• RTZ: Return to Zero- been on a bit of an 'all things Boston' kick lately, and revisiting this solid band from the early '90s featuring Brad Delp & Barry Goudreau. Somewhat slick & poppy, but fun.

  • Orion the Hunter: Orion the Hunter- after Goudreau left Boston, he joined up with these guys and released this excellent, one and only debut. Sensational songs here with soaring vocals, and very Boston-ish. Too bad this was to be it from them.

  • Boston: Boston/Don't Look Back/Third Stage- as you can see above, it's all about Boston these days!

  • Joe Bonamassa: British Blues Explosion Live- another killer live set from guitar virtuoso Bonamassa, paying tribute to Clapton, Beck, and Page.

  • Gov't Mule: Gov't Mule- their debut is a stone cold classic...well, most of their albums kinda fall into that category.

  • Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk/Closer to Home/E Pluribus Funk/All the Girls in the World Beware/On Time/Born to Die/On Time/Shinin' On/We're An American Band-another band I've been spending a lot of time with lately. Something about GFR in the spring/summer months...a perfect fit!

  • Wo Fat: The Black Code/The Conjuring- kick ass, epic stoner riffs & psychedelic guitar solos.

  • The Dead Daisies: Burn it Down- quite solid new release from this hard rock supergroup, and heavier than their last one.

  • Black Sheep: Black Sheep/Encouraging Words- a great, recent discovery. Black Sheep was the band Lou Gramm spent time in just prior to joining Foreigner. If you like classic Free, you've come to the right place. Sensational!

  • Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa: Black Coffee- perhaps their best outing together, filled with scorching vocals from Beth and Joe's always tasty guitar playing.

  • Mos Generator: Shadowlands- brand new one from this longtime stoner act is a good one

  • Philip Sayce: Steamroller- a new discovery of mine, this guy can play some MEAN guitar! Think Hendrix meets SRV meets Bonamassa.

  • Graveyard: Peace- just got this one in, the eagerly awaited return from these Swedish hard rockers. First listen brought some good results...welcome back guys!

  • Judas Priest: Firepower- this one has a lot of legs, so still getting plenty of play here!

  • Saxon: Thunderbolt- another one that is showing some real staying power. Does it get much better than Judas Priest & Saxon here in 2018?? I think not!

  • Dimmu Borgir: Eonian- first album in many years for the Norwegian symphonic black metal legends is way over the top with its epic-ness, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Not much 'black metal' here to these ears, but it's well constructed orchestral metal nonetheless.

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