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A Cat Themed Concert

Meow – Marc Gunn to do a Cat Themed Concert

I am snot sure when this hit my feed reader but I noticed it this morning.  Marc Gunn, who you will hear much about today for it is Celtic Thursday, describes his music as “rhythm and folk” and themed around Sci Fi, hobbits, cats and Star Wars.  He also does lots of drinking songs.  Marc has an announcement

I have seen Marc  perform live. I  can tell you that it should be a great show.  He is just a great entertainer. Be sure to get your tickets.

Today is Celtic Thursday

A Great Idea #CelticThursday

English: Marc Gunn performing at the New Deal ...

English: Marc Gunn performing at the New Deal cafe in Greenbelt, MD in July of 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently Marc Gunn, The Celtfather, did a podcast expressing concern about a Celtic Emergency.  He has some concerns over the current state of Celtic music.  He feels that public awareness of the art has declined.  Marc is a great guy and a huge supporter of Celtic Music.  Not only does he promote it, he puts his money where his mouth is.

On the podcast linked above, the Celtfather suggested an awesome idea.  That would be to make today #CelticThursday on social media.  Basically he is asking everyone to Tweet, Facebook post and use every other form of social media to promote Celtic music. Use the hash tag #CelticThursday.  We here at Indie Nation feel that is great idea and are asking all our readers, listeners and followers to take part.

Also, on more recent Celtic Geek, he mentioned that this month is Kilted  to Kick Cancer Month.  So, to increase prostate cancer awareness, donate and don your kilt.

Also, get Tweeting and help Mr. Gunn help Celtic music.

You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:

An Interview with G33k and Company

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G33ky Stuff for All Ages

G33k and Company was one of fifty vendors who participated in the Cheese Weasel ConQuest. They had a fun thing to do to get your ConQuest card punched, you had to read a geeky nursery rhyme. I recorded some one doing so and it will be part of another podcast. They were also part of the Family Fun Pavillion area at this year’s Gen Con.

I think their About Page is a nice summary of what this young company is:

G33k & Co. is a group of companies dedicated to serving the entire geek family. We specialize in products that will engage all members of the family, and in particular the littlest geeklings. Located in Dayton, OH, we can ship our products anywhere in the world. In 2014, you’ll find us at geek, gamer, and pop culture conventions throughout the country, including GenCon, Indianapolis, and Denver ComicCon.

An Interview with Five Year Mission

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Perfect for Gen Con, A Star Trek Themed Quintet

Five Year Mission

Five Year Mission

While I am into Star Trek, these five men take it to a higher level.  Not only did they form a band which pledged to do one song for each episode in the original series which, quoting Fark, “Is one song plus a whole butt-load more” but they also are insanely popular to the point where they just returned from playing the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. I confess that I felt a tad jealous when I heard they got to meet William Shatner.

The Slang

From Columbus, Ohio – The Slang

The Slang

The Slang

There is much to like about this band from Columbus, Ohio.  To start with, I feel The Slang is a great name for a band.  I also really like the EP cover.  Stuff like that, however, does not make a band good or bad.

The band is the work of John Bobo, who is the songwriter, plays several instruments and vocalist, and John Newsome is the bassist.  They are currently touring their EP with additional members  Matt Thiedt on guitars and keys and Michael Dillon on drums.

Musically, this alternative/power pop band has a sound reminiscent of the late 90’s; energetic, loud but not noisy, and a wall of sound.  I am not 100% certain but I believe it was also a requirement of the 90s that every song had a keyboard in it.  Furthermore, in that era, 9 out of 10 bands and radio stations were “alternative”.  While I poke fun at the era, I still turn the volume up when music from it plays… admit it, you do too.

Compositionally, they don’t blow me away. In a good way, they have a typical late 90s sound. They cover that style exceptionally taking “the same old thing” and making it fresh, vibrant and alive.

Technically, the work is exceptional.  It was recorded at The Cutting Room. The EP is well produced and mastered having been done by successful, seasoned engineers.  (Mixed by Mark Needham, who has done work for Imagine Dragons and Tokyo Police Club, and mastered by Brian Lucey, who has done work for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.)

An Interview with Marooned

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 Drinking Songs, Irish Folk Music and Sea Shanties

Some of the Members of Marooned

Some of the Members of Marooned

This is one of the interviews we got while at Gen Con 2014.  I got to interview the members of the band Marooned.  Listen in and hear how it started with “I was really lit at a party…”

Don’t get it wrong, they are not all about parties, they also do charity work.  Again, listen in as “The Captain” and I chat for about 10 minutes.

The band has performed at the past 10 Gen Cons and, if you ever attend one in the future, you should put them on list of things to see and do. Amazingly, this band does all their work from different locations.  Gen Con has become the one annual event where all the members of the band make sure they all attend.

You can find out more about this awesome act at:

And you can buy their music at the links below:

Marooned: Dance Macaw
Marooned: Better Than Live
Marooned: Marooned
Marooned: Lost At Sea
Marooned: On the Scalding Sea

Galaxxies an Awesome Canadian Duo of Creativity

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Refreshingly Different

Galaxxies

Galaxxies

If I had to describe the work of this band in just two words, I would use “refreshingly different”.  If I had to assign them to a genre, which I hate doing, I might go with avant-garde.  Galaxxies describes themselves as “experimental, alternative/indie pop music”.  Regardless of how one would describe them in terms of genre, their music is great.  While it could certainly fit into the genres mentioned, I think the most important thing to say about their style and music is that it has a unique and wonderful sound.

Galaxxies is a Canadian duo that has no shortage of creativity. They also take full control of every aspect of their work’s realization.  Garrett Gengler is involved in every step of the project including web design, video and cover art. Marcile Wilmot is the other half of the project and she takes writing credits and brings her Jamaican upbringing to the table as well. It shows in their music, their album art and even their well done covers.

The Galaxxies EP is a great five song collection.  Each of the tracks are unique and different.  All of the track are well produced and share only the commonality of being great music.  Frankly, it was difficult to decide on what tracks to include in this podcast.  I went with Galaxies, Love Ain’t True, and Slow Time.

Diamonds & Demons by Paul Maged

Hard, Edgy and Strong

Paul Maged - Diamonds & Demons

Paul Maged – Diamonds & Demons

If you like hard-driving rock with edgy lyrics and an attitude, you are going to love Diamonds & Demons, the sophomore work of Paul Maged. The release date is 23 September.  The seventeen track work is less than a minute from what will be one hour of good listening.  It is an awesome sophomore showing for this artist.   I guarantee you that you shall find more than one track to fall in love with.  I am also certain, you will have a very hard time picking a favorite track.  The album will give you an hour of great listening.

I will also insert my warning to the listeners here.  Not all of his material would be considered safe for work.  There are some explicit lyrics.  Considering the hefty subject material he covers I am not surprised and don’t feel that the language is in any way inappropriate.

The Road Heavy

A Great Sound – The Road Heavy

The Road Heavy just released their second track, the title track, The Devils Grin and I think it rocks.  While I have not heard much from this new band, I have not heard a track that I didn’t love. I can tell you that we should all be keeping and eye and ear out for this up and coming band.  They do some serious kickass rock. They have a nice thick hard, Skynard-like sound.  You can find out more about these guys at their bio or better yet, catch them on tour.

You can find them on the e-world at:


We became aware of this artist because of Indie Music Bus. If you are an indie musician, you may wish to check their site out.

Qvalia – Now Released

POSTED ON September 1st  - POSTED IN Album, Entertainment, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, pop, Review

Qvalia – This is the Color of My Dreams

Qvalia - This is the Color of M Dreams

Qvalia – This is the Color of My Dreams

The 7 song collection runs a total of 25:10.  It is officially released today.  If I have anything bad to say about it is that it is only 25 minutes long.   The artwork and the liner notes are very nice.  It is nice to see that some artists still provide the consumer with something more physical. I am going to do something I don’t normally do.  I am going to give you my take on each track.  Frankly, they are all that good. Let us start with the tracks and a little bit about each:

Tommy Mora

POSTED ON September 1st  - POSTED IN Album, Blues, Blues Rock, Entertainment, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, Opinion, pop, R&B, Review

Strong and Powerful

Tommy Mora - Let it Shine

Tommy Mora – Let it Shine

Musically those two words seem to be a good summing up of this musician.   His music is strong, thick and full of energy.  While his music is not all the same, he certainly puts a lot of punch and bang into each tune.  Truly exiting stuff.

He has a very strong voice and shows it off well in Let it Shine.  The tune is what I would call a powerful blues rock tune that reminds me of the better music from The Blues Brothers movie.  It has both driving horns and guitar.  The song just moves.

He also sent us Your Love which, while still powerful, has more of an eighties Huey Lewis and The News swingy power-pop type of sound.  If you like music that is more southern rockish in sound, you are going to love the driving force of Simple Man.  I especially like the hard harmonica in the song.

I would honestly say that of the three tracks he asked us to review, I really liked each and every one of them.  You can find out more about this talented musician at:

Check out the video for Let it Shine


We became aware of this artist because of Indie Music Bus. If you are an indie musician, you may wish to check their site out.

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