CD Review: The Armory “Rediscover”

Many of today’s rock bands that are out there selling out music venues are filling up those venues and radio airwaves with a pop-inspired style of rock and roll. This pop-based rock is mainly to ensure music sales. Along the way, that pop-based sound replaced the real rock and roll that was being created only fifteen years ago; but every once in a while, you will find a band that still brings the energy that many seem to have lost. One such band that still has that strong rock edge to their music is The Armory.

The Georgia-based band of The Armory is a five-piece musical outfit that is made up of vocalist/guitarist Sean Wheeler, vocalist/bassist Marc Harris, guitarist John Patton, guitarist Ricky Free and drummer Ben Harris. Together, these five musicians are currently creating music that blends together both modern-day rock and roll and rock and roll that contains more of a “pop” feel to it. That interesting mix of the two styles will help keep the radio listeners happy while also giving the fans of more aggressive rock and roll music something to enjoy. That musical mix can be found on the band’s 2014 album entitled Rediscover.

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CD Review: RetroFunk S/T

Every so often, you come across an album of music that contains nothing but cover versions of popular songs. Since each of the songs included is a cover version, what sets one of these albums apart from others of the same style of music is the talent of everyone that was brought together to bring the music to life. The better the playing and singing, the more enjoyable the album is. Plus, if the album comes with great arrangements and solid production quality on the songs, then you know you really have something worth checking out.

Under the watchful eyes of Executive Producer Fausto Guerrero and Project Manager (as well as singer) Sandra Perez, RetroFunk is a Mexico-based studio project that brings together talented recording and performing artists that have come together to create an album of music that is very solid. Part of the reason for that solid feeling is that some of the musicians that are part of the project are also responsible for arranging the music on the release. The album truly brings out the talent of all of the musicians involved.

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Matheson Kamin’s Best of 2014 List

The time has come for the end of the year Best Of lists. This year, there were many different artists who made a strong impact on me as far as their music was concerned. Whether it was rock and roll or not, these artists and their albums need to be heard. Enjoy. In no particular order, my Best Of 2014 list is:

1 Tom Guerra All of the Above Singer-songwriter Tom Guerra spent 15 years with the band Mambo Sons before the band called it quits. With Mambo Sons no longer together, Tom Guerra turned his attention to creating his own music. Not surprisingly, Guerra’s sound and style picked up right where Mambo Sons left off and therefore, Guerra’s music contains the same Indie Rock feel of his old band, but with a lot of other influences thrown in as well. In 2014, Tom Guerra released his solo album entitled All of the Above. By going from rock and roll to folk-rock to power blues and back again, the ever-changing sound of the music on All of the Above allows the listener to hear many different sides to Tom Guerra’s talent as a musician. And with the music changing as often as it does, the listener finds a quality release that needs to be heard from beginning to end. So put All of the Above from Tom Guerra on and just enjoy the experience of it all. Read the entire review:

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CD Review: Bofus “Get Some”

Bofus is a Missouri-based three-piece rock band that hails from the Greater Kansas City area. The three musicians that make up the band are: Rusty Mainard on drums, guitar, vocals; Kevin Scott on guitar, vocals and Mike Criger on bass, vocals. Having once been part of the same music scene in the Kansas City area, the three musicians have been creating music together as a group for a decade. During that amount of time, the band has developed a very tight sound and that solid feel in their music is very apparent on the band’s newest album which is entitled Get Some.

Get Some from Bofus begins with a two-part track called “Demintro-Rich Man”. The track begins with the instrumental portion of the song. The trio creates a very rockin’ sound that features a hard rock feel to the music. After about ninety seconds when the track changes pace and slows down, it takes on a bluesier feel to the music while still have plenty of energy. The lyrics about finding the right person seem to have an almost universal appeal to them.

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CD Review: Matt Hutchinson “Three Minute Man”

Matt Hutchinson is a Baltimore, Maryland-based musician who grew up listening to everything from everything from early rock & roll to country & western. But on the newest release of Three Minute Man, Hutchinson focuses on the rock & roll influences he has massed over the years, with the title referring to the average length of his songs on this release.

To help bring his music to life, Matt Hutchinson had some help. With Hutchinson on guitar, he is joined by Bill Dixon on Keyboards, Accordian, and Bebot; David Lester on bass and his brother Tim Hutchinson on drums.

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CD Review: Syre & Fresko S/T

Syre & Fresko are a husband and wife duo from Melbourne, Australia. Within the band, Syre plays the guitar and keys while also providing the male vocals and Fresko plays the keys and provides the female vocals for the duo’s songs.

The duo creates music that could easily be compared to the likes of another husband and wife musical duo, of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart who were known as Eurythmics. But unlike Lennox and Stewart who created music with a pop/rock feel to their music, Syre & Fresko’s music is centered within the Alternative Rock genre. While Syre & Fresko have released a few singles throughout the time they have been a duo, they just released their first real EP.

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CD Review: Tom Guerra “All of the Above”

Singer-songwriter Tom Guerra spent 15 years with the band Mambo Sons before the band called it quits. During their time together, the band released 4 albums of Indie Rock And Roll. The 4 albums included the last release of Heavy Days, which turned out to be a 2-CD set of music.

With Mambo Sons no longer together, Tom Guerra turned his attention to creating his own music. Not surprisingly, Guerra’s sound and style picked up right where Mambo Sons left off and therefore, Guerra’s music contains the same Indie Rock feel of his old band, but with a lot of other influences thrown in as well.

Not that long ago, Tom Guerra created his first solo album, 2014’s All of the Above. With Guerra now being a solo artist, he called upon several other people to help bring his music to life. Throughout the disc, Guerra performs both the guitar and bass parts on all of the tracks included on the release. But to bring the songs life, Guerra is joined by Mike Kosacek on drums, Morgan Fisher on piano, Matt Zeiner on piano, clavinet and Hammond B-3 and Christian Guerra adds vocals to a few of the tracks.

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CD Review: Vintage Blue “No Going Back”

One of the best unsigned bands in the country at the moment is Chicago’s Vintage Blue. Vintage Blue consists of: Ryan Tibbs guitarist, vocalist; Benjamin Bassett guitarist, vocalist; Brent Shumard percussionist, wind; Cesar Corral bassist; Matt Zimmerman backup vocalist, brass, keyboardist and Will Crowden drummer. Back in 2012, the band put out their first CD, a 13-track called Strike the Mics. With that release, the public got a good indication of what the band sounded like as the band’s sound would have attracted fans of both Vertical Horizon and Sister Hazel.

Now Vintage Blue is back with a new 6-song EP called No Going Back. While the last release featured that Vertical Horizon/Sister Hazel sound, the new release finds Vintage Blue going after a pop-rock sound that is much more unique to the band.

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CD Review: Lindsey Buckingham Palace “Rock Star Parking”

Lindsey Buckingham Palace is a four-piece rock band from the Washington, D.C. area. After being together for several years, the current version of the band is now a quartet made up of singer/guitarist Mike Hill, lead guitarist Mark Minicucci, bassist Marc Rothschild and drummer Made Ployamornrat. Lindsey Buckingham Palace features a Hard Rock style with Classic Rock and Heavy Metal as influences.

The band once put out one self-titled EP and then decided to expand their musical library. The band recently added to that library with another EP, the recently released Rock Star Parking.

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CD Review: Young Liars “Night Window”

Young Liars is a modern-day Canadian rock band that hails from Vancouver, British Colombia. Currently made up of Jordan Raine on Vocals, Guitar; Wesley Nickel on Keyboards; Ty Badali drums and bassist Andrew Beck, the quartet has been in existence since 2008. The band creates a sound that focuses on the keys from Wesley Nickel and that gives the band a very obvious “pop” sound that will appeal to fans of “pop” music as much as those who prefer a stronger rock sound.

In the time that they’ve been together, Young Liars have only produced two EPs- 2012’s Homesick Future and their latest EP, 2014’s Night Window. The band’s newest EP of Night Window is a simple 4-song release that features two original tracks of “Night Window” and “Young Again” and includes remixes of both of those tracks to bring the total tracks to four.

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