CD Reviews – April

RUBY ROSE FOX Domestic 12 tracks Every now and then, something  utterly unique comes  your way. Seldom, these days, but if you’re lucky, sometimes. Such is the case with Ruby Rose Fox, and her latest release, Domestic. Until this gem unexpectedly came my way, I had not heard of this remarkable  singer. I’m so excited over this album and am listening to it for the third time as I write this. I am frankly, nothing short of astonished by her … Read More >>

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TELAMOR Olex Music Outside the Lines 10 tracks Telamor (98% Tom Hauck, 2% friends) has to be one of the most prolific artists out there today. About every six month Telamor serves up a new disc of guitar oriented rock for the 21st century. Outside the Lines leads off with “Brave Heart” where a choppy vocal melody creates a hook within itself. Love comes and goes with “Speed Queen” running through the night. “Trippin’” could be a reaction to the … Read More >>

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FREEVOLT Once You Say 7 tracks This North Shore band’s music is roots rock/ Americana/ pop with a strong reggae foundation, and dread locked acoustic guitarist/gruffy vocalist Michael Bernier is the motivational muse behind this great groove band.  I really dig “Bump Bump Bump” and “Bring The Humans Back” with the nice horn arrangements, “We Never Knew” with its cool piano opening, and the real radio-friendly opening cut “Once You Say” with the enjoyable guitar and horn tracks. Songs with … Read More >>

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BOB MARGOLIN   Vizztone Records My Road 12 tracks Bob Margolin from Brookline, MA, is one of the best blues guitarists alive today. He has spent seven years in Muddy Waters’ band and appeared in Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, leading to his current status as an icon His latest release, due out January 8, is very different from what one would expect, knowing his past inclinations. Not only does Margolin write most of the songs but his playing moves beyond … Read More >>

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GOLI Valicious Cellocity This is Not a Love Song  13 tracks By golly, Goli has finally released their second album, seven years after their wonderful debut. That’s a lot of time to reflect and ponder the next step. Not that they’ve been idle – constant gigs, busking, session work, graduate studies at New England Conservatory, time spent with family and friends – which adds up to a lot of living to invest in their new material. And eureka, this disc … Read More >>

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HUMMINGBIRD SYNDICATE “Waterfall Away”/”I Want You to Stay” 2 tracks This Boston/LA combo delivers a delightfully chirpy-cheepy bit of countrified bubblegum on their debut single. Both sides infuse the warm melodies of the Beach Boys with chewy hooks of the Brill building. Sure it’s retro, and like all sunshine pop, there’s an underlying hint of Laurel Canyon-esque death-cult dread billowing through the grooves, but that only sweetens the deal, really. For the most part, it’s all popsicles on a bright … Read More >>

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TWINK Dust Bunny 11 tracks Last winter nearly killed all of us. That’s a fact. What did you do to wile away the hours? I mean, after masturbation and booze and sobbing? I tell you what our pal Twink here did. He made a disco record on toy pianos. Would he have done this if he had his wits about him? No, no one would. So we have twenty feet of snow to thank for the fragile insanity of Dust … Read More >>

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KIER BYRNES & FRIENDS The Best Days of the Summer 7 tracks The title track of this Americana-suffused summer-themed album is a good-natured loping tune about the mishaps of summer, full of lyrical and musical hooks. “Dud” is a lonesome lovelorn plaint with vocals by Jay Dibiaso: “Ain’t it right, we broke up tonight?/ My heart’s a bursting Milky Way/ Now I’m single, on Independence Day.” The uptempo country lope “M80s and Bottle Rockers,” with Evan Gavry on vocals is an … Read More >>