Category: New releases

Amy Black: Memphis (Reuben)

Amy Black Memphis (Reuben) Concept albums have been a staple of the recording industry for some time now, with the format of a theme or story line which binds all the music together allowing and artist to dig deeper into…

Anna Coogan: The Lonely Cry of Space and Time (Self-Released)

Anna Coogan The Lonely Cry of Space and Time (Self-Released) Anna Coogan’s latest release, ‘The Lonely Cry of Space and Time,’ is, if nothing else, a collection of songs dripping with unbridled artistry. Practically shouldering the whole mass herself, her…

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm: Self-Titled (Jay-Vee)

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm Self-Titled (Jay-Vee) After forty years and 20 albums, guitar man and certified soul man Robert Cray can do just about anything he wants, so for his latest record he chose to go to the source…

Date Night With Brian: EP (Top Drawer)

Date Night With Brian EP (Top Drawer) The bass-less trio Date Night With Brian make up for the missing instrument with solid drumming and a brilliant two guitar attack plan. The Seattle group combines a fantastic mix of classic ‘90s…

Dave Davies & Russ Davies: Open Road (Green Amp)

Dave Davies & Russ Davies Open Road (Green Amp) Dave Davies comes to us with his new album like an old friend returning after a long absence to reconnect and let us know he’s the same ole guy we’ve always…

Essence: Black Wings (Self-Released)

Essence Black Wings (Self-Released) Essence is a sixth-generation San Franciscan who was raised by flower children from the Haight-Ashbury Summer of Love era, and yes Essence is her real birth name. The singer/songwriter has been immersed in music since she…

The Flywheels: I’m For the Flowers (Mystery Lawn)

The Flywheels I’m For the Flowers (Mystery Lawn) In 2017, any band that offers their debut album in both electronic AND vinyl form deserves major street cred. And thus we should kneel to The Flywheels’ for their release of ‘I’m…

Hite: Light of a Strange Day (Six Degrees)

Hite Light of a Strange Day (Six Degrees) Hite is the debut of a new band for Georgia native Julia Easterlin and it’s just as intriguing as her earlier efforts (most notably her work with guitarist Vieux Farka Toure). This…

Mark Lanegan Band: Gargoyle (Heavenly)

Mark Lanegan Band Gargoyle (Heavenly) As a longtime fan, it’s been an interesting ride following the music career of singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan. From his early days in the iconic Screaming Trees to working with the supergroup Mad Season and Queens…

Modern English: Take Me to the Trees (Self-Released)

Modern English Take Me to the Trees (Self-Released) The UK-based New Wave band Modern English have had a hell of a time shaking that one-hit wonder label. Ever since their early- ‘80s hit “I Melt With You” took over radio,…

Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4: 777 (Self-Released)

Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4 777 (Self-Released) Recent transplant to Seattle, vocal power house, and whirling dervish Lauren Murphie found fast friends and kindred spirits in the Sodo 4 and quickly joined forces with them to record debut album…

The Real McKenzies: Two Devils Will Talk (Fat Wreck Chords)

The Real McKenzies Two Devils Will Talk (Fat Wreck Chords) Ten albums into it, at this point as a listener you know what you’re getting into with a Real McKenzies’ album. Like always, there are plenty of bagpipes, power chords,…

Gina Sicilia: Tug of War (Blue Elan)

Gina Sicilia Tug of War (Blue Elan) Philadelphis-born Gina Sicilia is a vocal stylist who has made her mark as a bodacious soul singer and torch song blues diva with a powerful husky alto. Sicilia recently made a move to…

Skating Polly: New Trick (El Camino)

Skating Polly New Trick (El Camino) Over their eight years as a band, Skating Polly has released four albums and for their latest, the 3-song EP ‘New Trick,’ the band are pulling out all the stops. Kelli Mayo (guitar, vocals)…