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Burnhouse, “Burnhouse” (Independent)

Bands that attempt to synthesize the past couple of decades of cock-rock, as these guys do, usually depend on either a shredding guitarist or a charismatic lead vocalist to set […]

Eric Lindell, Matters of the Heart (Red Parlor Records)

  The period between 1969-1973 was the age of universal soul: authentic black gospel was in the Top 40, swamp-rock proved the New South had come around, and the legacy […]

Jamie Bernstein, You Don’t Know Me (Independent)

Well, maybe not. After lo these many years on the New Orleans scene, sometimes it feels as if we’re just getting to know Jamie Bernstein, formerly J. the Savage. As […]

Smoking Time Jazz Club, Make a Tadpole Holler Whale (Independent)

Not that this is hard to do or anything, but if you’re gonna fully appreciate the music of this revolving, transplanted octet of expats, it helps to remember that jazz […]

Bicycle Jones and Stover: Song Shed, Vol. 1 (Independent)

Multi-instrumentalist Dave Stover’s had more Crescent City musical projects and sit-in sessions than you’ve had hot meals, but for this pure-country EP he wisely traveled to the Northshore and picked […]

5 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud (Independent)

These suburban cowboys are the type whose Country comes naturally filtered through classic rock, but in this case that’s a good thing—the shades of soul, rock and blues in this […]

Joey van Leeuwen, Reflection (Independent)

Reflection” can mean a shimmering surface you can see yourself in, but it can describe the act of looking inside oneself as well, and it’s a dichotomy that free-form jazz […]

Vicky P, Can’t Hold Me Back (Independent)

If only everyone’s best intentions were enough when it came to The Children. You may have heard of Victoria Pike, a.k.a. Vicky P, from her YouTube video “No Bullying,” a […]

Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma Southern Discomfort (Independent)

Calling yourself the “Jew of Oklahoma,” not just in your album titles or songs but right there in your very stage name, is an attention grabber of positively Trumpian proportions. […]

Junko Beat, JamKronic (Indpendent)

What to label this? The rhythm section was once known as Junko Partners, but they’ve since split from that nucleus and mutated into the kind of funk band that features […]