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Dylan Tauber: He Loves Carmen

Dylan Tauber He Loves Carmen (Dylan Tauber) A heavy bed of keys, then a pulsating tight beat starts “Don’t Tell Me,” the kick-off track to Dylan Tauber’s album He Loves Carmen. We get unintelligible warbles of female vocals (as we will mostly in these tunes) across a slow groove as the song builds and Tauber sails in shaky key strikes. I More...

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By Ralph Greco On Monday, June 13th, 2022
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Ad Vanderveen: Candle to You 

Ad Vanderveen Candle to You (Ad Vanderveen) Ad Vanderveen’s Candle to You is contemporary folk at its best. Opening with the simple proclamation of the mid-tempo ballad “Do What You Love,” and then channeling More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 30th, 2022
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Ann Wilson: Fierce Bliss

Ann Wilson Fierce Bliss (Silver Lining Music) If you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you might have missed that Ann Wilson is the lead singer/flautist/songwriter and one-half of the creative More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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Eric Harrison: Dear John

Eric Harrison Dear John (Eric Harrison) Kevin Salem’s in-the-pocket snare snap, a simple yet perfectly placed lead guitar, and Eric Harrison’s distinctive vocal pushes the wonderful opener “Till You Make More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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Lochness Monster: Working for a Future

Lochness Monster Working for a Future (Venemusic LLC) Loud guitars and a stuttering drumbeat from Rene Rivera opens the fantastically desperate “Glass Jar,” the first tune from Miami’s Lochness Monster’s More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz: Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30 (Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz) The fourth release from Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz, Variant Blues: Music In The Time More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
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Ajay Mathur: Talking Loud

Ajay Mathur Talking Loud (Ajay Mathur) A simple yet effective high-sailing guitar line begins the upbeat first tune, “Sooner Or Later,” off Ajay Mathur’s 5th full-length album, Talking Loud. As I often More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 16th, 2022
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The Color of Cyan: Agape   

The Color of Cyan Agape (The Color of Cyan) The swirling, rising, spooky keys that turn quite mournful of “Inception” start us off on The Color of Cyan’s new release, Agape. I’m not sure all the layered More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, April 29th, 2022
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Swansgate: Becoming Someone

Swansgate Becoming Someone (Swansgate) Big swirling string strikes begin on “Lost in the Sun,” as we easily float into Michael McKinney’s MOR beat and Stu Draughn’s tight vocal delivery laden, with maybe More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, April 18th, 2022
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Aura Blaze: Open-Mindedness

Aura Blaze Open-Mindedness (Cleopatra Records) Open-Mindedness opens an EP of the same name from Rhode Rachel’s Aura Blaze. This trio of tunes, written (save for the last track, a cover of The Charlatans, “The More...