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CD Review Jane Lee Hooker - Spiritus

Jane Lee Hooker

Spiritus
Record Label: Ruf Records
Review by Sal Serio
February 2018

The 5 ladies of NYC heavy blues are back with their 2nd album, titled ‘Spiritus’. Whereas the 2016 release ‘No B’ showed more of a Zeppelin-type hard-rock-meets-whiskey-blues swagger, this new collection of songs showcases more originality and individualism. A more defined personal identity, if you will. And more emphasis on blues than the rock, with lead singer Dana Athens leading the pack with a forceful Melissa Etheridge or Beth Hart sort of demanding persona. Forceful, but still sensitive when the song calls for it. In fact, the group “serves the song” quite well on this release, with guitarists Tracy Hightop and Tina Gorin stepping forward with the goods at all the right times, but more importantly, laying back when the song needs to breathe with more space.


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CD Review The Racing Pulses - The Racing Pulses vibrant new release Nothing To Write Home About

Racing Pulses

The Racing Pulses vibrant new release Nothing To Write Home About
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Review by Tommy Rage
December 2017

The Racing Pulses give us all something to write home about with their vibrant first release.


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CD Review Kyle Rightley - Making Home

Kyle Rightley

Making Home
Record Label: self-release
Review by John Noyd
November 2017

Accompanied by a few well-chosen guitars and a talent for spinning honest tales from clear-eyed lyrics, Rightley’s solo album gathers strumming drumless love-songs washed in pithy hitchhiker’s pickin’ addressing open roads and underdogs with glowing folk-poet anecdotes. Add a dash of racetrack boogie, dreamy jangle-pop and crushed-velvet jazz and, “Home,” casually conjures rolling, green pastures and lonely, late-night interstates with warm, friendly memories and kindly, tempered perspective. Bright, chiming solos and cozy melodies pique ears and hearts alike as twang, sizzle and fuzz tumble over six-string rhythms with woeful steel and howling electric raising spirits in reinforced chords and gun-slinger licks. Celebrating the album’s release, Kyle and members of his other musical projects join together for a free show December 13th at Madison’s Mason Lounge.   


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CD Review Lespecial - Cheen

Lespecial

Cheen
Record Label: Techne Records
Review by Sal Serio
November 2017

Lespecial is a genre-busting trio from Boston/New York City that continuously pulls sharp left turns on their musical influences. One minute they’re sparse techno, then Buckethead-type weirdo shredding, then alt-funk in a Primus/Chili Peppers vein, with Talking Heads “Speaking In Tongues” era synth keyboard flourishes, to middle eastern flavored hip-hop and psychedelic reggae dub. Yet they somehow manage to retain a consistency and logical flow.


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CD Review Vixen's Janet Gardner  - Vixen’s Janet Gardner

Vixen's Janet Gardner

Vixen’s Janet Gardner
Record Label: Pavement Entertainment
Review by Tommy Rage
October 2017

Vixen’s Janet Gardner releases a solo album that mixes her 80’s power vocals with an up-dated & modern feel. Read More…


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CD Review Dan Kolesari - Since You’ve Been Around

Dan Kolesari

Since You’ve Been Around
Record Label: Self Released
Review by Donny Stopiak
October 2017

A worthy follow-up to his 2015 release, Waiting For You, this September 2017 release masterfully showcases Dan’s piano playing chops, passionate vocals, and innate songwriting ability.


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