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Billie Davies, “A Nu Experience: On Hollywood Boulevard” (Independent)

Despite the best efforts of James M. Cain, Chinatown and BoJack Horseman, L.A. noir still doesn’t get the respect it deserves next to what goes on in Gotham. This is […]

Mysterious Blend, “Harold and Friends” (Independent)

“Wisdom comes in funny ways/ Not in books or art or plays/ But falling hard and feeling pain,” sings professional life coach Harold Steinitz on his debut CD with his […]

Keith Porteous, “Sound Refuge” (Independent)

The woman on the cover of this deeply spiritual set is neither a saint or Keith’s muse; Porteous is indeed female, not just in gender identity but in vocal chops, […]

Fr. Ron and Friends, “This Land” (Independent)

Lots of musicians talk about the folk aesthetic as a shared bond, but Father Ronald Clingenpeel, an Episcopal minister and consultant from St. Louis via Nebraska, really walks the walk, […]

Unc Imo, “60 Year Old Rapper w/ a Bad Knee” (Independent)

Unc Imo has some fame in the rap game, at least to an extent: This retired postal worker and Vietnam vet made it to WorldStarHipHop by presenting himself as Black […]

Noah Young, “Start the Reactor” (Independent)

As the bassist for local favorites Naughty Professor, Noah Young usually keeps it pretty funky, if exploratory; their version of New Orleans party music is appropriately danceable but flutters as […]

The Asylum Chorus, “Take A Piece” (Independent)

If this debut EP were only an excuse to create a supergroup out of organist Joe Krown, drummer Doug Belote, and Groovesect and Gravity A guitarist Danny Abel, it would […]

Hopalong Catastrophe, “Big Bad Wrong” (Four Cats / Radionic Records)

“Best kept secret” is a cliché, but like so many clichés, it’s one that appeared out of necessity. And for three albums now, ex–Vince Vance and the Valiants and Topcats […]

Terra Terra, “Terra Terra” (Independent)

The jazz-rock trio Terra Terra understands one very important element of science fiction: Be sure to stop every once in a while and instill awe. They actually have a vague, […]

Kettle Black, “4.28.16” (Independent)

Keith Burnstein, transplanted New Yorker and lead singer-songwriter of this smooth PBR&B jam band, sings a lot like Dr. John in his classic early-’70s salad days, but that’s really just […]