Archive for January, 2019

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

January 28, 2019:

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Linda Sussman’s Every Road CD Celebrates the Journey!

January 23, 2019:

Linda Sussman is a Long Island-based singer/songwriter/guitarist with a unique style rooted in alt-folk:

Long Island's Linda Sussman performing

In 2018, Linda released her Every Road CD, an eclectic mix of 11 originals, many of which have been played on numerous radio stations and podcasts both in the US and UK. And now, just one year later, Linda is on a course to release another full-length CD of originals in 2019, ranging from stripped-down vocals and guitar to full-band orchestrations.

“Linda makes music worth listening to,” says Ron Cooke, a DJ on KTAL-LP in Las Cruces, NM. “Her songs are timely and insightful and presented with passion and conviction. She makes the personal universal and the universal personal.”

Linda’s soaring vocals and strong guitar-playing combine with lyrics that lift spirits and open minds. On Every Road, Linda’s lyrics reflect a strong belief in the human spirit (Creators), remind us to appreciate life’s wonders (A Little Bit of Heaven), acknowledge personal triumphs (Closer to Her Truth), and are a call for justice (Not In My Name, The Change, Tell Me Over Sunrise). The title track (Every Road) honors the unique path that each person walks.

Linda recorded Every Road with some of Long Island’s finest musicians: Mike Nugent (lead guitar, bass, dobro, slide, yuke), Richie Guerrero (percussion), Cindy Quart (keys), and Gabrielle Schavran (cello).

David Kidman, reviewer at FATEA Records Magazine, UK, wrote: “Every Road reflects “good old-fashioned singer/songwriter values…stylishly couched in an all-embracing musical idiom that appealingly combines elements of folk, west-coast folk-rock. alt-country and Americana.”

If you want to see Linda out live, she performs at a variety of venues across Long Island, and every few months she can be heard with her band, Linda Sussman Collective, at The Bitter End, NY’s iconic music venue on Bleecker Street in the West Village.

Every Road was coproduced by Linda and Mike Nugent and was released on Linda’s indie record label, Sing Out Proud Music. The CD was recorded by Mike at his Melts in Your Ears Studio (Huntington, NY), and mixed by Kevin Kelly at The Workshoppe East (Huntington, NY). The CD was mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering(New Paltz, NY).

Linda’s Every Road CD is available on all streaming sites, as well as for physical purchase from CD Baby ( or directly on Linda’s website (

For upcoming performances, check out; sign up on her site to receive gig and other news; and/or follow her on Facebook at (please remember to Like her page!).

Here’s a video of Linda performing:

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Long Island’s Steve Vai is Holding Vai Academy 5.0 Locally

January 21, 2019:

Returning to Glen Cove, Vai Academy 5.0 will feature local home-grown phenoms Joe Satriani and Larry Mitchell:

Long island's steve vai

Vai’s annual four-day-and-night guitar clinic returns to The Mansion at Glen Cove in Long Island July 29 – August 2, 2019. Last year, the event was held in Palm Springs California.

Steve Vai’s video announcement can be found below.

Featuring Vai leading classes and workshops, the event will includes appearances and classes from amazing guitarists including Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Devin Townsend, Larry Mitchell, Plini and more. Vai Academy 5.0′s schedule features wide range of guitar-related activities to improve your guitar skills, including a special focus on signal path, effects and achieving the sound and tone guitarists crave.

If you’re not a guitar virtuoso, no worries; The Vai Academy is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests and tastes. Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, the four day program offers activities and workshops for everyone. The environment is non-competitive and is strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music.

As intimidating as Steve Vai can be (just watch the ending of the movie Crossroads starring Ralph Macchio below, attendees should feel welcome. “One thing that I think makes Vai Academy so special is that I jam with each and every attendee,” Vai shares. “This might be my favorite aspect of the camp. Connecting with another person on a musical level is an intimate space I love embracing. We musicians are always learning something on some level, and I believe I learn something every time I jam with a student, no matter what level they are at. I can make music with someone even if they show up with a dime and a rubber band.”

As a bonus, anyone who registers by January 31, 2019 gets a free BOSS Blues Driver pedal.

Here’s the link to Vai’s announcement:

Here’s the link to the famous Crossroads scene starring Macchio and Vai:

To register or find out more, please visit this website:

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Long Island and NYC’s Black Suit Youth releases their fourth full length album “False South”

January 17, 2019:

Currently signed to 59X Records, they’ve been self-releasing albums and booking their own tours for years:

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Black Suit Youth has played sold-out theaters with bands such as Story of the Year and Alien Ant Farm.

Their newest CD was recorded in Atlanta by Peter Catalano, and listeners will immediately hear that “False South” is a terrific, high-energy rock album.

“False South” features blistering lead guitar work from Long Island’s Fed Canelos, heavy bottom end bass from Long Island’s Juan Orellana, hard hitting drums from New York City’s Robert Abrams, and rhythm guitar and lead vocals from Bryan Maher. Black Suit Youth plays an upbeat blend of hard rock, alternative, punk, and indie with an eye for arrangement and hooks.

Black Suit Youth formed in 2004, however this line-up is a rebirth of the band and has been together for about two years.

According to the band, their goal is to spread their music to as many rock fans as possible, whether it’s on stage in front of a thousand people or in smaller venues, one person at a time. You can catch Black Suit Youth live this month January 24th at Amityville Music Hall and January 26th at The Cobra Club in Brooklyn.

Please visit their facebook page and look for additional Tri-State Area shows this winter as well as an East Coast/Midwest Tour in the spring.

Additionally, you can stream False South on Spotify (link below) or you can download their material from other major platforms!

Want to know more about the band and their high energy music?

The band’s facebook link:

Here’s a link to their music on where you can purchase their cd (at a very low, special price):

And their Spotify, link:

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Long Island’s Josie Bello Releases New CD

January 15, 2019:

Catchy tunes and memorable lyrics characterize Josie Bello’s new CD Can’t Go Home:

Josie Bello releases new cd

Josie’s Country-Rock vocal style, combined with the skillful musicianship evident throughout the CD have prompted a number of listeners on ReverbNation to ask the question, “were these recordings done in Nashville?”.

The CD was in fact produced and recorded on Long Island at “Melts In Your Ears Studio” and mixed at “Workshoppe East”, both located in Huntington.

Can’t Go Home contains 10 tracks of original music in which Josie covers a wide range of subjects related to the human condition. The title track contemplates the loss of one’s past. Other tracks cover themes such as Infidelity (Dignity), Infatuation (Crush), Relationships (Good People, Bad Love), Drug Addiction (Mother’s Love), Long Island Living (Kit House) and even Political Partisanship (Two Trains). Two Trains was co-written by Mike Nugent, the CD’s producer, and is the only co-write on the CD.

The very active live music scene on Long Island, and the abundance of local talent continues to inspire Josie as a songwriter and performer.

Josie enjoys creating images and telling stories through song and often says, “hooks are everywhere, you just need to listen”.

Josie will tell you that she’s been singing every day of her life — around the house and everywhere she went since childhood. She can remember her mother saying to her, “Please, try to pipe down, just for a little while”.

Luckily for local musicinans, Josie is quite active on the Long Island music scene. She runs several open mics: at Urban Coffee in Greenlawn on 2nd and 4th Fridays and at the Park Lounge in Kings Park on 3rd Fridays.

Additionally, once a month she hosts a Singer-Songwriter night at Urban Coffee. Josie performs with her husband Frank Bello as “Duo Bello” at many festivals throughout the Island including their annual hosting of the Long Island Fall Festival Acoustic Stage. She is honored to participate in the LI-based group OOMPA (Organization of Open Mic Performing Artists) and recognizes all the talent and support their membership provides to open mics and musical charitable events throughout the Island.

Josie’s music is available on most digital distribution platforms such as iTunes and CD Baby. A hard copy of the CD can also be purchased at CD Baby. Here’s the link:

For additional news on Josie, and upcoming appearances, please visit (and like her facebook page):

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