Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks - Tangled Tales

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks - Tangled Tales

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
Tangled Tales
Label: Surfdog Records

This influential and enduring song writer hosts guests a plenty on these12 tracks of clever toe tapping and insightful lazy Americana with a jazzy, country western tilt and swingin’ swagger.

SEE LIVE 5/14 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee; 5/15 at Majestic Theater in Madison, WI; 5/16 Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis

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Deuter - Atmospheres

Deuter - Atmospheres

Deuter
Atmospheres
Label: New Earth Records

Taming the wilds of your mind so that inner healing can occur, on this release Deuter harnesses impressionistic piano to fill but not overfill the musical space. Another in his line of excellent massage, Reiki or meditation CDs, the songs here contain a carefully measured harmonic blanket of sound and result in a cosmic blissful state.


Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam - Coming Up For Air

Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam - Coming Up For Air

Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam
Coming Up For Air
Label: Blix Street Records

Possessing all the trappings of “The Next Big Thing” including a big name producer (Peter Frampton), slots at a load of summer festivals, and a substantial amount of raw talent, this 22 year old British blues pop guitarist from the Isle of Man is on the fast track to achieving his goal.

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Darkest Hour - Eternal Return

Darkest Hour - Eternal Return

Darkest Hour
Eternal Return
Label: Victory Records

Rolling and thundering melodic metal with a fair amount of technical wizardry ta boot! Born in the mid 90s, the band was among the first to combine their American hardcore/punk fury with the Swedish death metal sound and is the lineage that still propels their music.

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Dope Stars Inc - 21st Century Slave

Dope Stars Inc - 21st Century Slave

Dope Stars Inc
21st Century Slave
Label: Metropolis Records

Integrating the enthusiasm and darker electronica imagery of the cyberpunk movement with their overt fascination of vampires while lyrically railing against societies evils and hidden agendas in an anthemic fashion bodes well for this industrious industrial metal force.

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Dujalu - Dujalu

Dujalu - Dujalu

Dujalu
Dujalu
Label: Self Released

Part English, part Australian and part Ecuadorian, this Wisconsin trio has corralled their various backgrounds to birth a raw and emotive musical force empowered by spirited female vocals in the context of a supercharged acoustic underbelly sprouted with unexpected rhythms and textures.


Dunkelbunt - Raindrops &  Elephants

Dunkelbunt - Raindrops &  Elephants

Dunkelbunt
Raindrops &  Elephants
Label: Piranha Records

Constructing a fervent yet asymmetric upswing of global rhythms into a calliope of contemporary stylings, this intoxicating brew of Klezmer, reggae, jazz, funk, dub, and electronica has been finessed into an audio jungle of delight and satisfaction.

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Disco Biscuits - Planet Anthem

Disco Biscuits - Planet Anthem

Disco Biscuits
Planet Anthem
Label: SCI Fidelity/Diamond Riggs

Too many avenues of experimentation and guest musicians water down the overall appeal of this release for me. Their usual amazing jamtronica thrust still feeds familiar aspects but their revisioning here also splinters the output into other frontiers of varying success. Doubtlessly still a great live show though.

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Bako Dagnon - Sibida

Bako Dagnon - Sibida

Bako Dagnon
Sibida
Label: Syllart Productions

Bako Dadnon is a renowned vocalist. Known in her native land of Mali as the premier Mande musician as well as an acclaimed female griot (traditional singer/story teller) her voice leads with a confident power denoting the story teller that she is. Regardless of the language you speak, few vocalists have the command and attention she draws. All buffeted by percussive beds of electrified native rhythms.

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Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth

Danzig
Deth Red Sabaoth
Label: Evilive Records

After the last few lackluster releases we finally have a return to form for the mighty Danzig! Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) once again provides the eerie screaming guitars and John Kelly (Type O Negative) throws down on the double bass drums. The songs are dark, brooding and anthemic with Danzig’s powerful voice unmistakable as the enigmatically appealing ringleader.

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Devo - Something For Everybody

Devo - Something For Everybody

Devo
Something For Everybody
Label: Warner Brothers

Outstanding! A triumphant and glorious rebirth of these 1980’s new wave icons. From top to bottom, song after song their quirky signature staccato synth pop rock finds renewed life in the new millennium. The biggest difference is their signature red energy dome hats are now blue! Album details were honed by their online community and the results shine.

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Dean - Outside In

Dean - Outside In

Dean
Outside In
Label: Dean Music Art

Dean is a one man project. He is a songwriter, a producer and plays all the instruments. Songs are formed by introducing expansive vistas of electronica and spicing them up with Latin or Afrobeat rhythms while overlaying jazz, blues, and fusion elements to spin additional ambiance.

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