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

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“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

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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:

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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

Origen: “Two Steps From Heaven…” – Crossing Classical Music with Modern New Age and Ambient flavors

The project Origen, was founded in 1995 by composer, producer and sound engineer Alexsey Zakharenko from   Kyiv (Ukraine). At the end of 90’s, Zakharenko wrote some songs for the young singer, Tanya Lubimenko, of the Ukrainian National Opera House Milana, and later produced her debut album “They Beat a Women”. Zakharenko was amazed by Tanya’s talent and her ethereal voice that he invited her to a creative collaboration that has been going on for 15 years. In fact Tanya has appeared in various albums composed by Origen, and can be heard inTwo Steps From Heaven. The Best of Classical Crossover 1996-2013.”  This album contains the best songs from all Origen’s albums and some bonus tracks which were not included in any of his previousCDs.

Two Steps From Heaven is a very beautiful album with 16, some of which will be familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in classical music. The selections are lovely, soothing and peaceful, as Zakharenko brings Classical music into the 21st Century New Age era. This album covers the sound Origen has been doing since the start of his career. It has a very dramatic flair, and a sense of momentum and power, while at the same time exuding a gentle, soothing and ethereal nature. It is the very essence of what he achieves by crossing Classical music with modern New Age and Ambient flavors.

The album artwork

The album artwork

Two Steps From Heaven. The Best of Classical Crossover 1996-2013”  delivers a true musical experience. This collection of musical arrangements is utter perfection. The type of physical and emotional feeling that you will receive from these interpretations, both musically and vocally, is not easily expressible in earthly words. I urge you to listen and be whisked away to a place where we all belong. Each track of sounds offers something beautiful and just as indescribable. Glorious, heavenly, celestial, esoteric: these are just a few words that come to my mind when trying to explain this music.

Origen gives a thorough and personal working over to Donizetti’s Una Fortiva Lagrima, Handel’s Lascia Ch’io Pianga, Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” and “Ave Maria”, among others. He also tackles Beethoven’s sonata #8 for piano, aptly entitled here as Beethoven’s Solveig’s Song”. Obviously these pieces would never be complete without Tanya Lubimenko, whose voice is possible one of the most beautiful voices on this planet. Her singing wafted to my ears like a melodic and healing balm, the harmony and perfection of each vocal rendition so comforting and embracing. Origen and Tanya have crafted a masterful collection of music that just makes you feel better, and calmer, about being exactly whom and where you are. It is, perhaps, accurately characterized as the ambient sound of well-being.

But Origen’s music is so much more, than just recreating classics. Creating music in the purest sense, is piecing together notes which are born in the soul, take their first steps in the heart, and are given flight through a musical instrument. Nowhere is that more evident than with what Origen accomplishes on tracks such as the Kyrie Eleison”, “Dance of the Clouds Part 1+2”, “Tears of the Past”, “Heavenly Blue” and “Piano Dreams”. The songs are admirable masterpieces and pleasant music to listen to. The melodies that can be found are filled with beautiful emotions, they are gentle and interesting, and transport you to a state of complete harmony and relaxation. There are elements of early romance and impressionist periods in the compositions, but with modern approaches to score and voice among instruments. The music lets emotion lead, but does not ignore structure and sways between ambiance and melody with grace and intent.

Another aspect that really grabbed my attention is the production. There are some subtle changes from piece to piece, though the overall collection is coherent and true to the nature of the works. If you’re looking for a great addition to your music collection that can be used in a variety of situations to add a calming, relaxing, soothing ambiance, this is for you. It however, is not to be confused with simple ‘elevator’, or ‘background’ music. Origen’s crossover creations, comes from a higher artistic, emotional and intellectual place, and in turn requires a more engaging listen, to be fully appreciated. Two Steps From Heaven. The Best of Classical Crossover 1996-2013 is the epitome of what modern day classical music should sound like, if at all it desires to be adored by the masses.

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