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That Was The Musical Week That Was – 031222

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We may be heading toward the end of the year, but things show no sign of slowing down. So, if you are looking for...

Rock Bottom – Faith Marie (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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There is a fantastic, not to mention important, message to be found within the lyrics of “Rock Bottom,” the lead single from Faith Marie’s...

Garbage Town – SICKY (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Things I like: Self-deprecating artist names and album titles. Pop music that doesn’t realize that it is pop music. Pop music that strives to...

A musical ablution via Washed in the Sound with Black Nite...

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Let’s start with a bit of background, Jim. Tell me about the musical path that got you all to where you are today and...

Auras – Third Development (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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As with all their previous singles that have found their way to me, Aura wanders a beautiful and rarely-trodden pathway between alternative pop accessibility...

Arsonist Daughter – Aspen Jacobsen (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Roots music is a broad, catch-all term that is too broad to be used as a reference point. But, if labels are your sort...

We All Shine On – Various Artists (Spyderpop) (reviewed by Peter...

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Spyderpop Records is based in Arlington, Texas. They’ve been covering practically everything from alt-rock, power pop, glam rock, punk; you name it; you can...

The Persian Leaps: back stories and a closer look at Machines...

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Can we start with a bit of history? How did The Persian Leaps come about, and what musical paths got you to where you...

A musical journey from Dublin to NYC: Introducing Ronan Conroy

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Let’s start with a bit of background. What musical path got you started and brought you to where you are today? Ronan: I grew up...

Groovers on Manœuvres: A Swindon Original Gig Guide – December ’22

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'Tis the season, apparently. Unless you are reading this as soon as it hits the streets, in which case 'tis not quite the season...

Eulogy to Christa: A Tribute to the Music & Mystique of...

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Art, for art’s sake. That is quite obviously the mantra at work here. Anyone who feels compelled to create an album as a tribute...

That Was The Musical Week That Was – 261122

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Still plenty going on as we head towards the end of the year. Here's a snapshot of what has been floating around the DAA...

The Burnt Pines – World music in the truest sense

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Let’s start with a bit of background. How did the band get together, and what paths brought you to becoming The Burnt Pines? Aaron: Miguel...

For Us By Us – Dezvelkito (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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More often than not, a music video is just a promotional tool that is added to the song to help it reach a wider...

Out For Blood – Cusps (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Out For Blood is a fascinating prospect built out of the sonic weight that you would typically associate with rock music and the angular...

The Three of Us – Lily Amis (ft. Thir13een) (reviewed by...

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The Three of Us is a song that comes from the heart and is based on experience. And even though the events that the...

Youth – Rob Munk (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Youth is wasted on the young! So says Rob Munk on this latest single. And he is probably right. From a position of maturity...

Hint of Normality – When Mountains Speak (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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One of the many things I love about When Mountains Speak is the eclecticism and creative fluidity. Some music is a full-band effort, and...

Fe Saloman bows out of 2022 with the stately new single:...

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Worlds away from the twisted Middle England countryside Fe Salomon tapped into on earlier release “Quintessential England”, “Interstate 10” transports listeners to the endless...

It’s Time – Phil Dawson (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

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Reviewing albums is quite straightforward, you listen, you try to pick out things you like (and don’t like) and then try to connect the...

Live Today – The Pull of Autumn and Once Grace Forever...

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We know The Pull of Autumn is excellent at making music out of conflicting sonic emotions. They blend the cavernous with the calm, the...

Under The Radar – II: Alnwick and Tyne – Blyth Power

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Blyth Power entered my life via a dear friend, a chap called Yogs, who had grown up in Brighton. There he had immersed himself...

Nature of Artifice – A Cloud of Ravens (reviewed by Dave...

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Dark, dense and delicious! As a three-adjective descriptive salvo goes, it sums up the new single from Brooklyn’s A Cloud of Ravens pretty succinctly....

Mercy – Mike Kennedy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Alfred Hitchcock famously explained the difference between a suspense movie and an action movie is whether the bomb you see under the table goes...

Charlie Clark releases new single, No Big Deal, ahead of album...

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Ahead of a stretch of UK shows and his debut solo LP - CHARLIE CLARK - is pleased to present the new single: “No...

Yesterday’s Girl – Gramercy Arms (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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The problem with many bands is that they seem to have one, or perhaps just a few main influences, and all you can do...

Post-punk New Romantics, Candy Coffins announce new album, Once Do It...

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Post-punk new romantics Candy Coffins present 'Tangled Up In Teacups', a superb single showcasing the third act crescendo of a relationship in a tailspin...

Frenchy and the Punk drop new video for If The World...

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NYC-based postpunk duo Frenchy and the Punk present their new single 'If The World Doesn't End First', a love song wrapped in an impending apocalyptic scenario...

A Shoreline Dream on new album, Barnum, Ulrich Schnauss and Chapterhouse

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Long-running genre-bending alternative rockers A Shoreline Dream has released their new 'Loveblind' album via Latenight Weeknight Records. This sixth full-length record dives into recollections and past desires while...

How Deep is the Ocean – Richy Snyder (reviewed by Dave...

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We know that Richy Snyder can navigate his way around a classic cover; the evidence is found by giving his rendition of Strangers in...