Sunday, December 8, 2013

CD Review: New Music From Indie Music Stars Vaudeville, Ryan Cassata And Taylor Alexander

From Minneapolis, MN comes the fresh alternative hard rock of Vaudeville with their latest album titled "Vendetta." They just wrapped up a massive tour in support of the album and are currently on a break in order to work on their follow-up album.

The eleven-song release begins with the guitar driven introduction of "Tainted Passerby." Their music has a polished hard rock sound with a bit of a sharp edge to it as shown in the title song "Vendetta." They add some electronics to their sound in "Treason" and pull back the reigns on "The Messenger" in order to give them a more mainstream appeal, but when they rock as in "Bitter Prophecy" is where the band's strength lies. With the way their music is growing in terms of sound and songwriting, the band will be quickly moving on from opening band to headliner in no time.

Look for a new album by Vaudeville possibly as early as next year. To find out more, please visit

Also, is some new exciting music from singer/songwriters Ryan Cassata and Taylor Alexander. Both lay their souls out their as they perform acoustically (with little instrumentation for Alexander), using the raw emotions of their voices to portray their feelings.

Ryan Cassata's latest EP entitled "Jupiter, It Won't Be Long" is an eight song adventure of teenage emotion. His lyrics in the opener "I Don't Really Wanna Go To College," is sure make a connection with others trying to find their way, while "Liberation" sounds very mature for his age. Songs like "Dear Lucas" and "Sobering Up" are great starts and would benefit from input from a band, but the strong base is in place on these songs.

Ryan performed a show at this year's Vans' Warped Tour in June and is a motivational speaker for civil rights. To find out more about this amazing young person, please visit

We also have the new three song EP from Taylor Alexander entitled "Art." His smooth vocals reflects that of Dave Matthews while his sound on the opening song "Deadly" has little jazz flair in it. The harmonizing on "Dream Boy (& Song Girl)" is just amazing, while the lyrics are just exciting to follow the story. The album closes with the gentle, emotionally filled "Emiline."

To find out more about Taylor Alexander, please visit his Facebook page at

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