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KIX RETURN
Written By: Stone Scruggs
KIX RETURN TO ROCK YOUR FACE OFF, AGAIN   I don't do nostalgia. If you're not creating new music, you're irrelevant, dead to me. Baltimore's own Kix has risen from the dead as of late 2013, when they recorded their fifth album with the same lineup (one key original founding member excepted). Rock Your Face Off was perhaps too positively reviewed here in the excitement after its release. But any subsequent reassessment is obviated and beside the point as the band prepares to release Can't Stop The Show: The Return Of Kix, a deluxe live and behind the scenes and in the studio making of multi media rockumentary. Apparently they’re breaking their collective arm patting themselves on the back after three years. To that I say, good for them. Former bassist/songwriter/control freakin' Svengali Donnie Purnell dominated the band for nearly two decades. How satisfying must it have been for Kix to say kiss my ass, we can do it without you, nineteen years later no less. All we have to do is rep...
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Damn Right, I Got the Blues
Written By: Stone Scruggs
 Damn Right, I Got the Blues  Damn Right, I Got the Blues   2 paraphrase The Rock, finally! the Blues has come back to Ocean City! Last month, Lower Case Blues had half of their tools of the trade purloined by some anti music lower life form, at least affording me the impetus and excuse for writing a long delayed (by a year no less...my bad) article about their fine fourth album. Last week they recovered at least one guitar and proceeded to return triumphantly to M.R. Ducks downtown on de bay. So with regard to underrepresented lo ere long these past couple column years, to continue my attempt to reconcile my oversight and show I’m contrite,  here's an apposite straight review of the proceedings. Well, the first half of it anyway ... second sets being a, ahem, challenge for me. As a prefatory note about the venue, it don't get no better than a waterfront concert: this is why we live here, fellow locals. Blues on the bay, baby. As the sun sets, yet. Said Blues began promptly at five with...
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Felices Fiestas/Fiesta Suarez
Written By: Stone Scruggs
 Felices Fiestas/Fiesta Suarez   Oye - te quiero, tequila. All apologies to Irish whiskey, but the best booze in the world is the sweet golden agave nectar. The best excuse to indulge es Viernes, Dieciseis De Septiembre: Dia De La Independencia. And I'll go as far as to declare Mexican cerveza the best beer in the world - second only to Ireland's best (Guinness, Murphy's, Smithwicks). Corona and Sol excepted as they’re instaskunked in the clear bottles - caveat emptor. I prefer Dos Equis, indeed. And Negra Modello. Stay thirsty mis amigos.  It's also the best excuse to allow a non local band to usurp this space. Tijuana's own Los Shadows may not have purloined, speaking of usurpation, White Reaper's Band Of The Year regnancy last year, but had I been cognizant of their six song debut, recorded that August, they would have at least been toppermost of the poppermost for my Cinco De Mayo fiesta. Such as it is, the new disqué de Shadows is fresh as of June. It's called Midnight Climax and features...
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