Sir Ivan – New Release ‘Get Together’ recaptures the iconic sounds & vibe of the 60’s

U.S. recording artist, Sir Ivan touches back down with another signature production. ‘Get Together’ recaptures the iconic sounds & vibe of the 60’s, while delivering his philanthropic message. Coming off the back of an impressive roll of releases from Sir Ivan – from his cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ (2001) spending nine weeks in the Billboard Chart, peaking at No. 31. To his biggest hit to date, ‘Hare Krishna’ (2011) that reached Top 10 on the Dance Chart, where it remained charting for a staggering 13 weeks. With a further two songs hitting Top 10 in Music Week in the

Vermin & the Beachrat New Single is Set to Strengthen the Legacy of Folk

Here to brighten up the day of all the folk lovers is Vermin & the Beachrat with their new single I Know Everything About you—a high-energy, rustic and boisterous folk-country rock number that is equal parts nostalgic, equal parts sweet and a whole lot of the familiar gusto that has become a signature style of the artist. Yet the subject matter of the song reveals a challenge for an old friend or lover, a knowing, tenacious grin that looms over all the extensive guitar riffs, the electric instrumental solos and a refrain that echoes into the airwaves with enough power

Ken Hardeo Releases “I Can Love You Through Anything” For Worthy Causes

Charlotte, North Carolina – Ken Hardeo had more great things in mind when he wrote and recorded his latest single, “I Can Love You Through Anything.” Part of the proceeds will head towards worthy causes such as the American Cancer Society and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Ken Hardeo didn’t work alone on this effort. Ken got help from his friend, musician and producer Quentin Bethea who also sang on the track. Together they created a beautiful blend of R&B that harbors on pop with inspirational undertones that shine through for people of all ages around the world. With a song as versatile as “I Can Love

“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.

KAATO: “Slam!” renders all the best of what vintage rock n’ roll has to offer

KAATO is a Nashville, Tennessee based rock band made up of Kurt Lowney (vocals), Mika Nuutinen (bass), Hunter Lovan (lead guitar), and Christopher Williams (drums). Originally from Australia, the band was founded in 2011 by singer/songwriter Kurt Lowney. KAATO had their first international tour co-headlining with Mitch Malloy in the UK after their self-titled album was released in 2016. Kurt and Mika made the move to Nashville permanent in 2018, and started work on their newest album “Slam!” from their home studio, which allowed them to fine-tune their sound until they got exactly what they wanted. It’s fair to say that mainstream rock is a dying breed, due in part to both the growing presence of EDM and the relative omnipresence of hip-hop. Furthermore, because the art of mainstream rock is slowly fading away, bands often experiment with their sound to appeal to a larger audience, known colloquially as ‘selling out’.

I will not lie, I was apprehensive as to what would be the quality of this album. However, to my surprise, “Slam!” is just a great rock album that blends in different styles from Classic to Vintage and Glam rock, with some subtle southern flavors, comprised of soaring vocals and fiery guitar. It is tailor-made for blasting to a packed arena.

The album starts with the fantastic instrumental opening title track “Slam!” which sets the tone for the rest of the album. The song is laden with fullness in its sound, with memorable guitars, and noteworthy drums which put forth a good deal of emotion, reminding me a bit of legendary band Bad Company.

This leads to “Glamour Queen” which sets the whole band in motion, including some high range vocals, and a driving groove. This instantly shows how KAATO seem to have a grip on how to make great rock songs without watering their sound down.

The band turns up the sonic thermometer a couple of notches on “Somebody, Somebody”, forging some down and dirty guitar riffs and shy-high harmonies. The vocal progressions on this track, and on the entire album, for that matter, is nothing less than stunning.

Fans of hair metal hysteria will be covered in bliss by the virtuosic lead vocals on “Addicted”. Here Kurt Lowney reaches peak levels of power and range.

Lyrically and otherwise, “In Passing” is probably the best cut on the album and once again accentuates the beautiful vocal melody and dynamic instrumental interplay. The song digs deep into the human soul with its dramatic execution. The songwriting and the transition from quietness to aggression is noteworthy.

KAATO does a fantastic job of capturing a crisp upbeat sound on “Communication”. Guitarist Hunter Lovan, comes into his own here, with some scorching tones. A driving beat and energetic bassline and guitar riff to boot, “Drivin’ Home” delivers a fast-paced jam that renders all the best of what vintage rock n’ roll has to offer.

Overall, “Slam!” was a surprising album that really resonated with me. With a lot to show on this album, I feel like KAATO have proven that they authentically know, the twists and turns of a genre that once ruled the world, and that they will be alive and well for many more years restoring rock to its former glory. “Slam!” is definitely an album worth checking out.

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