Tag Archives: Piano Rock

Presenting the 2019 UMC50 Playlist!

More than any other playlist we’ve ever constructed, constructing the first-ever UMC50 playlist was not easy.

We’ve heard from hundreds of artists this year, and have heard multiple songs from the vast majority of them. Some have put out full EPs or albums. So, where do we even begin narrowing down this entire calendar year, to 50 of its can’t-miss songs?

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REVIEW: Tom Pino’s ‘Brooklyn’ a Snapshot of his Cross-Country Transformation

Tom Pino is a storyteller. So, when the New York native headed west for a new life in Los Angeles, the events that led him there surely provided more than enough inspiration.

That inspiration has been packaged up in Brooklyn, a five-track EP rooted in pop rock sensibility and colored in with shades of blues, roots, and Americana.

Listen to the EP

Smash Your (Least) Favorite Electronic Device in Leaders in the Clubhouse’s New Video

San Diego-based pop rockers Leaders in the Clubhouse were guests on The Balcony Show this past Wednesday night on WLVU: The Sound of The Underground, and they unveiled a new, interactive idea for their upcoming music video for their song, “These Goddamn Devices.”

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The Quinn Spinn: Feb. 15, 2016

We are joined on Presidents Day by Marc Ambrosia, a South Jersey singer-songwriter who released his first full-length solo effort, “Footprints,” last fall. Hear all that Marc has to say about this great album!

Track listing:
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening Theme)
Southern Storm – Where We’re Going
Stereo Treason – Fall In Line
Marc Ambrosia – Nineteen
Marc Ambrosia – Footprints
Leaders in the Clubhouse – Hater
Tormentor Bestial – Almost Human
Midnight Mob – Ghosts

Review: Leaders in the Clubhouse – Won

Artist: Leaders in the Clubhouse
Album: Won (LISTEN)
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Rock

San Diego-based Leaders in the Clubhouse – founded by friends Charlie Recksieck and Spud Davenport – are a band that loves to have fun, combining blunt, mostly humorous lyrics with toe-tapping piano rock instrumentals. The band’s debut album, “Won,” achieves that balance in an enjoyable way, so that the listener is having too good a time to realize that society may, in fact, be crumbling all around us.

The question of “What is happening to our world?” is ever-present on “Won.” The album directly laments our overreliance on technology and luxury, respectively, on tracks “These Goddamn Devices” and “Law of the Jungle.” Entitlement doesn’t escape unharmed, either, with the album’s shining musical moment – the six-minute, confident rocker, “Trophies” – which offers the swift wake-up call that “You don’t get a trophy just for showing up.”

Even with so many “state-of-the-world” tracks, Leaders in the Clubhouse have a couple of relationship observations to offer on “Won.” The album’s opening, Ben Folds-esque track, “She Gets Loud,” doesn’t leave much to the imagination with lines like, “We do each other sexual favors.” Meanwhile, the frank chorus of “Hater” suggests that a partner’s personal interests don’t matter toward the health of a relationship, as long as mutual love interest remains.

The band’s ability find humor in a world with many faults is perhaps most evident on the album’s closing track, “Lawnchairs,” which finds Leaders in the Clubhouse laughing at the hysteria created around potential doomsday scenarios. This piano-driven, jazz-tinged number offers up the apparent moral of “Won’s” story: If the world is going to burn, you might as well warm your feet by the fire and enjoy yourself.