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

The Baghdaddios Celebrate Homeless Benefit’s 20th Anniversary – and Release a Brand New Holiday Single! For 25 years The Baghdaddios have churned along, trolling the seedier dive bars of New York City that were fortunate enough to have a sound system and a cabaret license.  Occasionally they graced the spotlight of some higher profile venues (including their third-ever show at iconic punk birthplace CBGB).  Somewhere along the way, between the indie CD releases, music videos, trips to other countries and criss-crossing various part of the U.S., they got a bright idea in their 5th year that resulted in the proverbial

INTERVIEW with Alternative Rock Band RAVENSCROFT

Ravenscroft is a seasoned foursome of alternative rock musicians comprising Ralph Buso (Vocals), Pat Magrath (Drums), Brett Octane, (Guitar) and Devin Baker (Bass). The band’s six song EP is set to be released January 2018. In the meantime the powerhouse unit has dropped two lead singles to whet anticipating appetites. Two of the band’s members took the time to answer some curiosities in the following interview. How long has the current line-up of Ravenscroft been together and how did you get together in the first place? Brett Gorke (Guitarist): Approximately three years. Due to personal issues the original guitar player was unable to continue with Ravenscroft. At that

Ann Taylor: “Sober” – an anthem that is so calm and haunting it could put you into a trance

Canadian Record Label Illium Audio signed Ann Taylor in 2017. A singer-songwriter living in Calgary, Ann fell in love with songwriting, propelling her towards the release of her first EP “Roses” in February 2016. She is a versatile artist who has explored genres as diverse as folk, pop and electronic music, and is able to blend them together to form unique and playful new sounds. In addition to her solo work, Ann is a member of musical collective “Plus”. Set to release a full length album in 2018, she is currently working on an EP, and has released the single,

Collaborateurs: “Interstellar Colors” blurs the lines between earnestness and bravado

“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

Australian extreme metal project BoyEatsGirl is driven by one man – Rick ‘Cleveland’ Pinto who launched the project in late 2015. BoyEatsGirl has since been establishing itself as a favorite extreme metal project: Pinto is one of the few underground artists to offer a complete conceptual and experiential package in the genre – food for the heart, mind and senses, as intellectually stimulating as it is emotionally intense. BoyEatsGirl creates a nice balance of standard, aggressive metal riffs, intermingled with fast, monstrous, ultra-heavy, ultra-complex mechanical cyber-grinding percussion, and a crazed use of sonic extremities. Also, there is use of growling vocals, which produces a thick, beastly, darkly regal, searingly

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:

Prilho: “Stay” is set to become a favorite of modern club culture

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

The Blue Danes: “Invisible and Untouchable” – a genre-defying band!

If I had to describe “Invisible and Untouchable” by The Blue Danes with one word – it would be ‘intense’. Every phrase, every note, every beat is intense and warm. The up-tempo stuff is intense; the ballads are intense, with smoldering emotions underlying every note.

You can tell with every listen that the band really got into this one. The intensity comes from squarely embedding themselves in every song. And there’s enough catchy hooks and musical variety to make this a very pleasing album.  It has everything a popular music lover will need in a great album – hooks, musicianship, meaningful lyrics, and a variety to the sound.

blue-danes-hypur-350This genre-defying band, made up of FRANK HANSEN (Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synths, Vocals), SKIP LOWE (Drummer/Percussionist) and SHAUN COURBAT (Bass, Backing Vocals) have to be one of the most unique sounding bands of the last ten years. Combining Brit Pop, Americana, Indie-Rock, and Alt-Country to create soundscapes dripping with emotion, The Blue Danes deliver an album of 13 crossover gems.

It’s an explosion of infectious rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and string arrangements that will not allow you to remain indifferent. Frank Hansen’s creamy vocals tastefully soar on the ballads and drive the engine of the up-tempo selections with casual flair of a navigated musician. Shaun Courbat is fabulous on bass guitar and Skip Lowe simply rocks! If you want music that will bring a smile to your face and turn you into a human bobble-head doll, this is it.

It behoves me to say this but there is so much genre-locked music out there that genre-defying bands like The Blue Danes are in the minority. We have been besieged by bland and uninteresting groups, and singers whose albums lack life, spontaneity, adrenaline-driving music, and just plain good fun, for so long, that modern popular music has become a stagnant oasis.

Ok, change in style is good, and down through the years we have seen great changes in pop music, but the last 5-10 years have been so boring. So thank God we have The Blue Danes! This band makes music to be enjoyed, music to listen to, music that makes you feel alive inside. And boy, do they do it with style.

blue-danes-hypur-350bAs a group, their presentation is flawless; this is a band that works, with each member complimenting one another and providing the perfect backing for Hansen’s magnificent vocals. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and you can find it on standouts like “Some Get Through”, “Walls Are Collapsing”, “Hurricane”, “Honeycomb”, “Wings” and “Beautiful And Sad”.

And every song on the album gets 5 stars from me – there’s not a bad track on the album, which is a lot more than can be said for many of the other pop albums I’ve listened to this year. Like powerful pain-killers, the songs on this album will not only cure all that ails you, but it also can be very addicting.

If you haven’t experienced The Blue Danes, you are missing something! Every song is deliciously moving and intoxicating. Frank Hansen’s voice is something to behold. The guitar, rhythmic drumming, and driving bass are in all the right places, and it doesn’t get any better than this! Do yourself a favor and pick this album up – once you listen there is no going back!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – REVEBNATION – SPOTIFY – INSTAGRAM – YOUTUBE

About The Author

Reply