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The Rocker UK Review: Indubious “From Zero”

16 Oct


“A Portland, Oregon based band led by brothers Evan ‘Evton B’ and Spencer ‘Skipwicked’ Burton, this is the third album from the band, which mixes up reggae, dancehall, r’n’b, dubstep and all sorts of things that the kiddies will know about.

Turns out that both brothers were born with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis and a lot of the material is rooted in the difficulties they face in life. They’re helped along their musical way by a variety of singers including Zahira, Vaughn Benjamin and Sizzla (‘Golden Ones’) but the noise they make is all their own, sharpened by a touring schedule that has seen them play with some of the leading lights of the reggae world including Black Uhuru, Stephen Marley and Michael Franti.

They’ve produced the album themselves and have come up with a fresh and vital release. I’m not going to pretend this is a world I live in but for anyone who does, songs like ‘We Got Vibes’, ‘Golden Ones’ and ‘Sky High’ will provide a lot of pleasure.”


To purchase or preview “From Zero,” 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


The Rocker UK Review: Mark Duda “Month of Sundays”

27 Apr

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“I thought I didn’t know who Mark Duda was until I remembered hearing ‘Sons of Downton’ from his band The Handful back in 2015. I quite liked that. It was old fashioned seventies guitar rock with guest appearances from the likes of Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Black Sabbath), Jimi K. Bones on guitar (Joan Jett, Blondie) and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys).

This, however, is a solo release of seventies guitar rock with guest appearances from the likes of Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Black Sabbath), Jimi K. Bones on guitar (Joan Jett, Blondie) and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys). Plus ca change.

But why mess with something that works and this EP (yes, three in a row) is enjoyable. The half a dozen tracks on offer are well written and played with the opening “Month Of Sundays” getting things underway in fine fettle. The brass enhanced “Standoff Love” is a real highlight and with only “Worse For Wear” failing to score on the repeat-omoter it’s a win for Mr Duda.”


Month Of Sundays was released on April 14, 2017 through True Rock.

To order Month of Sundays on iTunes please visit: http://smarturl.it/markduda

To order Month of Sundays on Bandcamp please visit: https://markduda.bandcamp.com/

To Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XLAxaFFVOLJCow52TN5nd

To Order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Month-Sundays-EP-Mark-Duda

For more information about Month of Sundays or upcoming tour dates, please visit Mark’s website and social media pages via www.markdudamusic.com

For Booking inquiries please email booking@markdudamusic.com

The Rocker UK Review: J-Bella “All For Nothin”

10 Apr


Some US pop r’n’b now from J-Bella. Jessica Bell to her nearest and dearest.

She’s got a decent set of pipes on her although she needs to do some work before attaining the standards of her influences – Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson but for a first trip out of the traps this is good enough.

It’s very nineties sounding with it’s approach, ably demonstrated on “Shine” the lead track. Although whether we needed three versions of it on an eight track release is another question. She’s co-written all the material and there are some nuggets of gold in there with the aforementioned “Shine” and “Up Down” the best of the bunch.

If someone throws some money at her and invests in some studio time, then there could be a promising future ahead.


To Purchase All For Nothin visit: http://smarturl.it/jbella

For more information about J-Bella please visit: http://www.j-bellamusic.com

For Booking information please email info@Three2GoMusic.com

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

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

The Rocker UK Review: Amanda Abizaid “Walking In Twos”

4 Apr


Amanda is doing it for charidee. Along with Stephen Stills who strums the guitar on the title track.

Ms Abizaid is releasing this EP in support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.” And she is doing this through the medium of old fashioned singer / songwriter meets soft rock.

The main song is straight down the middle acoustic protest which comes and goes. However then she throws in some electronica on “Lion’s Den” and goes all nineties trip hop on “Set It Up”. As you would expect there are some world music beats dropeed in hither and thither with an oud appearing on “Promises Of Love” before things end with a remix of the lead track.


To purchase Amanda Abizaid’s Walking In Twos EP visit: http://smarturl.it/walkingintwos

For more information about Amanda or this release, please visit:http://www.AmandaAbizaid.com

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

For Interviews contact Erin Cook at Jensen Communications: (626) 585-9575, erin@jensencom.com

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

Bekah Barnett Scores Great Review From The Rocker UK

6 Aug

The praise for Bekah Barnett’s upcoming release “RISE” continues to emerge. This time it’s from Stuart Hamilton at The Rocker who, in his own way, gives Bekah the nod of approval.

To read the full review, go to http://www.the-rocker.co.uk, and click on “Reviews roundup”!


Don’t forget to pre-order “RISE” here:

iTunes – smarturl.it/bekahrise

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Bekah-Barnett/dp/B011Y2N09A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438879777&sr=8-1&keywords=Bekah+Barnett

Bandcamp – https://urbanminstrel.bandcamp.com

You can find out more about Bekah at http://www.urbanminstrel.com!

The Rocker Praises Jordan Hurwitz In New Review

25 Jun

Very few people will have their music reviewed along side Joe Satriani and The Who, but Jordan Hurwitz can now count herself among them. Stuart Hamilton from the UK’s The Rocker took a look at Jordan’s brand new EP, and managed to use both the phrases “over-achieving” and “world domination” in his review.

Check out the full piece by following this link: http://www.the-rocker.co.uk

“Here I’ll Stand” is available NOW at these locations:

iTunes – http://smarturl.it/jordanhurwitz

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Here-Ill-Stand-Jordan-Hurwitz/dp/B00YH4XN4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1435254462&sr=8-1&keywords=jordan+hurwitz

Best Buy – http://www.bestbuy.com/site/here-ill-stand-ep-cd/28538154.p?id=3389118&skuId=28538154

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Learn more about Jordan at her website www.jordansmusic.com!

Jessi Teich Grabs Another Review From Across The Atlantic

18 Feb

“Twisted Soul” continues to get excellent vibes from Europe, this time coming from The-Rocker.co.uk.

Here’s the full article:
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Madame FreakThere’s always a new jazz / pop crossover artist on the horizon, and most of them really aren’t worth crossing the road for, so when a real talent comes along, it really is a treat. And so it is with Jessi Teich (pronounced Teach) who actually manages to pull off the mix of the modern and the old. Well played, Ms Teich.It’s actually quite strange to realise that bar two covers, one from Tom Waits and one from Justin Timberlake (yes, really), that these aren’t old songs rediscovered. Each stands alone, even though there is a personal storyline running through the album, one that she relates in the liner notes.

The Philadelphia native recorded this live in Paris, and it has that spontaneous feel that only rigourous rehearsal leads to. The band are great (the Thierry Maillard Trio and accordionist Laurent Derache) but its her memorable voice that is the star of the show on great songs such as ‘Carnival’, ‘Ruins’ and the Justin Timberlake cover, ‘Cry Me A River’. An outstanding release.

Also, you can preorder the album at http://jessiteich.bandcamp.com.

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