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,

Kathy Ingraham: “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do” – a very pleasurable and swinging experience!

Kathy Ingraham is an experienced vocalist who has sung on TV and radio commercials for organizations such as McDonald’s, Chrysler, ABC Network, Coke, Pepsi, and many more. Kathy launched her artistic career in 2014 and has since completed several solo projects and singles, working with an impressive roster of artists and composers, including Grammy-winning composer Henri Krieger, Luther Vandross, Meatloaf, Marc Cohn, Michael Bolton, Richie Havens, Michael Kamen, and several more. Her latest single “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do”, is an original jazz track that features the legendary Pete Levin on piano. Kathy Ingraham in my humble opinion is one

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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