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Ca$h Out: Where His Hit Single Is Taking Him Next AND INTRODUCING OUR NEW MUSIC COLUMNIST, MONET

FALL 2012 volume 2

Contributors Special thanks to the individuals who have contributed to the this issue of The Rhythmic Lounge Magazine!

James Haynes, Graphic Editor Gwendolyn Talbot, Editor/Writer Maria Bianco, Writer Chantel Atkins (CEO/Owner) I started The Rhythmic Lounge in December 2010. At its start, it was a fairly simple website with the purpose of giving people a place to promote their talents and network. I had no idea that less than two years later it would transform into something much bigger. The website then underwent a complete revamp in July 2011, with a brand new look and the addition of many new features, including the creation of The Rhythmic Lounge Radio. Following suit, the radio started out as merely a 24/7 stream of hand-picked music submitted by talented musicians from the website but is now an integral part of the company. Listeners from all over the world tune in regularly to hear the wide variety of music, as well as the educational, musical and talk-radio shows that we now host. The radio’s success has only made me realize The Rhythmic Lounge could take me in new directions everyday rather than the other way around, which is why a digital magazine seemed like the next step. I’m incredibly proud to present to you hardworking artists and entertainers in this magazine and on the site, so enjoy! Be sure to go to www.therhythmiclounge.com to see the profiles for the great talent displayed in this issue. Thanks for the support, and happy reading!

Lou Johnson, Writer William Kryjak, Writer Doug Mitchell, Writer Monet, Columnist Andreea Nica, Writer Patrick Ross, Writer K.P. Spright, Writer Barry Stein, Writer

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6 DJ Scotty B

38 Ricky DaVista

11 Mark Tierno (Maldene)

46 Diego Cash

22 Ca$h Out

54 Tena Williams

32 Oscar Black

66 Flying Lotus

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Scott#Bowdoin,#perhaps#better#known#as#DJ#Scotty#B,#first#discovered#his#passion#for#the#musical#styling# of#disc#jockeying#in#1983#while#working#at#a#roller#rink#in#Perry,#Florida.#He#soon#made#his#way#from#the# roller#rink#to#the#entertainment#sphere,#making#appearances#on#AM#radio#stations#and#overseeing#his# own#mobile#DJ#company,#a#company#that#would#provide#the#pedestal#which#would#catapult#him#into# FM#radio#stations#such#as#Hot#104.9,#nightclubs#throughout#Florida#and#Georgia,#and#a#guest#DJ#spot#at# the#notable#and#highly#accredited#Studio#54#at#the#MGM#Grand#Hotel#in#Las#Vegas,#Nevada.#Soon#after# the#takeoff#of#his#DJ#career,#Scotty#B#ventured#to#pursue#his#passion#for#radio#and#television# broadcasting#at#the#Connecticut#School#of#Broadcasting#in#Davie,#Florida.## # Upon#graduating,#Scotty#B#continued#with#his#musical#endeavors,#spinning#at#various#house#parties#and# yacht#events,#until#finally#taking#a#break#from#music#to#make#a#life#with#his#wife#Lauren#in#New#Jersey.# But#after#six#years,#Scotty#B#has#returned#to#his#musical#roots#with#more#determination#than#ever.#He# currently#hosts#a#weekly#Internet#radio#show,#Digital#Response,#where#he#showcases#his#true#talent:#the# creation#and#fusion#of#sound#into#unified#pieces#of#music.#Unlike#DJs#who#use#a#laptop#or#virtual#DJ# programs#to#mix#their#sounds,#Scotty#B#maintains#a#raw,#old#school#style#using#CDs#and#mixing#onto#a# recording#program#called#Audacity.#Musically,#Scotty#B#finds#inspiration#in#a#variety#of#House#genres# ranging#from#Progressive#to#Funk#to#Vocal,#and#uses#these#styles,#among#others,#to#develop#completely# unique#and#electrifying#sounds.## # From#a#personal#stance,#Scotty#B#stresses#the#importance#of#reading#the#crowd#during#a#performance,# which#he#says#can#be#difficult#with#today’s#promoters#encouraging#artists#to#play#only#the#most#popular# hits.#Despite#the#struggles#he#has#seen#as#a#DJ,#Scotty#B#remains#a#musical#force#to#be#reckoned#with,# noting#the#necessity#in#keeping#a#balance#between#his#three#passions:#God,#his#wife,#and#music.#“God# gave#me#my#talents,#my#wife#supports#me#100#percent,#and#I#love#making#music#and#the#people#that# listen#and#support#the#show#–#this#is#why#I#do#what#I#do.”#So,#what’s#next#for#DJ#Scotty#B?#He#is#currently# learning#how#to#make#tracks#with#friend,#DJ#Apple,#a#DJ#and#producer#out#of#New#York#City.#“I#am# hoping#to#start#turning#out#some#banging#tracks#real#soon,”#he#says.# For#more#info#on#DJ#Scotty#B#or#to#check#out#the#Digital#Response,#visit:# • Wednesday#nights#at#8pm#PT,#11pm#Est.#USA#times;#4am#UK#times#at# ######www.sobelnationradio.com# • Thursdays#at#2pm#PT,#5pm#Est.#USA#times;#10pm#UK#times#at#www.insoulwetrust.com# • Friday#afternoons#at#2pm#PT,#5pm#Est.#USA#Times;#10pm#UK#Times#at#www.therhythmiclounge.com# • Saturday#afternoons#at#12pm#PT,#3pm#Est.#USA#times;#8pm#UK#times#at#www.northernb underground.co.uk# • Saturday#nights#at#7pm#PT,#10pm#Est.#USA#times;#3am#UK#times#on#www.wromradio.net# • Sunday#nights#at#6pm#PT,#9pm#Est.#USA#times;#2am#UK#times#on#www.party732.com# • Tuesday#afternoons#at#3pm#PT#6pm#Est.#USA#times;#11pm#UK#times#on#http://www.danceradio.ca/1# • Every#night#starting#at#7:30pm#PT,#10:30pm#Est.#USA#times;#3:30#UK#times# on#Radio#Bistro#at#http://www.tunein.com(show#runs#for#eight#hours#and#new#episodes#start#airing# Friday#nights;#search#Radio#Bistro)# # #

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AppleSpaceBar by  K.  P.  Spright  

Modern   or   the   classic   rock,   music   stirs   you,   so   we   shed   light   on   a   Birmingham   based   modern   rock   band,  AppleSpaceBar.  They  are  creating  hard  edgy  music  beyond  Alabama  and  the  United  States.     The   band   members   are   Producer   Ben   Trexel,   he   also   takes   up   the   guitar,   Johnny   Nine   leads   vocals,   Lake  Trechsel  beats  the  drums,  Patrick  Prantl  strums  the  guitar  and,  Chipper  Bonds  harmonizes  their   creations   with   bass.   Since   their   debut   release   in   2009,   Welcome   To   The   Dream,   there   has   been   no   looking   back.   More   CDs   and   music   releases   like   “Songs   You   Might   Like”   in   2010   added   feathers   to   their   cap.   Tangent   Music   Group   Label   has   given   a   major   exposure   to   this   melodic,   yet   electrifying   band.  You  can  enjoy  their  music  from  I-­‐Tunes,  CD  BABY  and  Rhapsody.     Their  mission,  “to  create  each  song  as  their  first  and  last  one,  they  wish  to  hold  the  listener  with  the   soundscape  of  their  guitar  and  rock  music”,  giving  them  the  zing.  The  band  was  inspired  by  listening  to   the  legends  of  rock  like  Aerosmith,  Pink  Floyd,  CSN  and  Led  Zepplin  over  years,  says  Producer  Trexel.   Driving   music   beyond   the   commercial   market,   this   hottest   band   has   introduced   free   harmonic   song   compositions.  The  latest  release  by  AppleSpaceBar,  Big  in  Japan  released  in  January  2012  influences   the  listeners  through  entertainment  and  emotional  rock  element.     Certainly   songs   are   infectious,   but   AppleSpaceBar’s   creations   are   delving   way   deeper   in   their   fan’s   hearts.  The  music  of  this  band  will  stand  the  test  of  time  and  stay.  Check  out  their  latest  releases  right   here:  www.applespacebar.com.   8

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Robert Carvalho by William Kryjak Soul is a word that is thrown around far too often when referring to music. “That song was so soulful!” “That artist really had soul.” We know! Music without soul isn't music, but rather nonsense. Saying that music has soul is like saying a dictionary has words. It's redundant, unnecessary and a waste of time. Therefore, when I talk about the smooth, emotional grooves of Robert Carvalho, I won't be talking about soul because it goes without saying. Carvalho was born in Birmingham, England, and began teaching himself how to play music at age 14. From there he went on to form his band the Xtended Family, and has since gone on to collaborate with a number of artists within the UK and abroad. His repertoire includes a full spectrum from house to jazz, and his influences are just as varied as his output. "For me, music is all about self-expression, tapping into the inner senses and reshaping them in a way that engages the listener." Robert's diverse passion lives in every one of his songs, as well as his performances. It's not some generic idea of soul that drives him, but his love for music and what it means to him and the world around him. Check out just one of his songs, and be sold on all of them. http://www.versifymusic.com/

Mark  Tierno  –  Author  of  Maldene  by  Maria Bianco A mystical world at the center of a galaxy not yet breached by mankind, a world full of sights, cultures, and people never seen before, a place where magic dwells – this is Mark Tierno’s setting for his novel Maldene, the first of thirteen novels that comprise the Maldene saga. The story blossomed in the shadows of adversity as a young Tierno watched his father suffer from Parkinson’s disease and in early adulthood was forced to pick up the pieces of his life after a fire destroyed his family’s home. But nothing could deter him from his love of writing. Upon completing the novel in 1996, Tierno sought an agent. He maintained his determination to move forward with the saga despite the many refusals from publishers who were unwilling to give an aspiring fantasy author a chance. After more than ten years of searching, his highly anticipated story is finally being told. The novel traces the paths of several adventurers who will explore the continents of Maldene; along the way, they will encounter twists and turns, mystical creatures, and a legendary evil that they may be forced, or destined to overcome. Armed with a passion for exploring the Universe and its infinite possibilities, Tierno has managed to create a story that captivates readers with wonderfully enchanting depictions of a mystic realm, venturesome journeys in a world of magic, and enticing dialogue between characters, all of which are sure to excite the adventurous and intrigue the curious. You can order your copy of Maldene at http://www.maldene.com

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             Jason  Aparicio  AKA  DJ  Apple                                            

Apple  was  raised  in  a  family  of  musicians  and  music  enthusiasts.  He  inherited  a  massive  collection  of   classic  records  ranging  from  Motown  soul,  Classic  Rock,  Latin  Jazz,  Disco,  and  Hip  Hop.  This  spectrum  of   music  inspired  him  to  begin  mixing  sounds  together.  Eventually,  using  a  4  track  recorder,  he  began   circulating  mix  tapes  and  starting  getting  work  doing  mixes  for  dance  and  cheer  squads  which  evolved   into  winning  national  championship  mixes  for  his  FSU  dance  and  cheer  squads.  Perfecting  his  mixing  skills   as  a  DJ,  Apple  Locked  down  three  long  term  residencies  at  the  Underground  Cafe,  CPA,  and  Club  Fire  and   Ice  in  Tallahassee,  FLA  where  he  graduated  from  FSU  with  a  bachelors  in  Sociology.  The  next  step  was   music  production,  which  he  quickly  grasped  and  got  signed  to  Funk  Lab  records.  Shortly  after  releasing   “Feel  The  Drums”,  on  Funk  Lab,  he  started  his  own  label,  Extract  Records.  His  first  release,  "Make  Some   Noise",  earned  the  respect  of  Richard  "Humpty"  Vission  who  played  this  track  live  on  MTV's  "The  Blame   Game".  His  sound  developed  into  a  mix  of  big  tribal  with  a  splash  of  progressive  and  earned  a  spot  on   New  York's  heralded  Knob  Records  with  DJ  Style.    

His  first  release  "Graveyard  Shift",  earned  an  "M8"  with  Europe's  M8  magazine.  He  worked  with  Knob  for   several  years  releasing  tracks,  remixes,  and  eventually  took  over  all  graphic  design  and  marketing   journalism.  Meanwhile  on  the  DJ  tip,  he  as  racked  up  4  Ultra  Miami  performances,  which  also  entailed  a   staple  in  the  massive  Ultra  promotion  team.  His  journey  as  a  DJ  took  him  to  places  like  New  York,  Seattle,   Las  Vegas,  Atlanta,  Jacksonville,  Key  West,  Kansas  City,  New  Orleans,  and  Orlando.  In  That  span  of  time,   Apple  held  down  several  Tampa/Saint  Pete  residencies.  Apple  has  now  relocated  back  to  his  hometown  of   Brooklyn,  NY  where  he  has  been  steadily  working  on  solo  material  as  well  as  collaborations  with  DJ  Style.   His  other  production  venture  is  the  formation  of  First  Contact  with  Tampa  DJ  Colossal  Brandon  Battaglia.   Current  releases  can  be  found  on  Funk  Lab  Records,  which  Apple  has  reconnected  with.  "The  One  And   Only",  which  is  an  original  work,  a  remix  of  Funk  Lab's  "Combustion",  and  his  newest  heavy  hitter,   "Tonight's  The  Night"  have  all  hit  the  stores  in  the  past  year.  Currently  Apple  is  promoting  for  the  Heavy   and  I'll  House  You  parties  in  NYC  with  the  Big  Apple’s  very  own  Oscar  P.  He  is  currently  promoting  for   Oscar's  labels,  Open  Bar  Music,  Heavy,  and  Afro  Rebel.  Oscar  put  his  new  mix  on  Open  Bar  Radio  called,   “Get  Heavy  with  DJ  Apple.  You  can  also  find  him  popping  up  on  Fm  radio  shows  like  Digital  Response  out   of  Jersey  with  DJ  Scotty  B  and  Florida's  longest  running  EDM  show  Zentripziteez  with  the  Dood.     Email:   Applered21@aol.com   mailto:Applerizzo123@gmail.com     Social  Media  Links:   http://www.facebook.com/jasondjapple   http://www.soundcloud.com/psykoapple   http://www.soundcloud.com/dj-­‐apple-­‐ny   http://www.mixcloud.com/djappleny   http://www.twitter.com/jasonappleapari     Affiliates:   http://www.Djstyle.com   http://www.Funklabrecords.com   http://www.Openbarmusicnyc.com  

 

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Eric Martinez

by#William#Kryjak

In#the#film#Love#Lies#Bleeding,#Eric#Martinez#plays#a#ruthless#gangster#who#takes#what# he#wants#without#hesitation.#While#Martinez#was#only#playing#a#character#and#is#not# known#as#a#criminal#in#real#life,#that#same#fearlessness#is#apparent#when#it#comes#to# his#career#as#an#actor,#personality,#and#public#speaker.# Starting#out#rather#modestly#as#an#extra#in#some#smaller#films,#he#has#steadily#risen# over#the#past#ten#years,#even#securing#a#leading#role#in#the#upcoming# horror/thriller#Sorrow.#He#has#played#alongside#actors#such#as#Gerard#Butler,# Christian#Slater,#and#Ice#Cube,#and#has#been#featured#in#the#popular#television#drama# “In#Plain#Sight.”#Martinez's#mettle#was#made#especially#apparent#when#he#was#set#up# to#compete#in#a#celebrity#boxing#match#against#the#infamous#DMX,#and#the#rapper# failed#to#even#show#up.#Martinez#has#hosted#Chicago's#Latino#fashion#week#and#made# his#mark#on#the#red#carpet#at#a#number#of#award#ceremonies#including:#the#Emmy# Awards,#the#Golden#Globes,#the#MTV#Awards,#Billboard#Awards,#and#the#Latin# Grammys.#Despite#often#playing#a#tough#guy,#his#charisma#and#strong#character#have# helped#develop#him#into#a#popular#personality.# Comfortable#on#a#variety#of#stages,#Eric#Martinez#is#able#to#use#his#celebrity#for#more# than#just#a#paycheck.#When#he#isn't#acting#he#serves#as#a#motivational#speaker#and# spokesperson#for#a#number#of#socially#conscious#organizations.#One#of#his#chief# campaigns#is#against#bullying,#serving#as#a#spokesperson#for#groups#like#Defeat#the# Label,#the#Rock#Star#Lions#in#Northeastern#Colorado,#and#“Bullying...We're#Kickin'#It!”# a#movement#organized#by#the#Rocky#Marciano#World#foundation.# While#his#work#takes#him#all#over#the#globe,#from#engagements#in#China,#Italy,#and#of# course#Los#Angeles,#New#Mexico#remains#his#home.#Participation#in#outreach#groups# like#the#Crisis#Center#of#New#Mexico#show#he#hasn't#forgotten#where#he#came#from,# and#he#continues#to#have#a#large#base#of#support#in#his#hometown#of#Albuquerque.# “It's#important#to#me#that#I#help#with#the#charitable#work#as#much#as#possible;#I#want# to#give#kids#the#same#opportunity#that#was#given#to#me.”#Eric#Martinez#is#not#afraid# to#work#hard#and#seize#opportunity.#If#he#can#give#back#with#that#same#power,#he#can# undoubtedly#be#considered#a#success#as#an#actor,#and#as#a#person.# You#can#also#visit#Eric’s#Facebook#Page,#Follow#him#on#Twitter#@therealericm#and# see#his#promo#reel#at:#http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_54f76spAnY# Press#Contact:#Dave,#Publicist#720_261_0968,#mailto:dave.designprint@gmail.com# Appearance#&#Booking#Contact:#Hawk,#Manager#720_323_3193,# mailto:downmag@tmo.blackberry.net#

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Pamela Benton by#William#Kryjak

# Country#stars#like#Pamela#Benton#are#hard#to#come#by#these#days.#In#an#industry#racked#with# tabloid#sensationalism#and#superstar#brats,#it's#refreshing#to#have#someone#down#to#earth# and#in#touch#with#real#values,#rather#than#the#ones#being#pushed#by#an#agent#or#label.# For#a#country#singer,#Pamela#has#a#unique#background.#While#America#remains#dear#to#her# heart,#she#was#actually#born#on#an# army#base#in#Germany.#Growing#up# abroad#she#listened#to#her#mother#sing# on#Radio#Free#Europe.#She#carried#the# inspiration#back#home#with#her#to# Kenova,#West#Virginia#and#made#a# name#for#herself,#earning#the#moniker# “Princess#of#the#Troops.”# Pamela's#voice#is#sweet,#with#the#kind# of#honest#expressiveness#that#is#as# endearing#as#it#is#a#pleasure#to#listen# to.#It#seems#as#though#Major#League# Baseball's#Tampa#Bay#Rays#agreed,#as# they#asked#her#to#sing#the#national# anthem#on#opening#day,#a#true#honor.# In#addition#to#giving#the#gift#of#her# music#to#the#world,#Pamela#has#been# featured#as#a#model#in#Women's# Worldmagazine,#as#well#as#other# publications,#and#has#even#modeled#on# the#Home#Shopping#Network.#When# she's#not#busy#performing,#it's#right# back#to#what#is#held#dearest#to#her# heart#–#those#fighting#for#us#overseas.# She#constantly#gives#back#not#only#with#her#music,#but#also#by#putting#together#and#shipping# packages#to#our#troops.# Honest,#sweet,#and#moving#are#all#words#that#only#begin#to#describe#Pamela#Benton.#Go#to# http://www.pamelabentonmusic.com/#and#listen#for#yourself,#and#be#moved#by#her# powerful#message.#

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Alex Medina (Music Producer) Seattle, WA

Alex Medina a.k.a. MIDI-NA is a fresh, new music producer from Seattle, WA. CEO of the Indie publishing firm Medina Inc., he has established himself as a world class Hip-Hop beats producer for TV and film for major national & international TV networks.

Medina recently did a compelling interview with The Portland Pick in which he explains his amazing story to the world. He of course continues making music: he has a new rap album decorated by special guest appearances like Super Bowl Champ Stacey Andrews of the NY Giants and the homies SUN Zoolife/GUNIT and Lady Marga MC (London UK). MIDI-NA clarifies that he will never stop producing original, licensed beats and collaborating with the best new and unknown artists in the world. Be sure to keep an eye on MIDI-NA as he and his crew attempt to take over the world!

NEW RAP: EXPLICIT www.reverbnation.com/midina

NEW RAP BEATS/RINGTONES: www.iTunes.com/100BanginBeats (Top Seller on iTunes)

Also be sure to check out Alex Medina’s interview on YouTube with The Portland Pick!

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The  Music  Transformation   By:  Monet  

“I  can’t  get  that  song  out  of  my  head.”    Have  you  ever  said  that  to  

like  they  use  to.    In  addition,  if  the  artist  is  not  able  to  transition  and  

yourself,  when  at  any  given  moment  you  find  yourself  humming  the  

create  a  new  sound  for  their  new  audience,  life  in  the  spotlight  as  they  

chorus  to  that  song  you  heard  on  the  radio?    These  days,  now  more  

know  it  will  be  sure  to  undergo  a  major  metamorphosis.      

than  ever,  music  has  to  stand  out  and  be  able  to  captivate  an  audience;   it  needs  to  have  a  certain  adhesive  quality  that  allows  it  to  stick  in  our   memory  bank.    Popular  (pop)  music  especially  has  succeeded  in  doing   just  that.    So  much  so  that  artists  and  songwriters  from  other  genres  are   integrating  or  crossing  over  altogether.    Think  about  it,  within  the  last   two  years  or  so,  hip  hop,  techno,  R&B,  neo-­‐soul  and  even  country   artists  have  created  a  more  “mainstream”  feel  within  their  music.      

Artists  however,  at  the  very  least  attempt  to  make  every  effort  to   include  their  now  more  “advanced”  listening  audience  in  the  music  they   create.    Hence,  the  ever  changing  roles  and  sounds  of  pop  music.    Like  I   said  earlier,  pop  artists,  or  rather  artists  in  general  that  experience  this   same  phenomenon,  tend  to  find  themselves  a  part  of  music  charts  that   they  may  have  never  had  an  interest  with  at  the  start  of  their  careers.     Collaboration  tends  to  keep  artists  fresh  and  new,  and  in  my  opinion,  it  

Pop  music  over  the  years  has  seen  a  number  of  evolutions  since  the  

opens  doors,  not  only  for  new  experiences,  but  new  and  creative  ideas  

turn  of  the  millennium.    Music  has  changed  from  what  was  known  as  

for  mass  appeal.    Pop  stars,  as  they  are  referred,  find  themselves  

“bubble  gum”  pop  music  with  an  influx  of  boy  bands  and  teen  queens  

alongside  artists  ranging  from  country  to  techno  and  dub  step  

and  sugary  lyrics,  to  a  more  edgy,  less  “gummy”  sound  as  the  years  

influences,  crossing  over  to  a  whole  new  audience.      Not  only  are  cross  

progressed  and  the  teen  idols  and  their  audiences  grew  up.    I  guess  that  

genre  collaborations  increasing,  but  integration  into  songs  themselves  is  

is  partly  to  blame  for  the  ever  changing  sound  of  pop  music,  artists  

on  the  rise.    R&B,  hip  hop  and  pop  songs  especially  have  been  recently  

emerge  to  the  pop  music  scene,  usually  at  a  younger  age,  typically  as  

heard  infusing  techno  and  dub-­‐step  influence  into  their  beats.    Artists  

teenagers.    These  artists  appeal  to  a  mass  audience  of  teenage  

like  Rihanna,  Nicki  Minaj,  Usher,  Flo  Rida  to  name  a  few,  have  strong  

followers  (and  younger)  and  their  rise  to  fame  is  greatly  accelerated.    

ties  with  techno  sounds  in  their  more  recent  chart  toppers.  

They  too  are  able  to  stay  on  top  as  long  as  the  music  they  release  is   within  the  realm  of  what  their  fans  are  used  to.      

Artists  that  are  currently  apart  of  the  music  scene,  or  those  looking  to   break  barriers  and  be  music’s  next  hottest  thing  should  always  stay  on  

However,  there  comes  a  time  when  not  only  the  artist  themselves,  but  

top  of  the  trends.    Not  only  are  artists  to  stay  atop  the  trends,  but  they  

the  audiences  they  so  greatly  appealed  to,  gets  older.    It’s  a  natural  

must  be  all  about  change,  change  for  the  better  and  thinking  outside  

aspect  of  life,  as  persons  grow  older  and  more  mature,  their  taste  in  

the  box.    Pop  music  is  synonymous  with  change,  one  either  has  to  have  

everything,  including  music  also  matures/changes  and  artists  that  were  

the  ability  to  adjust  or  find  themselves  left  behind…in  the  dust!  

once  on  top  of  the  charts  now  have  a  hard  time  amassing  an  audience  

Evan%Levy

by#George#Ryland

Canadian sculptor Evan Levy uses cold-rolled, steel sculpture to create elemental form. This type of steel has colors, unlike aluminium. He takes inspiration from his homeland and within to create sculptures that look like they have been stripped down to their inner workings. These are the kind of objects that can portray many different meanings to different people. Beauty, as always, is in the eye of the beholder, but it must be said that these are aesthetically pleasing works that are both bold and attractive. Levy avoids making any particular reference in his works, either historical or art. devoted to Canadian and water’ being powerful influences. He organic and non-organic subject matter, create an image that is fragile and yet Steel#Rain#Series#1#

He is very much images; ‘wind veers between using the steel to strong.

Having had his first serious show in 1984, Levy has since had his work shown in many international solo and group Terra#Nova#Series#III# exhibitions. He attended the Ontario College of Art but was asked to leave for what he calls “building unacceptable sculpture, which at the time were universally rejected. That’s what happens when you step outside the box in the Art world.” Returning to his art eight years later, this very style had become the trend and he began to have his work shown in major galleries. Perhaps it is this fickle nature of the art world that has made him a critic; he remains opposed to the need of many to compare works and make art-historical references.

Steel#Rain#Series#4#

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Obviously a strong character, this extraordinary sculptor is at his best when he is most bizarre. Toronto Star, art critic Christopher Hume has interpreted his work as the “symbolic representation of an ideal condition, perhaps even of perfection.” Check out his work at http://www.evanlevysculpture.com

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While Atlanta is best known for its high range summer temperatures and popular Braves baseball team, it can also be credited for bringing forth some of the most talented rap artists. Braves in their own right, these young, hungry MC’s have been doing a lot more than just putting their city on lock, they’ve also locked the Billboard charts! Being a young entertainer has its advantages. The ambitious lifestyle of fast money, girls and cars can be a gamble, therefore; one must know when to actually “cash out.” Epic Records newest signee Ca$h Out has done just that. In a genre clustered with one hit wonders and annoying ringtone rappers, Ca$h Out has surpassed the expectations of his doubters. In fact, he’s proceeded to move forward regardless of the setbacks he’s suffered in his past.

Hailing from Columbus, Georgia, John-Michael “Ca$h Out” Gibson was raised by both of his parents. His father, Michael Gibson, aka Michael Soul, was a radio personality for WFXE Foxie 105 in Columbus, Georgia. Although his fathers’ musical background and work ethic influenced him to practice his craft, Ca$h Out moved to Atlanta with his mother when he was a teenager. As a misguided youth, he roamed the harsh streets of Atlanta in search of the almighty dollar. It wasn’t long before the reckless lifestyle landed him in trouble with the law for gun possession and was thankfully acquitted of the charge in 2009. Realizing he had received a second chance at life, he chose to pursue his dreams of being an artist. Now being signed to independent label Bases Loaded, the newly focused Ca$h Out quickly circulated a buzz in the streets with his It’s My Time mixtape which featured the single Cashin’ Out and it eventually got into the hands of Epic Records head honcho L.A. Reid. Reid, who is responsible for introducing Mariah Carey, Pink, Usher, TLC, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Toni Braxton and Kanye West to the world, requested to have a meeting with Ca$h Out. Ca$h performed a song titled Smilin’ in My Face which convinced Reid to sign him right away.

Deciding to strike while the iron was hot, L.A. Reid re-released Ca$h Out’s single Cashin’ Out and it became an instant hit, reaching number 1 on the “Billboard Hot 100.” His debut album titled Patience is scheduled to debut under the Epic Records umbrella in December. The album is sure to have limited guest appearances in order to display his “swag” and true abilities. With a hot single and many more to come, it’s clear that the ATL go-getter is determined and here to stay. Tell the competition to beware; all bets are off unless you got CA$H!

To find out more info about Ca$h Out go to http://www.Cashoutofficial.com http://www.Twitter.com/therealcashout, http://www.Facebook.com/cashoutofficial and Cashoutofficial.tumblr.com.

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SuperbMuzicProductions by  by  George   Ryland SuperbMuzicProductions George  Ryland Anyone  who  thought  independent  music  was  fading  away  a  few  years  ago  could  easily  have   been  forgiven;  the  writing  did  seem  to  be  the  wall  with  so  many  labels  closing.  However,  it  has   had  a  strong  resurgence  since,  taking  on  a  role  that  majors  cannot  or  will  not,  backing  the   artists  that  aren’t  made  to  be  pop  darlings  or  guaranteed  cash  cows.  SuperbMuzicProductions,   founded  in  2004,  has  weathered  all  the  storms  financially  and  musically  since  then  and   continues  to  champion  the  smaller  artists.  This  “one-­‐stop”  multifunctional  operation  was   started  by  Herb  Partlow  and  provides  a  range  of  music  services  to  independent  Bay  Area  artists.     He  aims  to  bring  together  the  like  minded  in  order  to  fill  the  gap  left  by  the  majors.  Long  may   Herb  and  those  like  him  continue!    

Carla  Jo  Carr  by  Lou  Johnson   Carla  Jo  Carr  by  Lou  Johnson  

A  great  man  once  said,  “If  you  hang  in  there  long  enough,  you  will  win.”  Well,   Carla  Jo  Carr  must’ve  been  listening  when  he  said  it  because  this  rural   songstress  just  keeps  on  hangin’  on!  And,  finally,  she’s  winning’!  Adaptability   may  be  the  reason  why.  Since  starting  out  in  the  late  70’s  in  her  father  and   brother’s  band,  Country  Express,  the  former  National  Teenage  Pageant  winner   has  shifted,  chameleon-­‐like,  from  country  to  gospel  and  back  again.    The  small-­‐ town,  Tennessee  girl  was  speeding  down  the  road  to  bigger  things  with  the   release  of  her  first  album,  A  Country’s  Girl  Dream  in  ’84.  But  fate  would   intervene,  and  it  would  be  thirteen  years  before  the  release  of  God  is  still  the   One.  When  the  title  track  landed  at  number  five  on  the  US  Gospel  News   Charts,  Carla  Jo’s  career  enjoyed  a  much-­‐needed  resurgence.  Three  years  after   her  hiatus,  she  was  nominated  for  a  Grammy  for  her  gospel  hit,  “Because  of   Your  Mercy”.  These  days,  she  can  be  found  belting  out  country  crooners  with   her  father  and  brother’s  “Silver  Wings  Band”.  As  Mick  Jagger  once  sang,  “Time   waits  for  no  one”.     Be  sure  to  check  out  Carla’s  website  http://www.carlajocarr.com  

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Blow_flyy  

by  George  Ryland  

Anthony Grant, aka Blow_flyy, is a Canadian songwriter and artist. He has been on the underground scene in his homeland for some time and has released two independent, selffinanced albums. Now signed by GJManagement, he is determined to release his music internationally as well as in Canada. As is often the case with indie artists, he takes full advantage of social and music networking sites and does as many interviews and showcases as he can. He refers to his music as hip-hop/pop as he likes to add a pop twist to the hip-hop he has spent years perfecting. Blow_flyy’s voice is smooth and deep, ideal for the genre. Luck will need to come into play with so many artists competing for airtime and sales, but he is as strong a contender as anyone else currently on the scene. To listen, go to http://www.itsmyurls.co m/blowflyy

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Micole  Williams  by  K.P.  Spright   Movies  act  as  a  window  into  a  land  of   imagination   that   at   times   gives   a   glimpse   of   reality.   Micole   Williams   is   one   filmmaker   based   in   Houston,   Texas;   who   is   turning   every   stone   of   originality   through   her   work.   Storytelling  was  her  gift  since  the  age   of  3,  however  movies  deeply  intrigued   her   too;   an   annual   competition   in   school   directed   her   towards   being   a   serious  writer.       Well   known   for   her   novel   Tangled   Web  of  True  Love  Tales,  she  integrates   visuals   to   her   words   in   unique   ways.   This   novel   based   movie   was   her   first   premiere   at   Landmark   River   Oaks   Theatre.   Empowered   with   a   Mass   Communications  major  from  Prairie  View  A&M  University,  Micole  honed   her   talent   by   producing   many   television   shows,   campus   news   and   also   serving   as   a   public   radio   personality.   Initial   work   as   a   producer   and   focussed  interest  in  Journalism  begun  Micole’s  journey  to  fame.     After   three   short   films,   few   stage   productions,   artistic   ventures   as   well   as   media   projects,   Micole   advanced   her   vision   to   new   vistas.   She   worked   on   “Mary   Kay   Inspiring   Stories”   as   producer,   as   well   as   on   writing   ventures   such   as   A   Lovely   Afternoon   and   Comedy   Planet.     As   she   targets   on   “focused   film   fun”,   the   American   Black   Film   Festival   (ABFF)   embraced   her   creations  with  great  enthusiasm.  Micole  is  currently  working  on  a  sequel   to  the  novel  as  well  as  varied  film  assignments.  Keep  browsing  for  more   news   on   this   rising   filmmaker! http://will-m-power.blogspot.com YouTube@twotltseries

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ESNAVI

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by#William#Kryjak

Countless people move to The Big Apple with dreams of becoming a star. While most only dream of achieving this goal, there are others who not only succeed, but also have a bright future ahead of them. Eclectic, soulful, natural, authentic, vivacious, and intriguing, these are the words that make up the name ESNAVI, but they can only begin to describe her unique sound. Her music is labeled as RnB, but it is so much more. In fact, she even performed a freestyle of her song “Ding Ding” with the legendary Rahzel. “I belong on stage. This is my home. It's where I connect to the audience with my live energy,” said Esnavi. Her tenacious personality and undeniable work ethic have led her to this place. It will be exciting to see where ESNAVI goes from here. With performances at the Taste of Soul Music Festival, Essence Music Festival, CMJ Music Festival and more to come, it is clear ESNAVI has landed on the scene. Licensing deals with H&M, Old Navy, Ann Taylor, Nine West and Arden B means we'll be seeing even more of her. “Start spreading the news!” Be sure to check out her website at http://www.esnavi.com

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Oscar Black

by  George  Ryland

Hip-­‐hop  is  not  an  easy  world  to  conquer.    For  every  person  that  makes  it,  many  more   never  get  their  lucky  break.  Oscar  Black  is  one  of  the  lucky,  and  of  course  talented   ones.  Another  usual  character  trait  in  those  that  can  pave  a  career  in  hip-­‐hop  is  a   strong  work  ethic.  This,  Oscar  Black  has  by  the  truckload.    He’s  been  rhyming  for   around  a  decade  now,  with  the  likes  of  Jay-­‐Z,  Nas  and  50  Cent  as  inspiration.   Hartford,  CT  is  his  stomping  ground  and  he  is  determined  to  stay  and  work  his  way   up,  because  as  he  puts  it  “I  want  people  to  come  here,  because  I  would  be  taken   more  serious  as  an  artist  if  they  came  to  me  as  opposed  to  me  going  to  them.”  This  is   a  man  who  is  serious  about  what  he  wants  and  how  he  will  get  there.  Talent  and  luck   play  a  huge  part  in  this  world  but  planning  seems  to  count  even  more.   Already  having  opened  for  artists  like  Sean  Kingston  and  Young  Jeezy  around   Hartford,  he  has  attracted  a  local  following.  Known  for  his  stage  presence  and  sheer   energy,  he  has  that  much  sought  after  connection  with  an  audience  that  can’t  be   faked.    His  latest  singles  have  been  doing  very  well  on  local  stations,  many  of  which   he  has  been  interviewed  on  already.   No  stranger  to  a  busy  schedule,  in  the  last  few  years  he  has  released  four  albums,   gigged,  collaborated,  remixed  and  promoted  himself.    On  top  of  all  that,  he  has  built   up  an  independent  framework  to  support  a  production  unit  known  as  Cash  Squad   Entertainment.    He  certainly  will  not  find  it  a  problem  should  he  ever  be  encouraged   to  get  clothing  and  aftershave  lines  in  production!   To  find  out  more  and  listen  to  Oscar  Black’s  work,  you  can  find  him  on  Facebook,   www.facebook.com/oscarblack,  http://www.twitter.com/MrOscarBlack  and  his  main   website  http://www.oscarblack.com.    If  all  goes  as  it  should,  you’ll  be  hearing  a  lot   more  of  him  in  the  near  future!    

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Aisling O’Reilly  

by  George  Ryland  

Ireland has produced a great many singing talents over the and it’s looking like another star has been born. A strong combined with a pretty face, welcome Aisling O’Reilly to the world. Her first single “Stay”, was released last year to great accolade and her latest track, “Soldier 552”, features Jamaican star Bambino. Reminiscent of stars like Rihanna Jessie J, Aisling has a great range, which enables her to sing ballads or edgier pop tracks and works so well on her recent collaboration.

years voice pop

and soulful

In 2010 she took part in a talent show in London, which saw her snapped up by music mogul Winston Hislop, CEO of Bluejeanz Records. Her gigs are getting bigger as is her following; this young lady could well be mapping out a place on the international stage. To listen, check out http://www.reverbnation.com/theofficialaislingoreilly.

Wendy Lynn Snider by George Ryland Sometimes people with great voices sing songs that we can all relate to but that tell us nothing about them. Other times you get singers like Wendy Lynn Snider! Her songs are full of her life; the true love she has found, her Christian beliefs and her devotion to music. They also reflect her musical background, having grown up listening to country classics in a family full of musicians. Her second, self-titled album blends country and gospel beautifully and features three songs co-written with her husband Curtt, who encouraged her to share her talent. At the age of 45 she started going to open mic nights and recorded her first album in 2010. Her husband’s unwavering belief has proved well founded; Wendy Lynn has been nominated for the 2012 Niagara Music Awards Female Vocalist and Country Band of the Year and won the Country Bank of the Year award. To read more about Wendy, be sure to check out her website at www.wendylynnsnider.ca where creativity lives

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Ricky “Trendy” DaVista  

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“Wear what you fear” is a central theme of the Ricky “Trendy” Da’Vista style and creation. The idea that fashion develops identity is one that Ricky promoted. Shortly after graduating from Virginia State University, he began helping people augment their individuality through wardrobe selection and accessories beginning with his exuberant eyewear. Fashion communicates status, fosters talent, and generates entertainment. Da’Vista Shades display these characteristics in spades and with spikes. In consuming fashion and trends, we covet the admiration of our peers. Ricky Da’Vista has accomplished this in the fashion world, a competitive market for gurus and creators, working with Lil Kim on her 2010 New Years accessories, Tionna Smalls (What Chilli Wants 2) and many other icons. Even with his new found fame, Da’Vista stays humble and true in how to grow his brand by still working a 9-5 while pursuing an ever expanding client base in Connecticut and New England. Ricky Da’Vista, being an expert networker, is connected to the pulse of Hartford, Connecticut, but he’s beginning to branch out. You can find Ricky Da’Vista’s trends at fashion shows nationwide, with the chance of even brushing shoulders with him in New York City. He has been featured in many fashion blogs and magazines, and continues to spread his impassioned fashion expertise in all areas of the industry. As a fashionista on the edge of innovation, he draws his inspiration from icons like Lady Gaga, meshing together the psychology of fashion with his stylistic forte to produce his top of the line merchandise. Ricky Da’Vista understands his accessories are radical, without barriers. He designs accessories that underscore the unassailable confidence and style of the wearer. If you can stand the scrutiny of “wearing what they fear,” check out what Ricky is working on now. Visit his website

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Paula  Andrea  Pyle  -­‐  Cosmic  Therapy    by  Maria  Bianco    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Imagine  having  the  ability  to  truly  understand  your  deepest   self  through  the  lens  of  the  cosmic  gates,  to  overcome  all   pre-­‐existing  notions  of  behavior  and  self,  and  to  figure  out   what  it  is  that  you  really  want  out  of  this  life  you  have  been   given.  Enter  the  world  of  Paula  Andrea  Pyle,  a  highly  skilled   Cosmic  Therapist  who  uses  her  own  experiences  and   understanding  of  the  universe  to  create  portals  through   which  others  can  understand  themselves  and  the  life  path   that  they  desire  to  take.       Pyle  has  written  numerous  esoteric  articles  for  various  online  publications  such  as   Article  Alley,  E-­‐zine  Articles,  and  her  blog  Mode  of  Cosmic  Therapy.  Her  aim  is  to   impart  upon  her  readers  and  supporters  psychological  wisdom  from  her  own   metaphysical  knowledge  and  experience.  In  addition  to  her  therapeutic   endeavors,  Pyle  has  given  a  voice  to  those  dealing  with  the  emotional   repercussions  of  a  romantic  relationship  as  a  motivational  speaker  and  has  also   used  her  MA  in  Art  Education  to  create  unique  and  captivating  pieces  of  artwork   using  an  esoteric  perspective,  which  ties  into  her  Mode  of  Cosmic  Therapy   expertise.  She  is  currently  pursuing  a  PhD  in  Educational  Psychology  in  Adult   Learning  and  is  busy  promoting  a  perfume  line  called,  “Zabania  Perfume.”     For  more  information  about  Paula  Andrea  Pyle,  to  explore  art  or  line  of  fragrances,   or  to  connect  socially,  visit:  

http://www.zabania.com/Home_Page.php   http://www.paulaandreapyle.com   http://www.lampmagicpublishing.com   http://www.facebook.com/#!/paula.a.pyle   http://twitter.com/paulaandrea   http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/paula-­‐andrea-­‐pyle.html  

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DJ Chemo!! by!George!Ryland! !

Dr. Dre once said in an interview “my mom has pictures of me at four years old at the turntable, reaching up to play the records. I feel like I was bred to do what I do.” Some musicians do seem to have something in their blood…a talent and passion they were born with. DJ Chemo has had a love of music from a similarly young age, when he learned to play an impressive total of ten different instruments, including guitar, bass, piano and saxophone. At the age of 8 he received a 4-track recorder, using it to record demos, he discovered a love of producing which is still evident to this day. He later attended Berklee College of Music, studying both music and business and has written and sold numerous songs over the years. He then went on to make tracks and remixes for the likes of Lil Jon, Mob Deep, J-Kwon and Philly’s Most Wanted. In 1998 he discovered another passion: turntables. Having been a member of the band Nervesaw and through that collaborating with Prophets of Rage (touring with Coolio and Megavier amongst others and releasing two albums), he came across their DJ, DJ Superjam, who was one half of Crowd Control. Chemo perfected the art of dj’ing and subsequently replaced DJ Doctone when he left Crowd Control. Together, he and DJ Superjam have worked with an impressive list of musicians, including some of the biggest names in hip-hop in recent years. This list includes Fatman Scoop, Redman, Method Man and DJ Jam (Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg). Adding yet another string to his bow, he has worked as a DJ or master of ceremonies at a plethora of events including the Splash Festival and Turkish National Talent Contest. The list does not end there though. He hosts a popular, weekly show on The Rhythmic Lounge Radio, has regular shows for stations like Radio X, guest spots on those such as Big FM and Planet Radio and is currently an official Coast2Coast mixtape DJ. Add to that his tour dates globally with Crowd Control and the constant perfecting of his art, from adding in live instruments such as guitar and percussion to creating intense party atmosphere, and you have a very busy schedule. Another passion of his, reminiscent of music greats like Dre, is that he is keen to promote up and coming artists. Unlike some in the public eye, he is not one to try and keep others down in fear of them becoming future competition. Instead, he does all he can to get their names and music out there with his own, as is evident from his MySpace page alone. Just to add to this hectic schedule, he is producing three albums, which are to be released in the next two month. One album is for Wowski, another for F.O.U.R and the third is the debut album from Crowd Control. Though it is hard work to manage all of this alongside creating some great parties, DJ Chemo is a permanent fixture on the music scene and one that is set to continue to rise to the top. Find out more and listen at http://www.djchemo.com or http://www.facebook.com/djchemo.

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Flatbush#showcased#new#sounds#of#R&B#and#Reggae,#which#Diego#soaked#up#like#a#sponge.#After#moving#one#more# time#to#Piscataway,#New#Jersey,#Diego#left#the#East#and#went#to#Eastside#Atlanta#in#pursuit#of#his#musical#endeavors#in# 1996.### Formerly#going#by#the#moniker#“Berg”,#Diego#Cash#decided#to#change#his#name#after#being#confused#with#Chicago# rapper#“Yung#Berg.”#Just#when#it#seemed#Diego#was#within#an#arm’s#length#of#reaching#his#destination,#devastation# arose.#In#2003#Diego#Cash#was#shot#several#times#outside#of#a#gas#station#in#Decatur,#Georgia.##The#shocking#turn#of# events#truly#tested#the#heart#and#courage#of#Cash#as#he#went#through#numerous#reconstructive#surgeries#in#which#he# was#bed#ridden#for#three#painful#months.#Three#months#confined#to#a#bed#gave#Diego#a#new#perspective#on#life.#Once# rehabilitated,#he#trekked#full#steam#towards#the#career#he#was#once#derailed#from.#Record#Executives#and#Industry# folk#alike#took#notice#as#Diego#Cash#went#on#full#assault#to#dominate#the#mixtape#circuit.#The#Puerto#Rican#survivalist# proved#he#was#ready#for#all#comers#as#he#dropped#three#exclusive#mixtapes#with#DJ#Paperboi.#Cash%on% Delivery,#Flypaper#and#800%Bodies%were#laced#with#explosive#tracks#that#depicted#the#abrasive#life#of#the#Brooklyn# born#native.#Soon#his#“up#north”#flow#and#witty#southern#drawl#caught#the#attention#of#fellow#rappers#that#wished#to# work#with#him.#It#even#caught#the#attention#of#NBA#player#Carmelo#Anthony.#Carmelo,#who#is#married#to#Diego’s# sister#Alani#Vasquez,#aka#“LaLa#Anthony”#from#the#popular#VH1#reality#show#“LaLa’s#Full#Court#Life,”#signed#Cash#to# his#Krossover#Entertainment#imprint.# Featured#appearances#on#BET#and#MTV#shows#such#as#“Sucka#Free#Sunday”,#“Spit#Ya#Game”#and#“Mixtape#Daily”# enabled#Diego#to#network#with#talent#of#a#higher#caliber.#He#appeared#on#the#controversial#“Satellite#Show”#with#DJ# Kay#Slay#and#even#collaborated#with#DJ#Drama#on#the#infamous#“Gangsta#Grillz”#series.#His#other#mixtapes#Grind% Season,#Kill%Ya%Self%and#Honorable%Mention%have#received#heavy#rotation#in#clubs#and#the#underground#scene.#The# debut#album#on#Krossover#Entertainment#titled#Language%Arts%features#an#allGstar#roster.#Names#such#as#Rick#Ross,# Fat#Joe,#Raheem#Devaughn,#Styles#P,#Jadakiss,#Cassidy#and#Macy#Gray#are#certain#to#make#Diego#Cash’s#official# introduction#one#to#remember.# To#find#out#more#about#Diego#Cash#go#to#http://www.ThisisDiegoCash.com,#http://www.Twitter.com/DiegoCash,# http://www.Facebook.com/ThisisDiegoCash,#http://www.Krossoverent.com#

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TruSista)))))))))))))))))))))))WWW.THETRUNIVERSE.COM ! TruSista,!Born!Melody!Craig,!The!Erotica8Spiritualist,!addresses!the!unique!part!of!words,!to!mesmerize! the!mind.!She!is!the!inspirer!of!black!power,!knowledge!of!freedom,!erotica!and!spirituality,!since!the! age!of!10.!Her!journey!included,!opening!acts!on!stages!for!the!most!famous!Erykah!Badu,!at!the!Black! Forest!Theater!in!Dallas,!Texas,!Amazing!acts!with!Mojoe,!the!ghetto!classic!soul!artist!of!San!Antonio,! TX.!!She!has!performed!at!over!200!venues.!This!Poetess!has!been!seasoned!with!the!spices!of!social!and! political!issues.!Her!straight!to!the!point!demeanor!has!leaded!her!to!join!with!the!soul!of!many!artists! around!the!world,!expressing!the!knowledge!she!has!gained!over!the!years.!This!old!soul!has!mastered! the!art!of!poetry!through!living!a!truthful!life!of!too!many!wrongs!and!too!many!rights,!which!turned! into!wisdom.!Still!searching!to!find!that!one!ear!to!inspire!into!stardom!Tru,!has!hosted!many!venues.! She!was!a!member!of!the!lyrical!group,!Poetically!Correct,!and!Knewbia!Constellation,!along!beside! Topcat,!and!Mocha!Blue!Blaze.!Starting!out!with!the!jazz!artist!Makalani!Jones,!TruSista‘s!poetry!has! grown!through!many!artists,!Including!husband!Lsg!and!Rodney!Wright,!Malaco!recording!artist.!Her! participation!in!the!poetry!venue!of!Black!Thoughts!at!the!well!known!Pamoja!Cultural!Arts!Museum,! introduced!to!not!just!poets!but!artists!like!Walter!Washington!a!visionary!artist!in!the!Shreveport,!La! area.!TruSista,!now!manages!groups,!in!her!hometown!Shreveport,!La.!! The!Louisiana!native!currently!owns!TruNiVerse!Productions,!the!mother!of!2!princesses!and!1!prince.! Currently!working!on!a!romance!novel,!and!song!writing,!TruSista!is!determined!to!get!the!word!out,! doesn’t!matter!if!it’s!on!CD,!DVD,!or!even!out!the!mouth!of!beings,!repeating!the!verses!and!lyrics,!she! writes.!TruSista!the,!former!owner!of!Whaz!Da!Word!Magazine,!which!was,!a!benefit!to!the!communities! of!all!states,!but!mostly!focused!on!Shreveport,!Louisiana.!Tru!began!to!envision!herself!on!stage!not! only!performing!but!hosting,!a!brilliant!idea.!She!has!hosted!several!venues,!Chocolate!City,!along!with! MaKalani!Jones,!Pamoja,!alongside!Rodney!Wright,!Knewbia!Constellation,!alongside!TopCat,!and!Mocha! Blue!Blaze.!But,!wasn’t!satisfied!hosting!just!poets,!she!wanted!more.!TruSista!and!Topcat!began!to! travel!and!explore!and!decided!to!launch,!what!is!now!history!and!success!where!they!created! TruNiVerse!Open!Mic!started!inside!the!famous!doors!of!Full!Moon!Bistreaux.!TruSista!now!manages,! host,!perform,!promote,!write!lyrics!and!hook!lines!and!bios!for!several!artists.!She!currently!will!be! releasing!a!collaboration!album,!with!Anthony!Hooker!of!Hot!Attik!Studio!in!Shreveport,!Louisiana!and! has!a!Radio!Show!on!KHAMADIO.COM!A!Queen!in!stride,!Tru!is!on!a!mission!to!SUCCESS!

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Nick%Elliot%- Shooting Rock ‘n’ Roll by#Barry#Stein#

Nick Elliot started out long ago, the same way that many musicians start out. A musician studies the classical ways, practices the bare bones of the art and once they master the scales, chords and timing they can break out and express themselves with their own voice. Nick started the same way as any musician with the basics of darkroom photography and just shooting birds, flowers or anything around. He graduated over time into Press Photography and then onto finding his unique style of Rock Photography. We’re not talking about rock photography like in geology. We are talking about capturing the intimate essence of superstars. Add onto that the layers and layers of technical capability to capture movements in dark noisy places, at bizarre angles and with virtually no light, and you get the idea of the kind of Avantgarde photography that is Nick Elliot. Any artist, be they a musician or photographer learns how to channel the work through them, so when it comes out it’s pure and untouched from the creative !Slash!S.11.02!(c)!Nick!Elliott! source. Not only is Nick that photographic performer, ! but he captures those precious moments of expression when a rock star whips his creative out and makes history. It’s at that exact moment that Nick Elliot presses the shutter and preserves the thrill of music mastery. His photographs are more like catching spirit in motion, rather than the human vessels who sing and play guitar. Nick’s fine art of photography has cataloged bands and rockers ranging from Metallica, Thin Lizzy and ZZ Top all the way to Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel. For over twenty-five years, Elliot has toured with bands, created album covers and filled galleries all over the globe. He is particularly fond of the fundamentals of photography as he objects to the idea that just anyone can capture greatness with an expensive digital camera. Nick Elliot of course is in the right place at the right time to capture our Rock Gods and Goddesses. And sure, just their image alone in the least of appealing context is enough to give a blind person chills. But when they are at the heat of their performance and in the worst possible photographic conditions, that’s where Nick shines above all others. The perfect composition, unique focusing, expertly managing the light and balancing the black with white, Nick conducts the singers and the band with his instrument…his camera. Stunning shots in smoky low light capture action and portraits like no other, with the creativity of a National Geographic photographer hunting his prey, dancing about on the precarious stage above. Like most musicians who carve their niche by finding a combination of notes that’s never been played before, Nick too has created his own Avant-garde feeling of the Rock n Roll genre, that transfers the emotions of being at a live performance onto a printed photo.

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Nick’s life long ambition has been to create collectible images of the immortals he portrays in his work. Collections of Nick Elliot’s photos have been acquired all around the world and tell the stories of rare instances in time when people sat in awe as hearts and souls were gripped in musical spells. Like the artists he freezes in time, Nick too has become an icon and Rock God in his own right. Nick’s work shows up on many album covers as well as being published across virtually all media. Driven by this incredible passion to create stunning images of the Joe!Bonamassa!JB.09.01!(c)!Nick!Elliott! musicians who inspire him, Nick has produced countless collections of timeless photographic art that will outlive us all. When asked if he can remember all the artists that he has photographed, he claims there have been so many that he has forgotten more than he can remember. When asked if he could share one statement with others seeking to do what he has done, he said, “… Find your own style, stick with it and put a stamp on it. Find your own path and stay on it.” Websites:#Portfolio#www.nickelliott.eu# Press#office:#www.nickelliott.info# Social#media#6#Twitter:#@nickelliottinfo#/#Facebook#www.facebook.com/nickelliottinfo#

Melissa James by#William#Kryjak www.melissa-James.co.uk Melissa James isn't just a performer! She is also the life of the party. A talented crooner, she has been entertaining folks all over the UK for the past 15 years. She is versatile, performing old time favorites as well as current hits. A big influence on her music is Karen Carpenter, and James even specializes in a tribute show to the late, great, classic artist. A unique part of Melissa James' act is that during intermission, she invites her fans to come up on stage and sing karaoke. By getting the audience involved, it not only charges the atmosphere, but also brings people closer together – isn't that what music is all about? The next time you're up in the North West of England at a pub, bar, or club, look out for Melissa James and you can be certain to have a great time!

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Erin!Lenchner

by George Ryland

Erin!Lenchner!is!an!artist!with!a!sense!of!humour!and!strong!leaning!towards!being! sarcastic.!!She!mainly!creates!drawings!in!trading!card!sizes,!up!to!two!or!three!per! day.!Taking!her!inspiration!from!a!wide!range!of!photographs!or!live!models,!she! sketches,!inks,!and!then!paints!her!subjects.!!She!does!not!just!paint!“pretty!women! in!the!nude!to!make!some!money”!but!uses!her!style!to!“portray!an!imperfect! world.”!The!female!form!provides!Erin!not!just!with!an!honest!subject!but!also!a!way! to!make!a!statement!about!modern!life.!The!card!size!drawings!pour!sarcasm!on!the! idolisation!of!naked!women.!Lenchner!is!not!one!to!go!with!trends!or!agree!with!the! mainstream!views.!Each!drawing!gets!a!name!as!well!to!really!cement!the!meaning.! Born!in!Detroit,!Michigan,!Erin!has!been!creating!art!since!she!was!just!three!years! old.!!Her!BFA!is!from!Wayne!State!University!and!she!attended!many!other!classes! and!private!schools.!Still!residing!in!Detroit,!her!studio!is!in!the!Burton!School! Building.!Her!work!now!has!a!global!following;!she!sells!pieces!over!the!Internet!as! well!as!locally!and!has!received!art!grants!and!awards.!!Jewelry!is!another!string!to! her!bow,!her!“urban!fine!jewelry”!is!as!individual!as!her!drawings.!!You!can!see!her! work!at!http://www.emptispaces.blogspot.com!and! http://www.facebook.com/erinlenchner.! !

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!!!!!Tena!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Williams !!!!!!!!!by!Andreea!Nica! !

The!reality!is!most!people!have! experienced!some!form!of!abuse!!!!!!!!!!! during!their!lifetime,!either!from!a!colleague,!family!member,!romantic!partner,!friend,!institution,! etc.!Abuse!takes!on!many!forms!including!emotional,!mental,!physical,!sexual,!verbal,!economical,! or!spiritual!and!often!are!interrelated.!There!are!many!resources!for!individuals!who!have! experienced!abuse!such!as!self>healing!books,!therapy,!spirituality,!shelters,!and!support!groups.! Each!person’s!encounter!with!abuse!is!different!but!one!element!remains!the!same,!that!of!a! systematic!failure.!The!root!of!abuse!is!power;!power!over!a!person’s!well>being,!be!it! psychological,!emotional,!spiritual,!physical,!or!economical.!! ! Tena!Williams,!author!of!Finding!Peace,!is!a!talented,!bold!woman!who!experienced!sexual,! mental,!and!physical!abuse.!The!book!was!released!on!November!21,!2010!and!chronicles!Tena’s! journey!from!childhood!strife!to!proclaimed!empowerment.!Currently,!she!is!working!on!another! book,!My!Journey!after!Finding!Peace!soon!to!be!released.!Tena!Williams!is!not!only!a!successful! author,!she!also!utilizes!her!talents!as!a!musician!to!vocalize!her!advocacy!and!experiences!with! abuse.!Under!the!name!Lady!Flava,!she!released!her!first!album!entitled!Mixed!Emotions!including! feature!hits!“Slappy!Slappy”!and!“Gotta!have!you.”!Tena!Williams!aka!Lady!Flava,!has!appeared!on! Real!Talk!Chronicles!show!with!Bill!Foster!in!2011,!along!with!several!radio!shows!as!a!guest! including!CBS!radio!and!Hot!93.7!with!Nancy!Barrow.!Tena!Williams!is!also!the!CEO!of!the!Finding! Peace!Campaign!Corporation,!a!non>profit!organization!designed!to!benefit!victims!of!abuse!in! need!of!food,!clothing,!shelter,!and!counseling.! ! For!more!information!on!Tena!Williams,!check!out!her!website:!ladyflava.com! Tune!in!to!her!radio!show!on!WRN!Radio!Monday!Nights!(8>10PM):!www.wrnradio.us! Great!interview!discussing!her!book,!Finding!Peace:!www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj9CCROIJKM!!

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Rodney Pike

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ALTHEA HEWITT BIOGRAPHY

DYNAMIC, CLASSY, PASSIONATE, and SOULFUL, are among the many words that describes this beautiful unique brand of a talent reigning out of Jamaica. Althea Hewitt, Reggae Recording Artist. Althea started performing in high school and joined Cathy Levi’s Little people and Teen Players. She modeled for a few years but her calling was music. Her first travel away from Jamaica was to the Le Meridien in Brussels, Belgium where she represented Jamaica presenting our reggae music in a elegant Jamaican cuisine atmosphere. Althea travelled to New Caledonia and also to France, Germany and Holland where she did harmony work for Bushman. Years later, she did shows in the Caribbean, islands like Barbados, Turks and Caicos and many other countries like Guyana, United States (New York) and most recent, England and Sweden with the legend Bunny Wailer. Althea has also toured with Boris Gardiner, Pluto Shervington, John Holt, and Ernie Smith. Althea was the main act, two years in a row for the New Years Eve ball at the grand Jamaica Pegasus Hotel January 31st 2011 and 2012. Althea is an exceptional Songwriter and Actress who produces her own shows (“Intimate in Studio 38”) and has acted in a few productions like “Positive” and “Hairpeace”. When she was in 4th Street Sister, she was featured in the “One Love” movie. She is currently part of a team of actors, dancers, musicians and singers called “Tribe Sankofa”. She is also a member of JAVAA. Althea Hewitt proudly makes her living from corporate shows, dub plates, concerts, birthdays, weddings, studio harmony and stage shows.. Her first album, “Introducing Althea Hewitt” was released in August 2008. Althea signed a distribution contract with VP Records. Her recent singles are on Youtube or at www.vpreggae.com. She is currently in studio writing and recording. ASWON FARENJI - MANAGER www.facebook.com/aswonfarenji itsadoggpoundting@hotmail.com TEL# 61412365344 Gray Patch - Agent http://graypatchmedia.wix.com/bookings#!home/ mainPage TEL# 8763150015 www.facebook.com/althea.s.hewitt

Ron$Eckerman$

by#Andreea#Nica#

We#sing#their#songs#at#our#nearest#karaoke#bar.#We#play#their#records#and#muse#about#how# they#don’t#make#music#like#this#anymore.#We#take#one#more#shot#of#whiskey#and#saturate# ourselves#in#their#instrumental#salience.#The#legacy#of#Lynyrd#Skynyrd#continues#to# permeate#through#the#hearts#and#minds#of#musicians,#fans,#artists,#and#the#general#public.# With#their#hottest#hits#in#the#1970s,#“Free#Bird”#and#“Sweet#Home#Alabama,”#Lynyrd# Skynyrd#created#the#musical#platform#for#Southern#hard#rock.#Ron#Eckerman,#tour#manager# of#Lynyrd#Skynyrd,#began#producing#concert#tours#in#1973,#starting#his#tour#management# company#Clearlight#Enterprises.#He#had#the#opportunity#to#manage#Lynyrd#Skynyrd#in#1976# and#witnessed#their#ascension#to#widespread,#international#notoriety.#Nearly#35#years#later,# Ron#Eckerman#is#ready#to#share#his#experiences#touring#with#the#band#members,#and#the# tragic#plane#crash#that#killed#singer#and#songwriter#Ronnie#Van#Zant,#guitarist#Steve#Gaines,# backTup#singer#Cassie#Gaines,#and#assistant#tour#manager#Dean#Kilpatrick.#This#is#his#story,# and#most#intriguingly,#the#story#of#legendary#icons#that#never#lived#to#tell#it.## On#the#bleak#day#of#October#20,#1977,#at#the#peak#of#Lynyrd#Skynyrd’s#musical#career,#only# 10#minutes#before#the#plane#was#expected#to#land#safely#in#Baton#Rouge,#Louisiana,#it#ran# out#of#fuel#and#crashed.#Ron#Eckerman,#tour#manager,#survived#the#plane#crash#and#takes# the#blame#for#choosing#the#aircraft#and#signing#the#lease#as#he#mentions#in#his#new#book,# Turn#It#Up!:#Love,#Life,#and#Death,#Southern#Style.#The#emotionally#compelling#story#takes# the#reader#on#a#journey#through#one#of#the#most#eminent#rock#bands#of#all#time.# Sorrowfully,#their#rising#fame#came#to#an#abrupt#end#with#the#plane#crash#of#1977.#Turn#It# Up#is#a#significant#memoir#of#Southern#rock,#touring,#and#brotherhood,#which#defined#one# of#the#most#famous#bands#in#American#history.#Through#Eckerman’s#boldness#and#narrative# talent,#he#takes#readers#back#to#a#time#where#Southern#rock#awakened#our#souls,#when# deals#were#made#with#handshakes,#and#planning#was#done#from#the#hip.#Eckerman#brings# the#reader#backstage,#onto#the#tour#bus,#and#mesmerizes#us#with#the#excitement#of#being# part#of#Lynyrd#Skynyrd.## Turn#It#Up#is#not#only#a#book#for#those#who#reminisce#about#the#talented#chords#of# America’s#first#Southern#rock#band,#but#for#those#who#want#to#be#taken#on#a#paramount# journey#detailing#fame,#brotherhood,#and#tragedy.#Turn#It#Up#is#available#in#paperback#and# digital#formats.#There#is#also#an#audio#book#narrated#by#the#author#that#is#available#in#a#12# CD#set#or#as#downloadable#MP3s.#The#book#is#available#at#Amazon,#Barnes#and#Nobles,# BooksTATMillion,#and#most#online#booksellers,#and#is#starting#to#appear#on#bookstore# shelves#throughout#the#country.#Ron#Eckerman#has#a#story#to#tell.#It’s#one#we#all#wish#we# had#lived,#and#until#that#one#tragic#day,#it#was#one#of#a#free#bird.# Paperback,#English.#8.5X5.5X.8#in,#Publisher#Restless#Artists,#ISBN#978T0984685905#Digital,# English,#438KB,#Publisher#Restless#Artists,#ASIN#B005UPPF5U#Audio,#English,#CD#and#MP3,# Publisher#Restless#Artists,#ISBN#978T0984685929#For#distribution#contact#Restless#Artists#at# mailto:turnitupbook@gmail.com,#or#contact#Amazon#distribution.#You#can#contact#the# author#at#roneckerman@turnitupbook.com.#For#personal#appearances#and#book#signings# contact#Michelle#Hershey#at#mailto:mmhershey@gmail.com

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Flying Lotus

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In an intensely gloomy room stands three main factors, man, laptop and a projector screen. Within this dark misty room there are many blurred images, however; one of those images is shaped to be the center of attention. As geometrical shapes and sculptures capture the imagination of the fans, the man emerges from behind the shadows to reveal himself to the masses. That man is Los Angeles based multi genre producer Flying Lotus. The word “Classification” can be considered both a positive and negative key point when it comes to being in the music industry. For some, the sense of classification may seem like a box, one that is impossible to breach away from. For others, classification could mean having the opportunity to prove and test your limits. Flying Lotus has done just that with all of his notable accomplishments. With the debut of his new album, Until the Quiet Comes, which was released on October 2nd, Flying Lotus aka FlyLo continues his march towards success and individuality. FlyLo’s latest work can be added to his list of credentials, as this is his 4thsolo album to date since late 2006. The familiar electronica and abstract style of music combined with chest rattling 808 bass drops speak for what Flying Lotus represents, the new experimental generation. Born Steven Ellison, FlyLo was heavily influenced by music producers of all genres of music during his upbringing. Although he was raised in Los Angeles, California, he kept in contact with his family ties in Detroit, MI, who were also involved in the music scene. His great aunt, Jazz pianist Alice Coltrane inspired him to pursue his dreams as an artist and producer. FlyLo states, “I’m lucky to have been around so many accomplished musicians” when asked about the impact his family had on his creativity. FlyLo is one of the only new wave producers to infuse the urban art of hip-hop with trip hop music. Along with having a space-age imagination, FlyLo expresses his talents through the instruments he’s become familiar with such as turntables, drum machines, synthesizers, keyboards and samplers. His laptop acts as a control panel to direct his electronic masterpiece through the speakers. Listeners experience “eargasms” during his live shows in which he combines a collage of music genres into one mix. His earlier albums, 1983, Los Angeles and Cosmogramma were all stepping stones leading up to his latest release. While officially on Warp Records since 2007, he released his 1983 album on Plug Release Records in 2006. When FlyLo released Cosmogramma in 2010 he did the unexpected, not only did he make a name for himself globally, he won the Dance/Electronica category at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. While he agrees that his earlier musical efforts were heavily jazz influenced, he decided to experiment with hip hop, “trap music” to be specific, with his latest offering. Until the Quiet Comes is an album that Flying Lotus describes as “A collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies.” The directorial creativity of FlyLo shines through with his most recent work. The short film for Until the Quiet Comes depicts an unfiltered perception from the mind of Lotus. When asked about the connection between images and his music he emphasizes “I see these tracks as little short films that play in my head.” Features from Erykah Badu, Thom Yorke, Niki Randa and Thundercat on Until the Quiet Comes are honorable mentions that more than live up to their expectations. While it may be possible to underestimate the Los Angeles producer, you can’t overlook all of his accomplishments to date. Music placements on The Cartoon Network and The Boondocks add to the diverse portfolio of Lotus while music spotlights on the HBO series True Blood highlight his future aspirations. One of his latest projects is a joint collaboration with independent filmmaker Miwa Matreyek. The duo plan to complete a short multimedia based film titled “The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come” by the end of 2012. As fans still stand in line for hours on end to sneak a peek at one of his live shows, he continues to not only grow as a producer, but also as an entrepreneur. Flying Lotus is the founder of his own Brainfeeder enterprise. He is equipped with a stable of his own upcoming artists. Names such as Samiyam, Teebs and Daedelus are sure to be brought up in rated “next” conversations. With sold out tour dates from the U.S., Germany, UK and the Netherlands, FlyLo is sure to be busy promoting his new album and working on new material. For more info on Flying Lotus go to http://www.Flying-Lotus.com, http://www.Brainfeedersite.com, http://www.Soundcloud.com/flyinglotus, http://www.Facebook.com/flyinglotus, http://www.Warp.net/records/flying-lotus

Roberta(Heck

by William Kryjak

“I am here to witness to those in doubt or loss that there is hope, there is an after. That there is Power in Prayer." It's always amazing, the power of prayer, and its ability to truly assist people in finding their potential. In this case, it has spurred on a bestselling author, award-winning poet, and inspirational speaker to become all of these things. Her faith is genuinely moving, and her unique, spoken word poetry can seize forth the most cynical skeptic. Roberta has won the National Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence Award, the National Editors Choice Award and the National Poetic Excellence Award, and along the way has written four books, with another that was up for publication this past September. Mrs. Heck is also a frequent guest and contributer to “Bobby Jones Presents” on “The Word Network,” a worldwide premiere ministry network, where she is able to spread her messages of hope and inspiration to a large audience. Available to speak at seminars, conferences, radio and television, Roberta believes that “there is a brighter tomorrow through prayer, faith and trust that the Lord will bring you through in his time." Her passion is truly inspirational. To keep up to date with what Roberta has going on, be sure to visit her website www.robertaheckministries.org

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Album Reviews Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes by Gwendolyn Talbot

Rating:

★★★★

Few pull musical eclecticism off like Flying Lotus, that fact remaining abundantly clear upon listening to his latest record Until the Quiet Comes. Jazz and hip hop have always been dominating forces in FlyLo's production, but UTQC proves that he can remain original in two tend-tobe overused genres and even evolve within them. The two singles, "See Thru to U" featuring Erykah Badu (I know!) and "Putty Boy Strut" are... well, they're a bit random. Although fantastic tracks, "Getting There" might have attracted a wider audience to his album at the same time as shining some light on Niki Randa, a wonderful vocalist who also appeared on Cosmogramma. Not to mention that it's classic FlyLo. On the other end of the spectrum, "Phantasm," featuring Laura Darlington who also appeared on the last album, shows the trip hop/psychedelic angle that makes Flying Lotus so interesting to listen to. Overall, UTQC is a nice return to FlyLo's roots.

Tweed Funk - Love Is by George Ryland

Rating:

★★★★

Six very talented guys make up Tweed Funk, a funk band from Wisconsin. Their second album, Love Is, has scored high on the blues chart so far and word is spreading. There are some very experienced members alongside some up and coming; together they bring back old school R&B vibes with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. The opening track, Fine Wine, is a mission statement indeed – upbeat praise of ladies in their prime rather than the more common worship of youth. “Pick Em Early” is a standout track - smooth with super funky guitar work from JD Optekar, Jon Lovas’ saxophone shines out on “Fragile”, drummer Gibbons has a fantastic solo at the end of “Smooth Taste” and everyone gets their chance to shine. Musically the highlight is arguably vocals from Smokey, which are exactly that. He was made to sing the blues! There are some more mellow tracks on the album as well as upbeat, but far from being fillers they are the perfect compliment, making a truly well rounded album.

True Margrit - The Juggler’s Progress by Patrick Ross

Rating:

★★★★

San Francisco trio True Margrit is a piano melody driven band that features pianist Margrit Eichler on lead vocal’s, bassist Gary Hobish, and drummer Andrew Bacon on backup vocal harmonies. Margrit’s vocals are strong and true, and lyrically she is adventurous. The trio as a unit is tight and compact but there seems to be an overall feeling of being one dimensionally sounding at times. This is not to say that they don’t have a unique sound associated with the lyrical content being expressed. The track “Opposite Man” which is featured in the Scott Boswell film “The Stranger in Us” has a rollicking feel to it and features the driving nature of the bands sound. They show that they can rock with the best of them in the mainstream rock genre, with Gary playing a driving bass line and Andrew delivering memorable rhythm on the drums. On the track entitled “Lucy” I enjoyed the stretching out by the band instrumentally, which offered more musical variety, to break the monotony of the bands piano led sound, which dominates many of the tracks. The title song “The Juggler’s Progress” reminded me a bit of the band Queen, with the overall feel and chord progression. The band really opens up on the tracks, “Metaphor,” and the light hearted romp “Make Them Beg,” while the track “500 Years,” really rocks with the addition of the organ sound. For fans, True Margrit should be a nice compliment to their collection of progressive piano art-pop, alternative rock.

Darren Rhodes - You Got Me by William Kryjak

Rating:

★★★★

With dreams of performing at the Grand Ole Opry since age 7, Darren Rhodes has dreamt of being a country music star his entire life. His musical talent is perhaps only outdone by his enduring work ethic, and the results are plain as day on his latest album You Got Me, a collection of compulsory country heartbreak ballads and southern attitude. “Johnny Walker Walk” conjures up images of a smoky dive somewhere in West Texas, where fights aren't expected to be broken up. Rhodes' shifts gears on “You Got Me,” embodying the sweet, Southern gentleman, that'd pack up and move to New England before refusing to hold open a door. There is a lot of promise in these songs, though it would really be exciting to see what he could do with a larger production budget. With honest lyrics, catchy melodies, and good-natured determination, Darren Rhodes may get to that Opry just yet.

Phreeda  Sharp  

by  Lou  Johnson  

Ladies  and  gentleman,  straight  from  across  the  pond,   we  bring  you,  Phreeda  Sharp!  With  a  fresh  new  sound   reminiscent  of  a  rapping  Macy  Gray  her  delivery  is  as   crisp  as  a  clean  bed  sheet  whipping  in  an  April  breeze.   Think  if  you  can,  of  orchestrated  rap  mixed  with  radical   wordplay,  mixed  with  a  voice  as  sweet  as  unrefined   honey.  Hailing  from  the  rough-­‐and-­‐tumble  Hackney   district  of  London,  she  breathes  freshness  into  a   country  desperate  for  something,  ANYTHING,  other   than  the  staid  class-­‐ism  it  is  known  for.  She  pulls  you   out  of  your  comfort  zone,  throwing  you  into  a  current   swiftness  that’s  so  exhilarating  that  it  makes  the  hairs  on  your  neck  stand  up!  Her  tune,   Bad  Jane,  is  bad!  If  you  haven’t  heard  her,  give  her  a  listen.  If  you  can’t  find  her-­‐look!   She’s  what  we’ve  been  waiting  for.  Phreeda  Sharp,  the  sound  of  a  future  rap   phenomenon.    Check  her  out:     Website:  www.phreedasharp.com   YouTube:  www.youtube.com/PhreedaSharpChannel1    

Tweed Funk by George Ryland

It’s been a great year for Tweed Funk so far and it looks set to get even better. Their debut album, Bringin’ It, was well received last year as was their subsequent tour in the Midwest and South. They have since bought in Jon Lovas on saxophone, had time in a professional studio and this year released their sophomore CD ‘Love It’. Famed guitarist Greg Koch co-produced and a horn section plus female backing vocals from the WhiskeyBelles were added. Blues, soul and funk with a touch of hip-hop is their music and the awards have started to come in along with the airplay. They won the 2012 WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year and outstanding frontman Smokey was nominated for 2012 WAMI for Best Male Vocalist. If you see them live you won’t be disappointed; check out their festival and gig dates for the rest of the year at http://www.tweedfunk.com.

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The Rhythmic Lounge Magazine Fall 2012