Sloppy Joe’s: “Eight Reasons To Rock” is able to kick up a head-banging fuss

Inspired by legendary bands such as KISS, Volbeat, Maiden and AC/DC the trio of Sloppy Joe’s features Jesse Garon(Lead vocals, Guitar), Johnny Angel (Bass, Vocals) and Pätzy Dävey (Drums, Vocals) who provide blistering guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and pounding drums. Their EP “Eight Reasons To Rock” goes from catchy power-pop and punk songs like “Right Decision” to hard rock ones such as “Lonesome No.1”, and even has a rockabilly-themed cover song on it, in the shape of the reworked “Diana” a tune first made famous by writer and singer Paul Anka in 1957. Sloppy Joe’s also do a thrilling

Auditions For All Music Fest And Sustainability Conference Announced

More than 200 songwriters, artists, and bands will be selected to perform at showcase slots during of original music performances and educational workshops on Friday April 21, and Saturday April 22, 2017. The first annual All Music Festival & Sustainability Conference will kick off with two afternoons of music business panels, sustainability panels, workshops and clinics, with night time showcases at area restaurants and other venues in historic Ambler, PA, open to the public. The original music of both emerging and established artists, representing many popular genres will be performed back to back on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22,

MusicMegaBox – An Easy To Use Free Music Site

A group of music lovers launched http://musicmegaboxen.net/: this website is a cool online portal designed basically for all music lovers out there. This website will be featuring free music. What’s cool to know about the MusicMegaBox is that the songs it features are mostly available with lyrics. There is a section on the website where people can go and get a copy of any song they like, allowing them to sing and enjoy. MusicMegaBox is also said to be the website where people can go when they want to listen to free music online. The website is so easy to use.

Donny Richmond – A Creative Genius who remain true to his core beliefs

Donny Richmond makes a career of expanding the borders of what it means to be a performer. All the while, he seeks to remain true to his core beliefs, and the faith that sustains him. Donny’s latest international single release, “A Satisfied Mind”, is a step back in time – an intriguing remake of the #1 Porter Wagoner hit of the 1950’s, written by Jack Rhodes and Joe Hayes. The late, great Porter Wagoner was the host for Donny’s initial appearance on The Grand Ole Opry in 1997. And Donny is a longtime admirer of Porter’s laid back style. As

Stellar Lane: “Reflection” bridges the gap between true grit and pure emotion

Lead singers and siblings Jonathan and Udi Vogelsang formed the alternative rock back Stellar Lane based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The brothers who have been playing and composing music for years are heavily influenced by Seattle’s Grunge era, hence their music has a nineties flavor, without however, losing its modern indie and alternative elements. Having two lead-singers allows Stellar Lane to give an energetic and diverse performance which has conquered many stages. The band has already toured North-America and Europe including shows at the Canadian Music Week festival (Toronto, Canada) and Deichbrand festival (Bremerhaven, Germany) which gained interest in local radio

Fenix: “All Around The World” ft. Chris Casino contains the essential ingredients of a pop confection

Alexander Mamonov rose through the sporting ranks in his home country of Russia, eventually landing squarely in Russia’s Youth Olympic volleyball team.  A self-professed hip-hop and classic rock enthusiast, Manomov had a strong attraction towards music and was quickly drawn into the electronic sphere after frequenting the Moscow club scene. In 2004 his moniker DJ Fenix started off his career and began sharpening his skills and building his network. A collaboration with the UK dance duo led to his debut single “I Believe” which achieved mainstream success in various countries, including the U.S., Australia, Germany and the UK. Fenix’s career

Robot Raven: “Life Goes On” – relationships and its attached emotions

With “Life Goes On”, Robot Raven’s latest album, it’s tempting to zoom in on any single turning point in the duo’s timeline to figure out how they made it here. The obvious choices are “Greatest Hits, Part One”, and then “Greatest Hits, Part Two”, containing 36 of their best tracks, and released before any other album or single.  John Rigg (singer, instrumentalist and producer) and Edmond Bruneau (lyricist), have a habit of doing things in an odd manner, which perfectly matches their eclectic characters anyway.  Rigg creates robot machines and is reputed to have the world’s largest museum dedicated to toy and

“Sunshine” – Artem Cithara (ft. Nicole Elizabeth & Slick Sax) conjures immediate and unflinching imagery

The scene opens to the midnight skyline of a neon city while Slick Sax’s saxophone blows like a whirling cool breeze through the balmy summer air, muting the buzzing fluorescent signs that clamor for attention. All the while, Nicole Elizabeth’s breathy vocals murmur and soar above the four-to-the-floor piano-driven beat on the stunning new feel-good single release from Artem Cithara, entitled “Sunshine”. The track is an appropriate composition from a mysterious artist, songwriter and producer whose only goal is to be taken seriously–not only as an EDM icon, but in the context of finer arts. While much of the electronic music

Sarantos: “Why Ask Why” – uniformly excellent throughout

In a sense, Sarantos is as much a realist as he is a romantic; his best songs are about fearing the worst, hoping for the best, and getting lucky sometimes. His best songs are also about three or four minutes long and loaded with licks and melodies befitting of a great singer-songwriter reared on the musical legends of our time. All of those influences coalesce on “Why Ask Why”, a tight, spirited rock track.  Purely as sound, this track unquestionably succeeds; though AOR is basically a primary color of modern pop at this point, Sarantos’ vocals and lyrical tics are

Boy in the Rain: “Wave” – a fine assemblage of piano mastery

Boy in the Rain is a composer and solo artist. His style draws heavily from classical and romantic periods, stemming from the traditional piano studies of his youth, but incorporates modern styles into a unique contemporary fashion.  His latest album, “Wave,” is a collection of original piano solos. The piano has a chief interest of exploration for many composers. Through the history of music we can even certify the following: static discoveries and dynamic ones. Bartok, for example, in many of his solo piano pieces is always certain when to use an incomplete chord, which register and which inversion to

Angela C. Howell: “Snap Me a Selfie, Santa” – simply and beautifully crafted

Angela C. Howell has sung all over the United States and most of Europe, performing as a vocalist with many varied groups.  She is also known as a Musical Director and for her performances in the theatre world. Angela has released six musical albums, produced by The GoodStuff Company, as well as appearing on a wealth of other international recordings, both as a vocalist and musician.

Angela C. Howell

Angela C. Howell

Angela also released a holiday season album, entitled An Original Christmas”, which features two songs she co-wrote with Bob McDonald and seven other original works, two of which were written by her talented father, Arthur J. Howell.  Angela also co-directed and produced the video for the single “SNAP ME A SELFIE, SANTA”, off of the same album, and which can be found on YouTube.

“SNAP ME A SELFIE, SANTA” features the voice of 11-year-old Madison White on lead vocals. I know it’s only October, but the orchestrations and choral backing are so wonderfully infectious, that it started giving me the holiday season spirit already. So often, modern Christmas music is over-produced, tacky and forgettable.

This song is simply and beautifully crafted, built around a catchy, playful melody and many harmonious components, like Angela’s whistling for example, that combine to keep the listener interested and happy to sing-along.

As soon as the music starts a smile will come to your lips and your heart will swell with that sensation of the magic of Christmas. The selfie theme adds another very relatable subject to the already ‘tried and tested’ Christmas one.

The Album Cover Artwork

The Album Cover Artwork

So two rights can hardly make a wrong, as Angela cleverly weaves these endearing symbols of happiness into one playful portrayal of joy, which is the ultimate definition of Christmas really.

Madison White’s cutesy vocals and her sprightly all-round performance add yet another uplifting dynamic to the proceedings. The rest of that tingly spirit is brought along by Eric Anthony’s Banjo and Mandolin which ably dart and dance throughout the arrangement.

Angela C. Howell, along with Bob McDonald, has captured a hearty dose of the festive feel-good factor, in this composition, and without all the usual, and ostentatious, orchestral bells and whistles associated with Christmas music. They’ve kept “SNAP ME A SELFIE, SANTA”, bright, colorful and candid…pretty much like a Selfie I guess!

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