MUSIC REVIEWS

Robin Kelly “Shadowman” (LP)

Shadowman, Robin Kelly’s sixth album release, remains very much the New Zealand songwriter’s album despite the cadre of five-star talent supporting him. Singer Sonia Wilson and guitarist Nigel Gavin playing alongside Kelly is a big deal, the mid way point of Shadowman might fall apart with it, but Kelly’s talents are the …

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Random Parade “Never Meant to Last” (EP)

Random Parade’s most recent album release Never Meant to Last is a nine song collection continuing the Southern California band’s ongoing evolution. They’ve toured with seminal 80’s acts such as The Fixx and Missing Persons while echoes of Joy Division and The Cure, among others, are present in their music. …

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Ella Blicker “Owe It All” (SINGLE)

Owe It All” is the stunning new single from Ella Blicker. Casting a dreamy, yet veiled in a brooding piano, this romantic pop offering is a coveted love letter. Blicker’s hushed, gentle melodic voice seems to tickle the ear much the same as a whisper. Drawing out the pronunciation of …

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Bettman & Halpin “Timeless” (LP) 

From passive melodies ala “It’s Only a Paper Moon” to a quaint harmony around every bend in “Summertime,” Bettman & Halpin manage to cover all the bases with their new album Timeless, all while promoting a rather minimalistic attitude when it comes to songcraft. The majority of the songs in Timeless are standards, …

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Kate Lynne Logan “Sleeping Giants” (LP)

Working away at a brittle harmony in “You’re the One,” Kate Lynne Logan at once embodies the indulgent folk-pop of the past and the efficiency of the modern singer/songwriter. In “Better Life,” her affection for western melodicism protrudes into her poetry, carrying forth a message of solidarity with the rural …

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Brent Saba “County Sound” (EP)

Brent Saba is just starting out, but the proverbial sky’s the limit for this young country music performer. “County Sound” is his third single following on the heels of “Carolina Girl” and “Southern State of Mind” and gives interested listeners a sneak peek of his forthcoming debut EP. Saba’s making …

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Corey Stapleton and The Pretty Pirates “Sea Change” (LP)

Corey Stapleton and The Pretty Pirates chronicle the benefits of personal growth and transformation on their debut album, Sea Change. Throughout 12 tracks Stapleton explores the divisive nature of America and how following your heart takes more courage than you ever thought it would. Sea Change navigates these delicate subjects …

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Ari Pappalardo “Minstrel Class” (LP)

Ari Pappalardo is living his life on his terms – he brokers no compromises. One clue of that is in the title of his latest album, Minstrel Class. It’s a title fueled with self-identification rather than some two-word throwaway and places Pappalardo in a long tradition of iconoclasts who reject mainstream …

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