FALLOUT BOY âSave Rock and Rollâ After declaring they were ââgoing on hiatusâ back in 2007, usually the code for âweâre breaking up,â it is a pleasure to have new music and a tour. Fallout Boy has come a long way since the early pop punk days, but in this case industry success is a very good thing. Best Cut: âPhoenixâ Location: Race on the Great Highway
COLTON DIXON âA Messengerâ Over-produced like only an American Idol winner can attain, this release by Dixon continues the legacy worthy of any Disneyland light parade. Religiosity aside, this guy needs to get his hands dirty before we can believe heâs got the guts to stay in the biz. Best Cut: âThis is Who I Amâ Location: Church-lite
DJ JOE GAUTHREAUX âParty Groove: White Party Vol. 13â Every spring the new DJ mix CDs roll out for the Pride season and this one...
By K. Cole Published: March 21, 2013
DEPECHE MODE âDelta Machineâ For its 13th major release, Depeche Mode takes a fatalistic approach toward the future. Performing this new collection at SXSW last week, the band dispelled any doubt that it is the ultimate electro group in the world. David Gahan demands and maintains complete control over the...
By K. Cole Published: February 21, 2013
BLUEMOR BLAZE âFree to Liveâ Sweet acoustic pop from this duo from Holland found its way to our Facebook page last week. The guitar work is exceptional, the vocal harmonies satisfying and the songs refreshing and frank. Yes, it does have that European feel, but it keeps this album from...
By K. Cole Published: February 7, 2013
KATIE MULLINS âWeddingâMinimal, folk, alternative; all failed descriptions of the small, intimate world of Katie Mullins. This new release, reminding us of our own Penelope Houston, is best kept in a secret place where the sonic wonder of it can wash over you. You will feel better about it all....
By K. Cole Published: January 10, 2013
THE CARRY NATION feat. Viva Ruiz âThis Bit-h is Aliveâ The Carry Nation (aka DJ Will Automagic and Nita Aviance) released this totally gay and glorious deep dance single featuring the dirty peak hours banger scene in London. Simple, repetitious and infectious, this captures those glorious nights South of Market....
By K. Cole Published: December 20, 2012
ARIEL APARICIOâThe Bedroom Tapesâ
OutMusic Award â Best Rock Song 2012. Low Fi cuts from âThe Bedroom Tapesâ have put this artist from the Hedwick & The Angry Inch vein on the stage at this yearâs OutMusic Awards in Las Vegas for best rock album. His covers are stark...
By K. Cole Published: November 29, 2012
JOHN GILLIN âChangesâThis is a young man from England and, frankly, I donât know much about him other than some live photos and free website links from FB. But once the music started, I sat back and said, âWell now this IS sweet.â A clear, sweet tenor with heartfelt lyrics...
By K. Cole Published: October 4, 2012
NELLY FURTADO âThe Spirit IndestructibleâLooking back on her early history, Nelly submits this simple and easily digestible pop nibblet as a follow up to her last Spanish-language release. No barriers shattered here, but for creating a smooth review of where weâve been for the past five years and integrating rap...
By K. Cole Published: September 6, 2012
OLLY MURS âIN CASE YOU DIDNâT KNOWâ Sometimes reality shows really can find talent, but itâs really pretty easy to find talent on any street corner in this world. So when one boy gets a break, well, we can cheer for him representing all the unanswered dreams. Olly has put...
By K. Cole Published: August 9, 2012
Cyndi Lauper âSex is in the HeelâCyndi is having too much fun! Harvey Fierstein and Lauper have joined forces to create the new musical âKinky Boots,â and this remix collection is uber-fabulosa. This is Cyndiâs theatrical debut, and if this is an indication of her musical scoreâs flashability, then bring...
By K. Cole Published: July 26, 2012
OLLY MURS âHeart Skips A BeatâI started singing Dead or Aliveâs âSpin Me Roundâ to this one right off â itâs definitely got that kind of catchability and kudos to Murs for making the most of his X-Factor UK appearance and translating it into solid sales. Appearanes on Leno and...
By K. Cole Published: July 12, 2012
MAROON 5 âOverexposedâ
This is over-hooked, over-manipulated, and definitely over-exposed. With the wardrobe stylist, grooming and hair credits on a purple page, not to mention the obligatory tough boy rap segments, the happy major chorus repeating and repeating, I really donât want to like this release from the manufactured...
By K. Cole Published: May 31, 2012
GOSSIP âA Joyful Noiseâ This long awaited release from the Gossip is polished and pop - and that has some people pretty darn mad. Is this a blatant attempt to crash into the gay dance scene, or truly an inevitable evolution? Iâm more likely to think the latter. If I...
By K. Cole Published: May 17, 2012
Adam Lambert âTrespassingâ Missing Michael Jackson? Look no further. Adam is stepping into the shoes of the showman and yes, he CAN fill them. This is a retro-esque, yet new, way to hit the dance floor this summer. Lambert hits on all four cylinders here and shows he will be...
By K. Cole Published: May 3, 2012
MARTINE LOCKE âLiveâ I first met this bouncing crazy Australian years ago on stage, and by the sounds of this release, sheâs still providing fresh entertainment for a too-oft boring womynâs acoustic scene. Like a breath of fresh air, Martine pulls out all the stops, literally stomping on multiple pedals,...
By K. Cole Published: April 19, 2012
BLAME SALLY âLive at KVIE Studiosâ Teetering on the brink of national awareness, our own Blame Sally releases this live recording in support of Public Television and might have finally captured their allure on record for the first time. Showing off the guitar work of Jeri Jones, smashing up a...
By K. Cole Published: March 22, 2012
Jessie and the Toy Boys Â âLetâs Get NaughtyâWhat the F*$#k? Now that I have your attention, you know what Jessie craves. Another multiple remix from an artist still without a debut album (slated for release this Summer). By now youâve heard all the drum samples in the world, so what...
By K. Cole Published: March 8, 2012
POLLO DEL MAR âHow Embarrassingâ (Single)
Just when you thought you were the only one, Pollo del Mar comes out with the confessional âHow Embarrassingâ, graphically detailing that gauntlet of Castro Street the morning of the night after. Clever and funny and even though you know where all this...
By K. Cole Published: February 9, 2012
MADONNA âGive Me All Your Luvinââ
Madge made one of the few touchdowns of the Super Bowl with this sparse and retro-mixed pop single. The queen of pop media has spent every dime on this launch of her 12th studio album âMDNA,â creating a stir with M.I.A.âs visual...
By K. Cole Published: January 26, 2012
B. C. Cliver âDonât Let Them Tell You Who You Are!âB. C. hones her guitar licks behind closed doors, but the body of work sheâs built is Goldâs Gym all the way. This melodic hard-to-the-metal cut proclaims the rights of diversity while giving out the big anthem sounds of a...
Published: January 12, 2012
By K. ColeMADONNA âGive Me All Your Loveâ Madge would have me arrested! In fact, she called the cops on an unnamed fan that allegedly leaked this anticipated cut from her next album (coming in March, along with a tour). If you dare mess with the goddess of pop, she...
Published: December 29, 2011
By K. ColeJessica LowndesI Wish I Was Gay (Single)90210 star's way too obvious attempt at controversy in this way too hetero single release. The video even tries to flaunt Burlesqueâs visuals as its own, but in the end itâs just another exploitation of the gay community we can do without....
Published: December 15, 2011
By K.D. Cole Penguin Prison Penguin Prison Created, in part, using a 7-inch Bee Gees rhythm machine, Penguin Prison, aka Chris Glover, serves up a strangely satisfying collection featuring his absolutely pristine pop vocals expertly mixed in a soup of disco-flavored tracks. Best Cut: âGolden Trainâ Location:...
Published: December 1, 2011
Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow Yes, Kate Bush has returned after over seven years with an amazing ground-breaking album. I rate it up there with Blue from Joni Mitchell for deep thoughts and sonic retrospection.
Best Cut: âSnowflakeâ
Location: On the couch staring at a...
Published: November 17, 2011
By K ColeGlee Season Three Last Friday Night So the Glee sitcom has spun off over a dozen CD releases but if you want to hear some great songs done most-times better than the originals, this string of sugar pop tunes will wet your whistle.
Best Cut: Waiting...
Published: November 3, 2011
By K.ColeCyndi Lauper To Memphis With Love This is a DVD/CD combo offers live performances of songs Lauper released in 2010 on the album called Memphis Blues. Fans will enjoy seeing a great entertainer do what she does best, but for lifelong blues fans, this one might grade on the...
Published: October 6, 2011
By K. ColeBrunswick Lost Soul Vol. 1 (Compilation) Oh my gawd! Okay, so itâs like finding out there are a whole lotta great soul tunes from the 60âs and 70âs hidden under a rock and you find them, and it is a retro dang good thing. This release is like...
By K. ColeNatalia Kills Perfectionist The Black Gaga, Kills brings the dark side of dance in an intoxicating mix of familiar pop vocals, slightly sinister lyrics, and solid beats, care of Kanye West production. Already opening for Katy Perry on tour, this album will definitely fill the gap for...
Published: August 25, 2011
By K. ColeBarbra Streisand What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman What matters most about this new release is just that â it is a new release, not a rehash of old material. Although these are classic songs, Streisand is still at the top of...