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Juno Reactor’s “The Golden Sun Of The Great East” Is A Genre-Transcending Masterwork

Juno Reactor has been a respected institution in music for over 20 years now. Started as an art project with the sole intention of creating good art that was not commercially motivated, Ben Watkins soon found that there were many music listeners around the world who were looking for his particular type of imagination. And...

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Let Off Orbit take you for a quick ride with “City Of Wonders”

Off Orbit may be from Miami, Florida, but their sound comes straight from the Texas desert expanse where plenty of psych-blues bands have called home. Their three-song debut EP, City Of Wonders, is a quick snapshot into their developing sound. Opener, and first single, “Vice City,” kicks off with a jumpy guitar intro then evolves...

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Hot Blood of Yeah Yeah Yeahs is all drained on “Mosquito”

The 3D Toy Story-from-hell cover art for Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new album, Mosquito, shows a crying nude baby getting pinged by the blood-sucking insect. It’s jarring, uncomfortable and makes one feel itchy all over. Unfortunately that depiction doesn’t quite match the mood of the resulting set of songs on the New York City band’s fourth...

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Iggy And The Stooges Release Fun But Mixed Offering With “Ready To Die”

Iggy and the Stooges “Ready to Die” has to be one of the most anticipated rock releases of 2013, and the reuniting of Iggy Pop and guitarist James Williamson has been much talked about. The album is meant to be more of a snapshot for where the group is right now as opposed to any...

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Dark Horses release debut album in North America

Brighton’s own melancholic collective Dark Horses will release their debut album Black Music in North America this week (4/2) via Last Gang. The new record, which came out in the UK last October, features a handful of slow burning compositions that are equally catchy and rich in emotional variety. Dark Horses have gained notoriety over...

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David Bowie’s “The Next Day” Is A Gut Wrenching, Beautiful Masterpiece

David Bowie’s new CD “The Next Day” is a gut wrenching, beautiful masterpiece. Recorded in secret over the past two years with producer Tony Visconti, the effort could have gone in just a few directions. 2003’s “Reality” was for the most part a strong release, 2002’s “Heathen” was excellent, while 1999’s “Hours” was a mostly...

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Puscifer “Donkey Punch The Night” CD Review

Puscifer (Maynard James Keenan, Jeff Friedl, Matt McJunkins, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round and Josh Eustis) are back with a new EP entitled “Donkey Punch The Night”, and while it’s always a good thing to have new material from Mr. Maynard James Keenan, it’s important to note that this release shouldn’t be considered as a proper album, or...

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Andrew Luttrell Band – Paint by Numbers CD Review (2012)

Gutwrenching and emotional with a traditional bluegrass/rock vibe, the Andrew Luttrell Band impress with the very atmospheric and foreboding “Landscape Plains”, a cut taken from the new release “Paint by Numbers”. Andrew Luttrell’s voice is reminiscent of seasoned artists like Blue Rodeo, Neil Young and Tom Petty, and the music fits in with the same...

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The Bluecats – Earthquake Mama (2011)

    Website: http://bluecatsmusic.com/ Genre: Blues, R&B Sounds Like: Muddy Waters, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Lynyrd Skynyrd Best Songs: Earthquake Mama, Makes Me Blue Strengths: Instrumentation, Songwriting craft, Lyrical Content Weakness: Amateur design/illustration Overall Rating: 9/10 Stars   CD REVIEW: 2012 sees the release of 4 piece blues band “The Bluecats” latest CD entitled “Earthquake Mama”....

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Jessica Lynne – Spiritual Cowgirl CD Review

Jessica Lynne is a fascinating gem in the country music world. Myself, I am not opposed to any genre of music. I listen to music from just about every genre and sub-genre under the Sun. However, I tend to follow my heart and seek out the soul. For example, rock is inspiring and beautiful, but...

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CD Review – Cameron Stenger “Lovers”

Summed up by the artist himself as “a big explanation to someone I have loved”, you know there is a story behind this release that is best told through music. Melodic folk artist Cameron Stenger brings an authentic, soulful focus to this collection of songs as he reminisces about love lost. Highlights include “Three Steps to...

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CD Review – Think Twice EP by Arman Srsa

Showing promise as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and acoustic artist, Arman Srsa has made a big artistic leap with his new EP “Think Twice”. Born in Croatia, raised in South Africa, and spending much of his life travelling the world, he has a unique perspective, and it’s one of neutrality and love. Isn’t it ironic that...

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