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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul of a Woman (Daptone Records) I first heard of Sharon Jones through a friend and knowingly nodded as he spoke of her music . I knew nothing about her and was honestly embarrassed that I  didn’t. He spoke of her and her greatness with such reverence. I promised myself as soon as I got a chance I’d get hip on something More...

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By Jonathan Zuckerman On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
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Alex Chilton: A Man Called Destruction

Alex Chilton A Man Called Destruction (Omnivore Records) Here’s the thing about cult artists: if you’re already in the cult, it’s hard to explain why you’re a fan. All you have to do is listen to the object More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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The Motels: Last Few Beautiful Days

The Motels Last Few Beautiful Days (Sunset Blvd Records) Sweeping strings and the chimes of a clock start “Punchline,” the opener of The Motel’s new album, Last Few Beautiful Days. Leader singer, songwriter, More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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Baths: Romaplasm

Baths Romaplasm (Anticon) Romaplasm opens with “Yeoman” a track which like many others could do without the vocals. The instrumentals still have the signature stutter step sound (see “Human Bog”), but More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
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Sango: In the Comfort of

Sango In the Comfort of (Last Gang Records) The album begins with “His Name.”  This strong intro makes it easy to appreciate the sonic glory of the gospel vocal samples before the track quickly flows into More...

By Phoenixxrocks On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
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Guordan Banks: Unpopular

Guordan Banks Unpopular (Bank on it Entertainment) Music is in a really good place, a really really good place, but for many classic R&B is a debatable topic. Some say it died, some only classify 90s R&B as pure More...

By Adrian Halo On Monday, April 2nd, 2018
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Avenged Sevenfold: The Stage (Deluxe Edition)

Avenged Sevenfold The Stage (Capitol Records) The Stage is Avenged Sevenfold’s first concept album, featuring themes of creation, destruction, and the relentless onslaught of technology, inspired by the writings More...

By Adrian Halo On Monday, March 26th, 2018
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Ministry: AmeriKKKant

Ministry AmeriKKKant (Nuclear Blast) Perhaps one of the few contexts in which I can tolerate Trump’s voice is when it’s slowed down to darkly a humorous effect like in the opening sample in a Ministry album More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, March 12th, 2018
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Richie Kotzen: Telecasters and Stratocasters

Richie Kotzen Telecasters and Stratocasters (The Store for Music Ltd.) From teenage guitar wailing wunderkind, creating masterfully rich (and often funky) solo albums, joining Poison in the early 90s as well as More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
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Staring Into Nothing: Power

Staring Into Nothing Power (Antares Records) Beginning their new 10-song Power collection with “Puritans,” a dramatic piano vocal piece, that turns into a messy jam near its end, the trio Staring Into Nothing More...