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David RalstonI Don’t Care: Influences clearly rooted in American rock nodding to artists like The Allman Brothers, Danzig, Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones and Muddy Waters punctuate this album. The ballads, “Today’s Got Me Down” and “How Do I Stop the Pain” have bluesy undercurrents and take their time. The album winds around to more upbeat songs with edgier countersparts such as “Johnny Cash Song,” bringing an element of funk and “Laugh to Keep From Crying” pushing a power jam.

3.5 McRiprock’s



Penny Jo PullusThrough the Glass: Joining Pullus on her fifth release is Ian McLagan, Jimmy LaFave, Eric Hisaw, Warren Hood, Shelley King, John Bush, Will Sexton, Matt Giles, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Chip Dolan and Cleve Hattersley. She puts out an album with a heady combination of roots and pop, paying homage to Roseanne Cash and Lucinda Williams along the way.

4.0 McRiprock’s



Moonlight SocialHeading South: Duo, Jeremy Burchard and Jennica Scott began the band with an alt-country/rock twist in early 2011. Wining big praise with a SXSW showcase, winner of the 2011 Austin Chronicle’ Sound Wars and topping the GRAMMY U “Show Us Your Hits” competition they quickly became a hometown favorite with eyes on this release. Harmonious country sensabilities married with electic guitar style and expansive rock roots make their sound a signature. ┬áTheir CD release will be held on Saturday, July 21 at Club 606.

4.5 McRiprock’s



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