Welcome To Rate The Tracks

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.

June 17, 2017

FEATURED TRACK: Project Grand Slam -"Fishin" (feat. Mindi Abair)

Project Grand Slam or PGS, is Robert Miller's inspiration and driving force. I have heard consistently good music come from the vaults of their recorded works over the years.

A new release is due at the end of the month and we are giving you a sneak peak of what to expect. The PGS Experience will be sure to delight listeners and once you hear "Fishin," I think you will agree there is a lot to look forward to.

The video provided is a beautiful take on the island experience. The music is a blend of jazz and reggae and it sets the stage up quite nicely. Smooth jazz with an island sound and all the images to go along with it...I am ready to go!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Project Grand Slam:

http://projectgrandslam.com

The brainchild of acclaimed bassist/composer Robert Miller, Project Grand Slam is a Jazz Rock Fusion band with a twist of Classic Rock and Latin, which has earned over one million video views while defying genres, languages and geographic boundaries. Gashouse Radio says: “Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam deserves mentioning as among the best musical acts produced by American culture in the last quarter century!”  READ MORE

June 7, 2017

FEATURED TRACK: Fiona Joy - Galloping from Into the Mist

Fiona Joy gives us a taste of her most recent release Into The Mist with the video stream titled "Galloping."

The piano takes center stage and Fiona orchestrates yet another beautiful piece via the ivory keys. This time we get images of the artist floating through the air and sounds adorned in satins.

The music is as delicate and soft as the clothing she is wearing. Fiona is dancing to the music and thereby becomes the music with her movements and expressions. It is like the ballet of her soul on display.

"Galloping" is like a painting on canvas brought to life through sound and movements.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


Read More About Fiona Joy:

http://www.fionajoy.com

Into the Mist epitomizes the art of contemporary solo piano recording in today's music. This is Fiona Joy's 2nd solo piano recording on Blue Coast Records where she once again teams up with Cookie Marenco, producer and engineer known for her contributions to the world of audiophile recordings.

June 4, 2017

TRACK FEATURE: Peter Calandra-Morning Dove


Peter Calandra has a new album coming out on July 1, 2017. The album is titled The Road Home.

Peter is one of the guiding musical voices in the new age instrumental world. The pre-release single "Morning Dove," is a glimpse of what to expect in another month.

The video provided is a gorgeous soundscape with incredible footage of mother nature in all her glory.

The video is actually awe inspiring and the music is in perfect sync with the images. This is the way it supposed to be...a superb combination of music and images, a work of art!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Peter Calandra:

http://www.petecalandramusic.com

You may not know the name Peter Calandra, but chances are that you’ve heard his original music, his film or television scores, his sports anthems, or his Broadway performances.  This prolific New York City-based composer and keyboard player has been immersed in music for most of his life; he has scored over 50 films, written over 2000 compositions for television broadcast (including over 40 theme packages for nationally broadcast sports shows ...READ MORE...

May 17, 2017

Featured Rock Stream: Roadcase Royale-Not Giving Up


Roadcase Royale is back with another red hot release titled "Not Giving Up." Nancy Wilson and friends team up for a real rocker full power and soul.

Nancy's larger the life six-string is given full compliment by Liv Warfield (vocals), Dan Rothchild (bass), Chris Joyner (keyboards), Ben Smith (drums) and Ryan Waters (guitar). 

I have to say that I love this music! It sounds so alive, fresh and original. For these ears, it does not get any better than that.

I hope to hear the entire album very soon from Roadcase Royale. Rock on Nancy! You keep the music alive every time you play.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield, and Nancy Wilson co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. 
...READ MORE...

May 7, 2017

Featured Track: Jonathan Cavier-When You Come Around

Jonathan Cavier pays us a visit again on Rate The Tracks with a new single titled "When You Come Around."

Cavier's vocal is inviting and made for a pop-rock audience. The single is radio ready and sounds like it could be the theme song for the summer.

The instrumentation is the perfect backdrop for Cavier's backdrop. So sit back, crank it up, and listen to
"When You Come Around." It is like the songs we used to hear on the AM radio dial back in 70s and that is good thing if you are familiar with that decade of music!


Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck





More About Jonathan Cavier:

http://caviermusic.com

Phoenix-based singer-songwriter and pop performer Jonathan Cavier is no stranger to writing catchy tunes that blend wide-ranging influences into a multi-faceted yet cohesive sound.
..READ MORE..

May 2, 2017

Featured Stream: Brielle Von Hugel feat. B.o.B - Stronger (Exodus x Sweet & Sour Remix)

Brielle Von Hugel has a new single we are streaming. The "Stronger (Exodus x Sweet & Sour Remix)" track features the rapper B.o.B. I have never been a fan of rap however I can appreciate the difficulty and pace that you have to keep up with sing that way. I certainly could not do it, I would loose my breath and turn blue! It is an art form no doubt and it has many admirers. To be honest I liked what was presented here and thought it worked well.

Brielle has a powerful and emotional touch to the vocals she delivers. Her style and flair are a perfect match for the music, which is a mixture of pop, dance and electronica. She steps aside to let the pro B.o.B. handle the rap duties which he does with ease.

Check out the stream and the video of what inspired Brielle to sing this song. You will be able to understand the emotion and purpose that drives this track once you watch her video.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Briell Von Hugel:

http://www.briellevonhugel.com



Brielle’s dynamic, soulful, emotive voice and personality can be described as modern-day vintage. This singer/songwriter mixes pop-edge with yesterday’s bluesy, smoky tones to give her musical storytelling grit—unapologetically honest and straightforward—commanding her audience ...READ MORE...






April 25, 2017

Featured Track: Bunny Sigler-Till I See You Again

The saying "They don't make them like that anymore" and "they broke the mold" applies to Bunny Sigler.

"Till I See You Again" is from his new  album Young At Heart.

Not everyone can pull off a love song like they mean it and sound so good. Bunny sounds great! He is just like fine wine, getting better as the years pass.

"Till I See You Again" is a great pop and R&B track that I can hear playing on the radio, it is tailor made for that format. It is smooth as silk and it hits you right where it counts, in the heart.

Bunny Sigler is back strong as ever so check it out now!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Bunny Sigler:
 
http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com

 Creating several hits over the span of his career that today's generation keep sampling, Bunny continues to write, produce and Record new material. He is the co-writer of the song, "The Ruler's Back" which was an opening song for the Jay Z's album, Blueprint. He has a brand new TV show coming out called "Bunny and Friends" and  a brand new CD as well. At 70 years old "there ain't no stopping us now" claims "Sigler"...Lets face it !! They don't build them like this anymore and Bunny Sigler is the "Real Deal."

He's a living legend alright and a huge part of music history. Whether it's performing, writing or producing he gives it his all....

It's no wonder why the Industry has nicknamed him "Mr. Emotion."

April 9, 2017

Featured Track: Nancy Shoop-Wu-Rainbow Road

Nancy Shoop-Wu recently released her new recording Rainbow Road. The title track is featured here to give you a taste of the excellence she commands on the violin.

The track is a tapestry of colors and atmospheres one can only deliver if they are surrounded by a beautiful environment. In this case it is so because Nancy is located in Hawaii.

It's as if she becomes one with mother earth and her instrument opens the door to the "Rainbow Road." Have a listen and find the beauty and peace within one beautiful song. Stream the track and watch the video.

Read My Full Review of the Album.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Nancy Shoop-Wu:

https://www.nancyshoopwu.com

Known for her soulful and expressive playing, violinist and singer/songwriter Nancy Shoop-Wu blends her classical training as a symphony violinist with the impressionistic magic of the Islands of Hawaii. From the moment she set foot in the Aloha State, Nancy found herself under the islands' magical spell. The result was a burst of creativity for the consummate musician as she blended her love of New Age and Classical music, combining them with the musical culture of her new home, to craft beautiful music with appeal across a variety of spectrum's...READ MORE...

April 8, 2017

The Box Tops Celebrate 50th Anniversary as Part of Happy Together Tour 2017!


Memphis blue eyed soul legend THE BOX TOPS celebrate their 50th anniversary and the release of their mega hit THE LETTER as a featured act on the HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2017. Considered the premier 60's package tour, HAPPY TOGETHER will play in almost 50 US cities between Memorial Day and Labor Day.



HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR
(Check boxtops.com for additional dates that may be added)

06/09/17 Biloxi, MS - IP Casino, Resort & Spa
06/10/17 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall      
06/11/17 Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
06/13/17 Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
06/14/17 New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre New Jersey
06/15/17 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater
06/16/17 Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
06/17/17 Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
06/18/17 Tarrytown, NY - The Tarrytown Music Hall
06/20/17 Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
06/21/17 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
06/22/17 Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
06/23/17 Williamsport, PA - Community Arts Center
06/24/17 Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
06/25/17 Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
07/04/17 San Rafael, CA - Marin County Fairgrounds
07/06/17 Modesto, CA - Gallo Center For The Arts
07/07/17 Brooks, CA - Cache Creek Casino Resort
07/08/17 Salem, OR - Historic Elsinore Theatre
07/09/17 Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino
07/12/17 Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
07/13/17 Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
07/14/17 Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino
07/15/17 Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
07/16/17 Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre
07/19/17 San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
07/21/17 Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
07/22/17 Las Vegas, NV - Cannery Casino Hotel
08/04/17 Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
08/05/17 Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
08/06/17 Boston, MA - The Wilbur
08/07/17 Wilmington, DE - Playhouse Theatre
08/09/17 Hamburg, NY - The Fairgrounds Event Center
08/10/17 Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
08/11/17 New Buffalo, MI - Four Winds Casino
08/12/17 Manistee, MI - Little River Casino Resort
08/13/17 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica
08/14/17 Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds
08/16/17 Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Center
08/17/17 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
08/18/17 Hot Springs, AR - Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
08/20/17 Mayetta, KS - Prairie Band Casino & Resort
08/22/17 Louisville, KY - Kentucky State Fairgrounds
08/23/17 Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
08/24/17 Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
08/25/17 Aurora, IL - Paramount Theatre
08/26/17 Mille Lacs, MN - Grand Casino Theatre

2016 was truly a remarkable year for the BOX TOPS. After a six year hiatus, original founding members BILL CUNNINGHAM AND GARY TALLEY joined up with their former manager (and musician) RICK LEVY for exploratory rehearsals in Nashville. Buoyed by keys, drums, and horn section, THE BOX TOPS took to the road in January 2016, and played concerts up and down the East Coast and the Midwest. They  were the featured act at Las Vegas' Cannery Casino Summer Kickoff Concert, which had its biggest attendance ever.

Their authentic sound, contemporary look, and raves from audiences and promoters alike brought THE BOX TOPS to the attention of the producers of the HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR. Offered a featured and co-billing spot, they accepted. As manager Levy stated, “Strategically, there is no better opportunity to be seen by so many fans, top promoters, and buyers in such a concentrated time. The HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2017 will be a fantastic opportunity for fans to sample THE BOX TOPS all across the country.”

THE BOX TOPS continue to perform select shows outside of the summer tour and field international inquiries as well. Join the BOX TOPS as they celebrate their 50th anniversary all during 2017.

Videos:
THE LETTER...live Levitt Pavilion Steel STacks. Bethlehem PA JULY 2 2016


SOUL DEEP...same live info


We Invite You To Check Out The Box Tops New Official Website: www.boxtops.com

Management
Rick Levy Management
PH: 904-806-0817
levy17@bellsouth.net   www.ricklevy.com

Worldwide Exclusive Bookings:
Mitchell Karduna, Vice President, Director of Talent Reps
Talent Consultants International Ltd (TCI)
PH: 212-730-2701 X6
mitchellkarduna@tciartists.com  
www.tciartists.com

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

April 6, 2017

British Indie Rock Band The Loft Club is Breaking Out of the UK and Germany into the US!


Studio City, CA - Lightyear Entertainment, after initially releasing the debut EP, “Heart’s Desire” from England’s The Loft Club in October, 2016, and a Niklas Ibach remix of the title track in November, is pleased to report that the band has now exceeded 200,000 spins on Spotify, with over 70,000 monthly listeners, has been added to a number of significant playlists, and is gaining a growing number of listeners and followers in the United States.

British indie band The Loft Club are an Exeter-based quintet, consisting of Daniel Schamroth, Jamie Whyte, Kieran Chalmers, Amy O’Loughlin and Dan Wright. Purveyors of stomping, heartfelt, sixties tinged guitarpop, their sound has been compared to Buffalo Springfield, Fleetwood Mac, The Byrds, Ryan Adams and Noel Gallagher.

One British blogger, Listen With Monger, said early on “Essentially, this is the music that the Beatles would have produced if, instead of getting introspective in India, they’d gone to the Mid-West with a burnt out double decker and gone native for a few months. The remix, by producer Niklas Ibach, turns the spirit of the song on its head and…we are treated to a floaty, airy slice of Zero 7 meets Above & Beyond in chill out mode which is no bad thing. So, here we have a talented band with a great single.”

Lightyear CEO Arnie Holland said: “The Loft Club demo showed up with no introduction last summer, and by a stroke of luck, I decided to listen to it anyway. Within 30 seconds I was hooked by the melodies, harmonies, and infectious beat.”

Sky Spooner, Lightyear’s VP of A&R said “The initial plan was to let the band organically grow in its home territory of the UK. But now we’re seeing signs that their followers are spreading worldwide. We’re starting to see spins in the U.S. as well; Manhattan and Los Angeles are in the top ten worldwide markets now. ”

The Loft Club is available worldwide on the Lightyear label through Caroline/Universal Music Group.


The Loft Club - Heart’s Desire:
https://open.spotify.com/album/0bYShQ7L3iQtUEuMKqBnGx

Music Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkE3bicMPcA ;

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/theloftclubband/

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


Lightyear Entertainment, a distributor of independent films and music, was founded in 1987. www.lightyear.com

April 1, 2017

Featured Stream: Progotronics II by Prog Sphere Promotions


Welcome To Progtronics from Progsphere Promotions. New Cutting Edge Prog Rock For 2017

Enjoy The Stream And Thank Progsphere Promotions For Creating Awareness And Supporting Indie Music!

Prog On And Stream and Discover Now...

March 24, 2017

Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist Rosie O’ Sullivan Returns With New Soul EP

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Rosie O’Sullivan is back, after losing 16.5 stone in weight, with a new soul inspired collection of tracks. The soul songstress writes and sings from the heart with a fullness of passion, which has nurtured and helped shape her own individual musical imagination. Having performed at Birmingham Pride, Big Festival and The Brummie Awards, worked alongside Martha Reeves, Shalamar and The Real Thing and received amazing feedback from the BGT judges, O’Sullivan is back and better than ever.

Stream the EP here:


Gaining influences from her family and relationships, Rosie found her own experiences in life inspire her music most. The album is based around relationships and experiences in her life that have happened over the past few years but ‘No One’ follows the story of true love between Rosie’s mum and dad that she is lucky to see every day.

Brought up with the rousing sounds of Motown, soul and the vibrant style of the sixties, Rosie immersed herself in the unique energy of the music, which has naturally lingered into her own. By the age of eleven Rosie could play both the piano and saxophone and continued to blossom as an artist. She began singing alongside The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in the 2011 and 2012 BBC Proms and then gained a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree at the London College of Music.

Links:

March 19, 2017

Featured Stream: Amilia K. Spicer - Fill Me Up

Roots Rock and Americana are really taking hold. It has been for several years and the more I hear it the more I can see why it has become so popular.

Music from artists such Amilia K. Spicer, like her track "Fill Me Up," will give you a good idea of what this music sounds like, or should sound like.

Spicer's voice has that edge country influenced music needs.The vocals gives it all more heart and soul. Truthfully, the reason I like the music so much is because it is so honest and emotional.

"Fill Me Up" comes at you locked and loaded and ready to fire away. The music is very earthy with a heavy influence from country (and I don't mean all polished with rock and pop for a looped radio playlist) just as all Americana or Roots Rock.

Check out this great music and the hypnotizing vocals of Amilia K. Spicer.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Amilia K Spicer:
http://www.amiliakspicer.com


It may be her haunting, husky voice that first grabs a listener, the way it glides over melodies like smoke, but it’s the songwriting that Spicer really wants you to hear-

The turns of phrases, the wistful poetry, the smart (and sometimes smart aleck) lyrics...READ MORE...
 

March 15, 2017

Featured Rock Stream: Roadcase Royale-Get Loud

Roadcase Royale is the side project of rock legend Nancy Wilson. She is joined by Liv Warfield (vocals), Dan Rothchild (bass), Chris Joyner (keyboards), Ben Smith (drums) and Ryan Waters (guitar). 

This seasoned group of musicians are sure to make their mark on 2017 with a high energy funky sound. As an introduction they have provided "Get Loud" for a taste of what they can deliver.

I thought of Mother's Finest a few times while listening to Liv sing and the guitar lines laid down by Nancy and Ryan. With a track title like "Get Loud" you think of rock anthems. The funky rock sound is not a typical rock anthem but it sure has a lot of promise to become one, especially in a live setting. It all sounds like the perfect fit for this band and you can feel their chemistry bubbling over in the song.

Check it out now!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

 More About Roadcase Royale

Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield, and Nancy Wilson co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. 
...READ MORE...

March 13, 2017

Blackfield Feat. Steven Wilson Release “Lonely Soul” Video Taken From New Studio Album “Blackfield V”


Everything is broken
Everything is chaos

London - Ahead of the release of their new studio album V on March 17th through Kscope, Blackfield, the collaboration between Israeli songwriter and musician Aviv Geffen, and British musician and producer Steven Wilson, have revealed a new video for the song “Lonely Soul”, created by long time collaborator Lasse Hoile (www.lassehoile.com)

VIEW HERE:


Hoile explains his inspiration for the clip, “When I heard Lonely Soul for the first time I just felt it was like a scene from one of the many stories I’ve heard over the years, people’s experiences dealing with depression and anxiety. It became a personal story after a very good friend of mine had been suffering a great deal with this, and with their depression not being treated properly it developed into a form of self loathing. Although sad, this is an important subject I think we all need to be aware of and hopefully we will learn to reach out and help each other. The hardest part is often asking for help.”

Along with playing shows in Europe with Biffy Clyro last month, Aviv Geffen recently held his 6th Annual Rock Gala in Tel Aviv. The sold out show was a chance for him to celebrate his 20 years since the release of his 1997 album, Full Moon.

Aviv Geffen invited special guests to perform on the night including the UK’s Jake Bugg, fellow Israelis Dudu Tassa, Orit Shachaf and Avi Buffalo. The event also saw a rare collaboration between Geffen and Iranian dissident musician Shahin Najafi (http://www.shahinnajafimusic.com/about-shahin-najafi) in what was described in the New York Times as “an effort to prove that despite bitter enmity between their countries, ordinary people can find common ground. As they performed the rare Hebrew-Farsi fusion Thursday night, the standing-room-only audience of 6,000 gave a rousing applause.”
Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/03/03/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-iran-peace-concert.html?_r=3

BLACKFIELD V – The album

The new studio album Blackfield V was written and recorded over a period of 18 months in both Israel and England and contains 13 linked songs that form a flowing 45 minute ocean themed song cycle. With the duo expertly handling vocals, guitars, and keyboards, they brought in Tomer Z from the Blackfield band on drums, Eran Mitelman on keys, and string arrangements were performed by the London Session Orchestra. Blackfield V is a powerful journey through catchy melodies, lush arrangements, and stunning production, with legendary producer / engineer Alan Parsons working on three of the album’s key tracks.

The pair makes for a formidable musical force; Geffen has worked with legendary producers Tony Visconti and Trevor Horn, has played live with U2 and Placebo, and is currently a judge on the Israeli TV show The Voice. Wilson, after a long tenure as the leader of the hugely influential band Porcupine Tree, has since embarked on a highly successful solo career, achieving 3 UK top 40 albums (the most recent also making the top 3 in Germany, and The Netherlands), and 4 Grammy nominations.



1. A Drop in the Ocean (1.23)
2. Family Man (3.37)
3. How Was Your Ride? (3.58)
4. We’ll Never Be Apart (2.54)
5. Sorrys (2.58)
6. Life is an Ocean (3.26)
7. Lately (3.24)
8. October (3.31)
9. The Jackal (3.56)
10. Salt Water (2.39)
11. Undercover Heart (4.02)
12. Lonely Soul (3.42)
13. From 44 to 48 (4.31)

Blackfield V will be released on the following formats all of which are available to pre-order now: http://found.ee/BLACKFIELD_V

2 disc - CD / Blu-Ray – presented in a deluxe media book with the Blu-Ray offering audiophiles a listening experience second to none, with the album in high resolution stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Includes a 36 page colour booklet
Double 180g heavyweight LP - cut at 45 rpm and presented in gatefold packaging with a four page booklet and a free mp3 download.
CD – digipack CD
LP Picture Disc –a Limited Edition single disc 140g vinyl with MP3 download, highlighting the stunning Lasse Hoile artwork
Digital

(Photo: Hajo Meuller)

Blackfield online:
https://www.facebook.com/Blackfield-103704446366593
https://www.facebook.com/avivgeffenofficial
https://www.facebook.com/StevenWilsonHQ
https://www.instagram.com/avivgeffenmusic
https://www.instagram.com/stevenwilsonhq
http://stevenwilsonhq.com

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

March 10, 2017

EchoTest Feat. Bass Virtuoso Julie Slick To Release New Concept Album “From Two Balconies”


Featuring special guest artists including King Crimson drum legend Pat Mastelotto!

Philadelphia - Bassists Julie Slick (Adrian Belew Power Trio, Crimson ProjeKct) and Marco Machera are proudly presenting a new EchoTest album, exploring new heights in this bassist collaboration with their third release: “From Two Balconies”. Displaying an even higher production value, a new member (drummer Alessandro Inolti), many more guests (Pat Mastelotto, Tim Motzer, Ali Wadsworth, Ian Gray, Greg Rosen, and Sarah Anderson), the record is a departure from the heavily instrumental and bass-dominated “Fourth Dementia” (2014) and “Le Fil Rouge” (2015). It features lead vocals on 7 out of 10 tracks - Marco takes this role on a few songs, but he also shares this job with Mike Visser (Imaginary Tricks) and Claire Wadsworth. The result is a modern-sounding, yet classic record that defies genres, showcasing music that is truly progressive in nature. Featuring artwork by the legendary Derek Riggs.

“From two Balconies' chronicles a contemporary tragedy, the resulting resonance of characters in a tempestuous tormented limbo.” - Julie Slick

“This is not what you would expect from EchoTest after an album like 'Le Fil Rouge'. There's obviously a common thread in all of our music - but we naturally set new goals and redefine ourselves with every new effort.” - Marco Machera

Julie Slick is a virtuoso bassist and composer known for her wide array of unique tones and substantial melodic invention. Throughout her career, she has developed a distinctive voice through international performances and recording with acclaimed first class musicians in both the progressive rock and jazz communities (with the Adrian Belew Power Trio, Crimson ProjeKct, EchoTest, R_M_S, Motzer Slick Ti, PAPER CAT, and Springs).

Says Julie, “We originally had the idea to use the title after Marco explained to me the Italian expression 'Fuori come un balcone', which means 'out like a balcony' or 'you're crazy!' We tend to get in this manic, highly productive, highly hilarious place when are together, so this seemed to suit our third release... but then the album was written during a very in-limbo, purgatorial period in my life, and I actually still live nowhere, so the music has this feeling, this sense of being strewn out quite literally between two balconies.”

EchoTest are:

Julie Slick - bass VI, drum programs
Marco Machera - bass V, vocals
Alessandro Inolti - drums

Featuring:

Pat Mastelotto - drums (track 3, 5)
Tim Motzer - guitar (tracks 1, 3, 5, 10)
Ian Gray - trombone (track 1, 6)
Greg Rosen - trumpet (track 1, 6)
Zach Lopresti - guitar (track 1)
Mike Visser - vocals (tracks 1, 2, 6), guitar (track 8)
Ali Wadsworth - vocals (tracks 3, 6, 8, 10)
Sarah “flossy” Anderson - violin (track 6)
Claire Wadsworth - vocals, piano (track 8)
Gary Slick - vocals (track 9)

Produced by EchoTest and mixed by Todd Mecaughey at Cambridge Sound studios in Philadelphia

To purchase EchoTest's “From Two Balconies”: https://julieslick.bandcamp.com/album/from-two-balconies

Videos:
EchoTest Official Music Video for “Supercell”:


EchoTest “The Plight” Album Release 2k17 (New live video featuring four different venues from the tour):


For more information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slickmachera/
Julie Slick's official website: http://julieslick.com/

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

March 8, 2017

Featured Track: Angie and The Deserters - Stay

Angie and The Deserters are back to pay us another visit with a new single.

"Stay" is our featured track for Angie and the band. It is a song that typifies their style and flair for the human condition.

With some tasteful Americana and Roots Rock, Angie aims for your heartstrings and succeeds.

This song will make you want to "Stay" to hit play again. So hang around and check out all of our features on this great band! Use the search tool provided and you will have plenty of streams to choose from.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 



More About Angie and the Deserters:
http://www.angieandthedeserters.com

Born in Upstate NY in a small town called Potsdam in what many refer to as the North Country, singer-songwriter Angie Bruyere spent her childhood running through the backwoods and roaming the train tracks, living the simple life that inspires imaginations of which lyrics and melodies are made. Settling in Southern California at a young age, Bruyere began a modeling career that took her on a journey around the world...experiences that can be felt throughout many of her songs.  Pen and paper always in hand, she began writing poetry and playing her guitar, lending itself naturally to combining her two passions into what has become a body of musical work that she continues grow daily...READ MORE...

March 6, 2017

Progressive Rock Ensemble Light Freedom Revival Releases Debut Album ‘Eterniverse Déjà Vu’ Feat. Billy Sherwood & Oliver Wakeman


Looking towards a bright future for us all!

VANCOUVER BC: Canadian singer-songwriter John Vehadija has assembled a stellar cast for the project Light Freedom Revival, and their new album ‘Eterniverse Déjà Vu’ is released on March 7th, 2017.

Accompanying him are Billy Sherwood (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards), Oliver Wakeman (Lead Keyboards), Eric Gillette (Lead Guitar) and Marisa Frantz (Harmony Vocals) as a like minded group of spiritual individuals who have joined together on this 13 track LP to lend their own skilled touches to help create a bigger sound in order to explore the concept of how consciousness and positive energy shape all our future destinies.

John Vehadija has taken his artistic and imaginative background from a poet early on and used it as fuel to pursue his true calling as a professional musician, extending to the universe his gift of unique songwriting for all to enjoy.

“I’m happy and relieved to report that the Dreamship Light Freedom Revival has arrived with it’s first CD offering!” said the Vancouver based musician. “I believe the force which guided me to record this album and present it to you came from a very clean and honest place of positive light imagination, so I hope that this feeling is translated to the listener!”

Talking of the thinking behind the record he said: “From the perception of the Light Omniverse, right now each of us are consciously or unconsciously, passing through quantum stargates by simply making decisions about where our lives are going, and our minds are slowly learning to use a sort of a holographic customized reality operating system, leading us into the kind of future we would like to experience. I know I’m headed towards this exit timeline, where Earth evolves to become the centre of a gigantic crystal space city of light called the Avatar that represents the point of focus for the entire Light Creation with a sealed cornucopian light society template. That is for me the true Ascension into the Eterniverse and I wanted the songs to reflect that!”

Billy Sherwood who produced the record along with Vehadija said this about the album from a more grounded perspective “I think it turned out great and I like the addition of Marisa's voice next to John’s. I think it creates a very cool unique sound to the record! I'm always happy to help new projects! This was fun to do, it's got a lot of depth and vibe, melodies, harmonies... I dig it! I would do it again!”

Oliver Wakeman added in “I was contacted to perform on one track, but before I knew it I was already playing on about 13 of the tracks on the record and I was given quite a bit of freedom to play with my Moog! I'm glad John was happy with all the keyboard parts, it’s been great fun!”

The CD Artwork depicting Vehadija’s vision was created by the international visual artist Ed Unitsky known for his complex and captivating surrealistic landscapes “I am very happy to participate in this wonderful project, together with such mega-talented musicians! It was truly an honour and a pleasure to work with John for his great music!” said Unitsky.

Eterniverse Deja Vu is recommended as an interesting listen to all progressive music fans out there and is available in CD Digipack and MP3 Format starting March 7th on lightfreedomrevival.com as well as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and other major distributors.

Song titles:

01 New Lightspace Age          
02 An Idea of Freedom.        
03 Where Words Fail              
04 Dream Again                      
05 Form Hope                  
06 Eterniverse Deja Vu            
07 They Fit You In                  
08 Go Amplify The Feeling      
09 Starting Over                    
10 Place Of Power                
11 Stay Strong With Me            
12 Positive Light Code            
13 Enjoy The Now

Watch Light Freedom Revival's new lyric video: 


To purchase:
https://www.lightfreedomrevival.com/shop
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X9KWP6T
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/eterniverse-deja-vu/id1205186270

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

February 26, 2017

Japan/Porcupine Tree Keyboardist Richard Barbieri Releases 360° Video For “Solar Sea” Taken From His Forthcoming New Studio Album Planets + Persona


“What other planets are out there? Could there be any life 40 light-years away?” - The new 360° video for Richard Barbieri’s track “Solar Sea”, explores these questions, imagines these new worlds - colliding planets, ice crystals inside a hollow comet, volcanic asteroids spewing molten lava into open space and a breathtaking finale.

VIEW HERE: 


360° VIDEO VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
To view Richard Barbieri's Solar Sea in 360, you will need to view the video using the latest version of the YouTube app on iOS and Android. By moving your smartphone or tablet, you will be able to look around the 360 degree view. To watch on a desktop or laptop computer, you will need to make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera. You will then be able to move the view by clicking and dragging inside the video player or by using the WASD keys. For the most immersive experience, we recommend using a VR headset.


Having seen the “Solar Sea” video for the first time using a VR headset Richard enthusiastically states “THAT WAS INCREDIBLE! It’s amazing that Miles (Skarin) has captured the movement and turbulence of planets, the particles and matter that I was trying to reference in the music. It’s a totally immersive experience and, along with the artwork, another important addition to the album experience” 

360° video producer Miles Skarin (www.crystalspotlight.com) explains the development process and techniques behind this stunning visual journey “Following the concept of Solar Sea and drawing on the album artwork, we created dramatic environments which showcase the variety and possibility of distant planets and star systems. We wanted to create visually intricate scenes - large planets colliding, ice crystals spanning across a hollow comet and even a volcanic asteroid spewing molten lava into space. These scenes were created in Maxon's Cinema 4D by building the individual objects required for each scene and placing them in 3D space. To render the scenes, we used Video Copilot's Element 3D, which allowed us to add materials and lighting. We then animated a path for the camera to follow which would become our 360 degree viewpoint. The scenes were set up for 360 VR using Mettle's Skybox plugin. These tools and plugins were all brought together using Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, which create a very solid pipeline for 360 VR video production.”

Planets + Persona, the new album from Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist, Richard Barbieri, was recorded in London, Italy and Sweden; and is Barbieri's most ambitious, thoroughly engrossing and immersive album to date.  He skilfully utilises the talents of a pan-European core of musicians to produce an album that marries synthesized sounds with organic instrumentation to conjure up vivid, colourful and allusive soundscapes. It’s a skilful commingling of texture and tone, mood and musicality.


Planets + Persona tracklisting:
Solar Sea (07:30)
New Found Land (07:17)
Night Of The Hunter (10:44)
Interstellar Medium  (05:38)
Unholy (08:58)
Shafts Of Light (06:39)
Solar Storm (06:22)

Album teaser:


Planets+ Persona will be released on 3rd March except USA & Canada – 17th March & France – 26th May, on CD, LP & Digital Download (feat. New Found Land instant download) – all available to pre-order now here: http://found.ee/RB_PLANETS_PERSONA

Richard Barbieri will be performing live in the UK in March:
16th – Exeter, The Phoenix (w/Grice in support)
25th – Birmingham, The Birmingham & Midland Institute (A morning with / masterclass)
26th – Birmingham, The Blue Orange Theatre (w/ Grice in support)
28th – London, Hoxton Hall
For ticket details : https://www.facebook.com/RichardBarbieriOfficial/

As an ex-founder of the new-wave pioneers Japan, Barbieri was a leader in creating the ground-breaking synthesizer sound that defined the band and influenced the likes of The Human League, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Talk Talk and a whole raft of artists to follow. Together, the band recorded five studio albums culminating in the groundbreaking Tin Drum, which stayed in the UK Albums Chart for a year.

Following Japan, and a decade of collaborations on his own Medium label, Barbieri joined Steven Wilson's Porcupine Tree, playing keyboards on all the band’s albums since 1993 as well as releasing two striking solo albums: Things Buried and Stranger Inside.

His ear for composing unique soundscapes and synth textures has led to collaboration albums with other talented composers, such as Steve Hogarth (Marillion) Steve Jansen & Mick Karn (Japan) and Tim Bowness (No-Man)

Richard Barbieri online:
http://www.richardbarbieri.net ;
https://www.facebook.com/RichardBarbieriOfficial/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/74aT58mmwQWq4qUxTE0SDr  ;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2PGdtnsImzX4HHafVwxgAQ
https://itun.es/gb/N7psi

For hi-res image downloads (media use only): http://www.kscopemusic.com/media/richard-barbieri ;

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

February 15, 2017

Featured Track: Jonathan Cavier - Comes A Moment

Jonathan Cavier has a new single out titled "Comes A Moment."

His pop-rock style and expressive vocals fill the track with passion and emotion. You can feel it as he sings "Comes a moment to let go"...

Everyone has times when they need to let something go that may be weighing things down. It can be any number of things but eventually we have to let go and move on. That is what I think this song is about and Cavier does a great job getting that message across in his music.

What else can I say? Listen the stream and watch the video and decide for yourself!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 





More About Jonathan:

http://caviermusic.com

Originally from Northern California, Cavier (“cav-AIR”) moved to Phoenix, AZ where he performed as Alan Clark in the atmospheric pop duo, EyeTalk. Over the course of 10 years and five albums, this venture saw their music reach international audiences in Italy, the UK, and Australia. After five albums and hundreds of shows played throughout the US, Alan Clark reintroduces himself under the pseudonym Jonathan Cavier.
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Debut Album By Burnt Out Wreck “Swallow” Featuring Heavy Pettin's Gary Moat Now Available!


London - The eagerly awaited debut album from Burnt Out Wreck featuring ex-Heavy Pettin's Gary Moat is now available! “Swallow” is a huge slice of full on, punchy classic hard rock with guitar riffs galore! Released via Cherry Red Records, this album is every bit as good as you would expect from one of Scotland's original rock n rollers, Gary Moat!

Says Gary, “I went in to the studio to record a set of songs. Before I knew it, 'Swallow' had been created, and now here it is. I thoroughly enjoyed being in the studio but it was never my intention to become a recording artist again but here I am. It is crazy but I'm loving it. The album is a culmination of all my influences. It has been 30 years in the making and it seems it's being received very well everywhere...which is fantastic.”

Gary has a colorful history as the drummer and main songwriter for metal legends Heavy Pettin'. The band were signed to Polydor and Warner Chappell in 1983 with help from Def Leppard's manager Peter Mensch. They toured extensively until 1988 with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Ratt, Motley Crue, Saxon, Accept and Magnum amongst others, as well as headlining their own tours. They recorded three albums with different producers: Brian May, Mark Dearnley and Adrian Lee/Tony Taverner. Heavy Pettin' also played the likes of Reading Festival, Loreley and other major festivals, as well as recording The Friday Rock Show for Tommy Vance & Tony Wilson.

Gary created Burnt Out Wreck in the summer of 2016. After penning songs for an album, he ventured into the studio under the watchful eye of acclaimed sound engineer Steve Rispin (Asia), and with Gary's determination to create good time classic rock, “Swallow” began to take shape. For Burnt Out Wreck, Gary has traded the drum stool for the microphone. He has his own imitable style, and is frequently compared to Bon Scott and Marc Storace.

Burnt Out Wreck's “Swallow”  is co-produced by Gary Moat and Steve Rispin (Asia, Inglorious), mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Killers, Jack White, Rolling Stones etc).

Watch Burnt Out Wreck's “Swallow” video:


(The video was created by Mark Leary at ASYLUMseventy7)

Burnt Out Wreck features:
Gary Moat - vocals, rhythm guitar
Adrian Dunn - guitar, backing vocals
Alex Carmichael - bass, backing vocals
Miles Goodman, guitar
Paul Gray - drums

The band played their first live show at the Giants Of Rock in Minehead in January 2017, alongside the likes of Steve Hackett, Ian Anderson, Iain Paice, Phil Campbell, Focus, Gun, Dare and many more.

Upcoming UK show:
23rd March, Underworld, Camden
http://www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk/gigs/events/23-mar-17-burnt-out-wreck-the-underworld/

To purchase Burnt Out Wreck's “Swallow”:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/swallowalbum
iTunes: http://geni.us/BurntOutWreckSwallow

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/BurntOutWreck
https://twitter.com/BurntWreck?lang=en-gb

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

February 13, 2017

Progressive Rock Ensemble APE SHIFTER To Release Self-Titled Debut Album “Ape Shifter”


It was a cold, dark day when the fire burned high and the simian shadow raised his hand through the smoke in solemn praise and exclaimed, “It is time for instrumental rock!”

Germany – Progressive Rock ensemble APE SHIFTER will be releasing their self-titled debut album in March 2017! APE SHIFTER is all instrumental and reaches from rockin' 70's riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves. Intense Simian Instrumental Rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo.

Born on Friday the 13th in Washington, D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland, Jeff Aug is a cool underground guitarist who lives at the foothills of the Alps in Southern Germany for the last 18 years.  He has toured with Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine, Johnny A., Albert Lee, and has performed shows with Jawbox, Shudder To Think, and Ice-T & Bodycount with his old band.  He's worked with John Stabb from Government Issue, has been touring and recording with Anne Clark for the last 10+ years, and has been touring as a solo guitarist for the last 20+ years. Jeff can also be heard on the Atari Teenage Riot album “Is This Hyperreal?” (Dim Mak Records / Digital Hardcore Records). Jeff is also a Guinness™ world record holder setting the world record for the “most concerts performed in different countries in 24 hours” twice (2009, 2012)!

Progressive, loud instrumental rock; that's how APE SHIFTER describes their sound. APE SHIFTER brings you the perfect combination of melody intertwined with fat 70's riffs and punk rock ferocity.

After 3 albums with his rock band Sorry About Your Daughter, 1 album with his punk band Banana Peel Buzz, 8 instrumental acoustic guitar albums, 3 albums & 1 DVD with Anne Clark, guest appearances with ATARI TEENAGE RIOT, 2 Guinness(TM) world records, and a #1 album on the iTunes Acoustic Music Charts in the U.S., Jeff Aug gives you his new instrumental rock band: APE SHIFTER!

Featuring:
Jeff Aug: guitar
Florian Walter: bass
Kurty Münch: drums

APE SHIFTER Live Video Clip:


APE SHIFTER “Brain-O-Mat” (rough mix):

APE SHIFTER “Sakrotani”:


APE SHIFTER's self-titled debut album is available via iTunes, Amazon and at www.ape-shifter.com

Artist:  Ape Shifter
Album Title:  Ape Shifter
Label:  Brainstorm Records    
Catalogue Number:  BS0401639          
LC Number:  11050    
Barcode / EAN:  40 27791 00810 3            

Tracklist:

01 Uhluhtc  03:33
02 Revolution Summer  03:10
03 Desert Rock  03:27
04 Dopamatic  04:27
05 Hot Rod 02:34
06 Verdammt  03:54
07 Dead Tuna Boogie  02:58
08 Ratchet Attack  05:08
09 Sakrotani   03:13
10 Brain-O-Mat  03:47
11 Superhero Helden  02:30

Recorded on 09./10.July 2016 by Jürgen Schlachter at 36music in Leipheim, Germany.
Mixed in Winter 2016 by Alec Empire at The Hellish Vortex Studios in Berlin, Germany.
Mastered by Calyx in Berlin, Germany.
Artwork & layout graphics by Chris Lakriz.
Cover photo by Peter Travers.
This album was recorded live in the studio. There are no overdubs or “punch-ins.”
All compositions by Jeff Aug and published by Protozoa Music.

Ape Shifter and Jeff Aug use Hughes & Kettner amplification, Hipshot accessories, D´Addario strings, Planet Waves cables, and Dunlop picks & guitar accessories.  Ape Shifter wear RatRax.

APE SHIFTER Tour Dates:
Presented by GUITAR Magazine
27.01.2017 DE-Leipzig, Naumanns im Felsenkeller (with Shotgun Valium)
28.01.2017 DE-Dessau, Cadillac (with Jeff Aug solo performance)
03.03.2017 DE-Weikersheim, Club W71
04.03.2017 DE-Immenstadt, Rainbow (official album release concert!)
09.03.2017 DE-Karlsruhe, KoHi
10.03.2017 NL-Tilburg, Little Devil*
11.03.2017 NL-Landgraaf, Oefenbunker*
12.03.2016 DE-Düsseldorf, Pitcher*
17.03.2017 DE-Reutlingen, Franz.K (as support for WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE!)
27.04.2017 DE-Burgkunstadt, TECnet
28.04.2017 DE-Schwerin, Speicher
29.04.2017 DE-Erfurt, Museumskeller HsD (w/ Shotgun Valium)
30.04.2017 DE-Berlin, Supamolly  (special guest:  JUD)
*with special guest Chris Haskett's Amplified Ambition (Rollins Band guitarist!)

Artist Management & Booking by MAXIMUM Booking: info@MAXIMUMBooking.com

For more information:
www.ape-shifter-com
www.facebook.com/apeshifter/

Bandcamp: https://apeshifter.bandcamp.com/album/ape-shifter

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Album copies for promotion and review available upon request. Artist is available for interviews. All press inquiries to Billy James at Glass Onyon PR