John Vento and The Nied’s Hotel Band certify exactly who they are!

A 2019 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist John Vento is a successful Pittsburgh businessman and passionate singer-songwriter. He is also part of The Nied’s Hotel Band, originated in 2003 and voted Pittsburgh’s “Best Bar Band” in the 2016. The band gets its name as a tribute to Jim Nied, proprietor of the landmark Pittsburgh tavern “Nied’s Hotel”. What we enjoy here is the band’s latest album that’s well-crafted and structured to represent the feeling of real Americana driven rock n’ roll. Every song on here is great from first to last, in an even twelve count. I think The Nied’s Hotel

Savannah – “We Are Us” – is honest and raw at heart, ambitious in sound

Savannah Nider was born and raised in Pawnee City, Nebraska. She grew up passionate about family, sports, speech, and music. At 15, Savannah was given the opportunity to work alongside Geno LeSage, Steve Cox, and Kenny Royster who were involved in the careers of Grammy award-winning artists including Collin Raye and many others. After losing her grandmother to pancreatic cancer, completing college, and getting married, Savannah moved to Nashville to fulfill the promise of a music career. She met Joie Scott, a well-known songwriter in Nashville, who influenced Savannah’s songwriting ability and co-wrote her first song “Until Always,” which she performed

JunesFlow – “Challenge” produced by Mark Cooper, and new visual shot by Desmond Travis

Never-mind your car, or drinks at the bar, or how many chains you wear; to settle it once and for all, that’s the only reason we’re here. It’s a …CHALLENGE!” The album “Long Live Jit” is still in a league of its own as it continues to shine light on Detroit’s vast dance history, and its progression. “Challenge” is the joint from JunesFlow, produced by Mark Cooper, and new visual shot by Desmond Travis. Check for the video and witness what happens when the battle is “on sight”!  “To me, ‘Challenge’ is a song that’s strictly here to provoke

Jim Wyly Performs “Wildman of the Thicket” From The Album “The Artisan”

Jim Wyly at J P Hops House, Houston, Texas singing ‘Wildman Of The Thicket’. A Bigfoot Legend from Deep East Texas.  For years as a member of several bands including Movin Target and The Lunar Rollers, Jim Wyly has been widely regarded by his peers as a master of the songwriting craft. At the young age of 71, Wyly stepped away from the sound and life of being in a band and released his solo debut, “The Artisan”. A roots Americana and blues flavored recording, the album includes the track “Wildman of the Thicket”, a song about the Bigfoot

DaKing – “CryptoBoom” is a vibe from start to finish!

“CryptoBoom” is the second single by Moscow artist DaKing who is currently working on album which will feature previously unheard of 3D stereo effects. As can be gaged by the title, the song is inspired by escalation of cryptocurrencies. DaKing falls into the category of nu-wave rappers. You can hear a bit of his flow, hooks, and ad-lib driven rap style in the music of today’s newest up and comers. DaKing verses have a way of feeling like extended hooks. He loves to chant as his ad-libs swirl in the background. Sometimes he even delivers a rapid-fire flow. The project

Fifth – “Cost of Doin’ Business” – a depth you can feel in your chest

Fifth is an artist who has bars and knows how to spit lyrical content…better than most you will find nowadays. If you like artists with substance, then the Pittsburg, CA native is your man. Fifth, whose moniker is the suffix of his full name, has featured on the show “Leah Remini: Scientology and The Aftermath: The Jehovah’s Witnesses”. He is currently riding the wave of his latest single release – “Cost of Doin’ Business”. The whole track is well-produced and engineered. Everything from the instrumental to the vocals, are mastered properly and flow nicely. In addition to putting out a

Haze Daze – “Shadows” is rich and inviting!

Self-awareness is key, and Haze Daze getting in touch with that allows him to separate himself from the pack, reaching territory where only a handful others reside. But of course his latest track, “Shadows” is also the embodiment of the current culture. The song is the unification of the SoundCloud elite sound and the figures who came directly before, it’s an embracement of that short but rich history. Knowing your strengths or limitations is a skill that few have. Haze Daze on “Shadows”, is not only able to avoid any potential limits, but also accentuate his strengths. The track is

Menes Rebazzar Kedar – “Quantum Helix: Fractal Galaxy” – A voyage into the development of ideas and emotions!

The New York-based artist Menes Rebazzar Kedar fuses a potpourri of musical flavors on his new album “Quantum Helix: Fractal Galaxy”. From hip-hop to blues, rock, soul and electronic stylings, the artist crafts 9 eclectic tracks that defy strict categorization. The music on this album isn’t just a critic or fan pleaser but it’s clear that what Kedar wanted most was to make a recording that actually carries some vestige of meaningful depth. A truly excellent work sounds like putting a stethoscope up to the heart and mind of its creator. The album is very ambitious, and provides one of

“ENVY” – Framing Hanley is a great band who are fresh and adventurous

1.5 million downloads, over 150 million digital streams, and in excess of 40 million video views, certifies that Framing Hanley are not your simple garden variety of rock n roll band.  Kenneth Nixon (vocals), Ryan Belcher (guitars), Jonathan Stoye (bass), Shad Teems (drums) and Nic Brooks (guitar) make up the reformed Framing Hanley who release “ENVY” – their first album in 6 years – via Thermal Entertainment on 2-21-20. Believe the hype, this album is extraordinary from start to finish. “ENVY” is the right place to start if you are at all interested in hearing this incredible band. Not one

Foolish Senpai – Loyalty Everlasting (Ft. E-Man) | Official Music Video

Michael Curry, known by fans as Foolish Senpai, is an upcoming Hip-Hop artist who stands out for his creative vision and the undoubtedly alternative taste of his music. Senpai has been consistent, early into 2020 releasing new visuals for his music. He presents “Loyalty Everlasting” with contributions from E-Man this go around. Keep an eye out for Foolish Senpai as he keeps adding to his catalog of videos.  MORE ABOUT: The word “senpai”, is rooted in Japanese culture and relates to the “senpai-kohai system” which underlies nearly all relationships. Senpai (先輩) in most cases means “master” or “teacher”. Michael

Matt Godwin’s “Fake Jazz” Moves Along At Vertiginous Paces

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be spiraling inside the head of an eclectic and somewhat lunatic electronic music artist, at the peak of his lunacy and creativity? Well, probably not, but if you find yourself wondering what the soundtrack to such an event would sound like, then you should checkout Matt Godwin’s “Fake Jazz.”

The tracks move along at such vertiginous paces that you won’t have time to catch your breath throughout the 35 minutes that Godwin has a hold of your ears. Each song has its own, unique canny melody to accompany the often non-rhythmic beats that would be utterly impossible to dance to. That’s why this album is the anthem for frantic, frenzied and slightly deranged geniuses; the music grabs hold of you, and you get the urge to do something like dance to it, but you can’t. You have to sit there while Matt Godwin rummages through your brain, smashing everything he can find, rendering you helpless to breathe, think or move for the entire length of the album. “Macaroni” is the epitome of the madness and mayhem he is capable of!

The drums don’t just bang, they explode and morph in ways that sound natural (almost acoustic), that makes it bewildering. The frantic beats somehow manage to stay soothing throughout, which is quite a feat, considering how intense and impressive they are. The melodies are clear, schizophrenic, and almost catchy, with something nostalgically familiar about them, that you’d swear you’d heard them before.

Very few independent, electronic musicians have come anywhere near to expressing the kind of complex personality that runs through “Fake Jazz.”  It’s actually hard to find the words to explain just how oddly revolutionary and inspiring this album is.

In my deranged state, I seem to grasp that the basic structure of the tracks on this album, aim to have pleasing, relatively simple and light melodies on top of disjointed, and interruptive rhythm patterns. It presents an interesting contrast and counterpoint throughout: the lighter melodies add structure to the music and the harsher rhythms improvise and entertain. The character of the instrumentation is thoroughly invaded by technologically treated, voice and vocal interludes, with traditional synth and keyboard sounds carrying the tune. The basis for the rhythms could be taken right off an old Van Buuren or Oakenfold album, but given the importance of Godwin’s rhythmic improvisation they are allowed to expand and roam free, making them become something else, completely different!

For some listeners, “Fake Jazz” this will take them out of their comfort zone because the patterns never last long enough to settle into danceable or head nodding grooves, but for me the effect is to keep the pieces fresh and the attention-level high throughout. There are no mental lapses allowed here or you might miss something and it’s all too good for that to happen.

It’s almost impossible to pick a standout track as they’re all excellent and follow Godwin’s standard eclectic format, but among my favorites are: “Fridge Air,” “Feel My Penis,” “Watch The Score” and “Funky Butt Dance.” Take note that Matt Godwin doesn’t mess around with the song titles either.

I’m going to keep listening to this crazy, electronic haberdashery for a long time to come, I am sure. Rush out and purchase this, if you are willing to abandon the customary pointless melodies, parsimonious commercialism and rubbish lyrics, for some futuristic, artistic flair.

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