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Pop Songwriter Shelly Peiken Emerges From The Shadows On Her First Solo Album Ushering In The Second Part Of Her Career

Shelly Peiken | 2.0 etc… | (self-released)3 1/2 out of 5 stars You may not recognize Shelly Peiken’s name. But if you listen to pop music it’s almost impossible not to have heard one of the...

Fleetwood Mac’s Five Star ‘Then Play On’ Documents Peter Green’s Finest Moments

Fleetwood Mac | Then Play On (Celebration Edition) | (BMG)5 out of 5 stars “I've got to find a place to sing my words/Is there nobody listening to my song?,” laments Peter Green on the deceptively...

The Flaming Lips Embrace Many Different Influences To Shine On ‘American Head’

The Flaming Lips | American Head | (Warner Bros.)Four out of five stars After attempting to absorb the news of Tom Petty’s death, Wayne Coyne, founder and chief provocateur of The Flaming Lips, researched Petty’s...

Eric Paslay Delivers Front-to-Back Listening With ‘Nice Guy’

Eric Paslay | Nice Guy | (Paso Fino)4 stars Most artists tout their newest album as their best; in Eric Paslay’s case, Nice Guy truly is.  The initial takeaways from the...

A Love Story Unfolds: Suzanne Vega Makes it in Manhattan

Suzanne Vega | An Evening Of New York Songs and Stories | (Amanuensis/Cooking Vinyl)Four out of Five Stars Like many artists of a similar stature, folk chanteuse Suzanne Vega made her mark early on...

Carolina Story Delivers A Tender Yet Tenacious Story on ‘Dandelion’

Carolina Story | Dandelion | (Black River Americana)Four out of Five Stars Following their stunning debut Lay Your Head Down, husband-wife duo Carolina Story (A.K.A. Ben and Emily Roberts) reemerge with their sophomore set...

Strangers in a Strange Land, The Band of Heathens Still Manage to Usher a Way Forward

The Band of Heathens | Stranger | (BOH Records) Four out of Five Stars A supergroup of sorts, Band of Heathens came together after singer/songwriters Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and former compatriot Colin Brooks convened at...
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