CD Reviews

Guerilla Toss- 367 Equalizer

While Guerilla Toss sounds kind of like a violent video game* featuring silent and subtle political messages, it is in reality the name of a bass-booming, quirky band from Boston, Massachusetts. Asian pop has finally met its match against the vivid mess of noise that is Guerilla Toss. Their sound is as equally thrilling, and colourfully dynamic as a Nintendo 64 Game. Mesmerising yet chaotic the band breathe a fiery haze of life and colour into their new 4-track...
 

Allison Crutchfield – Lean Into It

No but seriously, though. You may know this lady from her previous work with her sister Katie Crutchfield in a band called the Ackleys. They since split ways to work on solo stuff, Allison with the now pivotal alternative rock band Swearin and her sister with equally ground-breaking band Waxahatchee. She’s just released an EP which was mostly made herself in her bedroom...
 

Music Worth Buying - The Call and The Burdows

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week we look at the latest release from The Call featuring Robert Levon Been of BRMC and the Cigar Box Swamp Blues of The Budrows.
 

Joy Styles - Unbreakable

Joy Styles has enjoyed a diverse musical career so far. Whether it be in Philadelphia, New York or Nashville, the stunning songstress has made her presence known wherever she's been. However, a few years ago, Styles re-connected with her Carolina roots and began to sharpen her musical focus on what she does best - Country Music. Her long-awaited EP is a perfect showcase...
 

The Tiny Giants – Blunt Slippy

We breed em’ young here in Australia. Three teenage kids decked out in tie-dye are running riot with their garagey psychy surf rock in their beachside hometown of Ocean Grove. Wagging school to play music, surf and eat burgers at the chicken shop, Triple J Unearthed High classmates Jasper Jolley, George Wilson and Etienne Mantelli are The Tiny Giants. There’s definitely something in that Ocean Grove water: the school bell rings and band practice...
 

Dan Croll – Sweet Disarray

I love Dan Croll. Ahem. I mean, I admire and have a high opinion of his musical talent… After listening to Home on a VEVO DSCVR session, I bought the deluxe version of his debut album Sweet Disarray… That was literally all it took. Was it necessary for me to have 24 tracks worth of Dan Croll, you ask? YES. YES IT WAS. After I bought his album, I did the usual cyberstalking thing which is like, kinda necessary for an album review right?
 

The Roys - The View

Over the past few years, Lee and Elaine Roy have carved out a reputation as one of the hardest working acts in the business. Whether it be on stage, on television, or on record, the brother / sister duo continue to do what they do - and they do it so right. Their latest Rural Rhythm disc proves that they are only getting better with each passing disc. The harmonies of these two have never sounded tighter or more...
 

Dustin Lynch - Where It's At

It's hard to believe that it will almost be three years since Dustin Lynch first released his debut single, "Cowboys And Angels." Since then, the Broken Bow recording artist has carved out quite the reputation as one of the most-respected new artists in the business. His self-titled debut disc topped the Billboard Country Albums chart - and also spawned a pair of top-40 hits in "She Cranks My Tractor" and "Wild In Your...
 

Rock, Americana, Memphis Soul Are Accented On New Titles

If variety is truly the spice of life, look no further than a wide range of recent releases that seemingly mine every corner of the music universe. Artist: Marillion. Title: A Sunday Night Above the Rain (earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Peter Gabriel, Porcupine Tree, Radiohead. Tell me more: While British rock artists such as The Beatles and Rolling Stones have achieved widespread acclaim...
 

JJ Thames - Tell You What I Know

“Over to New York City, in a subway singin’ my song/Y’all might think I’m only worth quarters now, but I know, I know it won’t be long,” sings blues artist JJ Thames on the final and title track of her new CD “Tell You What I Know.” The Detroit native has a hand in writing seven of the eleven tracks here –- her debut on DeChamp Records. She’s produced by Sam Brady, with Grady Champion as executive producer, and they successfully capture this colorful soul...
 

New DVD / Blu-Rays Deliver Superb Sights and Sounds

An essential collector's edition of the seminal 1974 rock horror classic "Phantom of the Paradise," as well as recent concert films featuring ZZ Top and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson are among the most notable DVD/Blu-ray music titles of summer 2014. Title: Phantom of the Paradise [Collector's Edition] (Shout Factory). You might like if you enjoy: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper...
 

Deana Martin - Destination Moon

With a name like Deana Martin, I know you're wondering. That sounds very close to....Dean Martin! You would be correct in that assumption, as Deana is Dean's very talented daughter - who has carved out a very successful career in her own right. At the same time, the songstress isn't running from her heritage. Rather, she stands as the keeper of the flame when it comes to the music and legacy of one of entertainment's true...
 

Dual Drive - The Memphis Project

Guitarist Garry Goin and Saxophonist Pat Register are two of the most well-known and respected musicians in Memphis these days, so you would think that the two combining their talents would be nothing short of an amazing listening experience. You would think exactly right. Kicking off with the urban groove of "Take Me To The River," you can almost smell the barbecue and the tamales cooking down on Beale. It's got that...
 

Sarah Borges - Radio Sweetheart

Every now and then, you hear an album that just makes you want to stand up, fist pump in the air, and say "Hell Yeah" to the rafters. This is how I am feeling about now. Sarah Borges has developed quite the following over the past few years, and for good reason. Along with Grace Potter, she's as close as we've got right now to the ultimate female rock and roll bad ass. She's got talent, swagger, and charisma - and isn't...
 

Lowtide – Self-Titled

The film clip ends. David gives his review and other thoughts, and then turns to the person to his left. “Thoughts, Margaret?” Margaret looks at David, then at the camera, and back at David again, searching for help. Grimace consumes her face, her teeth are clenched and her heart groans. Margaret Pomeranz is about to review a shit Australian movie. The review will be prefaced by a statement like “I don’t really want to have to do this, David” or “I want to ...
 
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