Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #609 - Bad Mary

The punk scene in New York City in the latter half of the 1970s  was the greatest rock scene ever. It gave us such acts as PATTI SMITH, BLONDIE and THE RAMONES and informed the direction of rock music for the next couple of decades. In recent years gritty rock n roll has been replaced with hipster folk music and the sterile pulse of electronic dance music. BAD MARY is a band  based out of Brooklyn just down the street from where all the action was forty years ago and they are picking up the rock n roll torch and making due with a raw and  raucous sound that goes against the grain of what folks like PITCHFORK.COM wish to pick apart and analyze to death these days. BAD MARY'S full-throttle approach gets one hell of a showcasing on their latest EP KILLING DINOSAURS and there is not one riff or growl wasted with such punk gems as WANT WHAT I WANT, SOAPBOX and ONE MORE SONG. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #608 - Shelita Burke

We learn something new every time we do one of these interviews. Thanks to singer-songwriter SHELITA BURKE we have learned a thing or two about Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) - a perceptual phenomenon marked by a pleasurable, tingling "brain tickle" effect.  It's a phenomenon  that BURKE herself refers to as a "brain orgasm" - that moment that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. We were beginning to wonder what was up with this new EP of hers. TRANSFIXED is a six song EP featuring BURKE's plucky acoustic guitar sound and that siren-like voice that artfully bends the notes of her sparse yet elegant lyrics. This debut EP is an exciting new chapter for an artist who has made music her living and has toured the world four times over armed only with a playful sense of song craft, a yearning to connect with listeners and an all too unique vision which will serve this young talent well for year to come. 


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #607 - The Fourth Messenger

What if the BUDDHA were a woman, living in our times? In this captivating new musical, MAMA SID is a modern-day "awakened one" with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth MAMA SID's mysterious past, exposing long-held secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, THE FOURTH MESSENGER investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. Written by Tanya Shaffer (BABY TAJ, LET MY ENEMY LIVE LONG!) with a ravishing score by award-winning recording artist VIENNA TENG, helmed by acclaimed Broadway director MATT AUGUST, this musical enjoyed a critically acclaimed, sold-out world premiere run at the ASHBY STAGE in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013.