Rachel Lynn Sebastian

November 17, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Rachel Lynn SebastianAn artist like Sebastian is clearly determined to stay true to her own personal sound — one she feels has reached a pinnacle with this new material. She doesn’t strive to achieve anyone else’s mold, which is apparent in her remarkably versatile voice that allows her to transcend genres effortlessly. One moment, she’s making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop. The next, she’s melting your heart with a soul-inspired ballad. Sebastian is even has the capability to carry a down-and-dirty, loud rocker. The fact that her vocal delivery has been compared to both the soulful croon of Annie Lennox and to the legendary wail of Janis Joplin is a testament to her impressive adaptability. 

Raven Heart is a unique pop offering from a singer/songwriter who has roots in Oregon. Her music is hard to put in a generalized category or genre, but she does manage to incorporate elements of indie, rock, folk, and even electronic pop parallel to pop-rock the 90’s. No doubt inspiration comes from daily emotive impressions including a bumper-sticker, scribbles on a wall, signs of various purposes and from the Pacific North West.

As the evocative and imaginative pulse is brought forth as I played her music it reminded me of music derived from elements of all things pop. With all 12 songs performed by Sebastian and her band there’s no questioning any musical credibility here which is established right from the beginning of track 1 “Happy.” Sebastian has a great voice that flutters like a butterfly. The Instrumentation features standard alt rock delivery with a touch of classical with things like electronic/chill/dub overtones. I will add she is not an amateur surrounded but a professional team/band and production team, we’ve all heard our fair share of that recently. Sebastian deserves credit for being a good singer, and superb entertainer.

As the CD unwinds the first few tracks: “Happy”, “Never Enough” and “Crazy, Crazy, Crazy” open the door slowly while effortlessly flowing into a strong collection of 12 songs. Her musical style features a skillful combination of alternative rock, singer/songwriter-esque pop very inviting to the ears. Once again her music reminds me of pop popular in the 90’s – which is not necessarily a bad thing. Other pieces “It’s Me”, “Oh, Spirit” and “Sunday Night Fever” command a strong sense of musical cohesion from Sebastian and her line-up of players. Right away I can hear vocal comparables to Celine Dion, Lara Fabian, Birdy, Lana Del Ray, and Digby. You will note Katy Perry and Brittany Spears are not mentioned here – lol. Since were on the subject I can also hear traces of Annie Lennox, Florence & The Machine, Pink, Kate Bush, Christina Aguilera, Jill Sobule and The Veronicas to Jem.

The CD as a whole provides a well choreographed musical experience with Sebastian in the forefront. I’ve never heard an artist so skillfully combine so many styles of music into one CD. Sebastian holds her own within each style flawlessly. This is not easy to do. All tracks to me are thoughtful and a stellar performance-driven pop that are wonderfully powerful in nature.

“Raven Heart” by Rachel Lynn Sebastian is an incredibly fluid musical statement from beginning to end. It provides brilliant artistic vision from an amazing singer and subsequent musical visionary that’s deserving of far wider recognition than this review. Weather you like electronic pop, alternative rock sensibilities rest assured Rachel Lynn Sebastian is making her presence known in an otherwise commercial myriad of soulless clutter. Perfect pacing, intriguing compositions and a stellar voice have her scoring big here with me! If this release slipped past you then take you may want take notice – music linked below

by Chase Norton

Bloody Beetroots

November 17, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Bloody Beetroots is Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, the Italian producer and photographer born the same year as punk rock, a fact emphatically made clear by the “1977″ tattooed across his chest.

In fact, that tattoo is about the most identifying public feature of Rifo, whose penchant for wearing masks (see other cultural phenomena from Underground Resistance to “V is for Vendetta”) seems to be a declaration of ominous anonymity that defers the spotlight to his long list of productions, projects, films, art, manifestoes and musical incarnations emanating from his Bloody Beetroots production epicenter: Bloody Beetroots DJ set where the decks-manning Rifo is joined by FX man Tommy Tea; Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, his “electro-punk” band with drummer Battle and Tea capable of turning a gig for thousands of fans into a political rally/empowerment seminar, and in his forthcoming embodiment, Church of Noise, which is nothing short of a “cultural-musical movement,” as Rifo calls it, with Dennis Lyxzen of Swedish hardcore punk-pioneers Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy.

Bloody Beetroots has always been an anomaly amidst the cocooned trends and coddled pedigrees of dance music. After fits and starts in Italian garage-punk bands, Rifo launched Bloody Beetroots in 2007. Over the next three years, he would win the support of electro house heavyweights Etienne de Crecy and Alex Gopher in Europe, and Dim Mak’s Steve Aoki stateside, with each production more elaborate and ambitious than the last.

From the start, Bloody Beetroots was capable of synergizing sonics and sensibilities from The Damned to Debussy, the anthemic wistfulness of new wave and primal screams of hardcore punk, into remarkably actualized efforts that became platforms for larger socio-political historiography and cultural histrionics: the homage to Italian Futurism of “Rombo,” the cinematic soundtrack to Nazi resistance (and you thought it was just dance music) that is “Domino”–the striking black and white video for which features Rifo using only a book as weapon, and the kick drum pattern, in an irony too rich to ignore, recalling New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Then there’s the sci-fi fantasy anarchism of writer Michael Moorcock in “Cornelius” and the Trekkie techie nerd joy of smearing sounds that is simply, cerebellum-meltingly “Warp.” Clearly on Rifo’s watch, anything’s not only possible–but from the sheer vastness of sounds and media that have materialized–probable as well. From one-man studio production to full band live show with Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, dance tracks to films, photography, fashion and socio-political activism are all encompassed.

“Electronic dance music is the bridge that spans my musical influences,” explains Rifo. “My intention was to use the energy of punk to give it a devastating new form–one that embraces different universes of sound, the ordered chaos that I live every day, the unique shape that every thought should have.” This “ordered chaos” has resulted in much more than music on many levels. This isn’t dance music as hedonistic escape, he says, this is shared adrenaline as catalyst and call to action. Free your ass and your mind will follow, to flip a Funkadelicism.

“The music is meant to inspire, to dream and to give a reason of strength, but it also has the power to bring people together forever. And that’s why I try every day to give my audience a full view. Photography, music, fashion, icons and world history. There are many levels of communication.”

It’s this communication he is confident that can spark thought and action in listener’s lives, because similar experiences have in his. “My life is about growth, development, art and courageous actions. I firmly believe that life is made of this,” Rifo continues. “I’ve spent a lot of time over the last four years with anarchic subcultures–musical, artistic, political–and I saw in the eyes of the people the desire to reverse the situation. Anarchy, to me, is a way to free ourselves from the bite of our time. I use a multi-disciplinary action to make people free.”

Rifo clearly wants people to have more than just a good time, he wants them to re-imagine their whole world and start a new one. “I see no real revolution of our time. For years the underground world has tried to fight the rival ‘normal’ world. It’s time to create a parallel one. If we can’t fight the system, we must learn to benefit from it to build something new.”

Hence, Church of Noise, Rifo’s inaugural collaboration with Sweden’s Dennis Lyxzen (Refused/The (International) Noise Conspiracy). “Dennis and I have decided to break the mental barriers and we are here today to fight together,” he explains. Of their otherwise unlikely pairng he says, “There are many common ideas between Romborama [his debut album] and The Shape Of Punk To Come [Refused’s seminal album]. Both are primarily inspired by the anarchism of Malatesta.”

You don’t have to know your anarchist history to get what Church of Noise is about: faith and frequencies, the familiar and the ferocious, and most of all, freedom. With its siren-call of bittersweet strings waving like morning-after battle flags as well as the raw, chugging live bass and guitar-shards framing vocals that alternate between adrenal caterwaul and spoken-word break-downs (“…It only takes a sound to change the beaten path/It only takes love and courage to take it all back”…), Church of Noise is the most ambitious Bloody Beetroots recording to date.

Truly as Rifo’s calls it, “a cultural/musical movement.” From its manifesto (yes, manifesto): “Church of Noise is a congregation of lovers, fighters, sinners, artists, misfits, outcasts, losers and weirdos. In other words, normal, irrational, angry, happy, fucked-up people,” it says, sounding as much like an apocalyptic cult or maybe even an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, very lower-case catholic and all-embracing but also something very positive and looking forward.

“My whole life has been determined and shaped by the people I’ve looked up and the people that have supported me,” says Rifo. “Bloody Beetroots and Church of Noise is something I owe to people to potentially be as important to them as things that influenced me to make the choices and live as freely as I have.” Mindless techno bollocks this ain’t. Enjoy.

Akasa Delivers Her Mysterious Vocalizations and Songs

June 8, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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AkasaAkasa is a  singer,  songwriter, performance artist and conceptualist of positive-message music videos. Her cross genre music contains the fusion of Rock, Pop, World, New Age, Jazz and Classical music. She brings many of these talents together on her latest recording, Portal. “My sonic vision is to serve as a bridge between all of the world’s cultures, to show the beauty of our diversity, and to help promote a greater awareness of our similarities,” says Akasa. “I want to do what I can to help the world heal and inspire our society of human-beings in reaching its full creative potential.” Akasa works toward these heroic goals in subtle ways using gentle music,visually-interesting story-line videos, and lyrics sung in a variety of languages (including Latin, Native American, English and her own original Akashic language). Akasa’s vocalizations are ethereal, mystical and enchanting.  Her music was inspired by her life experiences in exploring the depth of the individual psyche and finding the meaning and possibility in human experiences. In some of her songs, she used her imagination to paint a sonic journey into the cosmos and the unknown realm.

Akasa’s music contains authentic emotional expressions and multicultural elements. There are sounds for healing, expanded consciousness and transformation. “The main message in my music,” Akasa explains, “is encouraging everyone to set their inner spirit free, discover their own unique gifts, and become a creative force making a better world. I also believe in using love and compassion as the means for helping people understand their past, , heal their psychic wounds and begin recognizing and transforming any negative emotional patterns.”

Akasa writes the lyrics and vocalizations as well as much of the music. She is assisted in composing and creating the music by keyboardists and co-producers Morris Hayes (Prince, Chaka Kahn, Martika, George Clinton), Nick Michaels (Pete Townsend, Robert Calvert of Hawkwind, Tara London), Aaron Michael Stern (Jon Anderson of Yes, Tin Soldier, Charles Castronovo) and Andre Mieus (Steven Lee, and a CD titled The Tempered Klavier). Special guests Bill Scott plays guitar on “Let Us Be” and Shenkar (Shakti, Frank Zappa, Sting, Yoko Ono) bows viola and sings backing vocals on “Sky Children.”
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“Shine” Released By Jon Martin

June 8, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Post Hearder1Jon Martin is an Italian dj, songwriter, singer and record producer of pop and house music. Also known as Michele Lorefice born on September 29th, 1983 in Serrinha Bahia (Brazil) nationality: italian profession: Disc jockey, electronic musician, record producer, remixer, songwriter, singer genres: Pop music, House music, Progressive house, Electro house.

Biography

Jon Martin is an Italo-Brazilian born of a Brazilian woman and an European Italian man after birth he was adopted by an Italian family and grew up and lives in Rome, Italy. Inspired by the American rap and urban scene in 2006 he created the rap project “MC Double Project” or “MC DP”. Lives for two summers in Birmingham and London.

From a young age made up the first loops and beats with the first samplers as Akai MPC60, Korg Electribe R and analog synthesizers such as Yamaha, Nord Keyboards, Juno-60. So he spends most of his years to refine and improve his techniques of composition between samplers, analog instruments and only later the use of VST and Software. In 2005 he created his own independent label JMS Entertainment abbreviation of Jon Martin Studios Entertainment. In 2014, working on his Radio Show “The Evolution of Love”.

The father was born in Sicily and his mother in northern Italy, but both moved to Rome. The father formed the group “I Fauini”in 1966 and then dissolved. “I Fauni” a group that took part in a competition held by the magazine “TV Sorrisi e Canzoni” in the city of Rapallo (Genoa) coming in second place. Performance to Hotel in Anguillara Etruschi (Lake Bracciano). They have done concerts / performances in local and entertainment square in Lazio.

Jon Martin relative of Tullio Romano talent/scout who launched Fausto Leali and worked with Caterina Caselli and former member of the group “Los Marcellos Ferial” famous group of the 60 their successes “Sei diventata nera” “Quando Calienta el Sol” “La Casa del Sole”(Mogol, Pallavicini and V-Price) and others.

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KANSAS CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN ENID EVENT CENTER May 10, 2014

April 18, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

kansas40thlogo-blk2Global Spectrum the managers of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall have announced classic rock band, KANSAS to perform in Enid Event Center on Saturday, May 10.  KANSAS will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album in 1974.  Tickets priced at $35.50, and $49.50, will go on sale Friday, February 21 at 10 am by calling 855.TIX.ENID or visiting EnidEventCenter.com.  A limited number of VIP meet & greet ticket packages are available at www.kansasband.com.

KANSAS has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s.  Their single, ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ was the #2 most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997.

KANSAS2013NEW2“We are excited to announce KANSAS coming to Enid Event Center on Saturday, May 10,” said Global Spectrum’s Keller Taylor, General Manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. “Having a legendary classic rock band such as KANSAS join our first year events in Enid Event Center continues to exemplify our commitment to bringing in a diverse set of world-class entertainment options to Enid and North Central Oklahoma.”

Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 115 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 23-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers SkateZone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

Emma Cairo Passionate Country Rock Singer

April 18, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

Emma CairoEmma Cairo Release
“Southern Songs from the North”
I am a passionate country rock singer, residing in Los Angeles, yet I am originally from Denmark, Scandinavia,
The tranquil darkness and melancholy of the North is the backdrop of my music. I mix it with the emotional and feisty temper of the South. Along with a profound love for the US, this creates my soundscape. And, now, the time has come to share it with the world! I have just released my EP, Southern Songs from the North.

 

After having toured in Asia and the Middle East, I realized that we are all flakes of dust in an infinite universe. This realization filled me with inspiration and love for the universe and for music – the magical vibrations of the cosmos. The art of controlling these vibrations is my calling.
I am often referred to as “The Uncrowned Viking Princess of Country Music.” However, I plead for your help in retrieving my actual crown! Even princesses need exposure.
Your services to the crown will not go unnoticed!
Sincerely,
Emma Cairo

 

Mike Vale – A Life in Music

April 18, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Mike ValeMike Vale has been doing what he does best for 55 years now: writing and recording great music. His new CD, ‘In My Dreams’ marks his 20th album as either a solo artist or part of a band. In an age when pop and rock careers seem to survive not much longer than Andy Warhol’s notorious 15 minutes, that in itself is something to be applauded.
 
But more than that, this new collection of 10 original songs is as fresh and true a picture of a musical life as you are likely to hear this year. 74-year-old Vale has put all he has learnt over five decades in the business into a heartfelt record that is at one time sad, poignant, uplifting and beautiful.

His music on this album, as it has been throughout a long and successful career, cannot be pigeon-holed into genre. It is certainly rooted in the blues and country, but there are elements of pop, rock and even soul in this wonderful, timeless mix. With influences spanning Ray Charles, Van Morrison and, latterly, Ray LaMontagne, it is no surprise that ‘In My Dreams’ encompasses a wide range of styles.

As Mike himself says, this is “music for music’s sake” and these are songs that will appeal to anyone who loves what music should be about: the heart. That has been the case throughout Mike’s career. He has performed as a member of The Raconteurs and, more famously, Tommy James And The Shondells, whose 60s hit ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion’ penned by Vale & James, enjoyed a renaissance when it was used to soundtrack an episode of cult TV series ‘Breaking Bad’. Vale’s new album employs the talents of Donna Groom, Don Garvin and Jack Hunt, with technical assistance coming from former Shondells ally and long-time friend Tommy James. It’s quite a line-up of talent, and it is quite a record. The feedback from the industry has already been impressive and the tracks have been played on more than 50 radio stations across the US and beyond.

For those who don’t already know the incredible sound of Mike Vale, ‘In My Dreams’ is the perfect introduction.

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