New Music Releases 02/14/2012

FEATURED RELEASE Heartless Bastards – “Arrow” (Partisan Records): On this new record, the eccentric, hypnotic nature of songwriter Erika Wennerstrom’s voice is captured by producer Jim Eno who helps blend the bands driving, straight-forward Rock ‘N’ Roll into a record that sounds unique and refreshing. “Arrow” instantly feels fearless and marks a major step forward for…

Free Music Download: “Color War” by The Shake

The Shake has been on a roll since we featured them in our Indie Artist Spotlight section. The band has released a new EP, logged many miles on the road playing live shows, and secured a residency at The Bowery Electric in New York. Regardless of their success, The Shake continues to produce danceable rock n’ roll…

Talking Shop with “The Chop Shop Radio” Host Steve Black

“The Chop Shop” is the first weekly syndicated radio show dedicated to the guitar. Currently heard on 50 different affiliate stations across the country, Chop Shop Radio consistently delivers a wide mix of guitar-driven fun filled with insight from the artists themselves. The amiable host, veteran Rock DJ Steve Black, says that the show was born out of necessity. “My first…

Free Music Download: “To End With You” by Rico Bowen

The past few years have been tumultuous for singer/songwriter Rico Bowen. Instead of allowing the transitions and changes to consume his life, Bowen decided to channel the energy into his music. After a three year hiatus from songwriting, Bowen composed and arranged a whole new collection of works that came straight from his heart and…

Artist Spotlight: Damon Johnson

Here’s a Rock and Roll Pop Quiz: What could Alice Cooper, Whiskey Falls, Faith Hill, Queensryche, and the Temptations possibly have in common? Answer: Damon Johnson.   Johnson, who’s written songs for or performed with all of these artists, is versatile, talented and is certainly one of the hardest working musicians in the game today. He first came on the…

New Music Releases 01/24/12

FEATURED RELEASE Rodrigo y Gabriella – “Area 52” (ATO Records): Area 52 contains nine of Rod and Gab’s favorite songs from their own catalogue re-arranged and re-configured for a 13-piece Cuban orchestra comprised of some of Havana’s finest young players, collectively known as C.U.B.A. This two-disc set includes a 30-minute ‘making-of’ documentary on DVD. Recording took…

Free Music Download: “Be Bad” by Allison Gray

Like many artists, Allison Gray came from humble beginnings. She was raised in Seattle by a single mother who encouraged her daughter’s passion for the arts. Gray began studying piano at age 3 and was classically trained in ballet and opera. After singing the national anthem for the Oakland A’s she was invited to perform…