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Music Connection is reviewing livestream performances for the “Live Reviews” section in our print and digital magazine. If you are an independent or amateur musician and you are planning a livestream performance, submit your info for a chance to be reviewed. You must be an unsigned artist and your performance must be at least 30 minutes long. Enter now on Music Connection’s “Get Reviewed” page. Our Live Reviews are published in the nationally distributed Music Connection magazine—both in print and online—which for three decades has helped new talent to break through. Each month we will select 12 Recorded artists and 7 […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: amandaroseriley.com Material: Amanda Rose Riley’s songs are familiar, revealing a darkness behind her sweet sounding voice and guitar. There is a sadness beneath the warm songs, which makes listening a little distressing. Both chordally and melodically, they fall a little flat. The choices seem too safe for the kind of indie music Amanda seems to want to create. As such, her songs themselves become a little samey after a while. More daring melodies and some more interesting chord changes as well as some more natural sounding lyric choices would make a huge difference. Some of the indie […]

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Web: KerryPatrickClark.com Contact: [email protected] Material: Kerry Patrick Clark is a singer-songwriter reminiscent of John Denver, Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin. The songs are super-delicious, with delightful hooks and wonderful lyrics that warm the heart like mom’s apple pie. Tunes such as “Simple Man,” “I Hope You Dance” and “Brighton Boulevard” are introspective, well-written, beautiful songs that make you lick your lips to scrumptious melodies and make you think about yourself and your chosen direction in life. (They also make you think about BBQ’d chicken wings, but that’s another story for another day.) Musicianship: Clark is a superb guitar player. As […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: hayleysales.com Material: Kicking off the North American leg of her 2020 virtual world tour and the release of her upcoming album, Ricochet, Hayley Sales delivered her livestream show from her parents’ blueberry farm on Vancouver Island, playing the piano she learned on as a child and singing into her vintage 1920s AEA ribbon mic (a gift from her uncle). A Judy Garland buff from a very early age, the feel of her show is similar to Norah Jones-meets-Duffy, with the vocal delivery of one of the greats. Sales’ trademark retro jazz sound, gentle demeanor, and consummate professionalism […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: laurencejuber.com Material: Laurence Juber is a Grammy- winning guitarist-composer who boasts a resumé that includes stints with Paul McCartney’s Wings, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and many others. His mix of material is sophisticated, eclectic and draws liberally from jazz, blues, pop, American Songbook, folk and classical music. Instrumental hymns like “Amazing Grace” and movie classics are sequenced alongside a handful of original compositions taken from his albums LJ and Altered Reality. Musicianship: Juber is a master on the guitar. His incredible reach gives him tremendous facility with chords and single note lines. And his […]

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Contact: Nick Loss-Eaton Media, [email protected] Web: xanthealexis.com Material: Trauma therapist by day, folk singer by night, Xanthe Alexis is all about inner healing and transcendence. Her delicate-yet-sturdy “songs about feelings,” concern emotionally charged topics ranging from empathy and anxiety to love’s fickle nature. One of her confessional lullabies was written in the shower after a near-death experience. Another explores the weighty issue of domestic violence. Closing out this particular set was “The Offering,” the title track to her most recent full-length statement. Musicianship: Alexis soothes souls with velvety vocalizations and stargazing lyrics. Soft and supple acoustic strumming provides comfort akin […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: circulinemusic.com Players: Andrew Colyer, keyboards, vocals, percussion; Darin Brannon, drums, keyboards, percussion; Natalie Brown, vocals, percussion; William “Billy” Spillane, vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion; Alek Darson, lead guitar, percussion; Joel Simches, bass guitar, bass pedals, drums Material: Circuline is a modern rock band that puts the emphasis on harmony, melody and good song structure. Drawing heavily from the progressive rock tradition, they jam with the best of them. But the melodic essence of their tunes is key, and will resonate with you for some time to come. Shades of YES, ELP, The Moody Blues, early Jefferson Starship, Curved […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: runninglightsmusic.com Players: Mike Squillante, lead vocals, guitar; Nick Squillante, keyboards, backing vocals; Stephen Ranellone, drums Material: With New York City venues beginning to host livestreaming shows, performers can get out of their living rooms and showcase themselves in a more conducive setting. Complete with decent lighting and audio, alternative rockers, Running Lights, the powerhouse trio founded by the Squillante brothers, performed a full 45-minute set. The brothers began their music career cutting their teeth on numerous covers that were well received on YouTube before deciding to forge ahead with their own material. After adding Warped Tour veteran […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: facebook.com/pestrockband/ Players: Zach Erfort, vocals, guitar; Adrian Estrella, guitar; Dave Dissaro, bass guitar; Dan Parker, drums Material: There is no logical explanation why Pest was able to pull off their first live show, while having only rehearsed for one hour the night before. Other than the fact that a few of the […]