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Cupcakes and Taffy – Between Two Horse Pikes (reviewed by Dave...

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You have to love a record that makes you reconsider its chosen genre half a dozen times within the first minute of the first...

Dropout Boogie – The Black Keys (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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There has never been a better time to engage with The Black Keys, especially this new album Dropout Boogie. That may sound like a...

Premier: The Vrbs – The Vrbs (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I do like a good concept album. Well, I did grow up at a time when the New Wave of Prog was raging across...

Lina Luna 4k – Thy Veils (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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For many people, music is just a throwaway commodity, something to be consumed and exchanged for the next fad or fashion that is following...

Soho Rain – Weimar (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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If last time out Weimar was regaling us with tales of “The Girls of L.A”, now they use their music to paint soggy scenarios...

Unkind – Ernest Moon (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I’ll always take clever lyrics over catchy music, though let’s face it, Ernest Moon has proven to be adept at both. I’ll always take...

Ephemeral Feast – La Jungle (reviewed by Peter Cousins)

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La Jungle is a noise duo. From Belgium. This is their new album. It’s their fifth. This particular album was born in the heart of...

Ancient Alibi – Akif Daboor (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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There is something cool, odd, and oddly cool about the way Ancient Alibi kicks off, the piano line closely matching the beat behind it...

Roman Candles II – lone wooF (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Anyone who has played in bands which have opened for the likes of Kurt Vile and Fugazi, surely has to be someone worth checking...

Exposure Therapy – Mr Johnny Ba$h (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Blues and country music has always had a gothic younger sibling, the wild and restless member of the family that you can hear in...

Another Short Conversation with Afton Wolfe

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It’s been a year since we last spoke when “Dirty Girl” and “Kings For Sale” were being released, how has the world treated you...

Antidote – asmoo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I have to admit that the term Slap House has only been on my radar for a short while, it seems that in a...

Bongo Boy Records, Vol. XXI – Various Artists (reviewed by Dave...

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Just like their awesome TV series showcasing new music, Bongo Boy's compilation albums are the perfect place to keep up with the fads and...

Cult of Judex – The Judex (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Hey, what’s that sound? The one that sounds like Elvis having a nervous breakdown after he became the Stooges’ front man in 1969? Yes,...

A Small Meadow Act – Grasslands (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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I love artists who seem to be chasing something other than fame, fortune, spotlights and adulation. Grasslands is one of those people. By day...

Early Grave – Chris Murphy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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If there are any troubadours left in the world, Chris Murphy is surely one. It’s not just that he has spent a lifetime taking...

For The People – Rupert Wates (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

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I always find myself approaching the term “contemporary folk” with an abundance of caution. It's a loosely defined term, if indeed it's ever been...

Lost In The Jungle – Secu (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It is easy to see the musical styles that Secu uses to build his sound from - trippy urban rhythms, groovesome R&B vibes, soulful...

Covered In Blood – Joshua Ketchmark (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Blood, the album that this is taken from, contains plenty of tracks that could be put out as singles. But Covered In Blood is...

Run Rabbit – Cary Shields (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Built from the same musical structures that made blues both accessible and relevant, Run Rabbit is the modern successor of a century or more...

Blood – Joshua Ketchmark (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It's been a while since Joshua Ketchmark has passed by my pen, my fault not his. But I do remember being impressed with Her...

A Deep Dive Into the Gothic Music Scene

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There has been a real resurgence of late musicians taking the dark designs that the original gothic music scene was built on. They continue...

Night Out – Bob McGilpin & Annemarie Picerno (reviewed by Dave...

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As I Thank God For This Moment so elegantly and eloquently proved, Annemarie Picerno is an expert at working with established music traditions and...

If Only – Walker Brigade (reviewed by Peter Cousins)

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They’re from LA. You can hear LA on this album. It screams it. In the peculiar way bands from around here might not all...

Scoundrels, Dreamers and Second Sons – The Remittance Men (reviewed by...

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When most people make a connection between driving and music, that connection is driven (see what I did there?) largely by the clichéd marketing...

Fentanyl Flowers – LiiN (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Whereas with most musical styles it is enough to stay relevant and move with the times, electronic dance music always needs to sound like...

Bongo Boy Rock n Roll TV Show Series Season 11 Episode...

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Just when you have finally checked out, absorbed, explored, considered and generally squeezed every essence of goodness out of the musical suggestions presented to...

St. Paul’s Boulevard – Michael McDermott (reviewed by Peter Cousins)

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 “Music makes a deep connection when it strikes that delicate nerve separating the personal from the universal. If the listener can use the songs...

Trial – Mr Johnny Ba$h (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Imagine if instead of being part of the post-war country music boom, Johnny Cash instead began making music in an age of samples and...

Volume I – Supplemental Pills (reviewed by Tim Thomas)

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Supplemental Pills succeed with this fantastic debut release. At times primal and raw, Supplemental Pills crest on a wave of drone, and fuzz, songs...