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Farr Well: Hard Pill to Swallow

Farr Well: Hard Pill to Swallow

“Kid Again ft. Marcus Kar” has slamming drums, lead bass, and big shouting vocals. It’s big rock rapper, quite unlike anything else here, and surely welcomed because it is. “6_20,” ends, again with slicing electric cutting through with Well’s heavily auto-tuned voice. It’s slightly lighter than what came before but reveals a fast rap in keeping with the rest of Hard Pill to Swallow.

Chris Ianuzzi: Planeteria

Chris Ianuzzi: Planeteria

New York composer/songwriter Chris Ianuzzi sets us up on an intergalactic trip with his new album Planeteria.
The title track gets us out and among the stars quickly with its low synth spread and twinkling breathy sounds. At just about the two-minute mark, a shunky drum machine starts, and we are off flying through space, with more spacey sounds settling by and a kinetic arpeggio of keys.

Bruce Hornsby: Non-Secure Connection

Bruce Hornsby: Non-Secure Connection

If you’ve yet to catch-up with Bruce Hornsby or only know him from hits like “The Way It Is,” you owe it to yourself to grab Non-Secure Connection and get to know what this brilliant musician is up to presently.

Les Techno: Flowers For Dystopia 

Les Techno: Flowers For Dystopia 

Les Techno’s Flowers for Dystopia is ten-song collection of some interesting songwriting, very good guitar playing and a true vision

Robby Krieger: The Ritual Begins At Sundown

Robby Krieger: The Ritual Begins At Sundown

The thing about The Doors was always that I dug the Morrison mystique and love lots of their tunes (lots of which Robby Krieger penned). But for me, it was always Krieger who made that band. On The Ritual Begins At Sundown, it is obvious Robby Krieger is still a force to be reckoned with. 

Pretty Reckless’ album release postponed

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Theresa Lucia: Boxes

Theresa Lucia: Boxes

We get back to the warble and folk with the last tune, “Roll With The Punches,” but Goldner’s piano and ukulele add just enough color to lift us from what might have expected. This also might be the very best lyric on a collection of songs that have very solid lyrics.

Lara Taubman: Revelation

Lara Taubman: Revelation

Opening with fiddle, piano, and banjo thickening a sweet bed for the story-song opener, “Sound of Heartbreak,” we get lots of Taubaman’s strong and loud pipes. “Desert Boy” follows, a slow tune informed mainly by upright bass, organ, and piano, a perfect country ballad.

Sundogs: The Code

Sundogs: The Code

I am slightly fonder of the quirkier side of The Sundogs’ sound than the guitar-led melodic moments, but even they are rendered expertly. The Code is a very solid release indeed.

Kansas: The Absence of Presence

Kansas certainly mines their classic sound on their 16th studio album The Absence of Presence. With original keyboardist/vocalist Steve Walsh retired and the addition of ‘newer’ members, lead vocalist and keyboardist Ronnie Platt, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and keyboardist Tom Brislin, this is a 7-piece band banging out their unique prog American rock with some new twists.

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