Category | The Artist’s Stage

JANGLE ON! – March

Posted on 02 March 2015

JANGLE ON! MARCH by Eric Sorsensen January was a slow month for new jangly music, but February made up for that shortage in spades – so much so that I had to spread the new music into two monthly compilations.  Here are some of the terrific new artists, discs and songs that I recommend to […]

BLOODY RED BARON Reviews – February

Posted on 19 February 2015

BLOODY RED BARON FEBRUARY REVIEWS by Mike Baron THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR: And Then the Unthinkable Happened The Blood Rush Hour produces a kinetic sugar rush that skates down the Big Rock Candy Mountain on a snowboard. This is power pop on steroids with walloping hooks and heavenly choirs, combining elements of Jackdaw4, Queen, British […]

LOST TREASURES – The Smoke

Posted on 13 February 2015

LOST TREASURES THE SMOKE “The Smoke“ By Peter Marston First things first: this is not the UK Smoke whose “My Friend Jack” is one of the great psych-pop singles of the ’60s. This Smoke is a California psych-pop band—and even band might be a misnomer. The album is a one-off studio project by West Coast […]

LOST TREASURES – John Howard

Posted on 08 January 2015

LOST TREASURES JOHN HOWARD “Kid in a Big World“   By Peter Marston Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the formation of Apple Records was the Beatles’ intention to bypass the typical business model whereby commercial music and film were produced. John Lennon famously said that they wanted to develop a system in which people […]

JANGLE ON – January

Posted on 08 January 2015

JANGLE ON! JANUARY by Eric Sorsensen The fleeting fat snowflakes that fell (but did not stick) the day before Thanksgiving remain the only snow that the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area has seen this winter.  After enjoying the mild weather of Arizona and San Diego for ten days, I am getting re-accustomed to the need for […]

BLOODY RED BARON – January Reviews

Posted on 08 January 2015

BLOODY RED BARON JANUARY REVIEWS by Mike Baron RICK HROMADKA: Trippin’ Dinsoaurs. Like a paisley Brontosaurus from the Summer of Love, Rick Hromodaka’s Trippin’ Dinosaursraises its psychedelic snout. Hromodka, the force behind Maple Mars, evokes the ghosts of the Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish and the Doors with swirling guitar and keyboards. The poppy […]

JANGLE ON – OCTOBER

Posted on 24 October 2014

JANGLE ON! OCTOBER by Eric Sorsensen An autumn visit to Vermont certainly brightened my life, and now several fabulous CDs – featuring chiming Rickenbacker 12-string riffs – have continued to brighten the fall season.  As if that isn’t enough, Jangle Meister Les Fradkin has just released a re-mastered version of “God Bless California” with a […]

BLOODY RED BARON – October Reviews

Posted on 06 October 2014

BLOODY RED BARON OCTOBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron RANSOM AND THE SUBSET: No Time to Lose (Tune Stack) A late summer breath of fresh air, this trio led by singer/songwriter RanDair Porter channels classic power pop in the Fountains of Wayne, Churchills, Goldbergs mode. RanDair sings in an endearing, slightly lugubrious joker’s tenor beginning with the […]

LOST TREASURES – Donnie Iris

Posted on 01 October 2014

LOST TREASURES DONNIE IRIS “Back On The Streets”   By Peter Marston   Virtually every article, review or blog post about Donnie Iris begins with the same factoid and this Lost Treasures entry will not deviate from that trend. While many pop fans may not be familiar with Iris’ new wave/power pop albums from the […]

JANGLE ON – September

Posted on 19 September 2014

JANGLE ON! SEPTEMBER by Eric Sorsensen Wow!  After several months of little in the way of jangly music, a plethora of new material – featuring chiming Rickenbacker 12-string riffs – has been released.  In addition to the obvious Byrds references in many of the songs, there has been a Gene Clark theme – so summer […]