Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

elconEstharoe – Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin

Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. The Hyper-real Soundscapes of elconEstharoe are at the vanguard of experimental electronica. Through his work with elconEstharoe, Lambro is acutely aware of his acoustic environment and in particular the natural resources around him, utilizing the biophony, anthropophony and the sacred power of sound. From within

Cartographer is an Easy Listen, in that it Showcases a Great Band at their Best!

Brandon Covington (vocals) and Andy Gentile(drums) knew they were onto something special when first approached by the idea of Cartographer by Nick Morzov (guitar) in early 2012. Influenced by diverse rock groups ranging from Periphery and Avenged Sevenfold to Incubus, the three began writing tunes together in their North Hollywood studio. By spring 2012, they were ready to start making music and Cartographer was officially born.

I have much respect for bands that work outside the realm of normality. In a time where finding an album that you can truly love from start to finish, has become harder, Cartographer are a breath of fresh air. This is genre mashing at its finest. At its core, Cartographer is a powerhouse rock offering, that gives you everything you could ask for in a modern rock album:  piercing screams and melodic harmonies set to grinding riffs, deep bass rhythms, and pounding drums.

The album from start to finish has a perfect flow, and song order definitely sets that up. The opening track, “Confronting My Own Reality” is easily one of the most important; giving the listener a perfect idea of the different sounds to come. So perfect in fact that listening to a sample should make the decision-making process a breeze in grabbing this Ep.

This is a great Ep. Rock and melody laced with some electronic and dubstep influences. I urge everyone to give this a shot; I don’t think you will be disappointed. Cartographer rocks hard; plain and simple. Every aspect of this Ep is just amazing. From the headbang-worthy riffs to the parts where you find yourself screaming right along with Brandon without even realizing it, I’m hard-pressed to find a downside.

This entire Ep has a dark sound to it. But when ballads have a darker tone to them, it makes a much better ballad than a happier ballad in my opinion. The music in “To the Floor and out of Reach” is a contrast of uplifting melodies and dark chords. It works very well to my ears.

“Porcelain Doll” starts off with another dark sounding guitar riff. This song then erupts in to an epic melodic hard rocking verse! One thing I love about Cartographer is how easily they can blend heavy riffs, melodic guitar and piano parts together and then put soaring vocals on top! And the drums are great here as well.

“Paradox” is another heavier one! I love the opening to this song! The verse on this is actually the most melodic of the songs. It’s really good! The song then picks up in the pre-chorus with some heavier guitar layers and some gritty vocals. The chorus also has a fast, frantic guitar part going on underneath Brandon’s majestic vocals and Andy Gentile’s thumping drum rhythms.

This self-titled Ep by Cartographer really has the potential. Every song on it is amazing. The lyrics are outstanding, and you can tell the group put some really hard time and effort into these songs. These guys rock, the music, the lyrics, the total package.

Cartographer is an easy listen, in that it showcases a great band at their best, and that each song is just as strong as the one before it. Honestly, there is not one bad thing I can say about this album! Highly recommended for rock fans!

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