Sleep Deprived Music Review: Cicada Rhythm

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“I can’t wait until the morning. I can’t wait another night” – Roses by My Side by Cicada Rhythm

 

Cicada Rhythm’s new album, Everywhere I Go, should be available in the usual spots on April 27. So you have a day to get your stuff together and make arrangements to get the album.

If you need an album for your upcoming Route 66 road trip, then this album will be perfect for you. Even if you’re like me and constantly thinking about a road trip vacay, then Cicada Rhythm can be the soundtrack to your daydreams.

 

I guess their music would be categorized as Americana – a combination of country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, and blues. So Cicada Rhythm basically plays a hodgepodge of almost every musical style without being gimmicky. There’s a violin on “Dream Alone.” It’s a beautiful album. If I had to pick a favorite, maybe “Where the Dogwood Dies” or “Roses by My Side.”

Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis provide excellent vocals and guitar solos. By the end of your trip, everyone in the car will know the words and sing along. Go get the album and make some memories.

 

Cicada Rhythm on Twitter

Cicada Rhythm website

  • I received an advanced copy of the album from New West Records in order to do a review. All opinions are mine. Obviously.
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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Nattali Rize

 

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Sugarshack Sessions recently posted a video with Nattali Rize. I was so excited that they had another female. While I don’t have the exact numbers of female musicians on Sugarshack Sessions, I know that I haven’t seen very many.

Nattali Rize released her most recent album, Rebel Frequency, in the Spring of 2017. If you’re into music with a message, then you should listen to Rebel Frequency. You could play it on your way to protest social injustices or while writing letters to your government officials. Rize uses her music for the good of people everywhere.

 

 

What is great about this album:

  • Rize is known for her social activism. Her activism is also present in the lyrics. She’s got spirit.The band is on point. All of the time.
  • There are several other artists who collaborate on the album – Julian Marley, Kabaka Pyramid, Notis, Dre Island, Jah9 and Raging Fyah.

 

 

 

 

Nattali Rize website

Nattali Rize on Twitter

Rebel Frequency on Spotify

Nattali Rize on Sugarshack Sessions. YouTube

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Elke

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Elke quit her modeling career and changed her name. She’s also releasing an independent album this month. I admire her so much for taking a chance on herself. Not enough people want to take the risk that is involved in changing careers. Some people don’t even want to risk moving the furniture or changing their appearance.

 

Elke’s EP Bad Metaphors will be released on April 20. Her voice is a little bit different, kind of husky. However, she is worth taking a chance on – in the same way, someone took a chance on Nina Simone. (That might be a bad metaphor – just go with it.)

Until the album comes out, you can find her here – Elke on bandcamp and here – Elke on soundcloud.  

There are three songs on the EP. It still seems weird to me that there are singles, albums and EPs. An EP has more songs than a single but less than an album. I’m old school I guess.

Two Lives is my favorite song.

On a side note, after the Bad Metaphor album, this was my second favorite bad metaphor on the Internet: He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River. (Mistupid.com)

  • I received an advance copy so I could do a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: RIMIDI

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Yesterday, I was watching Sugarshack Sessions on YouTube. Again. It’s one of my favorite things to watch. They have so many great bands.

Anyway, RIMIDI was on the video. It was the first time that I had ever heard her sing. I loved her voice so much that I wanted to know everything about her music.

Her last album was The Dopamine Collection, vol. 1. It was released in 2013. So it’s been awhile.

Her Facebook page had a post that hinted at something new on the horizon. It could be anything though. Please, please, please be a new album.

If you get a chance, check out RIMIDI’s album and social media pages. She is worthy of all of the adoration and support that we can give.

 

 

RIMIDI on bandcamp

RIMIDI on YouTube

RIMIDI on Facebook

RIMIDI on Sugarshack Sessions

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Typhoid Rosie

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Maybe I haven’t had slept enough. I’m listening to Typhoid Rosie’s latest album. Well, trying to listen. My kids are screaming “Look at Me!!” – while twirling the ribbons from their Easter baskets. The candy might be gone.

So this album is fitting. It has a lot of energy and says “Look at Me!!” I can’t say whether they have ribbons or candy but it’s possible.

I like the song “Pieces.” “Happiness” is also pretty good.

This is Now was released in March. You can find it on bandcamp. It’s worth a listen so check it out. For the best experience, give your kids a ton of candy and ribbons then turn up the volume. It will be super awesome I swear.

Typhoid Rose on bandcamp

Typhoid Rose on Soundcloud

Typhoid Rose website

 

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Weeks

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Sometimes I make mistakes. . . well, this one was more of an oversight. I save albums to listen to at a later time and then I forget about them. Today, I’m trying to fix that issue. How could someone forget about The Weeks?

Their latest album, Easy, should not be forgotten. Go listen to it right now! Don’t let it collect dust.

The lead singer, Cyle Barnes, has an amazing voice that is reminiscent of John Cafferty. In case you’ve forgotten, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band were basically Eddie and the Cruisers. It’s ok, I forgot who the real band was too. So Cyle Barnes is like John Cafferty but less Jersey and more Southern indie rock.

Things that I love about this album:

  1. The lead singers voice  . . . it’s like fireworks and summer. Super hot.
  2. Horns. I love a good horn section.
  3. The whole band is pretty rockin’.

 

When I was a kid, I was a huge Bo Jackson fan. Not only do The Weeks have a song and an album called “Dear Bo Jackson,” two of the band members have a Twitter account, @DearBoJackson. It’s all about sports if you’re into that sort of thing.

The real Bo Jackson is also Twitter @BoJackson. 

 

The Weeks website

The Weeks on Twitter

The Weeks on Spotify

Bottle Rockets Video on YouTube

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: New Kingston

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New Kingston released A Kingston Story: Come From Far in 2017. Their appearance on Sugarshack Sessions made it onto the recommended YouTube videos. While researching the band, I discovered that they have been on the Sugarshack Sessions several times. My cat, Manny Pacquimeow definitely loves New Kingston. He blocks the computer screen just about every time their video is in on YouTube. If you have a chance, check out their YouTube channel.

New Kingston is an extremely talented band, which includes Courtney Panton Sr., Stephen Suckarie, Tahir Panton and Courtney Panton Jr. Courtney Sr. is the father of the other three members of the band. It would be pretty cool to play in a band with your kids.

What is great about this album

  • Everyone except Courtney Sr. sings. Their voices are all awesome, yet distinctive.
  • The songs do not sound the same.
  • There aren’t any bad songs. It’s a solid album from beginning to end.
  • Two of my favorite songs are Honorable and the Beast and Agape.

New Kingston could be your new favorite reggae band. Check out their music and let me know what you think.

New Kingston website

A Kingston Story: Come From Far

Honorable and the Beast. YouTube.

New Kingston YouTube channel