Listening Lately: Graves at Sea, The Shape, Pinto Graham, and Demon Eye

Back in 2014, I started what was supposed to be a bi-weekly music review series: “Payday Downloads,” the idea being that I would download some new tunes on a Friday and post a quick-and-dirty review by that Sunday.  Well, the series lasted a whole three columns. With the hope of crossing albums off my review… Continue reading Listening Lately: Graves at Sea, The Shape, Pinto Graham, and Demon Eye

Album Review: The Shape’s Masque of the Red Death

The Shape is a band that’s in it for the long haul. According to their Facebook biography, they have returned to the scene after a five-year hiatus — and what a return it’s been. Playing several shows a month for the past year and dipping their fingers into the booking pie as well, they’ve made… Continue reading Album Review: The Shape’s Masque of the Red Death

A Connecticut Yankee in John Tru’s Court: My “Best Of” Hothfest 2015

Last weekend, I got to be “band wife” on Mission Hothfest with my husband’s symphonic metal outfit Lyra. They had a Sunday afternoon slot on Tru Entertainment’s two-day metal festival, but scene supporters that they are, we were at The Waterfront pretty much all weekend. Far from my southern Connecticut home with no set to… Continue reading A Connecticut Yankee in John Tru’s Court: My “Best Of” Hothfest 2015