THE RIFT: “Rock Narcotic”shows off some impressive performance abilities

Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT is made up of brothers Aris Anagnos (Vocals, Guitar), John Anagnos (Bass) and Ovais Malik (Drums). Since forming in 2009, they have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, among others. Their 2016 full-length debut “INVENTIONS” caught the attention of the media, industry insiders and radio stations, as well as Grammy winning producer Brandon Friesen who has worked with Alice in Chains and Nickelback . Now 2017 sees the band release their brand new single “Rock Narcotic”, which is music on THE RIFT own terms, and really, that’s all you

LeeSon Bryce: “The Proelium EP” – some of the most diverse talent around this genre

Briceson Lee, artistically known as LeeSon Bryce, was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Lee Summit, MO (south of Kansas City). First as a drummer for his church since the age of 12, then as a college graduate, manager, and an affiliate owner of a nutrition company LeeSon has always been influenced by music. Now at 23, he is adamant in pursuing what has always been his true passion. Teaming up with other local artists and DJs such as Oblivinatti and Buck, LeeSon Bryce sets out to prove himself in the music industry. The first challenge comes from

MusicMegaBox.net – Listen To Music In Your Own Language!

It is always comforting to see that the website you just accessed is available in your language. Well, MusicMegaBox.net (you can read more about this music service here) is proud to release its French and German versions. While it may not be a problem to look for the music you like in English, which is a universal language, used on every website available on the Internet, using your own language means accessing a greater variety of details. You will know the meaning of every word on the website and you will certainly find what you’re looking for a lot faster.

Liquid Lunch: “Sketches 2 Seed” – an infectious and smoldering staple

Ken Eagle and Michele Akers discovered each other’s musical abilities after meeting at a dance in May 2014 and formed a duo in late October of the same year. They booked their first gig a month later…prior to having any material ready, and were forced to burn the midnight candle before successfully completing the gig with a 40 song repertoire. The duo, Liquid Lunch has now played in excess of 200 Gigs, performing at more than 50 different venues and travelling in excess of 160,000kms across the state of South Australia. Through it all Eagle and Akers, now bring to

DabriaLive Records Presents the heart and soul singer Anette Mendoza

Anette Mendoza, one of the original members of the Dabria duet which originated in 2011, has performed by request in various places such as Japan, Korea, UAE, and Indonesia among others establishing a solid reputation as a singer and performer. Anette, who started singing when she was 5, has also recorded the song, “I will do anything for love”, with Philippine artist – and first ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ winner – Jovit Baldivino. Inspired by her late father, who himself was an excellent singer, Anette decided to sing professionally at the tender age of 7, starting out with covers by artists

KonQuestNow: “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” ft. STP & J.Morgan – an assemblage of uncanny language

The preconceived notions of what a KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) track is going to be like are plentiful well before you even press play. This has been a boon to their career, in what has become a viral habit of either hating or loving something based almost solely on your own personal internet culture and what your daily feed prompts you to feel about a certain subject. The collective’s name has become synonymous with great lyrics, superb beats, and originality. On their latest track “NOP (No One’s Perfect)”,  produced by Wreck The Rebel, featuring  STP & J.Morgan,  KonQuestNow

Enzo Sprigg: “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula” – therapeutic and cathartic

Enzo Sprigg is a creative electronic singer-songwriter, as well as a visual artist who illustrates his own album covers, creates the costumes in his videos and has even hand drawn and animated videos for his songs. Sprigg has just recently thrown down his therapeutic and cathartic 12-track “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula”, his third album. It’s with his continued freedom and internal exploration that Enzo Sprigg returns with a new recording, while showing a mature growth from his earlier releases. The album opens with “Raygun Love Transmission”, a beautifully sewn together song with distorted instrumentals and yearning vocals that create luscious textures

Stori Brooks: “Parachutes” – a potential for greatness

Stori Brooks has been a lot of things in her career: producer, poet, conflicted rapper, scenic storyteller. While her versatility keeps her afloat, it’s tough to get a bead on exactly who Brooks is and what she stands for—is she the conscious backpacker or the straight-talking street girl? She embodies the urban alternative, and she’s working on an album, to be entitled, “EVERYTHING IS GR8”, that offers her full narrative. The first single, “Parachutes”, taken off the upcoming album offers insight into her essence, finding the rapper at her most reflective. Maybe she’s assessing her current status and how she

Samantha Bouquin: “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” – highly expressive

Connoisseurs of experimental or avant-garde chamber music may already know of Samantha Bouquin’s inventive and entrancing sounds. This is music of great integrity, startling vitality, and striking originality, yet it is virtually unknown outside the cult following that has appreciated these ingenious compositions. A cross between homespun classical populism and the sophisticated experimentation of the avant-garde, Bouquin’s music follows in the iconoclastic tradition of forward thinking composers, but with its own frank expression, exuberance, and wayward charm; yet it is also accessible to the casual listener in the directness of its material and the clarity of its techniques, no matter

My Silent Bravery: “Got it Going On” – a strong hook, and a nagging melody

“Got it Going On” is the latest single from My Silent Bravery and is the first track taken from the highly anticipated album “Willing to Try”. The song was featured on XM Sirius Satellite radio station XM The Pulse on Train Tracks with Pat Monahan, while the video premiered via the Huffington Post. Co-written and produced by Jim McGorman (Gwen Stefani, Avril Levine, Poison) the album features 12 tracks and will be released in 3 separate Eps over the next year. My Silent Bravery is the moniker used by Matthew Wade, and is meant to symbolize “persistence, perseverance and inner

Julian Kelly: “Alive” – Her language is at once colloquial and complex

“Alive” is Julian Kelly’s third album. It centers on what it means to be alive—the compromises that have to be made, the loss which must be endured, and the resilience required to simply exist in a society such as ours. Julian, born in Baltimore, Maryland was placed for adoption soon after birth, and has been searching for her biological parents since the age of 12. She filmed a documentary called “Almost Family” which explores many facets of adoption, and also released the music CD “The Family Reject” which sold thousands of copies worldwide.

The album “Alive” is a powerful affirmation of Julian’s existence despite all of life’s difficulties. Foremost, her voice throughout the album is strong, expressive, and varied. From the opening notes of “Fish of Plenty” to the piano-driven closer “Generations Drowned” this album is a mystical journey into the life of one of a most elegant songwriter. The songs here don’t grab you instantly, but beckons you to listen closely and discover new meaning in its words and sounds each time.

Julian’s capacity for lyrical expression is so sophisticated that some might tend to overlook the miracle of her music. Yet she possesses a rich musical vocabulary of her own invention, consisting of complex chords, idiosyncratic syncopations, distinctive vocal harmonies, textural soundscapes and spacious melodies.

The album is self-produced with an artist’s sensibility. Each soulful syncopation is complemented by delicate dabs of paint-tapestry drums, keyboard swells, guitar strums, and stacked vocals harmonies hovering in and around the edges.

Like the legendary singer-songwriters who came before her, Julian understands the value of space in music-eschewing sustained chords that bleed over many measures to savor and mingle the colors in a delicate sonic dance. Her smoky vocals, confident and strong, etch the lyrics like etching cream on glass.

These are songs that require and reward repeated listening, as she mines fresh melodic territories, liberating her organically-induced tunes to twist and turn in unexpected directions. Her language is at once colloquial and complex, compacting observations with stunning economy.

She is at her lyrical best on songs such as, “Generations Drowned”, “The American Dream”, and “At The Table”, while vocally she shines on the more fully fleshed out arrangements like, “Mission To Achieve”, “What Happened In The Dark” and “Bobby”.

To be honest though, most of the melodies are unforgettable, and the arrangements are brilliant. Julian Kelly’s voice and lyrics are uniquely hers. Each and every song carries emotional weight and, seemingly effortlessly, wins you over with a delicate sense of melody and wistfulness, and much wit.

She delivers personal confessional songwriting just as much as she investigates and describes the world she sees around her. But Julian’s songs are somehow always about her, about her experiences.

And perhaps better than many songwriters of our era, she’s brilliant at zooming in and out of songs, presenting the big picture by showing the tiny, intimate details. There are few songwriters who write songs like these anymore, and that she’s still doing it is a reason to rejoice.

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