Danko Jones
Wild Cat
Punky, garage-y, and always a tad raunchy, Danko Jones will always punch you in the face with their music. Wild Cat is a far cry (meow?) from some of their previous records, but it’s certainly a fine introduction for newbies and a serviceable listen for diehards. Checkout “Let’s Start Dancing,” “My Little RnR,” and the title track.

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Colin Hay
Fierce Mercy
3 1/2 STARS
Many may not be aware of how accomplished Men at Work’s frontman is. Think of the song “Down Under” and one might expect more of the same on a Colin Hay solo record. This is not and never has been the case, however. Songs like “Come Tumblin’ Down,” “The Last to Know,” and “I’m Walking Here” are just a few of the tracks on Fierce Mercy that show the diversity of Hay’s writing.

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John 5 & the Creatures
Season of the Witch
Since leaving David Lee Roth’s solo act nearly 20 years ago, John 5 has been around the block of rock, playing in Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie’s bands as well as working with Rob Halford, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osbourne, and many more. As is always the case with his solo records, Season of the Witch is entirely instrumental. At times sounding like Malmsteen (“The Black Grass Plague”) and other times like Hank III (“Hell Haw I.G.R.”), the record contains enough variety to hold the average listener for its entirety.

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