Vermin & the Beachrat New Single is Set to Strengthen the Legacy of Folk

Here to brighten up the day of all the folk lovers is Vermin & the Beachrat with their new single I Know Everything About you—a high-energy, rustic and boisterous folk-country rock number that is equal parts nostalgic, equal parts sweet and a whole lot of the familiar gusto that has become a signature style of the artist. Yet the subject matter of the song reveals a challenge for an old friend or lover, a knowing, tenacious grin that looms over all the extensive guitar riffs, the electric instrumental solos and a refrain that echoes into the airwaves with enough power

Ken Hardeo Releases “I Can Love You Through Anything” For Worthy Causes

Charlotte, North Carolina – Ken Hardeo had more great things in mind when he wrote and recorded his latest single, “I Can Love You Through Anything.” Part of the proceeds will head towards worthy causes such as the American Cancer Society and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Ken Hardeo didn’t work alone on this effort. Ken got help from his friend, musician and producer Quentin Bethea who also sang on the track. Together they created a beautiful blend of R&B that harbors on pop with inspirational undertones that shine through for people of all ages around the world. With a song as versatile as “I Can Love

“Missing Person” – The new album by Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Zappa)

The persisting career of musician, singer, and songwriter Warren Bruce Cuccurullo, has reached incredible and indelible highs. He worked with the late, legendary Frank Zappa in the ’70s, founded Missing Persons in the ’80s, and became a long-term member of new wave legends Duran Duran in ’86, notably contributing to the band’s regained worldwide success on the 1993 chart-busting “Wedding Album”. Not one to rest on his laurels, the talented Brooklyn born guitarist however, has always continued his solo and collaborative work, and has just unleashed his 12 track album “Missing Person”. Described as “a deeply personal and conceptual record”,

Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

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

FINN: “Entanglement” shows a profound sense of musical maturation

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia FINN (Mark & Luke Finn) has released various singles and albums over the last few years, including last year’s 4-track EP, entitled “Entanglement”. FINN hits the ground running with this Ep. Their brilliant songwriting ability as well as unique, lyrical guitar styles shows a profound sense of maturation. This sound’s almost like FINN’s finest hour- a concise collection of smooth, easygoing songs that create a renewed vision and provides further depth to the duo’s ability to tell great stories and rock out elegantly while doing so.

The EP Cover

The EP Cover

“Entanglement” has the kind of artistic and production style quality, you would expect from major label artists such as John Mayer or Mark Knopfler – FINN displays that very same, understated performance energy, brimming and burning with creative brilliance. The flawless production, the superb guitar playing, and the amazing songwriting all add up to something akin to a blooming flower. You know that it won’t last forever, but, damn, you just can’t help sitting and enjoying it while it’s there. It doesn’t seem to aim for dizzying heights on the outset…it just ends up there, by the time you reach the closing track.

“Entanglement” opens with “City Lights”, a gentle warm-up, with an upbeat rhythm, a crunchy guitar and a whispery vocal that gets the EP up and running. The soundscape unfolds into a gentle, electric piano and guitar lullaby, on “Little Melissa”, which steadily climbs to a harmonic vocal climax. By now you start to realize that maybe, just maybe, you’ve found a classic.

Luke Finn

Luke Finn

The playful guitar strum and acoustic-bass pluck, of “Squirrels on Limoncello”, presents a colorful and joyful sonic burst. But, for my money, the highlight is the EP’s slow-building, indescribable bare-boned acoustic finale. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more incredible, awe-inspiring album ender than “Summer Lullaby”. It remains gentle throughout, but between the intoxicating words and the quiet but nuanced vocal delivery, it sends chills down your spine.

You know that song at the end of an album that is so amazingly cool, you find yourself starting the album over in your excitement? Well, “Summer Lullaby” is that song. Funnily enough, it probably isn’t the song that most people would buy this EP for. But I think it is the one that will make them come back to FINN, again and again. With “Little Melissa” being a real close second, in my book.  However be assured, the rest of this musical effort makes this a must have piece of music.

From breezy, jazzy journeys to bluesy pop escapades, this duo are genuine craftsmen. I may be biased, but if you sit down and just listen to the organic instrumentation, the lyrics, and the vocals, you’ll see that each song has something to say. The songs are easily accessible and melodically catchy. On top of that, FINN’s music has a crystalline clarity that music should always strive to equal. Not only are the songs on “Entanglement” wonderful but the order in which the FINN put them on the EP is also very well thought-out, to my mind.


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