Aaron Lee Tasjan, ‘Karma For Cheap’ – Album Review

Aaron Lee Tasjan, ‘Karma For Cheap’ – Album Review

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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Satellite Stories, ‘Cut Out The Lights’ – Album Review

Satellite Stories, ‘Cut Out The Lights’ – Album Review

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, ‘Movin’ On’ – Album Review

GIVERS, ‘Movin’ On’ – Album Review

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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Dumbo Gets Mad, ‘Quantum Leap’ – Album Review

Dumbo Gets Mad, ‘Quantum Leap’ – Album Review

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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Cotton Jones, ‘Paranoid Cocoon’ – Album Review

Cotton Jones, ‘Paranoid Cocoon’ – Album Review

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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French Kicks, ‘Swimming’ – Album Review

French Kicks, ‘Swimming’ – Album Review

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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A Band of Bees (The Bees), ‘Sunshine Hit Me’ – Album Review

A Band of Bees (The Bees), ‘Sunshine Hit Me’ – Album Review

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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Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Villains’ – Album Review

Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Villains’ – Album Review

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’ – Album Review

RUN THE JEWELS, ‘Don’t Get Captured’ – Album Review

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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Prince, ‘Purple Rain Deluxe’ (Expanded Edition) – Album Review

Prince, ‘Purple Rain Deluxe’ (Expanded Edition) – Album Review

Trying to wrap your head around the ethics of posthumous artist releases has always been a tough task. But is magnified when it comes to the artist formally known as the artist formally known as Prince. His legendary vault housed an untold number of treasures. From whole albums to a Kevin Smith documentary, all of which he did not want to release. The man was a fountain of creativity. But never aimed to over-saturate the…

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