CD Reviews


Bloodhounds On My Trail – Keep On Calling

Shoegazing. I was under the misconception that it was an effective way of avoiding conversations with long lost cousins in law and my Uncle Albert. It still is, but it is also a subgenre of rock that emerged out of the UK in the late 1980s. Shoegaze music has recently made a resurgence in trendy back streets and graffitied suburbs amongst boys with dark rimmed glasses and facial hair… but don’t let that put you off! The music produced is ...

Codie Prevost - All Kinds of Crazy

“A lot of hard work goes into making an album, and when it’s finally finished you release it hoping people will like it and respond to it,” writes Canadian Country artist Codie Prevost on his website. This farm town Saskatchewian is referring to his fourth album “All Kinds Of Crazy,” and his hopes have become reality with another CCMA nomination -- this time for 2014 Album of the Year. Produced by Tom McKillip, recorded in Vancouver, BC and released...

The All Seeing Hand – Fog & Debris

You know, thongs, the things you put on your feet? Yeah? Well, New Zealanders call them jandals. We can add this fact to their outrageous accent as two pieces of evidence that all New Zealanders are maniacs. To make it certain, we just need one more piece – and I think I’ve found it. The All Seeing Hand are a three-piece band hailing from Wellington that combine turntablism, throat singing and performing in a giant pink blob. The trio ...

Danika Portz - Set This World On Fire

Iowa native Danika Portz sounds like nobody you've heard of lately. And, to be honest with you, when I heard her debut single, "Greatest Show On Earth," it did make me do a little bit of a double take. She is That different. So, I listened again, and again. And, by the forty-first listen, I was not only hooked - but also a fan. The single has a very different feel, and Portz's vocal - while it might take a little getting used to - will absolutely

Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy

Earlier this year, I had a conversation with Ketch Secor. One of the subjects we discussed was their 2013 induction into the Grand Ole Opry. Citing that moment as the career highlight of the band, he said now that they were there - they felt even more of a need to prove their worthiness of the distinction. Well, on this - the band's first set since Marty Stuart extended the olive branch of Opry membership, I would dare say OCMS is...

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Announce Release of CSNY 1974

Legendary rockers Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have released a pinnacle work titled CSNY 1974, a long-awaited compilation of 40 previously unreleased live tracks from their 1974 summer tour. Five years earlier, music fans learned of CSN&Y when they took to the stage at Woodstock in upstate New York, the day after performing together for the first time at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. By the summer of 1974, their name was synonymous...

Robert Kinsler Goes Back In Time with Nils Lofgren, CSN&Y and More

While few artists are truly worth celebrating via expansive collections, new titles taking a detailed look at Nils Lofgren and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are well worth the wait and will definitely please hardcore fans of the influential artists. In addition, an ambitious blues-minded tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival provides an essential listen for fans of the blues and CCR.

Jeffrey Halford & The Healers - Rainmaker

Sometimes, when you hear a Blues artist, you wonder if they really feel the lyrics of what they are singing - just how deep do the emotions run. Well, when you hear Jeffrey Halford on "Second Chance,' you just....know. These are words that he has actually lived - and actually felt. On the latest project from this California resident - by way of the Lone Star State, you get a lot more songs just like it - all about the struggles that...

Wunder Wunder – Everything Infinite

When it comes to music, I find it very difficult to concisely define what I like, but very very easy to recognise that which I don’t like. I can say with confidence that I don’t not like Wunder Wunder‘s latest danceadelica album Everything Infinite. And it’s not often I say that about an artist signed to a major label with such a mainstream pop focus. There’s something that makes me feel good somewhere in my body and my...

Trophy Scars – Holy Vacants

I think the fellows from The Dillinger Escape Plan hit the nail on the head when they named their 2010 album Option Paralysis, citing their strongly held and consistently reiterated belief in artistic ambition and adventure as the reason behind the title. They feel that despite the advent of the internet and the immediate access to entirety of music that it offers, the modern music scene is stuck in imitation of dead styles and is filled by incompetent artists ...

Jen Chapin - Reckoning

Until I read the description of Jen Chapin's bio of her music as "Urban Folk Soul," I have to admit that I had never heard those words all strung together in that form before. However, the terminology definitely applies - as her musical style is all of those terms - and a whole lot more. Music is something that is entrenched deep into her soul - and she comes by it naturally as the daughter of the legendary singer-songwriter...

Faint Waves – Ultra Wave

Wanna know what it feels like to be in an arcade game? I’m talking about actually jumping into one, Tron-style. Debut LP Ultra Wave from Florida-based amateur production Faint Waves rewinds to the 1980s to take you there in the future. Hardcore revivalist, the engineer behind it all, lives by the motto ‘the future is retro’. Hit play on his 11-track album and you’ll see what he means. Retro synthwave blurs with futuristic electronica to the point where Pac-Man lives again...


If you’re checking out Austra’s videos for the first time, you may feel like you have stumbled upon a taboo world of desire. Their polished hypnotic beats won’t ever let you leave. Honestly, I’ve never heard anything like Austra. At first my mind was quietened by what I saw as confusing artistic motives and weird unearthly sounds which I found hard to comprehend. Like a river of ambiguity, the sound was both flowing and...

Eddie Cotton - Here I Come

“You’ll get ran over if you stay on the ground/Get yourself up and fight another round,” sings blues artist Eddie Cotton on “Get Your Own,” a fast-paced soul song about not giving up. It’s one of a collection of tunes on his third and latest album, “Here I Come,” released on DeChamp Records. Listen to this son of a Mississippi preacher and you will hear that distinctive gospel background in his blend of electric blues. Produced by Sam Brady along with the artist...

Cory Branan - The No-Hit Wonder

Trying to figure out a place where Cory Branan belongs musically is kind of tough. At times, he's a little bit on the Country side, but then again, he also has a definite rock and roll swagger that is mixed somewhat with a little bit of Punk sounds. His music doesn't stay in one style long enough to be labeled any one specific genre, so there lies the challenge. Just how do you label the Mississippi native? The answer,,,
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