MUSIC REVIEWS

“Rinse and Repeat” by Suraj Mani

The voice behind the new track “Rinse and Repeat” is not new for many. Suraj Mani, former lead singer of Indian rock band Motherjane, takes the reigns in this hauntingly beautiful track with the same confidence of a singer with more than a decade heading a rock band. With hints …

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Broken Past releases “Some Gave All”

New Jersey’s Broken Past is a four piece heavy metal band embracing a wide variety of influences. Strands inspired by artists as diverse as Black Sabbath, Bret Michaels, Overkill, and AC/DC, among others, coalesce forming the basis of a highly individual sound and approach. Bassist Tony Rodriguez first formed the …

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Elz Bentley releases “Buddha”

Musical artists with true distinctions are as rare as ever in our modern world, but there are still standout talents hitting the scene that remind us of music’s inexhaustible potential. Elz Bentley first left an impression on hip-hop audiences under the name Jay Ella with the 2018 release Take No Elz. Several …

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Gary Burk III drops a “Two Lane Airplane”

Rising out of the silence with a warm growl of the guitar, there isn’t any doubt that Gary Burk III means business upon listening to the opening instrumental salvo that gets his new single “Two Lane Airplane” stated with a bang. The melodic fireworks are pretty potent, and even though …

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“Live At the Bluesberry Café” by Johnny Riley

There’s no understating how important a part guitars have played in the development of blues music, and in the new record Live At the Bluesberry Café, singer and songwriter Johnny Riley reminds us of how vital that part remains in the genre to this day. Though best described as an instrumentally …

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Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps release EP

With an alluring but rather mild swing and Thin Lizzy-reminiscent overdrive over the guitar, the beat that starts off Insane in “Good Ol’ Stupid Me” is definitely the kind of scene-stealer that would normally make it impossible for us to focus on anything else, but under Tom Tikka’s command, it’s but one …

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Austin English’s “Willie Nelson T-Shirt” (Single)

Rising from the darkness like a new day’s sun breaking the horizon, Austin English’s “Willie Nelson T-Shirt” gets rolling with a pulsating, palm-muted strum that immediately lets us know what kind of excitement is waiting around the bend. English starts to sing, and while his vocal is wildly melodic, it …

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