US Review: BAYONICS “RESILIENCE”

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For more information about BAYONICS, including upcoming Frankie Quiñones Tour Dates, please visit: www.bayonics.com

To order RESILIENCE on digital services please visit: https://smarturl.it/BayonicsResilience

To order RESILIENCE on Bandcamp please visit: https://bayonics415.bandcamp.com/releases

For Booking inquiries please contact: booking@cityrootsent.com

 

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US Review: DR CHRISPY “VHS”

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VHS is, and I should know, having now listened to it through three times on the bounce, a wonderfully ambient, bouncy, fun, even thoughtful at times collection of instrumental tracks that Dr. Chrispy began writing way back in 2003.

It was as he was traveling for work as an aerospace engineer and if you listen carefully to the tracks, never allowing any of them to merely drift above and over and away from you, you can most definitely hear the majesty of our universe embedded within each of them.

Indeed, and furthermore, each track was written in a different location, titled with the name of a city, airport code, or local attraction, and captures the vibe of each place and moment in time.

Basically put, VHS is an auditory travel diary, inviting you along to hear and experience the evolution from Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Space Scientist, to Dr. Chrispy, the Artist.

Oh, and showcasing perfectly Dr. Chrispy’s painstaking attention to detail, there will also be released a limited first edition CD featuring a double page spread photograph shot inside the cockpit of a vintage Boeing 747 aircraft.

The disc photography lines up with the cover, and hidden behind the disc is a shout out to one of Dr. Chrispy’s greatest film influences, ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’!

Digital Pre-Order Purchase Link

www.DrCrispy.com

 

For more information about DR CHRISPY please visit: http://drchrispy.com/

 

To Order VHS on digital services please visit: http://smarturl.it/DrChrispyVHS

 

To Order VHS on Bandcamp please visit: https://drchrispy.bandcamp.com/album/vhs

 

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US Review: STIMULI “THEY ARE WE”

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In April 2018, the band generated buzz when they released their debut single and music video for the album’s title track, ‘They Are We.’ The single knocks out a Hard Rock, radio-friendly sound that also exposes the introspective themes of understanding and empathy that permeates their new album.

Coming over as a cross between old school STP and a passionately raw Soundgarden, Stimuli have, and without a shadow of a doubt, come together to bring forth one of the best albums of 2018.

Not only do Stimuli masterfully rock the traditional power trio format, the band also incorporates synth atmospherics and eclectic instrumentation that is not often associated with contemporary Hard Rock.

I mean, aside from Tai Hake being a master of the bass, he also plays Theremin, which is one of the most intricate and hardest instruments to perform. If you are not aware, the Theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer) and here, well, let’s just say that Hake is a master at it.

With a common thread throughout the album inclusive of moments of Native American flute, sitar, acoustic guitar and ambient synthesizers, lyrically, Stimuli’s themes possess a rare depth – insightful and meaningful, ruminating on personal experiences and reflections about peace, empathy, destiny, and self-actualization.

“Our music contains a strong emotional intensity with personal, social, and philosophical messages about the human experience,” explains guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Tomahawk. “Although there is an undeniably serious disposition in the band’s message, as individuals, we don’t take ourselves very seriously at all – satire, slapstick humor and wisecracks are the norm when we are together.”

“It’s a bit of a collective Jekyll & Hyde scenario, really. We try to remind ourselves that the initial spark of passion and the joy of playing music that caused us to pick up our instruments in the first place is why we do this!”

Recorded at Russian River Studios in Talmage, CA, all eleven songs were written by Jimmy Tomahawk and Cole Andrew, the album was produced by Jimmy Tomahawk, and it was engineered and mixed by Andrew Miller and Jimmy Tomahawk.

‘They Are We’ – Official Music Video

Amazon CD Purchase Link

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For more information or to Order THEY ARE WE, please visit STIMULI’s website and social media pages via: www.stimuliband.com or https://stimuli.bandcamp.com/

 

To Order THEY ARE WE on digital services please visit: http://smarturl.it/STIMULItheyarewe

 

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US Review: Sydney Brown “Love Is Stronger Than Smoke and Fire”

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For more information about SYDNEY BROWN or future performances please visit Sydney’s website at www.sydneybrownmusic.com.

 

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US Review: KARNEY “NO MERCY” on AnneCarlini.com

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For more information please visit Karney’s website at www.karney.org

 

To Pre-order “NO MERCY” on iTunes and Other Digital Retailers please visit:

http://smarturl.it/KarneyNoMercy

 

To Pre-order “NO MERCY” from Bandcamp please visit:

https://karney.bandcamp.com/album/no-mercy

 

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US Review: Michael Tracy “Still Got Soul”

Title – ‘Still Got Soul’
Artist – Michael Tracy
In case you weren’t aware, it was early 2011 when Michael Tracy began his journey as a singer/songwriter, stepping on stage at a local open mic in Charlotte, NC, to nervously perform some songs he had just written.

He had spent his early 20’s in the Navy, stationed on both coasts and traveling to countries throughout the Mediterranean during his time in the military.

The open mic performance awakened something in Tracy and he continued honing his chops that first year, jumping on stages all over Charlotte and jamming with local musicians. Indeed, he went into the studio and recorded his first album, Enough Small Talk, which he released in November 2011.

Over the next two years, Michael put a band together and impressed audiences with his high-energy and soulful performances. Michael then returned to the studio and produced his next album Gonna Smile, which was signed by the indie label Spectra Records and released in February 2015.

After a falling out with his label, Tracy traveled to LA and recorded three songs with Los Angeles producers Bob Marlette (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper) and Sahaj Ticotin (Ra) that would find themselves on his early-2016 release Love And Worries; a short collection of previously unreleased material.

Michael and Sahaj then got together in late 2016 (co-writing an original Holiday tune that Michael had been working on called “Poinsettia Red”) and at the turn of 2017, and having been inspired to start his own independent record label, Tracy’s next full-length album Still Got Soul was born.

1. “Laughter”
2. “My Lisa”
3. “Still Got Soul”
4. “Call Me Wild”
5. “No More Waiting”
6. “Sweet Smile”
7. “Savannah Nights”
8. “Shake It”
9. “Hopeful”
10. “Raven”
11. “Poinsettia Red” – Bonus Track

The album features 11 tracks, inclusive of the aforementioned “Poinsettia Red” and will be released this upcoming November 17th, 2017 via Tracy’s very own label, the TW Music Group.

Listening to it today and wow, it’s like all roads traveled by Tracy, good, bad and ugly, led him to the storytelling section of his life just perfectly. Like a well worn troubadour, his work is of the highest, finest, rawest quality, not one lyric too much, not one sentiment not having been felt by us all at some stage.

His unique sound is rooted in gospel, rhythm & blues, rock, soul, and country, and that all comes through on Still Got Soul. From rockers such as “Laughter”, “Call Me Wild”, and the brilliantly perky “Shake It”, through the Southern nature of “Savannah Nights” and the heartfelt soul of “Still Got Soul”, on into the captivated yearns of “Hopeful”, the album is simply chock full of gems.

www.Michael-Tracy.com

Michael Tracy @ Facebook

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US Review: MICHAEL TRACY “STILL GOT SOUL” from AnneCarlini.com

Title – ‘Still Got Soul’
Artist – Michael Tracy
In case you weren’t aware, it was early 2011 when Michael Tracy began his journey as a singer/songwriter, stepping on stage at a local open mic in Charlotte, NC, to nervously perform some songs he had just written.

He had spent his early 20’s in the Navy, stationed on both coasts and traveling to countries throughout the Mediterranean during his time in the military.

The open mic performance awakened something in Tracy and he continued honing his chops that first year, jumping on stages all over Charlotte and jamming with local musicians. Indeed, he went into the studio and recorded his first album, Enough Small Talk, which he released in November 2011.

Over the next two years, Michael put a band together and impressed audiences with his high-energy and soulful performances. Michael then returned to the studio and produced his next album Gonna Smile, which was signed by the indie label Spectra Records and released in February 2015.

After a falling out with his label, Tracy traveled to LA and recorded three songs with Los Angeles producers Bob Marlette (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper) and Sahaj Ticotin (Ra) that would find themselves on his early-2016 release Love And Worries; a short collection of previously unreleased material.

Michael and Sahaj then got together in late 2016 (co-writing an original Holiday tune that Michael had been working on called “Poinsettia Red”) and at the turn of 2017, and having been inspired to start his own independent record label, Tracy’s next full-length album Still Got Soulwas born.

1. “Laughter”
2. “My Lisa”
3. “Still Got Soul”
4. “Call Me Wild”
5. “No More Waiting”
6. “Sweet Smile”
7. “Savannah Nights”
8. “Shake It”
9. “Hopeful”
10. “Raven”
11. “Poinsettia Red” – Bonus Track

The album features 11 tracks, inclusive of the aforementioned “Poinsettia Red” and will be released this upcoming November 17th, 2017 via Tracy’s very own label, the TW Music Group.

Listening to it today and wow, it’s like all roads traveled by Tracy, good, bad and ugly, led him to the storytelling section of his life just perfectly. Like a well worn troubadour, his work is of the highest, finest, rawest quality, not one lyric too much, not one sentiment not having been felt by us all at some stage.

His unique sound is rooted in gospel, rhythm & blues, rock, soul, and country, and that all comes through on Still Got Soul. From rockers such as “Laughter”, “Call Me Wild”, and the brilliantly perky “Shake It”, through the Southern nature of “Savannah Nights” and the heartfelt soul of “Still Got Soul”, on into the captivated yearns of “Hopeful”, the album is simply chock full of gems.

www.Michael-Tracy.com

Michael Tracy @ Facebook

 

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Exclusive Magazine Review: Unknown Hero “In My Head”

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Anne Carlini writes that In My Head is “some of the finest musical storytelling I’ve heard in a long, long time.”

“For those not in the know, Unknown Hero is a musical creator on a mission. He combines his extensive musical talents, which include composition, production, keyboards, and voice, with his lifelong love of animation, heroes, and their stories to offer unique and inclusive musical and visual experiences.

With the release of his brand new album In My Head this October 13th, 2017 via his own label, Unknown Hero Music, Unknown Hero brings his fans something a little extra. For this new CD comes in a 4-panel book format with artwork by Unknown Hero featuring four of the characters from Altarz.

1. ‘Be Alright’ (featuring Kate Wild)
2. ‘Monsters In My Head’
3. ‘Her Name’
4. ‘A Minor 2125′
5. ‘Hero Beware’
6. ‘One More Day’
7. ‘Make It Happen’
8. ‘Dance’
9. ‘Keep Moving Me’
10. ‘Going For A Ride’
11. ‘Ask Me’
12. ‘Hero’s Groove’
13. ‘Close My Door’
14. ‘Be Alright’ (Instrumental)
15. ‘Monsters’ (Instrumental)

As you listen to this vibrant album, it’s important you know the genesis of it, the game plan for the tracks, as a whole, so to speak. For each track on In My Head has a place in a dystopian drama unfolding in the year 2125 on the Planet Altarz, where Lord Kraven and the UNKNOWN HERO are moving toward a showdown.

Years before, Lord Kraven abolished any practice or mention of music. But recently he has learned that a mysterious figure known only as the Uknown Hero has been depositing strange music-generating devices around the city.

A growing band of rebels are plotting ways to support his apparent mission: to give music back to the people.

Ergo, this stunning electronic album, one that blends elements of Downtempo, Trap, Dubstep, Rock, Funk, R&B, and Hip-Hop features not only a wide variety of tracks; many of which blur genre boundaries, but at the same time weave together some of the finest musical storytelling I’ve heard in a long, long time.”

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To pre-order IN MY HEAD from iTunes please visit http://smarturl.it/unknownhero

For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via http://www.unknownheromusic.com.

To pre-order IN MY HEAD from Bandcamp please visit https://unknownhero.bandcamp.com/

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective at jerome@independentdistro.com’

Exclusive Magazine Review: Indubious “From Zero”

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“Simply put, Indubious is my favorite band of 2017, and From Zero is my favorite album of 2017 – and it truly deserves to be yours too.”

“For those not in the know, the story of Indubious (who have adopted, along with their legion of fans, the motto “Live Indubiously” – which means living life without doubt or fear, and with faith in the fact that we are all here for a reason) is not for the faint of heart. Like a Phoenix rising from the flames, Indubious was forged in the fires of pain and destruction.

Indeed, it is through overcoming adversity that Evton and Skip, both brothers and band mates, have emerged as a powerful forces for change, and voices for the future of conscious music.

Having been born with Cystic Fibrosis, the Indubious brothers were given a grim diagnoses at birth with a life expectancy of 18 years. Now 30 and 32, respectively, the brothers have persevered.

Armed with impressive instrumental skill, powerful harmonies, and an electrifying stage presence, Indubious is destined to change the face of music. For me personally, I tend to listen to a new album blind to who the band is or what their story is. So listening to this new full-length album from Indubious, From Zero I found myself enraptured by the dublicious music from the very off.

More than that, From Zero is an INCREDIBLE album and one for the ages. It redefines how music should be made, encouraging genres to blend, to populate safely within their musical embrace. Simply put, Indubious (based out of Southern Oregon) is my favorite album band of 2017, From Zero my favorite album of 2017 – and it truly deserves to be yours too.

1. ‘He Who Has Ears’
2. ‘Rocketship’
3. ‘Golden Ones’ (ft. Sizzla Kalonji)
4. ‘Free Up’
5. ‘Don’t Lose Sleep’ (ft. Vaughn Benjamin)
6. ‘See Sharp’
7. ‘If You Follow’
8. ‘Sheep of Conformity’
9. ‘Wednesday’
10. ‘Perfect’
11. ‘School Again’
12. ‘Root Down’ (ft. Zahira)
13. ‘We Got Vibes’
14. ‘Sky High’

Their previous release, Wake The Lion (2013) achieved great success and reach with rankings and features throughout Beatport, iTunes, Amazon, and numerous media outlets. Produced by the legendary composer/producer Gaudi, Wake The Lion was a textural journey into the world of Rootstronica.

Here, some four years later, From Zero is a new body of work that is offered “as is” with zero expectations and zero preconceptions. Indeed, it is through the meditation of how blessed Indubious are to be able to create music and do what they do, that these songs were wholly generated.

Containing lush synths, deep bass and visionary lyricism, From Zero encompasses all that and more, and even manages to showcase a healthy evolution between the years. Blurring the lines between roots, dub, dancehall and heavy dance psychedelia, Indubious’ unique sound is, for my money, brought to the fore best on tracks such as ‘Golden Ones’ (featuring Sizzla), ‘Sheep of Conformity’ and ‘Root Down’ (featuring Zahira).

Gold leaf and Embossed print on the cover, these sleek CD collectors items are a limited edition print (500) and available for a short time. Some have also been autographed on the inside cover by Evton and Skip.”

Review by Russell A. Trunk at annecarlini.com

To pre-order FROM ZERO on iTunes please visit http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com