IJK – “High Tide” – an undeniably radiant surge of energy throughout!

I normally don’t like anything this pristine and clean sounding, but “High Tide” by Imad Jack Karam – better known simply as IJK,  is so undeniably catchy (the kind that subconsciously takes over your mind) that throughout its clean and safe runtime, it hardly matters. The melody is so clear and sharp, the rhythm effortlessly danceable, every little vocal croon rings as charming and captivating. IJK’s sweet, funky and resonant pop-rock is as lovable as can possibly be. It is also quite a layered sound that the Lebanese-born singer-songwriter produces, as pricks of melody float through an obscenely catchy chorus

AP Project – “Out of The Blue” – Smooth, beautiful mixes, innovative style and very cool grooves

The AP Project is a band formed by students from the conservatory of music in Naples (Italy). Its members include band leader Arcangelo Pezzella (guitar), Guido Foi (piano and keyboards), Alessandro Petricciuolo (bass), and Francesco Pellegrino (drums), and features Angela Addezio (vocals). Though the group comes from a jazz background, they prefer not to label their music in any way. “We all come from jazz,” says Pezzella, “but we all go somewhere else. That’s the best feature of our album,” he continues, “It’s a sonic journey through different yet similar soundscapes.” The AP Project took shape about a year ago,

Solomon’s Architects – “The Edge Of It All” goes beyond pure musical pastiche

Bryant Micheal Waghorn can make your head spin with his creativity and output as a singer, songwriter, project leader and musical collaborator. The album, “The Edge Of It All” by his pet project Solomon’s Architects, featuring multi-instrumentalist and producer Luc Michaud, as well as collaborator Josie Elysia, is a nod to the great pop, prog and rock crossover artists such as Peter Gabriel, the elaborate tropes of The Mars Volta, the complex bombast of King Crimson and the shuddering rhythms of Rush, with a thick smudging of REM-styled, organic singer-songwriter flair. Add a clear-headed ear for melody and arrangement to

Matt Draco – “Get Off” – a cautionary tone that’s burned into every word!

Raised in Inglewood, California, Matt Draco’s prowess blends his aggressive West Coast personality with his nimble New York inspired rhyme schemes. As a child he studied the lyricism of creatives such as Notorious B.I.G, J. Cole, and Jay-Z, and by the time he was 14, Matt also taught himself how to compose orchestral music, enhancing his musical understanding and vision. By the age of 18, Matt Draco had the honor of conducting University Preparatory School’s orchestra twice, with two different pieces composed by himself. He then returned to his native Hip-hop roots releasing a series of freestyles and singles on

Kiing Dee! – “Black Kings (ft. King Los) flows with such a captivating style!

Kiing Dee! has been boxing since the age of 6. He grew up in the Pawtucket/Providence area where he fights out of Big Six Boxing academy. He has won many regional tournaments as well as fighting in the 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifiers and previously being ranked #2 in the country. Kiing Dee! went professional in 2018 but an Achilles injury changed his life. It forced him to do the only thing he could do while recovering on his couch and that was make music. Once he realized that people actually liked his music, he decided to take it seriously. Constantly

DREAM BIG EMPIRE presents Blacc Cuzz – “Wadd Up Doe” – outbursts of authenticity and real Hip-Hop

Blacc Cuzz is committed to forging a glorious way forward in his career. More importantly, he’s underscoring his critical lapses in the past for sake of the young guns who may admire him. At this stage, the Pittsburgh, PA, born and raised creative, who fashions himself as a self-made businessman in the mold of Jay-Z, is well aware of his status as an artist and record label boss at Dream Big Empire. The good-natured don of the working class can rap like the most vulgar deacon you’ll ever meet, driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real Hip-Hop. Much like

Ramirez Coiva – “I’m Walking Away” shines in the way the guitar and string arrangements are so well put together

Ramirez Coiva regards himself as a Citizen of the World, who has been writing and making music since 2000. His single “I’m Walking Away” was written and recorded in Istanbul (Turkey), a couple of years ago. The song is a hybrid between the alternative rock guitar sound of the past and a look toward a more modern, sleeker pop sound. One thing is clear on this track, there are very few people that can match Ramirez Coiva’s all-embracing songwriting talent. Regardless of style, whether it’s heavy guitars or strings, keyboards and drums, a great song is a great song, and

“Time” – The new single and video release by APKLYPZ

“Time” in the world of APKLYPZ is the unknown march into darkness. The trippy mind-bending perceptions of infinity. The psychedelic wanderings of a consciousness loose in the cosmos. The groove between space and time, the analog and the digital, reality and illusion.  Audiovisual artist APKLYPZ combines dense dreamy trip-hop and psychedelic visuals to create a cinematic experience called a “form of escapism” by Electro Wow. Every APKLYPZ production is a vivid world of expression and “…an enthralling and emotive listen which is accompanied by a spellbinding video”. Seasoned by decades as a bass auteur and years as a globetrotting

“KETAMER” – Doc Ketamer is absolutely at the top of his game

Doc Ketamer is a DJ / producer born in Naples. At the age of 20 he started traveling throughout Europe organizing juggling shows. From the year 2000 he began to collaborate and play with different sound systems. In those years he focused on live sets. In this same period he founded the KML sound system KML, which almost immediately joined the larger collective Black Sheep. After this experience, and having played all over Europe, DJ Ketamer – as he was called then – rediscovered his passion for vinyl and began playing different styles on various occasions in social centers and

International Independent Entertainer, Cips is preparing his latest album and tour!

Cips, pronounced (Sip’s) is an international independent entertainer who has done various showcases and has toured multiple times across Canada and United States. Cips has currently accomplished three Canadian tours and two American tours so far. Performing in various major cities across Canada and United States such as Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Miami, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, etc. Cips has also worked alongside various artists in the music Industry such as Sayzee, Big Trill, Merkules, Stitches, and many more. His latest project titled ‘Codeine Cowboyz’ was completely created, mixed and mastered in Miami, FL, produced by Supply & Demand,

Catalina Shortwave: “Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial” – tailor-made for blasting to a packed arena!

David Rizzo (vocals), Martin Stauffer (guitars), Keith Morey (guitars), Roy Scaturo (bass guitar) and John Garvey (drums) all live in or around hilly Ridgefield, Connecticut, where for the past two years, as the collective known as Catalina Shortwave, they have been creating, rehearsing and recording their music in a roomy log cabin-looking studio in the New England woods.  Their first release, 2014’s lo-fi Repeater”, was produced in a chilled basement on the barest of budgets. Now comes their second release, “Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial”, which brings together the pluses of professional production with the immediacy and honesty of the best of DIY.

catalina-shortwave-rv-coverCatalina Shortwave is one of those bands that continue to deliver some of the best pure rock music around, yet for some reason they still remain relatively unknown to the masses. From the blistering first riff, to the last note, this band blasts back in time to ignite the here and now – Rock ‘n Roll as it should be! Yep, Catalina Shortwave just kinda snuck out of Connecticut, from between the piles of mediocre-to-bad music being forced at us these days. Now they will wrap their big sounds around your head and have you believing that there is still a chance for a new classic rock-type sound revival.

I believe that this is one group that knows respects and acknowledges their influences, but doesn’t attempt to copy anyone. Instead they pick up where legendary groups before them left off and carry on the tradition of great sounding rock and roll with an edge! The musicianship, vocals, production values and sound on “Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial” are tremendous, and on a whole new level compared to their previous release. No doubt having experience and professionalism on the boards really helped make this album the fantastic, solid, straight ahead rock and roll masterpiece it is.

catalina-shortwave-rv-rizzoThere’s something both new and familiar about Catalina Shortwave’s sound; these guys have written a very mature sounding album, full of great hooks, melodies and a monster wall of guitars. Early highlights for me include ‘Breakaway’, ‘Darkstar’ and the epic sounding ‘Blood Orange’, but you could pick this album up at any point and find a killer track. Production-wise, each song is nice and straightforward; you get drums, bass, guitars and vocals – and lots of them! David Rizzo has to be one of the most powerfully unique rock vocalists around right now. His phrasing and diction is phenomenal. Probably the only rock singer who allows you to understand each and every word he sings.

Lyrically, musically, and as a band they really rock. In today’s scene, it’s far and few between to see a band that’s a total package. But that’s what Catalina Shortwave have become. A lot of rock bands nowadays have somewhat of a depressing and violent tone in their music, but Catalina Shortwave just has a good time and lets the music flow with passion and great talent. They have created a superb rock album with “Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial”, which blends in different styles from bluesy to southern rock to soaring guitar. It is tailor-made for blasting to a packed arena.  I hope they get the recognition they deserve with this release.

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