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Interview: Fanfarlo’s Cathy Lucas

Drawing a myriad of contrasting influences from rockabilly, Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Fleetwood Mac and spaghetti western, UK based Fanfarlo returns this week with their third full-length offering, “Let’s Go Extinct”. Addressing evolution, existential and futuristic themes, it takes the listener on an outer space opera pop mission. Blending in 80’s synch, contagious choruses and […]

Festivals: Rocklahoma

Well, it’s just about that time, the festival lineup announcements are beginning to roll in. According to their press release, “Rocklahoma,” is stepping things up a notch, or we’re just getting old. ROCKLAHOMA 2014 AMERICA’S BIGGEST MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PARTY MAY 23-25 IN PRYOR, OK Rocklahoma–America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party–will rock the Midwest with […]

Sunday’s Best: Ala Jack White

Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods. Jack White III is not to be questioned. Whatever the […]

Video Of The Week: Phil Lewis – “Imprisoned”

My good friend from across the pond, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Phil Lewis recently released the video from the lead track of his new EP (review here) “Age Of Nothing”. The track is titled “Imprisoned” and the video is quite emblematic of the lyrics…and it even features a little doll-on-doll action! Can’t beat that. Damn good track, too. […]

Checking the Playlists: Gospel, its value and its aural limits

Johnny Cash had the market cornered on gospel, but like other great artists he wasn’t pigeonholed into one genre. He was truly a country legend. And the gospel music, he sang fit in with the singer’s life experiences and his abilities. His version of “Just As I Am” is my favorite version of the hymn. […]

Interview: Tex from Moonshine Bandits

Tearing down stereotypes that California only encompasses club-hopping super rich kids and pastel bike riding tekkies, Central Valley repper rappers Moonshine Bandits return this week with their much anticipated album “Calicountry”. Called “hip-hop rebels” who blend outlaw country and rock, duo Tex and Bird party combining the hoedown with the “Throwdown”. With a strong fanbase […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 16

My advanced age has allowed me to live through some of the most turbulent times of modern popular music. When I first started buying albums, rock and roll was not 20 years old and most of the pioneers were not only still alive but still relatively young. Mick Jagger was still being busted for drugs […]

ROCK Notes for February 4th, 2014

Tweeting about mental health January 28th was Bell Let’s Talk Day, where $5.5 million was raised for mental health via donations from more than 100,000,000 text messages, mobile and long distance calls, tweets, and Facebook shares. Canadian alternative rocker Matthew Good was very active on social media that day, sharing his experiences of dealing with […]

Contest: Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast (closed)

Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast will release “Martel” next Tuesday (Feb. 11th). The album is reported to be a “be a family history-exploring concept album.” We have partnered with Sony to give you a chance at getting a signed copy of “Martel”.

Interview: Zo!

Remember when video channels actually played videos and you came across a new one that made you want to know more about the artist and the album attached? Yeah, me too. A few weeks ago, I encountered R&B artist Zo’s new video ” We Are On The Move” featuring Phonte (who I’d interviewed a few […]

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