Exclusive Artist Review: Uncle Brent & The NoStone – “Malibu” Single

Packed full of twangy guitar riffs, a cruising rhythm section and spot on vocal melodies with distinctive harmonies, Uncle Brent’s newest single “Malibu” comes out swinging from all angles aiming to please any Blues-Rock fan that comes into earshot of the catchy tune. Uncle Brent is definitely no ordinary artist, he loves to come up with tunes that are honest, personal, and with a clever focus on storytelling. His music is not just entertainment, but a true example of what it is like to sing and play from the heart. Solo or along with his band, he creates a diverse and passionate sound, tipping the hat off to iconic artists the likes of Tom Petty, The Refreshments, Whiskey Myers, Reckless Kelly, and many others of a similar calibre. Uncle Brent has been active in the Austin, TX scene for over a decade now and still continues to hit the ground running with his eclectic and catchy sound; drawing an insatiable fan base since his inception and continues to do so.

Now with 2021’s Summer months finally here, Uncle Brent & The NoStone have brought us a perfect single to jam to all season long. Accompanied by a dynamically crafty lyric video, “Malibu” is a twangy and rhythmic track that puts a Rock & Roll boost into an eclectic Bluesy approach. Kicking off with a high energy guitar riff, “Malibu” immediately entices the ear with its incredibly catchy chord progressions and rhythmically gratifying drums and bass, leading us into verses that shine a spotlight on Uncle Brent’s mid-to-high range vocal melodies that are well placed and punctually performed. Eventually steering us into a chorus that lays a brilliant foundation to catchiness, blending tastefully integrated harmonies and lead guitar shreds. This is a story-telling song, one that really invests your undivided attention and the pristine production value really rounds out the signature flavor. It’s catchy, it’s crafty and it’s a perfect summer song.

“Malibu” also has something that we don’t see too often in today’s modern music market – staying power. Where the song has the power to stay with you even after it’s over. You’ll be singing this chorus in your head, you’ll be putting it on repeat. Regardless, Uncle Brent has put out a gem, and you’ll hear him shine from the very first listen. Old fans will be surprised, and if you’re a new fan, then I guarantee this’ll be the track to win you over. “Malibu” officially releases on June 18th and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. This one will definitely be your summer anthem.


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Exclusive New Years Eve Review Special: Mahdi Khene – “Don’t Say a Word” Album/LP

It’s no surprise that something amazing could be conjured from an elite musician since he was the age of 14. A troubadour at heart, Mahdi Khene has been traveling from place to place, making his rounds to Maryland, D.C, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, and Virginia, only to make a full global circle more closer to his roots and find himself back in New York where he often performs his latest Folk/Rock albums and also composes original scores for films and documentaries.

And his 11-track juggernaut, Don’t Say a Word, is insatiable proof that his well travelled and highly skilled self-taught signature sound is a true anthemic payoff of many years honing his craft and well traveled experience. Encompassing a versatile folk sound with a centerpiece of indie rock and 70s-style production calibre, Mahdi blends a multifaceted, multilayered and tightly-knit craft on every track of this record and really showcases his musicianship strengths from many ambitious angles. From undeniably catchy and well put-together clean guitar progressions and carefully mastered multilayered vocals, Don’t Say a Word brings forth a sound that touches on naturally equal parts originality and familiarity; giving the listener a very nostalgic overtone of a very longed-for folk sound that diligently locks in with today’s more modern sensibilities. Each track is consistent, concise, well balanced and really composed. It’s definitely more arranged in a manner of compositions as opposed to your every day songwriting techniques for bands or indie groups.

This album can be considered one unit in its entirety rather than a track-by-track record, very anthemic and direct. A musical piece where you don’t have any need to skip one track. Its consistency and signature style is not only mastered with a fine tooth comb, but executed with a vast array of detail that never outdoes itself. The detailed additives add a perfect amount of intrigue, the intrigue differentiates other folk based acts that may have similarities. But no matter what, always finds a way to stand out on its own.

Don’t Say a Word is not just an album, but one with staying power; where the record stays with you even long after it’s over. If you yearn for that classic 70s folk stylization with today’s modern top notch production value, then this is a must-listen in every regard. Your fandom for Mahdi Khene will be just about instantaneous.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Perdido Nino – “Sparky Magnussen’s Irresponsible Effervescence” LP

No matter what you’ve seen in Vegas or Broadway, I guarantee you haven’t heard a multifaceted and modern show-band stylized record like Perdido Nino‘s Sparky Magnussen’s Irresponsible Effervescence. A hybrid record with spunk, funk, humor, a glistening shower of ridiculously talented musicianship and versatile songwriting techniques that really brings muscle to the hustle, right to the forefront, no apologies necessary. My friends, let me introduce to you your new favorite artist, even if you don’t know it yet.

Comprised of 11 tracks of full throttle rhythmic measures with funky guitar tones, comedic vocal outbursts, jazzy drum techniques and even punky vibes sneaking their way in, this amazingly one-man powerhouse has been a multi-musician since his adolescent years. From the age of 13, Perdido Nino picked up his first guitar and then went straight off to the races. But would definitely not stop there. He would also pick up a plethora of other instruments over the years like piano, drums, bass, and even the sitar. 20 years later, and three albums later, Perdido hits the ground running immediately with his newest effort Irresponsible Effervescence. His fourth record that truly hits the mark and showcases a vast array of his musical facets all wrapped up into one giant record of multi-genre, masterfully crafted measures all doused in multi instrumental solos that are not just finely tuned, but tightly-knit more than anyone could anticipate.

The mood swings some of these songs are quite the delight as well. “Let’s Get Stupid” and “Apple Punch” are like a dozen furies coming at you from all directions and really crank the gain settings to a full 11. These songs don’t just have balance and composure, but also a dangerously fast highway full of twists and turns without any crashes or burns. Irresponsible Effervescence is the type of record that is likely your favorite artist’s favorite record, even if they don’t know it yet. Just give it time folks. This may be Perdido‘s fourth album effort, but definitely not anywhere near his last. Take a listen for yourself and get ready for a tsunami, no matter the musical climate. Irresponsible Effervescence is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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