Various Artists: Treasure Of The Broken Land – The Songs Of Mark Heard [Album Review]
Jul13

Various Artists: Treasure Of The Broken Land – The Songs Of Mark Heard [Album Review]

Various Artists Treasure Of The Broken Land: The Songs Of Mark Heard Storm Weathered Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Twenty-five years after his death, Nashville talents come together to resurrect the music of singer/songwriter Mark Heard, and it’s a treasure. Album Review: The commercial success of tribute compilation albums usually depends on three factors: 1) It’s a tribute to an artist whose work you already recognize and...

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Lo Tom: Lo Tom [Album Review]
Jul10

Lo Tom: Lo Tom [Album Review]

Lo Tom Lo Tom Barsuk Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Lo Tom is much more than just a friendly jam. Album Review: This 8 song debut from Lo Tom is going to feel pretty familiar to fans of David Bazan or his previous band, Pedro The Lion, which also featured TW Walsh, and Starflyer 59’s Jason Martin and Trey Many, a group of friends who have collaborated on and off in a these and a variety of other settings, including Velour 100 and...

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Jason Isbell: The Nashville Sound / Steve Earle: So You Wannabe An Outlaw [Album Review]
Jul07

Jason Isbell: The Nashville Sound / Steve Earle: So You Wannabe An Outlaw [Album Review]

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit The Nashville Sound Southeastern Records [2017] Steve Earle & The Dukes So You Wannabe An Outlaw Warner Bros. Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Labels fail Outlaw country musicians, but Jason Isbell & Steve Earle deliver great records in the tradition of great roots rockers and country players. Album Review: For the record, there has long been a vein of outlaw music running through what has often...

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Roger Waters: Is This The Life We Really Want? [Album Review]
Jul06

Roger Waters: Is This The Life We Really Want? [Album Review]

Roger Waters Is This The Life We Really Want? Columbia Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Roger Waters creates a soundtrack for the resistance to Trump’s American dream, echoing his past work with Pink Floyd. Album Review: Roger Waters is angry. Let me rephrase that: Roger Waters is ANGRY! Of course, if you’ve been paying attention all the way back to Pink Floyd and albums like Animals and The Wall, and his last solo rock album, Amused to...

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U2: The Joshua Tree Tour [Concert Review]
Jul03

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour [Concert Review]

U2 w/ The Lumineers: MetLife Stadium; Meadowlands, New Jersey – Wednesday, June 28, 2017 After U2’s triumphant tour two years ago in support of their Son(g)s of Innocence release, everyone expected the next tour would center around the promised sequel, Songs of Experience. While the album was given a positive review critically in some corners (the one I occupy, to name one), there was push-back from Apple users who, for reasons that...

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