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LP REVIEW: X – X-citations

LP REVIEW: X – X-citations

| 9 August 2017 | Reply

LP REVIEW: X – X-citations Independant June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Read Shane’s review at Around The Sound

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CD REVIEW: LLOYD SPIEGEL – This Time Tomorrow

CD REVIEW: LLOYD SPIEGEL – This Time Tomorrow

| 27 July 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: LLOYD SPIEGEL – This Time Tomorrow Only Blues Music 3 July, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Lloyd Spiegel’s ninth studio album – his first since 2010’s Tangled Brew – is arguably his best effort yet, and that’s really saying something. Full of slick, laid back, (mostly) acoustic blues, This Time Tomorrow is […]

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CD REVIEW: DOGS OR GODS – hiSTORIES

CD REVIEW: DOGS OR GODS – hiSTORIES

| 27 July 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DOGS OR GODS – hiSTORIES Independent 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The three core members of DOG – aka Dogs or Gods – bring a wealth of experience to this second album, hiSTORIES, most notably bassist/singer Tony Butler’s stellar career with Big Country through their first eight albums, as well as many […]

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CD REVIEW: SILVER DUST – The Age Of Decadence

CD REVIEW: SILVER DUST – The Age Of Decadence

| 27 July 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SILVER DUST – The Age Of Decadence Fastball Music/ Escudero Records June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Swiss rockers present a heady combination of gothic grooves, Steampunk visuals and melodic power rock songs, all delivered in a combination of French and English, resulting in a decidedly unique sound. Singer, guitarist and keyboard […]

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CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Cracked Actor: Live Los Angeles ‘74

CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Cracked Actor: Live Los Angeles ‘74

| 25 July 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Cracked Actor: Live Los Angeles ‘74 Parlophone/Warner June 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 David Bowie was in a right old state in 1974: mired in cocaine addiction, painfully thin and gaunt, he looked on the verge of death. This concert finds Bowie in a state of flux – not […]

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CD REVIEW: ROGER PEDERSEN – Guitar Madness and Other Nice Songs

CD REVIEW: ROGER PEDERSEN – Guitar Madness and Other Nice Songs

| 25 July 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ROGER PEDERSEN – Guitar Madness and Other Nice Songs West Audio Productions May 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Norwegian world-reknowned shredder Roger Pederson’s third solo album includes a few surprises sure to surprise anyone who thinks speed and feel and melody cannot co-exist in guitar music. Mostly instrumental, these tracks […]

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CD REVIEW: FOREIGNER – 40

CD REVIEW: FOREIGNER – 40

| 25 July 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: FOREIGNER – 40 Rhino Records/ Warner July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Like many mega-selling bands, Foreigner’s story is littered with the euphoric highs of success, and the desperate lows of interpersonal strife and fluctuating quality. But what a mega-selling band they were – their first five albums sold a […]

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CD REVIEW: SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

CD REVIEW: SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette

| 25 July 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SONNY LANDRETH – Recorded Live In Lafayette Mascot Label Group 30 June, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Celebrated slide guitarist Sonny Landreth returns to his home town Lafayette with long-time friends and band members Dave Ranson (ukulele bass), Brian Brignac (cajón) and guests Steve Conn (accordion) and Sam Broussard (acoustic guitar) for […]

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CD REVIEW: KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – Prevail I

CD REVIEW: KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – Prevail I

| 29 June 2017 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: May 12, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I was first aware of Kobra And The Lotus when they signed to Gene Simmons’ short-lived Simmons Records reboot.  While that disc was a bit heavier than my normal fare, I always kept this band on my radar… and Prevail […]

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CD REVIEW: TIM BASTMEYER’S ALL STAR BLUES BAND

CD REVIEW: TIM BASTMEYER’S ALL STAR BLUES BAND

| 24 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: TIM BASTMEYER’S ALL STAR BLUES BAND Independent April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Tim Bastmeyer’s potent Robert Johnson-inspired guitar playing is central to this all-star album of authentic Delta blues, and whilst his band are less-known to us in Australia, there’s little doubt of their cred: Juno Award winners Julian […]

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CD REVIEW: SHE’S THE DRIVER – The Gone Club

CD REVIEW: SHE’S THE DRIVER – The Gone Club

| 23 June 2017 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: SHE’S THE DRIVER – The Gone Club Black Garage Records April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 She’s The Driver’s fuzzrock-with-punk-attitude high-octane post-grunge wall of melodic noise is, at first listen, a seductively trance-like auditory experience. Belligerant trance, I hasten to add – like a Sonic Youth-meets-shoegaze psych trip. Successive listens […]

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CD REVIEW: PROFESSOR LOUIE and the CROWMATIX – Crowin’ The Blues

CD REVIEW: PROFESSOR LOUIE and the CROWMATIX – Crowin’ The Blues

| 23 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: PROFESSOR LOUIE and the CROWMATIX – Crowin’ The Blues Woodstock Records March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Professor Louie – whose boogie woogie blues keys and vocals make this album so vibrant – and the Crowmatix are the sort of old school blues band who’ll play anywhere – in their own words, […]

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CD REVIEW: STEVE KOZAK BAND – It’s Time

CD REVIEW: STEVE KOZAK BAND – It’s Time

| 22 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STEVE KOZAK BAND – It’s Time Independent March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 “You only need three things to play the blues: a good guitar, and innate understanding of the music, and thirty years in which to do it,” says Steve Kozak’s press bio, and it’s something this well-travelled Canadian […]

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CD REVIEW: THE DAHMERS – In The Dead Of Night

CD REVIEW: THE DAHMERS – In The Dead Of Night

| 22 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE DAHMERS – In The Dead Of Night Lovely Records April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The Dahmers hail from Sweden, and are enthralled by the marriage of horror and hard rock – not in an evil, church burning, black metal kind of way, though. No, this foursome of skeleton-adorned-onesie-clad damage cases […]

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CD REVIEW: DEVIL M – Hollow Earth

CD REVIEW: DEVIL M – Hollow Earth

| 21 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DEVIL M – Hollow Earth Dark Tunes April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Industro Anarcho metal with guitars that riff like evil machinery, keys that stab like shards of broken glass, and lyrics pointing to the downfall of modern society, Devil M’s world may seem pretty bleak to an outsider. Not so: […]

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CD REVIEW: ZAC BROWN BAND – Welcome Home

CD REVIEW: ZAC BROWN BAND – Welcome Home

| 21 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ZAC BROWN BAND – Welcome Home Elektra May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Zac Brown’s notoriety has spread far and wide since many of us first heard of his heartfelt country rock with a pop edge (think Bon Jovi if they gave a shit about anything other than making money… and with […]

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CD REVIEW: STYX – The Mission

CD REVIEW: STYX – The Mission

| 20 June 2017 | Reply

Label: ALPHA DOG 2T/UMe Release Date: June 16, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Styx went into new and familiar territory at the same time with their first release in 14 years… The Mission.  This disc takes us back to the day of a disc that actually tells a cohesive story from first […]

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CD REVIEW: BRAZENLINX – Vienna Don’t Fret

CD REVIEW: BRAZENLINX – Vienna Don’t Fret

| 20 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BRAZENLINX – Vienna Don’t Fret Independent January 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Led by Australian viola player Gejza Jurth, Vienna’s Brazenlinx make a highly original shot for hard rocking metal glory by featuring just vocalist Peter Dürr, drummer Urge Kirchner and cellist Alex Graf. It’s not a unique idea – […]

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CD REVIEW: THE CONNECTION – Just For Fun

CD REVIEW: THE CONNECTION – Just For Fun

| 20 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE CONNECTION – Just For Fun Rumbar Records February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The Connection pitch a kinghitter with their fourth album, Just For Fun, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Entering the studio late last year, The Connection set about having a blast, blasting out […]

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CD REVIEW: KASABIAN – For Crying Out Loud

CD REVIEW: KASABIAN – For Crying Out Loud

| 19 June 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: KASABIAN – For Crying Out Loud Sony May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 When Kasabian’s 2004 self-titled debut dropped, they presciently bridged the great divide between Oasis and electronic outfits such as The Prodigy, and foretold the new wave of dance rock, a la The Killers, Arctic Moneys et al. Now, on […]

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