New and Noteworthy

February 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm (Acoustic, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

I always love when I rummage through the great melting pot that is music and stumble upon something promising. It you listen to a song you can pick out the various influences (yes, even classical traits exist in modern music). Sometimes the mix can be rather unfortunate, like the way Thy Symphony combined opera vocals with metal. Oops! On the other hand, it can be amazingly pleasing. Ryan Calhoun, an unsigned artist based out of L.A. is a prime example.

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Jon Foreman, Something for Everyone

February 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm (Acoustic, Folk, Music) (, , , , , , , , )

Jon Foreman’s MySpace Page

With a vocal quality similar to Dave Matthews or Isaac Slade (the lead singer from the The Fray), Jon Foreman’s music has acoustical drive with folk undertones. He is an artist who truly loves his music and isn’t affected by the modern music industry. I admire Jon Foreman for his strong connection to music:

“I’m so thankful that these songs still mean so much to me. In fact, I am perhaps more drawn to music than ever… Lately music has been my compass: it’s neither the map, nor the road but a steady constant that can help me make sense of the both.”

Most of his songs are quiet and relaxing. They tend to be focused on sadness and have mellow chord progressions, often including an acoustical guitar. However, his tunes aren’t monotonous or over-simplistic. Listening to Foreman can ease you through a painful experience or, at the very least, comfort you during a stressful time.

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Endless Sporadic, Where Is Their Label?

February 1, 2009 at 12:35 am (Metal, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Despite having been featured in both Guitar Hero III and Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, An Endless Sporadic remains unsigned. Their music features metal structure and chord progressions, yet utilizes clean and innovative melodies. Their songs are not predominately heavy, but still offer those with long enough hair an opportunity to do some head-banging. If you can’t master Impulse, their hit from Guitar Hero III, on expert, I still recommend you give An Endless Sporadic a listen. Even those who steer clear of metal might be pleasantly surprised.

~ C.H.

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Rishloo, a New Discovery

January 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Alternative, Metal, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

courtesy of www.myspace.com/rishlooband It’s starts off quiet. Sure, it sounds like it might be a slow song, but suddenly it heads somewhere else. Freaks and Animals, a song by Washington based band, Rishloo, begins with a spacey guitar line but segues into an alternative rock head-banger. What is a Rishloo? I’m not quite sure, but one thing is for certain: they are successfully writing original music. Already they have two albums available: Eidolon (2007) and Terras Fames (2004). I’m not entirely sure what either of their album titles mean either.

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Liz Golden, Another Talented Member of the Golden Family

January 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm (Acoustic, Folk, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/lizgoldenmusic The Golden family must be doing something right. Not only is Josh Golden a talented musician at age 14, but his sister, Liz Golden, age 17 is working on an her own EP as well. We’ll focus on Liz for now. She offers acoustically styled music with folk and country influences, both prevalent in the vocal style and harmonization choices. I’m blown away by her talent. Born in 1991, she sounds like a twenty-something year old artist. And of course my favorite part about her: she writes her own music.

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Thy Symphony Offers Something Weird

January 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm (Metal, Music) (, , , , )

I checked my e-mail. A friend request from Thy Symphony, an open invitation to check out a new band. I’ll give any group the benefit of the doubt. I’ll listen to more than just one song knowing full well that everything a band has to offer cannot be summed up in a single. As a musician myself I’m not over-critical. I know how much dedication music takes, the difficulty of writing a song, and the nearly impossible journey of making it in the music industry.

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Rhapsody of Fire, a Must Listen

January 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm (Metal, Music) (, , , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/rhapsodyoffirebandThere’s something spectacularly epic about European progressive metal featuring the harmonic structure of a classical requiem, the same type that Gabriel Fauré composed in the 19th century. About 3 minutes in Triumph or Agony, Italian metal band, Rhapsody of Fire, breaks into a multi-voice solo shouting “Lux Aeterna.” Only option here: turn up the volume and bask in its awesomeness.

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Young Artist Enters the Music Scene

January 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm (Alternative, Music) (, , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/joshgoldenmusicAt the age of only 14, Josh Golden has written more than 25 songs, is in the middle of recording an EP, and already has his first music video. Yes, there might be some people out there who stand up and shout “I’m tired of this kind of music!” It’s true, a few of his songs stray dangerously close to a whiny alternative punk rock band, but to all of you pessimists: GIVE THE KID A BREAK. Seriously, listen to a few of his songs and you’ll realize he is a multifaceted songwriter.

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Looking for Something Different? Try Xan Tyler

January 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm (Music, Pop) (, , , , , )

Xan TylerThe radio is a great thing, don’t get me wrong, but finding new music on the radio can be a chore. So I’m going to help you out a bit. From time to time we all need to mix things up a little. Here’s a chance to listen to something a little out of the ordinary. It’s not quite rock, it’s not jazz, it’s not hip-hop, and it’s definitely not country. For now, we’ll categorize it in the ever-ambiguous genre: pop. Alright now, let’s cut to the chase…

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