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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

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’

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’

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