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Articles by Eric Shea

Ear to the Ground: JOY’s “Confusion”

June 25, 2014
These acid-rockers are so addicted to psychedelia that they somehow got Hawkwind’s Nik Turner to appear on their upcoming album.
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Ear to the Ground: Tahiti 80’s “Crush!”

June 24, 2014
One listen will beg the question, “Why aren’t these French electro-pop rulers as big as Air or Phoenix?”
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Ear to the Ground: Zig Zags’ “Brainded Warrior”

June 23, 2014
Putting the “pow” back in “power trio,” the L.A. proto-punk hesh heathens punch life back into the longhaired punk ’n’ roll sound of yore.
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Ear to the Ground: Electric Citizen’s “Light Years Beyond”

June 20, 2014
The retro-rock newcomers boast a bewitching frontwoman, galloping adventure-rock rhythms, and a guitarist with a degree in obscure ’70s metal.
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Ear to the Ground: The Vaselines’ “One Lost Year”

June 17, 2014
The Scottish indie-rockers are back with prototypical tunes and more confident-sounding guitar work.
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Ear to the Ground: Mastodon’s “Chimes at Midnight”

June 16, 2014
The metal gods build on their legacy of brutality while infusing their raging tunes with a cinematic element.
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Ear to the Ground: James Blackshaw’s “Between Tides”

June 16, 2014
London’s 12-string dignitary reinterprets a piano composition by Brian Eno’s brother, Roger.
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Ear to the Ground: Spoon’s “Rent I Pay”

June 13, 2014
The Austin indie stars’ first album in four years balances an old-school rock feel with fresh songwriting—and a raunchy vibe courtesy of famed producer Joe Chiccarelli.
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Ear to the Ground: J Mascis’ “Every Morning”

June 13, 2014
The first single from the Dinosaur Jr. frontman’s sixth solo album starts off great and gets better—especially on the solos.
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Ear to the Ground: Dot Hacker's “Elevator”

June 12, 2014
The new single from the side project of Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has more in common with moody glam icons like Suede than SoCal punk-funk.
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Ear to the Ground: Demon Eye’s “Shades of Black”

June 12, 2014
What sets this quartet apart from most North Carolina Thin Lizzy devotees is their penchant for pushing airtight harmonies through gargantuan stacks of doomy fuzz.
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Ear to the Ground: The Fresh & Onlys' “Who Let the Devil”

June 11, 2014
A heady song steeped in the ghosts of the Arizona desert.
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Ear to the Ground: Dave & Phil Alvin’s “All By Myself”

June 11, 2014
The Blasters founders put aside their differences to record their first album together in 30 years—an album that muses on the music of blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
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Ear to the Ground: Rich Robinson’s “One Road Hill”

June 10, 2014
The first single from the Black Crowe’s new solo album was haphazardly written while messing around on his son’s beat-up Baby Taylor.
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Ear to the Ground: Pete Molinari’s “Hang My Head in Shame”

June 9, 2014
One listen will show why Molinari’s influences—Ray Davies, Springsteen, and Dylan—are already championing his music.
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Ear to the Ground: Death Valley Girls’ “No Reason”

June 4, 2014
Imagine Bikini Kill-era Kathleen Hanna fronting Davie Allan and the Arrows’ scores for vintage biker movies and you’re halfway there.
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Ear to the Ground: Salem’s Pot’s “Creep Purple”

June 4, 2014
While plenty of metal bands emulate occult acts of yesteryear, Swedish quartet Salem’s Pot puts an epic, elongated twist on an obscure formula.
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Ear to the Ground: David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights’ “Comin’ On”

June 3, 2014
The founder of seminal indie-rock band the Clean returns with a new single that’s both dreamy and full of energy.
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Ear to the Ground: Ace Frehley’s “Gimme a Feelin’”

June 2, 2014
The founding Kiss guitarist leaks a hard-rocking single from his sixth solo album. Close your eyes and smell the gunpowder!
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Ear to the Ground: Jack White's "High Ball Stepper"

June 2, 2014
On the instrumental second track from Lazaretto, White lets his sinister 6-string do the singing.
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