Posts byCyrus Rhodes

Ajay Mathur – ‘Forget About Yesterday’

India-born and Switzerland-based musician Ajay Mathur is out with a single called “Forget About Yesterday,” from his latest album, Little Boat. It’s a fun song with a great message and a distinctive sound that Mathur has been perfecting throughout his career. He is a truly dynamic artist that puts his heart and soul into his
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Emish Keeps The Christmas Season ‘Everlasting’

Still a more than worthwhile listen despite the passing of the Christmas season, ‘Everlasting’ by Emish is a twelve song collection. It revolving around Yuletide-themed covers delivered in Emish’s singular style.   Hailing from New York State’s Hudson Valley area may seem to make them a rather improbable vehicle for folk-influence Celtic rock, but the five
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S-Trill – On the Phone

“On the Phone” is the latest single release from Newport News based hip-hop talent S-Trill and it promises to open up whole new worlds for this prodigiously gifted performer. He’s still young and looks forward to years of development ahead. S-Trill is coming out of his corner fast as a confident and commanding presence capable
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Porn Lets Loose “The Ogre Inside”

The title track on the third album from Porn, The Ogre Inside, marks a new high point for these French industrial rockers and is accompanied by a striking video that underscores the cinematic nature of the band’s composition. It all begins with the music however; the song is a superbly produced and coherent piece that
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Valerie Fahren Will Find Plenty Of Love

As an artist herself, Valerie Fahren began her career in her teens when New York City radio began playing an original song by her band Gypsy. As a vocal coach, Valerie works with beginners and young children all the way to established celebrities and working television/stage/studio performers. Her artist development courses have resulted in many
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Brian Hutson Works Late On ‘Midnight Sessions’

The title is very appropriate. Midnight Sessions comes off, to a certain extent, like the musical late night musings of an inward looking artist who has discovered a way to evocatively set those moods to music. There’s a first class pop music sensibility permeating these songs thanks to the talent of Brian Hutson and producer
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Django Mack Shows Off His 100 Page Tattoo

100 Page Tattoo is a six-song EP from the band Django Mack. Led by songwriter and lead singer Brandon Butrick, his distinctive gravel strewn growl is remarkably accessible and further sweetened by backing vocals from a trio of female voices. Previous releases have highlighted his exceptional songwriting skills and 100 Page Tattoo brings them out
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Brass Box Shares Their ‘Moonlight Desires’

Los Angeles’ Brass Box, a four-piece goth/shoegaze outfit, has released their latest single “Moonlight Desires” with an accompanying video directed by Joey Halter. The new song is a cover of Laurence Gowan’s original from his 1987 solo album and doesn’t seem, initially, like it would be a likely candidate for a cover from such a
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Bree Taylor Is Just ‘What You’re Looking For’

The latest single and accompanying video, “What You’re Looking For”, is set to catapult Bree Taylor from any vestiges of near obscurity and into the forefront of promising performers working today. The Canadian native first appeared with the single “Broken Dreams” in September of 2016 and has since moved her burgeoning career to the wilds
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Amilia K. Spicer Shares ‘Love’s for Living’

Amilia Spicer’s last two studio albums, Seamless followed by Wow and Flutter, have provided the final foundational blocks for Spicer to make a claim that she’s among the most talented performers and songwriters working today.   Her latest single “Love’s For Living” eschews some of the darker material we heard on Wow and Flutter, but
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Shauna Burns Revives O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

One cannot accuse Shauna Burns of predictability. Rather than satisfying her desire for a Christmas cover with something iconic and uber familiar, ala “O Come All Ye Faithful”, Burns opts on her latest album release A Winter Gathering for resurrecting the chestnut “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” to notable effect. This new single, Burns’ first
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Fovea Wants You To ‘Pencil Me In’

Pencil Me In – by Fovea, is their second release in two years, after 2016’s Fear Of, they follow up with this full-length compilation of most original sounds. They do an assortment of styles and mix some of the best genres together like no other, without coming off too experimental about it. The vocals play a
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Ian C. Bouras Reinvents on Absence (live looping)

Ian C. Bouras’ latest solo effort Absence (live looping) showcases his guitar and melodic skills through an array of electronic treatments and effects. He demonstrates an immense understanding of manipulating sound and orchestrates each of the album’s fourteen songs in a way that draws your attention and holds it throughout. Absence is a professionally presented
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Jonathan Cavier lets Us in The ‘Blue Room’

Originally hailing from Northern California and a semi-professional tennis player to boot, Jonathan Cavier has impressed critics and audiences alike since his solo debut Premier and shows no signs of slowing down with his latest release, a remixing and significant reworking of his 2017 sophomore studio release Blue Room. Jonathan Cavier enlists the talents of
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Kevin Fisher Just Wants You To ‘Beer Me’

There’s something positive to be said for albums and song collections throwing any sense of maturity overboard and simply revelling in pure merriment or escapism. Everyone needs those moments. The new album by Kevin Fisher, Beer Me, provides a plethora of such moments for interested listeners. Fisher, a longtime songwriting success who has worked with acts
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Cameron Blake is Here So ‘Fear Not’

The new album by Cameron Blake is titled Fear Not. It is a wide-ranging second album release from a trained musician and equally talented lyricist with the wise judgment to surround himself with sympathetic collaborators. There are nearly fifty additional musicians appearing over the course of Fear Not’s twelve songs and the reality that he has
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FXRRVST Explores The Beauty Of ‘May XXVI’

The Toronto, Canada based duo of Matthew Fuentes and Holly Forrest’s album May XXVI serves up a delectable platter of nine alternative rock influenced songs that, nonetheless, sport a relentlessly catchy edge. This sort of guitar-driven power pop with substanceby FXRRVST has a quality in short supply virtually every generation – the talent for bringing
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Frank Shiner Lends His Voice For the Holidays

From Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, – Frank Shiner is a man of many means which have taken him through everything from law studies to acting in over sixty play and television productions. His latest album is entitled; Lonely Town, Lonely Street – an album of great covers he does justice to in his own right, which has
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KARA Is The Queen of RAZZ

The two-disc album – Passion, by KARA, comes with the talents of both Kara Stevens and Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Mark Little. The entire project has been overseen in collaboration with Windmill Valley Recording in Bulverde, Texas. Having written more than 75 songs together it’s not hard to see why the release is a double-set
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Flatt Lonesome Shares Silence in These Walls

Silence in These Walls is a twelve song collection and fourth album from decorated six piece Flatt Lonesome. Their 2013 self-titled debut onto the Americana/country music scene announced the arrival of a versatile and educated unit capable of capturing the spirit of traditional music while still giving it an uniquely modern spin and imbuing each
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Monsieur Job Blends Variety of Genres

Monsieur Job is Toby Holguin from Cali, Colombia, Stan Kolev from Sofia, Bulgaria, Charlie Illera from Barranquilla, Colombia, and Leo Jaramillo from Bogota, Colombia. All of them come from live bands, and for their debut release “Chow Chow Eyyy Pow Pow” they fuse diverse talents by mixing a variation of many styles recreating genres like
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Trevor Drury Takes A Trip To The Water

Trevor Drury brings a well-rounded presentation to bear in everything he does that’s undoubtedly shaped by his concurrent career as a model. Trevor Drury understands self-promotion and part of that equation involves presenting yourself and works in the best possible light for an audience you know quite well. There’s a surprising amount of spiritual influence
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Romeo Dance Cheetah is The Magnificent Man

Known only by his stage name, Romeo Dance Cheetah cut his young teeth on the vocal pyrotechnics and showmanship of artists like Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson before venturing out of his small Missouri hometown to attend school for film production at the University of Iowa and, eventually, earn his first national exposure as a
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Gina Clowes Ready To Show Her ‘True Colors’

Gina Clowes has called upon some of the best musicians in the bluegrass genre for her first solo album, True Colors, and they contribute a tremendous amount to the final product. What makes this twelve song collection really go, however, isn’t the musicianship alone. Clowes has debuted with eleven impressive originals and even the album’s
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Donna Ulisse is ‘Breakin’ Easy’

The latest album by Donna Ulisse, ‘Breakin’ Easy’ is the obvious by product of a performer who knows her music inside and out. Ulisse navigates her way through the landscapes of bluegrass and classic country with steady, yet unassuming, confidence that keeps each of the album’s dozen songs tightly tethered to the ground. There’s a
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Severine Demands She Is ‘Not Obsessed’

The imagination and depth of feeling that goes into realizing “Not Obsessed” makes it much different than the average pop song. The latest single by Severine has the potential to break out in a big way commercially, but she takes no compromises to position the song in such a way. “Not Obsessed” comes off as an
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Kim DiVine – This Time Around

  The seven originals on Kim DiVine’s latest release This Time Around, produced by Billy Lefler, mark her return to active recording after an extended absence spurred by the birth of her first child and personal losses. Those changes are a big part of the story behind This Time Around as DiVine discovered herself turning
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Liz Kennedy – Hike Up Your Socks

  Few performers bring such a complete package to bear like Liz Kennedy. She’s hitting her stride in a career that has already attracted considerable notice thanks to her dramatic and moving vocals coupled along with an outstanding talent for writing meaningful lyrical content and layered musical compositions. Her vision for the music she wants
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MkX Definitely Has ‘The Look’

MkX is really an amazing artist. Who would believe that there is still so much (inspiration, emotion and message) left of pop music – after so many years of exploration and yet still comes another good hit – ‘The Look’.   The pop music in the recent days has started to lose the spice and
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