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Please enjoy our full archives of Open Your Ears, in which the team at VWMusic reviews albums both new and old:

2021 Reviews:

Reviewing John Salvage’s Coyote Hasten

Reviewing The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings

Reviewing The True Romance Soundtrack on Vinyl

Reviewing Bathroom of the Future’s new EP, Everybody Else Here Is Having Fun

Reviewing Micah Sheveloff’s Rockville

Upon Further Review: Alta Reign’s Mother’s Day

Upon Further Review: Examining the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ Latest Effort

Dream Sitch Takes You On a Synth-Driven Trip!

Reviewing MARLEE’s Hypnotic New Single, “Tru Luv”

Calling Out To The Past, While Looking Toward The Future: Reviewing Michael Baker’s Hasten Mercy

Ringing In The Holiday Season: Reviewing Doug Ferony’s Classic Single, “It’s Christmas”

Finding A Deeper Meaning: Savarre’s New Single, “Art Of The Bleed,” Lays Down The Spiritual Gauntlet

Avante Garde Stylings For The Modern Hip-Hop Era: Reviewing Darko The Super’s New Record, Great White Buffalo

An Exercise In Audio High Fidelity: Reviewing Jayywallin Magnetize’s New EP, The Chosen Ones

Summer Vibes Take The Form Of Pop Mastery: Reviewing Gigi Vega’s Single, “Down Crazy”

Unmasking Bias Within The Cultural Zeitgeist: Tarah Who?s & YUR MUM’S single, “Push Me”

Traversing The Distance Inward: Analyzing in/error’s Latest EP, Death By Design

A Review of Waiver Wire’s Newest Single, “Battery Health”

Grappling With Insanity: Reviewing Riku(戮)’s Single, “Rin Pun”

A Light In The Darkness: Reviewing Mark Stein’s “Let’s Pray for Peace”

Leols’ New Single, “Time ft.HRTBRKFEVER” Is A Seductive, Contemplative Affair

2022 Reviews

Reviewing John Lodge’s The Royal Affair And After (Live)

Saxon Seizes The Day With Its Invigorating New Album, Carpe Diem

A Review of Mod Sun’s Pop-Punk Stunner, “Rich Kids Ruin Everything”

Rebelmatic Begins Exciting New Chapter with Mourning Dove

Kenton Place Braces for the Unknown with “Haley’s Comet”

Slow Crush’s Hush: Reinventing The Dreamscape

Brent Shinn’s “Limerence” Strikes a Delicate Balance Between Obsession & Adoration

Taiwan Beats Showcase: An Exercise In Global Musical Mastery

Moonraker’s The Forest: A Spiritual Journey Through the Valley of the Mind

Reviewing Sharon Van Etten’s We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong

Reviewing Big Drink’s It Was Supposed To Be So Easy

Bramses Xalyxys Mysterious Warrior: Narratives Summoned Through Metaphor

Hazel English Casts Spells of Magic Across Summer Nights

The Fats Hit Paydirt Via Their Very Own Rock & Roll Fantasy

Black Sweater Sets a Chill Tone with “Moves Like You”

Jack White Gets Rootsy with Entering Heaven Alive

Jacob Rice Serves Up a Dish of Country Music Tinged with a Taste of Sugar

Stephen Piazza’s “The Edge” Proves to be a Hymn to the Fallen

New Music Review: Scott Reynolds’ Chihuahua in Buffalo

Levi Zadoff and Dead Hendrix Shake Off the Pandemic with the Dead Summer EP

Rocky Votolato Takes us Back to His Wild Roots

Robert Hunter Takes Aim at Life and All Things Ahead with the New Single, “Permanent”

Derek Sherinian Enters the Vortex

Long Distance Calling Erases Modern-Day Prog-Rock Misconceptions

Silversun Pickups Waves the Indie Flag with “Physical Thrills”

Ralph Curtis’ “Man You Want Me To Be” is a Late-Night Lament for the Ages

Megadeth Makes Like it’s 1985 with The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!

Alternative Phenomenon: A Spiritual Awakening Via Music

Midday Sons Strike a Chord with “My Love Will Always Find You”

Tell Me, Can You Stick With This? Reviewing the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Return of the Dream Canteen

I Guess Sometimes We All Get What We Want in the End: Reviewing Taylor Swift’s Midnights

Still Livin’ This Dream and it Ain’t Over Yet: Reviewing Sammy Hagar and The Circle’s Crazy Times

Hell or High Water: Reviewing Skid Row’s The Gangs All Here

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