Category Archives: Album Reviews

RAGIN’ REVIEW & INTERVIEW: Leftover Salmon – Something Higher

Leftover Salmon – Something Higher For the better part of three decades, Leftover Salmon has been in a constant state of creative development. When the band is on break from tour, its members are on the road with various other projects, always absorbing and learning from each and every experience. Anyone who has ever taken […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Surprise Attack – Water EP

Surprise Attack – Water EP Keeping the DC area jam scene alive, Surprise Attack’s self-described “Mountain Funk” has spread throughout the Mid-Atlantic over the past couple of years. From prestigious festivals to some of DC’s and Northern Virginia’s favorite venues, these boys are continuously making waves in our nation’s capital. The five-piece band is pressing […]

ALBUM REVIEW: Ginada Piñata – Ginada Piñata

Ginada Piñata – Ginada Piñata In today’s music scene, bands have to be able to improvise in order to be successful; in order to truly be able to captivate an audience and keep them coming back for more. Those who do it best seem to always have some kind of jazz interest, training or roots […]

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. […]