The Budos BandIt’s never too late to get your funky groove on.  Or so I have been told.. but my recent discovery of a large group of musicians from Staten Island New York called The Budos Band have clearly defined their own funky grooves.  It shouldn’t take a lot to appreciate good music when you hear it, and Budos Band makes it easy for listeners.  Their brand of instrumental soul inspired afro beat music gets the job done.

From the percussion beats of bongos, congas, cowbells and claves to the strong horn section led by trumpets, and a saxaphone, everything is covered.  The Budos Band has a self titled release which will soon be followed by a new album simply titled “The Budos Band II”.  This album is set to be released on August 7th, 2007.  Both are available on Daptone Records.  You can find a couple 45s that the group has released as well.

The Official Website of The Budos Band
Visit the Budos Band at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jun 30 2007     Toronto Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, Ontario
Jul 05 2007    Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, California
Jul 06 2007    Boom Boom Room – San Francisco, California
Jul 07 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Jul 08 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Aug 09 2007    Joe’s Pub – New York
Aug 10 2007    World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 15 2007    Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 16 2007    Ravari Room – Columbus, Ohio
Aug 18 2007    Onopa Brewing Co. – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 19 2007    Beachland Ballrom – Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 22 2007     Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, Massachusetts


Photo By Heather Johnson www.heatherjohnson.comThere’s a buzz going around about two talented songwriters, Dave and Jim, also known as the band Postmark Twain. Influenced by real life experiences, the music produced by this duo sounds great. Their indie pop rock sound is upbeat, filled with positive emotions, which seems to be a good fit for these guys.

Dave and Jim started writing music back in 2006 and recently got a production deal with Shep & Kenny, who are known for their work with such artists as Marcy Playground, Bayside, and Head Automatica. The outcome is a 5 track EP titled “Timing is Everything”, which is available through iTunes. I suggest giving them a listen.

Official Website of Postmark Twain
Visit Postmark Twain at Myspace

Rodney ThurmanI’m quite positive it won’t be long before you start hearing the name Rodney Thurman more and more. This talented singer/songwriter is sure to make a pretty good name for himself. The man hails from Kansas City and is getting his music out there.

Rodney’s working on an EP which will definitely grab some attention with tunes featuring a good mix of acoustic and upbeat guitar driven rock. His song “Paint My Emotions” is a wonderfully crafted song with great melodies.

Official Site of Rodney Thurman

Damiera Rocks

June 28, 2007

Damiera - Band PhotoInteresting sounds coming from a band called Damiera.  Their musical creations can be described as experimental indie rock, with a progressive hook.  I suppose Damiera could easily fit in the math rock category.  The band from Buffalo consists of David Raymond, Steve Downs, Joshua Sparks, and Jayson Dezuzio.  The guys showcase their musical skills on their recordings, and during their powerful live performances.  A lot of bands that play a similar style of music tend to get sloppy, but Damiera stays focused.  If you are looking for a good technical album, pick up their CD “M(US)IC”, I think you’ll enjoy the tunes.

Official website of Damiera
Visit Darmiera at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Aug 02 2007    The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Aug 03 2007    The Avenue – Richmond, IN
Aug 04 2007    Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 05 2007     Westcott Community Center – Syracuse, NY
Aug 28 2007    The Filmore – Philadelphia, PA
Aug 29 2007    Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
Aug 30 2007    Axis – Boston, MA
Aug 31 2007    Recher Theater – Towson, MD
Sep 01 2007    The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
Sep 02 2007    Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

The Home Wreckers Club

June 28, 2007

The Home Wreckers ClubThe UK band The Home Wreckers Club has been around for about 4 years and has made their mark on the indie pop rock scene. They have had some lineup changes over this time, but things look good recently. The recordings which have been put forth from these guys have caught the attention of both listeners and record companies alike. I’m not completely sure what the band has been up to recently, but I’ll keep listening. You can listen to some of their recordings at their Myspace page.

The Home Wreckers Club at Myspace

Bring out the Cheese

June 27, 2007

Richard CheeseWould you like cheese on that?  How about some Richard Cheese.  No, it’s not some new age cheese, it’s Richard Cheese (aka Dick), the lounge singer.  Richard takes lounge music to a whole new level, and a quite humorous one at that.  Dick produces and performs lounge style Vegas versions of today’s most popular songs, and has been doing so ever since the year 2000.  Backed by his Lounge Against the Machine band, these crooners set out on their own unique path to grab the attention of everyone who enjoys a good time.  These guys have been busy providing entertainment for fans worldwide.  There are plenty of songs to keep us entertained, and a seventh CD will be released in July.  Dick and the band offer up their own variety of lounge style songs from artists like Disturbed, Slayer, Snoop Dogg, System of a Down, Slipknot, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, and so many more.  Crazy, yes, but highly entertaining.

Richard Cheese and the Lounge Against the Machine band will be on tour this summer.  I recommend going to see a show.  Visit his official sites below for Tour info, CD and merchandise info, and more.  If you’re going to lounge around this summer, listen to some hip lounge music and be entertained.

Official website of Richard Cheese
Richard Cheese at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jun 29 2007    The Derby – Los Angeles, California
Jul 08 2007    Hard Rock Hotel – Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
Jul 15 2007    The Social – Orlando, Florida
Jul 18 2007    The Roxy Theater – Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 21 2007    House of Blues – New Orleans, Louisiana
Jul 27 2007    Canes – San Diego, California
Aug 05 2007    Hard Rock Hotel – Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 14 2007    Dante’s – Portland, Oregon
Aug 17 2007    El Corazon – Seattle, Washington
Aug 20 2007    Good Day Sacramento on KOVR-TV – Sacramento, California
Aug 22 2007    Harlow’s – Sacramento, California
Aug 24 2007     Live 105 – San Francisco, California
Aug 25 2007    Bodega – Bodega, California
Aug 28 2007    Red Devil Lounge – San Francisco, California
Sep 08 2007    House of Blues – Chicago, Illinois

Hello TokyoThe latest recordings of DC and Brooklyn based indie pop rock group Hello Tokyo clearly shows their musical strength.  The group fronted by female vocalist Kat does not disappoint.  I really enjoy the sound coming from the band, and quite a few others do too.  You will find their music on the 2006 release “Don’t Cry in Public” and the “Newell Street Mixes” which is available to download.  They are busy recording a full length album which you should look for on Right Hook Records.

Hello Tokyo has been active in a variety of ways.   The band was recently featured in a photo shoot for “The 2007 Dress Responsibly Look Book” which is being presented by Fashion Fights Poverty.  Their music was featured on the Animal Planet television show “Horse Power” as well as MTV’s Real World.  And you may have seen Hello Tokyo perform during the 2006 Warped Tour if you were able to attend.

Hello Tokyo at Myspace
Official Website of Hello Tokyo

See Hello Tokyo at these Upcoming Shows:

Jun 30 2007    Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington D.C.
Jul 21 2007     The Hook – Brooklyn, New York
Aug 16 2007    The Fire – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania