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New Releases

Recent music from Charles Wallace, Anthony Rankin and The Lampshades


Charles Wallace

Jazz guitarist Ethan Winograd and his ensemble present four originals and three interpretations — from wide-ranging sources. The easygoing originals, written by Winograd and drummer Jay Matula, are pleasant to listen to, mixing cool jazz with bossa nova-inspired stuff. Winograd shares the spotlight nicely with trumpter Kyle Simpson, saxophonist "Spider" Wenzel and organist Tim Tucker; and bass player Justin Brown holds it down well. The sweetest spot on this one may be a version of Radiohead's "Nude"; the oddest choice may be the jazzed-up interpretation of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush," which doesn't necessarily lend itself well.

CHARLES WALLACE CD RELEASE. 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16. Bicycle Heaven, 1800 Preble Ave., North Side. $5. All ages.

Anthony Rankin
Love Elektrik

Pop singer-songwriter Rankin is a Pittsburgh ex-pat now living in Nashville; his wheelhouse is mainstream pop-rock with lush production. This four-song EP features a few upbeat highway-driving jams along with a tender ballad. "Two Glasses" brings to mind Bon Jovi here and there; "Back 2 Nineteen," an easygoing pop jam, is the disc's highlight. Rankin's vocals are strong and emotive — which calls into question the use of Autotune and other vocal manipulations, especially on "Lexi J." Let that voice shine!

The Lampshades
Arena Punk
(My Idea of Fun)

EP from the local indie-rockers. It's hard not to like this band's lo-fi, '90s-ish tunes — they range from grunge ("Teenage Soul") to sounding a lot like Ben Folds Five ("Atlanta"). Guitars are at the center of this EP, but not at the expense of well-put-together vocals. The Lampshades portray small-town ennui with gusto, not an easy task.