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Hotel Bergs Contemporary 5-Star Luxury in Historic Riga Latvia - 2X2-Night Deal

With material from a release: Hotel Bergs Contemporary 5-Star Luxury in Historic Riga, Latvia 2X2-Night Baltic Capitals Deal • Find out more Contemporary chic in the center of Riga - Hotel Bergs is a smart, five-star haven in the charming historical quarter known as the Bergs Bazaar. Bergs Hotel, Riga Hotel Bergs is a designer boutique hotel nestled behind a 19th century brick façade, featuring 38 spacious guest suites , the famous Bergs restaurant offering haute cuisine inspired by local fare as well as a fitness and wellness center, elegant meeting lounges and a penthouse event space with great city views. Hotel Bergs, Riga - suite Art Nouveau design combines black-and-white colour tones with leather furniture and oak floors, while paintings by Latvian old masters merge with African traditional textiles and woodcarvings. Paintings by Ilmârs Blumbergs adorn the guest room walls and he also created the striking fountain in the courtyard. Restaurant Bergs Rest

Coming soon: Jay Clark Band - Cocked & Loaded (April 30, 2017)

Coming soon: Jay Clark Band - Cocked & Loaded (April 30, 2017) • Buy the Single Jay Clark comes from Ohio but you might be forgiven for assuming he's from south of the Mason-Dixon line after hearing this recording of southern fried rock. The sound is familiar, but he takes the time and skill to perfect it and perform it with sincerity. It's guitar-driven, but the instrumentation is varied and textured, including a rich Hammond B3 and fiddle on some tracks. Jay's got just the right vocals for this kind of music - melodic, with a nice range, and a whisky roughened edge that gives it power and expression. Overall, the album's mood ranges from party country rock to a more metallic sound, back to a new country vibe. Lyrically, the songs cover the girls, guns, and boozin' with the boys territory that you'd expect. But that's not to say there's no imagination to be found, or occasional flashes of wry humour. From Another Love Song, I don't w

Recently released: Shawna Virago - Heaven Sent Delinquent (Shawna Virage / Tranimal Records, Jan 1 2017)

Recently released: Shawna Virago - Heaven Sent Delinquent (Shawna Virage / Tranimal Records, Jan 1 2017) • Available on vinyl, CD, download •   Stream it on SoundCloud Come whisper something...smart In my ear (From Bright Green Ideas) Clever, sharply observed lyrics and a sincere musical appreciation for the expressive flavours of Americana raise this recent release by Shawna Virago well above the herd of singer songwriters recording today. Virago is a pioneer; she has been performing as an out transwoman since the early 1990’s and it hasn't gone unnoticed. Her music has been profiled in many publications, including Bitch, the Advocate and Curve magazines and on left-of-the-dial radio. You honestly don't actually have to know any of that to enjoy the folk/punk sound of the San Francisco based artist. Shawna uses the intimate acoustic sound and storyteller's perch of Americana to get the message across, using the sounds of country, bluegrass, and rockabilly i

Recently released: Sara Ontaneda - Entre Espacios y Colores (Independent, March 20 2017)

Recently released: Sara Ontaneda - Entre Espacios y Colores (Independent, March 20, 2017) • Buy the CD Entre Espacios y Colores is the first full-length release for the artist who divides her time - and touring schedule - between New York City and Ecuador. The vibe on the tracks is easy, with a loose groove you'd put into anything from contemporary to Latin jazz. Sarah's voice is clear with a sweet edge, fluid over the octaves and in and out of the rhythm. The arrangements use lush keyboard sounds along with horns and a standard guitar plus rhythm section. Aprovechar (Sencillo) begins with a spare acoustic guitar and rhythm section, adding a horn line to the texture along with judicious keyboards. The melodies and harmonies defy easy categorization. Sara has developed an imaginative sound that showcases her clear, expressive voice in a series of lush arrangements. Darling has a laid back swing. Darling you and I can have our fun But I gotta let you know I got so

New Single: Monica da Silva - Soldado de Amor

From a media release: New Single: Monica da Silva - Soldado de Amor • Download the track on iTunes Socialite Fiasco Music is pleased to announce the release of “Soldado de Amor” (Soldier of Love) by Brazilian American singer songwriter Monica da Silva. In it, Monica's sweet, languid vocals dance around thick Brazilian rhythms.  The track was inspired by the vintage “marchinhas” (marches) and popular samba songs of Brazilian Carnival, and features the haunting vocals that da Silva is known for. Soldado de Amor was released on March 31st, 2017. The song is now being featured on the BBC Drama “THE REPLACEMENT”, and will soon be included on da Silva’s new album, a follow up to her debut album “Brasilissima”. "Soldado de Amor", which da Silva co-wrote with her brother Bruce Driscoll (Freedom Fry, Blondfire), was produced by Bruce Driscoll, along with longtime collaborator Chad Alger (Complicated Animals). Da Silva’s music has been featured on The World Cup, TE

Japan Travel: Spring in Japan & Taxi Travel Tip

From a media release: Japan Travel: Spring in Japan & Taxi Travel Tip Springtime is especially splendiferous in Japan, and even if you can't make it this year, you can view some of the blossoming abundance that makes it so special online - and then make your future plans... Osaka Castle in the springtime The Return of Spring and Hanami Season Hanami is the ancient art of appreciating the beauty of flowers, and for many outside the country, it has become synonymous with experiencing cherry blossom season in Japan. At this time of year, Japan is awash in cherry blossoms from north to south. If you are in or around Tokyo, the Tobu Sakura Matsuri 2017 website introduces recommended viewing spots, dates, and shops offering cherry-blossom sweets along the Tobu Railway. Once the trees have fully bloomed, 360-degree videos of Sumida Park, Satte Gongendo, and Kawagoe Shingashi River will be shot and added to the site. Hanami parties under the night sky are also popu

Niq Reefman - A Selection of Musical Tales (Independent - April 9 2017)

Upcoming: Niq Reefman - A Selection of Musical Tales (Independent - April 9 2017) • Preorder/Buy the CD You don't often describe someone as a Trumpet-Singer-Songwriter, but Aussie Niq Reefman is anything but ordinary. He uses jazz chords, electronics, and folky, conscious lyrics to tell stories with song. He calls himself "Instrument-fronted Contemporary Singer-Songwriter". Based in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia, his music is hard to categorize, but easy to enjoy. Niq's voice is fluid and accomplished, with a style that veers between folk and vaudeville. Witch Doctor is bouncy and electronic, where Close Shave uses accordion and trumpet in Niq's singular style to create something that could be musical theatre with a slight touch of Frank Zappa, without the profanity. From I Got My Mojo Back, I am not amused at all Last night I was God Life can play cruel games on you Just when you're thinking you were up on top  I'm a good boy is m

Eclectic Pop: Captain Of The Lost Waves Hidden Gems – Chapter 1 (Brigand Broadcasting Company - March 8 2017)

Recently Released: Captain Of The Lost Waves Hidden Gems – Chapter 1 (Brigand Broadcasting Company - March 8, 2017) • Buy the music Vintage Britpop, carnival or cabaret -- Captain Of The Lost Waves' sound keeps you guessing, or maybe it's all of them, all at once. Certainly, there are recognizable influences from Peter Gabriel to Jethro Tull, with a little Jacques Brel and the Beach Boys thrown into the mix. If there is steampunk pop, then I never knew about it before. Captain Of The Lost Waves is an underground musical hero from Yorkshire, UK, who is finally getting a little exposure to the wider world. This collection of eclectic tracks seems to include songs from the last couple of years, many of them accompanied by charming animations. Another Planet was his first single. This is the Jack Hobbs radio edit mix, animation by BAFTA award winners Fettle Animation. A modern take on music hall, using black and white animation. You can see where I mention the steampun

Retro Rock: New Single by Ivan Beecroft - BELIEVE (Release date: March 6 2017)

New Single: Ivan Beecroft - BELIEVE (Release date: March 6, 2017) • Check him out on iTunes Indie DIY rocker Ivan Beecroft has a new single in advance of an album in the works. The new track, Believe, is a strong pop tune in a retro vein, where a liquid piano line teams up with the guitar in a straight ahead beat with echoes of classic Brit-pop. The title might lead you to believe it's some kind of upbeat ode to self-help pop psychology, but you'd be wrong. It's more along the lines of muddling through the real world. You just can't find the things you need I can't believe the things I see As a steel worker in an industry that was dying, Australian singer/songwriter/musician Ivan Beecroft found a social conscience, and a keen sense of the difficulties of getting by in the modern era. It's something that has fueled his work, along with a personal history often spiked with tragedy. He was traumatised with a close friend and bass player was severely