ALBUM REVIEW: The Furious Seasons, ‘My Love is Strong’

From the beginning of time, we have told stories through music. Whether it’s an epic battle of good vs. evil or a tale of woe and heartbreak, setting poetry to tunes is a a no-brainer, and for David Steinhart and his fantastical, ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Fall, “Sub-Lingual Tablet”

There was a period in my life that The Fall was the most important band in the world to me because of their utter desire to wipe away the over-layered prettiness and bullshit that seemed to plague so many of ...

The Friday Five: June 12, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Shaddox, “I Melt, I Howl”

 

From the moment the title track of Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl kicks in to open this album, you get that twinge of excitement that this is going to be good. A breezy, warm track that immediately turns ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Teen Men, s/t

This Delaware-based mixed-media project is the brainchild of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, two members of The Spinto Band, who have crafted a very solid and technically proficient self-titled debut album.  Aided and abetted by two visual artists, Albert Birney ...

Single Play: Week of 6/8/2015

 

Welcome to another sporadic edition of “Single Play!”  This week, it’s a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar in terms of artists whose songs, though, will be mostly unfamiliar since they are fairly new. Okay, time to get on to ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stamey, “Euphoria”

What can be said about the work of Chris Stamey that hasn’t already been said?  The brilliance and precision of his writing and song-crafting style is something to be marveled at, some four decades since he first appeared with the ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Slim Loris, ‘Love and Fear’

Although Slim Loris hails from the land of Ikea and Abba, the Swedish quartet embraces a lot of universal influences, many of whom are of interest to my regular readers. We’re talking 1960s British Invasion, classic rock, and even another genre of ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Black Vincent, “Teardrop Deluxe”

An interesting piece; nine songs that, lyrically, paint a not-too-bright series of pictures, but with the quality of the performance and the production, it’s oddly appealing.  Spearheaded by singer/songwriter Coley Kennedy, Black Vincent is another new act coming out of ...

A Fan’s Notes: “Love & Mercy”

I don’t recall ever praying that filmmakers would get it right before I heard the news that a movie was going to be made about Brian Wilson’s life. After all, no musician has ever been as important to me as Brian, ...

The Friday Five: June 5, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll ...

SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: “Songs Of Aloha”

Usually, the thought of a Cameron Crowe film makes me uncomfortable; while “Singles” and “Almost Famous” have their moments, his movies tend to veer uncontrollably towards saccharine-sweetly sickening to the point of my teeth hurting.  It isn’t anything personal against ...

EP REVIEW: Lunar Electric, s/t

Four songs, sonic blasts that knock you flat and feel like you’ve been turned inside out.  Lunar Electric is a new project from guitarist/singer Dre DiMura and this is what “good rock” sounds like.  Fantastic production; heavy in the best ...

Soul Serenade: Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”

If you look up R&B in the dictionary there should be a picture of today’s record because the record pretty much defines R&B. It is a slab of southern soul sung by a great singer, played by storied musicians, and ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Kopecky, “Drug For The Modern Age”

You wouldn’t usually equate Nashville with an alt-rock styled band, but Kopecky definitely do not fit the Music City mold.  On Drug For The Modern Age, their second effort, there are keyboards, atmospherics, layered vocals and an ethereal feel – ...

The Friday Five: May 29, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll ...

Listening Booth: K. Adem; The Deafening Colors

That classic pop sound is not dead. In fact, as synths continue to roll across the landscape like battalions of tanks, the indie music scene is kind of exploding with pop’s possibilities.

Working his folk edge into a 4-song EP, Kyle ...

Review: Elephant Rifle – “Ivory”

This record begins with the uncontrolled wailing of guitar feedback and squalor, later joined by the gasps of a dying piano. And that’s a good place to start.

Because, then, it kicks you in the goddamn teeth.

Turn it up! Turn it ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Mallonee, “Lands & Peoples”

I could write about the prolific nature of Athens, Georgia native, now New Mexico resident Bill Mallonee or his work with The Vigilantes Of Love or about how he has been one of the leading lights in the roots-rock/Americana movement.  ...

Soul Serenade: B.B. King, ‘Worried Life”

All of the Kings of the blues guitar are gone now. We lost Freddie King back in 1976, and then Albert King in 1992. The most renowned member of this esteemed trio left us on May 14 when B.B. King ...

Review: Rachel Grimes – “The Clearing”

There is a whisper, a scattering of whispers, a whole orchestrated evening of whispers – a subdued kind of wonder and majesty to it all. But even though only her name appears on the product these days, she never walks these woods ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Nic Nassuet, ‘Eleutherios’

With a background in punk, rock, and metal bands glimmering alongside a few pivotal roles in musicals like Sweeney Todd (in which he played the “demon barber”), Los Angeles-based artist Nic Nassuet has combined his mixed-bag of influences into Eleutherious, a nine-track collection of ...