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Steve Lieberman: “Terminator V617F” – a nexus and a microcosm all its own

Written and produced by Steve Lieberman with the exception of three cover tunes by The Who, Chicago, and the Jim Carroll Band, “Terminator V617F” is Steve’s 25th CD release and features 15-tracks of genuine Gangsta Rabbi-styled industrial metal jazz-rock. The project title made of letters and numbers has a meaning that is as equally important as each song. The (JAK2) V617F is a chromosome mutation causing several types of myeloprolifirative leukemias, including Lieberman’s disease (post Polycythemia Vera Myelofibrosis). Steve Lieberman who played alongside Weezer and opened for the Misfits, Andrew W.K. and the late Dunn and Vito, completed “Terminator V617F”

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AYK & OJ The Chemist: “Trust Issues” pulls off a gorgeous alternative rap ballad

Andrew Kim (AYK) is a 20 year-old Korean American who has been making music for a little over a year. Omar Tyree (OJ The Chemist) is 19 year-old Afro American, originally from New Jersey who moved to LA in 2010.  OJ met AYK at college through a mutual friend and slowly realized their music interests, among many other things, like games and clothes were similar, so they decided to experiment with making music. Together AYK & OJ The Chemist have now released their first single “Trust Issues”, from their upcoming joint mixtape. Based on a sample of “No Scrubs” by

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Sondado: “Your place has been determined” takes you through the entire human emotional spectrum

What does an orchestral musician, an accountant, a software developer, and freelancers, have in common with session singers, a guitarist and a clarinet player? Well they all make music together in an alternative industrial type collective, called ‘Sondado’, led by fulltime core duo, Tamas (composer/keys, virtual drums, FXs, mix) and Gerald (lyrics, and vocal for most of the songs). And as you would expect from artists who originally work in the IT sector, their music is electronic-based. But what you will not expect is that Sondado do not use loops and samples, preferring the more time-consuming but satisfying do-it-yourself creative

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“Passenger” – Bravado paints images with words and instrumentation

Bravado is a female fronted rock band that has been performing together for little over a year but has already drummed up interest around the country playing venues and festivals. The band consists of Pamela Stewart – Lead Vocals, Paula Knight– Vocals & Lead Guitar, Milo – Bass & Keyboard and B.Y – Drums. A few months ago, Bravado released the single and supporting video for “Passenger”, a track off the “Euphoria” EP. If you liked the hard-rocking and the 80’s power ballad era, you’ve got to love this track. These ladies (…and gentlemen) know how to put good music together.

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E-Mute: ‘I Can Pay For It…’ leads you to the promised land of infinite musical possibility

 ‘I Can Pay For It: A Collection of Songs for the Current Political & Socio-economic Crisis’ is the new EP from E-Mute. Having evolved over the years as a fluid collective of creative and experienced musicians, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Theo Mak, who is the driving force behind E-Mute, enlisted the help of three of those musicians to bring life to his politically minded brand of alternative rock. A consummate musician, Theo has earned a Bachelor in Music Performance, with a focus on drums at Drumtech, and a Masters’ degree in Music Performance and Composition at Kingston University. Mixed by engineer Andrea Adriano (Adele,

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Myco: “Myceliated” – an emotive songwriting style with substance!

Myco is a psychedelic project created by Kyle Henry. The moniker, ‘Myco’, is the scientific name for fungi. Myco, who has an album coming out this year, believes that we should emulate nature and just like fungi be decentralized. He is strongly influenced by music from the 60s, 70s and 80s but most of all nature and the psychedelic experience. The latest single release by Myco, entitled “Myceliated”, is a song about fungus and the influence it has on the universe and the human experience. It is very difficult to write music that is inspirational, spiritual and esoteric. Many writers say

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Weston Simonis: “Moments of Intoxication” – this is music you can feel in your bones!

A native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Weston Simonis has been on the local music scene for many years. Simonis has been the frontman for several bands over the years, including Drive By, Hopeless Endeavor and The October Sky. As frontman for the band Metal Under the Influence, Simonis and his band mates won the ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest then went on to participate in the Warp Tour, playing at both Boise State University and Eastern Oregon University. After high school, Simonis went on to study at Full Sail University in Florida, known for being one of the best multimedia

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Suits Boulevard: “Oblivious” can flat-out run a chill down your spine!

The band, Suits Blvd (short for Suits Boulevard) was formed by Armin Kavousi (Vocals), Peter Scherfig (Guitar), Mads Albertsen (Guitar) and Mads Lindum (Drums) in December 2013, with the vision to create music, which emotionally brought you back to a certain point in life. In the summer 2014, percussionist Ashok Kumaran joined the band, and was followed in January 2015, by bass player Thomas Laursen. In less than 12 months the band has appeared on MTV, VH1, CMT and VEVO, as well as charting on radio stations in Canada and Europe. They have filmed a documentary series on the facts of

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Irina-R: “Sailing Home” – track to track the album is awe inspiring!

Even as the first notes of “30 Square Meters”, melt into your consciousness you may feel yourself taking a deep breath and relaxing into the mood. What a stunning, uplifting start to a poetic album. And after listening to the entire 11 tracks, I can honestly say that “Sailing Home” by Irina-R, is one of the most tasteful, intellectual and emotionally satisfying explorations within sound I’ve heard lately. Irina-R, who comes from a family where everyone plays music, started playing music herself, when she was nine years-old, by studying the piano at the Conservatoire and then the guitar, a few years later.

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Young Suavé: “Baby I See You” – this distinctive track brings a fresh sound

Young Suavé is a singer and songwriter born in the southern state of Louisiana, but moved to Las Vegas, NV at the early age of six years old. Growing up, a friend saw his potential and made contact with Jay Oates the CEO of Hall A Fame Records. Jay immediately saw the potential and signed the young talent and began to perfect the singer’s natural talent. Young Suavé, who has drawn comparisons to The Weekend, August Alsina and Jeremih, released his debut EP titled “Young Love” in 2012.  Now with his self-titled, full-length debut album set to release the summer

Chaos Theory: A Blistering Assault On The Ears

Chaos Theory, is fronted by singer/songwriter Rock Johnson, who along with members Lex Coulstring (guitar/vocals), Scott McKenzie (lead guitar), Tim Garagan (bass) and Craig Brown (drums) complete this melodic rock and alternative metal band.

Chaos Theory’s self-titled debut album, hit stores to praiseworthy reviews and critical acclaim, and it’s easy to see why. This album is pure “energy rock”, it displays all of the band’s technical strengths, adding mature and reflective lyrics to  melodies filled with anger, frustration, a building rage, and an overall intensity. Front-man Rock Johnson adds the final ‘cherry on top’, as he tears the lyrics apart from the depths of his being.

I listened to the entire album, track-by-track, and didn’t once have the urge to switch off or skip one single song. It’s a rare thing for that to happen, so I applaud these bad-ass boys for crafting such a strong, unified debut album. The songs are all masterfully crafted, drawing on Chaos Theory’s strengths; its strong powerful vocals, dirty cranked-up amps and driving rhythm section. Many of the songs hit you like a runaway train with their powered guitar riffs.

Straight-off “Remind” is a blistering assault on the ears, and Rock Johnson confirms how uncannily close, to a mix of Ozzy Osbourne and Sammy Hagar he sounds. Likewise, “Save Yourself” and the fierce and nasty “Afterthought”, are both venomous yet catchy and downright crunchy. “Silhouette” is also a rollicking affair, and the inclusion of “Dead Inside” keeps the album’s intensity genuine. But most surprising is the swirling, brooding “Broken Dream” and “Scarred” with its dreamily powerful ambiance and melodic vocals.

Make no mistake though, most of this album is meant to please the heavy rock and metal fans who like the harder side of Chaos Theory. It contains some of the heaviest songs written, and a couple of atmospheric tracks that complement the album nicely. Moreover, the album possesses the best assets of this band; fierce, crunchy alternative-metal, representing the brutal beauty of their music, bared for all to see.

Chaos Theory leaves the best for last, as the penultimate track, “Hollow Heart”, is perhaps the most powerful, radio-ready hit song on the album. Overflowing with crunchy riffs, hooks, solos and unbridled energy; the twin guitar sound, drive this song like a hurricane, while the vocals soar high above the pounding drum- and-bass engine-room.

Chaos Theory close the album down with a solitary piano theme, almost as if to allow you to recapture your breath and runaway heartbeat, after eleven tracks of awesome power, raw energy and great musicianship.

It is clear that the angry vocals with crunching guitars, great basslines, and quick-wristed drumming are definitely going to establish this band as a rock solid outfit!

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