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Cosmic Punch | FM Stereo (Tate Music Group)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:15

cd cosmic-punch_copyWith a sound rich in harmonies and melody, the album plays like a testament to the 1970s and early 1980s.

 

Amoreaux | Never Young as Tonight (Neurotic Yell)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58

cd AmoreauxThe first single, “Lost the Plot,” is a syncopated piece with heavy percussion, which drowns out the melody at times.

   

Ministry | Last Tangle in Paris (UDN/Wacken)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:51

cd ministryThis set is nothing short of phenomenal.

 

Cole Swindell | Hardworking Southern Boy

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Written by Katie Herring Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:42

prof cole-swindell_75There are a lot of tour dates and a lot of fans between him and a recording studio.

   

Jethro Tull | A Passion Play: An Extended Performance (Chrysalis)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:29

cd jethro-tullWith 30 tracks, this is a long listen, but the musical journey is a good one. 

 

Various Artists/Ronnie James Dio | This Is Your Life (Rhino)

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:25

cd dioIt is time for you to get a fresh dose of Dio pumping through your blood.

   

Total Control | Typical System (Iron Lung Records)

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Written by Alex Wilking Friday, 18 July 2014 23:45

Typical-System 75Punk and house music kind of mix.

 

Black Lips | Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 14 July 2014 12:53

cd black-lipsThe album has true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion.

   

New God | Firework (Yellow K)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:54

newgod fireworkThe album is bright, melodious, and sing-able.

 

Lionize | The Roar of the Jetpack

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:19

lionize sqThe band delivers a baroque sound that is uncommon, yet relevant and highly enjoyable.

   

Andy Grammer | Filled with Wonder

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:30

prof andy-grammer_75We have stuff I can’t wait to share with people.

 

David Gray | Mutineers (Kobalt Label Services)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

cd david grayI expected to like Gray’s new release Mutineers; what I didn’t anticipate is that I would really, really like it.

   

The Casket Girls | A Magical Experience

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 30 June 2014 13:49

prof casket-girls-smOur songs go together like yin and yang, connecting us all to each other and to the universe, making a perfect, continuous circle.

 

Tesla | Simplicity (Tesla Electric Co.)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 23 June 2014 10:55

cd teslaSimple is best, and Tesla does it quite well.

   

8-Bit Operators | Enjoy the Science: A Tribute to Depeche Mode (Deceptive Gaze/Receptors)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:56

cd 8-bitWhat could be more fun than a tribute album to the masters of the Moog, Depeche Mode?

 

Miranda Lambert | Platinum (RCA /Sony Music)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:38

Miranda-Lambert 75With so many fantastic tracks on this album, I think we will be hearing a lot from Lambert on country radio all summer long.

   

The Orwells | Disgraceland (Atlantic/Canvasback)

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Written by Jim Ryan Saturday, 14 June 2014 07:24

Orwells 75The best way I can describe their sound is as if Agent Orange hung out with The Doors, dropped acid, and then went surfing.

 

Tori Amos | Unrepentant Geraldines (Mercury Classics)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:25

cd tori-amosUnrepentant Geraldines is what most Amos fans have been patiently waiting for. She is back to being the artist we know and love.

   

The Faint | More Dancing (and Clark’s drums light up)

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Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 09 June 2014 11:27

prof the-faint-daWe try to write about what’s true to us. If world politics are on our mind, we might write a song like “Paranoiattack” or “Erection” as a reaction.

 

Blondie | Blondie 4(0) Ever (Noble Id)

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Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 07 June 2014 21:06

cd blondieWhile Deborah Harry may not sound exactly like she did back in the band’s heyday, she’s gained an edge to her voice that she uses to great advantage.

   

Oh Honey | More than Okay

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 05 June 2014 21:53

prof Oh-Honey_75We were driving on a highway in a forest in Oregon, and we stopped the van on the side of the road, got out, and just stared up at the stars for a while.

 

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s | Sling Shot to Heaven (Mariel Recording Co.)

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Written by Alex Wilking Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:16

Margot--the-Nuclear-So-and-SosWith Sling Shot to Heaven, the band has embraced that melancholy and crafted a truly genuine experience.

   

Walking Down the Street with Micky Dolenz

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 23 May 2014 12:13

prof mickydolenz-Michael-OchsWhat is wonderful is that Mike’s coming back and singing the songs he wrote, especially the earlier songs where we do some great Everly Brothers–style harmonies.

 

Nostalghia | Out of the Cocoon and On the Road

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 21 May 2014 23:13

prof nostalghiaCiscandra Nostalghia is a true talent in a sea of wanna-be’s and semi-phenoms.

   

The Toothe | Talons EP (S/R)

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Written by Alex Wilking Tuesday, 20 May 2014 21:36

toothe 75It’s a fresh twist on folk with an energetic edge.

 

Hunterchild | s/t (Temporary Residence)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:16

cd hunterchildI can’t put a label on it—and that’s not a bad thing.

   

Earth, Wind & Fire | The Essential (Sony Legacy)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:14

cd earth-wind-fireHere, they do more than bring the funk: They invent it.

 

American Authors | Oh, What a Life (Island)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:10

cd american authorsOh, What a Life is upbeat and uplifting, music that engages as it makes you happy.

   

Infinity Broke | River Mirror (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:05

cd infinity brokeWhile I admire the songwriter’s genius in the way he sees and hears music in even the oddest sounds and combinations, River Mirror is not an easy listen.

 

Hedley | Wild Life (Capitol)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:01

cd hedleyThis one’s going to be on “repeat” on my iPod for a long, long time.

   

Jimi Goodwin | Odludek (Pias Recordings)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 19:29

cd jimi goodwinThis is still the voice of Doves, so if you’re a fan of the band, you’re a fan of Odludek.

 

Yeah Boy | Can’t Get Enough EP (Big Beat)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 17:04

cd yeah boyThe talent here is undeniable, beginning with Castro’s voice, which is sexy and rich and dazzling.

   

The Irrepressibles | Nude: Forbidden (s/r)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 12 May 2014 15:20

cd irrepressiblesIf The Nude Trilogy were to be truly understood by the listener, whether for music or message, it would need a complete overhaul in style and production.

 

Joe Elliott | Down ’n’ Outz, but Never Down and Out

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Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 10 May 2014 13:58

prof Joe-Elliott_75I told my family, “I’m gonna be a rock ’n’ roll star,” and I’m sure it sounded crazy. It’s like saying, “I’m gonna be an astronaut.”

   

Pointfest 2014 Preview | 05.10.14

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 05 May 2014 19:20

pointfest sqThis time around, the festival is offering a more varied lineup—and Pointfest is all the better because of that.

 

Matt Pond | The Highest Form of Living

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 05 May 2014 18:20

prof matt-pond2014_sqIt’s a strange setup when you have a video camera pointed at your bed at all times. It requires a lot of explaining.

   

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