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North 40 - Sing Your Own Song

I've got a confession to make to you. Since meeting the duo known as North 40 at CRS, I have become smitten. And, who wouldn't be? They are talented, beautiful women who know what 8-tracks are! But, in talking to them or listening to them, you get this sense that they are comfortable in their own skin - and with life itself. The reference to North 40 here is to many aspects of their life - including their age. They have lived through some...
 
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SWRLS – Definition

Did someone say all-Australian indie dance supergroup? SWRLS make songs with one part sinister, two parts sugar and three parts sex. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word ‘swirls’ is soft serve cones, rainbow swirl lollipops, pretty much anything sweet with a swirly pattern. So when you tell me there’s a group called SWRLS (phonetically swirls) I naturally have high expectations of a sweet sounding band. Although they are delectable in every way, they also...
 
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Sherpa – Quittime

New Zealand’s favourite rainbow boys, Sherpa, will release their sophomore album Blues & Oranges on May 16th. Here is a lil’ taste to whet the palate. Sherpa first planted their musical seed back in 2006, which seems like a real long time ago considering today’s high-speed band turnover. Rest assured, these guys were built to last. In 2012, they released their self-funded, self-produced and self-released debut album, Lesser Flamingo. New Zealand music...
 
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Tearjerker – You Can

So this week’s zine has been a mix of jjjcore, electro-indie (isn’t that dead yet?), some floaty, shroomy psychedelia, dolewave and guitar-blues-rock stuff. What is missing… what is missing… oh yeah! It wouldn’t be quite right if it didn’t include some face meltingly fuzzed out effect pedal worshipers of the lowest fidelity possible, now would it? Now I know how you guys like stuff that isn’t too alienating, things with major chords and acoustic guitars and long haired...
 
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Blood Washed Band - Driftin' Along

“Theirs is a kind of gospel music that understands what it means to be redeemed, but isn’t quite ready to get there,” says Reverend Russell Rathbun about Blood Washed Band. He first heard their music coming from their basement practice space in a funeral home, while on the floor above, he was holding a service. By the way they looked, “clearly they had seen more bar light than sunlight…,” but “they sounded like they were singing straight from the little Baptist church of my boyhood.”
 
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Hailer – El Cosmico

Whether intentional or not, El Cosmico is a statement on the vagueness of modern music, unavoidably oversaturated by past influences to create something never seen as living up to the ‘original’ – a social construct in and of itself. Also it sounds good. It’s cool when we get sent things. Like physical things – CD’s, tapes, vinyls, cases of beer, t-shirts, boxes of live bees – it makes us feel like what we do in internetland has some connection with the corporeal world. This week, we...
 
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The Love Junkies – Flight Test

The Flight Test EP might just prove that Perth grunge rockers The Love Junkies aren’t just a one trick grunge pony. The Love Junkies have been following a pretty solid formula in making cool tunes. Play musics, sing words, then at a time previously agreed upon with fellow music making fellows, step on whatever pedals you have, bash your skins and strings like there’s no tomorrow and scream your freakin guts out. Like we said, it’s a tried and tested method but a whole album...
 
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Gypsy Lumberjacks - Pulling Upon the Strap

Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis based Americana band with a sound consisting of a mix of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass. With such a range of influences, there is something for everyone to latch on to in the music. Known for never performing with a set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes. This isn’t to say that the songs fall into a set pattern. Who doesn’t like Folk Rock? I’d all hands go up in the air. This...
 
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White Caves – Dig

Surprisingly deep, wall of noise stuff from White Caves, the dreamy solo project of Kisschasy frontman – we hope Dig is a suave taste of things to come for the artist. During a battle with insomnia in the winter of 2012, Darren Cordeux gave birth to a dream pop wonder child known as White Caves. Cordeux, who you may recognise as the front man for Kisschasy, spent months in his Melbourne home toying with his guitar, effects pedals, and tape machine, while fuelled on caffeine and...
 
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Whiskey Myers - Early Morning Shakes

I will start off this review by saying that I don't know if I have ever heard a song that lives up to its' title any more than the title cut of the latest disc from Whiskey Myers. As busy as it is musically, "Early Morning Shakes" definitely sounds like one might expect to feel in the early morning after a night on the town. That's not a knock on the track - as much as it says this band knows exactly what they are talking about. They can also...
 
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Gregg Allman Tribute and More Rocking The Shelves

New releases are rocking the store shelves and download links, including All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman, The Both, Johnnyswim and Deep Purple. Various artists: The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Jackson Browne, Keb' Mo' and more. Title: All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman (Rounder). You might like if you enjoy: Gregg Allman, Zac Brown Band, any of the artists on the collection. Tell me...
 
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Deborah Bonham - Spirit

I recently checked out the latest CD from English based Female singer Deborah Bonham the sister of late drummer John Bohham (Led Zeppelin) entitled Spirit (SPECTRA RECORDS). I would say this band as a whole possesses advanced to elite playing skills. Bonham herself commands an advanced to elite singing and songwriting ability. You will find a musical personality that is hooky yet bluesy and quite simply - takes no prisoners. Timing is spot on within all 12 musical...
 
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John Fullbright - Songs

Oklahoma-bred John Fulbright has made quite the name for himself since 2012's Grammy-nominated From The Ground Up. He has a direct and simple way of getting right through to the heart of the emotional matter. For his follow-up, he (thankfully) doesn't change a thing. Kicking off with the well-written and witty "Happy," Fullbright mines quite a collection here. I personally love the breezy feel of the opening cut, complete...
 
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The Loomis Fargo Gang - The Prettiest Shade of Blue

“We try our best to be unique. We just want to be ourselves and make music we like and are proud of,” says Winky Nash, member of The Loomis Fargo Gang, in a soundparlor interview last summer. This Norfolk, Virginia-based indie folk rock band has released “The Prettiest Shade Of Blue” – their sophomore collection of eight tracks, all written and produced by these five musicians. Kooky, quirky and carefree, their overall sound is like winter’s cold finally being left behind them, and all...
 
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The Evening Cast – Questions

The image fronting The Evening Cast’s 2013 Lake EP shows two slender white arms reaching upward from the dark surface of, presumably, said lake. It’s unclear as to what’s going on here. Below the surface things are blurry, and those arms could either be celebrating life or fighting for it, either raising the proverbial roof or clinging panic-stricken to the rafters. This is The Evening Cast, and this is their debut release: a seven-track recording of beats with glowing surfaces and...
 
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