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ALBUM REVIEW: THE POSIES – SOLID STATES

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Background
It’s been six long years since The Posies’ released the warmly received Blood/Candy and much has changed since then. Most significantly, the deaths of two longtime band members, drummer Darius Minwalla and bassist Joe Skyward, which occurred in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The creative core of The Posies – Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow – reaffirm their commitment to good music-making and to each other with Solid States, the band’s eighth album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE JAYHAWKS – PAGING MR. PROUST

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Background
The Jayhawks are an American rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene during the mid-1980s. Though stereotyped somewhat as an alt-country band, The Jayhawks’ music is finely balanced between country-folk and pop-rock. The new LP finds long term members Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O’Reagan receiving stellar assistance from Mike Mills and Peter Buck from R.E.M.

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GEEK OUT! CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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Synopsis
Differences arise between Avengers,Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Iron Man (Tony Stark), over the proper response to the Government’s demands for oversight over superhuman activities. Then, Rogers’ best friend Bucky Barnes (aka Winter Soldier) is implicated in a terrorist act and Rogers has to choose between Barnes or Stark, which leads to disastrous consequences for the Avengers.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BRIAN ENO – THE SHIP

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Background
One of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures, musician/composer/record producer/singer/writer Brian Eno has been responsible for some of the most cutting-edge music ever made. On The Ship, Eno once more develops the musical form he pioneered, ambient electronica.

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DVD REVIEW: ELVIS COSTELLO – DETOUR LIVE AT LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL

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Background
A recording of Elvis Costello’s performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Part of his Detour Show tour where Costello plays solo acoustic versions of select songs from his immense discography, using the “Lupe-O-Tone” television set to tell the stories behind the songs.

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ALBUM REVIEW: NICOLAS GODIN – CONTREPOINT

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Background
Nicolas Godin is a French electronic musician best known for being half of the music duo Air. Contrepoint is Godin’s debut solo album and is said to be heavily influenced by the works of JS Bach. Intriguingly, Godin’s solo album comes close on the heels of the new release from Starwalker (which features Godin’s erstwhile Air partner, Jean-Benoit Dunckel)

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ALBUM REVIEW: GUIDED BY VOICES – PLEASE BE HONEST

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Background
Guided by Voices (GBV) is an American indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio. Formed in the 80s, the band has made frequent personnel changes but has always maintained the presence of principal songwriter, vocalist Robert Pollard. GBV has disbanded & reunited twice in the last six years. However, for this new album, Pollard played every instrument – the first time that this has happened in the band’s history.

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ALBUM REVIEW: PJ HARVEY – THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT

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Background
PJ Harvey is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. With new album The Hope VI Demolition Project, Harvey has now released nine LPs. Harvey wrote the songs during her travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C. with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy between 2011 and 2014.

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ALBUM REVIEW: 7HORSE – LIVIN IN A BITCH OF A WORLD

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Background
A two-man band conjuring their own unique variation on blues and roots rock, 7Horse are an offshoot of the popular alternative rock band Dada, with group members Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt stepping up with a new sound and approach. In 7Horse, Leavitt tackles drums and lead vocals, while Calio, who plays bass in Dada, shows off his skills on guitar. Livin in a Bitch of a World is the duo’s third LP.

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REEL TO REAL: THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 2015 FILM STILL - Pictured: Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Goetze, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe - Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL – 2015 FILM STILL – Pictured: Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Goetze, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe – Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Synopsis
A 2015 American coming-of-age drama written and directed by Marielle Heller, based on the graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner. The film stars Bel Powley as a 15-year-old girl (Minnie) who becomes sexually active by starting a relationship with her mother’s boyfriend (played by Alexander Skarsgård).

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ALBUM REVIEW: PETER WOLF – A CURE FOR LONELINESS

By Joe Greene
By Joe Greene

Background
Peter Wolf is an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983 and for a successful solo career with writing partner Will Jennings. A Cure For Loneliness is his eighth album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TWO INCH ASTRONAUT – PERSONAL LIFE

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Background
Formed in 2009 in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Colesville, Maryland, Two Inch Astronaut is a power trio that blends well the poppier edge of punk and experimental hardcore flourishes. A delicate balance that band members Sam Rosenberg (vocals/guitar), Daniel Pouridas (bass), and Matt Gatwood (drums) serve up with aplomb.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE HIGH VIOLETS – HEROES AND HALOS

By J Quigley

By J Quigley

Background
The band formed from the ashes of legendary Portland favourite, the Bella Low, who played regular gigs with other local psych bands like The Dandy Warhols.  After the Bella Low breakup former members Clint Sargent (lead guitar, vocals), Luke Strahota (drums/percussion) and Violet Bianca Grace picked up the pieces from the band’s crash and formed The High Violets in 1998.  Current lineup includes Kaitlyn ni Donovan (vocals, guitar) and Colin Sheridan (bass guitar) with Heroes and Halos being the band’s sixth release after a six year wait.

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ALBUM REVIEW: CHEAP TRICK – BANG, ZOOM, CRAZY… HELLO

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Background
Cheap Trick is an American pop-rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973, now consisting of Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) and Daxx Nielsen (drums). In its forty-three years of existence, the band has remained true to its musical agenda i.e. a blend of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognisable. This LP is the band’s first without longtime drummer Bun E. Carlos.

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