Tag: Album Reviews

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Randy Newman, “Dark Matter”

Is it good or bad to sound too much like yourself?...

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AJOBO: Australia’s Dan Webb Channels Political Frustration Into Timely New Album

For Australian prog rocker Dan Webb, timeliness is everything. He set a self-imposed deadline to finish recording by Election Day and to...

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Album Review: Matt Townsend, “The Drifter and the Dream, Part 1”

For awhile now, I’ve been intrigued by the burgeoning musical hotbed of Asheville, NC. I had a friend who worked in a coffee shop...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Andre Chrys, ‘Window to Nowhere’

If you’re like me, you get tired of the same old polished pop littering the iTunes store and Spotify streams, not to mention...

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Album Review: Jas Patrick, ‘Inky Ovine’

The music business of the last 50 years is dead. Everyone knows that. The few major labels left standing are all but on their last gasps....

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Album Reviews: Joe Jackson, “Fast Forward” and Ben Folds, “So There”

Well, kids, I've got good news and I've got bad news....

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EP REVIEW: Monks of Mellonwah, ‘Disconnect’

Last May, I profiled up-and-coming Australian pop outfit Monks of Mellonwah’s single “Never Been Good,” a taste of their...

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Album Review: The Furious Seasons, “My Love Is Strong”

From the beginning of time, we have told stories through music. Whether it’s an epic battle of good vs. evil or a tale of woe and...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Slim Loris, ‘Love and Fear’

Although Slim Loris hails from the land of Ikea and Abba, the Swedish quartet embraces a lot of universal influences, many of whom are of...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Nic Nassuet, ‘Eleutherios’

With a background in punk, rock, and metal bands glimmering alongside a few pivotal roles in musicals like Sweeney Todd (in which he...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Gretchen’s Wheel, ‘Fragile State’

The advantage (and sometimes curse) of being a recording artist in 2015 is that you can post something on the internet, be it via...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Anne Steel, ‘What’s Mine’

A mainstay of the NYC cabaret and nightclub scene for the past half-decade, Anne Steele’s music is infectious, liberated, and...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Heather Powell, ‘A Haze of Grays and Blues’

Traditionally, the colors blue and gray have been associated with the military because of the colors of the Union and Confederate uniforms...

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ALBUM REVIEW: TJ Doyle, ‘On the Horizon’

A staple on the LA music scene, darkening the doorway of legendary venues like the Whisky and the Roxy, singer, songwriter, and guitarist...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Attik Door, ‘Never In Agreement’

Okay, it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: what do you get when you take five former residents of the USSR, put them in a band, and...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kings of the Brushwood Thicket, ‘The Lies You Leave Behind’

Seemingly since the dawn of time, or at least since man’s vocal cords were developed enough to create hums and grunts, life and death...

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ALBUM: The True Groove All-Stars, ‘Fully Re-Covered’

It’s no secret that music is linked to social change and causes. From the Civil Rights Movement to “We Are the World” and...

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Album Review: Mark Maze, “Uncomfortable Truths”

A true artist in every sense of the word, London’s Mark Maze taps into his rough-and-tumble upbringing in a council estate outside of...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Vince Grant, ‘My Depression is Always Trying to Kill Me’

Vince Grant’s story is familiar to many musicians: he left his hometown of Chicago to pursue his musical dreams in the City of...

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ALBUM REVIEW: [debut], ‘Postcards From Berlin’

Some of the greatest rock record of all time spring from bands traveling – literally – outside of their comfort zones. Paul...

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ALBUM REVIEW: CommonUnion59, ‘Heartbeat Serenade’

Though their name might read more like your AIM screen name circa 1999, the duo known collectively as CommonUnion59 and separately...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dave Plaehn, ‘Radio Sister’

It’s not often that I get to write about a musician who’s talented and also loves jug bands. (See my bio below for why this...

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ALBUM REVIEW: John Helix, ‘Chronic Happiness’

Though upon first listen it’s evident that a whole host of influences came together to create the artist known as John Helix, the San...

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Workers, ‘Totem’

As synonymous with the New York every-man music scene as a protagonist in a Billy Joel Song, Dan Greenwald’s Workers have been a...

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Society Islands, ‘The Big Sleep’

Sometimes when an artist is nondiscriminatory with his or her influences, the result is unfocused, muddy, and downright confusing. Many...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Maged, ‘Diamonds and Demons’

A lot of singer/songwriters pen songs with a conscience. But, unless they’re Bruce Springsteen, rarely do those tunes mix catchiness...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders, “The Last Of The Originals”

With a name like “Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders,” one can almost hear the type of proto-barn-stomping, hard-folking,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Vita and the Renaissance Committee, “Biology”

Progressive, experimental, and yet, so personal and universal. Woodstock, NY-based musician Ben Vita deviates from his history of...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Cheap Trick, “The Classic Albums 1977-1979”

Record Store Day isn’t just in the spring anymore. The annual tradition now happens twice a year, once in the spring, and once on Black...

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Album Review: The Heavy Blinkers, “Health”

Following the releases of new albums by David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Justin Timberlake, 2013 might go down as the year of the...