October icepicks - Wayland, Rinse and Repeat

Been tracking on Wayland for a while now. Quite often you’d find me spinning (do we do that in the digital age still?) tunes such as She Lights it Up and Reason to Love  from their 2010 self-titled debut release for no other reason than they’re great songs from a band that has a familiar sound from the word go…

Icepicks for August - Ingram Hill

When making a playlist there’s a lot of things I think about; how well known is the song or band, does it fit the style/mood I’m after for the show itself and so forth. Some bands I pick up and while they may mean a lot at the time, in time I forget to play them. First for a few…

icepicks for July - Colossal Street Jam, Living Free

At times you never know where your next favorite song is coming from. In the 80s it was easy as the “machine” fed you hit after hit in at times an assembly line fashion. However, one thing for sure is in that time you heard a LOT of styles of music. You heard southern, corporate, glam, pop, alternative, metal, blues, and…

Icepicks for June - Bad Moon Born

The good thing about working with a lot of passionate people in this business is people get to know what you like and usually even why. So when the twisted one slides me a "you'll dig this" I tend to pay attention. Recently he introduced me to another Australian band called Bad Moon Born  and their EP Chemical Lullabies .…

icepicks for may - thrilldriver

While we do have a submissions folder for new music, our recent shift to more nationals coupled with the flood of country, hip hop, rap, and at times what amounts to drunk old men on an older acoustic guitar singing to you in your facebook e-mail, I’ve been thinking maybe it’s time to move away from this and find another…

Icepicks for April - Abacu5

Abacu5 out of Dallas has been playing the local scene for many years. They also have the distinction of being able to tour in China after being selected as the guest artist for the Shanghia American School playing several live music venues through the area. This month they release their first full length cd, A Long Way to Begin and…

Icepicks for March - Blacktop Mojo

There are so few bands today that can capture your mind, your heart and your imagination all at once in what would appear to be a simple song. To do it several times in one release, well that will take a type of magic, I suppose. In this case, it just took some Blacktop Mojo . Formed in the fall…

icepicks for february - gone for days, self titled

these days where i find music blurs. label services, itunes, reverbnation contests, and just random submissions to our review process are all ways we come across music, so sometimes it can sit on the back burner and wait. recently while putting together the new stream we'll have up and going at the first of the month, i started listening to…

icepicks january - the temperance movement reviewed

white bear by the temperance movement  - someone say capture the 70s? the younger crowd will simply fall for a good sound. the older crowd will be taken back to yesterday when music was a touch raw, had an edge that pulled you into feeling and in a way, set you free from whatever it was you were doing just…

icepicks december, hell or highwater

i wish you were here for days like these but you saw all the world gave you to see somtimes life just slips away so shed a tear for the dead remember the legacy they left for the time we have left  remember the life and not the death i had a lot already written and so close to saying…

icepicks - november; saint asonia

ok - in before the 15th so i'm ahead of the game! sorry about missing my show last thursday but the flu was busy taking my ass out. i've coughed up a lot more than i've eaten so i do believe im on the road to recovery and today i actually have the energy to make gross analogies in my…

icepicks october - love and a .38

Rock and Roll. I can try to make this a fancy review. I can even try to get "cute" with clever phrases and words found in a lot of reviews. But i'm going to take a cue from Love and a .38  and just come out and say it. Rock and Fucking Roll. There isn't much complex about this band…

icepicks for september - stone and moxie and the influence

first up -  STONE formed in 2010, this band out of philadelphia is certainly one to keep an eye on. Somewhere along the line a song has a way of getting personal. New song, new band, but out of the blue it’s 1970-something and it just got real. When listening to STONEs song “you made a promise” it just felt…

icepicks - Grimm Jack, Random Dogs & Rainchild

Grimm Jack out of New York has been on Renegade off and on over the years. If you’ve heard the London Quire boys or Englands The Answser, you’ve got an idea of this simple sound with a melodic edge focused on roughing it up some around the vocals. They came back to us via Reverb Nations promotions we’re now running…

icepicks for july

from reviews to simply playing these guys week in and week out (and still never getting tired of ANYTHING to this point), shamans harvest  has gone from someone who got my attention, like many bands, a few years ago but in their release running around the internet now, Smokin Hearts & Broken Guns, they're certainly taking their game to the…

June Icepicks

let's go ahead and get the local out of the way real quick in that yes, i'm coming back to dallas for back to back picks. dark avenue has been in the dallas scene for quite some time, and yes, still alive and well musically as well as on the stage. i've caught these guys at curtain club cd release…

icepicks for may

adakain going for the home team here and giving a shout out to adakain. current lineup going back to 2012 when singer Ryan Ray took over to join drummer Ryan Caroll, last remaining original member of the band and pulling in others from the local scene in corey goodwin on guitar and anthony morel on bass. the sound is driving,…

icepicks - volume 1

if you've stuck with us for awhile, you know i used to do icepicks with Jeff Duran on FM Los Angeles. it gave me a hell of an opportunity to get bands heard in a major market and we even had Dallas vs LA where we went head to head with LA bands and won. that came and went and…