Category Archives: Album Reviews

ALBUM REVIEW: Surprise Attack – Fire EP

Surprise Attack – Fire EP Surprise Attack is one of Washington, DC’s rising talents in the jam scene, and recently, they have shown nothing but forward motion and enthusiasm. The five-piece band sold out their EP release party on a boat on the Potomac River, and they have begun to pick up steam among local […]

Pleasure Train Rolls On Full Steam Ahead With New Single

Pleasure Train – “Calabasas” Yes, the Pleasure Train is bounding forward, full steam ahead, as they release their new single, “Calabasas.” Beautiful, harmonic vibraphone tones open up the tune, immediately sending us into an elated stupor. Crafty guitar prepares us for the driving drum beat that kicks the tune into gear, and before you know […]

RAGIN’ REVIEW: Backbeat Underground – The Labor Day Sessions

Backbeat Underground – The Labor Day Sessions A Ragin’ Review on Live Music Daily This review was so much fun! Thanks so much as always to my brothers at Live Music Daily for posting. Backbeat Underground is from Washington, DC, and this three-track EP was a joy to listen to and write about. Please follow […]

RAGIN’ REVIEW: Danny Barnes – Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later)

Danny Barnes – Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later) For fans of modern bluegrass, the name Danny Barnes rings of creativity and exploration of the possibilities of the banjo. I, myself, thought of him as the Hendrix of the banjo when I first saw him play as a member of the original lineup of the […]

OSLO Releases First Single

OSLO – Finally Found You A product of the one and only Charm City, OSLO describes themselves as acoustic soul music, an accurate portrayal to say the least. The band released its first single, “Finally Found You,” on April 30, 2016, digging deep into the evil that lies inside of each and every one of […]

RAGIN’ REVIEW & PREMIER: Conundrum – Physiognomy

Conundrum – Physiognomy While they may be new to your ears, this progressive rock power trio will not remain in the shadows for long. Milwaukee’s Conundrum is made up of Alex Klosterman (guitar), Charlie Celenza (drums) and Owen Benkowski (bass, vocals). Although the pride themselves on the live experience, providing intuitive improvisation, the band has […]

RAGIN’ REVIEW: Kung Fu – Joyride

Kung Fu, the premier funk jamband on the scene, released their brand new album Joyride on March 15, 2016! I am very happy to present my review of the new album on Live Music Daily. “Overall, this is a truly incredible collection of tunes, written and performed by some of the best musicians on the scene today. […]

RAGIN’ REVIEW: American Babies

This review was an absolute joy to write! Tom Hamilton is a genius, and he surrounds himself with only the best of the best in his band American Babies. Thanks so much as always to Live Music Daily for posting my review and for always believing me and craving more Ragin’ Randy! Check out my […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Bunk Buddha – Leaves EP

via Heady Entertainment The Baltimore trio that is Bunk Buddha has truly been making some waves as of late, around town and beyond. Starting as a solo project and only just debuting as a band this past June, the band’s incorporation of live instrumentation and electronic aspects has matured exponentially, resulting in epic grooves, unforgettable hooks […]

RAGIN’ REVIEW: Darlingside – Birds Say

via Grateful Music I sincerely cannot remember the last time I felt so uplifted after listening to an album before I heard Birds Say by Darlingside. And don’t get me wrong, not every song is happy. The songs that make up the album span the entire range of human emotions, so by the time it […]