Dustin Steen: “Mixed Genres” has a strong spiritual element

With an onslaught of pressure from modern record labels to produce high-selling records frequently and consistently, and the need to secure a loyal consumer base, an artist’s ability to experiment and evolve with his or her sound seems somewhat futile in the modern era. It seems that musicians throughout every genre are bound by the limitations of what sound will sell, often creating a disassociation between artistic freedom and production demands. With such high stakes, it takes immense talent and perhaps sheer disregard for self-preservation for an artist to experiment successfully with the many facets of the musical lexicon. Perhaps

Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Joe Bonamassa Upcoming Album and Tour Dates

Joe Bonamassa has set a May 22nd release date for his 13th solo album, Driving Towards The Daylight, which features an array of guest players including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford.

Driving Towards The Daylight was produced by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin) and to get fans ready a new reality mini-series has premiered online and a free song download will be coming soon.

Apart from Whitford, the album also includes guest spots from Blondie Chaplan (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Brad’s son Harrison Whitford (guitar).

Brad Whitford, speaking from the studio in Vegas, said, “This is definitely more influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians in this room love, early ’60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we’ll never get that out of our system and its fun to come in here and find our own path down that highway.”

To support the release, Bonamassa’s label J&R Adventures premieres the reality mini-series “Countdown to Daylight” which debuts today and can be viewed here. The official music video and free download for title track “Driving Towards The Daylight” will be unveiled on May 1.

Recorded at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, NV, The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA and The Cave in Malibu, CA, Driving Towards The Daylight is a balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Bonamassa’s signature style of roots blues with rock-and-roll guts, while honoring the traditions of the original blues musicians. “We’ve taken some really traditional old blues songs – the Howlin’ Wolf song ‘Who’s Been Talkin’?’ and the Robert Johnson song ‘Stones In My Passway,’ and we’ve tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context,” said Shirley. “It’s a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It’s vibrant and it’s gutsy and it’s really, really rugged.”

The album features four Bonamassa-penned originals including the bruising opener “Dislocated Boy,” the road warrior title track (and first single) “Driving Towards The Daylight,” “Heavenly Soul,” and “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go.” Other tracks include Bonamassa’s versions of Tom Waits’ “New Coat Of Paint,” “Lonely Town Lonely Street,” by Bill Withers (Lean On Me, Ain’t No Sunshine), “A Place In My Heart” by Bernie Marsden of White Snake (Here I Go Again), and “I Got All You Need,” by Willie Dixon, widely considered the “father of modern Chicago blues.” On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit “Too Much Ain’t Enough Love.”

Tracklist
1. Dislocated Boy
2. Stones In My Passway
3. Driving Towards The Daylight
4. Who’s Been Talkin’?
5. I Got All You Need
6. A Place In My Heart
7. Lonely Town Lonely Street
8. Heavenly Soul
9. New Coat Of Paint
10. Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go
11. Too Much Ain’t Enough Love (w/ Jimmy Barnes)


U.S. SPRING AND FALL TOUR DATES:
04/17 Los Angeles, CA Saban Theatre
04/19 Fresno, CA William Saroyan Theatre
04/20 Reno, NV Reno Events Centre
04/22 Salt Lake City, UT Abravanel Hall
04/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
04/26 Omaha, NE Civic Music Hall
04/27 Wichita, KS Concert Hall
04/29 Oklahoma City, OK Civic Ctr Music Hall
05/01 Springfield, MO Juanita Hammons Hall
05/02 Topeka, KS Topeka Pac
05/03 Des Moines, IA Civic Centre
05/05 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
05/07 Evansville, IN Aiken Theatre
05/08 Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium
05/10 Nashville, TN Tennessee PAC
05/11 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
05/12 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center
05/14 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
05/16 Buffalo, NY Shea’s PAC
05/17 Syracuse, NY Landmark Theatre
05/19 Hartford, CT Mortensen Hall At Bushnell
05/22 Providence, RI Providence PAC
05/23 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
05/25 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino

10/13 Honolulu, HI Hawaii Theatre
10/30 Dallas, TX Music Hall At Fair Park
11/01 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre
11/02 Kansas City, MO Kansas City Music Hall
11/03 St. Louis, MO The Fox Theatre
11/06 Merrillville, IN The Star Plaza
11/07 Ft. Wayne, IN The Embassy Theatre
11/09 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
11/10 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
11/13 Toledo, OH Stranahan Theatre
11/14 Youngstown, OH Deyor PAC
11/16 Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre
11/17 Toronto, ON CAN Roy Thomson Hall
11/20 Springfield, MA Symphony Hall
11/23 Long Island, NY Tilles Center For Performing Arts
11/24 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
11/27 Charleston, WV Clay Center
11/28 Durham, NC Durham PAC
11/30 Columbus, GA River Center
12/01 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
12/03 Greenville, SC Peace Center PAC
12/05 Montgomery, AL Montgomery PAC
12/07 Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee County Civic Center
12/09 Jacksonville, FL The Florida Theatre
12/10 Orlando, FL Bob Carr PAC
12/11 Melbourne, FL Kings Center For The Performing Arts
12/13 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
12/15 Ft. Myers, FL Germain Arena

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