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Ray Davies – Our Country: Americana Act II

Ray Davies – Our Country: Americana Act II

As he chronicled in his 2013 book memoir Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story, sang about in 2017’s Americana, Kink front man Ray Davies continues the story of America and its influence on his life an dcareer, on his latest solo releas,e Our Country: Americana Act 2.

Charli XCX: Pop 2

Charli XCX: Pop 2

Charli XCX Pop 2 (Asylum Records) Charlotte Aitchison, better known as Charli XCX, was signed to Asylum Records in 2010. The English Singer/Songwriter […]

Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch

Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch

Nine Inch Nails Bad Witch (The Null Corporation) Upon first listen, one almost expects to see promo photos of Trent Reznor with […]

Starlet: Take a Chance on Love

Starlet: Take a Chance on Love

Starlet Take a Chance on Love I am a music connoisseur and always ranting to my friends about checking out new artists […]

American Amnesia: Yet Here We Are

American Amnesia: Yet Here We Are

American Amnesia was born two years ago at Oliver Wolcott High School in Torrington, Connecticut, the result of the meeting and jamming of singer/songwriter/guitarist Patrick Nemaizer and drummer/vocalist Sam Cesnak. Gus Pac is thrown into the fray here playing bass and what you get on Yet Here We Are are well crafted pro-punk, heavy metal, rock tunes, that at times as much hit all of those genres as they fly off on their own, come to mix of those styles…and more.

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.

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