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Jump in the Foxboro Hot Tubs

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Vail, CO, Colorado
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“Stop Drop and Roll!!!” Warner Records

3.5 stars of 5

Now it’s no secret that the guys in Foxboro Hot Tubs are the same guys in Green Day, but even before it was released there was no mistaking Billy Joe Armstrong’s vocals. Still, a neat trick, kind of like a modern day Sgt. Pepper (calm down Beatles fans, I’m not even comparing the two bands). The question is, what do you get with Foxboro Hot Tubs that you don’t get with Green Day? And the answer is their debut release “Stop Drop and Roll!!!.” The Hot Tubs veer into similar, yet still different territory, sounding more like The Strokes or The Kinks than Green Day’s signature three-chord chaos, allowing them to fill out songs that before would just be predictable. This album actually has some curve balls on it. Songs like “Ruby Room” rely heavily on synthesizers and “Red Tide” is some kind of sweet surf-rock ditty.

There’s nothing amazing about “Stop Drop and Roll!!!” ” mostly because it has intentionally retro written all over it ” but it is refreshing to hear Green Day expand its sound and continue to take chances. It probably won’t win them any new fans, but it won’t lose them any, either.

“Charlie Owen, High Life writer

“Punk Junkies” Independent

4 stars of 5

You just kind of know when you look at the name and cover art of some bands that you’re about to listen to something cool. There’s a heat that radiates from the CD packaging that says “check this out man, you’re gonna love it.” In the case of Denver-based band Demon Funkies, I wasn’t disappointed, and hopefully you won’t be either.

Their second album, “Punk Junkies,” rocks pretty hard, but something tells me that their live show is that much better. Part Reverend Horton Heat and part Soundgarden, Demon Funkies open a Pandora’s box of rock, funk and blues on the listener. The combination proves they’re versatile and creative, but don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s nothing more annoying than a rock band that forgets it’s a rock band.

The “Punk Junkies” are at their best, however, when they revisit grunge-era darkness on songs like “Compton’s Finest” and the slide-heavy riffs of “Backdoor.”

There’s been a real lack of hard rocking bands out there since grunge faded away and gave rise to rock-lite bands like Nickelback and Creed. It’s good to hear some local boys bring it back in a big way.

” Charlie Owen, High Life writer

“Chandelier” MPress Records

3.5 stars of 5

I just had one problem with Rachael Sage’s new album “Chandelier;” it sounds so much like mid-’90s Lisa Loeb that I actually thought it was her on more than a couple songs (see “Invincible” and “Angel In My View”). Other than that, or maybe because of that, it’s a lovely album. In fact, I didn’t think it was possible for someone to sing and play piano so perfectly yet avoid sounding like a robot. Sage pulls it off incredibly with powerful vocals and crushing piano chords and solos. The most amazing part ” she’s self taught on the keys.

“Chandelier” is full of haunting melodies and lyrics that display Sage’s strength and fragility as a human and artist. “I’m already yours/But you’ll never be mine” Sage sings on the melancholy opening track “Vertigo,” then flips the coin on “Angel In My View” with lyrics like “Just don’t tell me that I gotta give up on love/You know it’s true/I’m depending on you.”

Sage writes with enough pop-pizzaz to keep from getting boring and enough raw talent to avoid sounding cheesy or rehearsed. “Chandelier” illuminates with an honest light and integrity that too many artists leave in the dark.

“Charlie Owen, High Life writer


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