JLCO, Irby’s ‘Inferno’ Burns In The Best Way Possible

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When Dante Alighieri published his timeless epic poem “Divine Comedy” in the 14th Century, that work became the source of so many fire and brimstone sermons by preachers across the Christian world.  That is due especially to the poem’s opening segment, “Inferno.”  It has also been the source for so many moviemakers and even musical artists and composers.  The thing is that each of the adaptations of Alighieri’s epic poem have been equally foreboding.  Enter the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.  The group’s recently released album, helmed by one of its own – Sherman Irby – is a take on Alighieri’s poem that is unlike any adaptation of that poem that has ever been crafted.  That is exhibited through the live recording’s overall arrangement, which will be addressed shortly.  The group’s very performance of the presentation is just as noteworthy as the presentation of the songs.  It will be discussed a little later.  The recording’s production adds the finishing touch to the recording’s presentation.  It will be addressed later, too.  Each item noted here is critical in its own right to the whole of Inferno.  All things considered, they make Inferno yet another of the year’s top new live CDs, along with the group’s prior release, The Music of Wayne Shorter.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra [JLCO] with Wynton Marsalis’ latest live recording Inferno is one of the most intriguing adaptations of the opener from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem that has ever been crafted since its initial publication in the 14th century.  That is due in part to the recording’s arrangement, which forms its foundation.  While Alighieri’s literary work is a dark, foreboding presentation that has been the fodder for so much fire and brimstone in the Christian world, the group’s work featured here is anything but that dark, foreboding story.  Rather, it is a much more upbeat presentation that, despite that more positive feeling and sound, still manages to work with Alighieri’s original work.  ‘Overture: Lost,’ the recording’s opener, works in line with the two Cantos that open “Inferno.”  Audiences can almost see Virgil talking with Alighieri about helping him on his journey.  ‘House of Unbelievers,’ the performance’s second entry, opens with a full horn flourish and maintains a certain energy throughout its five-minute-plus run time even in its more subtle moments.  One could argue that said song is the beginning of Dante’s journey through the nine circles.  ‘Hunger’ perhaps echoes perhaps Dante’s journey through the third circle, “Gluttony.”  As the performance progresses, audiences can just as easily make the connection between specific portions of “Inferno” and Alighieri’s work.  Again, at no point does the performance present any sense of foreboding, completely unlike the poetic work.  This leads into the second of the recording’s most notable elements, the organization’s performance of the show.

The performance of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s members throughout the course of this recording is what makes each portion of this musical tale so engaging.  The subtleties in the performance of ‘The City of Dis’ is just one example of the importance of the musicians’ performances.  The Middle Eastern sounds presented by the group creates a certain “mysterious” feel in the song that ensures listeners’ engagement.  The oftentimes manic energy in ‘Beware The Wolf and the Serpent’ does a good job of musically illustrating Dante’s emotions in Canto XXV.  This is just one more point at which the musicians’ collective talents show the importance of their work in this performance.  Between the moments noted here and the rest of the performances throughout, it goes without saying that the group’s collective performances add so much depth to the overall presentation of Inferno.

For all of the depth and substance that the musicians’ performances add to Inferno, one would be remiss to ignore the work put into the recording’s production.  Keeping in mind that this, like JLCO’s other recordings, is a live production, much time and effort had to be put in to complete the presentation.  The work put in by all concerned made the final production just as enjoyable for its aesthetics as for its content.  At no point do any of the musicians overpower one another.  Each channel is balanced expertly with the others throughout.  The final result is a work that sounds good and is good all the way around.  Keeping this in mind, Inferno proves itself to be another positive live offering from JLCO that audiophiles and bibliophiles alike will enjoy.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s new live recording Inferno is another positive addition to this year’s list of top new live CDs.  It is a unique presentation that is unlike any adaptation of Dante’s “Inferno” that has ever been released.  It takes the timeless work and gives it a whole new life and identity through its compositions.  The group’s musicianship builds on the foundation formed through the compositions, adding to the recording’s engagement and entertainment.  The recording’s production keeps listeners engaged as it balanced every single line throughout the concert.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Inferno a work that jazz fans will enjoy and a work that is another of the year’s top new live CDs.  More information on this and other titles from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is available online at:

 

 

 

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KB & The Idyllwilde Debuts ‘Drown’ Video

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KB & The Idyllwilde is giving audiences another preview of its new EP I Just Wanna Love YouI Just Wanna Let You.

The group debuted the video for the EP’s latest single ‘Drown‘ Jan. 16.  The song’s gritty musical arrangement couples with front woman Katie Burke’s vocals to instantly conjure thoughts of the late great Janis Joplin and some of her greatest works.

Burke discussed the song in a recent interview.

“I think the line, “I’ll be the wounded bird and you can be the lion…depends on who wants to be the boss’ is my favorite line in the song,” she said.  “It really sums up a big theme of the album, too — that anyone can get what they want in big-bad-hard love, some of us want love, some of us want power, and some of us want to give it away.”

‘Drown’ is the second single from I Just Wanna Love YouI Just Wanna Let You.  The record’s lead single ‘Mad Man‘ debuted Nov. 21.  ‘Drown’ is available to stream and download now through Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.

The track listing for I Just Wanna Love YouI Just Wanna Let You is noted below.

Track List:
1. Mad Man
2. Drown
3. Right Kind of Sickness
4. Glories
5. Heart Faulty

KB & The Idyllwilde will tour in support of its new EP starting Feb. 14, the EP’s release date.The group’s tour is scheduled to run through April 12 in Nashville, TN and includes performances in cities, such as Wilmington, NC; Marlboro, NY and Brooklyn, NY.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available here.

Catch KB & THE IDYLLWILDE Live:
02/14 @ Little Harpeth Brewing – Nashville, TN
04/03 @ Gypsy Rose Music Roswell – Roswell, GA
04/04 @ The Juggling Gypsy Cafe – Wilmington, NC
04/05 @ Hotel RL – Bethesda/Baltimore, MD
04/08 @ Live at The Falcon – Marlboro, NY
04/09 @ O’Brien’s – Boston, MA
04/10 – Brooklyn, NY
04/11 @ Big Lick Brewing Company – Roanoke, VA
04/12 – Nashville, TN

More information on KB & The Idyllwilde’s tour, EP and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.kbandtheidyllwilde.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kbandtheidyllwilde

 

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Rockie Brown Debuts ‘Soul Sister Retribution’ Video

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Independent rap artist Rockie Brown unveiled the video for her latest single this week.

Brown debuted the video for her song ‘Soul Sister Retribution’ Monday on her official YouTube channel. It debuted the next day through MusicNews.com. The song is featured on her most recent studio recording, her EP Mad World. the EP was released May 17, 2019 through Dustree.

The song’s video features Brown circling a young woman, empowering her with her words, reminding her to “hold your head high” and more as she delivers her message.  The song’s musical arrangement boasts an infectious beat that will stick in listeners’ minds.

Brown discussed the inspiration behind the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“‘Soul Sister Retribution’ is the song that changed my writing forever,” she said.  “I used to labor over pop sensibility, but with this one, I decided to leave my heart directly on the paper. An outspoken stream of consciousness, it’s the sole reason for the stylistic evolution in my artistry and music.  I wanted to be poetically liberated, to say things that have meaning, that run deep and are meant to inspire, empower and move; reflecting on a time in history, but igniting hope that love and strength can heal and unite.  It’s a conversation with young me, written for an older me about all my girls who may need to hear it.”

‘Soul Sister Retribution’ is the third single to come from Mad World.  The EP has also produced the singles ‘Get Gone’ and ‘Hero.’  The link to each song is included in the EP’s track listing below.

Track List:
1. Soul Sister Retribution
2. Get Gone
3. Hero
4. Momma
5. Neurotic Chaotic Psychotic Erotic (Play)
6. Mad World

Mad World is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.  More information on Mad World is available online along with all of Rockie Brown’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://rockiebrown.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rockiebrownmusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RockieBrown1

 

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Evandale Debuts ‘Black Heart Southern Queen’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock outfit Evandale released the video  for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its song ‘Black Heart Southern Queen‘ Monday.  The song is featured in the band’s 2019 self-titled debut EP.  Its musical arrangement features a sound that will appeal widely to fans of the southern rock genre.  Its lyrical content is just as familiar to audiences, as it focuses on a certain kind of woman that can turn heads with ease.

The band commented on the song and video in a collective statement.

“We’re extremely excited to release our newest video for our song ‘Black Heart Southern Queen’ off of our debut EP; a classic rock-inspired song that adds a modern twist and delivers a ton of energy,” the statement reads.  “Rock & Roll is definitely not dead, and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to prove it with this latest song release.”

Evandale’s self-titled debut EP is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.  The EP’s track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. Burn the City
2. Manipulator
3. Black Heart Southern Queen
4. The Road
5. Where You Belong

More information on Evandale’s new single, video and EP is available online along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.evandaleband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Evandaleband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/evandaleband

 

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Koo Koo Kangaroo Debuts ‘My Jam’ Video

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Family music entertainers Koo Koo Kangaroo debuted the video for their latest single this week.

The duo debuted the video for its song ‘My Jam‘ Friday.  The video’s debut comes two weeks after the pair debuted the single in its audio-only form.  The video features the duo dancing alongside the Harlem Globetrotters to the song, and even taking some shots at the basket along the way.

Globetrotters player Hammer Harrison offered praise for the song in a recent interview.

“We’re big fans of the work Koo Koo Kangaroo does to help kids be active,” he said.  “We hope that when kids and families hear the song, and watch the video, they are inspired to get up and get moving.”

Along with getting played at the Harlem Globetrotters’ games, ‘My Jam’ has also been getting spins at WXPN Kids’ Corner Radio in Philadelphia, PA.  WXPN will host its annual Kindiecomm family music conference in April.  Koo Koo Kangaroo is scheduled to take part in the conference.

‘My Jam’ is just the latest single to be released by Koo Koo Kangaroo.  The duo also recently debuted the singles ‘Hot Sauce‘ and ‘Glitter.’  ‘Hot Sauce’ is lyrically, a song about…well…hot sauce, the food.  The song’s musical arrangement throws back to the old school r&b sounds of Michael Jackson.

‘Glitter’ is just about glitter that is used in decorating.  Its musical arrangement presents a more straight forward club/electronic sound.

All three songs are streaming now through Koo koo Kangaroo’s official Spotify channel. Audiences can hear those songs and others are the duo wraps up its current live schedule.  The guys are scheduled to perform live Jan. 29 in Fresno, CA, Jan. 39 in Anaheim, CA and Jan. 31 in Camarillo, CA.

Each show is open to all ages. General Admission tickets are $15 and VIP passes are $40. Tickets and VIP admission are available here.

More information on Koo Koo Kangaroo’s music, concerts and more is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://www.kookookangaroo.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/KooKooKangaRoo

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/KooKooKangaRoo

 

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Drea Jeann Prepares New Single Launch

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Independent pop artist Drea Jeann will release her new single next month.

The up-and-coming artist made the announcement recently on a post on her official Facebook page. She did not announce the single’s title.  She gave audiences a hint of what that song might be through a video posted to her page.

While audiences wait for Jeann to drop her new single, they have two other songs from Jean to take in, in the form of ‘Faithfully‘ and ‘Come Back To Me.’  Both songs boast musical and lyrical content that lend themselves easily to any Top 40 pop radio programmers’ lists.

‘Come Back To Me’ is available to stream and download here. ‘Faithfully’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Drea Jeann’s next single is available online now along with all of her latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.dreajeann.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/DreaJeann

 

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The Deadnotes Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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The Deadnotes will release its new album Courage next month.

The album is scheduled for release Feb. 14 through 22Lives Records. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single this week.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Never Perfect’ Wednesday. The song presents an upbeat, pop punk style arrangement that is comparable to works from so many American pop punk acts.  Its lyrical content is just as certain to engage listeners, as it takes on the matter of mental health.

Front man Darius Lohmuller talked about the song’e lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“Mental health has always been an important topic for us and as a band in the last few years,” he said.  “With ‘Never Perfect,’ we decided to explicitly talk about the numerous situations we have come across, where either we ourselves, befriended bands or people we are in contact with working in the music industry heave struggled with mental health. We sadly have to admit that we find more and more people not being able to cope with these situations.”

He added, “I believe it’s still something that’s not talked about enough yet it’s very important to listen to each other, be attentive, and also consider getting help from professionals if you’re affected.”

The band offered connections to agencies that can help people dealing with mental health issues.  Links to those agencies are listed below.

Help Musicians / Music Minds Matter – https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/health-welfare/mental-health

Ni9ht H3lps Mental Health Support – http://www.greenmusicinitiative.de/projects/ni9ht-h3lps-mental-health-support/

‘Never Perfect’ is available to stream and download here.

 

 

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The Deadnotes will tour in support of its new single and album through winter and spring. The band’s tour is scheduled to launch Feb. 27 in Oberhausen, Germany and to run through April 19 in London. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

“Courage” Tour 2020:
27.02. Oberhausen (DE), Druckluft
28.02. Bremen (DE), Tower
29.02. Münster (DE), Sputnikcafé
01.03. Cologne (DE), Tsunami Club
03.03. Stuttgart (DE), Juha West
04.03. Frankfurt (DE), Nachtleben
05.03. Leipzig (DE), Conne Island
06.03. Berlin (DE), Cassiopeia

07.03. Hamburg (DE), Astra Stube
09.03. Munich (DE), Feierwerk
10.03. Vienna (AT), Rhiz
11.03. Prague (CZ), Rock Café
12.03. Lucerne (CH), Schüür
13.03. Freiburg (DE), Waldsee
14.03. Ulm (DE), Musikmarathon
17.03. Rouen (FR), Le 3 Pièces
18.03. Bordeaux (FR), Le Fiacre
19.03. Toulouse (FR) La Cave à Rock
20.03. Lyon (FR), L’Ambuscade
21.03. Paris (FR), Le Gambetta Club
15.04. Nottingham (UK), Alberts
16.04. Glasgow (UK), Bloc+
17.04. Manchester (UK), Gullivers NQ
18.04. Leeds (UK), LS6 Café
19.04. London (UK), The Old Blue Last

A limited number of “hard tickets” for the concerts is available here. General tickets are available for purchase here.

More information on The Deadnotes’ new single, album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.thedeadnotesofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedeadnotesofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/the_deadnotes

 

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Bloodywood To Perform At Annual Sonic Temple Festival; SiriusXM Picks Up Band’s Latest Single

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Bloodywood is coming to America.

The Indian rock outfit has been tapped to perform at the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival. The three-day festival is scheduled to take place May 15-17 in Columbus, OH. Bloodywood is scheduled to perform on the second day of the festival on the Wave Stage along with the likes of The Cherry Bombs, City Morgue and BRKN Love.

Metallica is scheduled to headline the festival’s opening and closing night while Slipknot will headline night two.

The announcement of Bloodywood’s addition to the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival is just one of the high marks for the band. SiriusXM added the band’s most recent single ‘Machi Bhasad (Expect A Riot)’ to its Octane Test Drive lineup.  Audiences can request the song here.

‘Machi Bhasad’ is available to download through iTunes.  The song’s video is streaming through its official YouTube channel.

More information on Bloodywood’s upcoming performance at the Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/bloodywood.delhi.

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Filmspeed debuts new single, ‘Brain Dead’

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Independent rock band Filmspeed debuted its latest single this week.

The band debuted its single ‘Brain Dead’ Friday.  The upbeat tune presents a musical arrangement that mixes old school and modern guitar rock sounds whose whole makes it instantly infectious.  A close listen leads to comparisons in part to works from Black Crowes, Buckcherry and to a lesser extent Led Zeppelin.  The important thing to note here is that even with those noted influences in mind, the song’s arrangement still manages to maintain its own identity.

‘Brain Dead’ is available too stream and download here.

More information on Filmspeed’s new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at http://www.facebook.com/Filmspeed.

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Mavs To Host Clippers Live Tuesday On NBATV

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks will play live on NBA TV Tuesday night.

The Western Conference foes are scheduled to tip off at 8:30 p.m. EST.  The Clippers (30-13) are third in the West, and the Mavs (27-15) are fifth in the conference.

Tuesday’s only NBA matchup is a game that can go either way.  Los Angeles is 11-9 on the road coming into Tuesday the game in Dallas.  The Mavericks are 13-10 at home so far this season.

Both teams come into the game hot, with the Clippers in the midst of a three-game win streak and Dallas a four-game win streak.  Looking at the numbers even deeper, Los Angeles is 7-3 in its last 10 games while Dallas is 6-4 in its last 10 matches.

Brian Anderson will have the call for Tuesday night’s Western Conference showdown.  He will be joined by analyst Greg Anthony for additional commentary.  Reporter Dennis Scott will be courtside for all of the game’s latest news.

Tuesday’s broadcast will be preceded at 6 p.m. by The Warmup presented by Ford.  Stephanie Ready will anchor the program and will be joined by analysts Gary Payton, Brendan Haywood and JR Jackson for additional commentary.

More information on Tuesday night’s NBA showdown between the Mavs and Clippers is available online along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Websitehttp://www.nba.com/tv

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/nbatv

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/NBATV

 

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