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Killer New Metal from Night Demon

Night Demon Single Review

More than twenty years ago, I hosted a late night 80’s Metal Show on our college radio station in the mountains of Western Virginia. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, Krokus, you know the stuff; I loved it then and still do today, and when I hear one of those tracks it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside… then I crank up the volume and start banging my head against the wall. Ah, sweet memories.

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So, as I write this, and nurse my throbbing head, I do so with a smile plastered on my face, courtesy of Southern California’s Night Demon. The Ventura band’s aggressive new single, “Killer” evokes strong memories of all that was good in 80’s metal. It’s a catchy complete song with just enough rough edges to make it real and natural, and a song that absolutely demands to be played loudly.

The song immediately grabs you by throat with a scorching opening guitar riff, quickly followed by frenetic bass and powerful drums from Dusty Squires. Bassist and lead singer Jarvis Leatherby’s powerful vocals are gritty, yet absolutely easy to listen to, and Brent Woodward tosses in a few killer solos. Check the song out below and let me know what you think:

The trio is set to release their debut album, Curse Of the Damned on January 27, 2015 via Century Media, and if “Killer” is any indication of what to expect, hard rock fans are going to be pretty damn happy.

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Cretin

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Fit For Rivals New Single: Freak Machine

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Fit For Rivals New Single: Freak Machine

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They’re garnering tremendous buzz in the music industry, tearing up youtube, and impressing audiences across the country, and they are from our own backyard.

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Fit For Rivals, a fresh, young band hailing from Jacksonville, released their new single titled “Freak Machine”, the title track for their new album set to be released in early 2015. Vocalist Renee Phoenix’s throaty growl, comparable to the vocal style of the legendary Joan Jett, blends perfectly with strong guitar riffs and a punchy beat bringing a song that could be overly upbeat, almost pop-like, back to a proper rock-n-roll sound.

This song will get into your head in a hurry, and you will find yourself moving to the beat on the first listen, and you will soon find you want a new fix of this sexy song to satisfy the itch it creates as it gets under your skin. You may find that you, as the lyrics say, “can’t shake it off. ”

I could only hope that “Freak Machine” gains much deserved radio play, but until then I know I can grab it on iTunes (Freak Machine – Single) or get a fix on Youtube:

I’m looking forward to the next time that Fit For Rivals finds their way to a billing at an Orlando venue.  In the meantime, fans in the Midwest will get the next opportunity to see them live, as they’ll be touring with Adelitas Way and Framing Hanley this Spring.

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Buffalo Sunn – Releases New Music

New Music with a Classic Rock Vibe

Scotland’s Buffalo Sunn has released a captivating new single with a decidedly old school feel. It’s definitely a song worth a listen or twelve…

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“Ocean” is a delicious new alternative rocker with distinct 60’s classic rock influences. The six-piece outfit from Dublin, Ireland boasts a unique feel that’s both old and comfortable, and fresh and new at the same time.

The song is the first single off of their new album By The Ocean, By The Sea, nicely produced by Grammy Award winner Pat McCarthy (U2, Counting Crows, R.E.M.).  The track features luscious harmonies, catchy guitar riffs and just a bit of well-balanced distortion. It’s garage rock meets theatre rock – a hopeful song with intoxicating guitars and drums and it’s just a blast to listen to.  

The music seems like it will translate nicely in a live setting, but for now, if you’re not in Europe you are out of luck. Hopefully the song will find its way to US radio and the band will make their way over to the States.

Grab the song here on iTunes: Ocean (Radio Edit) – Single

River City Extension Surfaces with New Song

River City Extension Readies New Album

I remember walking through the Social in Orlando a few years ago after wrapping up an interview with the sadly under-appreciated Drowning Men. On my way out, an eight-piece band crammed onto the postage stamp sized stage captured my attention.

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River City Extension were pure genius, a talented collection of diverse musicians playing their own very unique brand of rock music. So, I grabbed a beer or three and settled in to see what they were all about. (See that review here)

On that night, the talented band members traded off between at least fifteen different instruments, including trumpets, violins, mandolins and banjos.  Guitarist Joe Michelini fronted the octet, wrote the music and handled most of the vocals, although there were a few nice boy/girl arrangements. He has a distinctive voice, which was one of the highlights to the critically acclaimed album they were supporting on that tour. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger was a masterpiece that finished #3 on our Best Albums of 2012 year-end review. And, for the three years since, we’ve been waiting for the new release.

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Well, the wait is just about over, as their new release, Deliverance will hit the streets on March 10, 2015.  The new album features ten tracks and boasts a new feel for the band as New Jersey native Michelini is working in more of a pure collaborative band atmosphere.

To get a glimpse of what the new quintet sounds like, take a listen to the first song off of the album, “Something’s Gotta Give.” It’s definitely a different feel from their last album, offering some of the traits that made Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger so special, while at other times moving in a totally new direction. I’m tempted to say that it’s a bit cacophonous, but in an all so endearing way. Interesting stuff. Check it out: Something’s Gotta Give

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Cretin

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Deliverance Album Cover
Deliverance Album Cover

 

Track Listing:
01) Something’s Gotta Give
02) Man of Conviction
03) Ohio
04) Indian Summer
05) I Wouldn’t Worry
06) Deliverance Pt. 2
07) Girls
08) White Blackmail
09) Vox Populi
10) I’m Not There

My Old Dutch Single Review

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My Old Dutch With Unique Spin on 50’s Rock

They’re a unique blend of rock music. A band boasting a creative retro modern feel, and an intriguing sound.

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My Old Dutch, an entertaining two-piece out of Melbourne have released a captivating new track with a clear 50’s vibe. It’s their first single and I guarantee you’ll be itching for more. They are a bit Stray Cats, a bit Social D and they dole out a raucous serving of rock ‘n roll. On “Howlin’ Marilyn” we sample them doling out a sentimental rockabilly beat with a healthy serving of fuzz and distortion.

A 2:49 excursion through the past and future of rock, and a hell of a lot of explosive guitar and drums. The vocals are pure 50’s, while the fuzzy guitar and hard-driving drums are more reminiscent of modern day Black Keys. It’s a fun, invigorating track from two talented guys that leaves me curious to see what’s in store next.

The low tech video is a fun journey, as well, as our protagonist deals with “Howlin’ Marilyn, his monstrous girlfriend. Check out the song and video below and let me know your thoughts.

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Wicked Good Music From Dorothy

Dorothy Offers Gritty New Single

No adorable blue dress and ruby slippers here. Nope, this talented Dorothy is pouring out her gospel decked out in leather and animal prints.

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Dorothy is a four-piece out of Los Angeles who are making a splash in the rock world despite the fact that they still haven’t released their first EP. They offer-up powerful, dirty rock ‘n roll with infectious hooks.

On their new single, “Wicked Ones,” we hear them at their thunderous best. The song features deep, soulful vocals that hearken back to fond memories of Janis Joplin and Nancy Wilson. The vocals command your attention, but are no more captivating than the music.

Powerful drums, hard driving bass and rhythmic handclaps dominate the song and make it an absolute blast to listen to.

Looking forward to more from this talented group as we wait the release of their debut EP. In the meantime, check out “wicked Ones” on Soundcloud below and let us know what you think?

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Imagine Dragons Release First Single from New Album

Imagine Dragons Offer New Single

Well, this is one hell of a follow-up.

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Our favorite Las Vegas Alt-rockers are back with “I Bet My Life,” the first single off of their forthcoming sophomore album release, and I’ll predict right now that this becomes their fourth #1 single (“It’s Time,” “Radioactive,” “Demons”)

The album is not targeted for release until 2015, but if this single is any indicator, the talented quartet has another smash release in the offing. On “I Bet My Life,” we hear Dan Reynolds and crew taking their identifiable sound to another level.

After starting out with a few seconds of chaos, it’s three minutes of hard driving pop rock with excellent vocals, boisterous harmonies and an addictive vibrant beat.

Vocalist Dan Reynolds explained how this hopeful uplifting song reflects on his relationship with his parents. “This song is about the relationship I’ve had with my parents throughout the years. At times it’s been strained and difficult, but in the end, ‘I Bet My Life’ celebrates the bond that we still hold on to.”

You can buy “I Bet My Life” here, and get a sneak peek through the video provided below.

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Fort Lean Releases Catchy New Single

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Cut To the Chase – Fort Lean

We’re a bit late to the party, as this Brooklyn-based quintet released EPs in 2011 and 2012. The received plenty of critical appreciation, but thus far, no huge breakthrough hits. That just may be about to change.

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“Cut To The Chase,” is the addictive first single off of their upcoming 2015 release, Quiet Day on Ooh La La Recordings. Ooh La La has a habit of mining superb talent from the New York Alternative Rock scene, and they’ve got an intriguing act in Fort Lean.

It’s a dreamy synth-driven hit just waiting to explode on the alt-rock scene. The track boasts an intoxicating retro rock feel juxtaposed against artful modern twists. They sound nothing like Milky Chance, but this song has that feel, and I’m sure the infectious lyrics and catchy hooks will be bouncing around in my head for weeks.

Check out the song below, and keep on the lookout for their 2015 release, Quiet Day, and if you happen to be in New York for CMJ, these guys will be all over the city as noted at the bottom of this post after the music link.

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Cretin

Buy: Cut To the Chase – Cut To the Chase – Single on iTunes

Tuesday October 21 @ 9:15PM
Piano’s
158 Ludlow St
New York, NY
CMJ Official: Banners Showcase
admission: free w/ CMJ badge or $10
ticket link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5403395

Thursday October 23rd

Piano’s @ 7PM
158 Ludlow St
New York, NY
Siren Sounds PR Showcase
admission: free

Radio Bushwick @ 10:45PM
22 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Out In The Streets and Bushwick Daily Present
admission: $5
ticket link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/out-in-the-streets-bushwick-daily-annual-cmj-party-tickets-13545064653

Friday October 24 @ 3:10PM
The Living Room
134 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Buzzchips and Myfreeconcert Present
admission: free

Saturday October 25 @ 3:45PM
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
165 Banker Street
Brooklyn, NY
The Wild Honey Pie presents The Bee Hive
admission: Free w/ RSVP
RSVP Link: http://thebeehive.thewildhoneypie.com/