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  • Supersuckers celebrate 30 years of rock with 'Suck It'

    Supersuckers celebrate 30 years of rock with 'Suck It'

    It's hard to believe that Supersuckers is a band that has been around for 30 years, but that is indeed the case. To celebrate that milestone, the band is releasing Suck It, a collection of new songs that showcases what the band has been about for all of these years. The first thing you hear on the...
  • Alien Country delivers spacey alt-country on 'Like My Life Depends on It'

    Alien Country delivers spacey alt-country on 'Like My Life Depends on It'

    Some bands come up with a name that perfectly describes its sound. On Like My Life Depends on It, Alien Country shows it is one of those bands. The album begins with "So-Called Friends," and it doesn't take long to realize why Alien Country was chosen as the band name. For the most part, this is a...
  • Malcolm Holcombe tells gritty stories on 'Come Hell or High Water'

    Malcolm Holcombe tells gritty stories on 'Come Hell or High Water'

    Sometimes when you hear an artist for the first time - even if you know nothing about the artist - you just know that the voice belongs to someone with an encyclopedia of life experience. Malcolm Holcombe displays one of those voices on the new album Come Hell or High Water. The first lyrics on...
  • Finnish duo Tuomo & Markus explore Americana on 'Dead Circles'

    Finnish duo Tuomo & Markus explore Americana on 'Dead Circles'

    A philosopher might question whether a Finnish duo can make Americana music. On the new album Dead Circles, Tuomo & Markus prove that it is indeed possible. The album begins with "Over the Rooftop," a song that immediately brings Simon and Garfunkel to mind. The intro features some good picking...
  • Sean Ardoin will get you moving with 'Kreole Rock and Soul'

    Sean Ardoin will get you moving with 'Kreole Rock and Soul'

    Sean Ardoin comes from a long line of Creole musicians. On the new album Kreole Rock and Soul, he continues the family tradition with a twist. A lot of accordions is expected in Creole music. Ardoin provides that, but it doesn't take long to figure that this is not the Creole music of Ardoin's...
  • Review: Mike Farris returns to his soulful blues roots with 'Silver and Stone'

    Review: Mike Farris returns to his soulful blues roots with 'Silver and Stone'

    Mike Farris is a man of many musical hats. Coming to prominence in the early '90s with blues rockers Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Farris battled addiction and a changing musical landscape that found his band out of favor with its major label. He found success stint as an in-demand collaborator on the...
  • ¡Mayday! fuses hip-hop with reggae on 'South of 5th'

    ¡Mayday! fuses hip-hop with reggae on 'South of 5th'

    Rap has long been related to reggae - even before rap rose to prominence. It is particularly evident in the vocals of some reggae songs. It's no surprise then that rap and hip-hop are being infused into reggae as on the new album South of 5th by ¡Mayday!. With its slow tempo and lo-fi sound, the...
  • William Elliott Whitmore sings 10 powerful covers on 'Kilonova'

    William Elliott Whitmore sings 10 powerful covers on 'Kilonova'

    William Elliott Whitmore has plenty of songwriting ability. However, on his new album Kilonova, Whitmore takes on some cover songs (some familiar, some less so) from Bill Withers to Johnny Cash in his unique style. "Busted" is a song that has been around for a long time - wirtten by Harlan Howard...
  • Review: St. Paul & the Broken Bones expand their musical range with 'Young Sick Camellia'

    Review: St. Paul & the Broken Bones expand their musical range with 'Young Sick Camellia'

    When St. Paul & the Broken Bones first broke nationally with their 2014 debut Half the City, they already had a well-earned reputation as a party band in their hometown of Birmingham, AL. Frontman Paul Janeway's full-throated howls and the band's horn-driven wall of sound took the most kinetic...
  • The Imperial Sound release the infectiously catchy album 'The New AM'

    The Imperial Sound release the infectiously catchy album 'The New AM'

    It's odd that a band would call its album The New AM - a reference to the pop and rock music played on AM radio stations in days gone by. After all, a big part of the population doesn't remember AM radio before it became the domain of sports talk and political noise. Even for someone unfamiliar with...
  • Review: Clutch instant classic with 'Book Of Bad Decisions'

    Review: Clutch instant classic with 'Book Of Bad Decisions'

    Maryland rockers Clutch 12th album Book of Bad Decisions is jam-packed with thunderous hooky tracks and could be their finest record to date. It attacks the listener with back to back to back songs that barrel down the track at breakneck speed with no chance of stopping. From the arena rock vibe of...
  • 'The Other Shore' by Murder By Death has a cinematic feel

    'The Other Shore' by Murder By Death has a cinematic feel

    Some bands simply cannot be placed easily into any specific category. That has long been a hallmark of Murder By Death. After all, not many bands feature a cello as one of the regular instruments. That defiance of easy categorization continues on the new album The Other Shore. The first song "Alas...
  • 'Let it Wander' by Circles Around The Sun: psychedelic space funk

    'Let it Wander' by Circles Around The Sun: psychedelic space funk

    Some bands, like some superheroes, have more interesting origin stories than others. Circles Around The Sun is one of them. The band came together when Neal Casal (guitar) and Adam MacDougall (keyboards) of Chris Robinson Brotherhood joined Dan Horne (bass) and Mark Levy (drums) to record...
  • Review: Adam Ferrara bites into everyday problems in 'Unconditional'

    Review: Adam Ferrara bites into everyday problems in 'Unconditional'

    Adam Ferrara's new comedy album Unconditional has arrived, and not a moment too soon. Ferrara's delightfully sharp observations on love, life and everything in between have gotten even better with his latest record, which you can sample by playing the video above. What makes Ferrara the best stand...
  • Common Kings release new EP 'One Day'

    Common Kings release new EP 'One Day'

    When it comes to reggae, a lot of fans are strict traditionalists. They‘re only interested in traditional reggae sounds. On One Day, Common Kings show that a good reggae album can successfully incorporate other influences while remaining true to reggae roots.  “Lock Me Up” is the second song on the...
  • 'Where No One Stands Alone': a great collection of Elvis's gospel tunes

    'Where No One Stands Alone': a great collection of Elvis's gospel tunes

    Gospel is the foundation of a lot of music from blues to bluegrass and country.  The sound and style of legendary singer, Elvis has strong gospel roots, and now there's an album entitled Where No One Stands Alone that pays tribute to it. Even the non-religious will want to have a listen.  "Saved...
  • Review: Amanda Shires expands her musical range with 'To the Sunset'

    Review: Amanda Shires expands her musical range with 'To the Sunset'

    The cover of Amanda Shires' new album To the Sunset depicts a fuzzy image of the artist dressed in shimmering shades of purple and black, only her face in focus. It's a departure for an artist whose previous covers have been straightforward “portrait of the artist” Americana cover fare. It's a...
  • 'Lock up the Liquor' by The Little Red Rooster Blues Band: good-time music

    'Lock up the Liquor' by The Little Red Rooster Blues Band: good-time music

    It seems self-contradictory that you would turn to the blues for feel-good music. On the new album Lock up the Liquor, The Little Red Rooster Blues Band shows that the blues doesn't have to be about lowdown feelings. Lots of blues songs have been written about women who are expensive - mostly...
  • Review: We Banjo 3 find 'Haven' in the space between Celtic and bluegrass

    Review: We Banjo 3 find 'Haven' in the space between Celtic and bluegrass

    The connections between traditional Celtic music and bluegrass are strong ones. Many of the most beloved bluegrass traditions have origins in ballads from Ireland, Scotland, or Wales. In spite of this strong historical link, there aren't a lot of bands who explore the spaces between the two musical...
  • 'Children of Paradise' by Willie Nile: an album of great stories

    'Children of Paradise' by Willie Nile: an album of great stories

    When you think of singer-songwriters, you might picture someone with just an acoustic guitar. On Children of Paradise, Willie Nile shows that there is way more to singer-songwriters than just an acoustic guitar. “All Dressed Up and No Place To Go” is a song that grabs your attention like a blow to...
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