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Miguel: War & Leisure

Miguel War & Leisure (RCA Records) Miguel’s War & Leisure starts of with “Criminal,” a track that rocks. It’s simultaneously heavy and light, and an irreverent ode to a perfect romantic match. Rick Ross’ verse is both unexpected and unnecessary, but this intro track leads smoothly into the next. “Pineapple Skies” brings on the Prince More...

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By Ralph Greco On Monday, January 8th, 2018
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Charlotte Gainsbourg: Rest

Charlotte Gainsbourg Rest (Because) Charlotte Gainsbourg presents a swirly, dark mess (and I mean that in the best way possible) of 11 songs on her latest release, Rest. Mostly sung in French, the singer/songwriter/actress/daughter More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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The Waterboys: Out Of All This Blue

The Waterboys Out of All This Blue (BMG UK Limited) The slap beat snare, organ, and flicking guitar of “Do We Choose Who Love,” opens The Waterboys’ sprawling latest release, Out Of All This Blue. “If More...

By Michael Jefferson On Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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Steve Winwood: Greatest Hits Live

Steve Winwood Greatest Hits Live (Wincraft Records) If there was a Mt. Rushmore for most versatile musicians, Steve Winwood’s face would be on it. Winwood has been making music since he was 14, starting as More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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#MeToo Makes Me #TooBlue

It’s been a tough few months for those of us sporting a penis. #MeToo has pretty much taken over the cultural firmament. While nobody can deny the abuses happening-though they need to be proven before simply More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
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Cheap Trick: Christmas, Christmas

Cheap Trick Christmas Christmas (Big Machine Records) Cheap Trick presents a treat for us all, Christmas, Christmas, their 19th overall studio album. Opening with big guitar slicing through Robin Zander’s wailing More...

By Ralph Greco On Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
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Jools Holland And José Feliciano: As You See Me Now

Jools Holland and José Feliciano As You See Me Now (East West Records) Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra pretty much release music around the end of the year, every year. This time the ex-Squeeze More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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THE SEX FILES: Hustler Tax Held

This fight having begun nearly a decade ago, and something certainly of interest to those of us living in the NYC-area, the conundrum over sales tax and semi-nude dancing, is once again in the news. It seems one More...

By Brian Furman On Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
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Liam Gallagher: As You Were

Liam Gallagher As You Were (Warner Brothers) I believe wholeheartedly that we will have another Oasis album and tour sometime within the next decade. I say this only because we saw Guns N’ Roses get back together More...

By Samantha Blackwood On Friday, December 8th, 2017
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Fever Ray: Plunge

Fever Ray Plunge (MUTE) Fever Ray’s Plunge allows listeners to dive deep into Karin Dreijer’s sonic curiosities. The album starts of with “Wanna Sip.” Here Dreijer’s lyrics and struggle are loud and clear, More...