Rocket & the Ghost

by J Frazzetta April 24th, 2014
Hello to you, Avid Reader, this week I’m going to tell you about a group from Brooklyn with some new music that you might enjoy if you happen to like catchy beats, heavy grooves, and solid song writing.  Yeah, I know you love that stuff, but I have to check with you every once in a while.  Formed in 2011, Rocket & the Ghost consists of Kiyoshi Matsuyama, songwriter/vocalist/guitar, Brian Kesley  providing some bass, Stuart Bidwell hitting the drums, Sean Gavigan adding some guitar texture, and Alan Markley on wrapping it all up with keyboards.  I guess you could
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The Kid is OK

by J Frazzetta April 21st, 2014 | Featured Artist
During 1995, Radiohead were beginning work on their third album and trying to improve on their live sound by going on tour with Alanis Morissette in late 1996.  Getting back to the studio during the winter of 1996-97, the band would release OK Computer in June.  It wouldn’t take more than 30 seconds for anyone to realize that this was a whole new sound from a band that had been pegged as just another Brit-guitar group.  Doubt, paranoia, serious
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    by Ronald A. Rowe April 23rd, 2014 | Music Opinions
    It has been five years since the death of pop music legend Michael Jackson.  To mark the anniversary, Sony Music Entertainment and Epic Records will release Jackson’s second posthumous album in May.  Sony is going to unusual lengths to keep the details of the album a secret prior to its official release.  We do know the album will be entitled Xscape and will consist of eight previously-unreleased songs.

    The world got a sneak peek at one of the tracks when "Slave to the Rhythm" was used as a bit of cross-promotion in a commercial for one of Sony’s products, the
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  • Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else, 2014

    by J Frazzetta April 18th, 2014 | Album Review
    Dylan Baldi is stuck in the 80’s, and not the one with bad hair, tight pants, and that terrible snare drum sound.  Come on, Avid Reader, you know me better than that, right?  Good, for the last few days I’ve been listening to this album, and all I can think about is Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du or mid-90's Sebadoh.  Baldi and company have managed to update that 80’s hardcore sound into the modern era, all the while keeping the angst, intense rhythms, and fuzzed out guitars intact.  At just eight tracks roughing out to be a little over 30 minutes, this
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