Thursday, October 3, 2013

CD Review: Independent Music Comes Alive With A Load Of New Releases

The month of October is starting off with a load of new independent music that might have slipped past your fingers while searching for some new tunes.
 
First up is the Doug MacDonald Band, with their latest release "Mr. Bones." After receiving huge college airplay around the Boston area with their debut album "Give Me My Guitar," the duo of Doug MacDonald and Patty Short are looking to build on that success with this latest release.
 
The eight-song release starts off with the up-tempo rock of "Honk Your Horn," as the chorus becomes very contagious to sing along to. Their sound on "Social Outcast," is what it would sound like if Neil Young played surf guitar music, while "Shady Avenue" shows a more pop-rock sound to the band. The album closes with garage rock rawness of "Don't Turn Around."
 
The Doug MacDonald Band have a couple shows scheduled at the moment in the New England area. For more information, please visit dougmacdonaldband.com.
 
Next up is the debut album from The Bullbuckers entitled "When Push Comes To Shove." The album has received great acclaim from fellow music critics upon its release this past summer. Their combination of soul music with ska is sure to attract new fans with each listen.
 
The album is like a 30-minute party as the pop-ska of "Otis (Man's Best Friend)" and the soul-reggae groove of "Remedy" will get you out of your seat and moving. The highlight of the album is the horn-driven, up-tempo feel of "Appreciation," before the band moves on to the Latin flair of "Miss Constance." The album closes with the classic ska/hip-hop sounds of "Don't You Know."
 
The Bullbuckers have a couple shows lined up in November. To find out more about this new underground band, please visit bullbuckers.com.
 
From the Washington, D.C. area comes the husband and wife singing/songwriting duo of Anne And Steve Sidley. Their latest release is the 14-song set entitled "Bittersweet." Steve handles all but a few of the instruments on the album, while they both trade off on the vocal duties of the songs.
 
Beginning with the title-song, you get introduced to Anne's strong vocal delivery and her way of taking control of the song and making it memorable. Husband Steve gets to lets his voice loose on the heavy rocker "Hear Me Out," while Anne returns for the more pop-oriented "Play It Down." Anne voice really soars on the smooth R & B sounding "Nothing Else Remains" as Steve returns on the eighties rock of "Ordinary Way" and then they close the album harmonizing on "Diamond In The Snow."
 
The Sidleys' new album, "Bittersweet" is available now. For more information, please visit thesidleys.com.
 
Last, but not least we get new music from the jazz fusion band The Dream Logic. Their latest self-titled release is the full-length debut album from this New York trio of multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Charles Compo, bassist Jerry Brooks and drummer Camille Gainer.
 
The album starts off with the jamming sound of "Quietly Freaky" as the band introduce their talents to you. They slow things down for the mellow jazz of "Boing The Dreamer," before picking the tempo back up with "I'll Be Right Back" and the guitar driven instrumental "The Lost." The Dream Logic get a little funky on the Lenny Kraviz sounding "The Decision" and hit the bebop jazz of "Mustafa Sunrise." They close the album with the rock fueled jam of "Bad Deal."
 
To find out more about this rising underground jazz fusion band, please visit thedreamlogic.com.

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