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Quick Spins: Blues, Pop & Alternative

Eric Gales The Bookends (Provogue) www.ericgalesband.com $14.99 “The Bookends” is release number twenty for blues guitarist Eric Gales, standing as evidence to dues paid. Gales is a southpaw who plays with his strings essentially strung upside-down, which give his riffs a sound that is immediately unique. Much like lefty Albert King before him, his riffs […]

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Quick Spins: Electronica, Jazz and Alternative

Guster Look Alive (Nettewerk) www.guster.com $15.99 While a lot of their contemporaries are leaning on retro 80’s and ’90’s electronica for inspiration, Guster presents nine guitar-driven songs that range from ELO’s softer material on “Look Alive,” to an almost Yes-like harmony stack with the anthem, “Hard Times.” Whereas Guster hadn’t previously caught my ear, these […]

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Julianna Hatfield releases her album: Weird

Julianna Hatfield Weird (American Laundromat) $19.99 On her own and with The Blake Babies, Julianna Hatfield personified the “alternative” genre in the 1990’s. Combing a 1960’s pop approach with rough-around-the-edges production, she was a tastemaker of the highest order, helping to define the era. Whereas the grungier artists unleashed a sound that was 90% aggression, […]

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Listening to Alice Merton and a tribute to John Lennon

Longtime local music maven Dan Pavelich has joined us at Racine County Eye. Look for Dan’s weekly CD and LP reviews, Quick Spins, as well as news about local musicians, gigs, and recordings of interest. Alice Merton Mint (Mom+Pop) $15.99 Alice Merton wins me over with Mint. Reminiscent of late 70’s artists who blended rock, new […]

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Let’s get that Christmas cheer going

Longtime local music maven Dan Pavelich has joined us at Racine County Eye. Look for Dan’s weekly CD and LP reviews, Quick Spins, as well as news about local musicians, gigs, and recordings of interest. CeCe Winans: Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album (PSG) www.cecewinans.com This is not CeCe’s first foray into Christmas music, though I believe […]

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Quick Spins: A slaughter, a spaceman and holiday six-strings

Longtime local music maven Dan Pavelich has joined us at Racine County Eye. Look for Dan’s weekly CD and LP reviews, Quick Spins, as well as news about local musicians, gigs, and recordings of interest. Slaughter Party The After Party (SP) Local band Slaughter Party is one prolific group. Earlier this year, they released their […]