The "Busload of Faith" with "Magic and Loss" are the vehicles we have left of Mr. Lou Reed. He died today, October 27, 2013, on Long Island, NY, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. At 71 years old, the poet, writer, singer, guitarist and cultural diplomat in some scenarios, left a legacy that was beyond music. His portraits of the human condition were seen, heard and experienced world wide, through his poetry, music, films, photography and human consultations.

Pop music fans will hum along to "Take A Walk On The Wild Side" and Velvet Underground archivists will break out their banana bearing LP's to reminisce the songs that never left their heads. The Lou Reed I know was the ultimate cool. In the late 1980's, I not only listened to his music constantly, I'd randomly buy New York for people after having just a few conversations with them about music. His creation of the world through his own view made his work a translator for other artists. If you looked at an artist through the lens of Lou Reed, things you did not understand could be clear to you. But it was a one way passage, because no one could speak for Lou Reed.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sandi Thom is a glowing example of humanitarian, musician and business woman. These days, it seems she is somewhere, everywhere, breaking down cultural barriers. She's putting herself firmly on the (global) map, and building a larger fan base, one show at a time.

Go ahead. Google her name to find numerous interviews and reviews, like The Herald Scotland or The Huffington Post. Visit ST TV to hear a 'stripped back solo version of "Help Me", taken from the bluesier fourth album, Flesh and Blood (2012), or the stunningly rich vocal of "I Owe You Zero". Then, follow her social media to learn of an endearing relationship with fans and call for tolerance and world harmony.

Bluebirdreviews was excited to hear the nominees for the 2014 Rock Hall of Fame. Read the list and our articles on some of these historic bands, but this does not even begin to include our list of favorites.

(The Meters? WOW! They should have been called out for the Rock Hall years ago!)

Call the tune, folks. You know we've got to ramble.


PRESS RELEASE: Unique, edgy, ferocious yet somber, The Netherland's The Charm the Fury formed in 2010 and has brilliantly managed to stand out from the crowd. The band is not only known for its harmonious but chaotic tracks, but also because of female screamer Caroline Westendorp. Caroline's vocals will turn the head of any female fronted act, as well as, give male fronted bands a severe run for their money.

Hailed as "Hollands best kept secret", The Charm The Fury, are frantically taking the globe by storm with their aggressive take on a modern day metal trend. Already leaving crowds in frenzy across multiple countries while also taking the European festivals by storm!

The new music video for their single "Carte Blanche" can be seen here:

The debut full length " A Shade Of My Former Self", released September 17, 2013 via Pavement Entertainment (North America), shows sheer progression and maturity in the bands unique sound and structure. Check out the band talking about the new album here:

The band will also embark on a hectic touring schedule with dates confirmed supporting We Came As Romans, While She Sleeps and a prolific slot at this years Warped Tour Eindhoven! Plans for a full North American tour are also in the works for complete worldwide domination.

I Googled 'etiquette for writing a belated album review' and nothing popped up on the first page. To play it safe, though--in case Erma Bombeck actually wrote a segment in one of her books, this article is strictly news and commentary.

Whenever a fellow music friend brings a talented artist to my attention, I get all excited. In this case, thank you Jim. I find myself caught up in researching, in reading their bio and press, and in listening to their music (kind of like what happened to me when I first heard Joe Bonamassa's music, in June 2010).

So...let me tell you a little bit about the multi-instrumentalist, singer, songerwriter, Eric Steckel. Not only is he supremely gifted at playing the guitar, he's going to become some kids hero, one day.

At the young age of 11, the blues-rock guitarist recorded his first album, A Few Degrees Warmer (2002). He caught the eye of John Mayall early on in his career, which resulted in an invitation to tour with The Bluesbreakers in 2004 and collaborate on their album, Road Dogs, in 2005. Steckel has opened for Johnny Winter at The Paradiso in Amsterdam and shared the prime-time bill with Gregg Allman at the legendary Pistoia Blues Festival, according to his official press.

Today, at age 23, the North Carolinian has achieved milestones musicians' his senior only dream about and is, "Hailed as one of the next big things in the Blues!" Furthermore, Steckel manages every aspect of his brand, with a "do-it-yourself" attitude, a popular trend among today's independent artists. He routinely tours Europe and USA and has assembled a strong following along the way.

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