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CD Review: Luke Wesley “Because We Never Talk About It”

It is not all that easy finding piano songs that rock out these days. Luke Wesley is poised to change all that with his remarkably enjoyable debut, “Because We Never Talk About It”. Born and raised in Shelby, Ohio, Wesley is now heating up the singer/songwriter scene in New York.

“Because We Never Talk About It” is an infectious pop rock record, plain and simple. Wesley knows how to draw the listener in with catchy piano beats and witty lyrics. He has great instincts for pop and strives to place a tantalizing hook in each song he puts to tape. It is easy to compare him to legends like Billy Joel or Elton John, but there is an air about Wesley that will draw comparisons to Ben Folds as well. His vocals are clear and warm, somewhere between Marc Cohn and Will Hoge.

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CD Review: Autolux “Transit Transit”

Autolux. I was introduced to this band by a friend who told me they were his faves. “Faves?” I was intrigued and the name seemed vaguely familiar. Why? Because the last album, Future Perfect, by this post-punk/krautrock/shoegaze L.A. band was released in 2004 and now, after six years, their sophomore album, Transit Transit, was revealed on August 3rd.

As soon as I started listening to Transit Transit, the music took me to the platform of a train station. I felt as though I was surrounded by hundreds of people, but completely alone and attuned to the music. Hazing tones were flashing and voices echoing the sound of brakes in the song “Transit Transit” – I got on the ride and it took me to some foreign place. The future. Eugene Goreshter (lead vocals, bass), Greg Edwards (guitar, vocals), and Carla Azar (drums, vocals) – the drivers – brought me into their vision, and it was difficult to leave.

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The Quick & Easy Boys talk Red Light Rabbit, destroying the universe, and crazy, salacious women

Oregon’s The Quick & Easy Boys are back with their second full-length album, Red Light Rabbit, which fuses many musical styles, including country and rock. The result is a high energy album that is fun to listen to and will definitely get you up and dancing. Red Light Rabbit blasts open with “Foster I…,” a fast tempo track that immediately draws the listener into the mood of the album with menacing guitar and exploding drums. “Black Panther” is a mid-tempo track with bouncy drum work and a mid-song guitar solo that demands attention. Kicking in at full speed, the title track combines edgy guitar and confronting lyrics.

By the middle of the album, with songs like “The Letter” and “Senorita,” you begin to hear a theme running through the lyrics; crazy, salacious women. Bassist and co-frontman Sean Badders explained the reason behind the theme and allowed us a brief glimpse into the band’s creative process.

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Montreal’s Warm Den on the non-sexual meaning behind their name, the magic of Craigslist, tennis as inspiration, and more

“When I was in school, me and my friends would pass around a piece of paper that we would fold up while the teacher was teaching.  One person would just do a squiggly line and then pass it to someone, and they would try to turn it into something. Then they would pass it to the next guy and he would turn it into something, and then by the end, it would be a coyote on a mountain,” smiles Simon White of the band Warm Den.

Now, imagine that being an idea, a sound, or a loop and you’ve got the premise to one of Warm Den’s undeniably unique songs. Somewhere in between space rock, experimental, and avant-garde is this Montreal-based trio of inventors, musicians, or magicians. Their music is full of unpredictable twists and turns, especially in “Yi!,” giving the listener a ride to remember. I first heard this unsigned band at an intimate show and was immediately sucked in, so when we sat around a table on the terrasse of Montreal’s Casa del Popolo, I was more than excited to talk to these friendly fellows – Adam Davidson (keys, sampler, guitar, vocals), Cameron Mitchell (synth, drums, sampler) and Simon (guitar, bass, vocals) – about their music.

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CD Review: Ready In 10 “31 Strong”

Besides having a love for numbers, Ready In 10 has a passion for good old fashioned pop rock. The release of their new CD, “31 Strong,” will surely secure this Long Island band a poll position in the race to become the world’s next Goo Goo Dolls.

Ready In 10 lifted their name from a Chinese restaurant menu promising quick delivery. You could say Ready In 10 does the same by serving up tasty, no-nonsense pop rock, track after track. “31 Strong” follows their 2006 debut, “Face the World,” and consists of eight new studio tracks and a live version of the crowd pleasing, “Turn Your Red Light To Green.”