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GANG OF FOUR “What Happens Next” (Metropolis Records)

GANG OF FOUR “What Happens Next” (Metropolis Records)

By | March 12, 2015 at 2:40 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Gang Of Four is probably one of the most significant bands of the last 35 years, influencing Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana, Fugazi, Jane’s Addiction, INXS, Bloc party, Interpol, Futureheads, No Knife, Franz Ferdinand and R.E.M. Chances are, you have...

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DECEMBERISTS “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World” (Capitol Records)

DECEMBERISTS “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World” (Capitol Records)

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:52 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Say what you will, say you will or will you won’t, or you whatever, You prevaricate your whole life don’t you? /This much I can say: I would’ve waited till the oceans fell away and all the sunken cities would reveal themselves to you/But you...

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JENNIFER KNAPP “Set Me Free” (Righteous Babe Records)

JENNIFER KNAPP “Set Me Free” (Righteous Babe Records)

By | February 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in 2002, Jennifer Knapp was the biggest star in Contemporary Christian Music. But she walked away from it all to lead a more authentic life. Jennifer Knapp and her twin sister, Lori, were born in Chanute, Kansas in 1974. Her parents divorced when...

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DWIGHT TWILLEY “Always” (Big Oak Records)

DWIGHT TWILLEY “Always” (Big Oak Records)

By | February 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Dwight Twilley has been recording music, with varying degrees of success for nearly 40 years now. In The pantheon of Power Pop, Twilley remains god-like for faithful fanatics of the genre. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native formed a firm musical partnership with...

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L’Avventura “Your Star Was Shining” (elliptical Records)

L’Avventura “Your Star Was Shining” (elliptical Records)

By | February 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Anyone who is passionate about music usually has that one band they loved desperately, but that band never achieved the acclaim or financial success they richly deserved. For many Los Angeles denizens in the late ‘80s, The Balancing Act was that...

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LUCINDA WILLIAMS “Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone” (Highway 20 Records/Thirty Tigers)

LUCINDA WILLIAMS “Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone” (Highway 20 Records/Thirty Tigers)

By | February 5, 2015 at 3:55 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Lucinda Williams began her recording career in 1978 at age 25, with her debut, Ramblin’ On My Mind. It was an album of Blues, Country and Folk covers, released on the tiny niche label, Folkways, and it paved the way for a rich, rewarding and sometimes...

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LLOYD COLE “Standards” (Omnivore Records)

LLOYD COLE “Standards” (Omnivore Records)

By | January 29, 2015 at 1:24 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Doesn't it stink to be human? Fallible, weak so tiresome/How could God create a beast so low? How should I know?” That’s Lloyd Cole lamenting the human condition in the song “Blue Like Mars” from his latest album, Standards. When Punk Rock...

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CISCO & DEWEY

CISCO & DEWEY

By | January 22, 2015 at 4:26 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Americana” and “alt.country” are terms coined in the early 90s to describe music that was “a little bit Country and a little bit Rock & Roll,” (to quote Donny and Marie.) The roots of this style began way back in the ‘60s when Gram Parsons,...

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THE PSYCHO SISTERS “Get Up On The Chair, Beatrice” (RockBeat Records)

THE PSYCHO SISTERS “Get Up On The Chair, Beatrice” (RockBeat Records)

By | January 15, 2015 at 11:45 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Not many bands form and wait more than 20 years to release their debut record, but that’s exactly what The Psycho Sisters did. Both Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson had experienced the astonishing highs and devastating lows associated with the music...

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THE HICK-UPs “Ten Miles From Hell” (Dali’s Llama Records)

THE HICK-UPs “Ten Miles From Hell” (Dali’s Llama Records)

By | January 8, 2015 at 3:26 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The Desert finally has its first authentic “super-group” with The Hick-Ups. The idea sprang from the wily mind of Desert Rock progenitor, Zach Huskey. Zach has always been a protean talent. Along with Mario Lalli, Herb Lineau and Sean Wheeler, he...

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ANGUS & JULIA STONE (Republic Records)

ANGUS & JULIA STONE (Republic Records)

By | January 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Angus and Julia Stone grew up surrounded by music. Their parents, John and Kim, were a Folk duo before Julia, Angus and elder sister Catherine were born. As the kids grew up, their dad fronted a successful cover band. Growing up in Northern beach towns...

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ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS “lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar” (Nonesuch Records)

ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS “lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar” (Nonesuch Records)

By | December 23, 2014 at 9:17 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Robert Plant has always possessed a restless spirit. He was born deep in the Black Country of West Bromwich, Staffordshire in 1948 and grew up in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. He became obsessed with Elvis Presley at an early age. By his teens, that...

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SPOON “They Want My Soul” (Loma Vista Records)

SPOON “They Want My Soul” (Loma Vista Records)

By | December 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Spoon has been called “America’s most prominent cult band.” That’s a pretty accurate assessment for an outfit that has accrued a passionate following but are hardly a household name. Guitarist and vocalist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno...

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Ani DiFranco “Allergic To Water” (Righteous Babe Records)

Ani DiFranco “Allergic To Water” (Righteous Babe Records)

By | December 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “I know pain is a teacher, to be welcomed and not feared/Alas pain is your ally, so embrace it while it’s here/It’s here to open your eyes, here to make the way clear/…But me I’m just happy, yes me I’m happy all the time.” That’s Ani...

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ALAIN JOHANNES “Fragments And Wholes Vol. 1”

ALAIN JOHANNES “Fragments And Wholes Vol. 1”

By | December 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Alain Johannes has music in his blood. His mother, Rommi, was part of an international ‘60s pop trio, with her brothers, Alex and Peter. They opened for bands like the Animals and the Rolling Stones. Johannes is also a citizen of the world. Born in...

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GARY CALAMAR “You Are What You Listen To” (Sedan Zero/Atlantic Records)

GARY CALAMAR “You Are What You Listen To” (Sedan Zero/Atlantic Records)

By | November 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Gary Calamar has always been passionate about music. Growing up in New York, he was the kid who hid his transistor radio under the covers. He was the teen who would visit his local record store every day after school, checking out the latest additions and...

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RED RACER “Define” (Dissention Records)

RED RACER “Define” (Dissention Records)

By | November 19, 2014 at 8:44 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “I am not revolution, I am not standing still, I am not illusion/I won’t define, I won’t define, I won’t define.” That’s the opening salvo from the British band Red Racer. It’s also the title track from their debut, Define. Vocalist/drummer...

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TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS “Hypnotic Eye” (Reprise Records)

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS “Hypnotic Eye” (Reprise Records)

By | November 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are the quintessential L.A. band. It’s been 40 years since Petty and his first band, Mudcrutch arrived in Los Angeles, after signing with Leon Russell’s record label, Shelter. The fresh-faced band,(featuring Petty on...

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BRUCE ROBISON & KELLY WILLIS “Our Year” (Thirty Tigers Records)

BRUCE ROBISON & KELLY WILLIS “Our Year” (Thirty Tigers Records)

By | November 6, 2014 at 1:36 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis aren’t exactly household names, but they should be. Both have been performing and recording Country music since the early ‘90s. Kelly Willis grew up in a military family and began performing as a teenager. By 1990, she...

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THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES “Get Right” (Shift Independent Records)

THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES “Get Right” (Shift Independent Records)

By | October 30, 2014 at 3:42 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin San Francisco has been a mecca for Rock & Roll for nearly 50 years. The scene grew organically, its roots stemming from the Beat Generation coffee houses and performance spaces. Bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly & The Family...

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SIA “1000 Forms Of Fear” (RCA Records)

SIA “1000 Forms Of Fear” (RCA Records)

By | October 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in 2005 it seemed as though Sia burst on the scene with “Breathe Me.” The song was featured in the last minutes of the finale of the television series, “Six Feet Under.” A haunting piano ballad, the lyrics limned the ache of loneliness and...

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NICK OLIVERI’S UNCONTROLLABLE “Leave Me Alone” (Schintzel Records)

NICK OLIVERI’S UNCONTROLLABLE “Leave Me Alone” (Schintzel Records)

By | October 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Nick Oliveri, the enfant terrible of Desert Rock is back. Anyone familiar with his music knows his impressive resume, but still it bears repeating. Starting more than 25 years ago, Nick’s nascent efforts in Sons Of Kyuss and Katzenjammer led toplaying...

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MORRISSEY “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” (Harvest Records)

MORRISSEY “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” (Harvest Records)

By | October 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Has there ever been a more polarizing figure in Rock & Roll than Morrissey? People love him and hate him in equal measure. For more than 30 years, first with the Smiths and then as a solo artist, he has challenged conventions and courted controversy. He...

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FIRST AID KIT “Stay Gold” (Columbia Records)

FIRST AID KIT “Stay Gold” (Columbia Records)

By | October 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Every once in a while, a band comes along with a sound that you have been waiting for. You just didn’t know it yet. That’s how it is with First Aid Kit. A duo comprised of Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, they first began making music...

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JACK WHITE “Lazaretto” (Third Man/Columbia Records)

JACK WHITE “Lazaretto” (Third Man/Columbia Records)

By | September 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin If it were possible for Willy Wonka and Edward Scissorhands to create a love child, his name would be Jack White. As eccentric and creative as Wonka and as reticent and enigmatic as Scissorhands, Jack White has carved out his very own Rock & Roll...

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EMPTY HEARTS “Empty Hearts” (429 Records)

EMPTY HEARTS “Empty Hearts” (429 Records)

By | September 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Rock & Roll reinvents itself all the time. New sub-categories crop up every day. Oi, Emo and Slowcore have all had their moment in the sun. The one genre that remains perennial is Power Pop. Maybe it’s because the Beatles kinda sorta invented Power...

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Meshell Ndegeocello “Comet, Come To Me” (Naïve Records)

Meshell Ndegeocello “Comet, Come To Me” (Naïve Records)

By | September 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Twenty years ago, Meshell Ndegeocello burst on the music scene with her incendiary single, “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night),” from her debut, Plantation Lullabyes. That album sparked the Neo-Soul movement of the early...

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OUGHT  “More Than Any Other Day”  (Constellation Records)

OUGHT “More Than Any Other Day” (Constellation Records)

By | September 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Although they were never commercially successful, bands like Television, Buzzcocks, Gang Of Four, the Feelies, Dream Syndicate and Gun Club, continue to inspire and influence generations of musicians. This is very much the case with Ought, a four piece from...

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BLONDIE “4(0) Ever/Ghosts Of Download” (Noble ID Records)

BLONDIE “4(0) Ever/Ghosts Of Download” (Noble ID Records)

By | August 27, 2014 at 11:48 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin It’s hard to believe, but Blondie is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The band formed in New York in 1974. Along with the Ramones, Television and Talking Heads, Blondie became the standard bearers for the nascent New York Punk Scene. Lead...

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DEAN WAREHAM (Double Feature Records)

DEAN WAREHAM (Double Feature Records)

By | August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Dean Wareham has been the driving force behind two influential Post-Punk bands, Galaxie 500 and Luna. After nearly 30 years in the record business, he has released his self-titled, solo debut. Dean Wareham was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His family...

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OFF! “Wasted Years” (Vice Music)

OFF! “Wasted Years” (Vice Music)

By | August 13, 2014 at 11:57 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Break you down, grind you up/Void you out from the land of the free”. That’s the opening salvo from the new OFF! album, Wasted Years. The track, “Void You” is a combo platter of feedback and hi-hat that is also a pointed commentary on the...

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CHRISSIE HYNDE “Stockholm” (Will Travel Records/Caroline International)

CHRISSIE HYNDE “Stockholm” (Will Travel Records/Caroline International)

By | August 7, 2014 at 2:41 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Chrissie Hynde has packed a lot of living into 62 years. She was a student at Kent State University in Ohio when the historic shoot-out took place in 1970. She was in seminal figure at the birth of the British Punk scene. She has been making records for...

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STURGILL SIMPSON “MetaModern Sounds In Country Music” (High Top Mountain Records/Thirty Tigers Music)

STURGILL SIMPSON “MetaModern Sounds In Country Music” (High Top Mountain Records/Thirty Tigers Music)

By | July 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm | No comments

By Eleni P.Austin Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson isn’t a household name. But he should be. Simpson is thirtysomething Country singer whose sound recalls the Outlaw movement of the mid ‘70s. His authenticity is completely at odds with the backwards baseball cap...

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BLACK KEYS “Turn Blue” (Nonesuch Records)

BLACK KEYS “Turn Blue” (Nonesuch Records)

By | July 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm | No comments

Eleni P. Austin There is an old saying, “All true art is born from suffering.” That certainly applies to the new Black Keys album, Turn Blue. The Black Keys formed in 2001. Guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney grew up in the same Akron, Ohio...

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COURTNEY BARNETT “The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (Milk Records/Mom+Pop Records)

COURTNEY BARNETT “The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (Milk Records/Mom+Pop Records)

By | July 16, 2014 at 9:18 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Lana Del Rey, Lorde and Haim have received a ton of ink this year. The praise accorded these women has been effusive, almost fatuous. Some of it may be accurate, but truly, the most interesting female artist to emerge in the last couple of years is 26 year...

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