Metal Monday – DIO (Rainbow in the Dark)

Metal isn’t our preference, but for Metal Monday we will share this gem of a song. From 1983, DIO. Rainbow in the Dark.

RIP Ronnie James!

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June 3, 2013 · 4:05 pm

Madam West (Electronic/Chamber Pop) Brooklyn, NY

 

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Todd Martino and Sophie Chernin met in the spring of 2011 and began to create innovative compositions with several keyboards, some (totally legal) software, various hardware, pots and pans, a ukulele and a couple of guitars. A dark Bushwick cellar (aka the Batcave) became the perfect headquarters for writing and recording. Mike McDearmon joined the band in early 2013. The trio is working towards an E.P. and a full-length album. They are currently booking shows in the NYC-Metro area and all over the east coast.

Madam West writes orchestral pop music with an electronic bent. Their first single, Epic Love Song No. 107, was released last year, rave-reviewed on StereoPirate.com, and is currently available for free download on SoundCloud and BandCamp, along with their newest single, Symbols.

 

LINKS:

https://twitter.com/madamwestmusic

https://www.facebook.com/madamwestmusic

http://madamwest.bandcamp.com/ (Get their music!)

 

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Jimmy Marin (Americana/Blues) Bordertown, South Australia

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Harnessing a soulful voice that soothes and comforts, South Australian singer-songwriter Jimmy Marin blends captivating melodies with hypnotic rhythms and funky blues guitar to create a sound all of his own: Acoustic Soul.

Diverse and universal, Marin’s sound is influenced by the Americana sound but is equally at home in an Aussie pub as it would be in a Mississippi juke joint. His lyrics are introspective and observant with a message focusing on life, love & the world in which we live. Marin’s unique sound owes as much to rhythm ‘n’ blues and funk as it does to acoustic folk musicians such as James Taylor and Nick Drake or contemporary bluesmen Keb’ Mo’ and Eric Bibb.

With over 150 gigs worth of experience, including a stint fronting Adelaide rock band Liquid Phoenix, Marin – inspired by the likes of Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz and Prince – has used his experience to write, record and produce his debut album all on his own, so as to perfectly capture the sounds that have been swimming in his mind for the past 5 years.

Living in Bordertown where he works as a Junior Primary Music and Drama teacher, Marin is now preparing for a short-scale tour of south-east Australia later this year. Supported by his own independent record label, Top Rope Records, and his new backing band featuring Michael Pejin (guitar), Michael Long (bass) and John Antrobus (drums), the future looks busy for Jimmy Marin.

 

LINKS:

http://www.facebook.com/jimmymarinmusic

http://www.jimmymarin.com.au

 

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The Strokes ‘Slow Animals’ (Click for audio)

I think the Strokes did something really cool on their latest album. They have a song called ‘Slow Animals’. If the ‘Slow Animals’ is too slow for you, speed it up with the B-side ‘Fast Animals’. This is the best Strokes song since ‘Is This It’ album. Really glad they rebounded with this album. It takes a few listens, but once you get it – it’s great!

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June 1, 2013 · 8:09 pm

Cherries on a Blacklist (Rock) Hamburg, Germany

 

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Cherries On A Blacklist is a rock band currently located in Hamburg, Germany formed by Andreas (Guitar/Vocals), George (Guitar Vocals), Malapert (Drums/Vocals), and Gonzo (Bass). Three of the band members originate from Rhodes/Greece and one from Monterrey/Mexico. Gonzo replaced former bassist and vocalist Sebastian Knop in 2009.

The band recorded their first EP titled “14” in the summer of 2008. Their debut album “Lakafigo” was recorded in winter of 2010 with producer Olman Viper (Null Zwei Studios in Hamburg) who has worked with bands such as Caliban, Jupiter Jones, and Emil Bulls. In August 2011 the band founded their own label named “Grey Ham Records” and through that released their first single “Goat in the Yard” on October 14th, 2011. The single was followed by their debut album “Lakafigo” on May 4th, 2012 and their second single “Astoria Nights” on October 12th, 2012.

Their debut album was well received by the media (reviews, interviews, airplays, etc.) from all around the globe (Germany, France, U.K., Greece, Italy, Spain, Holland, India, Canada, U.S.A, Australia, etc.).

They have shared stages with bands such as Die Happy, Ohrenfeindt, Astreroid, Sturch, Sinew and Zen Zebra, and have played a few shows in Greece and Italy as well. In 2012 the band went on tour as a support act for the danish rock band D-A-D in Germany. On February 8th, 2013 Cherries On A Blacklist headlined the VIT Riviera Festival in Vellore, India.

 

LINKS:

http://www.cherriesonablacklist.com

https://www.facebook.com/CherriesOnABlacklist

 

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Just An Animal ‘Kamikaze’ (click for audio)

Came across this while surfing Bandcamp a few months ago. I then tried to contact this band, because this is one of the best songs I have heard from an indie/unsigned band in a while. They have not responded to any e-mails. Give this song a listen NOW!

Anyone out there know these guys? Are they even still together?

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June 1, 2013 · 12:22 am

Katie Ainge (Singer/Songwriter/Pop) Salt Lake City, UT

 

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    I am most at home on stage. My dream is to make music that will change peoples lives. Just as music has changed mine.”

   

    Katie Ainge is often seen as a breath of fresh air, bringing out the strongest of emotions and passions. She is reminiscent of  Natalie Imbruglia, Lisa Loeb with maybe a hint of Nora Jones and even Sara McLaughlin.

   

   Katie Ainge has always described music like colors on a canvas. While studying psychology in college she realized that she has auditory synesthesia. This explains the unique texture and imagery that her songs exhibit. Her interesting melodic veins and powerful lyrics keep you listening and wanting to hear more.

   

   A gift with Katie Ainge. She began by playing on her musical toys at a very young age. Her parents noticed her aptitude and soon she was on her way to a lifelong musical journey. Katie Ainge immersed herself in the piano at age four and then moved on to other instruments. She played Clarinet, Oboe and bass guitar throughout her school years in band and orchestras. “When I was young and taking piano lessons, I would skip ahead through lessons and memorize all the songs in every book,”.

   

   She participated in children choirs and loved performing. Katie Ainge added, “After my first experiences on stage I knew this is where I belonged.”

   

   Katie Ainge was drawn to the bass guitar when her older sister bought one to remember their grandfather who had passed. Katie Ainge’s grandfather played bass guitar during the 60’s in a band called the “Blues Society” in Akron, Ohio. “I picked up that bass guitar at age 11 and fell in love with Jazz music,” she said.

   

   At the age of 14 Katie Ainge had become a keyboardists, bassist and guitarist, and started down the road as singer/songwriter. Katie Ainge began to perform on stage every chance she had. As a soloist or and as a part of several local bands whatever it took to get up on the stage to share her music.

   

   At 17, Katie Ainge found herself drawn to a Christian church in downtown Salt Lake that was known for it’s worship music. She fell in love with Jesus through worship and singing of His glory. Since that first night in that congregation, her songs have changed. She writes of the transformation Christ has done inside her and the wonderful things she has found in His presence.

 

 

 

LINKS:

 

https://www.facebook.com/KatieAingeMusic

 

https://twitter.com/katieaingemusic

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