Oldschool Sunday: SEA HAGS


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

During the 1980s, the previous decades’ birth of glam rock sort of came full circle with the meteoric ascent of glam-encased sleaze rock. Today’s Oldschool Sunday is going to take a look at the short-lived, one album wonder that is San Francisco’s Sea Hags. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: SEA HAGS”

OCTOPUSSY ‘Dwarfs & Giants’ Review & Stream

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Agent 007, aka James Bond, never had to encounter an enemy this empowered when he took on Maud Adam’s villainous character Octopussy in the 1983 film of the same name. See, the Gdynia, Poland-based collective that is Octopussy recently released their most sinister record to date, “Dwarfs & Giants“. Continue reading “OCTOPUSSY ‘Dwarfs & Giants’ Review & Stream”

Tesla Guitarist FRANK HANNON To Release Solo Covers Series; Allman Bros. Band Song Streaming


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Longtime Tesla guitarist and solo artist Frank Hannon has announced the upcoming release of “From One Place…To Another Vol. 1“, a planned series of albums to consist of cover songs from the soulful musician. Out everywhere January 26th, 2018 while a pre-order is available now at PledgeMusic where contributors will gain access to exclusive merchandise and experiences with Frank. Continue reading “Tesla Guitarist FRANK HANNON To Release Solo Covers Series; Allman Bros. Band Song Streaming”

Oldschool Sunday: THE MYSTICK KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT

THE MYSTICK KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

For many of you here reading this, NOLA band The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight (sometimes known solely as Clearlight) may be a totally unknown entity to you. If that is the case, especially if you consider yourself tapped into the New Orleans, Louisiana music scene, prepare to be astounded to some degree or another. See, the band, which was originally begun in 1996 as a side-project type thing, happens to house some rather well known players from the heavy rock/sludge underground. Continue reading “Oldschool Sunday: THE MYSTICK KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT”

FREEWAYS ‘Cold Front’ EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Canadian hard rock band Freeways embody every jot and tittle of the tags that get tossed around every day like “retro”, “vintage” or “classic”. While most times such descriptions are used, it’s a half-hearted, lukewarm attempt to identify something using very little imagination. But in this case, they’re all applicable and there is no mistaking the power of Freeways‘ recent EP release. Continue reading “FREEWAYS ‘Cold Front’ EP Review & Stream”

MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The global-wide metal underground is an intriguing place to say the least. It is a place that exists with duality or purpose in many cases, at any given time. For some, it can be both a treasure trove of undiscovered riches yet for others, it is a musty graveyard where many bands go to die. The point I’m trying to make is this: that you must tread carefully within its confines and exercise a discerning sensibility when you do such. Continue reading “MISCONDUCTERS ‘Pariah’ Review; Select Tracks Streaming”

RUFF MAJIK ‘A Finch In A Cherry Tree’ EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

My favorite Pretoria, South Africa-based band are back with a new EP! The psychotic garage rock and psyche blues band Ruff Majik return with the 3-song “A Finch In A Cherry Tree“. My working relationship with covering the lads, Johni Holiday (guitar / vocals), Jimmy Glass (bass) and Benni Manchino (drums), goes back at least 3 releases and nearly as many years too. Continue reading “RUFF MAJIK ‘A Finch In A Cherry Tree’ EP Review & Stream”

MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Through mighty sounds of our crying Earth we’re channeling frustration of a modern world.”

This appears to be the mantra and / or mission statement of Sweden’s Moon Mother and their newly released “Riffcraft“. It is a totally respectable undertaking too for the quartet of singer Sara Trollpacka, drummer Jesper Wallin, guitarist Pat Ahlström and bassist Thomas V Jäger (of Monolord who also produced this). On their official 4-song debut here, the foursome blend an appealing elixir of bluesy Stoner Doom with abundant classic rock influences. Continue reading “MOON MOTHER ‘Riffcraft’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Release”

IRONAUT ‘Sick Stupid Lies’ EP Review & Stream


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

From the gritty city of lost angels, L.A., Ironaut return with their third EP, the 3-song “Sick Stupid Lies“.   Continue reading “IRONAUT ‘Sick Stupid Lies’ EP Review & Stream”

BROKEN TEETH Get ‘Sinful’ In New Official Video

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The Texas-based amp-melting answer to all that is blues-infused Rock ‘N Roll, Broken Teeth, are back with a new Official Video première.   Continue reading “BROKEN TEETH Get ‘Sinful’ In New Official Video”

TURBOBOBCAT ‘Pentastar Rocket Ride’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

The fact that some bands can form, or get together, whatever, and put a release out within a year of that formation can usually go either one of two ways.   Continue reading “TURBOBOBCAT ‘Pentastar Rocket Ride’ EP Review, Stream & NYP Item”

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Announces ‘BCCIV’ Album; Shares ‘Collide’ Video


(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

Black Country Communion is the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist / bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist / vocalist Joe Bonamassa.   Continue reading “BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Announces ‘BCCIV’ Album; Shares ‘Collide’ Video”

RUFF MAJIK ‘The Hare And The Hollow’ [I.E. Seasons Pt. 1] Review & Stream

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)

If you are like me and are even remotely tapped into alternative music from outside of the U.S., then I’d wager you’ve encountered this band at some point. This band being Pretoria, South Africa’s Ruff Majik of course, a band I discovered a year or two back.  Continue reading “RUFF MAJIK ‘The Hare And The Hollow’ [I.E. Seasons Pt. 1] Review & Stream”

ALL THEM WITCHES – Added US/EU Tour Dates; Brand New ‘BULLS’ Official Video

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

The Nashville, TN heavy blues quartet All Them Witches has just finished Round Two of their tour to support the February 24th release of their ‘Sleeping Through The War’ album.  Round three is set to start on September 18th in Germany.    Continue reading “ALL THEM WITCHES – Added US/EU Tour Dates; Brand New ‘BULLS’ Official Video”

FISHING WITH GUNS ‘Blood On The Ropes’ EP Review & Stream

(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

Parisians Fishing With Guns recently returned to the front with a new five-song EP, “Blood On The Ropes“. I for one have followed the band for the last year or two and am glad they are back with a new release after reviewing their previous one last year.   Continue reading “FISHING WITH GUNS ‘Blood On The Ropes’ EP Review & Stream”