OCTOBER 4, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH STUART GREEN OF CRAWL AND CUTS FROM THEiR LATEST EP
THE CROCKFORD FiLES
Much like DALI VAN GOGH on the previous edition of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES, CRAWL is another Canadian hard rock band that has come back with a fine new release but the story here is one that spans decades and some startling changes in the music industry. In the early nineties CRAWL hit it big in Canada with the release of two albums 300 YARDS OF FACE and FEED which featured singles STORM, DRY and NOT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. The first of these two singles ended up earning nominations for the MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARD ( Canada's version of the MTV MUSIC AWARDS) for BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE in 1994 and 1995 respectively. When ROCKWIRED took notice of these guys, the band had reformed with bassist SCOTT CLARK, guitarist STUART GREEN and drummer TOM GRONDIN taking over the creative reins while new vocalist MICHAEL DAVID WOLF was front and center on the 2014 EP release ANTICIPATE THE FALL. Now the band is back with THE CROCKFORD FILES - a five song collection of the sort of blistering rock n roll that we've come to expect from CRAWL as evidenced by the tracks MINE and DEAD.
OCTOBER 4, 2016
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH iSAAC KENT OF DALi VAN GOGH AND SPiNS OF THEiR LATEST SiNGLE GOD HELP ME (i LiKE iT)
Over four years ago, DALI VAN GOGH was one of the first bands to be featured in the pages of ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE. The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based hard rock band had endeared themselves to us with their D.I.Y. ethic, their ability to create a beautiful noise while being far away from anything that one would consider "music industry" and guitarist and founder ISAAC KENT's drive to stick with the dream of rock n roll glory despite DALI VAN GOGH's numerous line up changes up to that point. Eventually the band had come apart due to the usual things that keep a band apart and ISAAC KENT unopened up a recording studio and launched a record label also nicked DALI VAN GOGH and turned his attention toward being a producer and music entrepreneur. His DALI VAN GOGH label went on to sign numerous artists and KENT's road to being a musical giant seemed like it had survived those initial shaky steps until a fire had destroyed both his home, studio and livelihood. Losing everything in the fire forced KENT to take a long hard look at his life and where it needed to go next and making DALI VAN GOGH a band once again. Now, ISAAC KENT and DALI VAN GOGH are back. Even if the all of the members - with the exception of KENT - are new there is something incredibly familiar while being new at the same time. Like the old FORD slogan went "The Pride is Back!" and you can hear it loud and clear on the bands glorious new single GOD HELP ME (I LIKE IT) released on their own HOUSE FIRE RECORDS (get it?). This is more than mere brand recognition or a comeback of sorts. This is a band that has found it's way home and we can't wait to hear more.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH MYLA SNOW AND STEVEN WOLFE OF SOLES OF PASSiON AND CUTS FROM THEiR LATEST EP BUMP ME UP
In the days following the first Presidential Debate of this most brutal election year the good ol' U.S. of A seems to be on more shakier ground than ever and what better music to serve as a soundtrack to these delicate times than the progressive country rock stylings of SOLES OF PASSION. Sure their stance is a little harder than what we favor but what excites us about the music of this dynamic duo is a need to shake things up. When was the last time rock n roll ever did that. BUMP ME UP is the duo's latest offering and the driving rhythms that propelled their previous release ESCAPE FOR JURISDICTION B a few months ago pound even louder herewith ecclesiastic guitar licks and symphonic flourishes which add finesse and pop smarts to such songs as the title track, HOLD ON and ON MY OWN. This this new release SOLES OF PASSION sound more committed than before and musicians with a message.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH NATHAN J. BiGGS OF SONiC SYNDiCATE AND CUTS FROM THEiR FORTHCOMiNG ALBUM CONFESSiONS
When the latest release in a long catalog of music comes off like a new lease on life, it's almost more exciting than a debut album. This is the case with SONIC SYNDICATE and their forthcoming album CONFESSIONS due out October 14, 2016 on DESPOTZ RECORDS. the band is back after a long period of silence. The successful band from Falkenberg, Sweden was unexpected;y dropped by the label NUCLEAR BLAST and was forced to reconsider their situation. The crisis forced the band to change it's course significantly and they took the chance to record their most daring album yet. This time the band members took a deeper look into themselves which has led to some changes in their sound. Ont he new album SONIC SYNDICATE lets the listener take par tint heir vulnerability through total uncompromising honesty in their songwriting and sound. Aware that the band's "new start" may cause listeners to raise their eyebrows the band does not fear the changes nor the future.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH RiCK SHAFFER AND CUTS FROM HiS LATEST ALBUM OUTSiDE OF TiME
Back in 2011, guitarist RICK SHAFFER perked our ears at ROCKWIRED with the release of his solo album HIDDEN CHARMS and it's reliance on the very fuzzy, distorted guitar sounds that made LINK WRAY legendary, the swagger that made THE STONES the big deal that they've been for fifty some odd years now and SHAFFER's purring vocals that recall STOOGES-era IGGY POP and VELVET UNDERGROUND-era LOU REED. Trust us when we say that no charms were hidden on that album. It was all audible and the perfect antidote to much of the over-production that had come to typify a lot of rock music that year. Hell, over-production still typifies much of the rock n roll that's out there now and thank God SHAFFER is back with a brand new album OUTSIDE OF TIME. SHAFFER's gritty rock n roll approach gets put to good use on material that speaks to life and lows (mostly lows) such as the stomping first single GOING DOWN SLOW accompanied by a mesmerizing music video.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
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Four years ago when ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE was six issues old we came up with the grand idea to dedicate that very issue to 25 of our favorite guitar players on the scene at that moment. And before we knew it ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE had it's first ever blockbuster issue on it's hands. The response to our list got a many excited for the issue and others got their blood boiled over this or that guitarist being excluded. With that kind of response, we knew that the guitar player issue was something that we were going to have to bring back year after year. A couple of years ago we changed the title of the issue to KICKING AX but that is about all that has changed. Every October anticipation for this issue is high and now we are proud and pleased to announce our latest list and the upcoming issue which will be available through ROCKWIRED.COM on Friday, October 7, 2016. Below is our official list. More details regarding the upcoming issue (such as the cover) will be available shortly but in the meantime have a look at the list. Celebrate the names that you are familiar with and decry us for not including this guitarist or that guitarist but most of all, hold tight for the October issue because it's going to rock. Outside of this special editorial piece the October issue of ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE will feature exclusive interviews with SONIC SYNDICATE and UNCURED and we welcome back ROCKWIRED favorites RICK SHAFFER and CRAWL.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
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ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE AND RADiO KSCR ARE SEEKiNG ORiGiNAL HOLiDAY THEMED MUSiC FOR THE UPCOMiNG HOLiDAY MUSiC COMPiLATiON SCREW THE HOLiDAYS VOL. 3Call us sentimental but RADIO KSCR and ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE are filled with the Holiday spirit and it's not even Halloween yet. This year the online radio station and the online magazine are joining forces once again for the release of the annual Holiday music compilation SCREW THE HOLIDAYS. This year will see the release of SCREW THE HOLIDAYS VOL.3 and both RADIO KSCR and ROCKWIRED are accepting submissions for original Holiday-themed music.
ACCEPTiNG SUBMiSSiONS UNTiL OCTOBER 28, 2016
"After being involved with SCREW THE HOLIDAYS VOL.2 last year, I couldn't wait to be involved again this year." says ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE editor-in-chief BRIAN LUSH. "For years, ROCKWIRED tried to do something Holiday themed and it always fell flat but teaming up with our friends at RADIO KSCR we finally made it work. and 'm anxious to be participating this year."
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH ANGUS CROWNE OF ANGUS CROWNE AND THE FAMILY JEWELS AND CUTS FROM THEiR SELF-TiTLED DEBUT ALBUM
Anyone who can pen a song damning the "man bun" is all right with us and ANGUS CROWNE and his band THE FAMILY JEWELS serves up such vitriol on his band's self-titled debut album. Aside from attacking a hairstyle that makes men look like "...a girl named Chloe" ANGUS and his band take on the trials and tribulations that go along with wanting to be who you are in a world that seems to overlook individuality or the need for self-expression as demonstrated on the tracks PAYCHECK, LOUNGE DOG, PUKING and a delightful take on HOAGY CARMICHAEL'S HEART AND SOUL. A man of many talents, CROWNE came to music following a multi-faceted creative career that included work as an author, screenwriter, playwright, theatrical producer, concert producer (BOY GEORGE, QUEEN), ran two prominent Los Angeles clubs, founder of the vaudeville inspired SEEDLING ACTING COMPANY in Rhode Island and performing in over 500 theatrical shows across the country. With his band THE FAMILY JEWELS, CROWNE has created sound that marries the melodic, amiable sounds of the ukelele with punk music. "Blend those two together and it emerges naturally as rockabilly with a little country in it," ANGUS says. "It's a new genre - mine. My music is ultimately about honesty and truth. And if I get to piss a few people off along the way, then my work here is done! The album is about where I am in my life right now. It's about getting older, wiser, but at times feeling frustrated and bitter."
AUGUST 31, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESBUTTERFLIES & SNAKES - the debut album from CROOKED EYE TOMMY is garnering some favorable press as well as nominations for the DOC'S BLUES AWARD for BEST BAND and from the 2016 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE for BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD. Sure the accolades are as blues-based as the sound but there is something more to CROOKED EYE TOMMY than blues rooted rock n roll. It's brotherly love. Siblings TOMMY and PADDY MARSH were entranced by the sounds of RAY CHARLES and MUDDY WATERS as kids in the San Joaquin Valley. Artists such as these provided the foundation and the building blocks for the musical path that the brothers MARSH travel both separately and together. BUTTERFLIES & SNAKES is a culmination of years in music and going through all of the life's ups and downs - the very shit you just can't make up and CROOKED EYE TOMMY has the musicality and the know-how to make these tales of love and life transcend mere genre.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH TOMMY MARSH OF CROOKED EYE TOMMY AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW ALBUM
"BUTTERFLiES & SNAKES"
AUGUST 30, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESAny story arc having to do with chasing the rock n roll dream usually ends in glory, tragedy or simply fading into obscurity and if fame and fortune weren't the things the hero of the story was able to walk away with then at least he or she had a bunch of memories they could share with whoever is kind enough to listen. TODD APFEL got on that road to rock n roll glory as the lead of a band that had toured much of the Midwest. His band had even shared the stage with CHEAP TRICK. While APFEL experienced the highs of performing in front of large crowds and rubbing elbows with folks more famous it wasn't long before the grind of a life on the road caught up with him and his band mates and the rock n roll life was ditched in favor or Corporate America. Upon retirement from the corporate world, APFEL settled in the small town of VINING with a populations of 50. While this sounds like the denouement of some rock n roll tale, it is actually where the story gets interesting. It is the small town setting where APFEL has found the very thing that has eluded him for years - inspiration. We first became acquainted with him on his debut EP REFLECTIONS and now his music takes a more biographical turn with the aptly titled EP ONE HORSE TOWN.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH SiNGER SONGWRITER TODD APFEL AND CUTS FROM HiS NEW EP
"ONE HORSE TOWN"
AUGUST 28, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESFor years SHALLOW SIDE has been a favorite here at ROCKWIRED with a tough-as-nails sound that has never had a problem going over well on any active rock radio format. They've managed to make a name for themselves on a sound that one can bang their head to while walking away a with a melody that can be hummed at the office cubicle or on the road but their new single REBEL is something else. Yes this one won't have any problems getting the airplay needed to take it and the band to where they need to go but something is different in the execution and delivery. After speaking with the band's front man ERIC BOATRIGHT, it's clear that the notion of rebellion and shaking things up is where the band is at with this new single and their upcoming album. And if anything needs shaking up these days, isn't it rock n roll - which everyone from GENE SIMMONS or that other schmuck from KISS is writing off as "dead". With much of the rock n roll audience firmly entrenched in playlists from twenty years ago SHALLOW SIDE is taking a proactive stance in proving to the masses that rock n roll is still a force to be reckoned with. And so is SHALLOW SIDE.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH FRONT MAN ERiC BOATRiGHT OF SHALLOW SiDE AND A SPiN OF THEiR NEW SiNGLE "REBEL"
TO LiSTEN TO THE SHOW CLiCK HERE!!!!
AUGUST 24, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESWith a crazy election year getting even crazier, Olympic swimmers vandalizing stuff in Rio and North Korea upping the ante on their little peninsula with the missile launches it's all too easy to come to the understanding that what the world needs now is love sweet love. While the sentiment behind the music of APOLLO UNDER FIRE might not be quite as sticky and sweet as all that their empowerment approach to active rock is a most welcome in a musical environment that has become indicative of disillusionment and cynicism. The songwriting team of vocalist DONALD CARPENTER (of EYE EMPIRE) and guitarist PETER KLETT (of CANDLEBOX) is a strong one and the band's debut release stand out by a mile from everything we've been hearing lately. The term super group might be a little premature but APOLLO UNDER FIRE is sounding like one to us.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH GUiTARiST PETER KLETT OF APOLLO UNDER FiRE AND CUTS FROM THEiR SELF-TiTLED DEBUT ALBUM
AUGUST 24, 2016
ROCK iS REDBack in May, ROCKWIRED was invited to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the first ever INDIGENOUS MUSIC CONFERENCE which was a part of the MANITO AHBEE FESTIVAL. It was at this conference that we had to opportunity to meet the Opaskwayak Cree rock band DEE ERIN BAND who were both attendees of the conference as well as performers for the CELEBRATE NATIVE MUSIC CONCERT. We'd be remiss if we didn't add that this was the band that kicked off the proceedings with their straight ahead, driving rock n roll approach to music which is all perfectly captured on latest album BROKEN ROAD.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH DARREN BiGNELL (OPASKWAYAK CREE) OF DEE ERiN BAND AND CUTS FROM THEiR LATEST ALBUM BROKEN ROAD!!!
AUGUST 16, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESDespite much of the hard rock and heavy metal that comes our way here at ROCKWIRED we have to admit that THE BEDROOM SESSIONS has got to be the most provocative title for an album that we have seen in a long time. And it comes to us from a folk duo in Atlanta. The debut release from THE ORMEWOODS was recorded in a bedroom proving once and for all that great albums can be recorded anywhere. In speaking with CLAIRE PEARSON and DON McCOLLISTER it was clear that when the production of the album shifted to an actual studio something would be lacking in both songwriting and performance. Thankfully they chose to keep it in the bedroom with this fine collection of songs that examine the highs and the lows of a romantic relationship. In particular the relationship between PEARSON and McCOLLISTER. THE ORMEWOODS is an exciting coming together of talent. CLAIRE PEARSONS' soul searing lyrics and delivery send the music to dizzying heights while the production smarts of McCOLLISTER packs the very punch that has served acts such as SISTER HAZEL and SHAWN MULLINS so well and earned him two GRAMMY's for his handiwork behind the recording console.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH CLAiRE PEARSON AND DON McCOLLiSTER OF THE ORMEWOODS AND CUTS FROM THEiR DEBUT ALBUM THE BEDROOM SESSiONS
AUGUST 16, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESOne doesn't think of a word like "refinement" when it comes to today's pop music but it was every where you looked back in the early half of the eighties with artists such as DURAN DURAN, BRYAN FERRY and SPANDAU BALLET. We could call it je ne sais quoi but the truth is we know exactly made artists such as these leap off of the tv screen and the stereo - style and pop smarts. JONATHAN CAVIER is an artist who has taken his queue from the chops of the artists that we have mentioned but don't think for a moment that his debut solo album PREMIER is some sort of obvious exercise in nostalgia. It isn't. In fact the former half of the atmospheric pop duo EYE TALK ( who used to go by the name ALAN CLARK) goes to great lengths to carve out his own musical identity starting with a new name and pop songs that eschew the obvious pop psychological heartache but instead embrace themes such as change and rebirth as he does on the album's shimmering first single JANUARY. so yes, JONATHAN CAVIER is refined as hell and PREMIER showcases a signature sound from an artist who will certainly go the distance.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH SiNGER-SONGWRITER JONATHAN CAViER AND CUTS FROM HiS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM PREMiER
AUGUST 11, 2016
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WiLL FEATURE iNTERViEWS WiTH SHALLOW SiDE, ONE LESS REASON, APOLLO UNDER FiRE AND MOXY & THE iNFLUENCE -PLUS- ROCKWiRED DROPS THE MiC FOR OUR 25 FAVORiTE FRONT MEN iN ACTIVE ROCK iN OUR SPECiAL FEATURE
FRONT & CENTER
years is a long time to keep anything going and ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE has
done so without any interruption inthe monthly release of our
publication until now. Due to a shake up in administration and the
econominc picture not being the rosiest, ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE will not be
presenting an August issue just so we can focus on our September issue
whichis slated to be one of the biggest issues in our calendar year.
Rock n roll is all about persistence and not giving up and ROCKWIRED
intends to stay the course. The nest issue of ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE will
be released on September 2, 2016 but inthe meantime ROCKWIRED.COM has
some exciting editions of our podcast series ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES
and ROCK IS RED comig your way. This hold up is simply are-grouping and
not a surrender And as
always, ROCKWIRED will be featuring some insightful interviews with the
best that active rock has to offer and in the August issue we will be
welcoming back the band SHALLOW SIDE on the strength of their brand
new single REBEL and ONE LESS REASON who have returned with their new
album THE MEMORIES UNINVITED and their new single WHERE WERE YOU. We
will also be featuring the bands APOLLO UNDER FIRE and MOXY &
THE INFLUENCE. Stage
presence and personality go a long way in rock n roll. Sure you don't
notice it much in the indie scene but in the arena of active rock, that
shit still counts for something and in the upcoming September issue of
ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE, rock's leading front men will
get their due in our exclusive editorial spread FRONT & CENTER.
We will be giving it up for 25 of our favorite front men in active rock
and the proceedings will be complete with photos and exclusive
interviews and sound files.
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August 1, 2016 - The polls have closed for ROCKWIRED.COM's recent ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign. Voters from all over the U.S. and the world made their vote count and MOXY AND THE INFLUENCE is ROCKWIRED.COM's newest ARTIST OF THE MONTH with a 3639 votes and over 95% of the vote. High energy Rock and Roll, best when played at full volume. With ages ranging from just 13 to 21, MOXY AND THE INFLUENCE are four young Southern California rockers who bring it with power and drive to every performance. Their female-fronted sound is a modern mix of all that was great in the 80's hard rock scene, and all that continues to move audiences today. Performing mostly original material, now and then they feature a cover with their own energy and style. Bursting onto the Southern California rock scene in late 2013, this young band surprised audiences with hit-worthy original rock songs combined with a high-energy stage performance complete with headbanging and crowd interaction. Catchy lyrics infused with a message of individualism span generations. Currently the band's musical smarts and charm can be heard loud and clear on their latest EP THE BEST REVENGE and their cracking new single STOMP YOU DOWN.
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POLLS CLOSE FRiDAY, APRiL 25, 2014!!!
APRIL 1, 2014 - ROCKWIRED MEDIA is kicking off another ROCKWIRED ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign. Every month, seven artists who have been featured on ROCKWIRED.COM and our online radio show ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES will be nominated. Listeners and fans of can vote by clicking their selection on an eas-to-use electronic ballot. Polling will be provided by MICROPOLL.COM. Voters can only vote once per IP address. This month's nominees include LA-VENTURA, HELLiON, SIRSY, CONQUEST, STANDING PENANCE, A.D.D. and JANE ROSE AND THE DEADEND BOYS . The polls will close on Friday, APRiL 25, 2013 and the winner will be announced on Monday, MAY 1, 2013. The winner will be highlighted in a special edition of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES which will stream continuously through ROCKWIRED.COM's index page and additional exposure on future editions of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES and all ROCKWIRED related press releases.
ROCKWiRED ANNOUNCES NOMiNEESAugust 1, 2016 - ROCKWIRED MEDIA is kicking off another ROCKWIRED ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign. Every month, seven artists who have been featured on ROCKWIRED.COM and our online radio show ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES will be nominated. Listeners and fans of can vote by clicking their selection on an easy-to-use electronic ballot. Polling will be provided by MICROPOLL.COM. Voters can only vote once per IP address. This month's nominees include SHALLOW SIDE, ONE LESS REASON, APOLLO UNDER FIRE, SUSAN AGLUKARK, JIR ANDERSON PROJECT BAND, JONATHAN CAVIER, SWEET SWEET. The polls will close on Friday, August 26, 2016. The will be highlighted in a special edition of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES which will stream continuously through ROCKWIRED.COM's index page and additional exposure on future editions of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES and all ROCKWIRED related press releases.
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POLLS CLOSE FRiDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016!!!
JULY 29, 2016
ROCK iS REDA punk band coming out of Indian Country is certainly no novelty anymore and the guys form ETHAN 103 ain't not novelty act either. Their in-you-face punk sound packs all of the punch that made bands like BAD RELIGION and THE MISFITS the big deals that they were but ETHAN 103 brings something else tot he table other than the typical white boy errancy that has marked much of the genre. These guys use the straight-forward approach of punk to address issues of American Indian survival and resistance against oppression as they had on their 2011 single 500. What would punk be without an eye-catching, raucous live set? Well these guys have made their presence known throughout much of the Southwest. They even got our attention at a show in Albuquerque not too long ago and front man MASTER WAYNE has enough stage presence and charisma to put the band on the map. Their new single PUNK ROCK FASHION POLICE is a jab at the hypocrisy of punk scene that puts posing above being genuine. Given the fact that we feel these guys are the real thing, their observations are definitely worth listening to and taking as gospel.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH MASTER WAYNE (NAVAJO/ONEiDA)
OF ETHAN 103 AND A SPIN OF THEiR NEW SiNGLE PUNK ROCK FASHiON POLiCE!!!
JULY 29, 2016
ROCK iS REDIn speaking with Inuk singer songwriter SUSAN AGLUKARK, it is surprising to learn that her resolve as an artist and a musician was never truly solidified in her mind until after the release of her fourth album THIS CHILD. The 1995 album went three times platinum in Canada and earned her two JUNO AWARDS yet AGLUKARK maintains that her role as singer songwriter felt undefined until the follow up album UNSUNG HERO. "On that album is a song called STAND UP written around 1997 or 1998." says AGLUKARK. "I remember having this moment of realization . I was the artist the EMI RECORDS had signed. I'm the center of this thing. I am the focus. I have to lead this. If I'm the writing the songs I'm directing he story and with that knowledge came this profound peace. I needed to stop writing hit songs and just answer the call of the song. I fell inn love with being a conduit using the music as a tool to share the culture. That was when I knew that I had to commit to this musical career. That was when I knew." And commit she has! AGLUKARK's musical career has been beautifully cataloged on nine albums over the span of twenty-five years. Her sound marries Inuk folk music traditions with contemporary pop and country flourishes. Now she is in the midst of putting together a brand new album with songs that speak to and for her Inuk culture, the wrongs of the past and the frailty of the human condition. While these themes are nothing new to AGLUKARK's music, she maintains that there will be a few surprises. As she progresses in her life as both a musician and a spokesperson for numerous non-profit organizations working with Aboriginal and Inuit youth AGLUKARK has never lost sight of the importance of her music and it's message. "Sometimes we (as Native people) feel like we begin when the government says we begin. Our identity comes from an institutional organization and they say this is what you are and this is what you do. When I got into this career it was all too easy to let everyone else make choices and decisions for me. That was how I had been conditioned . The more I engaged art and the more I wrote, the more I was empowered and realized that I had the opportunity through music, singing and songwriting to share my views and my culture. This is mine but I had to come to that place first. At the core of all of the problems with our youth is this identity crisis."
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH JUNO AWARD WiNNiNG SiNGER-SONGWRiTER SUSAN AGLUKARK (iNUK) REGARDiNG HER LiFE iN MUSiC!!!
JULY 14, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESHistory has proven that a lot of time some of the best rock music is fueled by a single. solitary vision and not so much compromise. Early on in his career CRIS BROWN saw the detriments of working as a group and seeing the music suffer due to line up changes and whatever the hell else that gets thrown in front of a band these days. In 2003 he began recording as ONE LESS REASON. Setting his music apart from most active rock fare is BROWN's approach to telling an engaging story through song with his assured delivery, musicality and know-how when it comes to working the recording console. For five albums now ONE LESS REASON has garnered some impressive sales with all five albums in their impressive catalog and BROWN is on the verge of releasing ONE LESS REASON's sixth album THE MEMORIES UNINVITED and to paraphrase BROWN -"...if this were to be my last album I would be so happy with it!" While we hope to hear more from ONE LESS REASON in the future we must agree that THE MEMORIES UNINVITED is definitely something to feel proud of. It's meaningful approach to hard rock never comes off heavy-handed and BROWN cleverly shows the world that he's got something. Check out the single WHERE WERE YOU?.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH CRiS BROWN OF ONE LESS REASON AND CUTS FROM THEiR FORTHCOMiNG RELEASE THE MEMORiES UNiNViTED
JULY 14, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESKAIT DIBENEDETTO and TOM KUNZMAN are a dynamic duo in every sense of the term. DIBENEDETTO first experienced fame through MTV's TOTAL REQUEST LIVE with her band JUST KAIT and has maintained her chops as the guitarist for the band WHAT'S EATING GILBERT. KUNZMAN was formerly in the band A CRIMINAL RISK. 18TH & ADDISON was born out of two guitarists wanting to get their yah-yahs out creatively and results of their decision to join forces was the 2015 EP LITTLE PARASITES. Now they have released their brand new album MAKESHIFT MONSTER. "We're so excited!" exclaims DIBENEDETTO. "It's funny because we were super proud of the EP that we released a couple of years ago but we've had all of these songs that we've written since that release. These songs have been brewing in our brains and have kind of been sitting for a while so it's great to finally bring those songs to life on this album and record them and finally make something of them. That is super-exciting for us. We got a lot off of our chest with this album. It's a step up from what we used to do."
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH KAiT DiBENEDETTO OF 18TH & ADDiSON AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW RELEASE MAKESHiFT MONSTER
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JULY 12, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESWe've never been the type of people to put a great deal of stock in what ROLLING STONE has to say about anything but in a recent issue they cited that the folk sounds of bands such as MUMFORD AND SONS and THE LUMINEERS went the way of OBAMA's first term as President. Trust us, the movement - if we can call it that - is still very much alive. If you don't believe us just look at the majority of acts that fins their way onto THE VOICE or AMERICA'S GOT TALENT but if you're looking for something a little more refined or even elegant, look no further than the aptly titled folk duo SWEET SWEET out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina whose whimsical spirit and musicality are on full display on their brand new EP IN TANDEM. JEREMY DUNHAM (guitars and vocals) emerges as a truly distinctive and formidable vocal talent and KERRIN GIFFORD's virtuosity with the cello gives DUNHAM the pitch perfect accompaniment. The first single TO THE STARS has the potential to take this duo to some fantastic heights.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH JEREMY DUNHAM AND KERRiNE GiFFORD OF SWEET SWEET AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW EP iN TANDEM
JULY 8, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH MOXY ANNE AND SYDNEY ELLEN OF MOXY AND THE iNFLUENCE AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW EP THE BEST REVENGE
High energy Rock and Roll, best when played at full volume. With ages ranging from just 13 to 21, MOXY AND THE INFLUENCE are four young Southern California rockers who bring it with power and drive to every performance. Their female-fronted sound is a modern mix of all that was great in the 80's hard rock scene, and all that continues to move audiences today. Performing mostly original material, now and then they feature a cover with their own energy and style. Bursting onto the Southern California rock scene in late 2013, this young band surprised audiences with hit-worthy original rock songs combined with a high-energy stage performance complete with headbanging and crowd interaction. Catchy lyrics infused with a message of individualism span generations. Currently the band's musical smarts and charm can be heard loud and clear on their latest EP THE BEST REVENGE and their cracking new single STOMP YOU DOWN.
JUNE 26, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH MATTHEW WHiTEMAN OF RED TiDE RiSiNG AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW ALBUM VOiCES
was a time when rock n roll was a dream that guys strove for
now it's all about survival and the band RED TIDE RISING wears the
survival on their sleeve proudly. And you thought that MAD MAX-styled
figure on the cover of their latest EP VOICES was just them being
cute but for music that's all about surviving a world that's on the
brink of coming apart, the sleeve is all the more purposeful for what
ends up being a five-song concept album. The hard and heavy sound and
the subject matter have even made a strong impression on the band's
recent live shows with lead singer ANDREW WHITEMAN taking to the
stage in ROAD WARRIOR get up. Produced by MIKE LUCE of DROWNING POOL,
VOICES is a step in the right direction creatively and given the
recent chart action the EP has seen commercially. This is
a classic case of survival of the fittest.
JUNE 23, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESMy how times have changed! Back when the AMERICAN IDOL juggernaut was piping hot there were concerns by some who felt that the massive spectacle was no way to discern true musical talent but time has proved that to be baseless and largely fueled by folks who haven't made much of a dent in the music world themselves. The AMERICAN IDOL phenomenon had shined a light on a tremendous amount of talent and a lot of it came our way to the pages of ROCKWIRED. One of them was CLINTON CUNANAN and his band ANOTHER LOST YEAR. In 2012, they were one of the band's that gave ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE it's big push and all of that was on the strength of their album BETTER DAYS and it's lead single WAR ON THE INSIDE. CUNANAN's knack for commanding a stage as well as a studio have truly come in handy in leading ANOTHER LOST YEAR to being one of active rock's most highly regarded bands. Two years later was the EP THE REVOLUTION PART ONE - THE OTHER SIDE and now ANOTHER LOST YEAR is back with the ultra-ambitious LP ALIEN ARCHITECT where CUNANAN's songwriting and vocal performance goes up a couple of notches and the extra kick is proudly displayed on the albums first single WE ALL DIE ALONE accompanied by a gritty music video.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH CLiNTON CUNANAN OF ANOTHER LOST YEAR AND SPiNS OF THEIR NEW SINGLE WE ALL DiE ALONE FROM THEiR NEW ALBUM ALiEN ARCHiTECT
JUNE 23, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESSure, a six-minute song titled EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL SOMEDAY DIE doesn't sound like anything that will conjure up images of sun and fun this sweltering Summer but it is the first single from CAGE 9's new CD ILLUMINATOR - the latest release from DAVE ELLEFSON's EMP label. Sure the track ain't about singing in the sunshine but what you hear is a band that is willing to take things a step further with their instrumentation and song craft. Everything that makes this song work can be heard and felt everywhere else on ILLUMINATOR with the band slamming the metal down like nobody's business and front man EVAN RODANICHE acting as the narrator through these tales of love and life gone wrong and then on an upturn once again. The albums message of hope in a world gone mad is a refreshing one given some recent tragedies of late and a contentious election year. When we spoke with RODANICHE the band was getting set to take the stage in Idaho with the likes of ASKING ALEXANDRIA and BOBAFLEX. Given the promise we hear in ILLUMINATOR, it's only a matter of seconds before people realize that CAGE 9 is something worth holding onto.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH EVAN RODANICHE OF CAGE 9 AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW RELEASE iLLUMiNATOR!!!
JUNE 20, 2016
WE AT ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE WiSH WE COULD'VE BEEN THERE FOR THE 2016 RADIO KSCR MUSiC ViDEO AWARDS BUT ACCORDING TO RADiO KSCR CEO - JOWANNA LEWiS THE EVENT WAS A SUCCESS!!
In an age where looks and presentation are everything the music video is almost as important as the song itself. Hell, it may be even more important. When MTV announced at the start of this decade that they were dropping the word music frome it's logo, the the music world and the public cried foul and protested the cable network abandoning all that made it great in the first place for the sort of reality television that gets sneered at yet has proven time and again to be good for ratings. When MTV made this announcement we we at ROCKWIRED were unphased. Music videos were a tertiary concern for the network at that time and YOUTUBE was the place to go if you wanted to see a new music video. ROCKWIRED has always been on the side of the indepedent artist so you can imagine how excite we were when our friends at RADIO KSCR decided to lauch a music video awards show highlighting music videos from independent music artists from numerous genres and walks of life. We were all to happy to publish the official guide for their first ever music video awards show but in doing so we were blown away by the number of nominees and the quality of the music videos. There iare tons of great stuff out there but sadly there isn't much of a forum for it these days and because of that ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE gives it up for RADIO KSCR and gives out a hearfelt congratulations to this years winners for standing out in the crowd.
JUNE 16, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESIt's got to be the season for troubadours here at ROCKWIRED. First there was the plaintive folk leanings of MICHAEL TODD and the soul searching wanderings of singer songwriter JORDAN BENNETT and now you have the plucky mixture of soul, country and rock with BUCKY HAYES and his band of merry men aptly named THE COMMMONWEALTH ( two of the guys in the band are from the State of Virginia). While the southern born and reared HAYES is based in Brooklyn these days there is no denying the southern charm that rings through loud and clear on the songs that make up the bands forthcoming CD 100 MILES TO MACON. Even though he is actually a thousand miles from Macon these days there is not denying the honesty and earnestness of the music here. While the album isn't going to see an official release until September, BUCKY HAYES AND THE COMMONWEALTH have given us some easygoing summertime jams to kick out when we're on the porch with that cold can of FOSTERS. You thought we were going to say PABST BLUE RIBBON, didn't you?
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH BUCKY HAYES
AND THE COMMONWEALTH AND CUTS FROM THEiR FORTCOMiNG RELEASE 100 MiLES TO MACON!!!
JUNE 16, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESWe've got to be honest. It wasn't likely that a Christian punk rock band with a name like ZANZHIMINT was going to have much of a shot in the same way that a band like BLINK-182 did. Singer songwriter JORDAN BENNETT - the former lead singer of said band - was kind enough tell us that ZANZHIMINT was a curiously flavored ice cream and at the time of us writing this piece, we can't for the life of us remember but ZANZHIMINT (the band anyway) is simply water under the bridge and BENNETT is embarking on a solo career marked by reflective, biographical lyrics and a stripped down acoustic sound that should have not trouble resonating with folks who don't go to church on Sunday. OUTCASTS AND UNTOUCHABLES is a bold artistic statement and a statement of life aims to be true and righteous despite hard times and some rather complicated relationships. BENNETT has mined some gold with these cathartic tunes and we can see form hear that a great musical talent has been born.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH SiNGER SONGWRiTER JORDAN BENNETT AND CUTS FROM HiS NEW RELEASE OUTCASTS AND UNTOUCHABLES!!!
JUNE 16, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESYou can't make up a story like MICHAEL TODDs' career in music. The guy has been a professional musician since the age of eight along wit his brother in a touring musical act called - quite expectedly - THE TODD BROTHERS. The two siblings traveled alongside a magician which only adds magic to this already magical and musical life . Music has taken this guy all over the world whether the gig was by a campfire or a subway platform in New York City or with his band THE WILD FRONTIER opening for such acts as STARSHIP, BJ THOMAS, PAM TILLIS and LORRIE MORGAN. All of the passion and romanticism that goes with the territory of being a dyed in the wool troubadour finds it's way onto TODD's first ever solo album CRASHLAND. These songs of longing and and searching are given that little something extra with TODD's soulful rasp and the albums sparse acoustic instrumentation. Intimacy and heart are in abundance on this album and in a time where music is more about grand sonic splashes, MICHAEL TODD proves that less is indeed more. Hell, it's downright beautiful.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH SiNGER SONGWRiTER MiCHAEL TODD AND CUTS FROM HiS NEW ALBUM CRASHLAND!!!
JUNE 9, 2016
FOR iMMEDiATE RELEASE:
THE JULY EDiTiON OF ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE
WiLL FEATURE iNTERViEWS WiTH ANOTHER LOST YEAR, DiAMOND LANE, CAGE9 AND ATHENA -PLUS- ROCKWiRED VOWS TO MAKE YOUR SUMMER A HELL OF A LOT MORE FUN WiTH A SPECiAL PODCAST PRESENTATION AND SPREAD CALLED THE SUMMER MiXTAPE SPECiAL FEATURiNG iNTERVIEWS AND SOME PRETTY ROCKiN' TUNES!!!
all of the years that we've been doing this magazine we have never once
did an issue about the Summer season which is strange given the fact
that there is no other season quite built for rock n roll like the one
where there is no school and people can get away to beach.
Don't know how we missed this opportunity in the past but
we're making up for it in issue number 51 with a sizable spread and a
podcast presentation that will be available for download for the pages
of this issue. Details are still being worked with the production of
this podcast so please stay tuned to this page for more info but
ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE seeks to give you a Summer that you will not soon
forget filled with great conversation and the sort of tuneage that
would make anybody's Summer. Despite all of the fun ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE
will be getting down to business as usual with exclusive interviews
with ROCKWIRED favorites such as ANOTHER LOST YEAR who are back with a
brand new album ALIEN ARCHITECT and L.A. rockers DIAMOND LANE who have
already electrified the Summer season with their brand new single and
music video SLIPPING AWAY. We will also be interviewing some newcomers
to ROCKWIRED such as CAGE9 who have just been signed to EMP RECORDS and
have just released their album ILLUMINATOR and singer songwriter ATHENA
ANDREADIS will give us some easy going tunes to relax to and some fine
conversation as she discusses her latest album READY FOR THE SUN. If
that title doesn't scream Summer I don't know what does. We are in the
midst of a contentious election year and people are more divided than
ever over just about anything and we're sure that our choice of red
white and blue lettering will rub some the wrong way but so what. The
July issue is going to be a party. and will eb available July 1, 2016
just before the fourth.
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MAY 28, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESWhen you're as old as I am 22 years feels like it goes in a flash and because of that the debut album from CANDLEBOX feels like it was a released just yesterday. Memories of it come back to me in the form of that album's singles CHANGE, FAR BEHIND and YOU and for the fact that the band was signed to MADONNA's MAVERICK RECORDS - a proposition that probably helped the album attain multi-platinum status. I seem to remember a few grunge folks being puzzled by the signing and leery of the success. Ah fuck them and fuck the nineties. CANDLEBOX deserved every bit of their success.Two more albums would follow on the MAVERICK label (1995's LUCY and 1998's HAPPY PILLS). After a ten year hiatus CANDLEBOX reunited for the 2008 album INTO THE SUN (SILENT MAJORITY GROUP) and 2012's LOVE STORIES & OTHER MUSINGS (AUDIONEST). Now after four years CANDLEBOX has signed to PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT and has now released the curiously titled DISAPPEARING IN AIRPORTS. Having worked with producers CARSON SLOVAK and GRANT McFARLAND (AUGUST BURNS RED, EVERCLEAR) CANDLEBOX now embraces a modern sound that is more immediate and visceral than any they've issued in the past - a taste of which could be provided in the albums first single VEXATIOUS.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH KEViN MARTiN OF CANDLEBOX AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW ALBUM DiSAPPEARiNG iN AIRPORTS!!!
MAY 26, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESIt's hard to dismiss rock n roll has being dead when you've got a band based out of Inland Empire issuing the fattest, most unapologetic rock n roll sound that we've heard in a while. The band is BRUCE MOUNTAIN BAND and their debut album ANOTHER LOST DAY is a big album with some pretty big ambitions in a time when five-song EPs and digital singles are all the rage. Comprised of Southern California music scene veterans, the band is releasing this 16-song opus on 2-disc vinyl - the kind of release that their big rock n roll sound deserves. The album is catalog of love and life gone wrong and right without a riff or a lyric wasted. The moments to remember here are the blistering rock anthem SHINE ON, the slow-burning WOMAN and the closing acoustic ballad (more of a gentle headbanger) LONG WAY HOME.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH TYSON BRUCE OF BRUCE MOUNTAiN BAND AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW ALBUM ANOTHER DAY LOST!!!
MAY 26, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESThe unofficial rule here at ROCKWIRED is that country music doesn't figure into the sort of listening experience that we want folks to have when tuning into our podcast but when the "country music" is actually good it leaves us having to explain ourselves. This is the case with the fledgling band THE RYE BROTHERS. We first became acquainted with RYE BROTHERS co-founder JUSTIN FOUTZ fives years ago when he was a solo country rock artist with the kind of magnetism that should've made him a bigger and better deal than that goober BLAKE SHELTON but we're happy to see his resurface with this project along with friend and singer-songwriter PAUL JUSTIN. At the moment the band has a sturdy set of songs available through SOUNDCLOUD which can be accessed through their site. It's not exactly an official release but if you ask us these are top notch country rockers that are ready to roll thanks to so some rather fine production work by producer TIM HUTTON. In a time when rock has been largely country-fied and and country music has take on more pop and rock characteristics this should be an arrangement that should work out well for both FOUTZ and JUSTIN.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH JUSTiN FOUTZ AND PAUL JUSTiN OF THE RYE BROTHERS AND SPiNS OF THE TRACKS SiXTEEN, CALiFORNiA AND BABY!!!
MAY 23, 2016
FOR iMMEDiATE RELEASE:
THE FORTHCOMING SUMMER EDiTiON OF ROCK iS RED MAGAZiNE FEATURES NAVAJO PUNK ROCK BAND ETHAN 103 ON THE COVER AND WiLL BE CHOCK FULL OF PROFiLES ON NATiVE RECORDiNG ARTISTS FROM THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERiCA SUCH AS DEE ERiN BAND, TWiN FLAMES, RESCUED BY DRAGONFLYZ, JiR ANDERSON, SUSAN AGLUKARK AND MORE!!! PLUS - COVERAGE ON THE FiRST EVER iNDiGENOUS MUSiC CONFERENCE BY MANiTO AHBEE OUT OF CANADA!!!
Announcing the news of an upcoming issue is always exciting but this time we're twice as excited. The weeks leading up to the editorial planning for the Summer edition of ROCK IS RED MAGAZINE have indeed been one of the most rewarding of my career as music industry professional and as an American Indian. On May 19-20 I was invited to Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend the world first ever INDIGENOUS MUSIC CONFERENCE presented by MANITO AHBEE as a panelist for a workshop on marketing and promotion. The conference coincided with MANITO AHBEE's annual Pow Wow and Festival and while it was great to witness the pow wow's grand entry and to be eating bison stew with wild rice and bannock bread it was way more exciting to meet native musicians and a performers all throughout Canada as well as some important figures in Native media such as JANET ROGERS of NATIVE WAVES RADIO, DAVID MCLEOD of ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK (APTN) and the chance to get reacquainted with STEPHEN BUTLER of CANYON RECORDS. The conference was punctuated by panel discussions dealing with music managment, touring, marketing and promotion and a keynote interview with award winning Inuk singer-songwriter SUSAN AGLUKARK on the struggles of surviving the music industry. In conjunction with conference was an intimate SONGWRITER'S CIRCLE hosted by JEFF LEAKE of SiRIUS XM. In stark contrast to the intimacy of the SONGWRITER'S CIRCLE was the CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS MUSIC CONCERT which was held at the CLUB REGENT EVENT CENTRE and boasted electrifying performances from the likes of DEE ERIN BAND and RESCUED BY DRAGONFLYZ, shimmering performances from TWIN FLAMES and WILLIAM PRINCE and tribal drumming and singing by the STONEY PARK SINGERS. This forthcoming issue of ROCK IS RED comes right onthe heels of the quarterly's re-launch and with all I've expereinced through MANITO AHBEE'S INDIGNEOUS MUSIC CONFERENCE, ROCK IS RED now has a renewed and replenished sense of purpose. All of the artists that I had the pleasure to sit or stand shoulder to shoulder with will all be featured in this issue and I look forward to some of their "magic" rubbing off on the readers and the listeners of our podcast.
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MAY 16, 2016
FOR iMMEDiATE RELEASE:
THE JUNE EDiTiON OF ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE
WiLL BE OUR FiFTiETH iSSUE FEATURiNG iNTERViEWS WiTH JANE BADLER, LOVE AND A .38, RED TiDE RiSiNG AND EVEN THE DEAD LOVE A PARADE -PLUS- ROCKWiRED GiVES iT UP FOR 25 OF OUR FAVORiTE BASS PLAYERS iN ROCK WiTH OUR SPECiAL FEATURE THE MUTHAPLUCKAHS!!!
Due to all of the hustle and bustle here at ROCKWIRED, we overlooked that fact that the May issue was in fact our annual issue marking four years for this digital endeavor and now we are on the verge of releasing our fiftieth issue and what makes it even more exciting is the fact that it is our bass player issue - one of those special issues that always gets our readers going and newcomers astonished by the realization that there is still a rock n roll magazine out there that is still rocking and rolling. We've put a lot of rock n roll into fifty issues in our four year run and there will be no shortage of if it in thsi upcoming issue where we will reacquaint ourselves with such ROCKWIRED favorites as JANE BADLER (who is back with a surprise single and a mesmerizing music video from director JESSE DAVEY) and RED TIDE RISING who are back with a brand new EP VOICES. New to ROCKWIRED are the bands LOVE AND A .38 and EVEN THE DEAD LOVE A PARADE and we are blown away by the punch these two bands pack. Why the hell else would we have put them on the cover? And then there is the matter of our list of bass players. Our list of 25 bass players is quite impressive. Some of the names have been featured on previous lists but the majority of them are newcomers and ROCKWIRED is behind these pluckers one-hunded percent. The fiftieth issue of ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE will be launched on Friday, June 3, 2016.
MAY 9, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESLos Angeles is city that gets a bad rap and a lot of times for good reason but for some it's a chance to pursue a better life and maybe even get your name in lights. That is certainly the case for singer-songwriter ATHENA ANDREADIS (who simply goes by ATHENA) but the Greek-born, London-raised artist has already known acclaim and chart success on her native continent with her three previous releases. A year ago, the rising star set up shop in Los Angeles and found herself blessed with inspiration and under the tutelage of producer ETHAN ALLEN (BEN HARPER, SHERYL CROW, BETTER THAN EZRA). An expansive catalog of songs was filed down to thirteen tracks which will be released as a trilogy comprised of two EPs and on LP. Recorded at THE VILLAGE the forthcoming EP READY FOR THE SUN is a five-song recording that showcases an artist ready to reach out to a broader audience. ATHENA and ALLEN have brought such rousing songs to life such as the plucky opening track YOU BRING ME LUCK and the soaring ballad AUTOPILOT. So far, the City of Angels agrees with this rising talent and it's only a matter of time before ATHENA's brand of heartfelt, soul-searing pop rock finds it's way into the consciousness of a public that wants something deeper to listen to.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH ATHENA AND CUTS FROM HER NEW EP READY FOR THE SUN!!!
MAY 9, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESThe pursuit of rock n roll is a precarious one with twists and turns with everybody from parents to society in general telling you that you need to get a real job. Well STEVEN WOLFE and MYLA SNOW both had real jobs in the mortgage industry and being based in Southern California who the hell could blame them? After years of climbing the corporate ladder things came to screeching halt with the stock market crash of 2008 where two found themselves with front row seats to witness the deadening of the American Dream with the foreclosures displacing and disenfranchising millions. If the mortgage industry was shaky, the need for playing music felt stronger than ever and the two set out to form SOLES OF PASSION. There was to be nothing escapist about this new musical endeavor. The duo set out to release music that spoke to life and the hopes and despairs that come with it in a world full of classism and inequality. Displacement - an issue that hit close to home for both of them was a theme addressed in their 2012 album BUMP YOU UP and it's single GOT ME SURROUNDED . Now they are back with the single TAX SLAVE which precedes the forthcoming album ESCAPE FROM JURISDICATION B. The funky track combines elements of rock with rap and highlights the absurdity of a tax code that is designed to keep the poor struggling. Creating music that speaks to the struggles of people is the only business there is for SOLES OF PASSION and we are eternally grateful.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH STEVEN WOLFE AND MYLA SNOW OF SOLES OF PASSiON AND CUTS FROM THEiR FORTHCOMiNG RELEASE ESCAPE FROM JURiSDiCTiON B!!!
MAY 5, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESRAY GOREN has a musical talent that is beyond comprehension and beyond his sixteen years of life. At the age of three after tinkering away on an electronic keyboard he came to the realization that TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR and the ALPHABET SONG were the same bloody tune. Almost immediately he was given the building blocks for playing and composing music. His early years (it sounds strange putting it that way) were marked by virtuosity on the piano but his love for the six string was stoked when he accidentally came upon a performance by the legendary BB KING on line. From there a love for blues, soul and rock n roll was cultivated as well an ear for whatever passes as new these days and all of it can be heard on his brand new EP SAVE MY SOUL. The guitar playing is seasoned, the vocal delivery is confidant and assured and the songwriting is brash but that can happen when one of your songwriting mentors is the legendary LEON RUSSELL. With songs such as the blistering title track, the irresistible pop rocker STOP and and pleading blues/gospel rocker RISE TOGETHER, GOREN proves that he is in this for the long haul and we are happy to be seeing this potentially legendary career unfold from the beginning.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH RAY GOREN AND CUTS FROM HiS NEW EP SAVE MY SOUL!!!
MAY 5, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESYou never think that anything good can come of doing karaoke but in the case of MONICA SORENSON the great American past time ended up changing her life. While singing what was more than likely an ALANIS MORISSETTE tune according to the press release, MONICA's voice and soulful phrasing caught the ear of guitarist RICK WALKER - a man whose musical past goes back to the halcyon days of the Chicago scene of the early nineties which was filled to the brim with artists such as LIZ PHAIR, SMASHING PUMPKINS, MATERIAL ISSUE and URGE OVERKILL. At this point in the story WALKER was looking for words to put to his musical arrangements and it just turned out that the woman singing karaoke not only had a voice but dabbled in a little bit of verse as well. Before long the two began swapping ideas and eventually songs were born as was the act they curiously dubbed SOMETIMES JULIE. By 2014 they made their presence known with their award-wining debut HEAD FIRST and now they're back with a brand new EP BRIGHT SIDE OF THE LINE. To call a six song EP an emotional roller coaster sounds like a bunch hyperbole but in this case it ain't hyperbole. SOMETIMES JULIE's songsmithing marries stomping grooves and funky, bluesy flourishes with dark and edgy subject matter that is given extra heft thanks to SORENSON's buoyant vocals and emotional delivery.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH RiCK WALKER AND MONiCA SORENSON OF SOMETiMES JULiE AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW EP BRiGHT SiDE OF THE LiNE!!!
MAY 3, 2016
ROCK iS REDMuch of the music coming out of Indian Country these day is marked by entrepreneurship as well as musicality and in these D.I.Y. times those two things are going hand in hand more than ever. For years ROCKWIRED has gotten to know Yankton Sioux hip hop artist and entrepreneur BRANDIS KNUDSEN for his own series releases and the promotion of his own label DAKOTA SOUTH RECORDS. Now, we're excited to get to know one of the artists on his fledgling label. Oglala Lakota pop artist JACOB SCREAMING EAGLE goes by the moniker JUQ (pronounced "juke") and finds himself at a rather exciting junction in his life. This is the very beginning of his career as a recording artist with the release of his debut EP OGP. On it, JUQ has swagger and groove to spare on this collection of slow burning R&B numbers of which the lead single CALLING BULL stands out by a mile. There is no doubt here that JUQ loves the Indian ladies and the track's clever mix of modern slow burn with the sort of unabashed, positive message that elevates the tune above everything else that's out there. It's my sincerest hope that the girl mentioned in the song who is "so in touch with what our people should be" will look this guy's way. OGP is just a slice of things to come. Apparently a full length album will be dropping in the Fall of 2016 and we're all too anxious to hear how JUQ's musical journey plays out
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH JUQ (OGLALA LAKOTA) AND CUTS FROM HiS DEBUT EP OGP!!!
APRIL 24, 2016
ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE SNEAK PREViEW!!!:
ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE PRESENTS OUR EXCLUSIVE iNTERViEW WiTH KEViN MARTiN OF CANDLEBOX REGARDiNG THEiR NEW ALBUM DiSAPPEARiNG iN AiRPORTS!!!When you're as old as I am 22 years feels like it goes in a flash and because of that the debut album from CANDLEBOX feels like it was a released just yesterday. Memories of it come back to me in the form of that album's singles CHANGE, FAR BEHIND and YOU and for the fact that the band was signed to MADONNA's MAVERICK RECORDS - a proposition that probably helped the album attain multi-platinum status. I seem to remember a few grunge folks being puzzled by the signing and leery of the success. Ah fuck them and fuck the nineties. CANDLEBOX deserved every bit of their success.Two more albums would follow on the MAVERICK label (1995's LUCY and 1998's HAPPY PILLS). After a ten year hiatus CANDLEBOX reunited for the 2008 album INTO THE SUN (SILENT MAJORITY GROUP) and 2012's LOVE STORIES & OTHER MUSINGS (AUDIONEST). Now after four years CANDLEBOX has signed to PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT and has now released the curiously titled DISAPPEARING IN AIRPORTS. Having worked with producers CARSON SLOVAK and GRANT McFARLAND (AUGUST BURNS RED, EVERCLEAR) CANDLEBOX now embraces a modern sound that is more immediate and visceral than any they've issued in the past - a taste of which could be provided in the albums first single VEXATIOUS. ROCKWIRED has a chance to speak with the band's front man KEVIN MARTIN regarding the new release. Here is how the interview went.
APRIL 22, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESWhen I lived in a Los Angeles years ago I couldn't find four musically inclined guys who weren't concerned with trends and obscure sub genres of music. Now that I'm far away from the City of Angels I've now become acquainted with LOVE AND A .38 - four guys who are all about keeping this rock n roll thing pure, simple and direct. In this day and age doing so almost comes off as a trailblazing effort and it's one that folks will get lost in when they play the band's new release NOMAD. The album is a testament to the staying power of rock n roll. We would've said anthemic rock n roll but that would've been a sub genre. Kind of. More importantly the album showcases LOVE AND A .38 as a leading force in what could very be the re-emergence of the very music and attitude that got us through the Cold War. The songs OH MY GOD and I WON'T WAIT crackle with the very urgency that made music of this kind "dangerous" when we was kids and the haunting ABRE LOS OJOS is the only thing close to a ballad on NOMAD but the track is guaranteed to hit home for just about anyone who longs for the days when ballads had balls. Over the years we've seen so many take on the mantle of bring rock n roll back to the forefront. Here's hoping that these lads can stay the course.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH JUSTiN EMORD OF LOVE AND A .38 AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW ALBUM NOMAD!!!
APRIL 21, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESIt's always great to welcome back a band that has been featured on the pages and the sound waves of ROCKWIRED and to see and hear what changes (if any) have taken place since the last time we got them on the phone. In the Spring of 2014 CONQUEST has just released their album THE WAR WE RAGE and had shown that after twenty six years of rocking out the band fronted by DERRICK BRUMLEY, the band showed no signs of middling or slowing down. Once rock n roll gets into the bloodstream it apparently sticks around. Two years later, the band is back with a brand new album but this time original compositions are put aside in favor of covers and do these guys have some covers for you! The aptly dubbed new album UNDER THE INFLUENCE is a band giving it up for the heavy metal architects that gave DERRICK and the gang a baseline to work with back when CONQUEST was forming in 1988 and while the interpretations of anthems from the likes of JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, MOTORHEAD and BON JOVI (Yes, BON JOVI with a smoldering rendition of WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE) are performed with due reverence don't expect the proceedings to be all stuffy as it's only rock n roll. UNDER THE INFLUENCE is an unrelenting party to be turned up at full blast. In a time when rockers past a certain age look to the American Songbook for inspiration, it's great to see a band opening peoples eyes and ears to metal music's own deep well of classic performances. Nothing more inspired than that.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH DERRICK BRUMLEY OF CONQUEST AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW ALBUM UNDER THE iNFLUENCE!!!
APRIL 20, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESI will first address the fact that BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN himself makes an appearance on the opening track of STEWART FRANCKE's self-titled EP. The song is SUMMER SOLDIER (HOLLER IF YOU HEAR ME) and if no one could imagine THE BOSS himself making some magic out of this gloriously stomping rocker on life on the pointlessness of war than I don't know what I can say to convince you but SPRINGSTEEN isn't the point. It's STEWART FRANCKE's lyrical narrative and parched delivery that anchor this SPRINGSTEEN-esque tale. FRANCKE's self-titled EP is an eight song collection that truly tells a story of the Detroit singer songwriters own musical journey over the years. An informal greatest hits if you will where the FRANCKE and company sway with balladry, stomp with rockers such as KISS KISS BANG BANG and rolling to an R&B groove like he does on the HALL AND OATES-ish splendor of SAM COOKE'S ON THE RADIO.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH SiNGER-SONGWRiTER STEWART FRANCKE AND CUTS FROM HiS SELF-TiTLED EP!!!
MARCH 22, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESOh the delicate and desperate situation that America has found herself in! On one end you have a maniacal supposed billionaire with woman, Arab and a Mexican problem making a mockery of the Grand Ol' Party and on the other side you have an elderly socialist crying revolution versus the embodiment of a career politician linked to this word "Benghazi" that gets bandied about by people who hate the woman. And while all of this is going on that fat guy in North Korea is positioning his nukes just so, Brussels has been attacked and we're all like "When can we get to Mars?" Everyone's got an opinion and they're willing to throw down for it and I find it strange that none of this kind of thinking ever finds it's way into our music. In comes THE REFUSERS fronted by former Wall Street wizard-turned-whistleblower on American greed MICHAEL BELKIN with a punchy, guitar-driven punk rock sound that calls out the crooks and calls for the heads of the infidels and two-bit bandits who call themselves bankers. Does the song HANG THE BANKERS need any explanation? In an age where music moves products in order to move units we've gotta give it up for THE REFUSERS whose heart and balls are in the right place. BORN TO ROCK indeed.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH MICHAEL BELKiNOF THE REFUSERS AND CUTS FROM THE E.P. BORN TO ROCK!!!
MARCH 22, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESGuitarist JUSTIN McCAIN knows all about seeing the rock n roll dream through. Throughout his ten year tenure with the EMPHATIC he had paid the price for a life in rock n roll with blood sweat and tears and the struggles had paid off with some chart action and one hell of a loyal following. While that bands self-titled album and two follow up EPs GOOD BYE GIRL and RIOT 10 didn't make too much of a dent it was their 2011 album DAMAGE that put EMPHATIC on the map with it's two singles BOUNCE and GET PAID. They followed this up with ANOTHER LIFE in 2013 which boasted the single REMEMBER ME. Despite these brushes with success it's important to remember that ten years is a long time and in a time when most marriages don't last ten years it's silly to think that a band could but EMPHATIC put on a brave front despite a revolving door of members. JUSTIN McCAIN proved to be the only constant. In 2015 McCAIN realized that something had to give without dismissing the fan base that had been accrued over the years so he locked himself in the studio, wrote some songs, got a band together and EMPHATIC was re-nicked THROUGH FIRE and the moniker sums up his sense of survival. At the moment it feels like more that a reboot and less than a debut for THROUGH FIRE. According to McCAIN the new album is in the can and will be released in the Summer of 2016 but it's been preceded by the single STRONGER which demonstrates that despite mostly new members that primal instinct for issuing a not-so-subtle rock n roll punch and this time it's served up with an electrifying vocal performance by new front man GRANT KENDRICK.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH JUSTiN MCCAiN OF THROUGH FiRE AND A SPiN OF THEiR NEW SiNGLE STRONGER!!!
MARCH 20, 2016
ROCK iS REDSuper heroes are a bigger business than they have ever been thanks to DC COMICS and MARVEL having set their sights on the silver screen but they all got their start in comic books. I'll have to admit I'm a little out of my area of expertise when it come to the world of comic books but in doing research on Native American superheroes I see that the list is surprisingly long. The only one that I was familiar with was APACHE CHIEF from SUPER FRIENDS. However finding out all of this information doesn't take anything away from ARIGON STARR's (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma) comic book creation SUPER INDIAN. In fact of all of the Indian super heroes out there SUPER INDIAN might be the only one created by a Native person. STARR began her career producing cartoons, drawings and artwork for many organizations including NATIVE VOICES AT THE AUTRY, NATIVE VOICE ONE RADIO SERVICE, the legendary rock band QUEEN, WALT DISNEY and the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. She also boasts a background in theater and playwriting. The initial idea for SUPER INDIAN came when STARR was on a train ride in Australia on her way to an Indigenous Theater workshop. "I've always thought our Native community didn't have enough comic book heroes and most of the ones that were already out there weren't created or drawn by Native artists or writers" says STARR. SUPER INDIAN first came to national attention when it was turned into a 10 part radio series on NPR. Fueled by the positive reception to the radio series SUPER INDIAN has continued as a weekly webcomic but now STARR has joined forces with WACKY PRODUCTION UNLIMITED's CEO JANET MINER and has formed REZIUM PRODUCTIONS in an effort to bring SUPER INDIAN back to radio and whatever media there is to take advantage of.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH ARiGON STARR (KiCKAPOO TRiBE OF OKLAHOMA) CREATOR OF SUPER iNDiAN COMiCS!!!
MARCH 20, 2016
ROCK iS REDWhen we first met B. OF DAKOTA SOUTH RECORDS two years ago he had just released his twenty song, self titled debut album and what blew our minds about the Yankton Sioux hip hop artist was his knack for thinking big. But then again in the hip hop world thinking big is the only way to be. B is not only an artist but the CEO of his company DAKOTA SOUTH RECORDS which is home to such artists as TREY DEMI and juQ. While Rapid City, South Dakota may be the last place that anyone would think of as a hot spot for rap and hip hop, B has managed to make it a domicile to take seriously for future consideration on the strength of his artistry and entrepreneurial acumen. Now said artistry and entrepreneurial spirit have come together on B's eagerly awaited follow up album OHHH! B. Once again B issues a twenty-song compilation featuring state-of-the-art production, guest spots by folks on DAKOTA SOUTH RECORDS' roster and most importantly rhymes that speak to the highs and lows of life. B has his sights firmly set for going straight to the top and if there are any doubts about that they will squashed after hearing the album's first single COME AND GET YOUR LOVE. The homage to the RED BONE classic has "smash" written all over it it's a wonder that no other Native hip hop artist has sampled the tune. We are clearly at the beginning of B's ascent to the hip hop glory and it should be interesting to see where all of this goes a year from now."
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH HiP HOP ARTiST AND ENTREPRENEUR B. OF DAKOTA SOUTH RECORDS (YANKTON SiOUX) AND CUTS FROM HIS NEW ALBUM OHHH! B!!!
MARCH 17, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESThere is that old saying about debut albums that goes "...you have all of your life to get ready for your first album and six months to get ready for you second one." In the case of Bay Area- based singer-songwriter SCOTT SMITH the former is true. Having grown up with the sounds that emanated from San Francisco thanks to bands such as THE GRATEFUL DEAD and JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, SCOTT SMITH took to music with a great deal of enthusiasm but the furthest he was able to go was in a series of cover bands over the years. It was only a few years ago that SMITH - feeling like he needed to get something off his chest - decided to pick up the guitar and put pen to paper and begin the process of expressing himself through song in a way that performing cover songs couldn't. The fledgling songwriter has finally made a statement all on his own with his debut album THE SUM OF LIFE - a country folk-tinged collection of songs with some rock n roll and boogie woogie flourishes. The track THE WORLD IS STRANGE is a one hell of a rant about a world that is getting crazier and crazier by the second. PAYDAY is a punchy country rocker number that gives it up for the working man and all that crap he's got to put up with and BLUES GUITAR SLINGER is a strutting rocker about giving the music everything you've got.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH SCOTT SMiTH AND CUTS FROM HiS DEBUT LP THE SUM OF LiFE!!!
MARCH 15, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESRarely does the list of past members of a band bring about a sense of intimidation. The Swedish goth metal band BESEECH has been a revolving door for over twenty years but the whole thing started with guitarists KLAS BOHLIN and ROBERT VINTERVIND and vocalist JORGEN SJOBERG. For a decade the band enjoyed a tremendous cult following on the strength of their releases ...FROM A BLEEDING HEART (1998), BLACK EMOTIONS (2000) and SOULS HIGHWAY (2002). The last of those releases marked the end of KLAS BOHLIN's tenure with the band which continued one with the albums DRAMA (2004) and SUNLESS DAYS (2005). Now more than ten years after the release of SUNLESS DAYS guitarist and founding member KLAS BOHLIN has stepped things up in more ways than one with the re-emergence of BESEECH as goth metal force in music. KLAS has now stepped into the lead singer role along with ANGELINA SAHLGREN SODER for the band's latest album MY DARKNESS, DARKNESS. On their first release in over ten years the band's knack for exploring all matters dark and light has not lost any of it's bite and the contrast of KLAS and ANGELINA's voices give this latest step in BESEECH's musical journey an immediacy that is sometimes lacking in much of the drone that gets written off as 'goth'. And returning guitarist ROBERT VINTERVIND and a brand new set of players also keep the proceedings stimulating on tracks such as BEATING PULSE and their stirring cover of the JOHNNY CASH song HIGHWAYMAN.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH KLAS BOHLiN OF BESEECH AND CUTS FROM THEiR NEW LP MY DARKNESS, DARKNESS!!!
MARCH 14, 2016
ROCK iS REDThere is no denying that television is a medium where native people are alarmingly underrepresented. Sure you have FNX (FIRST NATIONS EXPERIENCE) Channel but who the hell can find it even with all that they've put down for advertising in glossies. However, one medium where First Nations and American Indian people have made their presence known is radio whether it be through public broadcasting, the private sector or podcasting. Radio has been a forum for Indian people for more than three-quarters of a century so it's strange that there hasn't been some stuffy article or academic paper on the subject. But thanks to Mohawk writer and producer JANET ROGERS we've got something better. She has produced a seven-part podcast series NDNs ON THE AIRWAVES which examines the history of the relationship between Native people and radio and the role it plays in Native communities throughout the U.S. and Canada and the innovations that have come along in the past few years that could only help in making the voice of Native people even louder. ROGERS developed the programming along with CFUVfm - the University of Victoria campus radio station - and CRFC RADIO METERS FUND.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH MOHAWK WRiTER AND PRODUCER JANET ROGERS DiSCUSSING HER SEVEN PART PODCAST SERiES NDNs ON THE AiRWAVES!!!
MARCH 11, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESWith a tumultuous election year already upon us in the United States a great number of eyes are looking to Canada to see what our neighboring country is all about. Maybe it could be a place of refuge should a TRUMP presidency become the case. Politics aside ROCKWIRED has enjoyed an appreciation for the rock n roll that comes from the True North Strong and Free from bands such as GHOST TOWN ORCHESTRA, LUKAS ROSSI, CRAWL, SATE, DISTRICT AVENUE and FINGER ELEVEN and now we're happy to be adding DEAD AIR REPUBLIC to that list. Rock n roll is certainly the name of their game and their brand new EP WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE is an in-your-face affair that is destined to attract attention from active rock radio programmers beneath that U.S-Canadian border. The music is simply stomping with some rather layered guitar riff-age brought to you but DAVID MALTAIS and RICH BENT and an imposing rhythm section consisting of bass player BEN BARNES and drummer MIKE DESTROFF. Despite all of the heavy metal thunder lead singer MARC BOURGON gives the chaotic material a touch of humanity in his nuanced vocal performance and crafty lyrical approach.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH MARC BOURGON, DAViD MALTAiS AND MiKE DESTROFF OF DEAD AiR REPUBLiC AND CUTS FROM HiS NEW EP WiTH EXTREME PREJUDiCE!!!
MARCH 9, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESSure we could call the EP REFLECTIONS a debut recording for singer songwriter TODD APFEL but the recording is more than that. It is in fact a return to music making for APFEL who first had a taste of the rock n roll life when he had formed a "hair metal band" at the age of eighteen. That band won second place in some battle of the bands contest but more importantly had the tremendous opportunity of opening for CHEAP TRICK on a leg of one of their tours. Normally one would expect a rock career either great or small to have emerged from such a billing but the hard scrabble rock n roll life was dropped in favor of the pursuit of a business degree and a corporate career which came to an end in the early 2000's when the internet cut into the profits of his print-based business. After opening a bowling alley and then getting a divorce in which his ex-wife took the bowling alley APFEL settled in a small Iowa town called Vining which boasts a population of 50. While in correspondence with his friend CHRIS CAFFERY (of TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) he was urged to turn his attentions toward making music again. Slowly but surely APFEL invested in a home studio and began laying down the blueprints for the next leg of his musical journey. REFLECTIONS is the first step on said journey with songs that showcase a world-weariness and sensitivity that only a troubadour who has been there and done that is able to convey but the track HOT SUMMER LOVE shows that APFEL hasn't entirely shaken off the rock n roll.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH TODD APFEL AND CUTS FROM HiS NEW EP REFLECTiONS!!!
MARCH 8, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESOne would think that we were on some sort of alt-country kick at the moment with our recent editions of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES and who could blame us with the music that has been coming our way from the likes of acts such as JACK THE RADIO, SMALL TOWN SOUND and THE MORNING SEA. However this current edition features an artist from ROCKWIRED's past. Alt-country artist JASON WHITTON was first featured on ROCKWIRED ten years ago with the release of his haunting album THRIFTSTORE COWBOY which boasted some of the moodiest and subdued country rock this side of THE COWBOY JUNKIES. The young singer-songwriter left a strong impression on us that year so his disappearance from the scene was a loss that we felt deeply but it turns out the WHITTON had started a family and within the past decade has released a couple of CDs here and there but this year he is back in a big way with his new album HONEY BUTTER. In a decade where country music seems to have taken claim to the dominance that rock music once enjoyed WHITTON could have a shot at some mainstream recognition with that easygoing charm that made us take notice ten years earlier. Despite the gentility of the material there is enough of an edge here that's not likely to get the guy confused for that dufus who's currently dating GWEN STEFANI. If there's any doubt about WHITTON's musical edge how many country artists do you know that could paraphrase ROB BASE's IT TAKES TWO as he does on the track HEART BROKE?
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH JASON WHiTTON AND CUTS FROM HiS LATEST LP HONEY BUTTER!!!
MARCH 4, 2016
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLESBeing a Southwest-based publication we found it curious that a recording filled with numerous rustic, wild west motifs was recorded by a band based in North Carolina. JACK THE RADIO takes Americana music to a whole other level on their newest album BADLANDS - the band's first CD in three years. In speaking with vocalist and guitarist GEORGE HAGE and bassist CHRIS SAYLES it was clear to us that sci-fi Spaghetti Westerns inspired the songwriting here and one can hear such influence on tracks such as THE RUNAWAY, BAD MAN and THE HILLS. BAD MAN maybe the only track there released as a single but HILLS and THE RUNAWAY leave strong and haunting impressions and the thumping single AIN'T SO BAD ain't no slouch either. The band's GRAM PARSONS -meets- BLUE OYSTER CULT formula has earned them some rather glowing recognition from such publications as the INDEPENDENT WEEKLY, THE VINYL DISTRICT and AIDING & ABETTING which refers to them as an "...acid-rock version of THE EAGLES." The packaging and release of the album has us particularly excited in that BADLANDS is available both electronically and through vinyl. BADLANDS is just the sort of album that you want to hear on a turntable while reading the lyric sheet and taking in the artwork vibrantly illustrated by DAVID PAUL SEYMOUR. Alt-country has never been more alternative.
FEATURES AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WITH GEORGE HAGE AND CHRiS SAYLES OF JACK THE RADiO AND CUTS FROM THEiR LATEST LP BADLANDS!!!