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(Michael "Flea" Balzary and Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Photo by M. Gummel.  

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were at the

Boston TD Garden

May 7, 2012.

Read the feature article here.

"Can't stop the spirits when they need you, this life is more than just a read through!"


The Real is a five piece alternative rock band from Toronto. They cite the influences of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. They also follow contemporary alternative bands, (Moist, Wide Mouth Mason, Chevelle, Future History). But one listen to their new song, "Becks," and you may hear so many things that are loved about rock music, you will think this song has been around for years. It hits you with a jumped up guitar riff of lead and rhythm with a blues rock sound. The dip into the deep vocals of Justin Idems reminded me of Foghat, who by the way, released a new album, Last Train Home, two years ago.

Vocals: Justin Idems (songwriter)

Guitar/Bg Vox: Chris McCann (songwriter)

Keys/Bg Vox: Kendra Brasz

Bass: Joe Lapierre

Drums: Fil Smialek

Justin wrote in to tell me about their band influences. Guitarist, Chris McCann is a big Stevie Ray Vaughn fan along with Justin. He told me that "Becks" was also directly influenced by the sounds of the Dave Matthews Band. Justin said "Becks" is their only distinctive blues offering, and that this track is their closest to classic rock. Incubus and Canadian bands such as Moist, Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason, and Finger Eleven, are also fuel for the writing fire of The Real. This is their debut single, as they head to the studio for a full EP, which we hope will be soon to come.

To learn more about The Real check out their website: 

The Real also recommends Future History for similar listening.
New Muse-ic Monday, carry on to the rest of the week with great tunes in your head!



With their smash hit album, Human Clay played in its entirety, plus fan favorites, it was a night to remember!

An Acoustic Wonderland

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From time to time Joe Bonamassa fans are queried about what they would like to hear next from "The New King of Blues." - Guitarist Magazine.

Joe's The Real Deal.  

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As a fan, I continue to grow in Joe Bonamassa's music, and often ask myself, "Why am I drawn to him (and his music) so?"
I was raised in a home where music flowed freely; a home where my father's career as a local rock and pop DJ spilled over into our daily life. As a result, I was introduced to a wide variety of music genres from blues, to hard rock, to Motown, to Top 40 and more. The list of bands and soloists met through the years (both local and national acts) is lengthy. So what is different? What is it about this one individual that makes me want to tell the world?
The answer is simple: What's not to like. Joe's the real deal!!!

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