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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.

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.

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.

In The Light of Led Zeppelin: The Pompeii Sessions

In The Light of Led Zeppelin: The Pompeii Sessions

“Kashmir,” ends. It really is what this kind of a thing obvious has to build to and it is damn good. Drummer Keith Howard and violinist Randi Fishenfeld jam out in a cool ending section, just them. Scott Board again hits all those killer high notes around the bloody good mess and In the Light of Led Zeppelin is out, over and done, making you want more.

Roger Daltrey: As Long As I Have You

Roger Daltrey: As Long As I Have You

Not that he needed to, but Roger Dalter truly proves his soul is alive and well on As Long As I Have You.

Halfwait: The Official

Halfwait: The Official

Australian rockers Halfwait—Jon Barca singing and playing guitar, Chris Tallon manning the drums and singing backing vocals and Nick Sero playing bass and singing backing vocals too—are as inspired by punk-rock, as much by the traditions of pop commerciality. It makes for a very tight and interesting mix on their new album The Official.

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