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EP Review: THE RICH AND FAMOUS – Take Us To Your Leader

EP Review: THE RICH AND FAMOUS – Take Us To Your Leader

EP Review: THE RICH AND FAMOUS – Take Us To Your Leader Independent June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 As flamboyant frontman of Kings Of The Sun, Australia’s most internationally well-known hair metal band, Jeffery Hoad was the prancing, strutting black leather-clad, blonde mane-flicking love child of Jagger and Gene Vincent. After a few […]

EP REVIEW: THE BIBLE BASHERS – Rise Hard

EP REVIEW: THE BIBLE BASHERS – Rise Hard

EP REVIEW: THE BIBLE BASHERS – Rise Hard Independent/Obsius Records September 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 The Bible Bashers are back – badder, broker and more belligerent than ever – to share their evangelical fervour for the righteous sounds of rock n’ fuckin’ roll, dick pills, bad cars, bad girls and bad […]

CD REVIEW: SIENA ROOT – A Dream Of Lasting Peace

CD REVIEW: SIENA ROOT – A Dream Of Lasting Peace

CD REVIEW: SIENA ROOT – A Dream Of Lasting Peace MVD 26 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Taking their foundation cues from the early Deep Purple canon are Sweden’s Siena Root, specifically the Blackmore-Gillan-Lord-Paice-Glover axis, but it is cunningly tempered with a patina of ‘60s pop, a happyish Summer Of Love […]

ALBUM REVIEW: SARAH McLEOD – Rocky’s Diner

ALBUM REVIEW: SARAH McLEOD – Rocky’s Diner

ALBUM REVIEW: SARAH McLEOD – Rocky’s Diner Kobalt August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Sarah McLeod steps out of the shadow of The Superjesus and comes into her own on this vibrant and excellent self-produced solo album. Her first solo rock record in twelve years, Rocky’s Diner sounds great, and has the magic ingredient […]

CD REVIEW: SIMO – Rise & Shine

CD REVIEW: SIMO – Rise & Shine

CD REVIEW: SIMO – Rise & Shine Mascot Label Group September 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 If SIMO’s second album was a retro rock tour de force, then album #3 goes one better, turning the funk and soul up to eleven and taking the experience and psychic bond forged over a year […]

CD REVIEW: RICK PRICE & JACK JONES – California Dreaming

CD REVIEW: RICK PRICE & JACK JONES – California Dreaming

CD REVIEW: RICK PRICE & JACK JONES – California Dreaming Sony September 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 It seems every band on every corner in the ‘70s and ‘80s were playing covers, whereas nowadays it’s tribute acts: with every original muso making a buck by performing note-perfect tributes to a famous album […]

CD REVIEW: DIANA ANAID – My Queen

CD REVIEW: DIANA ANAID – My Queen

CD REVIEW: DIANA ANAID – My Queen Independant August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 As a minor feminist alt/folk/grunge icon in the late 1990’s, Diana Anaid looked set to burst internationally and rival the likes of Liz Phair, L7 and the like in cult stardom, but it was not to be, and she was […]

CD REVIEW: THE PAUL WINN BAND – Live At Lazybones

CD REVIEW: THE PAUL WINN BAND – Live At Lazybones

CD REVIEW: THE PAUL WINN BAND – Live At Lazybones Hollow Tree Records October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Sharp and slick smoky lounge blues punctuated by searing guitar and a sophisticated, occasionally jazzy edge, Paul Winn Band’s live release comes with both a DVD and CD, recorded with crystal clarity live at Sydney’s […]

ALBUM REVIEW: BOOTSY COLLINS – World Wide Funk

ALBUM REVIEW: BOOTSY COLLINS – World Wide Funk

ALBUM REVIEW: BOOTSY COLLINS – World Wide Funk Mascot Label Group 27 October, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 He’s played with James Brown, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, released dozens of records under various permutations and band names, contributed to who knows how many other artist’s recordings, is a Rock And Roll Hall […]

CD REVIEW: LINDA RONSTADT – Simple Dreams Fortieth Anniversary Reissue

CD REVIEW: LINDA RONSTADT – Simple Dreams Fortieth Anniversary Reissue

CD REVIEW: LINDA RONSTADT – Simple Dreams Fortieth Anniversary Reissue Rhino Records/Warner September 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Linda Ronstadt’s eight album was her fifth consecutive million-selling platinum hit, quickly selling three and a half million copies in the United States alone, and is presented here in fortieth anniversary reissue format, complete […]

CD REVIEW: ROADCASE ROYALE – First Things First

CD REVIEW: ROADCASE ROYALE – First Things First

CD REVIEW: ROADCASE ROYALE – First Things First Loud & Proud Records September 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 As guitarist of arena rock legends Heart, Nancy Wilson was as responsible for some of the mightiest ‘70s riff rockers (Barracuda, Magic Man, Crazy On You) as she was wistful folky ballads of surprising […]

CD REVIEW: IN THIS MOMENT - Ritual

CD REVIEW: IN THIS MOMENT – Ritual

Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: July 21, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur In This Moment have returned to the sound that gave them traction back when they were starting off… crunching guitars, heavy rhythms, and killer vocals from front woman Maria Brink.  Disc opener “Salvation” is an interesting instrumental piece that draws […]

CD REVIEW: THE DOORS – THE SINGLES

CD REVIEW: THE DOORS – THE SINGLES

CD REVIEW: THE DOORS – THE SINGLES Rhino/Warner September 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Here we are in the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ heyday, and their timeless catalogue is still being repackaged in compilation after compilation, yet almost all of them unfairly ignore the surviving trio’s work after Jim Morrison’s inglorious […]

CD REVIEW: DAN SULTAN – Killer

CD REVIEW: DAN SULTAN – Killer

CD REVIEW: DAN SULTAN – Killer Liberation July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Possessing a voice as warm & rich as melted honey, Dan Sultan has proved a unique talent in modern Australian music over the past 20 years, and delivers the goods with this, his third album. Fusing soul, pop and rock and […]

CD REVIEW: SHADOWQUEEN – Living Madness

CD REVIEW: SHADOWQUEEN – Living Madness

CD REVIEW: SHADOWQUEEN – Living Madness Independent October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Like fellow Eastern States rockers The Dirty Earth’s latest incarnation, Shadowqueen boast an impressive female lead singer (Robbi Zana, also playing bass and keys), an inventive, original guitarist (Si Hopman) and a relentless drummer (Alex Deegan). This second album is a […]

CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS - Oh Crash....

CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Oh Crash….

CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Oh Crash…. Citadel Records August 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 1/2 /10 The Volcanics’ 4th album finds the Perth quintet at the top of their game – though they always have been on fire, never having released a dud. Here they stick to their tried and true blueprint of […]

CD REVIEW: SUICIDE BOMBERS - Suicide Idols

CD REVIEW: SUICIDE BOMBERS – Suicide Idols

CD REVIEW: SUICIDE BOMBERS – Suicide Idols Suicide Records May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 1/2 /10 Self-styled Norwegian Blues Brothers of Scandosleaze are on a “holy mission” on their third album: a mission dripping in sleazy sex, sweeaty leathers, nihilistic abandon and guitars that sound like they’ve time travelled from 1989. Featuring Chris […]

CD REVIEW - WALTER TROUT - We're All In This Together

CD REVIEW – WALTER TROUT – We’re All In This Together

CD REVIEW – WALTER TROUT – We’re All In This Together Mascot Label Group 1 September, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Any afficianado of blues guitar will be familiar with Walter Trout. His five decades in the business has included stints with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Joe Tex, John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat and a […]

CD REVIEW: SUSIE WILKINS - She Got Me Good [EP]

CD REVIEW: SUSIE WILKINS – She Got Me Good [EP]

Label: Independent Release Date: October 20, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur For some reason, Susie Wilkins has escaped my musical repertoire… until now.  The latest release from this singer / songwriter / rocker is an EP with four songs that grab you and don’t let go.  Disc opener and title track “She Got Me […]

CD REVIEW: IVOR SK – Montserrat

CD REVIEW: IVOR SK – Montserrat

CD REVIEW: IVOR SK – Montserrat Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Ivor SK (that’s Simpson-Kennedy to his teachers)’s debut album Monserrat is aptly titled: nearly every song here is influences musically or lyrically by the Caribbean, making this a bright n’ summery, rootsy album full of good times. The laid […]

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