REVIEW: Petite League’s “Joyrider” Lo-fi Roots that Pop & Make You Feel It

On January 8, Petite League released its fifth full-length album Joyrider. Petite League is a Hall-and-Oates-H2O kind of partnership between Lorenzo Gillis Cook who writes and sings all of the songs and plays all the guitars. On prior releases, but not the Joyrider album, he also did the art. Henry Schoonmaker plays the drums. Zeke […]

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Music Reviews: Prince’s ‘Sign O’ the Times’ (Super Deluxe Edition) Plus Richard Hell

A new edition of Sign O’ the Times, Prince’s brilliant and remarkably eclectic 1987 double album, easily earns its “super deluxe” billing with a long list of bonus goodies. Delivered in an LP-sized slipcase, the set includes an excellent remaster of the original album on two discs, plus six additional CDs: one with remastered single […]

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REVIEW: Clayton Smalley Preserves Country’s Neotraditional Sound on New EP

Country music is at an interesting crossroads right now with a tug of war between the mainstream establishment and the ever-growing Americana movement that highlights various traditions under the encompassing country music umbrella, including bluegrass, folk, and gospel. As we have seen play out over the course of country music history, this tug of war […]

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REVIEW: Mike Felten’s “Fast Mikey Blue Eyes” is Solid Bluesy Walk Through the Dark

In case you missed it, Mike Felten’s release in October 2020, Fast Mikey Blue Eyes (Landfill Records), is a bluesy treat.  The album was recorded mixed and mastered by Victor Sanders.  Musicians on the enterprise are Mike Felten on vocals and guitar; Pete Mazzeri on bass; Gary Landess and Brad Elvis on drums; Corky Siegel and Harmonica Hinds on harmonicas; […]

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Music & Book Reviews: Exploring Joni Mitchell’s Archives, Plus John Lennon’s Solo Years

A remarkable new box set lets you listen in as Joan Anderson, an obscure folksinger from Western Canada, turns into the internationally beloved artist known as Joni Mitchell. Called Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963–1967), the five-disc collection consists entirely of live performances that (bootlegs aside) have not previously seen the light […]

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