Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa: Seesaw

By: Brendan Seesaw is the follow-up to Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa's 2011 album, Don't Explain, and features a diverse selection of covers originally recorded by artists such as Tina Turner, Al Green, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Ultimately, it's a hit and miss collection, but the hits will knock you out. Seesaw includes a... Continue Reading →

Hellogoodbye: Everything is Debatable

Hellogoodbye's third album, Everything's Debatable, will be released on October 29th via Old Friends Records. Everything is Debatable resurrects the electro-pop style of their debut, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, and adds a strong dose of New Wave and Neo-Disco to the mix. It may surprise some readers to learn that I like Hellogoodbye. They aren't... Continue Reading →

Allison Crowe: Heavy Graces

Allison Crowe has been a very busy girl this year. After a surprise cameo in the summer blockbuster movie Man of Steel and the release of her exquisite traditional folk covers album, Newfoundland Vinyl, Allison quickly rushed back into the studio to write, record, engineer, produce and create the cover art for her upcoming album,... Continue Reading →

Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe's sophomore album, The Electric Lady, was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. This followup to her exquisite debut, The ArchAndroid (one of Muruch's Top Albums of 2010), continues the bizarre, enthralling tale of time travelling android Cindy Mayweather - first introduced in Janelle's Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) EP. However,... Continue Reading →

Golden Animals: Here Eye Go

Since the 2008 release of Golden Animals' debut album, Free Your Mind & Win a Pony, I've been eagerly awaiting new music from the band. The wait is over as Golden Animals just release their sophomore album, Hear Eye Go. Like their debut, Hear Eye Go starts strong with a blues-rock gut punch. Though "All... Continue Reading →

Vienna Teng: Aims

Vienna Teng is the kind of musical genius who can really do no wrong. I own and love all of her albums and had the privilege of witnessing two of her astounding live performances at Mountain Stage. Unfortunately, I think my opinion of her new album, Aims, suffers (only partially) from falling in the shadow... Continue Reading →

Black City Lights: Another Life

Black City Lights' debut album, Another Life, is a sexy and very moody collection. At times the band's dark, trippy electro-pop style sounds like a mix of Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Julee Cruise, Lacuna Coil and MS MR. It's one of those albums that flows seamlessly from beginning to end, but my favorite tracks are "Give... Continue Reading →

Shelly Bhushan: New Song & Album

It's been five years since I reviewed Shelly Bhushan's debut here, which she submitted herself back in the day. The soul singer has since released three more albums and now has her own PR rep, so I'd say she's found some well-earned success. Something Out of Nothing is her most recent album and you can... Continue Reading →

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