One album which has certainly made my radar this week is Grant Lyle’s impressive release Nu which is a perfect first glimpse into the musical world of this buzzworthy artist. Being a fan of both Blues and Rock alike, I found the record luring me in from the very first note.
Heavy influences for Lyle include such artists as Jimi Hendrix and The Allman Brothers, both which you can easily sense throughout. Though the elements of those influences may shine through, the sound that Lyle offers up is a unique, new and updated sound on a genre that has been on hold for a number of years.
Standout tracks on the record include the energy fueled track “Powerhouse” which captured my attention immediately. In each piece Lyle delivers, as everything is fair game. His stunning guitar playing puts the rest to shame, as you can tell he is a seasoned player. Being in the music game for about 20 years, he brings his musical skills and knowledge to center stage, and leaves no stone un-turned, and it shows.
Nu is a steady favorite, and Grant Lyle, you can now call me a fan.
Parker Harrison…where do we begin? Today Harrison releases the delightful EP Clear Conscience, that express elements of singer-songwriters from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The charming EP creates and pleasing first venture into the world of Harrison as he also shares elements of R&B and a dash of Rock into the mix.
Growing up in a time where Pop, Hip Hop and Nu Metal were the main poisons of choice, Harrison didn’t let his love of the classics hinder. He embraces the nostalgic style with grace and elegance on Clear Conscience, which is about to make him a household name. Based in Houston, an epic-center for music, he carefully created the record, which took about 5-years to complete; it was certainly done right.
Each song on the record holds a place of its own, as it creates lush and romantic tones throughout. Harrison’s vocals are soulful and full of surprise, even if the theme turns slightly somber. His knack and skill for writings is strongly evident, as the instrumentation and vocals are perfectly crafted together.
Songs such as the upbeat “A Day That Goes By,” brings out the fun element into the record, which springs to life. On the other end of the spectrum is “What Are We Fighting For?”which is sultry and smooth, and makes a charming effort on the record, shows another angle of Harrison’s music.
Throughout the album the tones and melodies are laced with a certain sweetness, that is often hard to find, especially in modern music. It’s pleasing to the ears, and the soul.
Parker Harrison has quickly proven that he is a mainstay with the music community, and will surely win over the ears of all who come his way.
The fourth annual Spring Fling ’98 is a celebration of all that was dope about being a teen in the ’90s. Come out and enjoy covers by some of Brooklyn’s raddest bands and compete for the ultimate crown as our Spring Fling King or Queen. Come early to test your 90s trivia knowledge, stay late for the greatest dance party since the prom sequence in She’s All That.
Featuring performances by Christopher Norwood, Liza and Louise (a NOFX tribute band), Hannah vs The Many, The Virgins Who Can’t Drive (performing the soundtrack from Clueless), and The Manimals as No Doubt. Also featuring Gypsy Danger with an entirely improvised Angsty Teen Movie.
It’s the epic prom you wish you got in high school: a magical night of live bands covering everything you want to hear from your formative years. We like to party. Come as you were.
Bryan Deister is not your average musician. With hints of dark and classic elements throughout his work, he shares the intriguing new album, Spines of the Heart. His latest release, which has been charting on the worldwide digital radio charts, shares his haunting and mystifying songs with the world, one song at a time.
Influenced by artists like Kurt Cobain and Radiohead, he proves instantly that he is not a one trick pony. Standout tracks include the eerie and smooth single, “Today,” which drew me in immediately. With haunting undertones and gorgeous instrumentation, pieces such as “Into the Sky,” bring in elements of beauty to the record, which Deister’s sound is smooth and sultry.
Deister is influenced by a wide range of artist and is also impressively trained in Classical, Jazz, Blues, Progressive Rock, and Modern Rock. From stunning vocals, to “funk banjo,” to rice percussion, Deister goes above and beyond the call of duty to create a record that will stand the test of time.
The Blondies are an up an coming band hailing from California. About to release their new album, Just Another Evening, the group hones their garage undertone outfit and beyond. Drawing comparisons to the likes of The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys the band take a unique approach to the genre, proving they aren’t just a cookie-cutter band.
Simon Lunche’s vocals shine through each note they write, surrounded by steady and ambitious instrumentation from every angle. Hopefully this sets the tone for the new record to come, as I am already impressed; and in love.
Sharon Knight releases a stunning piece of work with her latest release, Portals. Armed with a mandolin in her hand and a song in her heart, her latest album comes to life with Myth-otic Folklore that will entice the soul.
A festival mainstay, she has performed at the likes of Faerieworlds (OR), Sherwood Faire Celtic Music Festival (TX), New York Faerie Festival, as well as numerous smaller Celtic and mythic/fantasy festivals across North America.
Recently from the record she has shared her latest video, “Porcelain Princess,” which is dreamy and intriguing from every angle. Her words float on clouds, as her voice drifts throughout. Accompanied by longtime collaborator and guitarist, Winter, the two create a fresh take with the Celtic-laced theme. The enchanting pieces set the tone forthe record which is a gorgeous masterpiece from start to finish.