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Donn T: Flight of the Donn T

Donn T: Flight of the Donn T

Donn T Flight of the Donn T (D-tone Victorious) Flight of the Donn T, the second full-length release from Philly-based singer/songwriter, Donn […]

Dsfečo: Watch It Sparkle

Dsfečo: Watch It Sparkle

The 6-song mélange of programmed drums, wild guitars fancy, chorused synth strings, various double-tracked harmony vocals all commenting on where we are now is a heady mix to be sure. As Dsfečo says of the conceptual piece “I think I’m going for some sort of poetic encounter within the hidden parts of our culture’s soul—but that could be purepresumption. All I know is, I’ve tried to be as honest as possible in putting what I see into these songs, as well as composing music that tries something a little different in its structure.”

Secondborn: Symbols EP

Secondborn: Symbols EP

Nobody will ever accuse the six members of Secondborn of not playing at a frightening speed. The band’s new EP Symbols moves along at a clip, from opener “Say Love” with its full staccato bass/drum attack, screaming fast vocal and trilling arpeggio-ated guitar riffs, to the tribal beat (sometimes machine-gun like hits) and softer vocal of “Secrets,” singer Daniel Pinner; guitarists Patrick Trumps & Stefan Hawkins; Tim Benson, who plays guitars too (‘cause this band certainly needs a 3rd one!) synth and sings; Alex Daigle on bass and Lee Gauthreaux drums and percussion are seemingly running a race only they heard the starting gun for.

Tinashe: Amethyst

Tinashe: Amethyst

Tinashe Amethyst (self-released) Tinashe, she is an innovator! Why you ask? Because she has managed to fuse R&B, pieces of hip hop, elements […]

Laura Marling: Short Movie

Laura Marling: Short Movie

Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon Music) Laura Marling has made a name for herself as a folk artist with talent and insight […]

Nic Nassuet: Eleutherios

Nic Nassuet: Eleutherios

“She Rides Moonlight” ends, with a plucked opening mixing with low cello it finds an odd beat, with once again Nassuet making great use of his lower range. The background vibe lifts slightly from Zep’s “The Battle Of Evermore,” but in fairness, you put high plucked strings with a female vocal making up most of a song that’s where my mind goes. Still it is a spectacular ender to what is pretty much a subtle little masterpiece of acoustic-based brilliance from Nic Nassuet and company.

James Bay: Chaos and the Calm

James Bay: Chaos and the Calm

James Bay Chaos and the Calm (Republic Records) I discovered James Bay’s music for the first time when he opened for Hozier […]

Steve Hackett: Wolflight

Steve Hackett: Wolflight

“Out of the Body” opens with wolf howls into heavy drumming from Gary O’Toole and an ELO-like swirl of synth strings, Hackett sailing above with single note searing cuts, then into main fast melody riffery. It’s a dark dramatic read the sets us up perfectly for the title track that follows, a mini epic opening with Sara Kovaks didgeridoo then into Hackett’s classical playing (which is featured throughout this album) and his soft singing. We get Amanda Lehmann’s harmony vocals here for the first time as this song rolls round many different movements-getting downright scary at the end-featuring as much guitar as Roger King keys.

Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

Alabama Shakes Sound and Color (ATO Records) Fans of the Alabama Shakes can rejoice after the release of Sound and Color because […]

Big Sean: Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean: Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise (Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc.) There are artists that you love and then there are artists that […]

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