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Calling Rob Bonfiglio either a “singer-songwriter” or a “multi-instrumentalist” would feel almost tragically inadequate. His fifth solo album, Trouble Again, is an immaculate, euphoria-inducing song cycle that seamlessly weaves together Bonfiglio’s classic rock, Philly soul and power pop influences, presented through a musical lens that weaves in the groovy ambiance of Southern California, all of which Bonfiglio brilliantly captures and lovingly celebrates. What makes Trouble Again an infinitely more impressive achievement is that Bonfiglio wrote all ten songs before producing them in his home studio, where he played all the instruments and sang all the vocals heard on this thoroughly…

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Since leaving Dwight Yoakam’s band in 2015, Americana singer/songwriter Brian Whelan and former member of indie rock band The Broken West has continued to tour as a sideman and solo artist in support of his second solo album, Sugarland. Although thirty-six-year-old Whelan is a staple of the Cinema Bar in Culver City and the Grand Ole Echo in Echo Park, his various touring commitments have kept him on the road for much of the past two years. Luckily for Los Angelenos, Whelan is in town through the year playing local venues and working on his third solo album. After some gigs…

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Judith Owen is equally influenced by the great American songbook, the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter movement, and a cornucopia of diverse jazz ideas that the Welsh pianist encounters while living in New Orleans. Owen has released eleven albums of original material, with her songwriting often exploring intimate moments of interpersonal connection or how people navigate their most deeply hidden vulnerabilities. Owen’s latest album, redisCOVERed, (available at this link) offers her ever-growing audience her first collection of covers, showcasing a surprisingly diverse selection of songs that Owen has reinvented in her signature style. Those familiar with Owen’s music will hardly be surprised…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson writes about Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul And The Broken Bones…. If this was the early 1970s, Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul And The Broken Bones — with their stylish, horn-powered, Otis Redding-cum-Al Green-meets-early-Chicago, can’t-get-it-outta-your-head soul music — would own the airwaves and we’d all know their name. Now two albums and two EPs into their career, St. Paul And The Broken Bones have hit the Top 60 on Billboard’s album chart (with their 2014 debut, Half The City), opened for The Rolling Stones (“He’s a cat…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson spotlights LA-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist trio The Rescues…. What started many years ago as one man inviting three of his favorite local singer/songwriters to join each other onstage at his Hollywood Hills house party soon turned into The Rescues, a working band that has, since 2008, recorded four full-length CDs of dynamic pop rock music that soars on the strength of its songs and its airtight harmonies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkpZCMi68c4 Adrianne “AG” Gonzalez (vocals, guitar, percussion, bass), Gabriel Mann (vocals, Wurlitzer, piano, celeste), and Kyler England (vocals, guitar, ukulele, bass)…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson writes some words about LA artist Mondo Cozmo…. It’s always great to hear new music that shakes you, that sorta knocks you off center a little, and makes the hair stand up on your goosebumps. The first 63,000 times I listened to Mondo Cozmo’s “Shine” I didn’t notice the words. Rather, I was swept up in the flood of good tidings as the song soared and propelled me into the ionosphere. That may seem overly hyperbolic, but it accurately sums up the emotions swirling around in…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson explores the music of Passenger…. You know Mike Rosenberg gets asked every day. Every single day. Todos los días. In die una. Every day the affable singer/songwriter from Brighton, England, gets asked why he records under the name Passenger. And every day he cheerfully explains that he used to be the singer of a full-on band named Passenger, but when they broke up in 2009 he was left with the name so he kept it. Or, you know, words to that effect. Okay, that’s out…

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For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson shines a light on Los Angeles’ own Dawes… We’re all gonna die. Deal with it. It’s easy enough to infer a certain harshness from the title of Dawes’ fifth and latest CD, We’re All Gonna Die. But frontman/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith has said of this CD, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is,…

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The next time you’re at one of those parties where a trivia game breaks out and the question gets asked, “Who was the last person to open a show for the late, great B.B. King,” you can go ahead and smirk knowingly as you boldly and confidently answer that it was Hamish Anderson, a then-23-year-old from Melbourne, Australia. Anderson left his home Down Under in the spring of 2014 in favor of America; the music that he connects with—blues and rock—is from here. By year’s end he’d opened for King, one of Anderson’s own heroes, and he’d been heralded by…

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As I sit here listening to and writing about this intriguing new band from Long Island, New York, The Lemon Twigs, I’m not really sure how to describe what I hear. Others in my position have used words like pop/rock, soft rock, baroque rock, melodic, harmony-rich, underground cool, theatrical, lo-fi, lush, modern-day, retro-leaning, divine, startlingly sophisticated, ornate and complex, and they’ve referenced The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, and The 5th Dimension. When he first heard The Lemon Twigs, NPR’s Bob Boilen felt like he was listening to “music from a time that never was.” To all those…

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