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A Swayze and the Ghosts: Paid Salvation review – a faultless debut

(Rough Trade)Angry, tuneful and woke – this Tasmanian punk band dazzle on all counts No one turns to garage punk for its compositional originality. The genre’s evergreen swagger rarely fails to supply uplift, however, and newcomers A Swayze and the Ghosts have refined the nervy charge of the Ramones and Television down to a fine …

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Sugar Ray and the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie – Too Far From The Bar | Album Review

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie – Too Far From The Bar Severn Records www.sugarrayandthebluetones.com 15 songs – 64 minutes After meeting while on tour for a Mark Hummel project that honored Little Walter, Sugar Ray Norcia and guitarist Little Charlie Baty started discussions about making a record together. It took some years …

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Bette Smith – The Good, The Bad And The Bette | Album Review

Bette Smith – The Good, The Bad And The Bette Ruf Records – 2020 10 tracks; 40 minutes www.bettesmith.com Bette Smith’s previous release Jetlagger (2017) made a strong impression and the Brooklyn native has again ventured to Mississippi to record this follow-up. The Drive-By Truckers rhythm section (Matt Patton, bass, Bronson Tew, drums) provides a …

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Ava Max: Heaven & Hell review – turbo-charged 2010’s pop joy

(Atlantic)Back to the era of prime Gaga and Katy Perry with nailed-on melodies and high-wire vocals – this album is determined to entertain When Katy Perry’s Smile album recently failed to worry the top of the global charts it apparently rang the death knell for capital P pop. “Life and listening have become too complex …

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Neil Barnes – Bald Guy with a Lot on His Mind | Album Review

Neil Barnes – Bald Guy with a Lot on His Mind Bar-B-Q Sound Recordings BBQSR 2020 10 songs – 45 minutes www.neilbarnesmusic.com San Francisco-based harp player Neil Barnes pulls out all the stops for his latest CD, enlisting the services of studio wizards Kid Anderson and Big Jon Atkinson and assembling an all-star lineup to …

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Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper Get Religious on New Song “Holy”: Stream

When he’s not hosting illegal, maskless birthday parties, Justin Bieber spends his days attending church and practicing Christianity. While he’s gone on the record to say he doesn’t consider himself “religious” per say, the pop star appears comfortable acknowledging his faith in song now — or at least that’s the… Please click the link below …

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Bruno Mars Produces J-Pop Group ARASHI’s New Song “Whenever You Call”: Stream

By now, K-pop has proven its long-term appeal with American audiences, and J-pop is eager to do the same. Japanese fans have been soaking up the joy of their country’s own original pop music for decades now. Now, Western audiences can join in the fun thanks to ARASHI, one of… Please click the link below …

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Sam Smith Announces New Album Love Goes, Shares “Diamonds”: Stream

Sam Smith has announced their new album. It’s called Love Goes and it’s due out October 30th via Capitol. To accompany the news, Smith has shared a dance-ready single called “Diamonds”, alongside an accompanying music video. Love Goes is Smith’s third studio album to date, following their 2014 debut In the Lonely… Please click the link below …

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Sault: Untitled (Rise) review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

(Forever Living Originals)Just 12 weeks after their previous double album, the British group dance from sorrow to resistance, mixing fearless lyrics with house, funk and disco Over the last two years, Sault’s music has arrived out of the blue: no interviews, no photos, no videos, no live appearances, no Wikipedia entry, a perfunctory and entirely …

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