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    • Premiere: Lost Midas - 'Nebula' (ft. Rachel Geller) October 26, 2016
      Future soul laced with electronic vibes...Los Angeles is a city with two distinct sides: it can entertain and inspire, but it can also bury you. Lost Midas is based in LA, and he's experienced everything the city can throw at you. Rejecting that rather hollow side of his surroundings, the Tru Thoughts aligned producer has built a community of artists wh […]
    • Premiere: Komon & Will Saul - 'Bloom' October 26, 2016
      Forthcoming on Aus Music...The always vital Aus Music has expanded of late, releasing cuts from a string of new signings. The imprint's next release, though, gathers two real Aus mainstays with Komo and Will Saul crossing swords on a new EP. 'Eye's Seven' is out today (October 26th) and it manages to pack an incredible amount of fresh ide […]
    • Premiere: Sid Batham - 'Feels' October 26, 2016
      A sublime piece of pop music that truly brings the funk...For a whole there it seemed something of an inevitability that Sid Batham would become a star. The singer dominated the summer of 2013, with each release seeming to turn the web into a frenzy. But then... nothing. Well, not quite nothing. Retreating from the limelight, Sid Batham focussed on his studi […]
    • #savefabric Compilation Announced October 26, 2016
      Featuring 111 tracks...A new compilation in aid of the #savefabric campaign has been announced featuring an epic 111 tracks. The London club was recently forced to close after losing its license, sparking an international campaign to save it. The new compilation is a joint endeavour between fabric and Houndstooth, who put out word to a number of artists clos […]
    • Lucy Rose Announces Library Tour October 26, 2016
      New album 'Live at Urchin Studios' incoming...Lucy Rose has announced plans for a short tour of British libraries. The songwriter is gearing up to release new album 'Live at Urchin Studios', recorded in front of a live audience and with only one bandmate. The release features songs from both of the singer's studio LPs, re-cast in a s […]
    • Premiere: Cleo T. - 'Shine' October 26, 2016
      A hint of where her ambitions could lead...Cleo T. has broad ambitions. A sonic magpie, the songwriter is drawn towards beautiful things wherever she can find them - and it's a truly international search. Three years on from her debut album Cleo T. is back, and her new album draws on a global cast, including musicians from 12 different countries. Now ba […]
    • Simian Ghost Have All Of The 'Fun' In Their New Video October 26, 2016
      It's adorable...Simian Ghost began a solo project, but slowly, surely found like-minds. Led by Sebastian Arnström, the Swedish group have released three studio albums to date, but in many ways their next release feels like their debut. Out early next year, the self-titled album is the work of an expanded, rejuvenated creative force, surging into fresh a […]
    • Premiere: Jess Williamson - 'See You In A Dream' October 26, 2016
      Taken from new album 'Heart Song'...Jess Williamson won huge acclaim with 2014's debut full length 'Native State'. Yet this attention seemed to raise more questions than answers. Picking apart her notions of home and comfort, the songwriter plunged head-long into her next project. New album 'Heart Song' is the result. In tu […]
    • Hooton Tennis Club - Box Of Chocolates October 26, 2016
      A transitional work from the Wirral foursome...As delightful as Hooton Tennis Club’s first album ‘Highest Point In Cliff Town’ was, there’s a sense that even just a year on it’d be hard for them to get away with duplication second time around; to attempt to replicate the organic, carefree spark that made their debut so immediately seductive would essentially […]
    • American Football - American Football October 26, 2016
      A singular record from a singular band...American Football’s legacy, arguably, exists in a series of vacuums. When the emo quartet debuted way back in 1997 from the dregs of many other high school math-rock projects, they barely expected to record an album, let alone write some of emo’s most wrenching, honest and cherished songs of the last 20 years that spa […]
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      Had a great time today on my new daily show on SiriusXM Volume talking to a wide range of rock guests. One of the things I am excited about with this show is the variety I can now have. Hard Rock/Metal will always be my passion. But I love talking and learning all things rock... Read more
      Michael A. Moodian of the Huffington Post reports: Eddie Trunk is one of American hard rock radio’s most recognized voices. The New Jersey native, an industry veteran for decades, launched the country’s first heavy metal and hard rock radio show (in 1983), managed rock stars, was vice president of Megaforce Records, and was the host... Read more
      As previously reported, Vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett’s new solo album features guest appearances by his former Triumph bandmates, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore, as well as Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater’s vocalist James LaBrie. The new recording is called, RES 9, and will be released on on November 11th through Mascot Label Group.... Read […]
      Hookers & Blow, the band featuring Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, have released their first ever studio recording, a cover of the Elton John classic Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting. The track is currently available as a free download starting on October 22nd, exclusively online and in-store at... Read mor […]
      Bassist Michael Anthony was a recent guest on Eddie Trunk’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation heard on the newly launched, Volume channel. When asked when the last time the bassist had any contact with his former bandmates, the Van Halen brothers, Anthony responded (as per, “You know what? This is pretty interesting. There’s a mutual... Read mor […]
      Week one of the all new SiriusXM channel Volume (106) is in the books! It was a great launch and I am so happy to be one of the three anchor daily live shows with Trunk Nation live 2-4P ET Monday-Friday! First week of guests included Peter Frampton, Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick, Perry Farrell... Read more
      Last In Line, the band featuring former Dio band members Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Vinny Appice (drums) along side singer Andrew Freeman have released a lyric video for the song, Already Dead. The band posts that they have posted it to celebrate the beginning of their Heavy Crown tour this week. Watch the clip below.... Read more
      Accept will release a new live recording called, Restless And Live, on January 13th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast. This package will include the entire show played at 2015’s Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany on Blu-ray/DVD plus two CDs. Comments Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann, “We didn’t know exactly what would happen back in 2010,... Read more […]
      As previously reported, platinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons, Kix will release, Can’t Stop The Show: The Return Of Kix, a two-disc DVD/CD set, October 21st, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. The band has released a video performance of the song, Love Me With Your Top Down, from the release. Watch it below. Can’t Stop... Read more
      Overkill have posted a lyric video for the song, Our Finest Hour, from their forthcoming album, The Grinding Wheel due on November 4th. Listen to it below. The single is also available for purchase on black, clear and splatter vinyl at the Nuclear Blast store. For all information about Overkill, visit the band’s official website... Read more
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Video of the Day: Coldplay/Viola Beach – Boys That Sing

Posted by falconi5 on September 10, 2016

violaThis year the U.K. Band Viola Beach released their debut self-titled album, a smart intoxicating blend of British Pop Rock that falls somewhere between Oasis and Teenage Fanclub.  Released on their label, the record featuring the singles “Swings and Waterslides” and “Boys that Sing,” was set to be a next level album that vault the boys from Warrington into the big time.

Unfortunately, and tragically, all of the band members along with their manager were killed when the car they were all riding in crashed into a canal as they were on their way to an opening spot for The Blossoms after having played Sweden’s  Where’s the Music? festival, their first gig outside of the U.K.. Their album, released 4 months after the accident, reached number one on the British charts.

In the middle of their recent Glastonbury set instead of playing their usual cover of David Bowie’s “Hero’s” Coldplay paid tribute to Viola Beach showing videos of the band in the background while they played “Boys that Sing.”



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Video of the Day: Karl Blau – That’s How I Got to Memphis

Posted by falconi5 on August 31, 2016

karlNight quite this years Chris Stapleton, but still pretty darn good. Karl Blau is one of those new school meets old school artists that is carrying Country Music to the next level. Introducing Karl Blau, his latest, includes the single “That’s How I Got to Memphis” along with two really fine covers, “Woman (Sensuous Woman),” and the Townes Van Zandt song “If I Needed You.”

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Rock Chick of the Day: Courtney Marie Andrews – Not the End

Posted by falconi5 on August 30, 2016

courtneymarieThe first thing that grabs your ears is the voice. Floating somewhere between Linda, Joni, and Laurel Canyon it is pure late 60’s Laurel Canyon.  Once you get past the honey dripped singing voice, the pure talent of the music and the songwriting will catch your attention. Two spins in, her new album Honest Life is a stone cold winner and rising fast.

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Five Cool Ones: Five New(ish) Bands We are Grooving To

Posted by falconi5 on August 28, 2016


5Dreamers – Drugs

Dreamers is a Los Angeles based three-piece band that weaves solid festival-ready hooks with sharp lyrics with an infectious energy that never overwhelms and rarely lets up. Their debut long player This Album Does Not Exist, while somewhat poorly named, is terrific. Key stand out tracks are “Drugs” a song that addresses a different type of drug with the addiction to technology, and “Wolves (You Got Me)” covers another type of addiction.  To the opposite sex. This band should be on your ones to watch list.



Mother Feather – Mirror

First there was Rock, then there was Pop, now there is Pop Rock. And N.Y. Based Mother Feather do it in style. If you are not careful you will dismiss this dual frontwoman band led by Ann Courtney and Elizabeth Carena a shock rock, all hat no cattle glam rock outfit that pays more attention to the Kiss style make up and the outfits than they do their music.  But you would be wrong.  Very wrong.

Their music is self-described as Pop Cock Rock with a touch of female empowerment along with nuances of Lady Gaga, Karen O, Kiss, and Beth Ditto. Must hear songs from their new self-titled album are “Mirror,” “Trampoline” and “Mother Feather,”  just to name a few shiny apples from a bushel of excellent tunes.

Lisa Hannigan – Fall

It’s always good to discover, or re-discover in this case, a musician that has been around for a spell and has a bit of a back catalog to enjoy along with their current case.  Such is the case with Irish singer, songwriter, musician, Lisa Hannigan who is best known for her collaboration with Damian Rice.  Having just released At Swim Hannigan also has two beautifully atmospheric records under her belt with Sea Sew released in 2008, and Passenger in 2011.

L.A. Salami – The City Nowadays

You can find the roots of 70’s singer songwriter troubadour all over Dancing With Bad Grammar, the debut album from L.A. Salime, the stage name that U.K. based Lookman Adekunte Salami goes by.  There is a lot of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, and Rodriguez in the spirit of this one with Salami turning the mundane into magic with his dense lyrics and everyday life storytelling.

Larkin Poe – Trouble in Mind

This is another one of those been around for a minute, but are new to us bands. Atlanta-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell deliver a more than solid of gritty Garage Blues with “Trouble in Mind” with the shout out to Freddie King as sparkling a song as you will hear all year,


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Rock Chick of the Day: Kandace Springs – Everything Your Heart Desires (feat. Daryl Hall)

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016

kandacedarylSoul Eyes, the new album from Kandace Springs is destined to be a top 10 caliber record at the end of the year.  In the meantime, she took time to pay a visit to Daryl’s house.


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Video of the Day: Bright Light Bright Light – All in the Name

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016

brightlightBright Light Bright Light, the nomme de plume of Elton John’s favorite Pop Star Rod Thomas, delivers a perfect set of 80’s perfection with his new record Choreography. With shades of New Order and The Pet Shop Boys, this one sparkles with plenty of contributions from Sir Elton himself.

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Video of the Day: Quaker City Night Hawks -Mockingbird

Posted by falconi5 on August 13, 2016


Starting with the name, there is nothing that is not cool about The Quaker City Night Hawks. With an energy that would rival The Cadillac Three, and musical chops that float somewhere between The Allman Brothers and The Black Crowes, this might be your new summertime Rock and Roll Band.  The new record, El Astonauta, is top 10 worthy.

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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool “Covers” Albums

Posted by falconi5 on August 7, 2016


Albums consisting entirely of songs made famous by someone else can be decidedly hit or miss affairs. When an actor like William Shatner gives birth to a record of space related songs on the horribly named Seeking Major Tom record, a platter that is an assault to the ears and absolutely tortures stone-cold classics like “Space Cowboy”, “Rocket Man” and “Walking on the Moon” and Pat Boone is given valuable studio time to cut 12 “Metal” tunes on In a Metal Mood: No More Mister Nice Guy covering  “Metalclassics “Smoke on the Water” and “Love Hurts” along with an absolutely horrid version of “Holy Diver” that warrants Ronnie James Dio coming back from the dead to kick Pat Boone’s ass, a legitimite case can be made to ban the genre altogether.

And then there are the good ones.  And there a lot of them. The Walkmen took their fandom to the next level with their nuanced recreation of Harry Nilsson’s Pussy Cat’s that was itself essentially a covers record, and the Flaming Lips recently came out with a somewhat bizaar guest driven track by track rendition of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which is strangely cool, and is probably considered epic to a Flaming Lips fan, but hardcore Beatle fans would probably be better served checking out Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper Live.

Willie Nelson has released a lot of really good covers albums, the best of which is probably Willie Sings Kristofferson, and even the iconic Bob Dylan has joined Rod Stewart with songs performed from the great American songbook.

Here are five top-notch artist covers albums very much worthy of some of your ear time.

Metallica – Garage Inc.

Very much a genre specific selection here, this one tend to veer slightly more to the rock side vs. the heavy metal bombastic playing we are used to from Metallica.  Scoring high marks for the song selection here with Seger’s “Turn the Page,” the Thin Lizzy anthem “Whisky in the Jar,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone,” this one is a mighty fine road trip record and on that will definitely scratch that hard rock itch.


Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque

When the first line of the song hits you between the ears “When you’re  lost in the rain in Juarez and it’s Easter time too” the line from “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” this time delivered by Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, you immediately know that this version rides the same side of the track as the original, and that this song, or any other Bob Dylan song for that matter, is in the capable hands of a master. A master paying tribute to a master.  Highlights are “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” and the somewhat over looked classic “Make You Feel My Love.”  The version of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” might be the second best cover of the song just behind the almost death bed performance of the song delivered by Warren Zevon on The Wind.


k.d. Lang – Hymns of the 49th Parallel

This unique take on the covers genre, covering songs by Canadian artists, works well mostly due to the fact that two of the most brilliant songwriters ever just happen to be from north of the border in Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell.  All of the arrangements here are short, sweet and too the point with k.d.’s voice on brilliant display front and center. “After the Gold Rush” and “Helpless” the two Neil Young songs presented here are first rate, and “The Day I Walk,” a song written by the criminally ignored (except by the critics) Bruce Cockburn is a pleasant surprise. The real stunner here, of course, is Lang’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. in a Beatles vs. Stones sort of debate the jury is still out among many as to which version is better. This one, or the Jeff Buckley version. While the studio version presented here is certainly terrific, seek out a live version.  It will change your life.


Dexys – Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

Dexys, the later day version of Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame may not be that well known on certain sides of the pond, and lead singer Kevin Rowland certainly could shop in any mall in America without fear of recognition, but all of that being said, Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul is on fine record, forget covers record.

The album is 1/2 vinatge traditional Irish standards and 1/2 carefully curated from an eclectic palate of artist including Joni Mitchell, LeAnn Rimes, and The Brothers Gibb, with a couple of tasty nuggets from the great American songbook thrown in for good measure. “You Wear it Well” sounds perfect with the Dexy-fied arrangement and Rowlands exquisitely deep voice, and the Johnny Cash deep track 40 Shades of Green sounds like it could have been a traditional Irish ballad, Country style.

The opener “Women of Ireland” is a beautiful instrumental and a perfect mood setter to carry you on a sea voyage to the Emerald Isle. “To Love Somebody” is brilliant, and “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” is stunning.

This record released in 2016 is a good one.  Better than good actually.


David Bowie – Pin Ups

This album, released between Alladin Sane and Diamond Dogs represented sort of the last hurrah for Ziggy Stardust, and Bowie was in fine peak form. Choosing a set of songs that were his personal favorites some of these songs were bona-fide hits of the day including The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” and The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” while others more are obscure deeper tracks by major acts like “See Emily Play” the Pink Floyd Song and the Who’s “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere.”  “I Can’t Explain” in the slowed down version presented here is distinctly different that the original, and “Here Comes the Night” is a scorcher.

Pin Ups was the swan song for Mick Ronson and the Spiders from Mars. What a way to go out.


Honorable Mention

Steve Earle – Towns

Jesse Malin – On Your Sleeve

Joseph Arthur – Lou

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Kicking Against the Pricks

Elvis Costello – Almost Blue

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Best Albums of 2016: Charlie Faye and the Fayettes – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes

Posted by falconi5 on July 28, 2016

Charlie Faye and the Fayettes – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

charliefayeThere is not a lot of thinking you need to do to enjoy this retro to the extreme, girl group fun fest, do the watusi self-titled album from Charlie Faye and the Fayettes. From the beginning strains of “Green Light” you are taken back to a simpler time when music was made for the pure joy of moving your feet and swaying to the beat.

Most of the girl groups are represented here with the trio of Charlie Faye, Betty Soo, and Akina Adderly pulling off a groove that comes across more cool than campy, and more channeling than copying. At one moment Supremes are dancing on top of your speakers, and the next your are listening to The Ronettes complete with a mini wall of sound courtesy of “Coming Round the Bend.”

For more current comparisons, you can hear more than of a whiff of the Go Go’s on songs like “Delayed Reaction”, but for the most these boots are made for walkin’ with the sixties female singers and girl groups lining up to be played on Austin Powers’ jukebox. Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, and Leslie Gore all seem to bunny hop across your speakers, and it is all groovy.

Your IQ won’t go up by listening to this record that times in at a bit over 30 minutes, but you just might have a little fun.  And at the end of the day isn’t that just what music is all about.


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Best Albums of 2016: Caveman – Otero War

Posted by falconi5 on July 27, 2016

Caveman – Otero War (Rating  3.5 out of 5)

cavemanTo properly expose yourself to Otero War, the latest, and in the opinion of many, the greatest effort from Brooklyn based Synth/Psych/Indie band Caveman, go directly to song number 3 on the record and give “On My Own” a Listen. With a more distinct Southern California Laurel Canyon vibe, the song immediately establishes itself as a departure from the more gloomy atmospheric efforts of the bands prior efforts.

The whole thing has a Dawes meets Best Coast with a touch of LCD Soundsystem to it.  With each song carrying a DNA all its own, songs like “80 West” would have fit quite nicely on Dawe’s recent All Your Favorite Bands record, “Lean on Me” carries a whiff of U2 at their most sincere, and Life or “Just Living” is a radio friendly hit with some ELO worthy production value. Radio friendly  if they actually played great songs like this on the radio that is.

The vocals are great courtesy of main man and lead songwriter Matt Iwanusa, and the songwriting is spot on and melds with a glossy synchronicity courtesy of the refined production values. Close your eyes, put the headphones on, and give a careful listen to “Over the Hills”.  It is a great song with layered Beach Boy worthy harmonies.

If there is one criticism to be doled out it is the fuzzed out, Crazy Horse at their most rebellious, last track “I Need You in My Life”. No we don’t really need this song in our lives, so feel free to stop at song number 11. The rest of the record is pure class.




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