Brian Fallon: Local Honey [Album Review]
Mar31

Brian Fallon: Local Honey [Album Review]

Brian Fallon Local HoneyLesser Known Records/Thirty Tigers [2020] Brian Fallon’s freshly released third solo album, Local Honey, had to have been written and recorded prior to this period of physical distancing with much of the nation locked down in the forced intimacy of their homes. Yet, the eight songs here from Gaslight Anthem’s former lead vocalist/songwriter, are so local as to be set nicely within the four walls of his family’s...

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Lilly Hiatt: Walking Proof [Album Review]
Mar27

Lilly Hiatt: Walking Proof [Album Review]

Lilly Hiatt Walking ProofNew West Records [2020] Nashville singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt has known most of her existence that life is rarely just one thing. On her fourth album’s title track, she sings “I could tell you that it’s easy/but that wouldn’t be the truth/if you ever need to call me, well you know that’s walking proof.” The song itself, set to a stripped back rootsy rock beat, with country leanings etched out in Hiatt’s mild...

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THICK: 5 Years Behind [Album Review]
Mar25

THICK: 5 Years Behind [Album Review]

THICK5 Years BehindEpitaph Records [2020] The debut from Brooklyn-based DIY punk trio, THICK, was the perfect record to pick up as our country was shutting down due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, bringing enough noise, angry energy and musical muscle to make the required lock-down relatively tolerable. No doubt, Nikki Sisti (voice/guitar), Kate Black (voice/bass, guitar and synths), and Shari Page (voice/drums) will draw comparisons to...

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Rookie: Rookie [Album Review]
Mar20

Rookie: Rookie [Album Review]

Rookie RookieBloodshot Records [2020] The debut album of 6-piece Chicago band Rookie comes out of the box just dripping with references to a much earlier time in rock music history. From the opening crunchy guitar chords of “Hold On Tight,” it’s clear this band’s goals are to relive in a fresh way the musical highlights of ‘70’s guitar rock, from the likes of Free, AC/DC, Bad Co., Cheap Trick or Big Star. At their best, like on “Miss...

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Yumi Zouma: Truth Or Consequences [Album Review]
Mar19

Yumi Zouma: Truth Or Consequences [Album Review]

Yumi Zouma Truth Or ConsequencesPolyvinyl Records [2020] The third full-length effort from the quartet of New Zealanders who got their start playing shows around Christchurch in 2014, finds the popsters delivering another album of light electronic dance grooves focused on listener friendly melodies. While the four no longer live close together on one continent, they continue to collaborate on dreamy electro-pop with a focus on the...

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