December 21, 2020 - Indie Roundup | 14 Songs To Blow Apart Your Monday - "Is it Still Christmas?" by Jeff Michaels Band. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a new holiday song from Boston singer-songwriter Jeff Michaels. During a year that has presented us with more challenges than ever before, music has prevailed, and Michaels and his band are no exception, keeping fans company once again with the release of the poignant Is It Still Christmas?
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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
June 2020 - In a world which is often brash and bombastic and where music very often reflects such a tone, Annie is a lovely and lilting haven of sonic loveliness. It builds gently from an understated, folk nugget into…well, an only slightly less understated slice of rootsy gold. It is spacious and reflective, full of rhythms which seem to punctuate rather than power, reserved guitar lines and emotive harmonicas trailing off into the distance.
Annie is a perfect example of using space in your music, never does it feel that there is anything more going on than is strictly necessary to make the song work. In fact it is those drifting spaces and havens of sonic emptiness which perforate the music which make it all the more powerful, a power derived not from musical weight but rather atmospherics and anticipation.
If you want to know the difference between impact and emotion, between music which is felt rather than that which is heard, if you haven’t yet worked out what the phrase less is more actually means, lesson one begins right here.
THE BANDCAMP DIARIES
June 2020 - Jeff Michaels Band is back on the scene with a new studio album titled “Better When I am Older.” This release features some soothing and nostalgic songs, including the opening track, Annie, which feels like a quintessential country rock song.
Fans of artists as diverse as Wilco and Calexico are certainly going to enjoy this release, while fans of legendary performers such as Townes Van Zandt or Steve Earle will definitely connect with this production as well.
With such a great combination of world-class musicianship and great lyrics, you really can’t go wrong. The mix is also very interesting, with a big, dry drum sound, an acoustic guitar on the left, and an electric on the right, making for a huge stereo image and a lot of depth. The unique solo riff features a glitchy, electronic-like sound that adds a one-of-a-kind touch to the mix. Check out “Annie” and learn more about the Jeff Michaels Band! The song is also featured on the group’s most recent studio album, “Better When I’m Older,” which is currently available on Spotify, and elsewhere on the web
June 2020 - Jeff Michaels Band breaks out with a stirring new release titled Annie, which is a track from the album Better When I’m Older. Based out of Boston, Massachusetts, singer, and songwriter Jeff Michaels is one of the most prolific musicians of our era that expresses a profound sense of loyalty to the working-class artist and the world of independent music. A few of his compositions have even found their way to television.
Annie is a unique song that beckons both a melodic and cerebral glimpse into the genius of Jeff Michaels’s sinister wittiness.
The song’s rich instrumentation is enchanting and reflects much of Michaels’s premise to use music as a vehicle to reach the hearts of his listeners. Annie’s pop-rock soundscape definitely boasts an inspiring amalgamation of piano measures and strums of acoustic guitar. This is one song that its listeners will revisit over and over again.
June 2020 - Sitting at a smooth 72bpm, the single [Annie] starts with a ten second instrumental introduction that is comprised of a gentle acoustic guitar and light piano. Jeff Michaels’ vocal color is relaxed and emotive, matching the melodic flow of the instrumentation.
June 2020 - Jeff Michaels Band delivers a slice of soulful Americana on the tender “Annie”... the way they let the thing suddenly come into bloom feels outright majestic.
June 2020 - ...the lyrics are gritty and do a good job of telling a story. “Annie” features very intelligently written parts showcasing great musicianship across all of the instruments involved...
June 2020 - Jeff Michaels Band Coming Strong with New Single “Annie”
MADNESS TO CREATION
Jeff Michaels Talks Festive New Song, “It’s Been a Long Time, Christmas” - December 25, 2017
NoiseTrade 2017 Holiday Music Sampler
"It's Been A Long Time, Christmas" - December 22, 2017
"It's Been A Long Time, Christmas" - December 15, 2017
MUSIC NOTES GLOBAL
Bands Interviewing Bands: Jeff Michaels & Ten Two - December 8, 2017
Jeff Michaels Releases New Holiday Single - December 2, 2017
Introducing: Jeff Michaels - Interview with Music Existence - December 5, 2017
Jeff Michaels Releases Christmas Single “It’s Been A Long Time, Christmas” - November 26, 2017
Indie Minded Premiere
Listen: It’s Been a Long Time, Christmas by Jeff Michaels - November 24, 2017
Boston Singer Songwriter JEFF MICHAELS Spreads Holiday Cheer With “Green ‘n Red” ~ December 16, 2016
Music Junkie Press
Spread some Holiday Cheer with Jeff Michael’s new song and video Green n’ Red ~ December 14, 2016
Review – Jeff Michaels’ ‘Top of the World’~ November 16, 2015
“The sonic intricacy of Michaels’ latest effort is boggling, and you’ll find yourself enamored by the sheer amount of instrumentation in the landscape he’s crafted.”
Same F’ing Sun – Song of the Year Semi-Finalist ~ October 24, 2015 Songwriting Contest
October Artist of the Month! ~ Oct 15, 2015
Indie Minded CD Review: Townie Paradise by Jeff Michaels ~ Sept 08, 2015
The Music Brewery, UK
UNDISCOVERED: JEFF MICHAELS, BRINGING BACK FEEL GOOD ROCK ~ Aug 05, 2015
KISS 108FM, Boston
Local artist feature on Kiss 108 Top 30 Countdown ~ July 11, 2015
Jeff Michaels, a Rock Pianist by Amy Nachbar ~ July 6, 2015
PREMIERE: JEFF MICHAELS – “TOWNIE GIRLS” ~ June 16, 2015
It’s a summer music weekend in Boston ~ June 5, 2015
SOUND OF SUMMER
Sound of Summer Reviews Townie Paradise ~ June 2, 2015
“After a couple of listens I found myself falling in love with this album. Once I understood the honour in the songs I began to really enjoy it and to listen more intently.”
KILL THE MUSIC
Unsigned Spotlight: Jeff Michaels ~ May 14, 2015
RADIO 92.9FM, BOSTON
Local 92.9 Artist Feature ~ May 12, 2015
Jeff Michaels and his Townie Girl ~ May 2015
“There truly is nothing better than feel good piano rock in the realm of Ben Folds, Elton John, Billy Joel, etc. Enter Jeff Michaels, all of the above with a creative twist.”
“Artists You Should Know About” Home Page Feature ~ Dec 11, 2014
THE NEWSGAYPER, FLORIDA
“Same F’ing Song” (Lego Video Featured) ~ Nov 22, 2014
This past month millions of gay couples rejoiced at the news that the Supreme Court denied appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay marriage… but that wasn’t enough for indie singer/songwriter Jeff Michaels… READ FULL ARTICLE
THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Fiscal cliff: the album (Our song and video featured) ~ Dec 24, 2012
Cover Story ~ Aug 2012
“An energetic offering that parallels the work of pop-rock icons, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel.”
THE NOISE MUSIC NEW ENGLAND
LIVE REVIEW, Hard Rock Cafe CD Release Show, Boston, MA ~ June 2012
“Jeff shows us all how a keyboard is supposed to be used. Among the tunes played that night is one about a woman he used to work with, which he admits might be a little creepy. Maybe, but it’s a damn good song.”
THE NOISE MUSIC NEW ENGLAND
LIVE REVIEW, Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA ~ Nov, 2011
“During their set, they play three different songs about imaginary girls. We’ve all been there. The set’s got great energy, adding some jazz elements to the evening. Looking around the club, I’m seeing quite a few cameras flashing, and some folks moving to the music. Jeff rocks the keyboard with precision and style.”