NYC’s Anne Steele Releases “What’s Mine”

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Anne Steele is best described as a “multi-award winning NYC pop queen.” Right off the bat I was intrigued. Her new record What’s Mine is 6 songs of high energy dance music, with a dose of LGBT influence. Her music is quirky, vibrant, and fun, and calls upon influences such as Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, and Jesse J. Capturing imaginations and dance floors Steele makes sure her music delivers a message. Her music is not only uplifting, but it touches upon subjects of supporting gay rights. It entices and educates at the same time, creating the ultimate double threat.

The title track “What’s Mine” is the perfect start to the record. Laced with strong vocals, vibrant piano and quirky handclaps, we’re off to a good start right from the beginning. Standout tracks on the EP include the heartbreaking “Without You Tonight,” which offers synth-bliss, and the sub-dued yet powerful, “Shadow of You.” Throughout, the songs kept building my interesting, making it a wonderful collection of songs.

Getting her start as a Cabaret singer, which definitely shines through with her performance in this record, Steele has gained a number of prestigious awards and accolades. What’s Mine is a touching and heartfelt EP, which not only uplifts, but provokes thoughts on serious issues. Her talent for writing these phenomenal songs, proves that she isn’t just another pop singer; she is so much more. What’s Mine is out now via  Bandcamp. Check out the link below!

Stream her new record What’s Mine: https://theannesteele.bandcamp.com/releases

Tracklisting:
1. What’s Mine
2. Worst I Ever Had
3. Tough
4. Without You Tonight
5. Shadow Of You
6. Don’t Tell Us How To Love

Liz Graham Releases “Damaged” Single

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A little while ago I had fell head over heels for Liz Graham and her glorious brand of folk infused rock. Recently, Graham has released her new single, “Damaged,” from her upcoming sophomore release due out this year. With twinges of adult contemporary style laced throughout, Graham creates music for the masses. A rather accomplished musician, she has sold over 100,000 records to date, played at Lilith Fair, charted on CMJ, and has shined on Women’s radio and beyond. For fans of artists such as Ryan Adams, Ingrid Michaelson and Sarah McLachlan, Liz Graham will peak your interest.

“Damaged” is  a beautifully written song that is about having an epiphany; letting you see your life clearly. Not being able to control your past, but forging ahead to the future and creating your own destiny. Graham’s voice flows effortlessly through the track, creating a piece that is not only enchanting, but one that stands out. Her talent for songwriting is brought to life within this track, as each instrument is in just the right place. Her voice is heavenly, but stands out; shining bright. If her upcoming release is anything like her two new singles, then we are certainly in for a treat.
Listen to “Damaged” HERE

The True Groove All- Stars Release “Fully Re-Covered”

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The True Groove All- Stars are ready to release their new record, Fully Re-Covered, the sophomore release for the group. Taking on what the band refers to as a modern anthem, they transform their songs to reflect human solidarity. The follow-up to their successful remix debut, Funky World, the latest album brings 13 tracks to life, capturing the mid-70s, early 80s, and a dose of reggae in between. Fully Re-Covered is set for release on March 31, 2015.

Currently, the group is sharing the album’s first single, “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (feat. Marla Mase and James Chance),” which perfectly kicks off the collection of songs.  The range of songs on the record is phenomenal and at times a bit surprising…in a good way. Standout pieces on the record include Heather Powell’s version of “Relax” (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), as she seduces with an R&B infused sound. Newcomer Lael Summer calls for Califoria with “Wires,” originally from The Neighborhood, putting her own special brand of Soul into the track. One of my most absolute favorites though is Samuel Claiborne’s Johnny Cash via Nine Inch Nails cover of “Hurt”; somehow giving it more depth than the NIN and Cash versions. That is an accomplishment in its own right. Fully Re-Covered accesses an array of genres and classic songs, new and old. Each artist on the record offers something intriguing and different, that will leave you wanting more.

Listen: “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” HERE

Sit Kitty Sit Hit The Road; Tour Dates Announced

Sit Kitty SitSit Kitty Sit are launching off their latest tour at a city near you! Kicking off the start of 2015 with gusto, the San Francisco rock duo is taking their sound to the masses. San Francisco’s SIT KITTY SIT is Kat Downs and Mike Thompson. The duo, who create an undeniable pop/proggy piano and drum sound, has been described as Dresden Dolls mixed with King Crimson, & Fiona Apple. Known for consistently thrilling audiences with their energetically intense live performances, the group produces addictive rock n’ roll – with only two people, and not one guitar in sight.

The group’s latest album, Everlasting Fire, has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike. The record, based entirely on “Dante’s Inferno,” brings a storyline to the album, which also showcases the extensive versatility of Downs and Thompson as a team. Spanning 7 different genres, there is something for everyone.

Watch: Sit Kitty Sit “Birmingham” Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w6dyDsQZPE

Tour Dates:

March 4, 2015 (Wednesday)
Club 66 –  Ashland, OR

March 5, 2015 (Thursday)
Black Forest – Eugene, OR

March 7, 2015 (Saturday)
Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR

March 8, 2015 (Sunday)

Admiral Way – Seattle, WA 

March 9, 2015 (Monday)
Checkerboard Bar – Spokane, WA

March 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
One World Café – Moscow, ID

March 12, 2015 (Thursday)
The Sidewinder – Denver, CO

March 14, 2015 (Saturday)
Sister – Albuquerque, NM

March 24, 2015 (Tuesday)
Hardhat Lounge – Las Vegas, NV

March 27, 2015 (Friday)
Milk Bar – San Francisco, CA

 

Liz Graham Releases Powerful New Single

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Liz Graham is quite an accomplished songwriter in her own right. Hailing from New York City, the mecca of music, Graham dabbles in the welcoming sound of Adult Contemporary and Triple A. For fans of artists such as Ryan Adams, Ingrid Michaelson and Sarah McLachlan, Liz Graham is right up your alley. She’s sold over 10,000 records, played Lilith Fair, and has even reached the music charts such as CMJ.
Recently Graham has released her infectious new single, “Charcoal on the Canvas.” The song is said to be about wanting to get to know someone on a deeper level. Her lyrics come of as poetry on the gorgeous new single. Graham’s voice is unique, yet holds a stunning familiar tone that holds true to form. The song is packed with punches and gracious harmonies that really show Graham can hold her own. Her voice is utter perfection on the track as the background vocals and guitars swirl around her. This is definitely a great track, which will grab your attention time and time again.
Stream “Charcoal on a Canvas” at Bandcamp: https://lizgrahammusic.bandcamp.com/

Echo Sparks’ Releases Folk Influenced New Record

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Echo Sparks have just released their debut full length Ghost Town Girl, the long-awaited follow up to their 2013 EP. The band was formed by DA Valdez, known notably for his work with The Pontiac Brothers. Echo Sparks is Valdez’s outlet to share his original songs with a wider audience.

With the help of vocalist CC Kinnick,, the two started the venture performing at an array of venues in the Orange County area. Soon they added bassist Cindy Ballreich to the group, that has helped form their sound throughout the course of the past few years. The group is graciously described as “A mashup of folk, rockabilly, old Mexico, blues and 1930s jazz,” which was enough to catch my attention in the first place.

On the 10-song record, the group combines these conflicting sounds effortlessly. The male-female vocals that carry throughout the record are gorgeous with smooth and silky harmonies. Upon first listen the songs will captivate you. One of my favorites on the record is the stunning and vibrant piece, “Broken Arrow,” which opens the record. This feeling carries throughout in songs like “Princess of Fresno” and “Shallow Water.” Track after track the album is filled with incredible harmonies. The band really goes back to genuine folk and rock n’roll, bringing a whole new insight into the current state of music. From start to finish on this record, the band provides a noteworthy sound that is able to make them standout from what a lot of bands are creating these days. Their music is honest, heartwarming, and proves to be something magical and unique before the record even finishes. Their approach to making music is not new by any means, but why fix something that isn’t broken? I highly suggest Echo Sparks’ Ghost Town Girl to warm you up on these cold winter days.

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Buy Echo Sparks’ Ghost Town Girl via Bandcamp: https://echosparks.bandcamp.com/releases