From The Horse’s Mouth: John Shannon (theSHIFT) on 7th Direction

theSHIFT’s ability to craft earth-shattering rock filled with vibrant depth and a forceful punch is on full display with 7th Direction, which was released on April 14. Comprised of John Shannon (vocals/guitar), MJ Lambert (drums) and Ben Geis (bass), theSHIFT come from a wide-ranging music spectrum. Shannon has recorded and toured with top-national acts like John Mayer, Lauryn Hill and … More »

Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival offers early bird online ticket prices (2015)

Music fans can now take advantage of early bird online ticket prices to Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival.   And, hello, what’s this? For the first time in 14 years, organizers are shifting festival dates from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format to now run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The change is the result of feedback from fans. “For those who … More »

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From The Horse’s Mouth: Ryan Baca (Wake Up Lucid) on Gone With The Night

On their upcoming fourth release Gone With The Night, Los Angeles gutter rock trio Wake Up Lucid puts it simply: “Give us something real, something we can feel. Or get fucked.” This statement resounds as both rejection of fakery and pursuit of honest music, which have remained Wake Up Lucid’s only guidelines for writing and performing throughout the half decade’s worth of their … More »

The Wrecking Ball comes to Atlanta (2015)

The Wrecking Ball 2015!!!  Legendary live music venue, the Masquerade, long a fixture on the Atlanta musical landscape and destination point on the national touring scene, marks its 25th Anniversary of presenting the finest in new, cutting edge live entertainment by debuting an annual weekend celebration of music we love by artists we admire. For the inaugural 2015 installment of … More »

East Cameron Folkcore (photo by Tyson Zoltan Heder)

From The Horse’s Mouth: Blake Bernstein, Jesse Moore (East Cameron Folkcore) on Kingdom of Fear

  East Cameron Folkcore wants to bring back a sense of social consciousness that they feel has been missing from much of today’s music. Formed in the Northeast Austin neighborhood that they’re named after, the eight-piece orchestral group pieces together folk, country, blues and punk to create a unique sound that represents the poor and downtrodden while expressing the disgruntled … More »


From The Horse’s Mouth: Raz Klinghoffer (EarlyRise) on Colors

EarlyRise exceed at crafting multi-layered rock anthems injected with dynamic, melodic hooks. It’s a sound that’s taken to new heights with the group’s sophomore effort, Colors, which was released on March 20. The L.A.-based group recently unleashed a video for the album’s first single, “Safer In Here” juxtaposing acclaimed Japanese director Takuya Okada’s haunting animation with the song’s emotionally powered … More »

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Premiere: Blueprint – Black Intellectual

“With his fourth studio album, King No Crown, critically acclaimed mc/producer Blueprint has continued his constant evolution by combining the boom-bap chops of his 2014 project Respect the Architect (Weightless Recordings) with the genre-defying aesthetic of his 2011 album Adventures in Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment). The end result is 60-minutes of uninterrupted music that effortlessly transitions from song to song without … More »

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CESCHI feel the music…

Years before the release of his last album The One Man Band Broke Up he’s returned with Broken Bone Ballads, a collection of tracks that embodies both the morose and joyful. Ceschi Ramos has spent time away from music and life in general, dealing with court dates, time away from friends and family and a live distanced from the one … More »

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From The Horse’s Mouth: Jose McGill (The Vagaband) on Medicine for the Soul

Medicine for the Soul is the sophomore release from the U.K.’s The Vagaband, one of the foremost acts on England’s vibrant roots scene. The self-produced album is the follow-up to their much praised debut Town & Country and is being released on CD, gate-fold vinyl and via digital download on their own Eggsong Recordings label. The Vagaband are an eight-piece ensemble based in Norfolk, … More »


Video Premiere: Duncecap, “Stale Saltines (My What to Do)”

Ghettoblaster has a premiere for all the “heads” in our readership; Duncecap’s “Stale Saltines (My What to Do)”. In “Stale Saltines,” English beatmaker DJM provides the backdrop as Dunce goes through a candid and transformative haircut that includes cats, hair sniffing, and some sloppy green screen techniques. This will lighten up that seasonal depression and maybe inspire you to lower … More »