Sunday, March 27, 2011
This is a refreshing and unique blending of rock and classical, proving once and for all that any genre can be mixed. The 8 member band pulls it off with a wide range of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, violin, viola and cello.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Here is a great example of an indie musician working his way up. Not only has he built a solid fan base with his driving rock with great guitar and vocals, he has sung in several major television commercials that showcase his musical abilities.
This New York singer/songwriter sings her great original songs with a crystal clear voice that grabs your attention immediately and keeps you listening. She classifies her songs as pop, but some of them have a somewhat folksy sound.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
David Edwards proves that you can go back. After a ten year hiatus, the classically trained artist has returned to produce an eclectic CD of new compositions entitled "Elusive Dreams," with a wonderful blend of classical, jazz, and new age instrumental music.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tony Brown is part of a growing movement of independent artists who are challenging the idea of separate genres. This shows in his new release, "The Black Art," a collection of songs that not only intermingle different genres, but different emotions as well.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This Southern rock band is based out of Canada, but don't let the location fool you. The bluesy/rock songs of their new CD, "Missed A Page," are done with great harmonies in the vocals, coupled with a definite Southern style that has gained them dedicated fands throughout Canada and the US.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This New York recording group is a collaboration of some of New Yorks finest recording artists. The music is well produced, and the songs, which are reminicent of the 70s/80s have gained the group international airplay.
Here at the Indie Music Review, we've heard some cool musical hybrids before, but this one might have topped them all. 13B crafts a unique blend of traditional Irish music and electronica for acutting edge sound that they refer to as "Celtronica."
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Listening to The Last Internationale is like taking a journey through the genres. Their music slides from a smooth blues into an electric guitar and percussion heavy rock without losing the listener in the transition.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
If Mozart ever wrote psychedelic music, this is how it would sound. Far from sticking to the tried and true guitars and drums, the songs of Beaulieu Porch use an array of instruments ranging from kettle drums to french horns to create an almost otherworldly experience for the listener.
Philadelphia seems to be fast becoming an epicenter for singer/songwriters, and Kevin Killen is an excellent example. Like many singer/songwriters, his songs can be hard to fit into just one genre, and his music takes influences from folk, alt rock, jazz, and Americana. Probably his strongest point is his catchy choruses, which always seem to bring the song full circle.
This UK band is reminiscent of the punk movement of the 1990s. The songs are heavy on the experimenting and contain interesting minimalist musical ideas such as a strong dependence on repetition that seems designed to toy with the mind of the listener.
Monday, March 7, 2011
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Dan Dailey is part of a growing movement of musicians who are utilizing new technology and their multi-instrumental abilities to write, perform, and produce entire records solo. He has produced multiple CDs with his 60s/70s style rock (The latest is "Out Of Control" ) that often sound like the work of a full band and record label.
This Bronx-based hip hop is an example to independent musicians in every genre. He not only produces quality hip hop, he has established himself in the highly competitive New York hip hop scene with 6 albums that keep his fans coming back for more.
A.J. Steel is an Australian performer and songwriter whose great rock/pop compositions have not only received recognition Down Under, but on radio stations in America and the UK as well. His latest production is a new EP, Satellites and Cars, which feature an excellent drum and electric guitar accompaniment in sync with his distinct voice.
Alexander Jenkins is a composer that isn't interested in writing for just one genre. He has over 500 original songs written in genres ranging from industrial to ethnic, with every on bearing his own unique, electronic heavy style.
In a well-crafted collision of classical and popular music, this Maryland recording artist has combined her trumpet and keyboard skills with a pop oriented voice that is making has her not only performing in small venues, but ones as famous as Carnegie Hall.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Writing and singing music in multiple languages is no small feat in itself, but Ukrainian artist Pasha Black pulls it off without sacrificing any quality. His acoustic soft rock features not only good songwriting, but excellent instrumentals and production.
Though classically trained, this singer/songwriter puts out great contemporary music sung with his unique voice that sounds distinct from many in the genre due to his multi-instrumental abilities and the accompaniment of his band. He is also a great example of a musician triumphing over adversity to produce great songs.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Easily the most unique thing about this songwriting duo is that it's members live on two different continents. Sean Dunlop writes the lyrics from the USA, and corresponds via the web with lyricist Jamie Radford in the UK to produce great songs that not only unite genres, but countries as well.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It isn't enough for this artist to create her own music, she decided to create her own genre too. Her 21st century pop/electronic style of music is so unique, she calls it "Beta Music" instead of trying to fit it into some other cookie cutter genre.
Listening to Monty The Space Poet is like being on a time machine that doesn't quite know where to go. He brings you back to the 1960s with his great classic rock sound, then yanks you into the '90s with a punkier style, and back and forth you go as he transitions from electronic to acoustic and back again.
Lick And A Promise is a great reminder of the diversity of rock, as they're based out of Frankfurt, Germany. Their new album, "Come Together In The Morning" contains just some of the great rock and roll that has kept them busy not only in Europe, but up and down the U.S. West Coast as well.
Talk about versatility, this actress/model/songwriter/performer does it all, without sacrificing the quality of her music. In between acting in "Get Him To The Greek" and modeling on the, she produces great Las Vegas rock/pop music with a powerful voice.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Don't be fooled by the name, the Rubber Clown Car band plays music with a serious message. With their latest CD titled "Jesus is not a Weapon," there is no doubt where this band stands, which would explain the sort of 1960s sound.
Born and raised on the West Coast, David Rosenfield's compositions still retain the Northwest style of independent folk rock, although he is now based out of Florida. His lyrics remind the listener of what songwriting really is: poetry.
This singer/songwriter is the epitome of creativity and versatility. Not only did he write, record, mix, perform, and produce his debut album, "My Greatest Sympathies," completely solo, he succeeded in producing music that is original and fun to listen to.