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CD REVIEW: GREYWIND - Afterthoughts

CD REVIEW: GREYWIND – Afterthoughts

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Newcomers Greywind have dropped their debut release and for some damn reason I can’t stop spinning it in my office during the day.  Disc opener “Afterthoughts” starts off with a beautiful guitar line that is soon joined by vocals that […]

CD REVIEW: THE JERRY CANS – Inuusiq

CD REVIEW: THE JERRY CANS – Inuusiq

CD REVIEW: THE JERRY CANS – Inuusiq Aakuluk Music October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Jerry Cans hail from the Nunavut territory of northern Canada, and have made an absolutely winning album that throws everything from rock and country and folk and traditional song forms and reggae and even acoustic punky charm into […]

CD REVIEW: MICK HARVEY – Delirium Tremens

CD REVIEW: MICK HARVEY – Delirium Tremens

CD REVIEW: MICK HARVEY – Delirium Tremens Mushroom June 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 This, the third of former Bad Seeds multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey’s collections of the translated works of Serge Gainsbourg, brings an arty pomp to the famed French pop genius’s songs. Gainsbourg’s arch-pop tunes – always more sophisticated than his drunken public […]

CD REVIEW: BLACK RHENO – Let’s Start A Cult EP

CD REVIEW: BLACK RHENO – Let’s Start A Cult EP

CD REVIEW: BLACK RHENO – Let’s Start A Cult EP Independent October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Possessing – or perhaps possessed by – a grinding acid-gargle scream and battering ram drums, guitars of doom and an unexpected sense of humour, Black Rheno have delivered an EP which is part bar-room brawl in Hades, […]

CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT - The Devil Don't Sleep

CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT – The Devil Don’t Sleep

Label: Valory Music Co. Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some artists understand the process – be yourself, maintain a sound that appeals not only to your tried and true fans but also fringe fans, and don’t forget to build your fan base along the way.  Brantley Gilbert has […]

CD REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN - Midnight Highway

CD REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

Label: Provogue Recoords Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Music is diverse these days and ones palate should be as well.  While blues is not typically one of my favorite genres once in a while a disc shoots across my desk and it grabs me.  Let’s be honest, regardless […]

CD REVIEW: SARAH DARLING - Dream Country

CD REVIEW: SARAH DARLING – Dream Country

Label: Be Darling Release Date: February 10, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sarah Darling popped up on my radar a few years ago when she was releasing singles, videos, and EP’s, but move the calendar to February 10, 2017 and we see Ms. Darling releasing her first full length disc in almost […]

CD REVIEW: NIGHTMARE - Dead Sun

CD REVIEW: NIGHTMARE – Dead Sun

Label: AFM Records Release Date: January 20, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dig new music – and by new music I don’t just mean new material.  This also covers bands that may have been around a year or two or almost 30.  The newest disc to churn from the metal band Nightmare […]

CD REVIEW: AS LIONS - Selfish Age

CD REVIEW: AS LIONS – Selfish Age

Label: Better Noise Records Release Date: January 20, 2017 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur After taking As Lions EP Aftermath for a spin and reviewing it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the full length from these young rockers.  That EP had four tracks, which are a part of this killer […]

CD REVIEW: L7 – Fast and Frightening

CD REVIEW: L7 – Fast and Frightening

CD REVIEW: L7 – Fast and Frightening Easy Action Records September 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The first disc of this 2CD pack collects a treasure trove of B-sides, cover versions for tribute albums, and a split 7” release that is sure to delight L7 fans, especially covers from The Germs, Ramones, Guns n’ […]

CD REVIEW: THE PERUASION – The Persuasion EP

CD REVIEW: THE PERUASION – The Persuasion EP

CD REVIEW: THE PERUASION – The Persuasion EP Independent 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The Persuasion live up to their name with a self-assured debut EP of Zappa-esque jazz-rock (mostly) instrumentals on this self-titled release. A 4-piece of musician’s musicians (plus a couple of guests), The Persuasion are obviously consummate players totally […]

CD REVIEW: JW-JONES – High Temperature

CD REVIEW: JW-JONES – High Temperature

CD REVIEW: JW-JONES – High Temperature Solid Blues Records October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 JW-Jones opens this classy, smooth modern blues album with some licks halfway between B B King and Mick Taylor-era Stones, telling the story of ‘spending a buck to save a dime’ on a girl who ain’t worth […]

EP REVIEW: MORIATY – Pure Filth

EP REVIEW: MORIATY – Pure Filth

EP REVIEW: MORIATY – Pure Filth Easy Action Records 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 If the title and Barbie-and-Ken-S&M cover lead you to expect some sleazy action in the grooves of the Devon two-piece “who occasionally flirt with other musicians,” then you’d be spot on the money – but in a more […]

CD REVIEW: VIDA CAIN – Yeah Nah

CD REVIEW: VIDA CAIN – Yeah Nah

CD REVIEW: VIDA CAIN – Yeah Nah Independent December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Vida Cain enlisted Eskimo Joe fella Joel Quartermaine to produce this second album, and he’s brought a wealth of experience, a lack of fear in using unusual instrumentation and a glossy sound to the band, making the results are something […]

CD REVIEW: DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Transcendence

CD REVIEW: DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Transcendence

CD REVIEW: DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Transcendence Inside Out Music 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Devin Townsend has created another magical, mystical work of art with this double album of ethereal compositions. Like Frank Zappa, Townsend’s artistic vision is unique and idealistic, and like Zappa, he refuses to allow himself to be pigeon-holed. Heavy […]

CD REVIEW – PESKY BONES – Volume 1

CD REVIEW – PESKY BONES – Volume 1

CD REVIEW – PESKY BONES – Volume 1 Independent 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Peter Farnan’s greatest claim to fame was as a core member of late ‘80s/early ‘90s Aussie pop-rocksters Boom Crash Opera, who in an illuminating article for the Daily Review describes being “lost in a maelstrom of stylistic confusion, expressive ambition […]

CD REVIEW: BRETT WISCONS - The Heineken Sessions

CD REVIEW: BRETT WISCONS – The Heineken Sessions

Label: Mad Diamond Entertainment / Captain Beardo Records Release Date: October 28, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur New comer Brett Wiscons took his writing skills, his love of music, and a friendship / partnership with Mark Bryan (of Hootie & the Blowfish fame) and pulled together ten tracks (which includes two version […]

CD REVIEW: SHALLOW SIDE - One [EP]

CD REVIEW: SHALLOW SIDE – One [EP]

Label: Thermal Entertainment Release Date: January 13, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur EP’s seem to be flying left and right as 2017 kicks off, but I am really glad the 6-track offering from Shallow Side hit me.  This southern rock and roll gem points in the right direction for these guys.  Disc […]

CD REVIEW: SIN CAMINO - Without A Path [EP]

CD REVIEW: SIN CAMINO – Without A Path [EP]

Label: Lamon Records Release Date: January 13, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With 2017 upon us, new music is heading our way… I love hearing what my favorites have been up to in the studio, as well as discovering some gems from bands and artists I am not familiar with.  The Without […]

CD REVIEW: CLONE AGE – Fuse

CD REVIEW: CLONE AGE – Fuse

CD REVIEW: CLONE AGE – Fuse Dallas Records 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The trick nowadays is not to distill a brand new, individual sound – almost everyone sounds like someone else – it’s to play the music in your heart and soul with passion, skill and put your own stamp on it. In […]

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