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Tribal Seeds | Representing | New Music Review

Submitted by John Mosley on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 10:17 am

Representing’s titular track opens harmlessly enough with pan flutes that could’ve come right out of a fifth grade recorder songbook—off-beat, a few clinks on the cymbals, notes here and there... and then those reverb-laden drums start to build in the fourth bar, the trills become methodical... and we’ve arrived.From here on out, the album can be divided into two halves—the first, a solid mix of old simplicity and new production, an all-around fun listen without many breaks.

Gogol Bordello Punks Out the Boulder Theater

Submitted by Daniel Neubert on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 3:17 pm

There’s one thing you can count on from a Gogol Bordello show; you’re going to leave it dripping, either from your sweat, everybody else’s sweat, or with some red wine that frontman Eugene Hutz uses to liberally douse the crowd. You’re also going to leave immensely satisfied at having seen one of the best live acts going, period.

Jimmy Jax Pinchak | Make it Better | New Music Review

Submitted by Heather Savage on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:28 am

California based Jimmy Pinchak composes in an eclectic style borrowing from Rocking Blues music, combined with an Alt-Rock aesthetic. His lyrics share a black humor/self-deprecating sensibility. He writes of the mundane and the complex, and probably doesn’t understand everything but questions what he already knows. His latest debut CD entitled Make it Better captures the spirit of more Blues based rock material from Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls and even Keith Urban.

Zion-I | Velvet Jones | Santa Barbara, CA | 2/1/14 | Review

Submitted by John Mosley on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:34 am

The venue’s Velvet Jones, a small-to-medium set in downtown Santa Barbara with Zion-I headlining—my first California show. Born and bred in New England, I had zero idea what I should be expecting from the Friday night gig out here on the western coast.I arrived early to a long line out the door.

Ed Roman | Letters From High Latitudes | New Music Review

Submitted by J.J. McCall on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:26 pm

Roman is obviously vocalist is an accomplished singer/songwriter. Each style, each song on this CD expresses something a bit different than the other - a complete moment if you will. To me it’s comparable to looking into then suddenly experiencing what it is to be inside a snapshot of time. Some of the snapshots are silly or laugh-out-loud funny, some serious and passionate. Others are of contentment, exuberance, sadness, reverence. It’s a time capsule of time really.

Ghost Owl | Say Goodbye To Finland | New Album Review

Submitted by Ben Welp on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:48 am

Ghost Owl's debut album "Say Goodbye to Finland" will be released on May 6th. The album as a whole is an experimental drift through futuristic soundscapes famed with uplifting electro-pop arrangements. This ten track LP contains the singles "Sky Yellow", "Idiot Kid" and "Velva 500".

Ghost Owl | Say Goodbye To Finland | New Music Review

Submitted by John Tarricone on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:55 pm

Ghost Owl, from Athens, Georgia, blend an ethereal mix of unique electronica sounds, indie pop and psychedelic soundscapes to create a dream-like trance that’s both driving and hypnotic.Featuring the singles “Sky Yellow,” “Idiot Kid” and “Vela 500”, the album Say Goodbye To Finland (Release date Tuesday May 6, 2014 on CDbaby, Itunes, Spotify & more) is the mental, studio cohort to their

Caravan Palace | Gothic Theater | Denver, CO | 4/7/2014 | Review

Submitted by Elizabeth Klinger on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 7:27 pm

As I stepped into the Gothic Theater in Denver I immediately felt the electrifying energy of the crowd. Fashioned in outfits right out of a speakeasy, the men looking spiffy in suits and hats, while the women dressed to impress, in classy dresses and harmonizing accessories.

Gypsy Lumberjacks | Pulling Upon the Strap | New Music Review

Submitted by Richard Morgenstern on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:30 pm

Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis based Americana band with a sound consisting of a mix of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass. With such a range of influences, there is something for everyone to latch on to in the music. Known for never performing with a set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes. Their latest work entitled “Pulling Upon the Strap” was released in 2014 and I was blown away with what I heard.

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