Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

The Heligoats: “Back to the Ache,” The Pinnacle Of Honest Sound

The Heligoats, an indie/rock band out of Bellingham, Washington, have finally released their much-awaited album, “Back to the Ache,” and once again we can admire the brilliance of this band and that of genius songwriter Chris Otepka. Towards the end of 2012 we reviewed a collection of works by Chris Otepka and The Heligoats, and were left overwhelmed by their energetic and colorful, yet both simple and elegant music style. Not to mention Otepka’s superb voice and sharp-witted songwriting.

This probably is one of the most underrated bands I have come across in recent years. On listening to their past albums, it was quite clear to me ( and probably to any Heligoats fan!) that most of the band’s would-be peers or more famous counterparts, couldn’t hold a candle to the songwriting, performances and music production delivered by these four guys.

The question is not, how good are The Heligoats? We already know that. The real question is, after setting the bar so high on previous works, can The Heligoats get any better than they already are? And it was with that question in mind, that I sat down to listen to “Back to the Ache.”

First-off the earthy, crisp sound production is a perfect compliment to both Otepka’s voice and his songs. The beauty of The Heligoats’ music is both the casual ease they seem to effortlessly slip into track after track, and the way their songs just manage to stick in your head. At first listen, you’ll always find one or two songs that stand out, and certainly the others sound good too, but not necessarily great. But then, try as you might, you simply can’t get them out of your head. And it’s at this point you realize, that all the other songs are just as great. And by that time, you comprehend just how damn beautiful the album is.

The powerful but simple instrumentation used by The Heligoats on this album, hides the true complexity of the work, and this for me, has always been a major strong-point in Chris Otepka’s music. The album resonates with pure, uncluttered songwriting, which I consider to be the pinnacle of honest sound and performance. Without a doubt Chicago’s Observatory Studios with Erik Rassmussen and Portland’s Jackpot! Studios with Larry Crane lent a solid hand in achieving the band’s sound on this album, but it is ultimately the way that Chris Otepka and The Heligoats construct their songs, that makes them so utterly compelling and appealing.

“Back to the Ache,” is a work of great maturity and insight. Written, sung, played, arranged, and produced with extreme passion. As always, I hate choosing standout tracks on any works by The Heligoats. It’s like preferring one chapter to another, in an enchanting book. Have you ever heard anybody say that a book was good (or bad for that matter!), but that it had a couple chapters that were better than others? So why do we do this with music?

Fact is, “Back to the Ache,” is pretty much like a novel, made-up of little three minute chapters, and if everyone opened their ears to real talent, this would become a bestseller!

Listen to the wistful and poignant opening track, “Good Morning” and observe as it pierces your heart from the get-go; it’s a lovely, delicate, but strong introduction to an overall theme of… Well go grab the album and discover each little chapter for yourself!

…and yes, though it sounds scary as hell, Chris Otepka and The Heligoats have gotten a whole lot better than they already were!

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