CD Reviews


White Lodge – Technicolour Visions

White Lodge take more than their name from the playbook of David Lynch. The Twin Peaks reference is magnified by the equal levels of surrealism and violence in their sound, finding a balance between disturbed and innovative garage rock. Their psych and surf-centred fuzz is channelled from the 70′s and inspirations new and past, and dumped straight onto their latest EP Technicolour Visions. Given the personality of their ...

Post Child – New Age Whatever

Post Child are an up and coming 4 piece from Chicago that produce their own brand of indie / garage rock. Following an EP and a handful of singles the band have just put out their debut album which puts forward 10 hard hitting rock tunes. The album bursts open with the fast and furious Make it Bleed. The thumping drums get you head banging along while the slightly distorting guitars complete the hazy heavy sound! The track is completely topped off...

Owl John – Self Titled

I just bought tickets to see Wil Wagner because The Smith Street Band aren’t touring right now. A while back I went to a Conor Oberst gig and overheard three separate people hoping he’d play Bright Eyes material. Whenever flagship frontmen embark on their own musical endeavours, I’m wont to take it with a pinch of salt. It’s not so much that I doubt the quality of the new, ‘distinct’ material: the proof is in all three of the...

Keats Collective - Paradise

I’m no stranger to the plethora of Youtube channels that saturate the internet with electronic remixes of Motown and RnB acapellas. I’m well acquainted with the ever-popular white cursive logo over videos of bikini-clad women. It seems that everyone is hopping on the summer music bandwagon, and though I’ve lost track of what song fits what genre, it’s clear that electronica is experiencing a rebirth.

Millions – Max Relax

As I ambled down Oxford St, passing the various music venues turned bars and bars turned music venues, and chuckling to myself at the inebriated skateboarder that seemed to fulfill a public duty with his comedic demeanor, I sung a familiar little ditty to myself. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was or who it was by – it could be a song my mum sung to me when I was a young pup, it...

Wyatt – Self-titled EP

Do you ever have dreams where you get that rush of blood to the head, the feeling of a heartbeat running away, palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy?* Did you know that there is actually a man that rules this alternate dream-like reality you experience? He knows how to create a world that whispers this intense sensuality into your core – penetrating and taking hold of your very subconscious.

Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White - Hearts Like Ours

In the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White were the Traditional Country equivalent of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Since their music ran in the same circles, it only seemed natural that the two would record together. However, it's been somewhat of a rare occurrence. Granted, Skaggs performed on many a Whites album and vice versa, but it wasn't until the 1987 CMA Award-winning "Love Can't Get Better...

Sights and Sounds Abound on Three New Music DVD Titles

An amazing remastered version of Queen's legendary performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London in November 1974 highlights a trio of late summertime releases now available on Blu-ray, DVD and or digital video. Artist: Queen. Title: Live at the Rainbow '74 (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Queen, David Bowie

Sticky Fingers – Land of Pleasure

So the boys from Newtown are back and boy have they made an entrance! The anticipation for fans ended on August 1st when Sticky Fingers released their new album, Land of Pleasure. A perfect follow up for the indie band from their debut album Caress Your Soul, the LP shows the bands progression and growth since March 2013. Land of Pleasure has a more pop and psychedelic feel to it...

Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin'

OK, first things first. It would do me no good in starting off this review by saying that I am going to be very objective in this one. Since her single of "Never Again, Again" crossed my desk at WDKN Radio back in 1997, I have been totally smitten with the artist known as Lee Ann Womack. She's one of few vocalists that take the Air Conditioning section of the phone book and make it sound like it came straight from Dolly or Tammy. Moments...

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives - Saturday Night & Sunday Morning

I was born in February of 1974. So, by virtue of that fact, I never got to witness the synergy of Buck Owens, Don Rich, Doyle Holly, Tom Brumley, and Willie Cantu as the most legendary set of Buckaroos from 1964-1967. That sad fact aside, I will tell you what comes as close it gets to that type of sonic and live perfection - seeing a show from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Just like with The Buckaroos, any of...

Owen Rabbit- Police Car

Owen Rabbit shows incredible potential as he experiments with elements of soul, trip-hop and R&B. He also uses a spray can to make a sample! What’s really great about Owen Rabbit’s debut release Police Car, is the complexity of the musicality. His sound, which encompasses elements of soul, trip-hop, indie and R&B, is unique and experimental. Owen Rabbit shows with this release that gone are the days of the young artist...

Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue

Okay, by now you know who Joe Bonamassa is. The blues titan has gone from “the greatest guitar player no one has ever heard of” to the #1 guitar player in the world thanks to PBS and a worldwide social media firestorm. The mainstream music press may have been slow to catch on (Rolling Stone did not mention him until they reviewed his 14th album, “Driving Towards The Daylight” last year). His newest release...

Matt Turk - Cold Revival

“This is a much more personal record. After interpreting songs by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones [on the 2010 release “American Preservation”], I really made a point of looking inward,” says folk artist Matt Turk in a 2013 Westchester Magazine interview, discussing going into the studio to work on his upcoming album “Cold Revival.” All 11 songs here are written by or adapted from other works by the Hastings, New York singer/songwriter...

Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

The world is divided into two types of people. Those who have failed to come to terms with the fact that the 90’s rock era has ended (you will be avenged one day, 90’s gods), and those that choose to channel this deep-rooted anxiety and yearning and develop it into something productive. Something beautiful. Cymbals Eat Guitars is one such band.
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