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Adult.: This Behavior

Adult.: This Behavior

Adult. This Behavior (Dais Records) The last time we heard from dark synthpop duo Adult., they had several guest artists contributing to […]

Tink: Winter’s Diary 3

Tink: Winter’s Diary 3

Tink Winter’s Diary 3 (Machine Entertainment Group)  This project has been out for quite some time, but still there will be those […]

The League of One: Dispatch

The League of One: Dispatch

A “911, what’s your emergency?” questions opens The League of One’s latest, Dispatch. Here we get the trio of Will Maeder, singing and playing guitar, The “Rev” on bass and lending his backing vocals and Billy Grant manning the drums, hitting straight and true the trio certainly influenced by lots of great heavy rockers gone before them.

DDLO: Sueños de Luna y Mar

DDLO: Sueños de Luna y Mar

I.J. Smith, who plays guitars, tres, percussion and congas here. He is helped by Pablo Conte managing such wonderful drums and percussion, Eric Marshall on bass, Tony DaQuipa playing congas and drums, Adrian Gormeley playing sax, bass, clarinet, and lastly, Bill Swan playing trumpet.

Tropic: Bittersweet

Tropic: Bittersweet

Attempting to roll the listener around the highs and lows of a break-up Brooklyn-based R&B duo Tropic (Jarel Hill on music production and Jo-B Sebastian singing and composing) gives forth on The Bittersweet.

ELO: Secret Messages (Extended Version)

ELO: Secret Messages (Extended Version)

ELO’s 1983 album Secret Messages is being rereleased with so much new material, the original two-sided, one record is presented here as a four-sided vinyl release. The band’s bassist, Kelly Groucutt left after recording, but the band here consists of him, Bev Bevan on drums, Richard Tandy keyboards, and of course Jeff Lynne on vocals and guitars. Ex-ELO violinist Mik Kaminski also makes an appearance, but even though there are plenty of strings here the classic ELO style is pretty much gone by this point.

The Goldwyn Experiment: Avenue B

The Goldwyn Experiment: Avenue B

Goldwyn Thandrayen is the guitarist of Montreal rock and rollers Psychocide. On the 11-song, Avenue B, he leads The Goldwyn Experiment on the follow-up to their last year’s, Avenue A.

Halestorm: Vicious

Halestorm: Vicious

The plodding Sabbath-like “Do Not Disturb,” leaves bassist Josh Smith some sonic room while Lizzy spins a naughty come on. It’s a quick little woman-is-horny-and-gonna-do-something-about-it single; I like how Lzzy channels her best Pat Benatar on the backing vocals here. We also get the first real slice of what Joe Hottinger can manage on lead guitar.

Avi Jay D: The Hypnosis Detox

Avi Jay D: The Hypnosis Detox

There’s a lot to this record lyrically, the music, what there is of it, is limited to lots of the same sounds and beats, although I am sure this is the point to get you to listen to what Avi Jay D is imparting with his poetry. The Hypnosis Detox will do both I feel, detox you from the worries of your day and hypnotize you as it does.

B. Mills: The Life and Times of an Eternal Optimist

B. Mills: The Life and Times of an Eternal Optimist

By the time it comes, we really have been waiting for the last tune here, what comes as pretty much the full breath of everyting that has come so far on The Life and Times of an Eternal Optimist. “Life Is Beautiful,” us pretty much a declaration of what I assume Mills most wants to say as the ‘eternal optimist,’ he is stating here that he is in this wonderful album’s title. The mix of the vocals, the big drum beat, the keys, it all ends a great listen.

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