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Saturday, April 14 – KARNEY “NO MERCY” Record Release Party with RAY VAUGHN – Hotel Utah Saloon, SF

14 Apr

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For Tickets please visit:

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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

 

For more information about Ray Vaughn please visit:

http://rayosomusic.com/

 

 

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Saturday, April 14 – KARNEY “NO MERCY” Record Release Party with RAY VAUGHN – Hotel Utah Saloon, SF

11 Apr

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For Tickets please visit:

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1639095

 

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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

 

For more information about Ray Vaughn please visit:

http://rayosomusic.com/

 

 

US Review: Michael Tracy “Still Got Soul”

5 Apr

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Michael Tracy

Still Got Soul

Review by Gary Hill
If you are looking for outside of the box, super-creative music, you probably will want to steer clear of this. However, if you are looking for a modern artist who is creating classic sounds with great hooks and chops, look no further. Combining classic rock sounds with country and more, this album is really so cool.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Laughter
I dig the cool guitar riff that starts this. The vocals come in over the top in fine fashion. This is a fast paced, hard rocker that has some country in the mix. The chorus is melodic and hook laden. This thing just works so well, making it a great opener.
My Lisa
Less hard-edged than the opener, this is still a rocker. It has more of that roots music, country aspect to it. It’s all tempered with a classy pop rock sound, though. This is another catchy cut.
Still Got Soul
The title track seems to combine bluesy rock with a country element. This cut is full of lyrical references to classic rock songs. Musically it really fits into that category, too. I particularly like the melodic guitar solo on the number.
Call Me Wild
Another cool rocker, there is plenty of Americana in the mix here. This is both catchy and classy. It has some meaty riffing built into it, too.
No More Waiting
A balladic piece at the start, this is another with a real classic musical texture. It builds out to a more rocking take of its musical concepts as it works forward. This really feels like something that would have been at home on the radio in the late 1970s.
Sweet Smile
With a country edge to it, this is a killer rocker. This one could probably qualify as country music these days, but honestly, it’s more of a mainstream rocker. It has some great hooks and riffs. There is even a bit of a rap mid-track.
Savannah Nights
This is more of a balladic cut. It has plenty of country along with classic rock in the mix. It’s a catchy tune with some great musical textures and melodies.
Shake It
The guitar sound that starts this really has a lot of Jimi Hendrix in it. One might expect that we’re about to head out into that type of song. Instead it drops away leaving behind some serious jazz guitar based music. The chorus has more of a raunch and roll vibe to it.
Hopeful
While there are still plenty of classic textures here, this is the most modern pop rocker of the disc. It’s catchy and cool.
Raven
More balladic in nature at the start, this turns toward power ballad later. There is some killer guitar soloing on the number, and it’s a catchy cut on a disc full of catchy music.
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Poinsettia Rose
Percussion starts this cut. The track comes in with an old school rockabilly vibe. This is a Christmas tune that really rocks.

 

To order STILL GOT SOUL on iTunes and other services please visit http://smarturl.it/stillgotsoul

To order on Bandcamp please visit https://michaeltracy.bandcamp.com/album/still-got-soul

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US Review: Unknown Hero “In My Head”

3 Apr

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Unknown Hero

In My Head

Review by Gary Hill

It would be pretty easy to lump this in with a lot of modern pop music and electronic dance music. Clearly this shares a lot of territory with that kind of sound. However, this album is much more creative than the bulk of those genre. There is almost a progressive music vibe here, and the science fiction angle to the concepts bears that out in definite ways. I like this set quite a bit. Yes, the vocals are processed. I’m not a big fan of that in general. For the most part here, it really works, though. This isn’t necessarily my kind of music, but there is plenty here to pull me in despite that. I would imagine that people who are really into this kind of stuff would really love it.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Be Alright (ft. Kate Wild)
An intricate acoustic guitar section opens this. The vocals enter after a bit, and we’re in more of a processed kind of electronic pop song. This is a bit on the odd side, but in a good way. That makes it a bit unpredictable. There are powerful moments, jazzy elements and more here. There are symphonic elements at play, too.
Monsters in My Head
I dig the trippy electronic music vibe on this. The vocals are a bit over-processed for my tastes, though. While the music built around a modern pop element, there are symphonic sides to it, hard rocking ones and more. This is definitely away from the norms.
Her Name
The modern pop sounds are still present on this, but this comes across more like an electronic space music type of piece. This could almost qualify as progressive music.
A Minor 2125
There are some particularly pretty elements at play here. This feels like a modern classical piece in a lot of ways. I think that’s the point, given the title. There are some non-lyrical vocals on this, but otherwise it’s an instrumental.
Hero Beware
I really dig the electronic groove on this piece. The extremely processed voice at the onset is designed to sound artificial or alien and does so in style. This has some cool melodies and energy. There are some computer type vocals later in the track, and overall this is very trippy and space-oriented.
One More Day
With both male and female vocal loops at the start, this is a trippy kind of modern jam. This is more of a hip hop kind of piece as the main vocals (still processed) enter. This is creative and dramatic.
Make It Happen
The modern pop music groove on this works quite well. I dig the texture and vibe on this number.
Dance
As you might guess from the title, this is electronic dance music. It has a cool groove and is rather unusual as the genre goes. It has some cool atmosphere.
Keep Moving Me
I love the funky guitar sound that opens this number. It eventually shifts out to another cool electronic groove. There is definitely a healthy helping of fusion the mix, though.
Going for a Ride
Another classy electronic pop song, the rhythmic groove and keyboard textures on this are both great. This number has a few vocals, but is mostly instrumental.
Ask Me
There is a lot more of a hip hop groove to this piece. It is cool, but not a highlight. I do like the vocals on the piece quite a bit.
Hero’s Groove
Somehow there is a bit of a James Brown vibe to this. There is a lot of old school soul music sound merged with more modern elements on this piece. Like a lot of the music here, there are a few vocals, but it’s mostly instrumental. I suppose this one does qualify as electronic dance music more than it does anything else.
Close My Door
There are a lot more vocals on this piece. The number is very electronic, but also quite soulful. It has a cool groove and vibe to it.
Be Alright (Instrumental)
Some cool acoustic guitar work opens this. The electronic music enters as that continues, bringing drama and more layers of sound. There are some vocal loops on the track, despite the parenthetical. I suppose they are used more as instrumentation, though. I like this version of the cut much better than the one that opened the disc. I just wasn’t all that crazy about Kate Wild’s vocals.
Monsters (Instrumental)
Here we get another instrumental take of one of the cuts from the earlier in the set, but this time the title gets shortened, too. Again there are some vocal bits as loops on this take. I like this version quite a bit, but I think I prefer the original version.

 

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

 

To order IN MY HEAD from iTunes please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-head/id1274692222 or http://smarturl.it/unknownhero

 

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

 

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

26 Mar

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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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Canada Review: Unknown Hero “In My Head”

19 Mar

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

 

To pre-order IN MY HEAD from iTunes please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-head/id1274692222 or http://smarturl.it/unknownhero

 

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

 

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US Review: Karney “No Mercy”

14 Mar

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