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CONJURING THE SPIRIT OF THE PAST- Professor And The Madman’s Sean Elliott On The Quartet’s New 1970s-Inspired Concept Album ‘Seance’

Though mostly written and recorded before the waking nightmare we’ve come to know as 2020, Professor and the Madman’s new album seems oddly prescient….

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Human Barbie – ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’

‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ is the latest track from Human Barbie, and was released on December 11 through Poor Man Records, coming from the album ‘Get A Life’, which is due to come out sometime in 2020.

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Lucy And The Night Sky Releases Second Album ‘Light Needs the Dark’

They say never judge a book by its cover, and likewise never judge a band by its name, but when you hear a name like ‘Lucy And The Night Sky’, the curiosity is piqued, and you get more than a suspicion that this is going to be a band who produces interesting music.

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Stu Dicious – ‘Another Day Another Kick In The Nuts’

From the very first bars of ‘Another Day Another Kick In The Nuts’ we knew this wasn’t going to be any ordinary song. Stu Dicious is nothing if not irreverent, but it’s not in a bad way; there’s a lot of humour, and some damned good instrumentation to this track.

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Epic Surf Rock From Lucky 757 With Release Of New Album ‘Lonesome Lagoon’

Based in Portsmouth, Virginia, Lucky 757 are a modern surf band, paying homage to the pioneers of early rock and roll, and rockabilly from the 50s and 60s. They take their inspiration from the likes of Dick Dale, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, and Gene Vincent.

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Blakeley – ‘Holiday Vinyl’

‘Holiday Vinyl’ from Brooklyn’s Blakeley is a languid love song about loss and longing sung while holding tightly to a bottle of Jack Daniels. It’s not your traditional Christmas song by any means, it’s the sort of Christmas song sung by someone who’s seen the other side, the down side, the dark side. ‘Holiday Vinyl’ is sad and raw with only the jingling bells (plus a few references to Christmas) which pin it down to any particular season.

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The Dice – ‘Streetlights’

A four-piece from Ferrara, Italy, The Dice formed 8 years ago, and are making waves with their blend of rock, pop and surf music. Their new album, ‘Showcase Come Alive’, together with latest release ‘Streetlights’, is set to put them on a new level.

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Blakeley Releases Electronic Rockabilly Track ‘Caffeine & Nicotine’

Brooklyn pop artist Blakeley calls to mind bubblegum pop and surf rock with her track, ‘Caffeine & Nicotine’. Fun and bouncy, yet ever so subversive in her subject matter, the song is a precursor to her new EP, ‘Sin Cider’, due for release this winter.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Matt Hurray – ‘Feliz Navidad’

We recently wrote about Matt Hurray’s new album, ‘Unnecessary Commentary’. Now we open the 10th door on our Essential Advent Calendar and find Matt…

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Instrumental Surf Rock Artist Matt Hurray Releases Second Solo Project ‘Unnecessary Commentary’

It’s taken nearly three years, but Matt Hurray has finally released his 18 track album, ‘Unnecessary Commentary’ – his second surf rock album after his 2012 album, ‘Egyptian Surfer’.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Hand Drawn Maps

This week’s essential playlist comes from Hand Drawn Maps, an Indie Surf Rock/Pop band from LA. We introduced you to them back in December, when they released their EP, ‘Kites’.

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