Blue Line Highway – Almost Reel
Tremendous guitar artistry greets the ear from Richmond, Virginia’s quartet, Blue Line Highway’s newest disc, “Almost Reel” – a folk-rock mixture of Americana, Southern acoustic blues, and coffeehouse pop that gets your toes tapping and your head nodding in agreement and enjoyment.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller – Time For Leaving
The duo is comprised of Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven) and Alison Faith Levy (The Sippy Cups, The Loud Family). Their debut “Time for Leaving” blends vocal duets with a stirred up branch off of the signature sounds of country, pop, blues, folk, and roots rock.
Libby Johnson – Perfect View
Libby does her best Aimee Mann impression without being an outright thief, stirring her own recipe for adult alternative pop and singer/songwriter with a perfect jazz backdrop.
Kristine Mills - Bossanovafied
The untrained ear may not recognize bossa nova as anything different from contemporary or modern jazz but they’re missing the piano styles, samba-influenced rhythm guitar, and underlying percussion inspired from the Brazilian artform. Don’t miss out on what far too many Americans dismiss as “elevator music”, because talent like this transcends genres; Mills voice is divine.
The Villains – The Villains
The Villains are bland alt-rock and countrified pop pancake that’s burnt on both edges and would take an entire bottle of maple syrup to get through.
Lloyd’s Garage – From the Comfort of Your Home
Stripped down indie rock ‘n’ roll that wants hard to sound like something coming out from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s garage rock scene. They miss with an album that is a little too lo-fi and gritty for the loud punch sound that they really were striving for, not to mention they feature some of the worst distortion I’ve ever heard used intentionally on a guitar on several of the tracks. Bummer.
Lorus – Byzantine
Chicago’s Lorus is an instrumental amalgam of progressive rock, sludge, and metal. “Byzantine” picks up right where their last endeavor, “Deluge” left off. Progressive and dynamic music for drug-addled punks? Yes probably!
Exilium – A Black Vicious Path
Thrash metal from a duo in Italy that can’t sing or write a good riff to save their lives. Et tu brute!?
Fago Sepia – Aposiopese
French quartet Fago Sepia write energetic free-form progressive instrumental musical paragraphs that employ math-rock rhythms, avant-post rock nuance, and angular guitars. I like it.
EOTO – Fire the Lazers!!!
EOTO consists of an electronic-minded music duo that takes live drumming, vocals, keyboards, bass, and guitar, and then guides it through a labyrinth of effects and studio wizardry to create a sound that is part dubstep, house, and electro. Very intriguing and a great listen.