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"he serves up a barrage of riffs and hooks that will frustrate less talented players who can't keep up" - here comes the flood weblog

"(his) confidence and style make a bold and lasting statement. And when he nails it, he hits it out of the ballpark." - selective memory magazine

"it is still something special when you hear someone who simply has that indefinable 'it' factor" - indiemusic.com

the new album: manifestations

12 new tracks including the singles If Not Today and Disengage
Listen now on bandcamp, spotify, or apple music.

A collection of handcrafted lyrics, astounding melodies, and emotive musicianship that makes you feel something visceral. Manifestations was written and produced between 2018 and 2020, rekindling AJ's love of performing after nearly eight years away from the stage. He explains: "...these tunes poured out of me and I found myself wanting to connect with live audiences by playing them, something that hadn't taken place in a long while."

The album was produced by AJ with a very organic approach, featuring Jeremy Cunningham on Drums, Scott Pazera on Bass, engineering and mixing by Doug McBride and Mastered by Oli Morgan at Abbey Road Studios. From the angular rock tones of "Summoner", to the lush string arrangements of "On The Cusp", to the heartfelt earnestness of "Waves" this album is an aural journey that you'll want to repeat.  aj logo

aj rosales
guitarist, composer, producer

AJ has now released (on Jan. 1, 2021) his fifth album entitled Manifestations. This collection of songs was over two years in the making and his live performances of the songs have been eliciting enthusiasm from a diverse fanbase. His previous releases: Ultramarine, Resistor, the Earth and Shoal EP, and Daughter Product (Fatigue) have garnered college and mainstream radio airplay and have impressed critics, leading to performances across the US and in his hometown of Chicago.

His style is not easy to classify, perhaps "progressive acoustic" is the best term, but he has been compared to the rhythmic approach of Pete Townshend, the emotive delivery of Cat Stevens, the experimental explorations of Robert Fripp, the expressiveness of Bob Mould, and even the soulfulness of Nick Drake. Ultimately, he delivers his own unique hybrid sound, blending multiple genres into a cohesive and modern sensibility that sounds like "AJ".  aj logo

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News / Press / Bookings

Manifestations available on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp! Video for "If Not Today" available on YouTube!


4.20.21: AJ's song 'Waves' to be featured on an upcoming (June issue) of Relix Magazine's CD sampler and spotify playlists!
4.14.21: Chicago Music Guide Interview on YouTube! See the interview here.
4.13.21: Interview with Brick Briscoe (NPR, PBS) coming soon!
4.3.21: Live versions of Summoner and If Not Today published on Chicago Music Guide!
4.3.21: Chicago Music Guide photoshoot! See the photos here.
3.20.21: "If Not Today","Disengage", and "Peak Nothing" have now recieved over 250 international spins on independent radio!
3.15.21: Pop in the Real World UK reviews Manifestations! Read the review here.
3.10.21: The 'If Not Today' video has now recieved over 225k views on Facebook!
3.7.21: The Strange Brew UK reviews Manifestations! Read the review here.
3.01.21: Selective Memory Magazine reviews 'Manifestations'. Major thumbs up! Read the review here.
3.01.21: Monies New Music in the UK plays "If Not Today"!
2.27.21: "On The Cusp" recieves multiple spins in Canada on Adventures in Plasticland with Stan Hilborn" on CKWR!
2.27.21: "If Not Today" recieved a spin in the UK on Sescot Radio!
2.03.21: A spin for "Solero" on The Music Authority!
2.01.21: Manifestations is at #7 on Chirp Radio This week!
1.28.21: A spin for "Peak Nothing" on The Music Authority!
1.23.21: We have reached 100 spins on international stations for "If Not Today"! And 25 for "Disengage" Thanks to all the stations playing the single!
1.20.21: "Summoner" review on Independent Clauses weblog!
1.20.21: "Disengage" and "Tear It Apart" featured on The Music Authority podcast!
1.19.21: Chirp Radio adds "Manifestations" to it's rotation! Chirp Radio
1.17.21: "Disengage" featured on Demo312 with James Van Osdol on Q101 in Chicago! WKQX Q101.1 Chicago
1.10.21: AJ was live on-air with Bill Turck and Terri Kendall on WGCO radio Chicago! WGCO 1590AM / 95.9 FM
1.9.21: AJ was live on-air at Mulligan's Virtual Bar on Facebook for the Benefit Concert for Croatia! Facebook Link
1.6.21: "Manifestations" featured on the Deli Magazine!
1.4.21: "Manifestations" in rotation on Vinyl Voyage Radio!
1.1.21: "Disengage" single review on Here Comes The Flood weblog
1.1.21: Manifestations livestream listening party today! - Happy New Year! 4PM CST on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dB6xeJ2EERU
12.31.20: "Disengage" - single premiere on Rock at Night
12.24.20: Manifestations listening party on YouTube announced for New Year's Day! Tune in at 4PM CST at the following URL! https://youtu.be/dB6xeJ2EERU
12.19.20: Manifestations release date is now January 1, 2021. Preorder on Bandcamp Now!
12.18.20: Manifestations is finished with Mastering at Abbey Road Studios!
12.15.20: "If Not Today" featured on popular podcast "Best Radio You Never Heard". Check it out!
11.23.20: "If Not Today" Featured on Antimusic.com's 'Singled Out' Column. 11.15.20: "If Not Today" - spins on the Razor and Die Show (WLUW 88.7) and Playtime with Bill and Terri (WGCO AM 1590)
11.13.20: "If Not Today" - spins are happening Internationally in the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, and Canada!
11.10.20: "If Not Today" - featured on Shouts Music Blog, Beehive Candy, Stephs in the City, Brokenhearted Toy and Power Popaholic!
10.30.20: "If Not Today" - spins on Chirp Radio, WZRD Chicago (Meagan Panici) and Power Pop Shoppe (WNUR 89.3)
10.24.20: "If Not Today" - featured as "Fresh Track" on chicagosoundcheck.com and Gozamos
10.23.20: "If Not Today" - video premiere on Rock at Night
10.16.20: "If Not Today" - single premiere on The Deli - Chicago

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