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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE WHITMORE SISTERS/GHOST STORIES

While not all music-making siblings get along – for example: Ray and Dave Davies, Noel and Liam Gallagher, and Phil and Don Everly – they nearly always make wonderful music together. More specifically, their voices blend together and create a sound that is pure magic. No matter what genre they are performing, when siblings create music, it always comes layered with deep emotion. These are people who grew up together, bathed in the same influences [...]

By | January 21st, 2022|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE LUMINEERS/BRIGHTSIDE

Founded in 2005, The Lumineers has become one of the most respected Americana/Folk-Rock bands of their generation. Comprised of singer/guitarist Wesley Schultz and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites, the duo began performing in 2002 in New York City under a variety of names before finally settling on The Lumineers in 2005. The band struggled to balance their day jobs and musical career, but after several years, they left the hustle and bustle of NYC and settled in [...]

By | January 14th, 2022|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TARU ALEXANDER/ECHOES OF THE MASTER

The son of post-bop jazz saxophonist Roland Alexander, Taru Alexander began playing drums at the age of seven. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he was surrounded by his dad’s friends and bandmates including Freddie Hubbard, Reggie Workman, and others. Taru’s first professional gigs came at the age of 13 as a member of his father’s quintet. His first recording came when he worked with Fred Houn and the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble on the 1985 [...]

By | January 7th, 2022|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TARU ALEXANDER/ECHOES OF THE MASTER

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHUCK BERRY/LIVE FROM BLUEBERRY HILL

Rock ‘n’ roll saved the world. Back in the mid-1950 when it came rumbling out of nowhere, parents tried to stop their kids from listening to this new raw, primal, and edgy music that blended Hillbilly with Rhythm & Blues and a huge dollop of adrenaline. As we know, Rock ‘n’ Roll was too wild to contain, and it spread throughout the U.S. and then made its way around the world in just a matter [...]

By | December 17th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CHUCK BERRY/LIVE FROM BLUEBERRY HILL

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIA/CUNTRY COVERS VOL. 1

The COVID-19 pandemic cast a large and menacing shadow over every aspect of our lives. In 2020, families were kept apart, businesses suffered, large gatherings of people were forbidden, and it seemed as if things may never get back to normal. But what was normal before the pandemic and what is the new normal? For some folks, things never changed. For others, their mental health was most certainly challenged by all the confusion and radically [...]

By | December 10th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIA/CUNTRY COVERS VOL. 1

CONGRATS To Our GRAMMY® AWARD Nominees!

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CONGRATS To Our Classical GRAMMY® AWARD Nominees!

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JEFF ROSENSTOCK/SKA DREAM

For a musician, longevity is always the goal. No musician wants to leave their mundane day job, make a few records, and tour the country several times, only to be back working a day job in two- or three-years’ time. However, even if they do fall into that all-too-common situation, they still create music in their spare time. A true artist never stops creating – it is in their blood. Very few musicians are able [...]

By | December 3rd, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JEFF ROSENSTOCK/SKA DREAM

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/DOOM CREW, INC.

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde is a monster. Well, not literally a monster, but if you listen to his guitar riffs – the way they slither, slide, and strike – they will haunt and enchant your dreams in equal measures. Just like those Universal Monsters and Hammer Horror films. His monstrous riffs make an impact and leave their mark. A dyed-in-the-wool Hard Rock fan, Wylde understands every nuance of what makes rock music a powerful [...]

By | November 29th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/DOOM CREW, INC.

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 3

Founded in Orange County, California in 2004, alt-rock band Cold War Kids was formed by Nathan Willett (vocals/piano/guitar) and Matt Maust (bass) with Jonnie Russell (guitar) and Matt Aveiro (drums). After several well-received EPs, the group released their debut album, ROBBERS & COWARDS, in 2006. The album was an international hit, entering the Top 40 in the UK, Scotland, and Belgium, but only reached #173 in the U.S. However, the album created a buzz that [...]

By | November 19th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 3