Category: New releases

Reilly: Self-Titled (CEN/RED)

Reilly Self-Titled (CEN/RED) Not all albums can transcend genres, space and time, but newcomer Reilly has a voice and style which generates true emotional power. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she studied voice and piano while performing with local and…

Deniz Tek & James Williamson: Acoustic KO (Leopard Lady)

Deniz Tek & James Williamson Acoustic KO (Leopard Lady) Deniz Tek and James Williamson’s 4-song EP is an interesting exercise taking some Iggy Pop/James Williamson songs from ‘Raw Power’ and ‘Kill City’ and redoing them acoustically. (Original recorded version of…

The Traditional: The Queen of Heaven (Anchor Eighty Four)

The Traditional The Queen of Heaven (Anchor Eighty Four) With the fad of music heading toward pop country and singer/songwriters with acoustic guitars, it’s no big surprise there is a portion of the music scene that rebuffs that trend. However,…

Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament (Bloodshot)

Scott H. Biram The Bad Testament (Bloodshot) Lone Star state native Scott H. Biram started blending punk rock, blues, and country years before anyone decided to christen the cobbled-together genre, folk punk. Across nearly a dozen releases, Biram has been…

Can’t Swim: Fail You Again (Pure Noise)

Can’t Swim Fail You Again (Pure Noise) Not even two years old yet, the Keansburg New Jersey-based rock band Can’t Swim has a promising debut album on their hands with ‘Fail You Again.’ Formed by drummer-turned-guitarist and singer/songwriter, Chris LoPorto,…

Chicano Batman: Freedom is Free (ATO)

Chicano Batman Freedom is Free (ATO) With the first strums of “Passed You By,” and the airy vocals of lead singer Bardo Martinez, I was transported back to a hazy, 1972-Curtis Mayfield, kind of day. Sun shining, surrounded by friends,…

Churchwood: Hex City (Saustex)

Churchwood Hex City (Saustex) Pulitzer prize winning film critic Roger Ebert once said that the best movies are those that – figuratively – start in one place and end in another. It’s the journey that makes the experience so meaningful…

Rodney Crowell: Close Ties (New West)

Rodney Crowell Close Ties (New West) It’s been a little over two years since multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell released the critically acclaimed album, ‘The Traveling Kind,’ a duets album, with longtime collaborator Emmylou Harris. Now the crooner returns…

Ruthie Foster: Joy Comes Back (Blue Corn)

Ruthie Foster Joy Comes Back (Blue Corn) With an apt title ‘Joy Comes Back,’ Texas troubadour Ruthie Foster returns with her first studio album in three years, and the sound is just that: full of Joy. Foster is known as…

Colin Hay: Fierce Mercy (Compass/Lazy Eye)

Colin Hay Fierce Mercy (Compass/Lazy Eye) “Seasons come and seasons go Some talking in between I’m lookin’ through the window now At all that I have been” One of the signature sounds of early 80s pop music was provided by…

The Routes: In This Perfect Hell (Dirty Water)

The Routes In This Perfect Hell (Dirty Water) The Routes are an Oita, Japan-based three-piece consisting of Chris Jack (bass, vocals, bass, organ, percussion) with Shinichi Nakayama (drums), and Toru Nishimuta (bass). Jack is the brain child of the band,…

Austin Shaw: Felt (Self-Released)

Austin Shaw Felt (Self-Released) Austin Shaw is an alternative/progressive rock singer-songwriter who hails from Santa Cruz, CA. His new EP, titled ‘Felt’, is meant to be a little peak of what’s to come from his full-length album due out later…

Shinyribs: I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid)

Shinyribs I Got Your Medicine (Mustard Lid) One of the best scenes in John Hughes 1987 film “Adventures in Babysitting” was when the kids stumble into a late night blues club and belt out an impromptu, catchy little ditty that…