“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

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

“Veni Vedi Vici – Orchestral Compositions By Joey Cutless” – waiting for a movie to happen!

Joey Cutless’ music has been featured on shows like “Making the Band” to “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, plus hundreds of other nation-wide, prime-time, and major network TV programs. His beats have been heard by hundreds of millions of TV viewers around the world. In addition to multiple hip-hop beats, orchestral compositions, and sound-bed music production, Joey Cutless has produced or engineered projects for most of hip-hop’s upper-echelon of elite recording artists in some capacity, at some point in his 15-year career.

Joey Cutless

Joey Cutless

He has freshly released “Veni Vedi Vici – Orchestral Compositions By Joey Cutless”. It is the perfect synthesis of orchestral and electronic scoring, with each track being dark, moody, majestic, and exciting. These 5 epic compositions are seriously waiting for a movie to happen. Even the song titles allude to as much. As a lover of film scores, I enjoy listening to scores on their own in the album format. But there is often a dichotomy in film scoring – the mandate for the composer is to create music that works for the film. So there’s no requirement that the music sound good on its own; it just has to support the visuals on screen. Not the case here, as Joey Cutless has no visuals to support hiS music, so it needs to standalone…and be good.

“Veni Vedi Vici – Orchestral Compositions By Joey Cutless” is a symphony of electronic sampling and percussion. In many ways, it’s a representation of what film scoring has become in the new century. But if you think you’ll be missing the classical themes and fanfare, think again. The album opens with “Battle With Godz” and it’s like a cover to a book. It lets you know what’s coming. I dare you to turn this one up loud because it’s rolling percussion and strings will move you. “Kill Ceasar” has plenty of great moments, again, mostly coming from the grandiose percussion, as well as the brass.

The album cover

The album cover

“March of Destiny” will scare the mess out of you, if you still have the dial turned up loud. I literally jumped…trust me. The drum rhythms are marching, war like, and hard hitting throughout much of the track and there is plenty of musical variety to keep things interesting. And if you think things are slowing down due to the choral intro of “Operandi”, you’re wrong. It’s a piece that hums along, grows, diverges, relying more on the choir-like voicings and the majestic string section, than it does on the percussion. I like it when music gives me a picture and this track does just that. The last bars of this piece remind me of a proud warrior walking through the battlefield music. “Lord Of The Orch”, is really cool. It’s a great closing piece that is worthy of a hero riding off in the sunset after his victorious battle.

You’re probably not going to be sipping cappuccino while watching the birds through the window with this playing in the background. You’ll need Mozart for that. Listening to “Veni Vedi Vici – Orchestral Compositions By Joey Cutless” you’ll need to let the theater of your mind create its own adventures. You’ll enjoy and appreciate the sheer artistry of Joey Cutless. He has done an outstanding job here. All the tracks are deep in symphonic sound with plenty of dramatic tones. The music is capable of completely filling a room, the headphones and even the atmosphere of your car.

“Veni Vedi Vici – Orchestral Compositions By Joey Cutless” is just an awe-inspiring collection of classically inspired orchestral soundscapes – beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered – which basically sends out the message that there is hope; there is redemption; and there are urban heroes like Joey Cutless out there willing to put their creativity on the line for the good of music, in any and every genre!

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