The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour 2018 [Concert Review]
Sep24

The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour 2018 [Concert Review]

The Decemberists “Your Girl/Your Ghost” World Tour w/ Kacy & Clayton; Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH – Thursday, September 20, 2018 Thursday night’s concert by The Decemberists was one whole day late for “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” but, while no one said anything close to an “Arrgh, Matey,” fans of the Portland, Ore., band that packed the intimate confines of the Taft were obviously up for an old world sea shanty, folk...

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Low: Double Negative [Album Review]
Sep18

Low: Double Negative [Album Review]

Low Double Negative Sub Pop Records [2018] Fire Note Says: On Low’s 12th album, they sketch a portrait of the dark and noisy residue of modern life, and allow moments of beauty to break through the cracks. Album Review: Beginning with their 1994 debut, “I Could Live in Hope,” Duluth-based indie band Low has been going against the grain, slowing down their rhythms to a hypnotic haze, escaping the noise of modern life into quiet...

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Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning: Eirlandia [Album Review]
Sep13

Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning: Eirlandia [Album Review]

Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning Eirlandia Ark Music [2018] Fire Note Says: Johnson and Dunning’s Celtic flair musical creations are both majestic and heartwarming. Album Review: Composer and keyboardist Jeff Johnson and flautist Brian Dunning have been collaborating on a unique blend of Celtic contemporary instrumental music for nearly 30 years, often creating soundtracks that are inspired by the fantasy works of fiction...

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Death Cab For Cutie: Thank You For Today [Album Review]
Sep12

Death Cab For Cutie: Thank You For Today [Album Review]

Death Cab for Cutie Thank You For Today Atlantic Records [2018] Fire Note Says: Death Cab For Cutie have what it takes to make this journey worth the effort. Album Review: Thank You For Today is the 9th studio album from Ben Gibbard’s Death Cab for Cutie, the first without long-time guitarist and producer Chris Walla, who was replaced with Dave Depper and Zac Rae, who play both keyboards and guitars. Rich Costey, who produced the 2015...

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Neil & Liam Finn: Lightsleeper [Album Review]
Sep10

Neil & Liam Finn: Lightsleeper [Album Review]

Neil & Liam Finn Lightsleeper Inertia Music/[PIAS] [2018] Fire Note Says: Neil Finn, best known for work in Crowded House, Split Enz before it, and most recently as a touring member of Fleetwood Mac, keeps it in the family, recording with his son Liam to create a dreamy soundscape that honors the ties that bind. Album Review: On the warm and lovely Lightsleeper, father and son Neil & Liam Finn collaborate in a dreamy song...

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