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Norine Braun: December Falls

Norine Braun December Falls (Norine Braun) The softly strummed guitar and sweetly layered atmospheric noodling of various wind instruments inform “Solstice (This Day the Sun Stands Still),” the opening track of Norine Braun’s new holiday offering December Falls. Sly snare and island steel drums’ sound open Braun’s take of “I Saw 3 Ships.” More...

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By Ralph Greco On Friday, January 1st, 2021

Idiot Grins: Thoughts & Prayers

Idiot Grins Thoughts & Prayers (Snug Harbor Records) One certainly wants to love an album that opens with a song called “Satan Is Real.” Americana rock and soul band Idiot Grins’ 4th full-length album is More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Paul Maged: Culture War

Paul Maged Culture War (Paul Maged) A single slicing guitar melody line and power chords inform Culture War’s quick snapping, the beginning tune of Paul Maged’s new album of the same name. “Simplicity” More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, December 28th, 2020

Eric H. F. Law: Better Angels 

Eric H. F. Law Better Angels (Grace Margin Music) Inspired by Peter, Paul, and Mary’s albums, Eric H. F. Law has been writing songs since the age of 14 about his immigrant experience in New York City. On his More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, December 25th, 2020

Grapefruit Sound Lab: Eight Days Across America

Grapefruit Sound Lab Eight Days Across America (Howe Records) A drum machine bass drum pattern, danceable keys, and Sarah Naughton’s spoken and sung vocals on the kinetic “A Song About Freedom,” leads off More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

The smallest Creature: Magic Beans

The Smallest Creature Magic Beans (The smallest Creature) The smallest Creature is a quartet from Lamaca, a spot in sunny Cyprus. Drawing from sources like U2, Pearl Jam, and even classic bands like Black Sabbath, More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, November 13th, 2020

Yes: The Royal Affair Tour (Live From Las Vegas)

Yes The Royal Affair Tour (Live From Las Vegas) (BMG Rights Management) You really can’t keep a good prog band down. The classic band Yes, currently consisting of Steve Howe, Alan White, Jay Schellen playing More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

David Thompson: the wall

David Thompson The Wall (Star Hermit) A piercing synth single line gets us into the mechanical beat of “time,” the frantic opener of David Thompson’s latest Ep the wall. He keeps up the arpeggiated beat More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Mark Vickness: Interconnected

Mark Vickness Interconnected (Mark Vickness) Mark Vickness presents a finger-picked guitar instrumental album pretty much unlike anything you have ever heard. On his latest album, Interconnected, he enlists More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Bruce Springsteen: Letter to You

Bruce Springsteen Letter to You (Columbia) There’s nothing wrong with taking very little time to record an album when you can do it like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band have done it on their new album, Letter More...