Reviews by Genre ‘Rock’

Beg, Borrow & Steal, The Ohio Express

Posted on January 2, 2013

“Beg, Borrow & Steal” is a great pop-rock single. It is obviously based on the “Louie, Louie” chord changes but it employs British invasion harmonies. The Ohio Express is the same band that would go on to score the huge bubblegum hits, “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” and “Chewy Chewy” as well as “Down At Lulu’s.” Or was it the same band?

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Crocodiles, Endless Flowers

Posted on July 6, 2012

They have the ability to fins beauty in solution, trepidation and apathy, which is perfect for the disenfranchised American and the anxious youth. Plus, they wrote riff so accessible, you’d swear they stole them. Even the onslaught of sound cannot bury them.

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The Primitives, Echoes and Rhymes

Posted on June 5, 2012

…with current bands out there like, The School, the Pipettes and The Like trying to recreate that girl-group feeling, The Primitives show a good way to attack it is straight on.

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Best Coast, The Only Place

Posted on May 25, 2012

These songs are like singing phone texts.

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Carole King, The Legendary Demos

Posted on May 17, 2012

Where much of pop music has been the flavor of the day, true craftsmanship stands the test of time.

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Various Artists, Where Is Parker Griggs?

Posted on January 13, 2012

To answer the question, Parker Griggs is on tracks one and four on this label compilation. Griggs is a member of the two-piece power trio, Radio Moscow with bassist Zack Anderson.

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Grand Funk Railroad, Phoenix

Posted on January 11, 2012

The title Phoenix represents the band’s break with former manager, Terry Knight after a long year of litigation. It’s also the first LP that was self-produced. Although there is no mention of it on the cover or on the record, this is the last album where the band was known as Grand Funk Railroad. All future releases they would just be Grand Funk.

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Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels

Posted on November 15, 2011

Faithfull is a great interpreter. She’s a squatter, claiming what she lands on and taking ownership.

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Kasey Anderson, Heart of a Dog

Posted on October 26, 2011

Heart of a Dog opens with, “The Wrong Light;” a song built on a fuzzed-out guitar riff, part Neil Young, part Black Sabbath, and a lot of nasty.

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The Dum Dum Girls, October 12, 2011, Turf Club

Posted on October 13, 2011

The Girls could obviously catch your ear (as well as your eye) with their three-chord DIY attack, proving that simplicity sounds best when distinguished by nuances and honesty.

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