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Dino Skatepark Releases “Highway Home” Video

July 15, 2019:


Here’s the seven-piece Progressive Rock band’s newest video release:


Long Island music band Dino Skatepark


Dino Skatepark is a local progressive rock band with strong Pop-Punk and Ska-Punk roots.

The group finds a unique way to blend a balance of many different styles and sounds into their music to appeal to as many listeners as possible.

You can follow Dino Skatepark on Bandsintown, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with their upcoming shows. Stay tuned for more!

  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DinoSkatepark

  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/dinoskatepark/

  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dinoskatepark/

  • EPK: https://dinoskatepark.wixsite.com/dinoskatepark

    As promised here’s their new video – Highway Home; it’s a great song:


    Please help support Dino Skatepark by checking out their iTunes and Spotify pages where their entire catalog can be purchased or streamed:

  • iTunes/Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/patchwork-ep/1469289467

  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5NsR02VXsDO9yaWIsPXSgy

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

    July 12, 2019:


    Check out these stories and a lot more:


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    Long Island’s Amen Arthur Releases His First Album

    July 6, 2019:


    Available in stores and online, this project focuses on a variety of struggles faced in his life and how he overcame them:


    Amen Arthur first cd release


    While in school for Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, Amen utilized every opportunity to perform at on Campus events. This exposure lead to a plethora of opportunities including sponsorships from Red Bull, WUSB radio interviews and having his music featured on the Soundtrack of the BET show ‘Situationships’.

    In 2017, his fans took to calling him Amenboi. He has since been releasing music consistently but began experimenting with his sound years prior to that.

    Amen’s debut album can be best described as an intersection between melodic and lyrical rap. With punchlines obscured through entendre you’ll want to play each song over and over again, and in doing so you’ll find new meanings each time.

    In 2019, he released his brand ‘Artistic Ambitions’ which focuses on the connectivity of film art and music. Using this brand, he spreads the message of the importance of individuality, freedom of thought and creative expression.

    To check out and purchase Amen’s music here are his links:

    Website: http://www.artisticambitions.org/

    Social media: https://soundcloud.com/amenboi

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amenboi

    Album: https://song.link/album/us/i/1469639679

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    Linda Sussman is back with another full-length CD!

    June 18, 2019:


    Linda Sussman, a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Huntington Station has a unique alt-folk and blues sound:


    Linda Sussman Long Island musician


    Her just-released “Pass It On Down” (May 2019, label: Sing Out Proud Music), is her second full-length CD of all originals. The CD’s 10 tracks, which feature Sussman’s strong vocals and lyrics which KTAL DJ Ron Cooke call “provocative and compelling,” cut across a host of genres, from blues to alt-folk to folk-rock to bluegrass and country blues.

    Sussman acknowledges that her time spent in the recording and mixing studios on nearly back-to-back full-length projects was quite ambitious and a bit insane, but she quickly notes she would not have done it any differently. “I’m just driven to get my music out there,” she says. “Although it is incredibly challenging still to be juggling a full-time day job and have enough time and energy left over to focus on my music, there is simply an undeniable pull that I need to satisfy. So I just keep moving forward balancing it all the best way I can.”

    As to the mix of styles on “Pass It On Down,” Sussman says, “I go wherever the music or lyrics take me, and I try not to let myself be boxed into any one category.”

    Sussman co-produced both “Pass It On Down” (2019) and her preceding CD, “Every Road” (2018), with Mike Nugent, who complements Sussman’s strong fingerstyle and rhythm guitar with his masterful and elegant riffs on lead electric guitar, dobro, and bass. “Pass It On Down” also features a number of top-flight musicians well-known in the NY metro area and beyond: Cosmo Mallardi (acoustic/electric bass), Mark Mancini (piano), Richie Guerrero (percussion), Cindy Quart (piano), and Lisa Gutkin (fiddle, of The Klezmatics). Backing vocals are added not only by Sussman herself but by Janice Buckner, Cecilia Kirtland, Anne O’Rourke, Greg Seck, and Cindy Quart.

    A number of the songs (including “Truckload of Blues”, “Chasin’ That Train”, “Proud Woman”, Cryin’”, and the title track “Pass It On Down”) are already receiving radio play across the US and UK on stations, including WUSB (Stony Brook, NY), KTAL (Las Cruces, NM), WFHB (Bloomington, IN), Radio Summerhall (Edinburgh, Scotland), WOMR (Provincetown, MA), and elsewhere.

    Sussman is currently planning a CD Release Party, which she hopes will include the full band (Linda Sussman Collective)…watch this blog for her upcoming event announcement!

    Website: lindasussman.com

    CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/lindasussman4

    CD available on all streaming, including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.

    Facebook (where you can like her music page!): facebook.com/lindasussman.music

    Instagram: instagram.com/lindasussman.music

    To Contact Linda: lindasussman.music@gmail.com

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    10 Lessons Learned From Recording a CD

    June 14, 2019:


    Josie Bello is a Huntington based Singer-Songwriter. Her debut CD (Can’t Go Home) is currently getting radio play in the U.S. and Europe. Here are her tips to help others find success when recording and distributing their music:


    Josie Bello cd and music advise


    Always curious about how locally produced CDs are made, Under The Radar asked Josie to share a list of “lessons learned” from making her album. Josie sat down for some additional comments from two other Long Island musicians whose CDs get spins on the radio — Linda Sussman (Pass It On Down, Every Road) and Marian Mastrorilli (Light This Candle, Down to Earth).

    1. Make a Good Impression: Every track on your CD should be the best possible representation of your music. A shorter collection of your best work is preferable to a longer one that contains tracks you feel are mediocre.

    2. Have a plan: Know which songs you want to record, pick a studio you feel comfortable working at, find any collaborating musicians you will need, develop a budget and work schedule. Talk to local musicians whose recordings you like and ask for their advice and recommendations for studios and producers. Open mics and local shows are good ways to network.

    3. Be Prepared: Have good charts for your collaborators and rehearse prior to recording sessions. Linda advises “Know what you want to do in the studio before you walk through the door, BUT, at the same time, stay open to suggestions (if you are collaborating or working with a producer)…sometimes the best sounds are those that you hadn’t planned!”

    4. Use background vocals: Good background vocals will make your recording shine. A producer can sometimes envision background vocals where the artist doesn’t. Have fun experimenting with it!

    5. The placement of songs on the CD is important: Search online for articles that will give you some ideas about what order to place your songs in. Marian’s advice is to “play around with your sequencing to see what gives your CD the right flow. Make test playlists and tweak accordingly”

    6. Get Your Tracks Mastered: If you want to get radio play, or get your tunes uploaded to sites that are used by advertising, TV and film music supervisors for their projects– get your tunes mastered. Marian added that mastering is important because she “recorded at different locations, with different players, at different times. Mastering tied the songs together sonically”

    7. It’s not right until it sounds right to you: Even if you’ve assembled the best team to work with, it’s not finished until it sounds right to you. Linda commented “Stay true to yourself and the sound you want to capture. Let whatever you’ve recorded ‘breathe’ for a while. Listen in the car, listen on a device with headphones…wait for the post-session thrill to wear off a bit and get some distance–I was surprised at how my ears began to hear a bit more objectively after some time had passed. Overall, don’t rush the process…”

    8. Copyright Your Songs: It’s always a good idea to have your lyrics and sound recording registered with the US Copyright office at https://copyright.gov You can copyright each song individually and/or copyright the entire CD as a collection.

    9.Submit for Radio Play: Search online for radio stations, programs and podcasts (worldwide) that play your genre of music. Find submission procedures on their websites. Mailed CDs must be accompanied by a “one sheet” which you can learn how to create online. (I learned about one-sheets from Linda Sussman!)

    10. Do Your Research: Many reputable websites publish articles about writing, performing, recording and marketing your music. Many Youtube videos address these matters as well. Sign up for online newsletters from BMI, https://www.bmi.com/special/weekly and CD Baby https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/. My favorite book about songwriting is an out-of-print book you can track down online– The Craft of Lyric Writing by Sheila Davis.

    As Marian said, “I remember reading this somewhere, and I adhered to it. When you release your CD, inform EVERYONE you know! This may open doorways you never imagined!”




    Thanks Josie, as always we appreciate your advice and wisdom!

    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: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/josiebello.

    For additional news on Josie, and upcoming appearances, please visit (and like her facebook page): facebook.com/josie.bello.98 and her official website: www.JosieBello.com.


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