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Posted on 02 June 2017

JUNE RELEASES by Mike Baron   THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR: Who Folds First (Nicola) The Blood Rush Hour is a cornucopia of styles, beats and ideas melded into a seamless whole, operatic in scope, but rooted in the mad pop science of XTC, David Myhr, Marco Joaquim, The Foreign Films, The Pillbugs, or the Dowling Poole. […]


Posted on 21 April 2017

BLOODY RED BARON APRIL RELEASES by Mike Baron NEAL MORSE BAND: The Similitude Of a Dream (Metal Music) Jaw-dropping two-disc set of prog rock reeking of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Captain Beyond and even AC/DC, based on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I know what you’re thinking—Pilgrim’s Progress, Pilgrim’s Shmogress. It’s a sort of […]


Posted on 24 March 2017

MANDALA “Soul Crusade” by Peter Marston Most subgenres of pop music come and go in terms of popularity, experiencing booms and revivals fairly predictably—and nearly all will have at least some notable practitioners at any given point in time. One exception is the type of organ-driven soul that was a staple of late-’60s rock. A […]


Posted on 09 March 2017

  BRUTE FORCE “Confections of Love” by Peter Marston                                    Most pop fans have never heard of Brute Force (born Stephen Friedland) and if they have, it is almost always in the context of the star-crossed “King of Fuh” […]

BLOODY RED BARON – Best of 2016

Posted on 09 March 2017

BLOODY RED BARON BEST OF 2016 by Mike Baron As always, it has been a great year for power pop, so much so that I am hard-pressed to limit my list to ten. I’m listing them in no particular order, because sometimes I like oranges and sometimes I like lemons! I couldn’t do without a […]


Posted on 21 February 2017

                                     JET “Jet”  (from 1979)   Some Lost Treasures are more treasures and others are more lost—that’s just the way it works. Jet’s debut self-titled LP is more the latter, I suppose, but still an album worth investigating. […]


Posted on 21 December 2016

THE EIGHTH DAY “On the Eighth Day“ One of the most interesting phenomena in pop geekdom was the renaissance of sunshine pop in the 1990s. After its original heyday in the late ’60s, sunshine pop went into a near total eclipse. There were always bands doing Beatle-inspired pop, power pop, even baroque pop, but for about […]

JANGLE ON – December

Posted on 12 December 2016

JANGLE ON! DECEMBER by Eric Sorsensen 2016 seems to have flown by.  Although I have attended fewer live music events than in past years, I made it a point to attend Parthenon Huxley’s “annual” show (the evening after Thanksgiving) at Jammin’ Java.  Parthenon and his bandmates treated the audience to a two and a half […]


Posted on 12 December 2016

THE DILLARDS “Wheatstraw Suite” Well, I don’t want to embarrass myself, but the truth is that my first exposure to country-rock was through The Monkees TV sitcom. “Papa Gene’s Blues” and “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ’Round?” were among my favorite Monkees songs and when Nesmith went on to form The First National Band, those […]

BLOODY RED BARON – November Reviews

Posted on 28 November 2016

BLOODY RED BARON November Reviews by Mike Baron   DAVID BROOKINGS: And the Average Lookings Elegant power pop in a Davenports/Rosenbergs/Gin Blossoms mode, with hooks, bridges, and multi-part harmonies. David Brookings uses the whole buffalo in making a song, filling every part with buzzing guitars. “The Optimist” is typical with its minor key theme that breaks […]