Review: Shehzad Bhanji – Never Say Goodbye

Review: Lost Souls on Broadway – Anthems for the Fallen

Review: Serengety Songs – Metallic Clouds

Review: Alia Lorae – Rumors

Review: Shehzad Bhanji – Never Say Goodbye

ShehzadBhanjiWhen one thinks of the hotbeds of great instrumental rock guitar, the mind immediately strays to the gritty streets of Los Angeles, the blues-infused clubs of Chicago, and the down home roots of the American South in general. These are the fertile musical soil that has produced so many great rock artists, with everyone from Slash, B.B. King, and Tom Morello owing their artistry to these roots. Of course, Texas alone has given birth to plenty of great creative guitar artists as has the country that launched the British Invasion, none other than England, delivered its share of fine guitarists. Yet, when one stumbles upon such a talent as Shehzad Bhanji in the unlikely locale of Doha, Qatar, it’s enough to make one sit up and take notice. (more…)

Review: Lost Souls on Broadway – Anthems for the Fallen

LSOB1Bristling with an energetic soundscape that explores everything from alt rock, blues, jazz, and more, Lost Souls on Broadway emerge with their debut outing, Anthems for the Fallen. With a lyrical edge that stands strong while surrounded by arrangements that recall everything from ‘70s and ‘80s classic rock to more modern acts like Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains. And holding it all together and giving it its edge is its singer-songwriter mentality, allowing these songs to deliver more than just a catchy musical hook, ultimately allowing their impact to speak louder and longer than the volume knob typically allows. (more…)

Review: Serengety Songs – Metallic Clouds

MetallicCloudsSome artists can’t be confined to one art form. Others can’t help to blend their art forms and passions together, crafting something that is altogether creative and beautiful. L.A.-based singer/songwriter Serengety Songs falls among the latter, weaving together her penchant for penning poetry together with a passion for the dramatic, resulting in her soulful musical debut with Metallic Clouds. (more…)

Review: Alia Lorae – Rumors

AliaLoraeRumorsSome artist’s creative drive is so powerful it simply has to spill into other mediums. Film, production, performance, and composition are all powerful outlets for an ever evolving artist like Alia Lorae. Fueled by a lifelong passion to express herself in any way possible, the New York City-based artist is now pressing her efforts into her music as she releases Rumors, mining the worlds of EDM, rock, and pop to create a sound that is powerfully experimental and, at times, strangely hypnotic. (more…)

Review: Jacob Davich – Jacob Davich

JacobDavichCoverIt is the rare individual who would walk away from a career sharing the screen with the likes of actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, and Amy Poehler, among others, but that’s exactly what newcomer Jacob Davich has done. Lured by his muse of music, Davich has stepped away from a successful acting career which has seen him play roles in films such as “The Aviator” and “Mr. Woodcock” and is giving into his passions and sharing his soul on his self-titled debut EP. (more…)

Review: Jeff Oster – next

JeffOsterThe genre of New Age and Ambient music are among those that can be very polarizing. Some view them as nothing more than glorified Muzak, tunes fit only for a visit to the doctor’s office or the DMV while other find tones of beauty in those dulcet sounds. I err on the side of the latter and am thrilled to have discovered the music of longtime artist, Jeff Oster, and his latest recording, next, where he showcases true artistry, fusing New Age elements together with jazz and funk for a compelling listening experience. (more…)

Review: Alpine Camp – Adventure EP

Alpine-Logo-Album-001-Music, much like food, seems to know no bounds. When you think you’ve heard it all, along comes some new fusion of genres, combining a fresh new idea into a whole new sound. And while once we had only a handful of true genres to draw from, the musical landscape now requires a traveler’s guide to traverse it. Tossing their hat into the musical mash up ring and adding to the eclecticism are Culver City troubadours Alpine Camp and on their latest EP, Adventure, they showcase the roots of their approach, bridging rock vibes with a country folk medium for a sound that is wholly theirs. (more…)

Review: Well-Known Strangers – “Another Sun” Single

AnotherSunSingleCoverWe live in a music world that is now obsessed with the single. Seemingly gone are the days of picking up and listening to an album in its entirety as now listeners have the opportunity to quickly download their favorite singles with the click of a button. It’s changed the face of the music business, for better or worse, and has dramatically increased the burden on artists to choose which singles to release wisely, for those decisions can make or break a career. Thankfully, rising collective Well-Known Strangers has chosen wisely as their new single “Another Sun” provides a warm, inviting introduction to this talented band. (more…)

Review: Dustin Prinz – Feeling It EP

DustinPrinzThe past several years have seen the music business shift in all sorts of different directions, experiencing a change of drastic proportions due to technology and quickly changing musical tides. The advent of home studios and social media tools like Facebook and YouTube have revolutionized the way independent musicians can record and promote their music and artists like Dustin Prinz have taken them by storm, harnessing the best of this new world in order to put his name and music out there. And while the technology is new, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that artists still need to possess the goods to play great music and Prinz shows that he’s got that and more on his latest EP, Feeling It. (more…)

Review: S.J. Tucker – Stolen Season

SJTuckerThe best of music transports listeners to a place that is colored with bold emotion and powerful imagery. These are the songs that connect you to a place in the past while looking into the future and that transport you to places exotic, foreign, and yet altogether very familiar. As she tucks into Mississippi Delta inspired blues and jazz tones, accenting them with warm hits of contemporary folk and a little something extra, longtime recording artist S.J. Tucker does just that, taking listeners on a musical journey that leads down through the muddy swamp and into the hazy smoke of the local jazz club. (more…)