Gnash Shows Immense Potential on EP ‘us’


gnash • us (EP) • :): • Release Date: 3.25.16 Sometimes the coolest musicians and artists are those that are up and coming or under the radar.  That’s the case with alternative (or simply hard to categorize) artist/producer gnash.  Gnash is by no means a household name, but the Californian is definitely one to watch. …

Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall – Review


Andra Day ‘nails it’ on her retro-soul debut Cheers To The Fall Andra Day • Cheers To The Fall • Buskin/Warner Bros • Release Date: August 28, 2015 For a while in 2015, it seemed the days of being excited about a new R&B artist or new R&B album were done.   The early part of…

Review: Nick Weaver Impresses on His Lyrical ‘Yardwork’ EP


Nick Weaver • Yardwork (EP) • Release Date: January 6, 2015 Contemporary hip-hop/rap music transcends race, gender, and any number of stereotypes. No longer is the genre based merely upon experiencing the hard-knock life of the streets or hustling – the scope of the music has evolved and grown considerably. That is what makes Seattle…

Review: Luke James Shows Off Lofty Potential on Self-Titled Debut


Luke James • Luke James • Island • US Release Date: September 23, 2014 One of the troubles that often hurts R&B music – particularly new artists – is low-key promotion, not to mention the lack of a big-time single. For Luke James, he was truly fortunate to earn a Grammy nomination for his performance…

Up and Coming: Deezy Da Paperboy


In the crowded genre that is hip-hop/rap, there is always a new MC aspiring to be the next big thing. Many newcomers who aspire to break through consider themselves to be the “Sugar Honey Iced Tea.”   Unfortunately, not “everybody is a star,” regardless whether they possess potential or exceptional talent. “I’m on, n***a you not!”…

Review: A Great Big World, ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’


 A Great Big World Showcase Both Classicism and Creativity on its debut album  A Great Big World • Is There Anybody Out There? • Epic • US Release Date: January 21, 2014 As the wise, old saying goes, “Two heads are better than one.”  Indeed, new singer/songwriter duo A Great Big World is the epitome…

3 Musical New Years Resolutions


2013 has been quite the momentous year in music and pop culture, no questions asked. There were ample things to rave about as well as some to gripe about.  The good and the bad go with the territory of being a music enthusiast and music journalist.  Even so, the best music journalist – just like…

Review: Jake Miller, ‘Us Against Them’


Miller eschews the trap in favor for the pop-side of rap  Jake Miller • Us Against Them • eOne • US Release Date: November 5, 2013 Pop-rap doesn’t get the same respect that edgier, more ‘trill’ rap receives.  Why? Because generally, pop-rap loses the “rap” label at all regardless if the artists actually raps.  Pop-rappers are thought to be…