CD REVIEW: Karl Werne

CD REVIEW: Karl Werne

Karl Werne “This Little Notebook” (Self-Release) Talk about a great 50th birthday: Karl Werne releases an outstanding collection of introspective songs and headlines at the American Theatre. You could say it is a coming of age of sorts. Like a fine red blend of French...
CD REVIEW: Tempest

CD REVIEW: Tempest

Tempest “The Tracks We Leave” (Magna Carta) Tempest, those pirate-clad, swashbuckling progressive Celtic rocking musicians based in the San Francisco Bay area, have set sail with what is arguably the veteran group’s most bountiful collection of tunes. Throughout the...
CD REVIEW: Vinny Peculiar

CD REVIEW: Vinny Peculiar

Vinny Peculiar “Down the Bright Stream” (Shadrack & Duxbury Records) For his 10th studio album, Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) flows “Down The Bright Stream” of life, reflecting on things of the past, set in his homeland of Manchester, England. Aural moods and...
CD REVIEW: Deist Requiem

CD REVIEW: Deist Requiem

Deist Requiem “The Happiness Delusion” (Sacrifice Records) Veteran local metal/industrial recording artists Deist Requiem return with a hard-pounding collection of 10 songs powered by the relentless Jodi Joy (drums), Kyzer Kooper (vox/keys), Brance Arnold (guitar) and...
CD Review: Justin Kauflin

CD Review: Justin Kauflin

Plateaus of Positivity A new documentary and CD highlight the soulful genius of Virginia Beach’s own Justin Kauflin. By Tom Robotham   If you watch only one new documentary this year, let me tell you—without reservation—it should be Keep On Keepin’ On. The...
CD Review: The Drendas

CD Review: The Drendas

The Drendas “Boy Trouble” (Self Release) In my view The Drendas are the epitome of punk rock. Here are three people – who happen to be women – that decided they wanted to play in a band; each selected an instrument and proceeded to learn how to play. That is the...