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The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina – Act 3

The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina – Act 3

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The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina is a trio based out of the New York City area and led by singer/songwriter/guitar player Ryan Shivdasani. The band has altered their lineup since the recording of this full length, but there’s little question listening to Act 3’s thirteen cuts that nothing will change about Shivdasani’s creative vision for the band’s music. It isn’t easily classifiable. It’s close to say that Shivdasani’s musical loyalties lie with terse, often angular guitar driven art rock with minimal clutter and an elevated lyrical quality, but you can’t quite pin Shivdasani and the band’s songs down – they take some surprising, label defying turns along the way that makes it clear they are far more than just another power trio revolving around a central figure’s guitar work. The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina’s album Act 3 shows that there are many more acts to come for this talented songwriter and his equally talented band mates.

“Together” may seem like a relatively improbable opener thanks to its crazed pace and fiery temperament, but it becomes clear that The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina want to get Act 3 off to a fast start and there’s simply no other song on the album that would have worked as effectively in this spot. It has a strong punk rock bite and Jack Redford’s bass playing has every bit of the energy this sort of track demands. “Particle Craze” and some of the album’s later songs sound profoundly influenced by bands like Television, early Talking Heads, or Richard Hell and the Voivoids, while manifesting its own unique character. We get the first hint of his lyrical acumen with this tune, but that really emerges in full with the album’s third song. “Watched You Out My Window” tells a story in a way that few songs on Act 3 do and has great subtlety in doing so. Shivdasani’s guitar work hinges on a melody that sets the song’s overall emotional tone while the lyric doesn’t show all its cards at once.

“East of Eden” is cut from the same cloth as the album’s second song but with a much more deliberate tempo and a stronger focus on melody. There’s a balance here, however, between melody and atmospherics that’s missing from much more direct melodic efforts like the previous tune. The lyric is definitely just as strong as before and tells a very different story than “Watched You Out My Window”, but there’s every bit of the same insight into character as we enjoy with the previous song. Shivdasani and the band whip together some real menace with the song “Enemy” and it makes the same sort of deep impact we heard with the last two tracks. The chiming lilt of “Slip Away” blends country and folk influences together in a charming way that’s perfectly in keeping with what’s come before and benefits from one of Shivdasani’s best vocals.

The rhythm section really shines on the tune “Anarchy” and it has a pleasing retro sound with some flourishes along the way and a stormy ending that marks this as the band’s own. There’s a lot of great lyrical content in this track and Shivdasani delivers with more playfulness than you might expect going into it. “Blood Country” comes at you from the same place we heard with the earlier “Particle Craze” and other tunes along the way and gives us a lyric that provides listeners no comfort at all. There’s some light production touches influencing this song, like many of the others, and it makes this one particularly effective. “Wait Behind” ends Act 3 on a laid back, melodic note with a warm Shivdasani vocal. The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina will impress a lot of listeners with this release and you’ll be hard put to not find something on this album that will get under your skin and stay there. It’s one of 2018’s best releases.

SPOTIFY: open.spotify.com/album/4nVCsOykvkuBMzinHtU69g

Clay Burton

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Conor Gains – Compass

Conor Gains – Compass

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Conor Gains’ solo debut Compass opens with the song “I Know” and, from that song alone, listeners will rest easy realizing they are in confident and capable musical hands. The blues and jazz influences powering the ten song collection are cut with a tangible nod to soul and R&B in the way that Gains, one song after another, holds listener’s attention thanks to his penchant for writing and singing over deeply felt, atmospheric grooves. “Walking Alone” opens in a spartan manner with warm, tactile guitar accompanying one of Gains’ finer vocals before the drums enter and the song launches in earnest. There’s a light presence of backing vocals deepening the song’s soulful qualities, but Gains is more than capable of single-handedly carrying the song’s emotional demands. Brief passages of lead guitar punctuate the song at key dramatic points without ever overstepping its mandate.

“Dance Like It’s Your Birthday” mixes pure R&B stomp with a strong blues influence. The vocal presentation is highlight from the first and ends up being one of the best aspects of the song and achieves a particularly rousing quality during the track’s chorus. There’s a quick guitar rave up opening “Ordinary Love” segueing nicely into a slow burn torch song complete with stylish backing vocals and understated percussion. Gains’ singing glides through the changes and brings a gentle lift at specific points that widens the song’s reach. Each of the ten songs on Compass shows him to be a master of mood who never over-exerts to achieve effects. Instead, he makes his presence felt with an effortlessness that wins you over from the first. There’s even a smattering of rap vocals added near the song’s end.

He proves expert with gradual transitions as “I’ve Been Looking for Your Heart” builds from a muted opening to a stormy, impassioned conclusion without ever striking a false note along the way. Gains has the phrasing talents of a much older singer and certainly much of that can be attributed to a passion for perfecting his craft, but it’s just as much innate skill. “In My Head” has some tasteful, yet wonderfully bluesy piano playing matching every bit of the intensity in Gains’ singing. There’s a glowering intensity, even a low key menace, accompanying this tune that’s impossible to ignore and it revolves around the aforementioned piano and Gains’ show stopping vocal. It’s a mightily impressive way to start the album’s second half.

“Back to You” shifts the album’s musical gears slightly with an acoustic based tune. It has a palpable live feel to the performance, despite the flawless backing vocals, and reaches some rousing pinnacles along the way. There’s a surprising hint of Bon Iver’s influence in the massed vocals and clear focus on ambient production during the song’s first half, but it isn’t a pronounced thing. Compass’ longest song, “Miracle”, keeps Gains working in relatively low key musical surroundings and embraces his blues influences once again while bringing an impressive horn section to bear on the final result. The album’s second to last track “Darkness in the Light” continues to explore the more pensive edge of his songwriting, but Gains and his collaborators once again confound expectations during the song’s second half and push the envelope some. Compass concludes with another comparatively lengthy piece, “Mexico”, which blends more of his patented talent for soulful grooves with an evolving roots rock sound build around the guitar and never pushing too hard on listeners. This is a fully immersive and rewarding musical experience that bears repeated listens.

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Narrow Plains Self-Titled Spectra Music Group Debut Album To Be Released Friday May 18th, 2018

London based acoustic-Indie/Americana band Narrow Plains are releasing their Spectra Music Group self-titled debut album on Friday May 18th, 2018. Now available for pre-order, reserve your copy today!

Narrow Plains formed in early 2012 after writing and self-recording their debut EP “Somewhere In Between” at minimal cost but to some considerable critical acclaim. As one early review noted, “the passion and fury that spawns this type of intense creation is evident in both the lyrics and sound” (Kei Hendrix, Bandmark). After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from the EP, the band decided to gig at any and every location available to them in and around their native London. They have performed at prestigious venues such as the 02 Academy Islington, 100 Club, Barfly, and Cavern Club in Liverpool and an increasing number of festivals. They have also played gigs in the USA.

The band released another self-produced, original double A single, “So Rewind”/ “Keep You Anyway in 2014 which gained them considerable praise, including being picked by BBC Introducing South as their “track of the day”.

The band has numerous awards. In 2016, they were nominated in the UMAs (Unsigned Music Awards) in the folk/country category. In 2015, the band won the Hard Rock Rising competition at The Hard Rock Café in London. They have received international acclaim and were winning finalists in the 2014 Canadian “Live In Your City” contest of Uprise.FM. They were also selected as Judges Pick by a prestigious panel of music experts in the USA-based Bands4Good online talent contest, winning a recording retreat with the legendary John Davenport in his North Carolina studio. The band used their time with John to record a live version of their song, “Choices” that propelled them to top of the Reverbnation indie charts.

Check out the new music video for “I Should’ve Known” by Narrow Plains here:

Their first single “I Should’ve Known” off of their new album made the finals in the Nashville Universe Music Awards for best single of 2018, which has increased the public anticipation for the highly anticipated new release.

Call and request “I Should’ve Known” at your favorite radio station today!

Pre-Order your copy of “Narrow Plains” on iTunes in the United States here:

itunes.apple.com/us/album/narrow-plains/1375031019

The official site for the Spectra Music Group may be found at www.SpectraMusicGroup.com

Follow the Spectra Music Group on Twitter @SpectraMusicInc

The official site for Narrow Plains may be found at www.NarrowPlains.com

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Kermit Obert

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Media Type: Vinyl

GTIN: 096962330873

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Debut Album by Kermit Obert, Singer Songwriter from Lawndale, CA.
Track List:
1. Take It Out
2. Number One
3. Easier
4. Promise
5. All My Waking Hours
6. Give Me A Reason
7. I’ll Stop The Rain
8. M’s Lullaby
9. Good Enough

All songs Written and Performed by Kermit Obert
Drums by Luis Santoyo
Production by Luis Santoyo
Mastered by Killpop Studios
Copyright 2018 Kermit Obert/KILLPOP Records

Link: kermitobert.com/merch

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Kermit Obert

Kermit Obert

Kermit Obert is a 23 year old singer songwriter from Lawndale, CA.
After the break up of his long time band NOYES, Kermit set out to record an album of his Solo songs, along with friend/producer Luis Santoyo. K.O is out on Killpop Records July 20th 2018

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Press Release: Ian Crawford

Press Release: Ian Crawford

Seattle legend releases first album!

Grand Wheel, Ian Crawford’s debut album, was released on April 1st, 2018.
This album, years in the making, proves worth the wait. Each track feels like an adventure, part of the larger picture that is the album. Grand Wheel flows effortlessly between songs, masterfully transitioning between both songs and stylings.

Ian Crawford is a Washington native, who has played with a number of artists throughout the years since he began playing music in adolescence. Prior to releasing Grand Wheel, he released No Contest (2016) with his band The Contestants.

Twitter @TheIanCrawford / Instagram @ianmilescrawford / Spotify (@ open.spotify.com/album/00z8EnVIUu1izpQXlemzvi?si=BhEgUZYQRi2-XS6lhWPliw) / iTunes (@ itunes.apple.com/album/id1364245548?ls=1&app=itunes)

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DISCIPLINE THEORY TO PERFORM AT 24 HOUR LIVE TELETHON TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHARITY SCARES THAT CARE

DISCIPLINE THEORY TO PERFORM AT 24 HOUR LIVE TELETHON TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHARITY SCARES THAT CARE

(New York, NY) – On the heels of their recent release “Scream 4 Me”, musical group Discipline Theory will taking part in The Horror Show with Brian Keene’s second annual 24-hour live streaming telethon to raise money for Scares That Care, a 501C(3) charity that helps children with cancer, women with breast cancer, and burn victims.

On May 11 of this year Discipline Theory will head to York, PA to perform on special edition of “The Horror Show with Brian Keene”, a weekly podcast hosted by best-selling writer Brian Keene and animation and video game veteran Dave Thomas. This special event will take place at The Courtyard Marriott in York, PA beginning at noon (EST) on May 11 and end at noon (EST) on May 12. The telethon it will be live-streamed for free across the world. This year that stream will be via the Project Entertainment Network’s YouTube channel.

Discipline Theory is a Dark Rock band who mix elements of Metal, Industrial & Synth Rock into a cohesive Heavy Rock sound. Not linked to one specific genre, and often categorized as Metal, the band music falls into the realms of Heavy Rock, Goth Rock, and Industrial. The band has opened up for national acts such as Death Valley High, One Eyed Doll, The Genitorturers & The Dreaming and even the international Dellacoma. Discipline Theory consists of Jose Castillo on guitar, Kevin Belyski on bass and ed•DIE on lead vocals and programming. Discipline Theory’s recent release “Scream 4 Me” was released on May 3, 2018 on Nation Paranormal Day.

For more information Discipline Theory, “The Horror Show With Brian Keene” or the charity Scares That Care please visit the following:

Discipline Theory
www.disciplinetheory.com

The Horror Show with Brian Keene
www.thehorrorshowwithbriankeene.com

Scares That Care
scaresthatcare.org

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NEW SINGLE “CREAM”

NEW SINGLE “CREAM”

ADK is set to release his debut single “CREAM” featuring SONIK April 1, 2018. Now available on all digital platforms, download or stream your copy today!

Clocked at a little over 3 minutes in length, “CREAM” has a unique sound and vibe which makes it an “universal song”. Whether in AFRICA or in ALASKA; his delivery, rhythmic arrangements and stamina will turn anyone into a potential fan.

As a solo Haitian-American artist, ADK, is not new to pain and struggle which he pin points often throughout his music. Whether it’s poetic, radio friendly or hardcore, ADK brings the full package to please and entertain.

ADK has been in and around the music scene for a while now. His unique style/swag, craft, demeanor and energy has made him distinctively different from a lot of other artists in his category.

With mindset to expand and remain in the hip hop culture, ADK was Born Ready for this.

Call and request the single from ADK and SONIK “CREAM” at your favorite radio stations.

Download or Stream here:

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Check out more music here:

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Award-Winning Folk/Americana Singer/Songwriter Jiggley Jones Drops His Latest Single and Official Music Video – Truth Seeker

Award-Winning Folk/Americana Singer/Songwriter Jiggley Jones Drops His Latest Single and Official Music Video – Truth Seeker

“Throughout life, the search for truth can be a never-ending journey. In this new single, and music video, the search for the truth is pursued. The song encompasses the whole idea of the struggle for truth and whether you are one that embraces the journey.”

For Immediate Release

Coatesville, PA [March 15, 2018] Truth Seeker, the brand new single release from Alternative Country/Folk, singer-singer Jiggley Jones is without a doubt, one of his finest songs to date. Its apparent strength allows it to stand alone, separate from his album release “Not Your Typical Day Out” and it’s clear to see why the song was chosen to be released as a single.

Truth Seeker has already been reviewed by many high-profile music critics and has received much acclaim and nothing but highly favorable reviews. The song itself though isn’t literal but encompasses the whole idea of the struggle for truth and whether you are one that embraces the journey. The professionally produced music video does, however, depict an actress who pursues the search for truth in a literal way as she runs through the woods desperately seeking the truth. In the end, she finally finds it in the form of a book buried under the leaves. The music video is dramatic and extremely well done.

Winning many awards, and charting on multiple-genre music industry charts, Jones is recognized as one of the most accomplished and unique singer/songwriters emerging today from the folk/Americana and alternative country arena in the modern day music market. His songwriting paints a picture and also demonstrates a discernible commercial edge that, still, never caters to the listeners. Truth Seeker is a listen for music lovers with a discernable taste for original, yet not necessarily typical mainstream songs. Jones will always be himself, and nobody else.

“Jones has that completely original and unique sound that I look for in an artist,” States his Publicist Casey Alrich of Allure Media Entertainment Group. “The first time I listened to the new album Not Your Typical Day Out, the single Truth Seeker, and songs from his previous albums, I knew this was an artist that I wanted to work with. Songs like the latest single Truth Seeker, Walk on Me from his second EP on the Nashville Label Lamon Records and Baby Blue from his first Independent EP release No Spring Chicken, absolutely gave me the chills.

Other notable quotes from music industry executives:

“His songwriting is relevant and fresh, and he has a vocal style all his own,” says Grammy- nominated Nashville producer and label president Dave Moody”. Reiterating that same sentiment former manager Michael Stover once mentioned that “Jiggley has that one-of-a-kind sound…his songs will touch you and move you with their beautiful lyrics and melodic strength”. “It’s fresh and different, and speaks for itself”.

“Let’s face it, I’m not 18 anymore, and thank God for that”, says Jones. “I’m no longer coming from a place where I feel I have to ‘fit in.’ I’m coming from a place that is different because that is what I’ve become. That is what I am consistently trying to portray in songs like Truth Seeker and my music in general and I sure hope I have accomplished that. – I think I have”
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Follow this amazing artist and learn more about him at his official website www.jiggleyjones.com

View the Official Video for Truth Seeker:

Download Truth Seeker and other Jiggley Jones products:
itunes.apple.com/us/album/truth-seeker-single/1130554388

Media Inquiries
Contact Casey Alrich Publicist
Allure Media Entertainment Group, Inc.
1.888.242.9331 x105
pr.jiggleyjones@yahoo.com

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Membranes: RitzO2 Manchester May 5th 2018 by Sam Stevens

When you stand in the middle of a packed crowd already fluffed by a host of fantastic dynamic support acts,  then the headline act comes on and you immediately feel exhilarated, that viceral power, and all you can say, wide eyed and completely immersed , is WOW!! … you know you’re witnessing something special… VERY special.

Watching one Mr John Robb and his band the Membranes remind me and my musical sensibilities what true power, honesty, tradition, musical dynamism and the love of British Alternative Rock means to us. The membranes are important. John Robb is important, VERY important. He’s continuing an important tradition that’s vital to us Brits and the wider world… He’s a force of nature, relentless and should be lauded for the dedication to his art.   The front man was animated, on point and the lightening rod conducting not only the incredible energy the packed audience directed at the stage, but also the beauty of the sublime choral sections delivered by an onstage choir… Yes.. Punk/ Alternative Rock with an onstage Choir and it melded and worked perfectly creating a balance of light & shade that kept my proverbial sunglasses on the move throughout the event.

Instead of jumping around like much of the crowd, i found letting the whole experience transport me uninterrupted, letting the experience happen like your best ever 90’s Ecstasy trip was the way to approach it so I stood mesmerised on Saturday evening. People trying to talk to me , interrupt my buzz were given short shrift as I WANTED this. I wanted to experience every single second, every note from the first power chord to final crescendo. And the Membranes delivered. They delivered good!.

At times the Tidal Wave of a set list threatened to drag us under with the sheer power and energy, it was relentless, threatening and yet a beautiful sight, so good to experience. However the choral interjections gave us all pause for breath. The crowd of course prevailed, rode the waves and surfed them track after track until the final phrase with a Mr Robb’s sweating breathless vocal and his Fender Bass, which he wielded at times as a weapon of destruction and others a wand of incantation held high in triumph. A triumph he and the band truly deserved. Tracks like The Universe Explodes Into a Billion Photons Of Pure White Light, A Strange Perfume, Do The Supernova, Mother Ocean/Father Time, In The Graveyard, The 21stCentury Is Killing Me, and Myths and Legends were delivered seamlessly and with the delicacy of a choral reinvention for many of the tracks, the power of Black Is The Colour left the audience myself included, literally dripping with enthusiasm and completely sated.

I’m actually getting a buzz recalling the gig and writing this piece. With a broad smile on my face  if there’s any footnote to mention, it’s that THIS is what music is about. Its visceral, beautiful and very, very important and its only the likes of The Membranes and their excellent support acts The Cravats , Lovely Eggs,  Evil Blizzard, One Sided Horse, Sink Yah Teeth and Lines who keep this Punk/ alternative genre alive.

Something of a contradiction, John Robb delivers onstage brutal power and creativity and offstage is a real gent, kind and infinitely humble. I don’t think Mr Robb quite knows how important or how good he really is … so ..  tell him, appreciate what the Membranes do and do yourself a favour, support them, listen to them, see them live and ‘Ride the

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Amy Goloby Releases Sophomore Album “Back to New”

Amy Goloby Releases Sophomore Album “Back to New”

With the release of the “Back to New” LP, Amy Goloby brings a unique array of genres to the table. Lush with smooth progressions, an edgy but soulful vocal approach, and Americana undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of acoustic pop anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds it all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.

The first single, “I Still Do”, grabs you with an immediately addictive groove and doesn’t let go. Complete with country style viola sections, loads of vocal hooks, and a heavy pop sensibility, the song seems to breathe and build as it plays on.

“People say ‘I do’ when they get married, but then they forget to keep loving each other after the wedding. In the midst of trials, it’s easy to forget why you loved that person to begin with. Some people give up on those vows, but love is a daily choice you make, and if we keep choosing to love our spouse even when we don’t feel like it, then we can save our marriages.” explains the songwriter of her single.

Although the single does speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where Goloby is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.

“This album is a mixture of love and faith songs. Even the love songs have an element of faith mixed into them. With “I Still Do,” it’s about making a choice to love our spouse and placing God in the center of our marriages. The God factor is not obvious in the song, but it’s an underlying theme throughout the album. If you listen closely to the lyrics in all of the songs, you can hear His name sprinkled throughout. The closer I get to my faith, the more it becomes a theme in my music” says Goloby of the songwriting approach for the record.

Amy Goloby always had a passion and love for music but it wasn’t until high school when she picked up a guitar and taught herself 3 chords that everything started to open up. Being a creatively active child, Goloby would write poetry and fictional stories throughout middle and high school. This made writing songs come almost naturally to her. Writing material throughout high school and college, the songwriter honed in on her sound and working with music as an outlet. Although the songwriting aspect really picked up through that time, Goloby was never really comfortable with her voice and hadn’t really shared the songs she’d written until her late 20’s when she took voice lessons and started taking things a bit more seriously. Getting plenty of positive feedback with her songs, she attended a performance conference called Shine with the Actors Models and Talents for Christ. It was there she discovered her first label Tate Music Group who signed her to a record release deal for her first album “Left Unsaid” released in January of 2015. “It was shortly after that she traveled to Nashville and became a member of Nashville Songwriters Association International where she learned how to better her music writing and found her second label, Aren Creative where she was signed to release the “Back To New” album. The songwriter is now a member of Folk Alliance International where she networks with and builds relationships with other folk artists by attending international conferences.

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Sold Out Show Kicks Off Melvin Riley Celebrates 35 years In the Music Industry and the Official Anniversary of the “Oh Sheila Love You Down Tour”

Sold Out Show Kicks Off Melvin Riley Celebrates 35 years In the Music Industry and the Official Anniversary of the “Oh Sheila Love You Down Tour”

April 10th, 2018 ─ Atlanta, Georgia ─ Balladeer, songwriter, producer and musician, Melvin Riley will mark his success with a celebration around the world that will mark his era as a legend within the entertainment industry and being one of the most influential songwriters of our time for Multi-Platinum Ready For The World. Riley Co-founded the Flint, MI band in 1982. Melvin was honored when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame requested personal memorabilia to be showcased in their artist showcase.

Melvin Riley, original Lead Singer of ‘Ready for the World’ is known for writing and bringing the house down with his sensual, smooth slow jams while delivering hooks on a slow song that fans will remember for generations to come. What the music industry and fans never knew is that Melvin wrote, produced and performed all vocals and instruments on hit songs such as “Love You Down”, “Gently”, “Can He Do It Like This”, “Who’s Is It” just to name a few. Riley produced, wrote and sang ‘Tonight’, ‘Slide Over’, ‘Deep Inside Your Love’, ‘Ceramic Girl’ , ‘Can He Do It Like This’, ‘My Girly’, just to name a few and take you down memory lane.

The year will not only be a celebration for Melvin Riley’s success, but the re-launch of his solo career and new show billing title. It will mark the 35th Anniversary when Melvin wrote the catchy lyrics and music for “Oh Sheila”. Drummer Gerald Valentine put the funky drums on the #1 pop/rock & R&B Hit “Oh Sheila”. We often wondered who was Sheila so now we will give fans the opportunity to meet Sheila. That’s right if you bare the legal first name Sheila you can enter the “Oh Sheila” contest. The grand prize winner of the selected city will receive two (2) front row tickets, (1) Night Hotel accommodations and attend a private meet and greet with Melvin Riley. To enter go to www.facebook.com/officialmelvinriley

Booking available now under the title Melvin Riley & Ready for The World, alongside original band members Gerald Valentine and John Eaton and a few new faces to give you a show stopping performance. The title billing for all shows; Melvin Riley & Ready for The World. Promoters can also book Melvin Riley in the round as he prepares to launch new music and continue his solo career. He will perform his solo songs and Ready for The World Classics.

Melvin continued to deliver when he launched his solo sides with album Ghetto Love. The balladeer graced the microphone with chart topping hits like ‘Who’s It’, ‘What Makes A Man’” and ‘Servin It’. Riley, followed up with his signature sound with album Bedroom Stories and hits like “You Complete Me” and Scream, Shout (featuring Jamie Foxx). His creative side continued to shine as he wrote and produced the Top Ten R&B hit for 4 By Four “Come Over”. Melvin worked with Rod Temperton to create yet another musical masterpiece “I Just Wanna Be Loved” on the sound track for the movie Running Scared starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. He wrote the song 36 lovers for the movie Beverly Hills Cops starring Eddie Murphy along with band mate John Eaton and engineer Gary Spaniola. 2018 get ready for more of Melvin Riley. Join the international social media interview day. Be sure to RSVP by April 20, 2018 at melvinrileyrftw@publicist.com

Promoter, Agents Book The ‘Oh Sheila Love You Down Tour’ Available Now!
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Determined Recordings

Determined Recordings

Recording Studio and Vinyl Sales. Owned by Tony Ferraro (Producer, Engineer, Vinyl Dealer, DJ, Electronic Repair Technician, Drummer, Musician).

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Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite – Electrified

Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite – Electrified

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Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite are poised to receive enormous attention and praise for their forthcoming debut Canyon Diablo if the first single “Electrified” is any reliable indication of the quality of the release as a whole. The result of a collaboration between producers The Grand Brothers and singer/songwriter Dee, “Electrified” is the sort of unabashed cinematic pop we don’t often hear anymore. The three creative forces behind this project obviously work quite well together and they should; the Grand Brothers produced Dee’s second solo album Day by Day and helped further propel the singer’s career to new heights following success that saw Dee’s single “Miles and Miles (Living on the Edge)” featured in a Ford automotive commercial during the 2018 Super Bowl and the singer’s enormous success using YouTube as a medium for conveying his talents. The new single shows the trio’s forthcoming release will likely be remembered as one of the more memorable releases in recent pop history and, if the single is any indication, this is a creative train the three of them can ride for some time to come.

You read everywhere about pop music’s narrowing creativity, how it increasingly panders to its audience along the same tired formulaic lines, and then you hear a song like this and a little hope is restored. It’s clear that the Grand Brothers and Dee are aspiring to do more with the form than checking off the customary boxes and hoping to hit some basic marks. Instead, the arrangement for “Electrified” wants to grab your attention and it does thanks to the perfect synthesis of synthesizers, electronic rhythm section, and compelling vocals. The song, likewise, never runs on too long and that shows the trio intuitively understand exactly what the audience isn’t looking for, if nothing else, and they hone their attention in on capitalizing on that rather than losing their way with sideshows or needless flourishes. The electronic instrumentation, frequently derided as cold and sterile with other artists, has real bite in the hands of Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite without ever trying to bludgeon the audience into submission.

Dee’s vocal is the cherry on top of it all. He definitely isn’t what you would deem a normal, every day singer, but he has personality and presence that helps define the track every bit as much as what we’ve heard from his solo work and it’s apparent the Grand Brothers understand how to frame his voice for maximum effect. Everything is in balance here and, even when the music falls away and Dee’s voice stands alone, this non-traditional vocalist is obviously capable and primed to carry the tune on his shoulders for a time. The warmth in his voice and the obvious dramatic flair he pumps into his phrasing elevates some fine, far from merely placeholder, lyrics into the realm of a vital message for anyone who listens to the song. “Electrified” sends Canyon Diablo off into the word with tremendous energy and Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite are poised to soon bear the fruits of its high quality.

SPOTIFY: open.spotify.com/album/0dRuEdzkyxSb3Hj2CerZrq

Clay Burton

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Little Stranger – Sing It High

Little Stranger – Sing It High

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/littlestrangermusic/sing-it-high

The third studio release from Little Stranger, Styles & Dynamics, emerges with its first single “Sing It High” and it sets the bar high for what is scheduled to follow. The EP title reflects much of what drives Little Stranger’s music, undoubtedly a conscious decision, and the polished production framing the song presents their stylishness and command of music dynamics with great balance and in the best possible aural light. There’s an assortment of instruments dropped into the song’s musical mix, but it never all comes at once and “Sing It High” develops with a tremendous amount of artistry. Little Stranger has gained a lot of praise for their live shows, for good reason we can be sure, but their talents as composers deserve every bit as much note. John and Kevin Shields, not related, possess an enormously personable style together and their creative collaboration sparks from the first.

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/littlestrangermusic/

We don’t hear them at the beginning however. Instead, a snappy drum beat sweeps listeners right into “Sing It High” and it’s clear from the first a slightly rambunctious, unfettered spirit is going to guide much of what we hear for the next four minutes. The introduction of other instruments, acoustic and electric alike, diversify the musical stew in a measured way that never introduces everything at once but, instead, staggers the addition of new colors in a dramatic way. We definitely get a sense of the song unveiling itself to us with great patience that never feels like it drags along. The guitar work is particularly memorable and shows how Little Strangers has zero fear of blending seemingly dissimilar elements in a convincing way. Their confluence of hip hop with more traditional musical styles never feels forced and seems, in all truth, as natural as breathing for this duo.

This freshness extends to their vocals, as well. There’s never too much attitude they bring to bear – the boastfulness and confidence coming across in the lyrics and their delivery isn’t any of the mean-spirited swagger you hear from other hip hop acts, but instead comes off as more a statement of personal/artistic prowess with an upbeat, even slightly humorous, edge. It’s difficult to catch all the lyrics because the intensely rhythmic vocals are intent on matching the music, but critical lines emerge, there’s some nice post-production effects applied to any assortment of passages, and even a dollop of harmonies to sweeten the musical pot a little more. There’s a ton of personality shot through this song as well and it helps make it one of the more memorable single releases in recent memory as well an excellent opening salvo from Styles & Dynamics. Charleston, South Carolina may seem like an unlikely headquarters for this duo, but songs like this will lead you believe that this city may be harboring a musical act ready to take on the entire world.

SPOTIFY: open.spotify.com/track/36wBg9fye5QndAziIH3pDV?si=tI4dbCc3SbGFCWV3yFcCQw

Clay Burton

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