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Quick Spins: Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder, Adam Sandler & Alina Celeste

By Dan Pavelich Melissa Etheridge The Medicine Show (Concord) $15.99 Melissa Etheridge returns with a fiery eleven-song set, guaranteed to please long-time fans. One of her most-adventurous efforts to date, it mixes styles, delivery and tempo, to create a record that was surely conceived as a whole, and should be listened to accordingly. The […]

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Quick Spins: George Strait, Rival Sons, Nat King Cole & The Shazzbots

By Dan Pavelich George Strait Honky Tonk Time Machine (MCA) $15.99 Now considered a member of the Old Guard, George Strait aims to please the traditional country-lovin’ masses with “Honky Tonk Time Machine.” Harkening back to the mid-1980’s, when country seriously started crossing over in a big way, it touches all the bases long-held […]

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Quick Spins: Avril Lavigne, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lissa Schneckenburger, Pezband, Ken Sharp

Avril Lavigne Head Above Water (BMG) $13.99 Her first release since 2013’s “Avril Lavigne” finds the former skater girl dipping her artistic toe in the adult pool. There’s still a bit of old-school snarl underneath, though, especially on the attitudinal “Dumb Blonde.” A feminist redux of “Oh, Mickey,” it’s as catchy as all-get-out. Lavigne’s […]