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Da Roots is Rockin'

artist: John Butler Trio | genre: roots | alt-rock | label: Jarrah Records


One of my favs from Australia’s John Butler TrioRevolution is from of their  latest album entiltled  April Uprising and it’s just a solid song all the way around.   A melodic slow build at the onset and gives way to an energetic anthem. 
With this their 4th studio release, they have included an impressive (15) tracks of alternativie/roots-rock for your listening pleasure. Songs that comfortably visit the folkier side of the genre and, as is evident from the video above, the rockier side as well.  Impressive range, excellent song writing and an inventive sound full of light an colour.  Me likey. 

– Drago

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Dancehall, Roots & Rap

artist: MasSicker | genre: dancehall, reggae | label: unsigned

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Look Around :: New Millennium Rasta :: Mek Dem Gwaan

As  part of reggae’s next generation, MasSicker (aka King Mas) draws upon a myriad of influences en route to a melodic sound that blends the best dancehall, roots and hip hop.   His rhythmic lyrics are set against an urban backdrop of beats that are complimented by a sprinkling of guitars, keys, synths and, of course, phat bass lines.  You’re going to want to turn the low end EQ up along with the volume to get truly experience the feel of MasSicker’s music, especially if you are in the car and have speakers that are halfway decent.  One piece of advice…don’t fight it.  Bass up, lean back and enjoy the ride.

-Drago


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Capelle Crossing the Pond

Britain’s Capelle will be crossing the Atlantic in 2011 for their first North American tour and not only will the lads be jamming their way across the fruited plains but they’ll also be recording the entire trip for a TV series!  Wanna get Capelle to play for you?  No problem…just get a couple hundred of your closest friends together and they’d be happy to oblige!  For more info be sure to visit them on the web at www.capelle.co.uk and if they are playing anywhere near your town you’ll definitely want to check them out!

– Drago

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Sunflower and the Seeds

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Sweet Escape :: Rain or Shine

Folk/rock from New Jersey?  Really?  The one summer I spent on the Jersey Shore (Seaside Heights…to be exact) all I ever heard was club music and hip-hop.  Musically, it was the worst three months of my life!  Not that there is anything wrong those genres, I actually dig them…just not 24/7.  Needless to say, being able to listen to band as digable as Sunflower and the Seeds would have been a welcome change to Lime and The Cover Girls…although my roomates at the time (Pauly “The Gooch” Gaccione, Joey Tut and John “Mulch” Vilotta) would staunchly disagree!
However, having listened to their 4-song EP entitled This One’s on Us about a gazillion times I must admit I’m quite smitten with their sound.  The music of  Kyra “Sunflower” Schenck (vox/acoustic guitar), Bob Schenck (keys), Alex Denney (bass), Teddy Owen (electric guitar), Jovan Mann (electric guitar) and Joe Huster (drums) exhibits a certain degree of honest purity that is not always easy to find in today’s commercial/mainstream music scene.  I find myself being drawn as much to the melancholy moodiness of “Jellyfish Sunrise” as I am the dark guitar laden jams of “Apocalypse” as both tracks showcase the band’s range and versatility.  This versatility of which I speak is further exemplified in “Rain or Shine” which sounds a bit like Edie Brickell fronting the Alman Brothers band while being backed by gospel singers from U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”  Way cool.  The coolest, however, in my humble (but accurate) opinion is “Sweet Escape. It’s bouncy. It’s folksy. It’s soulful…and it rocks. The keys (which sound a lot like a Hammond Organ) really make this song for me, not because they are way out in front but because they provide a colourful backdrop for some wicked guitar work and a vocal element that is truly inspired.

– Drago

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Black Heart Vacancy

artist: Black Heart Vacancy | genre: alt-rock, punk | label: Baked Fresh Records

From their latest EP on Baked Fresh Records, LA’s Black Heart Vacancy sticks one right between the eyes with “Man Overboard.” I dig the melodic edginess these cats are throwing down.  Yuppies beware…I’m pretty sure BHV is sending you a message here that is loud and clear!

-Drago