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MOSEY GREAMS Children In The Park EP    5 tracks I met Mosey Greams when he was using the name Guy Zaccardi. Mosey daily spills more creativity out his back pocket than most musical artists can squeeze from their muse in a year and it’s apparent immediately on this EP. “Ravens Wood” rides on top of a flamenco type percussion played on a the body of a guitar and bass drum. The vocal melody moves to places I have yet … Read More >>

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RANDY BLACK & THE HEATHCROPPERS  Limborations Records the sky goes clear    9 tracks Little of the intensity of earlier ensembles such as Limbo Race or Dr. Black’s Combo is diminished on this recent outing–there is still the heartfelt emotion and earnestness which has always marked the best songs of Randy Black. The best of show is the underproduced but undeniably catchy hiccoughing toe-tapper “Can’t Get Over.” Other highlights include the jangly confessional “Monkey”; the oddball country ballad, ready-made “Green Dress”; … Read More >>

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JULIE DOUGHERTY BAND Land of Dreams                        10 tracks “Land of Dreams” (the song) starts with a borrowed riff from The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”—and the connection fits along with the theme of the subject being a willing prisoner in her dreams. She may be willing but maybe knows it’s not someplace you can survive. Julie Dougherty harmonizes beautifully with herself, and her backing crew of … Read More >>

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BIM SKALA BIM Chet’s Last Call                         10 tracks The feel-good vibes abound on the latest release from Boston ska veterans Bim Skala Bim. With the blissful bleating of the horn section, the carefree skankin’ of the guitars, the somersaulting basslines, and that plush squeal of organ, this album is buzzing with all their lighthearted Caribbean-esque rabble-rousing and devil-may-care musical shenanigans. But it’s not until the tail-end of the album … Read More >>

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VARIOUS ARTISTS    Reimagine Music Esperanza: Songs From Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa                 16 tracks Okay, so there was this guy named Kerouac, a Beat-generation writer—a guy you’ve probably seen quoted by most of your friends in your high school yearbook—and he wrote this sad love story about a guy and a heroin-addicted Mexican prostitute and called it Tristessa. Now, over fifty years later, the good people at Reimagine Music arranged a bevy of great musicians … Read More >>

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VARIOUS ARTISTS  Live at the Rat     19 tracks (two CD set) Peter Rinnig of QRST’s, with help of fans via Kickstarter, has issued Live at the Rat, for the first time on CD. Originally released in 1977, Live at the Rat was Boston’s answer to Live at CBGB. Having visited Boston in July 1976, I saw three of these acts in my first few days in town—Willie Alexander, DMZ, and The Boize. Although it’s pushing four decades after the fact, … Read More >>

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LIZ FRAME & THE KICKERS Sooner                                                                                            10 tracks This 2011 outing is, most of all, earnest, filled with spare, simplistic message songs that are performed with  an admirable sense of self-possession and integrity.  “Bullseye on My Back” is … Read More >>

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ABSINTHE ROSE Screech Owl Records The More That We Learn the More We Learn That We’re Wrong 17 tracks Some bands put so much force and passion into their performances that they transcend the less desirable aspects of the genre they chose to showcase. Case in point: this amalgam of thrash and Americana. Kimbo Rose sings for all the world like a countrified Thalia Zedek and the band is so tuneful and versatile (and odd) that they maybe ought to share … Read More >>