VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:09:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Music City Hayride Show at The Texas Troubadour Theatre from 7th August http://videomusicstars.com/the-music-city-hayride-show-at-the-texas-troubadour-theatre-from-7th-august/ http://videomusicstars.com/the-music-city-hayride-show-at-the-texas-troubadour-theatre-from-7th-august/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:09:39 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10327 music-city-hayride-680

The Texas Troubadour Theatre will be hosting a new weekly Friday night live tapings of The Music City Hayride Shows. Starting on the 7th August, a mixed group of various styles of country music stars will be taking to the stage to showcase a range of talent.

Boasting some big names, award winners and industry professionals, the artists Scheduled to perform on the 7th August are as follows:

Donnie Lee Strickland (A Branson Favorite)

Jonathan Frizzell (Son of David Frizzell)

Dean Holmen (2006 TCMA Entertainer of The Year)

K. Coltrain (2009 Texas CMA Entertainer of The Year)

Jesse Lee Jones (Owner Roberts Western World)

Chazz Wesley

Lacey Snider

Bobby G. Rice

The Music City Hayride Band

La Donna Brewer-Capps

Barry Wayne

Nikki Nelson

Anthony Valentine

Terry Wendt

Kraig Hutchens

Hyram Posey

Dating back as far as 2007, The Music City Hayride was started by two country artists (Dean Holmen and J. K. Coltrain). Their dream to develop a touring traditional country show was put into practice and it was then based on The Old Camel Country Caravan A.K.A 'The Country Caravan'.

Allen Karl, Leon Seiter and Joe Berry came on board to join them in 2010, forming The Traditional Country Opry. After performing a number of gigs throughout 2013, they collectively decided they would prefer a permanent venue. The Music City Hayride was born and this has become a family fun show, that they can call their home.

Doors open at 20:00–22:30, Friday August 7th.

Texas Troubadour Theatre

2416 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37214

https://www.facebook.com/events/644775475622054

http://www.musiccityhayride.com/

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The Texas Troubadour Theatre will be hosting a new weekly Friday night live tapings of The Music City Hayride Shows. Starting on the 7th August, a mixed group of various styles of country music stars will be taking to the stage to showcase a range of talent.

Boasting some big names, award winners and industry professionals, the artists Scheduled to perform on the 7th August are as follows:

Donnie Lee Strickland (A Branson Favorite)

Jonathan Frizzell (Son of David Frizzell)

Dean Holmen (2006 TCMA Entertainer of The Year)

K. Coltrain (2009 Texas CMA Entertainer of The Year)

Jesse Lee Jones (Owner Roberts Western World)

Chazz Wesley

Lacey Snider

Bobby G. Rice

The Music City Hayride Band

La Donna Brewer-Capps

Barry Wayne

Nikki Nelson

Anthony Valentine

Terry Wendt

Kraig Hutchens

Hyram Posey

Dating back as far as 2007, The Music City Hayride was started by two country artists (Dean Holmen and J. K. Coltrain). Their dream to develop a touring traditional country show was put into practice and it was then based on The Old Camel Country Caravan A.K.A 'The Country Caravan'.

Allen Karl, Leon Seiter and Joe Berry came on board to join them in 2010, forming The Traditional Country Opry. After performing a number of gigs throughout 2013, they collectively decided they would prefer a permanent venue. The Music City Hayride was born and this has become a family fun show, that they can call their home.

Doors open at 20:00–22:30, Friday August 7th.

Texas Troubadour Theatre

2416 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, Tennessee 37214

https://www.facebook.com/events/644775475622054

http://www.musiccityhayride.com/

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LORD TOPH: “Articles in the Cellar” – not your typical watered down Soul or RnB http://videomusicstars.com/lord-toph-articles-in-the-cellar-not-your-typical-watered-down-soul-or-rnb/ http://videomusicstars.com/lord-toph-articles-in-the-cellar-not-your-typical-watered-down-soul-or-rnb/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:48:22 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10324 lord-toph-680

LORD TOPH is an artist, composer, producer, and author. He is the CEO & Executive Producer of Monté CrisToph Multimedia and the creator and founding partner of StarField Stories, a children’s literature publishing company. LORD TOPH is also the founder of the art style, “Empathicism.”

LORD TOPH has comfortably fused the Delta Blues, Classic Rock and Soul influences from his musical roots, into his new 12-track album “Articles in the Cellar”, released during July 2015. Each song takes you on a journey, giving you that classic RnB-Soul feel that is all but lost in music these days. To put it simply this album is one of the best albums of its genre, I have listened to lately. I mean I did not skip a single track and I am not kidding. I have been listening to this album over and over again for the last 72 hours before writing this review.

lord-toph-350bLORD TOPH is a very passionate man and it can be heard in the words chosen as well as the spin he puts on them. I think he had a point to prove with “Articles in the Cellar” and went way beyond. He has a strong, passionate and extremely soulful voice in the old Soul tradition, and it shows from the first track, “Foolish Games”, which kicks off the album. It has a radio-friendly hook with great singing and lyrics.

“Get It Straight” and “Wanna Love Ya” has more great melody and sound like songs that could have been recorded by a 1970's crossover soul-funk group. LORD TOPH’s voice is earnest and gruff and you truly believe that he means what he is saying here. The groovy beat is pumping on these tracks and the music is funky.

By the time you get to the horns, opening the title track, “Articles in the Cellar”, it is clear that this album does not include the typical hip-hop soul or watered down crossover RnB, currently in vogue. In fact the rap verse found on this track has nothing to do with the overdone swaggering pseudo-gangsta rap stuff at all. It’s the old-school spoken word flow, which is crisp and cool.

“Better Days” and “Nobody’s Fool” establishes LORD TOPH as a genuine, traditional Soul vocalist…with a twist. Much like Prince in his heyday, LORD TOPH has that modern contemporary funk and rock flair in his vocal inflections that sets him apart, in a genre of his own. Which brings us to possibly the best three songs on the entire album, the blues-infected “Little to Nothing”, the almost psychedelic “Said and Done” and one of the rawest, most soulful tracks I’ve heard in while, “Ever Let You Down”.

lord-toph-coverNo two songs on “Articles in the Cellar” sound alike. They each stand out musically with their commonality being rooted in LORD TOPH’s distinct vocal inflection which rides comfortably along the patterns of each arrangement. LORD TOPH makes you grateful that there are still some artistes around who don't just simply set their sights on the pop charts, radio airplay, magazine covers and then take things from there.

Those that do may celebrate multi-platinum sales but such performers are artistically vapid and culturally irrelevant. In ten years’ time, no one will even remember anything they did. On the contrary, LORD TOPH has a vision, a dream of making real music, and an intention of sticking to his ideals. Selected by the American Music Academy for Grammy candidacy in several categories in 2012 and 2013, I feel he needs to receive far more credit than he has so far.

You have to love LORD TOPH for remaining true to his game and true to the legacy of good music that exists as a result of the many great soul, RnB and blues artists that have paved the way before him. “Articles in the Cellar” is a cohesive assemblage of all of these together with LORD TOPH’s own personal musical heritage blended with honesty and his unique style and flare. It really doesn’t get much better than this!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE - REVERBNATIONITUNESTWITTERFACEBOOK

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LORD TOPH is an artist, composer, producer, and author. He is the CEO & Executive Producer of Monté CrisToph Multimedia and the creator and founding partner of StarField Stories, a children’s literature publishing company. LORD TOPH is also the founder of the art style, “Empathicism.”

LORD TOPH has comfortably fused the Delta Blues, Classic Rock and Soul influences from his musical roots, into his new 12-track album “Articles in the Cellar”, released during July 2015. Each song takes you on a journey, giving you that classic RnB-Soul feel that is all but lost in music these days. To put it simply this album is one of the best albums of its genre, I have listened to lately. I mean I did not skip a single track and I am not kidding. I have been listening to this album over and over again for the last 72 hours before writing this review.

lord-toph-350bLORD TOPH is a very passionate man and it can be heard in the words chosen as well as the spin he puts on them. I think he had a point to prove with “Articles in the Cellar” and went way beyond. He has a strong, passionate and extremely soulful voice in the old Soul tradition, and it shows from the first track, “Foolish Games”, which kicks off the album. It has a radio-friendly hook with great singing and lyrics.

“Get It Straight” and “Wanna Love Ya” has more great melody and sound like songs that could have been recorded by a 1970's crossover soul-funk group. LORD TOPH’s voice is earnest and gruff and you truly believe that he means what he is saying here. The groovy beat is pumping on these tracks and the music is funky.

By the time you get to the horns, opening the title track, “Articles in the Cellar”, it is clear that this album does not include the typical hip-hop soul or watered down crossover RnB, currently in vogue. In fact the rap verse found on this track has nothing to do with the overdone swaggering pseudo-gangsta rap stuff at all. It’s the old-school spoken word flow, which is crisp and cool.

“Better Days” and “Nobody’s Fool” establishes LORD TOPH as a genuine, traditional Soul vocalist…with a twist. Much like Prince in his heyday, LORD TOPH has that modern contemporary funk and rock flair in his vocal inflections that sets him apart, in a genre of his own. Which brings us to possibly the best three songs on the entire album, the blues-infected “Little to Nothing”, the almost psychedelic “Said and Done” and one of the rawest, most soulful tracks I’ve heard in while, “Ever Let You Down”.

lord-toph-coverNo two songs on “Articles in the Cellar” sound alike. They each stand out musically with their commonality being rooted in LORD TOPH’s distinct vocal inflection which rides comfortably along the patterns of each arrangement. LORD TOPH makes you grateful that there are still some artistes around who don't just simply set their sights on the pop charts, radio airplay, magazine covers and then take things from there.

Those that do may celebrate multi-platinum sales but such performers are artistically vapid and culturally irrelevant. In ten years’ time, no one will even remember anything they did. On the contrary, LORD TOPH has a vision, a dream of making real music, and an intention of sticking to his ideals. Selected by the American Music Academy for Grammy candidacy in several categories in 2012 and 2013, I feel he needs to receive far more credit than he has so far.

You have to love LORD TOPH for remaining true to his game and true to the legacy of good music that exists as a result of the many great soul, RnB and blues artists that have paved the way before him. “Articles in the Cellar” is a cohesive assemblage of all of these together with LORD TOPH’s own personal musical heritage blended with honesty and his unique style and flare. It really doesn’t get much better than this!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE - REVERBNATIONITUNESTWITTERFACEBOOK

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Brooke Adams: “Still Fighting” – an impassioned step forward in her singing career! http://videomusicstars.com/brooke-adams-still-fighting-an-impassioned-step-forward-in-her-singing-career/ http://videomusicstars.com/brooke-adams-still-fighting-an-impassioned-step-forward-in-her-singing-career/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:15:18 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10321 brooke-adams-680

Singing and performing artist, Brooke Adams has announced the release of her much anticipated single, "Still Fighting." Brooke's first single with Dubb Records, "Still Fighting" is a world anthem inspired by several present issues taking place around the world such as poverty, hunger, war and police corruption.

[caption id="attachment_16203" align="alignleft" width="280"]Brooke Adams Brooke Adams[/caption]

With the release of "Still Fighting", Brooke Adams joins to that small group of contemporary music artists who are so necessary, to navigate times of pretense, caution and despair. This single, which affronts some serious topics, represents the desire for more songs from an authentic voice, with an uncompromising attitude of dissent toward mediocrity and complacency shown among many superficial singing divas.

I think Brooke Adams (and her production team) has managed to successfully combine a beautifully produced modern pop sound while she still performing at a raw, guttural and emotional level on "Still Fighting". Brooke has the incredible gift of expressing and weaving emotion into her music to the point that the song is a core of something far more powerful. Her voice, though sounding trained and controlled, has the ability to be unhinged at the drop of a hat.

[caption id="attachment_16205" align="alignright" width="300"]The cover artwork The cover artwork[/caption]

This is exactly what happens on "Still Fighting", where Brooke delivers anger tinged with awareness and hope in varying doses. It is an uplifting anthem about understanding and reclaiming ourselves and exorcising our demons. Hearing Brooke sing: “People what are we gonna do, Can we make a change, Together we can stop the pain…” sounds like an impassioned step forward in her singing career.

"Still Fighting", is for me, an absolute high quality release from Brooke Adams; raw, melodic, emotional and well structured, you’ll be hard-pressed to hear a more powerful radio-ready single currently doing the rounds. Brooke Adams comes across as compelling, inspired and driven. What else would you desire from a stunningly beautiful and talented female pop-rock star?

MORE ABOUT: A Texas native, Brooke Adams has been singing since the age of three. As a teenager, she moved with her mother to Los Angeles to release a self-titled album with Virgin Records. Her first single reached #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 List. She then went on to sing all four songs on Disney’s Cinderella 2. She has been on both USA and UK tours and numerous radio events as well as being on two seasons of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and on Criminal Minds. Now signed with Dubb Records, Brooke is currently busy in the studio working on her upcoming pop/rock solo album.

The new single is now available on iTunes. You can grab "Still Fighting" at http://buff.ly/1G3vt5J

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITETWITTER - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE

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Singing and performing artist, Brooke Adams has announced the release of her much anticipated single, "Still Fighting." Brooke's first single with Dubb Records, "Still Fighting" is a world anthem inspired by several present issues taking place around the world such as poverty, hunger, war and police corruption.

[caption id="attachment_16203" align="alignleft" width="280"]Brooke Adams Brooke Adams[/caption]

With the release of "Still Fighting", Brooke Adams joins to that small group of contemporary music artists who are so necessary, to navigate times of pretense, caution and despair. This single, which affronts some serious topics, represents the desire for more songs from an authentic voice, with an uncompromising attitude of dissent toward mediocrity and complacency shown among many superficial singing divas.

I think Brooke Adams (and her production team) has managed to successfully combine a beautifully produced modern pop sound while she still performing at a raw, guttural and emotional level on "Still Fighting". Brooke has the incredible gift of expressing and weaving emotion into her music to the point that the song is a core of something far more powerful. Her voice, though sounding trained and controlled, has the ability to be unhinged at the drop of a hat.

[caption id="attachment_16205" align="alignright" width="300"]The cover artwork The cover artwork[/caption]

This is exactly what happens on "Still Fighting", where Brooke delivers anger tinged with awareness and hope in varying doses. It is an uplifting anthem about understanding and reclaiming ourselves and exorcising our demons. Hearing Brooke sing: “People what are we gonna do, Can we make a change, Together we can stop the pain…” sounds like an impassioned step forward in her singing career.

"Still Fighting", is for me, an absolute high quality release from Brooke Adams; raw, melodic, emotional and well structured, you’ll be hard-pressed to hear a more powerful radio-ready single currently doing the rounds. Brooke Adams comes across as compelling, inspired and driven. What else would you desire from a stunningly beautiful and talented female pop-rock star?

MORE ABOUT: A Texas native, Brooke Adams has been singing since the age of three. As a teenager, she moved with her mother to Los Angeles to release a self-titled album with Virgin Records. Her first single reached #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 List. She then went on to sing all four songs on Disney’s Cinderella 2. She has been on both USA and UK tours and numerous radio events as well as being on two seasons of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and on Criminal Minds. Now signed with Dubb Records, Brooke is currently busy in the studio working on her upcoming pop/rock solo album.

The new single is now available on iTunes. You can grab "Still Fighting" at http://buff.ly/1G3vt5J

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITETWITTER - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE

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alexthomasdavis: “The North” – really starts to catch on with each subsequent listening http://videomusicstars.com/alexthomasdavis-the-north-really-starts-to-catch-on-with-each-subsequent-listening/ http://videomusicstars.com/alexthomasdavis-the-north-really-starts-to-catch-on-with-each-subsequent-listening/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:38:20 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10317 alexthomasdavis-north-680cv

Independent, alternative acoustic artist, alexthomasdavis, has written 31 albums, his latest being “The North”. The music is honest and seems to be from the heart. I was very impressed that it was just the singer and his guitar. So many new bands try to over compensate for their lack of experience, good lyrics or musicality, by over producing the music. This was not the case with “The North”, where the music is simple and straight forward.

There are no standout songs that would be your typical radio single, instead you get once of the most solid debut albums with great songs from start to finish. There's something different about alexthomasdavis music and I think I figured out what it is. Most songs on the radio have pretty simple tunes and I find I usually can start anticipating the tune and humming along the first time I hear it. But with alexthomasdavis’ songs I think the melodies are much more complex so they take a few listens to get used to. But once you do, they are totally enjoyable.

[caption id="attachment_16186" align="alignleft" width="250"]The album artwork The album artwork[/caption]

Every album by alexthomasdavis I've listened to so far has been the same story. The first time through I feel underwhelmed - like I'm not sure what I just listened to. After about the third time through I really start to catch on and then each subsequent listen just keeps getting better and better. This is partly due to the fact that these recordings are simply made up of acoustic guitar and vocals. The minimal raw recordings, together with alexthomasdavis’s offbeat and at times melancholy-sounding voice, also take some getting used to, for the uninitiated.

So for those of you who think you don't care much for his music, please give it a few listens before you make up your mind. Especially considering that the strength of his compositions lies in the lyrical content.  Probably the reason alexthomasdavis is not as popular as he should be is people don't take the time necessary to really absorb his music.

[caption id="attachment_16185" align="alignright" width="300"]alexthomasdavis alexthomasdavis[/caption]

“The North” leads the listener into a world where things are bleak and just slightly askew, but strangely captivating and inspiring at the same time. Songs I particularly enjoyed, include “A Good Day To Die”, “Backing A Long Shot”, “Made Up”, “Breathe” and “Trophy Wife”. These songs, you can tell, are so gut wrenchingly personal it is like you were there with him just watching him spill everything he had to the song.

Throughout “The North”,  alexthomasdavis shows his ability to craft simple songs with emotional heft and lyrical intellect. Nothing comes out on top, nothing ever collapses, and the music exists in perfect balance within itself. It's on the edge of something big that's never coming, because alexthomasdavis sticks to his stripped-down monotone simplicity. Yet it all holds together cohesively. Be that as it may, I think alexthomasdavis has never put out a production-perfect release. But they are perfect in the way they are.... always on the verge of sounding like he is about to slip off-key... but he never does!

There is no musician to compare to alexthomasdavis, not because he is perfectly original but because he has woven himself in the tradition of alternative pop music in such a way that any attempt at comparison would lack dimension. Essentially, if you have sat in a room and listened to music and just been absorbed by it, if you have that patience and capacity to listen to and engage with storytelling, then “The North” is an album that you should own.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SPOTIFY - FACEBOOK

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Independent, alternative acoustic artist, alexthomasdavis, has written 31 albums, his latest being “The North”. The music is honest and seems to be from the heart. I was very impressed that it was just the singer and his guitar. So many new bands try to over compensate for their lack of experience, good lyrics or musicality, by over producing the music. This was not the case with “The North”, where the music is simple and straight forward.

There are no standout songs that would be your typical radio single, instead you get once of the most solid debut albums with great songs from start to finish. There's something different about alexthomasdavis music and I think I figured out what it is. Most songs on the radio have pretty simple tunes and I find I usually can start anticipating the tune and humming along the first time I hear it. But with alexthomasdavis’ songs I think the melodies are much more complex so they take a few listens to get used to. But once you do, they are totally enjoyable.

[caption id="attachment_16186" align="alignleft" width="250"]The album artwork The album artwork[/caption]

Every album by alexthomasdavis I've listened to so far has been the same story. The first time through I feel underwhelmed - like I'm not sure what I just listened to. After about the third time through I really start to catch on and then each subsequent listen just keeps getting better and better. This is partly due to the fact that these recordings are simply made up of acoustic guitar and vocals. The minimal raw recordings, together with alexthomasdavis’s offbeat and at times melancholy-sounding voice, also take some getting used to, for the uninitiated.

So for those of you who think you don't care much for his music, please give it a few listens before you make up your mind. Especially considering that the strength of his compositions lies in the lyrical content.  Probably the reason alexthomasdavis is not as popular as he should be is people don't take the time necessary to really absorb his music.

[caption id="attachment_16185" align="alignright" width="300"]alexthomasdavis alexthomasdavis[/caption]

“The North” leads the listener into a world where things are bleak and just slightly askew, but strangely captivating and inspiring at the same time. Songs I particularly enjoyed, include “A Good Day To Die”, “Backing A Long Shot”, “Made Up”, “Breathe” and “Trophy Wife”. These songs, you can tell, are so gut wrenchingly personal it is like you were there with him just watching him spill everything he had to the song.

Throughout “The North”,  alexthomasdavis shows his ability to craft simple songs with emotional heft and lyrical intellect. Nothing comes out on top, nothing ever collapses, and the music exists in perfect balance within itself. It's on the edge of something big that's never coming, because alexthomasdavis sticks to his stripped-down monotone simplicity. Yet it all holds together cohesively. Be that as it may, I think alexthomasdavis has never put out a production-perfect release. But they are perfect in the way they are.... always on the verge of sounding like he is about to slip off-key... but he never does!

There is no musician to compare to alexthomasdavis, not because he is perfectly original but because he has woven himself in the tradition of alternative pop music in such a way that any attempt at comparison would lack dimension. Essentially, if you have sat in a room and listened to music and just been absorbed by it, if you have that patience and capacity to listen to and engage with storytelling, then “The North” is an album that you should own.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SPOTIFY - FACEBOOK

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Mathew Espinoza Celebrates a 18th Birthday With Justin Bieber, Tarik Freitekh, Kendall Jenner and other celebrities http://videomusicstars.com/mathew-espinoza-celebrates-a-18th-birthday-with-justin-bieber-tarik-freitekh-kendall-jenner-and-other-celebrities/ http://videomusicstars.com/mathew-espinoza-celebrates-a-18th-birthday-with-justin-bieber-tarik-freitekh-kendall-jenner-and-other-celebrities/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:23:13 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10314 tarik-party-680

A person only turns 18 once and Mathew Espinoza did it surrounded by A-list celebrities.  Helping the video web star step into adulthood were Justin Bieber, Tarik Freitekh, Kendall Jenner and Kingbach in a rented Hollywood Hills mansion and a party that is the stuff of legends.

[caption id="attachment_16181" align="alignleft" width="225"]KingBach and Tarik Freitekh at the party KingBach and Tarik Freitekh at the party[/caption] No one can accuse Mathew Espinoza of going easy on his 18th birthday.  In fact it was the exact opposite, with a combination of A-list celebrities, Vine stars, beautiful people and long time friends and family enjoying the night, the company and the amazing pool. “This is by far one of the best parties of the year,”  commented a guest.  “Mathew knows how to party and his friends certainly didn't let him down.  I can only imagine what his 21st is going to look like!" Justin Bieber, clearly a highlight for many, showed up early and was high energy dancing with the DJ before stripping down to the bathing suit and splashing his way into the pool. [caption id="attachment_16182" align="alignright" width="255"]Tarik Freitekh and Kyle Massy at the Black Lamb Tarik Freitekh and Kyle Massy at the Black Lamb[/caption] Belly dancing, hookah smoking and an unlimited bar fueled the fun, along with fire performers, for that extra feel of totally letting go.   Kingbach, Carterr Reynolds and  Sammy Wilk represented for Vines, and don't be surprised if some of their antics don't end up making appearances on video. Other highlights include Celebrity producer and business man Tarik Freitekh spotted there with Justin Bieber, Kyle Massy, Chris Many and Youseph Basha.  Even Kendall Jenner came for about an hour and was sitting with the VIP area enjoying the night's festivities with a huge smile. This wasn't a night to miss for those invited or to forget for the many who made it in style. [caption id="attachment_16180" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Kyle,Mathew,Chris and Justin Bieber at the party Kyle,Mathew,Chris and Justin Bieber at the party[/caption]]]>
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A person only turns 18 once and Mathew Espinoza did it surrounded by A-list celebrities.  Helping the video web star step into adulthood were Justin Bieber, Tarik Freitekh, Kendall Jenner and Kingbach in a rented Hollywood Hills mansion and a party that is the stuff of legends.

[caption id="attachment_16181" align="alignleft" width="225"]KingBach and Tarik Freitekh at the party KingBach and Tarik Freitekh at the party[/caption] No one can accuse Mathew Espinoza of going easy on his 18th birthday.  In fact it was the exact opposite, with a combination of A-list celebrities, Vine stars, beautiful people and long time friends and family enjoying the night, the company and the amazing pool. “This is by far one of the best parties of the year,”  commented a guest.  “Mathew knows how to party and his friends certainly didn't let him down.  I can only imagine what his 21st is going to look like!" Justin Bieber, clearly a highlight for many, showed up early and was high energy dancing with the DJ before stripping down to the bathing suit and splashing his way into the pool. [caption id="attachment_16182" align="alignright" width="255"]Tarik Freitekh and Kyle Massy at the Black Lamb Tarik Freitekh and Kyle Massy at the Black Lamb[/caption] Belly dancing, hookah smoking and an unlimited bar fueled the fun, along with fire performers, for that extra feel of totally letting go.   Kingbach, Carterr Reynolds and  Sammy Wilk represented for Vines, and don't be surprised if some of their antics don't end up making appearances on video. Other highlights include Celebrity producer and business man Tarik Freitekh spotted there with Justin Bieber, Kyle Massy, Chris Many and Youseph Basha.  Even Kendall Jenner came for about an hour and was sitting with the VIP area enjoying the night's festivities with a huge smile. This wasn't a night to miss for those invited or to forget for the many who made it in style. [caption id="attachment_16180" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Kyle,Mathew,Chris and Justin Bieber at the party Kyle,Mathew,Chris and Justin Bieber at the party[/caption]]]>
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Heavy AmericA: “Up for Air” – there’s a real timeless quality to the music here http://videomusicstars.com/heavy-america-up-for-air-theres-a-real-timeless-quality-to-the-music-here/ http://videomusicstars.com/heavy-america-up-for-air-theres-a-real-timeless-quality-to-the-music-here/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:23:37 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10310 heavy-america-680

Formed in 2013, alternative hard rock band Heavy AmericA, consisting of Mike Sequin (lead vox, guitars, keys), Dan Fried (drums, percussion, vox) and Budd Lapham (bass, vox), brought together their years of experience and influences to create a truly unique band with a sound all its own. Fed up with the infinite repeat of bubble gum and corporate rock music that plagues the airways, they decided to be a band to bring forth the change so desperately needed in rock music today.

[caption id="attachment_16173" align="alignleft" width="350"]Heavy AmericA Heavy AmericA[/caption]

The core Heavy AmericA sound finds its influence in a diverse blend of rock idioms, from the expertly performed art and progressive rock circles to the edgy and incisive sounds of alternate rock rebellion. Blend in a pinch of theatrical classic rock, and the listener has transcended the run of the mill, stagnant musical forms that occupy a good deal of the digital store bins and radio station playlists. Yet Heavy AmericA manages to defy the conveniences of category, presenting an arsenal of sounds and moods that frankly put many of their contemporaries to shame.

The vocals and guitar playing of Mike Sequin are inspired and sincere, unlocking the deepest emotional meaning in his passionate performances, while Dan Fried on drums and Budd Lapham employ their stunning rhythmic gifts to inspire the fiery insurgency that can be found on Heavy AmericA’s brand new track, “Up for Air” !

Musically, “Up for Air” is really a culmination of what's come before - the previously released self-titled album clearly points the way to this new single, but this time the progressive elements and the seemingly endless styles mesh much better with the base hard rock form the band works within. There's a real timeless quality to the music here.

What the critics say of Heavy AmericA:

“The simplicity of their songs really felt reminiscent of older music, as new stuff today often tends to go overboard and try to do everything. Despite having only been together for two years, the group has a really mature sound. I might compare them to more recent bands like Queens of the Stone Age or The Strokes, but there were times when I felt like they had a lot of classic rock inspiration as well.” – Matt Kaiser (Indiemunity).

“I have to be honest, with a band name like ‘Heavy AmericA,’ I was prepared for a Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque group that dons incredible cheesy American flag paraphernalia and energizes drunken southern audiences. To my joy, Heavy AmericA isn’t like that at all. Their blend of hard rock is reminiscent of British Invasion jams mixed with some of the better elements of American hard rock.” - Brett Stewart (Independent Spotlight Series).

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITESOUNDCLOUD - FACEBOOK

[caption id="attachment_16174" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Heavy AmericA Heavy AmericA[/caption]]]>
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Formed in 2013, alternative hard rock band Heavy AmericA, consisting of Mike Sequin (lead vox, guitars, keys), Dan Fried (drums, percussion, vox) and Budd Lapham (bass, vox), brought together their years of experience and influences to create a truly unique band with a sound all its own. Fed up with the infinite repeat of bubble gum and corporate rock music that plagues the airways, they decided to be a band to bring forth the change so desperately needed in rock music today.

[caption id="attachment_16173" align="alignleft" width="350"]Heavy AmericA Heavy AmericA[/caption]

The core Heavy AmericA sound finds its influence in a diverse blend of rock idioms, from the expertly performed art and progressive rock circles to the edgy and incisive sounds of alternate rock rebellion. Blend in a pinch of theatrical classic rock, and the listener has transcended the run of the mill, stagnant musical forms that occupy a good deal of the digital store bins and radio station playlists. Yet Heavy AmericA manages to defy the conveniences of category, presenting an arsenal of sounds and moods that frankly put many of their contemporaries to shame.

The vocals and guitar playing of Mike Sequin are inspired and sincere, unlocking the deepest emotional meaning in his passionate performances, while Dan Fried on drums and Budd Lapham employ their stunning rhythmic gifts to inspire the fiery insurgency that can be found on Heavy AmericA’s brand new track, “Up for Air” !

Musically, “Up for Air” is really a culmination of what's come before - the previously released self-titled album clearly points the way to this new single, but this time the progressive elements and the seemingly endless styles mesh much better with the base hard rock form the band works within. There's a real timeless quality to the music here.

What the critics say of Heavy AmericA:

“The simplicity of their songs really felt reminiscent of older music, as new stuff today often tends to go overboard and try to do everything. Despite having only been together for two years, the group has a really mature sound. I might compare them to more recent bands like Queens of the Stone Age or The Strokes, but there were times when I felt like they had a lot of classic rock inspiration as well.” – Matt Kaiser (Indiemunity).

“I have to be honest, with a band name like ‘Heavy AmericA,’ I was prepared for a Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque group that dons incredible cheesy American flag paraphernalia and energizes drunken southern audiences. To my joy, Heavy AmericA isn’t like that at all. Their blend of hard rock is reminiscent of British Invasion jams mixed with some of the better elements of American hard rock.” - Brett Stewart (Independent Spotlight Series).

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITESOUNDCLOUD - FACEBOOK

[caption id="attachment_16174" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Heavy AmericA Heavy AmericA[/caption]]]>
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Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer: “Never Heard Before” expands the already large variety of beats in his catalog http://videomusicstars.com/fabp-aka-fabpz-the-freelancer-never-heard-before-expands-the-already-large-variety-of-beats-in-his-catalog/ http://videomusicstars.com/fabp-aka-fabpz-the-freelancer-never-heard-before-expands-the-already-large-variety-of-beats-in-his-catalog/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:51:49 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10307 fabp-never-680

“You not ready yet, it too delicate,” sings Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer, and it’s more than just a simple premonition. You, the listener, are probably ‘not ready yet’, for what Fabp delivers in his own unique style. Out now, is his 3-sided single, “Never Heard Before” – containing the classic version, the instrumental and the Acappella versions.

Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer, dabbles mainly in a personal mix of Dancehall and Hiphop. His delivery and style however is not in the fast and furious, raucous rhymes set. Fabp is one of a very select group of crossover dancehall artists who has the ability, will and courage to do his own thing. Throughout his career, whether dominated by Dancehall, dominated by Hiphop or dominated by controversy or naysayers, Fabp has managed to retain a seemingly unerring and indomitable approach to his music which is, perhaps, unmatched by many fame-seeking artists today.

[caption id="attachment_16169" align="alignleft" width="400"]Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer[/caption]

Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer, raps and sings in a nonchalant manner, which to some, may be monotonous and to others hypnotic. As always, music is a personal point of view; what is poison to some is manna to others. No doubt, Fabp’s style of interpreting the danchall/hiphop crossover genre is an acquired taste and not meant for everyone, but it is exactly this exclusivity, which will eventually help carve-out his own particular niche audience.

On “Never Heard Before”, Fabp once again showcases his inimitable laidback roots style, as he expands the already large variety of beats in his catalog. For fans of Fabp, it is a truly satisfying listening experience, with a diverse yet melodious and rhythmic production, together with Fabp’s unmistakable trademark wit and freestyle lyrical prowess, making it well worth adding to your music collection.

People always try to judge an artist about what they talk about in their music but before you judge any artist you should take a careful look into why they made a particular song. The same rule applies to Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer. So before you make any judgments or draw any conclusions on the music or lyrics delivered by Fabp - or any other artist for that matter - it’s always a good thing to go over and visit the artist’s website, and gain more insight into what makes the artist do what he does! It’s called respect…

More About the Artist: Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer attended I.A.R in NYC. Pete engineers and makes beats using Reason with Synths and Protools. Hip Hop & Dancehall is Fapk’s main genre, who cites his major influences as being Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Jay-z, Bounty Killer and Lady Saw. He started to produce beats and rhymes officially in 2006 after attending I.A.R for the first time and at that point decided to make music his career. A member of ASCAP, Fabp launched his own record label called X-Calade Promotionz.

OFFICIAL LINKS: STORE - WEBSITEFACEBOOKTWITTER - YOUTUBE

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“You not ready yet, it too delicate,” sings Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer, and it’s more than just a simple premonition. You, the listener, are probably ‘not ready yet’, for what Fabp delivers in his own unique style. Out now, is his 3-sided single, “Never Heard Before” – containing the classic version, the instrumental and the Acappella versions.

Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer, dabbles mainly in a personal mix of Dancehall and Hiphop. His delivery and style however is not in the fast and furious, raucous rhymes set. Fabp is one of a very select group of crossover dancehall artists who has the ability, will and courage to do his own thing. Throughout his career, whether dominated by Dancehall, dominated by Hiphop or dominated by controversy or naysayers, Fabp has managed to retain a seemingly unerring and indomitable approach to his music which is, perhaps, unmatched by many fame-seeking artists today.

[caption id="attachment_16169" align="alignleft" width="400"]Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer[/caption]

Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer, raps and sings in a nonchalant manner, which to some, may be monotonous and to others hypnotic. As always, music is a personal point of view; what is poison to some is manna to others. No doubt, Fabp’s style of interpreting the danchall/hiphop crossover genre is an acquired taste and not meant for everyone, but it is exactly this exclusivity, which will eventually help carve-out his own particular niche audience.

On “Never Heard Before”, Fabp once again showcases his inimitable laidback roots style, as he expands the already large variety of beats in his catalog. For fans of Fabp, it is a truly satisfying listening experience, with a diverse yet melodious and rhythmic production, together with Fabp’s unmistakable trademark wit and freestyle lyrical prowess, making it well worth adding to your music collection.

People always try to judge an artist about what they talk about in their music but before you judge any artist you should take a careful look into why they made a particular song. The same rule applies to Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer. So before you make any judgments or draw any conclusions on the music or lyrics delivered by Fabp - or any other artist for that matter - it’s always a good thing to go over and visit the artist’s website, and gain more insight into what makes the artist do what he does! It’s called respect…

More About the Artist: Fabp aka Fabpz the Freelancer attended I.A.R in NYC. Pete engineers and makes beats using Reason with Synths and Protools. Hip Hop & Dancehall is Fapk’s main genre, who cites his major influences as being Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Jay-z, Bounty Killer and Lady Saw. He started to produce beats and rhymes officially in 2006 after attending I.A.R for the first time and at that point decided to make music his career. A member of ASCAP, Fabp launched his own record label called X-Calade Promotionz.

OFFICIAL LINKS: STORE - WEBSITEFACEBOOKTWITTER - YOUTUBE

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Stanley Rimpson Jr set to release debut EP – “Psych” during November 2015 http://videomusicstars.com/stanley-rimpson-jr-set-to-release-debut-ep-psych-during-november-2015/ http://videomusicstars.com/stanley-rimpson-jr-set-to-release-debut-ep-psych-during-november-2015/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:36:50 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10304 srj-press-680

Guitarist and Singer Stanley Rimpson Jr Announced the release of his Debut Retro-Rock Styled  EP - “Psych”

[caption id="attachment_16163" align="alignleft" width="200"]The "Psych" EP cover artwork The "Psych" EP cover artwork[/caption] Indie guitarist/producer Stanley Rimpson Jr announces debut EP entitled “Psych”—a vintage yet urban collection of songs that delivers a radical message on freedom in America. On the EP, fans will uncover some retro styled yet rocking songs that are the soundtrack for this time in America. The “Psych” EP stands to take you back to an era when music was music. This is a musical collection that all people will be able to identify with.
 "I never thought I would live in the America I read about in history books (mainly the 60s), so I wanted to create an vintage, urban, but rocking vibe to put sound to situation.”  – Stanley Rimpson Jr
 

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGE – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER – FACEBOOK

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Guitarist and Singer Stanley Rimpson Jr Announced the release of his Debut Retro-Rock Styled  EP - “Psych”

[caption id="attachment_16163" align="alignleft" width="200"]The "Psych" EP cover artwork The "Psych" EP cover artwork[/caption] Indie guitarist/producer Stanley Rimpson Jr announces debut EP entitled “Psych”—a vintage yet urban collection of songs that delivers a radical message on freedom in America. On the EP, fans will uncover some retro styled yet rocking songs that are the soundtrack for this time in America. The “Psych” EP stands to take you back to an era when music was music. This is a musical collection that all people will be able to identify with.
 "I never thought I would live in the America I read about in history books (mainly the 60s), so I wanted to create an vintage, urban, but rocking vibe to put sound to situation.”  – Stanley Rimpson Jr
 

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGE – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER – FACEBOOK

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Donny Richmond and Elvis Presley’s Musicians Make History! http://videomusicstars.com/donny-richmond-and-elvis-presleys-musicians-make-history/ http://videomusicstars.com/donny-richmond-and-elvis-presleys-musicians-make-history/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:33:14 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10301 donny-richmond-680-2

Country, gospel, and pop recording star Donny Richmond, of the U.S., collaborated with many of pop music’s most legendary musicians for his new international release, which has been called “One for The Guinness Book of World Records”. “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” features the largest collection of Elvis Presley’s studio musicians ever to back up any artist other than Elvis himself.

[caption id="attachment_16134" align="alignleft" width="400"]Donny Richmond in the original Elvis automobile! Donny Richmond in the original Elvis automobile![/caption]

Written by Donny Richmond and David Walker, this beautiful and melodic love song is ingeniously constructed around subtle references to 25 of Elvis’ songs! Now released and charting in Europe, “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” is released to radio in the U.S. on August 3, 2015, and is available on iTunes.

Donny Richmond has written and recorded numerous chart hits in gospel and country music, with songs reaching #1 in more than a dozen countries. This unique entry also promises to be long lasting and far reaching, as the popularity of Elvis Presley sustains, and continues to expand to audiences of all ages.

August 16, 1977 will mark 38 years since the untimely passing of Elvis Presley. Each year in August, during “Elvis week”, fans from around the world take special time to remember the music legend. 2015 also marks the year of Elvis’ 80th Birthday, and the 60th anniversary of his first major recording success.

[caption id="attachment_16136" align="alignright" width="400"]Donny and first Elvis manager and guitarist Scotty Moore Donny and first Elvis manager and guitarist Scotty Moore[/caption]

The U.S. Postal Service will be releasing an official “Elvis Forever” postage stamp on August 12. For Donny Richmond’s recording of “The World Keeps Loving Elvis”, famed U.K. choreographer, Gaye Teather, has also written a line dance entitled “Forever Elvis”. This dance is currently receiving an outstanding international response.

For the making of “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” music video (now on YouTube), Donny Richmond was also given access to Elvis Presley’s coat, some of his jewelry, and one of his Cadillac cars. Elvis Presley’s musicians are featured in the YouTube video. These greats are members of the various Halls of Fame, such as The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and more. A complete list of the musicians, and the 25 Elvis songs alluded to in “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” can be found at the YouTube video.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE - ITUNES

Email: donnynow@bellsouth.net

Phone Doris Jean/Doris Agency (USA) (865) 774 3400

ABOUT: Donny Richmond is a multiple award winning artist, crossing the boundaries, reaching into genres including Pop, Country, Gospel, Rockabilly, and more. His music videos and TV shows have aired on national TV networks in many countries around the world. Awards received by Donny Richmond include Artist of The Decade, 6 times Entertainer of The Year, and The Living Legend Award.

[caption id="attachment_16135" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Donny wearing an original Elvis suit and jewelry! Donny wearing an original Elvis suit and jewelry![/caption]]]>
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Country, gospel, and pop recording star Donny Richmond, of the U.S., collaborated with many of pop music’s most legendary musicians for his new international release, which has been called “One for The Guinness Book of World Records”. “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” features the largest collection of Elvis Presley’s studio musicians ever to back up any artist other than Elvis himself.

[caption id="attachment_16134" align="alignleft" width="400"]Donny Richmond in the original Elvis automobile! Donny Richmond in the original Elvis automobile![/caption]

Written by Donny Richmond and David Walker, this beautiful and melodic love song is ingeniously constructed around subtle references to 25 of Elvis’ songs! Now released and charting in Europe, “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” is released to radio in the U.S. on August 3, 2015, and is available on iTunes.

Donny Richmond has written and recorded numerous chart hits in gospel and country music, with songs reaching #1 in more than a dozen countries. This unique entry also promises to be long lasting and far reaching, as the popularity of Elvis Presley sustains, and continues to expand to audiences of all ages.

August 16, 1977 will mark 38 years since the untimely passing of Elvis Presley. Each year in August, during “Elvis week”, fans from around the world take special time to remember the music legend. 2015 also marks the year of Elvis’ 80th Birthday, and the 60th anniversary of his first major recording success.

[caption id="attachment_16136" align="alignright" width="400"]Donny and first Elvis manager and guitarist Scotty Moore Donny and first Elvis manager and guitarist Scotty Moore[/caption]

The U.S. Postal Service will be releasing an official “Elvis Forever” postage stamp on August 12. For Donny Richmond’s recording of “The World Keeps Loving Elvis”, famed U.K. choreographer, Gaye Teather, has also written a line dance entitled “Forever Elvis”. This dance is currently receiving an outstanding international response.

For the making of “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” music video (now on YouTube), Donny Richmond was also given access to Elvis Presley’s coat, some of his jewelry, and one of his Cadillac cars. Elvis Presley’s musicians are featured in the YouTube video. These greats are members of the various Halls of Fame, such as The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and more. A complete list of the musicians, and the 25 Elvis songs alluded to in “The World Keeps Loving Elvis” can be found at the YouTube video.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE - ITUNES

Email: donnynow@bellsouth.net

Phone Doris Jean/Doris Agency (USA) (865) 774 3400

ABOUT: Donny Richmond is a multiple award winning artist, crossing the boundaries, reaching into genres including Pop, Country, Gospel, Rockabilly, and more. His music videos and TV shows have aired on national TV networks in many countries around the world. Awards received by Donny Richmond include Artist of The Decade, 6 times Entertainer of The Year, and The Living Legend Award.

[caption id="attachment_16135" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Donny wearing an original Elvis suit and jewelry! Donny wearing an original Elvis suit and jewelry![/caption]]]>
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The Stillwinter: “The Beauty Within” – brings something new to the table, mainly, originality! http://videomusicstars.com/the-stillwinter-the-beauty-within-brings-something-new-to-the-table-mainly-originality/ http://videomusicstars.com/the-stillwinter-the-beauty-within-brings-something-new-to-the-table-mainly-originality/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:58:59 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=10298 stillwinter-680

The Stillwinter is a four-piece punk-pop and rock band out of Redlands, California. Founded in late 2011 by front-man Kelly Tittor and guitarist Cameron Terry, the band currently consists of members Ian Kelly (vocals), Tim Bristol (guitar), Richie Koepsell (bass), Alfonso Guzman (drums). Some of The Stillwinter's more notable shows include playing at House of Blues in Downtown Disney, opening for world famous, rock veterans Rufio, Eve 6, Unwritten Law, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Reel Big Fish, Adema and having their music aired on multiple college radios including X103.9 FM as well as having played live in the world famous Warped Tour 2013.

[caption id="attachment_16117" align="alignleft" width="400"]The Stillwinter The Stillwinter[/caption]

The Stillwinter has recently released their 11-track album, “The Beauty Within”. In a time when music is being overproduced and trying to have the best radio-ready songs mass-produced to millions of teens there's a breath of fresh air. The Stillwinter is too hard to categorize into just a single category as they write and preform from their hearts. Some songs are super punk, some songs are emo or alternative-rock-influenced, and others are catchy pop-punk songs. Yet all the tracks have the same thing in common, they all show through raw emotions to a larger picture. These Redlands guys seem to have more on their mind then just blonde girls and pimped-out cars. This is what sets them apart from the other punk contenders, and together with those who are also musically and lyrically gifted like Blink-182, My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory, Simple Plan or Fall Out Boy.

Also, with listening to “The Beauty Within” you can feel the band’s energy as if you were listening to them live. They make enough sound-waves to lift your spirits even on the cloudiest of days; the melodies are great, the guitar riffs sound raw and catchy at the same time, the basslines are solid and you can actually hear them, while the drum work and vocals are superb.

[caption id="attachment_16119" align="alignright" width="350"]The album artwork The album artwork[/caption]

The Stillwinter’s winning combination of strong melodies, smart and exciting keyboard arrangements, and breathtaking guitar riffs, twist and turn though standout, high energy tracks like “The Undefeated”, “The Reaping”, “Filthy Needs”, “Lucid Dream Girl”, “One Night One Stand” and “Six Feet Under”. But the band show that they can also slow it down on the soaring power ballad “Volume 6” or deliver rip-roaring pop catchiness with “Lost in Sanity”. All round “The Beauty Within” proves beyond doubt that this band has some real talent, very original music with skillful performances, and vocals that can do incredible things.

For those of you who are not slaves to genre labels you might want to try this album. It is strong musically as well as lyrically. When I first heard about The Stillwinter I didn't expect to like them. “Just another punk band”, I thought, however, this album really impressed me. This band is extremely different from the norm. They bring something new to the table, mainly, originality. Their lyrics are intriguing, metaphoric, and at times ironic. The songs are fast, loud, and brilliant, showcasing excellent musicality. The Stillwinter has managed to blend genres to create a great punk-pop-rock sound. From top to bottom, “The Beauty Within” is a five-star album!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITECDBABYYOUTUBEFACEBOOK - TWITTER

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The Stillwinter is a four-piece punk-pop and rock band out of Redlands, California. Founded in late 2011 by front-man Kelly Tittor and guitarist Cameron Terry, the band currently consists of members Ian Kelly (vocals), Tim Bristol (guitar), Richie Koepsell (bass), Alfonso Guzman (drums). Some of The Stillwinter's more notable shows include playing at House of Blues in Downtown Disney, opening for world famous, rock veterans Rufio, Eve 6, Unwritten Law, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Reel Big Fish, Adema and having their music aired on multiple college radios including X103.9 FM as well as having played live in the world famous Warped Tour 2013.

[caption id="attachment_16117" align="alignleft" width="400"]The Stillwinter The Stillwinter[/caption]

The Stillwinter has recently released their 11-track album, “The Beauty Within”. In a time when music is being overproduced and trying to have the best radio-ready songs mass-produced to millions of teens there's a breath of fresh air. The Stillwinter is too hard to categorize into just a single category as they write and preform from their hearts. Some songs are super punk, some songs are emo or alternative-rock-influenced, and others are catchy pop-punk songs. Yet all the tracks have the same thing in common, they all show through raw emotions to a larger picture. These Redlands guys seem to have more on their mind then just blonde girls and pimped-out cars. This is what sets them apart from the other punk contenders, and together with those who are also musically and lyrically gifted like Blink-182, My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory, Simple Plan or Fall Out Boy.

Also, with listening to “The Beauty Within” you can feel the band’s energy as if you were listening to them live. They make enough sound-waves to lift your spirits even on the cloudiest of days; the melodies are great, the guitar riffs sound raw and catchy at the same time, the basslines are solid and you can actually hear them, while the drum work and vocals are superb.

[caption id="attachment_16119" align="alignright" width="350"]The album artwork The album artwork[/caption]

The Stillwinter’s winning combination of strong melodies, smart and exciting keyboard arrangements, and breathtaking guitar riffs, twist and turn though standout, high energy tracks like “The Undefeated”, “The Reaping”, “Filthy Needs”, “Lucid Dream Girl”, “One Night One Stand” and “Six Feet Under”. But the band show that they can also slow it down on the soaring power ballad “Volume 6” or deliver rip-roaring pop catchiness with “Lost in Sanity”. All round “The Beauty Within” proves beyond doubt that this band has some real talent, very original music with skillful performances, and vocals that can do incredible things.

For those of you who are not slaves to genre labels you might want to try this album. It is strong musically as well as lyrically. When I first heard about The Stillwinter I didn't expect to like them. “Just another punk band”, I thought, however, this album really impressed me. This band is extremely different from the norm. They bring something new to the table, mainly, originality. Their lyrics are intriguing, metaphoric, and at times ironic. The songs are fast, loud, and brilliant, showcasing excellent musicality. The Stillwinter has managed to blend genres to create a great punk-pop-rock sound. From top to bottom, “The Beauty Within” is a five-star album!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITECDBABYYOUTUBEFACEBOOK - TWITTER

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