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Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

Revved Up and Ready To Go

(Independent)

No backwards baseball hats and t-shirts for Christian Serpas and Ghost Town. It’s still rhinestone buttons and embroidered shirts, both in fashion and music. As popular country music retreats to frat-boy anthems and focus-group tested sound, Serpas and Ghost Town have doubled down on rock and roll and honky tonk that they stake their claim [...]

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Zion Trinity

Zion Trinity

Spirit of the Orisha

(Independent)

Zion Trinity’s Spirit of the Orisha, their first record since 2003’s Eyes on Zion, is a beautiful sounding recording that works on the musical, anthropological, and spiritual realms. The 38-tracks on this double-CD set are portrayals and tributes to the Orisha, the spirits and ancestors in the Yoruban-via-Cuban practice of Santeria. The arrangements are sparse [...]

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Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Rollin’ with the Blues Boss

(Stony Plain)

It’s almost impossible to make the blues sound fresh after a century. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne rocks those same old one-four-five, AABA verses with no real change in lyrical content, and as he’s savvy enough to note in his own PR, he’s not the least bit reluctant to carry the flag: “They say what I’m [...]

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Beth Patterson

Beth Patterson

Forward

(Bethpattersonmusic.com)

There’s a million ways to listen music these days so leave it to Beth Patterson to concoct another. Her latest full-length offering is not available on CD or even vinyl but alternatively on a blue, cause-style, elastic wristband where the latch is really a jump drive containing both MP3’s and M3U’s of all original material [...]

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Michaela Harrison

Michaela Harrison

Listen to the Music

(Independent)

Michaela Harrison has a formidable voice. On her second CD, a collection of standards and should-be standards (like Cat Stevens’ “Wide World”), the Frenchmen Street chanteuse shows off her impressive range as well as an easy command of English and Portuguese. Her powerhouse voice soars through the high passages of “Love Is Here to Stay” [...]

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Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Live Snakes

(Accurate Records)

Since 1990, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble has been blowing out the East Coast with their New Orleans brass band meets Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman blend of fiery yet booty-shaking music. Their third album combines live tracks from concerts, radio broadcasts, and live-in-the-studio sessions. And it’s a stone cold killer diller! The album shows what [...]

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Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses

Blow

(Warrior Records)

One of the best aspects of Louis Prima, Sam Butera, and their revolving cast of Witnesses is the way that they combined jazz, swing, and early rock ‘n’ roll into a lively, danceable sound. Louis Prima, Jr. and his Witnesses do the same thing on their latest recording, Blow. And blow they do. All the [...]

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Down

Down IV - Part Two

(Down Records/ADA Music)

The latest sonic battlefield from Down lives up to its formidable reputation and provenance. With members who have scorched stages and studios across the world as members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, and Eyehategod, Down’s newest release Down IV – Part Two has the power and precision that all those bands are famous for. As [...]

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The Bally Who

A Pilferer’s Patience

(Independent)

The new Bally Who record A Pilferer’s Patience is a reality unto itself. It is based on and inspired by the famous interactive puppet adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox that took audiences through tunnels and trap doors throughout the CAC in 2011. A Pilferer’s Patience maintains that sense of wonder and the fantastical [...]

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Johnaye Kendrick

Here

(Johnnygirl)

Johnaye Kendrick’s name—and sound—should ring familiar to New Orleans jazz fans. The vocalist, originally from San Diego and now based in Seattle, was a very audible part of this city’s jazz scene when she was among the first, hand-selected students to attend and graduate from the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz when in 2007 [...]

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