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Album at a glance: Reliant Tom – Bad Orange

Reliant Tom’s electronica fueled “Bad Orange” concentrates on grooves and vocal prowess. With a vocalist that sounds like Shirley Manson drowning in “Kid A” inspired instrumentals that album is definitely unique. On the opening song “Bad Orange” the duo kicks … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Art Thieves – Russian Rats

Art Thieves is punk to the core. Their album “Russian Rats” isn’t just for punk purists though, their natural knack for melody and hooks shines through despite the short, blistering songs on the album. The violently aggressive first two tracks, … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Emmaline Twist -Dissimulation

Emmaline Twist is straight to the point on “Dissimulation.” They take an Interpol style drone and put together a short but compact shoegaze album that will survive repeated listens. The band’s strong rhythm section locks in on each song and … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Ian Fisher – Idle Hands

Ian Fisher builds his new album “Idle Hands” on a foundation of piano balladry. He strays from this structure occasionally but Fisher crooning with the black and white keys is the backbone here. On “Tables Turned” he shows his strong … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Timmy Milner – Fall Risk

Timmy Milner’s deeply personal journal that is “Fall Risk” is at its best when he shoots straight down the middle. The best example is the simple yet elegant “Feeling Human” that sounds like a a David Bowie tune with its … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: Smash Fashion – Rompus Pompous

These aging rockers still know how to have a good time. This album is sheer fun, never takes itself too seriously and maintains its high energy throughout. The thunderous radio-ready leadoff track “Can’t Take You Anywhere” shows Smash Fashion’s knack … Continue reading

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Album at a glance: John Mackey – Chasin’ Dreams

One of the best things about country music is its bluntness. It never gets too cute or loses its listeners in a web of analogies and illusions. John Mackey’s latest album “Chasin’ Dreams” abides by this, it’s just straight forward … Continue reading

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