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Outerfield: Pleasant Grove Hotel

Outerfield: Pleasant Grove Hotel

Matt Hutson and Gary Schrader’s band here is called ” indie/noise rockers” in their press and I’d say if there was one criticism I had about these obviously well written and played tunes, it is that the mix is very loud and in your face; for my tastes too much so at times. Despite the noise thought, I think you’ll dig checking into the tune rooms of Pleasant Grove Hotel.

Micropixie: Dark Sight of the Moon

Micropixie: Dark Sight of the Moon

Indie/electronic songwriter Micropixie brings us her new release Dark Sight of the Moon. This last in her “narratively-linked” trilogy (the other two albums being The Good, The Beige & The Ugly and Alice In Stevie Wonderland) has lots to reveal coming from Neshma Friend’s self-created Micropixie alien alter-ego.

Patrick Ames: All I Do Is Bleed

Patrick Ames: All I Do Is Bleed

Patrick Ames’ newest EP All I Do Is Bleed reveals four tracks of easy listening, sing-able R& B/Pop/Latin Folk. The sixty-ish songwriter/midi-guitar synth/guitar player and vocalist shares this self-produced bunch with his two vocalists, Chana and Mikaela and with the addition of Argentinian guitarist, Paulo Augustin Rzeszut, adding just the right flavor over it all.

Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero

Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero

Absolute Zero is a great record by a master songwriter/musician, still very much at the top of his game. The songs here are all gems, masterfully produced, played and written and the lyrics are nothing short or brilliant in each instance. If this is what maturing playing and songwriting are about, then give me more of it, I say!

Suzi Quatro: No Control

Suzi Quatro: No Control

Sure she played “Leather” Tuscadero on Happy Days, but Quatro has been rocking for more than half a century, enjoyed her first real success in the U.K. (although she was born in Detroit) from 1973-74 and as she says of her future, “I’ll retire when I go onstage, shake my ass, and there is silence.”

Vipid: Daydream

Vipid: Daydream

Vipid is the musical brainchild of graphic artist Jared Simmons. The songs he produces under that name mine what he calls an “electronic chill and downtempo dream pop.” Vipid’s new ten-song Daydream brings us what’s on Simmons’ mind lately.

Chris Lastovicka: Fortune Has Turned (Remixed)

Chris Lastovicka: Fortune Has Turned (Remixed)

Chris Lastovicka’s Fortune Has Turned (Remixed) is a stunning short album of evocative classical pieces.
“The 7th Chapter of Job,” opens us up here, a low swirl of strings, with higher violins and “ooh’s” floating above the slowly plotting din. It does rise in intensity slightly, but mainly we stay locked in this scary brew for the duration. Quite the moody piece to begin the five.

Benny Bassett: Words for Yesterday

Benny Bassett: Words for Yesterday

Acoustic rocker Benny Bassett’s second EP, Words for Yesterday, opens with the mid-tempo richly produced “Window To Forever.” It’s obvious the listener could easily be taken by the melody and Bassett’s fine voice, float right by the salient lyric this man mines on this opening tune of poignant apology.

Steve Hackett: At The Edge Of Light

Steve Hackett: At The Edge Of Light

Steve Hackett is at it again. With his 26th studio album At The Edge Of Light the ex-Genesis guitarist (and 26 albums in, should we even have to mention Genesis anymore?) this master-of-the-Les-Paul brings listeners flavors from all over the world, fantastic players and some genuinely stunning songs.

Kevin Thomas Band: A New Heart

Kevin Thomas Band: A New Heart

The press for this release claims that the San Diego, California-based singer-songwriter Thomas has started a new chapter with the release of A New Heart. Whatever is happening in his life, it is reflected here in a very solid release.

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