Posts Tagged Long Island Rock

Toby TomTom, Releases First Single – Born 2 Be Free!

November 20, 2018:


The Long Island based artist used to perform acoustic folk in local bars, but now is converting his lyric folk songs to dance/edm; pulling on his dance, hip-hop and funk roots (all with the lyrical folk sensibilities).


Toby TomTom Long Island artist and musician


According to his website (link below), Toby TomTom is an Artist Songwriter/producer and visual artist from Akron, Ohio now based out of Long Island, New York. He is driven by the lyrical honesty and simplicity of folk music. His song lyrics and melodies are written in his dreams, chorded out on acoustic guitar and, converted into sonic events pulling on his roots in EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Hip-Hop/R&B, Funk, Jazz & Classical music!

According to Toby TomTom, he wrote his song Born 2 Be Free!, for his youngest son. Toby says “it reminds all of us that love conquers fear and we have the right, and most importantly, the fight, to be free! Ain’t no shackles!”

Here’s his video – Born 2 Be Free!



Check out his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TobyTomTom21/

Here’s a link to his website: https://www.tobytomtom.com/

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Dino Skatepark Releases “Boogeyman” Video

November 17, 2018:


In recognition of Halloween, Long Island’s Dino Skatepark released a music video called “Boogeyman.”


Dino skatepark band


The song is no simple tune. In fact, the punk band gets heavy in “Boogeyman,” and the song contains a mind-boggling eleven different time changes. Besides the challenging time elements, the song transforms from punk to jazz to heavy metal.

The video was filmed by local videographer Sean Johnson with a lot of input by Dino Skatepark vocalist Dylan Belpanno and drummer Joe Quinn.

Dino Skatepark is a six-piece Progressive Rock band with strong Pop-Punk and Ska-Punk roots. Dino Skatepark finds a way to blend a balance of many different styles and sounds into their music to appeal to as many listeners as possible. The band was formed in 2014 and since then has had a constant drive to produce music and perform their music live.

Dino Skatepark released their five track, debut EP, “Dino Skatepark” in the spring of 2016. One year later, they re-recorded and re-mastered those songs and then added new songs into their latest work titled, “Dino Skatepark: Take Two.”

You can find their music on sites such as iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, Pandora and Bandcamp.

You can follow Dino Skatepark on Bandsintown, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with their upcoming shows. Stay tuned for more upcoming releases in 2018!

Here’s the video:



Here is a link to the band’s bandcamp page: https://dinoskatepark.bandcamp.com/

Here’s the band’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DinoSkatepark/

And finally, a link to the band’s website page: https://dinoskatepark.wixsite.com/dinoskatepark

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

November 7, 2018:


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New Music From the Long Island Band – The Influencers

November 5, 2018:


The Influencers are a three- piece Indie Rock band from Glen Cove Long Island:


The Influencers


The band formed in 2010 and have released three full length studio albums:

  • Deepwater Horizon (2012)
  • Running In Circles (2013)
  • Valhalla (2015)

    Their music blew up overnight thanks to another Glen Cove native and now widely popular YouTuber, Danny Casale (aka Coolman Coffee Dan) featured their music on one of his videos.

    The band has been reviewed positively by other well-known Long Island natives, The Alessi Brothers, and indie publications such as Indie Music Magazine who said, “these guys have a knack for poppy beats, dreamy guitars, storybook lyrics and flowing melodies”.

    And although they had modest success in the past, in 2013 the band went on hiatus.

    During this time the band members worked on other local projects. Steven Suarez, the drummer for the band, worked with artists at Richie Cannata’s Cove City Sounds Studios while Evan Yan, the writer and singer for the band worked on producing other musicians such as Matt Grabowski.

    Now, The Influencers are back with fire and energy in their new song, “Dancing On Graves”, a song aptly named and written about embracing their past, life choices and who they are. Evan stated, “the song is really about capitalizing on second chances, embracing your past and celebrating them as a part of who you are. We feel this is our second chance and we are going to make the most of it”.

    Here’s their video:



    Streaming links can be found: https://song.link/theinfluencers

    And please be sure to visit their official website: https://www.theinfluencersband.com/

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  • Long Islander Emi Pellegrino Releases New Song and Video

    October 31, 2018:


    Last week Pellegrino posted a live performance of her new original song “This Time” on YouTube.


    Long island's Emi Pellegrino


    On the video (see below) Pellegrino can be seen and heard playing a keyboard on “This Time,” and “she allows her rich, crystalline vocals to shine”, according to a review at digitaljournal.com by Markos Papadatos. He added “The listener can recall Lady Gaga meets the piercing pipes of Mariah Carey, and both of these comparisons ought to be taken as a major compliment.”

    This is the first original song Pellegrino has written in four years, and she’s extremely proud of he new song, adding that it has become one of her favorites.

    Here’s the video:




    Pellegrino is not exactly under the radar, as she has been nominated for “Best Singer from Long Island” in the prestigious 2019 Best of Long Island competition.

    Papadatos also added “whether it is an original song or a cover tune, Emi Pelligrino’s vocals have no limits. Her range and control are incredible, as always. She is a true force to be reckoned with in the Long Island music scene, and hopefully, there will be more original music from Pellegrino in the near future. ‘This Time’ garners an A rating.”

    To learn more about Emi Pellegrino and her terrific music, please be sure to visit her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EmiPellegrinoMusic/

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