May 2018

The Twindows: Valkyrie 2.0

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Submitted by Gustave Carlson

Riding desert riffs and Seattle-style fuzz, Pennsylvania's Twindows have crafted an incredibly tight and nimble rock record in Valkyrie 2.0, out now on Amazon and streaming everywhere online music is sold. While some may contend that visceral rock n' roll is a thing of the past, the Twindows completely dismiss any such notion in these 11 blistering new tracks. Not solely reliant on primeval chest beating, there's plenty of self-aware lyrical exploration delivered with a fierce howl from frontwomanAster Grimm. What's more exciting is that, while backed by Kyle "Shaggs" Anderson on bass, guitar and vocals, KouqJ on guitar and bass and drummer Oskar Daoud, the Twindows create plenty of punk rock discord on Valkyrie 2.0 without stumbling into any pretentious scene politics, a feat not easily accomplished these days.

Keith Morris and The Crooked Numbers Psychopaths & Sycophants

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Submitted by Keith Morgan

Out of the underground and into the spotlight, folk singer Keith Morris and his band The Crooked Numbers offer a plethora of deep thinking songs on their latest effort, Psychopaths & Sycophants. The Virginia-based singer/songwriter (not to be confused with alternative icon Keith Morris of Black Flag fame), manages to balance darkness and light in the nine tracks on Psychopaths, although the overwhelming theme of this album speaks to the rebellious nature of the human spirit.

The opening track, "The Future," instantly evokes a Stooges-like blues swing in its swagger, never relenting in its dangerous sensibility. Keith's Dylan style crooning is peppered with organ moans and an able backing choir, whose chants seem to churn us deeper and deeper into Keith's haunting landscape. There are shades of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Nick Cave in his brooding, but none of this feels derivative in nature or style, mostly because of Keith's gritty descriptive lyricism. As he pleads for us to repent during the last stanza, one can't help but feel the ironic rit that brushes against the speakers. "What Happened to the Party" slows down the tempo a bit, but the darkness seems to give way to a foggy surrealism that makes perfect company or the spoken word layered over it. It isn't until "Thousand Mile Stairs" that the light seems to break through the clouds, as this bayou style folk song slinks by like an easy summer afternoon.

Conor Gains Releases “Compass”

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

On his first solo album, "Compass", singer/songwriter Conor Gains proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all genres. Gains' label debut marks the follow-up to the self-released sophomore album "Run Away With The Night", which sparked interest in the young artist's music. In 2016 Gains' album-closing song "Leave It On The Line" won the Cobalt Prize at the Maple blues awards. This national prize is designed to highlight innovation and creativity in songwriting. This is the impression one gets while listening to The Conor Gains Band. The deep respect of roots, jazz and blues music paired with the soulful, adventurous exploration of contemporary music gives Gains' songs an air of familiarity while listening to something completely unique and transcendental.

Gains has been traveling the world playing concerts in different countries and is ready to share his stories. "This album is my past 3 years of love, growth, travel, smiles and tears reflected in songs. I write to make peace with a situation. Music is my healing and if I can help others by providing a fresh way of looking at something in a different light then I have done my job right and I will sleep well at the end of the night".

Gains has written nearly 100 songs in the past 3 years and has chosen the top songs that fit together for his latest release. "

Compass is now available in stores and online as of this spring along with new music videos, website and tour dates coming soon to a city near you.