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Alex Chilton: A Man Called Destruction

Alex Chilton: A Man Called Destruction

Alex Chilton A Man Called Destruction (Omnivore Records) Here’s the thing about cult artists: if you’re already in the cult, it’s hard […]

The Motels: Last Few Beautiful Days

The Motels: Last Few Beautiful Days

weeping strings and the chimes of a clock start “Punchline,” the opener of The Motel’s new album, Last Few Beautiful Days. Leader singer, songwriter, original member Martha Davis is in fine voice, maybe slightly more limited than in her MTV-heyday when this band was kicking hits like “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer” out of the park. But the band-guitarist Clint Walsh, drummer Eric Gardner, bassist Nicholas Allen Johns and sax, piano and clarinet player Marty Jourard-provide some nice counter keyboard melody, soft guitar work and a steady beat for this first tune and weave their tight 80’s-sounding tapestry throughout.

Baths: Romaplasm

Baths: Romaplasm

Baths Romaplasm (Anticon) A taste for the vocal delivery on a good chunk of Romaplasm is definitely an acquired taste, but it undoubtedly catches […]

Sango: In the Comfort of

Sango: In the Comfort of

Sango In the Comfort of (Last Gang Records) The album begins with “His Name.”  This strong intro makes it easy to appreciate the […]

Guordan Banks: Unpopular

Guordan Banks: Unpopular

Guordan Banks Unpopular (Bank on it Entertainment) Music is in a really good place, a really really good place, but for many […]

Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage (Deluxe Edition)

Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage (Deluxe Edition)

Avenged Sevenfold The Stage (Capitol Records) The Stage is Avenged Sevenfold’s first concept album, featuring themes of creation, destruction, and the relentless […]

Ministry: AmeriKKKant

Ministry: AmeriKKKant

Ministry AmeriKKKant (Nuclear Blast) Perhaps one of the few contexts in which I can tolerate Trump’s voice is when it’s slowed down […]

Richie Kotzen: Telecasters and Stratocasters

Richie Kotzen: Telecasters and Stratocasters

Telecasters and Stratocasters isa massive piece of Richie Kotzen stuff and well worth diving into head first for slow jams, heavy rockin’ and lots of funk mixed with rock from this talented artist’s past.

Staring Into Nothing: Power

Staring Into Nothing: Power

Beginning their new 10-song Power collection with “Puritans,” a dramatic piano vocal piece, that turns into a messy jam near its end, the trio Staring Into Nothing pretty much grabs the listener with their deep lush production, commercial prog noodlings and keeps up the attack throughout.

John Hiatt: Slow Turning

John Hiatt: Slow Turning

First time through or on this rerelease you’re not gonna find too much fault with John Hiatt’s Slow Turning. Originally released in 1998, this 9th album from the singer/songwriter/guitarist/ gave Hiatt his big hit, the title track here. But the rest of the 11 songs are just as masterful little country rock commercial ditties.

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