Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Darshae Kiér: “Translation” – poised to take its place on the global stage

Darshae Kiér is a pop artist based in Miami, FL. After the untimely death of his parents, he entered the foster care system where he was shuffled from foster home to foster home. Despite his rough start in life, Darshae has always been determined to rise above and lead with positivity. Inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Coldplay, Darshae latest single “Translation” rides on a steamy Reggaeton beat, and strives to spread the artist’s message of hope and inspiration. His melodic flow and lyrical style are potent. He creates hooks with ease,

Whiskey N’ Rye: “Sick Soul Summertime” – features a large supply of strong and dramatic slow-burners

In this age of one-and-done disposable artists, Whiskey N’ Rye continues to make great music. Philip Lindholm just gets better and better as a songwriter, and the current lineup consisting of Philip Lindholm: Vocals & Guitar, Carson Dent: Drums, Greg Pascale: Guitar, Alex Atwood: Bass and Marco Longo: Keys, has really gelled into a tight unit.

The album cover

The album cover

Whiskey N’ Rye are about to release their sophomore album, “Sick Soul Summertime”, where they dish out rock, blues, roots and soul-driven tunes, succeeding impressively. The good news is that on this release the band’s original sound is completely intact, notwithstanding some member changes from their previous release. All the new members have done, is literally add fuel to the already brightly burning fire. And quite frankly the band has never sounded tighter.

This album in particular, has so much range. It’s a statement of what Whiskey N’ Rye sees and is able to capture musically. The guitar-harmonica trade-offs is cool on so many levels – the sound, the attitude, the energy. The reason I enjoy this band so much is because, no matter where they seem to land their collective inspiration, it falls in a place that is timely and aligned with some inexplicable vibe that I feel too. Maybe it’s just what happens in my life but, more likely it is the way that Whiskey N’ Rye evolve – doing what they want to do and reflecting their experiences in the music.

The songs on this collection run the gamut of subject matter and style, and of course Lindholm has pulled out another gem with the first single and title track off the album, “Sick Soul Summertime”, a smoking arrangement of a left-field, rock and blues crossover. Yet for me, great as it may be, this is not the best track on the album…not by a long shot. Instead, almost everything that comes immediately afterwards is! From track 4 onwards, namely “You Shook Me All Night Long” to “Scene Unseen”, “Laid To Waste”, “Down Lonely Girl”, “Saving Grace” and “At The Graveside” are in a category apart. These standouts feature a large supply of ballads, which are strong and dramatic slow-burners, handcrafted for Philip Lindholm’s ever-emoting vocal chords.

Philip Lindholm

Philip Lindholm

As I explained before, the whole album speaks to me. But these specific songs are those rare occasions when you simply connect with the artist on every metaphysical level.

Blues-rock influenced music tends to favor musicianship first and foremost, and then occasionally you’ll find a band that is also willing to push the field in new directions. Whiskey N’ Rye is surely concerned about moving their sound into the future, with outstanding songwriting, awe-inspiring musicianship and vocals. They manage to sound both high-flying and respectably unpretentious at the same time.

This is high-energy blues-based rock with intelligent and original lyrics, together with unexpected and sophisticated chord changes. “Sick Soul Summertime” is a powerful addition to any real music lover’s library.

More About Whiskey N’ Rye : The band formed in 2013 and quickly became known for its explosive live shows, touring nationally at some of the best clubs and festivals around. Their debut album – a fusion of blues, rock, and Americana – has been picked up by over 200 radio stations across the country, as well as widely popular television shows and networks. Buzz now surrounds the band, whose online following has swelled to over 35,000 people.

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