CD Reviews

Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson - Loved and Free

From the almost-Celtic road anthem “18 Going 75,” to the Southern-rock icon paean “Charlie Daniels,” Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson’s new album Loved and Free mixes influences of traditional and alternative country with a little bluegrass and a touch of the Irish feel that came into Appalachia in the 1930s. But this band also makes no bones about its loyalty to Jesus Christ and America, with...
 

Chris Yakopcic - The Next Place I Leave

This is an absolutely stunning surprise, packed with great material, picking and music of the highest order. Yakopcic is a clearly talented acoustic/resonator guitar picker with a complete mastery over the instrument and the acoustic blues/roots US tradition. Based in Ohio, he was a finalist at this year's International Blues Challenge in Memphis and though not...
 

Nine Lies - 9Lies

I have to say it right at the start for those of you who skim these reviews. This album, “9Lies” kicks ass. Simply put. The belated follow up to their 2007 debut ‘Behind it all’, the Belfast, Ireland outfit ‘Nine Lies’ have truly found their niche and sound with this outing. Everything is in its place. Hooks. Monstrous beat. Melody. It’s all there. Listen to the previews and hear for...
 

Celebrated Artists Make Eagerly-Awaited Returns

Fall 2015 has revealed a number of exciting returns for classic artists, including long-awaited returns by Jeff Lynne's ELO and British pop-rock outfit Squeeze, as well as high-profile releases from Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, German hard rock outfit Scorpions and the first-ever solo album from ZZ Top singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons. Artist: Jeff Lynne's ELO...
 

Tim McGraw - Damn Country Music

Tim McGraw’s said of his 14th studio album, “Damn Country Music” “It’s is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) “when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams.” Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades and he honors the genre’s tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The ...
 

Cull - Aloft

If you write your own music, or do anything creative for that matter, you’ll appreciate the difficulties inherent in trying to find inspiration for your next project. Sometimes it comes from the most unlikely sources, and for Cull, that was certainly the case with their new album, Aloft. Inspired by the space under a loft bed purchased from everybody’s favourite...
 

Angharad Drake - Sword

Purveyor of sweet dreams, Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Angharad Drake makes enchanting folk tunes. Lulling you into a peaceful state with her lullaby melodies, Drake elicits endless daydreams about love. Now, cutting deeper still into love’s highs and lows, her debut album Sword is one hypnotising listen. After releasing a bunch of EPs and playing plenty of gigs around...
 

Chloe Collins - 5@15

You must give the debut Chloe Collins record "5@15" a listen. Five catchy, melodic songs by a 15 year old singer/songwriter who writes with the perceptive observation skills of someone twice her age. Unlike most hit songs these days which are written by committee and then processed and sanitized by big record business conglomerates, Chloe's songs are written by her...
 

Bad News Barnes & The Brethern of Blues Band

A dozen tracks of complete hokum, as it clearly says on the album cover, from one of the USA's finest hoaxers and hoary frontmen. This guy is not just a comic with a challenging sense of humor, he's also one helluva singer/songwriter with an at times decidedly jaundiced eye on the skewed social and political world of modern America. I have to declare an...
 

Top Artists Perform On DVD Films

What do the far-flung likes of the Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Elliott Smith have in common? All are the focus of newly-issued films now available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital. Artist: The Rolling Stones. Title: From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990 (Eagle Vision). You might like if you enjoy: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards...
 

Vaporized - Self Titled

Crawling out from the Sydney underground VAPORIZED! bring the noise with their aggressively primitive debut cassette. Comprised of frontman Alan Gojak, drummer Tim Nichols, bassist Andréa Mandadakis and guitarist Ishka Edmeados VAPORIZED! have been menacing claustrophobic underground crawlspaces across Sydney’s pub circuit for over...
 

City Calm Down - In a Restless House

Critical acclaim within the music industry may sometimes appear as though it falls only into the hands of image and the product of a well strategised marketing scheme. However no matter how much of that is true, it definitely does not get in the way of local acts aspiring to crush the idea of confined aesthetics within the industry. Each time we get to see a local ...
 

A Look The Velvet Underground Through the Psychedelic Scope of Tribute Album Reloaded

This year marks 45 years since the release of the Velvet Underground‘s Loaded – their final studio album with Lou Reed which saw the band exploring new means of commercial appeal and effectively producing one of their most enduring records. This week also marks the second anniversary of Reed’s death, and with it, the death of one of rock and roll’s...
 

Canary Take Flight with a Raucous and Diverse Sound

It’s been more than four years since Melbourne’s Canary released their debut album,Dear Universe, and with a second one in the works, it was always going to be interesting to see what might have changed musically in all that time. The answer to that question has come recently with two tracks from the band’s upcoming second album, I Am Lion, unleashed...
 

All The Weathers - 6 For Gold

There are some absolutely great underground bands kicking around Hobart at the moment. Tree House, Naked and Heart Beach are all weaving addictive idiosyncratic and experimental lo-fi sounds. Capturing some of the bulldozer punk and shambolic pop of their electrifying live performances on debut album 6 For Gold All The Weathers prove themselves...
 
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