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#Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments

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When life gets tough, sometimes the only thing you can do is take a moment to step back and reconnect with feelings of positivity. Maybe this comes from a fond memory, a glimpse out the window or perhaps, for readers and writers of this website, time spent listening to good music. Fortunately, #Bloomerangs has some of ...

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Joan Torres's All Is Fused: Revolution

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Amidst the chaos that is the year 2020, Joan Torres's All Is Fused has found the time to release an alt take of the closer from their 2019 album, Revolution (Self Produced). The new version of “Finale" is a collaboration with bass virtuoso Bubby Lewis. Of the collaboration, Torres says: “I wanted someone who was a ...

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Marlon Martinez: Yours Truly

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"Lock up your drummers, this bass monster will inflame them all!" This high praise for Los Angeles-based bassist-composer Marlon Martinez comes care of none other than legendary drummer Stewart Copeland who is featured on the young virtuoso's debut album, Yours Truly (Self Produced, 2019). A graduate of the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, ...

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Jamey Arent: The Back Burner

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The name of Los Angeles based guitarist/singer/songwriter Jamey Arent's debut EP may be inspired by his years a sideman supporting the likes of Frankie Valli and Matthew Morrison and contributing to network television and Netflix soundtracks -or maybe it's in reference to burning playing atop laid back grooves. In any case, don't put The Back Burner ...

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Eva Schubert: Hot Damn Romance

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Those looking for a chanteuse in the jazz tradition often have limited options outside of legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan or more contemporary stars like Diana Krall or Jazzmeia Horn; if they are looking for original music, more often than not they're out of luck. So, fans of the style may ...

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/fyo͞oɡ/: Temp'rall Sho’gazing

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As far as band names go, /Fyo͞oɡ/ lands firmly on the side of the eccentric. As far as roots go, it hails from one of the world's most storied music cities. The New Orleans-based duo looks to both the city's past and present for its debut record, Temp'rall Sho'gazing. As abstract and modern ...

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Lucinda Belle: Think Big: Like Me

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Oscar nominated singer-songwriter Lucinda Belle isn't the first to do what she does, but she may be among the most eclectic; the vocalist/harpist keeps tradition alive by feeding it with myriad influences. Though her vocal style and choice of instrumentation often suggest jazz, she reaches well beyond the idiom while staying true to its roots. Her ...

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Versal: Versal

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Houston-based composer, computer graphics (CG) artist and programmer Versal, whose given name is Javier Velez, has a unique backstory in addition to his unique set of creative skills. These blend together to create a one-of-a-kind, very specific, style which he showcases in his eponymous EP, Versal (Self Produced, 2019). As one might expect from ...

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Michael Ragonese: Day to Day

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If you haven't heard Michael Ragonese's name before, you're sure to hear it a lot more. The award winning pianist is a constant fixture in Los Angeles; if he's not a sideman at one club, he's leading a band at another. Among the many luminaries he has performed or recorded with are: Bennie Maupin, David Binney, ...

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Patrick Ames: All I Do Is Bleed

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Lyric writing is an oft under-appreciated element in contemporary music. Guitarist/songwriter Patrick Ames puts lyrics front and center in his rootsy tunes. Somewhere between Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground and Robert Johnson (without the slide), Ames' stripped down recordings are direct a transmission of his feelings, aided by gritty, loose arrangements that give the feel of ...


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