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CD Review: Killer Boogie “Detroit”

There are many styles of Rock And Roll out there today. And there are many different bands from different countries who are adding to the history of Rock And Roll, as well. One country that has a large amount of underground bands that are adding strong Rock And Roll sounds to the genre is Italy. It is in Italy that you find the record label Heavy Psych Sounds, a label that brings you some of the hardest bands out there today. From Heavy Psych Sounds comes the band Killer Boogie.

Killer Boogie is a four-piece which features the band members Gabriele Fiori on guitars and vocals (Black Rainbows), Luigi Costanzo on drums (The Wisdoom) and Matteo Marini on bass (although Eduardo Mancini is featured on the band’s recordings). Together, they bring a sound that blends together sounds from Blue Cheer, The Stooges, MC5, Cactus and Radio Moscow. Needless to say, Killer Boogie has a very heavy sound. That sound can be found on the band’s 2015 release entitled Detroit.

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CD Review: Jim Jones Revue “Burning Your House Down”

I unfortunately have few good things to say about The Jim Jones Revue’s latest release. Burning Your House Down. While the group promotes their sound as being comparable to MC5, The Stooges and other garage rock forces to be reckoned with, their newest album falls flat, existing more in the realm of boomer-friendly bar rock than punk.  

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Garage-Tested, Owner-Approved Rock and Roll

Scott Morgan – Self Titled
Alive Records

You can’t help but love this! Michigan garage rock legend Scott Morgan emerges with a new album nearly fifty years after forming his first band! Not only that, but aside from appearances on other bands’ records, the occasional single and scattered band projects, this marks Morgan’s first album under his own name! While not a happening on par with a new XTC album, let’s say, Morgan has always been a card-carrying flag-waver for all that is special and right about primal rock and roll and for him to produce a full album on a label with such a great rep as Alive at this point in his career is astounding. I mean, at the age when most rockers either decide to hang it up or just coast by doing “stunt” albums with others songs and high-priced guest stars and “high concepts” Morgan has put out an album doing what he has always done best – high octane garage rock with a little psyche, a little pop and a whole lotta R&B and soul. This could be the beginning of a new stage in his career, and what a career it has already been!

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The Raveonettes’ Sharin Foo talks touring, nerves, being a duo, and opening for Iggy Pop

The Raveonettes are, by far, Denmark’s coolest export. The alt-rock duo is comprised of Sune Rose Wagner (who juggles guitar, vocals, and an array of other instruments, as needed) and Sharin Foo (who reigns over bass, guitar, and vocals.) October of 2009 saw the release of their fourth full-length album, In And Out Of Control, which was then followed by a string of live shows (and now, worldwide festival gigs). I caught up with Sharin in Toronto, during the NXNE festival, on the morning of The Raveonettes’ rocking gig, which saw them open up for Iggy and the Stooges in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Q: You’re scheduled to play a bunch of summer festivals all around the world, do you enjoy the traveling, or does it get tiring?

A: No, I like it actually. I actually do like playing only one, or two, or three shows; it’s really exciting. The traveling can be a little tiresome, jetlag and that kind of stuff, but I find touring can be a little harder sometimes because it’s so monotonous. You have to play five, six shows in a row and it’s harder to find that sort of excitement. So, actually, I do like doing the [dispersed] shows. It can be a little more terrifying because maybe it’s like a week or two since we played, and you’re like “oh, okay!,” but yeah, it’s fun.