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December 4, 2019

Throughout his illustrious career as a sideman, veteran percussionist amped up the grooves behind everyone from The Manhattan Transfer and Aretha Franklin to Tania Maria. Yet the release of his multi-dimensional musical experience Latin Lounge – much too rhythmically e...

November 11, 2019

Lots of relationships break up because the partners are too busy in the frenetic modern to spend much time developing deeper connections and intimacy. Yet that’s not the kind of “Busy” the brilliantly rootsy, modern folk/soul Toronto based pop/rock singer/songwriter Ma...

November 11, 2019

Whatever level of success they are at, indie rockers trying to make headway in the music industry tend to downplay their “day jobs” – or make them an afterthought to their artistic intentions. Multi-talented singer, songwriter and Americana rocker Gary Douglas – frontm...

November 9, 2019

Legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn once wrote about the holiday season, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love…” Blessedly for contemporary jazz fans, that means more than simply getting cozy by the fire, hearing sleigh bells ring, dashing through the snow and...

November 9, 2019

Guess it’s just a tool of the marketing machines trying to help emerging indies stand out, but sometimes the overflow of comparisons and reference points gets in the way of enjoying a fun new original hybrid sound. Emerging with a blast out of Nashville in 2018, Parker...

November 9, 2019

There’s something about the uke, isn’t there? Somehow, this tiny stringed instrument we fondly associate with Hawaii found its way to Lorena Leigh at a dark moment when she was living in NYC, going to dance school at Alvin Ailey and healing from injuries. Drawing from...

October 24, 2019

Not sure if the feisty, high energy Denver based foursome who dba …And the Black Feathers chose their ultra-hip name via their sense connection to symbolism, but let’s go there anyway. A black feather is often viewed as relating to negative energy, but that relationshi...

October 24, 2019

Now that singer/songwriter Soren Bryce made the effective transition from indie pop solo sensation to harder-edged front frontperson for badass alt rock band tummyache, we can in retrospect better understand why she called her 2018 album – the last under her own name –...

October 17, 2019

Hands down, the coolest part of an evening at the Hotel Café is the whirlwind of cool, mixed genres you may experience in a single sitting. Sometimes stars – meaning brilliantly talented budding singer/songwriter stars – and quirky jellyfish queens who play the uke twi...

October 14, 2019

Marking the 25th anniversary of its release, the late Jeff Buckley’s lone full length collection Grace only made it to #149 on the Billboard Top 200, but went double platinum worldwide over time and has been cited by countless critics as one of the greatest albums of a...

October 9, 2019

Whether you’ve heard Jon Patrick Walker’s previous albums The Guilty Party (2013) or People Going Somewhere (2016) or not, you can’t help but be compelled by this prominent performers multi-fisted approach to expression. A highly respected stage actor (on Broadway and...

October 9, 2019

Listening to the lush, soulful acoustic melodies and soaring vocal harmonies of UK acoustic alt folk trio Wildwood Kin on their truly stunning self-titled sophomore release, the immediate frame of reference was obvious to me, but apparently not to other journalists and...

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