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Cd Review: The Trews “Hope and Ruin”

We should know who The Trews are. This Canadian band has released four albums in the last seven years. Two of them went gold. They’ve had two number one hits and ten Top-10 singles. They’ve played nearly 800 live shows, including support slots for the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback and KISS.

Led by an exceptional voice that is nearly a dead ringer for Pat Monahan (Train) on his best day and backed by an organic, roots rock ensemble, The Trews is a refreshing blast of modern pop rock. Producing good hooks just seems to be in the very fabric of this band’s DNA and there’s no shortage of excellent songs to mine from the dozen on their latest, “Hope and Ruin”.

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CD Review: Kasey Anderson and The Honkies “Heart of a Dog”

This Seattle and Portland-based band is composed of Kasey Anderson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Andrew KcKeag (guitar, vocals), Eric Corson (bass) and Mike Musburger (drums). Some of these names may be familiar to you – McKeag has spent time in Presidents of the United States of America and The Long Winters, Corson in The Long Winters, and Musburger in The Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, The Posies, The Supersuckers, and countless other cult Seattle power pop and indie rock bands. The band resents the label “roots rock” and just wanted to make a straight up “rock and roll record” this time around.

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CD Review: Will Hoge “The Wreckage”

HogeDare I say it, but the past couple of records from Will Hoge have been disappointments for me – yes, they had their moments – but overall I found the albums cumbersome. The songs were still ripe with passion, but lacked the charm and energy – and catchy melodies – that made his first few releases so mesmerizing. Hoge‘s latest, “The Wreckage” is a solid return to his earlier sound.

“The Wreckage” may have a double meaning. In 2008, Hoge was involved in a traffic accident that nearly robbed the world of this fine talent. As it states in his bio: “As Hoge rode his scooter home from the studio, he was struck by an oncoming van that had veered into his lane. There were no skid marks. Launched off his bike, Hoge ended up bloodied, broken-boned, temporarily blinded, and near death. [The accident] was like stopping a record as it spins,” says Hoge, who had been halfway through recording material for his new record before getting derailed…For ten months, the accident sidelined Hoge. For ten months, it made him do something he hadn’t done in 18 years: stop the music.”