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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Hard Rock
    Turkuaz - Life In The City

    Turkuaz - Life In The City

    Turkuaz
    Life In The City
    Label: Electric Habitat Music

    Expressive and fun, this nonet from Brooklyn will blow your socks off with their energy poppin’ horns, strong jams and catchy rhythms. Dripping with splashes of funk, rock, alternative and R&B this group brings momentous energy and presence to Life In The City as well as their live shows wherever they may be found. Find em nearby on 11/15 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI

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    Greatest Showman: Reimagined - Various Artists

    Greatest Showman: Reimagined - Various Artists

    Greatest Showman: Reimagined
    Various Artists
    Label: Atlantic Records

    The Greatest Showman was a landmark musical film and the songs it contains are iconic. Ripples of it’s popularity have been shaking the musical universe since it was released. Now you have the chance to hear 13 tracks reimagined by some of today’s top pop artists including Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Panic! at the Disco, Pentatonix, P!nk, and Willow Sage Hart (P!nk’s daughter). Sure it is a commercial Christmas pinata, but the original songs are strong enough to offer a fair amount of candy and glee in this new light. (8) press.atlanticrecords.com/the-greatest-showman/


    Imagine Dragons - Origins

    Imagine Dragons - Origins

    Imagine Dragons
    Origins
    Label: Interscope

    What an album! These double platinum producing, Grammy winning pop icons deliver another masterpiece with several smash hits as well as several other songs (rounding out this 12 track release) that show off the evolution of their artistic diversity and depth, but not in the same predictable ways as their past releases. If you haven’t heard Natural, Bad Liar or Zero off this album, you will soon, as they are all destined to be classics!

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    Sunsquabi - Instinct

    Sunsquabi - Instinct

    Sunsquabi
    Instinct
    Label: Sunsquabi

    This Colorado based hydro funk trio really takes flight on their newest release. Each track instinctively takes on the name of a different animal or insect, led by a three-track series of singles “Caterpillar,” “Chrysalis,” and “Night Moth.” Technical wizardry shines on each track, propelled by signature wailing guitars, slithering synths and slap happy improvisational jams. Another blissful display of stunning sonic glory! Become part of their metamorphosis when you go see them (with Defunk) on 4/11 at Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, WI and 4/13 at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI.

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    Only Child Tyrant - Time to Run

    Only Child Tyrant - Time to Run

    Only Child Tyrant
    Time to Run
    Label: Nomark

    Brash and abrupt, throbbingly angular and obtrusive; found inside of indie, surf and slide, as well as doom and electronic. In what strange world could all of these exist? One that is an alias for mega producer Amon Tobin! Needing an outlet for material that didn’t fit into his other bodies of work Only Child Tyrant was born. These 8 tracks take you in mysterious ways to places you never knew you could get to. Whether bleeping or grinding this will have you wandering but finding.

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    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats’ Nest

    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats’ Nest

    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
    Infest The Rats’ Nest
    Label: ATO Records

    Imagine you are in a quirky psych-pop band. Then someone turns you on to Slayer, Black Sabbath, Metallica and Motorhead. You decide to write an old school metal album. That’s what seems to have happened to KG&TLW (who are well known for genre hopping tendencies). This album is thrashing and heavy, with gruff metal vocals about environmental impact amid zany Slayer-ish solos. The Gizzard will never be the same. (8)   

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    Elder - Gold & Silver Sessions

    Elder - Gold & Silver Sessions

    Elder
    Gold & Silver Sessions
    Label: Blues Funeral Records

    Immaculately constructed instrumental progressive psychedelic doom rock that utilizes these multiple influences to paint sonic pictures of unmatched beauty, complexity and prowess. Adding to their past couple highly acclaimed releases, this one sets the sail for even more amazing adventures in music.

    Elder WebsiteElder Facebook

    Opeth - In Cauda Venenum  

    Opeth - In Cauda Venenum  

    Opeth
    In Cauda Venenum  
    Label: Nuclear Blast

    Delightfully delicious, dynamic and intense musical drama from Sweden’s one and only Opeth! Their 13th release is a double, offering these 10 engaging and enrapturing progressive rock and metal compositions sung first and foremost in Swedish, but then also including with English accompaniment. Every listen unveils new layers of breathtaking delicacy, interesting interludes and amazing musicianship. Bravo!

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    The Darkness - Easter Is Cancelled

    The Darkness - Easter Is Cancelled

    The Darkness
    Easter Is Cancelled
    Label: Cooking Vinyl Limited

    Looking for a buff Savior just in time for Xmas? The obvious choice here would be the crotch-thrusting rock’n’roll group The Darkness! The sixth album from these British rockers still screams and strains with cheesy iconic hooks and riffin a plenty. Like a trip through the hairy 80s, the finger flying beginning gives way to the power ballads before apexing with anthemic fist pumpers. Good to go.

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