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BeauSoleil Alligator Purse (YepRoc Records)

Tom Geddie
By Tom Geddie BeauSoleil Alligator Purse (YepRoc Records) Pine Leaf Boys Homage Au Passe (Lionsgate Music) Cajun music is spirited, social, soulful stuff filled with fiddles, accordions, washboards, guitars, bass, drums, and ot...


LSD March

Ken Shimamoto
Under Milk Wood (Important Records) By Ken Shimamoto Formed in 1996 in Himeji, Japan, and named after a song by ’70s German psych-rockers Guru Guru, LSD March is the latest in a line of Japanese noisicians that also inclu...



Fontaine Brown

Tom Geddie
Listening to Fontaine Brown’s Tales from the Fence Line is almost like plugging in an old AM radio and picking up some ghost station playing early 1960s roadhouse R&B, with the emphasis on the blues. It’s kinda ...


Rupert Wates

Tom Geddie
Dear Life is another of those seriously sincere “arty” albums that respond to the times we live in, perhaps trying to make sense of it and certainly urging us to deal with societal, environmental, and personal trage...



Fontaine Brown

Tom Geddie
Tales from the Fence Line (Manatee Records) By Tom Geddie Listening to Fontaine Brown’s Tales from the Fence Line is almost like plugging in an old AM radio and picking up some ghost station playing early 1960s roadhouse ...


Rupert Wates

Tom Geddie
Dear Life (Bite Music Ltd.) By Tom Geddie Dear Life is another of those seriously sincere “arty” albums that respond to the times we live in, perhaps trying to make sense of it and certainly urging us to deal with s...



The Fireman

Justin Press
It’s taken 46 years for Paul McCartney to finally enter a blue(s) period. His new side project, The Fireman, starring über-producer and ex-Killing Joke bassist Youth (just one name, kids), has been in operation since the...


Raul Malo

Tom Geddie
Raul Malo, mostly known as lead singer of the Grammy-winning country band The Mavericks, has a pleading, dramatic vibrato that sounds somewhat like Roy Orbison’s without wandering into mimicry. The man can sing.



Raul Malo

Tom Geddie
Lucky One (Concord Music Group) By Tom Geddie Raul Malo, mostly known as lead singer of the Grammy-winning country band The Mavericks, has a pleading, dramatic vibrato that sounds somewhat like Roy Orbison’s without wande...


The Fireman

Justin Press
Electric Arguments (Capitol/EMI Records) By Justin Press It’s taken 46 years for Paul McCartney to finally enter a blue(s) period. His new side project, The Fireman, starring über-producer and ex-Killing Joke bassist You...