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Marc-E: Catharsis

Marc-E Catharsis (Marc-E) Marc-E, a music producer and performer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, mixes electronic samples, traditional instruments, and organic drum rhythms. His new album, Catharsis, wraps the listener in some wonderful soundscapes you are not soon to forget. Opener “Acceptance” slowly betrays its 70’s-like melody of slow More...

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By Ralph Greco On Friday, December 24th, 2021
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Hasten Mercy: Hasten Mercy

Hasten Mercy Hasten Mercy (Global Heist Recordings/Neurodisc Records) “Star You Are,” with its kinetic backbeat piano and driving percussion kicks us off on Hasten Mercy’s self-titled EP. These 3-songs More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, December 23rd, 2021
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THE SEX FILES: A Tribute To Anne Rice

Although we can easily celebrate Anne Rice for her reinvention of vampire literature (and for introducing not a small amount of homosexual erotica into the genre), I am more a fan of her non-horror work, most notably More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
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My Autumn Amor: Quiet Girl

My Autumn Amor Quiet Girl (My Autumn Amor) Los Angeles-based songwriter Thomas Monroe AKA My Autumn Amor, gives us his new EP Quiet Girl. What we get here is a truly singular sound from Monroe, as much from More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, December 20th, 2021
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Beo String Quartet: Ghosts Revisited

Beo String Quartet Ghosts Revisited (Neukraft Records) From classical masterpieces, contemporary pieces, and original progressive rock, the full range of Pittsburgh’s Beo String Quartet is impossible to label. More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, December 17th, 2021
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Elliot Cole: Journals (vol. 1)

Elliot Cole Journals (vol. 1) (Long Echo Music) Elliot Cole presents the four pieces of his Journals (vol. 1) here. Enlisting Jordan Dodson on guitar and Gabriel Cabezas on cello, we get some well-played, deeply More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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THE SEX FILES: Some Naughty ‘Best Of’ Lists For 2021

The year-end brings us a whole bunch of sexy “Best Of” lists, porn nominations, toy rundowns, and just stuff to reflect on for the year past. As I always try, I wanted to present you with a few of these so you More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, December 9th, 2021
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Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar With the Doors

Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar With the Doors by Robby Krieger, with Jeff Alulis (Little, Brown and Company) When it comes to great rock guitarists and songwriters, I instantly think More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
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Magnum Dopus: Suburbanova

Magnum Dopus Suburbanova (Space Mall Records) A keyboard soundscape gives way to plucked piano and big snares on Tennessee-based Magnum Dopus “8PM,” the opener on the band’s new full-length Suburbanova. More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, December 6th, 2021
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Vannon: Desert of Our Dreams

Vannon Desert of Our Dreams (Vannon) Oakland heavy metal-er’s Vannon throws us into Desert of Our Dreams, with their new album. Off the scary soundscape of opener “Call Up A Storm,” we get the balls-to-the-wall More...