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JANGLE ON! A JANGLY MUSIC PRIMER – THE 1960S

Posted on 25 March 2015

A JANGLY MUSIC PRIMER – THE 1960S by Eric Sorenson I have always been drawn to the sound of a jangly, chiming, ringing 12-string guitar … or a combination of six-string guitars that creates the same rich sound.  The great Searchers’ song – “Needles and Pins” – really resonated with me back in 1964.  The […]

BLOODY RED BARON Reviews – February Reviews

Posted on 14 March 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 […]

IPO Interview – Private Jets

Posted on 14 March 2015

PGH is all about helping artists highlight their most recent projects, so let us all know what your latest project is – and tell us about how it come into the world. What has the initial feedback on it been like? Per Westin (PW): Private Jets’ latest project is putting the final polish on the […]

MOVIE REVIEW – Fifty Shades of Grey & Kingsman

Posted on 09 March 2015

MOVIE REVIEW FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY & KINGSMAN Contractual Voyeur Killers by Doug Young Fifty Shades of Grey Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford; directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson Kingsman: The Secret Service Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine Sofia Boutella; directed by Matthew Vaughn CLICK ON IMAGES […]

MOVIE REVIEW – American Sniper

Posted on 09 March 2015

AMERICAN SNIPER Taking Critical Aim by Doug Young CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO READ…. Unfortunately we can’t describe Doug Young adequately in strictly iambic pentameter, so we’ll just tell you that he is an award-winning (and poetic) film critic and that he is “Filmoholic” Critic Man, aka Doug Young, who is a senior environmental policy […]

IPO Interview – Monogroove

Posted on 06 March 2015

PGH is all about helping artists highlight their most recent projects, so let us all know what your latest project is – and tell us about how it come into the world. What has the initial feedback on it been like? Rin Lennon (RL): We released our 7th CD called , ECHOES IN THE GLASS, […]

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 […]

LOST TREASURES – DENNY LAINE

Posted on 27 February 2015

LOST TREASURES DENNY LAINE “Ahh…Laine!“ By Peter Marston Denny Laine is no stranger to pop music fans. He was the lead singer on all the Moody Blues’ early R&B numbers (before the arrival of Justin Hayward), including the hit “Go Now.” He was also the only member of Wings—other than Paul and Linda McCartney—who was […]

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 […]

MIKE BARON’S BEST OF 2014

Posted on 04 February 2015

MIKE BARON’S BEST OF 2014  by Mike Baron      =============================================================================   One: THE PINECONES: Ooh! (Reel Cod)   An instant classic and a masterpiece. Paul Linklater’s Toronto-based trio makes incandescent, luminous psychedelic rock that draws on the Yardbirds, the Hollies, the Beatles, the whole power pop panoply, sounding instantly familiar yet refreshingly new.  Ooh! […]