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The Tambourine Girls – The End Of Time EP

The Tambourine Girls‘ End Of Time might be the best psych-pop release of the 1990′s. Okay, yes, it was released last week, May 16th in the year 2014, but listening to the open, casual acoustic strumming, the nasal vocal delivery, the stadium-size choruses and the appropriated 60′s influences from both sides of the atlantic on Simon Relf’s debut solo work, I can’t help but feel that the EP is more 90′s than most albums actually released between the years 1989 and 2000.
 
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Sandra Lynn - Self Titled

There's a great deal of buzz around Nashville as of late concerning newcomer Sandra Lynn, and after listening to this, her debut EP - she's worth every single word of hype. A native of California, you might expect somewhat of a contemporary and modern take on the format. She delivers that - and then some with the fresh and intoxicating 1, which has a definite pop sheen to it. It's a track that showcases her range - as well as...
 
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The Furrs - Self-Titled

Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the reins. This is roadhouse blues, truck-stop rock, whatever you want to call it. VB cans, billiard cues, yellow-stained fingers climbing your daughter’s laddered stockings. Basically it’s The Furrs, and they’re bringing their steely brand of star-spangled rock to a sleazy rathskeller near you. You’d think that the sexy, jangling jams of The Furrs had been soldered in the American badlands, riding straight out...
 
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Jamie O'Neal - Eternal

Her string of hits in the early 2000's established Jamie O'Neal as one of the most effective vocalists in recent Country Music history. Songs like "There Is No Arizona" evoked a passion and longing, while "Tryin' To Find Atlantis" and "When I Think About Angels" showcased a rich depth of personality. Though she has been far from idle the past decade, it's been a few years since O'Neal has released a new...
 
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Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky

Two of my favorite albums of the 1980s were Diamonds And Dirt and Keys To The Highway from Rodney Crowell. Both discs signaled an acceptance from the mainstream realm of Country Music that he had never seen before as an artist. But, as quickly as the pendulum swung that way, with the release of 90s discs like Life Is Messy and Jewel Of The South, he remained a critical darling without the airplay. I never...
 
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Vid O’ the Week – Mac DeMarco in Pepperoni Playboy

Our choice vids are usually video clips, or live performances. This is our first music documentary, hand plucked from the vast, confusing lands of the interwebs and delivered to your computer screen, because we feel that you need to see it. Canadian lad Mac DeMarco has captured the nicotine-coated hearts of generation Y the world over. What is it about him that boys and girls alike seem to find so goddamn irresistible? Yeah, he’s born in...
 
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Lowtide – Blue Movie

“This sounds like it should be in a movie where Kirsten Dunst plays a miserable teenager in the 90′s.” – USYD musicology student on Slowdive’s Souvlaki. Never before have I heard an entire scene of music summed up so easily, if not at all technically or objectively. Melbournites Lowtide have once again brought us a dream-pop gem reminiscent of olive green coats, middle parts and honeywell plastic, titled Blue Movie, it’s a first taste of things to come from the gazy...
 
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Bombadil - Tarpits and Canyonheads

Comprised of Daniel Michalak, James Philips, and Stuart Robinson, the three-piece band known as Bombadil has carved out a nice little hole in the world of critical acclaim of their music. And, how does one describe their sound? It's not easy! There are many layers to what the group does. There is a twinge of Americana sounds, but also a heavy leaning of folk, which comes into play on "Kate And Kelsey" and "25...
 
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Lee Ann Womack - "The Way I'm Livin"

Typically, I don't do many single reviews - there are simply too many albums, and I have developed a habit of getting behind too easily. But, Lee Ann Womack is not your typical Country artist. And, she doesn't put out new singles everyday. . Her last single was 2009's "There Is A God." So, simply said - five years is too long for one of the most talented artists in the format. I have felt that way since the spring of 1997, when Sheila...
 
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Jamie Lynn Spears - The Journey

OK. Before we go further, yes - Jamie Lynn Spears has a sister named Britney that you might be familiar with. And, in talking with her about that fact, it's something that she takes a great deal of pride in. But, just because she has become one of the biggest pop stars on the planet doesn't necessarily mean that Jamie Lynn is going to go down the same stylistic path, Jamie Lynn Spears has always had a deep affinity for Country...
 
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The Stiffys - We Are Groovy Boys

In 2011, two groovy boys in sailor suits came up with a genius plan – do a good job, stay positive, keep it limber, keep it fresh and sing about erections. Throw in some bass, drums and coolguy lyrics and you have yourself the rock-duo outta Melbourne, The Stiffys. Making waves with their sea men tunes, Jason Leigh and Adam Stagg jumped aboard the ship of manhood with the release of their second EP We Are Groovy Boys. Marking the pop of their pro-recording ...
 
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Fox and Fowl – Jungle Punch

If there was a checklist of things that will guarantee airtime on Triple J, some sort of twisted music industry bingo sheet, Fox and Fowl would be bringing home the meat plate tonight. Let’s go through it. Band name: Before we even listen to these guys, we know what they’re gonna sound like. The name Fox and Fowl is an absolutely, positively, no doubt JJJcore indie name to trump all JJJcore indie names. There’s a cute animal in the name. There’s ...
 
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The Trinity River Band - Better Than Blue

Sometime last year, I had the privilege of doing a review on an album titled Today Don't Look Like Rain, the debut CD from a new family Bluegrass act from Florida called The Trinity River Band. One could not help[ but be mesmerized by their glowing talents and vocal range - as well as how the Harris family spread the vocals around. One year later, they are back with an album that showcases their vocal and...
 
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Osborne Brothers - Nashville

One of the most respected and revered acts in the history of Bluegrass is Bobby and Sonny Osborne. Born in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the brothers made the first pilgrimage to Nashville in the 1950s, finding favor with a series of releases for MGM - including the classic "Once More." Signing with Decca in the 1960s, the duo earned a reputation for pure tenor singing as good as it ever gets (with Bobby's classic...
 
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Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am

Since the 2010 release of his Halfway To Heaven disc - as well as its' eventual pickup by Scott Borchetta and his team at Valory, Brantley Gilbert has made the leap from top "Dawg" in Georgia (After all, it's how they spell it down there) to full-fledged superstar, going as far as headlining his own dates this year. For his first disc released for Valory, Gilbert turns everything up a notch - the tempo, the bravado, the...
 
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