Monday, April 7, 2014

CD Review: Indie Artists From Across The Country Making Some Great New Tunes

From California comes the electronic rock duo known as Future Us with their debut EP "We Are Future Us." The seven song album begins with the attractive, raw alternative rock of "No Good," before slowing down for the quiet burn pop appeal of "On My Mind." The band gets a little funky with the beats of "Ride" and "In Your Kiss," before showing attitude with the electronics of "Swooning."

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From Massachuettes comes The Van Burens with "Presidental Lovefest," which is the band's latest release aimed at political humor. The music is highly addictive, while the band aims their humor at targets like Richard Nixon in "Tricky Dick" and Ronald Reagan with the reggae feel of "Reagan." The horns leads the groove, while the piano solo gives the song its substance during "Lee Harvey," before the album closes with "LBJ" as the band play around with their sound on this "lovefest."

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New music from Boswell, a five-piece band from Austin, TX, is their debut album featuring the wonderful vocals of Melanie Heide. Their music touches upon the early days of rock from the 50's, 60's and 70's, covering everyone from The Beatles to Pasty Cline to Led Zeppelin. The new album starts off with the slow build-up of the title song, "Beryllium" as the band lures you in with their melodic tones. The sixties come alive with the sounds of Jefferson Airplane in "No, Miser!" and the bluesy hard rock of "Statue Of Venus." The album closes with a a cover of The Beatles' "Oh Darling," which sways with a purpose to impress.

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From Wisconsin comes the latest album from The Heart Pills entitled "Gunfighter." It is the band's most complete album to date and showcases their musical growth since the early EPs back in 2009. They begin with the raw, garage rock of "Concrete" and head over to the alternative pop of "Cowboy." The punk-like feel of "Cabaret Lady" and the pounding drums of "Mermaid Song" draws similarities to the early days of The White Stripes. The eleven-minute "Radio Play Intro" seems out of place on this release, but still deserves your attention.

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