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Review: CocoVera Debut LP ‘Rosary Pea’ a Compelling, New Avant-Garde Sound

By DONNA BALANCIA In time for Halloween, CocoVera has released the debut album, Rosary Pea. It’s an avant-garde work with unconventional melodic passages and vocals that hurdle uneven but oddly appealing musical terrain. This is […]


Crooked Flower Dreams Up a Unique Ska-Rock Collection with ‘Into The Light’

By JOHN DALY Psychedelic rockers from Northern California, Crooked Flower, have produced a dreamy ska-rock collection with their latest album, Into The Light. It’s a wide-ranging musical landscape that Crooked Flower is securely planted in. […]


For Richard Thompson ‘The Rattle Without’ Gives ’13 Rivers’ Its Appeal

By DAN MACINTOSH The album 13 Rivers finds Richard Thompson in a comfortable rock trio workspace, playing alongside drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Taras Prodaniuk. These two talented musicians also regularly tour with Thompson, so […]

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REVIEW: Rastafarian Message Not Lost During Fun at KCRW’s Reggae Night XVII

By DAN MACINTOSH HOLLYWOOD, CA – KCRW’s Reggae Night XVII demonstrated reggae music’s wide diversity. Whether you came for dread serious beats, spiritual meditation or lighter lover’s sounds, you likely left happy. Protoje, fronting a […]

New Music

Record Review: Good Field’s ‘Surface Tension’ Impresses with Diverse Sound

By DONNA BALANCIA Good Field has scored another winner with the album Surface Tension, a beautiful work that incorporates diverse sounds from different eras to elicit tremendous emotional response. The Austin-based outfit has mastered a […]

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Review: Courtney Barnett Channels ’90s Sound With ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

By DAN MACINTOSH Courtney Barnett channels rock and roll of the 1990s with the album Tell Me How You Really Feel, a collection of emotionally charged songs. During one called “Nameless/Faceless,” Courtney Barnett complains, “I […]