Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast, Ep. 75: Atlas Maior

After a ‘false start’ due to technical problems, Eclectic Soundtrax listeners gain insight into revelational world music musicians Joshua Thomson (alto saxophone, flute) and Josh Peters (oud, lavta), the core members of Austin’s Atlas Maior. Since their inception more than a decade ago, this evolving ensemble of various musicians have been steadily creating original compositions, […]

A lovely night with Norah Jones in Los Angeles

It was calm and clear Wednesday night at The Greek when Puss N Boots walked onstage to a decently filled audience. With the headliner, Norah Jones, on the drums, the trio wove through songs from their Sister album and finished with a cover of Dolly Parton’s “The Grass Is Blue”. As the set began, with “Just A […]

Los Angeles readies for Smokin Grooves Fest 2022

An incredible new hip hop festival is about to hit Los Angeles! For those a fan of underground hip hop, you’ve got to get on Smoking Grooves Festival! It’s carefully curated for the true hip hop lover. Going down at LA State Historic Park on March 19th, the inaugural Smoking Grooves will welcome some of […]

Beth Hart bares her soul in Los Angeles

Beth Hart bared it all at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on February 5th, with heartfelt, energetic and raw emotion. As “Movin’ On Up” (the theme song to the 70s hit TV show The Jeffersons) played, Hart and her band took to the intimate stage. She powerfully launched into “Levee”, followed by a sweet […]

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast, Ep. 63: Teague Bass

Our guest for this episode is David Teague (aka, Teague Bass). Touted as one of the most talented bassists in Asia, this “bassist” for hire is a versatile musician whose vast repertoire spans across blues, rock, R&B, jazz, hip hop, house, reggae, ska and pop. A dynamic and energetic performer, Teague’s onstage performance and showmanship are […]

Postmodern Jukebox brings the swing to Thousand Oaks

Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), founded by famous New York City pianist Scott Bradlee, took the stage at Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA on November 19th, 2021. The band is made of today’s best young jazz musicians, performing modern pop hits into swing and doo-wop sounds. Scott Bradlee’s PMJ is set to complete their nationwide […]

Thundercat at The Pageant, St. Louis

There was a feeling of funk, rhythm and soul in the air on November 16th at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO. Los Angeles-based road cat Stephen Bruner (also known by his stage name, Thundercat) rolled into town, breaking out his massive, unique signature six-string Ibanez TCB1006 to take his audience for an absolute ride. […]

JAiRUS debuts with out of sight “Groove” single

A sense of happiness comes over me when I hear songs like JAiRUS’ new single “Groove”. Inspired by classic R&B/soul, jazz, funk and pop, JAiRUS begins with a beat, adds bass and creates a feeling. The classically trained and freshly 22-year-old LA-based singer-songwriter has gifted listeners with a teleportation-like encounter. “Groove” brings us straight to […]

Gone Gone Beyond looks to a bright future in ‘2030’ LP

When you think of the year 2030, what comes to mind? Are you seeing a better world, a better life, a brighter place? As crazy as it seems, that year is actually in the pretty near future. Most people tend to associate the year 2030 as the end-all year for the climate change crisis… but, according […]

Lake Street Dive amazes with ‘Obviously’ album

Folk-rock band Lake Street Dive has officially dropped their highly-anticipated new album, Obviously, (through Nonesuch Records) consisting of 11 brand new original songs! The album was produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Elizondo, whose work spans the musical globe. Elizondo is best known as a songwriting collaborator for Dr. Dre, Eminem and […]

Chris del Camino calls for betterment in “Brighter Day”

Chris del Camino (of HIRIE) is more than just a hired horn. The suave saxophonist is further a singer-songwriter, helping on HIRIE tunes as well as his own! As of this week, del Camino has yet another brilliant solo single to offer — calling attention to much-needed subject matter, to boot! Considering its inauguration week, […]

Galactic updates 1996 classic & shares video for “Something’s Wrong With This Picture”

New Orleans jazz-funk group Galactic has updated their 1996 hit “Something’s Wrong With This Picture”, a single describing the egregious injustice and inequality faced daily by African Americans, complete with a brand new music video! Considering the current state of this divided nation, Galactic players felt compelled to re-release the inspiring track off the band’s […]

#BlackLivesMatter playlist on Top Shelf Spotify

Contentious clashes between police and protestors have intensified over the past weekend, as people of all colors and creeds speak out on the inhumane and incorrigible death of George Floyd. Following Floyd’s death, there has been a litany of marches around the United States — all justified, most ending in violence. Some police officers join […]