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WHEAT  Wishing Good Things for the World    7 tracks Wheat has been a victim of circumstance since its inception, really. An alt-pop band with enormous commercial potential, they bubbled to the surface in the late ’90s to considerable critical acclaim, landing a few choice soundtrack gigs and substantial left-of-the-dial radio airplay. But then the music industry imploded, their CDs were bulldozed into landfills, and Wheat was left floating like radio-ready ghosts through barren indie-rock back alleys ever since. But … Read More >>

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THE REAL KIDS   Ace of Hearts Shake… Outta Control 12 tracks On the Boston scene as early as 1972, John Felice and The Real Kids need no introduction for long-time local music aficionados;  their proto-punk approach was quite possibly the template for the late ’70s garage punk which seemed to predominate hereabouts, a strain which also helped define bands such as, for example, Lyres and, later, the Turbines. The opening track, “Can’t Shake That Girl,” is a comparatively subdued declamatory, … Read More >>

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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 >>