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THE MONKEES “Good Times!”  (Rhino Records)

THE MONKEES “Good Times!”  (Rhino Records)

By | June 30, 2016 at 4:32 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin 50 years after their debut, the Monkees’ new album, Good Times hit the Billboard charts at #8. Pretty good for a band that has been written off as pre-packaged and manufactured when they first arrived on the scene in 1966. Inspired by the success of...

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RIVAL SONS “Hollow Bones” (Earache Records)

RIVAL SONS “Hollow Bones” (Earache Records)

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:18 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Jenny said when she was just five years old there was nothin’ happenin’ at all, everytime she puts on a radio station there was nothin’ goin’ on at all, not at all. Then one fine mornin she puts on a New York station, you know she...

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MUDCRUTCH “Mudcrutch 2”  (Reprise Records)

MUDCRUTCH “Mudcrutch 2”  (Reprise Records)

By | June 17, 2016 at 1:19 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin In 2007 Tom Petty released a career defining documentary, “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” directed by ‘70s film auteur, Peter Bogdanovich (“Last Picture Show,” “Paper Moon” “What’s Up Doc?”). Clocking in at a little over four hours, it charted...

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THE BANGLES “Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles” (Omnivore Recordings)

THE BANGLES “Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles” (Omnivore Recordings)

By | June 12, 2016 at 1:46 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Certain cities are known for specific genres of music. Chicago is the home of the Blues, New York is the birthplace of Punk, Detroit, a.k.a. “Hitsville, U.S.A.” spawned the Soulful R&B of Motown and Nashville is the capital of Country music. Los...

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ANDREW BIRD “Are You Serious” (Loma Vista Recordings)

ANDREW BIRD “Are You Serious” (Loma Vista Recordings)

By | June 3, 2016 at 1:08 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin If you aren’t familiar with Andrew Bird, it’s about time you get acquainted. A perfect place to start is his newest record, Are You Serious. Growing up in Evanston, Illinois, Andrew Bird came from a musical household where he was exposed to Classical...

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IGGY POP “Post Pop Depression” (Loma Vista Recordings)

IGGY POP “Post Pop Depression” (Loma Vista Recordings)

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:48 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “And it’s all about the dancing kids, and it’s all about the sex/And it’s all about the kicks, and it’s all about the dancing pricks…and it’s all about done.” That’s Iggy Pop, waxing reflective on his new song, “In The Lobby.” Early...

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POSIES “Solid States” (MyMusicEmpire)

POSIES “Solid States” (MyMusicEmpire)

By | May 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin If you came of age in the late ‘60s, you probably remember how devastating it was when the Beatles broke up in 1970. Music fans around the world mourned the end of the Fab Four. But John, Paul, George and Ringo had been together almost a decade, they each...

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RICK SPRINGFIELD “Rocket Science” (Frontiers Records)

RICK SPRINGFIELD “Rocket Science” (Frontiers Records)

By | May 6, 2016 at 2:05 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Anyone who starts off a career as a Teen Idol is almost always guaranteed a brief burst of world dominion followed by a lifetime of obsolescence. Even with the most gifted teenage musician, for their fans, talent takes a backseat to good looks. For every...

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BLEACHED “Welcome The Worms” (Dead Oceans Records)

BLEACHED “Welcome The Worms” (Dead Oceans Records)

By | April 29, 2016 at 1:08 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Been sipping on memories, the come down from a manic heart/Situations got the best of me, so I’ll keep on strumming guitars.” That’s Bleached, channeling some heartbreak into the effervescent song “Chemical Air.” The nucleus of Bleached is...

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CHEAP TRICK “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello” (Big Machine Records)

CHEAP TRICK “Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello” (Big Machine Records)

By | April 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was conceived in the early ‘80s, it was an idea that seemed long overdue. Spearheaded by Atlantic Records President Ahmet Ertegun, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner and assorted music industry insiders, it paid homage...

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NAP EYES “Thought Rock Fish Scale” (You’ve Changed Records)

NAP EYES “Thought Rock Fish Scale” (You’ve Changed Records)

By | April 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin If you are passionate about Rock & Roll, chances are, you geek out on it as much Comic Book aficionados and Sports enthusiasts do. But unlike the Justice League or Fantasy Football, Rock fans don’t really have an outlet to create all-star band...

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LORETTA LYNN “Full Circle” (Sony Legacy Records)

LORETTA LYNN “Full Circle” (Sony Legacy Records)

By | April 7, 2016 at 3:23 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Loretta Lynn has been making music for more than half a century. She’s a rule-breaker, a trailblazing feminist in a spangly ball gown, but first and foremost (and most famously), she’s a coal miner’s daughter. Of course, she charts her beginnings...

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Brett Harris “Up In The Air” (Hit The Deck Records)

Brett Harris “Up In The Air” (Hit The Deck Records)

By | March 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm | No comments

Eleni P. Austin “I’ve got my back to the wall at the door of forever, tried to make my great escape, but my hands can’t find the lever/It seems my mind’s made up but my heart it feels so hollow, the unintended consequence of bitter pills I’ve had to swallow.” That...

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BONNIE RAITT “Dig In Deep” (Redwing Records)

BONNIE RAITT “Dig In Deep” (Redwing Records)

By | March 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When done correctly, Rock & Roll hits you in the solar plexus. It should make your loins go all tingly.  It’s a visceral art demanding a physical response. In the early days, when it was called Rhythm & Blues or Race music, songs about Rocking...

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EYELIDS “854” (Jealous Butcher Records)

EYELIDS “854” (Jealous Butcher Records)

By | March 17, 2016 at 3:40 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Portland, Oregon is famous for a lot of things. Artisan cuisine, micro-breweries, beards, liberal politics, farm-to-table food and bicycles.  But it’s home to a thriving music scene. Back in the ‘60s, the Kingsman (“Louie, Louie”), along with...

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JAMES HUNTER SIX “Hold On!” (Daptone Records)

JAMES HUNTER SIX “Hold On!” (Daptone Records)

By | March 10, 2016 at 10:59 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin James Hunter is an old soul. Born in 1962, in Colchester, Essex England, he was part of the generation that experienced Glitter/Glam Rock and Punk first hand. But Hunter wasn’t interested in musical trends or fads. As a boy, his grandmother gave him a...

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DALI’S LLAMA “Dying In The Sun” (Dali’s Llama Records)

DALI’S LLAMA “Dying In The Sun” (Dali’s Llama Records)

By | March 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Zach Huskey has been making music for nearly 35 years. Mild-mannered librarian by day, and hirsute Rock God by night, he is a Capricorn whose interests include; bears, facial hair and bear tattoos. He is also an original progenitor of the Desert Rock...

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EMITT RHODES “Rainbow Ends” (Omnivore Records)

EMITT RHODES “Rainbow Ends” (Omnivore Records)

By | February 18, 2016 at 2:24 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Being a Rock & Roll wunderkind is tough business. Just ask Brian Wilson, or Michael Jackson. Early success and adulation is a heady cocktail, but the hangover can last decades. Emitt Rhodes was born in Decatur, Illinois, but grew up in Hawthorne,...

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DARLINGSIDE “Birds Say”  (Thirty Tigers Records)

DARLINGSIDE “Birds Say”  (Thirty Tigers Records)

By | February 11, 2016 at 6:07 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Way back at the turn of the 21st century, the Coen Brothers wrote and directed a movie called “O’ Brother, Where Art There.” A depression era comedy that referenced Homer’s “Odyssey,” it was a critical and commercial success, but the real star...

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SQUEEZE “Cradle To The Grave” (Love Records/Virgin EMI)

SQUEEZE “Cradle To The Grave” (Love Records/Virgin EMI)

By | February 4, 2016 at 2:31 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in the ‘60s, Bob Dylan and the Beatles changed the face of Rock & Roll.  Really, they were the first artists to write their own songs and craft albums. Before, performers were content to record a hit and hastily cobble together a few more songs...

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JASMINE RODGERS “Blood Red Sun”

JASMINE RODGERS “Blood Red Sun”

By | January 28, 2016 at 1:23 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Some people are born to make music; it’s in their blood, a destiny they can’t deny. That is how it is for Jasmine Rodgers, who has just released her first full-length solo album, Blood Red Sun. Jasmine was born in London, England in 1976 to Machiko...

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DAVID BOWIE “Blackstar” (Columbia Records)

DAVID BOWIE “Blackstar” (Columbia Records)

By | January 21, 2016 at 1:03 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin David Bowie turned 69 on January 8th and released his 25th studio album, Blackstar. Two days later, he died. We now know he had been privately battling cancer for 18 months, but he cared enough about his fans to leave an elegant parting gift. David...

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CHRIS ISAAK “First Comes The Night” (Wicked Game Records/Vanguard Records)

CHRIS ISAAK “First Comes The Night” (Wicked Game Records/Vanguard Records)

By | January 14, 2016 at 12:39 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Chances are your first encounter with Chris was in 1991 on MTV. There he was, in an arty black & white video; bravely, holding back the tears on a beach, clinging tightly to a topless supermodel, lamenting her wicked ways. Why is this oh-so-handsome...

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DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE “Nashville Obsolete” (Acony Records)

DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE “Nashville Obsolete” (Acony Records)

By | January 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Every so often, the Country Music establishment goes through a back-to-basics phase, touting some new artist who embodies the spirit of Country forefathers like A.P. Carter, Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, Jr.  In the ‘80s it was k.d. lang, Lyle Lovett...

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THE INNOCENCE MISSION “Hello I Feel The Same” (Korda Records)

THE INNOCENCE MISSION “Hello I Feel The Same” (Korda Records)

By | December 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “It’s something hard to explain, and certainly I will not get it right.” That’s from “Daily” a song on the new Innocence Mission album, but it could just as easily be anyone trying to describe the ephemeral beauty of their music. The...

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LOS LOBOS “Gates Of Gold” (429 Records)

LOS LOBOS “Gates Of Gold” (429 Records)

By | December 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Los Lobos has finally been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. It’s about fuckin’ time. An artist becomes eligible 25 years after the release of their first record, so the Wolves are about 12 years overdue. Los Lobos has...

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EDITH CRASH “Partir” (Stormy Wave Music)

EDITH CRASH “Partir” (Stormy Wave Music)

By | December 17, 2015 at 1:26 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Chances are, when you think of French music, maybe three styles come to mind: That kind of lilting, accordion accented music that conjures up berets, baguettes, stripe-y Jean Seberg shirts, and a million love montages from Rom-Com movies. Then, there’s...

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THE LIBERTINES “Anthems For Doomed Youth” (Harvest Records)

THE LIBERTINES “Anthems For Doomed Youth” (Harvest Records)

By | December 10, 2015 at 4:29 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “This one’s for your heart and mind, the melody’s in 4/4 time, you get it right and it rings true/All I want to do is scream out loud, and have it up with a mental crowd/’Cause I believe somehow the world’s fucked, but it won’t let me...

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SHAWN COLVIN “Uncovered” (Fantasy Records)

SHAWN COLVIN “Uncovered” (Fantasy Records)

By | December 3, 2015 at 2:34 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is best known for distilling the rituals of romance and heartache into cogent vignettes, and wrapping them in gorgeous melodies. But she cut her musical teeth re-interpreting other people’s hits. Shawn Colvin was born in...

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PETER CASE – “Hwy 62” (Omnivore Records)

PETER CASE – “Hwy 62” (Omnivore Records)

By | November 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm | No comments

wan’der-lust’ n. [Ger] an urge to wander or travel By Eleni P. Austin Peter Case grew up in Hamburg, New York, one block off Hwy 62, which runs from Niagara Falls 2,248 miles to Juarez, Mexico. He first tried to run away down Hwy 62 when he was four years old.  His...

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RICK SHELLEY  “1909 Miles”

RICK SHELLEY  “1909 Miles”

By | November 19, 2015 at 12:55 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Rick Shelley grew up a typical kid in Walla Walla, Washington. He played G.I. Joe’s, built forts, rode bikes he also spent a lot of time worried about Big Foot’s whereabouts. His father’s family had been farm workers who migrated from the south. A...

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THE DEAD WEATHER “Dodge And Burn” (Third Man Records)

THE DEAD WEATHER “Dodge And Burn” (Third Man Records)

By | November 12, 2015 at 4:43 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Mind goes faster than pen, but the end is so stupid/Like bubblegum in your hair isn’t fair but it smells good.” No those aren’t Deep Thoughts from Jack Handey, they’re the lyrics from the song “Open Up” on the new Dead Weather record. The...

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KEITH RICHARDS “Crosseyed Heart” (Mindless Records/Universal)

KEITH RICHARDS “Crosseyed Heart” (Mindless Records/Universal)

By | November 5, 2015 at 2:29 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Look up the term “Rock & Roll” in the dictionary, and chances are, you will see a picture of Keith Richards. Although Chuck Berry and Little Richard are commonly acknowledged as architects of Rock & Roll, Keith Richards is its heart and soul. He...

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PATTY GRIFFIN “Servant Of Love” (PGM/Thirty Tigers Records)

PATTY GRIFFIN “Servant Of Love” (PGM/Thirty Tigers Records)

By | October 29, 2015 at 3:24 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Patty Griffin is going to break your heart. Not forever, not on purpose, just for the duration of her new album, Servant Of Love. Patty Griffin was born and raised in Old Town, Maine in 1964.  She is the youngest of seven siblings.  Her father was a...

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THE LONELY WILD “Chasing White Light”  (eOne/Fast Plastic Records)

THE LONELY WILD “Chasing White Light”  (eOne/Fast Plastic Records)

By | October 22, 2015 at 1:42 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The Lonely Wild burst on the scene just two years ago, with their magnificent full-length debut, The Sun As It Comes. Critically lauded, it was one of the best albums of 2013, a wild and wooly ride that defied classification. The band was the brain child...

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