Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Eli Lev, World Traveler, Adventurer, Mystic, Indiana Jones with a Guitar

At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts.

Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. His upcoming two-album release, All Roads East and Way Out West, imaginatively and intrepidly connect spheres and generations with a body of work that’s irresistibly uplifting, emotionally resonant, and groundbreaking.

“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

Eli has built a robust profile through wowing audiences whenever he picks up a guitar. Select highlights from his national and international performances include appearing at Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada; Music on the Mall Festival in Washington DC; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for the METRO Performs Series; and playing at the US Capitol building at the invitation of DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Currently, he maintains a busy schedule performing on what he has playfully dubbed the “Beltway Tour,” which includes an impressive series of appearances at hundreds of venues throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia in clubs, taverns, festivals, house shows, wineries, art exhibits, markets, resorts, and community events. CBS Radio News has featured an interview with Eli, and ReverbNation has spotlighted four of his songs. As a recording artist, Eli has previously issued the live-in-the-studio EP, Shy Desert Morning.

“To me, folk music represents a tradition of reinterpretation. Before people had a medium to record, they weren’t tied to one version of a song. The music could grow and evolve,” Eli says. “Together, these albums represent an artistic statement about folk music and how songs can be interpreted in many ways.”

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grunge vs 80s Metal

On this week's Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus: It's the rock and roll throw down for the ages! Grunge vs 80's-Metal. Which rocked harder and WHY do you think so?  Noses may get bloodied, spandex may get torn but this is the podcast where it get's decided!  Featured Loudini Artists:    Wicked Earth   Kobra and the Lotus  Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Wicked Earth
2001 - While recording at the same studio, musicians Mike Montani[vocals]and Robert N.Tarquinio[guitar] of the band Catapillar Drag are introduced to Shawn Houy[drums] 
of Monkeyfist during a recording session. Shortly after as fate would have it, both bands dissolve. Out of the break up, Mike and Bob start an acoustic
project and by years end write their first composition "Dreams Aside".
2002 - Mike and Bob continue to jam and write new arrangements [Paint A Picture, Storm]. At a going away party for the studio's engineer,
Bob is re-introduced to Shawn and he reveals his band has broken up. Bob mentions an acoustic project the he and Mike are currently involved in.
Plans are made and Mike, Shawn and Bob meet for their first jam session. It is a success and Shawn later introduces them to bassist Vic Carter. 
A new band is formed in late summer and meets at Bob's apartment. 
2003 - Acoustic jam sessions continue. At first, mainly focused on interesting adaptions of cover songs, the band begins to collaborate on existing original
material and decides to explore a full band arrangement. Electric rehearsals begin soon after at Shawn's house. After quickly putting together a set,
the band emerges in late spring to play their first gig at a private party[Because We Can]. While moving forward on the electric ideas, the band maintains an acoustic set.
Early band names: King Size Cool, People Of Earth. Shows include: Because We Can, Pigfest, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.
2004 - In January the band is invited to play at The Rex Theatre. The show results in their first live recording and showcases the bands ability to handle
diverse song selections. Nearly flawless performances of "Heartbreaker", "Roadhouse Blues", and "Stinkfist" collide with raucous originals
to highlight one of the groups most important gigs.
Silly Little Egg
Mr. Brownstone
The Nrg
Roadhouse Blues
Bring it On Home
Came and Went

Shawn completes the bands new practice facility on his property[The Barn].The band moves in and begins to rehearse, ultimately for a debut album. 
Practices are spent hashing through material, beer drinking, smoking and talking philosophy.The band gels.During practice
for the record the band writes its first song as a group. "The Line" is spawned out of a warm up jam. Staying familiar with their set, repeat
performances at Because We Can [acoustic] and Pigfest are played. Also Bloomfield Bridge Tavern is added along with an acoustic performance by
Mike and Bob at McGoo's Bistro in November. With help from a good friend[Lee], studio sessions are booked at Soundscape Studios and the band 
ends the year begining work on their first record. 
2005 - In a last minute effort, the band gets selected to perform at the Graffiti Rock Challenge at Mr. Smalls Theatre[billed as People Of Earth]. A huge turn out 
and an energetic performance result in a triumphant night. The results are a mysterious tie for 1st. The band secludes itself in the studio making only
two appearances, at Pigfest and RPMS[billed as Terra Volta]. In the studio, title tracks are mixed. Final selections: "Came and Went, Side Dish,
Drifting, Forget, Paint a Picture,Storm, The Nrg, Hourglass, Voodoo Man, Dreams Aside". "The Line" and "Vamp 1672" are not recorded and left off the album.
The band settles on "Wicked Earth" as it's new and final name.
2006 - The debut album "Seas Of Discontent " is released and the band supports the album with a local tour.Throughout the year the group meets and organizes
gigs with other local bands. A blistering opening set at RPMS [w/Shatterpak] solidifies Wicked Earth as a recurring act at the club. A new live venue [Howlers] 
opens and Wicked Earth becomes one of the first acts.

1/13 - 31ST PUB [3-MAN ACOUSTIC]
4/28 - SCOOBY'S 
5/20 - RPMS
12/2 - RPMS
2007 - Wicked Earth starts off the year with another show at RPMS and are pleased at being regulars there.The live shows continue throughout the year 
and time at practice is spent rehearsing sets and experimenting with new songs and recording techniques. As new ideas emerge, they are brought 
to near completion by the whole band. The lyrics begin to take on a darker, philosophical tone and the music follows. "Singularity", "Today " Trinity".
are among the new ideas. On stage, the highlight of the year is a powerful set in full costume at the Howlers Halloween Show. The set is recorded live.
Closing out the year, the band plays a rock-off at Diesel in December.

2008 - The band begins to rehearse and finalize what will become our second album. An old song left off of the first record is revived. "The Line" becomes
a centerpiece for the band and they re-work the song. The band also returns to the stage at a new gig, Backdraft is added on. Wicked Earth debuts for
a few acoustic shows at Hal's Bar and Grill and Downey's House w/Tonka. Pigfest features Wicked Earth and Haven. A rare acoustic set at the
usually hard rocking venue RPMS does not go over well and the band is not invited back. The band ends the year writing in the barn.

- 2 2009 By early 2009 a new original set has emerged and the band receives an offer to have one of our songs from the first record play in a B-Movie. "Side Dish"
is used in the film Fith Form. A set at Hal's in April is recorded and the band plays an impromptu cover of "Killing in the Name Of". The band rehearses
regularly and buys some home recording equipment. By September, the band begins recording tracks for their second album. Recording sessions are done 
in the band room and on location at the homes of band members.In November Haven joins Wicked Earth for a show at The Backdraft, the band ends the set acoustic.

2010 - Band recording sessions continue and mixes are tested. In April the band fills a last minute spot at Diesel for A Rock Off. Shows at Club Cafe w/Seven Color Sky and 
Tilt's Pub with new band friends Rokbot is a new venue for the group. Shows are added in June and July. In the fall Wicked Earth plays Hal's and another Backdraft gig
while continuing the pre production. Live, the bands set features mainly all original material for the first time in its career. The band ends the year preparing to track vocals
for the home recordings. 

2011 - Wicked earth starts off the year recording vocals for the new album, and a gig at Tilt's w/Defiant. Another rock contest in March is secured by the band. Although reluctant
at this point to play these types of shows , Wicked Earth appears only because of the venue[Hard Rock Cafe]. Shows in spring with Haven are played [Backdraft and
The Bar in southside]. As recordings continue, the band stays tight by jamming while employing a new use for the recording gear; recording impromptu jam sessions. 
An archive of brand new material emerges. Singer Mike brings a new instrument in, a keyboard, and the jam session become more textured. By fall, the band has 
exhausted their efforts in trying to record on location and decides to contact a recording studio. The group ends the year exploring new original ideas. 

2012 - Still building on a new archive of original jams, the band contacts Mr. Smalls Recording Studio and sessions are booked. While tossing around names for the
new record, Wicked Earth decides on "From You Mouth To God's Ears". In April the band plays a show with Rockbot at Tilt's Pub. The recording sessions also begin 
at this time and last through the summer, fall and winter. 

2013 - From Your Mouth To Gods Ear is released.

Current Location
Pittsburgh, PA

General Manager
Vic Carter

Bob likes old blues guitar players, Mike & Vic both like a lot of techno, electronic, pop and modern music. Shawn likes old-timey country, folk and bluegrass music and a lot of unreasonably heavy metal.

Press contact
Robert N.Tarquinio

Booking agent
Shawn Houy

Kobra and the Lotus
Hard Rock/Metal

Band Members
Kobra Paige – Vocals
Jasio Kulakowski – Guitars
Brad Kennedy - Bass
Marcus Lee - Drums

Record Label
Napalm Records
Ward Records Japan

Universal Music Canada Spinefarm Records



Launched in 2009, Kobra And The Lotus is the lifeblood and passion of Canadian vocalist Kobra Paige. Eight years into their jour... See More

#43 High Priestess Album on Loud charts in North America for 2014 
Metalholic’s Top 25 Women in Hard Rock and Metal for 2014
#3 Best Emerging Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Artists Of 2013
Nominated Best New Band at Golden Gods 2012 by Metal Hammer

General Manager
Susan Bullen 
Bullen Artist Management

Press contact

EUROPE: Mona Miluski

Booking agent
RTN Touring:

North/South America: Trevor Swenson Artery Global:

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Rock 'N' Roll

Band Members
Tyler Bryant, Caleb Crosby, Graham Whitford, Noah Denney


Record Label
Spinefarm / Snakefarm Records

You can get our brand new self-titled album here!

Watch the lyric video for "Heartland" here:

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown is a rock & roll band from Nashville, TN. Loud & Proud.


Current Location

General Manager // // Union Entertainment Group

Booking agent
United Talent Agency & International Talent Booking

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Top 10 "Bad" Records By Good Bands

It happens in rock and metal more than many would like to admit, but as crazy as it sounds, sometimes a great bands put out bad records. This week Lou, Lily and Keith discuss their top "bad" records by great bands.  Featured Loudini Artists:   SATE   Nova Lantern   Defy The Tide

SATE has her feet firmly planted in the 21st century, but the passing of the torch is fully evident on this primordial scream of a debut record that balances huge riffs with swaggering vocals, like a lost collaboration between Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix. SATE is out to satisfy earholes.

"SATE is an in-your-face, full-throttle blues-rock band with a sound that will amp you up and get you grooving." - Tom Matthew [Two Ton Music]

SATE would like to acknowledges the support from the following organization that have helped her on the journey of making and marketing her music, along with the support for touring:
Canada Council
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Music Fund
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
The SOCAN Foundation

Nova Lantern
Starting in 2012, Dan Douglas (lead vocals/bass) and Sean Kerrigan (guitar), longtime friends and collaborators, began pursuing a new project following the breakup of their earlier bands. They co-wrote a number of original songs while completing the band’s lineup. In time, all of the pieces fell into place. Josh Salant, a talented multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, joined the fold on drums and backing vocals. Dan, usually a supporting vocalist, honed his skills to become the band's lead singer and lyricist. Lured in by the sounds in the basement, Josh's brother Sean added his immense talent to the mix, filling the remaining spot on lead guitar. These four musicians combine years of experience in the Brooklyn rock scene to bring you - Nova Lantern!

Current Location
Brooklyn, New York

Booking agent

Defy The Tide
Defy the Tide is a melodic heavy metal band from Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding Ohio Valley area.
Vocals / Carly Rose
Guitar / Jesse Scott
Guitar / Matthew Friede
Bass / Jeff Young
Drums / Luke Tenley
Defy the Tide is a melodic heavy metal band from Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding Ohio Valley area. 

Defy the Tide was founded in May of 2014 when vocalist Carly Simon-Warneke and bassist Greg Fristick were assisted by Resistance 13 vocalist Jeremy Wright in recruiting guitarists Jesse Scott and Matt Friede along with drummer Luke Tenley. After a few jam sessions, the group knew that they had something special, and Defy the Tide became a reality. 

Defy the Tide recorded their debut EP in August 2014 at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, OH. The EP was released in October 2014 and was limited to 100 copies. 

Each member of the band brings different influences into the songwriting process which creates a very unique style that helps Defy the Tide stand on their own. 

Defy the Tide has recently finished recording their follow-up EP at Sacred Sound Recording Studios with Producer Andrew D'Cagna (Brimstone Coven/Metal Blade Records). 

In the Shadows I Shine is set for release on March 25, 2016

Awards 2015 Top Women in Hard Rock and Metal Unsigned Spotlight- Carly Simon-Warneke

Current Location
The Ohio Valley

Booking agent

Monday, February 5, 2018

From Stairway to Heaven to West African Tribal Music, Tom Rossi returns to his roots in the acoustic guitar

LIGHTS AND BRIDGES is what happens when a composer of global, border-dissolving tones and beats decides to condense his symphonic visions into intimate, yet still epic slices of song, lyric and sound. It’s the evocative collision of voice and acoustic guitar stripped to its melodic essence. It’s the lush whisper of breathtaking harmony and atmosphere. It’s echoes of icons like CSN, Simon & Garfunkel, and Nick Drake. It’s a conversation with contemporaries like Bon Iver, José González, and Eliot Smith. 

It’s the poetic designation that singer-songwriter Tom Rossi has taken on to imagine a new musical landscape, the kind of collection of song and texture you want to envelope yourself in at hushed dusk or midnight. Rossi’s best known for beautiful, groove laden, wordless world music records like Salma Har, featured on tastemaker programs like BBC/PRI's The World, NPR's Echoes and Talk of the Nation. So LIGHTS AND BRIDGES becomes at once an avenue for reinvention, a return to roots, and a distillation. 

Rossi’s a fluent multi-instrumentalist in everything from ceremonial Ghanaian hand drums to African kora. He’s a therapeutic musician, who’s dedicated years to the art of performing for those in the most vulnerable condition of hospice care. It’s both intriguing and rewarding to hear these unusual skills and influences filter through the lens of more conventional instrumentation and song structure on instant classics like Superball (a collab with poet, Rich Ferguson) and Outside The Wall. 
LIGHTS AND BRIDGES doesn’t demand attention. It’s the kind of subtle musical spell one has to lean into to truly receive. Producer Guy Erez creates immersive arrangements that magnetize via their purity and restraint. With release set for September 5th, 2017, and the song Lemonade featured in new indie cinema favorite, Gala & Godfrey, LIGHTS AND BRIDGES is already wooing the attention of creators and appreciators alike. This breathtaking four-song debut only promises many more to come.

Thriving in the Dirty Business of Rock and Roll with Anthony Leone of Silk9

Silk9 is a Pittsburgh PA based hard rock band that was founded in April of 2013 by Anthony
Leone and Jamie Rohr. The" vision" of Silk9 was to "embrace" the essence of the 90’s and add an original spin on today’s hard rock genre.  In May of 2014 the band released its first EP entitled “Exit the Pain.” Songs from the EP have  been featured on 97.7 fm, Butler PA, Adrenaline 101 internet radio, and 105.9 fm the X and 102.5 WDVE, in  Pittsburgh PA., The PAROCKSHOW.COM, 107.5 The EAgle in Wheeling WV, as well as being featured on Lou Lombardi's, Rock n' Roll Circus and, our favorite lady of metal, Kimmi Rudolph's Metal Deli.

We've worked with some great national acts including, Lynch Mob,  Adelitas Way, The Art of Dying, Hillbilly Herald, Drowning Pool, Crobot, Skid Row and Jake E Lee's Red dragon Cartel, as well as some of the top local bands in the area

Rowdy Rock and Roll Upstarts, Nova Lantern, Cause Trouble all over Brooklyn and Points Beyond

Starting in 2012, Dan Douglas (lead vocals/bass) and Sean Kerrigan (guitar), longtime friends and collaborators, began pursuing a new project following the breakup of their earlier bands. They co-wrote a number of original songs while completing the band’s lineup. In time, all of the pieces fell into place. Josh Salant, a talented multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, joined the fold on drums and backing vocals. Dan, usually a supporting vocalist, honed his skills to become the band's lead singer and lyricist. Lured in by the sounds in the basement, Josh's brother Sean added his immense talent to the mix, filling the remaining spot on lead guitar. These four musicians combine years of experience in the Brooklyn rock scene to bring you - Nova Lantern!

Current Location
Brooklyn, New York

Booking agent

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Greatest Drum Beats in Rock and Metal

This week, we give the drummers a little love. Lou, Keith and Lily lay out THE GREATEST drum beats in rock and metal. We'll be talking about your picks as well as those from rock and metal fans around the world. Controversy and fun are about to ensue!  Featured Loudini Artists:    Silk 9   After the Fall   Reign of Z

Silk 9
Silk9 is a Pittsburgh PA based hard rock band that was founded in April of 2013 by Anthony 
Leone and Jamie Rohr.
The" vision" of Silk9 was to "embrace" the essence of the 90’s and add an original spin 
on today’s hard rock genre.
In May of 2014 the band released its first EP entitled “Exit the Pain.” Songs from the EP have 
been featured on 97.7 fm located in Butler PA, Adrenaline 101 internet radio, 105.9 fm the X, in 
Pittsburgh PA., 102.5 WDVE in Pittsburgh PA, The PAROCKSHOW.COM, The EAgle 107.5 and recently featured on Lou Lombardi's, Rock n' Roll Circus.
We strive to keep our standards high by working with some of the top local bands in the area and national acts such as Lynch Mob, 
Adelitas Way, The Art of Dying, Hillbilly Herald, Drowning Pool, Crobot,Skid Row and on most recently Jake E Lee's Red Dragon's Cartel

Silk9's first Ep was voted,2014 Iron City Rocks Alum of the year, with an additional 5 nominations

After the Fall
After the Fall is a nearly literal moniker for the Albany, New York, punk band. Vocalist/guitarist and leading man Mike Moak, along with fellow guitarist Tyler, had a band called Downfall in the late '90s as fresh-faced teenagers. "We were super young and I didn't even have a license yet," Moak recalls. "But we opened a bunch of cool, really big shows in Albany: Hot Water Music, Rise Against, Thursday, typically shows like that. Being a freshman in high school it was an awesome experience."

This likely instilled some early confidence in Moak and his high school punk friends, even as Downfall began to splinter and half the band moved onto other projects. Moak and Tyler recruited friends made while playing in Downfall, and After the Fall thus emerged in 2000. 15 years later, their musical style may have changed some, but their mission statement is the same as it was back then: "just to have fun with your friends and make music," Moak says simply. Musically, "at first we were really into more technical guitars and metalcore-ish riffs. We focused a little bit more on that and would scream over that stuff. But we grew up on pop-punk and punk, so we slowly stopped doing as much metal and hardcore-influenced stuff and became more fast-paced and melodic." 

That developed style was just about in place by the time the band saved enough money in 2005 to make their first full-length, Everything, littered with cheeky Descendents song title references and recorded at the illustrious Blasting Room Studios in Fort Collins, Colorado. Everything was the beginning of a long journey that found a quartet (sometimes trio) of people juggling real-life responsibilities with a band who were getting offers from increasingly bigger record labels and, especially, often afforded cool, international touring opportunities. "We would just do four-to-six-day runs with our friends' bands and then go abroad as much as we could because it was more lucrative and fun for us to plan trips to Australia or Europe or Costa Rica," Moak says. "We would never have that opportunity without the band, and we had to kind of jump on it while the offers were there."

As the band took the advantage of seeing the world and putting out albums on European labels and noted American indies like Animal Style, Mightier Than Sword, and Paper + Plastick, they also carried a lyrical perspective that changed from one album to the next that began with a bed of profound inspirations. "When we did start, [founding bassist] Brian [J. Peters] was a huge Propagandhi/Bad Religion fan," Moak remembers. "Me and him went to see Howard Zinn speak in Albany. All our original songs were all political and we never wanted to have any other songs about girls or anything else," he says, laughing. "But the older we got, the harder it was to relate to everything the same."

Thus, the band's full-lengths all seem to carry their own interesting lyrical identity. 2010's Eradication had that sociopolitical bent, addressing plenty of varied but largely twisted parts of modern society and culture; 2013's Unkind offered a bitter "fuck you" to a number of different parties in Moak's life at the time; and their far more reflective Dedication, their newest album and Bridge Nine debut, is entirely an ode to Peters, who sadly passed away in 2013 after a battle with cancer. "Without him our band would not exist," Moak said at the time. "He truly was an amazing person and friend, and an inspiration to us all."

Dedication found the band back at the Blasting Room for the first time since Everything, but this time as a hyper-focused, tightly rehearsed band writing and playing their most melodic and concise yet compelling and memorable material to date. "That's what was the best thing about this record: We didn't rush, we were so well-prepared and practiced it front-to-back for months," Moak says about Dedication, beaming.

Now with Bridge Nine behind them and the band intent on getting out on longer and bigger U.S. tours than they've ever been on, Moak agrees that he feels there's a second wind carrying After the Fall--or maybe even a third or fourth one, given their growing and storied history. "Dedication and its recording, it brought us back to life," he says. "Our drummer was going through a divorce and had to move. I had to move to a new place as well, and a bunch of stuff in our personal lives was going on, and the band started to feel a little stale until we were in Colorado and the vibe completely changed as soon as we were there. And it's stayed really positive and awesome ever since."

Mike Moak - Vocals / Guitar • Ty - Guitar • Matty V - Bass / Vocals • Meepy - Drums

Reign of Z
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Record Label


Reign of Z is high-octane metal from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Reign of Z is a culmination of years of experience and a drive to move forward. With all the members having extensive time put into their craft, they were able to craft a sonic identity that will ensure their place in music for years to come and make Reign of Z a household name.

Plural (mixed)

Current Location
Pittsburgh, PA

General Manager
Tim Barbour