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GEEK OUT! STAR TREK BEYOND

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Synopsis
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. Starring Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and Idris Elba (Krall).

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ALBUM REVIEW: JPNSGRLS – DIVORCE

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Background
Vancouver quartet returns with a new LP after a change in personnel. Oliver Mann left the group after recording the album, with new guitarist Colton Lauro now onboard joining vocalist Charlie Kerr, bassist Chris McClellan and drummer Graham Serl. This sophomore effort, follows Circulation, Power of Pop’s Album of 2014.

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ALBUM REVIEW: ESSENCE – BLACK WINGS

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Background
A sixth-generation San Francisco native, award winning singer-songwriter essence has been immersed in art and music since childhood. And yes, her birth name really is ‘essence’ – she was raised by quintessential flower children, her parents being two free spirited bohemian artists from the Haight-Ashbury ‘Summer of Love.’ Black Wings is her 2nd album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE LEES OF MEMORY – UNNECESSARY EVIL

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Background
The Lees Of Memory — which features erstwhile Superdrag frontman John Davis & guitarist Brandon Fisher, along with drummer Nick Slack — recently released its sophomore LP, Unnecessary Evil. The new album, a follow up to the band’s 2014 debut Sisyphus Says, once again saw them working with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz and his team at Rock Falcon Studios in TN.

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ALBUM REVIEW: HELIOTROPES – OVER THERE THAT WAY

Photo credit: Matthew Cylinder
Photo credit: Matthew Cylinder

Background
Heliotropes is comprised of founding member/songwriter/vocalist Jessica Numsuwankijkul, along with a rotating cast of collaborators, including drummer Gregg Giuffré, bassist Richard Thomas, and guitarist Ricci Swift, who are all featured on Over There That Way.

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ALBUM REVIEW: METRONOMY – SUMMER 08

Metronomy, from left, Joseph Mount, Anna Prior, Gbenga Adelekan and Oscar Cash

Background
Metronomy are an indie-electronic music group formed by Joseph Mount in 1999. The current band consists of Mount (vocals, keyboards and guitar), Oscar Cash (saxophone, backing vocals, guitars and keyboards), Anna Prior (drums and vocals) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass guitar and vocals). Mount recorded Summer 08 over two weeks largely by himself. He said he named the album is named in honor of the last summer he had free.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TWINS – SQUARE AMERICA

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Background
TWINS is a family band, rooted generations deep in the rich history of Iowa music. Brothers Harper & Joel Sires handle the songwriting and vocal duties, along with their cousin Luke Sires on drums. Devin Ferguson — bass guitar and vocals — has been playing with the Sires brothers since he was 16 years old and rounds out this rock and roll quartet’s uniquely American sound. TWINS has accepted its mission to Save Rock & Roll. And it couldn’t come at a better time.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE PLEASURE ROUTINE – SUGAR MOUNTAIN

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Background
Formed in 2012 by high school classmates Kevin Sofsrud, guitarist Eric McDonald, and bassist Kirk Jacobs, The Pleasure Routine was designed as an outlet to shift away from a previous incarnation as a punk quartet. Rotating through a seemingly endless cast of drummers, the band eventually connected with Harry Gibbons to man the skins. Singer Lauren Kopp’s airy and soulful alto entered the fold to compliment and contrast with Sofsrud’s deep, narrative baritone. And with lead guitarist Nate Tang completing the lineup, The Pleasure Routine was born.

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ALBUM REVIEW: RED BAZAR – TALES FROM THE BOOKCASE

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Background
Red Bazar formed in 2007 with Andy Wilson on guitar, Paul Comerie on Drums and Mick Wilson on bass and keyboards.  The trio released their debut album in 2008, Connections which was an instrumental album.  It was very well received by the prog world and excellent reviews from around the world.  The use of more keyboards in subsequent recordings made it difficult for the band to play live as Mick was juggling between keyboards and bass, so the band took the decision to find a keyboard player.  After a long search and many auditions, along came Gary Marsh. Since then, the band have continued to write material, but wanted to try something different.  This resulted in a collaboration with vocalist Peter Jones, for the new album Tales from the Bookcase.

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EP REVIEW: NOT A PLANET – SMOKE BOMBS & CIGARETTES: THE HISTORY OF NOW

Not A Planet

Background
Nathan Corsi, an Akron, Ohioan, made his way to Kansas City after a featured role in a year-long documentary about life as a busker in New York. It wasn’t long before Nathan and Liam Sumnicht, drummer native to KC, hooked up to form Not A Planet. A rotating cast of bass players tagged in and out alongside the duo on national tours and local shows for years, but in 2012, William Sturges enlisted as a permanent player.

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ALBUM REVIEW: COMET CONTROL – CENTER OF THE MAZE

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Background
Comet Control were formed in 2013 around the time Toronto band Quest for Fire announced their breakup. The band includes two former members of Quest for Fire – Chad Ross, on guitar and vocals, and Andrew Moszynski, on guitar – as well as Nicole Howell, on bass, Jay Anderson of BIBLICAL, on drums, and Christopher Sandes, on keys.

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ALBUM REVIEW: DJ SHADOW – THE MOUNTAIN WILL FALL

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Background
Joshua Paul “Josh” Davis a.k.a. DJ Shadow, is an American record producer and DJ. He is a prominent figure in the development of instrumental hip hop and first gained notice with the release of his highly acclaimed debut studio album, Endtroducing….. (1996).

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: GRANDADDY – JUST LIKE THE FAMBLY CAT (2006)

A review from a decade ago…

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“Oh if this album is a hit, they’ll probably release another one!” was the cynical response from the CD store clerk, when I mentioned that Fambly Cat was Grandaddy’s last album, their swan song, so to speak.

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GEEK OUT! BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE IS THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE SINCE THE DARK KNIGHT & WATCHMEN

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If you have been paying attention, you will be aware that we loved Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice whereas most critics reviled Zack Snyder’s magnum opus to such an extent that it scored only 27% at Rotten Tomatoes. Mind you, the totally awful Independence Day: Resurgence managed to score 33%, so that gives you an indication of how much critics hated BVS.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE EXPLORERS CLUB – TOGETHER

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Background
The Explorers Club are a pop-rock band originally from the coast of South Carolina. The music of their first album is heavily influenced by the vocal harmony styles and production of The Beach Boys.They are also influenced by classic rock and roll arrangements as made popular by 60s pop bands. On Together, the band roped in Brian Wilson Band members Darian Sahanaja, Probyn Gregory, Nelson Bragg and Scott Bennett for notable collaborations.

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