Inside Track 

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A quick search on YouTube turns up interpretations of Harry Nilsson's "Don't Forget Me" from Marianne Faithful, Macy Gray, Neko Case and RPG. Yep, thunderous, hard-rock Richmond act RPG. Vocalist and guitarist Matt Conner delivers a beautiful cover of the 1974 pop gem, a sign of things to come while the group works on its new full-length, which might include a few other acoustic numbers.

When Gallery5 celebrates its sixth anniversary on April 23, psychedelia stalwart the Diamond Center will mark the release of its new 7-inch single on Someday This Will All Make Sense Records. Pre-orders and the video for "Caraway" can be accessed at diamondcentermusic.com. Joining the group on the bill will be the dark and lush sounds of fledgling post-punk trio Canary Oh Canary, featuring members of the Way of the Sun, Splork! and Blackout Twin, as well as Black Girls, a white-guy glam-rock ensemble, whose first CD is out now.

Recording can be tedious, but as indie-rockers the Lost Satellitesdiscovered, it also can be hazardous to your health. As one of the last acts to record at the old Sound of Music studios, singer, songwriter and guitarist Frank Scott and engineer Alan Weatherhead braved a drive-by shooting to finish the ironically titled song, "It's Scary." The Lost Satellites' new record, "The War Will End," will launch shortly.

In what appears to be an oil-and-water combination, members of honky-tonk country act the Hotdamns and industrial-rock unit Synthetic Nightmare have hooked up to explore multiple time signatures as Bearstorm. Their first LP, recorded at Sound of Music, is a four-song, 40-minute prog-metal opus about a Siberian thief, witchcraft and murder. With songs woven together by Eastern folk atmospherics, "Horribilis" should go perfect with your skulls and black lights.

After many pleas from supporters, the full-length debut from Zac Hryciak and the Jungle Beat will be ready later this month. "This record has kind of been a Frankenstein monster, built out of different recording sessions over the past year and a half," according to singer and guitarist Zac Hryciak. Because it's taken that long to finish, Hryciak has had time to write another full-length and then some. So the plan is to record again once "Fearful Harmony" is released.

Jared Jones of R&B mavens Lust Not Love is quite the prolific songwriter and now he's opening his archives at jaredjonesmusic.com. He'll unveil songs on a regular basis, performed on an acoustic guitar, just as they were written. Some tracks have never been released, but Jones acknowledges on his website, "I think some of these are better than records I've spent way too much money on!" Jones also has paired up with Al Jay to take pop hooks to new heights as Electric Eyes. Their first two singles, "Matter of Time" and "This Could Be," can be previewed on their Facebook page.

Last month, Inside Track reported on the plethora of musical projects from Matt White. In the meantime, the latest EP from Amazing Ghost called "Blasts Off" has seen the light of day on Bandcamp and White has been spotted performing with James Wallace and the Naked Light. Wallace helped White set up his Spacebomb Studio, so he returned the favor by producing and playing on part of Wallace's album More Strange News From Another Star, also featuring White's co-conspirators Nate Matthews of Great White Jenkins and Pinson Chanselle and John Lilley of Fight the Big Bull.

Inside Track is compiled by Mike Rutz of "Activate!" on 97.3-FM WRIR.

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