Category Archives: CD Review

Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly

by Kellianne Wong We love Lowell dearly. No, seriously. With her quirky-cute, sunshine pop and light as a feather vocals, Elizabeth Lowell Boland, who performs under the moniker Lowell, is our fave new pop princess. The rising Canadian singer-songwriter creates …
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Seekae – The Worry

My method of preparation for this review was listening to Seekae’s first two albums, The Sound of Trees Falling on People and +DOME, and those hours were, in a word, blissful. For those of you not familiar with the Sydney act, they’ve been making forward-thinking instrumental electronica for a number of years now, incorporating…
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Wise Girl – You’ll Just Have To Wait

“…something so heart wrenching turned into something positive. All of the pain that I went through was worth it because of the outcome,” says Wise Girl frontwoman Abby Weitz, referring to the memoir-esque songs she wrote for the trio’s current CD, “You’ll Just Have To Wait.” This is the New York City-based band’s debut full-length …
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Rock Royalty Extol Greatness on New Titles 

Devotees of Neil Young, Deep Purple, Gary Moore and Sister Hazel have plenty to celebrate thanks to stunning new collections. Artist: Neil Young. Title: Storytone (Reprise). You might like if you enjoy: Neil Young’s “Harvest,” John Denver, Dan Fogelberg. Tell me more: Neil Young continues to astound. Widely hailed…
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Slow Magic – How To Run Away

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this week I have the pleasure of presenting you with Slow Magic’s highly anticipated album How To Run Away. Freshly released on September 9th, things are certainly heating up for this one-man-show with an elaborate tour of the States and Canada under way to celebrate the long awaited release.
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Step Panther – Nowhere

Your coolest and most dangerous relative is back in town. Step-Panther. With skills and claws sharpened for sophomore album Strange But Nice, and with Big Scary’s Tom Iansek straddled atop as producer, they’re poised to playfully paw at you once more with their fun, riffing garage rock.
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Main Beach – Hypo Lazy

Writing about local music can sometimes feel like a race – a completely fabricated and non-competitive race, but a race nonetheless. But it’s not just a race to find the next up and coming artist as you might expect, but a race to create meaning out of not just a collection of sounds, but also a collection of albums and on a broader scale, a whole …
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Pipe Dream – The Oak

From the opening title track on Pipe Dream’s new EP, “The Oak,” it is clear that this Cleveland based quartet does not like to keep its feet on the ground. Whether perched atop a tree canopy or having it serve as a metaphoric haven for your thoughts, (“Carry Me Back Home”), the heavy handed lyrics belie the young ages of its members. The tight …
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These New South Whales – Live in Sydney

If Weird Al Yankovic decided to create a garage punk band, These New South Whales are exactly what I would imagine that band would be. Self-described as four cocky underdogs from Newcastle, These New South Whales’ digital album Live in Sydneyhas quite unusual lyrics throughout each of the songs featured.
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Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie – Dancin’ Annie

Inspired by a Bill Monroe recording, Bill Emerson first learned “a simple roll and a few chords” on a Belltone banjo in 1953 when he was 15-years-old, according to a 2010 DC Bluegrass Union interview with the bluegrass legend. He went on to become a founding member of Country Gentlemen and a premier contemporary 5-string banjoist. A few years back…
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Ghost Cub – Depths EP

People are quick to dismiss guitars an electroacoustic relic of the past – take a listen to the conversations between people loitering outside a gig for a poppy guitar band. “Guitar music has totally been pushed into the underground” they’ll say despondently. “Festival lineups are just laptop artists now – it’s so boring to watch unless you’re fucked up” they’ll remark. “Fuck Ableton” they’ll…
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The Honey Trees – Bright Fire

The Honey Trees are Jacob Wick and Becky Filip – a brilliant boyfriend + girlfriend Dream-Pop duo who at first glance, look like Taylor Lautner with better hair, and Florence Welch‘s prim younger sister. Like they are seriously beautiful… What? You aren’t going to just listen to them because they look like models and I should actually write a proper album review which discusses the quality of their music? Fine.
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Taking Berlin – The Lottery

A camera flashes your vision white – white gloved hands lower a DSLR to reveal a quzzical face obscured by a blue surgical mask. Cut to the hero of our story receiving the call to get down to the crime scene immediately after mopping up the bit-part bad guys in the abandoned warehouse on the other side of town. Introducing junior detective Maloney, an ominously red-shirted…
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Fieu – Put It On the Line

You know that line where the Earth meets space, where the sounds of the natural world fuse with the expansive abyss of an extraterrestrial landscape, where the elements of fire, water, air and Earth compete in a tug of war with a faceless competitor for survival. The being that inhabits this place aims to create unison between the worlds. She lies …
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Pop, Rock and Jazz Icons Return

Historic return-to-form releases from a number of musical greats have arrived this fall, led by the eagerly-awaited return of Billy Idol. In addition, collections featuring Annie Lennox, the late Robin Gibb, and a collaboration between guitar greats Eric Johnson and Mike Stern also shine. IDOL_QUEENS_COVER_1600 Artist: Billy Idol. Title: Kings & Queens of the Underground…
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Killstarr – Memories

I was born in the 90’s. My childhood was dominated by Transformers, Ninja Turtles and Aaron Carter; the former has returned to the big screen amidst a myriad of explosions and lens flares, whilst my reptilian friends are making their comeback this year as creepy green humanoids. Word is Aaron is still rocking the frosty tips. Despite my…
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Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm Method – Compass

“I’m pretty animated live. There’re singers around here that are way better than me…but I think that some folks are fond of the WAY I sing. I’m a very active, animated performer,” says blues artist Polly O’Keary of Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method in a recent A1 Blues Artist Spotlight interview. Her dynamism is also captured in the studio.
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Jake Berry – Glossolalia

It’s Monday night and I’ve arrived at my dimly lit, somewhat pretentious local bar. The atmosphere is inviting and engaging, despite the fact that the décor here reminds me scarily of The Block. People here are so intimidatingly good looking you’ll spend the rest of your night avoiding eye contact like the peasant you are. But it’s also warm…
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Music Worth Buying – Ted Nugent and The Empty Hearts

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week we are looking at Shut Up & Jam by Ted Nugent and Super Group comprise of members of Blondie, The Cars, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings, called The Empty Hearts.
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Justin Jarvis – Atmospheres (Live)

Life can be so ordinary. Yet, when normal, everyday people make the choice to live for something greater than themselves, the extraordinary happens. Things begin to change. Hearts begin to shift. This is the very paradigm that propelled worship leader Justin Jarvis to pen the songs for his latest full-length project, Atmospheres (Live), a live album…
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