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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WESLEY SCHULTZ/VIGNETTES

Formed in Ramsey, New Jersey in 2002, The Lumineers have become one of most popular Folk and Americana bands in the U.S. over the course of their 20-year career. Now based in Denver, Colorado, founding members Wesley Schultz (vocals/guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (percussion/piano) have forged a career that has inspired a legion of young musicians to investigate American Folk music, Country, and other genres that were not yet considered ‘cool’ in the world of indie [...]

By | February 26th, 2021|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WILD PINK/A BILLION LITTLE LIGHTS

Creating a unique musical sound isn’t always planned. Sure, you can think that combining genre #1 with genre #5 and then adding a dibble-dabble of genre #8 sounds like a good idea, more than likely one of those genres will dominate and listeners may not notice anything else. Band bios – usually written by the band members or their girlfriends – promise something spectacular and unique yet end up sounding mediocre and predictably unspectacular. However, [...]

By | February 19th, 2021|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KAREN MATHESON/STILL TIME

Formed on Oban, Scotland in 1984, Capercaillie is a band that blends both traditional Gaelic and modern Folk music, creating a sound that has delighted audiences around the world for over 35 years. For their first few albums, the group focused on creating music that was modern yet rooted in traditional Folk. Beginning in the early 1990s, they made a slight shift in their sound, adding more modern elements to their recordings, creating a contemporary [...]

By | February 12th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KAREN MATHESON/STILL TIME

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JOHN CARPENTER/LOST THEMES III: ALIVE AFTER DEATH

Although filmmaker John Carpenter had already directed two feature films – DARK STAR (1974) and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976) – he came to prominence with his 1978 film HALLOWEEN. The movie redefined horror and independent filmmaking and ushered in a legion of copycats. Carpenter then went on to direct films that thrilled a generation of movie-goers: THE FOG (1980), CHRISTINE (1984), STARMAN (1984), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986), THEY LIVE (1988), and more. [...]

By | February 5th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JOHN CARPENTER/LOST THEMES III: ALIVE AFTER DEATH

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ARLO PARKS/COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS

Born Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho in Hammersmith, West London, the singer, songwriter and poet is better known by her stage name Arlo Parks. She began her musical career by uploading her demos to BBC Music Introducing, which led to her meeting her first manager. Her first solo release was a track called “Cola”, which brought her critical and commercial attention. Her first EP, SUPER SAD GENERATION, was released in April 2019, followed by the SOPHIE [...]

By | January 29th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ARLO PARKS/COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE BRIGHT SIDERS/A MIND OF YOUR OWN

Children’s music is much more complicated than you’d expect. The genre extends far beyond the old days of grown-ups dressing like cowboys or clowns and singing silly songs to entertain the special tykes in our lives. Children’s music is no longer created just to make the kids giggle – it now touches deeper and teaches them lessons. Mostly subtle, the messages are sprinkled in songs that sound simplistic yet are extremely sophisticated in their arrangements [...]

By | January 22nd, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE BRIGHT SIDERS/A MIND OF YOUR OWN

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PEARL CHARLES/MAGIC MIRROR

In most cases, when a new artist comes along, you have absolutely no preconceptions of what the music is going to sound like. Sure, you maybe read about the artist on some blog or you saw their release (s) in the local record store bin, but in most situations, that doesn’t really help in describing the artist’s sound. So, when you lay the needle down or press play on your CD player, your expectations are [...]

By | January 15th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PEARL CHARLES/MAGIC MIRROR

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: AARON FRAZER/INTRODUCING…

Soul music, when done correctly, will touch you right down to your… ahem… soul. Anyone can repurpose the Soul and R&B formulas and create something that vaguely resembles the sound of Soul, but it isn’t Soul if it doesn’t have the heart or the passion to affect the emotions of the listener. For the music to really mean something, everything has to be ‘right’: the singer, the song, the arrangement, the production, the band dynamics, [...]

By | January 8th, 2021|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: AARON FRAZER/INTRODUCING…

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SINEAD O’CONNOR/TROUBLE OF THE WORLD (7″)

For many, Sinead O’Connor appeared out of nowhere in 1990 with the heart-melting ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U”. The song and video were everywhere during the first half of that year. You couldn’t escape Sinead and that song. And to be honest, why would you want to? It was a beautiful song – originally written by Prince – and an outstanding performance by an artist that is often misunderstood. However, O’Connor’s career goes back to [...]

By | December 18th, 2020|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SINEAD O’CONNOR/TROUBLE OF THE WORLD (7″)