Music News From: The Sharp Things, Matthew Perryman Jones and Steve Moakler

The Sharp Things – Back Down The Rabbit Hole [Official Music Video]

The band that brought us the rich and melodic Green is Good has released another video called Back Down the Rabbit Hole. The band is known for its awesome use of orchestral instruments and sweeping melodic lines that fly in the great expanse of the conscious and  subconscious. The soaring melodies simply lift your mood. The arrangement sends your imagination traveling unknown galaxies of the mind.

Back Down the Rabbit Hole, their official video is the last track off Green is Good. It is also a song that sounds different from the rest due to its relative sound to pop electronica: with hooks that could have come from KC and the Sunshine Band. I love it! Check it out and also buy their new album Green is Good. Yes it is good, and healthy!


“Stones From The Riverbed” | Matthew Perryman Jones

I have become really possessive with my Land of the Living album by Matthew Perryman Jones. It is an album with rich sounds and haunting melodies wrapped around his voice. Yes it is a voice that sounds like a cross between Bono of U2 and Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen. I have to admit I have my own favorite tracks off the album : O Theo and Sleeping with a Stranger. But it is still great to get a video every now and then from this fascinating artist.


Spring Tour Dates Announced‏ from Steve Moakler

Here is a little news from this cool singer/songwriter:

It’s good to be sitting here writing to you. I know that the percentage of people who will receive this message will be a fair amount larger than the amount of people who will read it. I’m not sweatin’ that though… Instead, I’m sincerely thankful that you have chosen to taken the time to care. You are the reason that we sent this and I’m glad we’re in touch.Over the next couple of months, I’m gonna be back on the road! For the large majority of shows, I’ll be headlining (playing last) for the first time in many places. I want to thank those of you who have supported me by repeatedly coming out to see me as an opening act over the last couple years. We’re thrilled to finally have the chance to play more songs and to have more time to sing and dance with you.  I hope that we’re coming to a room near you so you can be a part of our memories.Steve
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March 25 – Alvernia, PA – Alvernia University
March 27 – Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky
April 6 – Waco, TX – Common Grounds – TICKETS
April 11 – Knoxville, TN – Square Room – INFO
April 17 – Norman, OK – University of Oklahoma
April 23 – Greenville, NC – East Carolina University
April 24 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic – TICKETS *
April 26 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley – TICKETS *
April 27 – Bowling Green, KY – Crossland Church
April 29 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay – TICKETS **May 1 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern – TICKETS ***
May 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe – TICKETS ***
May 4 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy – TICKETS ***
May 5 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton – TICKETS ***
May 6 – New York City, NY – Rockwood Music Hall – TICKETS
May 11 – Evanston, IL (Chicago) – S.P.A.C.E. – SHOW 1SHOW 2
** with Ben Taylor
*** with Elenowen

Matthew Perryman Jones’ album, ‘Land of The Living’‏

Matthew Perryman Jones is the master of dense atmosphere and grand arrangements. He goes for the intricate stuff ala Echo and the Bunnymen. His voice is a great addition to your household especially when you are stressed out at the end of the day but would not end up dozing off on the couch.

He makes ‘big’ songs with big themes. Listening to him is almost a religious experience. You should try it. Land of The Living is available as a free download for a week courtesy of Noisetrade. I have to thank Noisetrade for introducing me to great music. They always deliver and make sure the artists in their rooster get a lot of exposure.

Try to listen to Matthew Perryman Jones and be one of the converts. His songs are superb. I won’t Let You Down Again and Sleeping with a Stranger are favorites but it is really hard to choose. Now when you have an album that’s artfully crafted without loose ends!


There comes a time in every man’s life when he must question the principles of his culture, his community, and his ancestors. Some may ignore the questions, while others, particularly artists, wrestle with them until something new and lasting is formed from the struggle. Shortly written after the death of his father, Matthew Perryman Jones’ latest record, Land of the Living is a courageous personal Odyssey. His first full length album since 2008, Land of the Living was produced by Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig). The record could not have found a better birthplace than the elusive bohemian studio in Round Top, Texas, where it was recorded. The studio itself is made from a 1700’s Amish farmhouse, surrounded by vast land and skies and haunted by a woman the band came to call Sarah. The band tracked the songs live in under 8 days, the short time span forced them to “trust our gut and bring our very best to the table.”