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1st Base Runner: Ellis 

1st Base Runner: Ellis 

Ellis, a rather strong EP offering, showcases what I feel are the strengths of the men behind it.

Flavour Nurse

Flavour Nurse

Dramatic orchestra strains, deep scary choir raises the drama of “Dystopian Galaxy” before it settles into the very Brian May-ian guitar opening of “Majesty,” as we get the one-two opening punch of UK’s concept rock group Flavour Nurse’s concept rock self-titled debut.

Vectralux: Each Morning and the Morning Thereafter

Vectralux: Each Morning and the Morning Thereafter

Each Morning and the Morning Thereafter gives you a lot to dig your teeth into; great tunes, a rush of styles but still a singular vision, and some real flights of fancy over solid playing and great vocals.

Kris Heaton: My City of Gold

Kris Heaton: My City of Gold

The snappy tight beat of “Florida Heat” ends My City of Gold. We get a slightly different vocal from Heaton from what has gone before, kind of a wry side-of-the-mouth delivery and big horn-like strikes in the chorus. The weakest tune of all for me here, still, as with all of My City of Gold Keaton, pulls off a well-played production.

Tawni Bias: SEL Fellow

Tawni Bias: SEL Fellow

Thirty-three seconds of weird trumpet bleats and warble vocal slips and slides us on “Admonition” into the beginning of the flicky beat of “Two Poodles One Cake,” the opening on Tawni Bias’ latest album, SEL Fellow.

Modern Monsters

Modern Monsters

Opening with “Furrow,” at once plodding with big guitar slices in the verses and chorus then wild riffing in the instrumental breaks, it is obvious that Rich Wells (playing guitar), Brody Bass (playing bass…duh), Keenan Tuohy managing drums, Josh Weaver screaming and cackling and Wyatt Lennon on the other guitar, know this genre they are mining.

Seneko: ’69 Camaro

Seneko: ’69 Camaro

The “Writing on the Wall” ends ’69 Camaro. This might be the loudest tune on all the EP, and it just hits hard and never lets up. It’s a great ender to what I feel is a pretty darn great EP from Seneko.

Sines: A Series of Moments

Sines: A Series of Moments

The album ends on the truly squiggly/blurping “Iva.” That high warble-of-a-vocal actually works on this one in a post-Blondie way. It’s a great way to end a pretty great album smart album of danceable tunes.

Louise Aubrie: Antonio

Louise Aubrie: Antonio

A slicing electric strumming begins the jumpy desperate love/lust opener “Ours” of Louise Aubrie’s 5th studio album Antonio.

Santana: Blessings and Miracles

Santana: Blessings and Miracles

Through the latter, more mainstream success of Mr. Santana’s career, I often bemoaned how we lost too much of Carlos Santana in all the Grammy wins/hit song parade. On Blessings and Miracles, it sounds like we have the man back in solid form.

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