Bongtower | Oscillator 2 - Review

By mike, 2022-01-31
Bongtower | Oscillator 2 - Review

Psychedelic Russian rockers Bongtower deliver their galactic doom album Oscillator II with otherworldly concepts and a journey through the solar system. Self released on January 19th 2022, each track follows the group's odyssey from planet to planet with robotic interludes announcing each arrival and departure. 

Starting out on planet earth and beginning the launch into space is the song “Phase”. As we are told the universe is not made for us, the fuzzy thick distorted guitars and angry drums are all around us on the track “For All Mankind”, reminding us of our mission and to find the ultimate answer. Standout songs include the epic thirteen minute track called "Mars" that raises the bar.. Other enjoyable songs such as "Uranus” focus on the vocalist's gravelly growls and sludge guitars, and the dynamic clean breakdowns on these songs makes you feel like you're floating around somewhere in deep space until there's a sudden disturbance from catastrophic guitar frequencies. The album ends with the Vangelis Cover “Alpha” resolving with closure but leaving you wanting more. 

Oscillator II plays like the soundtrack to some of my favorite science fiction movies and shows. Original in storytelling with the distinct psychedelic doom sound, Oscillator II is a dynamic record that sets Bongtower apart from other artists in the genre. Carl Sagan would be proud.

Submerge yourself into this album like virtual reality and reach out and touch the stars.

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The Alessi Brothers Present: “Eden Roc”
International Pop Legends Release a New Batch of their Signature Harmony Blend


What do The Beatles, Harry Styles and Aliens have in common? Two identical things! Long Island, NY’s Alessi Brothers.




The Alessi Brothers’ timeless melodies have remained ethereal in American popular music, and have grown even more beloved across the globe, garnering nearly 50 million listens and averaging 350K monthly listeners on Spotify. Take for instance their hit song “Seabird,” the gentle tune is a favorite of British born superstar Harry Styles, as he featured the track on his Apple Music “at home” playlist to endure the pandemic. “Seabird” was also used during the credits of Taika Waititi's film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and in the new comedy-drama series “Resident Alien”. Additionally, their tune “Do You Feel It” was recently sampled by The xx on "Say Something Loving". They are also an unabashed favorite of international supermodel, author, and actress Emily Ratajkowski.


The duo have just released their latest pop single, “I’m In Love,” which is the first single off the upcoming album “Eden Roc.” The Lennon-McCartney original was penned during The Beatles’ early days, but never recorded for official release. (The Fab Four recorded and released the track in 1963, but the tune remained in relative obscurity). 


Now, Billy and Bobby Alessi are polishing this hidden gem with the unique stylistic vocal harmonies they mastered as children. 


“When brothers harmonize there’s just something special about the blend,” Billy said.


These harmonies are joined by shimmering acoustic guitars that propel the track full steam ahead – the way John Lennon liked his rhythm guitars – and ripping electric leads that further excite the mix.


“I’m In Love” is by no means the Alessi Brothers’ first foray into the music of the Fab Four. They tackled the “Sgt. Pepper” cut “She’s Leaving Home” with their band Barnaby Bye and laid down a ukulele rendition of the rather fitting “Two Of Us.”


They also provided background vocals on the John Lennon and Yoko Ono album “Milk and Honey” and remixed Paul McCartney’s “No More Lonely Nights.”


Even as their songs “Seabird”, “Oh Lori,” “Put Away Your Love,” “Sad Songs,” and “All for a Reason” charted around the globe, The Alessi Brothers made a second career writing music for other world renowned artists - such as Peter Frampton, Frankie Valli and Olivia Newton John - just as Lennon and McCartney wrote hits for others to record.


Now, with their third full-length offering in four years, the brothers unveil a new batch of sweet harmonies on the uplifting “Suite” and the sleepless and uncertain “So Many Maybes.” “Don’t Bring Me Down” offers a cool breeze with an emotive saxophone accompanying piano and percussion and the pair also reflect on the strenuous past few years on “There’s A Chance” and the pandemic fueled anthem “We Will Survive.”


The Alessi Brothers’ follow-up to 2020’s “Netherland” solidifies Billy and Bobby’s legacy, a career built on great ears for a hook and a melody, exceptional vocals and well crafted songs that know no boundaries of time or place. Exceptional talent bringing you classic, original, ear candy.


Eden Roc Tracklist:


1: “Suite”

2: “Dreams Come True”

3: “We Will Survive”

4: “Sugar Plum”

5: “Don’t Bring Me Down”

6: “You Are The One”

7: “Little Wings”

8: “Always Love You”

9: “There’s A Chance”

10: “I’m In Love”


*Additional Tracks*


11: “Beautiful Day”

12: “So Many Maybes”

13: “The Best Part Of Me Is You”




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The Absurd | Cancel The Wall - Review

Cancel The Wall by the three piece LA desert grunge rockers The Absurd is an album that brings energy to higher levels and features vocal, percussion, and guitar driven music from start to finish.

Originally released as Build The Wall in October of 2018, Bent Knee Records has just released a third pressing. Maybe I was hiding under a rock would be the best explanation as to why I have just recently discovered them. In the light of this discovery is a new release of Build The Wall, remastered, with live bonus tracks and a new album name titled Cancel The Wall. This new pressing was released on November 18th, 2021. 

Tracks such as "Squashing Pumpkins" are reminiscent of classic sludge rock and 90's acts including Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden.  The song "Build The Wall" is a standout single to demonstrate the diversity of the group with a sway between melodic singalongs and heavy rock. On the contrary, my first exposure to Absurd was the song “Boots On The Ground” with it’s mantra style sound that resonated with me. 

Cancel The Wall is an album that hints at nostalgic influences and includes a new alternative sound reminiscent of post grunge acts for those who prefer to decipher the sound in their speakers.


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The Chris Rolling Squad | Cannonball Holocaust - Review

Like a bat out of hell comes The Chris Rolling Squad with their latest album Cannonball Holocaust. Released on April 15th, 2021, the french trio comes charging in like a bull and never lets up. A great combination of punk, thrash, and swampy rock and roll make this a unique blend of styles, similar to classic bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Misfits, Metallica,  and the swampy blues riff-age of the guitar player we know as Slash. 

In their opener “Wild Time” it’s sure to keep the party going all night long as they say. The party continues with the track “Hate 2000 blues”. Both tracks offer a swampy slash style of rock and roll, as heard on his work as a solo artist and with Velvet Revolver. With that, a new style emerges with the song “Trapped Inside”. Fast heavy driven thrash metal style in the likes of Metallica and Slayer. They do it so well I beg for more!

The French trio delivers hard hitting singles such as "Straight Down To Hell" and "Hollywood" to remind listeners of the yesteryears with a new spin on hard music. "Straight Down To Hell" doesn’t disappoint. It’s fast and hard. It’s got that Motorhead energy that complements the style of Trapped Inside nicely. Just when you think things can’t get any faster, comes the next track, “Faster”. And yes, it's faster.

Blending European style with traditional American metal, The Chris Rolling Squad is a band to see on center stage with mosh pit appeal and a youthful tone that will bring the crowd to their feet in a busy auditorium or at home through the speakers. 

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Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases “WHERE’S MY MIND?” EP

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Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases “WHERE’S MY MIND?” EP

Impressive Young Performer Matures with Diverse Musical Offering




(New York, NY) - Fast rising Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle is set to release his new debut EP “WHERE’S MY MIND?” to Spotify and all the major services Wednesday July 14th, 2021.




At only 16 years old, Robert Eberle already understands what it feels like to truly be heartbroken & humiliated. High school drama, trauma & abasement continue to pave the way for dreamy pop songs and airy alternative tracks.


Partially produced by Donnie Klang (Madison Beer, Sky Katz), with additional tracks done by Colton Lava and Vincent Donnadio, WHERE’S MY MIND? is a collection of songs based on teenage trauma & heartbreak. Robert remarked, “I called this record “WHERE’S MY MIND?” because both literally and figuratively, I felt lost & that no one wanted me.”  “My Pre-Teen/Early Teenage years continued to shut me out and make me feel unworthy.” Eberle’s voice— melancholy, airy and versatile impresses throughout and compares to artists like Billie Eilish & Finneas.


For More Information on Robert Eberle, Go To: 

Instagram: @roberteberle1

Facebook: @roberteberlemusic 

Twitter: @EberleMusic

YouTube Channel

About Robert Eberle:

Robert Eberle is a young, versatile singer & songwriter. Robert writes all of his own music, lyrics and works with various producers to create unique moments within his songs. Each one of Eberle’s songs are stories and moments into his life and others around him.


Influences from an eclectic group of artists such as FINNEAS & Billie Eilish all the way to Madison Beer and Panic! At the Disco have helped to create Eberle’s genre bending darker-alternative to traditional Pop Rock.

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Gnarly Karma Releases “Rags to Riches”

Gnarly Karma Releases “Rags to Riches”
New Offering Highlights Strong Songwriting and a Signature Sound 


(Huntington, NY) - Known for their infectious melodies and incredible live performances, Huntington based buzz band Gnarly Karma has just released their latest single, “Rags to Riches” to Spotify and all the major music services.


Co written by Singer/Guitarist Michael Renert and Drummer Jarrod Beyer and recorded in California with Steve Pagano and Mario Borgatta (who have worked with many talented national acts over the years), "Rags to Riches" is the third song to be dropped from those fantastic studio sessions - after the rollicking "Brave" and the fan sing along favorite "Follow Me".

Jarrod Beyer remarked - “The statements - I love seeing you guys live because of the energy you bring - and - I have you guys on my Spotify but you guys are so much better live - are things we hear all the time. So one day we all sat down and said - how can we make our studio stuff be as energetic and captivating as our live shows?? We have the talent, drive, and chemistry to do it, we just needed a little direction in the studio. We wanted to capture that same energy in the studio that we create when we play live.  I suggested to the band that we fly to California and record with Steve Pagano. We spent a week at the studio and put in hard work, and were happy with the results. You be the judge!”.

Recently featured on News 12 and 94.3 The Shark, GNARLY KARMA is an Alternative/Indie Rock Band from Long Island, New York. The group consists of five members; Mikey "Manicotti" Renert (Vocals, Guitar), Jarrod "J-Rock" Beyer (Drums), Ryan "McMagic" McAdam (Bass), Billy "Bad Bones" Hanley (Saxophone) and Adam "Sklarface" Sklar (Guitar).

Their music is most often associated with that of The Revivalists, Sublime, and Mumford & Sons, but their sound is not restricted by genre. Each member brings a wide and varied range of influences to the table, equating to the group's unique style. The band's eclectic blend of genres and spirited live performances has led to a feature in Newsday and a mention in The New York Times. Gnarly Karma has had the honor of playing Great South Bay Music Festival in 2017, 2018, & 2019 (supporting acts including Sublime with Rome, 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Less Than Jake, and Dirty Heads), The Paramount multiple times (supporting Tim Reynolds of Dave Matthews Band, and Everlast), The Wellmont Theater (supporting Edgar Winter and Robbie Krieger of 'The Doors'), SXSW, Alive After Five, Montauk Music Festival, My Father's Place, and more! 2020 was a writing year amidst the pandemic with some amazing new music 

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Life Flows On Within You & Without You With Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers

Life Flows On Within You & Without You
With Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers
Tantalizing Troupe Presents Gorgeous Classical Renditions of Beatles Favs


(New York, NY) - Singer/songwriter Jeff Lake teams up with Grammy-nominated violinist Susan Aquila and company, to form "Cellophane Flowers” — a neo-classical spin on the music of the Fab Four. 

The group has released a new music video in support of their psychedelic mashup “Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows” —  which can be found on the Dreamworks/ Universal Film “Shrek” sound-track playlist on Spotify alongside artists such as Smashmouth, Counting Crows, Fergie, Harry Chapin, Lionel Richie, Macy Gray, The Carpenters, & the Beastie Boys among others:

The production here is in stark contrast to the group’s album title track, “Penny Lane”, which offers a minimalistic baroque-era approach — string quartet & voice.  This track is now featured on Disney’s “Zombie” soundtrack playlist — also on Spotify.

Jeff Lake was honored to play a virtual birthday bash on 6/18/21 in honor of Sir Paul McCartney’s 79th birthday.

The Spotify placements, along with a growing social media presence and monthly virtual gigs on the Beatles Fest Facebook site —  have resulted in 12,250 monthly followers at present.

The “Penny Lane” collection is available on CD at Amazon, Walmart, Barne’s & Noble, & Tower Records. It’s also available on streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, & Deezer, as well as digital download at the iTunes store.

Look for Jeff Lake’s new EP, “Field of Grass’ to be released internationally via The Orchard later this summer.

More about Cellophane Flowers:

Founded by singer-songwriter Jeff Lake in 2015, Cellophane Flowers began by playing venues in NYC such as The Bitter End, & The Slipper Room, before becoming a mainstay with the annual Fest For Beatle Fans. A year later they signed with WBA Records in Nashville and began performing at theaters across the U.S. Cellophane Flowers has a repertoire that includes other classic rock artists, a Xmas show, as well as their own original music.

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Starting This Saturday: I'm Presenting Free Live Concerts at Eisenhower Park Every Week

Guy Brogna and I (G & R Events) are proud to present FREE LIVE CONCERTS at Eisenhower Park Lakeside Theater EVERY SATURDAY from 8pm-10pm! Bring the crew this week to see Roots Foundation playing the best of Bob Marley and more!

Brought to you by Jovia Financial Credit Union Nassau County Executive Laura Curran All Music Inc. Rick Eberle Agency

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Blockbuster Lineup of Summer Concerts at Lakeside Theatre sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union

Nassau County, NY –Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is proud to announce a full slate of FREE events this summer, starting with a lineup of rockin’ summer concerts at the Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park.  The Saturday Night Concert Series, sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union, is part of the County’s free summer entertainment series which features dozens of free outdoor concerts, movies, and special events being held at parks across the County.   

Beginning in June, the County will be offering dozens of concerts and movies for the whole family to enjoy.  Kicking off the summer fun is The Saturday Night Concert Series, sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union, which will begin on June 26 at 8pm at the Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park (Field 6).  

Saturday Night Concert Series sponsored by Jovia Financial Credit Union:

Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre 


June 26--Roots Foundation – Bob Marley Tribute 

July 3--Anyway You Want It – Journey Tribute 

July 10--Half Step – Grateful Dead Tribute 

July 17-- Almost Bros. – Allman Bros. Tribute 

July 24--Sir Paul – Beatles Tribute 

July 31--Petty Rumours – Tom Petty/Fleetwood Mac Tribute 

August 7--Janis Joplin Experience 

August 14--Misty Mountain – Led Zeppelin Tribute 

August 21--Strange Magic – Electric Light Orchestra Tribute 

August 28--Street Fighter – Rolling Stones Tribute

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Rick Eberle


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