Roadcase Royale new music video for ‘Not Giving Up’


It’s never too late for a new beginning; as our past fades, we can seize our future. Liv Warfield, Nancy Wilson, and bandmates from their pasts playing with Prince and Heart are all moving beyond their old careers and digging into their musical foundations for a combined sound as fresh as it is raw. Following their first release ‘Get Loud’, Roadcase Royale returns with second single ‘Not Giving Up’.

A twangy rendition of the song’s main melody leads us into this stomp rocker, which alternates between a screeching, surging chorus and the soothing harmonies of its verses. These professionals sound effortless laying down this piece of fundamental rock, no frills required. Their decades of experience can be heard in the earthy harmonies, reminiscent of early Heart, and the tight songwriting delivered passionately that Prince and his band became known for.

But Roadcase Royale are their own beast, as ‘Not Giving Up makes abundantly clear. The band is very of-the-times, with lyrics molded to our current political realities and their crisp roots-rock sound providing just the energy needed to get up again and keep up the good fight. We’re awaiting their next release with bated breath.

Review written by MuzicNotez writer Haakon Williams

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Jonathan Cavier Pop Single ‘When You Come Around’


The first single from Jonathan Cavier’s second solo album ‘Blue Room’, is ‘When You Come Around’. The album was released May 12, and you can find it on all major digital outlets.

‘When You Come Around’ was written and produced by Jonathan Cavier and mixed by Jason Losett. This romantic pop rock song features Jonathan’s iconic vocals. It speaks to the unbreakable love between two people, even when they’re not always together.

As in Cavier’s first solo album, his 80′s and 90′s pop-rock influences, from his time with EyeTalk, shine through in all ten of the ‘Blue Room’ tracks. So listen to ‘When You Come Around’ below, and be sure to grab the new album!

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Bill Deiz new cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’


We have featured the iconic Bill Deiz in our magazine a lot over the years. We’re always excited to hear when he has something new for us, and lucky for us, he’s been busy releasing a lot of new music lately!

The first single release is his cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. This was originally written by Simon and Garfunkel, but the true mark of an artist is how you can take a legendary track, and add your own twist to it. Bill’s vocals perfectly accompany the piano throughout this iconic ballad.

We’re not the only ones raving over the latest release by Bill, it’s currently sitting at #1 in the pop charts for Portland and top 15 in the US. You can listen to the track via Soundcloud below, and grab it on major digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby soon!

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Alex Hager new video for ‘Drive Me Crazy’


We have all reminisced of days gone by and adjusted to the differences time has brought around every bend. The music industry has never been any different, and I personally have wondered the same questions asked by ‘Bowling For Soup’ in their now retro hit “1985″. But sometimes you find exactly what you never had, always wanted, and dearly remember in the places you never expected.

This was such a circumstance in the discovery of a new face. Fresh on the scene, with only a few thousand followers and subscribers is Alex Hager. Admittedly, I was hesitant upon first glance… I have seen fads, trends, and memes vanish as quickly as they had come. However, having watched the music video for his single, “Drive Me Crazy”, I have no doubts that this young artist is a person to watch, as he is very talented and has what it takes to shine.

His musical, Alex Hager takes inspiration from such great bands as Blink-182 and Green Day; his music is truly a masterwork of modern times. Immediately after my first viewing, I hit the replay button for a second playing of the song and then proceeded to purchase the single when it finished. Hager promises to “combine the energy of modern punk with the melodic ear candy of pop music”, and it is a promise he delivered in spades.

Now that we have discussed the song, let’s talk about the video. I would love to give you a synopsis of it. However, I honestly feel telling you could not do it justice other than watching it and seeing for yourself this artist at work. Simply put, Hager takes pop culture from days been and gone, from the early era of rock and roll to the twenty-first century and creates more than a simple music video. This video has such a plethora of references to different music and entertainment culture that I can safely say something will apply to everyone in this video. To be blunt, Hager did more than create a memorable video, he gave the viewer a true experience; whether it is of a memory of childhood, family, friends, or years you remember fondly, this artist will bring you back there, if only for a while, as his music dances within you.

I am fascinated to see where Alex Hager goes and what heights he will scale within the industry. This music video is far-and-away worth the watch. If you’re feeling sporty, Hager also challenges the viewer to see if they can name all the pop culture references in the video’s description, so have some fun with it as well all you memers, dreamers, and schemers!

Review written by MuzicNotez writer Kyle Croushore

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Princess Idia Gamble Groovy New Single ‘Ain’t Got No’


“No country to hold me, no God to mold me… Ain’t got no!”

Princess Idia Gamble recently released her single, ‘Ain’t Got No’ — along with a couple others — and its got us excited! Daughter of the pioneer of Philadelphia soul, Kenneth Gamble, Princess Idia doesn’t fall far from the tree. Her music is infused with her upbringing of soul and jazz, and interestingly intwined with house and dance — how I imagine disco would sound like today. It’s refreshing to hear in today’s lot of indistinguishable music, for sure!

Check out Princess Idia Gamble’s single, ‘Ain’t Got No’, and keep an eye out for her self-titled album!

Review written by MuzicNotez writer Julet Frazier

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