Author: Fred Roberts

The Summer Seven

The Austrian band, The Base *** No More Secrets! Seven albums to listen to this summer from some of the best new bands in Europe   by Fred Roberts Music Editor The recent months in Europe have been filled with a number of prominent releases. Seven of the best are collected here, including bands from Austria, Germany and Finland, genres as divergent as the seasons. Some have already received a good share of attention in the press. Others are sure to — and remember, you heard it here first! The contemporary zeitgeist is apparent in most of the releases,...

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Fred Roberts / Dispatches

he EurNoVision project which began in 2015 released a new edition late December 2016, curated by Paul Mangan. The compilation registers a strong political statement at a time when the veneer on Europe is showing serious cracks. Waves of refugees. Brexit. Terrorist attacks. While Europe veers towards disintegration, the cycle of songs shows a cohesive spiritual unity with many stand-out entries.

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Fred Roberts/Music

Mention the record label Sun and the first associations are Memphis, Elvis or Sam Phillips. It’s what I thought when I first stumbled upon the 78 with a Sun design, but from a company located in the…

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