Rich O’Toole Jaded Album and Tour Delivers Great Country Tunes

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Rich O’Toole showed great promise on his first studio albums. It was a classic case of a young,  talented independent artist taking the first steps on a lifelong journey; figuring out where he’s going and how to get there and not having really been anywhere yet.  Jaded, is where the country singer grows up. He’s mature, self-assured and fearless and it shows in his latest album. It is a confident, intelligent, brazen statement mixing salt of the earth storytelling, country…


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Country Duo, Two Way Crossing, Delivers in Debut EP

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Today, the world of country music is being inundated from every direction by mainstream artists taking their turn at slide guitar and lyrics laced with pickup trucks and hound dogs, (ie: Aaron Lewis, the front man of Staind, Bon Jovi and Jeff Tweedy, to name just a few). What this means is that most of Nashville’s artists are putting out music that’s a tiny bit country and mostly pop, or party music with little substance. This isn’t a criticism, as…


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Scribble Victory Exclusive Single Premiere, Stalemate

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We are excited to welcome Scribble Victory to The Noise Beneath the Apple®, and present for your listening pleasure an exclusive premiere of Stalemate; the first single from their upcoming album, Confidence, slated for released in October. Scribble Victory is making the leap from across the Big Pond with a laid, back, acoustic sound akin to Bon Iver or Bright Eyes. The lyrically strong and harmonically rich duo, hail from the small English town of Derby in the UK. The…


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Lee Gibson, Nashville Based Country Singer In Review

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Today country music is a blur of sounds and styles, melding together. Turn on country radio and you will hear heavy metal guitar solos sitting side by side country twang.  When I was younger, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap and Hank Sr. were mainstays, streaming through the tinny AM radio with foil rabbit ears protruding from the back. In spite of all the good—and not so good—pop music permeating the airwaves today; it’s nice to know that there is…


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Healthy Helping of Blues Served Up By St. Louis Based, Brian Curran

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St. Louis based street performer, Brian Curran wasn’t even born when the Blues and Roots were alive and strong, when people watched music through plumes of cigarette smoke instead of through phones. But his love and understanding of the culture is evidenced in the 12 track CD, Live at Off Broadway. In it, he demonstrates sophistication beyond his years and an ability to hear beyond the edges, delivering his own interpretations to tunes from Son House to John Prine. Making…


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Jesse Macht, Suitcase Heart in Preview

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We all have a heart. Some of us have ours buried deep down between pain, suffering, emotional walls and frustrations about the meaning of all this chaos. Others less spiritual find a heart between, well, a spleen, stomach, and other organs. Alright, so we all have different degrees of compassion, love, and caring, but we have a heart of some kind. And when we traverse the world we carry these burdens from out heart as if a suitcase making its…


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Axis of Action, Web Series In Review

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I’m a fan of web series. Last year we reviewed, Vince Foster’s, award winning series, On Empty. This year, we take on Kyle Cowgill. For the last two and half years, Kyle’s  been making a high concept action comedy series about a couple who’s everyday problems transform into crazy adventures. Think “Walter Mitty” meets “Mission: Impossible.” Each episode is based around a common relationship problem. From things as simple as “stop watching sports all the time” to cheating; each problem is…


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Josh Vietti, Hip/Hop Violinist In Review

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There are two worlds in the greater lexicon of music. The first is a world where pop music is straightforward, formulaic, and fitting into top 40 radio conventions in an understandably dying industry. This is the world of Robin Thicke and Pharrell fans. The other is a world of mind-bending reinterpretations of what pop music is all about. You won’t hear Josh Vietti dominating radio charts. Yet in a very peculiar way, you will- and you have. And if all…


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Italy Offers Us Brent Steed’s Metal/Punk Mix

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I absolutely irrevocably and eternally love music. This is for a wide number of reasons, but one of the main ones is the idea of never knowing what is around the corner. Is your new favorite band ready to pop up tomorrow? Will I hear something I have never heard before just spring into a random online radio station? Brent Steed is a punk/metal band from the wonderfully classic country of Italy. I had no suspicion that our paths would…


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