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Yes: The Royal Affair Tour (Live From Las Vegas)

Yes: The Royal Affair Tour (Live From Las Vegas)

The classic band Yes, currently consisting of Steve Howe, Alan White, Jay Schellen playing additional drums, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood, have shouldered on despite personal changes and original members’ deaths. On their 26-date 26-date, “The Royal Affair Tour,” they happened to stop into Sin City, and this is where and when this new live record was recorded.

David Thompson: the wall

David Thompson: the wall

“clair” is a great mover, with a fun popping base and shimmery guitar effects. It’s written in a sly 60’s psychedelia style, with Thompson managing his best flights of warbly vocal. By far, this is my most favorite tune on the wall.

Mark Vickness: Interconnected

Mark Vickness: Interconnected

Mark Vickness presents a finger-picked guitar instrumental album pretty much unlike anything you have ever heard. On his latest Interconnected, he enlists Mads Tolling’s violin, Joseph Hebert’s cello, Dan Feiszli’s bass, and Ty Burhoe’s tabla across nine compositions that bring “acoustic fusion” to the fore.

Opening with the title track, we get Vickness’ strong picking style flowing into the string players, lifting us until the last third of the tune when Burhoe’s tabla really gets us going. As is evident throughout this album, Vickness lets his fellow players shine, speaking to his humbleness allowing others their due.

Bruce Springsteen: Letter to You

Bruce Springsteen: Letter to You

“I’ll See You In My Dreams” ends, a much better tribute to friends who’ve gone than the beginning tunes mining the same lyrical line. Springsteen tells us here, “Death is not the end.” Let’s just hope Letter to You is not the end of the albums he makes with the E Street Band.

Eric Anders/Mark O’Bitz: American Bardo

Eric Anders/Mark O’Bitz: American Bardo

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz present a gem-of-a-listen with American Bardo. One can certainly curl up and dive deep into these dozen.

Dan Tuffy: Letters of Gold

Dan Tuffy: Letters of Gold

The musicians other than Tuffy need to be highlighted here: Michael Turner, Matt Walker, Judith Renkema, Madelief van Vlijmen, Lucie Thorne, Steve Gilbert (as mentioned), Nick Larkins, and Zlaya Loud lend their talents to what is a rather spectacularly shining Letters of Gold.

Andy Blunda: Pulling For You 

Andy Blunda: Pulling For You 

Andy Blunda shows his obvious solid sense of pop song construction on his new EP, Pulling For You. 

The Cole Patenaude Band: Are You Happy Now?

The Cole Patenaude Band: Are You Happy Now?

Although a husband, father of three and full-time mechanic, still guitarist/singer/songwriter/bandleader Cole Patenaude found the time to shepherd his excellent band into a brand new, full-length album, Are You Happy Now?

Little Warrior: Flight Risk

Little Warrior: Flight Risk

Synths are ascending past lower plunky shunk beats in “Never Let You Go,” a tune of deep atmosphere that showcases Little Warrior’s slightly hard-to-discern enunciation sexiness. With the title spoken in the mix of the flighty swirls of synths, a way-back-in-the-mix beat, this is a pretty effective little tune showcasing the deep color of Little Warrior’s delivery.

Farr Well: Hard Pill to Swallow

Farr Well: Hard Pill to Swallow

“Kid Again ft. Marcus Kar” has slamming drums, lead bass, and big shouting vocals. It’s big rock rapper, quite unlike anything else here, and surely welcomed because it is. “6_20,” ends, again with slicing electric cutting through with Well’s heavily auto-tuned voice. It’s slightly lighter than what came before but reveals a fast rap in keeping with the rest of Hard Pill to Swallow.

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