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David Bowie: No Plan

David Bowie: No Plan

What might just be the very last music we get from David Bowie, his No Plan EP, is from stuff he was planning to have heard in a big musical he had been readying. Whether or not that musical would have happened even if The Thin White Duke hadn’t died, is anybody’s guess, but this EP has been released coinciding with what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday.

April Martin: In the Blink of a Life

April Martin: In the Blink of a Life

Folk, country and a little more go into the expert songwriting, solid singing and effective yet simple production of April Martin’s In The Blink of a Life.

Judas Priest: Turbo 30

Judas Priest: Turbo 30

Nobody quite does the commercial metal thing like the true Metal Gods Judas Priest. There was a reason they ascended to where they did and why, even now, 3o years on, you can listen to this Turbo 30 release and still be amazed.

Pete Townshend: Psychoderelict

Pete Townshend: Psychoderelict

The Who’s main songwriter, windmill ax-man and all-around keeper of the flame, Pete Townshend presented his Psychoderelict concept album to the world in 1993.

King Ropes: Dirt

King Ropes: Dirt

We get wild swirling guitar and a laconic back beat on opener “Dogleg Boy” a song heavy on atmosphere and showcasing Dave Hollier’s shaky yet effective vocal. There is a rock-a-billy punk to “Long Lost Boys” a tune which benefits from Dylan Treleven’s simply high-end bass and purposely slightly out-of-vocals, while “Lurch On Sister” (again featuring some sly bass playing from Treleven) is a flick-y guitar sway-er (guitarists on DIRT other than Hollier, who vocally teases and taunts wonderfully here, are Ben Roth and Adam Wolcott Smith.) This noisy track is one of my favorites on what the boys consider their ‘side one’ of their new CD, Dirt.

Childish Gambino: “Awaken, My Love!”

Childish Gambino: “Awaken, My Love!”

Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!” (Glassnote Entertainment Group) By putting hip-hop aside for the time being and concentrating his efforts on cultivating […]

Emeli Sandé: Long Live the Angels

Emeli Sandé: Long Live the Angels

Emeli Sandé Long Live the Angels (Capitol) Emeli! The thought of her brings a smile to my face. We’ve come a long […]

Builder of the House: Ornaments

Builder of the House: Ornaments

Builder of the House (that’s rockin’ acoustic duo, Rob Camitile and Elliot Heeshcen) pretty much kick it out of the park on their first full-length CD Ornaments.

The Asheville Symphony: The Asheville Symphony Sessions

The Asheville Symphony: The Asheville Symphony Sessions

The ASO doesn’t so much intrude here and often times I am not sure they are even needed as this group of Asheville’s finest rock/pop players certainly steps up to the plate on The Asheville Symphony Sessions.

Chinx: Legends Never Die

Chinx: Legends Never Die

Chinx Legends Never Die (eOne Music) Lionel Pickens, AKA Chinx, was a talent taken too soon. After being murdered on May 15th, […]

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