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Rob Bonfiglio “Freeway”

On his third LP, the veteran musician (guitarist/songwriter/producer with multi-platinum pop act Wilson Philips; guitarist & co-conspirator for former RCA power-pop band Wanderlust) still knows how to create joyous power pop, like the opener “Lonely World” by contrasting the sweet chorus with the isolating lyrics “What is love, what is wealth, when you’re all by […]

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The Ugly Beats and The Roaring Juniors

The Ugly Beats “Brand New Day” Austin, Texas band The Ugly Beats have been making glorious 1960s garage-styled power pop for over ten years now, and their newest release is testament to this approach.  However on this album there is less a reliance on the stomping rough style (like The Troggs) and more actual melodies […]

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Richie Parsons and The Psycho Sisters

Richie Parsons “Honey and Tears” Veteran musician Richie Parsons has been a part of the Boston area music scene for years, and now he’s finally put together a debut album produced by Ken Stringfellow (Posies). The clear, rich melody of “When Fall Begins,” reminds me at times of the last Sunrise Highway album. “LOve Letter” […]

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Steve Caraway and Dave Caruso

Steve Caraway “Upon This Rock” Steve Caraway is a veteran adult contemporary singer from Boston, think a cross between Bryan Adams and Steve Perry. I expected “Upon This Rock” to be a modern Christian rock album based on the title, and although it has its share of inspiring tunes, is clearly secular. The simple strum […]

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Chris Richards and The Subtractions and Deena

Chris Richards and The Subtractions “Decayed: 10 Years of Harmony and Song” This gathers a decades worth of Chris Richard and its distilled into one catchy adrenaline fueled LP. Each song is a winner (that’s why they are called “Greatest Hits”) and it includes the original “Call Me Out” which is also on The Power […]

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