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Rob Larkin and the Wayward Ones - Dogwood Roots

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Rob Larkin has one of those voices that’s familiar but yet you can’t quite put your finger on him. The closest I could place it would a cross between Jason Mraz and Mumford and Sons without the rock n’ roll bombast. Indeed Larkin backed up by his band Wayward Ones is a surging artist right now. Rob Larkin recruited some of the best musicians in LA to help record his much anticipated album, Dogwood Roots...
 
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Grant Peeples – Punishing The Myth

Singer / songwriter Grant Peeples has got a provocative, promotional bumper sticker that reads, “It’s hard to start a Revolution when your face is six feet from your television,” and an old VW gig van with half a million miles on it, emblazoned with painted primitive art symbols and the names of every single Kickstarter supporter of his new album “Punishing The Myth” – all 310 of them. “This is a record I think has got a lot of oomph, and these songs, I think...
 
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David Nail - I'm A Fire

So, you think you know David Nail. The deep, introspective moody balladeer behind such hits like "Red Light" and "Let It Rain." If you have that opinion, you might have been a little bit surprised to see the singer with a (GASP!) uptempo release as the first single from this album, "Wbatever She's Got. That being said, listeners seemed to...
 
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Slow Violence – New Teen Angst Pt. 2

Violence is a word that is best not practiced or heard, unless you’re talking about Slow Violence. The Canberran behind this solo project is Advait Thakur. His music is a cross-generic fusion of experimental electronic. He released his debut album New Teen Angst Pt.2 only this month. Time Trial has a kick in it that sounds like the beating of a heart measuring the passage of life. As the track moves forward, the percussion flutters in gently like a butterfly...
 
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Edo Castro – Phoenix

I kind of expected something different here. That said, this is good, it’s just not great. And that’s less about the individual tracks and more about the thing as a whole. This, for the most part, is too mellow and lacks the amount of variety necessary to keep it interesting when you listen to it as a whole. A couple compositions seem to go on a bit long, too. That said, generally each piece here taken by itself works quite well. Additionally, if you just put this on for some...
 
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SaraBeth - Anything Is Possible

Everything, it seems, is a little bigger when it comes to the state of Texas. Take, for instance, the talent and beauty of newcomer SaraBeth. On this, her debut project, she demonstrates the ability to effortlessly glide between being seductive, sweet, and sultry - sometimes managing to be all at one time. This collection - produced by Lonestar's Michael Britt - is a great introduction to the Dallas area native's talent...
 
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Lisa Star and Ray Cooper - Akeru Beginnings

This is a rather difficult disc to categorize. The thing is, it’s tied pretty closely to a lot of the folk prog. Yet, it also has symphonic elements and some jazz and world sounds. The clincher for me to consider it progressive rock was the cover of the Emerson, Lake and Palmer tune. Whether you agree with this landing under that heading or not, this is a great disc with some exceptional music. Lisa Star’s voice is wonderful and the music is strong enough...
 
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The Citradels – Droned and Rethroned

The Citradels are a band of Melbournites who defy time and space. Sitars, handheld shakers, rattlers and rollers, open-D fuzz jams and unstoppable feedback driven 3 guitar odysseys that force unwary listeners to stare deeply into the depths of an infinite nothingness, The Citradels make some of the darkest, most intense drone music I’ve heard in a long time and make The Black Angels look like a pop group. Droned and Rethroned is the latest release...
 
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Eastwood Classics Reissued and A Who Masterwork Re-Examined

Clint Eastwood and traditional country music fans can celebrate the release of two wonderful early '80s soundtracks, while The Who's seminal rock opera "Tommy" is re-examined and reassessed on an informative must-see documentary. Title: Soundtrack Music from the Clint Eastwood's Any Which Way You Can. You might like if you enjoy: Ray Charles, Glen Campbell, Fats Domino. Tell me more: A single play proves why it's not surprising how fresh...
 
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Sky King - Morose Tales From The Left Coast

The music of Southern California based trio Sky King definitely qualifies as an old-school romp through the blues. Walter Morosko leads a tasty romp through the Blues, and his bandmates - guitarist Garth Farkas and bass player Larry Knight - give him the support he needs to weave a audio painting of soul-drenched R&B the way that it used to be. Kicking off with the electric "Poor House," the listener knows...
 
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The Datsuns - Death Rattle Boogie

For those of you that haven’t yet heard of NZ Psych / Pub / IN YOUR FUCKING FACE rockers The Datsuns, its time you give these badass moonshine bandits a listen and have a lager fuelled hoe-down. The Datsuns released their first single way back in 2000 after winning a battle of the bands comp in Hamilton NZ for being so badass. Their single Supergyration pretty much set the score for their unique, riff driven, LOUD, fast rock n roll. Unfortunately, this was also the year...
 
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Race Banyon - Whatever Dreams Are Made Of

My generation is one that has truly grown up with The Simpsons. It was, along with Seinfeld, the absolute classic backdrop to most suburban families’ TV dinners through out the 90s. With that in mind, it is no surprise that the ridiculous characters and scenarios played out over the thousands of seasons of the show have shaped many of us. Case in point: Race Banyon – the astronaut who flies on the space shuttle with Buzz Aldrin and Homer in Deep...
 
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Gunns – Live by the Sea

Gunns are a four piece from Perth who create their own special mixture of beach gaze, garage surf-pop. It’s a tasty broth, and it’s coastal cool. With a mix of influences including The Beach Boys, Tame Impala, The Hollies and Nirvana it’s no wonder they’ve ended up with a sound this interesting. With a love of grunge, reverb and pop, they’ve been stated as saying they’re intent is to make music that blends all of these loves together – and it’s safe to say they’ve hit ...
 
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Wyatt Easterling - Goodbye Hello

Some things are worth waiting for. In the case of Wyatt Easterling, those words are more than prophetic. It's been four years since the North Carolina native has last released an album. A successful songwriter and executive inside of Music City, his own musical talent ceased to be a secret with the release of 2010's Where The River Goes. On this, his follow up, he makes an even deeper musical statement. There is not one...
 
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Levi Lowrey - Self-Titled

“It’s kind of stupid to be so confessional in my songwriting, to be honest, but it works,” says Americana artist Levi Lowrey, commenting on the autobiographical frankness of his new batch of tunes on his sophomore Southern Ground Artists label self-titled release. This Georgia native has a hand in penning fourteen of the fifteen tracks, and after crafting his debut album and several Zac Brown Band cuts, which earned him a CMA nomination and a Number 1...
 
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