Author Archives: Joe Ryan

Jake Bugg Brings His Chart Topping UK Music To The US

The evening of January 14, 2013 saw English teen-music sensation Jake Bugg (born Jacob Edwin Kennedy), play a highly anticipated sold-out Bowery Ballroom show. Bugg burst onto the British music scene at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival and was subsequently signed to Mercury records. The last eight months have been a whirlwind of activity for the soon-to-be 19 year-old. He appeared ... Read More »

Jake Bugg, 2012′s best new find

Jake Bugg is eighteen.  His debut album recently came out and debuted at number one in the UK.  Do not get it twisted.  This is not the equivalent to Justin Bieber being number one in The States.  Due to the sound of his music, voice and lyrical phrasing, comparisons to Bob Dylan have been inevitable.  However, he’s not as familiar ... Read More »

Sam and Lucas from Paradise Fears Talk About Writing Music, Touring and More

Interview by MARK SINCAVAGE Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Sam Miller and Lucas Zimmerman from the band Paradise Fears, which is a group of 6 young guys from South Dakota. We met up at a local coffee house in New Jersey, on a cold Winter’s evening, where we grabbed some coffee and headed over ... Read More »

Steve Vai Rips It Up At The Uptown Theatre In Napa, CA

Steve Vai October 7, 2012 | Uptown Theatre – Napa, CA Review by Michael Marshall / Photos by Asinthia Marshall The rolling hills of Napa, California were rocked last Sunday when the Steve Vai tour stamped its sonic signature on the Uptown Theater crowd. In support of Vai’s new album, “The Story of Light”, the band blasted several new songs ... Read More »

Review of The Lumineers Self Titled Debut

Review by Garrett D. Kennedy First, they reminded me of The Tallest Man on Earth, then the Avett Brothers, the Felice Brothers, and Mumford & Sons. The Lumineers have elements of all those bands, but after about fifty listens in a week to their self-titled debut album, they are their own band. I realized this more around the tenth listen, but ... Read More »

Hall and Oates @ The Tower Theater

Hall and Oates are having a moment. The duo behind eight platinum and seven gold records have seen their share of popularity, but, let’s be honest, they weren’t exactly considered cool back in those chart-topping days. Sure, we bought the records and sang “Private Eyes” in the shower, but it wasn’t as though teen boys were lamenting their inability to ... Read More »