CD Review: Martin Van Ruin “Every Man a King”

Martin Van Ruin is a Chicago-based Rock band that came together from different bands from that area to create something new and different. Consisting of Pete Falknor: drums; Sarah Jane Goldstein: vocals, percussion, melodica; Derek Nelson: vocals, guitars; Brian Sharpe: lead guitars, piano; Cathy Starr: violin; Philip Vickers: lap steel, guitars, trumpet; Alex Winter: bass, the various members of the band add several different musical influences into the band’s sound. Within the band’s sound you’ll find Rock, Folk, Country and other sounds that all blends together to make a style that is as much about Rock and Roll as it is about Folk and Country music. That style can be found on Martin Van Ruin’s current release called Every Man a King.

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CD Review: These Knees “The Young and The Bright”

These Knees is a modern-day rock band that makes its home in Cleveland, OH. The band consists of singer/songwriter/guitarist Stephanie Trivison, bassist Eric Piontkowski and drummer Rob Hassing. Led by Stephanie Trivison who writes the songs for the band, These Knees creates their music by taking many different influences like Classic Rock icons The Beatles and more recent bands like Paramore and Tegan and Sara. The result of those influences creates a musical sound that sounds both retro and modern at the same time. The band’s unique take on modern-day Rock and Roll can be found on their 2013 release entitled The Young and The Bright.

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CD Review: Sputnik “rising”

Cleveland-based rock band Sputnik can easily be called a “supergroup” as the trio that makes up the band has made names for themselves on their own and as part of other bands for many years now. Lead singer and guitarist Alan Grandy had been performing in Cleveland as both a guitarist and a bassist for several bands including The Terrible Parade and Jehova Waitresses and also created music on his own. Jay Bentoff has also been a major part of the Cleveland music scene as he performed with his band The Kind Revolution while also recording music from Cleveland artists at his Dark Tree Studio. And the third part of the band, Chris Solt, has been part of several projects in Cleveland including Susan Weber’s band Monet’s Orbit before he hung up his guitar and sat behind the drumkit to fill out the current lineup of Sputnik.

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CD Review: John Brodeur “Little Hopes”

New York-based singer-songwriter John Brodeur has been creating music for around two decades. While he has spent time as part of bands like The Suggestions and Maggie Mayday, Brodeur is known mainly for his solo work. Currently, Brodeur’s musical library includes several EPs and the albums Get Through from 2009 and his 2000 album Tiger Pop which was given the reissue treatment when the album turned 10 years old. The Tiger Pop Ten release included one CD that included the original recordings from the album and another CD that included brand new interpretations of those same tunes. Later in 2011, Brodeur also released a compilation of early music under the title of Young Man, Volume One: Studio Recordings 1994-98.

With the exception of 2011’s Tiger Pop Ten where John Brodeur took his previously composed songs and rewrote them to give them a fresh feeling, he had not released a new album since 2009’s Get Through. That probably had to do with his one-man band way of creating music. And while other people who go the singular voice route of creating music end up making songs that turn out two-dimensional, Brodeur is one of the best when it comes to creating music on his own and the music he creates ends up being just as full and fleshed out as if it had been created by an entire band. Nonetheless, it has been four years since a completely new release had been put out by Brodeur. Recently, he remedied that by releasing a new collection of music entitled Little Hopes.

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CD Review: Jackpot Donnie “Mayday!”

Like a rising amount of bands and artists out there today, Chicago’s Jackpot Donnie is a band that creates its sound by combining several genres of music together. It’s the combination of Reggae, Funk even Blues that helps give the band’s music its quality and sound. And because the band draws from these unique and varying styles at different times, the Rock and Roll produced by Jackpot Donnie changes from one tune to the next.

To help create their sound, the five members of Jackpot Donnie call upon their various musical influences. The five members of Jackpot Donnie are: Adam Campbell on drums, Dave Langley on bass, Matt Love on guitar and vocals, Peter Spero on keys and Brian Wise on guitar. The band is currently promoting their third release, 2013’s Mayday!

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CD Review: Heaven and Earth “Dig”

Back in 1997, guitarist Stuart Smith got together with a rather large group of musicians to record an album of Classic Rock music. Together, this group of musicians (which included the likes of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes and even Steve Priest of the band Sweet) created several different musical formations of the same band which came to be known as Heaven & Earth. Some of the participating musicians in the recording project lent their talents to only one or two of the resulting tracks, while others (including bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori and keyboard player Arlan Schierbaum) were a bigger part of the recording process as they lent their talents to several of those tracks.

After the self-titled album from Heaven and Earth was released, the band later added to that album and the resulting 2004 re-release easily stands as strong as any Classic Rock/Hard Rock release from The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin or even Steve Priest’s band Sweet. It’s the talent of the musicians and the strength of the music that you notice; you would never know the album took seven years to become a reality.

Now, almost a decade after that first album was released, Heaven & Earth have returned. While that first album had its unique circumstances with how it was created and by whom, this new release, entitled Dig, has been written and performed by five main musicians who finally feel like a band. The quintet that brought Dig to life consists of: Guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori and keyboard player Arlan Schierbaum, all of whom participated in the recording process that led to that first album. The final piece is newcomer Joe Retta who adds both vocals and lyrics to the songs.

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CD Review: Johnny Beauford “A Pig Eating Past Love”

Johnny Beauford is a Dallas, Texas-based singer-songwriter who has been spending a lot of time creating music. When he is not making his own music, you can find Johnny Beauford in the Dallas-based bands Jack Kerowax and Bravo, Max! In his short time on the scene in the Dallas, Texas area, Beauford seems to be making a lot of noise as he has already been nominated for Best Alt-Country/Americana Act for his time as part of the band Bravo, Max! And after putting out his debut solo EP called Lo-Fi back in 2013, Beauford is back in 2014 with the next release in his musical catalog.

Johnny Beauford’s new release is called A Pig Eating Past Love. For this release, Beauford took the one-man army approach and created most of the album on his own with a few parts on the album being recorded by a few of Beauford’s friends. And while one-man bands can sound very one-dimensional, that is not the situation with the feel of the music on this release.

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A Glimpse into the world of CalatrilloZ

Do you like rock/metal with a classical, theatrical, operatic twist to it? If so then you really should go and take a look at London based band CalatrilloZ and have a listen. CalatrilloZ seem to have been dormant for the past  year but are now back, with a bigger appetite and desire to make an impression within the music world. With their own operatic blend of symphonic metal and progressive rock CalatrilloZ can hardly fail to be noticed. They have a sound which is as rich and diverse as a rainforest would be if it were set upon a theatrical rock stage.
 
 
 
CalatrilloZ have just released two singles, ‘Lords of Misery’ and ‘A Glimpse at a Fools Destiny’. I have some demos from this incredible for some while now and have always found that once any CalatrilloZ music is set playing, I am then instantly drawn into their oceanic soundscape. This musical circus otherwise known as CalatrilloZ really do need to be heard to be believed. 
 
I had a brief chat with Z from CalatrilloZ and asked him a few questions about the band -
 
 
Nick - How did CalatrilloZ originally form and what inspired your style?
 
Z - Thats a big question. The band had many formations, and it was through a drummer I started playing with that the whole thing started unveiling, going through almost four formations. The style comes from not exactly Opera, but the storytelling side of it. The idea that a story, like a tale, full of metaphors, can be told through music. Call it the Bard Syndrome.
 

 

 

Nick – Could you tell us a little about the musical background of the various CalatrilloZ band members?
 
Z -  I've been in music for as long as 14 years, studying singing, guitar and bass  playing and taking part in rock covers band for as long as I remember. Five years ago I took up Classical Singing and Composition, and since then the art has bloomed. My mates have different background and ages. Mobius was never educated in music, but can really move the bass. Count Viktor, guitars, our british ambassador, studied ad Guitar Tech, and Mattias, the drummer, like me, has been in music for ages, studying and developing. He has his own drum samples. Now that's something, hey?
 
Nick - What can people expect from CalatrilloZ and how much more can people expect to see and hear in a CalatrilloZ live show?
 
Z -  Intensity, Nick, and depth. We dont go on stage and ask how everybody's doing. We won't make speeches. We will give you an experience akin to a night at the Opera: characters and drama with make-up and costumes, under a heavy metal format. We may be a cross genre band, but we fit different styles within a metal frame, so be ready to be taken to places. We will keep the intensity and storytelling going, deep songs, complex in the heart but heavy and beautiful in appearance.
 
Nick – Could you tell us a little about any planned future releases?
 
Z - Yes I can and yes I wll. We aim to reach a stage where we can start playing Europe and USA. Our plan is a periodic release of singles, which will culminate in a concept album figuring the singles in a full storytelling album, with intros, outros, interludes and gran finales. A one hour fully connected non-stop recorded performance. And of course, if you've seen our videos, expect a way more deep insight into the tale that inspire our songs.

 

 

Nick – What is the best way for people to check your music?

 

 

Z - I will say: go to our website. Not only you can check the songs, you can also check each song individually with additional content, and follow our storytelling videos. If pictures is what you are after, again, that;s the place. And, of course, you will be helping us move forward, as every play adds to the magic numbers promoters and labels look after.
 
Nick – What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
 
Z -  Nick, I guess that's the same for all of us. On one side, we want to be playing big stages and festivals. On another side, very ambitious one, I want the story to grow to a book, to a film, to a 18+ animation series. I wanna be playing in a theatre, with extras, special effects, actors and singers and full blown orchestra.

 

 

And yes, I want to make a life out of the thing I love the most: yup, Music.
 

 

 

 

 

CD Review: Wells the Traveler “One for the Dreamers”

Multi-talented musician Danny McGaw came to the United States after being raised in Manchester, England. When he came to the United States, he brought with him a love for the Northern England form of Rock and Roll. It is that style of Rock and Roll that he combined with the American Folk music. With that musical combination, McGaw started creating music with the band Wells the Traveler. The rest of the band consists of guitarist/singer Chad Brothers, percussionist Jason Jones, bassist Dan Hines, and producer Mike West who helps complete the band’s sound. Together, the members of Wells the Traveler are currently promoting their new debut release entitled One for the Dreamers.

The new album from Wells the Traveler is a very strong Rock release. One thing that separates this album from many of the albums that are released each year is that Wells the Traveler created the album live in the studio. On this album, the band brings a bit of closeness to their music as the listener gets to experience what the band would most likely sound like live. It is that feel that makes the album that much more special.

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Highway Stars Crosstown Traffic

  This little article to let you all know about the recent publication of a new E book which has many links to rock’nroll. It is called Highway Stars Crosstown Traffic.

  It is an automotive pop-culture e-book. It focuses on the cars, motorcycles, even the trucks which scorched their way into 20th century pop-culture through movies TV and lyrics of songs. By Radio DJ Peter Antony.

  Here is what Peter has to say about his latest book – ‘It's about the vehicles that fuelled dreams drove desires, and left a torch song tattooed through your heart. Highway Stars Crosstown Traffic, available for world wide download through all major platforms priced at $4:99. It's a "Hub capped diamond star halo, honour the metal guru. Get behind that wheel and switch the dashboard radio on and take that ride through the highway of your mind. It's a must for machine heads, and 20th pop-culture surfers…It's a head movie for time travellers and restless lovers where the road still leads the way, and has yet to be travelled. Open page one and floor it!’

HIGHWAY STARS & CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC is available for download through Amazon and other major platforms.