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Music Review: Kimia Penton – ‘Lessons From Life and Love’ EP

Kimia Penton 'Lessons From Life and Love'

‘Lessons From Life and Love’ will sound quite familiar to listeners of adult contemporary music. Read More »

Music Review: Des Ark – ‘Everything Dies’

Des Ark Everything Dies

Interesting melodies with counterpoint from smoky background vocals coalesce with beautifully played and recorded instruments to build a blurry late-night Paris or Lower East Side mood – with an undercurrent of anger. Read More »

Music Review: Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – ‘Live In Seattle’

mindi abair and the boneshakers

Don't even think about calling this latest offering from saxophonist Mindi Abair "smooth jazz." This live set is funky, sweaty blues rock and R&B. Read More »

Music Review: Space Apaches – ‘Smokin’ Voyages’

Space Apaches Smokin Voyages Cover

'Smokin’ Voyages' is a socially conscious album well worth a listen. Read More »

Music Reviews: Indie Roundup – Wide-Ranging Americana from Holly Golightly, Stephen Young & the Union, Andy Hackbarth


These three new albums all fit loosely into the Americana category but are all very, very different. Two are from artists who aren't even (originally) from America. Read More »

TBD Fest 2015: Sunday Recap (September 20, 2015)

Chromeo (TBD Fest 2015)

Tears for Fears, Twin Shadow, and Chromeo help close out TBD Festival 2015 in Sacramento, California. Read More »

TBD Fest 2015: Saturday Recap (September 19, 2015)

Cut Copy (TBD Fest 2015)

Cut Copy, Joywave, and Pretty Lights led Saturday's lineup at TBD Festival 2015 in West Sacramento, California. Read More »

Music Review: The Zombies – ‘Still Got That Hunger’

The Zombies. Photo credit: Andrew Eccles

We aren't likely to see their like again. So it's nice The Zombies with us again, at least for those who are tapped in to the music scene enough to find this fine new album, which reflects on the past but is no mere exercise in nostalgia, or catch the band on the road. Read More »

Music Review: Paul McCartney – ‘Tug of War’ and ‘Pipes of Peace’ (Archive Collection Reissues)


The latest reissues in the award-winning Archive Collection series cover Paul McCartney's uneven early-'80s period: one's a classic, the other is a decidedly mixed bag. Read More »

Music Review: Elessar Thiessen – ‘A Rainy Week in Paradise’

Elessar Thiessen A Rainy Week in Paradise

A rainy day can be either miserable or wonderful according to your attitude; Thiessen goes for the latter. Read More »