Breckenridge Christmas Ale Review


The beer pours with a very dark brown, reddish tint; there is a small amount of an off-white head. The initial nose is not too assertive, with minor hints of hop and malt. Each sip is very smooth and provides imbibers with hints of fruits (berries, cherries), ginger, and spices (nutmeg, vanilla). The specific constellation of flavors changes as the beer approaches room temperature. Breckenridge’s Christmas Ale is one of the most approachable winter / holiday beers that we have had the chance to review. The alcohol content is hidden well amongst the different notes and flavors that swirl around here. Two or three of the Christmas Ales should be enough for an individual to have a great night.

I feel that the 7.4% alcohol of the beer provides enough warmth to stave off even the coldest night; make sure to pick up a six-pack of the Christmas Ale through the end of December. As this is a seasonal effort, the Christmas Ale will be gone before you know it. Visit the Breckenridge website for more information about the brewery’s efforts, the specific nuances to their beers, and a bevy of news updates.

Rating: 8.0/10

Christmas Ale / Breckenridge Brewery / 7.4% ABV / /

Country Thunder Arizona Brings Out the Heavy Artillery in 2014

Country Thunder is preparing for a massive musical onslaught in the desert from April 10-13, 2014. Country music fans will two-step the night away with Jason Aldean, reigning ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year.” Aldean brings the power to the party wherever he performs. Alongside powerhouse Aldean is the firecracker artist herself, Miranda Lambert. With her massive catalogue of hits, her high-energy show and her fiery personality, fans will come to see the real face of new country music.

Also headlining, The Band Perry, the family trio that embraces that old trusted adage of any good music – the hook. And they have a lot of great hooks. Add to that Kimberly Perry’s lusty, belting voice, and fans will be lost in the maelstrom of music that is The Band Perry.

Joining these three powerhouses, are some names everyone will know. The festival site will become a massive sing-a-long when the likes of Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan, Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hit the stage. Joining these legendary acts are some of the hottest artists up and coming in country music. Enter Charlie Worsham, Will Hoge, and Chad Brownlee, with a few acts still to be announced and you’ve got the makings of an epic weekend of country music.

“We feel it’s important to get the right mix of talent every year,” said Troy Vollhoffer, executive producer. “We think we’ve gotten it right yet again. Our headliners are incredibly strong and we’ve backed them up with a good mix of hot, young talent, and classic artists who appeal to our entire demographic. We know that our fans are going to have a blast this spring!”

Four day passes are still available for only $99, but that price won’t last! Get your tickets today before they go up at midnight tonight to $130. A Country Thunder ticket is the easiest gift anyone can give and it’s an amazing value. Visit or call 866-802-6418 to purchase tickets or for more festival information. Also receive CT updates directly to your mobile phone by texting ARIZONA to 74455. Like us on Facebook at: and follow us on Twitter at:

Set against the backdrop of the Arizona desert, Country Thunder offers its patrons much more than your typical music festival. With thousands descending on Florence, Arizona every year for the full-fan experience, the limitless activities include camping, thrill rides, amazing food, specialty item vendors, and much more. Electric Thunder, the latest addition to the Country Thunder experience is where the party keeps going all night long.  DJs are spinning country, red dirt, and rock while giving a EDM/club twist.

Country Thunder radio partners include KMLE in Phoenix and KIIM in Tucson.  Listen to our exclusive radio partners for giveaways and prizes you won’t find anywhere else!

Down Home Band featuring Jeff Estes Monrovia CD Review



Cajun Queen is a catchy bit of blues-rock that unites a strong instrumentation with a narrative that is weaved through the entirety of the album. The smooth, soulful vocals that listeners experience through this introductory track buttresses well with Broken Road. Broken Road has considerable pep and stands at the juncture of country and rock. Fans of the sixties C&W heyday, CCR, or contemporary acts like Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers. The much more cosy and emotive Son of Mine showcases a tremendous amount of emotion. This heartfelt love resounds loudly through the track, imbuing listeners with a warm feeling that will last for a considerable time. It is during Son of Mine that the instrumentation steps up its game; as each element pushes its partner to something greater, Monrovia becomes stronger.

Come On Home has a delightful bit of intense drumming that punctuates the band’s overall sound. The inclusion of these drums provides a bold and blooming aura to the track; the Down Home Band captures lightning in a bottle with this track.  End of the World and Drink To Remember put an emphatic end to Monrovia, and showcases an act that continually experiments in the creation of the best possible sound. Visit for more information about the act, their videos, and a way to purchase a copy of Monrovia. Here’s to hoping that the band can continue to be successful; the music contained here will have listeners rooting for the act.

Top Tracks: Come On Home, End of the World

Rating: 8.5/10

Down Home Band featuring Jeff Estes Monrovia CD Review / 2013 Self / 10 Tracks /


Boston’s own, VANNA,  have been busy all year long touring and constantly writing new material. This new material showcases the bands’ evolvement into what they are today; energetic, emotionally driven and supercharged. The band recently took a few days to record with Kevin Billingslea at Lions Maine Studios and give us two brand new songs for their self released 7″ entitled Preying/Purging. Preorders for Preying/Purging go up today and are being released as a limited run of 500 with 400 on black and 100 on orange with black splatter. Official release date for the vinyl is December 17th and the band will have them on hand for thier run of shows from December 19th – December 22nd.
Lead singer, Davey Muise, provided some insight about the upcoming release…
“We are constantly writing and jamming new ideas while at home and on the road. We had a collection of riffs and lyrics that we really wanted to put toward something, and the idea of self-releasing a 7″ was born. We figured it was a cool way to put these songs out into the world and give them their own spotlight. Preying/Purging is a chance for us to try some cool directions out while progressing in the Vanna sound as well as give people some more songs to jam and hopefully enjoy.
Both these songs are personal and mean a lot to the band. Our hope is that you feel us on every level with these. If you don’t have a record player, go out and grab one at a second hand store or music shop!”
The two song 7″ is available today for pre-order here:
In addition, you can hear the song Preying which is streaming live now at

Catch the band at one of the following shows:
 Nov 29 -The Garage w/ Norma Jean – Burnsville, MN
Nov 30 – Another Hole In The Wall w/ Norma Jean – Steger, IL
Dec 03 – The Agora Ballroom w/ Norma Jean – Cleveland, OH
Dec 04 – Vernon Club w/ Norma Jean – Louisville, KY
Dec 05 – Modern Skatepark w/ Norma Jean – Detroit, MI
Dec 06 – Altar Bar w/ Norma Jean – Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 08 – T.T. The Bear’s w/ Norma Jean – Cambridge, MA
Dec 09 – Revolution w/ Norma Jean – Amityville, NY
Dec 10 – Empire w/ Norma Jean – Springfield, VA
Dec 11 -Kingdom w/ Norma Jean – Richmond, VA
Dec 12 – Blue Nile w/ Norma Jean – Harrisonburg, VA
Dec 13 – Masquerade w/ Norma Jean – Atlanta, GA

Dec 19 – Gamerchanger Venue w/ State Champs, Asightforsewneyes – Howell, NJ
Dec 20 – Santos Party House – New York, NY
Dec 21 – The Barbary w/ State Champs, Sworn In – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 22 – Palladium Upstairs – Worcester, MA

Neo Tempus Yours Sincerely Official Album Release

Neo Tempus is a new artist / producer from Toronto, and he’s like nothing hip hop has ever seen. His image and style immediately make him a stand out in an industry that’s becoming more cliche by the day, and his music is so genuinely personal its hard not to relate. Preparing the release of his debut solo project “Yours Sincerely”, Neo has created a project that shuts out all influences and gives us a reflective album that touches on; Love, heart break, loss, chasing dreams by any means and is essentially the story of a true underdog.


As his debut offering, Tempus has officially released “Yours Sincerely” via his site,, and! The album is entirely self produced and was mixed and mastered at Metal Works Studios.


Recent releases off the album have been featured on blogs like: (New Music Cartel, Complex Media Network), Best Of Both Offices (Complex Media Network),, HipHopChronicle.Uk,,, and Boi-1da.Net.


Neo Tempus also recently produced on Michigan rapper and newly signed Aftermath recording artist Jon Connor’s summer debut album release “Unconcious State” which charted in Billboard  peaking at number 7 in the heat seekers chart and number 35 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts. Neo produced a record called “When I Was Young” featuring Chris Webby and Smoke DZA.


NIR FELDER Merges Genres on Debut Album, Golden Age, Available January 21 via OKeh

For guitarist Nir Felder, the song’s the thing. His debut album Golden Age (OKeh), out January 21, puts his skills as a composer and songwriter at the forefront of his creative design, supported by virtuosic technique, not the other way around.


The guitarist recruited pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Nate Smith to help bring his unique musical vision to life. “They are musicians who understand the bigger picture of a song, and approach a song as a song, not just as a vehicle to express their own virtuosity,” explains Felder.


The album, as a whole, was not born of a concept, Felder notes. But the title does provide a unifying sentiment-one of ambiguity and duality. “The album is called Golden Age, and it’s more of a question than a statement,” he says. “We’ve seen a lot of change in recent years – in the music industry, in music technology, in our world, our country, and our city, New York. When I was writing this music, there was a lot of hope in the air, and excitement about change, but also a lot of insecurity and fear about the world post – 2008 economic crisis. It looks bad for the arts in New York City at the moment, and some people are nostalgic for the 1980s and early ’90s, when times were rough and unsafe but art and culture were flourishing. Was that a ‘golden age’? Is this one? Has there really ever been one? The question is always, according to whom? So, there is a lack of clarity about whether things are going great or they’re really bad, and the music reflects that.”


To augment the band’s instrumental take on those questions, Felder studied dozens of legendary speeches by politicians, civil rights leaders, and cultural heroes and mixed spoken-word samples from Mario Cuomo, Barbara Jordan, Jesse Jackson, Hillary Clinton, Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Lou Gehrig, Elie Wiesel, William Jennings Bryan, Russell Conwell, and others into “Lights” and “Sketch.” The results are sweeping, cinematic impressions of history brought into the present moment.


Felder, a native of Katonah, New York, began playing guitar at 13. In the beginning, it was the blues that drew him to jazz: Albert King, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan-three masters of tone, with an exciting sound and the tradition of storytelling in their playing. Felder initially bought a $250 Mexican Stratocaster and put heavy strings on it “like Stevie Ray did.” He has played it ever since. Except for the acoustic guitar on “Bandits II,” that Strat is the only guitar on Golden Age.


In high school, Felder relied on guitar magazines, his imagination, and commercially available records for his musical education. In college, he caught the jazz bug, focusing on the roots of the music-Dexter Gordon, Charlie Christian-and falling asleep at night listening to Hank Mobley’s 1960 Blue Note classic Soul Station. By the time he graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and moved to New York City in 2005, he’d won the Berklee guitar department’s Jimi Hendrix Award and the Billboard Endowed Scholarship for musicianship and academic performance. In New York, he hit the ground running, gigging immediately at Small’s with saxophonist George Garzone and rapidly amassing credits that include sessions and performances with Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington, Meshell Ndegeocello, José James, Esperanza Spalding, Jack DeJohnette, Eric Harland, and the New York City Opera. It was not long before NPR labeled him “the next big jazz guitarist.”


In finding his own voice as a jazz musician, Felder did not follow the common practice of abandoning the styles and techniques he had already mastered (such as “bending strings and playing open chords”). “You hear a lot of great advice to play jazz guitar like a horn, like a piano,” he concludes, “but I don’t think it’s necessary to reject what the electric guitar was meant to be-I’ve kept one foot where I came from. That said, I’m ready to explore new sounds, and I have a lot of ideas for new projects, while in the immediate future I hope to keep this band together and continue in the direction we started on Golden Age.”

Nir Felder ·  Golden Age

OKeh ·  Release Date: January 21, 2014

What Model Citizens Premiere “Felony Heights”

Electro sensations, WHAT MODEL CITIZENS, have just premiered the new single, “Felony Heights,” via The Vinyl District earlier this week. The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens has just released the album, Ohn E Amas, to the awaiting ears of fans and critics alike. The electro laced “Felony Heights,” is a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer.

What Model Citizens  was created towards the end of 2009 as a means of exploring noise and feedback-heavy music grounded by a foundation in synth-rock. The band’s music is perhaps best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitar of The Gang Of Four with electroclash melodies of The Faint.

2010 saw the release of What Model Citizens debut, semi self-titled, album OH What Model Citizens We Be, followed shortly by 2011’s You’ve Been Set Up. Both albums defined Musto’s sound as grinding juxtapositions of tender synthesizer tones and heavily distorted guitar that beg ears to dissect the layers of sound while daring hips not to shake to the beat. Gritty and driving, OH What Model Citizens We Be and You’ve Been Set Up introduced Musto’s reverb-laden guitar heavy electronic sound with a driving tenacity.

Described as a mad-man with a music box wielding and electric anarchist sound, Ohn E Ama scaptures captures Musto’s energetic fury in What Model Citizens’ third album. Sharp synth punctuations, frenzied beats, and an overbearing sense of paranoia permeate throughout What Model Citizens’ exciting new record. Wild and exhilarating, Ohn E Amas distills Musto’s unique electronic sound to a danceable storm and firmly places What Model Citizens in New York’s post-punk electroclash traditions.

For more information on What Model Citizens, please contact City Bird Publicity:
Melissa Nastasi:


01 Coming For Me
02 Carry Me With You
03 What Do You Know?
04 Inelegant Feelings*
05 Felony Heights
06 Acts of Sound
07 In Bits of Precious Time
08 We’ll Run**
09 Tin Man***
10 Too Late
11 Lyndon Baines Johnson Orders Pants and Thus Creates The Universe


12/6- Matchless – Brooklyn, NY



Made in America All My Money Single Review


All My Money is a track that would work perfectly on rock rotation, as the band’s overall sound ties together the disparate works of acts like Papa Roach and Our Lady peace. The vocals touch upon a rich tapestry of influences including  Kid Rock, Every Mother’s Nightmare, Moot the Hoople, and Cinderella, while the accompanying arrangements take up the standard of acts Foo Fighters and Guns ‘N’ Roses. All My Money stands at a juncture of rock styles, from southern rock to alternative and even to the hard rock of the eighties. All My Money may only be three minutes, but listeners will be provided with a great look into Made in America, their styles, and the camaraderie that unites them as a band. Listeners will be singing the chorus of All My Money long after the track ceases, an impressive boon for this up and coming band.

Visit the Made in America video at or their Facebook at . Here’s to hoping that the band can move to the EP or LP format and be able to enjoy the same level of success that they achieved during this introductory single.

Rating: 8.2/10

Made in America All My Money Single Review / 2013 Self /

Ducky Two Over Ten Single Package Out December 10

Following her critically acclaimed Air & U Turn Me Up singles, Brooklyn-based Ducky, aka Morgan Neiman, today announces a new single package, Two Over Ten– primed for release December 10th. The package will also include a remix via Portland-based producer Natasha Kmeto.

Never one to shy away from cutting-edge production & risqué lyrics, “Two Over Ten” finds Morgan exploring her more vulnerable side, with powerful lines like “you’re gonna make it hurt, and that’s okay- I like to feel afraid” set atop haunting instrumentation.

The “Two Over Ten” video, directed by Ben Dewey, reflects the minimalistic elements of the song, with warped cinematography to match the track’s shattering bass. In one scene, Ducky finds herself as a modern-day geisha, and in another, covered solely in fluorescent body paint. We encourage you to share & stay tuned for more from Ducky coming soon!

The “Two Over Ten” Video