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May 10, 2019

Movie Reviews Avengers: Endgame; Long Shot

by Mike Peros
May 05, 2019

Netta “Bassa Sababa”

by Lisa Bianconi
April 23, 2019

Mercury Retrograde and OM Music Sanity

by Caroline McElroy
April 19, 2019

Reviews - Shazam!; Hellboy

by Mike Peros
March 29, 2019

Film Reviews - Us; Gloria Bell 

by Mike Peros
Aya Nakamura's latest  album
March 17, 2019

Aya Nakamura “DjaDja”

by Lisa Bianconi
February 25, 2019

Superbowl 53, Adam Levine and Nipples

by Caroline McElroy
February 15, 2019

Cold Pursuit; Roma; BlackkKlansman

by Mike Peros
Lizzo
February 08, 2019

Lizzo "Juice"

by Lisa Bianconi
January 26, 2019

Movie Review - GLASS

by Mike Peros
January 23, 2019

In Search of Gram Parsons

by Caroline McElroy
January 11, 2019

Noname’s debut studio album “Room 25"

by Andrew Foerch
January 07, 2019

Film Review “Instant Family”

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
December 14, 2018

The Favourite; Green Book; Stan and Ollie

by Mike Peros
December 10, 2018

Raquel Rodriguez "Mile High"

by Francesca del Console
Friday, 10 May 2019 07:45

Movie Reviews Avengers: Endgame; Long Shot

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 11:10

Netta “Bassa Sababa”

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We’re listening to Netta Barzilai’s “Bassa Sababa” because it's awesome and in honor of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. This is her follow-up song after winning the Eurovision in 2018 with the infectious track “Toy.”

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Leon Seti is an electro-pop solo project born in 2016 out of the mind and voice of the 23-year-old Leo Baldi, an Italian-born, alternative synth/pop musical artist. 

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Alya relesase here album “Ten Years of Solitude” Album, produced by David Holman.

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Linards Zarins was born in Latvia and is now based in Spain but his music is clearly made for the world.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 06:17

Mercury Retrograde and OM Music Sanity

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Crashed computer? Missed flights? Tensions in your workplace? Stop!

Friday, 19 April 2019 04:18

Reviews - Shazam!; Hellboy

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If you’re looking for an endearing super-hero with a likable sidekick (this time from DC Comics, and not the Marvel Universe), you need look no further than Shazam! Asher Angel (Disney Channel’s Andi Mack) and Zachary Levi (Chuck, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) share the title role, in that it involves young orphan Billy Batson  (Angel) and the adult superhero he turns into (Levi)—and out from—when he says the word “Shazam!” There’s plenty of backstory to go around, involving Billy’s search for his birth mother and becoming part of a foster family. Billy’s disabled foster brother Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) is a superhero geek and the target of bullies. After Billy demonstrates some goodness and bravery while defending the hapless Freddy, he is summoned to a mystical lair complete with a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who bestows all his powers on an initially unwilling Billy. However Billy is not alone with these powers, since the Wizard has earlier had a confrontation with the unlucky, mistreated young lad Sivana—who alas, did not exhibit the requisite goodness to gain the wizard’s powers at the time. As an embittered adult, Sivana (Mark Strong) possessed enough cleverness (and wealth) to later find his way back to the lair where he stole whatever powers he could, including the all-powerful Eye of Sin. And by the way, Sivana’s hatred extends not only to his own father (John Glover), but to the newly created Shazam!

Shazam! as directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, has many of the characteristics (not sure I would say virtues) endemic to films of this ilk, including many scenes of the vengeful super-villain showing just how lethal he can be. Mark Strong does a decent job without being especially memorable, and the final battle goes on far too long for the movie’s good. What elevates Shazam! above others of its kind are its liberal doses of humor, accompanied by a whole lot of heart—and two exceptional performances. While Asher Angel is fine as the young Billy, Zachary Levi is sensational as the “adult” Billy/Shazam. Levi hits all the right notes, playing Shazam as an overgrown kid with a new super-suit of clothes, gleefully surprised by the powers that accompany it (though he does neglect the fact that with great powers comes great responsibility—but that’s Marvel). Jack Dylan Grazer is also terrific as Freddy, the only one (at first) who know of Billy’s new superpowers, and the scenes where they’re testing Billy’s powers and trying out new names (his superhero name isn’t decided on till the end—you can probably guess what it is). It also helps that the film encourages you to care about Billy’s new foster family, including his siblings, and they are also a recognizably human bunch—they too add a good deal of the film’s heart. The bottom line if you’re still looking for a “superhero fix,” Shazam! is hard to beat—at least until Endgame.

 

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I wasn’t aware that the world was clamoring for yet another Hellboy, especially following Ron Perlman’s take on the role of the brooding hunter of lost souls (to put it kindly) from the Guillermo Del Toro films. Yet here we are with the all-new Hellboy with David Harbour taking on the role; to his credit, Harbour projects enough angst and anger along with the quips to acquit himself in a respectable manner. The plotting is unwieldy to say the least, and there are several respected actors who come in for a quick appearance before becoming human mulch. Hellboy’s major nemesis is a long-buried Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) who either wants to destroy Hellboy or marry him (though in Hellboy’s world, that might prove one and the same). Ian McShane is also here, picking up the rent money as Hellboy’s loving foster father (there is a backstory here too). I can’t say that Hellboy is a good film, but it does have some offbeat humor and is fairly entertaining at times, —as long as you don’t take it too seriously and have invested in some ear plugs to be utilized at strategic points.

Monday, 15 April 2019 02:55

GEA “Snow” EP Release

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With her beautiful, angelic voice, like a gift from the ancients and her spiraling, soaring sounds GEA creates an almost circus like atmosphere full of layered vocals and gorgeous beats where one has the feeling that absolutely anything could happen. 

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Classic American rock, an homage to the great bands of the 70s and 80s, musical masters like Steely Dan, Leonard Cohen and Led Zeppelin.  The Seattle-based Sundogs are making the music that they love. 

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This is a really interesting EP from an emerging artist with quite a few previous mixtape releases to his name, all very well received. 

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From the very first track on the album, “Revolution,” it is clear that this is not your average jazz fusion record. 

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“Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix” feels like a love song, or at least a conversation between two lovers, but it’s a little more complex than that.

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There’s something very ‘punk’ these days about music that sounds like the musicians are actually playing the instruments and the singers are inhaling before they exhale…if you know what I mean.  I happen to prefer my music more human than automated. DG Adams' album “Nest of Vipers” is thankfully free from the confines of electronica and autotune.  It is full of the divine flaws of live recordings, the sentimental passions of a love for jamming, and the turn of a thoughtful phrase.

It’s no surprise to me that Adams is an actor and a Shakespearean one at that.  The themes are dramatic; death, love, war, despair.  The vocals are layered and harmonized, poignant and cinematic.  The whole album feels like a performance piece in fact.  More rock musical than rock concert.  It even has a little comic relief with the track “Platonic Lovers,” neatly placed at the end of the second act.

The production is warm and welcoming, the musicians excellent and the songs playfully diverse, folky, Spanish, rock, soul and even a little Elizabethan.  Its honesty reminds me a little of Pink Floyd or David Bowie or Joni Mitchell…that same kind of wistful mournfulness.  These songs are straight from the heart, really compelling and gorgeously theatrical….loved it!!!

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DG Adams: songwriter, vocals, acoustic and electric guitars

Vinay Lobo: acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion

Shane Wilson: drums, congas

Anna Katarina: bg vocals, keyboards

Aline Bobbin: bg vocals, violin, viola

Céline Hodler: bg vocals

Keigh: bg vocals and keyboards

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Oh, the 1970s & '80s! What fun we had!!

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What a little gem…slightly odd and sweetly original. Patrick Ames’s EP “All I Do is Bleed” is a magical glimpse inside a warm, thoughtful and strangely familiar mind. 

Friday, 29 March 2019 05:39

Film Reviews - Us; Gloria Bell 

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This album, written and recorded by Chloe Grace Baker or Bitter’s Kiss, is inspired by and written for a movie, “The Divorce Party,” a soon to be released romantic comedy. 

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Miles Kane made his American television debut on the "Late Late Show with James Corden" a day after his March 17 birthday. 

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I live in Southern California, L.A. to be exact, so it comes as no surprise to me at all that Kevin Thomas is from San Diego…a mere couple of hours down the freeway. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:25

Versal “Versal” EP Release

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New Age electronic music can get a bad rap.  I rather like it myself. A glass of wine, a good book and some calming melodic music…lovely!

Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:10

Aya Nakamura “DjaDja”

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We’re listening to Aya Nakamura’s “DjaDja” single from her album “Nakamura.”

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This new track from Jaimie Steck takes me right back to the best of the 90s pop. 

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An L.A. indie musician, Eddy Yang has the soul of an 80s American rock/punk band. 

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David Browning is is a bit of a conundrum…he’s a doctor and a musician, not your usual pairing of careers that's for sure. 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 05:24

Damon Mitchell "Elise" EP

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Damon Mitchell has created some gorgeous music here. 

Monday, 25 February 2019 07:15

Superbowl 53, Adam Levine and Nipples

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Super Bowl LIII was relatively tame compared to other ones as far as football goes. 

Friday, 15 February 2019 07:28

Cold Pursuit; Roma; BlackkKlansman

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Friday, 08 February 2019 10:39

Lizzo "Juice"

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We’re listening to LIZZO’s “Juice” from her upcoming album “Cuz I Love You.”

Friday, 01 February 2019 04:19

Erich Mrak "Navigate"

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Erich Mrak "Navigate," produced by Bento.

Saturday, 26 January 2019 04:00

Movie Review - GLASS

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Friday, 25 January 2019 02:44

Scotty Seed “Single”

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Scotty Seed and his music are new to me. And new artists and their hard worked and heartfelt music are the best. 

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“Barely Changed” is a great pop song full of driving beats, great hooks and meaningful, heartrending lyrics. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 01:11

In Search of Gram Parsons

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Much legend and lore have created a mystique around singer, songwriter and musician Gram Parsons.

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Norine Braun is one of those very special kinds of musician that make their own very special path to your door.  She is a Canadian singer songwriter with a long history of awards and accolades in Canada and beyond.  This particular album was born of a train journey across Canada, 6,000 kilometers of changing landscape, temperatures and fellow travelers, all an inspiration of music and story and intellect. You can actually hear the rhythm of the train as it slows and quickens along the tracks in all these wildly disparate songs.

As I listen I hear KD Lang, Amee Mann, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, the Indigo Girls…and even as the echoes of all these artists reverberate through Norine’s beautiful songs, they don’t ever get in the way.

Just as her inspiration comes from them and many many more, as well as her beloved Canada and her own unique life, her songs seem just as formed by the spirit of the train.  Although the tone of the album is jazz/rock, each song is touched by something else, pop or jazz, rock or dance, folk and soul.  It’s as if she took each aspect of herself and mirrored it in song.  She even breaks into spoken word and the poetry and the urgency of her lyrics certainly gives her right to do that.

I was absolutely captivated by this album, more than enough to explore more of her music. She has at least six other albums.  This is a musician with a lot to say and a gorgeous, warm and epically harmonic voice with which to do it.

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The musicality and arrangements are also brilliant. She has the support of some truly excellent musicians and she truly loves to let them play. Loved it!!!

  

 

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Braun and Brains Music

Producer: Adam Popowitz

Mixing and Mastering: Rear Window Song and Sound Studios

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Rhythm Guitar: Norine Braun

Lead Guitar/Bass: Adam Popowitz

Drums/Percussion: Elliot Polsky

Blues Harp: Huggybear Leonard

Keys and Harmony Vocals on Rue St. Jean and I'm Going Home: Alice Fraser

Tenor Sax: Steve Hilliam

Friday, 18 January 2019 05:56

American High “U.N. Article 14”

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Music as activism is an ancient tradition.  American High keeps this well and truly alive with “U.N. Article 14.” 

Friday, 18 January 2019 05:50

Acidic Base “Purple Skies”

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Acidic Base is the producing name for Siddharth Goswami who is in 8th grade.

Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:28

Anne Steele “Made Out of Stars”

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Anne Steele has the kind of crystal clear vocals that turn can pop songs into poetry and make them memorable enough to mark highly significant and unforgettable moments in our lives forever. 

Friday, 11 January 2019 12:28

Noname’s debut studio album “Room 25"

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We’re listening to Chicago rapper Noname’s debut studio album “Room 25,” a shimmering fusion of introspective wordplay and ethereal jazz.

Monday, 07 January 2019 05:08

Film Review “Instant Family”

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The film "Instant Family" is based on the real and heart-rending experiences of the director, Sean Anders. 

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Friday, 21 December 2018 04:47

Sound Strider “Occult Electric”

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“Occult Electric” is an album filled with gorgeous soundscapes, rhythmic incantations, mystical, detailed, twisted coils of sound.  Is this music or prayer? 

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“It’s Time” is full of glorious, classic, soulful jazz, with more than a little funk. 

Friday, 21 December 2018 04:33

Sam Fishman “End Of Time”

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“End of Time” is a progressive rock concept album. 

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BY LINE Mandalong Records Peter Senior’s “The Christmas Tree”

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I love real House music and Matt Warren is real House. 

Monday, 17 December 2018 03:15

Todd Warner Moore “Spark”

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This is a beautiful album.  A gorgeously open, melodic and timeless group of songs tinged with Americana, folk and gentle rock. 

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Every so often LA Music Scene likes to go to clubs and check out the local talent around the area.

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Music has a long tradition of political rhetoric. 

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"This album tells the story of my leap of faith to start a life in Los Angeles. It's my story. It covers the highs and lows, the beauty and the struggle, and wraps it up into a pretty little bow.”

Sunday, 16 December 2018 01:37

Imagination Movers "10-4"

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I don’t usually review music that I don’t actually listen to myself. But I do have kids in my life and they happen to love music…so here I go!

Friday, 14 December 2018 08:24

The Favourite; Green Book; Stan and Ollie

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Monday, 10 December 2018 06:21

Raquel Rodriguez "Mile High"

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We’re listing to Raquel Rodriguez’s "Mile High" Live at Blue Dream Studios from her album “310 part 2,” an ode to the Westside. (Can we go see a show at Blue Dream Studios, please?)

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This is old school, hard-fought, deeply personal music. 

Friday, 07 December 2018 05:28

CarnyMusic - CarnyMusic EP

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These songs evoke a kind of ageless Americana spinning with epic vistas of dust, tumbleweeds, broken down, desolate towns and distant mountains. 

Friday, 07 December 2018 05:21

Dead Friends 46 “Hardcore”

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Wow, this album takes me back to the 80s punk scene in the UK. 

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There’s no denying the cinematic quality to Lastovicka’s powerful and beautiful work. 

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