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Beatrice Betley releases “Flow” (Single)

You can’t go wrong with Beatrice Betley. Already, you probably like her name. With only a few singles released from her upcoming collection Upside|Down (Not A Fox Records), the jazz and crossover singer’s latest song is “Flow”. With never an instance to dwell, Betley’s up tempo beats purify the jazz …

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CD REVIEW: Faster Than Anticipation by Dizzy Box Nine

2020 definitely hasn’t produced much worth writing home about on the rock n’ roll front, but if you look beyond the surface of the mainstream, you’ll find that the underground is still ensuring rockers’ needs will be met this summer. Take Dizzy Box Nine for example – this July, the …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Rolling With the Stones by Wild Fire

Bursting out of the silence with a rollicking, somewhat rock-flavored beat, we find the opening chords of Wild Fire’s “Rolling With the Stones” ready to captivate anyone who is within earshot of the growing harmony. There aren’t any synthesized chills pouring into the air, nor do we have to contend …

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“Ododo” is from the new album Kind of Music. Emmanuel

Light hearted grooves and a transcending melody – the new track “Ododo” from African-jazz saxophonist Shola Emmanuel is poetry in motion. The triumphant tune is a love letter to life’s bounty. It’s packaged optimism. It’s the spirit of romance, but with the endearment of a proud citizen to his country. …

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China-based punk rockers Round Eye release new Album

Round Eye have been steadily building a cult-like following for over half a decade now, and in their latest album – appropriately titled Culture Shock Treatment – they unleash their most evocative and potently intense statement on life, politics and the human condition yet. From the get-go in the album’s title track …

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Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s new album, Unexpected Guests

Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s new album, Unexpected Guests, is perhaps best summarized as a black and white effort that spellbinds its audience using much more than cosmetic sophistication. Included in its tracklist are seven stylish songs – some of which bring winds, strings and even some decadent vocal harmonies into the melting …

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Gasoline Tequila deliver vibrant single “Indulgent Fool”

Gasoline Tequila have been wowing audiences since 2016 with their charismatic and emotive guitar-focused songs. The indie rockers, who are noted for their Flamenco-driven rhythms, strike magic again in the vibrant single “Indulgent Fool”. New York City-based, this enigmatic and charismatic band is led by Massimo Lusardi. “Indulgent Fool” is …

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Weekly roundup of new releases.

Now that streaming has far overtaken CD’s as the major mode of music distribution, artists have responded by releasing singles and videos either ahead of albums or instead of albums.  The weekly volume of releases is now in the hundreds – far too may for any fan, or music critic …

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