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Articles By: Ralph Greco

Staring Into Nothing: Power

Staring Into Nothing: Power

Beginning their new 10-song Power collection with “Puritans,” a dramatic piano vocal piece, that turns into a messy jam near its end, the trio Staring Into Nothing pretty much grabs the listener with their deep lush production, commercial prog noodlings and keeps up the attack throughout.

John Hiatt: Slow Turning

John Hiatt: Slow Turning

First time through or on this rerelease you’re not gonna find too much fault with John Hiatt’s Slow Turning. Originally released in 1998, this 9th album from the singer/songwriter/guitarist/ gave Hiatt his big hit, the title track here. But the rest of the 11 songs are just as masterful little country rock commercial ditties.

Joe Lynn Turner @ The Cutting Room, NYC 1/26/18

Joe Lynn Turner @ The Cutting Room, NYC 1/26/18

Joe Lynn Turner, one of the seminal voices in heavy rock, blew through The Cutting Room last week like a hellion. With a seasoned 4-piece behind him-Dr. Gary Zappa playing keyboards, Rob DiMartino bass, Angus Clark guitar and Charlie Z drumming-this was a kinetic hour and a half, mainly made up of tunes from famous band’s Mr. Turner has fronted.

Voodoo Six: Make Way For The King

Voodoo Six: Make Way For The King

Voodoo Six’s fourth and latest studio album, Make Way For The King, boasts twelve brand new tracks and is the band’s first album to feature new vocalist Nik Taylor-Stoakes. The rest of the band-guitarist Matt Pearce, bassist Tony Newton and drummer Joe Lazarus, lay out some grooving heavy stuff across the dozen presented here.

Steve Hackett: Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham

Steve Hackett: Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham

Steve Hackett’s new CD/DVD Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Genesis’s Wind & Wuthering album and the last studio release from that band Hackett played in. Here we get two CD’s and chock-full stunning DVD of a bunch of Hackett solo music, plus Genesis nuggets played with his stellar band, recorded in concert.

Delta Deep: East Coast Live

Delta Deep: East Coast Live

Delta Deep, presents a live party CD/DVD with their new East Coast Live. This band, led by Def Leppard’s guitar wailer Phil Collen, is a heavy blues 4-piece. Filmed and recorded at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY, the rest of the band here-Robert DeLeo playing bass and singing backing vocals, Forrest Robinson on drums, and lead vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook complete a strong live outing here.

Hot Times In Las Vegas: AVN, Adult Film Festival Las Vegas and Sin In The City

Hot Times In Las Vegas: AVN, Adult Film Festival Las Vegas and Sin In The City

The Novelty Expo will feature, 250 Innovative Brands, 30 Workshops & Seminars and 20 Networking Events. Beyond perusing the latest dildo or maybe scoring an autograph with one of many adult stars walking the floor, there will be talks over copyrights in the adult space, how cam performers can better their income and how toy makers can better sell their products. The general view (at least as we see it shown across Spike TV) is that the real action at AVN happens after dark, and at the raucous awards show, which takes place on the 27th. But all that one can learn during the day should not be missed. Lots of deals are made on that main exposition floor as well as business relationships solidified and established.

Elena Andújar: Flamenco in Time

Elena Andújar: Flamenco in Time

On Elena Andujar’s new album, Flamenco in Time, modern-day Flamenco spirits listeners through 7 songs as well as much as it infuses this spectacular singer’s life. Beginning with the mid-tempo percussion bed, Bruce Gomez’s lead guitar as well as Ron Haynes’ trumpet up front with Elena, “Una Vez Mas” gets the ride going.

THE SEX FILES: Keeping My Eyes on Ms. Ava At Her Parlor

THE SEX FILES: Keeping My Eyes on Ms. Ava At Her Parlor

I happened to get a peek into some for real, shooting-right-in-front-of-me promo video and still-picture-taking of salacious content at Ms. Ava’s Parlor down in the much warmer climes of Florida over the weekend. You will remember the sexy, smart, all-but-perfect Ms. Ava when I interviewed her here a few months back (see here). She’s a lady who caters to crossdressers, sissies, and males who enjoy exploring various femme and bi fantasies. Gathering some talented and kinky people round to her place (and me to report on it) this Sunday afternoon last, Ms. Ava was attempting to get good pics and vids showing a little of what she does for use as promotional materials.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real: The Visitor

Neil Young & Promise of the Real: The Visitor

A stomping ragtaggle heavy power chord opener “Already Great” begins Neil Yong & Promise of the Real, second studio collaboration The Visitor. Young’s whine lends wonderfully to this song as much praising America as it is taking a satirical stab at the man who campaigned with a certain slogan the song takes its title from.

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