As love and mind connect: “Brainheart” by @LucienDante

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LUCIEN DANTE, “Brainheart”

In 2015, one of the most unique and refreshing albums I heard was Lucien Dante’s Our Of We, an independent release which yielded one of my favourite songs of that year, the completely enchanting “Black Water”, which featured an easy going, expressive vocal.  That was followed up by an animated video of the song as well as another video for “Love Me Lessons”, which celebrated young people having a joyous blast together without attention to gender, clothing, etc., just being who they are.  It definitely set the stage for where Lucien, now based in L.A. after relocating from Chicago, is heading with “Brainheart”.  The song is about how love and the mind connect, when emotions and thoughts are synchronized to a point and you revel in being with your partner.  Lucien is extremely ambitious – producing, writing and mixing this song, as well as being a painter, sculptor and…

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with LUKE WADE

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Like many of us, pop-centric singer/songwriter Luke Wade is no stranger to adversity; though his story brims with sadness and loss, he has overcome his trials with infectious optimism, and channeled that pain into art.

Wade affectionately describes his parents as “hippies” who raised him in a small town in central Texas populated by roughnecks, farmers, and preachers. “My parents are both artists in the buckle of the Bible Belt as they say,” he laughs. As a teenager, Wade endured a tragic injury that left him with partial blindness and limited depth perception, which effectively ended his teenage sports career in a state where football is a near-mandatory rite of passage. “As a kid, when you’re around people who are all similar and you’re really different, it was a tough thing to deal with,” he explains. “I had difficulty connecting.”

While this chain of events might have kept any lesser…

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Erin Bennett, Music’s Wonder Woman

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Everyone knows that big things come from Texas and when it comes to power-pop songstress, Erin Bennett, you need to be prepared for just how big an impact this Texan makes. Her dynamic vocals soar through her well-crafted songs backed by a weird mix of synth, rock and folk that leaves vapour trails; keeping audiences captivated long after the show is over. The seductive backing vox and choreography from Erin’s backing singers, the ‘Sensational Sapphic Sisters’, brings animation to the message in her lyrics. Erin has built her ‘EB Band’ with musicians who share not only virtuosity but an unhindered understanding of the direction in which she travels.

It’s worth mentioning at this point that Erin’s performance is a concept show taken from ‘ReFlowered,’ her concept album. That concept is explained in her book, ‘Girl ReFlowered.’ So, here in a nutshell, is the story:

Having relocated to the UK in…

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an ironic concept

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an ironic concept.

When going against the grain becomes elitist.

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The most famous person behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jann Wenner, was a rebel when he first published his magazine in 1967. But the success of his magazine made him part of the Establishment.   Once you are in the mainstream and rich, you are no longer a rebel. By definition you cannot be.

Over the years Wenner and his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame cronies have tried to stay relevant and in touch – even though they’re too rich and too old.   Don’t feel bad, that’s how it goes. It’s happening to all those “heritage” rock bands, and it’s happening to me too. For as hip as I like to think I am with the cool rock and roll jobs…

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Alice In Wonderland Teams Up With The Mad Hatter

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Review and Extensive Interview With Plike

By Randy Wayne Belt – July 13, 2015

In Plike’s newest sonic adventure, Empathetic Apathy, you have Alice in Wonderland teaming up with the Mad Hatter to give us a creation of sounds that explore unrestrained imagination.  Set to be released on July 15th, 2015 it might not be what you would expect out of Austin, TX, but this music is a great fit for any number of gaming formats or movie soundstracks. And in fact,  in the upcoming independent feature film, Windsor Drive, Plike has three tracks that will be featured in the movie!

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In Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you have a girl who goes down a rabbit hole to find herself shrinking or expanding depending on her circumstances.  One can’t help but wonder if there isn’t an unintentional or subconsious reference to the very real but mysterious…

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The Musical Art of Naomi Psalm

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Naomi Psalm can best be described, by this reviewer, as a very creative music artist in the realm of indie pop that really brings the word “artist” back into play again.  After all, it is supposed to be art isn’t it?  With a music industry so far away from musical art and relying on overdone formulaic sound patterns instead of actual musical painting, Naomi brings a much needed refreshing of sound to the music scene.

I’m sure her own music scene in Boise, Idaho is the richer for having her there.  She writes, she sings, she plays guitar and ukulele. Oh, and she can play bass as well. 1618538_10153846410705608_2003472706_nPsalm has a knack for knowing what to do with her voice in a given song.  Her vocals make good use of her dynamics and she sings with a passion that you can feel in the emotions of what she is singing about.

Her voice…

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