’ a black eye with his new album, Revolutionary Soul. He gives a big appearance and he has the voice to match. Let’s put it this way: If he’s starting a revolution, we’re on board. Davis was an Arista Records recording artist and is the Babylon A.D. frontman … Continue reading ‘Revolutionary Soul’ by Derek Davis Reflects Attitude of a True Renaissance Rebel

My Silent Bravery Captures the Surreal Sound and Feel of Heartbreak in Video ‘Face To Face’

Album Breakthrough is High Point for Matthew Wade By DOTTIE PARIS Matthew Wade has more than a few stories to tell, but listeners have to go between the lines to get the meaning. Wade’s My Silent Bravery creates the kind of music that empowers and gives hope to those who are really in need of something to lift their spirits.  After all, if someone as … Continue reading My Silent Bravery Captures the Surreal Sound and Feel of Heartbreak in Video ‘Face To Face’

Grown Up Avenger Stuff Puts It ‘All In Motion’ With New Single

By JOHN DALY Grown Up Avenger Stuff is getting some forward momentum with their new single, “All In Motion.” The band is comprised of veteran guitarist John Thomsen and his sons Hunter, on bass, and Tyler on drums and percussion, and vocalist Ray Stern. “All In Motion” has a dreamy but gritty sound that captures the imagination and is sure to capture audiences. Grown Up … Continue reading Grown Up Avenger Stuff Puts It ‘All In Motion’ With New Single