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CD REVIEW: THE DATE – Master Date

CD REVIEW: THE DATE – Master Date

CD REVIEW: THE DATE – Master Date Independent February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 To date The Date have released three albums and a handful of singles, and they’ve never once dropped the ball, upholding a fine level of quality whilst ploughing their individualistic take on blues rock. The heart of The Date lies […]

SINGLE REVIEW: HYPOPHORA – Youth/Caught

SINGLE REVIEW: HYPOPHORA – Youth/Caught

SINGLE REVIEW: HYPOPHORA – Youth/Caught Easy Action Records November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 1/2/10 Available as a very sexy lime green 7” vinyl single, Cornwall, UK teenaged foursome Hypophora (a figure of speech where someone asks a question and then answers it)’s Youth/Caught shows why the band have become such a draw in […]

CD REVIEW: BULLETPROOF LOVERS – Shot Through The Heart

CD REVIEW: BULLETPROOF LOVERS – Shot Through The Heart

CD REVIEW: BULLETPROOF LOVERS – Shot Through The Heart Rum Bar Records October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Unfettered, slightly unhinged, post punk rawk with the hooks turned up to eleven, Bulletproof Lovers positively bristle with sweaty, throwback attitude, writing songs that are genetically engineered to please unruly crowds of beer and […]

CD REVIEW: THE VICE – The Vice

CD REVIEW: THE VICE – The Vice

CD REVIEW: THE VICE – The Vice Rambo Records August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 A darkly inventive mutant that hints at influences as diverse as Entombed, Nine Inch Nails, Guns n’ Roses, Danzig and more, Stockholm’s The Vice’s first full-length album is an enthralling and confronting rock-metal-goth hybrid. The Vice have […]

CD REVIEW: BLACK MIRRORS - Funky Queen [EP]

CD REVIEW: BLACK MIRRORS – Funky Queen [EP]

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: March 3, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another EP made its way across my desk a while back and I finally circled back to give it a proper listen and was pleasantly surprised when I took the 4-track disc for a spin.  Disc opener and title track […]

CD REVIEW: COLT FORD - Love Hope Faith

CD REVIEW: COLT FORD – Love Hope Faith

Label: Average Joe’s Entertainment Group Release Date: May 5, 2017 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Colt Ford has done it again – a disc full of 13 great tracks that are rooted in country, but blends in textures of rap, rock, R&B / soul, swirls a ton of his musical friends into the […]

CD REVIEW: LANE CHANGE - Rise [EP]

CD REVIEW: LANE CHANGE – Rise [EP]

Label: Independent Release Date: February 24, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With music becoming more consumable in bite size pieces, it makes sense for up-n-coming bands to release singles and EP’s, which is exactly what unsigned artists Lane Change have done with their 4-track disc.  Opening track “The Rich Get Richer” comes at you […]

CD REVIEW: MEW - Visuals

CD REVIEW: MEW – Visuals

Label: Play It Again Sam Records Release Date: April 28, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Mew is a band that had eluded me until their last release, +/-.  I took it for a spin and was pleasantly surprised, so when word came about a new disc from the band, I couldn’t wait […]

CD REVIEW: RICHIE KOTZEN - Salting Earth

CD REVIEW: RICHIE KOTZEN – Salting Earth

Label: Headroom-Inc. Release Date: April 14, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With the month of May about half gone, I am finally able to wrap my arms and ears back around some new tunes… and with the latest from Richie Kotzen, I am treating my ears to the best around.  This disc […]

CD REVIEW: BOOGIE PATROL – Man On Fire

CD REVIEW: BOOGIE PATROL – Man On Fire

CD REVIEW: BOOGIE PATROL – Man On Fire Independent 28 April, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Hitch your caboose up to the soul train, mama’s and papa’s – Edmonton, Canada’s Boogie Patrol are here with a horn-drenched sound that will drag you willingly through soul boogie, R&B (the old styled pre-diva, auto-tune […]

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited

CD/DVD REVIEW: ULI JON ROTH – Tokyo Tapes Revisited UDR 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 1978’s Tokyo Tapes marked the end of Uli Jon Roth’s tenure with Scorpions after four ground-breaking studio albums in consecutive years, his guitar playing an enticing mixture of classical and progressive, taking the band from nobodys outside of Germany, […]

CD REVIEW: THE PHANTOMS – The Phantoms

CD REVIEW: THE PHANTOMS – The Phantoms

CD REVIEW: THE PHANTOMS – The Phantoms Rum Bar Records May 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Holy crap, rock dogs, The Phantoms are here to blow your minds with rock n’ fucking roll for the ages! This, from their record label website, says it all: “Fronted by lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter […]

CD REVIEW: DAVE WRIGHT and the MIDNIGHT ELECTRIC – HWY

CD REVIEW: DAVE WRIGHT and the MIDNIGHT ELECTRIC – HWY

CD REVIEW: DAVE WRIGHT and the MIDNIGHT ELECTRIC – HWY Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Cowboy cool, the Australia of wide open roads, and an outlaw attitude come together on HWY, Melbourne rockers Dave Wright and the Midnight Electric’s second album, evoking a sun-drenched sound, distinctively unique in its reassuring […]

EP REVIEW: CHRIS GIBBS & THE TRANSMISSION – News Of The Day

EP REVIEW: CHRIS GIBBS & THE TRANSMISSION – News Of The Day

EP REVIEW: CHRIS GIBBS & THE TRANSMISSION – News Of The Day Noise-A-Thon Records 15 April, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Chris Gibbs’ 2014 album Big Appetite was a solo album in the very definition of the term, right down to being produced in his home studio. Three years later, he’s brought […]

CD REVIEW: THOMAS WYNN & the BELIEVERS – Wade Waist Deep

CD REVIEW: THOMAS WYNN & the BELIEVERS – Wade Waist Deep

CD REVIEW: THOMAS WYNN & the BELIEVERS – Wade Waist Deep Mascot Label Group 19 May, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 When a rock n’ roll album opens with the breathy wonder of blues rock-meets Mezzanine-era Massive Attack opener Man Out Of Time, the rapturous near-gospel soul of title track Wade Waist Deep, and […]

CD REVIEW: STOLEN APPLE – Trenches

CD REVIEW: STOLEN APPLE – Trenches

CD REVIEW: STOLEN APPLE – Trenches Independent October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 At first glance the biblical referential band name, and the sombre, war-influenced title and bleak cover images (dogs leap over a tangled hedge in grainy black and white on the inside of the booklet, surely referencing soldiers leaping from trenches to […]

CD REVIEW: DREADNAUGHT – Caught The Vultures Sleeping

CD REVIEW: DREADNAUGHT – Caught The Vultures Sleeping

CD REVIEW: DREADNAUGHT – Caught The Vultures Sleeping Independent July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Dreadnaught formed in Melbourne in 1995, and this fifth album is their first release this decade – and captures the five-some hungry and angry and in suitably aggressive form. Heavy as fuck and twice as pissed off, the band […]

CD REVIEW: THE HOLLERIN’ SLUGGERS – Gypsy Mojo

CD REVIEW: THE HOLLERIN’ SLUGGERS – Gypsy Mojo

CD REVIEW: THE HOLLERIN’ SLUGGERS – Gypsy Mojo Independent February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The clock ticks ever onwards, but the heart of the blues remains the same, decade in and decade out: guitar, harp, drums and tales of life and loss and love, for the most part. The Hollerin’ Sluggers – as […]

CD REVIEW: DEEP PURPLE – InFinite

CD REVIEW: DEEP PURPLE – InFinite

CD REVIEW: DEEP PURPLE – InFinite e-a-r music/Sony April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Infinite comes off the back of Deep Purple’s Now What?!, an album which was a raging success for the band both artistically – which we expect – and commercially – which was a surprise even to these industry […]

CD REVIEW MAVERICK – Firebird

CD REVIEW MAVERICK – Firebird

CD REVIEW MAVERICK – Firebird Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 There’s something irrepressible about 1970’s U.S. raunch n’ roll, a la Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, George Thorogood & the Destroyers et al. All unkempt hair, tight muscle-bound riffs and unshakeable swagger, these are the acts who have drip fed […]

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