CD Reviews


The Leers - Are You Curious?

Committed to bringing back the cassette tape and not in an annoying way, New Zealand’s The Leers have gifted us with a new album Are You Curious?Available on cassette tape and digital download alike. It’s Aussie nature to be skeptical of anything with a Kiwi background, ever since it was proved that our mates across the Tasman technically invented the Pavlova, we have...

Hands Like Houses - Dissonants

Since their formation in 2008, Canberra band Hands Like Houses have established themselves as one of Australia’s most successful rock acts. Their 2012 debut albumGround Dweller debuted at 141 on the Billboard Top 200 and number 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The band’s 2013 follow-up album Unimagine was released whilst on Warped Tour; every Australian band’s...

ShaManic - The Artist

THE ARTIST is an impressive debut album from hip hop artist and Nashville native, ShaManic. The twelve track album breaks away from the pack with its range of emotion and fine examples of ShaManic’s craftsmanship, as not only a rapper – but a writer. With songs ranging from lighthearted to manic, his lyrics are more than repetitive rhymes, but seem to unfold into short stories.

Music Aplenty Courtesy of New Album and DVD Titles

Majestic returns from modern-day guitar hero Joe Bonamassa and Southern hard rocker 3 Doors Down, as well as the release of a wonderful tribute to George Harrison and involving documentary about '80s hard rock hit makers Twisted Sister are among a parade of fantastic new releases available. Also worth discovering is an unreleased collection of outstanding recordings from the...

PJ Orr - Foggy Notion

Once upon a time, in the suburban Inner West of Sydney, a vibrant and undeniably nostalgic psych rock band called Hailer was born. The band accomplished great things within their decade of making music together, including releasing the highly acclaimed El Cosmico and Another Way, in addition to playing over 40 shows in three months across America.

Musical Firepower Shines on New Albums

The art of powerful songwriting remains in good hands as evidenced by the latest album releases from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Brett Harris, Mike Jacoby and Tim Hockenberry. Artist: Tedeschi Trucks Band Title: Let Me Get By (Fantasy). You might like if you enjoy: Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks. Tell me more: The third full-length studio from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Let Me Get...

Debbie Bond - Enjoy The Ride

Often likened to Bonnie Raitt, Alabama blues-lady Debbie Bond’s latest release, ‘Enjoy The Ride’, kicks off strongly with an upbeat, optimistic surge of soul and passion on the title track before shifting a few gears with introspective inner searching reaching out in tracks ‘Start With Love’, the dizzying despair and combative edge of ‘Left Me In The Dark’, and the reflective beauty of...

Josh Goodlett - I Don’t Usually Do This

With an instantly-recognizable tenor that merges a Northern Kentucky twang with the gritty tone of a Southern Rock star, Country artist Josh Goodlett sounds like he’s lived what he’s singing on his poignant new single, “I Don’t Usually Do This.” In telling a woman that he normally doesn’t let anyone touch his heart, he puts a new twist on an old cliché with both passion and...
richard-lynch_soundpress-net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note March 2016

It's the time of year around the world when millions in the northern hemisphere are tired of the Winter blues and are desperate for the return of Spring. With that in mind we have the perfect disc to help drive away the seasonal doldrums. Plus, a lot of other great music has recently arrived ranging from rock to blues to pop and jam. We've given them a test drive and can...

Swimwear - High Summer

Thinking about tracks like the Scissor Sister’s I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks and the Friendly Fires’ Hawwiian Air you can’t help but feel that some of that infectiously feel-good dance pop pulse slowly has drifted from the periphery of contemporary music. Whatever People Say That I Am, I’m Not, The Streets, The Strokes and Lily Allen’s Alright Still; a decade...

Totally Mild - Alive in Denmark

With a 50/50 gender ratio (yay, female musicians!) Melbourne four-piece Totally Mild offers us something totally wild. With female guitarists, pianists and singers, Totally Mild is set apart from a lot of the big names on the triple J rotation. While there are a lot of female artists on our air waves, they’re mostly all solo acts; it’s rare to find a band that 1; has equal gender representation and...

DMA'S - Hills End

The words Brit-Pop have been thrown around their fair share ever since Sydney’s lively trio DMA’S broke onto the scene throughout in 2014 – with their spontaneous release of their debut EP along with their signing to I OH YOU. Shortly after their debut release alongside the mass praise of their single Delete, claims of “Brit-Pop revival” flooded the airwaves...

Doprah - Wasting

Although some Aussie listeners may be unfamiliar with Doprah, there’s been a growing buzz surrounding the Christchurch six-piece following the release of their self-titled EP in 2014. Under a veneer of Kawaii visuals the group draws from studio experimentation of Radiohead, Portishead and Massive Attack to create their own unique signature sound. It’s easy to draw some analogy to the music...

Jensens - Everybody Talks

Still quite fresh since their formation in 2013, Brisbane five piece The Jensens provide us with Rage-worthy tunes that you’ll be playing at three in the morning in the aftermath of the house party. Their debut EP Everybody Talksgives us eight tracks that already will leave you hoping they’ll be on the 2016 Groovin, Splendour and Falls line-ups. Bringing with them the seamless blending of music and lyrics...

Masters Return with Essential Offerings

Astounding returns from celebrated artists Bonnie Raitt and Rick Springfield, as well as new albums from singer-songwriter Bill Carter, indie rockers Dr. Dog, modern-day rock 'n' soul standout James Hunter Six and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers make for an impressive and highly-recommended parade of new music. Also available is an essential disc filled with previously-unreleased...
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