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Good To Be Alive, the Madison-Milwaukee band Old American Junk’s second five-song EP, proffers a chipper take on what might nowadays be described as Americana. But with bouncy melodic hooks that could easily become slowly insinuating earworms, and touches from harmonica and...
After almost a half-century, the multinational band of freaks known as Gong keeps making noise. I See You sounds more cohesive and listenable than it deserves to—especially considering that co-founder, vocalist and chief lyricist Daevid Allen turned 77 years old in January and wrote the...
Guitarist Jeff Schroedl and keyboardist Raymond Tevich provide instrumental prowess for this Milwaukee blues band while vocalist Jeff Taylor’s seething, smoldering baritone is full of Southern soul. The incorporation of vintage Memphis and Muscle Shoals R&B influences—and an explicit melodic reference to one...
Allegra Levy’s Lonely City sounds a lot like one of those great jazz vocal albums from the 1950s—except that Levy wrote all the songs in the ’10s. The New York vocalist sets the emotional tone at cool, even slightly ironic, as she sings cleverly composed lyrics on romance and its discontents. Accompanied by a crack...