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AMY KUCHARIK  Cunning Folk                             10 tracks Oh my, this is such an energetic and delightful CD. Amy has a playful, growling voice, that winds its way through these ten wonderfully arranged, jazzy songs that she wrote. “Prodigal Son” asks for her reward, NOW.  “Like A Boss” has a New Orleans-flirtatious-winking-Bessie-Smith-double-entendre kinda message. “He Doesn’t Need to Know” sounds like something Bette Midler might have done on her … Read More >>

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RAZORS IN THE NIGHT Never Give In! 13 tracks I think playing this album in my office led to the moment when my new co-workers stopped viewing me as the quiet, mild-mannered accountant.  Apparently, not a lot of hardcore gets played around here.  They should thank me because this record is a blast.  Sure, it’s angry, but it’s a fun, smiley kind of angry.   The strength of this record lies in how the band marries the expected (shout-along choruses, songs … Read More >>

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SETH GLIER                      Things I Should Let You Know   13 tracks   I first heard Seth Glier as an opening act in Portland, ME, in 2009. I could tell then that he was a rising star. This CD is evidence of the ongoing depth and breadth of his musical talent. Seth is one of those singer-songwriters who arrives on the scene far ahead of most of the competition. He has a feel … Read More >>

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HEATHER MALONEY + DARLINGSIDE Signature Sound Woodstock 5 tracks Oh, this collection is just good beyond words. “You Forget” is lush strings, sincere vocalizations, and full of the longing sadness that can be young love. “Roadside Lily” is full of lovely images—a girl depicts herself as delicate and pointless, and is left behind until the coming of the roadside raven. All five are unique, gorgeously executed tunes. Their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” invited well-deserved praise from Graham Nash (and … Read More >>

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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 >>