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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 Me Home” off Harrison’s new EP, Dear John. Paying homage to John Prine here, Harrison attempts to set out five tunes of songs with a “big More...

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By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, April 15th, 2022

Spencer Elliot: SE3

Spencer Elliott SE3 (CandyRat Records) Spencer Elliott’s strummed and echoey acoustic breaks into the free-flying groove of “Torque,” the opener on his new album SE3. Along with drummer Chris Hudson and More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

Leadbetter Band: Howl

Leadbetter Band Howl (CD Baby) A heavy beat with Mark Johnson’s organ spikes and some chunky guitar runs inform the opener “Waterdogs” from Oregon-based rock trio Leadbetter Band’s new Howl. The second More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, April 8th, 2022

Chawa Lilith: Euphonious 

Chawa Lilith Euphonious (Chawa Lilith) Calling out with her potent singing incantation and a bed of breathy sounds behind her, Chawa Lilith starts us off with “Good Things,” introducing us to the atmospheric More...