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Based in Chicago, Illuminati Congo’s sound dissolves the barrier between conscious and unconscious, reggae and hip hop, and light and dark, all the while maintaining a lighthearted, playful, childlike and comedic musical uniqueness. This coupled with Jahn’s global travels teaching yoga as well as his penchant for writing books covering such myriad subject matter as tantra, Gnostic Rastafarianism, health, and healing, and alchemy, makes Illuminati Congo one of the most interesting musical outfits on the scene. Illuminati Congo performances can only be described as electric, and Jahn has spent the last four years touring the U.S., the Caribbean, and Australia.

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One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals

One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete artistic statement that can function equally well as an introduction to and summation of the varied strengths of this band. The production and engineering also aids immeasurably in this regard. The sumptuous mixes place the listener deep within the instrumental interplay of a band whose

Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

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Catch up with Boston based group Urban Lights Band

Boston, MA based Urban Lights Band is an eclectic group of musicians and artists who harness the power of all styles of music to create unforgettable experiences. They are seasoned professionals committed to providing quality musical showcases that bring various audiences together. Their global mission is simple; aspire to inspire! If you are in the Boston area you can find them at:  May 25th 2019 – Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen- Boston, MA June 20th, 2019 – The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain June 21st 2019 -The Middle East Night Club (Corner Room) – Cambridge, MA Hook up with Urban

Royal: “Letter To Cecil” narrates his hardships, his grind and his contributions

Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the proceeds from concerts and albums entirely to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Royal has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. His latest project is the single, “Letter To Cecil”. Here Royal seems to be hungrier than ever and is out to remind hip-hop of the abilities that should eventually bring

Elmo Karjalainen: “Back Where We Belong” evokes a spectrum of distinctive emotions

I know Elmo Karjalainen as a metal rocker, but he is a musical chameleon. He is an amazing musical arranger, composer and player. You could put a banjo in his hand and he’d make it sound like an orchestra. Elmo is one of those players that you need to know about if you’re a guitar player – acoustic or electric. It’s hard to add anything but another positive note to the chorus of Elmo Karjalainen accolades. His latest album “Back Where We Belong”, is incredibly generous in the amount of music and love of music. Elmo is obviously focusing much more on songwriting as opposed to performing on this album, and there are some real gems here. Elmo is an amazing musician, his extraordinary technique could potentially overshadow his incredible writing and arranging skills, but with “Back Where We Belong”, they all fuse into a glorious panorama of organic guitar sound.

“A few years ago I wrote the album ‘Where We Belong’, kind of as a therapeutic thing during a hectic time. This album is definitely a follow up, it didn’t come about in one go. Much of this material was written when I was practicing for other things with an acoustic. One idea here, one idea there, and then suddenly I noticed I had a bunch of songs,” explained Elmo.

As the opening title track opens, it soon becomes clear that Elmo has infused this album with more calming melody than he has ever done before. His opening refrain is haunting and yet clear and precise, setting the tone for the rest of the album.

An undeniable visionary with his instrument, Elmo not only explores different melodies, but evokes a spectrum of distinctive emotions with visceral rawness. From comforting optimism on “A Dream”, the rollicking wonder and joy of “Kindness”, to the ethereal echoing notes that swathes “A Moment”, and the wounded, but resolute, “Sorrow”.

And that’s that just the first 5 tracks from a total of 12. From the opening notes of “So Far Away” Elmo Karjalainen bowls you over with his amazing technique and his ability to craft a melody that sticks in your head.

On “A Cooling Shade” he shifts the emphases more towards harmony and technical complexity, bringing in a palpable organ accompaniment, and allowing himself some blazing fretboard runs in mid-song.

Playing tunes like “Waves” and “Shadows”, or any other composition on this album, on acoustic guitar, could easily result in a stripped-down feel, but these songs never feel like bare creations. They sound every bit as rich and complete as fully orchestrated versions, owing to the inspired arrangements and playing that capture their sonic textures in full.

Creating the sonic textures of his songs only represents one level of the depth of “Back Where We Belong”. That Elmo Karjalainen focuses as much on fidelity to the emotional core of the songs, can again be clearly heard in “April Sun”, “Peace”, and finally, “Promise”. Melodic, thoughtful, evocative, and emotional all at once.

Whether composed of scattered pointillistic thrusts or sweeping held notes, each tune remains coherent. That’s the compositional edge of this album: unmistakable and efficient, without wanting to be perfect in every sense. Rather than falling into traps of genre and style, these songs lope along through acoustic amalgamations of both earthly and atmospheric spectrums. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

MORE ABOUT: Born in 1979, Elmo Karjalainen is a guitar player from Finland. He has won some fame as one of the best rock guitar players in Finland due to his work in the Finnish metal band Deathlike Silence, and also with his solo albums ‘Unintelligent Designs’ and ‘The Free Guitar Album’, both of which received much critical acclaim. Currently Elmo plays in the nationally famous band Kilpi, plus Seagrave and Helena & Kalevi. He also won the Finnish Tilulilu shred guitar contest in 2015, and featured in Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition among the top 10.

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