Day two of Hey Monea’s “Nothing In The Tank” Tour brought the Canton, Ohio trio to New Hope, PA on Friday night. While New Hope is not exactly where UMC laid its roots, it was close enough to the Lehigh Valley to be on my own “Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week” list.Read more
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“Songs From Somewhere Else,” the latest release from Aaron English, is a unique compilation of songs composed and recorded over a period of several years and countless miles.
I spend a fair amount of time listening to music. Regardless of style or genre, it takes talent to create your own music. It also takes courage, determination, and a belief in yourself to share it with the rest of the world. It takes a special kind of talent to draw you in with just the music. No catchy, deep, bare-your-soul lyrics. No political statements. No “love gone wrong” tales. Just music.
When I think about Dear Anna frontman Lorenzo Bubba, I think hard-driving, in-your-face, play-it-loud rock and roll. When I listen to “Hips & Lips,” the bands’ latest single, I find that Lorenzo and Dear Anna deliver as promised.
Brooklyn, NY-based singer/songwriter Brian Dunne has a New Tattoo.
Actually, it’s a new single released Nov. 30 called “New Tattoo.”
Taylor Shae had a busy and productive year in 2018. With a full-length album and a couple of singles to her credit, this Longmont, Colorado teenager is making her presence felt throughout her home state and beyond.
When diving into Oceans Over Airplanes, I started out simply wanting to review their latest single, “Colour.” Released in late 2018, “Colour” showcases OOA’s brand of emo/alternative rock in a way that begs you to listen to more. Driven by an outstanding drummer in Joseph Bickham, this Northwest Indiana band delivers a great blend of powerful vocals from bassist Tony Pagorek and a very solid sound from guitarist Mike Anderson.
Flagship Romance is an alternative folk duo currently based in Truth-or-Consequences, New Mexico. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, this husband and wife team has been making beautiful music together for quite some time, releasing their debut EP, “The Fudge Sessions,” in 2013. Since, they have since released another EP and two full-length albums. Their latest, “Tales from the Self-Help Section,” was released in August of 2017.
Alyssa Dodge is a teenage singer-songwriter from Gilbertsville, PA. Her brand new debut EP, “Temporary Nothing,” is available now on all digital platforms. Let’s give her a listen together.
Austin, TX-based musician Jeff Azar released three new singles under cinematic rock project Demi the Daredevil this year, giving a deep, introspective look at mental health; a subject many of us shy away from, and that few of us even care to acknowledge.
But, with the growing awareness of mental health issues and the toll they can take on our lives, Jeff’s message that needs to be heard loud and clear. And so, Jeff chooses to spread that message through the kind of music that grabs and holds your attention, due to both subject matter and quality.
“America Anonymous” leaves us to examine the choice our demons present us with, beginning with the words, “There’s a beast in me” and resolving, “I can kill it with a quick fix, or use it creatively.” “Lone Lady” looks outside of the self, as the protagonist seems more focused on helping someone else deal with their demons instead of focusing on his own.
A particularly powerful moment lies in the subtext of “Ain’t it Tragic,” which copes with unexpected loss and finishing something that was started as a team, alone. I can only speculate that it’s about the passing of the band’s primary songwriter and frontman, Jovan Ortiz, which left Jeff to finish the vocals on their first release.