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Sistronix

Deap Vally

Sistronix

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The music scene has seen an influx of really good, female-fronted acts that have grabbed the attention of music programmers and bloggers - from Lorde, Haim, Icona Pop to CHVRCHES - all well deserved, but one that seems to be slipping through the cracks is Deap Vally, and their debut, Sistronix, a raw, gritty rock album that is full of...Continue

Revelry & Resilience

Gypsyhawk

Revelry & Resilience

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“So calm down. Don’t freak out. Live in the moment, now”

How about a new band? How about a new album? How about a real rock band? Huh? Want that? I do.

I read about Gyspyhawk online last year. The comedian Don Jamieson said they sounded like Thin Lizzy. Wow - wait. You don’t hear that often. So I went to Easy...Continue

Dear Music Appreciators,

It always feels so good to find another great album to listen to. Suddenly life is less lame again and there is something new to look forward to. Especially when it's the kind of album that I can put on repeat and listen to over and over again and each time it starts over, rather than thinking "hmm,...Continue

Dear Music Appreciators,

His real name is Johannes Sigmond. His stage name is Blaudzun. Who is this guy and where did he come from? Well, he's Dutch so I guess he came from the Netherlands, but where did he really come from? For all those (like me) who don't keep tabs on the Dutch music scene, it might seem that the...Continue

Dear Music Appreciators,

Right when the music started I knew it was going to be a good album, but when I heard that opening track bust open a minute later...I knew it was going to be a great album. Notice the stinging synth-string flourishes and listen for that big falsetto chorus with banjo pickin' on one side and fuzzy guitar rock...Continue

Dear Music Appreciators,

One of the pleasures of reviewing music for the past year and a half has been discovering new bands - but in my case it has been less a case of discovering NEW bands, as discovering bands that are new to me. Apparently Tegan and Sara have been around since the '90s. Didn't know that. I'd heard OF...Continue

Kind of a hipster hippie vibe on this one - very cool band name, leaves, rocks, waterfall, clothing, hair, shoes, body language, - based on the album art, I felt like I had to know what the music would sound like.

And at first I wasn't that into the music. But as is often the case, I probably wasn't paying very...Continue

Dear Music Appreciators,

This is my first Gary Allan experience actually. First track, right away I thought "Steve Earle." That comparison faded over the course of the album, but the two singers do share some qualities. They both seem to have a certain rebellious/outsider quality and a certain kind of a gritty badassness that can be refreshing. Some Steve Earle fans...Continue

Dear Music Appreciators,

I reached for this album because of the cover art - a wolf with flowers growing out of its side lying in front of a glowing orange sunset. Then I noticed that the wolf appeared to be dead. Then I looked up the meaning of the album title, from which I learned something that I didn’t know before....Continue

Lead With Your Heart

The Tenors

Lead With Your Heart

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Dear Music Appreciators,

I flip-flopped on these guys. Maybe this means I should (or shouldn't?) go into politics. At first I was skeptical - just another group of poperabots, carefully manufactured for maximum revenue potential and marketed to the mindless masses who will shell out the cash for anything as long as it sounds pretty and makes them feel better for...Continue

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