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Lost Pines: Sweet Honey–This renown Austin bluegrass band has recently release a new album produced by Lloyd Maines (Grammy Award winner).Their 14 original tracks span the genres of bluegrass, country and folk. Their sophomore album deliverers sincere songwriting and tunes with vocal harmonies, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and guitar punches with Maines playing on Tracks 2 and 11 on the Dobro making for a polished bluegrass sound. The Lost Pines are heavily influenced by songwriters like Gilliam Welch and Tim O’Brien using the plush catalogue of traditional music to craft songs that are sweet and pop filled to mature and heart-wrenchingly honest. They’ve played many of the well-regarded Austin stages winning over audiences one show at a time. This album is true bluegrass with a sweet Austin flare.
5.5 McRiprock’s
ZeviousAfter the Air Raid–Based out of the big ol’ New York City this band totes itself as a “genre-bursting out” electric/punk-jazz trio consisting of sounds fusing guitar, drums and bass. Their focus is on the improvisational accompaniment of contemporary jazz artists, metal bands and vintage jazz and rock (fusion). Rhythms are oddly paced, guitar soars through and a punk-jazz sound joins the new movement. Worth a shake.
5.0 McRiprock’s
The Powder KegsThe Amanicans–Still searching for their “sound” the Powder Kegs keep on chugging with each diverse release they put out. Each release has allowed the band to explore their style, while still gaining a wider audience and critical acclaim. Initially, they were a old-time string band feeding folk songs that were so well received that they won first place on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion’s “People In Their Twenties Contest” in 2007. Then, they moved into indie-pop and also garnered some attention from Hype Machine’s “Most Popular MP3s” list for 3 weeks. Now, they are changing again, although still sticking with a relatively loose interpretation of indie rock/pop. Opening with “Hospital”– a dreamy, hypnotic sonic sound sets the stage for other notable tracks like “When The Body Tricks The Mind” with delectable vocal melodies and a catchy guitar groove. The title track, ends the album eloquently and closes with a tribute to their folk roots- a dabble back and forth between genres that continue to set them apart throughout their albums.
McRiprock’s 5.0
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