Articles by: Jeremy Lukens

Rainbow Girls’ ‘American Dream’ Brings Stripped Back Harmonies & Nimble Finger Picking (ALBUM REVIEW)

American Dream is the third album by California folk band Rainbow Girls, but it is the first with the band’s new scaled-back lineup. Now a trio consisting of Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, and Vanessa May, ...

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Sun Parade Goes Neo Folk On ‘Yossis’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Five years after debuting with the excellent neo-folk album Yossis, Sun Parade reinvents itself and returns with a sound that is much brasher and more aggressive. The new album, Shuggy Mtn Breakdown is a well-crafted ...

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Beck’s ‘Colors’ Turns Back On His Infectious Grooves (ALBUM REVIEW)

Thirteen albums into his storied career, alt-pop chameleon Beck returns to a more energetic form with triumphant party record Colors. After the excellent but subdued Morning Phase returned Beck to the acoustic singer-songwriter form that ...

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The Growlers Treat Orlando To A Night of Beach Goth (SHOW REVIEW)

For nearly two hours on October 12th, The Growlers treated an Orlando crowd to its unique “beach goth” music. After canceling several recent shows due to frontman Brooks Nielsen’s illness, simply playing a show was ...

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Blue Hawaii Returns With Hook Heavy Pop LP ‘Tenderness’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Four years after its debut album, electronica duo Blue Hawaii returns with Tenderness, a hook-heavy pop album packed with sweaty dance beats and sing-along choruses. Co-DJ’s Raphaelle Standell and Alexander Kirby deliver an eclectic mix ...

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Cold War Kids, Young The Giant, Joywave Bring Off Kilter Hits To Orlando (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

  Thursday night Orlando’s Hard Rock Live on September 21st was the scene of three top pop rock acts showing distinctly different ways of performing catchy, crowd-pleasing music. Opening the night was New York indie ...

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Toadies Return To Early Heavy Aesthetics On ‘The Lower Side of Uptown’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

For Toadies’ seventh studio album, the Fort Worth quartet went into the studio without a plan, coming up with songs as they went with no roadmap in terms of the sonic terrain they wanted to ...

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Deer Tick Exhibits Two Distinct Sides On ‘Volume 1’ & ‘Volume 2’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

For its follow-up to 2013’s Negativity, Deer Tick has released two full-length albums, each showcasing a distinctly different side of the Rhode Island band. Volume 1 is a soft, mostly acoustic album that emphasizes Deer ...

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Jonny Lang Transcends Blues Cliches On ‘Signs’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Jonny Lang’s seventh studio album, Signs, is his loudest and most rocking to date. Though rooted firmly in the blues, the Fargo-based guitar prodigy has always incorporated different styles into his sound. Lang has been ...

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Living Colour Continues Bold Convention With Politically Charged ‘Shade’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Over the last three decades, New York pioneers Living Colour have made a habit of defying convention, fusing unrelated genres, and blazing new trails for their unique brand of hard alternative music. Shade, the band’s ...

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