There is no shortage of well-crafted AOR (Album-Oriented Rock) in today’s increasingly fragmented music landscape; the challenge is in diving deep underground to find it. In that haystack resides the Rhythm Surf Monkeys, essentially an outlet for songwriter/composer Jim Hiltz to get his emotionally driven lyrics and hook-filled music fleshed out and powered up by a top-drawer band and revolving singers including Rob Fahey of the Ravyns fame (“Raised on the Radio”). Surprisingly,…Continue
Posted on April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm
Don’t let the fading childhood photograph of singer/songwriter Johnny Schaefer’s Acoustic Remedy album trick you into thinking this is some kind of safe unplugged outing. No, there’s nothing on the record that even hints of sonic dissonance; however, Schaefer’s wild eclecticism easily makes it among the year’s most refreshingly original efforts, a fiercely independent vision that refuses to compromise for the purpose of easy commercial accessibility.
Posted on April 6, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment
Q: Have you ever dealt with depression yourself?
A: No. I would have to say no. I have been sad many many times throughout my life but I have always been able to say that my glass is half full and somehow find the silver lining no matter the amount of pain. I am not really sure what mental health really means. I understand it of course as best I can from an external part of myself, but I have never really been able to put my finger on it and who is to say what…Continue
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:30am
The indie approach of low-frills studio production has become clichéd and dull. Michael Stosic’s new self-titled album flips the pages back to a different aesthetic, when sounding slickly recorded and big wasn’t a crime against musical taste. For the most part, Stosic is channeling the ‘80s here, equal parts Hall & Oates-ish R&B and Bruce Hornsby heartland rock. For those old enough to recall Adult Contemporary radio during that era, Stosic’s music will strike a nostalgic…Continue
Posted on March 16, 2014 at 11:30pm