CD Reviews

Pete Scobell – Walkin A Wire

Not many people just walk into Nashville and record an album good enough to deserve an immediate spot on the charts. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Scobell has done just that, though, with Walkin A Wire. Though he’s been playing music for his entire life, it wasn’t until he hooked up with Wynonna Judd and her husband Cactus Moser that Scobell found...
 

The Nuclear Family - Self-Titled

Green Day… probably the best band on the face of this earth. In fact Green Day are so influential they unquestionably had a direct impact on one of Australia’s best punk bands The Nuclear Family; not merely limited to borrowing their name from the much loved song The Nuclear Family, but also evidently influencing the band’s punk rock musical direction.
 

The Family Jordan - It Won’t Be Long

The desert is an alluring place. There is something that screams freedom when you think of dystopian desert landscapes with nothing but sand and sun and rock around you. It’s the source of some of America’s greatest musical exports, from Jim Morrison to Josh Homme – artists who have tapped into the druggy lifeblood that pumps through the desert to create...
 

Diverse Range of Artists Return with Potent Releases

Late 2015 has seen no shortage of new studio albums and must-have concert recordings out now. Artist: Walter Trout. Title: Battle Scars (Mascot Label Group). You might like if you enjoy: Joe Bonamassa, Rory Gallagher. Tell me more: Acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Walter Trout's amazing fight for survival that included a life-saving liver transplant in May 2014 ...
 

George A Paul's Holiday CD Roundup for 2015

If you’re hosting a Christmas party or just getting around to trimming the tree, here are some new releases to freshen up your seasonal soundtrack. Artist: The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Title: Rockin’ Rudolph (Surfdog). You might enjoy if you like: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, Stray Cats. Tell me more: For his third studio Christmas album – and first...
 

Bruno Merz Soars on Set of Wings

Let’s face it, we’d all love to be able to fly. It would make holidays cheaper, we’d probably be healthier from flapping about all over the place, and every nation would probably hit its carbon emissions targets. But, perhaps not surprisingly, none of that mundane thought-process inspired Bruno Merz’s Set Of Wings. Cue the romance. “It’s about when I first met my future...
 

Robert Kinsler's Music DVD Gift Guide - Part 1

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to pick up some outstanding music-minded multi-format releases new in 2015. Here are some highly-recommend titles available on DVD and Blu-ray (and in some cases as a multi-format deluxe set). Artist: Rush. Title: R40 Live (Rounder). You might like if you enjoy: Rush. Tell me more: For fans of Rock and...
 

Playwrite - Cathedrals

The debut album is always a tough hill to get over. For Melbourne five-piece collective Playwrite the road traveled to reach their debut album Cathedrals was one walked with determination in the face of some big odds. With band members exiting the group and a dedication to strive for perfection rather than settling for average delayed the release of their debut full length...
 

Erica Sunshine Lee - Southern Amendment

Don’t let Erica Sunshine Lee’s seductive packaging fool you – her latest release, an EP called Southern Amendment, isn’t full of stereotypically “female country singer” charms and Lee isn’t a songwriting lightweight coasting on her sex appeal. Instead, it’s a bucket of bloody blues fistfight with few lulls and only country in the vaguest sense. There’s twang to spare and the songs are often ...
 

Sasha March - Don’t Go Falling

I recently found myself discussing Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’urbervilleswith a friend. If you haven’t read it it’s well worth your time, albeit a dark and harrowing time will ensue when you do give it a go. So wouldn’t you know it, I’ve found a near perfect companion to that novel in the form of Sasha March‘s debut album Don’t Go Falling; a story of loss, resentment and redemption.
 

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

“Stuck in a daydream / under a moonbeam / head on my pillow at home,” chirps Stu Mackenzie in the opening seconds to the title track from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s latest exposition Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. As flutes flutter around like birds and guitars pluck their way gently through a bed of acoustic instrumentation, it seems like no other ...
 

The Vacant Smiles - Lemmings

Simple and utterly infectious The Vacant Smiles know how to turn out raw unbridled rock. Formed from high school friends inspired by the DIY attitude fast and primitive three-chord aggression of 60s garage, the Melbourne quartet channel the electricity of their predecessors into their own adrenaline charged tracks. The group’s current line-up comprises of guitarist-vocalists James Lynch and...
 

Dom Zilla - Chasing Days

With the rise of the “producer” in recent years, audience focus has slowly shifted from the front of house artist to the masterminds behind so much of the music we hear. As the internet draws back the curtain across the music industry, the spider web of songwriters, producers, technicians and artists is much less of a secret. In fact, this collaborative effort is...
 

Leslie Cours Mather – Santa Baby (You’ll Be Mine)

After releasing two fine singles this year – the country-rocker “Countrified” and the take-no-prisoners “Hell Hath No Fury” – Leslie Cours Mather is lightening things up a little this holiday season with her original Christmas song “Santa Baby (You’ll Be Mine).” It’s a fun and flirtatious mid-tempo ditty that takes a look at Santa’s better half – or rather, at her...
 

Christmas Music Releases Serve as Soundtrack for the Holidays

Sooner or later it seems just about every artist releases a Christmas album. This year there is a wealth of new holiday-minded titles that make perfect stocking stuffers. Artist: Pentatonix. Title: That's Christmas to Me (RCA). You might like if you enjoy: Pentatonix, Ray Conniff Singers. Tell me more: The 2015 deluxe edition of the Pentatonix collection "That's Christmas...
 
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