Metal is Alive & Sick with Racebannon’s Six Sik Sisters & Black Pyramid II

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Racebannon’s Six Sik Sisters & Black Pyramid II is proof that Black Metal is still alive. Six Sik Sisters is, simply, one of the most vital, stimulating albums, in any Rock genre, that has been heard in a long time. Although Six Sik Sisters first dropped last summer, the Tizona Records CD was released in late January.

Summer Music Soundtrack: Ease Up releases EP ‘On The Fly’

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Summer music pick includes the reggae-rock band Ease Up who just released a new EP “On the Fly.” From the heart of the Southern California scene, Ease Up has been playing shows and touring up and down the state for a couple of years now.

Off The Beaten Track with Mary Leary: Music Reviews and Musings

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Having fun with some media perfect for the end of October: Edith Massey ordering punks off the grass, an amazing DVD ‘zine from Vancouver, a Viper Records Halloween compilation… & cyber candy corn.

Off The Beaten Track: Music Reviews & Musings by Mary Leary

Dead Confederates' Hardy Morris Holds Forth

This installment finds Mary offering Dead Confederate a ride, unearths one of the best tracks from the Savoy Brown vaults, and picks the tracks most eligible for download from the four-album, mostly-British This Is The Blues compilation. With occasional chuckles.

Off The Beaten Track: Music Reviews & Musings by Mary Leary

Richards & Pallenberg at Nellcote

Mary delivers the lowdown on Stones in Exile, then cherry-picks a bunch of new SubPop. San Francisco popster of all trades Sonny Smith makes an appearance to round off this edition of music reviews.

Off The Beaten Track: Music Reviews & Musings by Mary Leary

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In which we go off the beaten tracks behind the railroad station and discover a passel of colorful musical characters, led by the riveting Nathan Payne.

Off The Beaten Track: Music Reviews & Musings by Mary Leary

One of the '70s' Fiercest Vox-smiths

Although Frank Zappa punctuates this installment, you have to read through the end to see if it’s just a tease. Meanwhile, Mary Leary considers The Responders, Little Feat, Abel Ashes, Runfang Cheng, and The OGeeZ, with or without perfectly-popped cyber refreshments. And there are videos of attractive people in their underwear, along with some smoky Plaster Casters footage.

City of Dirty – Bully Blinders Breakfast Review

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San Diego’s own Bully Blinders has released “City of Dirt,” an album that is a bit rough around the edges. It’s not very polished and has a dirty kind of texture to the soul/horn samples and vocals that produce the tracks. Their philosophy on life is something that can be shared by the every man, which is quite possibly why they are so dang likeable and easy to enjoy on stage. It can be best summed up in the first line spit within Continental Breakfast.

Off the Beaten Track: Music Reviews and Musings by Mary Leary

Yule Struttin'

MAMACITA: DONDE ESTA SANTA CLAUS? One afternoon, back when my ex and I had a combo, I blurted out my new idea:  “A Christmas song would be a great way to get our stuff out there!” Although we didn’t end up adding sleigh bells to any of our tracks, a similar notion has occurred to […]

Off the Beaten Track: Music Reviews and Musings by Mary Leary

Cleeman's Bangin' CD Cover

Series Two Records, an ambitious Nebraska-based label proves that anything can happen anywhere. As the reviewer tries to get behind another “Indie” (smaller) label, a barely legal Swede saves the day.

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