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6 March 2020

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Carlos Washington releases a “Little Bit of Texas”

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Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing might not be a household name for most Americans, but in the album Little Bit of Texas, the self-proclaimed king of western swing is rolling like he’s on top of the world – and loving every minute of it. In the songs like the record’s namesake, “The King of Western […]

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2 March 2020

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Patricia Lazzara releases Radiance (LP)

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In a misty haze of delicate piano, Patricia Lazzara’s Radiance LP rises from the silence ever so slowly before embracing us with the warmth of a flute melody that will be found not only in this opening track, titled “Woodland Sonatine,” but throughout the record’s brightest and darkest of moments – a gorgeous soprano-led “Ave Maria,” extended […]

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28 February 2020

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Little King releases 5 song EP

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Proving their sound is anything but little, the three-piece rock band Little King channels the influences of three different states and to create a thrilling final product in the five-song EP Occam’s Foil. Brash and bold, Occam’s Foil gives the listener a smattering of rock, Spanish influences and even some classically- sounding moments. Comprised of […]

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20 February 2020

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Rob Georg Sings Just Like a Cowboy

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Germany’s Rob Georg sings what’s it like being a professional cowboy. The grit. The bloody and blistered hands. You could say the same thing about learning to play a guitar and even writing a song. He does ‘em both in the packed 15-song album Radio Cowboy. Relying more on strong storytelling then over-the-top music beds, Georg’s […]

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16 February 2020

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Mike Donello & the New Essentials release EP

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Mike Donello & the New Essentials simply have no time for the fluff that a lot of other pop groups would employ when making a debut record in their self-titled EP and its five lush tracks – on the contrary, theirs is a rookie offering that rejects the very notion of putting filler where genuinely […]

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12 February 2020

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Darren Michael Boyd gets his funk on via new LP

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Enormous melodies dressed as metallic daggers confront us with formidable strength in “The Earth is B flat.” The overdrive gets turned down while the tempo gets twisted in “This song won’t get played on the radio.” Darren Michael Boyd gets his funk on in “Was it something I said?” with just as much passion as […]

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30 January 2020

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Kings County are answering the call

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Both aficionados and casual observers of rock have been vocalizing their desire to hear more vitality from the genre for a long while now, and in that spirit, the Florida underground’s Kings County are answering the call with a shot of life in the form of their new single “All That I Want,” a prime […]

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29 January 2020

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Forgotten Door release Self-Titled EP

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Las Vegas headquartered six piece Forgotten Door’s SELF-TITLED EP certainly pays tribute to iconic acts like Stevie Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac, among others, but there’s much more going on here. Their original compositions boast identifiable reference points without lapsing into outright imitation; it is as if Forgotten Door’s songwriting absorbed those lessons and transformed them through […]

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28 January 2020

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Jonathan Emile’s new single “Moses”

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Full of as much ache as the vocal is, the glare of the harmonica’s melody at the start of Jonathan Emile’s new single “Moses” sets the tone for the entire song soon to follow in quite the Dylan-esque fashion. Charged with emotion and a raw vulnerability that isn’t common among the mainstream side of pop […]

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18 January 2020

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Incendiary Heart by Andy Michaels

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In his second record, titled Incendiary Heart, Andy Michaels throws out the rulebook when it comes to making a sophomore album and focuses solely on getting back to the basics of songwriting, and though this approach could rightly be described as somewhat minimalistic compared to what he did in Revisited, his 2018 debut, it’s an aesthetic that […]

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