Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"It's Not Too late" by Brooke Branning (Soft Rock Artist from California(CA))

"It's Not Too Late" by Brooke Branning is a powerful mix of Pop, Rock, and Country that has some real soul. Branning's strong, sensual voice is what gives this album its x-factor. The professional quality of the recordings let the songs show their true potential. The album shifts away from its Country base with tracks like "Love Is The Price" with a bouncy rhythm and melodic lyrics. One track that shines as a favorite is "Given Freely," a Country song with a sweet, catchy chorus accented by its angelic background vocals. If you're a fan of Melissa Etheridge or Sheryl Crow then check out this gifted and talented artist and her latest CD, "It's Not Too Late" as it is soft Rock and Country at its best.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Written Roads" by The Shells (Country/Rock Artist from New York City, New York(NY))

"Written Roads" by The Shells is a strong and powerful Alternative Country/Rock album. The CD, being Alternative Country, fuses in many Rock style elements with melodies that are pure Country in which this creates a hard-hitting and fully enjoyable listen. The opening track, "All I Need is Time" stays true to the band's down-home Country roots both lyrically and melodically. The harmonies in this track fits perfectly while each note played by the acoustic guitar complements the vocals as the emotional lyrics are of pain and the need and will to recover. The song, "I Will Believe You" relies on a progressive tempo and ambient notes that puts the listener in a smooth trance. Country is well-showcased in this album and for those fans who love bands like the Dixie Chicks and singers with the same range and tone must experience the exceptional compositions and lead vocals/harmonies of "Written Roads."

-Trent C. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Monday, October 26, 2009

"Salt of the Earth" by Mobetta Loretta (Folk Artist from Los Angeles, California(CA))

"Salt of the Earth," Mobetta Loretta's latest CD, would be best described as a modern folk album with a dash of southern rock. Yet it is much more than that because it is such an ambitious and creative work; it was recorded as a concept album with all the songs being inspired by the 1954 album also titled "Salt Of The Earth." In "Copper Pit Miner," Mobetta sings to us about being a copper miner in an upbeat, danceable folk-blues song that features great harmonica. "I Am the Salt of the Earth" is a song in which Mobetta opts to croon to us over a pleasant combination of acoustic guitar and string section. For "Local 809" she sings about antiquated union life over a more modern and toe-tapping blues beat. The songs on this album stand up on their own, as they are great contemporary expressions of a past generation; yet when one factors in that each song is part of an overall theme it really adds substance. So check out Mobetta Loretta's CD, "Salt of the Earth," if you want to hear great folksy blues stories of a day gone by.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Featured Single

Band Name: The Secret
Featured Single: What About Us
Album: Fool and His Amazing Wasted Life
Genre: Pop


Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Number Theory" by Richard Potter (Classic Rock Artist from North Carolina(NC))

Demonstrating a real mastery of his '50's and '60's influences, Richard Potter's latest CD, "Number Theory," is a thoroughly satisfying pop-rock hybrid album that succeeds on all levels. From echoes of '60's-era Neil Diamond (CD-opener, "Tell the Angels I Love You") to American Grafitti-era rock'n'roll ("Love is Blind") to the wonderfully Pulp Fiction-esque feel of the title track (featuring a terrific Herb Albert-inspired trumpet lead), Potter's solid sense of melody and pop dramatics gives his new 10-song collection a real cinematic flair. Elsewhere, "So Long" is a tuneful ballad blending Music Hall-style banjo strumming with the melancholy strains of cello, while "AM Radio (Everything I Need To Know)" is a driving rocker that's as convincing as the singer-songwriter's lighter, more pop-oriented songs. With an abundance of captivating melodies, interesting arrangements and solid performances, "Number Theory" is a terrific CD that showcases Richard Potter's original and contemporary musical vision to best effect.

-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Review Team
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"Fun Out of Life" by April Hall (Jazz Artist from Boston, Massachusetts(MA))

"Fun Out of Life" is the most recent release from the fabulous and highly talented Jazz vocalist, April Hall. Hall's voice has the ability to not only be in constant key but also adds considerable spice to each variety of Jazz song she attempts; which range from soulful ballads, to bluesy renditions, to high energy pieces. In "Crazy He Calls Me," April interacts with some well played Jazz piano and just a dash of drums to deliver a mellow tune that shows off how her voice can be warm and inviting. Another song, "Boogie Woogie Blues (I May Be Wrong)" Hall gets a little groovier with a toe tapping, more Bluesy beat accompanied by a dynamic singing style. Then the song, "The Face I Love" we find a more traditional Jazz piece that features a fluttering flute line that subtlety jumps around Hall's velvety vocals. If you like Jazz for its pure musicianship or for how it can at times settle you down and take your mind back to another era, then you should acquaint yourself with April Hall and her singing prowess featured on the album, "Fun Out of Life."

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Far Away Land" by Panayotis Terzakis (World Artist from Greece)

Panayotis Terzakis' strong and powerful bass voice will impress you on the album "Far Away Land." This CD of traditional Greek/Folk music is taken to a new level with the well-trained bass vocals of Terzakis. He sings in the language of Greek and if you don't understand the language, you can still feel the poignant and emotive lyrics. He even harmonizes and doubles his vocals on many tracks such as "Ti Kako Kama O Kaimenos -album Version." You can hear the unique blend of Eastern and Western styles of music with " Perivolin Eixa Papia M'/arcadian Dance." Some tracks are A Cappella while others offer a timbre of an exotic array of instruments that all play well together, giving it the traditional Greek flavor. "Far Away Land" is a touching and memorable CD filled with wonderful traditional Greek/Folk music.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Empty Swings" by Jeff Callahan (Spoken Word/Jazz Artist from New Jersey(NJ))

Bringing poetry to life, "Empty Swings," creatively composed by Jeff Callahan brilliantly blends spoken word with Jazz Fusion. Each track features Callahan verbalizing life and nature with a voice that is soft and gentle. Callahan paints pictures with lyrics like "...wildly rummaging through button-down clouds and in pot bellied raindrops smothering the haunted beating of your nightstand clock" on the track "Sweet Dreams Earth." Even though the album is focused around the spoken poems, the instrumental background deserves credit as the cast of musicians deftly perform with emotive tonality. For instance, listen as the sweet and tender electric piano and soulful saxophone cascade around the poetic words on "Slide, Slide, Slide." "Empty Swings" gives a listener great imagery with its poetic words and is complemented by wonderful music making it an album well worth having.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Bewitched" by Raquy and the Cavemen (World Artist from New York(NY))

Raquy Danzinger has traveled the world and brought back with her the knowledge and skill to compose music with Middle Eastern and Egyptian tonality. "Bewitched," the latest release from Raquy and the Cavemen is a brilliant collection of these cultures and is filled with well crafted songs. This album features Dumbek (Arabic hand drum) and the Iranian Kamanche (an instrument comparable to the violin) creating traditional Middle Eastern music. The tone is very intense throughout the entire album. The Kamanche wails hauntingly over beaten drums on tracks like "Axarai" and the title track "Bewitched." Tracks such as "Metal" feature some virtuoso style drum rhythms and should not be missed. While this is sure to be a great live show, don't miss an opportunity to listen to "Bewitched" as it is an album well worth hearing as well.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Better Late than Never" by Ron Kemp (Rock/Acoustic Artist from Maryland(MD))

"Better Late than Never" is the newest release from the talented Folk/Rock musician Ron Kemp. The songs on this album for the most part just contain Kemp's warm and inviting voice and his sweet acoustic guitar which gives the production a nice clean and crisp clarity. On this album you can hear undertones of Folk, Bluegrass and Country in Kemp's acoustic styling. "Keepsake" is a slower moving love song in which we can hear Kemp's wonderfully talented guitar picking and strumming skills. On the song, "First-Sight Love," Kemp lets his voice get a little Country as he tells us another love story. "Crocabye Way" is a more fun and uplifting song in which Kemp lets his strumming get a little poppy. While the songs employ different sounds, the album throughout is relatively relaxed and calm. All in all, this entire album works if you are a fan of either love songs sung well or of acoustic Folk/Rock in the way of something like a James Taylor approach.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"The Dream of 'I'" by Doug Wyatt (Instrumental Rock/Ambient Artist from San Francisco, California(CA))

Doug Wyatt's release, "The Dream of 'I'" is an amalgam of songs that take on different genres all seen through the eyes of an experienced electronic artist. The album is well recorded and produced, as it needs to be due to the large amounts of ambient and psychedelic sounds that Wyatt uses within his tunes. He has mastered the art of computer-aided music, and this is plainly heard throughout this entire album. On the track, "Thrill of the Chase" we get a toe-tapping beat underneath a spacey yet uplifting piano piece. Then on "Talking Points" one is presented with grittier, more industrial sounds over a thick, driving electric beat. These songs are then juxtaposed with others like "Artifacts and Fantasies" which contain numerous intricate psychedelic sounds, and are devoid of a traditional beat structure altogether. If your ears would appreciate a plethora of electronic instruments and sounds masterly interwoven, or you consider yourself an audiophile and just appreciate diverse sounds, then "The Dream of 'I'" is something you'll want to take in.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Samba de Fé" by Dorina (World Artist from Brazil)

The latest released album, "Samba de Fé" by talented Samba vocalist Dorina will get you off your feet and moving on the dance floor. Dorina sings with powerful strength and range over the syncopated rhythmic beats of the Samba groove. Some of the songs are fun, some sexy, but all use the classic Samba arsenal of percussive instruments, stand-up bass, and guitar. Many tracks like "Padroeira" use a small chorus to either produce a call-response in the vocals or just to enhance the main melody. Some of the tracks such as "Sonhava" are simply seductive with its suave beats and bouncy grooves. "Samba de Fé " is a spectacular album you can use from start to finish at an event to keep the party going.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"We Are Not Kings Here" by Bird to Prey (Folk Artist from Australia)

Bird to Prey's latest released album, "We Are Not Kings Here" gives Indie music sharp songwriting and a new sultry voice Colbie Caillat should be worried about. Singer/songwriter Sarah Turk displays vocals that ooze the same beauty as her contemporaries Nicole Atkins, Feist, and Jenny Lewis. She avoids being too mushy or self-loathing by using a Folk flavor that's just delightful. Aside from the usual piano and clean guitar, she makes use of different instruments such as bells on the charming track "Sing a Lullaby." A recommended track: "Pepper Tree Road" as it features an easy flowing rhythm and catchy melody. "We Are Not Kings Here" is a strong, sweet album that will be enjoyed by fans who take pleasure in listening to a fusion of Country, Folk, Indie, and Blues music.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Time & Materials" by Zan Zone (Folk Artist from New York City, New York(NY))

Fans of Zan Zone may not be used to a mellow, acoustic album but that is exactly what his latest CD "Time & Materials" is. Zan Burnham takes his composing skills to a new level as his voice is strong and sincere and it shows on these well balanced acoustic songs. The acoustic guitar is played with extreme skill and is something to be admired. "September Rain" shows the kind of passion and emotion that can be put into a song. His use of banjo and other country instruments in "The Camping Song" gives the song a wonderful happy-go-lucky feeling. Each song on "Time & Materials" has something different to offer, an emotion, a catchy riff, or a haunting lyric. This is a strong album that is for music lovers and musicians alike and proves to be rootsy, melodic, and quite interesting.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Bucks County" by Paul Marturano (Pop Artist from Pennsylvania(PA))

"Bucks County" by Paul Marturano is a peppy mix of piano and guitar that can appeal to many listeners. Marturano writes piano compositions that take influences from story singers like Billy Joel, Elton John, and John Mellencamp and also delivers a soul coming out of the late 70's. Marturano's vocals are polished and project expression on each and every melodic song. His crisp and clean piano work is highlighted on the track "One And A Half Years Old." His crafty songwriting is best represented by "The Man," an upbeat tune with a bouncy piano line and a crunching guitar on rhythm. Every track has its own separate feeling and charm. "Bucks County" takes the roads well traveled by piano driven Pop/Rock and comes out with an album well worth hearing.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Beatlesque Too" by Alan Bernhoft (60"s Rock Artist from Los Angeles, California(CA))

Alan Bernhoft more than accomplished his intended goal with his recent album, "Beatlesque Too." The British Invasion sound from the early sixties made popular by The Beatles is alive and well on this album. Bernhoft captures the twangy guitars, the easy flowing harmonies, and simple drum beats with ease. The bouncy song, "All of the Time" features a solid harmonica solo while vocals and harmonies are exceptional. The last track "Come On Baby" is an obvious call to "Twist and Shout," the popular Beatles cover. The average track is not long in length but these songs don't lose the nostalgic throwback of this era. This album doesn't take liberties, risks, or get too adventurous as it simply produces quality song after quality song that could have come straight out of 1964. Fans of The Beatles don't miss an opportunity to hear the excellent songs of "Beatlesque Too."

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Grandma Mary's Latin Rock" by Mary Ho (Latin/Blues Artist from Singapore)

"Grandma Mary's Latin Rock," from the 71-year-old Mary Ho, is a release filled mostly with calm and mellow renditions of popular songs. The background instrumentation is relatively simple throughout the album, yet it is professional and not overbearing. This is because the focus of this instrumental album, is on Mary's articulate and skilled guitar playing. On "Black Magic Woman" we really get a sense of Mary's bluesy side as she plays with soul and gusto. On "Apache" we are presented with a quasi-soothing western song in which she lets her guitar sing out in a lovely fashion. On the final track, "Canon Rock," Grandma Mary rips out some hot rock lead guitar riffs! This album is filled with numerous genres and sounds; it is for the most part a tranquil album, with some rockers mixed in as well. You will appreciate this album if you want to be inspired by an album that demonstrates that a love for music is a lifelong passion.

-Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Gone Too Soon" by Paul Alexander (Pop Artist from Long Island, New York(NY))

Paul Alexander's beautiful album "Gone Too Soon" almost begs you to have a glass of wine and stare out your back window while the album spins in the background. His voice is intriguing and calming, and his emotive lyrics are well worth listening to. The accompaniments on this album have a smooth jazz and warm, cozy pop feel. A familiar cover "I Hope You Dance" plays early in the album, enticing the listener into the soft and gentle ambiance Alexander delivers with his sweet and tender voice. Later, "Mama a Rainbow" offers some crisp and clean jazz piano that complements the hopeful and sincere lyrics. "Gone Too Soon" highlights Paul Alexander's vision and voice and will be enjoyed by lovers of easy listening Pop and big band music alike.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Cut.. …From Within." by Scott Motyka (Hard Rock Artist from Massachusetts(MA))

Maximum instrumental Metal/Punk fury runs wild as extremely gifted guitarist, Scott Motyka, runs his fingers full throttle across the frets on his album, "Cut.. …From Within." As you listen to the talents of Motyka you can feel the intensity and precise precision his fingers drive home on these artistic and interesting songs. You'll be hooked from the first track, "Betrayer's Trust" as Motyka delivers razor sharp guitars burning with melodic hooks and riffs. The fire and passion rise off the strings on "The Romantical" as the guitar bellows with emotive obsession. A frenzied thunder of high velocity guitar riffs boils over on "Seniorita" as it hypnotically melds around the solid and tight drum beats. All fans of Metal/Punk music will thoroughly enjoy this thrashing mania of instrumental guitar on the outstanding CD "Cut.. …From Within."

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Jean Sibelius - Compositions for Piano" by Heidi Saario (Classical Artist from Ontario, Canada)

Heidi Saario has put together a fine group of pieces written by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius in this wonderful collection of Classical Works, "Jean Sibelius - Compositions for Piano." Her playing on this CD is very emotional and is clearly the work of an accomplished pianist. The emotion is brought into these performances in part, by the effective use of dynamics. "Two Rondinos, Op. 68: I and II" are great examples of the feeling put into these works. They have power drawn from the romantic era but the structured beauty of the Classical. Heidi Saario's "Jean Sibelius - Compositions for Piano" is full of beauty and feeling that shines through in this recording.

-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Monday, October 12, 2009

"HISTORY" by Manny Freiser (Rock Artist from Los Angeles, California(CA))

Highly accomplished and talented musician Manny Freiser impresses with a hue of energy and enthusiasm on his latest released album, "HISTORY." Freiser not only wrote these well written lyrics but he performs with excellent musicianship, terrific vocals, and offers up some first rate production. These artistic arrangements focus on thought provoking soft ballads to vibrant and upbeat Alternative Pop/Rock. "Rain" has solid and steady drums and piano chord hits that interact with the strong and expressive vocals. Let the emotive lyrics on the ballad "One Love" embrace memories of love as the soft and subtle strings mingle with the sweet, melodic vocals. Feel the dynamic rhythmic drum pulses on "Body Rock" as it will have you on your feet and dancing to the beat. The wonderful blend of Alternative Pop/Rock music on "HISTORY" is infused with memorable lyrics, engaging beats, and is well worth listening to.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Unscathed" by Andy De Rosa & Electric Mojo (Rock Artist from England)

Andy De Rosa & Electric Mojo release their outstanding debut album "Unscathed" steeped with distinctive treasures of Southern Rock/Blues. This group exhibits a strong and tight consistency within this style of music. Lead vocals are crisp and clean and offer up solid and tough attitude. The rock solid guitar riffs on "Living On the Road" complement the lead vocals as well as the great harmonies. An intense, razor sharp guitar riff hooks the listener on "Like A Storm" with its sweet and emotive precision. The title track, "Unscathed" is well balanced with sweet guitar licks, steady flowing drum beats, and memorable vocals. Bouncy beats and guitar hooks captures the southern bluesy vibe on the clever arrangement "Good Times and Bad Times." The well rounded and energetic music of "Unscathed" is sure to please all listeners of Southern Rock/Blues music.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

"Out of the Blue" by Joe Colledge (Alternative Rock Artist from New Jersey(NJ))

An excellent blend of Alternative Rock and light Pop awaits you as Joe Colledge releases his second album, "Out of the Blue." The energy and enthusiasm on this album is refreshing and renders the listener wanting to hear more of these enjoyable, melodic songs. Colledge and his talented group of musicians prove their abilities to be focused artists with a well rehearsed dynamic balance. The soft rock single, "Rock Song" moves with a solid, easy flowing beat, vocals that are crisp and clean, and smooth, bouncy guitar progressions. Showcasing some great harmonies, "Story of My Life," is a wonderful ballad where vocals are sung with sweet sincerity. Originally recorded by Three Dog Night, "Shambala" is a terrific rendition as this group puts their own magical spin to it and yet it keeps its original tonality. If you're a fan of the groups Gin Blossoms or Counting Crows, then don't miss a chance to hear the delectable songs of "Out of the Blue."

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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