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High CeilingIllusions: High Ceiling fuses the classic Roots, Rock and Reggae sound of groups like Easy Star Allstars or UB40 with unpredictable instrumental jam band tangents similar to bands like Tea Leaf Green. Playing hundreds of shows alongside Jam-Rock and Reggae bands including John Brown’s Body and Garaj Mahal, the group is well known as a staple in the Northwestern music scene. They even organize their own weekend long festival, Skok Valley Music Festival that takes place every August near Shelton, WA and features some of the best bands in the region. They put on an energetic show that comes across completely on their second full-length studio album, Illusions. The opening track, “Illusions” opens with a Hammond organ, but then hits hard with a heavy dose of deep bass and percussive reggae undertones. Some tracks, like “High and Lifted” and “The Golden Rule” stay within the true confines of Reggae grooves while others like “A Fire” and “Ubntu” mix improvisational bits with odd time signatures and solos over straight dump vamps. Some songs abandon the style completely and bring in an R&B vibe or a mellow piano track. The lyrics are lush with political and social commentary of the classic Jamaican music. 4.5 McRiprock’s

Rocky TippitYoung & Pretty: Singer/songwriter from Nacogdoches releases his debut album using the “original” theme of “love” throughout the album. He highlights the greatest and the worst moments of that thing called love. He says, “If you are not in love with a person, or an idea, then you can’t really care about it, and there’s no music in it.” He channels the hardships and triumphs of love with a southern rock mentality that’s emotionally charged. He touches on rock, blues, country, bluegrass and R&B, but mostly the southern rock influence is felt solidly throughout this album. Tippit says, “Music can bring us together, it can help show us who we are and why we love.” 4.0 McRiprock’s

Albert and GageDakota Lullaby: Austin-based duo Albert and Gage are prolific songwriters, but instead used songs and written words from thirty years ago by Gage’s old friend from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tom Peterson, in order to put this album together. Largely untouched, the songwriting reigns supreme throughout the album. With a bluesy country, swing, bluegrass vibe and captivating vocals the album sits nicely along side other male-female duets from George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Richard and Linda Thompson. Other musicians featured on the albums are Lloyd Maines on pedal steel, John Mills on saxophone, Mike Stevens on harmonica and Kenny Putman on fiddle. The rhythm section is made up of Paul Percy, David Carroll,and Glenn Fukunaga. The music is Americana with a twist and delivers the thirty-year old words to the album with great care. 4.2 McRiprock’s

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