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Drake Bell “Ready Steady Go”

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from young pop star/actor Drake Bell. The former “Drake & Josh” star has always had a taste for vintage sounds, and has no interest in following the conventional Disney pop star template. Ready Steady Go! brings the slick rockabilly sound to a new generation of fans with […]

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Spirit Kid and The Tangerines

Spirit Kid “Is Happening” It’s been too long since I’ve heard Spirit Kid (aka Emeen Zarookian) and this new album is a joy to listen to. Heavily influenced by late ’60s bands and sounding a lot like Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schieder, the opener “Everything is Old” has an excellent chord structure and catchy baseline […]

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Alex Chilton Rediscovered

With a new biography that I reviewed recently, Alex Chilton is finally getting some much deserved attention in the mainstream media. Listen below to a conversation between Soundcheck host John Schaefer and author Holly George-Warren, as they discuss Chilton’s path from child superstar to unpredictable outsider to elder statesman of alternative rock.

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Fakeband and Gregory Pepper

The Fakeband “Shining On Everyone” The Fakeband are an impressive indie band from Spain (thanks to Rock Indiana Records) with bright guitars and swirling chords. The opening salvo “On Top Of The World” sung with American accents, is a richly melodic tune along the lines of Crowded House or The Gin Blossoms. But the band […]

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The Cry and Paul Starling

The Cry “Dangerous Game” The Cry are back with a terrific power pop album, as the opening chords of “Discotheque” are part Lou Reed, The Soft Boys and Ramones wrapped up in those strutting lead riffs. The pop punk vibe of “Hanging Me Up” keeps up the quick uptempo pace, and “Nowhere To Go” adds […]

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