Las Vegas has long been known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, and it attracts nearly 50 million people every year. It may be best known for its casinos and gambling, but it also has a flourishing music scene. In recent years, though, the need for music and casino fans to make the long journey to the west of the USA may be waning. This is because there are various ways to get the same experience without having to hop on a plane.
Out on March 10, ‘It’s Ok Not to be Ok’ is the new single from The Rude Awakening. The track is a timely release from the UK synth duo, as they examine the psychological fragility of people in the world today. A deeply personal song, Johnny Normal and Bridget Gray are inspired by the music of synth and post-punk pioneers, including Gary Numan, PiL, Soft Cell and OMD.
Julia Zahra was born in Indianapolis USA but raised in The Netherlands. At 25, she has achieved many things as she has won ‘The Voice of Holland’ at just 18, the youngest singer to ever audition for and win the show, and then in 2015 winning a show called ‘The Best Singers of Holland’.
Now, it’s time to find her own direction and try to find recognition outside of Holland. She has, since those shows, released critically acclaimed music of her own and toured extensively in Oceania where she’s garnered quite a following. Julia was speaking with Steve Holley.
Lucy Spraggan releases album number six today and it’s an album that comes from the soul. Most artists will have, at some point in their career, the record that changes everything for them. It might not be the album with the most success, or the album with the most hits but it will be that album where everything seems to come together, where the lessons learned from everything that comes previously enables something forged in real honesty, in real emotion. For me, this will be that album for Lucy; the record that becomes the touchstone for everything that will inevitably follow, the bar against which everything else will be compared.
We’ve written about Bruce Sudano’s songs and videos a number of times on here, and regular readers will know that he favours clips which feature animation. For his latest single, ‘It Don’t Take Much (Because I Do)’, Sudano has once again visited this means of visualisation, and we see both the singer and his band rendered as 2-D digital images.