Peter Calandra Releases “First Light”

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Critically-acclaimed composer, Peter Calanadra, has recently released his new record First Light. An artist whose name may resonate with you, Calandra has spent numerous years composing for  Broadway, film ,television and more…so the chances are you have heard his work already!  His music on First Light is brought to life with various genres as he touches on New Age, Jazz, Contemporary Instrumental, Classical and Refined Pop. These elements come across in his two latest singles, both which have videos, for “First Light,” and “Night City.” Like an artist to a canvas, Calandra’s music proves to be an all-around experience, as his charming and intricate keyboard skills paint a serene portrait.

“My goal is to create music that people love, while also fulfilling my artistic vision. I like painting pictures in sound. It is finding that space where craft and art converge that makes something memorable,” says Calandra.

Watch: “Night City”
https://youtu.be/-4B4yaorLwo

Watch: “First Light”
https://youtu.be/52pj48pPtIE

 

 

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Chasing Jonah Brings Home a “Paycheck”

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Chasing Jonah is the alternative indie project initiated by singer-songwriter Ashley Dudukovich, who hails from Florida. Recently the indie songstress has released the incredible new video for “Paycheck,” which is brought to life with a down-to-earth and very relatable storyline.

“Paycheck” is the newest single and video from Chasing Jonah, who has been on the indie-radar for the past few years, most notably with her past release, Prelude. Taking the stage and listeners by storm, she built up a solid following as she traveled the U.S. for an impressive 9 months.

2016 brings great things for Chasing Jonah, as she has most recently released the video for “Paycheck;” a beautifully crafted piece with an equally impressive video. Dudukovich’s voice is gorgeous and haunting as it intertwines throughout the song, helping to bring the theme of the video to life. “Paycheck” is written from the perspective of an artist that gives up everything for what she believes in; a story that many of us can relate to. The piece represents the artists’ struggle to bring their vision to life in the world, at any cost.

Sounds like perfection to me……

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A&L Take on a “Hot Mess”

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A&L is the melding of Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie. Anthony is a 20 year music veteran whose production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards, been featured in major music publications and topped the music charts. Lana is an award winning vocalist who has been a long-time force on the WNY music scene and voice to many jingles on radio and television. Her stage presence gets people on their feet and singing along to A&L’s song.

A&L’s third release, “Hot Mess” is an upbeat, pop/rock song with catchy hooks and killer guitar riffs. The in-your-face vocal will have you singing along. “We wanted to rock out a little harder on this release” say Casuccio.

“Hot Mess” takes a comedic look at the various characters (some unwanted) that you often interact with at a bar or club. “We are sure that you will recognize these misfits that Lana sings about. We both have laughed at our experiences playing live music in various venues and the crazy people that we see. I figured that everyone could relate to this song.”

“We researched the current top 50 hit songs and realized that almost all of them had no guitar. Our goal is to bridge the gap between good guitar-based songs and popular music.”

The past two years have included various live shows, radio interviews and features in leading music publications. Their songs have been in rotation on over 50 radio stations both terrestrial and internet based all over the world. Their videos have been featured on top video sites. A&L’s last two songs have charted in Europe. “Hot Mess” reached #78 on the Hit-Tracks Top 100 based out of the Netherlands and #46 on the Euro Indie Music charts.

Watch “Hot Mess” here: https://youtu.be/XP9Ge8d3nbA 

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Getting “Blue” with The Sky Catching Fire

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The Sky Catching Fire is the brainchild of Thomas Monroe and Steve Ybarra. Based in Laguna Beach, CA, the duo take on an exciting new venture with their debut EP titled the Blue EP. With Monroe on singing and guitar duty and Ybarra on drums, the two create a sound that is both accessible and raw, providing a dose of energetic sound. Laced with a touch of punky rhythms, the songs on the EP are intertwined with the unpredictable vocal stylings of Monroe. The Sky Catching Fire started when Monroe was making home recordings, when he spent time as a street performer. Catching the ears of Ybarra, the two decided to join forces in 2015, building a reputation in the Indie circuit. Their socially conscious message is combined with Monroe’s poetry, which helps bring the songs to life.

Kicking off the EP is the energetic “Monsters,” which will make you fall in love with the band immediately. Their defined sound is slightly reminiscent of The Replacements; a unique yet familiar sound that brings all of the elements together. The brightly strummed guitars are the perfect combination among the tin-sounding drums. “Oh my God,” croons Monroe, with such heartfelt emotion. This is only the beginning…

The next song from the album titled “Stars Are Papercuts,” follows in the same vein. Monroe’s voice hits every note perfectly, without being over top. The guitars, though they may sound simple at times, are filled with depth with each carefully placed note.

“Three Daisies” brings a darker sound to the album, with Monroe’s voice taking a deeper tone. The drums provide a heavy dose of rhythm and set the overall tone for the track; high-hat in tow. “Dog,” lifts the record back up, spirit wise, adding a bit of 90s nostalgia to the sound. Once again the band is on point, proving they are a mainstay among Indie listeners.

Closing out the record is the ambitious “Believe,” which is beautiful from start to finish. Once again Monroe’s voice mixed in with his emotional lyrics stand in the center. His knack for reaching those high notes is definitely a key seller on this song.

The Sky Catching Fire will quickly become one of your favorite new bands for 2016. Be sure to find yourself a copy of the Blue EP. You will NOT want to miss out.

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