Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hop Harbor (Full Tilt Brewing)

Full Tilt has just released a new Imperial IPA, Hop Harbor. The beer is able to succeed because of the bold flavor profile that it possesses. While the hop flavors come into focus at the end of each sip, there is a considerable smoothness that runs through the entirety of the beer; Full Tilt’s effort here is something that will appease those that are fans of IPAs and would like to go into higher-octane iterations of the india pale ale style. Hop Harbor pours with a golden brown coloration and a decent amount of head that is definitely tenacious; it laces its way down the bottle.


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As Hop Harbor continues to warm, the overall backbone of the beer stays constant. This means that even as one continues to sip the beer there is still a hop wallop and a slight amount of grain that represents the constant thread in the beer. There is a good amount of citrus fruit that is present at points to provide enough in the way of variety to have one easily begin and finish the effort – Hop Harbor is one of the shining examples of an imperial IPA that is able to be varied and intense without veering too far in either direction. As such, Hop Harbor is a great addition to the Full Tilt line; the brewery has continually been able to knock it out of the park each time that they release a new beer to their core line.


For additional information about Full Tilt and their year-round and seasonal offerings, make it a point to visit their domain – their beer locator will provide potential imbibers with a set of places where their offerings are available. The latest information about the brewery and various tap takeovers can be located on their Facebook.


Rating: 9.1/10


Hop Harbor / Imperial IPA / Full Tilt Brewing / 8.3% ABV / 95 IBU / www.fulltiltbrewing.com/



Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Full Sail has released their Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, a beer that pours with an extremely dark brown (nearing black) coloration. There is a small amount of light brown / tan head that sits on top of the bottle. The initial nose of the imperial stout blends together a nice sweetness with a more astringent bourbon flavor. As one takes their initial sip of Full Sail’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, a wide amount of flavors are presented to imbibers. This means that molasses, a whiskey type of burn, bits of hops and malts can all be found. Vanilla and spice come and go at points here as the beer straddles the line between meaty and thick and thinner and boozy; Full Sail’s latest rarity has ample twists and turns for everyone.


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As the Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout continues to warm, one can notice a sweeter side take over. The higher ABV of this effort moderates this sweetness to create something that one can rapidly take down. A bomber (22 ounce bottle) should suffice either as a night’s start for two or three individuals or for a one and done experience for an individual. Either way, Full Sail’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a highlight of the style and should be located by anyone that is a fan of stouts or anything that finds its way into bourbon barrels.


For additional information about Full Sail’s story, their pub, and their large amount of different beers, visit their domain at fullsailbrewing.com . The latest in updates about what beers are currently available from Full Sail can be located at their Facebook.


Rating: 9.3/10


Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout / 10.5% ABV / 40 IBU / Brewmaster Reserve 2015 / Full Sail Brewing / www.fullsailbrewing.com/ / www.fullsailbrewing.com/beers/brewmasters-reserve.cfm /


 



Vinyl Williams Releases "Into" 7/24

Vinyl Williams is the moniker of Lionel Williams, 25 year old Los Angeles based artist and experimental-pop musician.  ‘Into’, his startlingly accomplished second album, effortlessly fuses psych, krautrock, ambient and shoegaze into a transcendental whole.



All of the album’s 14 tracks are written, performed and produced solely by the multi-instrumentalist Williams, lead track ‘World Soul’ sounds like celestial soul music rippling outward into blissful sonic geography.


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Vinyl Williams on Into:

“Into’ was made to help subconsciously stimulate as well as soothe the listener into a critically neutral / balanced mental state. The main technique employed was through the incorporation of opposites into the sound and visual, such as meditative abrasiveness.”


Williams is the grandson of film composer John Williams and the son of Mark Towner Williams, drummer for Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Tina Turner, and Air Supply; his mother Leah was a classical pianist. He grew up in a Mormon community in Utah, USA. As a direct reaction to religious dissonances experienced in Utah, he has experimented with audio as a pragmatic healing tool. He also created one of the world’s first truly interactive music videos (players could explore an environment and manipulate individual elements of audio with their movements.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Human Centipede III Final Sequence

Bully prison warden Bill Boss (The Human Centipede Part I’s Dieter Laser) has a lot of problems; prison riots, medical costs, staff turnover, but foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (The Human Centipede Part II’s Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. 


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The Human Centipede III Final Sequence will be available on VOD / streaming services beginning in May.


DISTRIBUTOR: IFC Midnight


DIRECTED BY: Tom Six


WRITTEN BY: Tom Six


PRODUCER BY: Ilona Six and Tom Six


CAST: Dieter Laser, Laurence R. Harvey, Eric Roberts and Bree Olson.


TRT: An hour and 42 minutes


Release Date: May 22nd in New York / Los Angeles / VOD / Digital Streaming Services


*** LA Press Screening Info ***


Monday, May 18th at 7:00pm


World Premiere


TCL Chinese Theatre (Inside the Hollywood & Highland Structure)


6925 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood


Press RSVP: Emily.Lu@StrategyPR.net



Audrey Cher Releases Latest Track "Follow You"

Audrey Cher is a singer/ songwriter and artist, whose music has been tagged as soul-inspiring and uplifting. “There is a place where rivers flow and there is healing for my soul, I want to rest in your presence. Where you lead me, I will Follow, I will Follow You.”


“Follow You” begins with her anointed and smooth vocals coupled with a soft and melodic piano intro. Throughout the song, Audrey Cher’s beautiful vocals melodically communicate her heart’s desire to follow God and rest in his presence.



“Follow You” is Audrey Cher’s debut single and is one of many songs which Audrey has been gifted to share with the supporters and followers.


Supporters of Audrey Cher’s music will receive a treat on June 6th during a “Listening Party” in the Chicago area, where Audrey will sing “Follow You” and more music from her upcoming project, The Intro.


Look out for more info on Audrey Cher’s listening party, scheduled for June 6th. www.reverbnation.com/audreycher



Women's Health Benefits with Sport

Women are leading busier and more hectic lifestyles and subsequently many women may find it difficult to keep fit. However, there are many different, and unique ways of keeping fit, which is quite reassuring in a world where we are often dominated by the run of the mill sports to help keep on top of our health.


Muay Thai is a kickboxing sport, and it has rich historical roots tracing back to ancient wars between Burma and Siam ( now known as Thailand).


This amazing combat sport is increasing in its popularity thanks to the health benefits that it can present to women. The great thing about this type of Muay Thai, is that works to strengthen both body and mind.


Physically, Muay Thai presents an amazing array of health benefits and is a fantastic way to lose weight. In Fact, it improves cardiovascular which helps to burn fat and really targets problem areas through the use of the limbs and the abdomen.


The benefits don’t stop there and you will soon discover that it is fantastic  for both body tone and shape. This means that it can help to make your body look and feel firmer and the calories that could potentially be burned in one session, is quite staggering – this only demonstrates the effectiveness of the sport in terms of overall health.


Muay Thai can be in incredibly therapeutic for women and can really help relieve bouts of stress, or depression.


However Muay Thai also helps to improve the agility of the mind and subsequently it can enhance both focus and clarity. These two important elements are incredibly positive and can help women to improve overall health.


The fact that women are increasingly travelling to Thailand to train at one of the Muay Thai training camps means that the effectiveness on women’s health cannot be denied. Naturally, travelling to Thailand which is is an incredibly beautiful country, means that women have realized that they can combine a holiday with their training. Thailand of course is the ultimate place to travel to train for this invigorating sport, because it’s Muay Thai’s country of origin.


Whilst it is positive for weight loss, it is important to remember all the other additional health benefits such as improved organ function and physical agility – it is a brilliant and unique way to help improve fitness because it also requires an element of discipline which is another contributing factor to being committed to improving overall health and aiding weight loss such as Muaythai-Thailand 2015-04-06 news.


There are many Muay Thai camps in Thailand and there will be many other women who have travelled to the country to train at one of the camps – this means of course that it a fantastic way to meet other women and be involved with a sport which will have a positive effect on both physical and mental health.


It is recommended that you chose a camp in a part of Thailand that you would like to explore. It is such a diverse and unique country, and there is so much to see and do!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PsycHOPathy IPA (MadTree Brewing)

PsycHOPathy is an India Pale Ale created by Cincinnati’s Madtree Brewing. The beer pours with a yellow-gold coloration and a small amount of off-white head that provides lacing as one continues to sip. The initial nose of PsycHOPathy provides hints of grass and wheat with a small amount of hop twang. The beer is incredibly balanced, pushing forward a strong bitter element and enough sweetness to vary the overall constellation of flavors that are present. There is a mild malt flavor here that establishes a middle ground for the beer, rendering the finished effort refreshing while deep and intricate; experienced imbibers will be able to finish off a few cans, finding a number of twists and turns along their way.


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MadTree has created an India Pale Ale that does not shy away from a strong hop taste. The presence of Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops in this brew offers a moderate but not light bitterness that allows this brew to be something appreciable whether one is a fan of IPAs or other beer styles.


Madtree’s PsycHOPathy IPA is available year-round; for additional notes about their seasonal efforts and one-off releases, madtreebrewing.com contains a wealth of information. MadTree’s beers are available in their home city as well as Columbus, Ohio, and Northern Kentucky. If you find yourself within a few hours of southwest Ohio, the brewery is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.


Rating: 8.8/10


PsycHOPathy IPA / MadTree Brewing (Cincinnati, Ohio) / 6.90% ABV / 70 IBU / www.madtreebrewing.com/ / www.madtreebrewing.com/beer/psychopathy / facebook.com/madtree/ /



Black IPA (Santa Fe Brewing Company)

Santa Fe Brewing’s Black IPA pours with an extremely dark brown coloration and a thick, foamy off-white head. The beer’s initial nose provides imbibers with hints of malt and grain with only a small amount of hop bitterness. This Black IPA has a creamy body that allows a strong hop element to exist at the end of each sip. By having such a wide array of flavors, Santa Fe’s Black IPA is able to obfuscate a decent alcohol content (7.1%). There is a roasted flavor here that provides further depth to this effort; by touching upon the sweet, smoky, bitter, and malty elements, the Santa Fe Black IPA is able to stay fresh and interesting from the beginning to the end of the beer.


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The lacing on this Black IPA is fabulous, working its way down the glass demarcating each time that one takes a sip. As the beer continues to warm, there are more sweet and malt elements that come into the periphery. The toasted aspect of Santa Fe’s Black IPA really comes into focus at these later swigs; the beer is able to keep its backbone admirably without moving too far into a hop or a sweeter flavor profile.  This beer is a great introduction for those that wish to ultimately move into hoppier efforts. The fuller flavor profile of the Black IPA creates a chorus while a number of pure IPAs represent more of a singular voice.


For more information about the variety of efforts that the Santa Fe Brewing Company releases, visit their domain at santafebrewing.com/ . If you find yourself in the brewery’s distribution area (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas), make it a point to search out some of their offerings. Check out our Freestyle Pilsner review as well.


Rating: 9.0/10


 


Black IPA / 7.10% ABV / Santa Fe Brewing Company / twitter.com/santafebrew / www.facebook.com/SantaFeBrewing /



Ferni Afterburn EP

Wonderful is a tremendously soulful effort on the latest album by Ferni, Afterburn; the track is one that needs little more than a piano and a strong set of vocals to succeed. The two elements combine to create something that would work well on pop radio (taking a similar tack to Sam Smith and Charlie Puth) as well as appeasing those that want something deeper and more intricate with their music. The gradual progression present in Wonderful ensures that listeners will be on the edges of their seats from beginning to end.


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How Do You Like Me adds a set of drums to the mix, halving the overall run time of Wonderful in the creation a funky track that links together The Wallflowers and Tom Petty. The multiple layers of the vocals provide further depth to this composition, showcasing a wholly different fa├žade to Ferni. The chunky bass line that plays at the bottom of the track makes this a sterling track for this EP.


Why Don’t You has a quick tempo and an overall sound that links together U2 and Neil Young into a noisy and furious effort that boosts the momentum of Afterburn considerably. Talk To Me is an epic composition in the vein of Muse and Pearl Jam, with a swirling eddy of guitars and drums providing a brilliant backdrop for the track’s vocals.


The digital version of the Afterburn EP contains a bonus track, Don’t Let Go. The track provides a wholly different sound to the end of the EP than it began; the wide array of tools that Ferni utilizes here makes this one of the more illustrative short albums that we have heard this year. For additional information about Ferni and samples of his music, visit the Gradation Music website. A few other samples of his music can be located at his Bandcamp.


Top Tracks: How Do You Like Me, Why Don’t You


Rating: 8.4/10


Ferni Afterburn EP / 2013 Self / 7 Tracks / gradationmusic.com/ / ferni.bandcamp.com


Monday, April 27, 2015

Contending Feature

A major failing of Christian rock is that a number of bands are not able to reconcile their faith with a sound that is catchy and would be alluring to individuals that may need a hand up.


Culpeper, VA’s Contending is an act that is able to create tracks that would work well on rock rotation while having a message that could bring listeners into Christianity. By being successful in both of these facets, the band is poised to receive a considerable influx of fans. The band is able to make the contributions of seven members into a unified front that will garner attention whenever one of their efforts is played. Gina, Micah, Trevor, and Nick establish the vocal side of things (Nick pulls double-duty here as guitarist alongside Chris), while the band is fleshed out through the inclusion of Johnny on keyboards and drums.


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Restore is a musically intense track that unites vocals, drums, and guitars into a track that is continually shifting and changing. Emotional gravity is matched perfectly by skillful and deep arrangements. What results in a Contending track is something that is tremendously intricate and will require listeners to play each song off of the titular EP multiple times to hear everything that the band has placed into the extended play. In This Emergency is the band’s breakout track, shining brilliantly through the two vocal harmonies that are weaved through this composition. A Testimony is a track that works equally well in the rock, post-hardcore, and heavier paradigms; the band is able to hit listeners through splashy drums, expansive vocals, and a considerably different set of styles that are present at various points during the song.1234857_529781713827923_4211773929936013786_n


Individuals that wish to hear samples of Contending’s music can visit their domain; a trip to the band’s Twitter or Facebook will keep fans up to date about the latest concerts and news about the band. As the constituent elements of Contending come from a variety of different stages and occupations, they are able to better understand those that would listen to them. It is this ability to identify for their audience that allows the band to create music that can reach the widest possible swath of listeners. Here’s to hoping that the band continues to create affecting music that allows musicophiles ample opportunity to delve deep into the band’s constituent elements.


Contending Feature / www.facebook.com/contendingband / twitter.com/contendingband / www.contendingband.com/



Omar Bowing Warrior Single Review

Omar Bowing has released a new single, Warrior. The track is able to tie together the work of Judas Priest, Dio, and Mercyful Fate into something that is extraordinarily catchy while being heavy as all get out. There is a certain theatricality to this track that is reminiscent of Alice Cooper or early Aerosmith, while the complexity of this single calls forth comparisons to Megadeth or Blind Guardian. Taken together, this is a full track that can be enjoyed on any sort of rock station just as easily as it will be devoured by fans of intricate metal. The constituent elements of Warrior – Omar’s guitarviol, Tyson’s vocals, Will’s drums and Martin’s bass – far outstrip the average track being released on this side of the Atlantic.  warrior design


The production of Warrior allows the distinct elements of the track ample opportunity to shine, while there are enough twists and turns to be heard during this track to further bolster the replay value. The lead out of this track is a Bacchanalian orgy of guitars, drums, and vocals; while this track cuts out before the three and a half minute mark, there is an epic feeling to the cut that will have it resounding loudly in listeners’ ears long after the track has ceased to play. Make it a point to visit Omar Bowing’s domain and social networking profiles for samples of his music and further information about his discography and future releases. Keep an eye for Bowing’s next single Amen; if it possesses a fragment of the passion and technical skill of Warrior, it will truly be a track to search out and play.


Rating: 8.7/10


Omar Bowing Warrior Single Review / 2015 Self / 3:23 / www.facebook.com/OBowing / www.omarbowing.com/ /



eM - When You Were Here (Craig London chillout mix)

There is a deliberate beginning to eM’s When You Were Here that will immediately draw listeners in. There is a narrative quality to this composition that is spun into an entirely new realm when eM’s vocals begin. The track is able to work in a wide variety of genres, meaning that fans of EDM, traditional dance music, and pop can find something that they can appreciate with this single.


 


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The tempo of When You Were Here builds into an all-encompassing blend of vocal and instrumental. eM’s vocals during this single will weave themselves deep into the minds and hearts of listeners; the minor shifts and changes that are presented during this track are enough to have listeners on the edges of their seats from the beginning to the end of this cut. Craig London’s work on this track makes for a further increase to the complexity of the instrumental / vocal dynamic; listeners will be able to play this track numerous times and hear a variety of things that were previously hidden on earlier plays.


When You Were Here is catchy and can speak to those listeners that simply want a track that they can enjoy as well as to those that want something deep and meaningful from their music. Flawless, alluring, and without a flaw, When You Were Here is one of the strongest efforts that we have heard so far this year.


Make sure to visit eM’s website for biographical information about this single, a full discography, the Craig London chillout mix, and the number of different social media profiles that she maintains. Let us know what you think of When You Were Here.


Rating: 9.0/10


eM – When You Were Here (Craig London chillout mix) / 2015 Self / www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9VZS2WMm2Y / www.mzzemmusic.com/www.facebook.com/pages/eM/78393433925 /


 


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Strike Brewing Imperial Red

Strike’s Imperial Red pours with an incredibly dark brown / reddish coloration and a small amount of light brown to tannish head. The beer possesses a full compliment of twists and turns that will ensure that individuals can complete the entirety of a 22 ounce bottle. There is a considerable amount of malt here that is able to moderate a decent amount of sweet elements. A little hopping of the Imperial Red makes the beer well-balanced without leaning too far in any one direction.
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There are a decent amount of dark fruit flavors that one can pull out with this beer, meaning that as one continues down these 22 ounces that hints of prune, fig and date can all be discerned. Strike has pegged this offering at 6.5%, a rate that allows the sweeter elements of the beer to fade into the periphery. Strike’s Imperial Red is a beer that fans of the Irish Red style can appreciate, but has enough in the way of twists and turns that those that have had their fair share of brewery offerings can find something to appreciate. The beer stands up well to an increased temperature; the different array of flavors that are present when one starts the beer, gets halfway through the effort, and concludes this bombers means that one will stay interested from beginning to end. Strike’s Imperial Red is one of the best reds that we have reviewed at NeuFutur and should actively be searched out by anyone that is a fan of the style.


For more information about the whole constellation of beers that Strike releases, visit their domain at strikebrewingco.com . Individuals that are interested in the latest news and information about the company’s current offerings would do well to check out their Twitter or Facebook profiles.


Rating: 8.3/10


Imperial Red / 6.50% ABV / Strike Brewing / www.strikebrewingco.com/ / twitter.com/strikebrewingco / www.facebook.com/strikebrewingco /


 



Smuttynose Rhye IPA

Smuttynose’s Rhye IPA pours with a dark yellow to orange-brown coloration and a light brown to yellowish head. The lacing will creep its way down the glass as one continues. This Rhye IPA has a vibrant flavor that ties together an india pale ale hop bite with a bold, spicy rye flavor profile. There is a considerably heavier backbone to this effort than many IPAs, and I feel that this could be utilized as an easy way in to hoppier elements but those that are not very familiar with the style.


dp0j4t3ct4dw6q0vz0ohAs Rhye IPA continues to warm up, the overall flavor profile continues to become more varied. There are hints of wheat, cayenne, and black pepper that can be pulled out. The beer is able to hide the alcohol content perfectly, making for an effort that is downright dangerous when one decides to drink a couple. It has the body to keep individuals warm through the spring nights but has a lightness that makes it easy for individuals to use it as a thirst quencher through the summer months. As Smuttynose’s Rhye IPA continues to warm, the hop side of things comes into focus; it is this astringency that allows individuals to have a refreshed palette and brings them back time and time again until the glass / bottle has been finished. The hop assault calms down towards the second half of the beer, making it easy for individuals to finish up and open a new bottle or can.


Smuttynose’s Rhye IPA is available in six-packs on an occasional basis. For additional information about the brewery’s seasonal and year-round offerings, make sure to visit Smuttynose.com . The company’s social media profiles have more up to date information about their new releases and their brewpub.


Rating: 8.6/10


Rhye IPA / 7.7% ABV / 89 IBU / smuttynose.com  / smuttynose.com/beer/rhye-ipa/ / www.facebook.com/Smuttynose


 



Lights Out Vanilla Cream Extra Stout

Worthy’s Lights Out stout pours with a dark brown to black color and a small amount of head that rapidly dissipates. Lights Out’s nose is a little sweet, a little malty, and has just a little sharpness present. The beer goes down extremely easily; there is a strong malt presence here that moderates some of the sweetness that is present in other beers in the style. There is a further dimension to Lights Out that ensures that one can open a few cans and stay interested; hints of dark fruit and cinnamon/clove can be picked out at points with this effort.


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What is particularly impressive about Lights Out is that it has a higher ABV (7.7%) but tastes like a traditional (4-6%) stout. The bold set of flavors allows a variety of more delicate twists and turns to be present. While a great number of stouts wallop imbibers over the head with sticky sweetness and boatloads of malt, Lights Out stays interesting from beginning to end. This beer would be a grade trade-up for those familiar with extra stouts currently on the market or those that typically delve into imperial stouts. The beer is able to keep its wide variety of flavors as it warms; as the beer approaches room temperature, the malt backbone stays strong and the beer becomes a little more dry. The refreshing of one’s palette with each subsequent sip means that one will be able to finish Lights Out quickly.


Worthy Brewing’s efforts are available in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and in various locations in Vermont and British Columbia. For additional information about the brewery’s year-round and seasonal efforts, visit WorthyBrewing.com . More up-to-date information about the brewery, new releases, and additional availability can be found on the Worthy Brewing Twitter or Facebook.


Rating:  9.0/10


Lights Out Vanilla Cream Extra Stout / 7.7% ABV / Stout / www.worthybrewing.com / www.worthybrewing.com/worthy-beer.html / www.facebook.com/WorthyBrewingCo / twitter.com/WorthyBrewing /


 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mpathy Golden Boy EP Review

Mpathy’s Golden Boy is an electronic-infused track that will have listeners singing along after the first few listens to the titular EP. During the track, there is a deliberate and intense drum beat with a sterling set of vocals that are reminiscent of acts like They Might Be Giants and Depeche Mode. Taken together, what results is a fun track that will get listeners on the dance floor. The track is mastered perfectly, meaning that Mpathy could easily get some radio rotation with this track. There is a fullness here from the variety of elements that listeners will be able to discern, meaning that there are hints of ropey soul-infused bass, Chromeo-esque synths, and enough in the way of twists and turns to keep listeners hanging onto every note.goldeboy


Dangerous Love is an effort that ties together current EDM and dubstep styles with mid-nineties J-pop and Miami sound to create something that a wide swath of fans can appreciate while coming forth in a bold new way. The ability of Mpathy to build up dramatic tension and move to near silence makes for a much more complete and effecting track than most of what currently can be heard on podcasts and digital music services. There is a heaviness to Dangerous Love that pushes the Golden Boy EP to an entirely higher plateau.


Unemployment eschews much of the outright electronic elements for an effort that is more in step with Digital Ash in a Digital Urn-era Bright Eyes. There is a tenderness on this track that introduces Mpathy fans to an entirely new facet of the performer. The three constituent tracks on the Golden Boy EP should be enjoyed together to provide a full introduction to this fascinating performer. Check Mpathy’s Facebook for the latest in information about these fascinating tunes.


Top Tracks: Golden Boy, Dangerous Love


Rating: 8.4/10


Mpathy Golden Boy EP Review / 2015 Self / 3 Tracks / www.thisismpathy.com/ / mpathy.bandcamp.com / twitter.com/mpathy /


 



Gumshen DIGIBITES CD Review

A Scene Like That has a strong beat and will immediately get listeners up and on the dance floor. There is an electrified style to the songs on Gumshen’s latest album, DIGIBITES, that link together Trans-era Neil Young, Fame-ish David Bowie, and AWOLNATION into something that is catchy, fun, and musically fulfilling. Those that want to get on the dance floor as well as those that wish to dissect what they are listening will find something that they can appreciate with this release.


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Be Here and Now is a track that could easily work in the new wave movement; there is a strength to the vocals here that simply cannot be heard in other similar sort of albums. Where there is a lot of sequenced and otherwise immaculately-created compositions here, the humanity brought to DIGIBITES by these vocals is truly special. Don’t Stop the Music is another single-worthy track. There is an angular sound to this composition that will draw comparisons to Franz Ferdinand; the shuffling beat and funk feels like an amalgamation of Electric Six and Disintegration-era Cure. The track leads out with an incredibly high momentum, ensuring that listeners will make it through the remaining tracks on DIGIBITES with energy to spare.


Gumshen makes sure to keep things strong in the second half of DIGIBITES; One Track Mind is the final track on DIGIBITES and provides fans with an emphatic end to one of the strongest albums that we have heard so far this year. Make sure to purchase this album, add the band on social media for the latest in information, and see them live if they come to a town near you in the months or years to come.


Top Tracks: A Scene Like That, Be Here and Now


Rating: 9.3/10


Gumshen DIGIBITES CD Review / 2015 Self / 10 Tracks / gumshen.bandcamp.com/ / gumshen.com/ / www.facebook.com/Gumshen / twitter.com/gumshen



History of Something 'You Are. We Are. For Life' CD Review

There Are No Leagues has solid multi-part harmonies and allows all elements of History of Something ample opportunity to shine. Better When You’re With Me is an energetic track that ties together The Replacements, Boston, and Brookside into something incredibly catchy and radio-ready.a0587358612_10


Unfortunate Events (featuring Bobby Morin) is tremendously effecting and is reminiscent of Goo Goo Dolls. Honest, earnest, and fun, You Are. We Are. For Life is a great introduction to this power pop band.


Rating: 8.9/10

History of Something ‘You Are. We Are. For Life’ CD Review / 2014 Self / 6 Tracks / www.facebook.com/HistoryOfSomething / historyofsomething.bandcamp.com/



Amina Cannibalize CD Review

Amina begins their Cannibalize CD with I Saw You Float Away, a dreamy track that twinkles with smart instrumentation and good balance between the loud and quiet, dark and light. Hints of OK Computer-era Radiohead and Bjork can be heard.a3665947290_10


Flowering tops out at the two-minute mark but is incredibly rich in terms of arrangement. The band does more with half of a track than many vocal-heavy bands can do in twice of that. Cobblestone Eyes has a shuffling, deliberate sound that will draw all ears to the composition, setting up Amina to have a massive conclusion with While You Were Asleep…. Cannibalize tells a story that all should hear.


Rating: 8.0/10


Amina Cannibalize CD Review / 2014 Self / 6 Tracks / www.amina-music.com/ / www.facebook.com/musicbyamina


 


 



Noah's tape Green EP

Noah tape’s Green EP has an interesting interplay between the organic and the electronic, creating a haunting sort of indie rock that is wholly different from anything else that we have ever heard. Pin me has a deliberate beat that is interspersed through its four-plus minutes, while Renegade cheers things up with a slightly quicker arrangement. Hints of Republica and Garbage can be gleaned, while one can hear late-seventies/early-eighties rock (The Cars) at the periphery. Waltz with me (featuring Axl Otl) ends the Green EP with an exclamation point; Noah’s tape provides some infectious tunes to listeners.


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Rating: 9.0/10


Noah’s tape Green EP / 2014 Self / 4 Tracks / noahstape.com/ / noahstape.bandcamp.com/


 



Three Thousand Rivers 'Like A What' CD Review

Antonito is an energetic track that links together R.E.M. and Death Cab for Cutie, with ample amounts of funk and soul that are inserted into the track. A strong production makes these tracks ready for rotation as the band rockets into Schubert Hits Plympton Street.


 


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The dynamic between the guitar and vocals at the onset of this cut makes for something complex and catchy; the song has a high replay value due to the depth achieved here. The Spaces I Have concludes this EP with a gradually increasing tempo and a darkly emotive arrangement that swirls around the excellent lyrics laid down. Few EPs can do what Like A What does; check Three Thousand Rivers’ Bandcamp for samples of their music.


Rating: 8.8/10


Three Thousand Rivers ‘Like A What’ CD Review / 2014 Self / 6 Tracks / 3000rivers.com/ / www.facebook.com/3000rivers / soundcloud.com/3000rivers /


Friday, April 24, 2015

Maia & The Pilots Taking Off CD Review

I Would is a tremendously effecting indie / alternative track that is made by the contribution of the titular singer and the backing instrumentation laid down by a cast of talented musicians. The track works in the current but is built off of the dreamy fare of the seventies and nineties.


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Come Back ties together hints of jazz, The Carpenters, and a little bit of beat bongo to make something that will resound loudly with listeners long after Taking Off has completed. Vivid Dreams is the final track on Taking Off, and it showcases a much more raw and intense style for Maia & The Pilots; The Mamas & The Papas and Tegan and Sara are combined here to make an unique and fun end to a tremendous introduction.


Rating: 8.7/10


Maia & The Pilots Taking Off CD Review / 2014 Self / maiaandthepilots.com/



On The Water Cordelia Review

Born in Reverse is an emotive track that will immediately draw listeners in with the interplay between the vocals and the tender strings; the gradual ebbing and flowing of this haunting track ensure that one will focus on the tracks that will follow.cordelia_cover-1024x1024


 


Slackers Paradise tells a story with the complex interactions between the instruments; the track takes on an entirely new tack when the vocals kick in. Curtains is the penultimate track on Cordelia and is a rapid track that ties together folk-punk, Billy Bragg, and a hint of flamenco to make something wholly unique. Check out On The Water’s latest album Cordelia when it comes out on May 9th.


Rating: 8.4/10


On The Water Cordelia Review / 2015 Self / 10 Tracks / weareonthewater.com/album/cordelia / facebook.com/weareonthewater / soundcloud.com/weareonthewater



Breck IPA (Breckenridge Brewery)

Breck IPA is Breckenridge Brewery’s latest year-round effort, and it will provide individuals with a decent hop aroma from the second that they open a bottle. The beer pours with a light orange / orange-gold coloration and a tan to off-white head that laces itself down the glass. The flavor profile of Breck IPA is well-balanced. There is a decent (66 IBU) bitterness that is immediately discerned after the initial sip, but the presence of malt, grain, and even a bit of sweetness toward the end of the beer. Breck IPA holds up well as it warms; where the hop elements typically fall out of focus in a number of IPA offerings, the core constellation of flavors remain pretty consistent from beginning to end.


brew-breck-ipaBreck IPA is eminently refreshing and is able to obfuscate the alcohol presence nicely; this beer is good for the late spring and the early summer months. Breckenridge’s latest beer would be great for sporting events, home chores, and hanging around fires – Breck IPA is dense and detailed enough to appease long-term fans of the india pale ale style while potentially bringing in other fans to the style.


Breck IPA can be purchased in six-packs; for additional information about Breckenridge’s year-round and seasonal efforts, visit their domain. For the latest in information about new products and the company’s numerous events, add Breckenridge Brewery on Facebook and Twitter.


Rating: 8.5/10


Breck IPA / 6.3% / 66 IBU /  Breckenridge Brewery / www.breckbrew.com/ / www.facebook.com/BreckenridgeBrewery / twitter.com/breckbrew /


 



Kamelot Releases Insomnia Video

KAMELOT have returned after two years of touring the globe and twelve months of intense writing and recording. The new album titled Haven will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide on May 4, 2015 (North America) and May 8, 2015 (Europe and rest of the world).G5oozn



KAMELOT mastermind Thomas Youngblood commented on the new video:


“KAMELOT returns with a sci-fi inspired thriller for the song “Insomnia”. In a post apocalyptic world, surveillance is everywhere and over population is rampant. Deep in the underground of the Wasteland Monarchy lies the Insomnia Division, the housing for some of the chosen ones, only allowed to live in an Insomniatic state.”


 


The first leg of the band’s North American tour in support of Haven kicks off this coming Monday April 27th in Baltimore, MD and will run through May 23rd in Orlando, FL. Dragonforce will be special guests on both legs of the North American tour. KAMELOT then heads over to Europe for a full tour and festival appearances. Then the band will round out 2015 with a second North American leg of the Haven tour, which begins November 13th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and goes through December 12th in Tampa, FL. A complete list of dates can be found below.


Produced by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, Haven is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Additional guests include Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). The breath-taking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.


KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:


4/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage


4/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater


4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall


5/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium


5/2: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis


5/3: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater


5/5: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall


5/6: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes


5/7: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights


5/9: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre


5/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub


5/11: Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall


5/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall


5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center


5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove


5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee


5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater


5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo’s


5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater


5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live


5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues


North American Leg 2 With Special Guest Dragonforce


11/13: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution


11/14: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade


11/15: Louisville, KY @ Expo 5


11/17: Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte


11/18: Springfield, MD @ The Fillmore


11/20: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater


11/21: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom


11/22: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec


11/24: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom


11/25: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater


11/26: London, ON @ Music Hall


11/27: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom


11/28: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave


12/1: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory


12/2: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater


12/3: Seattle, WA @ Showbox


12/4: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory


12/6: Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater


12/7: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues


12/9: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues


12/10: Houston, TX @ House of Blues


12/12: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz


For More Information Please Visit:


www.kamelot.com/


www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial


twitter.com/KamelotOfficial


www.napalmrecords.com


www.facebook.com/napalmrecords