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Dee Snider – Dee Does Broadway

Dee Snider – Dee Does Broadway

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Razor & Tie Records Release Date: May 8, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Kinda odd, but not really. I mean,Dee did take a stab at a track on the Frank SIN-atra tribute disc in the past. Not to mention,Dee Actually took a spin on Broadway with a role in Rock of Ages. It […]

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Dark New Day – New Tradition

Dark New Day – New Tradition

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Goomba Music Release Date: May 22, 2012 Rating: 6/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Known as somewhat of a nu-metal super group, the pedigree of this band is hard to deny. When your membership has day jobs in bands such as Evanescence, Sevendust, Stereomud, and Skrape, you will have a club that can produce solid rock. […]

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Curved Air – Live Atmosphere

Curved Air – Live Atmosphere

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Ais Release Date: May 1, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Just when I think I have figured out what my niche is, something else comes across my desk and makes me rethink my musical selections. Some view my tastes as very heavy, but the latest live disc from Curved Air is anything but. […]

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Cherri Bomb – This Is The End Of Control

Cherri Bomb – This Is The End Of Control

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Hollywood Records Release Date: May 15, 2012 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar How odd is it that a band comprised of all young ladies would call themselves Cherri Bomb? Not that odd when you consider the name was a hit for one of the original all girl rock groups. Do these girls rock as […]

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Brad – United We Stand

Brad – United We Stand

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Razor & Tie Records Release Date: April 24, 2012 Rating: 7/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Having never been a fan of Pearl Jam, I was more than hesitant about listening to this disc. I grew up in an era when music, and the musicians, was larger than life and Pearl Jam was anything but. They […]

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Beak – Eyrie

Beak – Eyrie

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Someoddpilot Records Release Date: April 3, 2012 Rating: 6/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I wasn’t sure what to expect when I popped this in (well, actually downloaded and played).  I had no clue who some of the bands referenced in the other reviews or press release were, but decided to take it for a spin […]

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Asia – XXX

Asia – XXX

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Records Release Date: June 29, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar I still rock out when I hear “Heat Of The Moment” on my Sirius XM Radio. There is something infectious about Asia that seems timeless. They have gone through various lineups through the years, but with the release of XXX, the original […]

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Adrenaline Mob – Omerta

Adrenaline Mob – Omerta

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label:Elm City Music / Century Media Records Release Date: March 13, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar To see a few of metals stars mix it up, one automatically thinks super group, but this is no super group. This is a viable band that will make its mark and be a force to reckon with […]

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Abel – Make It Right

Abel – Make It Right

| 15 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Independant Release Date: September 18, 2012 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar More bands are relying on downloads and iTunes, but some bands write and play so well, I don’t necessarily think they need to.  Abel is one of those bands.  Having never heard of them, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but these tunes […]

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ZEROKING – Kings of Self Destruction

ZEROKING – Kings of Self Destruction

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Feb 2012 By Shane Pinnegar Hot on the heels of their late 2011 taster EP comes Zeroking’s debut full length album, and it’s up there with Van Halen’s newie as the best releases of the year to date. With clever lyrics, a hard rocking foundation, great performances across the board, and great flair in song […]

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VAN HALEN – A Different Kind Of Truth

VAN HALEN – A Different Kind Of Truth

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Universal – February 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 It’s finally here – the Van Halen brothers’ first album since 1998’s Van Halen III – and their first with Diamond Dave Lee Roth since 1984 – has finally landed and in less time than it takes to recite the names of all the guitarists to have […]

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WILD TURKEY – Devil Ridin’ Shotgun

WILD TURKEY – Devil Ridin’ Shotgun

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Wild Turkey are a mean lookin’ trio of Rockabilly hombres hailing from the deep south of… Melbourne! Featuring chief songwriter Johnny Marsden on twangtastic guitar and vocals, Kirk Syrett whacking the drums, and Guy Lawson plucking a righteous double bass, they run the gamut of rockabilly styles on this eclectic album […]

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TRICIA FREEMAN – Everyone Can See

TRICIA FREEMAN – Everyone Can See

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Self released, March 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Tricia Freeman’s love of blues, rock, country and soul – in short, GREAT music – shines through on her latest album, but it’s her amazing voice which is the true star. And what a voice! Powerful, versatile, beautiful and passionate, Freeman’s vocals carry these twelve (mostly original) […]

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THE TREATMENT – Then & Again EP

THE TREATMENT – Then & Again EP

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Spinefarm UK, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 There’s only three types of cover versions: classics, sound-alikes and shockers. Personally I don’t see the point in releasing a cover that sounds almost exactly like the original (Yes, I’m looking at YOU Poison!), and no-one wants to listen to a shocker more than once… so what constitutes […]

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THE DATE – Updated

THE DATE – Updated

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Self released, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 It seems that in The Eighties we heard a mind blowing new band once every now and then, but with our population so dramatically increased, I seem to be finding amazing new music every few days. One such outfit is THE DATE – an unpretentious Aussie hard blues […]

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THE DOMNICKS – I Wonder What You’re Doing Now/Cool Runnings [Double A side single]

THE DOMNICKS – I Wonder What You’re Doing Now/Cool Runnings [Double A side single]

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Citadel, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 The Domnicks have a pretty bloody awesome pedigree to them, featuring Perth rock royalty both homegrown and adopted in the form of Dom Mariani (The Stems, The DM3, The Someloves), Nick Sheppard (The Cortinas, The Clash), Howie Shawcross (The Elks, The Jackals, Dave Warner) and Marz Frisina (The Chevelles, […]

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THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – The Local Fuzz

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – The Local Fuzz

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Teepee Records, 2011 By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 What kind of madness is this? The best possible kind, if you’re a guitar riff kind of person! The Atomic Bitchwax weighs in with a fifth full length album comprising only one song – 42 minutes long, completely instrumental, and comprised of 50 distinct guitar riffs. Glorious in […]

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SWEET – NEW YORK CONNECTION

SWEET – NEW YORK CONNECTION

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Self Released, March 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Andy Scott’s SWEET have weighed in with as good a covers album as anyone could have hoped from a band that many thought would never release another album. It’s normal for the time between albums to extend as a band grows older and creative juices fight for […]

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SUSANNAH HOFFS – Someday

SUSANNAH HOFFS – Someday

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 The former Bangle delivers an album full of bright & breezy folky pop with a jazzy edge, tailor made for video clips of pretty girls in Sixties dresses bicycling and dancing in sun-drenched fields of flowers, or montages in bright & breezy Hollywood rom-coms. It’s not as vacuous as it […]

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SUGAR LOUISE – On The Radio – 7” single

SUGAR LOUISE – On The Radio – 7” single

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Naked Hollywood Records, April 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Billy McBarbie – he of the impossibly cool and glacially blonde barnet like some Norwegian Noel Fielding – leads his “poppunx” Sugar Louise back into the fray with this irresistibly bouncy and catchy number. Pop Punk is an easy genre to get wrong, and a lot […]

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