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Articles By: Ralph Greco

Micropixie: Dark Sight of the Moon

Micropixie: Dark Sight of the Moon

Indie/electronic songwriter Micropixie brings us her new release Dark Sight of the Moon. This last in her “narratively-linked” trilogy (the other two albums being The Good, The Beige & The Ugly and Alice In Stevie Wonderland) has lots to reveal coming from Neshma Friend’s self-created Micropixie alien alter-ego.

Patrick Ames: All I Do Is Bleed

Patrick Ames: All I Do Is Bleed

Patrick Ames’ newest EP All I Do Is Bleed reveals four tracks of easy listening, sing-able R& B/Pop/Latin Folk. The sixty-ish songwriter/midi-guitar synth/guitar player and vocalist shares this self-produced bunch with his two vocalists, Chana and Mikaela and with the addition of Argentinian guitarist, Paulo Augustin Rzeszut, adding just the right flavor over it all.

Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero

Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero

Absolute Zero is a great record by a master songwriter/musician, still very much at the top of his game. The songs here are all gems, masterfully produced, played and written and the lyrics are nothing short or brilliant in each instance. If this is what maturing playing and songwriting are about, then give me more of it, I say!

Suzi Quatro: No Control

Suzi Quatro: No Control

Sure she played “Leather” Tuscadero on Happy Days, but Quatro has been rocking for more than half a century, enjoyed her first real success in the U.K. (although she was born in Detroit) from 1973-74 and as she says of her future, “I’ll retire when I go onstage, shake my ass, and there is silence.”

THE BAND OF THE HAND: Celebrating Masturbation May

With HerpAlert reporting just recently that there was a spike in folks looking for herpes prescriptions from the opening day of Coachella this year (with the previous big spike for the STD occurring during Oscar weekend 2018) one might consider making love to that person we love the most, as our safest bet! And to help us further along April Lampert and Amy Baldwin, the moderators of the Shameless Sex podcast are getting in on this with their ‘Self-Pleasure 30-Day Challenge.’ Lampert and Baldwin invite people to “participate in self-pleasure for a minimum of ten minutes a day only using their hand/s (no porn or toys).”

THE SEX FILES: LA’s Freak Show Begins weekly Vegas Residency

THE SEX FILES: LA’s Freak Show Begins weekly Vegas Residency

Having been to the Erotic Heritage Museum plent,y and knowing all about Freak Show as I do, this is a sure-fire knock-out show you just have to catch when in Las Vegas. I know there are lots of shows in that town, sexy, funny, magical and even lots that mix these elements but Freak Show and the EHM, are not to be missed!

Vipid: Daydream

Vipid: Daydream

Vipid is the musical brainchild of graphic artist Jared Simmons. The songs he produces under that name mine what he calls an “electronic chill and downtempo dream pop.” Vipid’s new ten-song Daydream brings us what’s on Simmons’ mind lately.

Joan Torres’s All Is Fused: Revolution

Joan Torres’s All Is Fused: Revolution

“Finale,” starts with its low swirl of drums and echoey piano then runs into full tilt interplay, Suazo wailing over the guitars and once again Joan Torres’s All Is Fused proving how stellar a unit they are. Of course this all works because of the players, from stand-out drummer Fernando García (he is a monster really!), Joan Torres’ bass and the guitar playing of Gabriel Vicéns and Sergio González; Suazo and Emanuel Rivera mentioned round out the unit.

Chris Lastovicka: Fortune Has Turned (Remixed)

Chris Lastovicka: Fortune Has Turned (Remixed)

Chris Lastovicka’s Fortune Has Turned (Remixed) is a stunning short album of evocative classical pieces.
“The 7th Chapter of Job,” opens us up here, a low swirl of strings, with higher violins and “ooh’s” floating above the slowly plotting din. It does rise in intensity slightly, but mainly we stay locked in this scary brew for the duration. Quite the moody piece to begin the five.

Benny Bassett: Words for Yesterday

Benny Bassett: Words for Yesterday

Acoustic rocker Benny Bassett’s second EP, Words for Yesterday, opens with the mid-tempo richly produced “Window To Forever.” It’s obvious the listener could easily be taken by the melody and Bassett’s fine voice, float right by the salient lyric this man mines on this opening tune of poignant apology.

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