The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome Review
The Rolling Stones have gone back to their roots, their deep bluesy roots.
When the Stones broke through more than five decades ago, they were a bluesy outfit inspired by legendary bluesmen. They were fond of playing early hits from Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf, and actually featured covers from those artists on their debut album, The Rolling Stones.
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Fear City Album Review – Surf Rock from NYC
Earlier this month, fans of guitar rock were gifted with a new instrumental album from New York City surf rock trio Fear City. The music on their new album is timeless and comfortable, yet distinctive and urgent. It’s like a journey into a world where Huntington Beach borders early 70’s Times Square.
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Brett Newski Album Review – Land Air Sea Garage
“Not all who wander are lost” reads the tire cover on the jeep in front of me that’s as red as the light we’re stuck at. To me it seems a superfluous statement but to others it could be a revelation. Some people find discontentment and stagnation when they stay in the same place for too long, like every idle minute is a wasted minute. There is simply too much beyond the driveway to risk missing. I took this assignment after reading the brief description because it immediately felt relatable despite not hearing a single note.
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Red Fang Only Ghosts Album Review
Red Fang is that rare band that mixes head numbing sludge metal coupled with a humor rarely found – levels only The Melvins and Mastodon can reach. The Portland, Oregon outfit have been around since 2005. They’re back after touring incessantly for three years with their fourth full-length record Only Ghosts. It’s a badass record from a badass group pushed by hilarious videos that have since gone viral on the interwebs. Red Fang and Only Ghosts have entered the upper-echelon of rock stalwarts with boogie rock that hits as hard as it does dances.
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Teen Suicide Review – Bonus EP
Teen Suicide’s Bonus EP works on multiple levels. It serves as a supplemental piece to their earlier work. It also makes a solid introductory album, leaving the listener asking, “what is this and where do I find the rest?” I was personally a little startled when the album ended. Sure I know what an EP is, but it still left me wanting more.
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Pretty Reckless Album Review – Who You Selling For
Taylor Momsen has the blues – and I don’t mean she’s sad, or melancholy, either, I mean she’s got rhythm, she’s got soul, hell she even has a little funk; but above all Taylor Momsen has the blues. This hard rock heroine and her band, The Pretty Reckless, have just released an album, Who You Selling For, that is the embodiment of all of those conditions she has.
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Every now and then a change in the winds of the music industry brings forth genres to the mainstream that become hot for a minute and then dip back underground. Think the swing movement of the mid-90’s. I only bring this up because of all those genres you never hear about the blues just popping up like a kiosk in the mall. The blues is rock steady constant and ingrained in every genre of music, from R&B to metal. The chord signatures, attitude, sorrow and wail of the vocals, it’s all there like our ancestors’ DNA, hiding just under the surface.
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Bleeker Erase You Album Review
If the Black Keys and Cage The Elephant had a charming baby boy, he’d enter the world with a bounce in his step and a bit of snarl plastered on his face. He’d be a pugnacious rocker dripping with grit and passion. And, he’d sound a hell of a lot like Bleeker.
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