• Darke Complex, Palaye Royale, and VAMPS

  • Project Pabst , Denver 2017

  • Kerry Pastime & the Crime Scene

  • Greenbrier Broadcast, Rubber Planet, and Weather Big Storm

  • Guitar Villians

Surmen – Of The Deceased

Of The Deceased, Surmen Finally, rappers who understand that rap is a rhythm instrument! Combining staccato lyrics with cool lush music Surmen overcome the failure of most hip hop acts who think that the vocals can simply be spoken over the beats.  This act uses more than just a cool beat track, they’ve actually got […]

Be Professional

By David A. Barber Author of Gigging, Everything You Need to Know About Playing Gigs (Except How to Play Your Axe) Being Professional is as important in the music business as in any other. And, yes, just to remind you, it is a business. If you’re just in if for the fun of making music, […]

Selling Albums Online

By David A. Barber Author of Gigging, Everything You Need to Know About Playing Gigs (Except How to Play Your Axe) For musical artists there are 3 basic ways to sell your CDs online. (Note: this article does not directly address selling downloads) 1. Get your own credit card merchant account and sell directly. This […]

Barnstorm – Barnstorm

Barnstorm, Barnstorm Barnstorm, the Self-titled CD features the musical skills of Matt Barnes with Tony Medina and a couple other guys on bass and drums. The best description for these eight tracks: Acoustic guitar rock with vocal harmonies. Barnstorm proves that you don’t need to plug in to rock. The songs all have thought provoking […]

Jill Stevenson – 1308 Ditmas

Jill Stevenson, 1308 Ditmas The most puzzling thing about Jill Stevenson’s new album 1308 Ditmas is the title. What the heck is a ditma? and what is the significance of 1308 of them? We asked Google and eventually figured out that Ditmas is the name of a street and 1308 is the address. Stevenson informs […]

What Makes A Good Poster

  By David A. Barber Author of Gigging, Everything You Need to Know About Playing Gigs (Except How to Play Your Axe) Every band that promotes itself (and if yours doesn’t, you’re already wasting your time by reading this), has dealt with the problem of posters. Some bands get lucky and discover an artist who […]

Yo, Flaco!, The Skinny

Yo, Flaco!, The Skinny Fifteen tracks, three years in the making. It’s about time! The Skinny delivers everything we’ve come to expect from Yo, Flaco! Cool jazz guitar work from Brandon Martin, rap from Neil McIntyre, Nate “Microphone Jones” and Derris Miles. Those Flaco signature bass lines from Wes Coplen that always get people dancing. […]

The Commodes, Cursed From The Beginning

The Commodes, Cursed From The Beginning Cursed From The Beginning, a 5 song CD from The Commodes, surprised us. We usually don’t much care for punk. Cursed, though, doesn’t suck. Sure, true to the genre, the vocals don’t consist of much actual singing, instead it’s rapid chanting or outright screaming. The lyrics are indecipherable without […]

Roper – Brace Yourself For The Mediocre

Roper, Brace Yourself For The Mediocre (5 Minute Walk) Brand new music from a brand new band. Headed by Reese Roper of Five Iron Frenzy fame, this new act comes out of the gate rockin’ hard. Thirteen tracks of power-pop, radio friendly music to delight the ears. Collectively the songs tell us that this is […]

Turn Up The Vocals!

By David A. Barber Author of Gigging, Everything You Need to Know About Playing Gigs (Except How to Play Your Axe) We’ve seen this one a million times and so have you. A local band puts out a CD where the bass, drums or guitar overpower the vocals to the point where one can barely […]

The Zen Barons, Into The Fire

The Zen Barons, Into The Fire The latest release from. The Zen Barons, Into the Fire showcases the bands cool 1980’s style rock The ten tracks on this disc were recorded at Mile High Music with the help of engineer Scott Gries. The production is clean and powerful, resulting in the best recordings from this […]

Radio Programming – The Heroin Theory

By David A. Barber Author of Gigging, Everything You Need to Know About Playing Gigs (Except How to Play Your Axe) OK, I’m not a radio programmer. I’m not a DJ (or on-air talent as they are called today) and I’ve never worked in the radio business at all. But I do listen to the […]