Album review: Hoodlums – The Wild Young Hearts

Re-blogged from Real Rock and Roll I’ve interviewed Robb Laffoon of The Wild Young Hearts a couple of times over the past two years. Here’s a link to the most recent one: https://realrockandroll.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/new-interview-with-robb-laffoon-of-the-wild-young-hearts/ The Wild Young Hearts are based in Los Angeles, CA. Their bio boasts: “The Wild Young Hearts is here to make you Read More …

EP Review: Acoustic Variations – Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

Joe Symes and the Loving Kind released their self-titled debut album in 2013. It’s a wonderfully eclectic mix of songs. You can get the album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/joe-symes-and-the-loving-kind/id676228102 Here’s a video for one of the tracks from the album:   I interviewed the band when they released their single, “Things Get Better”, in 2015: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/things-get-better-single/id1025664052 Read More …

Album review: The Red-sided Garter Snakes – Blue Lake

“Blue Lake” is the follow up to the critically acclaimed debut album “Endless Sea” by the Red-sided Garter Snakes. A whole host of talented musicians that John Lever (The Chameleons drummer) has worked with, and has been influenced by, in his musical career feature across both releases: David Fielding (The Chameleons), James Anthony Mudriczki (Puressence), Read More …

New Music: Resolve EP – velettes

Back in June, I interviewed velettes after the release of their awesome EP “Colour Studies”. They have now released their second EP, “Resolve”. The new EP features 5 brilliant tracks: Revive (I’m Drifting) Out of Phase Study No. 2 101 Nights Resolve These songs have an uplifting vibe. “Revive” is quite dancey, calling to mind Read More …

New Music: The Sands of Time – Nigel Brown

Talented singer/songwriter Nigel Brown has just released a new EP, “The Sands of Time”. Track listing: The Sands of Time Forever Be Keep on Goin’ What I Needed It’s a mellow and chilled out collection of tracks; ideal for relaxing to. The songs have quite a retro-rock sound. Think Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, The Read More …

New Blues Album – JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR – ‘Wild’

Turn on the blues and I’m lost until the music stops. Something about the blues moves me in a way no other music can. From Robert Johnson’s acoustic beginnings all the way to modern blues greats such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, this, for me, is the most expressive, emotional, visceral style Read More …

Dynamic Debut Album – TOR MILLER – ‘American English’

September 30 brought us Tor Miller’s debut album, American English, released on the independent label Glassnote Records. As I listen, I hear a multitude of styles and nuances, including indie alternative, R&B, soul, indie pop, and singer-songwriter. Perhaps, most of all, Tor Miller is a storyteller. His voice is smooth, with an edge of rawness Read More …

New Album Spotlight: BONNIE WHITMORE – ‘F*ck with Sad Girls’

Bonnie Whitmore is a singer-songwriter with the power to provoke all sorts of emotions with her honest lyrics and delivery. On October 28, she’s releasing her album F*ck with Sad Girls. This is a collection of songs about life from a woman’s perspective, delivered with power and unapologetic defiance.   *Photo by Cathy Sisk and Read More …

Soulful New EP – TAMECA JONES – ‘Naked’

Soul queen Tameca Jones released her EP ‘Naked’ on September 23. Tameca’s voice soars, rivaling contemporary R&B singers such as Rihanna and Ariana Grande. While her voice has that soulful sound, her music draws from a variety of styles. Hot and Bothered gives us a rocking edge, Let Me Be has a playful, pop feel, and Sandman Read More …

IRA LAWRENCE and his Haunted Mandolin – ‘Everything is Everywhere’

When I was a kid, my grandmother played the mandolin. She played quite well, accompanying my grandfather on his variety of guitars. Funny thing, though; I don’t remember her mandolin ever sounding like a stringed instrument on an acid trip, being played within a haunted house. Yet that is the only way I can describe Read More …