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Blogcritics Goodie Bag: All India Radio, Northwest Royale, Edgewater, Cinder, and CL Smooth

Since their inception in 2000, Eugene, Oregon’s Northwest Royale (“16 Chokes“) has weathered lineup changes, illness and heartbreak to secure their spot as the premiere live act in the Pacific Northwest. They have played every stage possible — from small clubs to outdoor amphitheaters — winning over new fans with their intense, live-oriented music. Some have tagged them as “progressive hardcore” with their blend of heaviness, melody and dueling drums. Others have simply watched in awe as Northwest Royale destroys expectations night after night.

We’re Not Robots is the sophomore release of Dallas, TX’s Edgewater (“SOS“). Following up on relentless touring of North America for all of 2004 & 2005 with Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, Seether, &Alter Bridge, We’re Not Robots continues their unique rock and roll approach with a little more crunch and hook driven melodies. “We’re really proud of this one, says singer Matt Moseman. Everyone really stepped up to the plate and put their game face on for this record. It took us about a year to record “We’re Not Robots” and now we’re ready to go hit the road again.” Edgewater is planning to be out for the rest of the year and well into 2007 supporting the new record.

Cinder (“The Fall“) have rebounded in a big way following their major label revolving door act on Geffen. The band was signed, recorded an album, and was dropped before that record saw light of day. Their second album/debut is entitled House Full Of No Trust, and is in stores now.

Off of a ten year hiatus, CL Smooth returns to his roots with his first solo album, American Me. Known for his prolific lyrics over smooth jazz riffs like hits “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” “Straighten It Out,” and “I’ll Take You There,” CL Smooth is one the most highly respected lyricists in hip hop. “American Me” is a stand out from the old Pete Rock and CL Smooth days, with a blend of blazing lyrics over the top-notch production of today. The album features producers Arsonist of the Heatmakerz, Kaygee, and Tramp of Divine Mill as well as new comer Mike Loe who produced the street single “Smoke In the Air.”

Download the new track “Four Three” from All India Radio. Also, check out the video for the song:

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