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Twins and Doug Gillard

Twins “Tomboys On Parade” Twins wave their power pop flags high, and produce a rocking happy-go-lucky style of music that’s easy to fall in love with. “Teach Each Other,” follows the Big Star tradition of intricate melodies, memorable riffs and clear harmonies. “Long Way Down” has another catchy riff, with enough quirky vocal styling to […]

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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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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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Tyson Leslie and Evil Arrows

Tyson Leslie “Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak” Tyson Leslie has been a vibrant part of the Kansas City music scene for over twenty years, playing in various bands now steps out of the sideman role with his debut LP. Leslie is a rarity, a guitar shredder who actually cares about melody. The Beach Boys used […]

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