Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fran's Top 10 Songs of 2016 (So Far...)

Music discovery never seems to amaze me.  This blog has allowed me to hear and see many bands that I may have never discovered.  It is incredible how many of these bands I fell in love with and are now on this list.  I give you my Top 10 Songs of 2016 (So Far,,,)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Old Roads and New Beginnings: An Interview with the BulletBoys

The 80's. The greatest era in recorded music history. Yes, I just said that. I'm a child of the 80's and I'm not ashamed to profess my love for what a lot of people label "Hair Metal". It was a time when the music industry was running full throttle and those "Hair Bands" were selling records at a pace no one had ever seen before. My favorites from that era are the obvious to most. Motley Crue, Skid Row, Cinderella, Ratt, Guns N Roses and on and on I could go. One band that might not be so obvious that I truly loved, and love to this day, is the Bulletboys. In '88 they broke onto the scene with their self titled debut "Bulletboys". Though it never went platinum it did go gold with a barrage of hits and a wealth of talent. Their first single "Smooth Up In Ya" is still in my top 5 favorite songs and still in heavy rotation at mi casa. I still stand by my opinion that the Bulletboys are one of the most underrated bands of all time and the original lineup was one of the most talented groups of musicians to ever come out of that era.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

No Plan B: An Interview with Josh LeMay of Citizen Zero

To create art you have to be fearless. You have to do what, in your heart, you know is right regardless what other people think.  You have to be willing to take the leap of faith even though there may not be a net.  Sometimes you fall but every scar is a lesson.  You grow from lessons.  They make you who you are today.  That is the philosophy that embodies Citizen Zero.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lyrical Therapy and Creature Comforts: An Interview With Gustav Wood of Young Guns

The band Young Guns have been very busy the last six years, with three very well received albums since 2010 and one upcoming release in August.  Lead singer Gustav Wood was gracious enough to speak with me by phone from London last week, right before the band comes to America for the Vans Warped Tour, which runs through mid-August.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fran's Top 10 Favorite Instrumentals

Regardless of how abstract, lyrics can get the point across.  They can let you know what emotion or feeling the band is trying to convey.  Take the lyrics away and it's not so easy.  You're on your own to decipher the song.  Instrumentals are truly a lost art.  Especially by bands that have a lead singer. Below are my Top 10 instrumentals.  There is one for just about every moods.  Yes, there are obvious ones I did not choose.  Sorry "Moby Dick".  These are the ones that meant the most to me.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Album Review: Impulse by BOYFRNDZ

Every summer needs a soundtrack. You know, that one album that defines everything that happens – all the fun, all the adventure, all the mistakes and heartache.

For me that album just might be Impulse by BOYFRNDZ.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Fran's Top 10 Favorite First Take Songs

There is a beauty in simplicity.  To appreciate something for what it is and not overthink it.  The same goes with music.  On one had you have Mutt Lange chaining Def Leppard in the studio for years to record and album and on the other hand you have these 10 songs all recorded in one take.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Our Top 5 Small Restaurant/Concert Venues in Philadelphia

Philly is the home to so many great music venues.  Even the midsize venues, Like Union Transfer and World Cafe Live can give you an intimate experience.  Still nothing beats seeing a great band in a small venue.  Even better is getting a great meal before the show.  Below we have listed our Top 5 Restaurant and Music Venues that has a capacity of 250 people or less. You can't go wrong visiting any of these choices.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Dream of Rock 'n' Roll" An Interview with Dellacoma

Rising from the ashes of the 2013 break up of one of Australians most promising bands, Sunset Riot, energetic front man and vocally gifted Dellacoma Rio found himself at a crossroads in his musical career. Instead of throwing in the towel, Dellacoma Rio did some soul searching and decided to continue following his musical dream. He enlisted fellow Australian Rick Reynolds (Bass) and two Texan natives, Art Struck (Guitar), Matt Cook (Drums), to form a smashing new group of talented musicians. They would simply be now known as Dellacoma. A hard hitting, bluesy, 70's heavily influenced, kick you right in the teeth Rock 'n' Roll.

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