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Due for release April 3rd, Dolph Chaney manages to captivate once again with the stylish Rebuilding Permit.
Today Super 8 release Head Sounds. The feel good vibes that society needs today to lift spirits from the virus abyss
Jonny Polonsky’s latest Kingdom Of Sleep raises more questions than its thirty-two minutes can answer
Jackson Price acknowledges his debts to his musical heroes, and focuses on simply playing the blues as best he knows how.
Morrissey has returned less than a year after the uneven Californian Son with a much more refined effort titled I Am Not A Dog On A Chain.
Backwards Compatible by Chris Church acts as a mixed tape of old-school sounds, forming a soundtrack to our youth.
On May 8th, Glass Records Modern release the excellent Mercurial 1978-2018, a celebration of Alec Novak, The Venus Flytrap and his lesser known projects
Moments and Fragments_ is easily one of the most ambitious and daring albums in the genre in ages, and it comes out on Instru Dash Mental March 27th.
For casual listeners, the years between Bay Area unique psych/prog/power pop combo Game Theory’s final album Two Steps From the Middle Ages and the debut of bandleader Scott Miller’s more overtly psychedelic combo The Loud Family seem barren, save the usual “greatest hits” compilation (Tinker to Evers to Chance). In reality, the band hadn’t stopped working – it had merely reconfigured itself into what would now be called an indie rock supergroup.
On April 3rd The Lovely Eggs release I Am Moron, an album which sums up the global mood perfectly
Prior to the April 11th album launch, I take a look at the complex but enjoyable Two Chairs, One Day by Welsh act The Jesus Fairies
Angelic singing plus timeless songs spells heavenly grace.
On Friday March 20th, Bobby Conn releases the aptly titled Recovery, brave, ambitious and delicious with attitude
Sophomore release from Mayflower Madame offers low creativity from high expectations.
The gap of 36 years between albums, does not help the Boomtown Rats to create something great.
There have been a number of bands in recent years who have begun playing with this style once again, but Ptolemea are among the few who dare to explore and stretch the genre to its breaking point.
This March 27, Elektrafied- The Elektra Years 1979-1982 brings together the three albums recorded for Elektra by historic power pop outfit Shoes
Fontaines D.C are the subject of a new documentary Sold For Parts, a fly on the wall view into the recording of their debut masterwork Dogrel.
From Big Stir Records comes a new compilation in the digital singles series. The Fifth Wave brings the best of global power pop bands and labels together.
On April 18th, RSD will mark the return of the debut studio album by Scottish legends the BMX Bandits. C86 is an album worthy of the title masterpiece, which will see a release on white vinyl with a brand new remaster.
The French band returns with an excellent Jim Diamond-produced sophomore effort.
A diamond worth mining from the plethora of RSD releases, Dandy Warhols and Bebe Buell who do a blistering take on Femme Fatale
Featuring former Church guitarist Marty Willson-Piper and his Noctorum partner Dare Mason, One Day will find fans among those who appreciated Pink Floyd’s instrumental send-off The Endless River or Mike Oldfield’s classic Tubular Bells.
In all honesty, the record follows the usual rules: intro, head, solos, return to the head – it’s what jazz is built on. But describing the record’s mechanics belies the brilliance that lies in its tracks.
A hive of activity has kicked off surrounding the influential, and totally indispensable Buzzcocks. With a new single “Gotta Get Better”, comes news of a new box set on May 29th spanning the ’91 and onwards work of the band.
On March 6th, The Domestiques debut lands, The Domestiques Vol.1 is a well-structured and expertly crafted work of noise art
For music nerds that follow such things, Music from the Early 21st Century presents a dream team of post-fusion improvisers.
Zilla With Her Eyes Shut is a brilliantly bold and provocative record that proves something can have commercial appeal without once sacrificing experimentation or artistic integrity.
Patterson Hood and company wrestle with despair over the state of the world today.
On March 6th, Futureman Records release Garden Of Earthly Delights ~ An XTC Celebration. An album featuring a plethora of talent covering songs by XTC and crew. This is something really special.
On May 22, Throwing Muses return with a new album Sun Racket, and here is the first track to drop “Dark Blue”.
Not only has Talk in Code always had a way with a great pop tune they have also always been smart enough to move with the times. I remember watching them in their earliest incarnation where they could easily have been found on a bill opening for the likes of Coldplay or Travis, which was exactly right for those times. Talk Like That is exactly right for these times.
With only seven songs, Setz manages to cover a lot of territory and themes with Metamorfosis, and she emerges as one of the most innovative new singer-songwriters precisely because of her commitment to originality and self-satisfaction.
Skillfully put together by Esoteric Recordings, a deep dive into the crucial period of experimentation by Eric Burdon & The Animals.
UK producer Steve Whitfield and Fabrice Nau come together to form electronic outfit Scenius, and release their debut slice “Glass Rain”.
The good nature of Southern California comes to the fore in the latest album Under The Tidal Wave by Blaine Campell
The Hillbilly Shakespeare as heard on the radio in 1951.
The sound itself may not be exactly modern, but it should easily find a home with both 70s prog and 90s alt rock fans.
Triggers and Slips – A Band Breathing New Life in to the Roots Rock and Alt-Country.
The leader of Austin’s long-running pop/rock outfit Moonlight Towers, James “JM” Stevens knows how to craft a good song.
Jack Whites’ Third Man Records is set to release a batch of albums by the late French starlet France Gall
Four: Three clocks in at three songs in eleven minutes of new wavy pop glory.
Back after a bit of a hiatus, The Judex come roaring back into the public ear with a sonic slice of retro-rock meets b-movie horror anthem.
For twenty years, Clay Walton and John Wilkins have been wielding acoustic guitars in service of scorched ambience as FiRES WERE SHOT.
Billed as EOB, the group introduced material from the founding Radiohead member’s debut solo album Earth and added a couple of revealing covers.
The latest by Dot Dash Proto Retro, is an album that went under the radar but is a worthy work of investigation
Scrap the Valentine’s Celebrations, as The Forty Nineteens return with the double digital download of Tell Me b/w It’s For Fun
Home Leigh Goth Daughter: finding their own voice and place in the Beehive State and in the post-riot grrrl scene.