Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

Steve Lieberman: “2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/69: The Last of the Great punk Rock Bass-Heroes”

The music market desperately wants artists placed in a box. Steve Lieberman (better known as The Gangsta Rabbi) doesn’t even want to be in the market, never mind in a box. All this time I’m desperately trying to find a genre-name that will appropriately fit what Steve does. It’s is not hyperbole to say that all of his 31 albums are masterpieces of intelligent, witty, satirical, cynical, inspiring, bleak, humorous punk rock for those who seek the maximum amount of freedom through knowledge, self-expression, discourse, and human solidarity and aim to throw off the chains of authoritarianism, economic inequality, religious idiocy, and ideological dogmatism in favor of a future in which humanity may find peace…and anyone who can hold a stringed electric instrument in their hands is allowed to play as fucking loud as they want to!

If you agree with the above, Steve Lieberman’s music is essential. This is as loud and raucous as it gets! And I’ve found a name for it “Anarcho-Punk” – something I borrowed from the eighties. Though to be honest, Steve’s latest album “2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/69: The Last of the Great punk Rock Bass-Heroes”, is his most carefully produced recording to date. But it still is as loud as hell, thankfully!

The reason for this album’s greatness, beyond the loudness is simple: it is fast, aggressive and really, really catchy. Looking from a strictly objective point of view this is all that you would want in a punk record. There are 16 songs so of course some of them are not really all that great, but almost every single one of them is memorable.

And if you can’t remember the music, you will remember the song titles – “LITTLE KOSHER GIRL”, “BASSETT HOUND PULL-TOY”, “A DOVE FLIES OVER BAGHDAD” and “PUPPY IN A CUP” are just some of them. Steve Lieberman sings, plays guitar, bass, trombones, flutes, mangal vadya, melodica, beatmachines, and double bass drums, so expect plenty of mayhem, and even some melody sprinkled here and there.

Steve Lieberman

This is the kind of artist that hardcore punk rock was built on; this is the kind of frantic, explosive rock music where a set can hold any amount of  tracks and a barrage of bloody lips in the mosh pit. Steve Lieberman is punk royalty, albeit brooding and destructive royalty.

The production is raw and dirty, adding to the energetic atmosphere of the performances, which are truly amazing. This is an artist at his best, as terminal leukemia sufferer Steve Lieberman croons powerfully in that trademark possessed punk rock style of his, accompanied by a noticeably frantic set of instruments playing the shit out of every song!

Steve Lieberman aka The Gangsta Rabbi is not a artist for the weak stomach. The guitar tones sound like they’re literally exploding from the speakers, so untamed they make virtually all the early heavy metal axemeisters sound tea-party polite, tone-wise.

This is high energy material, great to listen to during intense mountain bike rides up a grueling hill. If you are unfamiliar with the old-school Hardcore Punk genre and want to experiment, “2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/69: The Last of the Great punk Rock Bass-Heroes” is a must for that trial collection. So slip this into your player, just press play, strap on your boots, pop your knuckles, and have a badass time!

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