These Local Young Men Are Going Places

November 11, 2019:

Skilled beyond their years, you have to check out this Band:

Samsara - local band

“Samsara” is comprised of local talented New York teenagers from Queens and Long Island.

Dylan Trif (Lead Vocals) is just 15 years old, while Charlie LoMonaco (Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals) is 17 years, John Devito (Lead Bass) is 18. Ben Bustamante (Drums and Backup Vocals) is 15 and Brendan Sandhovel (Bass and rhythm Guitar) is 16.

Charlie, Ben and John began playing music together at an early age through a local music school. Years later, they connected with Dylan and Brendan and formed what is now Samsara.

Samsara draws influence from several styles including, grunge, blues, funk, metal and alternative. They play originals as well as some fun deep cut covers.

Samsara’s objective is to rise up in the traditional rock music scene as well as to add a different dimension to the style of music they play both artistically and creatively, thus attracting new listeners in all genres.

Currently performing at clubs and music venues on Long Island and New York City while also playing venues in the whole tristate area.

Check out the band’s newest original song – “Prophet”

Upcoming shows:

11/16 – NORD-New Old Rock Deli, NYC
12/06 – Gussy’s, Astoria
12/15 – The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn

Prior gigs:

KJ Farrell’s Bellmore
Knitting Factory (Sound The Groove’s Sunday Funday)
Staten Island Fall Foodtruck Festival

Follow SAMSARA on social media to stay tuned to all upcoming gigs and announcements… you do not want to miss this up and coming band!






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Pop-Rock Band SWIM Releases New Single “Pass By”

October 28, 2019:

If you’re fans Of OneRepublic, The Script, Coldplay, or The Killers, check out SWIM:

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NY-based indie pop rock band SWIM have released their new single “Pass By” out on all digital platforms. The track, a fun and energetic piece written collectively by the band, blends together various elements of mainstream pop, rock, and indie. The song was recorded at Westfall Studios in Farmingdale, NY and recorded, mixed, and mastered at ZIN Records in Calverton, NY.

About the new single, Nick Riviezzo, guitarist for SWIM, states “‘Pass By’ is about never giving up hope, and having the courage to take a leap of faith. It’s about searching for that special person and knowing when you’ve found them.” Pat Morelli, bassist and keyboardist for the band, adds “The song is really special to us, it’s about never losing faith and the ability to stay positive when times may get hard.” The band states that the song was written by all members of the band over the course of more than a year, developing from a piano rock-ballad, to the pop-rock anthem that it is today.

SWIM is an indie pop-rock band established in Stony Brook, New York. The members of SWIM, Dan McCaffrey(23), Nick Riviezzo (24), Brian D’Angio (21), and Pat Morelli (21), inherited a love for classic rock and combined it with their love for indie rock (The Strokes, The Kooks, The Killers) and pop-rock (One Direction, Coldplay, The Lumineers) to create a modern pop-rock sound that is fun and refreshing.

Friends since high school, the members of SWIM have taken time to develop their sound into a refreshing pop-rock that is as authentic as it is radio ready. After emerging as one of the top bands on Long Island, SWIM has captured the nation’s attention performing at stages such as SXSW in Austin, TX.

Following the 2017 release of SWIM’s sophomore effort “Finally, Someone”, SWIM broke through with their first single “Heartbeat Connection” which has gathered over 250,000 streams on Spotify. SWIM debuts a fine-tuned, focused bid at powerful, alternative rock laced with pop overtones, with songs that revolve around themes of love lost, love found, and love longed-for. “Pass By” is available on all digital music platforms NOW.

To connect with SWIM:





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Here’s the video of “Pass By”:

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In case you missed any of Under the Radar’s recent blogs

September 26, 2019:

Check out these stories and a lot more:

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Come on down to Linda Sussman’s CD Release Concert this Saturday

September 19, 2019:

Linda Sussman will be hitting the stage with the full Linda Sussman Collective for a CD release concert – Saturday 9/21 @ 8:30 PM.

Linda Sussman Long Island CD Party Concert

The five-piece band will be performing all of the songs from Linda’s new, “Pass it On Down” album … and more.

“This is certainly a special event–it’s not every day when all five of us are able to come together,” says Linda, noting she is thrilled to be able to share her music from the new album and more! Tracks on “Pass It On Down” cross many genres, from blues to alt-folk and folk-rock.

Here are the details:

LINDA SUSSMAN COLLECTIVE:2-hr concert to ring in the new CD (“Pass It On Down”)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept 21, 2019 @ 8:30 pm start time
WHERE: Finley’s, 43 Green St, Huntington, NY

(Door: $10)

LS Collective musicians:
Linda/acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Mike Nugent/lead guitar
Mark Mancini/piano
Cosmo Mallardi/bass
Richie Guerrero/percussion

Special guests will be adding some fabulous backing vocals as well!

A little bit about the new “Pass It On Down” album:

  • It’s been on the Roots Music Report (RMR) charts for the past five weeks
  • Five tracks ranked in the top 20 on the Top 50 Contemporary Folk Songs Chart
  • Album ranked #18 on the Top 50 Contemporary Folk Album Chart
  • Album ranked #14 on the Top 50 NY Album Chart

    Tracks from the new album are not only being played on radio stations in the U.S., but also in the U.K. and Europe.

    Linda was recently interviewed about her music and new album by Scott Kuchler, host of Fluxedo Junction. Click below to listen to the 30-minute podcast:

    Don’t miss your chance to hear the Linda Sussman Collective live, right here on Long Island!

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  • A Case to One of the Most Historic Guitars in Rock History was Under the Radar Locally for 47 Years:

    September 17, 2019:

    After 47 years, Long Island musician Jeff Curtis was able to return this guitar case to Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin:

    Jeff Curtis and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

    The case is an original Liften guitar case, that famously came with 1958-1960 Gibson Les Paul guitars. While only about 1,500 Sunburst Les Paul guitars were made during this time period, they are regarded as the most prized and demanded guitars by rock musicians. They are known for their incredible tone.

    Such notables who played and recorded with 1958-1960 Les Pauls include Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Slash, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, and many other guitar Gods.

    Jimmy owns two of them, but his favorite is his 1959 Les Paul sold to him by Joe Walsh around 1969. Jimmy recorded pretty much all of his iconic Led Zeppelin songs with that guitar, starting with Led Zep’s second album (Page used a telecaster on the first album, before he acquired his 59′ Les Paul).

    This week Jeff posted on facebook how he wound up with the original case and the details how he was able to return it recently to Jimmy.

    In June, 1972 Jeff went to see Led Zeppelin perform at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Mick Hinton, John Bonham’s drum tech, who Jeff had met the year before, invited Jeff to the stage after the show. Jeff was in the stands (behind the stage) and shouted to Mick “How do I get down there?”

    Mick picks up and tosses a guitar case to Jeff, who then walked down, past two security checkpoints with the case in hand, up onto the stage, and handed it back to Mick.

    Here’s an excerpt of his post (a link to the original post, plus some of Jeff’s musical links are included below).

    After the few minutes it took to pack up the drums, he says to me, “You can have that.” I was speechless, to say the least! “Where will the guitar go?” He took me over and showed me Jimmy Page’s number one Les Paul guitar in its brand new anvil road case. The case I was given was being discarded that night since its back was crushed and no longer afforded protection to the guitar. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

    So began my decades-long possession of a genuine rock n’ roll artifact. But I also realized from that point onward that it was something I couldn’t talk about. While there have been a small handful of friends over the years who were aware that I had it, I had kept this a deep secret over the past 47 years in fear that someone might either burglarize my house or worse, threaten me in order to steal it. For this reason, I had decided a couple of years ago that I no longer wanted the guitar case.

    Despite its certain significant monetary value to a collector, I had also decided that I wouldn’t ever sell it since making money off someone else’s fame is simply against my principals. I decided that I would find a way to personally return it to Jimmy Page. But how to accomplish this? How would I get in touch with the right people to set up a meeting?

    Back in July, I went to see the “Play It Loud” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Jimmy Page’s number one Les Paul guitar was one of the instruments on display. I got the idea that maybe I could be put in touch with his people via the exhibit’s curator. A few days later, I called the museum and spoke with the curator’s assistant who asked me to send an e-mail with photos, which I did. About two weeks later, I got a call from a gentleman, Perry, who works with Jimmy. He asked to set up a meeting to personally examine the case and take several more detailed photos. About a month later, I received word that Jimmy wanted to meet me and have the case returned.

    So, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in a hotel lounge in New York City, my two daughters, a close friend and I had the pleasure of a 1-hour sit-down and conversation with Jimmy, with him finally getting the guitar case back. When I opened it up, the look on his face was priceless: “What memories this brings back!” “Thank you so much!” In person, he is a genuinely warm and very welcoming gentleman. We talked about Led Zeppelin, he asked about my musical influences, asked my daughters what type of music they enjoyed and various other topics. I gave him copies of both my CDs, which he said he would listen to. He also had brought me a special limited box set edition of “Led Zeppelin 2” and signed its book as well as another book I had brought with me. I can honestly say that after the first few minutes, my nervousness completely disappeared and it felt like I was talking with an old friend. Nevertheless, the experience of having had the opportunity to sit down with the very person whose music not only greatly influences my own but also inspired to me to initially pick up and learn to play the guitar almost 50 years ago is something that I will never forget!

    Thanks so much Jimmy and thank you Perry! Mission accomplished.

    Here’s a link to Jeff’s original post (with a great photo of Jeff and Jimmy together):

    A link to one of Jeff’s performances:

    A link to another performance:

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