“Missing Person” – The new album by Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Zappa)

The persisting career of musician, singer, and songwriter Warren Bruce Cuccurullo, has reached incredible and indelible highs. He worked with the late, legendary Frank Zappa in the ’70s, founded Missing Persons in the ’80s, and became a long-term member of new wave legends Duran Duran in ’86, notably contributing to the band’s regained worldwide success on the 1993 chart-busting “Wedding Album”. Not one to rest on his laurels, the talented Brooklyn born guitarist however, has always continued his solo and collaborative work, and has just unleashed his 12 track album “Missing Person”. Described as “a deeply personal and conceptual record”,

Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

A&L: “We Are Love” celebrates diversity, acceptance and love

A&L is releasing their 8th single “We Are Love”. The Britpop-styled song celebrates diversity, acceptance and love. “We hope to share a positive message that we feel is needed in today’s high-strung world,” says Anthony Casuccio. Anthony and Lana Marie the core A&L members are both seasoned professional. Casuccio, who has been featured in major media publications, is a 3-time Grammy nominee and has received RIAA certified gold records for his production work. Lana is an award-winning vocalist who has been a long-time force on the NY music scene and voice to many jingles on radio and television. Adding to the success of A&L are two Western NY music regulars; Rich Smith who has been behind the drum kit since A&L’s 3rd release and Matt Sunick whose bass playing gives A&L the groove and feel that they have been striving for.

A&L’s music has been played in over 70 countries on over 150 radio stations. The past 4 years have included various live shows, movie sound tracks, radio interviews and features in leading music publications. Particularly appreciated in Europe, A&L has featured on the Euro Indie Music Top 200 countdown often, and have reached the top 3 spots. “We Are Love” has already broken the Top 20 on the Euro Indie Top 200, and landed at #88 on the Hit Track Top 100 countdown ahead of Paul McCartney’s debut.

The track contains what I believe to be A&L’s most listener-friendly elements, packed with both a massive wash of effervescent, acoustic guitar and jangly licks from Anthony, the icy warmth of Lana Marie’s vocals, both charming and assertive, in nature and presentation.

There’s a rhythm section able to produce a fluidly progressing groove as well as stop-and-go percussion, and shimmering, heavily atmospheric production values brought to bear by Casuccio and his wall of luscious strings.

On “We Are Love” the A&L develops a blissful cascading, cocooning sound that seems both intimate and sonically expansive all at once, which gives it an almost universally compelling sound, formulated from the successful blend of a retro and modern pairing.

The result of this, is a record that dances with waves of melody and harmony from start to finish. Showing a full-circle maturity in musicianship, production and songwriting. You’ll find it very hard to file this track away, owing to its sheer sonic goodness and sharp production coupled with uplifting lyrics.

“We Are Love” weaves a hypnotic tapestry around string-driven, swirling atmospherics and shimmering acoustic guitars. All conjure a most alluring spell that binds the listener to a positive and rapturous listening experience.  It’s is like stepping out of a darkened old shed into the bright sunlight on a hot summer day.

The music floods the senses with light and pure magic. This is easily one of the band’s most all-embracing pieces of music yet. A&L will also be teaming up with The World Kindness Movement, a world-wide non-profit organization promoting a kinder world, to help bring awareness to their movement.

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