Bif Naked Learns from Relationship for New Track ‘Jim’

By AARON GAGERS Bif Naked has been a mentor and student as she goes through life.  And her learning experiences come from the most unexpected of sources. Her latest teacher is apparently a relationship after which she modeled the song, “Jim,” and with which there’s a powerful new video that illustrates vengeful emotions. In the Doug Fury-directed video, Bif’s character learns that someone whom she … Continue reading Bif Naked Learns from Relationship for New Track ‘Jim’

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Caída Libre: ‘Wait for the Rain’ by Jaramar is a Timeless, Magical Experience

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN I recently attended a live concert by Jaramar, the renowned Mexican vocalist and artist. It was in the home of Mexican singer/songwriter Yanin Saavedra near Guadalajara and I was one of about 35 people listening to a singer who routinely fills venues of thousands.  All but one of the songs was in Spanish, which I am beginning to speak, but not always … Continue reading Caída Libre: ‘Wait for the Rain’ by Jaramar is a Timeless, Magical Experience

Patrick Ames Pays Honor to Gil Scott-Heron with Album ‘Liveness’

By AARON GAGERS You’ve got to dig anybody today who is even aware of the late jazz great Gil Scott-Heron, let alone dedicate music to him. Patrick Ames and his new Liveness album pays honor to Scott-Heron, one of the most underrated and genius musicians of all time. Scott-Heron was a “bluesologist,” in his own words, who rapped forewarningly that “The Revolution Will Not Be … Continue reading Patrick Ames Pays Honor to Gil Scott-Heron with Album ‘Liveness’

For Joan Torres and All Is Fused Band, ‘Finale’ is Only The Beginning in New Sound

By AARON GAGERS It’s easy to understand why Joan Torres calls his band All Is Fused. The latest release, “Finale,” takes a familiar track  and creates fusion in a musically cooperative environment, with many aspects from vastly different genres blending together harmoniously. All too often,  jazz gets the short shrift when it comes to appreciated genres. Like a misunderstood artist, bass-driven non-uniform musical work may … Continue reading For Joan Torres and All Is Fused Band, ‘Finale’ is Only The Beginning in New Sound

‘Moments and Fragments’ a Modern Jazzy Great from Collective Bloomerangs

By AARON GAGERS The gorgeous tones of piano with snare drum and hi hat is a classic sound that forms the basis for so much of the creative work in jazz music today. But the collective known as Bloomerangs takes a familiar sound into new territory with Moments and Fragments. The guitar plays a major role in the music, but Moments and Fragments is the … Continue reading ‘Moments and Fragments’ a Modern Jazzy Great from Collective Bloomerangs

Review: Whitney Tai set to Release ‘Surrender From Stunning Upcoming Album ‘Apogee’

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN When an advance copy Whitney Tai’s newest single, “Surrender” appeared in my mailbox, I dropped what I was doing to put on my earphones and listened deeply, as you must to a Whitney Tai song.  Her last release, “The Cure”, is a wrenching, inspiring, emotional journey that turns hurt into strength with her fragile-sharp lyrics and ageless childlike voice. “Surrender” continues the … Continue reading Review: Whitney Tai set to Release ‘Surrender From Stunning Upcoming Album ‘Apogee’

‘This Leather Heart’ A Testament to Strength and Beauty of Militia Vox

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN I love it when Militia Vox releases new music because she always surprises – one reason why I’ve followed her for almost five years now.  Her newest release, “This Leather Heart” demonstrates why the multiple award-winning singer, songwriter/composer, host, actress, visual artist, model,  director, producer and founder and lead singer of the Judith Priestess tribute band is always fresh and intriguing.  A … Continue reading ‘This Leather Heart’ A Testament to Strength and Beauty of Militia Vox

‘BSMI’ by X-ARI Flows Through All of Mental Music Grooves

By PATRICK O’HEFFERNAN X-ARI never ceases to amaze me.  This young Toronto native has put out a constant stream of terrific music since I began following her about three years ago.  Each song tops the last one and sets the bar higher.  Her latest release, “BSMI” demonstrates why. Everything she writes and performs and records is authentic, springing from a life that hopefully most of … Continue reading ‘BSMI’ by X-ARI Flows Through All of Mental Music Grooves

Video: Blueox Releases ‘Brokedown Palace’ in Tribute to Grateful Dead

By AARON GAGER Blueox, a Jersey City psych-rock duo channels the spirit of both 1970’s-era Pink Floyd and today’s My Morning Jacket, even adds a splash of Afrobeat. The band debuted two original songs “Walk Tall” and “Panic Attack” in 2019 and have more single song releases leading to their debut EP release this Summer. The band pays tribute to the Grateful Dead with the … Continue reading Video: Blueox Releases ‘Brokedown Palace’ in Tribute to Grateful Dead

Caroline Roman to Headline High School Nation Tour, West Coast

By Breakout singer-lyricist Caroline Roman has been signed to headline the west coast High School Nation Tour this spring in select cities from  March 5th to April 6 th, 2018 (check local cities here ).   Joining the talented songstress — who recently wowed industry bigwigs over this year’s Grammys weekend — will be the popular rock band Plain White T’s in an unbeatable show fueled with the hottest … Continue reading Caroline Roman to Headline High School Nation Tour, West Coast