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

By Dan Pavelich Melissa Etheridge The Medicine Show (Concord) www.melissaetheridge.com $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) www.georgestrait.com $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) www.avrillavigne.com $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 […]

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Record Store Day!

Record Store Day began when a group of like-minded friends decided to celebrate the existence of some 700 independently-owned record stores across the country. Held the second Saturday every April, Record Store Day was officially kicked off on April 19, 2008 with an in-store appearance by Metallica at Rasputin Music in San Francisco. The good […]

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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 […]