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Jonny Lives!, The Frank and Joe Show, Priestess, The Colour, Super No One, Instrumental Quarter, and Let's Be Active 

with Zane Ewton

Jonny Lives! - Get Steady

Jonny Lives! is the combination of past musical lives that descended on New York to share the same space as The Strokes and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Get Steady demonstrates a band with the same NYC attitude that everyone else in the world hasn't been able to tap in to. That attitude can create brilliance or just idiots with guitars. Jonny Lives! resides somewhere in the middle.

New York seems to breed the brooding heartthrobs. Music publications have slathered praise on how sexy this band is. The songs are actually better than that. Think of them as a thinking man's All-American Rejects.

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The  - Submarine Bus

The collected talents that come together to make The Frank & Joe Show are some obviously accomplished musicians. The percussion on Submarine Bus is specifically mighty tasty.

It doesn't bode well when the percussion is the highlight of your record though. The band utilizes some jazz stylings and classy guitar playing paired with lyrics about cholesterol medication and howling.

Submarine Bus is music for a new generation of Grateful Dead Heads. Never gets excited; never really goes anywhere.

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Priestess - Hello Master

Who knew Canada could produce some decent metal? Priestess hearkens back to the early days of metal. They take a few riffs from AC/DC and Sabbath; add some fuzz and a little cowbell.

What you basically get is a rock band for anyone annoyed by the arty pretensions of Queens of the Stone Age. Comparisons to QOTSA are inevitable but Priestess holds their own with their debut Hello Master. 

There's a good bunch of songs here that are strutting, shimmying, air guitar-inducing rock and roll tracks. That's never a bad thing.

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The Colour - Devil's Got A Holda Me

If Franz Ferdinand knew anything about the blues they might sound a little like The Colour. Devil's Got A Holda Me is a little four track sample of The Colour.

The band strays from sounding like The Strokes over to Creedence Clearwater Revival, sometimes in the same song. That's actually way better then it should be. "Until we're high" is a highlight and hopefully points towards future offerings from this band.

As a rock band from Nashville, they've got some work ahead of them to make Nashville more than just the city that killed country music.

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Super No One - Food for Coral

Tim Bolin and Ken Koskela were part of one of VH1's best unsigned bands. Toss in Chip Znuff on bass and Super No One is theoretically a pop-rock juggernaut primed for the big time. 

Food for Coral is a nice little record that unfortunately doesn't equal the sum of its parts. Musically the record is smooth and appealing. Bolin and Koskela split songwriting duties. They may as well be the same person as it is impossible to distinguish between the two.

Each song is put together well and nothing stands out as filler. Nor does anything stand out as memorable. The songwriting talent is obvious though, hopefully Bolin and Koskela have a few more gems in them the next time around.

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Instrumental Quarter - Traffic Jam

Instrumental Quarter begins every song with the instruments slowly weaving and meandering. Sparse is the word as the songs simmer on a slow burn for minutes before breaking into a plodding funk bass riff or repetitive guitar line.

Most of the record is quite pretty and better than your average background music. However, the formula for each song is exactly the same and makes for a dull and repetitive listen after the first two tracks.

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Let's Be Active - Keep the Fuzz Off My Buzz

Sometimes you get it. Sometimes you don't. Keep the Fuzz off My Buzz is destined to be worshipped by a few and spurned by many.

Frank Zappa was unconventional (to say the very least) but at least you knew he was doing something. This feels like the arty frat boys are trying to show off for their ironic friends in art class.

It's never very funny and rarely gets anywhere musically. Keep the Fuzz off My Buzz is just a hard listen.

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