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★★★★ 4 star review of DATURA4 “West Coast Highway Cosmic” via ALL MUSIC

The set’s biggest surprise is its final cut, “Evil People, Pt. 1.” Though under six minutes it feels like a jam track with serpentine organ, throbbing bass, and martial tom-toms overlaid with distorted guitars in a three-chord vamp that creates a hypnotic, head-wagging pulse as Mariani sings with malevolence at the heart of the mix. […]

★★★★ 4 stars review of GOSPELBEACH “Another Summer Of Love” from ALL MUSIC

Another Summer of Love’s not a million miles away from what GospelbeacH tried to do on their first album — Petty and the Dead certainly share large chunks of musical DNA — but here the energy and sense of purpose the group displays make it a much more cohesive and entertaining record, filler-free and radio-ready. […]

★★★½ 3 and half stars review of LEFT LANE CRUISER “Claw Machine Wizard” from ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Claw Machine Wizard does sound just a bit less raunchy than their past few efforts, and contrary to expectations, that turns out to work in their favor. Don’t worry, this album is still industrial-strength stomp-down blues-rock, but Jason Davis’ engineering and mix add a bit more clarity to the group’s attack, and the result boasts […]

★★★½ 3 and half star review of MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER “Let It Slide” from ALL MUSIC

There’s no arguing that this album is the work of a unique talent who is clearly not interested in making another by-the-numbers blues album. Holder and his band — bassist Travis Kilgore and drummer Doug Bales — hit with the impact of a rock band, and they’re full of dirty swagger, but Holder’s potent slide […]

★★★½ 3 and half star review for DATURA4 “Hairy Mountain” from ALL MUSIC

The 2016 sophomore studio long-player from the bluesy Aussie psych-rockers, Hairy Mountain delivers another muscular blast of lovingly retooled classic rock that bristles with electric, down-under eccentricity. Similar in tone to the Sword, Thin Lizzy, Cream, Electric Wizard, and Blue Öyster Cult-loving High Country that, like Datura4’s debut, arrived the year prior, Hairy Mountain ultimately […]