Album Review: Billy F Gibbons’ new album, The Big Bad Blues

Album Review:  Billy F Gibbons’ new album, The Big Bad Blues

All hail the God of Southern Rock, the legend that is Billy F Gibbons.  I don’t think I can actually overstate this, Gibbons’ new album is flawless, it has all the requisite southern, bluesy content you would expect but with such flavour you won’t be able to resist another bite! The opening track, ‘Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’, to the new album, The Big Bad Blues, hits straight in with a steady, strong drum beat and a…

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Aaron Lee Tasjan releases new album ‘Karma For Cheap’

Aaron Lee Tasjan releases new album ‘Karma For Cheap’

Following Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s Kevn Kinney’s advice, Aaron Lee Tasjan released last month a new album – his eighth so far – that is nowhere near the same formula used in his previous one. As American rocker Kinney once said to Lee Tasjan during a tour years ago, a musician never has to be defined by one sound or genre. And that is the rulebook that the Ohio-born seems to have followed. With ‘Karma For…

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Review: Satellite Stories’ Big Final Album ‘Cut Out The Lights’

Review: Satellite Stories’ Big Final Album ‘Cut Out The Lights’

Finland’s most successful indie band ever are back with their fifth, and final, album. Satellite Stories have had quite the career, over 60 million streams, 300 headline shows and five big albums. Cut Out The Lights is seemingly their last hurrah, is it one worthy of a band with such a noted past? The album opens with ‘Green River’, a track that really sets the scene for what’s to come. Big, bright, energetic, guitar pop….

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GIVERS release new EP ‘Movin’ On’

GIVERS release new EP ‘Movin’ On’

Indie pop group GIVERS have released a new EP Movin’ On through their label Glassnote Records and we’re in love. Produced by the Grammy Award winning legend Dave Cobb, it’s no wonder this EP is a scorcher. What’s more, they’ve shared a live performance of the title track at the infamous jazz venue Preservation Hall in New Orleans, a high five to the band’s roots and to the improvisational energy of jazz which has influenced…

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Under Rated Albums ☆4 – “Quantum Leap” by Dumbo Gets Mad

Under Rated Albums ☆4 – “Quantum Leap” by Dumbo Gets Mad

It’s always so nice when a friend turns you on to an artist you had no idea existed. In the summer of 2015, I was at a party with my then fiancée hanging out with one of her old friends. Her friend Michelle had just started dating a nice dude named Kevin, who immediately proved his coolness and credibility to me as we shared DJ responsibilities for a smaller section of the party that wasn’t…

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Under Rated Albums ☆3 – “Paranoid Cocoon” by Cotton Jones

Under Rated Albums ☆3 – “Paranoid Cocoon” by Cotton Jones

Formerly known as the Cotton Jones Basket Ride, singer-songwriter Michael Nau released music he made with Whitney McGraw as “Cotton Jones” for several years. One of the best releases among the many great albums Nau has produced over his career is the 2009 Cotton Jones album “Paranoid Cocoon” — a set of beautifully harmonized folk tunes with cohesive themes and haunting atmospherics. The duo of Nau and McGraw is the foundation upon which this album was thoughtfully built upon. The lyrics of…

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Under Rated Albums ☆2 – “Swimming” by French Kicks

Under Rated Albums ☆2 – “Swimming” by French Kicks

After a decade as a hardworking touring band, French Kicks were somehow nowhere near the level of success of their lifelong friends The Walkmen. Both bands originally hail from the Washington D.C. area and relocated to New York City to pursue their dreams of playing music and making albums. Following the indie rock boom of the early 2000s, ignited by bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes, more underground bands started getting the attention…

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Under Rated Albums ☆1 – “Sunshine Hit Me” by A Band of Bees (The Bees)

Under Rated Albums ☆1 – “Sunshine Hit Me” by A Band of Bees (The Bees)

Most people in The U.K. and the E.U. know this band as “The Bees” but, due to some legal action, the group release music as “A Band of Bees” in America. As far as albums that were home-recorded by two dudes in a garden shed go, “Sunshine Hit Me” is almost miraculous in its quality, in terms of songwriting and sonics. The song that hooked me on A Band Of Bees is their undeniable smooth…

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Have Queens of the Stone Age sacrificed their old sound for success with ‘Villains’?

Have Queens of the Stone Age sacrificed their old sound for success with ‘Villains’?

Catchy title, but Queens of the Stone Age are undisputedly one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Formed in California back in 1996, the group aren’t strangers to collaborations or success. Their last album ‘…Like Clockwork’ topped the US charts on release, the first to do so. That album featured Trent Reznor, Alex Turner and Elton John in guest spots, as well as the incredible drum work of new member Jon Theodore….

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RUN THE JEWELS ‘Don’t Get Captured’

RUN THE JEWELS ‘Don’t Get Captured’

Somehow even the most aware of us can be years behind on great music. It took an appearance from one half of the duo on Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ show for me to discover them. Immediately enjoying their well crafted songs, intelligent lyrics and the way they work together so effortlessly. The reason I bring up Killer Mike and El-P’s duo this week is that I just caught their new video for the song ‘Don’t…

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