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Los Lobos – ‘Native Sons’ – “a love letter to the variety of Los Angeles”

Los Lobos – ‘Native Sons’ – “a love letter to the variety of Los Angeles”

Ross McGibbon July 30, 2021 0

NEW WEST RECORDS 30 July 2021 Los Lobos have been a band for nearly fifty years, yet their last few albums have been amongst my favourites. There is an energy and punch that belies

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3Hattrio – “Lost Sessions” – Twisted desert landscapes painted by acoustic trio

3Hattrio – “Lost Sessions” – Twisted desert landscapes painted by acoustic trio

Ross McGibbon March 21, 2021 0

OKEHDOKHEE RECORDS 26th March 2021 A trio made up of banjo, double bass, percussion and violin is never going to be run of the mill. There’s a lot of atmosphere here and a melding

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The Hold Steady – “Open Door Policy” – fulfilling all their promise so far

The Hold Steady – “Open Door Policy” – fulfilling all their promise so far

Ross McGibbon February 15, 2021 0

THIRTY TIGERS 19th Feb, 2021 I’m going to swim upstream and say that The Hold Steady have been getting better. Critical acclaim seems to have reduced since the early releases but the new six

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JOHN PAUL KEITH – “The Rhythm of the City” – perfect car music

JOHN PAUL KEITH – “The Rhythm of the City” – perfect car music

Ross McGibbon February 15, 2021 0

WILD HONEY RECORDS February 19th 2021 Pure rock and roll soul sounds make this a timeless set of tunes and one that keeps finding itself on my playlist. John Paul Keith’s fifth album is

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Kiwi Jr. – “Cooler Returns” – perky playful pop to unlock the lockdown

Kiwi Jr. – “Cooler Returns” – perky playful pop to unlock the lockdown

Ross McGibbon January 27, 2021 0

SUB POP RECORDS 22nd Jan 2021 Charming chiming indie / DIY carries chippy sardonic lyrics through twists and turns in a bravado display of pop chutzpah. What can I add to that? Toronto’s Kiwi

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Drive By Truckers – “The New OK” – passionately driven band say the new normal is not okay

Drive By Truckers – “The New OK” – passionately driven band say the new normal is not okay

Ross McGibbon October 18, 2020 0

DIGITAL RELEASE 2nd October 2020 PHYSICAL RELEASE 18th December 2020 Music as commentary and why not? An up to the minute album of tough state-of-the nation songs, rush released to make what difference they

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WILLIAM SHATNER – THE BLUES! – “Shatner’s Blues Trek is a galaxy of fun”

WILLIAM SHATNER – THE BLUES! – “Shatner’s Blues Trek is a galaxy of fun”

Ross McGibbon October 4, 2020 0

CLEOPATRA RECORDS 2nd October 2020 Henry Rollins totally changed my mind on William Shatner. After the over-acting in Star Trek, the TV series – TJ Hooker and an ill-advised comic book writing venture, putting

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Chuck Prophet – ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ – keeps getting better

Chuck Prophet – ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ – keeps getting better

Ross McGibbon August 10, 2020 0

YEP ROC RECORDS 21st August 2020 I have an only-partly rational love for the work of Chuck Prophet. When I try to explain it, it translates into: He has a deep love for the

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The Milk Carton Kids – enthralling harmonies and gorgeous guitar interplay

The Milk Carton Kids – enthralling harmonies and gorgeous guitar interplay

Ross McGibbon January 30, 2020 0

Live at Leeds City Varieties 28thJanuary 2020 Creating an atmosphere of rapt concentration, The Milk Carton Kids were able to step away from their microphone and perform a song directly to the room without

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