June 19, 2018

Big Apple Blues: Manhattan Alley

When looking for the sound if New York City Manhattan Alley it's best tho skip the streets and avenues and head for to back alleys and find a place that serves drinks and live music. When the sign promises a show by ace instrumental wuintet Big Apple Blues don't waste time and brace yourself for a set of steaming jazz blues. The band managed to capture he excitement of a live performance on their new album Manhattan Alley.

They are fluid, without being slick. While it's tempting to compare to Booker T. & the M.G.'s, that would sell them short in terms of genre variations. It happens to any band that has a prominent Hammond B3 player and a guitarist with way above average slide skills in their midst. Big Apple Blues like to lean towards jazz, each time when they change it up withing the parameters of the R&B idiom. They are not a dance band, but their music is s sure fire guarantee for an irresistible urge to tap your feet. Funky, dirty at times and played with the confidence of musicians who have made a name for themselves in one of the most competitive environments for cutting it as an artist.

SPOONFiSH: "Psycho Bitch" video

Watch the new SPOONFiSH video for Psycho Bitch. It's th the lead single from the Anglo-Dutch freak funk band's forthcoming album The Devils' Delight, due for release in August. The video was tracked and directed by Dr. Chill.

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June 18, 2018

Koto Kill: Riot At 45

London based electronic dance rock trio Koto Kill captured the unbridled joy of stumbling upon a cool 7" in a record store. Riot At 45 is abrasive, jubilant, and sexy. Produced by Gabriel Ralls the band locked into a upbeat groove, fired up the bass and guitar and made sure that the vocals were aimed straight at the gut.

Fingers crossed that is project featuring Beatrice Bonnano (vocals), Anelize Kunz (bass) and Mo Stellato (guitar) isn't a one-off. The dance floor could do with some raw rock excitement.

Claire Watts: Landmark

photo: David Olstrum

Irish folk singer Claire Watts is an avid fan of tradtitonal muisc and tis shows on her new album Landmark. The title track from her new album Landmark is a gentle heartfelt tribute to the love of her life, the man who is her "North Star"and "compass of my heart, featuring the acoustic guitar and the backing vocals of husband Gerry Hegarty. She understands the lure of the big city, but when push comes to shove she prefers the country side in My Heart Lies In Miltown Malbay, a sentiment that pops up again in A Life Beyond The Sea.

Her vocals range allow her to keep up with the luscious strings. Landmark is a mellow album that is quintessentially Irish. She is a singer who can tell intimate, personal tales about universal themes. Don't be surprised when fellow artist will decide to cover The Sand Is A Different Colour Here and Panda Eyes & Broken Skies, the lyrical high points of the album, tracks than can stand alone as pieces of intimate poetry.

June 17, 2018

Chris Robinson Brotherhood: September tour dates

Roots rockers Chris Robinson Brotherhood have added a bunch of dates in September to their busy touring schedule. They will be recording songs for their next studio album at Brotherhood Arts Laboratory in Unicorn, CA.

Live dates:
  • 06/22 Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES @ Azkena Rock Festival
  • 07/08 Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
  • 07/09 Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
  • 07/10 Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
  • 07/12 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theatre
  • 07/14 Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 07/15 Telluride, CO @ Ride Festival