Archive for January, 2019

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

January 13, 2019:

Scroll down to see these stories and a lot more:

recent stories about long island musicians under the radar

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‘The Burbs’ Could Be Long Island’s Next Big Band

January 7, 2019:

According to Markos Papadatos at, “Their music is quite versatile, and it will resonate well with fans and listeners of such rock groups as Green Day, The Killers, Three Days Grace, and Muse.”

the Burbs - long island band

The Burbs lineup includes Dominick Pititto on guitar and vocals, Shawn O’Connor on vocals, Bryan Holland on bass and vocals, and Anthony Soriano on drums.

Papadatos feels the Burbs are one of the most underrated rock bands currently playing on Long Island, and predicted that The Burbs are the “Ones to Watch in 2019″.

To check out the band, you can download their five-track EP from iTunes.

Here’s video of the band:

Visit The Burbs official facebook page here:

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