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THE SEX FILES: Memoirist. Playwright. Performer. We Talk with Tanya Marquardt

THE SEX FILES: Memoirist. Playwright. Performer. We Talk with Tanya Marquardt

One such person is Tanya Marquardt. She is a memoirist, playwright, and performer based in Vancouver, BC and Brooklyn, NY. Her first book Stray: Memoir of a Runaway will be published by Little A in September 2018, and the performance version will tour to Toronto after its presentation at The Tank, this weekend and a few days following (see the link below for tickets).

Maxwell James: Maxwell James

Maxwell James: Maxwell James

“Roll Down Your Window Slowly,” begins Maxwell James’ wonderful, self-titled EP. It’s got a Scotty Murray, electric lap steel slide, James’ sexy voice and a snappin’ funk beat you can’t get away from. From the get go we realize we are going to be taken on a rich ride of ‘alternative,’ (whatever the hell that actually means!) rock, blues, and folk, all put together expertly across these five.

Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench: Sunday’s Cool

Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench: Sunday’s Cool

Big sweeping synth strings rolling into a shunkyBig sweeping synth strings rolling into a shunky snare beat and a rap about culture inform “John Wayne,” the opener of Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench’s new Sunday’s Cool. Mixing leftfield, hip hop, rock, into a heady mix, Rebel ACA (singing, playing some keys and manning the occasional beat) with French Monkey Wrench (sometimes singing, playing keys, guitar, bass and beats) present 13 quite melodic rap tunes with a goodly layering of instruments here.

Jane in Space: Gorerunner

Jane in Space: Gorerunner

Bassist Josh Stillman sneaks his talent into what multi-instrumentalist/producer Jesse Jensen manages and vocalist Tom Vickers sings/talks over. Adding live drummer Brian Korpalski, into the mix Jane in Space are poised to bring all these new scary sounds of Gorerunner to the masses. Certainly this music is of a certain sound, stuff one either likes or dimisses (or just dances to) but Jane in Space does this well and this is a tight little EP.

Sebastian O: In Your Room

Sebastian O: In Your Room

From Venice, Italy to Brooklyn, New York, Sebastian O had traveled far in his life and experience to deliver the specific sound off In Your Room.

Matt Epp: Shadowlands

Matt Epp: Shadowlands

The ten tunes here are, informed by lots of acoustic modalities, Epp’s strong expressive voice and and those great musicains-Jon Radford, Micah Hulscher, ‘Champagne’ James Robertson, Joel Couture and The O’Pears-mark this 1oth album release of Epp’s perfectly. The man is on a few subjects in his lyric, touches round a variety of styles, but still keeps a singular solid ‘voice,’ of what he is delivering here.

THE SEX FILES: Summer Time News

THE SEX FILES: Summer Time News

Sculpted by Robert S. Davidson and considered among other things, a ‘fresh-faced,’ even ‘sexier’ version than the lady standing sentinel in New York’s harbor, the U.S. Postal service used this version on their “Statue of Liberty Forever” stamp. The only thing is…the USPS grabbed the image of Davidson’s statue from a Getty Image and did not obtain copyright permission.

King Crimson: The Elements Tour Box 2018

King Crimson: The Elements Tour Box 2018

The Elements Tour Box 2018 includes 31 tracks, 17 of them never before released on CD, plus a booklet with notes by co-compiler Sid Smith, memorabilia photographs, info about the band’s 2018 tour, and new photos of the current eight-piece King Crimson band.

Granny 4 Barrel Brings the Metal and the Granny

Granny 4 Barrel Brings the Metal and the Granny

With an onstage persona mix of Alice Cooper meets Ma Barker, a video directed by none-other-than Trump’s favorite part-time gf Stormy Daniels, making music that barnstorms past trad. country fiddle-led ditties into full-on metal, one simply can’t take their eyes off of, nor their ears away from, Granny 4 Barrel. I had the pleasure to speak to Granny ‘herself’ about what this band of hard rockers hailing from upstate New York are presently at-Granny 4 Barrel was on tour with Texas Hippie Coalition and Kobra and the Lotus, rampaging through American bars when I managed this interview-and the whole idea of the concept behind this amazingly provocative act.

Nocturnal Blonde: Smart Heart

Nocturnal Blonde: Smart Heart

As their bio states, Nocturnal Blonde was “originally created as a project to bring about awareness, in story form, to mental clarity and substance abuse.” And the 5 tunes here on their Smart Heart EP certainly reveal a certain approach to looking at the world with a minimalist tag and a refectful lyric.

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