OFFICIAL VIDEO: Kevin Toqe – “Shadows” was inspired by Psalm 91

Filmed and performed at 25th Street Recording (Oakland, CA), this video mixes the original electronic elements from the original “Shadows” radio version with live, acoustic instruments for a more organic feel.  “Shadows” by Kevin Toqe,  was inspired by Psalm 91, the state of being found in a safe place where God does the protecting instead of my own self-protection, and I learn a place of contentment in Him. Then, if right now seems like a “mountain” or a “valley” time of life, the real constant becomes simply the protective, consistent, and overshadowing love of God. Finding this kind of

Michelle Miller Bell Drops The Official Video For The Song “Keeping My Faith In You”

The official video for the song “Keeping My Faith In You”, by Michelle Miller Bell, was was created to encourage those who are disturbed, angry and frustrated because of all the violence in the streets we see daily, and because of the Coronavirus epidemic that has taken so many lives. Be encouraged and keep your faith in God, for He is more than able to sustain you in the midst of all that is going on around you.  If you enjoyed the video, be sure to leave a like, rating and a comment. Also, if you enjoy listening to

Diva Prime – “The Diva in Me” demonstrates emotional intelligence and a focused vision

Diva Prime is a multi-talented artist from Mobile, AL. During April 2020, she celebrated her first year anniversary as a new independent artist in the industry. And she couldn’t celebrate it in more appropriate way than with the release of her impacting 6 track project “The Diva in Me”. Diva is the epitome of urban music stands for, as she blends rap, pop and R&B over skittering hip-hop beats. She is insanely talented, and pulls from all different sounds in this project to make it beautiful and uniquely her own. Her lyrics are insane, like she could simply be an

Damian Sage – “The Hardest Goodbye” – probably one of his best songs ever

How can anyone not like Damian Sage? He delivers, plain and simple. Each and every time. He is an extremely talented artist, versatile and engaging. From Blues to Rock, to Indie and Alternative sounds, he never misses a beat. A native of New York, Damian Sage is a singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. On July 27th, he is releasing his new single – “The Hardest Goodbye” – through Dark Spark Music, a label headed by former Guns N Roses manager, and Grammy Award winner, Vicky Hamilton. An artist of integrity and guts, Damian has never sold out

QUEENMAKER – “Under the Kiss” affirms the band’s grip on 80’s rock music

Featuring Jennie Väänänen on vocals and Rob Nasty handling all instruments, QUEENMAKER are a new band from Sweden who are bringing back the glam rock sound of the 80’s with their two-song release “Under the Kiss” on the A-side, and “Hold on to Love” on the flipside. The 80s was the decade in which modern rock and metal was born. Sure, the titans of the 70’s drew up the rules, but virtually every mutated representation that exists today can virtually trace its origins back to the seismic years of the eighties. QUEENMAKER though, don’t bring us the mutated version, they

Quinten Tyvon Drops Groovy, Uplifting, & Powerful Electronic/Pop Single ‘All For You’

Quinten Tyvon releases his latest mesmerizing and powerful electronic/pop single ‘All For You.’ The track contains uplifting chords, a groovy beat, and a powerful vocal performance by Quinten Tyvon. The single starts with the atmospheric chord progression and a driving bass line that immediately sets the tone for the rest of the track. The song then proceeds to introduce electronic elements that give the track it’s pop and atmospheric feel. Gluing all of the elements together is Quinten Tyvon’s grand, clean, and infectious vocal. Undoubtedly, ‘All For You’ can take anyone into a musical escapade as it contains every feel-good

Robert Eberle, Versa the Band & Don Da Menace – “Enough”

 The Black Lives Matter movement is a hard-hitting subject that undeniably deserves a voice through song and protests. 15-year-old Robert Eberle joined forces with fellow musicians Versa the Band & Don Da Menace to create the powerful anthem “Enough” to express their feelings and frustration about police brutality and the mistreatment of people of color. Fans of political hip-hop who are looking to hear a new voice speak out for current events will enjoy this track, featured on most streaming networks with an exclusive video on YouTube. The dynamic blend of emotions and original talent makes “Enough” a track

“Dream On” is the debut single from the new German-based band The Velvet Rocks

“Dream On” is the debut single from the new band The Velvet Rocks, based in Munich, Germany. American/Russian singer Dmitry Iogman, Gustavo Castillo Estrada from Mexico and the German/Italian singer Sandro Schmalzl will take you on an unheard of and unexpected ride, combining the genre of rock with classical music. The beauty of their operatic voices unite with rock music and a Queen-like guitar solo in this all-time favorite hit rock song from 1982, originally performed by Nazareth. The Velvet Rocks are produced by the musical genius Christian Lohr. Sandro, Gustavo and Dmitry studied together and started The Velvet Rocks

Rare Phantom – “Blistering Luv” – Melding pop, hip-hop and modern R&B into one frothy whole

Rare Phantom is a multi-genre artist from Boston with a particular affection for R&B/Hip-hop. His image and persona draws people’s attention and makes them curious to see what he stands for. However, his message, is to show that one cannot be defined by image alone, and that we need to look a whole lot deeper to understand or judge people. Individuality and self-expression, are keywords in Rare Phantom’s vocabulary, and are values he strives to communicate and pass on to his audience. Currently he is pushing his single, “Blistering Luv” produced by CURTI$Y. Rare Phantom’s blend of straight-talking, blunt content

Melua – debut single and music video – “Waves”

Tapio Fagerström (Bass), Ville Saarinen (Guitar), Olli Rautio (Guitar), Petri Koskela (Drums), and Jussi Rautio (Synths), make up the alternative rock band Melua, who have just released the song “Waves”, and the supporting music video by @simppafi. If you’ve been waiting for a time to check out this band, wait no more: this song is the perfect entry point. The song utilizes the band’s penchant for lush instrumentation to full effect, creating a mood and atmosphere that builds into a goosebump-raising climax. Melua strikes a great balance between the song’s poignant moments and the more soaring sections. Furthermore, they write

Origin Mile – The overall feel of their music is most impressive

Origin Mile assembled in Spring 2014, when friends Ernest Son (guitar, drums) and Tom Smith (guitar and bass) were just capping off a long period of writing, jamming, and recording.  While composing an acoustic side project, Ernest met and roped in guitarist David French. Soon after, drummer Michael Brady joined the band and the quartet began hashing out the details to their first set.

Origin Mile’s songs are laced with jangling guitar-driven rhythms and filled with haunting melodies that leave the listener still enveloped and entranced even after the song has ended. Most bands are directly relatable to ones from the past Origin Mile is not like this at all. It’s fresh, new, and amazing as its subtle influences are many great ones.

Origin Mile

Origin Mile

It’s been a long, long time since I came upon an album (in this case a 3-track EP) that surprised me as much as this one. The vocals, the organic instrumentation, the timing, and the flow are all perfect. I think we are witnessing the start of a brilliant career for this band.

Again, many new bands, no matter how great, sound so much like old groups. Origin Mile breaks this tendency. Sure, they fit nicely into the Indie Rock or Indie Pop categories, but they do great things in new ways, and they do it with elegant force and controlled power.

From the minute they kick off with “Anastasia” you sense a curious urgency as the music surges and soars across the infectious guitar rhythms and crystal clear vocals. If I had to choose a ‘signature’ sound with which to distinguish Origin Mile from other bands, it would have to be their guitar sounds and rhythms, which are totally unique compared to the current synth-driven music.

The only hint or nod to any other band that came before, I perceived on “Not Forever Since September”, where the opening 2 bars reminded me of early REM. But that was it, 2 bars! Then Origin Mile stepped on the guitar pedal and it was back to business as usual with an eclectic and sizzling guitar solo.

origin-mile-300“Port Authority” crashes in on such a fun, uplifting vibe that you can’t help but tap your toes. In fact the rhythm was so infectious; I never even realized that I’d forgotten to listen to the lyrics, while I continued humming along to the melody…even on replay!

This was a truly beautiful and inspiring listen. Origin Mile delivers simple, ear-catching melodies over some deliciously refreshing rhythms; while upfront the vocals are always dominant, expressive and clear. But it’s the overall feel of their music that is most impressive.

I’m not sure who engineered or produced the music on this Ep, but it continually felt like the band were playing in the same room I was listening in, and the experience was just awesome; especially the gut-wrenching, resonating guitars on “Not Forever Since September”.

In the space of only 3 songs Origin Mile has gone a long way to restoring my faith in current music. Who knows what they could do with a full-length album!

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