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JIM OF SEATTLE-Both The Planet Frank (Starring The Elders) and The Chet Lambert Show (www.greenmonkeyrecords.com)

A story for the ages begins in Seattle, Washington from an independent pop rock artist named Jim of Seattle. This enchanting pop rock artist sings quirky songs about how people can change their behavior when they are faced with stressful situations in life. Jim of Seattle sounds similar to Berlin and Queen with his haunting vocal chanting and fluttering pop rock melodies that sound like a group of children who are thoroughly enjoying the circus. Jim of Seattle will release his latest CD "Both The Planet Frank (Starring The Elders) and The Chet Lambert Show" featuring seventeen playful pop rock tracks that will make listeners look at life in a more positive way even when life seems unbearable at times.

The enchanting adventure begins with a trip through outer space in the galactic sounding track "We are The Elders." This track features chanting vocal harmonies and brooding pop rock melodies that sound like aliens are looking down at Planet Earth and laughing at humanity. This track is a mysterious tale about a group of fed up men who are vowing to take over the world in order to make the world a happier and more peaceful place to live. Meanwhile, the enchanting adventure rolls on with happiness continuing in the joyful track "The Entertainment Parade." This track features soulful vocal harmonies and floating pop rock melodies that sound like a merry-go-round is spinning around with children who are happily riding on it. This track is a lighthearted tale about a band who wants to lighten up life in a working class town by playing some great music so that people can dance the night away.

Finally, the enchanting adventure ends with gloom hovering over people in the dreary track "Storm." This track features moaning vocal harmonies and eerie pop rock melodies that sound like a ghost is yowling in the darkness. This track is a haunting tale about how the peace and tranquility of the world is slowly being taken over by violence and hatred.

Jim of Seattle is a great independent pop rock artist who sings colorful songs about how crazy our world has become. This artist's latest CD "Both The Planet Frank (Starring The Elders) and The Chet Lambert Show" will remind listeners that it is okay to make fun of ourselves once in a while so that we do not completely lose our minds.

 

DEREK SALLMANN – All Seasons (www.dereksallmann.com)

Is life an adventure? The answer to this question is, yes. Life is an unpredictable adventure according to an unsigned pop singer-songwriter out of Waukesha, Wisconsin named Derek Sallmann. This thoughtful pop singer-songwriter sings heartfelt songs about being afraid of failure, staying close to one's roots, and coping with a broken relationship while sounding similar to Counting Crows with his gritty vocals and rustic pop melodies that sound like children who are happily playing in a large pile of leaves on a crisp fall day. Derek Sallmann will release his debut CD "All Seasons" featuring ten soul stirring tracks that will tug at one's heart strings.

The unpredictable adventure called life begins with uncertainty looming in the tension filled track "Afraid to Fall." This track features soulful vocals and fluttering pop melodies that sound like mourning doves are singing a sad song on a rainy day. This track is an anxiety ridden tale about a man who is a little bit of a perfectionist. The thoughtful man wants to put his best foot forward and is afraid to make mistakes. The thoughtful man is afraid that if he makes mistakes he will be made to feel like an outcast in society. Meanwhile, the unpredictable adventure called life continues with deep reflection occurring in the passionate track "Storm." This track features gritty vocals and rustic pop melodies that sound like a blizzard is about to occur. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a man who wants to come back home after a series of rough life experiences which happened outside of his comfort zone. The man is longing to spend some quality time with his family and friends.

Finally, the unpredictable adventure called life ends under a blanket of clouds in the heartbreaking track "Broken by Words. This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping pop melodies that sound like a person's heart has been shattered into one million pieces. This track is a sad tale about a once loving couple who has deeply hurt one another's feelings by the painful words that they have said to each other. So now, the couple's broken relationship suffers in a cold silence.

Derek Sallmann is a wonderful unsigned pop singer-songwriter who sings brutally honest songs about human emotion with soulful vocals and rustic pop melodies that sound like a group of people who are happily gathering around a campfire and making S'mores on a chilly fall evening. This artist's debut CD "All Seasons" will warm the hearts of pop music fans everywhere.

TOBIAS THE OWL - Every Eye is a Universe (London Tone Music)

A feeling of loneliness comes out of Seattle, Washington from an independent acoustic folk band named Tobias the Owl. This cool and breezy acoustic folk band sings heart wrenching songs about having to cope with heartache and feelings of extreme loneliness while sounding similar to The Moody Blues with their soulful vocals and dreary acoustic folk melodies that sound like trees are gently blowing in the wind during a brief summer rain shower. Tobias the Owl released their latest CD "Every Eye is a Universe" featuring eight sad tracks about a lonely person who is struggling to find happiness in his or her life.

The unhappy journey begins with darkness looming in the sad track "Murmurs." This track features moaning vocals and gloomy acoustic folk melodies that sound like goblins are cackling inside of a troubled person's head. This track is an ominous tale about a man who is vividly describing how isolated he felt while in the dark as a child when he heard the strange noises that were coming from the ugly monsters that he saw at night. Meanwhile, sadness turns into happiness in the romantic track "Pretty." This track features soulful vocals and rustic acoustic folk melodies that sound like a warm fireplace is crackling inside of a cozy log cabin. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is telling his girlfriend how beautiful she is. The man feels like he is the luckiest person on earth.

Finally, the unhappy journey ends with shadows of doubt hovering over an introverted person in the haunting track "Sleight of Hand." This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping acoustic folk melodies that sound like a child who is crying over a lost stuffed animal. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who wishes that he treated the people who were closest to him a lot better in the past. Now, the stubborn man realizes that his family and friends were only trying to help him become a more optimistic person so that he could be at peace with himself and the world around him.

Tobias the Owl is an awesome independent acoustic folk band who sings heartfelt songs about having to struggle with loneliness and heartache with soulful vocals and fluttering acoustic folk melodies that will make a person feel like they are wrapped in a warm blanket. The band's latest CD "Every Eye is a Universe" will remind listeners that life will be what a person makes of it. A person's life will have either a positive, or a negative outcome.

EARWIG - Pause for the Jets (www.lizardfamily.com)

A long strange trip begins in Columbus, Ohio with an unsigned alternative punk quartet named Earwig. This space driven alternative punk quartet sings eerie songs about a crumbling romance, finding a new romance, and being able to find hope when one feels hopeless. Earwig sounds similar to The Cure with their groaning vocals and slithering alternative punk melodies that sound like a snake is slowly crawling through the tall weeds in the dark forest at night. Earwig will release their latest CD "Pause for the Jets" featuring twelve chilling tracks that will make listeners have nightmares for weeks after listening to this ominous collection of music.

The nightmare begins with sadness looming in the depressing track "Lover's Chords." This track features sorrowful vocals and grinding alternative punk melodies that sound like a steamroller is rolling over hot blacktop on a humid summer day. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a once loving couple who is no longer getting along because the angry couple is too busy trying to pick out one another's faults rather than attempting to repair their broken relationship. Meanwhile, the nightmare continues with a glimmer of hope shining through in the mysterious track "Silverheels." This track features gritty vocals and spooky alternative punk melodies that sound like Marvin Martian is laughing at all of the hopeless earthlings. This track is a passionate tale about a man who wants to escape the rat race called the real world by flying to another planet with his rocket propelled boots on while holding onto a beautiful woman.
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The nightmare ends with a sense of peace hovering around a troubled person in the soothing track "Holy Ghost Letter." This track features eerie vocals and weeping alternative punk melodies that sound like a lonely man who is sitting alone in a dark room and sobbing uncontrollably because the man feels lost. This track is a reflective tale about a troubled man who asked God for help so that he could feel better about himself. Now, after asking God for help the troubled man no longer feels isolated from the world.

Earwig is a fantastic unsigned alternative punk quartet who sings outlandish songs about the trials and tribulations of daily life and how human beings choose to cope with them. The quartet's latest CD "Pause for the Jets" will remind listeners not to fear the unknown, but to expect the unexpected because life is full of joys and sorrows.

SPIRITUAL REZ - Setting in the West (www.spiritualrez.com)

A state of confusion is coming out of Venice Beach, California from an unsigned reggae-fusion sextet named Spiritual Rez. This sizzling sextet sings haunting songs about how life can become complicated and one does not understand why. Spiritual Rez sounds similar to 311 with their soulful vocals and scorching reggae-fusion melodies that will surely liven up a dull party on the beach in the middle of the summer. Spiritual Rez will release their fourth CD "Setting in the West" featuring ten heart wrenching tracks that will bring out the tension filled melodrama that is being played throughout this collection of music.

The melodrama begins with severe anxiety looming in the heartbreaking track "Together Always." This track features soulful vocals and sultry reggae-fusion melodies that sound like a large pot of water is boiling on the stove. This track is an agonizing tale about a once loving couple who is in a tumultuous relationship. However, the hard headed couple is vowing to stay together despite one another's faults. Meanwhile, the melodrama continues with loneliness hovering over a troubled person in the sad track "Tidal Wave." This track features moaning vocals and gurgling reggae-fusion melodies that sound like a Great White Shark is lurking below the ocean surface and getting ready to cause havoc. This track is a depressing tale about a man whose life appears to be falling apart due to his past mistakes. However, the stubborn man refuses to change his ways and is continuing to drown in his own sorrow.

Finally, the melodrama ends with a reality check occurring in the thoughtful track "Digital Age." This track features raspy vocals and icy reggae-fusion melodies that sound like an Amtrak train is speeding down the heavy steel tracks. This track is a reflective tale about how humanity must lean to adapt to the information age in a fast paced world or get left behind.

Spiritual Rez is a great unsigned reggae-fusion sextet who sings sizzling songs about trying to stay afloat in a complicated world. This sextet's fourth CD "Setting in the West" will remind listeners that one must learn to go with the flow in order to survive in a fast paced world.

ALLYSON SECONDS - Little World (Beehive Records)

Is the world a large and violent place? The answer to this question is both yes, and no depending on how one chooses to examine this question. This question is being carefully examined by a refreshingly ear opening psych-pop duo out of Sacramento, California named Allyson Seconds. This brilliant independent psych-pop duo sings passionate and sometimes eerie songs about how fragile the world truly is and how short time can seem when one is in a beautiful place with someone they love. Allyson Seconds sounds similar to The Bengals with their soft, silky vocals and crisp psych-pop melodies that sound like a brisk breeze is blowing through a person's hair on an early fall day. Allyson Seconds will release their latest CD "Little World" featuring eleven thoughtful and calming tracks that will ease one's mind on a hectic day.

The insightful adventure begins with a sense of hope coming out in the calming track "Little World." This track features soulful vocals and groovy psych-pop melodies that sound like a group of minstrels who are happily frolicking through the woods and playing music. This track is a colorful tale about how beautiful and small the world seems to be through an inquisitive person's eyes. One must stop and smell the roses for a little while. Meanwhile, the insightful adventure continues love hanging in the air in the romantic track "Summer of Gold." This track features sultry vocals and Squawking psych-pop melodies that sound like seagulls are hovering around beach goers and are anxiously awaiting food. This track is a heartwarming tale about a woman who is enjoying a warm summer on the beach with the man of her dreams.

Finally, the insightful adventure ends with a high degree of concern looming in the anxiety ridden track "Burning Burning." This track features weeping vocals and rustic psych-pop melodies that sound like trees are fiercely burning in the woods. This track is an ominous tale about a woman who witnessed the wildfires in California. The frightened woman watched in horror as th e beautiful countryside was scorched by Mother Nature's fury.

Allyson Seconds is a fantastic independent psych-pop duo who sings mind blowing songs about the simplicity of Planet Earth and how Mother Nature can go from serene to violent in a split second. The duo's latest CD "Little World" will remind listeners that the world can be both a peaceful and violent place to live in.

THE DIVINE COMEDY - Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)

A gift sent from heaven is pouring out of the United Kingdom. This heavenly gift is called The Divine Comedy which comes from an alternative pop solo artist named Neil Hannon. The Divine Comedy sings passionate and fun loving alternative pop songs about attempting to live a peaceful life while living in a fast paced world while sounding similar to The Boomtown Rats with his soulful vocals and floating alternative pop melodies that sound like the circus is in town. The Divine Comedy released his latest CD "Foreverland" featuring twelve heart warming tracks that will make listeners want to forget their problems and act like children for just a little while.

The heavenly journey begins with a feeling of hope coming out in the stern track "The Pact." This track features soulful vocals and fluttering alternative pop melodies that sound like two angry birds are fighting over a worm on a rainy day. This track is a reflective tale about an irritated man who is tired of being treated like an outcast in society. So, the irritated man is vowing to take over the world in order for people to live peaceful lives without being ridiculed on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the heavenly journey continues with a sense of peace shining through in the calming track "My Happy Place." This track features raspy vocals and silky, smooth alternative pop melodies that sound like freshly brewed coffee is being poured into a cup on a beautiful sunny morning. This track is a soothing tale about a man who goes his quiet place that makes him feel good when he needs to get away from the rat race called the real world.

Finally, the heavenly journey ends with unbelievable happiness coming out in the loving track "The One Who Loves You." This track features gritty vocals and groovy alternative pop melodies that sound like a couple who is happily dancing to some sweet music. This track is a romantic tale about a man who has finally found a woman who truly loves him. The happy man believes that he will be satisfied for the rest of his life with no regrets.

The Divine Comedy is a wonderful independent alternative pop project that has been created by the British solo artist named Neil Hannon. This brilliant artist sings fun loving alternative pop songs about trying to heal an ailing world. The Divine Comedy's latest CD "Foreverland" will make one's soul smile on a rotten day.

GILBERT NEAL - The Mayor of Estes Park (www.wampus.com)

Has humanity become disillusioned? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent pop rock solo artist out of Raleigh, North Carolina named Gilbert Neal. This eccentric pop rock solo artist sings heartfelt songs a variety of emotional situations and societal issues that human beings may face on a daily basis. Gilbert Neal sounds similar to ELO and Steely Dan with his soulful vocals and haunting pop rock melodies that sound like a child is crying because his or her friends have stopped playing with them because it has gotten dark outside. Gilbert Neal released his latest CD "The Mayor of Estes Park" featuring fifteen heart wrenching tracks that will send chills up one's spine.

The road of discontent begins with an uncertain future in the hopeless track "Scare Us." This track features soulful vocals and fluttering pop rock melodies that sound like a buzzard is flying over starving cattle on a drought ridden farm. This track is a reflective tale about how humanity can be led to believe in things that are not true. However, people in crazy things in order to go along with the status quo and not be made to feel like outcasts in society. Meanwhile, the road of discontent continues with loneliness looming in the heartbreaking track "Anger." This track features moaning vocals and crackling acoustic pop melodies that sound like a severe thunderstorm is about to occur. This track is a sad tale about a once loving couple who is on the verge of a painful breakup. However, neither person is willing to fix their broken relationship. So, the blame game continues to be played between two stubborn adults.

Finally, the road of discontent ends with constant upheaval occurring in the gloomy track "Drop of You." This track features gritty vocals and snarling pop rock melodies that sound like glass is being shattered across a hard wood floor. This track is an anxiety ridden tale about a young man who is having to grow up with an alcoholic relative an the young man feels helpless and lost. It is important to point out that no one should have to live under these types of stressful conditions because alcoholism causes a lot of heartache.

Gilbert Neal is a great independent pop rock solo artist who sings brutally honest songs about how humanity can be disillusioned and heartbroken by the constant rule abnormalities that are supposedly written within today's society. Gilbert Neal's latest CD "The Mayor of Estes Park" will remind listeners that life is not always a walk in the park.

TOM DYER'S NEW PAGAN GODS - Plays Hendrix Spanish Castle Magic B/W Little Wing History Of Northwest Rock Vol 1 (www.greenmonkeyrecords.com)

Let love rule. This is the message that is being sent from an independent garage rock sextet out of Seattle, Washington named Tom Dyer's New Pagan Gods. This sense tingling sextet sings mind numbing songs about romance and admiring Mother Nature's beauty while sounding similar to folk legend Bob Dylan with their rustic vocals and bluesy garage rock melodies that sound like a group of people who are rocking out to some wonderful music on a steamy summer day. Tom Dyer's New Pagan Gods will release their latest digital single titled "Plays Hendrix Spanish Castle Magic B/W Little Wing History Of Northwest Rock Vol." This great independent garage rock sextet pays homage to one of the greatest guitar gods of the twentieth century, Jimi Hendrix. The trance like and groovy versions of "Spanish Castle Magic" and "Little Wing" come from the album "Axis Bold As Love" which was originally released in 1967.

The spell binding journey begins with the hope of a new romance looming in the in the promising track "Spanish Castle Magic." This track features slithering vocals and gritty garage rock melodies that sound like an egg is being fried on the sidewalk during a scorching hot day. This track is an exotic tale about a man who met a beautiful Spanish woman. he The love struck man desperately wants to make the beautiful Spanish woman happy for the rest of her life. Finally, the spell binding journey ends with peace and tranquility engulfing the earth in the calming track "Little Wing." This rack features soulful vocals and haunting garage rock melodies that sound like crows are squawking as they fly over an abandoned pumpkin field on a cool fall night. This track is a mysterious tale about a man who is absolutely mesmerized by an exotic bird and Mother Nature's beauty while he is vacationing on a remote island in the middle of the summer.

Tom Dyer's New Pagan Gods are an awesome independent garage rock sextet who has a remarkable ability to write and sing great rock and roll music. The sextet's latest release "Plays Hendrix Spanish Castle Magic B/W Little Wing History Of Northwest Rock Vol 1" is no exception. One will feel refreshed after listening to this breathtaking digital single. This might bring joyful tears from Jimi Hendrix's eyes from heaven.

LISA SAID - No Turn Left Behind (www.lisasaid.bandcamp.com/)

Does life have a story? The answer to this question is, yes. This question is answered honestly by an independent pop rock singer-songwriter out of Washington, D.C. named Lisa Said. This mind numbing pop rock artist sings unapologetic songs about the road of life and how unpredictable it can be while sounding similar to Chrissie Hynde with her gritty vocals and rustic pop rock melodies that sound like locusts are loudly scraping away on a balmy summer night. Lisa Said released her latest CD "No Turn Left Behind" this thoughtful collection of eleven pop rock tracks will give a voice to the voiceless by letting people know that one must never give up on their dreams no matter how tough life gets.

The twisted road called life begins under a cloud of uncertainty in the pessimistic track "Hard to Brake." This track features soulful vocals and rustic pop rock melodies that sounds like frogs that are croaking endlessly on a steamy summer day. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a woman who is bluntly describing how fast her life ha passed her by and how her heart aches after a painful breakup. Meanwhile, the twisted road called life continues with uncertainty turning into self reliance in the hopeful track "Once in a While." This track features weeping vocals and sultry pop rock melodies that sound like a group of people who are having a party and enjoying a few drinks on the beach. This track is a reflective tale about a woman who is fiercely determined to live life on her own terms. The determined woman does not feel the need to have outside interference fog up her ability to make her own decisions about how she chooses to live her life.

Finally, the twisted road called life ends with a sense of peace coming out in the soothing track "No Turns." This track features gritty vocals and groovy pop rock melodies that sound like a group of children who are happily dancing to the music that is being played at a block party. This track is a positive tale about a woman who is looking back at both the good and the bad memories of her past. However, the woman is ready to see what the future holds which might be a great job, a loving relationship, and a beautiful new home.

Lisa Said is a great independent pop rock singer-songwriter who sings brutally honest songs about how life can be both unpredictable and joyful. However, as this artist's latest CD "No Turn Left Behind" will point out people must not be afraid of failure because failure can make a person stronger if they choose to learn from their mistakes.

HOLON - The Time is Always Now (www.AutumnsongsRecords.com)

A story of inner reflection comes pouring out of Trondheim, Norway from an independent acoustic folk pop singer-songwriter named Holon. Holon sings heart wrenching songs about finding one's place in the world, having compassion for other people, and struggling with unimaginable heartache. This amazing singer-songwriter sounds similar to the band Europe with his soulful vocal harmonies and silky smooth pop melodies that will comfort a troubled person's aching heart. Holon released his debut CD "The Time is Always Now. This sense tingling collection of music features eight emotionally intense tracks that will open one's eyes and ears to the vast entity of Planet Earth.

The earth shattering journey begins with a sense of amazement in the mysterious track "Time To go." This track is a sultry instrumental tale sizzling acoustic folk pop melodies that sound like the sun is slowly rising over the enormous desert. This track is a soul stirring tale about a person who is trying very hard to find his or her place in the world. Meanwhile, the earth shattering journey continues with peace winning over a person's heart in the joyful track "A Drop Of Me." This track features soulful vocals and soothing acoustic folk pop melodies that sound like a waterfall is gently flowing into the rushing river below. This track is a passionate tale about a man who has generously given his time and talents to the world in order to help those people who are in need.

Finally, the earth shattering journey ends with fear looming in the anxiety ridden track "Falling." This track features weeping vocals and whimpering acoustic folk pop melodies that sound like a person who is sitting alone in a room and sobbing over the end of their broken romance. This track is a dark tale about a person who feels like he or she is falling off of a cliff after a series of unfortunate mishaps in their life. These helpless feelings are leaving the sad person to feel hopeless in his or her life.

Holon is an amazing independent acoustic folk pop singer- songwriter who has the ability to tug at one's heart strings with deeply passionate and sometimes haunting songs about the trials and tribulations of daily life and how humanity is able to cope with constant change. The debut CD from Holon "The Time is Always Now" will remind listeners not to waste time over foolish ideas and ideologies because this philosophy will only destroy Planet Earth.

THE GREEN PAJAMAS - To The End Of The Sea (www.greenmonkeyrecords.com)

Uneasy feelings are pouring out of Seattle, Washington from an independent eight piece pop rock band named The Green Pajamas. This mind numbing pop rock band sings chilling songs about Mother Nature's fury, hard luck, and how to avoid heartache while sounding similar to Crosby, Stills, and Nash with their ghostly sounding vocal harmonies and haunting pop rock melodies that sound like a person's guilty conscience is laughing at them. The Green Pajamas will release their latest CD "To The End Of The Sea" featuring eighteen eerie tracks that will make the hair stand up on the back of one's neck.

The bone rattling adventure begins with a state of panic looming in the frightening track "Will The Ships Go Down." This track features snarling vocal harmonies and brooding pop rock melodies that sound like a violent storm is brewing in the middle of the angry ocean. This track is dark tale about a hurricane that is churning up the ocean waves. The people who make a living at sea are wondering if they will be able to survive Mother Nature's wrath. Meanwhile, the bone rattling adventure continues with self doubt running rampant in the heart wrenching track "Madness To Burn." This track features sorrowful vocal harmonies and rustic pop rock melodies that sound like a lonely man who is sitting on his porch and strumming a sad song on his guitar. This track is a sad tale about a bitter man who is attempting to make amends to those individuals of whom he has mistreated due to his selfishness in the past.

Finally the bone rattling adventure ends with a person who is determined to make the right decision in their life in the unapologetic track "Anyone But Me." This track features soulful vocal harmonies and fluttering pop rock melodies that sound like a stiff breeze is rustling through the trees on a brisk fall day. This track is a passionate tale about a man who is vowing to stay away from a beautiful woman who does nothing but break men's hearts.

The Green Pajamas are a wonderful independent eight piece pop rock band who sings heartfelt and somewhat unnerving songs about Mother Nature's fury, hard luck, and how to avoid having a romantic mishap with haunting vocal harmonies and chilling lyrics. The band's latest CD "To The End Of The Sea" will bring out the dishonesty and coldness that can be seen quite often in humanity in this day and age.


MIA DOI TODD-Songbook (City Zen Records)

A passionate story about heartache and romance begins in Los Angeles, California with an independent jazz and pop singer-songwriter named Mia Doi Todd. Mia Doi Todd her soulful, but haunting vocal harmonies with the release of her second CD "Songbook" which features nine sense tingling cover songs that were originally sung by various artists such as Neil Young, Prince, and TV On The Radio. This brilliant artist gives a fresh, vibrant jazz and pop sound to a few time honored classics that will be opened to a new generation of music fans.

The passionate story begins with disappointment in the heart wrenching track "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" which was originally sung by Neil Young. This track features soulful vocals and breezy jazz and pop melodies that sound like raindrops are falling gently onto the ground. This track is a sad tale about a woman who has been repeatedly heartbroken. The heartbroken woman is full of self doubt and sees no hope in her life. Meanwhile, the passionate story continues with clouds of self doubt hovering in the gloomy track "When Doves Cry" which was originally sung by Prince. This track features sorrowful vocals and ominous jazz and pop picking out one an melodies that sound like mourning doves are crying at a funeral. This track is an anxiety ridden tale about a once loving couple who is in a tumultuous relationship. The anxiety ridden couple is too busy picking out one another's faults rather than trying to make their relationship work.

Finally, the passionate story ends with romance blossoming in the loving track "Careful You" which was originally sung by TV On The Radio. This track features sultry vocals and soothing jazz and pop melodies that sound like a waterfall is gently flowing into a river below. This track is a heartwarming tale about a woman who is in a loving relationship with a man who truly cares about her feelings and needs without a second thought.

Mia Doi Todd is a great independent jazz and pop singer-songwriter who sings heartfelt songs about heartache and romance by paying homage to the artists who originally sang them. Mia Doi Todd's latest CD "Songbook" will take listeners on a peaceful journey down the fast paced river called life.

SEAFANG-Motorcycle Song (www.elephantstonerecords.com)

The good times are rolling in St. Petersburg, Florida with an independent pop and shoegaze quintet named Seafang. Seafang sings upbeat pop songs about having a great time in life and learning to appreciate what one does have in life while sounding similar to The Go-Go's with their soulful vocal harmonies and groovy pop melodies that will put a huge smile on one's face after having a bad day. Seafang will release their latest CD "Motorcycle Song" (ES1018) which features three raucous tracks that will cure the summertime blues.

The wild ride begins with the rowdy track "Motorcycle Song." This track features chanting vocal harmonies and grinding pop melodies that sound like a chain saw is cutting through a large tree trunk. This track is a raucous tale about a young woman who is having a great time riding on the back of her boyfriend's motorcycle as he is racing down the highway at a high rate of speed. Meanwhile, the wild ride continues with happiness growing in the sizzling track "Summertime." This track features haunting vocal harmonies and slithering pop melodies that sound like a shark is lurking in the ocean water and looking for its prey. This track is a sultry tale about a group of young woman who are soaking up the sun and having a carefree day on the beach in the middle of a long hot summer.

Finally, the wild ride ends with the hope of a new romance blossoming in the heart wrenching track "Be The One." This track features soulful vocal harmonies and thunderous pop melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a heartwarming tale about a young woman who truly believes that she has met the man of her dreams. The young woman is desperately hoping that the handsome man will fall in love with her and stay with her forever.

Seafang is a wonderful independent pop and shoegaze quintet who sing passionate songs about living life to the fullest with no regrets. The quintet's latest CD "Motorcycle Song" (ES1018) will remind listeners that it is okay to forget about one's problems for just a little while and have some fun.

BRIAN CULLMAN-The Opposite Of Time (Sunnyside Records)

The story of life's struggles and how humanity chooses to deal with these struggles comes rolling out of New York City, New York from an independent country blues solo artist named Brian Cullman. Brian Cullman sings heartfelt songs about people struggling with various hardships such as financial hardships, extreme loneliness, and heartache over a long lost love. This brilliant solo artist sounds similar to the late Glenn Frey with his soulful vocals and weeping country blues melodies that will make listeners want to grab a box of tissues when listening to the latest release from Brian Cullman called "The Opposite Of Time." This emotionally intense collection of music which features twelve tracks that will help people make better decisions in their lives.

The long road trip begins with the gloomy track "Times Are Tight." This track features soulful vocals and rustic country blues melodies that sound like a group of frogs croaking on their lily pads in the middle of a murky swamp. This track is a haunting tale about people who are working dead end jobs with very little money and hope for themselves or their children. Meanwhile, the long road trip continues with gloom turning into loneliness in the spiteful track "Spoiled Child Blues." This track features sorrowful vocals and snarling country blues melodies that sound like an angry child who has been throwing his or her toys around the bedroom while having a temper tantrum. This track is a bitter tale about lonely man who has gotten everything that he has desired throughout his life. However, the lonely man is still unhappy because he still has not received the love and respect from those people who were closest to him which happened to be his family.

Finally, the long road trip ends with bitterness turning into a mild case of heartache in the heart wrenching track "Memphis Madeline." This track features moaning vocals and fluttering country blues melodies that sound like mourning doves hovering over a farmhouse in the countryside. This track is an agonizing tale about a man who is desperately hoping to see a beautiful woman that he met in Memphis a long time ago.

Brian Cullman is a great independent country blues solo artist who sings passionate songs about the struggles of daily life that humanity faces. Brian Cullman will let listeners know with his latest CD "The Opposite Of Time" that life will only be what people make of it. One must not be burdened with regret because this means that one has squandered their time on earth.

PATRICK PHELAN-Critical Feeling Skills (Viper Pit Recordings)

Has humanity become the laughing stock of Planet Earth? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent folk pop singer-songwriter out of Morristown, New Jersey named Patrick Phelan. This wonderful folk pop singer-songwriter sings honest and unapologetic songs about how humanity has literally lost its mind in today's fast paced society. Patrick Phelan sounds similar to the late Joe Cocker with his gritty vocals and breezy folk pop melodies that sound like a gentle summer breeze is lightly blowing through a person's hair. Patrick Phelan released his debut CD "Critical Feeling Skills" featuring twelve truthful, yet satirical tracks that will attempt to explain how crazy the human race has become.

The satirical journey begins with deep thoughts being pondered in the peaceful track "Passover." This track features abrasive vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that sound like frogs and crickets are happily chirping on a warm summer day. This track is a reflective tale about a man who is looking back on his past memories that are both good and bad. Now, the man has the ability to live a peaceful life with no regrets. Meanwhile, the satirical journey continues with peaceful reflection turning into disgust in the agonizing track "Once Under A Time." This track features soulful vocals and thunderous folk pop melodies that sound like a severe thunderstorm is brewing. This track is an angry tale about how humanity has made daily life more complicated due to an epidemic of carelessness and stupidity. However, in the past people did not feel the need to stick their noses where they did not belong which made daily life a lot less stressful.

Finally, the satirical journey ends with disgust turning into heartache in the heart wrenching track "Blessed are the Jerks." This track features weeping vocals and grinding folk pop melodies that sound like old paint that is slowly being scraped off of an old house. This track is a sad tale about how the people who repeatedly engage in undesirable activities are given praise. However, the people who use common sense are often laughed at and given the cold shoulder.

Patrick Phelan is a great independent folk pop singer-songwriter who sings passionate songs about how humanity's craziness is rapidly ruining Planet Earth. Patrick Phelan's debut CD "Critical Feeling Skills" will also remind listeners not to completely give up on humanity because there are still kind people on Planet Earth.

BROTHER EYE - 5IVE (www.BrotherEye.Bandcamp.com)

A heart wrenching tale of deceit begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an independent garage rock quartet named Brother Eye. This hard nosed garage rock quartet sings brutally honest songs about the unpleasant side of romance while sounding similar to Cheap Trick with their soulful vocals and gritty garage rock melodies that sound like cars driving over gravel. Bother Eye released their fifth CD "5IVE" featuring thirteen bone rattling tracks that will make listeners want to keep a bottle of antacids nearby.

The unpleasant journey begins with sadness looming in the dark track "Dividing Lines." This track features sorrowful vocals and thunderous garage rock melodies that sound like a violent hail storm is occurring. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a once loving couple whose relationship is crumbling because the couple has been too busy picking out one another's faults rather than trying to make their relationship work. Meanwhile, the unpleasant journey continues with sadness turning into anger in the anxiety ridden track "This Hurricane." This track features grumbling vocals and grinding garage rock melodies tat sound like a steamroller is rolling over hot blacktop in the middle of the summer. This track is an obnoxious rant about a man who is with his girlfriend who is causing chaos in the house by being a control freak.

Finally, the unpleasant journey ends with loneliness hovering over an unhappy home in the gloomy track "Something Strange." This track features screaming vocals and snarling garage rock melodies that sound like a tiger that is devouring a piece of meat. This track is an angry tale about a man who suspects that his girlfriend is cheating on him because she is acting very strangely.

Brother Eye is a no nonsense independent garage rock quartet who sings unapologetic songs about the unpleasant side of romance. The quartet's latest CD "5IVE" will remind listeners that the game of love can be deceiving.

BLUE ORCHIDS-The Once And Future Thing (Tiny Global Productions)

Dreary storm clouds are forming in the United Kingdom from an independent post punk quintet named Blue Orchids. This gloomy post punk quintet sings haunting songs about how the world has become a chaotic and unsafe place to live while sounding similar to The Smiths with their sorrowful vocals and ominous post punk melodies that sound like a pack of wolves howling in the darkness. Blue Orchids released their latest CD "The Once And Future Thing" featuring ten mood altering tracks that will give listeners nightmares after listening to this anxiety ridden collection of music.

The stormy adventure begins with a glimmer of hope shining through in the optimistic track "Good Day to Live." This track features snarling vocals and gritty post punk melodies that sound like a Ford Mustang is burning rubber down the highway. This track is a raucous tale about a man who is proud to live life to the fullest. The man has learned to appreciate what he has been given in his life. However, the man knows that his life's circumstances could change in an instant. Meanwhile, the stormy adventure continues with hope turning into doubt in the depressing track "Feather from the Sun." This track features moaning vocals and fluttering post punk melodies that sound like crows are hovering over an abandoned pumpkin patch. This track is an ominous tale about how the world has become an evil place to live. Humanity has lost its grip on common sense and has given way to chaos.

Finally, the stormy adventure ends with confusion running rampant in the frustrating track "Running Blind." This track features groaning vocals and thunderous post punk melodies that sound like a massive earthquake is occurring. This track is a dark tale about a troubled man whose mind is going in different directions because he has no hope for a brighter future for himself. The troubled man has failed at every job opportunity that he has had throughout his life.

Blue Orchids is a great independent post punk quintet who sings depressing songs about the dark underbelly of today's society. The quintet's latest CD "The Once And Future Thing" will remind listeners that the world is a chaotic place to live. However, humanity must learn to become more understanding of one another in order for the world to become a more peaceful place to live.

SOME ARMY-One Stone and Too Many Birds (Potluck Records)

Absolute insanity oozes out of Carrboro, North Carolina from an independent alternative rock quintet named Some Army. Some Army sings gloomy alternative rock songs about anxiety, calmness, and heartache while sounding similar to a darker version of REM with their ominous vocals and eerie alternative rock melodies that sound like a flock of crows that are squawking over a desolate field of rotten corn on a rainy day. This brooding alternative rock quintet released their debut CD "One Stone and Too Many Birds" featuring nine depressing tracks that will make listeners wake up with terrible night sweats in the middle of the night.

The anxiety ridden journey begins with a lot of confusion taking place in the dreary track "Fever." This track features moaning vocals and thunderous alternative rock melodies that sound like the big NASCAR wreck has just occurred at Talladega. This track is a dark tale about people who have been mislead by bureaucrats within the government for years. Now, the hard working people in today's society are feeling hopeless as they are faced with an uncertain future. Meanwhile, the anxiety ridden journey continues with the sun shining in the peaceful track "Stars Aligned." This track features soulful vocals and soothing alternative rock melodies that sound like a fresh, clean river that has water that is gently flowing on a cool spring day. This track is a calming tale about a man who has all of his priorities in his life in order with no worries whatsoever.

Finally, the anxiety ridden journey ends with sunshine turning into darkness in the lonely track "You Can Keep It." This track features haunting vocals and eerie, but rustic alternative rock melodies that sound like the wind is violently howling during a blizzard in the middle of winter. This track is an angry tale about a man who is fed up with being lied to by his girlfriend. So, the heartbroken man has told his girlfriend to take her nasty attitude and undesirable behavior elsewhere. The heartbroken man wants to live his life in peace.

Some Army is a great independent alternative rock quintet who sings nerve racking songs about the issues of uncertainty that are engulfing humanity on a daily basis. The gloomy quintet's debut CD "One Stone and Too Many Birds" will let listeners know that today's society is too disorganized and the honest people who are living in our society are tired of living in fear.

DIVINE WEEKS-See Those Landing Lights (www.divineweeks.com/)

A message of hope comes out of Los Angeles, California from an unsigned indie-guitar rock quartet named Divine Weeks. This thoughtful and sense tingling indie-guitar rock quartet sings heartfelt songs about having romance in one's life and finding peace in the world. Divine Weeks sounds similar to Soul Asylum with their rustic vocal harmonies and soothing guitar rock melodies that will mend a broken heart. Divine Weeks released their latest CD "See Those Landing Lights" featuring ten uplifting tracks that will help bring the light out at the end of a dark tunnel.

The uplifting journey begins with romance blossoming in the heartwarming track "Rise In Love." This track features soulful vocals and breezy guitar rock melodies that sound like big ocean waves are gently crashing along the beach. This track is is a refreshing tale about a couple who is madly in love with one another. So, this means that life has been very good to the happy couple. Meanwhile, the uplifting journey continues with even more happiness shining through in the joyful track "Heart Of Light." This track features gritty vocals and fluttering guitar rock melodies that sound like birds who are happily chirping over a meadow on a beautiful sunny day. This track is a soul stirring tale about a man who truly believes that his girlfriend has a good heart and a sweet soul.

Finally, the uplifting journey ends with hope looming in the heart wrenching track "Big Sky." This track features quivering vocals and rustic guitar rock melodies that sound like a bonfire is crackling n a crisp fall night while people are enjoying one another's company. This track is a peaceful tale about how the world is seems so vast and beautiful. Humanity must learn to appreciate the peace and tranquility that the world has to offer in order to become a more cohesive place to live in rather than a chaotic rat race for people to live in.

Divine Weeks is a wonderful unsigned indie-guitar rock quartet who sings passionate songs about the good the good side of the world rather than the chaotic side of the world.

BILL BERRY-Awkward Stage(www.songwritersquarerecords.com)

Is it healthy to laugh once in a while? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent pop rock singer-songwriter and comedian named Bill Berry. This talented singer-songwriter and comedian sings humorous and somewhat sarcastic songs about trying to find one's place in the world, the stubbornness of other people, and making a long distance relationship work. Bill Berry is heavily influenced by comedian Steve Martin and sounds similar to folk legend Bob Dylan with his sarcastic smirks and rustic pop rock melodies that sound like a huge carnival is about to begin and last for the entire summer. Bill Berry will release his latest CD "Awkward Stage" featuring ten side splitting tracks that will leave listeners in stitches.

The humorous adventure begins with hard lessons in life that are being learned in the joyful track "Awkward Stage." This track features soulful vocals and grinding pop rock melodies that sound like fingernails that are slowly scraping down a chalkboard. This track is a raucous tale about a man who is still acting like a little kid because he does not want to grow up. The man truly believes that one's entire life should be a joyous occasion. Meanwhile the humorous adventure continues with a little bit of head scratching going on in the unbelievable track "The Brick." This track features gritty vocals and rustling pop rock melodies along with a fluttering banjo that sounds like a group of rowdy children who are running through a corn field on a blustery fall day. This track is a sarcastic tale about how a person can be heard headed because thy will not listen to common sense. The stubborn person has a tendency to make his or her life harder that it needs to be.

Finally, the humorous adventure ends with romance growing in the heartwarming track "Cross Country Love." This track features giggling vocals and floating acoustic pop rock melodies that sound like a group of people who are happily splashing around in a pool on a hot summer day. This track is a lighthearted tale about a man who loves to talk to his girlfriend on his cell phone. Then, he moves to New York City in order to be closer to his girlfriend. The happy couple is longing to be together forever.

Bill Berry is an awesome independent singer-songwriter and comedian who sings passionate songs about humanity's quirky behavior. Bill Berry's latest CD "Awkward Stage" will remind listeners that yes, it is healthy to laugh once in a while because feeling sad can be painful.

THE QUEEN ANNES-Released! (www.greenmonkeyrecords.com)

Does a sleeping bear come out of hibernation? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent pop rock quartet out of Seattle, Washington named The Queen Annes. This sense tingling pop rock quartet sings passionate songs about being in a rock and roll band and having to deal with heartache while sounding similar to The Kinks with their raspy vocals and crinkling pop rock melodies that sound like a person is rustling piles of aluminum foil down in a basement. The Queen Annes will release their latest CD which is titled "Released!" This obscure collection of music features fourteen previously unreleased tracks that will take listeners on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

The emotional journey begins with a party going on in the raucous track "Circus Train." This track features soulful vocals and groovy pop rock melodies that sound like a train full of rowdy people are playing loud music while the train is slowly rolling down the tracks. This track is a wild tale about a group of young men who are vividly describing what it is like to be in a rock and roll band. Meanwhile, the emotional journey continues with the party ending with loneliness coming out in the depressing track "It's Not My Life." This track features moaning vocals and gritty pop rock melodies that sound like a woodpecker that is constantly pecking at a tree that is next to an old house. This track is a sad tale about a man who is heartbroken because his girlfriend has left him. Now, the heartbroken man feels lost without his girlfriend because the house is quiet.

Finally, the emotional journey ends regret looming in the heartbreaking track "Please Come Back." This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping pop rock melodies that sound like a mourning dove is crying while sitting in a large tree. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a man who is begging his girlfriend to come back to him. The stubborn man is apologizing to his girlfriend because he is sorry for mistreating her.

The Queen Annes are a fantastic independent pop rock quartet who has a remarkable ability to tug at one's heart strings with passionate songs about life in a rock and roll band and having to deal with the consequences when someone leaves after being mistreated in a relationship. The answer to this question is, yes. A sleeping bear can be "Released!" from hibernation with great music.

BLUE JEANS-Songs Are Easy (www.jigsaw-records.com)

Get ready for some summer fun to begin out of Seattle, Washington with an independent pop rock quintet named Blue Jeans. This rowdy quintet sings raucous songs about the hope of a new romance and having some summer fun on the beach. Blue Jeans sound similar to the Beach Boys with their floating vocal harmonies and fluttering pop rock melodies that sound like ocean waves are gently crashing on the beach and seagulls are happily squawking in the clear blue sky. Blue Jeans released their latest CD "Songs Are Easy" featuring ten fun loving tracks that will get listeners ready to heat up the summer season.

The hot summer adventure begins with nervousness looming in the anxiety ridden track "False Start." This track features soulful vocals and groovy pop rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a man who thought that he had won the heart of a beautiful woman. However, the beautiful woman was giving the nervous man mixed signals. Meanwhile, the hot summer adventure continues with a warning coming out in the thoughtful track "Sunscreen." This track features moaning vocals and grinding pop rock melodies that sound like a person who is in a little bit of pain after they have realized that they have a sunburn. This track is a reflective tale about people who are having fun on the beach in the summertime. However, people must use sunscreen in order to protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays.

Finally, the hot summer adventure ends with sadness looming in the heartbreaking track "Summer's Almost Gone. This track features haunting vocals and ominous pop rock melodies that sound like a sudden thunderstorm is about to occur. This track is a depressing tale about how people feel disappointed when their summer fun is getting ready to come to an end.

Blue Jeans is a great independent pop rock quintet who truly captures the summertime vibe with their raucous songs. The quintet's latest CD "Songs Are Easy" will remind listeners to have fun during the summer months. However, people must remember to be safe in order to have wonderful and long lasting memories.


WRENN-Apathy & Good Books EP (www.wrennpop.com)

A tale of sadness and heartache begins in Los Angeles, California with an independent alternative rock solo artist named Wrenn. Wrenn sings haunting about sadness and heartache as well as dealing with episodes of overwhelming loneliness while sounding similar to Suzanne Vega with her weeping vocals and gloomy alternative rock melodies that sound like a heavy rain shower is pouring down on a balmy summer day. Wrenn released her latest EP "Apathy & Good Books" featuring four ominous tracks about a person who is trying to find the light at the end of a dark tunnel.

A glimmer of hope shines through in the playful track "Summer Girls," which features soulful vocals and soothing alternative melodies that sound like people are laughing and having a great time on the beach. This track is a refreshing tale about a group of girls who are getting ready to go to the beach and enjoy their day in the surf and sand. Meanwhile, the haunting adventure continues with hope turning into agony in the heart wrenching track "Poison." This track features sultry vocals and slithering alternative rock melodies that sound like a cobra is slowly trying to squirm its way out of an old basket. This track is an angry tale about a woman who is upset about her former boyfriend who brought her nothing but aggravation by mistreating her so badly.

Finally, the album ends with sadness looming in the depressing track "Lie To Me." This track features sorrowful vocals and gurgling alternative rock melodies that sound like a person who has literally been drowning in their own tears for days. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a woman who feels hopeless because she has been lied to by individuals who had clamed that they truly cared about her feelings.

Wrenn is a fantastic independent alternative rock solo artist who sings unapologetic songs about sadness and heartache. This brilliant artist's latest EP "Apathy & Good Books" will remind listeners that sometimes a good book and a little bit of solitude can be the best medicine for a broken heart.

BENJAMIN DEAN WILSON-Small Talk (Tapete Records)

Does life have a story? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent folk pop solo artist out of Tulsa, Oklahoma named Benjamin Dean Wilson. This brilliant folk pop solo artist sings heartfelt songs about friendship, heartache, and the insanity caused by living in a fast paced society while sounding similar to Bob Dylan with his gritty vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that sound like a carnival is going on in the middle of the summer. Benjamin Dean Wilson released his latest CD "Small Talk" features six mind blowing tracks that will change people's attitudes when dealing with various issues in society.

The story of life begins with deep fondness in the heartwarming track "Sadie and the Fat Man." This track features gritty vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that sound like a wheat field that is rustling in a cool fall breeze. This track is a reflective tale about a man who is longing to see a girl who is very close to his heart once again. Meanwhile, the story of life continues with reflection turning into agony in the heart wrenching track "End Of Never Again." This track features soulful vocals and groovy folk pop melodies that sound like sad music is being played in a crowded bar. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who is going through a painful breakup after vowing to never go through another bitter ending to a once loving relationship.

Finally, the story of life ends with a little bit of humor coming out in the joyful track "Rick, Tick Tock." This track features sarcastic sounding spoken word vocals and squeaking folk pop melodies that sound like mice are scurrying around an empty room looking for food. This track is a fun loving tale about how people will rum around like nervous rats in a fast paced society while waiting for the next big craze to take society by storm.

Benjamin Dean Wilson is a wonderful independent folk pop solo artist who sings heartfelt songs about friendship, heartache, and how hectic technology has made today's society. Benjamin Dean Wilson's latest CD "Small Talk" will remind listeners that one must embrace life even if one does not understand life at times.
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FRACTAL MIRROR-Slow Burn 1 (Third Contact Records)

An angry fire is burning out of control in the Netherlands from an independent progressive rock and pop trio named Fractal Mirror. Fractal Mirror sings eerie progressive rock and pop songs about how the digital age is beginning to destroy humanity and Planet Earth. This sense tingling progressive rock and pop trio sounds similar to Velvet Underground with their haunting vocals and brooding progressive rock and pop melodies that sound like a group of hissing rattlesnakes are waiting to slither out of the wild brush in the desert to frighten people.

The great inferno begins with a glimmer of hope in the heart wrenching track "Miracle." This track features soulful vocals and silky, smooth progressive rock melodies that sound like a pile of leaves are rustling in the breeze on a crisp fall day. This track is a reflective tale about how technology has made humanity become lazy. Now, there are a few people who are waiting for the concept of common sense and rational thoughts to find its way back into the forefront of daily life so that people will be able to avoid needless stress in their daily lives. Meanwhile, the great inferno continues to burn with agony looming in in the depressing track "Floods." This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping pop melodies that sound like it has been raining endlessly for days. This tack is a sad tale about how the world is slowly being washed away by fear instead of being helped by kindness and skillful knowledge about how to make the world a better place to live.

"Fading" features moaning vocals and frigid progressive rock and pop melodies that sound like a blizzard is plowing snow around with violent wind gusts. This track is a dark tale about a man who is being swallowed up by a fast paced world. the emotionally tortured man is disgusted with the virus called greed that has come from the power hungry bureaucrats in today's society.

Fractal Mirror is an awesome independent progressive rock and pop trio who truly captures the mood of the working class in today's society. The trio's third CD "Slow Burn 1" is a brooding, but truthful collection of music that just might give people a slight reality check on human behavior.

 

THE SUBTERRANEANS - Lost (www.pyrrichvictoryrecordings.com)

Emotional turmoil oozes out of New York City, New York from an independent punk rock trio named The Subterraneans. This raucous punk rock trio sings heart wrenching songs about romance and heartache while sounding similar to Green Day and The Kinks with their heavy, grinding punk rock melodies and haunting vocals that will bring out the agony that one will feel when listening to the trio's latest CD "Lost." This anger ridden collection of music features ten tracks that will make listeners want to use a punching bag.

The angry journey begins with a little bit of nervousness looming in the hopeful track "What's On Your Mind." This track features slithering vocals and thunderous punk rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a sultry tale about a man who is attracted to a beautiful woman. However, the beautiful woman keeps sending the man mixed signals and playing hard to get. Meanwhile, the angry journey continues with darkness hovering over a man's head in the sad track "Lost." This track features sorrowful vocals and grinding punk rock melodies that sound like a man's heart has been ripped out of his chest and smashed with a sledgehammer. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who is feeling lonely without his former girlfriend. Now, the heartbroken man deeply regrets mistreating his former girlfriend.

Finally, the angry journey ends with a lot of uncertainty coming out in the lonely track "Sliding." This track features moaning vocals and rustic punk rock melodies that sound like a group of ugly buzzards are circling over an abandoned. This track is a sad tale about a once loving couple whose relationship is slowly crumbling due to too many broken promises.

The Subterraneans are a great independent punk rock trio who sings brutally honest songs about how romance and heartache can put a person through intense emotional turmoil. However, the trio's latest CD "Lost" will remind listeners that a heartbroken person can and will come out of a bad relationship a happier and healthier person in the end.

 

KAREN HAGLOF - Perseverance and Grace (True Morgan Music)s

A story of hard work, hard luck, and having fun comes out of Brooklyn, New York from an independent pop rock singer-songwriter named Karen Haglof. Karen Haglof sings heartfelt pop rock songs about the trials and tribulations of everyday life and how one chooses to cope with different situations in their lives. Karen Haglof sounds similar to Sheryl Crow with her soulful vocals and groovy pop rock melodies that will make listeners want to get up and dance while they are listening to this brilliant artist's second CD titled "Perseverance and Grace" featuring twelve uplifting tracks that will put a smile on one's face.

The uplifting journey begins with a little bit of doubt coming out in the gut wrenching track "Monday Under My Belt." This track features soulful vocals and groovy pop rock melodies that sound like a group of people who are happily dancing at a music festival. This track is a reflective tale about a woman who has had a rough start to the work week. Then, she was able to relax in front of a warm fireplace when the hectic day was done. Meanwhile, the uplifting journey continues with sadness turning into hope in the positive track "New Heart." This track features silky, smooth vocals and rustic pop rock melodies that sound like trees are rustling in a stiff fall breeze. This track is a heartwarming tale about a woman who is recovering from a painful breakup. The woman is happy and ready to live her life on her own terms.

Finally, the uplifting journey ends with a party going on in the raucous track "Cool Down." This track features groovy vocal harmonies and sultry pop rock melodies that sound like people are happily dancing to carefree music on an exotic island. This track is a soul stirring tale about a group of people who are cooling off by the pool after a long and hot summer day.

Karen Haglof is a great independent pop rock singer-songwriter who will remind listeners to work hard with her latest CD "Perseverance and Grace." One must learn to go with the flow because life is too short to be unhappy.

GRAHAM REPULSKI - High On Mt. Misery (All Tens Music)

A large cloud of discontent hovers over Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This large cloud of discontent comes from an independent punk rock solo artist named Graham Repulski. This gloomy punk rock artist sings depressing songs about the upheaval in today's society, and a young man who is struggling with deep seeded issues stemming from a tumultuous childhood. Graham Repulski sounds similar to the grunge rock pioneers Nirvana with his abrasive vocals and heavy, loud punk rock melodies that sound like dinosaurs could still be roaming the earth. Graham Repulski released his latest CD "High On Mt. Misery" which features four obnoxious tracks that describe the life of a very troubled individual.

The lonely journey begins with the fearful track "White Leper." This track features screaming vocals and thunderous punk rock melodies that sound like a steamroller that is rolling over hot and steaming blacktop. This track is an obnoxious rant about an irritated man who strongly believes that the various law enforcement agencies are needlessly picking on the citizens who are simply trying to live their lives in peace. Meanwhile, the lonely journey continues with anger brewing in the sarcastic track "Clown Phoenix." This track features moaning vocals and ominous punk rock melodies that sound like a crow is cawing wildly on a rainy morning. This track is an angry tale about a bitter man who upset about the carelessness that has devoured the bureaucrats in today's society with no end in sight.

Finally, the lonely journey ends severe depression looming in the sad track "Young." This track features snarling vocals and grinding punk rock melodies that sound like a person who is running their fingers down a chalkboard. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who had a tumultuous childhood. The man was raised to be seen and not heard as a child. Therefore, the shy man has a hard time expressing his feelings and trusting other people who are around him.

Graham Repulski is an open and honest independent punk rock solo artist who makes no apologies for using ear piercing punk rock melodies and harsh lyrics to express his discontent with today's society. However, it is important to [point out that life is not always bad. A person must not allow themselves to get "High On Mt. Misery."

THE NAVINS-Not Yourself Today (www.greenmonkeyrecords.com)

A soul searching adventure begins in Seattle, Washington with an independent alternative pop trio named The Navins. The Navins sing heartfelt and emotional songs about romance, heartache, and the potential loss of friendship while sounding similar to the Gin Blossoms with their soulful vocals and breezy alternative pop melodies that sound like a cool and stiff breeze that is blowing through one's hair on an early spring day. The Navins will release their latest CD "Not Yourself Today" featuring eleven sense tingling tracks that will tug at the heart strings of listeners everywhere.

The adventure begins with a glimmer of hope shining through in the heartwarming track "Take it away." This track features soulful vocals and gritty alternative pop melodies that sound like locusts are noisily scraping away on a balmy summer night. This track is a refreshing tale about a couple who is taking a relaxing drive on a sunny summer day and enjoying the peaceful scenery. Meanwhile, the soul searching adventure continues with romance turning into heartache in the depressing track "Piano fire." This track features moaning vocals and crackling alternative pop melodies that sound like a raging forest fire that is burning out of control. This track is a sad tale about how sweet love songs are going sour after a once loving couple has ended their tumultuous relationship.

Finally, the album ends with sadness looming in the heartbreaking track "See you again." This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping alternative pop melodies that sound like a mourning dove that is cooing sadly on a rainy day. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a young man who is wondering if he will ever get to see his best friend again. The young man's best friend is moving to another state in order to seek better opportunities in his or her life.

The Navins are a wonderful independent alternative pop trio who sings honest and passionate songs about human emotions and how human beings choose to cope with various situations in life. The trio's latest CD "Not Yourself Today" is like a storybook for an alternative pop music fanatic's ears.

 

MONO IN STEREO-Long for Yesterday
(www.rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com /album/long-for-yesterday)

A tremendous amount of tension is bubbling out of Rockford, Illinois from an independent rock, punk, and alternative quartet named Mono In Stereo. This bone rattling quartet sings heart wrenching songs about romance, loneliness, and peaceful reflection while sounding similar to punk rock icons Green Day with their loud and obnoxious vocals and their thunderous punk rock melodies that will bring out the in your face attitude that best describes Mono In Stereo's latest CD "Long for Yesterday." This haunting collection of music features twelve tracks that will make one's teeth rattle.

The tumultuous journey begins with love blossoming in the romantic track "Late Night Confessor." This track features growling vocals and grinding punk rock melodies that sound like two nervous heartbeats that are thumping under the moonlight with a wolf that is howling in the darkness. This track is a sultry tale about a couple who is confessing their undying love for one another late at night. Meanwhile, the tumultuous journey continues with romance turning into sadness in the heartbreaking track "Born Again to Lose." This track features screaming vocals and snarling punk rock melodies that sound like two angry grizzly bears that are rummaging through the garbage at a hunting camp. This track is an angry tale about a lonely man who feels that he is a failure at everything that he tries to do. The lonely man feels that he never will succeed in life because he has absolutely no self confidence.

Finally, the tumultuous journey ends with sadness turning into hope in the peaceful track "Another Man's Time." This track features soulful vocals and fluttering alternative rock melodies that sound like trees rustling in the breeze on a cool fall day. This track is reflective tale about a man who used to party a lot. Now, the man realizes at he needs to settle down and lead a quieter life by having a steady job and the possibility of raising a family in the future.

Mono In Stereo is a great independent rock, punk, and alternative quartet who sings heartfelt punk rock songs about how tortured souls can find love, hope, and peace in an unstable world. The quartet's latest CD "Long for Yesterday" will remind listeners that one cannot change the past, but one can change the future if one chooses to do so.

CALISSE - Farewell Black Sheep (Almabrain Records)

A fear of the unknown is raging in Portland, Oregon from an independent rock quintet named Calisse. Calisse sings mind blowing songs about the hope of a new romance, spiritual happenings, and going against the rules of society by disobeying law enforcement. Calisse is a somewhat dark, but raucous quintet who sound similar to The Cure with their moaning vocals and ghoulish sounding rock melodies that sound like a group of people who are fearfully walking through a haunted house on Halloween night. This mysterious quintet released their latest CD "Farewell Black Sheep" featuring nine hair raising tracks that may give listeners night sweats after listening to this eerie collection of music.

The hair raising adventure begins with a glimmer of hope in the romantic track "I Hope You'll Be Around." This track features soulful vocals and rustic rock melodies that sound like a warm campfire that is crackling on a chilly fall evening. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who has met a beautiful woman. However, the man is going out of town on a long trip. So, the man is hoping to see the beautiful woman when he gets back into town after his long trip. The man is really hoping to make the beautiful woman happy forever. Meanwhile, the hair raising adventure continues with the soul stirring track "Holy Ghost." This track features screeching vocals and thunderous rock melodies that sound like a bolt of lightening has violently crashed into a large tree and uprooted it. This track is a mysterious tale about a man who is literally feeling the spirit of God shoot through his body. Now, the man is better able to deal with problematic situations in his life because he has a more positive mindset.

Finally, the hair raising adventure ends with peace turning into anger in the gloomy track "Wanted." This track features snarling vocals and haunting rock melodies that sound like the devil is laughing inside of a troubled person's head. This track is an ominous tale about a troubled man who is desperately trying to evade law enforcement because the police want to stop the troubled man from engaging in undesirable activities. However, the troubled man feels that he is above the law and he has absolutely no regard for himself or other people in society.

Calisse is an interesting and innovative independent rock quintet who combines various vocal harmonies and various types of instrumentation to attempt to explain what is one of the greatest mysteries of the human race. This quintet's latest CD "Farewell Black Sheep" strongly believes that this great mystery is a fear of the unknown.

GOLDEN BLOOM-Searching for Sunlight (www.rhyme-reason.com)

A thunderstorm is brewing in Brooklyn, New York from an independent pop rock trio named Golden Bloom. This multi talented pop rock trio sings dark songs about the uncertainties of daily life and how one can be full of discontent when negative situations occur. Golden Bloom released their latest CD "Searching for Sunlight" this melancholy ridden collection of music features eight tracks that deal with emotional turmoil while sounding similar to the late John Denver with their quivering vocals and gloomy pop rock melodies that are going to send chills up one's spine

The stormy adventure begins with a little bit of tenderness in the loving track "Looking Up To You." This track features soulful vocals and floating pop rock melodies that sound like a person who is calmly paddling a canoe on a beautiful lake in which he or she is enjoying the sunshine. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who looked up to his father for questions about life as a young boy. Meanwhile, the stormy adventure continues with tenderness turning into anger in the heartbreaking track "Great Unknown." This track features sorrowful vocals and haunting pop rock melodies that sound an evil witch is cackling while stirring up a nasty potion. This track is an agonizing tale about a man who gave his former girlfriend everything. Then, the man's former girlfriend literally walked all over his feelings because this spiteful woman decided that the man she once loved was no longer good enough for her.

Finally, the stormy adventure ends anger turning into hope in the peaceful track "Fall Out Of Line." This track features eerie vocal harmonies and rustic pop rock melodies that sound like a person who is chopping fresh firewood that is to be put in a warm and cozy fireplace. This track is a calming tale about a man who is grateful to a loving woman for keeping him focused on his priorities in life and not reminding him of his past mistakes.

Golden Bloom is a wonderful independent pop rock trio who will not shy away from singing haunting pop rock songs about the uncertainties in life and how they can effect a person's emotions in a negative way. The trio's latest CD "Searching for Sunlight" will remind listeners that life will not always give a person that warm and fuzzy feeling.

 


 

STUTTER STEPS (www.wildkindness.com)

A cool breeze is blowing out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from an independent pop quintet named Stutter Steps. This lighthearted quintet sings warm and heartfelt songs about how to appreciate the simple pleasures in life while living in a fast paced world. This grass roots pop quintet sounds similar to The Eagles with their soulful vocals and smooth, yet charming pop melodies that will surely cheer many listeners up on a rainy day. Stutter Steps released their self titled CD which features ten cozy tracks that will take away a person's uneasy feelings for just a little while.

The cozy journey begins with a glimmer of hope shining through in the optimistic track "Fog." This track features soulful vocals and rustic pop melodies that sound like birds are happily chirping as they are searching for worms in the damp early morning grass. This track is a peaceful tale about how fog makes the scenery look bleak on a dreary morning. However, a person will then see how beautiful Mother Nature can be as the sun comes out and then the fog eventually burns off. Meanwhile, the cozy journey continues with happiness and fun coming out in the joyful track "Backyard Charm." This track features gritty vocals and fluttering pop melodies that sound like a curious child who is playing with a Jack-In-The-Box an the child is happily surprised when the clown pops out. This track is a heartwarming tale about a group of people twho are enjoying a summer carnival in their small hometown.

Finally, the cozy journey ends with a slight chill in the air with the calming track "Maple Leaf." This track features quivering vocals and groovy pop melodies that sound like people who are happily dancing to the upbeat music that is being played at a fall harvest. This track is a reflective tale about Mother Nature's simplicity and beauty. The leaves on a maple tree remind people of the crisp and cool fall season.

Stutter Steps is a fantastic independent pop quintet who sings heart wrenching and simple songs using sense tingling pop melodies that will ease one's overwhelmed mind. This wonderful quintet's self titled CD is a must have in every pop music fan's collection.

THE BLESSED ISLES--Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night (Saint Marie Records)

Can human emotion play tricks on one's mind? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent shoegaze and pop duo out of Brooklyn, New York named The Blessed Isles. This creative duo sings chilling songs about the hope of a new romance, heartache, and a rather depressing view of our planet's future. The Blessed Isles sounds similar to New Order with their soulful, but somewhat bleak vocal harmonies and eerie shoegaze and pop melodies that will make one's teeth chatter when one is listening to this innovative duo's debut CD "Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night" features ten mind numbing tracks that will lead listeners into a strange new musical world.

The journey into the strange new musical world begins with the heart wrenching track "Like I Am Dreaming." This track features soft, moaning vocal harmonies and galactic shoegaze and pop melodies that sound like the android Commander Data has finally found the love of his life. This track is a hopeful, yet haunting tale a man who is attracted to a beautiful woman. The love struck man is hoping to make the beautiful woman happy forever. Meanwhile, the journey into the strange new musical world continues with sadness looming in the depressing track "Confession." This track features sorrowful vocal harmonies and weeping shoegaze and pop melodies that sound like a broken hearted man who has been sitting in a dark room and crying nonstop for weeks. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who deeply regrets treating the woman that he once loved so badly. The heartbroken man desperately wants his former girlfriend back, but he realizes that she has moved n with her life.

Finally, the journey into the strange new musical world ends under a cloud of negativity in the gloomy track "Winter Moon." This track features groaning vocal harmonies and ominous shoegaze and pop melodies that sound like an evil ice queen has put the entire universe into a deep freeze. This is a dark, but reflective tale about how white and frigid the moon looks in the winter with no air for any form of life to survive. It is important to point out this is how the world will look if humanity continues to keep trying to destroy the planet.

The Blessed Isles is a brilliant and exciting independent shoegaze and pop duo who has bright future on today's music scene. This duo's debut CD "Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night" will remind listeners to learn to control their emotions because human emotion can play tricks on one's mind.

JEFF RUNNINGS-Primitives And Smalls
(www.saintmarierecords.com)

A story about a man who grew up in the Midwest begins in Lincoln, Nebraska from an independent dream pop solo artist named Jeff Runnings. Jeff Runnings is a mind blowing dream pop solo artist who sings sense tingling songs about the weather, feelings of discontent, and enjoying life in Nebraska while sounding similar to A Flock Of Seagulls with his heart wrenching vocal harmonies and eerie dream pop melodies that will surely give listeners goosebumps. Jeff Runnings will release his debut solo CD " Primitives And Smalls" featuring ten emotionally intense tracks about growing up and living a simple life.

The emotional rollercoaster ride begins with the spooky track "Maze." This track features whimpering vocal harmonies and galactic dream pop melodies that sound like Marvin Martian is making another attempt to invade Planet Earth. This track is a frightening tale about a troubled man who is living in a constant nightmare. The troubled man cannot seen to move away from the consequences of his past mistakes. Meanwhile, the emotional rollercoaster ride continues with the ominous track "Dim Like Dusk." This track features icy vocal harmonies and frigid dream pop melodies that sound like a crisp and quiet fall day is quickly becoming a blustery snowstorm. This track is an eerie tale about a man who is describing in detail how the weather in the Midwest can go from good to bad in an instant. The man also describes how residents stock up their pantries with essential items in order to be prepared for severe weather.

Finally, the emotional rollercoaster ride ends with a ray of sunshine glowing brightly in the heartwarming track "Premium." This track features soulful vocal harmonies and haunting vocal harmonies that sound like a group of children who are laughing and playing in the park on a warm early spring day. This track is a reflective tale about a man who grew up in Nebraska and enjoyed the beauty of the corn fields that were surrounding him. However, the most important lessons that the man learned as a child while growing up in Nebraska was the wisdom from his elders and how one must be kind to others.

Jeff Runnings is a wonderful independent dream pop solo artist who does a marvelous job of describing haunting vocal harmonies and galactic dream pop melodies. The moral to the story of this brilliant solo artist's debut CD "Primitives And Smalls" is keep it simple.

PALE BLUE DOT-Telescopes (Shleny Hanna Records)

Is the universe full of intrigue and wonder? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent pop rock quartet out of Charlottesville, Virginia named Pale Blue Dot. This wonderful pop rock quartet sings sense tingling songs about outer space, Mother Nature, and how the world has become a chaotic place to live while sounding similar to Pink Floyd with their eerie, but soulful vocals and haunting pop rock melodies that will make listeners want to see if Martians are watching us. Pale Blue Dot will release its ear opening debut EP "Telescopes" featuring six mysterious tracks that will make listeners have many sleepless nights.

The mysterious journey begins with the spooky track "Star Counter." This track features soulful vocals and haunting pop rock melodies that sound like Marvin Martian is laughing at us human beings as he is looking down at Planet Earth. This track is a reflective tale about the vast entity of outer space. Humanity may wonder if there contend are any other life forms in the universe that humanity will eventually have to contend with. Meanwhile, the mysterious journey continues with feelings of hope shining through in the joyful track "Bird." This track features soft, silky vocals and groovy pop rock melodies that sound like the animals in the woods are happily dancing to the music. This track is a peaceful tale about watching Mother Nature's beautiful creature in flight.

Finally, the mysterious journey ends with hope turning into uncertainty in the volatile track "Storms." This track features gritty vocals and ominous pop rock melodies that sound like a thunderstorm is brewing as it brigs along seventy miles per hour wind gusts. This track is a dark tale about how the earth can be peaceful for one minute. Then, the earth can be violent the next minute. This abrupt change can be due to the weather, or due to humanity's selfishness and stupidity.

Pale Blue Dot is a great independent pop rock quartet who sings mind numbing songs about our vast universe. The quartet's debut EP "Telescopes" will remind listeners that our planet is a beautiful and chaotic place that must be closely observed.
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DAVID BOWIE-Blackstar (Columbia Records)

Sadness engulfs the world after the passing of a true pop rock icon named David Bowie. It is important to point out that Bowie played by his own rules throughout his entire career. This philosophy is evident with his final album which is appropriately titled Blackstar. This mind numbing collection of music features seven haunting yet hopeful pop rock and jazz influenced tracks about how the world is uncertain and that tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Humanity must learn to appreciate one another's talents and abilities rather than spread a message of hatred.

The final farewell begins with a shadow of doubt hovering over the world in the dreary track "Blackstar." This track features haunting vocals and snarling pop rock melodies that sound like a pack of angry wolves that are out a scavenger hunt in the middle of the desert. This track is about an angry man who is full of discontent about how humanity is literally destroying itself due to ignorance and greed. The angry man truly believes in his heart that the apocalypse will come quickly if humanity does not begin to show some compassion for one another in order to make the world a more peaceful place to live in. Meanwhile, the final farewell continues with intense sadness looming in the heart wrenching track "Lazarus." This track features sorrowful vocals and eerie pop rock melodies that sound like a group of crows that are squawking and circling over a foggy graveyard in the middle of the night. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who knows that he is dying. However, the dying man knows that heaven will be a wonderful place that will bring him freedom and peace.

Finally, the final farewell ends with a glimmer of hope shining through in the peaceful track "Dollar Days." This track features soulful vocals and fluttering pop rock and jazz melodies that sound like the birds are happily chirping in a bright blue sky on a beautiful spring day. This track is a reflective tale about a man who has worked hard throughout is life and has been given all of the accolades for his numerous accomplishments. However, the hard working man wants to spend more time with his family and friends because money is not the most important thing in life.

The great pop rock icon David Bowie is gone and will never be forgotten. The legend's inal album Blackstar will remind his fans that through the darkness one will find hope. One's life on earth may be finished, but one's spirit will live on forever.


 

LISA SAID-First Time, Long Time EP
(lisasaid.bandcamp.com/)

Is love the craziest game that all human beings play at some point in their lives? The answer to this question is, yes This is according to an unsigned folk rock solo artist out of Washington, D.C. named Lisa Said. Lisa Said sings mind numbing songs about the trials and tribulations of romance and how a woman must learn to live life on her own terms. A woman must learn to be independent and feel empowered to help other women who have also been in tumultuous relationships. Lisa Said released her debut EP "First Time, Long Time" featuring five emotionally intense tracks sounding similar to Mary Chapin-Carpenter with her soulful vocals and eerie folk rock melodies that will open the eyes and ears of listeners everywhere.

The emotional rollercoaster ride begins with the haunting track "Been Around." This track features soulful vocals and rustic folk rock melodies that sound like a what field whipping around in a fierce wind on a stormy night. This track is a reflective tale about a woman who is telling a heartbreaking story of being badly mistreated by men who had promised to love her, but really did not because these men were cowards. Meanwhile, the emotional rollercoaster ride continues with reflection turning into loneliness in the sad track "Hard to Brake." This track features sorrowful vocals and grinding folk rock melodies that sound like a chainsaw cutting through a large tree trunk. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a lonely woman who really misses her former boyfriend. The lonely woman suddenly realizes that her former boyfriend truly was a good human being. The lonely woman is an impatient person and is impossible to live with. So. the lonely woman now knows that she needs to become a more patient person in order to have healthy and long lasting relationships with other people.

Finally, the emotional rollercoaster ride ends with a message of hope in the dreary track "One Too Many." This track features eerie vocals and moaning folk rock melodies that sound like a person who is under extreme emotional distress. This track is an agonizing tale about a woman who has had her heart broken. However, the heartbroken woman vows to live life on her own terms after being treated badly by a man that she once loved.

Lisa Said is a fantastic unsigned folk rock solo artist who sings passionate and exotic folk rock songs about the trials and tribulations of romance. Lisa Said's debut EP "First Time, Long Time" will let listeners know that yes, love is one of the craziest games that human beings will play at some point in their lives. However, love is also one of the most wonderful emotions that one will feel while living on earth.

DAVE GRIECO - Cap Gun Outlaws (www.DaveGrieco.com)

The story of life begins in Jersey City, New Jersey with an unsigned singer-songwriter with a gritty country and blues sound named Dave Grieco. Dave Grieco sings soul stirring songs about romance, hard work, and leaning how to cope with deep seeded regrets in one's life. Dave Grieco sounds similar to The Tractors with his crackling vocals and smooth, sweet country and blues melodies that will tug at the heart strings of listeners every time they play this brilliant artist's latest twelve track CD "Cap Gun Outlaws."

The heart wrenching journey begins with the sizzling track "What's Cookin'." This track features soulful vocals and rustic country and blues melodies that sound like slices of bacon are frying in a pan. This track is a lighthearted tale about a man who is deeply in love with his girlfriend. The happy man is bragging about his girlfriend's wonderful cooking. Meanwhile, the heart wrenching journey continues with tired bones aching in the lonely track "November's Calling." This track features gritty vocals and pristine country and blues melodies that sound like raindrops that are gently falling on flowers in a meadow. This track is a calming tale about a man who works hard during the day. So, the tired man chooses to soothe his aching bones while sitting in front of a warm fireplace at night.

Finally, the heart wrenching journey ends with tears falling in the sad track "For A Rose." This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping country and blues melodies that sound like a mourning dove crying out to the heavens.. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who deeply regrets treating people badly throughout his life. So, the heartbroken man is really trying to make amends with the people that he had mistreated over the years because he now realizes that those people will not be around forever.

Dave Grieco is a brilliant unsigned country and blues singer-songwriter who sings passionate songs about life's simple pleasures and how life gets complicated sometimes. However, Dave Griieco's latest CD "Cap Gun Outlaws" will remind listeners to appreciate the things they do have in life rather than worrying about the things that they do not have in life. This philosophy will make people sick and tired very quickly because it wastes a lot of time and energy.

THE SCENICS - Dead Man Walks Down Bay View
(www.dreamtowerrecords.com)

A trail of tears begins in Toronto, Ontario Canada from an independent punk rock quartet called The Scenics. The Scenics sing heart wrenching songs about living a life full of hardship. Then, finding happiness with the hope of a new romance while sounding similar to folk icon Bob Dylan with their grinding vocals and haunting punk rock melodies that will bring out the loneliness that can be heard throughout the quartet's latest collection of music that will require the use of a box of tissues by listeners everywhere. This is a mind blowing collection of ten heart wrenching tracks that are still relevant to today's music scene because it deals with real life situations and brings out raw human emotion.

The sad journey begins with the haunting track "Dark Cave." This track features gritty vocals and dreary punk rock melodies that sound like a cargo ship that is blowing a fog horn as it comes into the harbor on a rainy day. This track is an ominous tale about working in the coal mines by a very dim light and getting filthy dirty. This the story about men who put their lives in danger in order to feed the families that they love. Meanwhile, the sad journey continues with that warm and fuzzy feeling coming out in the loving track "When You Come Around." This track features soulful vocals and silky, smooth punk rock melodies that sound like a soothing rain shower is gently soaking the ground on a spring day. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who becomes excited when a beautiful woman that he is hopelessly attracted to comes into his sight. The man is hoping for a lifelong romance.

Finally, the sad journey ends with happiness turning into nervousness in the emotionally intense track "The Farmer." This track features groaning vocals and rustic punk rock melodies that sound like a flock of angry crows that are hovering over a barren corn crop. This track is an anxiety ridden tale about the hardships that a farmer has to face on a daily basis. The farmer must face various uncertainties in is or her life. These various uncertainties are as follows: the high risk of injuries, the changes of weather patterns, and whether or not one is going to receive government subsidies.

The Scenics were a great independent punk rock quartet who sang passionate songs about loneliness, romance, and facing hardships in life. The quartet's latest CD "Dead Man Walks Down Bay View" will remind listeners to never give up no matter how tough life gets.

J HACHA DE ZOLA-Escape from Fat Kat City (www.jhachadezola.com/)

Stories of dirty deeds are coming out of Jersey City, New Jersey from an unsigned psychedelic rock and jazz solo artist named J Hacha de Zola. This brilliant artist writes brutally honest songs about keeping oneself alive while living amongst criminals in a big city. J Hacha de Zola sounds similar to Tom Waits with his gritty vocals and funky jazz melodies that will scare the daylights out of unsuspecting people on a quiet summer night. J Hacha de Zola will release his latest CD "Escape from Fat Kat City" in early 2016 featuring fifteen loud and obnoxious tracks that will take listeners on a long trip.

The strange trip begins with the ominous track "Welcome to Fat Kat City (instrumental)." This track features gloomy jazz melodies that sound like elephants who are unhappily marching through the city streets in the circus. Meanwhile, the strange trip continues with a thunderstorm brewing in the raucous track "Better Run." This track features screaming vocals and thunderous psychedelic rock melodies that sound like Godzilla is meeting King Kong in a wrestling match. This track is a dark tale about how the city is full of crime. People are too busy trying to dodge bullets in order to stay alive.

Finally, the strange trip ends with greed oozing out of the self serving track "Hold Tight." This track features haunting vocals and slithering jazz melodies that sound like a snake hissing deeply inside of a troubled person's head. This track is an obnoxious rant about a man who is desperately holding onto possessions that he truly believes to be rightfully his by any means necessary. This selfish attitude is a widely held belief tat thieves have when they scare the honest people who try to live peaceful lives in the violent and crime ridden cities of America.

J Hacha de Zola is a great unsigned psychedelic rock and jazz solo artist who sings weird and ominous songs about the greed and violence that is plaguing today's American cities. This artist's latest CD "Escape from Fat Kat City" will remind listeners that engaging in acts of violence is not a solution to problems. This type of behavior will be the beginning of problems.

DW DUNPHY-Test Test Test (Special Edition) (Introverse Media LTD)

Get ready to take a ride to an unknown galaxy with an independent alternative pop singer-songwriter out of Red Bank, New Jersey named DW Dunphy. DW Dunphy has composed sense tingling instrumental alternative pop tracks with his latest CD "Test Test Test Special Edition" which has fourteen mind numbing tracks about hopelessness, heartache, and reflection. The best way to describe this galactic collection of music is to say that this amazing singer-songwriter is a darker version of Herbie Hancock.

The agonizing journey begins with shadows of doubt that are clouding up a person's mind in the soul bearing track "That Never Works." This track is a haunting instrumental tale featuring howling alternative pop melodies that sound like a pack of hungry wolves who are searching for their next meal. This track tells the story of how taking too many shortcuts in life can often male a person feel hopeless due to wasted opportunities. Meanwhile, the agonizing journey continues with romance on the rocks in the heartbreaking track "Two Empty Rooms." This track is a heart wrenching instrumental tale featuring sorrowful alternative pop melodies that sound like a heartbroken person who has been crying for weeks. This track is a sad tale about a once loving couple who has slowly drifted apart. Now, this once loving couple is going through a painful divorce.

Finally, the agonizing journey ends with a fear of the unknown in the mysterious track "Monument Valley Road." This track is an eerie instrumental tale featuring frightening alternative pop melodies that sound like locust scraping on a quiet summer night. This track is a reflective tale about a person who is slowly driving down a neighborhood road. This person's head is full of childhood memories that are both good and bad.

DW Dunphy is a great independent alternative pop singer-songwriter who composes space age sounding songs that describe every human emotion. DW Dunphy's latest CD "Test Test Test Special Edition" will take the minds and ears of listeners to unknown places.

THE OSWALDS-Hasta La Bye Bye
(www.camdenjoy.net)

Is the drug war raging in our society? The answer to this question is, yes. The drug war in our society is a horrible epidemic that must be stopped. This sad and twisted story is being told by an unsigned garage rock trio out of New Paltz, New York called The Oswalds. The Oswalds sing ominous songs about the evil that lurks within the drug trade and the horrors of drug addiction while sounding similar to Elvis Costello with their gritty vocals and thunderous garage rock melodies that sound like a category five hurricane has just made landfall on the United States and Mexico border. This is the best way to describe the trio's latest CD "Hasta La Bye Bye." This haunting collection of music will have listeners shivering from intense fear.

The gloomy journey begins under clouds of suspicion in the ominous track "Just Over the Border." This track features moaning vocals and gritty garage rock melodies that sound like a person's fingers are slowly scraping down a chalkboard. This track is a shady tale about how the undesirable activities related to the drug trade have slowly overtaken the beauty of the Mexican countryside. Meanwhile, the gloomy journey continues with extreme loneliness in the depressing track "It Gets Cold." This track features soulful vocals and icy garage rock melodies that sound like a person's teeth are chattering. This track is a lonely tale about a man who is caught in the trap of drug addiction. The troubled man is constantly seeing his so called friends die from drug overdoses. The troubled man does not want to be the next victim. However, drug addiction is a very cunning disease.

Finally, the gloomy journey ends with a message of hope in the dark track "Something Must Be Done." This track features groaning vocals and sizzling garage rock melodies that sound like a witches' pot full of boiling, hot poison. This track is a haunting tale about how the drug trade kills thousands of people each year, but there seems to be no end in sight. Society as a whole needs to institute more comprehensive plans and programs to end the drug trade and help people overcome drug addiction.

The Oswalds are a great unsigned garage rock trio who sing heartbreaking songs about a subject that has plagued society for decades. Humanity must work together in order to end both the drug trade and drug addiction so that people will no longer have to say "Hasta La Bye Bye" to loved ones due to this horrible epidemic.

HURRICANE #1-Find What You Love and Let It Kill You ( Tapete Records)

A hopeful journey begins in Turriff Aberdeenshire, Scotland with an independent rock and soul quartet called Hurricane #1. Hurricane #1 sings heartfelt songs about being under clouds of darkness. Then, being under immense amounts of sunshine and feeling good about oneself. This soul stirring rock and soul quartet sounds similar to The Goo Goo Dolls with their soulful vocals and rustic rock and soul melodies that will make listeners want to stand up and cheer. The best way to describe the latest CD "Find What You Love and Let It Kill You" is to say that hope will crush doubt at any moment.

The hopeful journey begins with pure joy in the uplifting track "Best Is Yet To Come." This track features soulful vocals and rustic rock and soul melodies that sound like trees are swiftly blowing in a warm early summer breeze. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is excited about summer coming and spending time with a beautiful woman. Meanwhile, hope turns into a little bit of concern in the emotionally intense track "Think of the Sunshine." This track features weeping vocals and gritty rock melodies that sound like a person who is in extreme physical and mental anguish. This track is a reflective tale about a man who has had hardships in life and is still able to have positive thoughts. The troubled man knows that his life will eventually get better.

Finally, the hopeful journey ends with a burning desire to see what the future holds in the harmonious track "Leave It All Behind." This track features cool, breezy rock and soul melodies that sound like ocean waves that are gently crashing on a beautiful beach. This track is a soul bearing tale about a man who vows to leave his past behind him because yesterday is gone. One must learn from their past mistakes in order to have a happier future.

Hurricane #1 is a fantastic independent rock and soul quartet who sings heart wrenching songs about finding hope in moments of despair. The quartet's latest CD "Find What You Love and Let It Kill You" is a musical masterpiece that will remind listeners to never give up hen one is facing adverse situations in life.

WITH OUR ARMS TO THE SUN - A Far Away Wonder
(www.fadetosilencerecords.com)

Clouds of darkness and uncertainty hover over Scottsdale, Arizona. These clouds come from an independent progressive art rock band called With Our Arms to the Sun. This wonderfully haunting progressive art rock band sings dark songs about the possibility of the end of the world coming and space exploration. With Our Arms to the Sun sounds similar to Qeensryche with their eerie progressive art rock melodies that will make listeners break out into a cold sweat when listening to the band's latest CD "A Far Away Wonder." This collection of music features ten tracks that will make one tremble with fear.

The frightening journey begins with the ominous track "Where Silence Dwells." This track features icy progressive art rock melodies that sound like a winter blizzard is in progress. This track is an eerie instrumental tale about how desolate the world would become if the apocalypse came. Meanwhile, fear turns into hope for the future in the space race with the galactic track "Cosmonaut." This track features slithering progressive art rock melodies that sound like a snake that is slowly moving through a patch of tall weeds. This track is a mind numbing instrumental tale about the former Soviet Union embarking on a new space exploration mission to the Planet Mars.

Finally, the frightening journey ends with confusion in the heart wrenching track "After the Storm." This track features gloomy progressive art rock melodies that sound like a tornado that is violently tearing through a neighborhood. This track is a dark instrumental tale about a devastating storm destroying part of the country. The victims are uncertain about what the future holds for them However, the stunned victims are determined to move on with their lives.

With Our Arms to the Sun is a great independent progressive art rock band who uses chilling progressive art rock melodies to bring out the shadow of doubt that hangs over humanity's future. This question is openly pondered in With Our Arms to the Sun's latest CD "A Far Away Wonder."

 

THE GHOST EASE - Raw (Cabin Games Records)

Are spirits lurking all around us? The answer to this question is yes according to an independent punk trio out of Portland, Oregon called The Ghost Ease. The Ghost Ease sings mind numbing punk rock songs about hope, battling inner emotional turmoil, and agonizing heartache while sounding similar to Hole with their dark punk rock melodies and haunting vocals that sound like a person who is living in a never ending nightmare.

The bone chilling adventure begins with a glimmer of hope shining through in the first track "Raw." This track features groaning vocals and eerie, yet haunting vocals that sound like a large grizzly bear that is waking up after a long hibernation. This track is a sense tingling tale about the purity of a newborn life. A newborn life can be a baby, plant, or animal that will bring hope for both Mother Nature and humanity. Meanwhile, a glimmer of hope turns into moments of wanting to explore strange new world on "Neptune Sun." This track features moaning vocals and sultry punk rock melodies that sound like a warm summer breeze is blowing on a beach on a hot summer day. This track is a spooky tale about a troubled woman who desperately is wanting to take a ride on a spaceship to the Planet Neptune. The troubled woman wants to escape the overwhelming stress that is plaguing her life.

Finally, the bone chilling adventure ends with deep sadness with "Twelve Twenty." This track features sorrowful vocals and thunderous punk rock melodies that sound like the apocalypse is coming at any moment. This track is an agonizing tale about a woman who has experienced a traumatic event at a particular time in her life. The heartbroken woman is slowly trying to pull herself out of the darkness in order to have a happier and healthier future.

The Ghost Ease is a brilliant independent punk rock trio who does a great job of mixing angelic, but haunting vocals with eardrum splitting punk rock melodies to explain many of life's unanswered questions. The trio's latest CD "Raw" is worth listening to and is destined to be an instant classic.

RIO EN MEDIO - Rio en Medio Radio (www.WWRecordings.com)

A soul cleansing journey begins in Brooklyn, New York with an independent folk trio called Rio en Medio. Rio en Medio is the creation of a brilliant folk singer-songwriter named Danielle Stech-Homsy who sounds similar to folk legend Joni Mitchell with her soft mellow vocals and rustic folk melodies.

This wonderful collection of music features 12 tracks about the serenity of Mother Nature, the Birth of Jesus Christ, and the heartbreaking end to a relationship. The soul cleansing journey begins with "Farther," which features angelic vocals and smooth rustic folk melodies that sound like a cool breeze that is gently brushing against a person's face. This track is a serene tale about how the beauty of Mother Nature can help a burned out person escape the stress of daily life for just a little while. Meanwhile, the soul cleansing journey continues with peaceful serenity turning into a glimmer of hope on "Where the Love Lay." This track features soulful vocals and pristine folk melodies that sound like raindrops falling on blooming flowers in a meadow. This track is a heartwarming tale about the birth of Jesus Christ and how he was trying to bring peace to a troubled world.

Finally, the soul cleansing journey ends with hope turning into heartache"Feels Like." This track features moaning vocal chants and ominous folk melodies that sound like a thunderstorm is brewing. This track is a sad tale about a woman who feels that rain clouds are constantly hovering after a painful breakup.

Rio en Medio is a great independent folk trio who sings heart wrenching songs about the unpredictability of the human race and the world we live in. This trio combines angelic vocals with rustic and sometimes haunting folk melodies in order to bring out the unpredictability of our world.

JENNY DON'T AND THE SPURS (Doomtown Sounds Records)

Emotional turmoil comes roaring out of Portland, Oregon from an independent country and western quartet called Jenny Don't and the Spurs. Jenny Don't and The Spurs bring out the classic country style with a little bit of an edgy modern rock sound that will remind listeners to expect the unexpected because life is full of surprises. Jenny Don't and The Spurs sound similar to Juice Newton with their weeping, but heartfelt country western melodies that will bring out the anguish and joy that can be heard throughout this self titled fourteen track debut CD.

The painful journey begins with the first track "The Fire." This track features smoldering vocals and haunting, yet thunderous country western melodies that sound like a hot iron pot full of boiling witches brew. This track is a sultry tale about a woman who is constantly arguing with her hard headed boyfriend because she is in a tumultuous relationship with him. However, the antagonistic couple cannot seem to stay away from one another. Meanwhile, the painful journey continues with complete and utter shock in the seventh track "The Note." This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping country western melodies that sound like a woman who has been sobbing for days. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a woman who found a not on the kitchen table that was written by her boyfriend. The note that her boyfriend had written to her was telling the woman that her boyfriend was leaving her for another woman.

Finally, the painful journey continues with complete and utter shock turning into anger in the eleventh track "No Good." This track features raspy vocals and fast , rumbling country western melodies that sound like a huge locomotive that is barreling down the tracks at a high rate of speed. This track is an obnoxious rant about an angry woman who is determined to get even with those individuals who have treated badly throughout her life.

Jenny Don't and The Spurs are a fantastic independent country and western quartet who sing heart wrenching songs about emotional turmoil wit passion and honesty. The quartet's debut self titled CD will make classic country western music fans extremely proud.

THE DISAPPEARING ACT - Born To Say Goodbye (Hit Records)

Romance and heartbreak ooze out of Dallas, Texas from an independent alternative pop duo called The Disappearing Act. The Disappearing Act sings heartfelt, and sometimes haunting songs about the ups and downs of romance while sounding similar to The Cure with their moaning vocals and gloomy alternative pop melodies that will make listeners want to grab a box of tissues while they listen to this heart wrenching collection of music.

The tear jerking adventure begins with a glimmer of hope with "You and Me." This track features soulful vocals and soft, mellow alternative pop melodies that sound like birds who are happily chirping romantic melodies while flying around on a beautiful early spring day. It's a heartwarming tale about a man who has finally met his soulmate. The happy man wants to be with this beautiful woman forever. Meanwhile, the tear jerking adventure continues with a heavy dose of warmth in "Promise of Love." This track features quivering vocals and floating alternative pop melodies that sound like a happy couple who is blowing a bottle of bubbles while walking through a beautiful meadow. This track romantic tale about a couple who is promising their love to one another forever through the good and bad times.

Finally, the tear jerking adventure ends with sadness in "Holiday." This track features sorrowful vocals and haunting alternative pop melodies that sound like a ghost is howling inside of an emotionally tormented person's head. This track is a heartbreaking tale about an angry man who wants to get away from the tumultuous relationship that he has with his girlfriend so that he can clear his head and have some peace and quiet.

The Disappearing Act is a brilliant independent alternative pop duo who sings emotionally intense songs about the trials and tribulations of romance. This duo's dreary brand of alternative pop music brings out both the light and the darkness that comes out of their second CD Born To Say Goodbye.


CHAINFLOWER - EP (Chainflower Music & Tone Riot Records)

Discontent hovers over Los Angeles, California like a huge storm cloud. The discontent comes from an independent alternative rock quartet called Chainflower. Chainflower sings thunderous and nerve racking songs about how the bureaucracy has stomped on the hard working people in society and is leading them into a life of hopelessness. Chainflower sounds similar to alternative rock pioneers Siouxsie and the Banshees with their sultry, yet sorrowful vocals and Godzilla sounding alternative rock melodies that will bring out the emotional turmoil that one will hear when listening to the quartet's moody two track self titled debut EP that was released on April 8, 2015.

The agonizing journey begins with the first track "The Fever." This track features sultry vocals and blistering alternative rock melodies that sound like a huge fleet of army tanks are rolling through the hot desert. This track is a haunting tale about how today's society has become full of greed. Therefore, humanity is literally self destructing due to overwhelming selfishness. Finally, the agonizing journey ends with heartache in the second track "Dissolve in the Sky." This track features screaming vocals and ominous, weeping alternative rock melodies that sound like a person who has been sitting in a dark room and crying for weeks. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a lonely person who is drowning in hopelessness because he or she has faced a lot of negativity in life. The lonely person wants to disappear because no one seems to care about his or her feelings.

Chainflower is a fantastic independent alternative rock quartet who sings dark and unapologetic songs about the greed that is plaguing today's society. Many fans of early alternative rock music will love the gloomy quartet's self titled debut EP.

THE FUZZ-Best Kept Secret
(www.greenmonkeyrecords.com)

Loud cracks of thunder are coming out of West Seattle, Washington from an independent pop rock quartet called The Fuzz. The Fuzz sings loud and obnoxious songs about romance, doubt, and heartache while sounding like a grunge version of The Rolling Stones with snarling vocals and eardrum splitting pop rock melodies that will make one’s bones rattle. The Fuzz will release “Best Kept Secret” which is the quartet’s third CD on October 16, 2015. This raucous collection of music features nine tracks that will give listeners a heavy dose of classic sounding rock and roll.

The stormy adventure begins with a ray of sunshine in the first track “I Can’t Wait.” This track features gritty pop rock vocals and thunderous pop rock melodies that sound like a stock car going over 200 miles per hour around the racetrack at Daytona. This track is a raucous tale about a man who is anxious to see his beautiful girlfriend because she is the love of his life. Meanwhile, sunshine turns into darkness in the third track “Wilt.” This track features growling vocals and eerie pop rock melodies that sound like a pack of wolves howling in the desert at night. This track is a gloomy tale about a lonely man who tries to pick up women in dark alleys because he desperately wants to find love. However, the lonely man is looking for love in the wrong places because he is full of doubt.

Finally, the stormy adventure ends with doubt turning into anger in the seventh track “Locked Out.” This track features screaming vocals and buzzing pop rock melodies that sound like a chainsaw cutting through a huge tree trunk. This track is an obnoxious rant about a man who has been kicked out of the house by his girlfriend. The man’s girlfriend wants to end the couple’s tumultuous relationship.

The Fuzz is a great independent pop rock quartet who sings loud and obnoxious songs about raw human emotion. This raucous quartet combines snarling vocals and bombastic pop rock melodies to bring out the we rule the world attitude that describes the quartet’s upcoming release “Best Kept Secret.”

JON CASPI & THE FIRST GUN - Hanging Around (brightonbarrecords.com)

Does punk rock still exist? The answer is a resounding yes coming from this independent rock quartet from Asbury Park. The raucous group sings rowdy songs about having a great time rubbing the status quo the wrong way while recalling the Ramones with snarling vocals and loud, grinding punk rock melodies. Hanging Around features 10 obnoxious tracks that will make punk fans very happy, starting with the title track, "Hanging Around," which extolls the joys of playing very loud. "Shadow & Light" throws in a mood swing with melodies that sound like a brewing thunderstorm. The song is a rant about how people can feel good or bad depending on the situations they're faced with. "Coming Back" features sorrowful vocals and weeping punk melodies as it tells the story of a broken couple trying to repair their relationship. Jon Caspi & The First Gun is a terrific punk rock band not afraid to sing songs that let their fans know not to sweat the small stuff.

BILLY HECTOR - Old School Thang (Ghetto Surf Music)

Heartache oozes out of Asbury Park from independent blues artist Billy Hector, who sings about heartache and partying with a sound similar to the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Soulful vocals and blues melodies are perfect for dark smokey bars on Saturday nights. "She's Gone" features soulful vocals and sharp groovy blues melodies tell the tale of a cheating girlfriend and a broken heart. Heartache turns into fun on "Old School Thang, with its gritty vocal and sultry melodies that celebrate the joys of partying with friends. The album ends with sadness on "Come On Home," an agonizing tale about a man begging his girlfriend to come back and apologizing for acting like a heel. Billy Hector is one of Asbury Park's pre-eminent blues artists who can bring out the passion you feel when listening to great music filled with emotion and joy.

JOE GOODKIN - "Record Of Life" EP (www.quetlrecords.com)

A walk down memory lane begins in Chicago with folk rock artist Joe Goodkin, who sings heartwarming songs about great family memories. Goodkin sounds similar to Don Henley with his rustic folk melodies that will soothe an aching soul. The heartwarming adventure begins with "Dog And Cat," a heartbreaking tale about a man who regrets not following his dreams. A heavy dose of reality comes through on "As Old As I Am," with its weeping folk rock sound and lyrics that reflect who's looking back on his life and recognizing his responsibilities. The album ends on a note of pure joy with "Something To Love," a smiling tale about remembering the good times with family and friends. Joe Goodkin describes human nature with heartfelt lyrics and rustic folk-rock melodies who reminds us never to take life for granted.

THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS - Great Balancing Act (thiswaytotheegress.bandcamp.com)

Did someone say the circus is in town? Yes! It begins with this Philadelphia six-piece band that blends gritty rock, ska, and tango music to tell a colorful story about not taking life too seriously. The raucous album begins with "Let's Not Pretend," which features a bellowing tuba that sounds like a herd of stomping elephants. This rowdy tale speaks to staying true to one's beliefs and making no apologies. "You Never Know" is a lighthearted tale about life's unexpected surprises with soulful vocals and floating rock melodies. "We Want To Go" ends the album with a party vibe which features fluttering banjo and tells the story of an obnoxious crowd partying on a boat and annoying the neighbors. This Way To The Egress offers an unusual mix of rock, ska, and tango that focuses on the happier side of life. Great Balancing Act will leave you with a smile.

TOM DYER'S NEW PAGAN GODS - History of Northwest Rock Vol. 1 1959-1968 (Green Monkey Records)

Get ready for a loud party in Seattle from an independent pop group called Tom Dyer's New Pagan Gods. This raucous quartet recalls the Doors with heart pumping songs about romance and living the life of rock stars. This project pays tribute to the pioneers of Seattle's underground music scene, with 15 tracks giving a sultry modern sound to old chestnuts originally performed by bands like the Sonics, Paul Revere & The Raiders, and the Wailers. "The Witch," originally by the Sonics, features slithering vocals and thunderous pop melodies that sound like a brewing thunderstorm. On Paul Revere & The Raiders' "Hungry," the band sings about a lonely man trying to get the attention of a beautiful woman. The Wailers' "Dirty Robber" features soulful vocals and sultry pop-rock melodies that sound like a sizzling steam bath. The song is about a man who will do anything to please his girlfriend. Tom Dyer's New Pagan Gods are not afraid to bring the game of love to life by giving old classics a spicy modern sound. Fans of classic Seattle rock as well as fans of good ol' rock 'n' roll will enjoy.

THE CLYDES - Hiding From The Summer (thehydesmusic.bandcamp.com)

Shadows of doubt hover over New Brunswick from an alternative rock band called The Clydes, who sing gutwrenching songs about selfdoubt with sounding a bit like Radiohead. The lonely journey begins with "The Steam," with its sorrowful vocals and post-punk melodies that slither like a snake through tall grass. The track is an angry tale about people who work hard for their money but can't seem to get ahead. A couple on the verge of a bitter breakup can be found in "Nerve Damage," which features weeping vocals and a moaning groove. There's darkness looming on "Kick the Stone," with brooding melodies and an ominous tale about hopelessness. The Clydes sing songs about the underbelly of society, with brooding vocals and intense feelings. Hiding From The Summer is the perfect album to spin on a rainy day.

JIMM McIVER - Sunlight Reachers (Green Monkey Records)

A heartwrenching journey begins in Seattle with an independent solo artist named Jimm McIver who sings about the human spirit and overcoming adversity in life, with a sound similar to Elvis Costello. "I Wonder If She Knows" features soulful vocals and breezy pop-rock melodies that reflect on the loss of a mother. The singer wonders if his mom can really see the craziness of the world from above. A calming sense of peace infuses "Sunlight Reaches," a light, groovy pop tune about a man who finds redemption in the love of his life. Discontent runs rampant through "A Fun One," with its moaning vocals and gritty melodies that sound like a witch cackling over her brew. The track talks about how ignorance seems to be taking over the world. Jimm McIver sings passionately about the unpredictability of human nature. This album can turn a bad day into a good day.


SICK OF SARAH - "Anthem" EP (sickofsarah.com)

Angst roars out of Minneapolis/St. Paul from an unsigned female rock quartet called Sick Of Sarah. The band sings raucous songs about emotional crises and being able to live life on one's owns terms without shame. This hi-octane group sounds similar to the Runaways with their soulful vocals and grinding rock melodies. The adventure begins with "Stereo," featuring soulful but edgy vocals and melodies that sound like a stampede of cattle is making the earth rattle. "Stereo" is an obvious tale about a group of people who are happy to play their favorite music full blast without worrying about the neighbors. The EP ends with a glimmer of hope shining in the last track, "Everything Is Beautiful," with its gritty vocals and icy but soothing melodies. The lyrics tell the optimistic tale of how people can find hope when they feel hopeless because life is too short to be unhappy. Sick of Sarah is a great unsigned band that sings passionate and edgy songs about coming through the low points in life with a much more positive attitude. "Anthem" lets people know that yes, girls can rock out just as hard as boy and don't need to apologize for it.

THE OF - Escape Goat (www.greenmonkeyrecords.com)

Is the world coming to a screeching halt? The answer to the million dollar question is, yes. This is according to an independent pop rock quintet out of Seattle, Washington called The Of. The Of sings solemn, yet haunting songs about the possibility of the apocalypse coming and what the world will look like when the apocalypse is over while sounding similar to the late Frank Zappa with their moaning vocals and eerie, but brutally intense pop rock melodies that will instill fear in the minds of listeners everywhere.

The ominous journey begins with the first track “It’s A New World.” This track features moaning vocals and brooding pop rock melodies that sound like a huge earthquake is occurring. This track is a fearful tale about the apocalypse coming and how the earth is crumbling underneath people’s feet. The world is in a severe state of chaos. Meanwhile, the ominous journey continues with economic upheaval occurring in the third track “Escape Goat.” This track features moaning vocals and thunderous pop rock melodies that sound like an angry pack of wolves that are chasing after a group of harmless goats who are peacefully grazing in an open field. This track is an obnoxious rant about how the status quo is systematically destroying the economic balance in the world. This means that the people who are in positions of authority are unwilling to learn to coexist and treat those people who are in low paying jobs with respect. The bureaucrats in today’s cut throat society are only concerned with their own needs.

Finally, the ominous journey ends with chaos engulfing the world in the fifth track “Double Shift.” This track is a gloomy instrumental tale featuring galactic sounding pop rock melodies that sound like an army of ants who are scurrying to gather the last little bit of food on earth. The army of ants might temporarily find refuge on the International Space Station.

The Of is a wonderful; independent pop rock quintet who once again is not afraid to explore the unknown in their latest CD “Escape Goat.” However, this collection of music has a very sinister tone with moaning vocals and brooding pop rock melodies that will point out how greed and the apocalypse will eventually destroy the world.

STEPHEN KALINICH & JON TIVEN-Each Soul Has a Voice (MsMusic Productions)

Strong winds of uncertainty are blowing out of Endicott, New York from a gritty independent pop rock duo named Stephen Kalinich & Jon Tiven. They sing emotionally intense songs about lies, deception, and ending the hatred that is running rampant in today’s society will sounding similar to the Rolling Stones with their gritty vocals and snarling pop rock melodies that sound like an angry lion who is trying to restore order in his wild jungle.

The heart wrenching adventure begins with “Rude Awakenings.” This track features soulful vocals and growling pop rock melodies that sound like an angry German Sheppard that is panting and drooling while waiting to be fed. It's an obnoxious rant about how life may seem peaceful, but can and will become full of doubt if humanity is not careful due to excessive irresponsibility. Meanwhile, the heart wrenching adventure continues with deception running rampant on “Usually.” This track features gritty vocals and thunderous pop rock melodies that sound like a group of angry elephants that are running through the jungle and trying to protect their babies from what they know as a mortal enemy. This track is an angry tale about how deception can ruin society. For example, people will donate money and clothing to what they think is a reputable charity. However, the so called charity can turn out to be an illegal business organization that is being run by criminals.

Finally, the heart wrenching adventure ends with a message of peace in the sixth track “Explosions of Love.” This track features soulful vocals and sultry pop rock melodies that sound like a happy group of people who are having a party on an exotic island. This track is a heartwarming tale about how all of humanity must learn to love and embrace on another’s cultural differences in order to make the world a more peaceful place to live.

Stephen Kalinich & Jon Tiven are a wonderful independent pop rock duo. This duo combines heartfelt lyrics with gritty vocals to describe how the world has become known as the land of uncertainty with the duo’s latest CD Each Soul Has a Voice.

VIDEO BEAST - Gooch (www.videobeastband.com)

Disgust comes roaring out of Brooklyn, New York from an unsigned psychedelic and post punk trio named Video Beast. Video Beast sings loud, raucous songs about greed, power, and teenage angst while sounding similar to the Sex Pistols with their snarling vocals and thunderous post punk melodies that will make one’s bones rattle. Video Beast will release their debut CD “Gooch” on June 23, 2015 featuring ten raucous tracks about the disarray that is plaguing today’s society.

The angry journey begins in the seventh track “Rat Race.” This track features snarling vocals and thunderous post punk melodies that sound like a thunderstorm is brewing. This track is an obnoxious rant about how the bureaucrats in society are constantly fighting for power in positions of authority. The bureaucrats who are in positions of authority have absolutely no regard for the citizens’ rights of whom they are supposed to protect and serve. Finally, the angry journey ends with both hope and anxiety in the eighth track “Teen Screams.” This track features soulful vocals and ominous post punk melodies that sound like a tornado has touched down on the ground and has left a path of destruction in a beautiful neighborhood. This track is a reflective tale about how teenagers are trying to find their place in society despite being misunderstood by many adults who are in positions of authority.

Video Beast is a great unsigned psychedelic and post punk trio who sings raucous songs about the social injustices that are plaguing today’s society. Video Beast combines snarling vocals and thunderous post punk melodies that will bring out the unapologetic attitude of the trio’s debut CD called “Gooch.”

NEW DOG - Classic Ballroom Dances (Kill Rock Stars Records)

The game of love is being played in Baltimore, Maryland with an independent alternative and ambient singer-songwriter named New Dog. New Dog sings passionate songs about the trials and tribulations of romance while sounding like a darker version of ABBA with his whispering vocals and ambient music melodies that will make many listeners want to grab a box of tissues. New Dog will release his latest CD “Classic Ballroom Dances” on June 2, 2015 featuring nine heart wrenching tracks that will literally tug at one’s heart strings.

The heart wrenching journey begins with romance blossoming in the first track “Love.” This track features soulful vocals and the ambient sounds of the floating melodies of a piano that sound like birds are happily chirping on a cool spring day. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who has found his soul mate and is content with his life. Finally, the heart wrenching journey ends with heartache in the third track “The Airport Lullaby.” This track features whispering, but haunting vocals and the ominous and ambient melodies of a piano that sounds like a ghost is howling inside of a heartbroken man’s head. This track is a heartbreaking tale about who is emotionally devastated by a painful break up. So, the heartbroken man is sitting alone in a busy airport and wondering what to do with the next phase of his life.

New Dog is a great independent alternative and ambient singer-songwriter who sings heart wrenching songs about the game of love. New Dog’s latest CD “Classic Ballroom Dances” is a sad, but wonderfully touching collection of music that is destined to become an instant classic.

A PROJECTION-Exit (Tapete Records)

Feelings of isolation are coming out of Stockholm, Sweden from an independent rock and post punk sextet named A Projection. A Projection sings frigid sounding songs about sadness, hope, and heartache while sounding similar to The Cure with their moaning vocals and ominous, but cold rock post punk melodies that will send chills up one’s spine. A Projection will release their latest CD “Exit” on May 26, 2015 featuring ten haunting tracks that will make listeners want to sleep with their lights turned on throughout their houses.

The arctic adventure begins with sadness in the first track “Exit.” This track features moaning vocals and groovy, but ominous rock and post punk melodies that sound like a huge polar bear is growling angrily while walking through the snow and searching for the next meal. This track is a sad tale about a man who is trapped in a world of darkness and feels like an outcast in society. The sad man cannot seem to find happiness in anything that he does in his life. Meanwhile, the arctic adventure continues with sadness turning into hope in the fourth track “Reborn.” This track features moaning vocals and an icy synthesizer with post punk melodies that sound like a blizzard is occurring. This track is a reflective tale about a man who has become more content with his life. The man wants to share some of his life experiences with other people in order to spread a positive message of hope.

Finally, the arctic adventure ends with heartache in the sixth track “Another Face.” This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping, but frigid post punk melodies that sound like tears have literally frozen on a lonely man’s face. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a lonely man who desperately wishes that he could become another person so that people would no longer tease him about his physical shortcomings.

A Projection are a great independent rock and post punk sextet who sings dreary songs about sadness, hope, and heartache with sorrowful vocals and bone chilling independent rock amd post punk melodies. The sextet’s latest CD “Exit” is an extremely dark collection of music that deals with trying to cope with feelings of isolation.

MITTENFIELDS - Optimists (mittenfields.bandcamp.com)

A breath of fresh air comes out of Washington, DC from an unsigned noise pop and shoegaze quintet called Mittenfields. Mittenfields sings heavy, blistering songs about hope, happiness, and heartache while sounding similar to Radiohead with their soulful vocals and fluttering, yet grinding noise pop melodies that will numb the minds of listeners everywhere.

The hopeful journey begins with the first track “Optimists.” This track features soulful vocals and fluttering noise pop melodies that sound like a flock of Canadian geese flying south for the winter. This track is a lighthearted tale about a person having a positive attitude when negative situations occur in life because the person realizes that his or her life will get better. Meanwhile, hope turns into happiness in the fifth track “Goldmine.” This track features soulful vocals and slithering noise pop melodies that sound like a snake is crawling through tall grass. This is track a raucous tale about a man who is happy to have the career and the lifestyle of his dreams.

Finally, the hopeful journey ends with happiness turning into heartache in the eighth track “Surprise Me.” This track features snarling vocals and growling noise pop melodies that sound like an angry lion is growling ferociously. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a once loving couple who is on the verge of a break up. The man’s girlfriend cannot decide whether or not she wants to continue the relationship and try to work through the couple’s problems.

Mittenfields is a wonderful unsigned shoegaze and noise pop quintet who sings hopeful and sometimes haunting songs about the struggles of humanity. The quintet’s debut CD “Optimists” will give hope to an extremely disorganized world and give people the power to change the negative situations that are plaguing the human race.

THE CATHOLIC GIRLS - Kiss Me One More Time (Cinema Records)

Get ready for some summer fun out of Clifton, New Jersey from an independent female pop rock trio named The Catholic Girls. The Catholic Girls sing heartfelt songs about heartache, living life on one’s own terms, and having some fun in the sun while sounding similar to Scandal with their soulful vocals and soothing, yet infectious pop rock melodies that will make many listeners want to get up and dance. Kiss Me One More Time features 11 groovy tracks that will surely put a smile on your face.

The raucous journey begins with heartache in “Shame on You.” This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping pop rock melodies that sound like a woman who has been sobbing uncontrollably for weeks. It's sad tale about a woman who has been left heartbroken by a man who had promised to love her forever. Meanwhile, the raucous journey continues with heartache turning into determinationon “Breaking All the Rules.” This track features gritty vocals and sultry pop rock melodies that sound like a rock concert is taking place. This track is a reflective tale about a group of women who are determined to leave a life of housework behind in order to become lifelong musicians (Sounds autobiographical!)

Finally, the raucous journey ends with some summer fun in the sixth track “Down at the Shore.” This track features soulful vocals and thunderous pop rock melodies that sound like hundreds of people who are happily running up and down the boardwalk. This track is an upbeat tale about people who are having fun during the summer on the beaches of southern New Jersey.


The Catholic Girls are a great independent female pop rock trio who started back in the Eighties and have come back better than ever. The Catholic Girls sing songs about every human emotion, combining groovy pop rock melodies with passionate lyrics. Kiss Me One More Time lets listeners know that it is okay to have some fun and enjoy life’s simple pleasures once in a while.

TOM CHAPIN - 70 (Sundance Music, Inc.)

A walk down memory lane begins in New York City, New York with a folk artist who dates back to the Sixties named Tom Chapin. Tom Chapin sings heart wrenching songs about fond memories of childhood and enjoying the simple pleasures of life while sounding similar to the Charlie Daniels Band with his soulful vocals and rustic folk melodies that will get one’s toes tapping. Tom Chapin will release 70 (his age!) on June 2, featuring 14 heart wrenching tracks that will open one’s eyes and ears to the reality of the daily struggles of humanity.

The memorable journey begins with the first track “Wreckage.” This track features soulful vocals and a rustic folk sound with a banjo fluttering throughout the track creating the sound of buzzards hovering over a scene of unimaginable havoc. This track is a reflective tale about a man who is looking back at his dark past. The man realizes how foolish he was acting in his younger years. So, the man is letting the younger generations know how not to engage in reckless behavior so that the younger generations do not have to deal with the adverse consequences of their reckless behavior. Meanwhile, the memorable journey continues with serenity in the sixth track “Autumn Rain.” This track features soulful vocals and silky, smooth folk melodies that sound like a cool breeze is blowing on a rainy fall day. This track is a peaceful tale about how pleasant the rainfall sounds when it gently hits the window. This peaceful sound will put one’s mind at ease.

Finally, the memorable journey ends with the sounds of love and laughter shining through in the eighth track “Old Dogs & Old Friends.” This track features soulful vocals and the rustic sound of a banjo clucking and sounding like a group of chickens who are aimlessly pecking at the ground. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who has fond memories of his younger years with his pets, family, and friends.
Tom Chapin is a great independent folk artist who sings heart wrenching songs about fond memories of childhood and enjoying the simple pleasures of life with passionate lyrics and soul stirring folk melodies. Tom Chapin’s latest CD “70” will take listeners on a joyful musical adventure about the trials and tribulations of humanity.

TALL DAYS - "Back to the Sound" EP (www.talldays.bandcamp.com)

A long road trip begins in Cedar Grove, New Jersey with an unsigned blues/rock duo named Tall Days. Tall Days sings heartfelt songs about road trips, heartache, and finding romance while sounding similar to The Black Keys with their soulful vocals and groovy blues rock melodies that will surely make the human spirit soar with hope no matter how tough life seems to get. Tall Days released their latest EP “Back to the Sound” in February, featuring five soul bearing tracks that will tug at one’s heartstrings.

“Crosstown” features soulful vocals and sultry blues rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a groovy tale about driving one’s car with the top down on a warm summer day while enjoying the sights and sounds along the boardwalk. Meanwhile, pure joy turns into anger on "The Wall.” This track features moaning vocals and slithering blues rock melodies that sound like a group of snakes that are ruining a beautiful garden. It's an obnoxious rant about a once loving couple who can no longer find common ground in their relationship. The once loving couple is too busy picking out one another’s faults rather than trying to mend their broken hearts.

Finally, the long road trip ends with romance blossoming on “Sing.” This track features soulful vocals and rustic blues rock melodies that sound like two blue birds who are happily chirping on a cool spring day. It's a heartwarming tale about a loving couple who likes music and enjoys singing joyful songs about the simple pleasures in life.

Tall Days is a wonderful unsigned blues rock duo who sings heartfelt songs about road trips, heartache, and finding romance with silky, smooth vocal harmonies and rustic blues rock melodies. “Back to the Sound” is the perfect collection of music to listen to while sitting around a warm campfire at night with a group of friends.

TENTERHOOKS - "Meanwhile, In Another Part of Town" EP (Sugarblast Music Company)

Anguish is boiling over in Brooklyn, New York from an independent pop, post punk, and garage quartet named Tenterhooks. Tenterhooks sing songs about hope for those individuals who live alternative lifestyles. Tenterhooks sound similar to The Ramones with their angst driven vocal harmonies and thunderous post punk melodies that sound like a freight train is barreling down the tracks. Tenterhooks will release their debut EP “Meanwhile, in another Part of Town” on March 25, 2015 featuring five heart wrenching tracks about trying to fight against social inequality.

The agonizing journey begins with the second track “Unseen.” This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping pop melodies that sound like a person who has been sobbing uncontrollably for days. This track is a dark tale about a person who feels like an outcast simply because he or she lives a different lifestyle. Meanwhile, the agonizing journey continues intense loneliness in the third track “Helpless.” This track features groaning vocals and thunderous post punk melodies that sound like a person who has put their fist through a wall in a fit of anger. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a person who is trying to live his or her life within society. However, this person keeps running into a wall of ignorance even though this person has wonderful talents and abilities.

Finally, the agonizing journey ends with frustration in the fourth track “I didn’t lie.” This track features moaning vocal harmonies and ominous post punk melodies that sound like a thunderstorm is brewing. This track is a frustrating tale about a person who has told the truth about who they really are. However, the person was given the cold shoulder by their family and fellow citizens in society.

Tenterhooks are a great independent pop, post punk, and garage quartet who is not afraid to sing raucous songs about social inequality. Tenterhooks will give a voice to the voiceless with their gritty debut EP “Meanwhile, In Another Part of Town.”

SHANE COOLEY- Kings Highway (shanecooley.bandcamp.com)

A pleasant and uplifting journey begins in Austin, Texas from an unsigned folk pop singer-songwriter named Shane Cooley. Shane Cooley sings songs about finding one’s place in the world while enjoying the simple pleasures in life with no worries. Shane Cooley sounds similar to folk icon Bob Dylan with his gritty, but soulful vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that will cleanse a battered soul.

The uplifting journey begins by taking a long look in the mirror in the first track “Leave this Place.” This track features soulful vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that sound like a wheat field rustling in a swift fall breeze. This track is a reflective tale about a man who wants to leave his hometown in order to make a better life for himself. Meanwhile, the uplifting journey continues with a rebirth in the fifth track “Deliver.” This track features gritty vocals and rustic, yet raucous folk pop melodies that sound like a group of people who are joyfully clapping their hands at a church revival. This track is a soul bearing tale about a man who has literally been reborn after living the life of hard knocks. The re born man now has a much clearer understanding of the meaning of life.

Finally, the uplifting journey ends with the hope of a new romance in the eighth track “Wildflower Honey.” This track features soulful vocals and groovy folk pop melodies that sound like a happy couple who is dancing in a meadow on a warm spring day. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is enjoying living his life in the country and having the love of a beautiful woman in his life.

Shane Cooley is a great unsigned folk pop singer-songwriter who sings songs about finding one’s place in the world. Shane Cooley combines heartfelt lyrics with rustic folk pop melodies. Shane Cooley’s latest CD “Kings Highway” is an intense and soul stirring collection of music that will turn sadness into happiness.


BILLY - Hey Spaceman (The Orchard Records)

A magical journey through outer space begins in New Brunswick, New Jersey with an independent rock quartet named Billy. Billy sings lighthearted rock songs about hope, happiness, and romance while sounding similar to Elvis Costello with their soulful vocals and gritty rock melodies that will put a smile on the faces of many listeners who love galactic sounding rock music. Billy released their third CD ”Hey Spaceman” on February 21, 2015 featuring fourteen fun loving tracks about how great life can be.

The magical journey begins with a glimmer of hope in the first track “Planet Zed.” This track features soulful vocals and gritty rock melodies that sound like a group of Martians giggling. This track is a lighthearted tale about George Jetson meeting Marvin Martian in order to create their version of suburbia in outer space. Meanwhile, the magical journey continues with the glimmer of hope turning into happiness in the sixth track “Yellow Roses.” This track features rustic vocal harmonies and gurgling rock melodies that sound like a bottle of champagne has been opened. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is giving his girlfriend some yellow roses because he loves her. However, the man knows that he can be extremely annoying at times.

Finally, the magical journey ends with romance blossoming in the seventh track “Lucy Day.” This track features soulful vocals and sultry rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a joyful tale about a man whose life has been going in the right direction since meeting a beautiful woman who has become the love of his life.
Billy is a fantastic, yet quirky independent rock quartet who will sing songs about hope, happiness, and romance with soulful vocals and gurgling rock melodies. The quartet’s third CD “Hey Spaceman” will take listeners on an unexplainable and magical musical journey.

THE ORANGE PEELS - Begin the Begone (Minty Fresh, Mystery Lawn Music)

Is life unpredictable? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to an independent alternative rock quartet out of Boulder Creek, California named The Orange Peels. The Orange Peels sing songs about various mishaps that may occur in life and how one must overcome various mishaps in life in order to become a much stronger human being. The Orange Peels sound similar to The Verve with their soulful vocals and eerie, but heartfelt lyrics that will make listeners want to stand up and cheer. The Orange Peels will release their latest CD “Begin the Begone” on May 5, 2015 featuring nine heart wrenching, yet inspiring tracks.

The unpredictable journey begins with the first track “Head cleaner.” This track features soulful vocals and fluttering alternative rock melodies that sound like a person is trying to clear out the cobwebs in their head. This track is a refreshing tale about a person who goes on to do something positive after enduring an extremely negative life experience. This strong willed person refuses to dwell on the past. Finally, the unpredictable journey ends with absolute horror in the second track “Fleeing the Scene.” This track features moaning and chanting vocal harmonies along with sizzling alternative rock melodies that sound like the engine of a large van went up in smoke. This track is a haunting tale about a couple of people who are leaving the scene of a horrific car accident physically unharmed, but still coping with the emotional scars knowing that the outcome could have been worse.

The Orange Peels are a great alternative rock quartet. The Orange Peels sing songs about overcoming adversity in life. This ambient alternative rock quartet combines heart wrenching lyrics with soulful vocals in order to create what can be described as an unpredictable journey. This is the quartet’s latest CD called “Begin the Begone.”

GEORGE USHER AND LISA BURNS-The Last Day of Winter (Near and Dear Music, LLC)

An icy breeze is blowing out of New York City, New York with an independent folk pop duo named George Usher and Lisa Burns. This passionate duo sings songs about hope and heartache while sounding similar to Joni Mitchell with their soulful vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that will make listeners want to use a box of tissues when listening to this heart wrenching collection of music. George Usher and Lisa Burns will release The Last Day of Winter on April 7, 2015, but the CD is already available at thelastdayofwinteralbum.com.

The lonely journey begins with a glimmer of hope in the first track “Wake Me When Tomorrow’s here.” This track features soulful vocals and fluttering folk pop melodies that sound like a cool, crisp breeze is blowing on an early winter day. This track is a hopeful tale about how the world will one day be joyful like heaven without greed running rampant. Meanwhile, hope turns into heartache in the fourth track “Lost in Translation.” This track features sorrowful vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that sound like frogs croaking on their lily pads in a swampy marsh. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a once loving couple whose relationship has fallen apart due to years of foolish misunderstandings.

Finally, the lonely journey ends with fond memories of an old romance in the seventh track “Dark Blue Room.” This track features soulful vocals and sultry folk pop melodies that sound like bacon sizzling in a frying pan. This track is a reflective tale about a woman who is remembering what she and her former boyfriend used to do in their special room.

George Usher and Lisa Burns are a great independent folk pop duo. This passionate duo sings songs about hope and heartache with soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics that are about tortured souls who are longing for happiness. The Last Day of Winter will remind listeners that life can get lonely, but we all must remain positive because life will get better.

FRACTAL MIRROR-Garden of Ghosts (Third Contact Records)

A haunting journey begins in The Netherlands from an independent post punk band called Fractal Mirror. Fractal Mirror sings songs about how hopelessness can turn into hope while sounding similar to Pink Floyd with their moaning vocals and eerie, but fluttering post punk melodies that will send chills up one’s spine because this collection of music sounds like ghosts howling in a dark cemetery at night. Fractal Mirror's second CD Garden of Ghosts features eleven dreary tracks that will make the hair stand up on the back of one’s neck.

The haunting journey begins with self doubt lingering in the first track “House of Wishes.” This track features sorrowful vocals and eerie post punk melodies that sound like a pack of hyenas screeching loudly in the desert at night. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a person who is desperately striving to reach unrealistic goals in life. Now, the person is upset because their dreams did not come true. Meanwhile, the haunting journey continues with heartache in the second track “The Phoenix.” This track features moaning vocals and thunderous post punk melodies that sound like a large bolt of lightning has crashed into a tree and split the tree right down the middle of its trunk. This track is a sad tale about a man who feels lost due to many broken dreams throughout his life. However, the disillusioned man begins to find a ray of hope in the middle of darkness.

Finally, the haunting journey ends with a gentle breeze blowing in the third track “Lost in Clouds.” This track features soulful vocals and floating post punk melodies that sound like the ocean’s waves are gently tumbling onto the shore. This track is a peaceful tale about a man who has lost a loved one and has fond memories of them. The heartbroken man knows that he will see them again in heaven someday.

Fractal Mirror is a great independent post punk band who sings songs about hopelessness beginning to turn into hope with galactic sounding post punk melodies and eerie, but soul bearing lyrics. Fractal Mirror’s second CD “Garden of Ghosts” will let listeners know that life is not always a bowl of cherries. However, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

JANET DEVLIN - Running with Scissors (okgoodrecords.com)

A state of confusion comes of Northern Ireland from an independent folk pop artist named Janet Devlin. Janet Devlin sings songs about partying with friends in the city at night and the painful collapse of a once loving relationship. Janet Devlin sounds similar to Avril Lavigne with her soulful vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that will bring out the emotional intensity that can be heard throughout this heart wrenching CD “Running with Scissors” which was released on February 10, 2015. This passionate collection of music will have listeners either crying, or laughing with these ten wonderful tracks.

The state of confusion begins with pure joy in the first track “Creatures of the Night.” This track features soulful vocals and rustic folk pop melodies that sound like a swarm of bees that are fiercely buzzing around the hive. This track is a hopeful tale about a woman who is out enjoying the night life with her friends. However, the woman is desperately trying to find her future soul mate. Meanwhile, the state of confusion ends with pure joy turning into extreme sadness in the second track “House of Cards.” This track features sorrowful vocals and fluttering, yet sobbing folk pop melodies that sound like Cupid is crying because is arrow has been broken. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a once loving couple whose relationship has collapsed due to broken promises.

Janet Devlin is a wonderful independent folk pop artist who sings passionate songs about partying and heartache that will explain the complexity of happiness and sadness in simple terms. Janet Devlin’s debut CD “Running with Scissors” will remind listeners that different situations in life can either pick people up, or cut people down. Human beings must learn to deal with adversity throughout life in a more positive way because we all would be much healthier mentally and physically.

 

JESSI TEICH - Twisted Soul Live at Studio de Meudon [Paris] (Madame Freak Records)

An emotional rollercoaster ride begins in Clinton, New Jersey from an independent blues, jazz, and soul singer-songwriter named Jessi Teich. Jessi Teich sings songs about heartbreak, dirty deeds, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life away from the rat race of the big city while sounding similar to Ella Fitzgerald with her sassy, but soulful vocals and spooky, yet fluttering jazz melodies. Jessi Teich will release her latest CD “Twisted Soul Live at Studio de Meudon [Paris]” on March 3, 2015 featuring thirteen vivid tracks that will describe the wild, yet serene side of life.

The emotional rollercoaster ride begins in overdrive with Chapter I (Prologue): “The Haunting.” This track features soulful blues vocals and spooky jazz melodies that a ghost is howling constantly. This track is dark, but inspirational tale about a strong willed woman who finds the courage to stand up to her overbearing boyfriend and leave him. The strong willed woman wants to live life on her own terms. Meanwhile, the emotional rollercoaster ride continues with a dirty deed being done in Chapter IV “Carnival.” This track features sultry blues vocals and grimy jazz melodies that sound like rats crawling around in a dark alley at night. This track is a wretched tale about a woman who walks the city streets at night looking for a good time. However, this reckless behavior will only leave the woman heartbroken.

Finally, the emotional rollercoaster ride ends with peace and tranquility in Chapter XIII (Epilogue): “The Simple Life.” This track features soulful vocals and floating jazz melodies that sound like a circus is in town with hundreds of children in attendance happily eating cotton candy. This track is a peaceful tale about a woman who is happy to leave the frenzied pace of city life. The woman is enjoying the beauty of nature. This includes animals, cooking, and reading a good book in front of a warm crackling fireplace.

Jessi Teich is a great independent blues, jazz, and soul singer-songwriter who sings songs about life and human emotion with sassy vocals and heart wrenching lyrics. This young artist’s latest CD “Twisted Soul Live at Studio de Meudon [Paris]” will take listeners on a vivid musical adventure.

THROAT SPROCKETS-White Elephant (Cat Sandwich Records)

A strange trip begins in Los Angeles, California with an independent alternative rock band named Throat Sprockets. Throat Sprockets sing songs about romance, regret, and misery while sounding similar to Crosby, Stills, and Nash with their soulful vocals and sense tingling alternative rock melodies that will send chills up one’s spine. Throat Sprockets released their fourth CD “White Elephant” on October 25, 2014 featuring twenty five mind blowing tracks that will make listeners want to scratch their heads in amazement.

The strange trip begins with the happiness that comes along with a beautiful romance in the fourth track “Pretty Daisy.” This track features soulful vocals and floating piano melodies along with soothing alternative rock melodies is blowing on an early summer day. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is comparing his beautiful girlfriend to a flower that can be found in a meadow. Meanwhile, the strange trip continues with feelings of regret in the fourteenth track “It catches up with you.” This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping alternative rock melodies that sound like a person who has been crying for days while sitting in a dark room and feeling sorry for themselves. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a person who has made too many foolish mistakes in the past. Now, this lonely person deeply regrets making these foolish mistakes.
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Finally, the strange trip ends under a cloud of misery in the twenty second track “Pipedreaming.” This track features weeping vocals and ominous alternative rock melodies that sound like Marvin Martian is coming on his spaceship to try to take over the planet. This track is a sad tale about a miserable person who is in a trance like state of mind while trying to escape the stress of everyday life.

Throat Sprockets are a great independent alternative rock band who sings songs about romance, regret, and misery with passionate, but ominous alternative rock melodies and soulful, but weeping vocals. Throat Sprockets fourth CD “White Elephant” will let listeners know that life can be unpleasant at times.

MR. MOONSHINE (www.mrmoonshine.com)

Are we doomed as a society? The answer to this question is, yes. This is according to a dark unsigned alternative rock quartet out of Long Beach, California named Mr. Moonshine. Mr. Moonshine sings songs about serious issues that are plaguing society today. These issues are bigotry and domestic violence because someone dresses differently than those who are of the majority in society. This dark quartet sounds similar to The Cure with their moaning vocals and their ominous alternative rock melodies that will make a person shiver with fear. Mr. Moonshine will release their self titled debut CD on March 3, 2015 featuring twelve brooding tracks.

The hopeless journey begins with the first track “My Left Hand.” This track features dreary, weeping vocals that sound like a person who is living in constant fear. The brooding alternative rock melodies sound like a huge growling monster is coming after the fearful person. This track is a dark tale about a couple who is in a volatile and violent relationship. However, to those individuals who are living who are living in the outside world the couple’s looks peaceful and happy, but the reality is that the couple’s relationship is extremely unhealthy. Finally, the hopeless journey ends with bigotry in the second track “Scary People.” This track features groaning vocals and eerie alternative rock melodies that sound like a pack of wolves that are howling sadly. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a kid who goes to school dressed in gothic style clothing and the other students begin to make fun of him making him feel like an outcast.

Mr. Moonshine is a dark unsigned alternative rock quartet who is not afraid to sing songs about the dark underbelly of society with haunting vocals and ominous alternative rock melodies. The quartet’s self titled CD will give listeners a reason to want to help stop domestic violence, and bigotry. This is not how people are supposed to treat one another if we want to live in a peaceful society.

CICADA RADIO-Crime Waves (www.KillingHorseRecords.com)

Huge gloomy clouds begin to roll out of Kearny, New Jersey with a fierce independent post hardcore and punk quartet named Cicada Radio. Cicada Radio sings songs about the planet's demise due to humanity's reckless behavior while sounding similar to Nirvana with their snarling vocals and thunderous post hardcore and punk melodies. Cicada Radio released their latest CD "Crime Waves" on December 2, 2014 featuring six thunderous tracks that sound like a locomotive that is barreling down the railroad tracks at two hundred miles per hour. The gloomy journey begins with a glimmer of hope in the second track "The Patriot." This track features snarling vocals and grinding punk melodies that sound like the wheels are about to come off of an out of control race car. This track is an obnoxious rant about people who stand up for what they believe in against the bureaucracy by any means necessary in order to create positive changes for a better quality of life in society. Finally, the gloomy journey turns the glimmer of hope into hopelessness in the fourth track "Tomorrow." This track features moaning vocals and thunderous punk melodies that sound like huge bolts of lightning are violently crashing into the ground and creating large sink holes in the earth. This track is a dark tale about people not knowing if humanity will exist into the next day due to the evil behavior that is running rampant throughout the world today. Cicada Radio is a great independent post hardcore and punk quartet who sings songs about how humanity's recklessness is destroying the world. This quartet combines gloomy lyrics with ominous post hardcore and punk melodies to magnify the dark tone of their latest CD "Crime Waves."

NATHAN ANGELO - "Carolina" EP (www.nathanangelo.com)

A long trip down the road of life begins in Greenville, South Carolina from an unsigned soul and piano pop solo artist named Nathan Angelo. Nathan Angelo sings songs about finding true happiness and enjoying the simple pleasures of life without taking anything for granted. Nathan Angelo sounds similar to Elton John and Billy Joel with his soulful vocals and gentle, fluttering piano melodies that will surely soothe one’s aching body when listening to this heartfelt collection of music after a long day at work.

Nathan Angelo released his latest EP “Carolina” on February 3, 2015 featuring six heartwarming tracks that will ease tired minds. The soul cleansing journey begins with the first track “Carolina save Me.” This track features soulful vocals and floating piano melodies along with fluttering pop melodies that sound like a nest full of baby birds that are happily chirping because they are glad to be alive. This track is a peaceful tale about a man who has finally found his place in the world after being trapped in a tunnel of darkness for many years. Meanwhile, the soul cleansing journey continues with romance blossoming in the third track “Never alone.” This track features soulful vocals and rustic pop melodies that sound like a warm cozy fire crackling in a fireplace at night. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is deeply in love with a beautiful woman and he cannot imagine living his life without her.

Finally, the soul cleansing journey ends joy and happiness in the fifth track “Dancin’ Through the Rain.” This track features soulful vocals and groovy pop melodies that sound like a couple who is happily dancing together while the rhythm of a beautiful love song is floating through the air. This track is an uplifting tale about a couple who is in a loving relationship. The couple works through their problems in any kind of weather and enjoys one another’s company.

Nathan Angelo is a great unsigned soul and piano pop solo artist who sings songs about finding true happiness with passionate lyrics and smooth, uplifting soul and piano pop melodies. Nathan Angelo’s latest EP “Carolina” is the perfect collection of music to listen to after one has had a bad day because it will put a smile on one’s face.

CUT PIECES: A Tribute to Yoko Ono
(www.mainmanrecords.com)

An intriguing journey begins in Eatontown, New Jersey with a group of independent artists who are paying a heartfelt tribute to Yoko Ono. Mainman Records has released many of these tribute compilations, often featuring primarily NJ artists, honoring the songs of everyone from Bowie to Alice Cooper to Devo and the Cars, but Yoko ranks as the label's most controversial target yet.

Although she remains best known for collaborations with her late husband John Lennon, Yoko Ono is an intriguing singer songwriter in her own right. She sings and writes about sadness and heartache with raw emotion. This haunting, yet intriguing collection of music features16 tracks that were originally written and recorded from the 1970’s until the 1990’s, featuring various independent artists including Bebe Buell Band, Russell Arcara & DJG, and Jack Brag. These wonderful artists provide a fresh and exciting rock and roll sound to old classics. This will provide an insight to a new generation of listeners who may,or may not know about Yoko Ono’s musical talents.

The sad journey begins with the first track “I’m Movin’ On,” sung by Bebe Buell. This track features slithering vocals that sound like a snake that is slowly crawling through the weeds and thunderous rock melodies that sound like a fierce fit of anger is brewing inside of a broken hearted woman’s soul. This track is an angry tale about a broken hearted woman who finally has the emotional strength to leave her boyfriend who has been treating her badly. The broken hearted woman is ready to move forward and live a peaceful life. Meanwhile, anger turns into hope and reflection on “Tomorrow May Never Come” performed by Russell Arcara & DJG. This track features sultry vocals and fluttering, rustic rock melodies that sound like the leaves on the trees are rustling swiftly in the breeze on a warm late spring day. This track is a reflective tale about a person who is learning how to appreciate what he or she has in life because life can change in an instant.

Finally, the sad journey ends with feelings of guilt and loneliness in the third track “Walking on Thin Ice” by Jack Brag. This track features moaning vocals that sound like a man who is in severe pain and eerie rock melodies that sound like witches cackling inside an angry man’s head. This track is a lonely tale about a man who is in a tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend due to his awful behavior. The angry man has been acting like an evil dictator.

“Cut Pieces: A Tribute to Yoko Ono” is a great compilation CD filled with a wonderful group of independent artists who are singing songs the power of human emotion. These songs were written by a talented, but sometimes mysterious singer songwriter named Yoko Ono. These sixteen tracks are timeless classics for many generations of music lovers to enjoy for years to come.

THE GET AHEAD-Volcano (www.thegetahead.com)

A heart pounding journey begins in Portland, Oregon with an unsigned neo-soul, R&B, and rock quintet named The Get Ahead. The Get Ahead sings songs about hard work, the hope of a new romance, and heartache while similar to Otis Redding with their gritty, but soulful vocals along with groovy blues rock melodies that will keep listeners dancing with huge smiles on their faces. The Get Ahead will release their latest CD “Volcano” on February 10, 2015 featuring eleven groovy tracks that may make listeners work up a sweat as they are dancing the night away.

The heart pounding journey begins with a cloud of uncertainty hovering over a person in the first track “Could be better.” This track features soulful vocals and groovy blues rock melodies that sound like a person is happily tapping their toes on the way to a dead end job. This track is a frustrating tale about a hard working woman who has a dead end job receives a meager paycheck for her tireless efforts. However, the hard working woman knows that her life could be a lot worse she could be homeless and hungry. The hard working woman is thankful for her job no matter how troublesome it can get. Meanwhile, the heart pounding journey continues with uncertainty turning into hope in the fourth track “Too hot.” This track features gritty vocals and thunderous blues rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat that is violently pounding inside of a person’s chest. This track is an anxious tale about a woman who is attracted to a very handsome man. However, the woman is nervous whenever she is near the very handsome man.
Finally, the heart pounding journey ends with heartache boiling over in the ninth track “Volcano.” This track features snarling vocals and sizzling neo-soul melodies that sound like a hot iron pot bubbling over with hot boiling water. This track is an angry tale about a man who is in a tumultuous relationship and the angry man is about to erupt like a volcano.

The Get Ahead is a brilliant unsigned neo-soul, R&B, and rock quintet who will sing edgy, but soulful songs about life’s personal hardships with no apologies. The quintet’s latest CD “Volcano” will give hard working people a reason to smile with some wonderful neo-soul music.

 

THE VAGABAND-Medicine for the Soul (Eggsong Recordings)

A brisk wind blows out of Norfolk, United Kingdom from an independent eight piece folk, Celtic, and Americana band named The Vagaband. The Vagaband sings songs about happiness and disgust while sounding similar to early Fleetwood Mac with their soulful vocals along with rustic folk, Celtic, and Americana melodies. The Vagaband released their latest CD “Medicine for the Soul” on November 24, 2014 featuring eleven heartwarming, yet sorrowful tracks that sound like an old Charles Dickens novel telling stories about life in Great Britain during the 1800’s.
The heartwarming journey begins with the second track “Lifted.” This track features soulful, chanting vocals that sound like a group of people laughing about funny stories while having breakfast together. Also, there are floating Celtic melodies that sound like birds are chirping while flying in a clear blue sky. This track is an uplifting tale about a person who is starting the day off with a smile and the sun shining brightly in the clear blue sky. Finally, the heartwarming journey ends with disgust in the third track “Black Sheep.” This track features sorrowful vocals and a robust Americana sound with a banjo sputtering throughout the track sounding like a person who has been guzzling too much beer. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who has lived his life as a party animal, but sees nothing wrong with his raucous lifestyle. However, the man’s family is disgusted with his raucous behavior. The man’s family is desperately wishing that he would change his ways.
The Vagaband is a wonderful independent eight piece folk, Celtic, and Americana band who sings songs about happiness and disgust. This brilliant ensemble will combine robust folk and Celtic melodies that will make listeners want to kick up their heels. This ensemble’s latest CD “Medicine for the Soul” will definitely cure one’s ills.

DUKE GARWOOD - Heavy Love (Heavenly Recordings)

A heart wrenching tale about romance and relentless agony begins in London, United Kingdom from an independent experimental and blues rock artist named Duke Garwood. Duke Garwood sings songs about romance, regret, and living life in exotic locations while sounding similar to Led Zeppelin, but with a much more ominous sound that will give listeners goose bumps. Duke Garwood will release his latest CD “Heavy Love” on February 9, 2015 featuring ten haunting, yet seductive tracks.

The agonizing journey begins with the first track “Some Times.” This track features moaning vocals and brooding blues rock melodies that sound like a grizzly bear growling. This track is a dark tale about a lonely man who is looking back at the struggles that he has had throughout his life. The lonely man deeply regrets making some of the reckless decisions in his life. Meanwhile, the agonizing journey continues with romance blooming in the second track “Heavy Love.” This track features silky, smooth vocals and sultry blues rock melodies. This track is a seductive tale about a man who is deeply in love with a beautiful woman and he seems to be very happy.

Finally, the agonizing journey ends with absolute misery overflowing in the third track “Burning Seas.” This track features groaning vocals and gurgling blues rock melodies that sound like Alka Seltzer tablets are being dropped into a glass of water. This track is a gloomy tale about a tired man who sails on rough seas on a boat with a beautiful woman from an exotic island. So, the tired man is literally green around the gills after a long night of partying.

Duke Garwood is a great independent experimental and blues rock artist who sings songs about romance, regret, and exotic adventures. Duke Garwood truly lives the life of a rock star with seductive lyrics and sultry experimental and blues rock melodies that will shine through in his latest CD “Heavy Love.”

 

DINOSAUR EYELIDS-Bypass to Nowhere (Servis Road Records)

A mind blowing adventure begins in New Brunswick, New Jersey from an independent alternative rock quartet named Dinosaur Eyelids. Dinosaur Eyelids sings emotionally intense alternative rock songs about life, love, and heartache while sounding similar to Nirvana and Neil Young with their soulful vocals and thunderous alternative rock melodies that will make one’s senses tingle and eardrums throb. Dinosaur Eyelids released their fourth CD “Bypass to Nowhere” on December 12, 2014 featuring twelve soul bearing tracks about the trials and tribulations of life.

The soul bearing journey begins with the first track “Talkin’ to me.” This track features soulful vocals and thunderous alternative rock melodies that sound like a mob of angry monsters growling wildly. This track is an obnoxious rant about a man who is upset about the way that the honest and hard working people in society are being mistreated by those individuals who are in positions of authority. This passionate man is encouraging people to stand up for what they believe is right in order to correct the social injustices that are running rampant in today’s society. Meanwhile, the soul bearing journey continues with romance blossoming in the second track “Nowhere Fast.” This track features soulful vocals and fluttering alternative rock melodies that sound like birds are happily chirping on a warm summer day. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is deeply in love with a beautiful woman and time is moving very slowly, but the blissfully happy man does not seem to mind.

The soul bearing journey ends with heartache in the fourth track “Green Eyed Soul.” This track features moaning vocals and weeping alternative rock melodies that sound like a person who has been crying for days. This track is a sad tale about a man who is in a bad relationship with his evil girlfriend who is treating him badly. The heartbroken man can do nothing right in his evil girlfriend’s eyes.

Dinosaur Eyelids is a great independent alternative rock quartet who sings songs about life, love, and heartache with sense tingling alternative rock melodies and heartfelt lyrics. The quartet’s fourth CD “Bypass to Nowhere” will remind listeners that life can be a sruggle that one must embrace in order to become a better person.

 

WAKE UP LUCID - "Gone with the Night" EP (WUL Records)

Angst roars out of Los Angeles, California from an independent gutter rock trio named Wake up Lucid. This high octane trio sings songs about heartache and being able to face adversity in life while sounding similar to Black Sabbath with their snarling vocals and thunderous gutter rock melodies that sound like Godzilla is stomping and growling through the city streets at night. Wake up Lucid will release their latest EP “Gone with the Night” on March 31, 2015 featuring six raucous tracks that will wake up one’s neighbors.

The raucous journey begins with the first track “White Collar Love.” This track features snarling vocals and thunderous gutter rock melodies. This track is an obnoxious rant about a man who desperately wants the attention of a beautiful, well educated woman. However, the desperate man realizes that the beautiful woman is out of his league because she keeps giving him the cold shoulder. Meanwhile, the raucous journey continues with shadows of doubt hovering in the second track “Let it roll.” This track features moaning vocals and ominous gutter rock melodies that sound like a group of witches cackling. This track is a dark tale about how bad situations seem to keep happening to people. However, people have to face adversity in life and learn to move forward in order keep themselves from getting weighed down by self doubt.

Finally, the raucous journey ends with a glimmer of hope in the third track “Don’t Fear.” This track features slithering vocals and gritty gutter rock melodies. This track reflective tale about learning how to face one’s fears head on. The reason for this is because one can become trapped by their fears whether these fears are real, or imagined. When one conquers their fears they are better able to cope with the stress that can come with daily life. Wake up Lucid is a fantastic independent gutter rock trio who sings songs about heartache and learning how to face adversity in life. The trio’s latest EP “Gone with the Night” combines brutally honest lyrics and thunderous gutter rock melodies to remind listeners not to sweat the small stuff.

THE LONELINESS MONK-Transmutation
(thelonelinessmonk.bandcamp.com)

A cloud of uncertainty hovers over Memphis, Tennessee from an unsigned psychedelic, folk, and alternative rock solo artist named The Loneliness Monk. The Loneliness Monk sings songs about the issues of inequality and how humanity tends to want to destroy our wonderful planet earth while sounding similar to Tom Waits with his gritty vocals and rustic, yet fluttering psychedelic rock melodies that will leave many listeners to wonder what is really going on with the human race these days? The Loneliness Monk released his latest CD “Transmutation” on October 10, 2014 featuring five mysterious tracks that will make one’s teeth rattle.

The mysterious journey begins with the second track “The Thirsty Earth.” This track features gritty vocals and rustic acoustic folk rock melodies. This track is a reflective tale about how nature is beautiful and humanity must stop destroying the earth. People must learn to appreciate nature and what it can do to help sustain life for all of the creatures of the earth. Meanwhile, the mysterious journey continues with a light breeze blowing in the fourth track “Clearance Level.” This track is a peaceful instrumental tale featuring fluttering psychedelic rock melodies that sound like birds are flying around on a sunny and warm spring day.

Finally, the mysterious journey ends with anxiety in the fifth track “Equal Planes.” This track features gritty, but sorrowful vocals and ominous psychedelic rock melodies that sound like angry monsters are growling. This track is a dark tale about how humanity continues to struggle to gain equality. However, people who are less fortunate keep getting stepped on by the greedy bureaucrats who are in positions of authority. So, the less fortunate people will continue to be ignored.

The Loneliness Monk is a great unsigned alternative, folk, and psychedelic rock solo artist who sings songs about humanity’s reckless behavior with gritty vocals and eerie psychedelic rock melodies. The Loneliness Monk will wake listeners up with his latest CD “Transmutation.”

DRONEN - "284 Days" EP (www.dronenrocks.com)

A huge of shadow of doubt hovers over Southern California from an unsigned alternative rock trio named Dronen. Dronen sings songs about hopelessness and heartache while sounding similar to Smashing Pumpkins with their groaning vocals and dreary alternative rock melodies that will send chills up one’s spine. Dronen will release their latest EP “284 Days” on February 3, 2015 five ominous tracks that will make fans of early alternative rock music very happy.

The haunting journey begins with the first track “The Loss of All Things Real.” This track features groaning vocals and ominous alternative rock melodies that sound like goblins are cackling inside of a disturbed man’s head. This track is a dark tale about a man who has completely lost his mind over various events that have occurred throughout his life. However, the troubled man refuses to move forward and try to improve on his quality of life. Meanwhile, the haunting journey continues with the second track “A Song to the Past.” This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping alternative rock melodies that sound like a person who has been sobbing uncontrollably for days. This track is a sad tale about a man who is having fond memories about is past relationship with a former girlfriend. The sad man regrets treating his former girlfriend so badly. The sad man now realizes that his former girlfriend was good to him.

Finally, the haunting journey ends with disappointment in the fourth track “Tonight.” This track features moaning vocals and thunderous alternative rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a lonely man who is desperately trying to win the heart of a beautiful woman. However, the beautiful woman keeps ignoring the lonely man. So, the lonely man goes home heartbroken.
Dronen is a great unsigned alternative rock trio who sings gloomy songs about hopelessness and heartache with a relentless passion. The trio’s latest EP “284 Days” will let listeners know that the dark vibe of early alternative rock music is back with a vengeance.

DEL SUR-H.A.G.S. EP (delsur.bandcamp.com)

It is time to come out of the cold winter weather. Let’s enjoy some sizzling psychedelic pop rock music from an independent psychedelic pop rock duo out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania called Del Sur. Del Sur sings songs about having fun on the beach on a warm summer day. This sizzling duo sounds similar to Jimmy Buffet meeting 311 with their soulful vocals and sultry psychedelic pop rock melodies that will surely put a huge smile on the faces of many psychedelic pop rock fans. Del Sur will release their latest EP “H.A.G.S.” on January 27, 2015. This summerlike collection of music features six sizzling tracks that will get one’s blood pumping.

The summerlike adventure begins with the first track “In My Room.” This track features soulful vocals and groovy psychedelic pop rock melodies. This track is a sultry tale about a man who is casually sipping drinks from his beachfront hotel. The happy man is enjoying a worry free life on a hot summer day. Finally, the summerlike adventure ends with a slow cool down in the fourth track “Melted Down.” This track features chanting vocals floating throughout the track and haunting yet, infectious psychedelic pop rock melodies that sound like a man is sweating heavily and trying to cool off in the salty ocean water. This track is a hot and sticky tale about a man who is getting ready to take a swim in the ocean after taking a long walk on the hot beach with the heat of the sun beating down on his back.

Del Sur is a great independent psychedelic pop rock duo who sings songs about enjoying life on the beach with no worries. This brilliant duo combines sultry vocals and groovy lyrics that will paint a colorful picture of summertime with their latest EP “H.A.G.S.”

RENT PARTY-5th Anniversary Collection Good Music. Good Cause www.rentpartylive.com)

Get ready to stomp out hunger in Maplewood, New Jersey with some feel good music from various independent artists. This wonderful collection of music that features thirty one tracks on two discs is called “Rent Party 5th Anniversary Collection Good Music. Good Cause.” was released on September 6, 2014. This wonderful collection of music features great independent bands like Shark Hat, Tri-State, and The Cucumbers. Hunger is no laughing matter we all must work together in order to help put an end to it.

The hopeful journey begins with the first track “Long Way from Memphis” (Disc 1). This track is performed by the Americana band called Shark Hat. Shark Hat sounds similar to Bob Dylan with their soulful vocals and rustic Americana melodies. This track is a reflective tale about a man who is really missing the amenities of his life while he was living in Memphis, Tennessee. Meanwhile, the hopeful journey continues with a rush of excitement in the thirteenth track “All Different” (Disc 1). This track is performed by the pop rock band Tri-State. Tri-State sounds similar to John Mellencamp with their gritty vocals and breezy pop rock melodies. This track is an energetic tale about a man who is telling a story about how he and his former girlfriend have grown up and are leading different lives as adults.

Finally, the hopeful journey ends with an infectious groove in the sixteenth track “Rent Party Song” (Disc 2). This track is performed by the blues band called The Cucumbers. The Cucumbers sound similar to Tom Waits with their gritty vocals and groovy blues melodies. This track is a raucous tale about playing music and having fun while raising money to help stomp out hunger..

Rent Party is a wonderful non- profit organization who tirelessly fights hunger in Maplewood, New Jersey and has been doing so since 2009. The plight of hunger does not have to continue. So, please help end it and enjoy some great independent music in the process.

MODERN SUITS - "Every Light" EP (Sleep Retreat Records)

A dark cloud hovers over West Chester, Pennsylvania from an independent pop rock quartet called Modern Suits. Modern Suits sings songs about heartache and hope while sounding similar to Puddle of Mudd with their soulful vocals and gritty pop rock melodies that will stir the souls of many pop rock fans with an in your face attitude. Modern Suits' latest EP “Every Light” features five heart wrenching tracks that will take one down the rocky road of life.

The dark journey begins with a glimmer of hope in the first track “The Road.” This track features soulful vocals and gritty pop rock melodies. This track is a hopeful tale about a man who is trying to find his place in life after a painful break up. Meanwhile, the dark journey continues with the glimmer of hope fading in the second track “Waiting.” This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping pop rock melodies that sound like a person who has been sobbing uncontrollably for days. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a lonely man who desperately longs for his girlfriend to come back to him. However, the lonely man knows that his girlfriend probably will not come back to him because he treated her so badly.

Finally, the dark journey ends with a ray of sunshine gleaming in the fifth track “Every Light.” This track features soulful vocals smooth, shimmering pop rock melodies. This track is an uplifting tale about a man who has finally found peace in his life after years of self doubt. The happy man is really excited about his future endeavors because he believes in his talents and abilities.

Modern Suits is a great independent pop rock quartet who sings songs about finding hope when life seems very dark. Modern Suits uses soul bearing vocals and gut wrenching pop rock melodies to bring out the honesty that is presented in the quartet’s latest EP “Every Light.”

HOLLY & PLASTIC - We Will Give This World Away (Double Plus Good Records)

What is the world coming to? This is the question that is being asked by an independent pop punk solo artist out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin named Holly & Plastic. Holly & Plastic sings songs about how the world can deceive people which can lead to hopelessness and disappointment. This brilliant pop punk solo artist sounds similar to REM and Bob Dylan with his gritty, but soulful vocals and rustic pop punk melodies that will leave many listeners scratching their heads in amazement.

Holly & Plastic released his second CD “We Will Give This World Away” on November 4, 2014. This reflective, yet haunting collection of music features nine tracks that will keep pop punk music fans guessing with every twist and turn. The haunting journey begins with the first track “Normal Nightmares.” This track features gritty vocals and rustic pop punk melodies. This track is a reflective tale about how the craziness of a fast paced world can make people feel stressed out. These overwhelming feelings can lead to physical and emotional turmoil.

Meanwhile, the haunting journey continues with a reality check in the sixth track “Junk Theories.” This track features soulful vocals and fluttering acoustic pop melodies. This track is a brutally honest tale about how humanity has been deceived by individuals who are in positions of authority. These bureaucratic ideas and inventions often will make life worse for humanity rather than better. Finally, the haunting journey ends with disappointment in the eighth track “Chasing Ghosts.” This track features sorrowful vocals and moaning pop melodies that sound like an evil snickering fit of laughter that is echoing in a sad man’s head. This track is a sad tale about a lonely man who has set unrealistic goals for himself throughout his life. The lonely man deeply regrets making these poor decisions in his life.

Holly & Plastic is a great independent pop solo artist who sings songs about how deceit has literally infected the world. This gripping CD “We Will Give This World Away” uses gloomy pop punk melodies and brutally honest lyrics to answer the question, what is the world coming to? The answer is absolute chaos.

HAUNTED HEADS - EP (Double Plus Good Records)

Heartache oozes out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin from an independent rock power pop quartet called Haunted Heads. Haunted Heads sings songs about the painful side of romance while sounding similar to White Lion with their soulful vocals and slithering power pop melodies that will bring back memories the heyday of power pop which was a huge part of the 1980’s music scene. However, Haunted Heads released their self titled EP on November 4, 2014 which features seven sad and angry tracks describing the agony of a relationship ending. This collection of music has a more intense and grittier sound which is relevant to today’s music scene.

The heartbreaking journey begins with anger in the second track “Old Tools.” This track features soulful vocals and slithering power pop melodies. This track is an angry tale about a man who is upset about his ungrateful girlfriend who is literally throwing their relationship away like old and unwanted tools. Meanwhile, the heartbreaking journey continues with agony in the fifth track “Echoes.” This track features gritty vocals and snarling rock melodies. This track is a haunting tale about a man who is waking up from a nightmare after his relationship has ended. The panic stricken man is hearing voices of past memories that occurred during his relationship.

Finally, the heartbreaking journey ends with sadness in the seventh track “No Word.” This track features screaming vocals and thunderous rock melodies. This track is a painful tale about a couple who is ending their tumultuous relationship with nothing more to say because they have hurt each other enough with their scathing words and actions.
Haunting Heads is a great independent rock power pop quartet who sings songs about heartache with raw emotion and slithering power pop melodies. The quartet’s latest self titled EP is a pleasure to listen to especially when one needs to blow off steam.

SON LITTLE-Things I Forgot EP (Anti-Records)

Romance is blossoming in Queens, New York. This romantic and heartfelt collection of music is coming from an independent pop rock solo artist named Son Little. This talented musician and songwriter Son Little sounds similar to Fleetwood Mac and Santana with his soulful vocals and sultry pop rock melodies that will make one’s spirit soar. Son Little released his latest EP “Things I Forgot” on October 11, 2014 featuring six heart wrenching tracks about lust, hope and joy.

The heart wrenching journey begins with the first track “The River.” This track features soulful vocals and sultry pop rock melodies. This track is a lusty tale a man who sees a beautiful woman bathing in the river. Meanwhile, the heart wrenching journey continues with lust turning into hope in the third track “Cross My Heart.” This track features soulful vocals and groovy pop rock melodies that are combined with elements of reggae music. This track is a hopeful tale about a man who is promising the woman he loves that he will always love her.

Finally, the heart wrenching journey ends with peace in the fourth track “Joy.” This track features soulful vocals and weeping pop rock melodies that sound like tears of joy are falling on the ground. This track is a peaceful tale about a man who has found peace and joy in his life. The peaceful man is appreciative of what he has and takes nothing for granted because life is too short to be unhappy.

Son Little is a brilliant independent pop rock solo artist who combines elements of pop, rock, and reggae to sing songs about the simple pleasures of life. Son Little’s latest EP “Things I Forgot” will soothe the human spirit with six soul bearing tracks.

SATURDAY DRIVE – "1991" EP (www.SaturdayDriveband.com)

The rocky road called romance begins in Bergen County, New Jersey from an unsigned rock trio called Saturday Drive. Saturday Drive sounds similar to Glass Tiger with their soulful vocals and groovy pop rock melodies which tell tales of trials and tribulations of romance. Saturday Drive ‘s “1991” features four soul stirring tracks that will surely get one’s toes tapping.

“Let Go,” the EP’s first single and video, features soulful vocals and groovy pop rock pop rock melodies that will put a smile on one’s face. This track is a heart wrenching tale about a couple who is in a tumultuous relationship. However, the couple is confused about where their relationship should be going. The confused couple still loves each other like crazy.

Saturday Drive is a great unsigned rock trio that sings and plays their high octane music with passion and honesty. “1991” lets listeners know that romance can be a crazy game that will tug at the heart strings of every human being at one time or another. Saturday Drive has a bright future on today’s music scene.

THE POP GROUP
We Are Time, Cabinet Of Curiosities (Freaks R Us Records)

Anger and sadness come out of Bristol, United Kingdom from a once-upon-a-time post punk quintet from the late 1970’s to early 1980’s called The Pop Group. The Pop Group sings songs about anger and sadness while sounding similar to the Sex Pistols with their screaming vocals and thumping post punk bass lines that will surely make many parents scratch their heads and wonder what the world has come to. Freaks R Us is re-releasing two of the Pop Group’s landmark albums, We Are Time and Cabinet Of Curiosities.

We Are Time features ten raucous tracks that will literally make the hair stand up on the back of one’s neck. The raucous adventure begins with the first track “Trap.” This track features screaming vocals and loud, grinding post punk melodies. It’s an obnoxious rant about young men annoyed with society’s rules. These frustrated young men have vowed to challenge the status quo for the right to express themselves freely without bureaucratic interference. Finally, the raucous adventure goes from anger to sadness in the fourth track “Colour Blind.” This track features sorrowful vocals and weeping post punk melodies that sound like teardrops are falling on the ground. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a young man who has broken up with his girlfriend and he is upset because he sees her dancing with another young man.

The more funk driven Cabinet of Curiosities showcases nine high octane tracks that will surely get one’s heart racing, sounding similar to Parliament Funkadelic with groovy post punk melodies and even more thumping bass lines.

The party begins with “Where There’s A Will.” (Re mastered single.) This track features screaming vocals and groovy post punk melodies, along with a pulsating bass line that sounds like a nervous heartbeat. This track is an uplifting tale about people who are not afraid to live life on their own terms and have a great time doings so. The party continues with the hope of a new romance in the second track “she is beyond good and evil.” (Original Version) This track features squealing vocals and sultry post punk melodies, along with a thumping bass line. This track is an agonizing tale about a young man who is hopelessly in love with a beautiful woman. However, the beautiful woman is too busy playing hard to get.

The Pop Group was a great independent post punk quintet who was not afraid to combine post punk and funk music. If you’re never heard them before, these reissues are well worth checking out.

NEW AMERICAN FARMERS-The Farmacology Sessions (Big Barncat Records)

A ray of hope comes out of San Francisco, California from an independent Americana folk rock duo called New American Farmers. This wonderful Americana folk rock duo sings songs about living a peaceful and healthy life in an extremely unstable society while sounding similar to Crosby, Stills, and Nash with their soulful vocal harmonies and smooth folk rock melodies that will ease one’s mind for just a little while.
New American Farmers will release their second CD “The Farmacolgy Sessions” on October 14, 2014 featuring nine soul bearing tracks that include soothing harmonies. The hopeful journey begins with the Second track “Aiming for the Daylight.” This track features gritty vocals and groovy folk rock melodies that sound like people are laughing and having a great time. This track is an uplifting tale about people who are not afraid to do what they feel is right and just. Then, people must reach their goals and follow their dreams so that they do not become trapped by the bureaucracy of the status quo.
Meanwhile, the hopeful journey continues with uncertainty in the third track “The Garden.” This track features soulful vocals and blustery folk rock melodies that sound like a stiff breeze is literally nipping at one’s soul. This track is a heart wrenching tale about people who have lost all hope and they want to find peace with nature. These tortured souls are getting away from the rat race called the real world. Finally, the hopeful journey ends with simplicity in the ninth track “Carrot and Stick.” This track features whispering vocals and smooth, but rustic folk rock melodies. This track is a peaceful tale about people growing and eating nature’s food as a way to promote living a healthy lifestyle.
New American Farmers are a great independent Americana folk rock duo who combines soulful vocal harmonies with intense and rustic folk rock melodies. The duo’s second CD “The Farmacology Sessions” is a musical masterpiece letting listeners know how the world can be if people choose to live healthy and peaceful lives.

SEAN ROWE-“Madman” (Anti-Records)

Hope and heartbreak come out of Troy, New York from an independent blues artist named Sean Rowe. Sean Rowe sings songs about hope and heartbreak while sounding similar to Otis Redding with his soulful vocals and rustic blues melodies that will tug at the heartstrings of many blues music fans with twelve passionate and honest tracks. This brilliant artist released his latest CD “Madman” on September 9, 2014. The heartfelt journey begins with the first track “Madman.” This track features soulful vocals and cool, rustic blues melodies. This track is a reflective tale about a man who has busily traveled across the country to entertain people with his music.

Meanwhile, the heartfelt journey continues with romance blossoming in the second track “Shine My Diamond Ring.” This track features soulful vocals and groovy blues rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a sultry tale about a man who wants to marry his girlfriend and be happy forever. Finally, the heartfelt journey ends with sadness in the fourth track “The Game.” This track features soulful, but weeping vocals that sound like a gentle soaking rain and smooth, sobbing blues rock melodies. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who suddenly finds out that life can throw an unexpected curve ball. The unexpected curve ball was that his girlfriend has been cheating on him

Sean Rowe is a fantastic independent blues artist who sings songs about hope and heartbreak with passion and honesty. Sean Rowe’s latest CD “Madman” brings back a classic soul and blues music sound with a rougher edge to a new generation of blues music fans.

BABY FIRE- The Red Robe (www.off-recordlabel.blogspot.com)

Heartache, anger, and hope are the three words that can best describe The Red Robe, which is from a haunted rock duo out of Brussels, Belgium called Baby Fire. Baby Fire sings songs about heartache and self doubt while sounding similar to PJ Harvey with their groaning vocals and thunderous haunted rock melodies.

The lonely journey begins with heartache in the first track “Door of Mercy.” This track features groaning vocals that sound like a person is in the middle of some intolerable mental anguish, and scraping rock melodies that sound like a group of monsters ore following this troubled individual wherever she goes. This track is an obnoxious rant about a troubled woman who desperately needs to redeem herself after making mistakes in her life. However, the troubled woman has not been given the chance to redeem herself by those individuals who are in positions of authority because she has literally burned all of her bridges with all of the individuals around her.

Meanwhile, the lonely journey continues with anger in the third track “The Wolf.” This track features snarling vocals that sound like a pack of wolves are out hunting at night and ominous haunted rock melodies that will make one tremble with fear. This track is an angry tale about a lonely woman who feels like she has been eaten up by society because she will not conform to society’s rules. However, the lonely woman vows to live her own life. Finally, the lonely journey ends with a glimmer of hope in the fourth track “Victory.” This track features screaming vocals that sound like a happy woman who is jumping for joy and thunderous haunted rock melodies that sound like a huge parade is rumbling down the street. This track is an exciting tale about a once troubled woman who has decided to make a better life for herself. However, many people around her still had their doubts about her abilities.

Baby Fire is a great independent haunted rock duo that brings back the darkness of early alternative rock music with an exciting and frigid modern edge. The Duo’s second CD “The Red Robe” is a must have for fans of dark alternative rock music. Baby Fire lets listeners know that the world can often be a cruel and heartless place to live in.

HORSE FEATHERS - So It Is With Us (Kill Rock Stars Records)

Love and disappointment ooze out of Portland, Oregon from an independent pop rock quintet called Horse Feathers. This passionate quintet sings songs about the joy of romance and the self doubt that can come from having to face disappointment in life. Horse Feathers sound similar to The Band with their soulful vocals and mellow pop rock melodies that will surely put smiles on the faces of many pop rock fans. Horse Feathers will release their latest CD “So it is with us” on October 21, 2014 featuring ten soul searching tracks that will live on forever telling stories about life.

The soul searching journey begins with the first track “Violently wild.” This track features soulful vocals and sultry pop rock melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a heartwarming tale about a nervous man who is attracted to a beautiful woman who has a wonderful smile. The nervous man is longing to be with the beautiful woman so that he can make her happy forever. Meanwhile, the soul searching journey continues with a quiet calmness in the second track “Thousand.” This track features soulful vocals and soothing pop rock melodies that sound like a warm summer breeze is blowing through one’s hair when the top is down on a convertible while it is being driven down the road. This track is a reflective tale about a man who is driving down a long, winding road with the woman he loves beside him. The man is appreciative of his girlfriend and is looking forward to the future with her.

Finally, the soul searching journey ends with disappointment in the third track “Dead End Thanks.” This track features moaning vocals and weeping pop rock melodies that sound like teardrops are falling on the ground. This track is a sad tale about a once proud man who did favors for friends who he once trusted. However, the man feels betrayed because his once trusting friends did nothing to show appreciation for all of the man’s favors except to tell lies about him.

Horse Feathers are a great independent pop rock quintet that combines honest lyrics with soothing pop rock melodies that can enlighten one’s soul. The quintet’s latest CD “So it is with us” tells the story of humanity in a peaceful way. This collection of music is like a lullaby that will take all of one’s worries away.

JESSE MACHT- “Suitcase Heart”
(www.jessemachtmusic.com)

Uncertainty comes out of Los Angeles, California from an unsigned pop rock solo artist named Jesse Macht. Jesse Macht sings songs about having hope even when one is faced with doubt and heartache. This brilliant solo artist sounds similar to Jason Mraz with soulful vocals and tender pop rock melodies that can mend a tortured soul. This heartfelt collection of music is filled with nine tracks that tell stories about coming out of the darkness and finding the courage to move forward with one’s life.
The courageous journey begins with Jesse Macht’s second CD which is titled “Suitcase Heart” which will be released on September 23, 2014 starting with the first track “Broken Faith.” This track features soulful vocals and weeping pop rock melodies that sound like a person has been crying for days. This track is a sad tale about a man who has put his trust in the people around him throughout his life. However, some of those people that the man once trusted have turned out to be liars. Meanwhile, the sadness that began in the courageous journey turns into hope in the second track “Suitcase Heart.” This track features soulful vocals and light pop rock melodies that sound like a gentle breeze blowing through one’s hair on a beautiful spring day. This track is a reflective tale about a man who has been broken and torn throughout his life. However, the man has chosen not to dwell on the negative experiences in his life. So, the man is determined to remain positive as he looks forward to the future.
Finally, the courageous journey ends with heartache in the third track “How we break it.” This track features sorrowful vocals and moaning pop rock melodies that sound like two hearts that are being shattered and falling out onto the floor. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a couple who is breaking up. The angry couple is too busy picking out one another’s faults rather than trying to fix their relationship.
Jesse Macht is a great unsigned pop rock solo artist who sings songs about life’s hardships with heartfelt lyrics and graceful pop rock melodies. This brilliant artist’s latest CD “Suitcase Heart” will calm down a person’s rattled nerves on a bad day.

QUEEN ESTHER - The Other Side (www.queen-esther.com)

Hope, heartache, and sadness are the three words that can best describe the latest CD “The Other Side” from an unsigned black Americana solo artist from Atlanta, Georgia named Queen Esther. Queen Esther sounds similar to three musical icons Etta James, Tammy Wynette, and Barbara Mandrel with her soulful vocals and rustic blues rock melodies and her heartfelt stone country melodies that will touch the hearts of black Americana music fans. Queen Esther will release her latest CD “The Other Side” on September 16, 2014 featuring thirteen emotionally intense tracks.

The emotionally intense journey begins with the first track “Sunnyland.” This track features soulful vocals and rustic blues rock melodies. This track is a hopeful tale about a woman who has had to endure many hardships throughout her life. However, the woman is determined to empower herself in order to make her future look a lot brighter. Meanwhile, hope turns into sadness in the fifth track “Sadness Everlasting.” This track features weeping vocals that sound like a woman has been crying for days and the soft, whimpering melodies of a steel guitar that bring out the strong influence of classic country music. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a woman who is breaking up with her boyfriend who has been treating her badly. This angry man has brought her nothing but sadness.

Finally, the emotionally intense journey ends with sadness in the ninth track “The Other Side.” This track features sweet, mellow vocals and the weeping melodies of a steel guitar that bring out the raw emotion of another classic country influenced track. This track is a sad tale about a woman who is saying goodbye to loved ones. However, the heartbroken woman knows that she will see her loved ones in heaven someday because it will be a peaceful place.

Queen Esther is a wonderful unsigned black Americana solo artist who literally has the voice of an angel. Queen Esther brings out vibrant melodies to blues, rock, and country. The latest CD “The Other Side” really makes the music of Queen Esther an unbelievably pleasant listening experience.

DANIEL LOVGREN-“Ancient Stones” (www.daniellovgren.bandcamp.com/)

An ode to the working man is what one would call the latest CD “Ancient Stones” from an unsigned folk solo artist out of Red Bank, New Jersey named Daniel Lovgren. This soft voiced folk artist sounds similar to folk icon Bob Dylan with his rustic folk melodies that will touch the hearts of many folk music fans. Daniel Lovgren’s latest CD “Ancient Stones” was released on May 11, 2014 featuring seven heart wrenching tracks about the hardships of the railroad workers who tirelessly made this country what it is today.
The heart wrenching journey begins with sadness in the first track “Graves.” This track features sorrowful vocals and gloomy acoustic folk melodies. This track is a heartbreaking tale about railroad workers who have lost their lives doing an extremely dangerous job. The railroad workers who were killed need to be honored and respected forever. Meanwhile, a dark cloud continues to hover over the railroad workers in the second track “Freight Train Blues.” This track features moaning vocals and chugging folk melodies that sound like a huge freight train is barreling down the tracks. This track is an agonizing tale about railroad workers delivering different types of goods by freight train day and night.
Finally, the heart wrenching journey ends with a sense of relief in the third track “Riders.” This track features soulful vocals and fluttering folk melodies. This track is a peaceful tale about how transportation by train made life much easier in this country for employment, delivery of various goods, and for leisure activities.
Daniel Lovgren is a great unsigned folk solo artist who sings songs about the plight of the working class citizens. This wonderful CD “Ancient Stones” combines rustic folk melodies and soul bearing lyrics. This collection of music is perfect for a cold winter day because it will warm one’s soul.

KAREN HAGLOF-“Western Holiday” (True Morgan Music)

A raucous adventure begins in New York City, New York from an independent blues Americana solo artist named Karen Haglof. Karen Haglof sings songs about how hard working people like to party when the long work week is finished. Karen Haglof sounds similar to Shania Twain with her sultry vocals and groovy blues Americana melodies. Karen Haglof’s debut solo CD “Western Holiday” was released on June 10, 2014 featuring twelve rowdy tracks about having a great time and letting the stress of a long work week go.
The raucous adventure begins with the first track “Western Holiday.” This track features sultry vocals and steamy blues Americana melodies. This track is a fun loving tale about how hard working dude ranchers who live out west like to celebrate on a day off. Meanwhile, the raucous adventure continues with a little bit of uncertainty in the fourth track “Danger Point.” This track features soulful vocals and groovy blues Americana melodies. This track is a sultry tale about a group of young women who live in New York City who want to party. These young women are hoping to find their prince charming. However, these young women are unaware of the possibility of trouble brewing in the minds of some of these seemingly delightful young men.
Finally, the raucous adventure ends with a little bit of pathetic humor in the eighth track “Dog in the Yard.” This track features soulful vocals and gritty blues Americana melodies. This track is an obnoxious tale about a desperate man who is chasing a beautiful woman and follows her home. However, once the desperate man realizes that the beautiful woman is not interested in him the desperate man is standing in the beautiful woman’s yard looking like a lost dog.
Karen Haglof is a brilliant independent blues Americana solo artist who uses soulful vocals and brash lyrics to describe peoples’ wild side. Karen Haglof’s debut solo CD “Western Holiday” is the perfect collection of music for a weekend of partying with friends.


THE BELLE SOUNDS - “Black Stone” EP (www.thebellesounds.com)

By Leslie Snyder

A mysterious journey begins in Austin, Texas from an unsigned folk pop quartet called The Belle Sounds. The band sounds similar to Fleetwood Mac, but with a much darker folk influence on its latest EP “Black Stone,” featuring five wonderful, yet haunting tracks with sorrowful vocals and dark folk pop melodies dealing with sadness and hope. This poetic collection of folk pop music will have many folk pop fans scratching their heads and wondering what will happen with the adventures that each track will take them on.
The mysterious journey begins with the first track “Black Stone.” This track features soulful vocals and pulsating drum beats that sound like the element of fear is lurking. This track is an eerie tale about the mystery of a stone with the power to spread evil throughout humanity. One can hear the dark, yet rustic folk pop melodies that will add to the element of fear that will be brought out in the track. Meanwhile, the mysterious journey takes a tragic turn in the third track “Ghost of Mykonos.” This track features weeping vocals and gloomy folk pop melodies. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a newly married man who vanishes while on his honeymoon. Then, the spirit of the newly married man comes back to haunt his grief stricken wife.
Finally, the mysterious journey ends with a glimmer of hope in the fifth track “Drifter.” This track features soulful vocals and floating piano melodies that will go along smoothly with the quivering folk pop melodies. This track is a hopeful tale about a long lost friendship being rebuilt after many trials and tribulations. This track tells the story about two people who deeply care about each other and want to look forward to the future. However, these two people knew that they had to forgive one another for all of the shortcomings that have bruised their friendship. The Belle Sounds’ latest EP “Black Stone” really captures the soul of humanity with passionate lyrics and dark folk pop melodies that will bring out the harsh realities of everyday life. This collection of music is an instant classic.

FRAMING DAKOTA –
“Songs from the Cool Room” EP (framingdakota.bandcamp.com)

A long road trip begins in West Milford, New Jersey from an unsigned alternative pop quartet called Framing Dakota. Framing Dakota sounds similar to folk legend Bob Dylan, but with light alternative pop melodies that sound like birds chirping on a cool spring day and with soulful, but quivering vocals that will bring out the compassion that will be heard when one listens to the quartet’s latest EP “Songs from the Cool Room.” This wonderful collection of music features five heartfelt tracks about moving forward in life without having any regrets no matter how hard life gets.
The soul bearing journey begins with the first track “Carry On.” This track features quivering vocals and breezy alternative pop melodies that sound like the wind whistling through one’s hair while driving down the road. This track is a reflective tale about a man who is looking back on how much his life has changed as the years and the seasons have gone by. The man has learned that life is precious and no one should take life for granted. Meanwhile, the soul bearing journey turns from a peaceful reflection into sadness in the second track, “Seams.” This track features weeping vocals that sound like a person that has been sobbing uncontrollably for days, and the rustic alternative pop melodies that will bring out the emotional torment that one will feel when listening to the track. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a once loving couple whose relationship is literally being torn apart because neither the man, nor the woman can see eye to eye.
Finally, the soul bearing journey ends with romance blossoming in the third track “Last Breath.” This track features soulful vocals and sultry alternative pop melodies that sound like a nervous heartbeat. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is deeply in love with a beautiful woman and the “love-struck” man wants to spend the rest of his life with her. However, the beautiful woman is shy and she is playing “hard to get.”
Framing Dakota is a great unsigned alternative pop quartet with compassionate lyrics and groovy alternative pop melodies. Framing Dakota gives hope to people who are struggling with the stress of everyday life. “Songs from the Cool Room” is an absolute joy to listen to.

 

 


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