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CD Review: Don Puglisi “Bubbles of Light”

Don Puglisi is a multi-talented artist who has spent time as an actor, writer, director and composer. Having already spent time as musician, Puglisi is currently exploring the singer-songwriter side of his personality. That musician side of Puglisi’s personality can be found on several albums of music. The latest of Puglisi’s releases is entitled Ricochet Girl.

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CD Review: Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle S/T

Austin, Texas-based Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle is a band that is headed by JK Grover on Guitar and Vocals. The rest of the band currently consists of Greg Birmingham on Bass and Mike Prosser on Drums and Percussion. Together, their sound merges the style of the Blues with the energy of Rock And Roll. The band’s Blues-Rock would fit alongside artists like Stevie ray Vaughn, ZZ Top and other artists that take the Blues to the next level by adding that Rock feel to it. Having already released a CD entitled Bone to Pick in 2008; Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle are back in 2015 with a new four-song self-titled release.

The four-song self-titled release from Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle begins with the track “Let Me Come Home”. The lyrics of the song find the singer trying to come to grips with being thrown out of the house after a fight. The sadness in the lyrics brings the Blues to life. The music of the track begins with a very strong drum and bass beat. When the guitar from JK Grover adds to the mix, the song really comes together. The resulting track feels a lot more upbeat than the lyrics would suggest, but that just makes the song that much more enjoyable to listen to. The song and its lyrics will easily have the listener joining in as the band sings the refrain to the song. For having such a depressing concept as being thrown out of the house, “Let Me Come Home” is a rather fun way to begin the band’s new release.

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CD Review: Broken Poets S/T

Over the years, singer-songwriter Tim McDonald has taken his band, Broken Poets, in several directions to create different projects and sounds in the music produced. Currently, the project being worked on by McDonald is a multi-dimensional project that will associate several different media sources to create a very intense personal experience. While the book part of the project is still ongoing, the self-titled EP from Broken Poets that will be part of the yet-to-be completed project is now available for purchase as a download.

In order to create music for this version of Broken Poets, Tim McDonald teams his vocals and guitar up with pianist Svetlana Antropova. McDonald and Antropova create music that features the piano as the driving force while the guitar adds strength and depth to create songs that feel as much like rock music as folk music. The resulting music created by the duo is sparse yet still full-bodied to a point where you don’t miss the bass and drums that would usually go along with everyday rock music.

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CD Review: Voice of Addiction “Reduce, Reuse, Resist”

Ian Tomele grew up being exposed to the classic punk sounds of Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols and many other influential bands. It should come as no surprise, then, that Tomele would go on to create his own band, a modern punk/rock band called Voice of Addiction.

Earlier this summer, Voice of Addiction went on a mini-tour to release their fourth album entitled Reduce, Reuse, Resist. This 13-song release contains great punk/rock music. Voice of Addiction is composed of not only singer/bassist Ian Tomele, but also guitarist/singer Jeff Walschon and drummer Andy Petty. This trio creates music that could easily categorize as “rock,” even though there are plenty of punk influences in both the music and the lyrics of their songs. The overall rock feeling that exists throughout the music creates music that still has the attitude, but also contains plenty of creativity in the songs. And the band also includes some ska influences into their sound, as well. This gives the music from Voice of Addiction’s music a lot of depth to it.

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CD Review: Eleven Dollar Life “Shatter the Silence”

Chicago, Illinois is the home for one of the most eclectic rock bands in the United States, Eleven Dollar Life. Eleven Dollar Life is a five-piece rock group that has taken many different influences and genres of music and blended them together to create the band’s unique rock sound. This sound was developed by the members of the group who are: Bryan Pray on vocals, Chad Wynes on guitar, Marc Gee on keyboards and vocals, Eli Namay on bass and Kyle Voivodas on drums. Taking styles like grunge, jazz, blues, hard rock and much more, these five musicians help create the music that is unique to Eleven Dollar Life.

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CD Review: Sacred 13 “Jagged Regrets”

If there is nothing really outstanding about a band, they will eventually fade and disappear. But if there is something that catches your ear and keeps your attention, that band should survive for a long time. This is the perfect way to describe the Pennsylvania band Sacred 13.

Sacred 13 is a hard rock band that is fronted by Josh Karickhoff, one of the youngest musicians to have competed in Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero competition. The first time I had seen Karickhoff it was in concert with his cousin Gus Ward during the XMG Music Conference that took place in Cleveland during August of 2005 as part of their former band Blue Fire. This was just a few weeks after Karickhoff had placed in the top ten of the competitors of the Guitar Hero competition. The very young Karickhoff was just as impressive during the XMG Music Conference as he had to have been during Guitar Hero competition.

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Ten Questions for Rainmaker Media Group

With the music world changing, many bands and musicians are looking for different ways to get their music out to the music buying public. The most obvious approach is to send your music out to as many different music labels as possible and hope that one of those labels will pick up the music and distribute the music for everyone to find and follow. But when that doesn’t work, the next thing to do is to go a different route.

In the past, groups and individual musicians would take their music and create their own albums. With the album complete, their next move would have been to promote the album and get people to notice the release on their own. In today’s world, this is time consuming and it takes too much money.

In the long run, it really may not be worth the trouble to go the D.I.Y. route for the independent artist or band in today’s music world. The next route to take is to find a promoter or public relations (PR) firm that will do the work for you and get back to running your band or solo career. If you are interested in finding a PR firm, there are many to choose from.

One of the best PR firms out there right now is The Rainmaker Media Group. What follows is a series of ten questions asked to Rhonda Brilliant of The Rainmaker Media Group.