Commissionaires

From Newworldson to The Commissionaires

It’s hard to keep music groups together. Things like marriage, kids, and egos get in the way. Then there’s the “different direction” thing– where one of the band’s members just wants to do something different and the others are like, “Ummm… okay?” And a life of touring instead of staying home can really take its toll on people. Joel Parisien made a big splash in the Christian music world through…

Emily Estefan

Gloria Estefan’s daughter Emily Estefan releases debut album

Fresh off the heels of her debut album, Take Whatever You Want (Alien Shrimp/RED Distribution), Emily Estefan  has secured coveted spots on both the Essence Festival 2017 lineup, as well as Rachael Ray’s annual “Feedback House” SXSW party.  Additionally, Emily is set to perform at Miami’s third installment of the highly lauded Miami Symphony Pop-Up Series. Rachael Ray’s intimate, invite-only “Feedback House” party returns to SXSW this year, at 1102…

Mimi

Meet Mimi: rapper, singer and producer from Texas

As a rapper, singer and producer, Mimi, aka Mimxi Goff, is 21-years-old and passionate about music. Since the age of 18 or so, she got serious about making beats as well as freestyling over them. Influenced by a variety of hip-hop artists, like Biggie, 2Pac, Nas, and Dr. Dre, Mimi also counts Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and even Frank Sinatra among her musical influences. She’s eclectic– and that’s…

Bleeding Obvious offers best album of 2016

The Bleeding Obvious reminds me of a very creative person being unleashed on a computer complete with a multitude of instruments around her and a lifetime of interesting influences. Indeed, The Bleeding Obvious is the musical project debut of music maker Jess Rowbottom from the UK. A onetime Wakefield Cathedral chorister, Rowbottom decided to record the new album thanks to personal life changes in recent years. While I’m not sure what…

Pekkanini Thereminland Band

Pekkanini and The Thereminland Band’s new album of 10 instrumentals? It’s Guitars and Theremins.  You need to get an idea of their sound, so check out “Action in The 60s.” Pekkanini plays the theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact played by the thereminist (performer). The theremin got its name from Russian inventor Leon Theremin. He patented the device back in 1928. Since then, it has been used to…

Moonlit Mirrors is electronically eclectic

Moonlit Mirrors is the musical work of a guy In New Hampshire. Some of the songs feature the amazing guitar skills of another guy from Florida. Interestingly, they’ve never met in person (according to their YouTube description) yet they’re able to work together thanks to Google Drive– ahh, the wonders of modern technology. Moonlit Mirrors has a new album called Moonlit Mirrors presents Renee Fleming and the Modern Paranoia. The first…

Carol Martini: Songs of the Girl on the Swing

“Tired of this Heartache” starts off Carol Martini’s Songs of the Girl on the Swing release. It’s the kind of song that will encourage anyone tired of doom, gloom, heartache, and pain. Martini’s folk-rock voice and her cleverly-written lyrics make this an upbeat romp that showcases her talent. How would I classify Carol Martini’s music? I’d call it Americana, with a bit of rollicking Country, nice harmonies, and pop sensibilities….

Sofasound remixes Justin Bieber

Sofasound (aka John Sofia) is an EDM/hip hop producer who has done something impressive: made quite the remix of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” It’s available for free as a download from Sofasound’s Soundcloud: Sofasound is “undefined by genre,” though he tends to remix R&B and rap hits from his studio in Florida. His credits include several artists, including Mistah F.A.B , Emoney, Obvi, Trizz, R-Mean, HBK CJ, Rey Res, and…

Jack of None

Jack of None kind of scares me, honestly. One listen to their haunting song, “Mrs. Stitcher,” and I’m wondering what this band of siblings is all about. Jack of None takes spoken-word poetry and melds it with guitar-driven electronic music. “Mrs. Stitcher” uses the words “curse you” repeatedly, and I’m not liking that… but I do realize they’re an experimental rock/art band, so they’re creating something that will connect with…

Jeremy Bursich: Metamorphosis

Jeremy Bursich is always working on something. With several self-produced albums under his belt, he still manages to find time to host open mics, organize and perform in concerts, edit and construct music videos, and create “hellishly playful” sculptures. With that in mind, the latest music from Jeremy Bursich is called Metamorphosis II. He wrote the album as part of the February Album Writing Month Challenge. Musically, it’s about facing…