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This album, written and recorded by Chloe Grace Baker or Bitter’s Kiss, is inspired by and written for a movie, “The Divorce Party,” a soon to be released romantic comedy. 

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Miles Kane made his American television debut on the "Late Late Show with James Corden" a day after his March 17 birthday. 

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I live in Southern California, L.A. to be exact, so it comes as no surprise to me at all that Kevin Thomas is from San Diego…a mere couple of hours down the freeway. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 03:25

Versal “Versal” EP Release

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New Age electronic music can get a bad rap.  I rather like it myself. A glass of wine, a good book and some calming melodic music…lovely!

Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:10

Aya Nakamura “DjaDja”

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We’re listening to Aya Nakamura’s “DjaDja” single from her album “Nakamura.”

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This new track from Jaimie Steck takes me right back to the best of the 90s pop. 

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An L.A. indie musician, Eddy Yang has the soul of an 80s American rock/punk band. 

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David Browning is is a bit of a conundrum…he’s a doctor and a musician, not your usual pairing of careers that's for sure. 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 05:24

Damon Mitchell "Elise" EP

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Damon Mitchell has created some gorgeous music here. 

Monday, 25 February 2019 07:15

Superbowl 53, Adam Levine and Nipples

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Super Bowl LIII was relatively tame compared to other ones as far as football goes. 

Friday, 15 February 2019 07:28

Cold Pursuit; Roma; BlackkKlansman

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Friday, 08 February 2019 10:39

Lizzo "Juice"

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We’re listening to LIZZO’s “Juice” from her upcoming album “Cuz I Love You.”

Friday, 01 February 2019 04:19

Erich Mrak "Navigate"

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Erich Mrak "Navigate," produced by Bento.

Saturday, 26 January 2019 04:00

Movie Review - GLASS

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Friday, 25 January 2019 02:44

Scotty Seed “Single”

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Scotty Seed and his music are new to me. And new artists and their hard worked and heartfelt music are the best. 

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“Barely Changed” is a great pop song full of driving beats, great hooks and meaningful, heartrending lyrics. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 01:11

In Search of Gram Parsons

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Much legend and lore have created a mystique around singer, songwriter and musician Gram Parsons.

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Norine Braun is one of those very special kinds of musician that make their own very special path to your door.  She is a Canadian singer songwriter with a long history of awards and accolades in Canada and beyond.  This particular album was born of a train journey across Canada, 6,000 kilometers of changing landscape, temperatures and fellow travelers, all an inspiration of music and story and intellect. You can actually hear the rhythm of the train as it slows and quickens along the tracks in all these wildly disparate songs.

As I listen I hear KD Lang, Amee Mann, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, the Indigo Girls…and even as the echoes of all these artists reverberate through Norine’s beautiful songs, they don’t ever get in the way.

Just as her inspiration comes from them and many many more, as well as her beloved Canada and her own unique life, her songs seem just as formed by the spirit of the train.  Although the tone of the album is jazz/rock, each song is touched by something else, pop or jazz, rock or dance, folk and soul.  It’s as if she took each aspect of herself and mirrored it in song.  She even breaks into spoken word and the poetry and the urgency of her lyrics certainly gives her right to do that.

I was absolutely captivated by this album, more than enough to explore more of her music. She has at least six other albums.  This is a musician with a lot to say and a gorgeous, warm and epically harmonic voice with which to do it.

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The musicality and arrangements are also brilliant. She has the support of some truly excellent musicians and she truly loves to let them play. Loved it!!!

  

 

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Musicians

Braun and Brains Music

Producer: Adam Popowitz

Mixing and Mastering: Rear Window Song and Sound Studios

Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Rhythm Guitar: Norine Braun

Lead Guitar/Bass: Adam Popowitz

Drums/Percussion: Elliot Polsky

Blues Harp: Huggybear Leonard

Keys and Harmony Vocals on Rue St. Jean and I'm Going Home: Alice Fraser

Tenor Sax: Steve Hilliam

Friday, 18 January 2019 05:56

American High “U.N. Article 14”

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Music as activism is an ancient tradition.  American High keeps this well and truly alive with “U.N. Article 14.” 

Friday, 18 January 2019 05:50

Acidic Base “Purple Skies”

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Acidic Base is the producing name for Siddharth Goswami who is in 8th grade.

Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:28

Anne Steele “Made Out of Stars”

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Anne Steele has the kind of crystal clear vocals that turn can pop songs into poetry and make them memorable enough to mark highly significant and unforgettable moments in our lives forever. 

Friday, 11 January 2019 12:28

Noname’s debut studio album “Room 25"

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We’re listening to Chicago rapper Noname’s debut studio album “Room 25,” a shimmering fusion of introspective wordplay and ethereal jazz.

Monday, 07 January 2019 05:08

Film Review “Instant Family”

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The film "Instant Family" is based on the real and heart-rending experiences of the director, Sean Anders. 

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Friday, 21 December 2018 04:47

Sound Strider “Occult Electric”

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“Occult Electric” is an album filled with gorgeous soundscapes, rhythmic incantations, mystical, detailed, twisted coils of sound.  Is this music or prayer? 

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“It’s Time” is full of glorious, classic, soulful jazz, with more than a little funk. 

Friday, 21 December 2018 04:33

Sam Fishman “End Of Time”

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“End of Time” is a progressive rock concept album. 

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BY LINE Mandalong Records Peter Senior’s “The Christmas Tree”

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I love real House music and Matt Warren is real House. 

Monday, 17 December 2018 03:15

Todd Warner Moore “Spark”

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This is a beautiful album.  A gorgeously open, melodic and timeless group of songs tinged with Americana, folk and gentle rock. 

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Every so often LA Music Scene likes to go to clubs and check out the local talent around the area.

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Music has a long tradition of political rhetoric. 

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"This album tells the story of my leap of faith to start a life in Los Angeles. It's my story. It covers the highs and lows, the beauty and the struggle, and wraps it up into a pretty little bow.”

Sunday, 16 December 2018 01:37

Imagination Movers "10-4"

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I don’t usually review music that I don’t actually listen to myself. But I do have kids in my life and they happen to love music…so here I go!

Friday, 14 December 2018 08:24

The Favourite; Green Book; Stan and Ollie

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Monday, 10 December 2018 06:21

Raquel Rodriguez "Mile High"

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We’re listing to Raquel Rodriguez’s "Mile High" Live at Blue Dream Studios from her album “310 part 2,” an ode to the Westside. (Can we go see a show at Blue Dream Studios, please?)

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This is old school, hard-fought, deeply personal music. 

Friday, 07 December 2018 05:28

CarnyMusic - CarnyMusic EP

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These songs evoke a kind of ageless Americana spinning with epic vistas of dust, tumbleweeds, broken down, desolate towns and distant mountains. 

Friday, 07 December 2018 05:21

Dead Friends 46 “Hardcore”

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Wow, this album takes me back to the 80s punk scene in the UK. 

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There’s no denying the cinematic quality to Lastovicka’s powerful and beautiful work. 

Monday, 03 December 2018 04:53

LeeSun "Singing You This Song"

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LeeSun is the kind of quirky, totally unique singer-songwriter that is hard to ignore. 

Monday, 03 December 2018 04:43

Monique Angele "Alive"

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Monique Angele is a Canadian singer-songwriter with her roots firmly in the epic piano and soaring vocals genre of Tori Amos and Kate Bush. 

Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:39

Les Techno “Closer Look”

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Les Techno's “Closer Look”

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 02:02

Reviews: Widows; Boy Erased; Bohemian Rhapsody

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Steve McQueen’s Widows starts with some tender canoodling between Viola Davis and spouse Liam Neeson, intercut with a heist that goes very, very wrong.

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This is an interesting mix of an album and morphs in unexpected ways as you listen to it. Part rock, part rap, part Broadway musical, part something dark and in between…all heart.

Friday, 16 November 2018 04:34

LUC “Glow”

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Kari Kimmel and Joe Corcoran are two very, very successful musicians. 

Friday, 16 November 2018 04:30

Weather McNabb “Cubicle Zombie”

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“Cubicle Zombie” is the new EP from the artistic mind of Weather McNabb and is a splendid example of when sardonic wit meets playful storyteller meets compelling vocals. 

Friday, 16 November 2018 04:27

J’Moris “Extra” EP

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J’Moris’s “Extra” EP has an excellent retro 90s feel, but the cracking mix of the newness of trap electronic beats and a heavy bass brings it right up to date. 

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These two California-based singer-songwriters have worked together for more than 16 years. 

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With the charm and gentle humor of The Ink Spots and the dulcet tones of Etta James, Lucinda Belle is a thoroughly unique and timeless talent. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 05:36

Graham Bonnet @ The Viper Room

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When my fitness friend and fellow NoHo Arts District writer Jack Witt asked me to accompany him on a recent trek to The Viper Room to see one of his favorite performers, Graham Bonnet, it was a no-brainer…yes, of course. 

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So…a rock opera about the Flint water crises…interesting.

Friday, 09 November 2018 08:01

"Into The Light" ~ Crooked Flower

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This sweet and funky EP is full of great vintage style dance tracks rounded out by the warmly gorgeous vocals of Angelina Dang. 

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This is the latest from the Vancouver electro-doom rock duo Post Death Soundtrack.  

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Patrick Grant is a bit of a legend. 

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This album is full of some of the best musicians in the world. 

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Isn’t it amazing how music can transport us through time to who we used to be? 

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