Archive for Ryan Merkel

Heavy English Avoids the Trappings of Bland Corporate Rock By Being Anything But

Heavy English Avoids the Trappings of Bland Corporate Rock By Being Anything But

January 17, 2017 - Comments Off on Heavy English Avoids the Trappings of Bland Corporate Rock By Being Anything But - MUSIC

Oh, the noise. It’s a never-ending calculated stream of money and business and lowest-common denominator algorithms that determine what demographics will pay what to whine about this. And then you get something refreshing- The XX’s debut album. Placebo when they […]

NESSEX – Finding Molly and Not Giving a Fuckstep

NESSEX – Finding Molly and Not Giving a Fuckstep

July 30, 2016 - Comments Off on NESSEX – Finding Molly and Not Giving a Fuckstep - MUSIC

Very few artists can create a really influential foundation from the art of the remix. Nessex’s entire catalog seems like one massively intertwined remix, nabbing from all sorts of sources and intermingling them like a master explorer. This, in part, […]

THE JELLY JAM to RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘PROFIT’ ON MAY 27TH

THE JELLY JAM to RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘PROFIT’ ON MAY 27TH

April 26, 2016 - Comments Off on THE JELLY JAM to RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘PROFIT’ ON MAY 27TH - MUSIC

The influence of religion and the corruption of money go together like aliens and abductions. They are topics widely circulated in the world of metallic-infused prog ever since Rush made it part of their de-facto well of narrative choices. The […]

Boyz II Men’s Legacy – Filled by Talent and Fueled by Fans

Boyz II Men’s Legacy – Filled by Talent and Fueled by Fans

April 13, 2016 - Comments Off on Boyz II Men’s Legacy – Filled by Talent and Fueled by Fans - MUSIC

The music world is a far different place than it was in 1991 when Boyz II Men began crooning over pop-inspired R&B ballads. Albums are being changed and updated by the hour by an egocentric maniac who happens to infuse […]

Klingande Turns a Smile Into Melody Form on the Heartwarmingly Subdued “Losing U”

Klingande Turns a Smile Into Melody Form on the Heartwarmingly Subdued “Losing U”

February 29, 2016 - Comments Off on Klingande Turns a Smile Into Melody Form on the Heartwarmingly Subdued “Losing U” - MUSIC

Foaming at the mouth with a lovely bounce, Klingande offers a pleasant and whimsical feeling to his variation of what is basically trance rock. Klingande is Cédric Steinmyller, but that means little in the world of dance. He holds his […]

‘Super Sonic Blues Machine’ Hope for Greatness for Everything South of Flushing

‘Super Sonic Blues Machine’ Hope for Greatness for Everything South of Flushing

February 26, 2016 - Comments Off on ‘Super Sonic Blues Machine’ Hope for Greatness for Everything South of Flushing - MUSIC

I write this in the middle of Arkansas. The nearest Wal-Mart is 25 minutes, which is saying a lot considering it’s a bloody Wal-Mart. I watched Winter’s Bone last night, the 2010 film about a meth ring in Southern Missouri, […]

DJ Elephante Gets to the Point for an Eruptive 2016 Spring Tour

DJ Elephante Gets to the Point for an Eruptive 2016 Spring Tour

February 22, 2016 - Comments Off on DJ Elephante Gets to the Point for an Eruptive 2016 Spring Tour - MUSIC

A softly sung hook crooned by a guy that sounds like the Weeknd or  Adam Levine? A big pulsating rhythm section that erupts the crowd in stunning glory? A quick build and drop that makes Deadmau5 step away from the […]

Let Rock, Love, and Reflecting on the Past Lead the Way in JD Simo’s Grand New LP

Let Rock, Love, and Reflecting on the Past Lead the Way in JD Simo’s Grand New LP

January 29, 2016 - Comments Off on Let Rock, Love, and Reflecting on the Past Lead the Way in JD Simo’s Grand New LP - MUSIC

Good time-honored rock and roll is cyclical and generational. The generation is not by blood, though it could be (I’m sure Jakob Dylan would approve). The generational term is through influence and those seemingly little moments that carry on into […]