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Wide Range of Artists Shine on New Releases

New releases enhance the legacy of The Stray Cats and the Vince Guaraldi Trio, while Irish troupe Pugwash will surely win a growing American following thanks to a new masterwork. Artist: Pugwash. Title: Play This Intimately (as if among friends) (Omnivore Recordings). You might like if you enjoy: ELO, XTC, The Beatles
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Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s first attempt at tragically bloody and violent revenge plays. Often labeled as Shakespeare’s most gruesome play, featuring rampant violence and gore; today it still holds its place in history as a true classic. On the other hand Punk/Indie rock group Titus Andronicus out of Glen…
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Mitch Mann – Blackwater Creek

This is simply an excellent album. Fourteen tracks of perfectly pitched, Muscle Shoals produced blues and Americana mixed to near perfection. From the opening ‘Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad’, an old standard on any Americana musician’s set-list with strong blues credentials, through solid, distinct takes on classic blues numbers like “St Louis Blues’ to…
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Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – True & Blue

Another wonderful release from Europe’s finest acoustic blues-roots picker Hans Theessink here partnered by his long-time buddy from Mississippi, Terry Evans. The pair have now released three joint efforts following their chance meeting at Winnipeg Folk Festival a few years ago. Evans, of course, is probably best-known for his sideman vocal work with one of the …
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Chief Greenbud – Volume 4

When Chief Greenbud first hit the scene several years ago, I found myself wondering whether the world was ready for a resurgence of Cheech & Chong-style marijuana humor performed to music. Six years and four albums later, Greenbud releases his latest, Chief Greenbud Volume 4, and there’s no doubt that the Chief is here to stay. Chief Greenbud’s talents as both…
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Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King

It’s nice to get what you want. In light of the meteoric rise of his solo career, Joe Bonamassa has said, “One of my greatest joys is being part of a band. I don’t have to sing, front it and be ‘the guy.’” He gets his wish as a member of the all-star lineup of Rock Candy Funk Party. The band’s sophomore release, “Groove Is King” is a 16-song genre blurring collection…
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The Jungle Giants – Speakerzoid

What is a Speakerzoid one may ask? Is it some sort of intricate, ultra-expensive instrument? Or is it an alien spaceship that is pelting towards Earth in a quest for world domination? Well, if you’re racking your brain trying to recall the word and are now thinking you may have a slightly diminished vocabulary, don’t fret!Speakerzoid is a cheeky little word The…
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Michael Falzarano – I Got Blues For Ya

Falzarano is one of those largely overlooked US guitarists with a pedigree that should give him a strong profile and following. Probably best known for his work with Hot Tuna frontman Jorma Kaukonen, he also played with the near -legendary New Riders Of The Purple Sage and is little short of a master of US roots music. This is a major…
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Sui Zhen – Take It All Back

Melbourne-based artist Sui Zhen (pronounced Su-ee Chen)’s music leans far into the future; acknowledging, reciprocating and shining on that pocket of ambient and dreamy electro-indie-pop (or as defined on her Facebook page, previously-bedroom-pop-turned-eathereal-Japanese-post-punk-down-tempo-dreamy-balaeric-bossanova).
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Moses Gunn Collective – Mercy Mountain

Brissy psych rock five-piece Moses Gunn Collective have let loose a monster debut album. Transporting us to a cosmic psychotropic fantasy land, Mercy Mountainoffers everything from dreamy chillers to soulful rockers. Showered in toxic guitar riffs, woozy synths, flamboyant falsetto and a shitload of glitter, this album is downright epic.
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Twinspeak – Breakwell

“It’s official, guitar music is dead! EDM won and is smashing guitars on stage for the express purpose of breaking them, not being cool! Even our lord and saviour Kevin Parker has forsaken us!” It seems this kind of sentiment is uttered every five minutes by all those who still worship at the alter rock n’ roll. And to be honest, it sometimes feels like…
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Day Ravies – Liminal Zones

Liminal Zones could be blasted out of your Chevy Biscayne rolling down Beach Boulevard on some parts, on others, listened to lounging on your couch in half-slumber, and then again in moments rocking out at a house party. Feeling spoilt for choice, or perhaps just a little confused? Be the former, and then some.
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Ronnie Reno – Lessons Learned

Ronnie Reno may be familiar to tens of thousands of people who have never purchased one of his albums or downloaded any of his songs. He is the host of the long-running TV show, “Reno’s Old Time Music,” that pulls in more than a million viewers monthly on RFD-TV and earned him the title of “IBMA Broadcaster of the Year” in 2013.
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Roots and Blues Fans Can Celebrate via Three New Releases

A crucial reissue of the B.B. King & Eric Clapton collaboration “Riding With The King,” as well as new albums from Lindi Ortega, Whitney Rose and Blinddog Smokin’ are sure to please fans of blues, roots and funk music. Artists: B.B. King & Eric Clapton. Title: Riding With The King (Audio Fidelity). You might like if you enjoy: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Robert Johnson
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Natasha Borzilova – Wilder Days

“2013 was an unpleasant year for me. Nothing terrible happened, but it was full of small disappointments and petty losses…I even decided to quit making music. Once the decision was made and the pressure was off, I experienced a sudden surge of creativity,” writes singer/songwriter and folk artist Natasha Borzilova in the liner notes of her fourth solo …
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Devotional – The Sun Also Rises

There’s noting like a good road trip to gain some perspective. There’s something about leaving the life you know behind; forgetting your distractions to discover yourself. It can be a make or break the experience. Journeys like this test character, it can set you on a new path and open your eyes to truths about yourself you weren’t aware of. Likewise it can…
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Lanks – Banquet

Melbourne artist Will Cuming has only been performing under the moniker LANKS for just over a year and yet has already made a name for himself as one of the most passionate musicians in the current Australian scene, injecting himself and his raw emotions into every part of his craft. Now the enigmatic singer-songwriter is back with a sophomore EP to rival his previous successes.
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Tame Impala – Currents

We may be hitting a rich seam of irony here, but I’ll say it regardless: I’ve got no time for fuddy-duddies. Yes, only the fuddiest duddy would ever use a phrase that’s older than hipster-bashing and Tom Cruise jokes, but here I find myself irresistibly compelled. The reason is that Tame Impala’s Currents is the kind of album that brings out the duddy in some…
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Slow Turismo – Self-Titled

Sunny indie pop always catches the ear. There is something about clean, tight production and upbeat rhythms that automatically demands attention, even if just for a second. But that’s usually the problem, it’s ephemeral. Bands get so caught up in creating something ‘listenable’ that they disregard complexity for digestibility, and you generally get all you can…
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Sans – Adolescence

Like me, if you’re seriously over these cold and grey winter days and on the hunt for some sunshine then luckily Melbourne indie pop rockers Sans have come to the rescue. Back with their sophomore EP Adolescence, the four-piece have set off a volcano of fast and loud synthy jams exploding with all the sunshine you need to shake off those winter blues.
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