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The Applebutter Express: “Handguns and Hammocks” – strictly highly distinctive non-rock instrumentation!

Most people may have discovered The Applebutter Express through their song “Hey My Brotha,” which is featured in the Ron Howard film “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon. However, the band’s story began in 2004, when Kyle Biss met his future wife Shannon while working at a record store in Bradenton, Florida. Still a focused bass player, Kyle picked up a ukulele in 2010 and began to write songs, with the idea of singing with Shannon for fun on the couch. Pretty soon they became a duo doing open mic community, then got married and added Joe Trivette (fiddle) and Matt

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Phillip Foxley: “I’ll try ’till I die” embraces all musical forms

Phillip Foxley is a songwriter/guitarist from the UK. He first picked up a guitar in the 1970s, playing clubs and bars. Over time, he found himself in studio sessions, house bands, and writing music for TV and film soundtracks. In November 2011, after a long hiatus, Phillip began writing new songs and setting up a basic home studio to record them. He soon released his first solo EP “One Song Is All You Need”; a collection of tracks spanning the artist’s favorite original compositions over the years. Now in 2015 Phillip Foxley has finally completed and released his debut full-length album,

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Diablo Flamez: “Duct Tape & Coffee Grounds” is the upper echelon of street hip-hop music!

Hailing from Zone 18 East Baltimore, songwriter and lyricist, Diablo Flamez set the city of Baltimore on fire a few years ago with his single “Jail Flick”. The song became the lead single to the Nonesuch/Warner Music Group release The Wire and all the pieces that matter, the official soundtrack to HBO’s groundbreaking show The Wire. Darkroom Productions discovered Diablo Flamez some time ago and have been his production home ever since. After a ton of hard work and multiple promo singles Diablo, nw the label’s lead artist, has just released his debut LP “Duct Tape & Coffee Grounds”. The

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Nytro: “Some Things Never Change” – good old-school hard rock, plain and simple!

I was a Judas Priest fanatic in the late 70’s and the 80’s but fell away in the 90’s as I didn’t like the direction that Painkiller was heading in. Now in 2015 I see that the Priest is back to their old ways with an absolute tour de force of fiery riffs, virtuoso solos and well composed songs…or are they? Then I read the band line-up on the recordings again – Mark Williams – Guitar, Rod Weygant – Guitar, Dennis Gage – Drums and Steve Wright – Bass. No, this is none other than the St. Louis, Missouri based

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Singer, songwriter and producer Tone Jonez joins Rox Ran & Emile Danero on new track!

Ohio artist Rox Ran has Delaware artist Emile Danero jump on a track produced by singer, songwriter and producer Tone Jonez. The song titled “Running Back To You” features Rox Ran on the 1st and 3rd verse, Emile Danero on the second verse, and Tone Jonez on the hook along with Tone Jonez also being the producer of the beat. Emile Danero is gearing for his 5 city west coast tour starting June 11th 2015. Also check out Emile Danero’s feature in the Freshman edition XXL magazine which has already hit stores worldwide! More about: Randy Christopher Jenkins Jr better

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Lisa Williams: “Junk” – as close to a home run as you can get on your first swing!

Lisa Williams has released her first solo project “Junk”, under the Carrillo Music label, after securing a Billboard Top 25 position with “Awake” in a collaborative work with Grammy nominated House legend Eddie Amador, under the same label. “Junk” includes a remix package from Hoxton Whores, The Guru Project, Lizzie Curious & Kissy Sell Out. Deep, funky, hypnotic and playful is how I can best describe this track. It is, especially for a solo debut, as close to a home run as you can get on your first swing. “Junk” brings back that swing vibe which was very popular back

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La Jungla by Ralphi Rosario ft. Julissa Veloz – keep you grooving and moving!

La Jungla by Ralphi Rosario ft. Julissa Veloz is everything that you would expect from someone like Ralphi Rosario (and that is the ultimate compliment!). It is a well thought out, flawlessly mixed journey of a great dance track. In my opinion, a great progressive, house, dance song should keep you grooving and moving the whole way through – not thinking, scheming or fantasizing about rubbish, like a lot of them seem to be doing these days. The minute a dance track shifts the emphasis from your feet, it is no longer doing what it is ultimately intended to do-

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Jordan Carroll: “You Know That I Know” – captures the most sustained ache or joy through a musical verse

The young Phoenix native, Jordan Carroll’s upcoming single release, “You Know That I Know,” blends the most immediate instrumental and lyrical details with an elaborate web of traditional musical roots. This body of work reaches out wide to draw in the blues, folk, rock and just about everything else, with a touch of the troubadour in it. The result is a fully realized song that takes you on an artful journey, with the highest of highs and wretched lows of love wrapped all inside its storyline – sometimes at the same time. On the surface, someone looking for a casual

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Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer: “Gal SkinOut Like Fruit” – highly infectious dancehall riddims

Critics of modern dancehall are quick to point a finger at several rather large and overlying issues in the dance which signal the `changing of the times’ of dancehall. The three largest of these issues are slackness in the dancehall, the actual arguments and public disagreements between the artists and musicians themselves and lastly the obvious shift of overall violence within the music. As the roots side of the music seems to get more and more pure and back to the vibes where it originated, dancehall, at least according to the critics, has taken a turn for the worse from

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Sasan Soury: “Mirage” will appeal to the masses

I’ve listened to Sasan Soury’s “Mirage” straight down several times now, and it’s pretty great. It’s highly produced and more layered than some of Sasan’s other work. The lyrics are inspired, the tune is catchy, and the blend of Eastern/Western sounds are extremely engaging and satisfying. I also very much appreciate the positive messages in the song, that runs so counter to much of the messaging in the music market these days. Sasan’s music is just so lovely and uplifting and can put anyone in a great mood. Sasan Soury comes across as the life of the party. He seems

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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