King Washington: Potential [Album Review]
Jun28

King Washington: Potential [Album Review]

King Washington Potential The End Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Inventive modern pop/rock quartet from LA, King Washington channel the best musical inclinations of the past in a hip, fresh sound. Album Review: King Washington is a talented indie-rock band from LA whose sound reveals artists that have mastered the musical vocabulary of some of the most creative bands from the 60s & 70s, yet they avoid falling into the trap of a...

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Deep State: Thought Garden [Album Review]
Jun26

Deep State: Thought Garden [Album Review]

Deep State Thought Garden Friendship Fever [2017] Fire Note Says: Deep State churn up a big, fast, punk rock sound on their second album, Thought Garden. Album Review: The four-piece punk rock band Deep State, from Athens, GA, churn up a big, fast swirl of sound for their second album, Thought Garden. From the start listeners will be drawn to the propulsive beat and chiming, churning guitars and the hypnotic droning quality in...

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Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up [Album Review]
Jun20

Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up [Album Review]

Fleet Foxes Crack-Up Nonesuch Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Fleet Foxes go through artistic growth on Crack-Up. Album Review: Remember back to hazy, crazy days of the summer of 2008, when people were listening to folk music again, and we all fell in love with an indie act from Seattle that was leading the pack with their strong vocal harmonies and catch folk pop songs? Younger fans were intrigued with the new sounds that old fans...

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Todd Rundgren: White Night [Album Review]
Jun13

Todd Rundgren: White Night [Album Review]

Todd Rundgren White Night Cleopatra Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Veteran rocker Todd Rundgren mixes it up with Robyn, Trent Rezner of NIN, some new hip-hop friends, and a host of his contemporaries as he stretches out on this experimental synth pop collection. Album Review: Disclaimer: Although I’ve written professionally (and as a hobby) as a music critic for nearly 37 years, there are some artists about which I can’t even pretend...

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Chris Stapleton: From A Room – Volume 1 [Album Review]
Jun08

Chris Stapleton: From A Room – Volume 1 [Album Review]

Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1 Mercury Records Nashville [2017] Fire Note Says: Chris Stapleton has arrived just in time to save country music from itself. Album Review: By the time, Chris Stapleton got around to releasing his 2015 solo debut, Traveller, he’d pretty much proved there he was an artist deeply rooted in the outlaw tradition of country music and that there was little that they music required that he had not already...

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