Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price

Part of the fun that we have when going out on the road for NeuFutur has to be the variety of restaurant chains that we have the opportunity to visit. On our way back from Denver, Colorado, we had a pretty length return ahead of us. After a particularly daunting drive through New Mexico, we finally got into Texas and had a chance to stop at the Lubbock, Texas location of Dion’s. The store was well kept up and had a classic dining (think mid-1990s) feel to the decor. Continue reading “Dion’s, great pizza at a fantastic price”

Isleta Resort and Casino, a New Mexico must-visit

We were lucky enough to take a night in Albuquerque, New Mexico during our trip out west. While there, we stopped by Isleta Resort and Casino, an oasis seemingly plucked from the desert. While we spend a good amount of time on the road each year, I feel that our stay at Isleta will be fondly remembered even 10 or 15 years after it had ending. Continue reading “Isleta Resort and Casino, a New Mexico must-visit”

Double IPA (Lone Tree Brewing Company)

Lone Tree’s Double IPA pours with a bit of haze and a goldenrod coloration. There is a tremendous amount of fluffy white head that laces its way down a glass. Hints of wheat and hops are present in the beer’s initial nose. The first sip of this double IPA yields a bit of bitterness but much less than one would imagine from such a heavily-hopped outing. Where the beer will get you is in its’ aftertaste. The sharpness sits on the palette until one is able to take another sip, refreshing things nicely. Continue reading “Double IPA (Lone Tree Brewing Company)”

MAAD “New Religion”

MAAD’s “New Religion” exists at the nexus of a number of styles, as MAAD’s vocals pull from the mid-oughts R&B style and the bass/keys backing beat interacts with the thick beats of modern EDM. The light, airy sound of MAAD’s vocals work perfectly with the heavier bass elements. The extended synth solo that occurs at the 2:15 mark provides just enough in the way of variation to refresh fans and keep the singing along until New Religion finishes up. Confident, establishing a unique sound as she draws upon a storied musical traditions, MAAD is an artist that we will be hearing more from in the future. Continue reading “MAAD “New Religion””

Nothing More “Just Say When”

Nothing More’s “Just Say When” begins with a contemplative instrumentation that gradually snowballs into an orchestral brand of rock that draws from the rich musical tradition of Mumford and Sons and Of Mice and Men. A multi-layered approach means that any second of Just Say When has vocals, drums, and guitars shining brightly while contributing to a cohesive and coherent sound. The raw passion and charisma of the lead vocals will have fans hanging on every word, while the guitars act as a bridge between the single’s narrative efforts and the dense instrumentation that acts as a perfect backdrop. Continue reading “Nothing More “Just Say When””

Just Loud “Electrified”

Just Loud’s “Electrified” is a riveting synth-pop single in which the performer draws upon performers like MGMT and Crystal Castles. The back and forth between vocal and instrumental sides keeps things light and airy through Electrified’s run time. The drum / synth dynamic allows for a perfect beat and just enough spontaneity to keep fans firmly planted on the edges of their seats. The cross-over potential of Just Loud’s current single makes this a perfect fit for college, EDM, pop, and alternative stations. Couple Electrified with Just Loud’s Ghost and you will have one tremendous summer. Continue reading “Just Loud “Electrified””

John Paciga and Charlotte MacMurray “The Prayer”

John Paciga and Charlotte MacMurray’s cover of the Bocelli/Dion performance “The Prayer” is a sight to behold. The duet is able to stand boldly alone and as a cohesive element, with each pushing the other to an entirely higher plateau. The back and forth between John and Charlotte will make listeners feel that they’ve known each other their entire lives. While the effort just makes it to the four minute mark, the pair makes their voices (and the overall effort) resound loudly in listeners’ minds long after The Prayer concludes. We’d love to hear more from these two in the months and the years to come. The video for this single is below the jump; let us know what you think. Continue reading “John Paciga and Charlotte MacMurray “The Prayer””

Who We Are “Memory”

Who We Are’s “Memory” adds Kevin Thrasher from Escape the Fate to the mix. The track immediately strikes listeners with brutal guitars, intricate drum lines, and a luscious set of vocals bringing brightness to the track. Hints of hardcore, metal, and emocore can all be picked up here, but what Who We Are do here goes far beyond that. By building upon these influences to make their own music, Who We Are immediately make themselves relevant. Memory is an effort that will stand up to repeat listens as there’s just so much to digest. A meal in a little over 3 minutes. Continue reading “Who We Are “Memory””

Eryn “Hallelujah You’re Gone”

Eryn’s “Hallelujah You’re Gone” is a powerful song that will be appreciated by anyone that has a toxic force in their life. Eryn’s vocal style touches upon performers as distinct as Amy Winehouse, Meghan Trainor, and Elle King. Hallelujah You’re Gone refreshes the Detroit soul sound of the 1960s with solid instrumentation and a production that is immaculate. With the keys / vocals dynamic pushing each to an entirely higher plateau, Hallelujah You’re Gone is one of those special sorts of songs that will bounce around your head long after the final notes of the single play.

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The Dead Daisies “Rise Up”

On The Dead Daisies’s latest effort, “Rise Up”, the act is able to intertwine chugging guitars, supersonic vocals, and sizzling solos into a track that bridges the gap between late 1990s hard rock and today. The vocals will have fans singing along while one will have to play the single multiple times before hearing each riff, note, and drum beat. It’s surprising exactly how far that The Dead Daisies have evolved over the course of the last few years. The drum fills at the 2:40 mark are to die for, while the vocal / guitar interactions shortly after are able to keep the single’s momentum high as the track enters its final few seconds. Visit the video below. Continue reading “The Dead Daisies “Rise Up””