Illuminati Congo – Creative and Captivating Rasta Hip Hop That Lightens the Heart!

Based in Chicago, Illuminati Congo’s sound dissolves the barrier between conscious and unconscious, reggae and hip hop, and light and dark, all the while maintaining a lighthearted, playful, childlike and comedic musical uniqueness. This coupled with Jahn’s global travels teaching yoga as well as his penchant for writing books covering such myriad subject matter as tantra, Gnostic Rastafarianism, health, and healing, and alchemy, makes Illuminati Congo one of the most interesting musical outfits on the scene. Illuminati Congo performances can only be described as electric, and Jahn has spent the last four years touring the U.S., the Caribbean, and Australia.

Vintage rockers KAATO drop “Someday, Someday”, from the album “Slam!

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Franco Esteve: “The Hunt” – a backdrop to life itself

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One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals

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Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

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Tiaday Ball drops two new singles – “Current” and “Good To You”

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Boston, MA based Urban Lights Band is an eclectic group of musicians and artists who harness the power of all styles of music to create unforgettable experiences. They are seasoned professionals committed to providing quality musical showcases that bring various audiences together. Their global mission is simple; aspire to inspire! If you are in the Boston area you can find them at:  May 25th 2019 – Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen- Boston, MA June 20th, 2019 – The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain June 21st 2019 -The Middle East Night Club (Corner Room) – Cambridge, MA Hook up with Urban

Royal: “Letter To Cecil” narrates his hardships, his grind and his contributions

Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the proceeds from concerts and albums entirely to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Royal has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. His latest project is the single, “Letter To Cecil”. Here Royal seems to be hungrier than ever and is out to remind hip-hop of the abilities that should eventually bring

JACK OF NONE: “Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?” – ranges between indie to full-blooded art rock

It’s not very often that I’m left open-jawed in amazement by a band. My friend suggested that I check out this poetic, experimental art-rock band called JACK OF NONE made up of siblings A.G. Syjuco (principal composer on guitar, bass and synths), Maxine Syjuco (poet-songwriter and vocalist), and Julian Syjuco (guitar)

The band’s debut album, “Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?” was released globally in April of 2016. What makes them different at first glimpse is that Maxine Syjuco uses the spoken word rather than actually sings.

"Who's Listening to Van Gogh's Ear?"

“Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?” cover

She recites a mosaic of stories and anecdotes, from the dark underbelly of society as she grapples with life’s harsh realities and its daily grind, as well as the reservoirs of the ingeniously obscure crevasses of her mind. The musical style ranges between indie to full-blooded art rock, with great emphasis on the spoken word delivery and the complex musical arrangements.

The tracks are all full of contrasts, and album requires you to make an effort to understand it. The lyrical twists and turns may leave you puzzled in places, but in others it exposes situations with intuitive insight. The more I played it, the more I fell under its spell….it’s strangely addictive.

Raw, brutal, and beautiful, I put this on when its late at night, close my eyes, and feel the emotion break down my barriers and build me back up and feel renewed. This is what music is all about. No, this isn’t the only type of music, but if you can’t sit and feel like this, with what you’re listening to, then you’ve missed the transcendent power of music.

If you do like good lyrics and storytelling, there are many lines here that are packed with so much imagery they will just explode in your mind. So you will have to start pausing the music and get yourself stuff together before venturing into the next intense onslaught. Try “Confessions of a Chop Chop Lady”, “(But) Noise” and “Fire Song” as a prelude to the apocalyptic intensity this band is capable of, both lyrically and instrumentally.

Musically, “Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?” is made of that good, solid rock fabric of crunching guitar riffs and complex rhythms with enough twists and turns that always sound fresh and not over-rehearsed-to-sterility, but extremely tight.

JACK OF NONE

JACK OF NONE

JACK OF NONE sound like they have lots of good music in abundant supply, like they could cut a hundred records today if you just let the recorder keep rolling. This is probably an illusion of their style, as they have so much going on at any one time, but it’s a darn effective illusion.

It is only once in a great while, that an album comes out which is more than simply music and words – an album that can be described as nothing less than art. Few bands are capable of producing such an album. I believe that with “Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?”, JACK OF NONE has recorded a truly special album, an album that as a whole is much greater than the sum of its parts – And some of its parts are truly immense, specifically, “There Was A Crooked Man” and “The Witherling” which feature amazing guitar work and some extremely creative voice arrangements.

JACK OF NONE is one of those bands that are almost impossible to describe through words. This is a band that needs to be listened to. They will take you through a musical odyssey you may never have traveled before, or at the very least, you were never ever expecting to explore.

Very left-field and at times extremely macabre, “Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?” sounds like an intense, harrowing, glimpse into someone’s soul. Rest assured, everything else you ever listen to this year will sound cheap, in comparison to the multi-layered emotional tapestry on display here.

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