Announcing the 2017 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame

Latest class of honorees in the 6 major categories – as voted on by a world-wide panel of music, art and marketing experts in the area of album cover art & packaging – represents the “who’s who” of creative and production talent, with many recognized names from the fine art and design world. Chicago, IL – based organization selects the designers, illustrators, photographers, art directors and patrons whose works were released between the years 1960 – Present. Since officially launching the site in 2012, we’ve inducted five classes of Inductees based on the results from the group’s yearly surveys (the

Twice The Holiday Feel-Good Vibe From NYC Indie Rockers

The Baghdaddios Celebrate Homeless Benefit’s 20th Anniversary – and Release a Brand New Holiday Single! For 25 years The Baghdaddios have churned along, trolling the seedier dive bars of New York City that were fortunate enough to have a sound system and a cabaret license.  Occasionally they graced the spotlight of some higher profile venues (including their third-ever show at iconic punk birthplace CBGB).  Somewhere along the way, between the indie CD releases, music videos, trips to other countries and criss-crossing various part of the U.S., they got a bright idea in their 5th year that resulted in the proverbial

INTERVIEW with Alternative Rock Band RAVENSCROFT

Ravenscroft is a seasoned foursome of alternative rock musicians comprising Ralph Buso (Vocals), Pat Magrath (Drums), Brett Octane, (Guitar) and Devin Baker (Bass). The band’s six song EP is set to be released January 2018. In the meantime the powerhouse unit has dropped two lead singles to whet anticipating appetites. Two of the band’s members took the time to answer some curiosities in the following interview. How long has the current line-up of Ravenscroft been together and how did you get together in the first place? Brett Gorke (Guitarist): Approximately three years. Due to personal issues the original guitar player was unable to continue with Ravenscroft. At that

Ann Taylor: “Sober” – an anthem that is so calm and haunting it could put you into a trance

Canadian Record Label Illium Audio signed Ann Taylor in 2017. A singer-songwriter living in Calgary, Ann fell in love with songwriting, propelling her towards the release of her first EP “Roses” in February 2016. She is a versatile artist who has explored genres as diverse as folk, pop and electronic music, and is able to blend them together to form unique and playful new sounds. In addition to her solo work, Ann is a member of musical collective “Plus”. Set to release a full length album in 2018, she is currently working on an EP, and has released the single,

Collaborateurs: “Interstellar Colors” blurs the lines between earnestness and bravado

“Interstellar Colors” is the third album released under the Collaborateurs name, but Curtis Hubbard, Glenn Hubbard, Roger Brandon, and Jeremy Cayton have worked together in other acts for a long time. Most recently, Hubbard, Brandon, and Cayton released three albums under the name Rog & Glenn. Brothers Curtis and Glenn Hubbard have also recorded together for many years, first as Four Day Weekend, and more recently The Hubbard Concept. The Collaborateurs have a formula that works for them. Every album has more than a handful of tracks that are the greatest thing you’ve ever heard, a perfect arrangements of chords

The BoyEatsGirl “Zugzwang” Interview

Australian extreme metal project BoyEatsGirl is driven by one man – Rick ‘Cleveland’ Pinto who launched the project in late 2015. BoyEatsGirl has since been establishing itself as a favorite extreme metal project: Pinto is one of the few underground artists to offer a complete conceptual and experiential package in the genre – food for the heart, mind and senses, as intellectually stimulating as it is emotionally intense. BoyEatsGirl creates a nice balance of standard, aggressive metal riffs, intermingled with fast, monstrous, ultra-heavy, ultra-complex mechanical cyber-grinding percussion, and a crazed use of sonic extremities. Also, there is use of growling vocals, which produces a thick, beastly, darkly regal, searingly

ZALI: “Girls Like Us” – an ambitious blend of bravado and sultry charm

ZALI is an emerging Irish Singer-songwriter creating a buzz in Ireland and the UK with her powerful vocals and the distinct cross-genre sound of Soul-Pop. Passionate about music since her childhood ZALI began performing to crowds of all sizes via her church choir which confirmed her artistic calling. Years of vocal training and a signature sound blended from old-school R&B, mixed with Soul-Pop brings ZALI to her latest single “Girls Like Us”. An anthem for woman around the world, the track was written after the singer had been suffering from heartbreak. ZALI is a powerhouse vocalist, stylistically contemporary but one

PnB ROCK Performing at the Gas Monkey Live November 24, 2017!

PnB ROCK the American artist, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is getting ready to set the Gas Monkey Live!, in Dallas Texas alight with his live performance programmed for 7 p.m. November 24, 2017. The Billboard Hot 100 artist, whose album “Catch These Vibes”, features Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Roy Woods, Smokepurpp and more, will also be performing his smash hit single “Selfish”, among others. Below are all the details relating to the artist and live concert. Music Group Name: PnB Rock Date: November 24, 2017 Venue: Gas Monkey 10110 Technology Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75220 Time:

Prilho: “Stay” is set to become a favorite of modern club culture

Although only a couple of years into a career as a DJ and producer, Prilho has quickly become one to watch on the EDM scene, not only in his native Portugal but across the European dance scene as a whole. “Stay” is a song which pulses with the positivity and euphoria of the contemporary dance sound, it glows with great vibes and even though it is built on a fairly mid-paced tempo, its clever use of dynamics, its ability to build musical peaks and sonic troughs means that it is packed with punch, but it is punch which comes from

Grey Smith’s music can easily serve as therapy for music fans

Grey Smith solidified his sound and his soul, engraving it in stone with the first track, “Fear”, taken off his upcoming project, the “Ghost Notes” album. Grey, who wrote, played, sang and engineered every piece of the record is fundraising the entire project via to finance the mixing and mastering of the album, the back-end administrative items like trademarking, publishing, copy-writing, marketing, publishing to  iTunes, Spotify etc., as well as shooting a video for the first song. You can be an important part of this process by logging on to his fundraising page HERE. On “Fear” Grey Smith sounds so

Paul Pedana: “Free” – the clarity of his far-ranching vocals is absolutely sublime

Paolo Pedana b.k.a. Paul Pedana was born on in a small town called Umbertide, in the vicinity of Perugia, Italy. At the tender age of 6 he began to play the piano. By the age of twelve he had picked up both the guitar and the drums and had started his first band. At 14 he composed an 11 track symphonic music album created on various synthesizers and other virtual instruments. The album even impressed the great composer Giampiero Reverberi.

Paul Pedana Live in London

Paul Pedana Live in London

Paul’s momentum was abruptly cut short by a tragic accident at the age of 16, when he was run-over by a bus in front of his high school. Despite the odds he made a painful and miraculous recovery, undergoing multiple surgeries and medical treatments across long periods of time. His near death experience brought with it a strong sense of awakening and lust for life, which later led Paul to journey to the USA to live with the Native American tribe of the “Lakota”. A voyage which stayed with him and echoes through his music.

After previously achieving success as the drummer and main songwriter for the band Anthropos, in January 2015 Paul Pedana decided to pursue a solo project in an attempt to express a different musical affinity to his previous work with the band. The project quickly grew into a passion of Paul’s and he immediately released two singles and supporting videos, showcasing his new sound which drastically departed from his previous musical genre.

Paul Pedana - Sunset Strip Music Festival

Paul Pedana – Sunset Strip Music Festival

The tracks in question are “Free” and “I’m not afraid”. These songs hit me emotionally the first time I heard them. There is something unique, beautiful, and enigmatic about Paul Pedana’s songwriting and singing. “Free” captures those qualities perfectly. Pedana’s use of strings in this song is so perfect and intertwined lavishly with the melody and other instruments. The track starts out simple with Pedana’s superbly soulful voice and an acoustic guitar, then blows up into a lush string arrangement with wonderful guitar and keyboard work all the way through. Paul Pedana sounds like he really cares about how we listen to his songs.

The production on his songs is tremendous, the intense layering of sounds and the clarity of his far-ranching vocals is absolutely sublime. And even when he uses a simpler piano-driven arrangement as on “I’m not afraid”, the orchestration of the strings and voice, are exquisitely executed, with each single note building on the emotion of the song, until it reaches a majestic, anthemic sweep.

The most amazing aspect of Paul Pedana’s compositions is how it spiritually moves the listener. It takes one on a journey of life, love, and death, with each song moving in its own way. Containing lush, soaring melodies and propulsive guitars and keyboards, set against vital string arrangements held in tight rhythmic rein, Pedana’s musical talent percolates and seethes with emotion. I truly can’t begin to recommend Paul Pedana enough. Please consider this artist as your top purchase this year.

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