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E-Fire: Contradict

By Stephen Chow Just in time for Christmas, E-Fire is here to kick the yulelog into the street with his juicy large first single “Contradict.” There’s a beautiful monster loose. The track is a bit Rage, a tinch of Kurt, a pince of NIN, and a splash of Zappa, E-Fire’s sound has a nicely-produced noisy […]

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Paul Maged: Light Years Away

By Stephen Chow Paul Maged’s Light Years Away comes raging out of the gate with the artist’s take on political correctness on “PC Police.” No matter your stance on that topic, the track is fucking catchy as hell. Maged is your punk rock Billy Joel. Or Joel after he was dropped off from a night […]

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Kris Heaton: World Gone Mad

By T.L. Oney Kris Heaton likes a good time and he likes talking about the state of things. He manages to mix those things well on his latest record World Gone Mad. He and his bandmates seem to be enjoying themselves as they rip through the roads of Heaton’s world. World Gone Mad pulls from […]

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Sluka: Colorful Radiation

By Lisa Waugh Christopher Sluka has been an entertainer and artist since he first jumped into the same pool with fellow musicians Tears for Fears, Talk Talk, Simple Minds, and INXS. And he hasn’t ever gone away or taken a break. He used his time well across nearly a dozen albums and decades touring and […]

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Here’s the Riot: Tonight We’re Alive

By Stephen Chow Sometimes I just want to curl up with nice set of heart pounding old school speakers and bleed out of my ears in a therapeutic way. I don’t bleed for just anyone. Paris Tompkins aka Here’s the Riot is here to oblige me with his latest Tonight We’re Alive. The EP is, […]

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TALIA California Tour

By Stephen Chow One of our favorite bands TALIA is here in Cali and you’re going to want to see them live on their Angels Tour. They blew out the Whisky a Go Go last summer and now they’re here once again so you’re going to want to get yourself to one of these shows. […]

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Freddie Nelson: Shake The Cage

By Stephen Chow Freddie Nelson’s Shake The Cage is here and you need it in your life. It’s excellently done and you’ll appreciate every track because it doesn’t suck. Nelson is a masterful song maker. He’s been at it since age 11 and has been quite successful with his contribution to rock. So many times, […]

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Camille Peruto: From the Sea to the Sky

By Stephen Chow To say Camille Peruto is immensely talented is an understatement. Once you hear any one of her songs, it’s hard to accurately describe. I’ll try. Music radiates from Peruto’s pores it seems like. She’s also surrounded herself with equally talented musicians and music makers, creating a knockout of a record. From the […]

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Eric Frisch: Music Under Sea

By Lisa Waugh I hope Eric Frisch doesn’t mind if I enjoy his music, in part, because his vocals are giving me the Michael Stipe feels. Frisch’s new record Music Under Sea stands on its own, but that added bonus of R.E.M.ness is totally welcomed. Frisch drew upon another era (the ’60s), explaining the gorgeous retro […]

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Marty McKay: New York City Dreams

By Antiem Boyd Are you ready for some rock banging out of New York by way of Zurich? Marty McKay puts his own spin on alt rock and seems to be having a blast on his new record New York City Dreams. He also puts a lot of himself into the tracks. All the ups […]

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Michael Van and The Movers: A Little More Country

By Alex Marks There’s something raw and pure about Michael Van and The Movers. The band communicates heartbreak, irreverence, and inebriated good times with a fierce passion on their latest A Little More Country. Michael Van has wisely surrounded himself with experienced pickers and music makers. Pete Ahonen, Alan Bond, Larry Lawson, and Bob Skye, […]

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Countless Thousands: You’re Goddamn Right

By Stephen Chow Countless Thousands’s You’re Goddamn Right is pure nerd theatre rock. The four-piece pooled their show choir, cosplay, Civil War reenacting, jazz licks, and rockabilly magic into one pot and voila, a ripping record. Each track is sharp, edgy, and catchy as hell. Danger Van Gorder may be throwing out funny lyric frisbees, […]

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Fallen Asunder

By Lisa Waugh Childhood friends and bandmates Ryan Batturs and Josh Weaver hammer out the word “sympatico” on their self-titled record, Fallen Asunder. When you’ve spent that kind of time together, your efforts together will be forged in fire. A white hot metal fire. There’s something big sky about their project. Large looming tracks with […]

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One Track Minds: A Price to Be Paid

By Lisa Waugh There’s alchemy at play here as One Track Minds forges sounds, noise, and genres, blending them back onto themselves in their latest work, A Price to Be Paid. There’s pop, a strident metallish rockabilly, and the echoey international ballad punk strum of the late ’70s/early ‘80s. There’s more than that. The album […]

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Russell Lee: What Do I Do

By Antiem Boyd Russell Lee’s latest album What Do I Do is less of a question than a possible guidepost, especially in these vexing times. In the style of the old school folk crooner, Lee is pondering life as he knows it, honestly and without flinching. The guitars on What Do I Do are gorgeous, […]

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Space Cadets

By Stephen Chow Space Cadet’s self-titled album is solid. It’s breezy, hard edged, silly, real (well, real for three young white dudes), and very well crafted. Zachary Wexelman’s vocals made me a believer from note one. Dan Creed and John Cocco help shape the hip-hop, pop, and R&B project. On one hand, Space Cadets are […]

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Max Fite: Shake It On Down

By Lisa Waugh There’s an easiness to Max Fite’s music. There’s also some steel and grit. The indie rock artist’s latest Shake It On Down rings of Tom Petty, The Killers, and a peck of Sting across the six tracks. There’s a quiet confidence to Fite which is possible when you’re this good looking, but […]

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TALIA: Thugs They Look Like Angels

By Stephen Chow Consider my doors officially blown off. This French trio will certainly remind Hole fans how good that band used to be and how the sound is alive and well in TALIA. TALIA transcends that time and place, even if they have as much balls as Hole did. But their intent is not […]

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Flight Feathers: Days Like These

By Lisa Waugh Babi Pal’s project Flight Feathers was created in his garage. He’s proud of that and he should be. Like many successful things created in garages, his latest record Days Like These is a fine testament to that American spirit. Pal’s music is rife with life lessons learned but is never burdened with […]

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The smallest Creature: “Reboot”

By Antiem Boyd If “Reboot” is any indication, the upcoming record from The smallest Creature will do quite well. The single is ethereal and reflects the power of the band. The echoey treatment isn’t overplayed, giving the track a dream-like quality. The production is on point as well. I was privy to three more tracks […]

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