Merry Christmas Everyone - Photo courtesy of Diego Guzman

Like 2017, an Irrepressible Chorus on ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ Saves a Downbeat Effort

By JOHN DALY During 2017, at least in the U.S., when a glimmer of hope has emerged from the darkness, the people have felt empowered. We’ve endured a tough political year, the deaths of some of our most inspiring musicians and weather gone awry. The Christmas Hearts Club Band hit the mark on the chorus of the new holiday song, “Merry Christmas Everyone” but the … Continue reading Like 2017, an Irrepressible Chorus on ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ Saves a Downbeat Effort

Night Herons Makes a ‘Relevant Noise’ With New Album

By JOHN DALY Oakland’s Night Herons band takes rock back to an earthy grit. The new album, Relevant Noise, introduces the listener to a raw sound that blends garage rock with current day lyrics. Night Herons is reminicent of some of the fun rock bands of the early 1970s.   Night Herons Like the Bird Night Herons is a band like the local bird, which … Continue reading Night Herons Makes a ‘Relevant Noise’ With New Album

Staring Into Nothing Drops ‘Big Brother,’ a Song That Lays It All Out There

By DOTTIE PARIS Prog rock trio Staring Into Nothing is releasing their newest album, Power soon and in the meantime the band gave us a peek at the single “Big Brother.”   Corruption, Abuse and Oppression Power brings to mind the sounds of Rush, only in a is a dark, serious tone. The band tackles topics like corruption, abuse, and oppression. This is an interesting approach … Continue reading Staring Into Nothing Drops ‘Big Brother,’ a Song That Lays It All Out There

Fracktura’s ‘Oculus’ Proves Not All Music Needs to Be Linear to Be Appealing

By JOHN DALY I don’t often use the first person for my reviews but Fracktura motivated me to really say it like it is. I don’t know if that’s because I’m angry that people can put out something so dissonent, or if it’s because the music is genius. I may not listen to their music again, but Fracktura has taught me about myself, and maybe … Continue reading Fracktura’s ‘Oculus’ Proves Not All Music Needs to Be Linear to Be Appealing

Westward’s Album ‘The Empire of Deception’ Reminiscent of Best Prog Rock

By JOHN DALY Westward has released the album, The Empire of Deception which features the single “The Last Stand,” and some other prog rock beauties. Westward’s big, synthesizer-driven sound blends rock with ultra modern tones. The guys, Andrew Marshall on guitar and vocals, Karl Grimm on bass and back up vocals and Matt Morrison on drums, say their style is “Cowboy Space Rock.” But there … Continue reading Westward’s Album ‘The Empire of Deception’ Reminiscent of Best Prog Rock

‘Eleven Nine,’ an Album That Smacks The President and The Public into Reality

Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing. And in the United States you can build yourself up from pauper to profits and from real estate mogul to … President!  And apparently qualifications don’t matter too much, according to songwriter Eric Anders. His new album, Eleven Nine, is a harsh criticism of Donald Trump and the title of the album represents the day Trump was elected.  … Continue reading ‘Eleven Nine,’ an Album That Smacks The President and The Public into Reality

WB Jones and Jim Taylor create a dynamic country rock sound - Photo courtesy of WB Jones

‘Remember The Alamo’ Album a Country Rock Winner

The Texas-based country bluegrass band Free Willy has produced a new album entitled Remember the Alamo and it’s definitely unforgettable. Released through Buddha Belly Records, Remember the Alamo is a fun collection of inspiring country-alternative tunes created by a bunch of veteran musicians.  If you like the Allman Brothers Band, Pure Prairie League and New Riders, you’ll like Free Willy. Remember The Alamo The band … Continue reading ‘Remember The Alamo’ Album a Country Rock Winner

Demetrius N Vince Bring The Blues and Americana Into the New Era

By JOHN DALY Chicago-based Demetrius N Vince perform a modern update of funk, blues, and Americana music with their new album, Americana Soul. They’ve released the title track and it sounds like a combination of every midwestern Americana song there is, only with a new flare. Demetrius N Vince met at an open mic night in Chicago, an indicator that these are marketing-savvy, hard-working musicians. … Continue reading Demetrius N Vince Bring The Blues and Americana Into the New Era

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’