Digital Gringo: “Project Mayhem” cannot be described as anything less than brilliant!

Right of the cuff, two things caught my attention about Modesto, California creative, Digital Gringo. Firstly, his biography reads: “Digital Gringo is a rapper that raps”. And secondly, how many rappers do you know that rhyme perfectly to the funky beat foundation of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”? But my enchantment with this atypical rapper didn’t stop there, while listening to his aptly named 12 track album – “Project Mayhem”. In fact, as a description, ‘mayhem’ may actually be an understatement once you’ve run through the entirety of this recording. The tones and moods on this album run from

Omar Bowing: “Women” – the expansive arrangement gives it a progressive bent

Omar Bowing is an independent musician and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. Omar who plays the guitar and guitarviol works with a revolving group of musicians to bring his songs to life. In particular he often collaborates with Tyson Yen, who has lent his voice to almost all of Bowing’s tracks. Omar Bowing’s latest musical creation is simply entitled “Women”. Though mirroring the endeavors of history-making females, the track intends to be a respectful tribute to women in general – from mothers to wives, and sisters to nieces, daughters, friends and co-workers, etc. And in fact the track releases on

Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” delivers sharp, telescopic views

Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And

The Jon Johns: “Road Trip Mixtape” – an adventurous attitude!

The Jon Johns are a duo of musicians/producers who have been making music together since 2018. Their music binds the past and the present together into a harmonious sound with musical influences from the 60’s to now. One-hundred-percent independent, the Jon Johns do everything from writing, playing, recording, producing, mixing and releasing their own music. They currently have their 9 track “Road Trip Mixtape” out now. Within minutes of the mixtape kicking into life, this supremely confident recording suggests a band at the peak of their powers, occupying their own orbit. It starts with “Make My Day”, a vast, expansive

Marcela Iglesias: “Human Doll” (feat. Eric ‘Well Written’ McCoy) – fun, bouncy and all around enjoyable

Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Plastics of Hollywood are gaining traction and making serious waves in the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by Los Angeles, California, Talent manager and producer Marcela Iglesias, the community of plastic surgery enthusiasts are spreading their reach into the film, TV and music spheres. From Ken dolls to Jessica Rabbit and Britney Spears lookalikes Plastics of Hollywood have spent millions of dollars on surgery and aesthetic procedures altering and adapting their looks. Their aim is to simply feel happy and fulfilled in bodies they adore. By the very nature of its scope Plastics

Interview with Californian band City Kings

City Kings is an alternative rock band from Chino, California. Though mainly known for playing heavier hard rock sounding tunes, the band has a very versatile array of musical knowledge. They perform acoustic and softer renditions of their songs on streets of the Inland Empire, or original versions of songs on stages in local venues. The three-piece collective is made up of Chris, Adrian and Ruben. How and when did the City Kings project start and who are the collaborators involved? Christian Blankenship (City Kings): City Kings was basically started on Craigslist! I met our singer and guitarist Adrian after

Midas Well: “3am”- moments of pure body-high pleasure

Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick: “Head Chucka” – a panoply of mic and beat making skills

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick are a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area. Their friendship grew into a partnership that led to collaborations on past tracks and projects. An album had been a goal for the duo, and that dream has finally been realized with “Born Illness”, an eight track LP that’s currently available on all music platforms. The album was produced via a digital collaboration between DJ Raw B and Luke that spanned the course of a year. This release shows a rapper and a beat maker who prove that they are not going anywhere soon. Both unwrap

Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – a Pop-EDM crossover flavor

Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then returned to France before going to Germany. His song “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace, has been aired on MTV, and is currently play-listed on more than 160 radio and TV channels around the globe. Currently preparing his upcoming album, Sevy Campos is also planning to announce

OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced

Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three

Shallow Side: “Saints & Sinners” constantly begs you to turn it up!

The brand new album “Saints & Sinners”, by Alabama rock band Shallow Side, takes what was learned from their 3 EPs and several standalone single releases, turns it up five notches, and runs with it to great effect. It’s a superb collaborative effort between band members and the production by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Slash) that maintains a consistently high standard throughout. When it’s heavy, it’s really heavy. When it’s softer, it’s beautiful. The album wastes no time demonstrating this, going from a brief clean guitar opening on the title track, “Saints & Sinners” to slamming you into a wall of sonic excellence a couple of bars later. This album is loud. You’ll learn that very early on with the third track “Sound The Alarm”. Thankfully, it doesn’t fall into a pit of heavily distorted compression that assaults your ears. The audio quality throughout this album, recorded in Orlando, FL at Baskette’s Barbarosa Studio, is crystal clear and it constantly begs you to turn it up.

There tends to be at least two or three songs that I skip on every album, but that’s not the case here. There isn’t a single bad track here. I was floored by the care and consistent attention to detail throughout this recording. It marks a new high point for the band. Its excellent mixing, mastering, and musicianship make it a worthy addition to the band’s discography.

If you are a fan if this band I think this album will shatter your expectations. Right from the opening track, “Revival”, Shallow Side throw you right into the deep end of their gritty chugging sound. Soaring lead vocals and anthemic harmonies further push the sonic spectrum into the euphoric zone.

By the time you reach the twisting melody, vocal chants, and catchy hooks of the pressure cooking “Drugs & Lust”, you’ll be breathless and overwhelmed. You’ll thank your lucky stars that Shallow Side turn down the pace (but not the emotional intensity) on “Temptations” before sliding into the bone-crushing riffage of “Hallelujah”, where Eric Boatright’s lead vocals reach staggering heights.

The explosive “No More” and the thundering “All Rise” showcase Seth Trimble’s guitar chops, as well as the rhythmic engine room powered by Matt Daniels on bass and Heath Fields on drums.

Respite again comes in the nick of time with the piano-driven power ballad, “Not Alone”, though you know from the structure of this band’s build-ups that it is not destined to last the entire length of the song. Which is exactly what happens when Shallow Side switch into overdrive, laying down a wall of sound.

Then there’s “Carry On” – a driving, hard-hitting powerhouse right at the end of the set. Not only does it deliver on its obligations as a rock song, but it also manages to pull everything creative about the band, together into one big amalgamation of aggression, dissonance and melody.

The album “Saints & Sinners” is by far the bands strongest, heaviest, and probably their most technically challenging recording to date. At the same time, each song features plenty of catchy hooks that will chase you down from chorus to chorus, as Shallow Side make sure that incendiary rock is still very much alive in 2019.

The band is adept at creating soundscapes that are full of heavy atmospherics and intense beats which ultimately detonate into the ether. Pummeling grooves, contrast soaring melodic vocals and crushing guitar riffs that drip with scrumptious sonic plasma. Deliciously gritty, and wonderfully intelligent, Shallow Side do themselves, and the genre proud with “Saints & Sinners”.

The album Saints & Sinners is set to be released on Friday, March 29th via Thermal Entertainment.

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