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CD REVIEW: IAN MOSS – Ian Moss

CD REVIEW: IAN MOSS – Ian Moss

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: IAN MOSS – Ian Moss Bloodlines March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Never one to rush into anything – this self-titled record is Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss’s seventh solo effort, and his first since 2009’s Soul On West 53rd (his last album of all original songs dates way back to 1996’s […]

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CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down Spitfire Music/SPV 6 April, 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Credit where it’s due – after two good-not-great (plus one live outing) albums that sounded like what they were – a group of veteran sidemen bankrolled by a rich kid with rockstar ambitions – […]

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CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight Golden Robot Records March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 There was always more to Little Caesar than the cavalcade of late ‘80s/early ‘90s big-haired Gn’R and AC/DC copyists. Sure, you don’t need CSI to dust for trace DNA of either band’s sound, but singer Ron Young’s […]

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EP REVIEW: DIRTWATER BLOOM – Dirtwater Bloom

EP REVIEW: DIRTWATER BLOOM – Dirtwater Bloom

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: DIRTWATER BLOOM – Dirtwater Bloom Independent 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 “Train wreck blues” they call it in their press release, and it’s a fitting summary of their raucous mix of slave chants, bad-ass harp-driven blues, frenetic boogie and ragged charm, all tempered by a dark, hungover edge as if ole skullface […]

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EP REVIEW: BUZZ & THE PICKUPS – Buzz & the Pickups

EP REVIEW: BUZZ & THE PICKUPS – Buzz & the Pickups

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: BUZZ & THE PICKUPS – Buzz & the Pickups Black Garage Records 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Grab your board and hit the half-pipe for this quiet-loud-quiet ‘90s-reminiscent EP from Melbourne trio Buzz & the Pickups. It’s a fun ride, dude – tubular, even, with a strong whiff of Dinosaur Jr (surely […]

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CD REVIEW: JOE SATRIANI – What Happens Next

CD REVIEW: JOE SATRIANI – What Happens Next

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: JOE SATRIANI – What Happens Next Legacy/Sony January 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 At times shred heaven, at others delicate and exquisitely beautiful (Forever and Ever has the power to draw tears), Joe Satriani’s 16th solo album again achieves the rare goal of featuring instrumental tracks with such melody and style that […]

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EP REVIEW: FIVE MILE SMILE – The Truth About Dogs And Wolves

EP REVIEW: FIVE MILE SMILE – The Truth About Dogs And Wolves

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: FIVE MILE SMILE – The Truth About Dogs And Wolves Independent 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Five Mile Smile hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they worked as a trio between 2000 and 2003. Reuniting in 2014 – first through Facebook, then for fun, then more seriously – they trimmed down to […]

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EP REVIEW: THE TRASH DOVES – Lemme Smash

EP REVIEW: THE TRASH DOVES – Lemme Smash

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: THE TRASH DOVES – Lemme Smash Independent 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 A four-piece combo of music students, The Trash Doves debut is raw, green, and full of promise. Wearing their influences on their young sleeves, there’s the infectious pop punk of Try Harder, surly attitude rock of Love Is ill, Sabbathy […]

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CD REVIEW: JUNIOR DANGER – Junior Danger

CD REVIEW: JUNIOR DANGER – Junior Danger

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: JUNIOR DANGER – Junior Danger Independent January 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Darren Skewes combines menacingly dark, sonorous vocals and crunchy guitar riffs with a deep-fried southern twang over the top of Junior Danger’s rock solid rhythm section of Tom Meyer and Damien Brown, making this a bewitching mix of hellpunk, and […]

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EP REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Yomi Ship

EP REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Yomi Ship

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Yomi Ship Independent 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Yomi Ship navigate some enthralling seas on this self-titled debut EP, cut in one take with no overdubs because guitarist Jarred Osborne prefers to keep the sound fresh – and he has an impressive enough effects rack and playing skills to […]

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CD REVIEW: MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO – Ventriloquism

CD REVIEW: MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO – Ventriloquism

| 21 March 2018 | Reply

Label: Naïve, a division of Believe Release Date: March 16, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Meshell Ndegeocello is one of those artists that always seems to drop something worthwhile without much fanfare or attention.  On her 12th releases, she dips into the R&B and pop pool of the 80’s and 90’s and delivers […]

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CD REVIEW: MICHELLE LeBLANC – A Man Like You

CD REVIEW: MICHELLE LeBLANC – A Man Like You

| 7 March 2018 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: March 2, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A cool EP hit my mail and I am so glad I peeled the plastic off and took this one for a spin.  Blending her love of Americana and Country, Michelle LeBlanc has crafted a short disc of five tracks that also […]

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CD REVIEW: RAZORBATS – II

CD REVIEW: RAZORBATS – II

| 26 February 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: RAZORBATS – II Rob Mules Records February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Norway’s Razorbats are adamant that their second album is not a concept album, yet every song resonates with similar themes of outsider cool and alienated angst. Proudly sporting misfit influences from the glam of Slade and KISS to the shock […]

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CD REVIEW: Various Artists – NIMA Presents The Sound of Indigenous Australia – Now & Before

CD REVIEW: Various Artists – NIMA Presents The Sound of Indigenous Australia – Now & Before

| 26 February 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: Various Artists – NIMA Presents The Sound of Indigenous Australia – Now & Before Warner Brothers July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 This is a fascinating collection, comprising two discs full of the sound of a thriving Indigenous music scene from right around the country. As the title suggests, it’s broken into […]

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CD REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – VALE

CD REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – VALE

| 16 February 2018 | Reply

Label: Lava / Republic Records Release Date: January 12, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Black Veil Brides is one of those musical guilty pleasures of mine that I indulge in randomly, but certainly whenever a new disc is on the horizon.  The latest – Vale – is no exception.  While the sound hasn’t […]

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CD REVIEW: ERICA BLINN – BETTER THAN GOLD

CD REVIEW: ERICA BLINN – BETTER THAN GOLD

| 14 February 2018 | Reply

Label: Curry House Records Release Date: February 16, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I saw the video for Erica Blinn’s new single and new I had to hear the whole disc – and I am so glad I have.  Opener and video track “Softer Side” comes across the speakers and grabs your […]

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CD REVIEW: ELI LEV & THE FORTUNES FOUND – ALL ROADS EAST [EP]

CD REVIEW: ELI LEV & THE FORTUNES FOUND – ALL ROADS EAST [EP]

| 11 February 2018 | Reply

Label: Eli Lev Music, LLC Release Date: November 17, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur While folk music isn’t really my thing, I was drawn to listen through this EP after hearing the first track.  “Making Space” kicks this disc off on a positive note and blends together an Americana sound with a […]

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CD REVIEW: MYJA – MYJA

CD REVIEW: MYJA – MYJA

| 6 February 2018 | Reply

Label: Windmark Recordings Release Date: January 12, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Myja is a new band with some old faces and voices including Michael Marquart of A Bad Think and one of my favorite singers Jacob Bunton (still regularly spin my copy of Mars Electric’s debut release).  This self-titled disc kicks off […]

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CD REVIEW: MONTGOMERY GENTRY – HERE’S TO YOU

CD REVIEW: MONTGOMERY GENTRY – HERE’S TO YOU

| 4 February 2018 | Reply

Label: Average Joe’s Entertainment Release Date: February 2, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I couldn’t wait to finish my review of this disc.  I received an advance while on vacation and the songs were absorbed while driving across country.  I put the songs away for a little while so I could listen […]

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CD REVIEW: WILDESTARR – BEYOND THE RAIN

CD REVIEW: WILDESTARR – BEYOND THE RAIN

| 30 January 2018 | Reply

Label: Scarlet Records Release Date: December 8, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur “Metamorphus” is a cool guitar-driven piece that sets up the listener for some solid rock and roll.  The vibe of the track is woven throughout the rest of the disc, making this a cohesive collection.  “Beyond The Rain” shifts the […]

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