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CD REVIEW: HONEYMOON DISEASE – The Transcendence

CD REVIEW: HONEYMOON DISEASE – The Transcendence

| 11 December 2015 | 1 Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: November 20, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am not sure what drew me to listen to the debut release from Honeymoon Disease, but I am glad I did – maybe the rock Gods knocked on my skull and told me to give it a listen.  This […]

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CD REVIEW: DON HENLEY – Cass County

CD REVIEW: DON HENLEY – Cass County

| 19 November 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: DON HENLEY – Cass County Capitol/EMI October 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 It’s hardly a surprise that Don Henley’s latest album – his first in fifteen years – ploughs many of the same furrows as his band The Eagles did as kings of the country-tinged easy listening set, though it […]

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CD REVIEW: ROBERT FORSTER – Songs To Play

CD REVIEW: ROBERT FORSTER – Songs To Play

| 19 November 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: ROBERT FORSTER – Songs To Play EMI 18 September, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 With a wry wit and sprightly swagger ex-Go Betweens starts Songs To Play, his first album since the melancholy The Evangelist seven years ago, with the jaunty Learn To Burn. Not all of his tunes are […]

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CD REVIEW: PALACE OF THE KING – White Bird/Burn The Sky

CD REVIEW: PALACE OF THE KING – White Bird/Burn The Sky

| 17 November 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: PALACE OF THE KING – White Bird/Burn The Sky Devil’s Music Records 12 June, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The sheer self-confidence that leaps out of the speakers when you whack on Palace Of The King’s debut full length album is absolutely staggering. These guys sound like they’ve been at this game […]

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CD REVIEW: ANN WILSON – The Ann Wilson Thing! EP

CD REVIEW: ANN WILSON – The Ann Wilson Thing! EP

| 17 November 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ANN WILSON – The Ann Wilson Thing! EP Rounder Records 14 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Heart singer extraordinaire Ann Wilson steps out of her sisterly comfort zone with this solo EP, exploring a trail of tears that takes her down a bluesier path than she has normally travelled, and gives […]

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CD REVIEW: CREEM CIRCUS – Rock and/or Roll

CD REVIEW: CREEM CIRCUS – Rock and/or Roll

| 17 November 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: CREEM CIRCUS – Rock and/or Roll Creep Records 24 April, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Stack-heeled and stomping, Creem Circus is the branchild of Chris DiPinto, and he delivers a rollicking set of sparkly hard rockin’ glam-infused tracks with twin lead guitars blazing. The sense of fun on display walks […]

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CD REVIEW: SHUMAUN – Shumaun

CD REVIEW: SHUMAUN – Shumaun

| 14 November 2015 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: November 13, 2015 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur For the most part, I will skip progressive rock.  There are a few bands that will always get a listen – Flying Colors happens to be a favorite.  From here on out, I will at least check them all out, because the […]

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CD REVIEW: ROADHOUSE DIET – Original Soundtrack

CD REVIEW: ROADHOUSE DIET – Original Soundtrack

| 13 November 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ROADHOUSE DIET – Original Soundtrack Mojoholic Records 2 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Sweden isn’t reknowned for its Texan boogie n’ supercharged blues, but Roadhouse Diet might just change your mind about that with this album full of liquored-up ZZ Top-worshipping songs of desert highway abuse. If this really is the […]

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CD REVIEW: ROD STEWART – Another Country

CD REVIEW: ROD STEWART – Another Country

| 13 November 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ROD STEWART – Another Country EMI 23 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 5 1/2 /10 Few have done so much to alienate their original fanbase over the decades as the artist formerly known as Rockin’ Rod The Mod. From his gritty and authentic white boy blues beginnings with The Faces, he fast […]

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CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Transmission

CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Transmission

| 13 November 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Transmission Citadel Records 10 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 /10 A chorus of Saints-ey horns punches airholes through the tighter-than-a-knot chorus of What I Found, the opening track on the aptly named Volcanics’ latest album, and latter track Locked Out. The horns themselves may not seem like a […]

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CD REVIEW: VINTAGE TROUBLE – 1 Hopeful Rd.

CD REVIEW: VINTAGE TROUBLE – 1 Hopeful Rd.

| 13 November 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: VINTAGE TROUBLE – 1 Hopeful Rd. Blue Note/Universal Music 14 August, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 From their name on down everything about Vintage Trouble screams ‘vintage’. They’re on the iconic Blue Note label. The cover design deliberately harkens back to the pre-rock n’ roll era. Their music is a […]

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VINYL REVIEW: FLEXX BRONCO – Volume 3

VINYL REVIEW: FLEXX BRONCO – Volume 3

| 13 November 2015 | Reply

VINYL REVIEW: FLEXX BRONCO – Volume 3 Self Destructo Records 27 November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 /10 It’s been six long years, but finally San Francisco’s surliest punk n’ rollers return to the city of peace & love with album number three – appropriately titled Volume 3. In all honesty Flexx Bronco sound […]

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CD REVIEW: ESCAPE THE FATE – Hate Me

CD REVIEW: ESCAPE THE FATE – Hate Me

| 12 November 2015 | Reply

Label: Eleven Seven Music Release Date: October 30, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Escape The Fate has moved members in and out over the years, but the current mix just might be the right combination of guys to create the quintessential ETF sound.  Disc opener and lead single “Just A Memory” has […]

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CD REVIEW: WOODY WOODMANSEY’S HOLY HOLY – The Man Who Sold The World: Live in London

CD REVIEW: WOODY WOODMANSEY’S HOLY HOLY – The Man Who Sold The World: Live in London

| 12 November 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: HOLY HOLY featuring Woody Woodmansey & Tony Visconti – The Man Who Sold The World: Live in London Maniac Squat Records 1 June, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 David Bowie’s ascent to global superstardom was always tinged with sadness at the guys he left behind. As was the case for a number […]

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CD REVIEW: HARD-ONS – Too Far Gone [Expanded Reissue]

CD REVIEW: HARD-ONS – Too Far Gone [Expanded Reissue]

| 12 November 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: HARD-ONS – Too Far Gone [Expanded Reissue] Citadel Records June 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Too Far Gone era was awkward for the trio of reprobates that made up the Hard-Ons. They’d had four pretty damned successful and influential independent albums that took them right around the world. Now they were […]

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CD REVIEW: SPIDERS – Why Don’t You [EP]

CD REVIEW: SPIDERS – Why Don’t You [EP]

| 5 November 2015 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: October 16, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Spiders is a cool rock-punk band that seemingly delivers with every release.  Their latest three-track EP is another great delivery.  Opener and title track “Why Don’t You” is a cool rocker full of attitude and riffs that comes at you […]

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CD REVIEW: THE TENORS – Under One Sky

CD REVIEW: THE TENORS – Under One Sky

| 5 November 2015 | Reply

Label: Universal Music Group Release Date: June 2, 2015 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every rocker needs to step back and take a relaxed moment every now and then.  My moment happened recently when I stumbled upon the latest release from The Tenors.  Disc opener “A New Day’s Begun” isn’t what you may expect from voices […]

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CD REVIEW: GRAVEYARD BBQ – Creamskull Boogiez EP

CD REVIEW: GRAVEYARD BBQ – Creamskull Boogiez EP

| 31 October 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: GRAVEYARD BBQ – Creamskull Boogiez EP Dirtcore Records September 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 They call him The King Of Sling, the architect of Dirtcore, and the leader of the Grill Nation – he is Brownbag Johnson and he has delivered another epic EP that drags the Texas boogie of ZZ Top […]

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CD REVIEW: ADAKAIN – Never Coming Home

CD REVIEW: ADAKAIN – Never Coming Home

| 30 October 2015 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: November 6, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A lot of bands that surface under the radio rock guise these days seem to blend together, but new comers Adakain have something in their sound that prompted me to take notice and listen to their disc over and over.  Opening track “All […]

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CD REVIEW: CHASTAIN – We Bleed Metal

CD REVIEW: CHASTAIN – We Bleed Metal

| 29 October 2015 | Reply

Label: Leviathan Records Release Date: November 6, 2015 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur David T. Chastain is a guitarist that has stood his ground and the test of time.  His latest effort, We Bleed Metal, reunites him once again with vocalist Leather Leone and brings a minor modern twist on the metal he […]

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