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Music Review: Hot Picks for June – The Detroit Cobras, Esinchill, Dear Life & More

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ZZ Top -  Live From Texas

From the opening menu featuring a faux ticket stub to the song selection, ZZ Top’s first ever official DVD is essential viewing. It’s not the first of its kind but the DVD, available in Blu-Ray format, is a standout example of how good a concert can be from the comfort of home as opposed to the grainy concert VHS tapes of the past.

Culled from performances in their home state of Texas, all of ZZ Tops mega-hits are included. From the early career, blues rhythms of “Tush” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” to the Mtv staples “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man” all of the eras of ZZ Tops' career are covered.

The bonus features include an interview with the band conducted over a game of poker and bonus live footage of the band ripping through the Jimi Hendrix rave up “Foxy Lady”

The band's stage show is minimal with the camera angles focusing mainly on their instrument skills and the long practiced choreography of Billy Gibson and Dusty Hill whose bass lines come through particularly well in the DVD’s audio mix.

Ultimately, this is a visual treat for fans new and old and highlights the staying power of solid songs and a mean set of facial hair. (Release Date June 24th)

Esinchill - The Fury

Esinchill has been a name to watch out for ever since his vocals graced the Digital Underground “Wind Me Up” back in ’98. After dropping one outstanding solo joint, Everything to Lose, the Oakland based rapper has been laying low. Now as the world continues to spin, Esinchill is back with a fury of opinions, banging new joints. This E.P. is just a prelude to his next solo disc but is worth tracking down if you want to hear what will be the future of Oakland’s rap scene. Check out this link for more info. Esinchill’s Myspace Page (Available June 2008)

Dear Life - Framework

From the bowels of metalcore comes the debut release from Dear Life. The California Quintet puts a welcome, positive spin on what is usually dark music. The band includes two brothers so we will have to wait and see if family schism gives the band song material somewhere down the line. For now Framework is a great start to a promising career. (Release Date June 24th)

Sound and Fury -  Self-Titled

Hailing from Canada, Sound and Fury’s debut record has more teeth than most of their American counterparts. This is the current sound of true anti-social, juvenile delinquents. With songs like “18” and “High School Hotbox,” you can tell this band learned quick about the drawing power of rock and roll. The band's sound is comparable to AC/DC with some punk elements and a touch of reckless abandon. This is rock moving into a new age of greatness. (Available June 24th)

Various Artists – TCT: Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust

With a divers lineup of bands, this charity concert filmed at the famed Royal Albert Hall is a good time for a good cause. Clips of bands like The Cure, who perform their track “The Kiss,” sit along side performances of Judas Priest’s “Hell Bent for Leather” and Bloc Party’s “Like Eating Glass” making the DVD an eclectic viewing. The Who dominate the DVD with three clips and a duet featuring the group Razorlight and Who singer Roger Daltrey.

The Detroit Cobras – The Original Recordings 1995-1997

The Detroit Cobras have launched quite a little career for themselves by digging deep in to the bargain bins of rock and roll and R & B. By covering obscure songs that rock but never got the attention that they deserve the band has managed to become the hottest ticket in town when they tour. This set collects some of their early work and shows that this Detroit garage can make a wide variety of musical styles their own.

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