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Joykill Collective’s New Battle Cry

By Antiem Boyd Joykill Collective began as a solo project for Leif. The young artist lived in an attic in Northampton as part of an artistic commune. As he shared his politicalIy charged views with his fellow commune dwellers and they shared their thoughts and ideas about how messed up the world is, something began […]

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‘The Mantra’ is a Force of Nature Ganganbaigal

Nature Ganganbaigal: The Mantra By Lisa Waugh If you’re looking for something unique, like pagan folk, to infuse into your music collection this summer, we suggest Nature Ganganbaigal, Chinese name Tianran Zhang. Throat singing underneath a cinematic score? Check. A travelogue on horse back? Check. The Mantra showcases Nature Ganganbaigal’s very specific talents, a lifetime […]

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The Liquorsmiths ‘This Book Belongs To’

The Liquorsmiths: This Book Belongs To By Antiem Boyd Wow. The Liquorsmiths win for that band name. They also win for their new record This Book Belongs To. Start to finish, there’s so much to enjoy. Lyrics, melody, music crafting, production. The Liquorsmiths nail it with this album and deserve a very rare 5 stars. […]

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Grumsling, Something Strange This Way Comes

Grumsling: Full Coverage Grumsling: A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea By Stephen Chow July 8, 2015 Straight out of Oakland, a quartet called Grumsling comes. The goal of their two new EPs is to reveal the mystery behind the character Grumsling. So after a few listens, you’re asked to tune in a little […]

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Chloe Baker’s Bitter’s Kiss, a Stunning Debut

Bitter’s Kiss By Lisa Waugh June 30, 2015 Chloe Baker learned her craft at home. In her father’s studio and through his experience as a singer/songwriter, producer and band member, Baker was inspired by his work but discovered a sound that is other worldly and all her own. Bitter’s Kiss is Baker’s stunning debut. Bitter’s […]

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The Laying On of Hands by DELTA DEEP

DELTA DEEP: Self-titled By Antiem Boyd If something feels familiar about this deeply soulful blues and rock record, it’s because you are probably a Def Leppard fan and would know Phil Collen’s imprint anywhere. With DELTA DEEP’S self-titled debut album, Collen has brought together legends and blues, rock, and soul aficionados to create a superb record […]

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Ajay Mathur’s Wild Ride with ‘9 to 3’

Ajay Mathur : 9 to 3 By Antiem Boyd Who’s up for a little Jimmy Buffett and George Harrison via Ajay Mathur? Mathur’s new record 9 to 3 is an impressive 15-track album. Parts country, Americana, and old school Southern rock, Mathur demonstrates that he’s a talented songwriter. The songs run the gamut from upbeat to […]

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A Tour Inside Ransom Scenery’s ‘Ear to Ear’

Ransom Scenery: Ear to Ear By Lisa Waugh Very Bjork-like and pure dreamy surrealism, Ransom Scenery’s latest record Ear to Ear is certainly a step into its own space. Very much into dream rock and avant garde around here but this album escapes even that classification. The seeming lack of boundaries belies the irony in […]

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Jared Deck Unleashes “17 Miles”

Jared Deck: “17 Miles” By Stephen Chow June 9, 2015 If you’re looking to get your Bruce Springsteen or Mellencamp on, Jared Deck has got you. His new single “17 Miles” gets the blood pumping, the engines revving, and the wind machine…uh, winding just in time for a red hot American summer. Raucous, old school […]

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Slim Loris Are Back and Full of ‘Love and Fear’

by Lisa Waugh Slim Loris: Love and Fear The evolution of Slim Loris has been a satisfying journey. Their latest and third record, Love and Fear, puts the Stockholm-based band on an interesting high road. They sound commercial. They sound new. And hopefully, Slim Loris are learning that maybe they don’t need an edge to […]

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Secondborn Makes the Rules This Time With ‘Symbols’

by Carla Boone Secondborn: Symbols One of the perks of being an experienced musician is knowing what you’re going to do and what you’re not going to do. Secondborn, literally risen from the ashes of previous bands on the verge of happening but not quite cracking the surface, decided that they had met their musical […]

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