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Kolars is the newish lovechild of two former members of modern folk band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. Rob and Lauren Kolar have crafted a distinctively creative sound that I’d categorize as Danceabilly.  Imagine what would happen when Bleachers collide with Social Distortion – that’s the best way I can describe their sound.

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Coheed and Cambria – Gainesville

Coheed Cambria Review
Gainesville, FL

The first time I ever got to see the mighty Coheed and Cambria they were touring with Thursday and Thrice. They played a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Orlando circa 2002. The second time they were opening for The Used at the now defunct Club 5 in Jacksonville, then again at the now defunct Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, that time as headliners. There are not many bands that I would go way out of my way to see live and review over and over again, but if I even sense that they will be coming within a hundred mile radius of me it would feel wrong not to be in attendance.
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Reneé Phoenix of Fit For Rivals

Fit For Rivals are a talented band out of Jacksonville, who have toured the world and had their fair share of hit songs.  They’re about to release a new album, and we were lucky enough to corner their charismatic vocalist Reneé Phoenix at a recent festival.

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Big Week For A Brilliant Lie


A Brilliant Lie Prepare for New Album Release

They’re one of the most exciting rock bands in Orlando and as July kicks off, this talented band is pretty damn busy.

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After a whirlwind recording session this Spring, they recently released the track listing for their forthcoming EP Threads: Cutter, which will be a three part series rolling out over the next year. They’ll spotlight the new music at House of Blues this weekend, and they provided the first peek at their new music with a preview on YouTube.

Let’s start with the Album Release show details. A Brilliant Lie will headline this month’s Orlando Rocks at the Downtown Disney HOB, with a show that you can see for a paltry five bucks through this link (Or Free with the promo code “Brilliant”): LiveNation – Orlando Rocks. The band was also recently offering their fans free tix via email at tickets@abrilliantlie.com, which may still be a possibility if you do not have a LiveNation account.

For those of you not familiar with A Brilliant Lie, this fivesome delivers guitar-driven rock fronted by charismatic lead singer Tara Lightfoot. They are a blast on stage and always deliver an entertaining set. On Saturday, they’ll also be joined by the engaging pop-punk of Hero’s Fate.  (They are also a blast on social media and I highly recommend following them for guaranteed chuckles and some damn good rock)

The first single from Threads is a gritty rocker that shows the band pushing themselves in an edgier direction. It’s good stuff, and a track that highlights Lightwood’s voice as never before. Check out “Circles For Sewing” below.

The EP, Cutter, is the first of a trio that we will see released over the next year. It can be pre-ordered here: www.abrilliantlie.com , or picked up at the event on Saturday night, or for you old school  iTunes fans, purchased on-line on the 17th.

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Threads Cutter Tracklist:
1. Always at Odds
2. Pieces
3. Circles for Sewing
4. Drive til Morning
5. Bittered Bones

SOKO Album Review



SOKO – My Dreams Dictate My Reality

This precocious twenty-something entertainer just might be the most intriguing woman on today’s rock music scene.

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If Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux had a bouncing baby girl, who had Will Sergeant as a nanny, she’d undoubtedly turn out to be like Soko, a creative, talented, effervescent artist ploughing new ground and constantly reinventing her sound. She’s an uber-talented artist hailing from France, but seemingly fitting in just fine in Los Angeles.

Her second album, My Dreams Dictate My Reality was released a week ago, and has the potential to be a career-defining release. Knowing what little I do of Soko, I assume her next incarnation will be totally different, but for now, let’s revel in this new masterpiece.

She’s a captivating performer – a multi-instrumentalist musician, an actress, a video producer and social media icon. But today, lets just focus on Soko the musician, and there’s plenty to focus on there.

About twenty years ago, I had a favorite late night haunt in Philadelphia – The Revival. This after hours social club was an invigorating lively scene, and just the kind of place that would have feasted on Soko’s addictive music. The clientele were tattooed, pierced, sexually liberal, and fans of unique, powerful music. If My Dreams Dictate My Reality had been released twenty years ago, it would have been played constantly in this wonderfully dark club. I miss those days, but am so excited to hear music that evokes those fantastic memories.

Soko has created a refreshing and exciting album that has dominated my attention for the past several days. It’s early in the year, but My Dreams Dictate My Reality is destined to be on our Album of the Year lists for 2015. It’s wonderfully produced by Ross Robinson of The Cure fame, and there are definitely moments where Cure fans will reflect back fondly of their music that highlighted the Alt-Rock scene when Soko was an infant.

The songwriting is mainstream accessible, yet quirky as hell; the songwriting fresh and attention-grabbing, and the vocals almost constantly a surprise. They range from light and poppy, to raw and gritty, and at times to aggressive howls – the album serves as a wonderful canvas for a compelling voice.

I’m not sure there’s a radio hit on the album, but that’s mostly an indictment of the horrific commercial radio landscape that proliferates our airwaves. There are a handful of catchy tracks on the album that would please many a music fan. “Ocean Of Tears,” “Temporary Mood Swings” and “Who Wears The Pants” are the most noticeable of these tracks – the latter offering a protest song she penned: “I wrote it when I got fed up with all the crap I hear from homophobic demons.”

There are more than a few distinctly eighties moments that conjure up intoxicating memories of bands like The Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen and Voice Of The Beehive – damn good company! “My Precious” is a prime example, curiously reminiscent of Robert Smith, but with a quirky female spin on it. The title track is another offering cut from the same cloth, but it’s deliciously dark and tantalizing, as well.

There are also a few collaborations with Ariel Pink thrown in for good measure, including the supremely listenable “Lovetrap,” a song that sounds like Wall Of Voodoo meats Meatloaf – interesting stuff.

There are a few tracks that were average at best. The album is not perfect, but My Dreams Dictate My Reality is dominated by thoughtful, creative rock ‘n roll that you won’t be able to get enough of.

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Jellyfish Album Release Party

Blaine The Mono Highlights Night of Orlando Rock

I’m just back from a break, and wanted to share some quick thoughts on Blaine The Mono’s Jellyfish album release show at The Social last week. Simply put, it was a great night for Orlando’s local rock music scene, but there’s one important thing that sapped some of my excitement.

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Useful Links:
Blaine The Mono Interview
A Song by song journey through Jellyfish with the band members
Release Show Photos of all four bands


Local Orlando rockers, Blaine The Mono were the stars of the evening and delivered a blistering show, but there were a slew of other highlights, as well, with excellent sets from fellow Orlando bands A Brilliant Lie, Leaving Haven and Soul Switch

Randi Stickles of Blaine The Mono
Randi Stickles of Blaine The Mono

Led by dynamic vocalist Randi Stickles, Blaine The Mono delivered a tight nine song set that included all seven songs off of their excellent new release, Jellyfish – in the same order they appear on the new album. They also offered two extra tracks, a fun version of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” and “Circles,” the best song off of Vices And Verses, their debut album. (You can see the setlist at the bottom of this post).

This night was the first time I had caught Blaine The Mono live, and I left impressed. They sounded tight and polished despite the fact that this was the first time they had played most of the songs live. Drummer Clifton Garmer tore up the drums, Chris Culverwell offered up hard driving bass lines and guitarist Eric Joseph coolly dished out nice riffs all night. But, the focal point of the band is talented singer Randi Stickles, and she truly shined this evening, nailing her diverse vocals and perfectly delivering her notorious screams. Impressive stuff.

A Brilliant Lie again delivered a solid and entertaining set. This quintet has a great time on stage, led by creative front woman Tara Lightfoot and as you’ll see in the photo below, bassist Zach Temain and drummer Chris Lane, who appeared to have a blast throughout the set.

Zack Teman and Chris Lane of A Brilliant Lie
Zack Teman and Chris Lane of A Brilliant Lie

I just loved the set delivered by Leaving Haven. They boast a few radio ready songs and as always, offered up an entertaining and energetic set, despite fighting through some early technical difficulties.

Trevor Hastings of Leaving Haven
Trevor Hastings of Leaving Haven

Soul Switch closed the night powerfully. The fivesome definitely brings a more hard-edged sound than their peers on this night, and they are a polished, high energy act. As a nice nod to the featured performers, they pulled Randi Stickles up on stage for a duet with Tom Huestis. Good stuff…

Tom Heustis of Soul Switch
Tom Huestis of Soul Switch

It was an impressive night: four talented, hard working bands from right here in Orlando sharing the cozy stage at The Social. Four totally distinctive styles of rock, non-stop original music, and musicians with tremendous passion for their craft. I was also struck by how much these artists respect and like each other. During the breakdowns between bands, everyone helped each other… everyone. The band members were stepping in to tweak the mix, sharing equipment and troubleshooting for their fellow rockers. It was really a fabulous thing to witness.

So, why, then was I a bit let down this evening? It was the turnout. The Social had a decent crowd, but it was nowhere near capacity. Four talented local bands on one stage, doling out four hours worth of rock ‘n roll, while celebrating the release of an excellent album from the feature band, all for the bargain price of $10.00 – this place should have been sold out!

So, keep your eye out for the next time these bands play in town. They’re all hard-working, wonderful people dedicated to their craft, and they make damn good rock ‘n roll. I love rock music, and want to see it thrive here in The City Beautiful. If you feel similarly, take a few minutes and get yourself plugged into these bands.

Click the links below to visit their social medias; Like their Facebooks and Follow their Twitters – and I’ve added Kat Coffin’s info, because she does an amazing job keeping folks updated on the local scene, and us, because, well… we rock, too!

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Blaine The Mono  BlaineIsAPain  @BlainetheMonoFL
A Brilliant Lie  ABrilliantLie  @ABrilliantLie
Leaving Haven  LeavingHaven  @LeavingHaven
Soul Switch  SoulSwitch  @SoulSwitch
Kat Coffin  Kat.Coffin  @Kat_Coffin
RARAsFarm  rarasfarm  @rarasfarm



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Blaine The Mono Setlist:
Get Me Right
Sexy Back (Timberlake Cover)
Your Ghost
The Slip

Glasvegas Releases New Video for Magazine

Glasvegas Debuts Magazine Video

Our favorite Glaswegians have put together an interesting video for “Magazine,” the latest single release from their fantastic 2013 release Later …When The TV Turns To Static.

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The lyrics on this album are always poignant and on “Magazine” a song about false Gods, it is no different. And, fortunately, for your viewing pleasure, they are provided for you on this lyric video.

Check out our earlier review of Later …When The TV Turns To Static

James Allan, Glasvegas song-writer, guitarist, vocalist and frontman, says “the song is about the things we believe in, religion and media, idols and Gods and yet what people are looking for is inside themselves already.”