Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Catalina Shortwave: >>Repeater>> Breaks The Mold of Current Rock n’ Roll!

Catalina Shortwave is a band that thumbs its nose at genres. The band who claim they are proudly lo-fi, draw from punk, R&B, hard rock and country, and not necessarily in that order, find the strength of their songs in the passion of its performances. The players – Brent, Marty and Dave are three New York/New England music veterans who weave their hearts and lives into their music.

For their debut recording, >>Repeater>>, Catalina Shortwave have developed a sound all their own that only comes from musicians playing together as a true collective -everyone shares the same musical goal and the song is more important than the individual participants.

Songwriting is the key, and the band deliver with original, quality compositions. The 15 genre-breaking tracks that make up >>Repeater>>, shows a band with confidence, who are comfortable at contemporarily running the crossover gauntlet of R&B, southern rock, hard rock and punk. That in itself is a courageous feat for any band. Not to mention one on its debut!

Whether the choice is commercially ‘correct’ or not, will depend entirely on the awaiting market. But my impression is that Catalina Shortwave couldn’t give two hoots about the marketing math and are more concerned about doing their primary thing. Which is playing music, and boy do they do it well!

The coolest thing about >>Repeater>>, is that you can listen to it from either end; on repeat, on shuffle, back to back, and just about any other possible way you can. The result is always the same. The album sounds like a radio station, playing the pick of the best bands and songs of our time. I practically heard The Doors, then The Allman Brothers Band. Johnny Cash also came up, as did Nirvana, Tom Petty, Grank Funk Railroad and REM. Damn, I’m sure I even heard Kenny Rogers and Aerosmith in the same song! I think it was on “There  Ain’t  Much Goin’ On But The Bottle”.

The obvious peculiarity being, that these were all original compositions and performances by Catalina Shortwave!

Brent Morton, Marty Stauffer and David Rizzo truly deal out a lavish diversity of authentic styles that sweep up influences from the 60s and 70s right through until today. Uncompromisingly and unabashedly, they play DIY rock n’ roll that shifts the tone away from perfect, crystalline productions to raw, organic rock creativity. This once was the true essence of rock n’ roll; before some over-blown, big-headed and totally over-rated beings called ‘Producers’ came along to turn a creatively explosive genre into a docile assembly-line.

Catalina Shortwave break the mold, in probably the most difficult period in the history of rock n’ roll. Technology and ‘Producers’ are fundamental to today’s music, especially as the only instruments most current ‘musicians’ are only capable of playing, are Qwerty keyboards and iPad touchscreens.

Catalina Shortwave sound like a garage band knocking the heck out of real instruments. They play, they sing and they really produce creativity that sounds like it comes from another era. This much is evidenced on standout songs like “Running On Vapor”, “You Rained Hell On Me”, “Wintersong”, “Starstruck”, “Make Through The Night” and “Don’t Never Take Your Love Away”.

From start to finish this is one beautiful piece of work. There are no dead spots or let downs in this collection…just one great musical piece after another. >>Repeater>> has great variety and pacing, and not a thing misses its mark for me.

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