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Nothing More Than Great Rock

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Four score and at least six albums ago (that’s studio recorded albums¹), the Nothing More clan had a dream!  A gleaming vision of a local headlining show with crowd surfing, sing-alongs, and a huge fuck-off drum set on stage!  At this show, blessed be the music snobs, the lip singers, the head bobbers and the booty shakers who proudly braved the sticky dive bars and tagged photos of themselves holding pots and pans² in the front row!  For thine is the Kingdom of Tunes, NoMo fans unite!³ Since the dive bar days, Nothing More has done far more than pack...
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The Temperance Movement – A Deeper Cut

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The Temperance Movement first came into my life with “A Pleasant Peace I Feel” which echoed classic 70s “deep thought” music and followed it up with a tone and style very reminiscent of the more free and open days of rock and roll as it was finding its own place in the world during the late 60s and early 70s. While that certainly was an excellent song to get my attention, their latest release “A Deeper Cut” pushes things forward for the band without losing the raw emotional feel they began with their first release “White Bear”. Released in February...
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Five Finger Death Punch 2018 Tour Review

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I have to think many people are a lot like me. We hear what’s on the radio for the most part and think what we hear represents the bands style and sound. To say that is not always the case is of course an understatement but rarely has it ever been so true than for the band who opened up for The Five Finger Death Punch Tour that also had Breaking Benjamin and Nothing More. I’m referring of course to Bad Wolves. The other bands do sound like the songs you hear on the radio. For me Bad Wolves came...
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Pearl – Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Pearl when Little Immaculate White Fox was out and I was busy playing something off that every week. The interview is still here on our site and after what seems forever, she’s got a new release out with Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry. While I was not able to make the tour last time around, I’m already putting in for a photo pass and where ever she is close to Dallas, I’m there. I really want to see all this heartfelt emotion she puts into her music live and capture a moment or two of...
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The Dirty Hooks – Icepick for June

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you get bands coming at you in all sorts of places these days. submissions in e-mail, flagging renegade radio down on facebook, and the like. we love it to be honest because we get to hear a lot of great music. the dirty hooks was introduced to me by a new friend and she tipped me off this band will be coming through dallas (irving) at the toyota music factory. somehow this band landed on a dream bill of the cult, stone temple pilots and bush. damn straight i'll be out there with photo pass in hand, i hope! energy....
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Pop Evil / Cheap Trick / Poison

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i have to admit, if i'm sitting at home thinking of a dream bill, this wouldn't be it. poison, cheap trick and pop evil would be playing at the toyota music factory in irving tx. at first glance, not your typical lineup to be sure. while we play all 3 of these at any given time, we don't normally play them together and you won't hear poison really unless it's an 80s night. on paper, this is certainly a strange line up. cheap trick / poison? not too far off. i can go with it. let pop evil open? i'd love...
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meet the new renegade radio

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a renegade radio joomla. that's how all this started i suppose. for the longest time joomla was the basis for renegaderadio.net. i simply wasn't interested in wordpress because it was for blogging and that was about it. i chose joomla so many years ago and spent a ton on themes, plug ins, components and the like. in the meantime, wordpress was changing. i've gotten a lot better at wordpress in building some demo sites for friends. in doing that, i saw an easier way to build pages, add customizations and to be honest, a prettier looking site. what put me...
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Dallas band Legacy, Icepick for May

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Local Dallas band Legacy has wrapped up their studio chores recently and has presented the world with an official full release entitled “One” and after a full listen or two dozen, the quality shows throughout on this release and it’s certainly “one” to add to your collection. In all, this album to me just feels like a home I knew in yesterday; and that is an incredible feeling when it comes to music. The band is full of talented musicians that gel together in a common goal of power metal, energetic riffs and a feeling of new nostalgia so needed...
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from grassroots to mainstream – bands path to success today

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recently on a bands support group, someone made a post where they got into it with a local radio station for why they were not playing their favorite rising band. this is a topic i could talk to for hours. easily. you see, back in around 2000, i too was sick of radio. had been since the repeat nature of the 80s forcing me to hear michael bolton at work 4 times a day. no one should ever suffer so much. but nothing i could do. you were FM or you giggled at the AM you heard out of chicago on...
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An Evening with Matt James, Blacktop Mojo Frontman

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It’s always amazing to get into a band as they’re just about to take off. You can see it, you can certainly hear it, but when you can just feel it, then it becomes real. When all 3 come together, you get Texas based Blacktop Mojo and then things most certainly get real, really fast. Blacktop Mojo has already been chosen for (2) icepick awards here on Renegade for their music. As I’ve come to know the band, I’ve come to find that you couldn’t ask for a more down home group of guys.  This shows up on social media...
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Red Sun Rising – Icepick for April

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It's amazing what a conversation at a gas station can lead to.  In this case it led to the start of Red Sun Rising with Mike Protich and Ryan Williams simply talking over music, pumping some gas in 2006 and by 2007 they were into playing local gigs; the journey had started. In 2015 they released their smash debut "Polyester Zeal" which hit 11 on the Billboard Hard Rock album chart. Polyester Zeal produced 3 songs we play on Renegade Radio since its release in “The Otherside”, “Emotionless” and “Amnesia”; with the first 2 reaching #1 on the mainstream rock chart. Repeating that...
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Review – Stone Temple Pilots (2018)

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I can’t say that I’m a Stone Temple Pilots fan. Historically anyway. They came along as music was in a shift from hair metal, where I grew up, to grunge, and I just lost interest in the latest trends of music and didn’t care for grunge overall. I mean, we go from women in short skirts and high heels to canvas pants and combat boots. Didn’t seem fair to me I suppose. You can’t however deny their impact on grunge itself. They carried a lot of weight, put out good music for their fans who did get into the sound,...
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Evergrey – The Storm Within – Icepick for March

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there are times i'm late to a party and i find a band too late to appreciate them while they're still cranking it out. i won't drop any names but there's more than 1 band i wanted to pick for my first "icepicks" of the year, but the ones i've found have been MIA on social media for 18+ months and if you're gonna pull a stipulation out of your ass, that's as good as any i suppose. this month, while late to the party i welcome everygrey to the ranks of the icepicks. don't completely misunderstand me; i've been...
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State of the Renegade Union

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By now we’re coming into March and I’m WAY behind on icepicks, general reviews, interviews and so forth. Most of what I’ve been doing has been focused on having to move off my independent style where I paid all the PROs on my own and did what I wanted to do. 2017 saw that die and I had to move Renegade Radio to Live365. On the last run I would shudder at the thought of having to use a service like this but it’s become more than apparent that many simply don’t want random internet radio to have to deal...
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Can They Go The Distance on Vast? (Demo)

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Twisted’s Top Upcoming Releases for 2018!

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We’re back again, Kids! You heard ALL about my Top Releases for 2017 and my top new finds for 2017, So now it’s time to start looking to the future – But not too far. We’re less than Two weeks into 2018 and There’s surely a bunch of cool new stuff that will be coming out – a LOT of it will be coming from our friends, So why not take a gander and maybe even get a little excited for what’s coming up! Sweet Tooth – The Second EP.  Our boys in the ‘Tooth will be heading into the...
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icepicks – 2017

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2017 is over and it’s time to look back and pull out some highlights and then see what 2018 has to offer and what I am looking forward to. So, my usual list of awards are usually one-offs and kinda strange, but it wouldn’t be me if it were anything else now would it? So, in no particular order of preference, here are my 2017 awards as I come up with them and name them on the fly. I’ll also sneak in a look at 2018 for a local band that is about to make some serious noise nationally. Most...
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Twisted’s Best Of 2017, Part 2: New Finds

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We had my favorite albums of 2017, but there are also a lot of artists who I fell in love with over the last year, that didin't make THAT list. They still deserve some shout outs! Wake The Sun I caught these guys in NYC early in the year as they opened up for friends in Face The King. I was blown away and immediately talked to guitarist, Tommy, to find more information about them – Which they were actually from Long Island. Fast forward to the summer and we featured these guys on a show case and will most...
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Twisted’s Best Of 2017 Part 1: EP’s/Albums

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So, Who thought 2016 sucked? 2017 had SO much potential, Just when we didn’t think things could get much worse.  In retrospect, 2017 most definitely had it’s ups and downs. On The political spectrum, all kinds of crazy stuff happened. Movie-wise, We finally got a version of spider-man that was AWESOME, Wonder Woman finally graced the silver screen (And killed it!), while the Justice League did Not, AND we had another adventure in a Galaxy far, far away as Star Wars: The Last Jedi certainly changed the landscape of the entire franchise. That all being said, there was also a...
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Hinder – The Reign

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Formed in 2001 by OKC guitarist Joe Garvey and drummer Cody Hanson, Hinder has certainly seen some changes in themselves and industry itself in their march through the charts and global tours. In November of 2013 they made their biggest change in parting ways with charismatic front man, Austin Winkler. With Jared Weeks of Saving Abel stepping in for a bit and Nolan Neal singing “Hit the Ground” the focus soon turned to Marshall Dutton, former guitar player, writer and backup vocalist for Dallas based Faktion, who was already “in house” so to speak since 2009 helping write and produce...
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How a shitty Batman Movie changed my Life.

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I'll be honest. When "Batman Forever" came out, I was hyped. I was 12 years old and I couldn’t get enough of it. Today, after watching it again for the first time in years: Jim Carrey's Riddler is holy annoying and Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face was just.. Bad. I wasn't a huge Val Kilmer fan, either (And we won't talk about Chris O'Donnel's Robin.) There were so many ways that Joel Shumacher just went completely wrong. That being said - Years later I look back and i still stand by it legit has one of the *BEST* Soundtracks. It intrduced...
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Steelheart – Through Worlds of Stardust

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Many months ago, when I first heard Steelheart was in the process of making a new album I was beyond excited. Through Worlds of Stardust is their first album in 9 years, and recorded with his studio/touring band. They have been a long-time favorite of mine. Miljenko Matijevic’s voice has always amazed and blown me away. The control and power he has along with his incredible range makes this band one that should never be overlooked. As I have alluded to above, the one thing I have always loved about Steelheart is lead singer, Miljenko Matijevic’s incredible voice. In the...
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Scandroid – “Monochrome” Review

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Scandroid “Monochrome” Review Editor's note: I totally realized i had stated the self-titled debut album was 2017. That is incorrect, as it was released in 2016. Fixed! - Sean Let me start off by saying – I’m a Scandroid fan. There’s nothing I didn’t love about his self titled release in 2016, or the multiple remix albums that followed.  I’ll consider myself a die-hard since The Scandroid project, at least, has been in full swing.  Yes, I’ve picked up every single, and all the goodies.  So, sure, you could group me in with  “Fanboys” if you will, before continuing on,...
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13 Songs #1

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A couple of days ago, I wrote a piece called “13 Short Reviews For A Rather Unlucky Day.” While I was quite pleased with the way it came out, I was kind of inebriated, to say the least. I realized after I posted the article that I genuinely enjoyed writing the piece, as I’m one who is prone to “skipping” songs just for the sake of seeing what’s playing next. That review gave me a reason to sit down and honestly listen to the song and sort out how I truly felt about whatever song was playing within myself, as...
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13 Short Reviews For A Rather Unlucky Day

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Today has been a rough day.    Correction, rough is an understatement. Do you remember that woman who spilled hot coffee on herself at McDonalds? Right on the crotch. Now imagine yourself being that woman, and that hot coffee you just spilled on your guy-bits isn’t cooling down. The door isn’t working as you try and leave the car, and, somehow, your radio is just playing goddamn “Call Me Maybe” on repeat, and it’s at full blast. the back window is cracked and everyone can see you screaming and flailing about in your car, and they’re all watching and judging,...
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Blacktop Mojo Does It Again – Icepicks for September

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Never done this before. Came close a few times, yes. But I don’t recall ever actually coming back and making a band I’ve already selected as an “ice pick” to be again, an “ice pick” for a later month. Even if I had, I don’t usually go back to a previous album to project future success. Again. So I’m going to double down and make the call again. I am, however going back to the first album of this band to get an idea of where they came from, compare to their cd they just got off a national tour...
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Jimmy Ray – Live to Fight Another Day

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If I were to ask you how you found your favorite rock band, where does your mind immediately wonder? Maybe you remember that time you were hanging out with your cool Uncle Jeff down in the basement after christmas dinner, and he surprised you with your first record player and “Dark Side of the Moon.” Or maybe it was that outcast kid Eric who always sat in the back of class, smelling of weed, and he introduced you to “Static Age” on a walkman with one of the ear pieces busted. Me? well... I have a secret. I’d love to...
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Linkin Park / Chester Bennington – Hybrid Theory 17 Years Later

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Chester Bennington unfortunately passed away on 7/20/17. His death has had a very strange effect on me, personally. I’m not a fan, nor have I really been a fan of Linkin Park’s music. Hell, I can honestly tell you, had you asked me prior to 4 days ago, I’d really only be able to tell you that Linkin Park is a band that came out during the age of nu-metal and they did some stuff with Jay-Z at some point. Needless to say, I wasn’t all too familiar. On the day he passed, I opened Facebook to a barrage of...
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JIBE – Epic Tales of Human Nature

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This is tough one for me. When I first started Renegade Radio, everything was new and everyone was “the next big thing”. We spent a few years kinda watching the scene and learning all we could about the best local talent and who the ones “on the verge” were.  11 years ago that was JIBE. If you were in a band the last thing you wanted at this time was to have to play a local show the same night they did cause almost everyone went to JIBE. Hell you probably wanted to go see them too. But again, that was...
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Doyle II – As We Die

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For the handful of you out there who may be unfamiliar, Doyle got his start as the guitarist for the Misfits almost 40 years ago. Where many punk artists from that era are finding comfort in new sounds (some for better, some for worse), Doyle has been charging on with a surprising amount of consistency since day one, be it on later Misfits releases, other projects with Danzig post-Misfits, or solo. If it’s got Doyle’s name attached to it, it’s almost guaranteed to evoke something rather nasty in your mind. On “Doyle II: As We Die,” Doyle teams up with...
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Richie Kotzen – Salting Earth Review

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As strange as it may be, the best way I can explain Richie Kotzen is that he carries a funk rock style of soulful 70s Motown Jazz Rock fusion that can only be described as a brand new yesterday. A déjà vu of new experiences. From his solo work of an amazing now 21 solo albums to joining forces with Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan for The Winery Dogs to this 21st solo effort that redefines the expectations of music for everyone else. It just does. The most amazing things he does in this release, Salting Earth, and his style...
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Dallas based Jibe releases video “We’ve Only Just Begun”

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April 12, 2017 - Legendary Dallas, Texas Rock band JIBE has released the Official Music Video for "We've Only Just Begun," which originally premiered on Tattoo.com the second single off of their upcoming album, Epic Tales of Human Nature. Due out June 9th, Epic Tales of Human Nature was produced by Matt Noveskey (Blue October), and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA2v-VapF_c We've Only Just Begun tells the story of an endless quest for redemption in a turbulent sea of uncertain times. Realizing there's no beginning and no end in sight, one finds...
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An Evening with Kenny Youngar

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“Paris, France.” There’s a lot of questions Kenny Youngar could have answered and those words never would have come to mind. But as usual in interviews, you start a little basic and grow out from there. Leave it to Kenny to start anything “basic” when asked the simple question of “Where did ‘Kenny the Drummer’ begin”? Laughing, Kenny backed up a bit and took a sip of beer and clarified himself. “I actually got my first drum set in middle school while living in Paris, France” Youngar decided to explain. “I rarely played even then because my neighbor played and...
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Killcode Release Official Music Video for “Kicking and Screaming” off “The Answer”

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March 28, 2017 - New York Based Metal Rock Band KILLCODE has released the Official Music Video for "Kickin' and Screamin" off of their newest full length album, The Answer. Directed by David Swajeski and Produced by Maryanne Grisz features footage from their Spread The :::CODE::: tour, "Kickin' and Screamin'" originally premiered on Revolver Magazine "Kickin' & Screamin' is a real deal, classic, straight ahead Rock&Roll song. It's the type of rock that we grew up on that makes you want to drive a little faster, scream a little louder and party a little harder with your fists in the...
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Craving Strange – “Careful Of The Landmines” Review

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Four years ago, in a bar somewhere out in eastern Long Island, I happened upon a tattooed singer from Indiana, whose band had just finished tearing the place up. We spoke for a few minutes, and then went our separate ways. Less than a year later, They held a record release party on Feb 28th, 2014 at Revolution in Amityville, New York,  that we simulcasted here on Renegade Radio, for the world to hear – changing the course of our New York (And East Coast) endeavors forever. The title of that record was “A Life Exceptional” and the Singer's name...
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About Renegade Radio

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since our inception somewhere around 2002, https://renegaderadio.net has been about what you don't hear on the radio. those of us who started this trip and have come and gone over the years were all about music you just can't hear anywhere else. we'd be out in the scene and hear some incredible stuff and think "any day this will be on FM". you see, FM was relevant back then. but like reel to reel tapes, 8 tracks, am, and the CD, FM really has drifted from relevance. napster in this time has come and gone and song sharing had morphed...
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the new renegade launches!

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much more national rock in the stream but still plenty of new indie music as well! check it out and let us know what you think of the new sound/direction!
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ok, lets turn this up – renegade radio has gone “national”

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since our inception somewhere around 2002, https://renegaderadio.net has been about what you don't hear on the radio. those of us who started this trip and have come and gone over the years were all about music you just can't hear anywhere else. we'd be out in the scene and hear some incredible stuff and think "any day this will be on FM". you see, FM was relevant back then. but like reel to reel tapes, 8 tracks, am, and the CD, FM really has drifted from relevance. napster in this time has come and gone and song sharing had morphed...
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Jack Russell’s Great White – He Saw It Comin’

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When I heard Jack Russell’s Great White would be releasing their debut album, I was beyond excited. Finally, new music from the great Jack Russell! Yes, there is still Great White, but really Jack Russell is the voice of Great White. The music just isn’t the same if he is not the one singing it. This album is proof that he has got a great band behind him, consisting of Robby Lochner (guitar), Dan McNay (bass), Dicki Fliszar (drums), and Tony Montana (guitar, keyboards). The beginning of the first track, “Sign of the Times,” starts off with soft guitar picking...
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Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights

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A former "icepick" in early 2016, we discovered this band through general surfing. Song by song they're taking over the UK scene with tours all across Europe and their new release All These Countless Nights will be another review here on Renegade Radio soon. Initial songs and impressions are as positive as always. From their Wiki site: Deaf Havana was formed when the original members met at the King's Lynn campus of The College of West Anglia. The band's roots can, however, be traced back much further with Ryan Mellor, James Veck-Gilodi and Lee Wilson all attending Smithdon High School and playing together...
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