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Velvety tones on Kall’s Notes In Neon

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If you like the likes of Jack Johnson and John Mayer’s blues tinged acoustic pop, you will like Montreal singer songwriter Arthur Kall.
His debut Cd, ‘Notes In Neon’ features some catchy hooks and his pleasantly soulful poppy  pleasant, velvety voice which remains in the vein of McMaster and James.alt
 I like “Grow Up” quite a bit as well as the first track.. The Cd starts uptempo for the first three tracks, then he turns it right down, but displays some pretty  arpeggios playing on the acoustic guitar. ‘Jealousy’ has the Beatles’  ‘Blackbird’ feel to it.
 there is some serious guitar playing happening in the background, but that is relegated to the background  so as to not take away from the songs. While a lot of it is slower tempo then I usually like, it is a nice, relaxing mellow listen, to plug in on those stormy, chilly, miserable days when you’d rather just stay inside.
At the end he does something weird — combines folk, electric guitar rock and hip hop courtesy of  the Underground Realroad on “Can’t Stop,” which does feature a  few bad words. It makes that track, one of my favourites, stand out from the rest. It works really well.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Notes in Neon
Artist: Arthur Kall
Genre: pop
record label: independent

Girls, Girls, Girls are cool, cool, cool

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Girls, Girls, Girls doesn’t have a one girl in the band and no, they aren’t a Motley Crue tribute band. Instead they are a talented trio from London, altEngland who  incorporate a lot of 90s Brit rock influences like Blur into their new CD, ‘Songs for Grilly.’  They also show off a little bit of Beatles influence on ‘A Lover’s Portrait’ in which piano is incorporated into the drums/bass/ guitar mix which even includes a blues tinged riff.
 The best track on the CD s “American Girlfriend,” which sounds like Blur playing uptempo jazzy blues mixed with early Genesis. ‘The Boys’ is excellent, reflecting some early 80s British punk. They actually play a waltz, french cabaret style on ‘Old Amsterdam Waltz.’
And ‘Transplant’ wouldn’t be out of place on a Damned album.
 And just to  do something different, like ‘Songs for Grilly ’ isn’t different enough, it ends with an ancient gypsy sounding song. “Sad Sea Shanty for Igor Kornelyuk.”
Girls, Girls, Girls are cool, cool,  cool — and diverse.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
CD: Songs for Grilly
 Band: Girls, Girls, Girls
Genre: unusual rock

Reverend Horton Heat will make you cry with laughter

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Texas Rockabilly revivalists Reverend Horton Heat deliver exactly what you expect on their  new CD “Laughin’ and Cryin’.”  There’s lots of scorching, twanging Gretsch powered guitar mayhem, lots of  train track stand up bass slapping and popping, the Reverend’s quirky  sense of humour we all know and love,  and an unstoppable drummer who takes you back to the dark side of 1955— leather jackets, greased back hair, hot rods,  racing for pink slips, beer and cigarettes. There is even an accordion on ‘Ain’t No Saguaro in Texas’ for that Tex-Mex feel.
Whether  they’re singing about , alcohol, crazy ex-boyfriReverend Horton Heat Coverends, hot rods, death metal guys or the Rural Point of View, there is enough  great guitar, balls to the wall riffs, weird humour and alcohol to go around. Which makes them  top notch in my books.
Some highlights include “Death Metal Guys’ which compares the lives of rockabilly cats and death metal guys, and the ear bleeding solo of “River Ran Dry.”
The humour comes out on  a jazz tinged ‘Please Don’t Take the Baby to the Liquor Store’ and ‘Rural Point of View’ which takes some thinly veiled shots at city folks and their point of view. ‘Oh God Doesn’t  in Vegas’ is an entertaining rockabilly romp about gambling addictions. As usual, “Laughin’ and Cryin’’ has an instrumental— a Hawaiian slide flavoured  slower number called ‘Spacewalk.”
The old school country influence comes out on “Beer Holder.”
He ends with another humourous number “Just Let Me Hold my Paycheque.” before concluding with another tasty spaghetti western style  original.
—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Laughin’ and Cryin’
band: Reverend Horton Heat
Genre: rockabilly

MXPX punkifies ’80s classics

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altPunk pop band MXPX revisit the ’80s on their second CD of covers,  On the Cover 2. The Bremerton, Washington trio, sounding  similar to ‘ Me First and the Gimmie, Gimmies.’ tackles  actual punk songs like  the Dead Milkmen’s ‘Punk Rock Girl,” except they add an accordion solo, and spot on versions of ‘Kids in America’ and the Ramones’  ‘My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)’, and an all right version of  the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go.’ But they tackle some surprising  choices—  The GoGo’s Vacation,’ and Belinda Carlisle’s ‘ Heaven is a Place on Earth,’ which   ends up sounding pretty interesting with male vocals.
They also do a decent version of U2’s ‘I Will Follow.’  They even add a punk edge to ’80s hair metal by covering  Poison’s “ Fallen Angel.”
I also really like  their punk version of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love.”
If you want to hear some fun versions of ’80s classics, check this out.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Group: MxPx
CD: On The Cover 2
genre: punk pop
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