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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    Hermano - Into the Exam Room

    Hermano - Into the Exam Room

    Hermano
    Into the Exam Room
    Label: Regain Records

    Mega groovy hard rock and acoustic rock congealed from members of several stoner rock outfits and put together over long distances. At the helm is former Kyuss vocalist, John Garcia, guiding this herd to great heights.

    Hermano WebsiteHermano Wiki

    Hydrogyn - Deadly Passions

    Hydrogyn - Deadly Passions

    Hydrogyn
    Deadly Passions
    Label: DR2 Records

    Smart, sexy, determined and connected (they scored a Pepsi gig off their demo!), this well fueled metal outfit struts their stuff with a stunning female presence in front and a furious musical appeal in tow.

    Hydrogyn Website

    Lauren Harris - Calm Before The Storm

    Lauren Harris - Calm Before The Storm

    Lauren Harris
    Calm Before The Storm
    Label: DR2 Records

    Surprisingly tame, straight forward and stereotypical “chick” rock from the daughter of legendary Iron Maiden bassist, Steve Harris. I was really hoping for a lot more.

    Lauren Harris WebsiteLauren Harris Wiki

    Ron Hacker - Mr. Bad Boy

    Ron Hacker - Mr. Bad Boy

    Ron Hacker
    Mr. Bad Boy
    Label: Maximum Folk

    This live solo show recorded at Famous Dave’s BBZ & Blues in Minneapolis highlights a scrumptious soulful attack of raw, bare-boned Delta blues from a bluesman of adequately checkered past and gruff, gritty vocals.

    Ron Hacker WebsiteRon Hacker Wiki

    HR (of Bad Brains) - Hey Wella

    HR (of Bad Brains) - Hey Wella

    HR (of Bad Brains)
    Hey Wella
    Label: DC Underground

    This legendary and highly influential Bad Brains vocalist and front man extends his lengthy career (starting in 1978!) with another solo offering, utilizing their time tested signature juxtaposition of hardcore punk and reggae, with hip hop inflections. A slick and well produced release, yet I am under-whelmed.

    HR (of Bad Brains) WebsiteHR (of Bad Brains) Wiki

    Zach Hill - Astrological Straits

    Zach Hill - Astrological Straits

    Zach Hill
    Astrological Straits
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    This tumultuous solo project by “Hella” drummer provides a blizzard of percussion and inventive sideline groove activities that are turbo-charged up by an eclectic selection of guest musicians, including Les Claypool, Jonathon Hicshke and Steve Borth. Zowie!

    Zach Hill Wiki

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    Jimmy "Duck" Holmes - Gonna Get Old Someday

    Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
    Gonna Get Old Someday
    Label: Fat Possum Records

    The Blue Front Café was the incubator for this simple smooth flowing style of blues known as the Bentonia Blues style, originated in Bentonia, MS and made famous by Skip James and Jack Owens. This release highlights what this style offers through one of the only known living practitioners.

    Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Wiki

    Steven Halpern - Relaxation Suite

    Steven Halpern - Relaxation Suite

    Steven Halpern
    Relaxation Suite
    Label: Inner Peace Music

    Sound and vibrational healing techniques were pioneered by Halpern, the worlds leading composer of healing and relaxation music. This time he has chosen to funnel the healing energy mostly through a piano, with a number other choice instruments woven in. Blissful.

    Steven Halpern WebsiteSteven Halpern Wiki

    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

    Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks WebsiteDan Hicks and the Hot Licks Wiki

    Heatbox - System

    Heatbox - System

    Heatbox
    System
    Label: Self Released

    This amazing vocal juke box is feeling his stride on this incredibly catchy and entertaining release. A strong nod to barbershop stylings create a river of harmonies for this one man soul, hip hop and funk band to riff off of. Live he samples each phrase, loops it and repeats until complete. The classics that this contemporary harmonic hero brings our way include “Pizza Funk” and “I Need A Jack and Coke.” As a bonus the disc also contains the game Heatbox completely created “Ninja Strike.”

    Heatbox Website

    Horse Meat Disco - Horse Meat Disco

    Horse Meat Disco - Horse Meat Disco

    Horse Meat Disco
    Horse Meat Disco
    Label: Strut Records

    Get ready to move some bootay! This body bumpin’ double disc collection features London club founders James Hillard and Jim Stanton mixing up select disco era gems followed by a second disc of untouched disco ditties. Get to the dance floor already!


    Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There’s Now

    Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There’s Now

    Kyle Hollingsworth
    Then There’s Now
    Label: Sci Fidelity Records

    This String Cheese Incident alumni has developed a finely designed array of catchy heartfelt melodies and immediately palatable rhythms. Compelling choruses and interspersed electronica electrify these creations with a broad and jam friendly resonance.

    Kyle Hollingsworth Website

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