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We are interested in providing a home for artists that want to have their tracks evaluated by seasoned professionals in the music business and fans alike. If it's a demo or the finished product we want to hear your tracks! This is intended to be interactive between the artists and listeners. Providing feedback to the artists will assist them in developing their music.

May 27, 2016

The Colossal Heads Release New EP ‘Mammoths’



Revelling in the heavier side of indie rock, The Colossal Heads are a group on the rise who have been compared to artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Modest Mouse and Nirvana. These are not bands whose names should be taken lightly in terms of comparison – thankfully The Colossal Heads do them justice.
Those bands rose in the 90’s and early 2000’s due to a rock genre that had gone from being anti-establishment to part of the norm. In recent years the cycle has started again, and The Colossal Heads are here to shake things up once more. To offer further proof, check out the album lead track ‘Mammoths’.
Engineered by Louis Cressy, the EP (and single) are a timely reminder of the power that rock music can have.
Another vital part of any musical success is a propensity for hard work, an area in which The Colossal Heads excel almost as much as their song writing. In a prime example, they toured from New Orleans to California from May-June 2015, living out of their Toyota and sleeping on floors along the way. This grass roots approach carries over to their methods of promotion as well. Relying on Facebook, local radio and word of mouth, the band has continued to develop and grow their fan base as their music has become increasingly assured.
‘Mammoths’ is the final result of this evolution, an EP which steps outside of the box and shows how complacent rock music has become in recent times.

Pink Fireball - Turn Around (Video Feature)


60s rock single with a modern indie twist out May 6th Pink Fireball are a raw, upcoming four-piece with energy to burn and a genuine flair for song writing. Based on a contemporary indie foundation, their sound is embellished with flowing psychedelic aspects from the 60s which give them a uniquely fresh edge. New single ‘Turn Around’ is out May 6th and perfectly showcases this blend of the old and the new. It all started with an infectious guitar riff and grew from there into the off kilter indie treat it has become. Also worthy of note is the horn section – not common in the rock genre in recent years, the band took inspiration from retro movie soundtracks such as Mission Impossible, James Bond and Batman to add this extra flavour to the tune. The animated video is a superb companion to the track as it takes a trip through 60s sci-fi and beyond – you can check out both the track and the clip below.
 
Links:
https://www.facebook.com/pinkfireball/?ref=ts&fref=ts 
https://soundcloud.com/pink-fireball 

http://www.wearepinkfireball.tumblr.com/

May 23, 2016

Featured Track: Alexi Musnitsky-Dream Catcher

Alexi Musnitsky's debut album Zia features many memorable piano based tracks. "Dream Catcher" is one track, which is the closer for the album, that runs for over seven minutes.

His grace and flow on the keys are focused and determined on the track. It is a perfect example of how one instrument can pull you into another dimension. 

 I had the pleasure of covering the entire album however it is interesting to zone in on one track to recognize the talent of an artist. Alexi has a bright future ahead. Have a listen to "Dream Catcher" now.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Alexi:

http://www.aleximusnitsky.com 

Alexi was born in New Mexico and spent most of his life in Paris, France. He has been playing piano since the age of 4, trained as a classical pianist in the Russian style by Marina Ravor and won a first prize at the Flame International Piano Competition. Playing for others started as a young child in Paris, Catalonia and Amsterdam. Alexi began composing his own music in 2013.

May 20, 2016

Japanese Fighting Fish - 'For Queen Marilyn'



'What a glorious noise.' The Tom Robinson Show, BBC 6 Music
Japanese Fighting Fish, four lads who anchor their boat in London, are bringing fun back to rock with their electrifying new album ‘Swimming with Piranhas’, plunging us knee-deep into ferocious riffs then pulling us out again with soaring vocals from frontman Karlost. 
 ‘Swimming with Piranhas’ doesn’t sound like a great plan for the average diver but Japanese Fighting Fish jump right in and live to tell the tale. This album nibbles away at any possible preconceptions of the band until an epic creature with an unnerving undercurrent is left. The album title comes from the real life wild experiences of Karlost and drummer Sweetman in Ecuador whilst staying with a Quechan tribe when they took a dip in the Amazon River. After their excursion, the boys did a Lep Zep III move and retreated to the countryside to channel all they had learnt from the ‘tribal way of life’ into creating an exhilarating thrill-ride record that bites hard and won’t let you go.
Their latest single from it, ‘For Queen Marilyn’, was written spontaneously after arriving at the recording studio and being asked to ‘just play something’ to check sound levels. An ominous Muse-like riff was quickly followed by crashing drums before the whole thing took off into a grunge explosion. Unwittingly, the Queen was born! After several stages of development, the new track is now available on SoundCloud here -



‘Swimming with Piranhas’ is the band’s third album but the first with Matt McGuinness completing the troop. The album explores new depths with pounding bass lines, incredible drums, and Gareth Mochizuki Ellmer’s pedal board creating the ‘biggest space sounds at just the right time’, according to Karlost, whose own vocal performance is gritty and wild yet captivating throughout.
What do Royal Blood, Savages, and Cage the Elephant all have in common? They were all supported by BBC Introducing! And now Japanese Fighting Fish have joined that stairway there is no doubt they are destined for the heights. One of their next steps will be headlining the venue Milo at the Live at Leeds Festival 2016 and with their sets being renowned for explosive antics and the boys having a habit for ending up accidentally bleeding on stage, this will definitely be a spectacle not be missed.
'For Queen Marilyn' will be available on the 3rd June, followed by the album ‘Swimming with Piranhas’ due for release on the 17th June 2016.
Live Dates:
LONDON The Crowndale (formerly The Purple Turtle) 28.5.2016
BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 28.9.2016
Links:
https://soundcloud.com/japanese-fighting-fish

Impressive Electronic Rework Of Adam & The Ants’ Kings Of The Wild Frontier By Johnny Normal (Featuring Marco Pirroni)




Reaching number 1 in the UK album chart and spawning three hit singles ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’, ‘Dog Eat Dog’ and ‘Antmusic’, the original Kings of the Wild Frontier has left its legacy on the world.

Johnny Normal’s download only rework celebrates 36 years since the original release, and sees the talented producer recording his own unique versions of all of the songs. The album features double Ivor-Novello Award-Winning Ants songwriter and guitarist Marco Pirroni.

The album project was initially the idea of Adam Ant himself, who liked the style of Johnny’s music.

As Johnny explains: ‘My version of KOTWF is not meant as a copycat album as we could never improve on such a classic, rather an Ant fan’s homage to the fabulously exciting original record by Adam, Marco and co which had such an impact on my life and the lives of millions of the MTV generation.’

The project sees Johnny teaming up with close friend and guitarist Psycho Pete and backing vocalist/bass player Izzie voodoo. Whilst on tour supporting Adam Ant, Johnny and Psycho played several of their own electronic interpretations of Ants songs, performing to crowds of up to 3000 people. The performances were well-received by audience members, cementing the idea for the duo to create their own electronic cover album.

In 2014, the project came to a frightening halt when Johnny Normal was hospitalised in three intensive-care units with a succession of life-threatening illnesses. His life support was turned off twice and he was expected not to survive. Beating the odds, he pulled through, his family requesting that the unfinished album be played whilst he was in his coma, spurring him on to fight death. ‘I have no doubt this provided me with a subconscious link to the outside world and aided my recovery,’ Johnny has stated.

Appealing to both Adam and the Ants fans and electronic music lovers, it’s a record that all kinds of music enthusiasts can get into.

There will be an 'album listening party event' in London on Friday 17th June, tickets and info from www.johnnynormal.net

The album will be released Friday 17th June 2016


Lenny Fontana Ft D-Train - 'When You Feel What Love Has'


Two music legends, Lenny Fontana and D-Train, have joined forces to create a classic New York dance-floor hit with crisp beats and infectious melodies wrapped around a vocal that could only ever be recognised as the power-tones of James himself.

Check it out here: 

Brooklyn singer James ‘D-Train’ Williams is famous for eighties electrofunk hits such as ‘You’re the One for Me’ and ‘Keep On’ and has toured with an extensive list of renowned musicians including Shania Twain, Steve Winwood, Sheila E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Austin and Earth Wind And Fire.
Meanwhile, International Dj and Dance Music Producer Lenny Fontana is known primarily for forging the hit 1999 single ‘What You Need’ with Duane Harden as part of the duo Powerhouse and "Chocolate Sensation". Fontana has worked alongside artists from Norma Jean from Chic, Crystal Waters and Byron Stingly from Ten City and runs his own record label Karmic Power Records.
D-Train now lives in Brooklyn and regularly practices martial arts, yoga and meditation; whilst Lenny Fontana is busy running his own label (under which this track is produced), as well as being an avid collector of toy trains. Both have scored number one hits and appeared on Top of the Pops.
 ‘When You Feel What Love Has’ has already achieved over 111k plays on Soundcloud and is set to be a dancefloor hit this summer. Five mixes and a music video are in production.
The single is out now having dropped April 3rd.

Links:
https://soundcloud.com/karmicpowerrecords

May 19, 2016

Bass Legend Stu Hamm To Embark On “Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016”


Los Angeles – Bass legend Stu Hamm will be embarking on his “Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016” first of June! Having stunned audiences across the world with his innovative playing, Stu Hamm - the only bassist to win Guitar Player magazine's readers award for both best rock bassist AND best jazz bassist in the same year! - has made a name as the go to bass player for the world’s great musicians. His time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani cemented his place among the greats and gave Stu the platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide.

Now promoting the release of his newest solo album “The Book Of Lies,” Hamm takes to the road with new music, including his petite suite for solo bass, and a host of stories and anecdotes for musicians and non-musicians alike. A gut rumbling mix of new and old hits mixed with Stu’s trademark humor and story-telling make for a unique show like no other.

Says Stu, “I promise an entertaining evening of music and stories from my 43 years of playing bass with some of our generation's' greatest musicians!”

Songs & Stories Tour 2016

June 2, 2016 – US – New Hope, PA – Havana
June 3, 2016 – US – Schenectady, NY – The Van Dyck
June 4, 2016 – US – New York, NY – Spectrum (Masterclass at 2pm)
June 5, 2016 – US – New York, NY – Spectrum (Shows at 6PM & 8PM)
June 6, 2016 – US – Asbury Park, NH – The Saint
June 7, 2016 – US – Dunellen, NJ – Roxy & Dukes (Presented by NJ ProgHouse)
June 8, 2016 – US – Buffalo, NY – Sportsmens Tavern
June 9, 2016 – CA – Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
June 10, 2016 – CA – London, ON – London Music Club
June 12, 2016 – US – Detroit, MI – The Token Lounge
June 13, 2016 – US – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
June 14, 2016 – US – Cleveland, OH – Nighttown
June 16, 2016 – US – Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
June 17, 2016 – US – Pittsburgh, PA – PGH Winery

Born in New Orleans, Hamm spent his childhood and youth in Champaign, Illinois, where he studied bass and piano, played in the stage band at Champaign Central High School, and was selected to the Illinois All-State Band. Hamm graduated from Hanover High in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1978 while living in Norwich, Vermont. Following high school, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met guitarist Steve Vai and, through him, met Joe Satriani. Hamm played bass on Vai's debut solo album, Flex-Able, which was released in 1984. In 1990 Hamm was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Degree from his Alma Mater.

Hamm has performed and recorded with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Michael Shenker, Frank Gambale, and many other well-respected guitarists. It was playing live on tour with Satriani that brought Hamm's skills to national attention. Subsequent recordings with Satriani and other
rock/fusion artists, along with the release of his own solo recordings (featuring keyboard player Tommy Mars, guitarists Alan Holdsworth and Robert Fripp, drummers Steve Smith and Tommy Lee), solidified his reputation as a bassist and performer.

Hamm has traveled the world from Berklee to Belfast to Budapest to Bali to Berlin. He's performed in a 19th century circus tent with Joan Baez, and recorded a duet of “Do Right Woman” with her. He's performed with Mick Jagger, played sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall and in front of 120,000 people in Mexico City with a Mexican Rock Band...he's also played cruise ships, weddings and put on a tux and played Christmas Songs at department stores and in between the airport transfers, hotel suite check-outs, backstage room dinners, and concert hall performances, has collected countless stories and anecdotes from his travels across the globe.

“Chaos and calm were the order of the day at Yoshi’s on this fine Martin Luther King Jr. holiday evening in Oakland, courtesy of the Stu Hamm Band. Hamm the extraordinary bass player who has performed and recorded with some of the most fabled guitarists in the world (Joe Satriani, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai) brought his band to Yoshi’s to support his latest solo offering “The Book Of Lies” (his seventh solo record). Stu Hamm Hamm, who has played some of the largest festivals in the world, showed he is very comfortable in an intimate club setting, as he easily bantered with the audience telling stories and cracking jokes between fits of musical wizardry.” - SF Sonic

Live Videos:





https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=stu+hamm+bass+solo


For more information:
www.stuarthamm.net/
www.facebook.com/StuHammBass

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

May 18, 2016

Track Feature: Rachael Sage -Try, Try, Try

Rachel Sage's most recent release Choreographic was released at the end of April this year. Among some of the more catchy and attractive cuts was "Try, Try, Try." 

I am familiar with her work and have enjoyed it in the past and this one track is so energetic and unforgettable that you will want to hear a lot more than just one time.

There are snappy hook fills from the six string and a violin to give it an Americana edge. When all is said and done it turns out to be a marvelous combination of pop and rock.

Give it a listen and leave your thoughts!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Rachel Sage:

http://rachaelsage.com

Rachael Sage is an American singer-songwriter and producer, visual artist, and founded her own record label at the dawn of her musical career. As a youth, Sage dabbled in a variety of the arts, from dance to poetry, but it is as a musician that she is best known. Sage has shared stages with A Great Big World, Semi Precious Weapons, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins, Marc Cohn, The Animals, Jamie Cullum, and Ani DiFranco, and was named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years by Performing Songwriter magazine. Her performances combine music with musicianship with between-song banter, which The New York Times dubbed Sage's "inner Fanny Brice", and "Jewish Norah Jones"—even going so far as to call her a comedian.

May 6, 2016

Those Damn Eyes To Release Debut Single and Video “Mysterious Mixture”


Austin, TX - Possibly one of the most anticipated releases of this year is the debut single and video by Texas rock band Those Damn Eyes entitled “Mysterious Mixture.” Founded in Austin, Texas Those Damn Eyes exudes powerful, sexy aggression through its sonic display of heavy-pop-rock. Led by front woman Alyssa Ehrhard and guitarist Daniel Corder, the two have created a strong collection of material that is bursting with high-range, beautifully sung melodies and finely-crafted musical arrangements that stimulate and embolden listeners to just…..give in.

“The concept behind 'Mysterious Mixture' explores the sentiment of a past relationship. I wanted to express the frustration, confusion, agony, and ecstasy in a beautiful way. Lyrically, I talk about this kind of emotional struggle. The video is an expression of acceptance and healing, showing that despite everything we still have the ability to smile and dance spontaneously. We still have the ability to be happy, no matter what might come our way. It's about my own journey of struggle and healing. Daniel is the 'good man' that found me as a diamond in the rough. I want to send a message to people who can relate to such struggle and healing; I want each of them to understand they're not alone.”

Watch Those Damn Eyes “Mysterious Mixture” video: 


Those Damn Eyes' debut single release, “Mysterious Mixture” was written by vocalist Alyssa Ehrhard and guitarist Daniel Corder. Lyrical and melodic work took place shortly after the pair met in July of 2014, while music was written in the fall of 2013 and recorded in January '14. The band has had the fortunate opportunity to create its recordings with producer and bassist, Matt Noveskey. Their sessions take place at Orb Studios, a masterfully built studio in West Austin. Noveskey's experienced ear and knowledge of exceptional tone has been essential in forging the band's sonic identity.

Alyssa excels as an artist; in addition to her vocal talents, she is an exceptionally talented painter and uses her skilled-hand in creating band artwork. Daniel is a devoted composer and multi-instrumentalist who hones his skill through eclectic musical taste and collaborations in differing genres. Jake Rabin, drummer, has an admirable amount of talent and experience through his involvement in various bands in the Austin and Dallas music scenes. Marc Martell, guitarist, has developed a great finesse with lead guitar-work and shares a different project with Jake. Don Denham, bassist, works as a music teacher and bassist for hire and devotes time to his own passion project.

To purchase Those Damn Eyes “Mysterious Mixture” single:
iTunes purchase link - http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1108992178?ls=1&app=itunes

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Those-Damn-Eyes-844263212299197/?ref

Website
www.thosedamneyes.com

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/thosedamneyes/

Streaming on Apple Music
http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1108992178

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

May 1, 2016

Pop Stream: Ashley J-Dare Ya

Ashley J looks and sounds like a pop diva in the making in her photos and with the latest single "Dare Ya." 

The track is a high energy blast of pop magic and the ladies voice has the power to make it all happen. The consistent beat supported by a thumping bass and dance like beat helps the vocalist get her word across to listener.

Ashley J sounds just as good as any other popular artist you will hear in the pop genre on the radio or internet stations across the globe so check her out now.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 


 

More About Ashley J:

https://www.facebook.com/AshleyJeanMusic

http://ashleyj.net

 Ready and eager to soar through air waves across the globe with her infectious new single “Dare Ya”, Ashley J brings a fascinatingly diverse background, artistically, musically and otherwise, to her emergence into the pop-world.
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