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Groove State: “Light Up The Sky” holds a lot of weight

Australian Indie Electro/Pop group Groove State draw their influences from the likes of Icona Pop, Major Lazer, Sia, Charlie XCX and David Guetta.  The duo consists of Lisjana on vocals, and producer DJ Deep G, who have reached Top 20 USA National Club Chart success (FMQB, DJ Times),  heavy rotation on dance radio airwaves and mix shows around the globe, as well as being a songwriting Finalist in The World’s #1 Songwriting Competition ISC. Groove State’s music has been placed in major TV & Film features, and have secured licensing deals with Nokia, Red Bull, Rip Curl, Sony Entertainment UK

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: ‘Lost In The Sound’ – their most rewarding record yet!

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Rev. Peter Unger gains traction on his timely song “Christmas Cards”

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Rahul Mukerji: “Ma De Re Sha” balances the obtuse with the accessible!

Rahul Mukerji is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity, precision and plenty of ethnic flavorings. His 11 track album “Ma De Re Sha” is a big sounding recording with enough of twists and turns to make Rahul’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. The opening track “Exit 13” sets the outline tones of this collection of songs. It balances lyrical eclecticism with an Indian twist while his incredible chops help him forge his own style. There are plenty of incendiary guitar breaks and harmony guitar parts, but Rahul also demonstrates a lightness of

Triple threat alternative rock artist Zachary Ray

Born in Rhode Island, Zachary Ray is a Danish/American musician residing in Los Angeles. He was introduced to Metallica and Eminem at age 5, by his mother and stepfather, and became wildly obsessed with drumming. Hence his grandma from Rhode Island gave him his first drum set. Ray later took drum lessons and eventually also learned to play the guitar. This was followed by singing, which gave Zachary Ray the musical combination to perform and record with absolute artistic freedom. His latest release, is the single ”Trouble”. How long have you been performing and recording, and did you record or

Nega Blast X: “The Experiment” – this caliber and artistic conviction is required for this art to evolve

There’s really no words to describe the sound of Nega Blast X. The Burbank music arranger, author and digital artist, Dominic R Daniels, sole proprietor of the Nega Blast X project, is in a realm of his own and hardly many can touch that artsy creativity he has under the hood. Based in the trance, techno and industrial idioms since 2010, Daniels is inspired by Daft Punk, Orbital, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Mutaytor. “The Experiment”, Nega Blast X’s third album is released on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and all other major digital download stores. Artistically speaking, Nega

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Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational

Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” resonates gloriously

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Nothing But You, Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records

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Paul Barrere & Roger Cole: “Grain Of Sand” – only scratching the surface!

All of Paul Barrere & Roger Cole’s lyrics are deep, philosophical, and wonderful, but their latest song “Grain Of Sand” is the epitome of great lyrics: “I’m nothing more, a grain of sand upon the shore, a grateful human – a part of the plan, ain’t it grand, ain’t it grand, when I step back and see, the frightening need to find a place in infinity, can’t they see, oh can’t they see”. It’s moody, soft, dark, and slow, with beautiful vocals that are very exposed to the nerve. It is a truly gorgeous song, well written and well sung…once again, by this prolific musical duo.

barrerecole-gos-400Barrere & Cole usually sing with perspective and a gruff lonesomeness about day-to-day situations, no different than simple, but observant storytellers. Their mood is sometimes down-and-out and searching, yet the duo also possesses the rugged, uplifting feel of a rampant steamroller at times.

The amazing thing is, though these guys have been singing and playing music for a lifetime and a half, each time they release a new song, they just come back stronger and more committed than before. Now that takes some doing.

After enough time, almost all bands run their course. But about 30 seconds into “Grain Of Sand”, you realize that Barrere & Cole are nowhere near that point and may in fact only be scratching their surface.

With gifted but unpretentious singing, fluid guitar and keyboard work everywhere and a down-home, juiced-up rhythm to their songs; Paul Barrere & Roger Cole don’t strive to blow listeners away with a wall-of-sound noise or cutting-edge effects. Theirs is hearty rock and roll, where the duo paves their own way and makes music on their own terms.

barrerecole-gos-coverOn “Grain Of Sand”, there’s no hype, no gimmick, no pretense, and no excess. If you own any Tom Petty, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, and very early Bruce Springsteen music, then you can slip this acoustic-driven track somewhere in-between that grouped collection.

This music is good because it’s honest, simple, and straight from the heart.  And “Grain Of Sand” proves that someone out there still knows how to write truly poignant songs. With most musical groups, either the music is great, or the lyrics are great.

With the Paul Barrere & Roger Cole, it’s definitely both. Each song has a life of its own, but each one has something in common: They are all poetic. This song shows a depth and character that we don’t really get to see in most other music today.

So put away whatever else you have clogging your ears and listen to music that feels like the artists are deeply connected to what they are doing and truly care about what they are releasing. Once again, you have to give Paul Barrere & Roger Cole credit for consistently putting out great material.

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