PICK OF THE WEEK

Laura Sumner “Red Clay Blue Sky” (EP)

Connecticut’s Laura Sumner channels the philosophical ways of a folk artist and meshes them together with rock and roll and Americana bliss in the moving EP Red Clay Blue Sky. Inviting the listener into her world, one that is filled with memories and delightful details, Sumner’s voice keeps the listener close …

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JD and the RetroRyders “HOTNSIXY” (EP)

Consider JD and the RetroRyders to be proverbial keepers of the flame. This unique seven piece band based out of Huntington Beach, California is led by front man Joe DeMeo with two supporting vocalists, a drummer, guitarist, bass player, and an additional percussionist. They have four well-received releases under their …

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Francesca Beghe “Francesca Beghe Live” (LP)

Francesca Beghe Live presents the wildly talented veteran vocalist in fine fettle. The fourteen songs included on the release, drawn from Beghe’s first three live performances with a full band behind her in twenty-plus years, are an indistinguishable blend of originals and covers. I say indistinguishable because nothing Beghe does ever …

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Chris St. John “Fly Away” (LP)

From the moment we press the play button on the warm, sunlit string play of “My Sunrise,” it’s obvious that we’re in for a special treat in the new Chris St. John album uncommon on the mainstream level of country music nowadays. While St. John isn’t reinventing the wheel with Fly …

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Szabotage “Six-Pack” (LP)

Vancouver, Canada-based quartet Szabotage is a newcomer to the rock landscape, founded in April 2020, but they’ve established a signature style and sound within a little more than two years. Szabotage emerged out of two distinct creative “parts” colliding to form a greater whole. Guitarist Victor Szabo and vocalist James …

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