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Festivals: Rocklahoma Sights, Sounds (Day One)

Last week, Pryor, Oklahoma played host to the eighth annual Rocklahoma. Whether you made the trip or just stayed at home and barbecued for Memorial Day weekend, chances are you’re still recovering. Although some logistical problems immediately came into play over the weekend, such as check-in traffic and cell phone signal and the overwhelming choice […]

The App Making ‘BigNoiz’

When it comes to apps, if you’re a music fan like me, you don’t need 80,000 apps to fulfill your live music or content needs. With several hype-filled music apps in the marketplace, it’s easy to get lost among apps that aren’t user-friendly i.e. requiring you to provide your first born’s blood type to log […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 32

So, can you appreciate music you don’t like? That is a difficult question to answer. The simplest answer I can think of is ‘why would you want to?’ If there is a musical style I do not like I can think of no valid reason to want to listen to it. I might be able […]

Fest Review and Interviews: UCLA’s JazzReggae Fest

Now that Memorial Day is over and folks emerge from food comas like bears from hibernation, it’s time to recap the wonderful musical festivities taking place this weekend. Returning for my third year to UCLA’s JazzReggae Fest, I spent my time this weekend listening to some R&B, jazz, reggae and hip-hop on Jam Day at […]

Interview: Low Leaf

As a music lover, there’s nothing better than randomly finding an amazing artist/composer who puts you on to another artist/composer doing the same. Thus the way the universe guided my introduction to LA artist Low Leaf and her latest offering ‘AKASHAALAY’. Since coming into my consciousness, this new album’s been on repeat. Personally finding myself […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 31

How do we define bad music? It can be ‘bad’ on more than one level, not just the obvious, badly performed. Although any piece of music will be ruined by a bad performance, can a good performance rescue something that is badly written? Can a well-written piece of music be spoilt by inappropriate performing, such […]

Interview: Catherine Ouellette

Master multitasker Catherine Ouellette aka DJ SynCity does it all. Celebrity DJ. Artist. Dancer. Director. Script Supervisor. Fashion Photographer. A&R/Label Producer. This lady knows no boundaries. Based in Los Angeles via New York and Montreal, she’s done more than many accomplish in lifetimes. Listening to her latest remix of Rico Love’s “They Don’t Know” featuring […]

Press Release Roundup: Week of May 19

Counting Crows (May 19, 2014) – Counting Crows have signed an agreement with Capitol Records for the Fall release of their forthcoming studio album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett. It will be the band’s sixth studio album and first since Saturday Nights & Sunday […]

Fest Review: United We Stand Festival

Amid a rough and drama-filled week, The United We Stand festival, sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, successfully brought a diverse community full of thought leaders and influential artists together to discuss important political causes recently. Initially unsure of the fest location, I attended a media event on a Friday night which mingled […]

Festivals: Rocklahoma, Five to Know vol. 2

As you know, Rocklahoma is almost here. Whether you’re too far away for a trip to Pryor, Oklahoma and will be keeping up with our social avenues (Facebook, Twitter) for the best coverage or you’ll be front and center during the day and sitting by the campfire at night, we thought we would do some […]

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