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Zonnis: Rise of the Sheep

By Lisa Waugh Zonnis’s Rise of the Sheep is a hugely entertaining blend of blues, reggae, roots, rockabilly, folk, and hilarity. Between Andrea Zonnis’s technical training and Adam’s wit, the duo is infectious. The record is smile-inducing. The couple-to-be performed together for the first time on New Year’s Eve in 2009. They married in 2010 […]

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Night Marcher Modern Maze

By Jasper Bankhead Rob Reinfurt’s latest project Night Marcher is an homage of sorts to a track from a Medeski, Martin, and Wood record as well as to the band’s spirit in music making. Reinfurt credits them with setting his mind ablaze and lighting the fire of his musical ambitions. To prove that, Reinfurt’s new […]

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Grant Lyle Nu

By Stephen Chow You need some Grant Lyle in your life. Packed with soul, the icon is back with Nu. There’s no mistaking Lyle’s bluesy rock imprint. Classic. He may sound broken-hearted at times on tracks such as “Take It Back,” but he’s going to be just fine. “Give It Time” Lyle reminds us. The […]

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The Magic Lightning Boys – Stealin’ Thunder

By Lisa Waugh The Magic Lightning Boys are proof that there’s always room for blues rock. The only rule, you can’t suck. It’s a tricky genre that doesn’t suffer fools well. Surprisingly, these guys didn’t just roll up out of the bayou, Mississippi, or Muscle Shoals. They hail from Cincinnati and Stealin’ Thunder will take […]

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The Lost Poets Insubordia PT II

By Antiem Boyd This one of our favorite bands around here. The Lost Poets are dark, dramatic, making Part II of Insubordia is an excellent listen. Beautifully executed, there are shades of metal, deep echoes of a film score, and mysterious, almost tribal elements to some tracks such as “Beyond Redemption.” “1000 Mph” sounds like a […]

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Robert Nix’s Once in a Blue Moon

By Stephen Chow Robert Nix marches to his own beat, I’ll give him that. He’s a one-man rock opera. And on Once in a Blue Moon, he appears to be having an open conversation with himself, with a little help from his inner Michael McKean in character as David St. Hubbins. Although St. Hubbins would […]

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Chrystyna Marie’s Loaded Gun

By Antiem Boyd In a nutshell: Soulful, wide range, strong, radio-ready Chrystyna Marie has been sought out by labels, but finds the creative process is much more freeing when staying put as an independent. This serves her well as her latest EP, Loaded Gun, has a chance to show off her blues, the title track, […]

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Daniel Grinberg’s Short Stories

By Lisa Waugh This is Daniel Grinberg’s day job. Before he returned to music, his day job was running a tech company and developing AR and AI. His music is a way to show the more emotional side of his creativity. And a way to ponder the inter workings of life’s meaning. His record Short […]

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Bryan Deister’s Spines of the Heart

By Antiem Boyd Bryan Deister has brought all of the tools from his skillset and piled them on top of his influences for his latest project, Spines of the Heart. His classical training and deep study of pop, rock, and various shades of experimental all come to bear in a cathedral of an album. Spines […]

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No Gaps in Chris Beyer’s Distances

By Rhin Howard Chris Beyer’s mission is to bridge the gap between younger listeners and older ones with his vintage meets modern approach to music. His new record Distances feels like John Mayer on a long rode trip back into the past than something solely from now. Beyer’s music seeks to unite listeners as well. […]

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Ban Hatton’s Walls

By Rhin Howard A road album, an inward journey record, Ban Hatton’s folk Americana record Walls is about movement in any sense of the word. The young artist has discovered an old voice within himself. His music feels war protest era. The themes regard the wars that rage within ourselves. Walls is thoughtful, heartfelt, and […]

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Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders’ Go By Myself

Billy Roberts is trying real hard to be a good shepherd. He and the Rough Riders channel their growing frustration and anger in their latest unapologetic record Go By Myself. Described as “dark Australian country rock,” Roberts’s writing in blunt and to the point. He is not one to take the easy path, and his […]

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Jas Patrick’s Inky Ovine, a Study In Music Independence

By Stephen Chow Jas Patrick is the old rodeo poster for the modern day indie artist. Wishing to focus on pure music creation, Patrick built a recording studio in his spare bedroom in Nashville, piece by piece. He and engineer Brad Bass embedded themselves in the home studio and the end results are pretty fucking […]

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Andy Evans’ Miracle is No Accident

By Lisa Waugh Andy Evans creates a funky, pop world that will take you all the way to end of blues town. The Austin musician is comfortable riding between a few genres and making the resulting tracks irresistible. His voice is part of the draw. Evans can turn a phrase or leave some space. This […]

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3 Geminis, Enter the Synth

By R.B. Sloane Fred Carrico knows his way around a score. His work has been featured on Burn Notice and across other projects. He brought Marc Jordan and Josh Langfield together to form 3 Geminis for a selt-titled EP and synthcapade that is fun as hell. Technically, though, 3 Geminis is a solo project for […]

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Kung Fu Jesus Spins Celestial Gold

By Rhin Howard There’s so much to say about Kung Fu Jesus besides having a pretty sweet name. The band, who hail from The Shire, Scotland,  are hilarious and skilled lyric and music makers. And Celestial Gold is a curation of zippy pop through a kind of ‘80s/‘90s pop filter. There’s also reggae, a touch […]

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A Must Listen: Elessar Thiessen’s A Rainy Week In Paradise

By Lisa Waugh Elessar Thiessen isn’t kidding around even though he appears to be a gentle soul. His music packs a wonderful punch. “Another Love Song” is a rainy love song. It’s a gorgeous rainy love song to boot. It’s a terrific track on Thiessen’s new album A Rainy Week in Paradise. Thiessen sounds like […]

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