Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Rockers Modern Chemistry, Best Ex And Voice Of Addiction

From New Jersey comes the full-length, debut album "Everything In Gold" from the rock band Modern Chemistry. It was released back on July 7th and features a modern, alternative rock sound that feels very mature for their debut album. Modern Chemistry has been honing their sound by preforming at major music festivals like SXSW and Chicago's Riot Fest. Their new 11-song release begins with the dreamlike state of the title song "Everything In Gold," before ripping into the chorus just before the close of the song. They continue with the build-up of the arena rocker "The Moment" and the steady pace of "Pretty Death," before arriving at one of the album's highlights "Tripping Over You." The lyrics and melody blend together beautifully on this alt-pop ballad. They return with the hard-edged rock of "I Can't Take Myself Anywhere," then tread lightly with the soft tones of "Fever Dream." The album finishes with the retro feel of "It's Been A While (Demons)" and the hard rock intensity of "Tradewinds." To find out more about Modern Chemistry and their latest release "Everything In Gold," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/modernchemistry.

Fellow New Jersey band Best Ex (formally Loveland) recently released their new 6-song EP titled "Ice Cream Anti Social." After spending the summer of 2015 on the Vans Warped Tour, Mariel Loveland began to plot her next move and develop a more mature version of her former band Loveland. Best Ex was born with the same pop tones as its former band as their new release begins with the addictive beats and chorus of "Girlfriend." Mariel's vocals sound sweet on the nostalgic, electronic tones of "Lonely Life" and in the pop ballad "February 4th." The album closes with the up-tempo post-punk tones of "See You Again" and the ukulele based, folk style of "Jellyfish." To find out more about Best Ex and their latest release "Ice Cream Anti Social," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/bestexnj.

Chicago punk band Voice Of Addiction recently released their brand new album "The Lost Art Of Empathy" on July 14th. It features a dozen high-energy tracks, beginning with the upbeat rhythm of "Rustbelt." Their sound gets more aggressive with "Dead By Dawn" and "Petty Schemes," then add a bit ska to the fun, energetic tones of "Corporate Pariah." They leave a path of destruction with the swift, punk rock of "I Can't Breathe" and "Everything Must Go," before finishing their new album with the high energy, classic thrash metal/punk sound of "Alcorn Queen" and the acoustic tale of "Are We Even Human Anymore?" To find out more about Voice Of Addiction and their latest release "The Lost Art Of Empathy," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/voarockers.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Remember Jones, Black Horse Motel, Welsh Avenue, Peasant Moon And Cottondale Swamp

From New Jersey comes the exciting performance of Remember Jones and his debut studio output "Tranquilizer!" He released his debut live album last year titled "Ladies And Gentlemen, Remember Jones!," which was recorded in front of 500 members of his Indiegogo campaign. His new 5-song output delivers the same dynamic feel of the live performance, just without the audience. He begins with the upbeat title song, "Tranquilizer" as he will certainly get your blood pumping on this modern soul classic. He pulls back the reigns for the smooth R&B feel of "The Story Suite" as you find yourself getting lost in his warm vocals. His new short release finishes up with the seventies strut of "You Got That Somethin'" and the sweet ballad "Why Don't They Cry?" To find out more about Remember Jones and his latest release "Tranquilizer!," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/rememberjonesmusic.
 
Next up is the Philadelphia-based band, Black Horse Motel with their latest release titled "Parable." Their Americana/folk sound gets a jolt of energy on the opening track "Run Rabbit Run" as they quicken the pace of their roots-style music. Their new 5-song EP continues with the gentle ballad "Bones," before Black Horse Motel pick the tempo back up with the dark tone of "Where The Money Comes From" and the clap-along rhythm of "Dear Mama" about parental suicide. To find out more about Black Horse Motel and their latest release "Parable," please visit blackhorsemotel.net.
 
Then we arrive at the latest release from Texas-based singer/songwriter, Welsh Avenue. His latest release titled "The Great Exchange" features four songs that carry a modern, new-wave sound that works between pop and R&B. His new release begins with the piano-led pop of "Germ Theory" and the addictive melody of "Blue Eyes" as Welsh Avenue sings about past experiences. He visits the clubs with the smooth beats of "The Great Exchange," before finishing his new release with the experimental, new-wave piece "Time To Fly." To find out more about Welsh Avenue and his latest release "The Great Exchange," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/WelshAvenue.
 
Following next is the international country duo Peasant Moon with their new 5-track EP titled "Our Timing Was Wrong." The duo has added a full band on this release as the country sway of the opening track "Back In Time" will grab hold of your heart and bring you in to their simpler sound. They continue with the slow, honky-tonk, nostalgic feel of "Out Timing Was Wrong" and the beautifully quiet ballad "Party," before finishing their new short release with the Americana sound of "Leaving Tonight," which brings up memories of The Band. To find our more about Peasant Moon and their latest release "Our Timing Was Wrong," please visit peasantmoonsongs.com.

Finally, from the Florida bayou comes the debut album from Cottondale Swamp titled "Leave Me On The Suwanee." It has been out for over 6 months and is beginning get the notice it deserves with its southern boogie blues sound. Their new release begins with the straight-up rock of "Swamp King Troubadour" as lead singer Kenny Grube grabs hold of you with his bluesy vocals. The album continues with the Americana shuffle of "Leave Me On The Suwannee" and the country rock of "Land Rich, Money Poor." The guitars come out blazing on the rockabilly feel of "Temporary Border" and "Feral Baby," before the classic country feel of "High Horse" will have you on the dance floor with your partner. The album closes with the swampy blues of "Ole' Beelzebub" and the desert boogie instrumental"Tighten Up." To find out more about Cottondale Swamp and their latest release "Leave Me On The Suwanee," please visit cottondaleswamp.com.

Monday, July 24, 2017

RJ Podcast: David Lovering Talks About The Pixies Current Tour & New Studio Album

David Lovering of The Pixies discusses the band's current tour and the release of their new studio album "Head Carrier." Lovering and The Pixies will be performing at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT on September 19th.

Concert Review: Queen Plus Adam Lambert Equals Success At Mohegan Sun

One of rock music's most prestigious and legendary bands made a return visit Sunday night to the Mohegan Sun arena. The band is Queen and two of its original members continue to add to the band's ever growing legacy. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have assembled an amazing cast of band members, but the iconic spot of front man, who was lead by the incomparable Freddie Mercury, was filled by iconic pop singer Adam Lambert.
 
Since Queen decided to continue (after the death of Freddie Mercury) over a decade ago, they have had only a couple of different front men fill that roll. First was Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), which became a success of combining the music of the two bands, but the members of Queen wanted to showcase the music of their extensive catalog exclusively. So after a couple of years, Adam Lambert found his way into the hearts of Queen fans after his performances of "The Show Must Go On" and "We Are The Champions."
 
It has been three years since Queen made an appearance in Connecticut as fans were eager to relive all those classic songs that became soundtracks to our lives. After 30 minutes of ambient music oozed from the speakers, a ten-foot tall video screen which stood in front of the stage was lifted to welcome Queen + Adam Lambert to the stage, pounding out the rhythm of "We Will Rock You."
 
Adam, Brian and Roger were all business during the band's heavier rock tracks "Hammer To Fall" and "Stone Cold Crazy," before getting all the ladies up on their feet dancing to "Fat Bottom Girls." Adam Lambert arose from center stage on a giant robotic head (similar to Queen's "News Of The World" album) in the first of over a half a dozen outfit changes to perform the classic "Killer Queen" and his new solo single "Two Fux."
 
Guitarist/singer Brian May would utilize the catwalk (shaped like the neck of a guitar) to perform a solo, acoustic version of the Queen ballad "Love Of My Life." The song would end with an appearance of Freddie Mercury on the giant video screen singing harmony with May. Adam and drummer Roger Taylor would soon re-join May at the end of the catwalk to a mini-stage setup to perform crowd favorites "Somebody To Love" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." After a drum battle between Taylor and percussionist Tyler Warren, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor would duet on "Under Pressure" as a tribute to their dear friend David Bowie.
 
The stage would be lit up like a Christmas tree, courtesy of a disco ball, for "I Want To Break Free," before lasers and Lambert's vocals delivered a memorable version of "Who Wants To Live Forever." Brian May was elevated above the stage to perform his space-like guitar solo, leading into the keyboard induced "Radio Ga Ga" and the set closer "Bohemian Rhapsody."
 
Queen + Adam Lambert would return to the stage for a thunderous encore, beginning with the stomping rhythm of "We Will Rock You" and the inspirational "We Are The Champions." As confetti shot out over the audience during the song's final notes, all of the members took center stage for a final bow as "God Save The Queen" played throughout the arena. With the perfect recipe in place to continue the legacy of the band, Queen + Adam Lambert seem like a match made in rock 'n' roll heaven.
 
Setlist: Hammer To Fall, Stone Cold Crazy, Another One Bites The Dust, Fat Bottom Girls, Killer Queen, Two Fux, Don't Stop Me Now, Bicycle Race/I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, I Want It All, Love Of My Life, Somebody To Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, I Want To Break Free, Who Wants To Live Forever, Radio Ga Ga, Bohemian Rhapsody
Encore: We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen

CD Review: Haim Returns With "Something To Tell You"

The Haim sisters have returned with their sophomore follow-up album "Something To Tell You." It was released on July 7th and looks to continue the success of Haim's debut album "Days Are Gone," which topped the U.K. and U.S. charts. Their new 11-song release begins with the acoustic strumming and folk appeal of "Want You Back" as the harmonizing between the sisters is some of the best in music today. They keep the tempo moving with the pop/rock sound of "Nothing's Wrong" and the dance beats of "Little Of Your Love" as their words will stick in mind. The title song "Something To Tell You" showcases the growth in their songwriting in the last 4 years since their debut release. Their music has everything from pop beats to amazing vocals and a modern sound that should propel Haim as one of the best artists of 2017. They finish up their new album with the uplifting, nostalgic feel of "Found It In Silence," the R&B groove of "Walking Away" and the dark, quieter melody of "Night So Long." To find out more about Haim and their latest release "Something To Tell You," please visit haimtheband.com.